2542 Tasting Notes

drank Wen Shan Bao Zhong by Butiki Teas
2542 tasting notes

Here’s a tea I purchased a few months ago but evidently forgot to review. I’ve had a few bao zhongs from other companies but I wasn’t terribly impressed with this one today. Flavor is very light, slightly buttery with a hint of orchid but weak overall. I think I’ll try gong fu’ing this before I make up my mind about a rating.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

I had written a whole note on this tea but then lost it — don’t you just hate that? starting over…

I hardly remember what it’s like to sleep for a full 8 hours due to the broken arm, which I’m sure everyone is sick of hearing me complain about! At least I can look forward to the sling/swath coming off in a couple weeks.

So I did not sleep well last night and wanted something strong this morning. This is a decent yunnan that has notes of mostly cocoa with a bit of spice/pepper in the finish. Equally nice to sip on plain as it is to throw a bit of soymilk in there. Not destined to be a must have item for me, but pleasant enough for breakfast.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Peppermint tea by Twinings
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I finally got some plain peppermint tea which is something I was craving all week last week. A far as plain mint teas go, this seems as good as any, but it might be nice if it was organic.

One tea bag was enough flavor a giant mug of water so I’m pretty happy about that. Sometimes simple things just really hit the spot. Overall: yummy!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

I’m finishing off this sample that arrived a while ago. You really get a lot of fig flavor in this blend, much more than sesame or even tea flavor! It’s quite a bit on the sweet side and very interesting to try, I just don’t think it’s something I would bother to keep on hand for myself. It definitely makes a nice afternoon tea, or perhaps after dinner with a few cookies for dunking.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Ooh I need to add this to my shopping list, I am constantly hunting a fig tea that tastes like figs! They are my favorite fruit :)

TeaBrat

then you need to try this!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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I’ve had a large 7 oz. tin of this for what seems like forever, certainly it’s been over 3 years… I thought I loved it when I first tried it but since then my enthusiasm has waned a lot. It seems like 5 minutes and overleafing slightly is the magic formula that makes this really drinkable for me. Getting some nice hazelnut notes this morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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93

I’m up early and finishing off the rest of my 1910 sample. This is good stuff and I know I will be buying more soon! See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Robert Godden

Co-incidentally am up at 5.30am and also drinking this. Thrilled with your rating and thank you for your comment!

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drank Rose Congou by Simpson & Vail
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Second rose-y tea of the day in honor of Valentine’s Day. This is a solid black tea with a subtle rose and sweetness. It isn’t the most overpowering Rose Congou I’ve had but it is good and relaxing.

It’s definitely been a weird day because I went back to the doctor and I need to stay at home for another 4 weeks due to my broken arm. My anxiety levels have shot through the roof because I cannot really afford this. At least I don’t have to buy more tea anytime soon. :-/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Kashmir Rose by Simpson & Vail
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Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!
I thought I’d try to drink something flowery this morning due to the holiday. I steeped this for 5 minutes with no ill effects to the tea. This is more strongly cardamom flavored than rose flavored which is fine with me, as I love cardamom. I hope everyone has a great day, I have a sweet evening planned with my Valentine. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp
looseTman

“Happy Valentine’s Day Steepster!” And to you too!

TeaBrat

thanks :)

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This is my “after nap” tea and another one I received from Indigobloom in a swap. Thanks IB!

In my opinion this is all mint and no chocolate, which is kind of a bummer considering that Chocolate is the very first word in the name of the tea. The mint seems so strong and overpowering that you can barely taste the keemun in here. I get mint with a muddy aftertaste. Better with sugar added but I just don’t think this one is for me somehow. Generally I enjoy minty things but was just hoping for something more and am struggling to finish the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

I enjoy this one, but like strong mints and spices. Maybe try steeping at a bit lower temperature if you have any left and see if that makes any difference for you.

Indigobloom

lol yeah I wasn’t sure if it was just me, but I wasn’t much for this one either :/

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drank Sencha "Matsuri" by Lupicia
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This came in the last Lupicia grab bag I ordered months ago but I just opened it recently. Having the variable temp water kettle is great for green teas, no more guesswork or digging around for the tea thermometer which I can never find.

This blend is described as full bodied and I like it. It’s very brothy and strongly vegetal, reminds me a lot of green beans. I feel somewhat like I’m drinking a vegetable soup but it’s fresh and nourishing. I prefer my senchas slightly on the sweeter side but this is tasty, think I will go in for a resteep :)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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