2542 Tasting Notes

100

Wow, I knew I was in for a treat when I smelled the dry leaf in the bag and it is already smelling kind of pineapple-ish. I steeped this at 3.5 minutes at around 195 F. I wish I knew where my thermometer was. My water was not quite boiling so I assume it was around 195.

I wonder, is this technically a darjeeling if it’s from Sikkim? The second flush Sikkim from Rare Tea Republic was beyond amazing in my opinion, and this one is excellent also. It’s very light bodied with a slight floral nose. The tea itself is very fruity, pineapplish and actually on the sweeter side with a bit of sandalwood/earth. I’m so used to these darjeeling type tea being very astringent with lots of tannins but this is exceptionally smooth and mellow. It’s easy to drink plain on it’s own. I’m with LiberTeas, I thought it was superb. Mmmm, I think I’m going to go make another cup right now!

I will definitely be going back to Rare Tea Republic as a customer.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

WOAHHH! WHAT?!? Amy…….did you just give a Darjeeling a perfect score! Well, technically Temi Sikkim is a region just outside of Darjeeling, but their qualities are very similar. Pay no attention….er…maybe there is no man behind the curtain. :)) LMAO…….Hehehehe.

TeaBrat

I liked it because it wasn’t so astringent but very flavorful!

ScottTeaMan

I do remember Sikkims to be fruity, and less astringent than Darjeelings. I’ve had a couple with minty qualities, and my last one from Upton’s had cherry nuances. You may find that these teas are your “Darjeeling” of choice. :))

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90

This sample was provided courtesy of Teavivre for review.

I decided to use two of the sample packets in my Gaiwan because I wasn’t sure one would have given me enough leaf.

My first steep was with around 180 F water for one minute. It is buttery, very rich and fresh. I got a tiny bit of sharpness towards the end so I think I may have steeped it too long that time.

The second steep was for around 30 seconds. The leaves have expanded so much that they have almost filled my entire gaiwan so I’m not sure using all that leaf was such a great idea. hee hee… but now I am picking up a bit on that lychee flavor and it’s still very nice and buttery.

Third steep: a little less butter and a little more fruit. It’s really a nice relaxing cup of yum-ness. I do happen to like Dong Ding oolongs quite a lot.

Fourth and Fifth Steep: still going strong in terms of flavor and richness.

Overall I give this good points on flavor but I’ve been drinking sooo many Taiwanese green oolongs lately that I’m not sure it really stands head and shoulders above the crowd. It is very enjoyable though! I would have liked to seen this roasted a bit.

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

Maybe just one sample pack…

TeaBrat

Maybe! It was fun though!

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80

Another sample from Upton which I am just trying today. This tea has not done very well in the ratings so far but I try not to let other people’s opinions influence me too much.

I first gave it a short steep in the gaiwan for 30 seconds at the recommend temp (175 F). It is light with a refreshing clover and almost cucumber like refreshment.

The second and third steeps are much the same as the first. I let them go on or 2 or so minutes. I am still getting cucumbers and light sweetness. It is very pleasant, but I can also see how you might be hoping it would give out more flavor. It is kind of expensive so I can’t see myself buying more in the future but I have definitely enjoyed trying it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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57

I’m holding off on rating this for now. I steeped some up this morning in the gaiwan and I just don’t get the appeal of it particularly with all the extended verbiage everyone else has used to describe it. It’s okay, but??? Am I missing something? Any helpful advice?

Geoffrey

Hmm. Dancong oolongs can be finicky about brewing. In fact, these oolongs have a reputation for being the most finicky as far as brewing goes. What kind of method were you using in your gaiwan? Water temp, leaf-to-water ratio, time and freshness of water can all make a difference. For these I usually make sure to use freshly boiled, filtered water. I have a small 3oz gaiwan, and fill that up to about 1/3-1/2 it’s capacity with Dancong leaf (or 2/3 capacity if I’m feeling bold). I then use boiling water for a quick rinse of the leaves, and follow with initial infusion for 10-15 seconds, poring off into serving pitcher for drinking. I follow that with another 6 or so infusions at 10-15 seconds each, and start adding +15 seconds time with each infusion after #7. Every 3 or so infusions, if drinking them back to back, I reheat the water somewhat to make sure it doesn’t get tepid. Just a general guideline, as I don’t think it really needs to be super exacting. I get good results with this.

And one thing I will note is that I’ve found freshly boiled water to be very important with this tea. Water that had been previously boiled, allowed to cool all the way down, and then re-boiled, produced dramatically diminished results the second time I tried this. It was an accidental discovery, and only got noticed by the contrast of drinking it again with freshly boiled water the same evening.

Hope this is helpful in some way, Amy. Give it a couple more tries if you can. If it’s still not working for you, maybe the flavor and other qualities of this particular Dancong just aren’t that appealing to your taste, which would be perfectly okay. Dancongs happen to be a particular favorite for me, but they’re not the preferred favorite for everybody.

TeaBrat

Thanks, that is helpful. It sounds like I was not using enough leaf for one thing!

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drank Cassis & Blueberry by Lupicia
2542 tasting notes

After reading the other reviews here I was wondering if I made a mistake in purchasing this. I have been shying away from flavored teas lately but I still like the fruity ones.

This I steeped up with boiling water in an infuser mug for 3 minutes. It’s a black tea and the fragrance is very strong, it smells a bit like black currents and cherries to me. As it cools off I am getting more blueberry flavor. It’s true that the flavor of the tea is not as strong as the smell but I don’t really mind that. If the flavor was stronger I might find it sickening, to be honest. I don’t really drink a lot of black teas without soymilk but this one is just kind of pleasant to sip on plain. Drinking it with soymilk is making it more of a dessert-type flavor.

Overall, I am pleased with this purchase. Will definitely have to try it as an iced tea also.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
2542 tasting notes

This really did make an excellent iced tea – I am steeping the rest of it today to drink tomorrow…

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90
drank Taiqing Temple Green by Verdant Tea
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Thanks to Verdant for including a sample of this in my last order

I don’t normally go in for minty things because they can aggravate my heartburn but I really did like the flavor of this one… it’s got the buttery sweetness of the Laoshan green plus the mint is very refreshing to me this morning.

I steeped mine in the Gaiwan with around 175 F water. I used a lot of leaf and got 4 steeps of it and counting. I used short 30-60 second steeps and those were fine. It’s a very nice blend, thanks David!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
The Purrfect Cup

That sounds pretty yummy actually. NOT that I need anymore teas. ;)

TeaBrat

If you do like mint I would highly recommend it!

The Purrfect Cup

SO tempting!!! Must.Resist.Buying.

TeaBrat

lol – good luck! :)

The Purrfect Cup

Might be a losing battle. BUT I’m hoping this might turn up in one of my tea of the month subscriptions from them. :)

potatowedges

Sounds so goooood…

CHAroma

This tea looks like strips of wool. But it sure sounds tastier than that! ;)

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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This one I have had for too long and it really needs to go, so I brewed some up in my handy little Lupicia cooler. I’m having some hot now and the rest is going into the fridge so I’ll have an iced tea tomorrow!

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90
drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
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hmm. I am a little confused by the description on Lupicia’s website as I got a tea called Ume Vert from their store that claims it is a white and green tea blend that is flavored with apricots and the website says it is flavored with plums so obviously I am going to review the tea that I have.

I really like this one, it just sounded so light and delicious from the description on the bag. They claim you can use boiling water but I was a bit skeptical so I steeped this for around 3 minutes @ approx 175 F.

this is a flavored tea but the apricot flavor is very subtle and the white tea flavor really comes through. Oddly I am getting more white tea flavor than green. This will be a great tea for the springtime and would also be very good as an iced tea.

Verdict: yum!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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35
drank Orange Dulce by Mighty Leaf Tea
2542 tasting notes

I bought a whole box of this a while ago evidently hoping I would love it, but alas…

It decided to steep some up today to see what I remember of it, an orange jasmine-y tartish perfumish mess. Smells like a perfume my Grandmother might have bought that went rancid. It is definitely more enjoyable with soymilk but now I’m just kind of sad I have so much of it. If anyone wants to swap, let me know. Other people really seem to love this tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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