545 Tasting Notes

67

Well, this reverted back to tasting like a more bitter black tea with perhaps a hint of maple after coming out with maple-y cake-y goodness just the other day. I made it pretty much exactly the same too. I don’t know what happened. I had been looking forward to having it again.

The second steep a bit later came out better. I could taste the pancake-iness some but not really any maple.

2nd steep: 7 mins.

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

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78

I cannot believe I haven’t had this since I decided not to put the massive backlog into Steepster and it’s not in my cupboard on here. [edit: Apparently, I have logged this tisane on Steepster. I just forgot to add it to my cupboard.] This is one of my favorite herbal creations that I’ve had from 52 Teas. I love love love and hearts it.

It tastes like a date nut muffin and is eminently drinkable. I usually finish my first cup before I even notice I have.

2nd steep: 12 mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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67

From 52 Teas’ 2011 Xmas sampler, the first time I had this tea I remember getting a general sweet that I could think about and maybe get maple. I didn’t see what all the fuss was and didn’t think it tasted like pancake breakfast.

Last night, I decided that I wanted to have this tea again in the morning when I was looking through what I had left still from the Xmas sampler. I woke up this morning and steeped up a cup. Both the dry leaf and the steeped tea smelled of maple syrup, the dry leaf smelling more so. Sipping, I got the maple right away but I had to hunt for any hint of pancake and I’m still not sure I found it. As the tea cool, it hit its sweet spot and I started to enjoy the cup quite a bit. I think I’ll want to drink this one again instead of putting the rest away thinking of it as something I have to finish off at some time. I think I have about 2 servings left.

I had the second steep a few hours later and it was lightly maple and lightly tea but still drinkable.

2nd steep: 6 min 30 sec.

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

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70

Yesterday I woke up not hungry enough for breakfast yet and just made myself a cup of this tea. I made it the same way as I did the previous day with the same results – a bit more leaf and a bit longer steep. I enjoyed the cup of tea; it’s definitely better made this way.

I had the second steep while online that afternoon. Light, but I think drinkable.

2nd steep: 7 mins

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

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70

Skipping over a backlog of tasting notes numbering in the mid 30s. I had hoped doing that the first time was a one time thing; now I’m just hoping this doesn’t become a habit.

This tea had been pretty meh and generic to me. Nice, but not something I find myself reaching for. It isn’t very strong so I don’t find myself drinking it in the morning when I can’t decide what I want either.

So I have started to tinker with it. I’ve really only had a it few times so far. I increased the steeping time and the amount of leaf I used a little.

Now it seems like a more solid version of its former self, if that makes any sense, and I do like it more this way. I don’t know how much more I could increase the steeping time or leaf amount without it veering into too bitter or too strong tasting.

It paired well with a mango and some strawberries and made for a tasty breakfast.

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

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78

Backlog. 19 days ago, last Monday night.

When I’m having a cup of tea quite late at night,
I find Date Nut Muffin is quite often just right. ;)

2nd steep: 14 mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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83

Backlog. 20 days ago, early Sunday afternoon.

Even after the raspberry black tea, I still needed some more caffeine and I was still very much on my Boston kick of early on after trying it. I did not get the wonderful that I got off the possibly increased steeping time and increased amount of leaves by steeping it 5 minutes. But it was still every bit at lovely as it had been the first two times.

Resteeped after a 5 minutes first steep, the second steep comes out too watery to really be enjoyed. If I end up preferring it with a longer steeping time on the first steep, I think this will end up being a single steep tea. But I’m not sure I’ve going to notice much of a different between a 4 and a 5 minute steep.

2nd steep: 11 mins.

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

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75

Backlog. 14 days ago – Sunday morning. (And yes, my backlog of jotted down tasting notes has grown. But it’s not that long.)

I was fishing a tea I was going to drink out of the tea annex the other day and I saw this and thought I really like that tea and I haven’t drank it in awhile.

2nd steep: 9 mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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84

Backlog. 11 days ago – Saturday morning.

I remember that there was a special reason for having Jackee that morning, but I do not remember what. Quite probably my day was already off to a crappy start and I needed some very good tea. I’m rationing somewhat, but I will miss this one so much when it’s gone.

2nd steep: 8 mins.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
teawing

I ration good batches myself…slowly working my way through some coconut oolong right now. It is my reward for good behavior every two or three days.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I’ve bookmarked your coconut oolong for future shopping reference. (;

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83

Backlog. 12 days ago – Friday morning.

I like the Boston black tea so much I couldn’t wait to have it again. And it was every bit as enjoyable as the first time I had it. I think I maybe have used a bit more leaf and steeped it a bit longer. It tasted very good this way tho. I may increase the steeping time to the full five minutes next time to see if I prefer it that way.

The second steep was very weak. To the point of being undrinkable as tea. So I think if I end up going with a longer first steep, this is a single steep tea. Which kind of sucks because I’ve wanted a second cup immediately both times I’ve had it.

I am really regretting the small amount of this tea that I have.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
teawing

I think H&S has a sale going right now…

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

That’s kind of tempting..

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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