2355 Tasting Notes

90

I am revisiting this today with my new batch from Verdant. It is like visiting with an old friend. A sweet and delicious friend… lol!

Charles Thomas Draper

More than a 92….

TeaBrat

I calls ’em like I sees ’em :-P

ScottTeaMan

this looks like another Fab green.

ScottTeaMan

Do you like this one better than the Mei Li Amy?? Charles???

ScottTeaMan

’Cause I thought the Mei Li rocked, so why does this one get a higher score? How is it better? Or, maybe not better….special?

TeaBrat

Scott, the Mei Li was good but I found it too smoky – I think that is just a matter of personal taste. This one is very sweet and floral.

ScottTeaMan

I thought maybe if you lowered the temp 10*, but I’m not sure it would have made that much diff with the smokiness. Sweet & floral…..Now I CAN’T order from every tea company. I’ll have to prioritize my 2012 tea selections!

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90

I purchased this at the Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco. This is just such a cute presentation, pu-erh tea cooked in a tangerine. I had to try it!

I let this steep for 3 minutes with boiling water. In hindsight, that may have been a bit too much so I will need to do more experiments. I saw on another website people had broken up parts of the peel to brew with the tea so that would also be fun to try. I also forgot to rinse this off before brewing.

I got a very dark liquor but it is very smooth and rich with no hint of astringency. A tiny bit of shiitake mushroom with some chocolate notes. I’m getting a bit of tangerine in the finish nothing like a flavored tea, this is very subtle. There is some smoke in the finish. Even with the stronger steeping this is a very mellow and easygoing tea.

One tangerine yields about 2 small or one large pot of tea. I don’t know if I have time this morning for multiple infusions which is a bit sad. Pu-erh is a tea best left for the weekends!

I did manage to get a second infusion. This time I tried for one minute with boiling water with a tiny bit of the peel thrown in for good measure. This produced a milder but still flavorful version of the first steep. Now I am getting a bit of spice in the cup as well. It’s hard to say which one I prefer more!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

How interesting—-stuffed Purh, it looks so delicious!

TeaBrat

It was good! I did manage to get one more infusion so I will update my description. :)

ScottTeaMan

sounds good…I’m gonna finish the Rishi Puerh sample you gave me for lunch today. I find I could drink several cups of Puerh weekly if I kept it in stock, It is highly drinkable IMHO! Catch ya later…..:))

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95
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
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Received a sample in my order from Butiki…

This is a great way to end a day of tea. I am ready to Citrus Dream off to slumberland. A delightful mix of chamomile blossoms and fruit. Not tart, not sweet, just soft and pleasant. I can’t taste much of the goji or lemon grass, they are very subtle. I am getting mostly apple and chamomile with a touch of orange. I happen to like chamomile but if you don’t I would of course avoid this. It’s like Sleepytime tea x 10 in terms of flavor and beauty. Very well done for an herbal – another winner from Butiki.

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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he heh. I’ve already rated this and logged it a few times. I know I will need more soon – it’s my favorite evening tisane by far…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this!

This is a good choice for an afternoon tea. I am getting mostly white tea with lots of chamomile and a tiny bit of mango. I don’t really taste much butter or cream but it is very sweet smelling. This is one I liked better after adding soymilk to it. It’s nice but I don’t think I would buy it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jenn

I felt the same way about this tea. Lots of chamomile, something fruity, no real buttercream flavor. It wasn’t bad but I had built up some crazy, lick the spoon, decadent, buttercream frosting expectations.

TeaBrat

well that’s due to their marketing spiel, I think!

Jenn

I’m such a sucka!

Amariel

Did you try it with milk? If not, do yourself a favour and do it. I know it is odd to drink white tea with milk, but I think the flavour changes a bit with the milk, in a good way. Also, adding sugar brings out the sweetness, even if just a tiny amount.

TeaBrat

I added soymilk per the description above but I don’t drink regular milk. Also I don’t add sugar to tea as a general rule.

Amariel

Ahh, I missed the soymilk mention. I agree that it isn’t quite like frosting, but it is super yummy!

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82
drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
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I was looking to try one of the Tulsi teas from Organic India. All of the others seemed to have hibiscus or flowers so I picked this one. I really like the lemon ginger combination so I had a pretty good sense I would enjoy this. Definitely gingery and aromatic, the tulsi flavor shows up as an aftertaste of something minty here. I like it, even for a teabag! A good afternoon tea when I need to go caffeine-less but still want something tasty. This would also be good for an upset tummy or as an after meals drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahaa—-even for a teabag!

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93
drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
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75
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
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I am drinking this today after a long hiatus from it. I downgraded it a bit as it is not as good as I remember, it’s a bit tart and has a strange aftertaste. It’s interesting how my tastebuds have evolved over time. I need to finish it though!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Organic Blue Nettle by Butiki Teas
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I bought this recently with a few things from Butiki to try. I have to say I like this very much. For one thing the unique twisted shape of the leaves in this conical fashion is just fun to look at! An organic and free trade tea from Sri Lanka, also a bonus.

For another thing this has a lot of flavor for a green tea, I am definitely picking up some vegetal notes of artichoke and the like, but there is also a flavor here which is reminiscent of black tea, I had to make sure I washed my cups since I was a bit puzzled by this. Then I went on the internet and found some other reviews which said the same exact thing so no, it is not my imagination apparently.

I feel like I am getting a hint of smoke and dried fruit in the aftertaste here. Very complex and rich for a green tea. I recommend you try it if you are a fan of green teas. :) Definitely a keeper in my book.

I followed the instructions on the bag which was 180 F and 3 minutes, two cones for 8 oz of water.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Amy, what other teas did you get from Butiki? I was just at their site and noticed their pistachio ice cream tea uses vegan certified flavoring. That Blue Nettle Puerh sure looks tempting. What to do? After Specialteas.com closed, I was looking for a company replacement…….not 3, or 4, or 5…………

TeaBrat

ha ha… I got the Purple kenya tea, the blue nettle and the Mao JIan – the greens were both good, I have not tried the Purple Kenya yet.

Charles Thomas Draper

I have 3 samples that I have to taste….

TeaBrat

@ Charles – what are they? :)

Charles Thomas Draper

Green Jade, Purple Tea of Kenya and Gyokuro Superior

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80
drank Plum Oolong by Rishi Tea
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A very nice afternoon tea, delightful

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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

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

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