2542 Tasting Notes

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I’ve never had a green tea from Nepal before – evidently this is my week to try all things from Nepal and so far I am loving it!

This was steeped for 4 minutes at around 180 F according to the package instructions. I’m totally with LIberTeas on this one, it’s a very unique green! Definitely lemon-y and vegetal with a bit of astringency but thankfully not bitter… I would describe it as clean and zippy. I then decided to resteep the leaves at around 160F for 3 minutes. It got a lot lighter and more delicate so I was for sure more a fan of the first steep. Very cool!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

The couple Yunnan greens I’ve tried were….that’s perfect…clean and zippy. Zippy really fits for some reason.

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86

hmm. So I guess I have some mixed feelings about this one. My first steep was at 4 minutes with boiling water and I should have known that was too hot because the package says 190 F. It got too bitter and astringent for me. I am used to treating darjeelings more or less like a black tea but I think I need to start treating them more like oolongs. My mistake for sure.

So in my second steep, it got steeped more like a green tea for 3 minutes with around 160 F. Now I’m getting some more pleasant apricot jam like notes in addition to floral & vanilla. But yeah the astringency is still lurking there. I might need to start all over again with this one or perhaps this is a gateway into a learning experience that I might want to avoid first flush darjeelings in the future? I suspect it needs a more delicate tasting perhaps in the gaiwan. Stay tuned…

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

I did the same thing yesterday with a FTGFOP1 and my tea was so bitter I literally spit it out. What’s odd is that I followed the brewing instructions, but I will definitely brew it like a green next time.

Uniquity

I find that once a tea gets bitter (over-steeping, too hot water, etc) that bitterness remains in future steeps of the same leaves, even if they are handled more delicately the second time (or third, or fourth, etc). Maybe a new set of leaves will yield better results?

TeaBrat

Live and learn, so they say. Uniquity, yes I have a little bit of the sample left so I’m going to try again armed with my new knowledge. :)

ScottTeaMan

Darjeelings (esp FF’s) do not resteep well. Lower the temp and Amy, try steeping no longer than 3, or even 2.5 minutes.

TeaBrat

will do!

Indigobloom

I’ve had a few that have steeped really well the second and third time. Not so much with the lower quality ones. I’m looking forward to your review of this at a lower temp!!

ScottTeaMan

Indigo…….what do you consider lower quality ones?

ScottTeaMan

Sometimes I will brew a second time, but I usually add more leaf to the 2nd cup.

Indigobloom

Hmmm probably the ones that don’t resteep well!! lol
my spice exchange darjeeling brewed even better the third time. Sweeter and fruitier than the first!

ScottTeaMan

I guess I could, but I’ve never steeped a Darjeeling more than twice.

Indigobloom

how long do you brew for? I tend to do shorter steeps

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84
drank Imperial White by The Tao of Tea
2542 tasting notes

This came in a small tin as part of a white tea gift set I got from Amazon.com with a gift certificate someone gave me. It comes in a nice little wooden box covered with plexiglass which is a nice touch.

I drank this at work so it was steeped in an infuser mug. I tried to follow the instructions pretty well, they said 190 F for 3 minutes. I also did a second steep at about the same temp for 2 minutes. I’d like to try steeping this at a lower temp too.

I was pretty happy about this tea – as far as white teas I’ve tried it is more on the vegetal side and very nutty. The flavor profile said chestnut but I actually felt it was more like macadamia nut, nutty with a bit if butter. I didn’t pick up on the smoke but I did think it was a little “salty” – smoked salt? I dunno. There also just seemed to be a marine type of quality going on with this… a bit seaweedy perhaps? In any case it was very flavorful and delicious. I never knew there were so many different types of white teas – they are fast becoming an obsession!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It’s funny to me how you say it is nutty and the profile refers to chestnuts. It just seems that most descriptions refer to “chestnut” nutty, and not usually another kind of nut. Personally, I guess I’ve never distinguished between types of nuts when noting the nutty quality of tea. All this talk of nuts is making me nu…….crazy! :)) Speaking of crazy, white teas do bring out an obsessiveness in me too, but I tend to drink whites more in the spring and summer for some reason.

Sounds like a great tea and another tea I’ll have to add to my Tao of Tea order later this year.

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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Oh, yay! I have this back in stock. I got 3 tins of this with an Amazon.com gift certificate so you know I must really love it. The best rooibos chai I’ve ever had and a perfect dessert drink. I upped the rating because it makes me so happy.

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76
drank Kamiya Papaya by Teavana
2542 tasting notes

this is the tastiest fruit blend Teavana makes in my opinion. I think it must be the rosebuds and the cinnamon, as well as the lack of hibiscus. I must have decided I loved it at one point because I bought 3 bags! Nice for after lunch…

The DJBooth

Lack of hibiscus in an herbal….now that’s impressive most that I’ve had seem to all have hibiscus in them.

TeaBrat

it’s difficult to find a fruity tea without hibiscus in it.

Amariel

It is hard, I agree. I hate hibiscus.

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81
drank Green Coconut by TeaGschwendner
2542 tasting notes

I like this pretty well but I wish it was gone already, don’t know what that says about the tea. Let me know if anyone wants a sample or a swap. :)

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88
drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
2542 tasting notes

This is really hitting the spot today. A yummy sweet green broth like infusion…
upped the rating just a tad.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

It is lighter than Sencha, and I still got three quality steeps each time from the Fukamushi I had (from Hibiki-an).

TeaBrat

Mine looks like it has twigs in it, did yours?

TeaBrat

Ah, karigane is stem tea, I just looked it up…. :)

ScottTeaMan

I don’t think mine was karigane. Look here:

http://www.hibiki-an.com/product_info.php/cPath/36/products_id/399

I also bought mine a couple years ago, so I’m not sure if it was blended with Gyokuro, like this years crop. I don’t think it was.

ScottTeaMan

It also was $4 cheaper when I bought it, but it’s still really worth it. I mean c’mon, tea directly from the tea fields of Japan to my house! :))

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89

This is a sample I picked from the RtR website – I thought, due to the description it sounded more on the sweet side. This most definitely IS a darjeeling. I didn’t think I liked them but I got some samples to try anyway.. lol

I steeped this for 4 minutes at about 180 F. I could have gone hotter on the water, the package says to use 200.

I have to admit I was sorely tempted to put soymilk in this but I think it would have ruined the really delicate flavor here. It’s light and delicious! Very fruity tea but I do get the pine needle thing they are describing here. Quite a fragrant aroma which I believe is described as the “muscatel finish”. Well I am a complete newbie to darjeelings since the one I had before was Twinings I believe and that just gave me a stomach ache. This is definitely a different experience and I am enjoying it. I am a little nervous about the astringency but it doesn’t seem to have much.

Now I’m going to have to get familiar with what all these letters mean. SFTGFOP = Super Fine Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe , you got that? ;-)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hehehe….I usually brew my second flushes 3-4 minutes, just below boiling (200-205). Only for 2nd flushes will I occasionally add a dash-just enough to color the tea-of milk. I do this if it is a little rough around the edges. :)) PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN! :)) I laugh!

TeaBrat

I may be converted yet… :)

ScottTeaMan

Just a side note: I’ve already lapsed on a New Year resolution. I promised myself I would consume more of my evergrowing tea stash. Well, I’ve already purchased some Mei Li tea, AND Thunderbolt Tea was having a 2011 tea sale, so I couldn’t resist buying more Darjeeling tea! OK…….I’m restating my resolution, starting……NOW! ;-)

TeaBrat

ha – I know I already bought too much tea for Jan. already… :)

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drank Holy Detox by Koni Tea Company
2542 tasting notes

This is just one of those tisanes where you hope it must be good for you because you pretty much have to hold your nose when it goes down… I like tulsi and lemon myrtle but the spearmint and rosehips and linden blossoms? eeek. I particularly don’t think I like linden. At any rate, you could make this better by serving it over ice or just believe that it will detoxify something. I can’t say I’m really a fan of the flavor though.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Erin

Are you still drinking tea! Good thing it’s a Tisane! You are the TEA master!

TeaBrat

Herbal tea, dear!

Erin

herbal tea = tisane

Erin

right?!

TeaBrat

indeed. :)

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87

This really is a delicious silver needle tea – light, creamy, soft & floral. It’s a very relaxing brew. I thought it was good but I was not blown away by it like the Shangri-La Himalayan white I had by the same company, which was also more energizing and had more caffeine IMO… interesting. This tea was a lot more expensive than the other one I liked but definitely seems like it would be better for a relaxing and elegant moment. I guess it isn’t fair to compare apples to oranges anyway. As always, I may be updating my tasting notes in the future. :)

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

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