2542 Tasting Notes

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drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
2542 tasting notes

Thanks so much to QueenofTarts for this sample I’ve been wanting to try…

This stuff is so weird looking, I mean it’s full of husks! There isn’t as much rooibos at all in this blend. Perhaps that is a blessing in disguise, I don’t know.

I used about 1 tsb in my small $4 Daiso teapot. This definitely needed 5 minutes of steeping time and I think I should have used more of the sample because it was kind of thin. But this is a little teapot that makes only about 8 oz. of tea. It really does smell exactly like chocolate! The taste is… well it’s interesting. It’s certainly palatable but I don’t think I am in love with it. It reminds me of a chocolate liquor or something of that nature. I can’t help but wonder if this would be better with something added to it. In any case I will certainly try a resteep soon using more of what I’ve got!

QueenOfTarts

I found that in the pouch I received there was virtually no rooibos or vanilla. It seemed to be mostly the cocoa husks. Glad you got to try this one!

TeaBrat

Do you think that’s a little strange? It looks a lot different on their website!

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100

Wow, really what more can I say about this one? Well, I’ll try to say something!

I ordered this on a hunch I would like it just from reading the description. To me this is like oolong perfection in a cup. I’ve steeped it now for 3 times in the gaiwan and it’s a rich, golden tea. Mouthfeel is similar to a really nice gyokuro. Very buttery and rich! The slight roasting I believe brings out the nutty flavor. I am getting macadamia nuts and mangoes, a slight taste of corn.

Upon my initial steep I got a tiny trace of bitterness so I would recommend not oversteeping this one if you can possibly help it.

You can just tell this is a great quality oolong, totally off the charts in my opinion. I have hardly met a formosa oolong I did not like but this one ranks up there very high as one of my all time favorites. Very well done, Asha!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

Did it taste like anything illegal??

TeaBrat

lol – nope, I think you might need the LiShan oolong sativa for that! http://ashateahouse.myshopify.com/collections/oolong/products/li-shan-oolong-sativa

Charles Thomas Draper

Oops sorry wrong one…

ScottTeaMan

Amy, did you get an oolong sampler? Asha’s Ali San & Li Shan oolongs seem highly priced, Most teas like this are though, and I think their prices are pretty competitively priced, based on what I’ve priced on the net. Oh boy! Now I’m tempted to add another company to my list, and I am trying to not place another tea order till Spring, but this is one I will try…….at some point! :))

TeaBrat

I got a sample size of the Ali Shan but not of this one. It was pricey but I loved it.

Charles Thomas Draper

Scott I recommend Asha….

TeaBrat

me too!

Charles Thomas Draper

His Oolongs are first class A1.

ScottTeaMan

Thank you. :))

BTVSGal

He is a little pricey now. I remember buying from him back in September when the Alishan was half the price it is now. I will say though he has to me the best oolong I have had. He gives generous samples when you make an order too.

Charles Thomas Draper

I may buy this today. I respect your taste.

Charles Thomas Draper

The fragrant aroma and the rich aroma is this the same tea?

TeaBrat

They are different. I have not had the fragrant aroma. I believe this is more heavily roasted…

Charles Thomas Draper

Thanks. They must be sold out….

TeaBrat

Already? sheesh. Maybe you should send them an email or something.

BTVSGal

I would do the tasting kit, if he gets more in. You get a good three tastings and you get to try all three.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
2542 tasting notes

Thanks very much to SimplyJenW for sending me a sample of this, I really wanted to try it!

As for me, well I’m not really sure chocolate goes that well in tea. This blend is nice though, it looks like it has some pink flowers in it, I wonder what they are? It has a light cocoa flavor that seems to go well with the black tea base but is ever so slightly “chalky”. I did not sense a lot of coconut until I added soymilk to it, which seemed to bring out the coconut flavor for me. I’d definitely have this as a dessert tea but I’m not sure I will buy any when I still have a big tin of Florence, their chocolate hazelnut tea, it’s tempting though!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I thought this one was delicious. Very smooth and sweet for a pu-erh tea, I steeped mine in the gaiwan for 30 – 60 seconds each time.

The flavors are fruity, I definitely get the date flavor and aroma, or maybe raisin. The wet leaves are dark and smell of cocoa and the forest. A very rich and earthy cup. Bana gets my vote for some of the best pu-erhs I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I was surprised this one did not do higher in the other ratings. I think maybe pu-erh is an acquired taste…

I needed something to revive me today and this is helping, very uplifting!

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

So, if I get some sample packs of Puerh teas, you would recommend Bana?!
Do any other companies come to mind for Puerhs?

ashmanra

Scott, send your address and I will send a sample of loose osmanthus puerh from purepuer.com if you like. I want the little gift baskets of puerh tuo cha on the tea gifts page. Too cute!

TeaBrat

I do recommend Bana. Verdant also has sampler packs for puerh. And Red Blossom is great for loose leaf pu-erh but no samples.

ScottTeaMan

ash—I’ll PM you later. :))

Thanks Amy. :))

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I got this recently on Amazon.com with a gift certificate someone gave me for Christmas. It was only about 1/2 the price that Tao of Tea sells it for so I would check there first if you’re interested in buying one.

This is an interesting bing because it is made of the tea flowers and not tea leaves. I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not but I think it’s good. I steeped it around 175 F for 1-2 minutes each steep. It doesn’t really have the taste of a regular pu-erh. It is a lot sweeter, mild, and more melon-y and also a bit floral (duh!). It is a pretty nifty little cake. I am noticing a bit of a pollen aftertaste and since I have allergies it’s making me a little paranoid but I don’t seem to be allergic to the tea.

Let me know if anyone wants to try it/swap for it!

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

Sounds amazing! Willing to do to international shipping? If so, I would to try a sample! Anything I have you might like?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I never seen one made from the flowers of the tea plant, thats cool :)

MzPriss

I am very curious about this tea.

MzPriss

And I would like to try a swap if you see anything in my cupboard that looks appealing to you.

MzPriss

and LOL – I just ntoiced this was 2 years old

TeaBrat

that’s ok, I still have some if you’d like to swap. :)

MzPriss

Oh yay! I totally would! See if there is anything in my cupboard you want :)

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94

hmm. So I still think Alishans are kind of wimpy but I wanted to try this one anyway and it certainly seems like one of the better ones I have had.

I’ve been steeping this in a gaiwan at around 180 F for 60 seconds or so. My impressions of the first two steeps are it’s very light and citrusy with an elegant creamy element. I am reminded of lemon meringue.

The third steep is usually my favorite with oolongs and I’m also getting the coconut milk element that Geoffrey described in his tasting note. I think I will need to try cold brewing the rest of this sample as well, that would probably bring out the sweetness in this tea a lot.

About the fourth infusion I’m getting some sugar snap peas in here, I’m thankful this tea is not overly flowery in any way. A gentle and elegant way to start my day.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Oriental Beauty by Asha Tea House
2542 tasting notes

Hurray – I’m the first one to log this. Nyah, nyah nyah! :-)

Today I am an oolong fiend. I got this as a freebie with my order from Asha Tea House and I’m very grateful.

I only have had one other oriental beauty oolong and this is another one that evidently gets its’ sweetness from the assistance of insects. So I’m defintely not an expert. And I’ve heard it can be difficult to find a good quality oriental beauty oolong but I believe this is a good one.

It brews up darker than a green oolong but is not really roasted. The flavor in infusions 1 and 2 reminds me a bit of grain with a light floral quality and some lingering sweetness. A bit of honey. This falls very softly on the palette and is moist and refreshing in your mouth.

Steep #3 is getting a bit sweeter with something like a light touch of caramel or brown sugar. Mmmm. This is really lovely, I’m so glad I got the chance to try it. It’s luxurious!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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94

Wah – I just wrote a nice detailed tasting note for this but it did not get saved for some reason.

Normally I think Alishans are kind of wimpy but this one was really good. Lightly buttery with a scent of gardenias but not overwhelmingly floral. Very clean and delicious, I would definitely buy it again. Steeped 4 times and still very flavorful! Sorry for the brevity of this note, I don’t have the patience to recreate it – :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

It is absolutely awful when that happens… Sorry about that!

TeaBrat

It is annoying, isn’t it?

ScottTeaMan

It has happened to me once and I did try to recreate the review, but I probably wont do that every time. :-//

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94

Finishing off the last of this sample today -kinda sad to see it go, it’s yummy (see previous tasting notes)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this which I am finally getting around to trying!

I still don’t know how to tell if a milk oolong has real or an artificial flavor added. From the description it would appear that this one is natural. I’ve been steeping it in the gaiwan for 60 seconds or so this morning at around 180 F. this is a very buttery tea that reminds me of freshly cooked corn. There is also a slight floral element here which is nice. It is very tasty but since I seem to be allergic to milk I always worry about these. :)

It gets a little less milky around the 3rd and 4th step so that’s where I seem to like it the most. Amazing this reminds me of POPCORN!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

ahh popcorn, that is what I couldn’t put into words! ha!
I’m not sure if this is real or artificial but I’ve always had positive experiences with this company so I am hoping it’s natural :)

ScottTeaMan

Wow! Freshly cooked corn & popcorn! I didn’t get that from my silken oolong :-//.

I think I’ve posted this link before, but I’ll repost:

http://www.teacuppa.com/Milk-Oolong-Tea.asp

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