2459 Tasting Notes

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I’ve had this for a year or more and hope to keep it for a while to see how it evolves over time.

It’s been a process of trial and error for me as I have grown with this tea over the last few months. When I brew it Western style I get a very malty and pungent white tea which always intrigued me but left me wondering.

When I keep the infusions short and sweet (30-60 seconds) and the temp lower, to about 160 f is when this tea really starts to shine. I am getting a lot of sweetness with a tiny note of malt and fermentation. This is where I start to notice more of the floral type notes. Watching my evolution along with this tea is like watching a flower grow. It seems like there is vanilla in the finish. It is a great tea for multiple infusions as well and I look forward to seeing how it evolves over time.

I should also mention from the few white pu-erhs I have tried I seem to like them better than straight white tea. Perhaps it gives me the extra edge I need.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Spoonvonstup

Hey! I am also becoming a fan of white-tea-based pu’ers. They’re an interesting thing to learn about. Have you tried any of the ones from Mandala Tea? They’ve been some of my favorites so far. I’ll have to revisit this Rishi offering some time.

TeaBrat

Thanks for the recommendation of Mandala, do you have any suggestions of what I should try from there? Do you have this Rishi cake? The last time I looked at their website I did not see it there.

Spoonvonstup

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).As for Mandala, I have this brick:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandalawinona-silver-buds-raw-2008.html
But I hear Garret is also really happy about his new pressing:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html
Haven’t gotten to try it yet, but how could a white tea pu’er really go wrong?

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).As for Mandala, I have this brick:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandalawinona-silver-buds-raw-2008.html
But I hear Garret is also really happy about his new pressing:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html
Haven’t gotten to try it yet, but how could a white tea pu’er really go wrong?I’d also recommend this cool looking green:
http://shopmandalatea.com/green-tea/dragon-s-tail.html
It’s got a similar yunnan sweetness like Verdant’s Jing Shan, and they’re cool spirals (always a plus).

Spoonvonstup

woah- I have no idea why that comment is so funky and redundant. Sorry! I did not type it that way..

TeaBrat

Hey – that’s ok. thanks for the recommendations I may have to get them. :)

ScottTeaMan

One of my New Year resolutions is to delve into Puerh cakes-blacks, whites, and greens. I’ve actually been looking at them for several yrs, just never ordered any. The whites really interest me, so any other recommendations would be great.

ScottTeaMan

I just realized I have some loose leaf Moonlight White! I’ll have to have some & post soon.

TeaBrat

so many teas, so little time…

ScottTeaMan

True! I mean…there’s only so much time. What if there is a really great tea I miss….just never have the opportunity to try? Will I really miss it? YES I will.

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89

This is a new shipment direct from Taiwan of a bunch of oolong samples. I like Taiwanese oolongs but I don’t know if I know enough about them to rate them all differently or even tell them apart. I suppose only time will tell. I also got a cute little black xi ying teapot which I am eager to try out but not until I season it first and learn how I am supposed to brew with the thing. So this was brewed western style in an infuser mug with 180 degree water.

This tea is very charming. It’s a light yellow infusion with the usual buttery notes, has a very nice mouthfeel and smooth aftertaste. It is slightly grassy but not like eating grass. More like lying in a meadow of grass and watching the clouds go by. Some teas get me pretty wired but this is not one of them. It’s actually very relaxing and peaceful.

I am looking forward to getting more experiments going!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

what a great site which teapot did you get? I like TP15.

Jessie

Yeah, I love Tea From Taiwan!

TeaBrat

Scott – the one I bought is TP20 – I don’t see it anymore, maybe I got the last one?
Jessie – which ones do you like?

ScottTeaMan

What does it look like?

TeaBrat

It looks like the other ones, it’s just plain and black

ScottTeaMan

straight spout or curved?

Jessie

I think their samplers were an awesome value to find out what I like. My fave full size I’ve bought from them has been the Four Seasons Oolong (I still have the spring 2011). It’s an amazing value too. Really delicious and really well-priced.

TeaBrat

The teapot has a straight spout. Animals teapots look like fun.

ScottTeaMan

Steeping tea…I’ll check back later :))

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87

I upped the rating a bit today, this benefits from a slightly longer steeping time and then it is rich and luscious.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

In your first review of this tea tou saidit was a little astringent, like a darjeeling, but I’m surprised the longer steep time didn’t make this tea more astringent. I think I’ve made my mind up on Tea Co’s in the next few months—Tea Vivre and The Tao of Tea. :))

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
2459 tasting notes

Thanks to Jenn for sending me a sample of this – I was a bit wary of this from the get-go and I’ve been steering away more from flavored oolongs lately so this is sort of a biased review.

To me, this is very grape. When I open up the package I smell grape bubble yum. I brewed this for around 2 minutes with 180F water. The grape is not as strong in the flavor but it is still very prominent. I’m not really a fan of this but it’s drinkable , for my own personal taste it is too sweet and too grape-y. Some other people here seemed to like it a lot more so it probably depends on your personal preferences.

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

I’m not a grape fan…….sounds disgusting! :>/

aisling of tea

I would say disgusting is a bit of a strong word to use…

TeaBrat

It wasn’t disgusting… but if you don’t like grape flavor it is not for you.

ScottTeaMan

I guess when I read “smell grape bubble yum” I thought YUCK.

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90

I am revisiting this today with my new batch from Verdant. It is like visiting with an old friend. A sweet and delicious friend… lol!

Charles Thomas Draper

More than a 92….

TeaBrat

I calls ’em like I sees ’em :-P

ScottTeaMan

this looks like another Fab green.

ScottTeaMan

Do you like this one better than the Mei Li Amy?? Charles???

ScottTeaMan

’Cause I thought the Mei Li rocked, so why does this one get a higher score? How is it better? Or, maybe not better….special?

TeaBrat

Scott, the Mei Li was good but I found it too smoky – I think that is just a matter of personal taste. This one is very sweet and floral.

ScottTeaMan

I thought maybe if you lowered the temp 10*, but I’m not sure it would have made that much diff with the smokiness. Sweet & floral…..Now I CAN’T order from every tea company. I’ll have to prioritize my 2012 tea selections!

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90

I purchased this at the Aroma Tea Shop in San Francisco. This is just such a cute presentation, pu-erh tea cooked in a tangerine. I had to try it!

I let this steep for 3 minutes with boiling water. In hindsight, that may have been a bit too much so I will need to do more experiments. I saw on another website people had broken up parts of the peel to brew with the tea so that would also be fun to try. I also forgot to rinse this off before brewing.

I got a very dark liquor but it is very smooth and rich with no hint of astringency. A tiny bit of shiitake mushroom with some chocolate notes. I’m getting a bit of tangerine in the finish nothing like a flavored tea, this is very subtle. There is some smoke in the finish. Even with the stronger steeping this is a very mellow and easygoing tea.

One tangerine yields about 2 small or one large pot of tea. I don’t know if I have time this morning for multiple infusions which is a bit sad. Pu-erh is a tea best left for the weekends!

I did manage to get a second infusion. This time I tried for one minute with boiling water with a tiny bit of the peel thrown in for good measure. This produced a milder but still flavorful version of the first steep. Now I am getting a bit of spice in the cup as well. It’s hard to say which one I prefer more!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

How interesting—-stuffed Purh, it looks so delicious!

TeaBrat

It was good! I did manage to get one more infusion so I will update my description. :)

ScottTeaMan

sounds good…I’m gonna finish the Rishi Puerh sample you gave me for lunch today. I find I could drink several cups of Puerh weekly if I kept it in stock, It is highly drinkable IMHO! Catch ya later…..:))

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95
drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
2459 tasting notes

Received a sample in my order from Butiki…

This is a great way to end a day of tea. I am ready to Citrus Dream off to slumberland. A delightful mix of chamomile blossoms and fruit. Not tart, not sweet, just soft and pleasant. I can’t taste much of the goji or lemon grass, they are very subtle. I am getting mostly apple and chamomile with a touch of orange. I happen to like chamomile but if you don’t I would of course avoid this. It’s like Sleepytime tea x 10 in terms of flavor and beauty. Very well done for an herbal – another winner from Butiki.

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97
drank West Cape Chai by Rishi Tea
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he heh. I’ve already rated this and logged it a few times. I know I will need more soon – it’s my favorite evening tisane by far…

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Buttercream by DAVIDsTEA
2459 tasting notes

Thanks to Jenn for a sample of this!

This is a good choice for an afternoon tea. I am getting mostly white tea with lots of chamomile and a tiny bit of mango. I don’t really taste much butter or cream but it is very sweet smelling. This is one I liked better after adding soymilk to it. It’s nice but I don’t think I would buy it for myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Jenn

I felt the same way about this tea. Lots of chamomile, something fruity, no real buttercream flavor. It wasn’t bad but I had built up some crazy, lick the spoon, decadent, buttercream frosting expectations.

TeaBrat

well that’s due to their marketing spiel, I think!

Jenn

I’m such a sucka!

Amariel

Did you try it with milk? If not, do yourself a favour and do it. I know it is odd to drink white tea with milk, but I think the flavour changes a bit with the milk, in a good way. Also, adding sugar brings out the sweetness, even if just a tiny amount.

TeaBrat

I added soymilk per the description above but I don’t drink regular milk. Also I don’t add sugar to tea as a general rule.

Amariel

Ahh, I missed the soymilk mention. I agree that it isn’t quite like frosting, but it is super yummy!

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82
drank Tulsi Lemon Ginger by Organic India
2459 tasting notes

I was looking to try one of the Tulsi teas from Organic India. All of the others seemed to have hibiscus or flowers so I picked this one. I really like the lemon ginger combination so I had a pretty good sense I would enjoy this. Definitely gingery and aromatic, the tulsi flavor shows up as an aftertaste of something minty here. I like it, even for a teabag! A good afternoon tea when I need to go caffeine-less but still want something tasty. This would also be good for an upset tummy or as an after meals drink.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hahahaa—-even for a teabag!

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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. :)

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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

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