2422 Tasting Notes

96

Happy New Year, Steepies. :)

After a quick rinse I have decided to steep this up in the gaiwan and used about 1 tsp of leaf. my water was not quite boiling for the first two steeps.

I am very happy with this shu and it is for sure going on my shopping list. It is very mild with a slightly sweet flavor that is indeed reminiscent of pecans with some cinnamon-spice in the finish. After 3 steeps there is no noticeable loss in flavor. A soothing cup of tea to the mind and the body. I would just like to keep this around for those moments when I want a gentle cup.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
Ninavampi

Happy New Years! : )

Charles Thomas Draper

Happy and Healthy New Year!

Tamm

Happy new year to you too! This sounds amazing!

TeaBrat

It was! Very nice and soft for a pu-erh, I must say…

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80
drank Chocolate Chai by Rishi Tea
2422 tasting notes

It’s New Year’s Day and I am finishing off the last of this. Slightly decadent choice for this lazy morning! :)

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52

Hmm this is very interesting. From the look of the leaves it reminds me of the Blue People Oolong I’ve seen recently from the Aroma Tea Shop which was fermented with licorice and mint. I am getting way more licorice than orchid here.

First infusion: steeped in the xi ying teapot for 2 minutes after a quick rinse. Although the leaves smell incredible, this is really way too sweet for me.

Second steep: I only went for 60 seconds this time. It is much more subdued and the floral notes are coming through but still pretty sweet and I can’t quite get the overwhelming taste of licorice out of my mouth.

This is ok but really not my favorite thing from Verdant by far…

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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50
drank Assam Breeze Black Tea by Teavana
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Everytime I open up my tea cupboards and see all these fruit-bomb teas from Teavana it’s like WTF was I thinking? And now I have to drink them all unless they are totally dreadful.

Anyway when I first tasted this I did not like it at all but it is better than I remember. I agree with the previous reviewer who said she was expecting something with a lot more in the way of black tea. This is primarily a fruity tea with a little bit of black in it. There’s also something a bit tart here which I am not loving, perhaps the pineapple?

Anyway I think I will finish this if I dump some soymilk in it or perhaps I will wait for the summer and make iced tea out of it. I will be glad to swap this out to someone who is interested in trying it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you for making me laugh with this one!

TeaBrat

I am going to send you some! bwa ha ha! ;-)

The DJBooth

Ha I agree with you on this one thats probably why this one is being discontinued after the first offering and you can get it for a dollar and some change online in their sale.

TeaBrat

No wonder it’s on sale!

Tamm

lololol I got on a “fruit bomb” kick there for awhile! I guess it was to ease into the “I drink a billion teas everyday” thing. But now I find them a bit boring.

Amariel

What do you mean by fruit bomb?

TeaBrat

All fruit and no tea…

Amariel

Oh, like Movie Night from DAVIDs.

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96
drank Zhang Xiang by Bana Tea Company
2422 tasting notes

Quite a delicious shu. I think my big problem is going to be trying to figure out which one of these Bana pu-erhs is my favorite! :)

I brewed this up in the gaiwan after giving the leaves a quick rinse in boiling water. Very small and fine leaves. A loose leaf variety of shu (not from a cake or a brick, etc).

First infusion: 30 seconds. The leaves have a very woody, earthy and camphor smell. This is a very rich and full tea. I am not too fond of camphor in pu-erh a lot of times but it does seem to work for me here. I am reminded a bit of shiitake mushrooms but there is also a lingering sweetness here like that of sweet potatoes. Big camphor finish.

Second infusion: 20 seconds. I am getting some smoke and reminded a bit of burnt caramel. It is a very uplighting and energizing brew.

Third infusion: 30 seconds. Very similar to infusion #2. Really sweet and pleasant with that redwood forest aroma that I like so much. I am getting a lingering aftertaste like that of cocoa. Very rich and smooth – it’s really a treat!

Evidently you can infuse this 8 times but I do not have time for that this morning…

I checked the price – $20 for 100 grams which seems very reasonable for this aged elegant tea. I am not a complete nut but it does seem to be activating the energy meridians on the back of my neck. Quite an activator of ch’i here.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Orchid Charm by Bana Tea Company
2422 tasting notes

ooh, this is very nice! A delicate and subtle raw pu-erh. I have steeped this in the gaiwan with short infusions with around 180 F water per the instruction notes.

Leaves were rinsed and the first infusion was discarded. The leaves smell faintly earthy and floral. The tea itself is very mild and relaxing! I am surprised and very pleased so far with these shengs from the Bana Tea Company. I am picking up a slight apple taste with white button mushroom type flavor. Almost like a white tea in the subtle and sweet flavor with just a hint of malt. Very nice for a relaxing afternoon tea. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Tamm

This sounds so interesting! I’ve been so tempted to pick Bana tea as my intro to pu-erh.

TeaBrat

I would recommend it!

Tamm

Did you get this one as part of the sampler? They look amazing!

TeaBrat

yes, I got the raw puerh and the cooked puerh samplers.

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86
drank Aloe Serenity by Mighty Leaf Tea
2422 tasting notes

I actually forgot I had this until this morning while looking around in my tea cabinets. I know that isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of this tea but I do have a lot of stuff!

This is kind of a curious blend. It contains aloe for digestion and inulin – I had to look that up. The inulin is a polysaccharide which is slightly sweet and is also supposed to increase bacterial flora.

So anyway, this is obviously meant to be a theraputic-esque tea but it doesn’t taste too bad either. The chinese green tea is mild (I believe it may be a dragonwell) and I don’t mind the taste of aloe. If you’ve never had it before you might find it a bit weird. There is a nice touch of sweetness here and the rose petals are not too numerous, just enough to add a touch of floral. I rather like this. I might have to try it iced.

As for the other ingredients: natural flavoring, who knows what that means and there is sugar in here as well.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 15 sec
KeenTeaThyme

I saw this on their Web site and was curious…how does the Aloe taste? I can’t get past the whole, aloe-is-in-lotions; you’re-not-supposed-to-eat-lotion effect.

TeaBrat

Have you ever had aloe juice? It’s really fairly benign in my opinion. Reminds me a bit of cucumber.

KeenTeaThyme

ooh, sounds good. I’ll have to start there and work my way up to aloe tea! ;) Thanks for the suggestion!

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90
drank Tama Ryokucha by Teavana
2422 tasting notes

This came as part of a Teavana Japanese tea gift set I got for Christmas. Naturally since I love Japanese green tea I was very excited to get this!

As part of the description of this tea I read: it is steamed and molded into comma shaped leaves. When it is brewed, Tama Ryokucha has a mild taste with tones of citrus and berries.

I brewed about 1 tsp or so of leaf in the gaiwan with water I believed to be around 170 or so. I am got a very thick brothy tea which tastes very strongly of spinach, kelp and almonds. Slightly buttery. I did steep my leaves 3 times. The last steep was very short, around 30 seconds or so. I am not picking up on the fruit flavors but the tea is a tiny bit astringent in the finish. I might try making this again using even less leaf. Enjoyable and delicious.

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78

Eh, it’s okay. I brewed a few short infusions of this up in the xi ying teapot. It smells very sweet and floral and tastes buttery but grassy and also I am getting the slightly bitter aftertaste. Perhaps this would be better after a meal. Definitely not one of my favorites from the sampler pack.

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92

Time for some shu this morning…. :)

I gave these leaves a quick rinse and am using about 1 tsp. of leaf in the gaiwan. I tossed out the first infusion, a lot of times I don’t drink those.

2nd infusion: This tea has a very intense woodsy aroma, almost smoky like. Very assertive, a bit too strong. Steeped for 30 seconds.

3rd infusion: steeped for 10 seconds. This tea is a beautiful dark orange/brown. Color is like burnt sienna. I am picking up on so many complex flavors. Woodsy, smoky, but also with a tiny hint of plum. Smelling a bit of the camphor here.

4th infusion: 20 seconds – getting a bit more mellow. Smoke is leaning into mustiness. Some chestnut and caramel notes are starting to surface here and the camphor is retreating. This may be my favorite infusion so far. This tea is very meditative, almost spiritual.

5th infusion: 30 seconds. Here I am starting to pick up on the lychee flavor. This is turning into a delicate mouthfeel.

Wow, this really is a great tea! I think I would have rated it a little bit higher if not for all the camphor but it is really an intense and wonderful tasting experience. I do recommend checking it out! It is quite fun!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I just checked their website and thought this was really expensive, but with multiple steeps, and being aged, it is rather economical.

ScottTeaMan

Amy, do you measure the pu-erh, or do you guesstimate the amount?

ScottTeaMan

Like I mentioned before, MANY Darjeelings are more expensive, because they are not suitable for multiple infusions, like Pu-erhs and Oolongs.

TeaBrat

I guesstimate everything.

ScottTeaMan

That’s what I do too.

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I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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