911 Tasting Notes

77
drank Red Hood by Premium Steap
911 tasting notes

One of the first “real” teas I ever had was SpecialTea’s Fancy Formosa Oolong. I remember not liking it because it tasted like sweet cigar smoke. This tea has me thinking about trying that tea again. It’s smoky but not lapsang souchong smoky. It’s a sweet, light smoky like cigar smoke. But this doesn’t have the acridity some cigar smoke has. Instead, it is smooth and has no edge to it at all. It’s quite nice and even though I’m still not in love with roasty oolongs, I did enjoy having this one around.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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70

The roasty, salty of this is a great counterpoint to the fresh, sweet and pungent shincha I’ve been downing. While shincha is a spring taste, this one brings fall more to my mind.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Lychee Black by Samovar
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I’ve only had one other lychee black tea and I have no idea what lychee tastes like (or lychee blooms smell like). So yeah, slight handicap when rating this tea. On top of that, my brain has yet to fully engage this morning. So take this review with a grain of salt.

The taste is nicely floral. I’m not a huge fan of rose teas and this is very similar to a rose tea, but it’s probably the smoothest, least perfume-y rose-tea-like tea I’ve had. I didn’t really taste the lychee fruit, just the rose-esque finish, but the tea was lightly sweet so I’m thinking that’s the lychee aspect coming through. The tastes of the tea and lychee/rose combine nicely so it doesn’t seem like tea is overlaid with perfume.

Because I’m not a huge rose fan this isn’t something that I’d have to have, but it is very nice to drink and I enjoyed it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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76
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
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You know, I don’t really buy any bagged tea for myself but every so often (usually when I get Lupicia’s freebie teabag in the mail), I’m reminded of how handy teabags can be, especially when the tea in the bags is the proper stuff.

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

Lupicia’s free teabag in the mail????

Kristin

I see it on their site. Thanks for the tip.

Adham

The name of this tea is great – I love the oxymoron of combining “sakura” and “Rambo”!

Auggy

Sakurambo is Japanese for cherry (the fruit, not the blossom).

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73
drank Peach Blossom by Rishi Tea
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Apparently I cannot see tea without doing my best to buy some of it. Tonight, I picked this one up. Honestly, I got it because the dry leaves smelled like Samovar’s Jasmine Peach Bai Mudan – and thus also like Kasugi Peach gummy. But brewed up, it’s not as similar. Sure, there’s peach. A lot of peach. But the smell has a little sharp, almost alcoholic edge to it. Perhaps the tangerine?

Where Samovar’s version of a peach-flavored white was Kasugi Peach gummy all grown up, this is more straight gummy. I don’t really get the tangerine except maybe as an added edge to the taste. The peach taste is pretty much the same in the two teas but this one doesn’t have the smooth, soft edges or the subtly fuller taste. Which, while disappointing, is pretty much what I was expecting. It’s not a bad tea and I’m pretty sure I’d like it more if I hadn’t had Samovar’s first.
3g/6oz

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

I so know what you mean about having to buy. I totally broke my lockdown today. Sigh. But tomorrow I start a mini vacation and I am soooo looking forward to doing some serious tea-tasting while I am off from work!

Auggy

Yay for vacations – mini or otherwise! And I think tea purchasing is a little bit of an addiction for me. At least I only got 2 teas yesterday though!

-Jessica-

Maybe we should start a TA group… Teas Anonymous! I have a thing for cute tins, even if the tea isn’t the greatest I am still drawn to it as if it is saying “pick me! Pick me, I’m cute”! LOL

Oolonga

I wonder how it compares to Adagio’s White Peach… Have you tried it, Auggy?

Auggy

Sadly no, I haven’t. Though now I’m a bit intrigued to try it for comparison purposes.

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75

I’m still on the hunt for non-rooibos-y rooibos. So far, the winners have been Teas Etc’s Coconut Custard, Cuida Te’s Tiramisu and Lupicia’s Green Rooibos. So will Tropical Tea Company’s Mocha Rocha Rooibos be added to this delicious list?

Maybe. It reminds me a lot of Cuida Te’s Tiramisu but with a little less depth of flavor and a little… weaker. It’s coffee-y but mild. If I hadn’t had the Tiramisu, I’d like this a lot more as there really is no rooibos flavor and I appreciate that. I could see this being on the short list of rooibos that I keep around for when it’s required, but ultimately if I had the choice, I’d pick the Tiramisu over this one.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
wombatgirl

I forget, have you tried SpecialTeas’ Lemon Chiffon? It’s pretty darned non-rooibos-y

Auggy

I have not but I’ve got it on my shopping list now. Thanks for the suggestion – I can’t wait to try it!

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100
drank Makai Black (Assam) by Tea Hawaii
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A few thoughts on this tea:
- 1 ounce is not enough. I should have gotten more but it is kind of expensive. Worth it, but the price kept me from getting the metric ton that I truly wanted.
- These leaves seem fresher. This seems to make the richness of this tea more intense.
- And speaking of leaves, they are gorgeous. I’m not a big one for the visual side of tea, but these leaves are so huge and twisty and beautiful that I can’t help but appreciate them.
- I just don’t understand how something can be this dark tasting and still have such gorgeous sweet notes. It’s like rye bread made into syrup. Or brown rice. And the aftertaste is like I’ve been drinking syrup.
- I need to buy more of this. Maybe Tea Hawaii sells it by the pound. (And the husband won’t have a heart attack at spending that much on tea.)

I think 4 minutes is my happy spot for steeping this. At 3 minutes (which Tea Hawaii recommends), the lighter sweetness was hiding but at 4 minutes it comes out more. I’m not getting quite the super-grilled fruit notes because the sweetness is richer than that.

Anyway, my first steep (3 minutes) was more sweet rye bread but the second steep (4 minutes) had a little more balance. Actually, the second steep tastes like a first steep so I find that pretty awesome. No loss of flavor or strength.

The third steep (6 minutes) still seems a little milder, but there is more of the lighter sweetness than the rye bread sweetness so that could be what is giving that impression. Also, this third steep tastes a lot like the first steep from first time I tried this tea. Yay for fresh leaves!

I’ll try for a fourth steep in a bit – I drink this tea really quick and am starting to feel a wee bit caffeinated. To drink it so fast I think means that I really like this tea. But I kinda knew that.

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

There’s a math problem for you: how long would it take Drinker X to imbibe one metric ton of Tea Y at a rate of 3 steeps per teaspoon interspersed with twice-daily variations of teas (A-X)? (Sophomore complaining that Algebra II has no bearing on his real life.)

Auggy

Forget algebra! As long as I get to be Drinker X, I’ll solve this problem the old fashioned way – just timing myself while drinking through a metric ton!
Actually, don’t forget algebra. I use it to figure out proper g/oz amounts for things. Of course, that could be because I’m a dork…

gmathis

Hmmm…a bad high school algebra teacher must be the reason I just eyeball my tea :o)

Harfatum

High school math can be sort of lame but just wait till you get to the fun stuff like Linear Algebra. :D Math can be so much fun if it’s taught right. And don’t get me started on books about math, those are the best… /math teacher

Also, Auggy, where do you get this? I would really love to try it but not much is coming up on the google.

Harfatum

Wow, that is impressively expensive. Still want to try it someday though, thanks for the info.

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77
drank Red Hood by Premium Steap
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Okay, this has been bugging me. Why is it Premium Steap? Why not Steep? What is a Steap? I feel like I’m missing something. Anyone? Anyone? Buller?

Anyway, tea. Oooh, toasty. This smells like fruits so heavily grilled they are past caramelized and almost into burnt. But in a good way. The taste is a lot milder as far as the toasty, but it is still there. It tastes a lot like grilled peaches and something else… something a little reedy maybe? It’s a very wet taste. There’s no astringency to this, just sweetness and light toasty-ness.

This is a tasty tea and my cup emptied surprisingly quick. I can’t say this something that I require in my pantry, but it’s tasty enough that I would enjoy it if I had some. Since this is so different from my typical, it’s a little hard to rate. I reserve the right to bump it up a bit if I find myself thinking this tea at non-tea times.
3.6g/7oz

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Maybe they’re BEAtles fans? No other guess. Lol.

S

Maybe it’s supposed to be like s TEA p? Haha, I have no idea…

Stephanie

I think you’re right Shanti! I think it is supposed to be like S*TEA*p!

__Morgana__

Shanti’s answer makes a lot more sense than mine. I vote for that one! Lol.

Jillian

Typo? LOL :D

JacquelineM

Yes, Shanti is correct :) sTEAp! It’s funny because it’s a very elegant shop – not cutesy at all – except for the sTEAp!

Auggy

Yay! I’m so glad I asked! And that makes sense so I feel much better!

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78
drank Phoenix Oolong by Samovar
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Oops, I think I brewed this wrong. I steeped it for 3 minutes but looking around, everything says a max of 2 minutes. I’ll have to try it at a shorter steep next time. I’ll wait to rate it until then.

Anyway, even with oversteeping, this tastes rich, floral, honeyed, delicate and smooth. There’s a very dry aftertaste that, combined with the bright, sweet, dark, rich flavors, brings to mind a white wine.

I’m interested in seeing what this tea does if I treat it a little better!

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

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75
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
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Nutty nutty nutty. The smell and taste are both very nutty to me, though perhaps that is how I read the malt – either nutty or bake-y? There’s a little astringency on the back end that is close to too much but it is doable, just reminding me a tad of those funny tasting nuts that sometimes pop up when eating a bag of pecans. I added a little sugar and half & half a bit into my cup to see how it goes – it definitely stands up well to the additives and that nutty bitterness is smoothed out which is nice. This is a nice cup, though it doesn’t advance much over ‘typical Assam’ for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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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!

Sometimes my notices for PMs and such have been questionable. Email me at your own risk at aug3zimm at gmail dot com.


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!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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