2743 Tasting Notes

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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
2743 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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90

I’m keeping the pu-erh addiction alive today… lol

One reason these are great for the office is I can use the same leaf for hours and keep going back to the hot water dispenser to steep it for 30 seconds or so which cuts down on the amount of times I have to get up. :)

Normally I’m not so keen on touchas especially since they can be made with inferior ingredients….

I thought this was great, very flavorful and nice shu with the chinese date, or jujube aroma. Supposedly a very smooth Menghai taste, I’m just starting to learn what that is. :)

It’s smooth and mellow with no grit like you sometimes find after steeping a tuocha (is that from dust, I don’t know?) I am enjoying the redwood type flavor with fruitiness in the finish. It reminds me a bit of raisins rather than dates, but you get the point.

No weird off flavors or fishiness… and no camphor. I only got four of these but I wish I had gotten more – they’re nice!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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80

I find that the more sheng I drink the more I sort of come to crave it and like it…

This came as a sample from Puershop.com, the sample was pretty inexpensive and they give you a good amount to play around with. This is not an expensive cake anyway, the entire beeng is only $19.

This tastes like what it is, a Chinese green tea. It’s slightly earthy and woodsy with no extreme astringent or bitter flavors, it has a bit of a sweet aftertaste. I did accidentally leave my first steep too long which made the tea pretty harsh. But, I should know better! My second steep was around 30 seconds and that was a good amount for this one.

I’m not a sheng expert but thought this was a good value for the price, especially if you can keep the steeping times very short. It did not blow my mind but it’s quite ready to drink now…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
2743 tasting notes

Thanks to SimplyJenW for a sample of this one!

Chocolate teas have not always been my favorite because usually I find them lacking in something. This is a pretty unique blend of chocolate, mate, raspberry and almond. I steeped mine for 5 minutes and found the ingredients to be flavorful and fairly well balanced but I also probably used a bit more leaf than I typically would. This is definitely a fun way to start the day! I hope the mate gives me a boost, I need one this morning. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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63

This came with my recent order from PuerShop.com, after I placed the order I read the other reviews and I was really wishing I had NOT ordered it because they are quite dismal. In any case the entire beeng was only $18 so I’m not losing out on much by trying it.

I broke off a small chunk of it to stick it in an infuser mug. I definitely wanted to rinse this one quite thoroughly. After that I let it steep for about 1 minute. I’m not getting any aromas of a dirty pond, which is what I was afraid of from the first review. But okay, it might be a tad bit “eau du barnyard”.

This is kind of woodsy, and earthy, it also has a big chocolate-y element. It isn’t the most interesting shu I’ve ever had it terms of flavor and quality but it isn’t that bad either… I didn’t think it was very light like another reviewer said. Could there be a vast difference in the quality of these beengs or maybe I just don’t know what I am talking about when it comes to pu-erhs? lol. It’s true I’ve only been drinking them for about a year.

Since I have the whole cake I might just let this one air out and age for a while too…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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still love this one… I wish I could find some other red rooibos blends I like as much. :)

Spoonvonstup

Have you tried any blending at home? Could be a fun experiment.

TeaBrat

I have some plain honeybush I’ve tried blending with a few things. I should try with rooibos someday. :)

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82

Yesterday we made a trek to Teance in Berkeley which is definitely one of the more upscale tea places I have ever been to (with prices to match)

I decided I needed to pick up one of these little fragrant leaf shengs, it sounded so appealing from the description and the bamboo leaf wrapping could not be cuter…

I threw the first steep of this away after I realized I forgot to rinse it. The second steep here is pretty nice, I am getting the sticky rice aroma for sure, there is a slightly sweet taste with quite a bit of astringency in the finish. Slightly earthy. I steeped it for around 2 minutes basket style, I will try for less steeping next time around. It is a very young sheng but I liked it. My rating might go up when I’ve had the chance to do a proper gong fu tasting.

Third steep here has gotten a lot lighter with some more fruity/apple flavors…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Gunpowder Green by Numi Organic Tea
2743 tasting notes

For a bagged green tea, this is not too bad. I’m housesitting for a friend today and just wanted to bring something convenient. Very mild with a hint of smoke. I need to try some other gunpowder varieties in the future – see my previous notes.

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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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