2765 Tasting Notes

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drank Fukamushi Superior by Teavana
2765 tasting notes

I tried cold brewing this last night and it is still very bitter so I don’t think it’s a temperature thing or anything to do with me. I lowered the rating more because I don’t think I can finish the can. Does anyone like bitter green tea and want to swap? It may be destined for the compost bin…

Lindsay

yum bitter green! lol. That is unfortunate though…

TeaBrat

I know, I’ve made it sound so appealing haven’t I? ;-)

SimplyJenW

Um…the tins are pretty? :o/

TeaBrat

yes – I will recycle/repurpose the tin!

SimplyJenW

See…not a total loss! LOL!

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After seeing the tasting note of gmathis the other day I decided to go ahead and get this today at the grocery store. I learned recently that rooibos is supposed to be good for heartburn so I am really wanting to learn to like this stuff!

I steeped this for 5 minutes with boiling water and used two teabags because I was planning to use my BIG mug with the owls on it (neither here nor there, but it is cute). I was very impressed with this stuff, it’s certainly one of the better red rooibos teas I’ve had. It isn’t sickening or medicinal, for one thing. :)) The vanilla is definitely there and it’s nice, not too sweet or anything. A splash of soymilk made this really good.

Bonus points for cheapness as well… this will be a really nice thing to have around.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Ooo… I had no idea Rooibos was supposed to be good for heart burn! I will have to look into that! I will have to learn to like it as well!

TeaBrat

It supposedly has lots of health properties!

gmathis

Glad you like it!

Lisbet

Anything with chamomile will also help with heartburn!

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79
drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
2765 tasting notes

Part 3/3 of my white tea sampler from Tao of Tea purchased on Amazon.com.

I have been steeping this in the gaiwan with short infusions with around 180 F water. The leaves are quite beautiful, long and fuzzy with a celadon green type of color.

My infusions are all coming out the same, a slightly milky vegetal flavor with a tiny bit of sweetness. Probably my least favorite of the three I purchased and ultimately kind of boring to me. Still it is pleasant enough and I will probably end up blending with something else like licorice root or rose petals. I haven’t found a silver needle yet I’m really wild about – anyone have a good recommendation?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
ScottTeaMan

This tea is not strictly silver needles, but it is quite tasty and at a reasonable price:

http://uptontea.com/shopcart/item.asp?from=catalog.asp&itemID=ZW85&begin=10&parent=Teas%3EWhite%3EChina&category=White&sortMethod=0&categoryID=59

Afriend of mine also sampled #ZW90 WHITE POINT RESERVE and really liked it. :))

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Thanks so much to Scott for sending a sample of this my way along with the hand written brewing instructions! :)

I really enjoyed trying this one. I did notice how the dried leaves even smelled so aromatic in the bag. I was trying to not too be too stingy with the leaf so I used about 3 tsp in the gaiwan with around 180 F water. I’ve been keeping my steeps short, around 30 – 60 seconds.

I am getting delicious peachy-plum notes with some charcoal essence. This tea is a lot sweeter than I thought it would be (although not cloyingly so). The sweetness reminds me a bit of blackstrap molasses in the finish, kind of dark and tangy. Or perhaps a bit of caramelized sugar.

Around the third steep it is turning into more honey like notes and has the loveliest fragrance wafting in the air. This is really much better than I thought it would be. Really a treat!

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

I love dan congs – they are by far my favorite oolongs. Sounds like you got a good one!

TeaBrat

Can you recommend some others that you like?

ScottTeaMan

I’m really glad you liked it, and I’m not sure I got thr charcoal, but that is what makes reviewing interesting! I really liked this Dan Cong:

http://www.teaspring.com/Feng-Huang-Dan-Cong.asp

I posted a review their on 5/18/2008. The newercrop may be a different experience, but it looks the same as the 2008 lot. I think it was a higher grade, than Uptons, or maybe a better lot. My experience was that it was slightly more astringent than Upton’s, so if you don’t want that keep steep times around 30 seconds. :))

TeaBrat

thanks Scott!

JoonSusanna

I haven’t tried many, but I like the Dan Cong from thepuriTea. It is very fruity (peach/apricot fruity) and has this lingering aftertaste that is apparently characteristic of good Dan Congs (the Tea Trekker website told me that, anyway!).

The only thing is, it was really expensive for my budget (even though it’s not a bad price at all – I’m just a broke student!) and it frustrated me that there were no additional details on the specific varietal. But they offer a sample size for a relatively nice price, so if you ever order anything from them it might be incentive to add that too…

ScottTeaMan

Peach is the main fruit I get from both Dan Congs I’ve tried, but the one from teaspring allowed for one or two additional steeps if my memory is correct. :))

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88
drank Shan Lin Shi by Naivetea
2765 tasting notes

I’m getting around to slowly finishing off and logging all of my Naivetea samples – I believe this is the last one?

My first steep I think I accidentally steeped this in water that was too hot. I got a very vegetal buttery cup but not quite what I was expecting…

For the second steep I tried to use water that was around 170 or 180 F. Now I am getting some of the more subtle notes I would be expecting from this tea. It is indeed very floral and delicate but I wish it had a bit more… oomph? It’s very relaxing and sweet however.

Third steep, I did let this one go on for about 2 minutes. I was hoping to get a bit more flavor out of this tea although that probably just killed it… lol

This is lovely but I’m not finding a way to make it work for me today. I wish I had more at home to play around with, but alas…

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

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34
drank Fukamushi Superior by Teavana
2765 tasting notes

This came as a green tea in my green tea gift set I got for Christmas. I know that green tea has a short shelf life so I figure I’d better start drinking some of this. I used about 2 tsp for 12 oz of water. The instructions said to steep at 175 F for 90 seconds and I believe my temp was around that amount, although I do need to find my thermometer.

This does not seem like the best fukamushi I’ve ever had. It is very grassy with a touch of bitterness at the end. I would expect this more with a lower quality sencha. I may try decreasing the steeping time even further. I may also start cold brewing some of this green tea so I can drink it all before it goes stale. I definitely enjoyed the other 3 in the gift set more than this one.

Note: I did try a resteep at 60 seconds with around the same temp and it is a lot sweeter, perhaps less is more with this one, need to treat it gently.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I almost never get tea things for Christmas! :(( Everyone says I have too much tea and I don’t need it (true). I really like tea and if I don’t get any for Christmas, I go on a buying spree shortly after ( ie, my New Year’s Day tea splurge from Thunderbolt Tea)! Not to mention my successful purchase of 5 oz of Mei Li from The Tao of Tea, a day or two after Christmas!! :)) Maybe I’ll find some tea surprises next year for Christmas. :)) One can hope anyway. :-//

Charles Thomas Draper

Definitely Cold Brew it….

TeaBrat

If I do cold brew it I’ll let you know

LiberTEAS

@ScottTeaMan: same for me. When my husband asks me what I want, I’ll tell him (and it’s usually tea or some sort of tea related item), and he tells me he does not want to get that for me. And I’m like, well, why did you ask me what I wanted if you aren’t going to get it for me? So, I buy my own tea gifts for Christmas.

TeaBrat

I didn’t ask for this tea as a Christmas gift but I got it anyway… luckily it seems to be one of the better things Teavana offers. :)

ScottTeaMan

But I usually don’t ask for specifics, maybe just gift certificates. I feel like Yukon Cornelius, when he is searching for gold, licks his pick axe, and says, “Nothing!” :-//

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90

I’m finally finishing the last of my sample this afternoon. It’s the best jasmine tea I’ve ever had. I normally hate jasmine tea but this one doesn’t make me feel like I’m sucking on a dry bar of soap.

ScottTeaMan

I’m not sure I understand this “soapy” quality described for Jasmine and other floral teas, but some Jasmine Pearls (and teas) can be more floral than others. I haven’t met a Jasmine Pearl I don’t like! This is definitely on my list when I order from Teavivre. I’m glad you like it. :))

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79
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2765 tasting notes

Thanks to QueenofTarts for a sample of this!

I am enjoying this as my after lunch tea. I like the fact that it’s decaf so I can enjoy it anytime. The vanilla is good in this blend, subtle but not artificial tasting. I steeped mine in an infuser mug for about 3 minutes and then added some plain soymilk. It’s dark and rich, and not bitter, it definitely did not need sugar. I quite liked this as a dessert tea and I think it WILL go on my list of things to order from Harney and Sons.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Li Shan Oolong by Naivetea
2765 tasting notes

I am finishing off the rest of this sample today, it is better than I remember it. I have upped the rating slightly. I love Taiwanese green oolongs perhaps better than any other kind of tea. This one is all sweet green peas and clover with not a stinky flower in sight… :)

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87

It’s a sip down. Gone but not forgotten, I have appreciated it a lot!

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