2743 Tasting Notes


ooh, this one is really nice. It has nice large fluffy leaves and smells very flowery in the bag.

According to my little pouch this tea was picked on Nov 11, 2011. I steeped it at 5 minutes at around 195 F.

Yum! I happen to really like this flavor profile. It has a sweet malty aroma and also seems like it has a lightly toasted or baked quality. Biscuits anyone? I am also picking up the sandalwood aroma and the tea after drinking just gently coats your palette with no real astringency that I can detect. Slightly buttery but this is not one of the main flavors I’m picking up. At times this reminds me of an oolong and at others times it reminds me of a darjeeling but it’s really pretty unique which seems to part of the Himalayan terroir…

Slightly brisk and lingering according to the RTR website. Yes this does seem like an apt description. I do like tea companies that can really sum up the essence of the tea in a brief paragragh.

Very well done, all around. Also very pricey so would have to decide if I really need this in my stash or no…

195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

The Jun Chiyabari Estate is tops when it comes to Himilayan teas from what I’ve read. I don’t really know if I need to purchase this from RTR, since I order from Upton’s and they carry a few JC teas. Or do I? I really trying to rationalize my own thoughts here while at the same time asking questions. :))


Scott, I don’t know. I’d imagine estate teas are similar no matter who you order them from. :)


Yeah, I agree…….but “they” say that different lots from the same estate can vary significantly sometimes. Unless I see several teas from RTR that I’m really wanting to try, I’ll shop elsewhere, but your reviews make it tempting. Also, I am trying to consume more of what I have in house now.

ScottTeaMan I can’t believe you’re the only one to post a review on this tea!

Thanks for the info. :))

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
2743 tasting notes

After going to the San Francisco Russian festival today, it seems most fitting to drink this tea. See my previous tasting notes. :)

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This came as a belated Christmas gift from a friend who says it is one of her favorites – it’s good to have friends that have nice taste in tea. :)

This Assam comes as one of their “stronger black teas”. I steeped mine at boiling for around 3.5 minutes. It’s pleasantly robust, very malty and smooth. There is an underlying fruitiness in this blend which I am quite enjoying. You get a bit of pungency in the finish which I am not loving, and overall it’s a bit strong for me. This is one I will definitely need to take with soymilk and a pinch of brown sugar.

The boyfriend seems to like stronger black teas and he took to this more readily than I did.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

Darjeelings are great teas, but sometimes its’ flavors a boil will foil. :D


It’s an Assam! Maybe I should try try steeping at a lower temp anyway…


WWHHAAA! I must have misplaced this comment from one of your more recent Darj reviews. Heheheheee…….What was I thinking?!?

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Again like the Nepal tea from yesterday it seems like a shame to call this darjeeling a black tea…

According to wikipedia: SFTGFOP—Special Finest Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Pekoe: Sometimes used to indicate the very finest.

I was a little worried about this one because “clean astringency” sounds like it could be too acid promoting or sour so I only got the sample size. This was steeped at 4 minutes at around 190 F.

The dry leaf in the bag smells very aromatic and they are beautiful olive green and silver grey leaves.

This is a lot more mellow than I thought it would be, which I am enjoying. It’s a golden yellow liquor with a light bodied and smooth taste. Slightly earthy and spicy at the same time. A little bit of peach but the fruit notes are not quite as prominent as I thought they would be. The finish is also not very harsh or astringent. I am not a darjeeling expert but overall I quite enjoyed it – also I can’t say that I need to buy anymore right now.

Certified Fair Trade and Organic – always a bonus

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

FTGFOP also sometimes Far Too Good For Ordinary People. :p (Can’t come up with a good word for the S here, though.)


Lovely to read this post… I haven’t had many teas from Nepal, though I recently had a fantastic Nepalese oolong. So, your postings of recent have really revitalized my interest to purchase and try more in the coming weeks.


@Angrboda – I am far from ordinary but that goes without saying. :-P

@erichbenoit – I highly recommend giving Rare Tea Republic a try


I’m there now. And, I just put Doke Premium Silver Needles into my shopping cart. :) Thanks!


The Doke piqued my interest too.


I ended up with 6 samples… including the Phoobsering Special oolong, which was equally intriguing. I am greatly looking forward to the teas.


Niiiice! I haven’t had the oolong yet, I’ll be interested to know what you think of it. :)


I will certainly post about, and thanks for the suggestion to give them a try. I appreciate the love invested in the site alone.

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I wouldn’t really have ordered this as a stand alone thing but it came in my sampler pack of Shang teas.

I love the way the wet leaves smell here when brewed – this is high mountain tea and it smells so fresh, sweet and delicious! I really love the white tea that Shang is using here as their white tea base and I think it makes a huge difference in the flavor of this blend.

This sample is about 3 g and I decided to steep the whole thing using short infusions in the gaiwan with water that’s about 180 F. The jasmine is fairly subtle here, definitely not in your face as TeaEqualsBliss describes below. It is very nectar like and relaxing but jasmine never really sits well in my stomach. If you’re a jasmine lover I’d highly recommend checking this one out. Probably one of the best I’ve had of this type but my personal preference would be the Shang white honeysuckle over this one. Keeping the steeping times shorter is helping to keep the jasmine under control.

185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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The package instructions say to steep this at 185F for 4 minutes. That’s what I have tried to do here.

It almost seems like a misnomer to really call this a black tea. When I steeped it up it was a light amber color. Very similar to a first flush darjeeling only it’s from Nepal. :)

This tea is exceptionally clear and bright and is gentle with a honey like sweetness. It definitely has a fruity peach like quality with barely a touch of astringency. It does seem like it would be a shame to add any sweetener or milk like stuff to this tea since it really doesn’t need it. I thought this was an exceptional bargain at $6 for 50 grams.

185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thanks to Dinosaura for this one!

I had a feeling I would like this, it looks very pretty and smells great in the bag. White tea and roses does seem very girly but I’m a chick so I guess it’s all okay. :)

I steeped this for approx. 2 minutes at around 180 F. The aroma of this one is very light and fresh and flowery. The rose was very light and flavorful in my cup, not too perfumey, it was nice. As it cooled off I did notice some bitterness and I wasn’t sure if I accidentally steeped it for too long or at too high a temp.

I did attempt a resteep at a lower temp. and I thought I got better results with the second go around. It’s too bad this is only available in the U.K. but I see that Zhi makes something similar. I’ve been known to put rose petals in my white tea and I buy those in bulk from the health food store. :) It is a nice combination for sure.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I had to get up at 5 am this morning not feeling too perky. This tea really did a great job of reviving me into a semi-conscious state.

This is a great morning blend, slightly malty, chocolatey and dark but without any underlying bitterness or astringency. Had a delicious smoothness, I might need more later in lieu of a nap. :)

sorry for the short note, I will try to elaborate more on this one in the future.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Green and Fruity by DAVIDsTEA
2743 tasting notes

I have to admit after I steeped this (twice) I picked the fruit out and ate it. I’ts kind of nice when your tea can also provide you with a snack. I am fruity, perhaps.

2 min, 30 sec

I have eaten the fruit from my tea more than a few times myself. Why waste it, right? :)


I do that all the time!! esp with my Whisky White :P


I’m glad I’m not the only one! :)


I once ordered a White Macadamia Nut black tea from Stash Tea yrs ago & the nuts tasted bitter to me then. ://

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drank Honeysuckle White Tea by Shang Tea
2743 tasting notes

I’ve never had honeysuckle in tea before so I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

Steeped at around 175 F for 2 minutes the liquor of this tea is a lovely golden yellow color. The aroma of the honeysuckle is not too strong and the flavor complements the white peony tea quite nicely. Quite a lovely combination really… This is slightly nutty and sweet and would be nice for a mood booster and pick me up. It could be my imagination but I feel like this is soothing my frazzled nerves a bit. I look forward to trying more of my teas from Shang (I got one of their little tea samplers).

175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

It’s not just your imagination…tea is seriously soothing.


I have found some more than others. white tea, especially


Oh, and this sounds really good. I’ll have to invest.

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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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