2466 Tasting Notes

88
drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
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This is really hitting the spot today. A yummy sweet green broth like infusion…
upped the rating just a tad.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It is lighter than Sencha, and I still got three quality steeps each time from the Fukamushi I had (from Hibiki-an).

TeaBrat

Mine looks like it has twigs in it, did yours?

TeaBrat

Ah, karigane is stem tea, I just looked it up…. :)

ScottTeaMan

I don’t think mine was karigane. Look here:

http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.php/cPath/36/products_id/399

I also bought mine a couple years ago, so I’m not sure if it was blended with Gyokuro, like this years crop. I don’t think it was.

ScottTeaMan

It also was $4 cheaper when I bought it, but it’s still really worth it. I mean c’mon, tea directly from the tea fields of Japan to my house! :))

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89

This is a sample I picked from the RtR website – I thought, due to the description it sounded more on the sweet side. This most definitely IS a darjeeling. I didn’t think I liked them but I got some samples to try anyway.. lol

I steeped this for 4 minutes at about 180 F. I could have gone hotter on the water, the package says to use 200.

I have to admit I was sorely tempted to put soymilk in this but I think it would have ruined the really delicate flavor here. It’s light and delicious! Very fruity tea but I do get the pine needle thing they are describing here. Quite a fragrant aroma which I believe is described as the “muscatel finish”. Well I am a complete newbie to darjeelings since the one I had before was Twinings I believe and that just gave me a stomach ache. This is definitely a different experience and I am enjoying it. I am a little nervous about the astringency but it doesn’t seem to have much.

Now I’m going to have to get familiar with what all these letters mean. SFTGFOP = Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe , you got that? ;-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hehehe….I usually brew my second flushes 3-4 minutes, just below boiling (200-205). Only for 2nd flushes will I occasionally add a dash-just enough to color the tea-of milk. I do this if it is a little rough around the edges. :)) PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! :)) I laugh!

TeaBrat

I may be converted yet… :)

ScottTeaMan

Just a side note: I’ve already lapsed on a New Year resolution. I promised myself I would consume more of my evergrowing tea stash. Well, I’ve already purchased some Mei Li tea, AND Thunderbolt Tea was having a 2011 tea sale, so I couldn’t resist buying more Darjeeling tea! OK…….I’m restating my resolution, starting……NOW! ;-)

TeaBrat

ha – I know I already bought too much tea for Jan. already… :)

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34
drank Holy Detox by Koni Tea Company
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This is just one of those tisanes where you hope it must be good for you because you pretty much have to hold your nose when it goes down… I like tulsi and lemon myrtle but the spearmint and rosehips and linden blossoms? eeek. I particularly don’t think I like linden. At any rate, you could make this better by serving it over ice or just believe that it will detoxify something. I can’t say I’m really a fan of the flavor though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Erin

Are you still drinking tea! Good thing it’s a Tisane! You are the TEA master!

TeaBrat

Herbal tea, dear!

Erin

herbal tea = tisane

Erin

right?!

TeaBrat

indeed. :)

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87

This really is a delicious silver needle tea – light, creamy, soft & floral. It’s a very relaxing brew. I thought it was good but I was not blown away by it like the Shangri-La Himalayan white I had by the same company, which was also more energizing and had more caffeine IMO… interesting. This tea was a lot more expensive than the other one I liked but definitely seems like it would be better for a relaxing and elegant moment. I guess it isn’t fair to compare apples to oranges anyway. As always, I may be updating my tasting notes in the future. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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94

This is so good it’s actually a little scary! eeeek!

So I guess this tea isn’t exactly a darjeeling because it came from Sikkim according to the website Sikkim is in India’s northeast corner between Nepal and Bhutan. My second Nepalese tea of the day and I think I’m in love… la la la

I steeped this for around 3 minutes @ 200F. This is my after lunch afternoon tea and it is quite a stunner. This black tea is intensely rich with plum and cherry flavors, caramel sweetness and cocoa. The only reason I’m not rating it higher is because it has some astringency in the finish which might make it a bit difficult on my sensitive tummy. But the flavors are wonderful in every way. I highly recommend you give this one a go. I may need to up my rating soon. It’s delicious! I think I’ve found a good seller here with these Rare Tea Republic people! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
ScottTeaMan

I really enjoy teas from Temi Sikkim, and they’re similar to Darjeeling teas. You’re slowly becoming a Darjeeling tea lover. Pay no attention—to the tea in your teacup….er…I mean—to the MAN behind the CURTAIN!! :))

OK, stomach issues…….a Darjeeling tea liker! :))

TeaBrat

I might be warming up to it!

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96

Hello! Shangri-La White Organic you are fabulous.

I’ve never ordered anything from Rare Tea Republic and I was very impressed with how they labeled each bag with the name, origin and steeping instructions right on the front. A nice touch, to be sure.

When I opened the bag and smelled this I knew I was in for a real tea drinking treat! The leaves are thin and curly with a nice array of gray, black and white shades (the photo does not do it justice).

I steeped this for 2-3 minutes at around 190F in the infuser mug at work. It really smells like rosebuds, I kid you not. It had some sweetness with an apricot/peachy flavor and roses. A teeny bit of astringency at the end. This may be my favorite new white tea although I still have some others from RTR to try as well. I need to try cold brewing this. Simply wonderful. You must try this if you like white tea. Yes, you must…. Intense serenity and joy!

I need to try this in the gaiwans at home but it’s hard to imagine it could get any better.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Dragonwell by Leland Tea Co
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I’m drinking this again this morning. It is pleasant enough but I don’t know if I really get the appeal of dragonwell – am I missing something or is this just not a very good example?

Dorothy

I don’t know if it’s a good example or not, but just looking at the picture I couldn’t believe it was dragon well. It’s not even uhh very green. Compare it with the Teavivire pictures: http://www.teavivre.com/premium-dragon-well-green-tea/
It looks totally different!

TeaBrat

Hmmm. you may have a good point there. Perhaps more experiments are required.

ScottTeaMan

So far, of the Dragonwell teas I’ve tried (only a few), I’m not a big fan. Maybe I’m just not brewing it properly?

ScottTeaMan

I’ve read that West Lake Long Jing is an area of premium teas. Looks like I’ll have to order another tea from Teavivre!

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78
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
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I had some of this around I forgot about and decided to revisit it again today – I am using the loose leaf version and not the bags.

I made this very strong today, used a high water to leaf ratio and steeped for around 3 minutes. It’s very strong! I’m not sure about the ceylon here, it’s never been one of my favorite teas but still. This is a good solid choice for any morning – I may have made it too strong but I kinda need that since it’s Monday morning. Very malty and smooth and ceylon provides a bit of fruity astringency. I’m enjoying it this morning and hoping it will wake me up. :-) As far as Twinings is concerned I think I still prefer the Prince of Wales blend but this one is pretty good too!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

My old favorite.

TeaBrat

I think I made mine too strong… next time I will err on the side of caution and use less leaf.

Charles Thomas Draper

My favorites before Steepster were teas such as this. Bold. They really get you going….

ScottTeaMan

Tasting only the teabag version, I think you did ok making it stronger, but perhaps not that strong. :))

TeaBrat

It did wake me up, that’s for sure!

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93

I had to go in today to replace a gaiwan I just broke… how sad. I hope I can make the new one last a bit longer, I had accidentally dropped my lid on the floor and it broke.

Anyway far be it from me to resist trying something new. I wanted to try a white tea that I had never heard of before. I was told you could steep this in 190 F hot water for a minute or two but it wasn’t that sensitive to oversteeping. This new craft tea is supposed to be a hybrid of sorts between white and green. I also used a pretty high leaf to water ratio. I might try it again with a little less leaf.

This tea is a golden color when it’s brewed up. It doesn’t seem really flowery like a lot of other white teas. It reminds me a bit of an oolong – probably due to the higher oxidation here. It’s a little sweet like honey and has a nice soft finish that’s a bit apricot-y. This I can see being a really nice every day tea, especially for the afternoons since it’s gentle and kinda low in caffeine. I am saving some of the leaves for when I wake up from my afternoon nap.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

Amy, Read my last 3 tea reviews- Hand Rolled Sencha, Puttabong SFTGFOP1 CL/Queen, and Feng Huang Dan Cong. Those are 3 I’m sending you-I wanted to review them first. I may look for a good white tea too, since they’re growing on you. :))

TeaBrat

okey dokey :)

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I felt that I just needed this today… :)

rmark25

you just reminded me that I need to go to Harney & Sons in SoHo before work and get some Paris!

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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. :)

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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

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

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