2389 Tasting Notes

90

I got gaiwans, cups and serving vessels for an early Christmas gift. So excited! I decided to brew this up again this morning using the gaiwan. I upped the rating a little on this today. The first steep I did for 90 seconds and that was a little harsh. Second steep for 20 seconds. Very nice redwood aroma, fruity and earthy, beautiful dark red color. Associations with ceylon seem on the mark.

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drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
2389 tasting notes

sipdown! yeah I’m finally done with this one and am not too sad to see it go. I would love to find a good cherry tea if there is one out there that is not tart and smelly like this one. Hit me up with your recommendations if you have any.

LatteTeaDah

I’ve tried this one and I agree that it’s not great. But they have a Sakura Vert and Sakura Noir that’s the real-deal, sakura/cherry leaf versus the cherry “bean” – more of an authentic flavor and more subtle. Not sure why there’s such a gap between those and the Sakurambo – it’s all Lupicia, but so different.

TeaBrat

Ok, thanks for the helpful hint… i’ll look for the Sakura!

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97
drank Shi Zuo by Tea from Taiwan
2389 tasting notes

I need to get more creative with my tasting notes. I’m trying to figure out what to say about this aside from: yeah, that’s a Taiwanese oolong, all right.. lol

This is part of my Tea from Taiwan sampler, which so far I have been very happy with. This is probably my favorite of the bunch so far. I was just told by my friend that Taiwan oolongs are very popular in Japan and you find them all over the place in vending machines. This is getting steeped in a small ceramic infuser mug.

1st infusion – my tea smells like a mountain spring and is very buttery, sweet and slightly vegetal like peas or corn. Rich and delicious. I can hardly wait for infusion #2

2nd infusion – orchid floral aromas are now coming through intensely both in the aroma and flavor, this is very pleasant and soothing and also getting a bit sweeter. nom.

3rd infusion – sweetness is giving over to brothy chicken soup type home-yness.

ok, no more infusions for now, gotta go focus some attention on other things, and yes I have the attention span of a gnat. This one was very nice!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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90
drank Milima GFBOP by The Tea Emporium
2389 tasting notes

Niiiiice! Thanks to Indigobloom for sending me a sample of this! I’ve been looking for a kenyan tea to add to my repertoire and this one looks like it will fit the bill very nicely.

This is rich with some beautiful floral notes but without the astringency or the tannins of a darjeeling. I’m getting a nice bit of malt here in my cup as well. I did decide to drink this with soymilk and it’s quite a swell morning cuppa! It’s a bit fruity too.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Indigobloom

Teehee it’s one of my faves to! :P

TeaBrat

It’s a keeper!

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98

It would be difficult for me to top my sheng experience from last night but I was in the shop and before they managed to chase me out I decided to pick this one up also. It’s hard to imagine these people selling a really terrible tea so I did not think I was taking a big risk by buying this without tasting it first. They have so many gorgeous looking teas but I’m on a pu-erh kick for the time being it seems.

I infused this for 2 minutes the first time and then 30 seconds for each infusion after that (about 5). It’s very smooth with lots of plummy sweetness, deep earthiness and a malty roastedness. I am getting some camphor here in the finish which is not my favorite thing but fortunately the camphor is not totally overshadowing the other flavors so it seems somewhat subdued. It is quite a delicious mix for my morning here. I have a feeling their shan shou-puerhs may be more of my thing. This is a very tasty brew though, I am sure I will have no problems finishing it.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec
yssah - Love is Tea (LIT)

what sheng experience?

TeaBrat

I had the sheng from Red Blossom…

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100

Finally I’ve had a sheng that makes me understand what shengs are all about and why anyone would want to drink one.

Dry leaves are so luxurious and smell of licorice and flowers. I want to bathe in this smell.

I’ve gone onto 7 infusions so far and they are all butter pecan delicious with a hint of creamy sweetness. Faintly musty and earthy but with a aftertaste that lingers. No sign of the flavor slowing down. No weird funkiness that make me wonder what this is and why I am drinking it. I love wild tea and this seems like a great showcase for it – a gorgeous mature and fully blossomed beauty that deserves my full attention and devotion. I wish I was better at describing these things. Bravo and A+. If I ever have a better sheng I will be amazed. I am seeing stars.

More accolades to come, I am sure….

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Sounds amazing!! So glad they’re local!

Charles Thomas Draper

Amy I was going to order from them last night. An Imperial Shu or something like that. I chickened out when I saw the shipping was $7.00. After reading this I think I can handle the money….

Charles Thomas Draper

This is why I love Steepster. Amy I trust your judgement and I will buy this tea and I will want to bathe it too….

Charles Thomas Draper

I just placed the order. I am jealous that you have access to very fine tea in your area….

TeaBrat

Charles, i hope you like it! What else did you get?

TeaBrat

Stephanie, they are great but everytime i go in there i want to spend all of my money!

ScottTeaMan

At least you have all those places to go to get quality tea very close to home. :))

Charles Thomas Draper

Grand Shou ’97

TeaBrat

that looks delicious as well…

Charles Thomas Draper

That was my first choice until your review….

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78

A soothing genmai-cha. Very mild green tea flavor, this is very nutty and popcorny and is sitting well with me on this foggy afternoon. I can’t say I’m thrilled or excited by it but does anyone get that feeling with genmai-cha? There is matcha powder in here along with sencha… It works for me. :)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C
ScottTeaMan

What Feeling??….A thrilling feeling

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86
drank Imperial Formosa by Golden Moon Tea
2389 tasting notes

Strangely I’ve had this sample for a while and forgot to log it or finish the rest of it.

I am a fan of dark oolongs although I was a bit undewhelmed by some of the things I tried from Golden Moon. I thought this was very nice. It’s smooth and nutty and seems very clean with a lingering sweetness. I don’t know if I am getting orange blossoms but there is something slighty floral. The color and flavor are reminiscent of sugary toast. :) This is pretty tasty and I would definitely consider purchasing more if I was going to place a new order with GM.

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96

I am drinking this again today. It really is one of the best shus I have had. I think pu-erhs are so specific to the individual that is drinking them. I upped the rating a point. I was feeling guilty for spending $25 on the brick but that will last a while and I really like it, so whatever. I am lucky to live in a place that has so many tea shops.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

So many tea shops…so little time.

Charles Thomas Draper

I would love to have so many. Is this Shu available online?

TeaBrat

I have been looking for it but can’t find it.

ScottTeaMan

nor can I

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80
drank Yunnan Golden Buds by Verdant Tea
2389 tasting notes

I am finishing off the last of this today. I raised the rating a bit from where I had it before. It needs to steep for at least 4 minutes. I am getting more of the cinnamon flavor now. I m still fairly new to drinking Yunnan teas like this. I suspect it might grow on me a bit more over time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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

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