2351 Tasting Notes

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drank Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin by Naivetea
2351 tasting notes

I am going to a party tonight so more caffeine is ok for the time being. :)

This came as a free sample with the last Dong Ding oolong I got from Naivetea. I have been very impressed with the consistent quality and deliciousness across their product line. There is a clean and bright quality that is captured so well.

I am a fan of some of the darker roasted oolongs. When these tea leaves are wet they smell like burnt caramel and toast. There is a sweetness here and a smoothness that is quite delightful. I am wondering how mere water is transformed into such deliciousness!

After 4 steeps the tea shows no signs of losing its flavor and just seems to keep getting sweeter and more candy like. I do not think I like it quite as well as the Dong Ding (which got 100 from me) but it is still rather spectacular.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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73

I probably drink too much caffeine (if you look at my tea log you will not be surprised!)

I thought I would try this as a tea for dessert or afternoon. I was a little worried when I opened the bag, it smells a bit “fakey”, like artificial somehow. I am not sure if this due to the tea itself or by virtue of the fact that it’s a decaf tea. I think I steeped this for 3-4 minutes with boiling water and I did not add sugar, I did add soymilk. The description here says it has a rich and “coppery” flavor, which is definitely true, if copper had a flavor I think this would be it. I am wondering if this is a ceylon which is not my favorite thing among black teas. I think the coconut comes through pretty well here. It is not perfection but it is nice.

This is a good choice for an evening dessert type of tea if you don’t want to stay up all night. I might get some more eventually… I did get two steeps out of it which is also a bonus.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I think The base tea is a Ceylon, because I’ve had quite a few Ceylons, that I guess, could be described as coppery.

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99

Oh, how delighted and tickled pink I was to find the Arbor tea company!

Here IS a place that reflects all of my values: organic, fair trade and packaging that is backyard compostable! I must be dreaming… no, it’s true! and it’s fabulous!

This little pu-erh mini tuo cha is fantastic. I’m not a pu-erh expert but am VERY happy with this. It has a smooth and fantastic rich flavor. Aroma smells of trees, mulch and a bit of mushrooms. Taste is rich and luscious with a slightly tart finish with the complexity of a red wine. Slight sense of tobacco in the finish. It is reminiscent of coffee as well but without much bitterness. Me likey…

Second steep is a bit more mellow and is now getting chocolatey…

I’m having this after lunch and it’s heavenly to sip on just plain. Hurray! I will certainly need to get some more soon since this was only a sample…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I really like Pu-Erh mini Tuo Cha teas….and multiple steeping. :))

TeaBrat

you should try this one.

ScottTeaMan

IF YOU HAVE ENUFF COULD YOU SEND ME ONE? If not, it’s OK. :))

TeaBrat

sorry, all I got was a sample. Just had two and they are both gone.

ScottTeaMan

Hehehehehe….that’s OK. :))

ScottTeaMan

How many steeps did you get? Just two, or more?

TeaBrat

I did three but you could probably do more

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81
drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
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94

A lovely green floral oolong! Yes, I am getting lilacs in the aroma of this, very nice!

This tea really started to grow on me after the second steep. I felt the leaves needed time to open up a bit and assert themselves. This is light and delicious… slightly earthy and very fresh. I really need to try cold brewing it too, I am sure it would make a fabulous cold tea.

TeaBrat

still going strong after 5 steeps… awesome

ScottTeaMan

How many steeps did you get?

TeaBrat

stopped trying after 5

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74

I like this ok – it is very gentle and mildly fruity and has a nice smooth taste. Primarily I drink it in the summer as an iced tea and it is really good that way!

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85
drank Vanilla Black by Harney & Sons
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hmmm. I am taste testing this a few days after drinking the Vanilla Black from Rishi.

The Rishi tea definitely wins in terms of aroma + organic and fair trade.

However I am scoring this tea slightly higher because it has a smoother mouth-feel and taste. The vanilla is subtle and nice. I needed some soymilk to really bring it out and now I’m pretty happy.

Not sure I would buy this again because I am not MAD for vanilla, but if you are looking for a good vanilla tea you might try this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Another sample from my tea pimp, Jenn…. ;-)

I rather liked this but I am a fan of chamomile, almond and especially cardamom. It really smells like a yummy white chocolate dessert!

The flavor here is kind of subtle which is nice – I felt it needed something to “round it out” a bit so for me it was vanilla soymilk. Voila, perfection! I would like a small tin of this, do you think Santa will bring me one? :)

Preparation
Boiling
Mercuryhime

Ask a couple of the right people that question and he just might. :)

Amariel

That sounds awesome. Wonder if my pimp sent me any.

ScottTeaMan

Sounds like you liked this one Amy :)). I’ve been wanting to try this, but it’ll have to wait til next year.

The Purrfect Cup

“Tea pimp” this brought a smile to my face. Sounds like a winner to me.

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90
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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