2486 Tasting Notes

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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87
drank Da Hong Pao by The Tao of Tea
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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
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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
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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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97
drank Mu Zha Tie Guan Yin by Naivetea
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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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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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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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