2710 Tasting Notes

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I like genmaicha but I’m not sure about this tea. The first time I tried steeping it it was all cheesecake flavor and I didn’t like it at all but I don’t think I used water that was hot enough.

Tonight I steeped it in a gaiwan and I like it better this way, the cherry flavor is coming up and mixing well with the nuttiness of the rice but now I am not getting any cheesecake. Weird. I feel like if I can find the perfect method to brew this it might be ultimately more enjoyable for me but for now it’s just kind of elusive.

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

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62

I had higher hopes for this one… I admit Tulsi is an acquired “herby” taste but I do like it, as well as roses and chamomile. I think what ruins this for me is definitely the stevia, the aftertaste is waaaay too sweet for me and I can’t get us to it. So I will drink this for the stress busting properties I know it has, but it will be more like medicine than a pleasurable experience. Oh well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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89

Recently I got myself a gift set from Le Palais des Thes and I was very excited when it arrived. It comes in a box with a full color book and aluminum tins of their different flavored teas. I was initially a little bit miffed after realizing I was only going to get two mugs of tea out of each sample, but that’s ok. I will definitely recycle or reuse these tins for something else, spices perhaps…

I don’t always like vanilla tea because the vanilla can get very artificial tasting but this is very nice and subtle. The green tea is a flavored sencha which I’m really enjoying. I might have steeped this a little long but it seems to be fine. It’s a very smooth taste with a bit of vegetal and also some lingering nuttiness. A bit of astringency in the finish as I was expecting. I don’t know if I will purchase a large size but it definitely is one of the nicer flavored greens I’ve tried. I like the fact that the flavoring is very mild & it blends well with the tea.

20 minutes later: this sencha is not sitting too well with my stomach, perhaps oversteeping was a bad idea. :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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79

Another sheng sample from Puershop.com. :)

I gave this one a quick rinse and steeped it for about 45 seconds in an infuser mug, it’s light yellow and is mildly smoky and woodsy with a sweet aftertaste. This is a nice mellow sheng which is certainly ready to drink now. It doesn’t have a lot of complexity, I assume that might evolve over time as this is only 3 years old. I liked it though, it’s quite ready to drink now if you wanted to….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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93

I’ve always wanted to own one of these 7562 bricks although I can’t quite tell you why. I’ve heard so many things about them and people owning ones that age very well over time. I’ve never had a brick that is so tightly packed before and, having no idea how to break it apart I immediately began attacking it with a kitchen knife, making a big mess. There must be a better way – a chisel?

My cup is elegant with no strange odors in my opinion. The tea is very smooth and dark with a creamy, malty and chocolate-y element. I am enjoying it. I’m a newbie to Menghai pu-erhs but am already a fan of this one. Definitely a good purchase for the price, I got mine from Puershop.com for $11.95 and that will make a lot of tea!

Doug F

I’ve had good luck with the puerhshop and Menghai teas as well.

TeaBrat

@Triumph – Menghai seems to have a good reputation. Have you ever had to chisel tea out of a brick?

Charles Thomas Draper

They sell special knives and picks….

TeaBrat

Apparently I need one!

Doug F

Luckily I have one of those special picks (I’ve broken a couple) because I’ve had a few ripe cakes that had become pretty impenetrable.

ashmanra

I know purepuer.com sells puer picks and knives. Want!

TeaBrat

maybe I’ll find one at the SF international tea festival I’m going to tomorrow…

ScottTeaMan

Hey, I remember reading about the festival. How was it?? Lucky dog! :))

TeaBrat

not that great in my opinion, but worth checking out

ScottTeaMan

hhMMM…WHY NOT SO GREAT?

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61
drank Raspberry Soiree by Teavana
2710 tasting notes

Raspberry Soiree, I still think you are the spitting image of Hawaiian Fruit Punch.

I am trying to finish this off but it is a bit of a joyless endeavor.

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

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78
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
2710 tasting notes

By accident I probably let this steep for 7 minutes or so this afternoon. Actually I think it might be a bit better this way! This tea isn’t bad, I just have soooooo much of it. I’ll never buy 8 oz. of the same tea again! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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92

Thanks to SimplyJenW for sending some of this my way! Usually I enjoy roses in tea so I thought I would try this…

Wow, this smells so nice when it’s steeping and so does the finished cup. I am having a bad morning (already) and the aroma is very soothing. I don’t know that much about congous so it’s a bit difficult to determine what role it is playing here. The tea itself is a medium bodied black tea with a hint of sweetness and some chocolate/spice. I sipped on some of it plain but then I also added soymilk and I liked it both ways. This is going on my list of things to purchase from Upton the next time I place an order. This tea is VERY rosey so if you don’t like that I’d steer clear of it for sure. For me it’s so very nice, a small luxury in the day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

I really like this one too. Hope your day improves!

TeaBrat

thanks. :)

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65
drank Cinnamon Plum by Rishi Tea
2710 tasting notes

I hardly ever add sugar to anything but I will not finish this tea without sweetener – the hibiscus just makes it too tart. It’s a shame because I love the way this smells. Probably will not repurchase it but I just want to finish off what I have…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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95

This is a black tea from Sri Lanka and the description on the website is thus:

A gorgeous, tippy tea that produces a mellow, amber-colored and very flowery liquor. One of the best teas from the Nuwara Eliya district.

I steeped this at around 4 minutes at 205 F and am loving it! It has beautiful small and dark leaves. The aroma of the tea is flowery but the flavors are luscious… I am getting molasses, honey and fruit. This has a slight bit of pungency in the finish which is a bit harsh but that might be tempered by steeping with a bit less time. I took off a few points in my rating for that but otherwise it’s so close to perfection.

This is definitely one of the best ceylons I’ve ever had – very, very good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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