485 Tasting Notes

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drank Mao Feng by The Tea Haus
485 tasting notes

Every time I drink this tea I am just blown away by it. It is just incredible – and for the price? Unbelievable quality.

I drank this all day – literally. Three healthy pinches of leaves (the leaves are long and twisted, which makes it almost impossible to scoop or measure with a spoon) in a large yixing, and it yielded six steeps. I think I could have done more, but there was other tea to be drunk.

This tea has a lot of flavour and a lot of depth, the character of it changing with every steep from very sweet and light to darker and malty. I cannot talk this tea up enough.

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

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100
drank Ola'a by The Tea Haus
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Still amazeballs. Made a pot of this last night to share with the wife, and it was as light and deep and flavourful as the first time I tried it. And even my wife, who likes neither green tea nor unsweetened tea, agreed that it was excellent and she would share a pot of it with me again. Success!

This is so incredibly worth the price. $7 for 6 grams may sound expensive, but $3.50 for a pot of amazing tea is a deal.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Tina S.

Plus you get an awesome tin!

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93
drank Coconut Bongo by Tealish
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Mmmm. Had a cup of this to go in store, and it was delicious! A little burnt, but that didn’t detract from the amazing coconut flavour. It was a very heady scent when brewed, and as it cooled it only intensified. Tasted like coconut cream pie. Lost some of the oolong flavour, which is too bad.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Jessie

Yep. So good.

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84
drank Tie Kwan Yin (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I’ve tended to gravitate towards the High Mountain Oolong when I grab a straight oolong from DT, because it’s more expensive to buy loose and so in my head I assumed that it’s the higher quality tea. Which it is, but it does have a different flavour profile from the ti guan yin. And I prefer the more earthy-nutty flavour of the ti guan yin over the more floral high mountain.

Anyway. Was craving a straight oolong after my banana experiment, and this fit the bill. Still a serviceable iron goddess.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Banana Oolong (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Argh, my phone hates Steepster and ate my review.

Anyway. Wandered into DT after work last night, wanting to have something I’d never tried before. Which, knowing how current and encompassing our stash is, is actually pretty difficult. After a little bit of searching, we pulled this one down.

My overall impression of the tea was of a mild and flavourful oolong similar to an iron goddess, with a kicker of banana marshmallow. I do love me some banana marshmallows, but this tea left me craving more oolong – just straight, delicious oolong. So I went back to DT for some.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Chocolate Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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CHOCOLATE. It really reminded me of the rest of David’s chocolate teas, especially the chocolate chili chai. Need to play with the brewing to draw out some of the creaminess, but this is the best of their chocolate teas I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Cattibrie

I am totally doing something wrong with mine then since I love Chili Chocolate Chai and all I got out of this one was chocolate water. Yuck. It was cloudy and gross.

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88
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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The scent of the dry leaf was much stronger than the brewed tea, but I think it just needs a longer steep than the usual two minutes I do for black.

It was creamy – it tasted like ice cream! Weeeeird. I didn’t get any particular ice cream flavour over another, but again, I need a longer steep before I can really pick one out. Definitely want to keep drinking this.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98
drank Ginger Sparkle by Tealish
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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I can’t seem to pinpoint why I didn’t like this one. It certainly lived up to its name – it tasted like creamy sugary vanilla sprinkle cake, even down to the slight burnt little crusty bits that get stuck in the pan. It wasn’t overly sweet, but every sip left me feeling like I had just snorted straight cake mix. Unpleasant.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Mmmm. Tea. I have become a believer.

I like oolongs and greens, and dark smoky flavours. And Earl Greys. All the Earl Greys. I have bent my nerd powers to learning as much as I can about tea and tea culture. I have started to ramble about tea.

Tea. Mmmm.

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