2351 Tasting Notes

100
drank Black Spiral by The Tao of Tea
2351 tasting notes

A true gem I discovered thanks to Steepster. So smooth it’s like drinking hot chocolate. yummm

Preparation
Boiling
Laurence Burris

How long did you have it steep? By the way thanks to you & TeaEqualsBliss I am really enjoying the world of tea. I tried a tea called Scottish Breakfast and a Robio (?), anyhow it was all very delicious & fun.

TeaEqualsBliss

I had a hunch you would enjoy this one!!!!

TeaBrat

@Laurence – I let it steep around 4-5 minutes. It does not get bitter very easily

Amariel

Oooh! This sounds great!

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76
drank Dragonwell by Leland Tea Co
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I increased the rating a little bit this morning. It is very pleasant.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

I love Lung Ching….

TeaBrat

I wish this had a bit more flavor… can you recommend a really good one?

Charles Thomas Draper

well, I had a kilo from China that my gfs family sent over. Sadly it gone. It was written in Chinese. It was poetry in a cup. I have been drinking uptons superfine but it does’nt compare. I have noticed that this tea and most other greens are better when brewed in a glass with water that is way less than boiling. I don’t measure anything. Time or temperature or amounts. My next shipment to you will contain greens….

ScottTeaMan

That’s a problem for me-flavor. Maybe b/c I’ve only had a couple standard grades. I like Lung Chings, just haven’t tasted one I’m Crazy about.

TeaBrat

It is not my favorite in terms of flavor but it’s easier on my stomach than some other green teas.

Charles Thomas Draper

There is a reason it’s one of the Top 10 Teas in China….

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64

Kusmi Tea sampler 5/5

Bouquet of Flowers – I was leery of this from the get go due to the name and the fact that flowery teas do not tend to be my favorite. The aroma is definitely that of shower gel or soap but the flavor of this tea is not terribly unpleasant once you actually brew it up. Flowery with a touch of earl grey. Eh, it isn’t awful but I do not think I will need to buy it again.

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95
drank Masala Chai by Rishi Tea
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having a bit of late afternoon boost… yumlicious!

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100
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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still one of my very favorites!

momo

I think you just helped me find the tea I was looking for. I had JUST been looking at this tea house’s menu and remembered having one called Paris, and I wondered if I had to go through them…found it!

TeaBrat

it’s yummy….

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89

Finally I am getting around to trying this today…

I brewed it Western style for around 3 minutes in an infuser mug with around 180 F water.

I’m eating this with a mango today and I don’t know if this is influencing my perceptions of the tea or not but it does seem a bit fruity to me. I am getting a lot of buttery richness and it is a very smooth brew. Slightly floral in the finish. I think perhaps I need to try it again when I am not eating it with a big bowl of fruit but my initial perceptions are pretty good.

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

Yes. Lay off the mango.

TeaBrat

But I need my vitamin C!

Charles Thomas Draper

Not when it disrupts the flavor of a fine tea….

Ninavampi

Yum… Mango… In Ecuador mangoes are only grown in the rainy season, which is starting now! We should start being able to buy them next week or so. Mangoes are the first sign that Christmas is near!

TeaBrat

@ Charles- the mango was a nice complement to the tea I thought. Will update my rating later if necessary
@ Ninavampi – Mangos are one of my favorite fruit!

Charles Thomas Draper

Yes a healthy, beautiful thing . But they may overpower you oolong….

Spoonvonstup

Mangos are delicious, it’s true, but I think you’ll have a really experience if you taste the tea again without. One thing I’ve found with Verdant’s TGY’s is that the best complement to the tea is more steepings of that tea.. it feels like with each steeping, the tea is prepping your tongue to make everything after so much better.

TeaBrat

I will try again. :)

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85

I am not always such a huge fan of green teas but I am coming to like them a bit more as time goes by. I thought I would give this one a shot as I also like tropical fruit. I don’t know what kind of green tea is used here as the base but I am guessing dragonwell from the photo.

Steeped for about 2 minutes in 180 F water (I am guessing) and this is VERY fruity! Smells strongly of pineapple and a bit of passionfruit. I am curious as to what the blue flowers are here in this blend. It tastes predominately of pineapple and not too much of green tea. I was worried I would hate this after my Teavana Pineapple Kona Pop experience but I am actually kind of liking this.

I did manage to steep it a second time and there is definitely less pineapple and more tea but it is still quite tasty. I would definitely consider buying this again, especially for the summer. If you like tropical fruit you might want to give this one a shot.

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

I think the blue flowers are cornflower? Not 100% sure.

TeaBrat

you might be right!

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88
drank Da Hong Pao by The Tao of Tea
2351 tasting notes

This is quite a nice Da Hong Pao, especially given the price I paid for it which was only $6 an ounce. Considerably much less than some of the same types of tea I have been sampling from the region… but also not as complex and delicious as some other ones i’ve tried.

Regarding flavor it is mostly sweet and honeylike, exhibits some minerality and lots of stone fruit. Delicate flavor. Very peachy and juicy is how I would describe this one. Steeped at around 180 degrees for 2 minutes. I would recommend this for someone who is new to this style of tea as it is quite mellow and soothing. Beautiful amber color.

I might get some more of this as more of an everyday tea, it is quite a good value.

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

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90
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
2351 tasting notes

This was a staple time tea for me all last summer. I don’t drink a lot of white tea normally but this is quite a tasty blend of peach, tangerine and osmanthus flowers. I drink it hot and quite like it that way, but last night it got the cold brew treatment and I’m having it iced this morning. Sweet and refreshing.

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90
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
2351 tasting notes

It seems difficult to believe that I am the first person to log this but I did not see it in the database so I decided to add it…

So it was a late night last night and I am feeling kind of tired, I decided to pull his out of the cupboard and it was definitely a good choice. It’s a fair trade organic assam from Harney in one of cute little 4 oz tins. I like the tea tins because I will reuse them for other things once the original tea is gone and you can also recycle them.

This tea is delicious and smooth, not exceedingly malty and a tad bit brisk… bold but not too assertive. very nice. If tea was a comfort food this would be it for me, a great assam to gently wake me up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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