911 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Frost by The Simple Leaf
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I really cut down the steep time and increased the leaf a little (just under 5g for 10oz) to see if I could get more flavor and less I’m-having-a-quick-plant-snack feeling from this tea. It seems to have worked somewhat. Now I’m getting more sweet, light almost-but-not-quite Assam taste with only a faint hint of raw texture/taste to it. There’s still a bit of bitterness that brings to mind oversteeped Darjeeling but it’s decreased and seems to blend with the rawness in a way that, while not exactly pleasant, isn’t jarring. Still not exactly my cuppa.

ETA: Uhm, what happened? It started to cool and I got more rawness from it which wasn’t happy making but meh, I kept sipping. And it got cooler and now tastes like I’ve dosed it with at least one, maybe even two, heaping teaspoons of sugar. Which would normally be neat but for this tea? Just seems weird.

Preparation
2 min, 15 sec

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92
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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The first steep is bold, smooth and stout – a great wake-up type tea (yes, it is 2pm but I do need to wake up). Honestly though, I’m looking forward to the 2nd and hopefully 3rd steep on this one. Last time, I was able to get some serious milkiness from those steeps so I’m hoping I’ll get them this time, too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
JacquelineM

I threw a small tin of this into my Teas etc order last night – I’m glad I did!!! :)

TeaEqualsBliss

I need a wake up too! I’m so drowsy at the moment!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

gee all that tea and tired. Too crazy, so you much be right at 2000 soon. When you hit it….be sure to imagine virtual balloons falling from the ceiling and a big sign saying congratulations as a little present from me. :o)

Auggy

JacquelineM, I picked up an ounce with my order and now I’m regretting I didn’t get a bigger package. It’s probably one of the most interesting and tasty Yunnans I’ve had. Though it does seem that the creamy taste comes in more at slightly below boiling.

Auggy

And TEB, how on earth can you be drowsy? So much tea! :)

Dan

This is a great tea.

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61
drank Morning Tea by Lupicia
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OMG at the caffeine. No wonder this is called “Morning Tea”. It’s been a very nice wake up call for me this morning. I added sugar and milk because honestly, it is strong enough to take it. It’s still not the most special tea ever or anything but it was very drinkable and the wake up factor is a big plus. Plus the slight hint of vanilla, while not distinctively vanilla, gives the CTC Assam a slightly more interesting taste.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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78
drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
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This is basically a fairly mild, inoffensive dessert tea with no rooibos evilness to be found. The dry leaves smell awesome – chocolaty, coconut and creamy – but once brewed it tastes more like a soft blend than the smell led me to expect. The blend of flavors is nice, but just a little too mild. Not weak, just not as strong as I was expecting/hoping based on the smell. Though it does make for a more soothing evening tea so I don’t count this one as a total loss. In fact, I liked it more and more as I got closer to the bottom of the cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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38
drank Sweet Yerba Mate by Samovar
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Apparently I had this about a month ago. I didn’t rate it since I wasn’t really sure about it, mate being well outside my normal range of teas. But instead of thinking it over, having some more and rating it, I managed to forget all about this tea. So okay, forgetting I’ve had the tea certainly doesn’t speak favorably for it, but at least it wasn’t so horrible that it scarred me – because that’s the wrong type of memorable. Anyway, I’m prepared to give this one another go and actually rate it this time.

Huh. I think mate and I just aren’t going to develop a close relationship. It’s a little too woodsy and autumnal for me, but not in a crisp-autumn-day-spent-hiking-through-the-woods type of way that I could get behind. Instead, it’s more of an I-live-on-a-commune-with-goats-and-never-shave kind of way. Which isn’t to say that commune living with goats is a bad thing. It’s just that I like my razor and my husband says I can’t have goats (or alpacas) because I’d let them in the house. (He’s right.) So even though this is (very) sweet from the licorice and has a simultaneously clean and cuddly taste, I think it is a little too natural tasting for my personal tastes.

ETA: Dropping the rating a lot (a lot). Licorice apparently gives me bad heartburn. This tea killed me for hours after the cup was done.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
sophistre

I kind of like it, but I certainly wouldn’t want it every day. It’s DEFINITELY a ‘living on a commune with goats’ kind of thing. I might add ‘in a yurt’ too.

PS: Speaking from personal experience: goats are evil.

They are like cats with horns and a constant desire to head-butt everything that moves and eat everything that doesn’t.

(They are cute though.)

Auggy

Hehe! My grandma used to have goats. I enjoyed their chins quite a bit. But then I like my headbutting cats, too. (Though they have no horns.)

Auggy

Oh, tea-related, it’s not a bad tea at all. I think it kind of boils down to a style thing. And I do think a yurt is a good addition to the description!

Stephanie

@sophistre: lol!! Have you seen the movie “Babies”? There’s this cute scene with one of the babies, Bayar, bathing and a goat wanders over to drink the bathwater! http://www.filminfocus.com/video/babies_bathing

Lori

The licorice in this tea does not soften the grass flavor at all..

Auggy

Something like this doesn’t make me think of grass at all though. Sencha is grass-like to me. This was more… moss.

Lori

Yes moss is a better description….I am likely going to put my smalll tin on the Take it Away thread. But shoot, who will be brave enough to try this one?

Auggy

Mate in general is kind of scary to me.

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The only other Forever Spring I’ve had was SerendipiTEA’s and I didn’t have hordes of luck with it. It seemed rather dark tasting and a bit flat, missing the sweet high top notes that I tend to gravitate towards in oolongs. This one, on the other hand, seems to be all sweet high top note, even though I was impatient and brewed it at a higher temp which normally would decrease the higher floral notes. That makes this tea a fairly surprising one for me. I like it though.

I think if I had paid more attention to it, I could have picked out some of the notes in it but I was just so busy looking for the expected darker notes that I missed the nuances in the top notes – but it wasn’t a single note flavor. There was a note of fruit-juice-like sweetness along with the slight floral notes that was really enjoyable. My taste buds (and brain) are a little wonky today as I’m having some migraine symptoms going on but I really think I’m going to enjoy the chance to pay more attention to this tea in the future. Right now this is a soft rating and therefore subject to change.
3.5g/7oz

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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92
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
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This is so tasty. Bold, smooth, thick, sort of malty but not, sort of hay-y but not. It makes me think of a having a nice cup of coffee to wake up with but without the acidity or bitterness. I really didn’t take many notes at all on this tea because I was too busy drinking it. My 12 oz went fast!

I really didn’t plan on being impressed by Teas Etc but I have several ‘must haves’ that I’ll be ordering soon – and this is one of them.

ETA: The second steep (5 minutes) taste like I’ve put milk in it! That deserves a little ratings bump.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Hehe re not planning on being impressed. :-) It’s really fun when you’re not planning on being impressed and something exciting turns up.

Auggy

Agreed! But this one, the Coconut Custard and the Bohea have made me a Teas Etc fan!

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74
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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I didn’t realize I hadn’t had this one before. I thought I had tried each of my Kusmi Russian blend teas but apparently not. Anyway, taken with no additives. Like all Kusmi teas, this is not overpoweringly flavored. There are soft citrus accents, the most noticeable one being a fresh-lemon taste that gives it a hint of tartness. There is a soft sweetness to the tea that makes it not need sugar but it isn’t as sweet as something like Troika or St. Petersburg. I think the lemony tartness is the cause of this, countering the thick smoothness of the tea and creating just a hint of discord. This is still a pretty tea but I prefer the rich silkiness of Troika (even though it can edge towards too decadent) over this silky tea and fresh lemon mix. Though I will say, the lemon tartness is very well done – it tastes remarkably like real fresh lemon. I would say this tea is more of a match for people that find other Kusmi teas too heavy/silky/rich or those that enjoy lemony teas. Personally, I prefer citrus with more sweetness and less tartness.

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

Only two points lower than me. Are you sure we’re not clones?

Auggy

Ha! I didn’t notice that! Hmm, my first guess would be no but all sign do seem to point in that direction!

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100
drank Makai Black (Assam) by Tea Hawaii
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This. Tea. Is. So. Good.
The husband is eating waffles and that smell is combining with the rye bread and syrup taste of this tea to make me feel like I’m eating waffles, too, covered in cane syrup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

I’ve been saving this sweet little monster for when I really need a pick me up. And I need one today so I’m busting this out. I fully anticipate going at least 4 steeps, possibly 6. The sweet, sugary, candy-flower, maripan insanity will actually last that long (or at least it has in the past). I’m half convinced it keeps on going because it is so determined to make me happy. It’s just that kind of tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Kristin

Oh no… I love marzipan. Crap! adds to shopping list

Stephanie

Me too! This sounds scrumptious.

Auggy

I’m not sure if it is supposed to taste like marzipan but it totally does. I luf it! :)

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

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