2663 Tasting Notes

89

I just have a few dregs here and there from different teas my Tea from Taiwan sample packs. It’s tempting to throw the bits together in one giant teapot but that almost seems like a sacrilege, doesn’t it?

I always enjoy a nice green oolong from Taiwan, they seem to cheer me up somehow. this is very smooth and sweet- see previous tasting notes.

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

You could throw them together, but do it at your own risk and let me know how it turns out. :))

TeaBrat

I’m skeered.

Charles Thomas Draper

It may be delicious.

ScottTeaMan

Someone on Steepster gave me some sage advice. Drink it!! ;))

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90

And just when I’ve been warming up to this tea i seemed to have lost it somewhere in my apartment. How does one lose a tea? Well if you saw my stash you might understand but this was in a pretty big envelope. I hope I find it again.

I have to be really in the mood for white teas in order to appreciate them. Lately I’ve been intrigued by the vegetal and slightly smoky essence of this one. There is a tiny hit of corn flavor somewhere in the background. I figure there is some perfect way to steep this that will turn it magical but I haven’t discovered how yet. Or maybe not.

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

What an interesting white tea. I was wondering where it was from…the name intrigued me. A Nepali white. Hope you have enuff to find that magical brew. :))

TeaBrat

me too… the Himalayan white from the same company was also excellent.

ScottTeaMan

I’ve been meaning to try some Himalayan teas. I will, but I am trying to widdle my tea stash down a little.

ScottTeaMan

Hey, I just realized that ryhmed! hehehe……

TeaBrat

lol… yeah I know what u mean

TeaBrat

I’ve had very good luck with the Rare Tea Republic for Himalayan stuff.

ScottTeaMan

wHAT OTHER GOOD TEAS DID YOU EXPERIENCE FROM THEM…….Oolongs?? Puerhs??

TeaBrat

I’ll send you a list. :)

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90
drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
2663 tasting notes

I knew I had to try this tea when I first saw it. I love cardamom and roses so it was definitely calling my name!

I steeped this for 3 minutes at 212 F. I may have accidentally used too much leaf because it seems very strong (but yummy). The rose is very prominent in this blend, at first I thought maybe it was too much but as the cup is cooling off I like it more. The cardamom you pick up more so in the finish. The base of this tea is a rose congou, which I’ve never had before but now I’m inspired to try the plain rose congou, evidently it is fermented with rose petals. Doesn’t that sound a bit indulgent? I love it. hee hee.

Anyway I thought this was lovely, with a touch of soymilk. It got very dark and rich with both a floral and spicy aroma. But it is definitely strong on both the rose and the cardamom so if you’re leery of either of these things you’d better steer clear of this one.

I did manage to get a second steep out of it, still good although quite a bit milder…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Imperial Lotus by Teavana
2663 tasting notes

Thanks to The DJBooth for sending some of this my way. I was also tempted to pick this up at the end of year Teavana fire sale but didn’t.

No doubt one of the reasons this one was initally very pricey is the beautiful flower like formations that are all tied by hand. And the tin looked pretty cool as well. ;-) I wasn’t sure how much tea to steep in my cup but I ended up using two rosettes at 212F for around 3 minutes.

This is a very nice dark red color in the cup. It’s a bit malty, chocolatey and dark, pretty smooth. I think perhaps Teavana should tell more plain teas for those of us who want them. No doubt they are hanging onto my every word (hee hee). I enjoyed this one!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I had something vey similar to this a few years ago, whick I liked very much. I’m sure they’re somewhat pricier than they were then. Amy….do you think they are price worthy? :))

TeaBrat

I think originally this tea was around $40, I would not have paid that much for it…

Uniquity

This is one of the few that I really wanted to order during the big sale. The rosettes were such a neat idea!

ashmanra

Sounds exactly like one I bought two years ago from Harney and Sons that JacquelineM and I loved. It was called Golden Mudan.

ScottTeaMan

WOW! $40 is too much for this tea….I’d never pay it.

Yes ash…I think Golden Mudan is similar…I almost bought some.

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79

I got this as a night time dessert tea, so that’s why no caffeine…

Steeped it at 212 F for around 4 minutes. WooT! The smell is heavenly and exactly what I recall marzipan to be like, sweet and almondy. Sometimes decaf tea has a bit of an “off” flavor but I’m not really noticing it here. I added soymilk to this because that’s how I plan to drink it. I didn’t feel it needed sugar. That really made it delectable for me, rich and satisfying. Yum – I’m a happy camper with this blend for sure! I wish I had gotten more than 2 oz.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve only had a couple decaf teas because of that off flavor and I find I find them to be alot less flavorful or flat.

TeaBrat

maybe this one was so highly flavored that I didn’t notice. ;-)

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70

My first order from Simpson & Vail and I’m already a fan. From their catalog they look like a cute, family owned business that’s been around for 82 years.

My order arrived quickly and I was THRILLED to discover the tea I did not order in tins came in 100% biodegradable bags! These things are important to me from an environmental standpoint and I love to discover companies who feel the same. Yes!!! – I will be back to you soon, S & V.

Anyhoo onto this tea. I have grown to like green roobois fairly well and I thought this sounded like a nice afternoon/evening blend. I used about 2 tsp. in an infuser mug @ 180F at 3 minutes. It is very colorful and smells kind of fruity.

This one brews up kind of pink, there is hibiscus in it, but thankfully not too strong in this blend. This reminds me a bit of green and fruity from David’s Tea. I am getting a lot of papaya/orange flavor and it is a bit flowery as well. I think this would make a great iced tea so I’ll have to try it that way. Overall I am pretty pleased. It’s nicely balanced for an herbal but it’s hard to tell there’s any roobois in here. I’m a little annoyed at myself for not noticing the hibiscus when I placed the order though. It’s a wee bit tart.

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

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86

I actually liked this a bit better today for some reason so I upped the rating – can’t remember what I did last time but steeping it here for 3 minutes seems to have done the trick. It’s medium bodied and smooth with a hint of mango, this seems nice to drink just plain. Nevertheless I just seem to be gravitating away from flavored black teas a bit.

I really love the organic teas & backyard compostable packaging and this will definitely have me going back to Arbor Teas once my supply is depleted a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Irish Breakfast by Twinings
2663 tasting notes

It’s a sipdown! Farwell Twinings Irish Breakfast, you have served me well. But I must now make room in my cupboard for some other things. :)

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71

I like some other Celestial Seasonings teas, so don’t get me wrong, I’m not a tea snob.

Although this is far from terrible I really was hoping for something more? I love the smell of this, it’s definitely got a sugar-y vanilla aroma that is quite authentic. As for the flavor though, I found it to be kind of weak, like a watered down barley water with lemon & vanilla essence. I did like it a little bit better after I added soymilk but I’m not a huge fan of it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Camiah

Did you use two bags? To get the best flavor you really need two bags.

TeaBrat

I will try that next time, thanks

jamielynn

I typically use 5-6 bags for 16 ounces of tea. Let it steep for 15 minutes or so with a little less than a teaspoon of rock sugar. It turns out soooo good!

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81

Thanks to TheDJBooth for a sample of this one.

I wasn’t sure about this because my one other experience with Ginseng Oolong (Rishi’s) was not such a positive one.

I did steep this one up and noticed the leaves smelling very roasted which of course is an intriguing sign. I know some king’s tea is charcoal roasted but the Dr. Tea website does not any information about it whatsoever, why I have no idea. That seems kind of strange!

I think perhaps the ginseng is throwing me off a bit here but it isn’t as prominent in the Rishi tea, you can hardly taste it at all, which is a good thing. This isn’t a very flowery or buttery tea at all. It’s more nutty and roasty with a slight ginseng aftertaste.

I think the third steep was my favorite here which often seems to be the case with oolongs. I also let my water cool down a bit which is helping to bring out a bit more sweetness.

I’m not really sure if I need ginseng in my oolong tea, aside from the supposed health properties it has. This is fairly stimulating as well, would be good for when you need an energy boost so I think I’ll save the rest of my sample for a day when I need a kick in the pants. Glad I got to try it, definitely better than I thought it would be.

Dinah Saur

I have a couple of very nice ginseng oolongs my brother gave me. If you’d like to try some, I’d be happy to send some along! It adds a new layer and mild sweetness in the ones I’ve had. I have never ordered a ginseng oolong from any tea vendors, so I’m not sure how they compare (I see you note Rishi’s is not particularly exciting).

TeaBrat

The one from Rishi just tastes like a smelly old root.

ScottTeaMan

If you’ve read my review of my Ginseng Oolong my friend brought me from China, the tea is coated with licorice, which I like. The ginseng is never bitter, but I did taste less of the oolong tea itself. My experience with my Gin Oolong was quite positive. :))

Dinah Saur

Yes, Amy, you should read his review. It’s very nice and has an interesting story in it, too!

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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!

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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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89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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