545 Tasting Notes

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The Dragonwell served me well yesterday on a grey and bleary day. It’s much the same out today so I will go with the same tea for my afternoon consumption. And again, it is enjoyable. It seems lighter today, in a good way.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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An Ode to A&D’s Dragonwell

Dragonwell, oh Dragonwell,
Your warmth, your taste, your smell,
Are all so wonderfully swell
When outside a heavy rain fell
Pelting the very place where I dwell.
Hopefully, tomorrow’s as clear as a bell
But, for now, drinking you, I am well.

My dear Steepsterites, long time no posts. At least, it hasn’t been long time no tea. I’ve just been busy, there is no particular reason. But I hadn’t thought it had been that long until I got on here to tealog this lovely Dragonwell. I’ve missed ya’ll.

I’m on my second steep, the first one being 2 min 30 sec. After this I shall reheat some leftover veggie pizza in the oven. I plan on resuming steeping this later in the evening.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
takgoti

Glad to see you back! And rhyming, no less!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Thanks takgoti. I’m glad to be reading your creative posts again. Today was an odd and tired day, hence the poetry.

LENA

Nice! Glad to have you back!

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The Napal continued its successful quest to please my taste buds. It is a bit drying at the end of each sip yet there is an underlying note of candied, think olden days confectionery type candied, in this steep. Perhaps I will only steep it for 4 min on the 2nd steep next time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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78

I went to my cupboard intending to have a nice ordinary cup of DFT’s Ceylon. I needed the caffeine, it was regular, nice, and easy. But then the Napal looked at me and said, “You drink me. You drink me now.” I looked at it and complied. It was right, it was bolder, stronger, and perhaps tastier. I think I need to add a pinch more of fresh leaves and steep a 2nd cup. The Napal concurs.

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

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drank Lemon Green by Teavana
545 tasting notes

Ah, the elusive(-to-me) 4th steep. I rarely drink enough of one tea in a row before I get tired it or concerned about the leaves being out too long. More watery than the 1st steep but sweeter, the lemon more muted, the green tea completely hidden, only its essence showing, and a bit of drying bitter. But let’s begin at the beginning, shall we.

The husband and I had a silly not-quite-an-argument. He was tired and didn’t say much. I was upset and upset that I was upset, about nothing really. I steeped the 3rd steep in the kitchen talking to myself out loud.

It was good. The best of the three steeps. The baked lemon had a golden glow-y warm quality about it. It calmed me. I sipped, it soothed.

I’m not even that fond of this tea. Why it’s inspiring me to write such post-y posts, I do not know. Perhaps it is my muse today. An average, not-super-great muse.

I looked down and suddenly, it seemed, the 3rd steep was gone. It was time for more. There was no doubt that I wanted the 4rd steep. Tea made the not-an-argument badness go away.

On the way to the kitchen, I stopped and did a tea dance with song. The refrain went “Everybody wants more tea, more tea”, repeat. It was happy. I was happier. (Yes, there is probably something wrong with me.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Jillian

‘The Tea Dance’ – hmm, I should try that and see if I get good vibes! XD

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

You will. The tea dance comes about naturally as an expression of happiness at having, or being about to have, tea.

Jillian

I should have no problem then! ;)

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drank Lemon Green by Teavana
545 tasting notes

I’m so proud of myself. The way the lemon in this tea tastes reminded me of something else. So I thought about it and thought about it a bit more while steeping a second cup. Then I realized what it was exactly. I feel a bit like one of ya’ll that writes the really great Tasting Notes.

Now on to the tea. The lemon in this tea is not the bright fresh taste of freshly squeezed lemon nor is it like lemon candy or powdered lemonade. When I finally got it, I realized I thought it tasted like baked lemon. You know the lemon taste you get when you bake fish with lemon slices on top or when you roast a chicken with lots of lemon stuck in the cavity. There is a light hint of green tea but it’s not distinct in its qualities and it hides nearly completely behind the baked lemon. It has also a teeny bit of not quite natural to it but I think that might be because I expected a lemon tea to lean more towards the fresh lemon taste. The 1st steep was fairly watery. I expected the 2nd (at 1 min 30 sec) to be even more so but was surprise that the watery was nearly gone. I intend to do a 3rd steep.

With putting my finger on a flavor that I picked out of this tea, I now have hopes in improving my Tasting Notes and advancing my palate. I am more excited about this than I should be currently. Normally I’d have just been like ‘lemon-y’. But I tasted, I re-tasted, I recognized, I compared. Tea drinker break through!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Ricky

Yay! Is there a tad of butter on the lemon slices as well?

Robert Godden

Well done. Even though I’m allergic to lemons, I thrilled at the twists and turns of your review.

Alicia

Love it! Glad to witness this tea based epiphany. And what a healthy subject to invest wise words upon… I eagerly await the next story.

sophistre

You know, I’ve started to notice that often-times this is true…that fruit in teas often has a ‘cooked’ quality rather than a fresh one, and I am not quite certain why I anticipate the latter, but I find that I do. It’s strange, but undeniably the more fruit-flavored blends I try, the more often I am encountering this very same thing! It’s very validating to find that someone else had the same experience. Great note!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

@Ricky ~ On the fish with the lemon slices? Yes. In the tea? I’m not sure. I just drank the third steep. I’ll have to steep again to taste for it.

@Robert & Alica ~ Your comments made me grin. And eager to write more and better Tasting notes.

@sophistre ~ I’m going to think about this next time I have a fruit-y tea, if it tastes more like fresh or cooked fruit.

teaplz

Whoo! I love it when I figure out what a hard-to-pick-out tasting note is! Little revelations like that are so much fun! When I drank Nocturnal Bliss (Samovar’s herbal lemon-related blend) I was really stumped on how I tasted until I realized it was lemon drop! That was about 3/4 of the way through the cup. But still, revelations like that are awesome! Good for you!

S

Yay chrine! It doesn’t happen often for me, but I love it when I can figure out exactly what a tea reminds me of.

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4th steep! This is the first time I’ve done a 4th steep on any tea, I think. Yay tea! It’s good. I may do a 5th steep. I may not.

Clearing off my desk again is not good. Didn’t I just do this on Monday? Where did all this stuff come from?

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more
S

Don’t you love it when tea leaves are still yummy around the 3rd and 4th steep? I think 4 steeps is the furthest I’ve ever done as well…I think Dawn (Simple Leaf) could have gone for 5+, but I got bored of it by that point. :)

takgoti

I need to remember this tea. I think they had it at Williams Sonoma. Next time I’m there I’ll have to pick some up.

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76

I had natural peanut butter and plum jam on multi-grain toast and a cup of Ceylon for lunch. A delicious combo. I’m about finished with this cup and will steep one more with these leaves before heading out to run errands later.

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

plum jam sounds very good!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

It’s yummy. It’s Harvest Song brand and I got it from World Market. I think I’ve also seen it at Publix and/or Earth Fare. The natural peanut butter is from Earth Fare and the multi-grain bread is from Normandy Farms.

Did you hear about the tea classes that Fuchsia Tea Emporium is having starting this Tuesday? I’ve never been in there. Have you or have you heard anything about them?

takgoti

Mmm. I think I’m gonna go have a pbj sandwich now. Thanks!

rabbysmom

Hey chrine- no I haven’t heard about that class, but I looked online and I think it’s on Tues am, which is a really bad time to have it don’t you think? I haven’t been there but it seems like a cute place!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Yeah, it is a bad time to have it. I looked the place up online too after I posted to you. It looks like it’s a tea house more than a tea shop. I was hoping there was another tea shop in town other than Teavana

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80

My yummy Wuyi Oolong seemed different this morning. It was not as yummy as I remember it being. It seemed stronger, more bitter, and more dry. I shall have to see how subsequent steeps fair.

Yay for PMs!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fred

I am currently out of my Wuyi, but from what I remember I always brewed the tea at around the same temperature you did and for the same amount of time and then for subsequent steepings my normal rule of thumb is to always increase steeping time by at least 2 minutes. Did it taste weird on a second steeping or the first?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Just a bit more intense on the 1st steep. Still good. I might try it at 190° F or 3 min 30 sec next time.

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I was looking for a non-black/oolong tea this evening and with my nifty new tea thermometer, I decided to give this one a try again. Upon smelling the leaves again, I noticed a strong orange-pineapple-coconut scent with no green tea scent and an odd non-sugar sweetener like scent. Tea has a pineapple-apple taste with not much green tea. Better brewed at this temperature correctly but still nothing great. 2nd steep included the husband’s leaves as well so I still only steeped it for 3 min.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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

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