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Arbor Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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Organic Vietnam Nam Lanh OP

Dry aroma: Soft exotic scent, resembling tarragon, muted 5-spice and the scent of the woods in Autumn.

Wet aroma: fruity currant, raw sugar, subtle spice

Appearance: Dark umber leaves and stems with fully-oxidized, fairly uniform cut and sort, some lighter blond accents

Cup: Dark caramel-cola colored liquor. Smooth, rich flavor with distinct notes of coriander, blushingly sweet finish, with lingering notes of hickory wood and ethereal smoke. Moderate bodied and exceptionally clean.

I managed to brew 3 extractions on 3g in a 6oz celadon gaiwan and each had a similar strength and profile.

I received this sample from what I believe is the importer/distributor of this tea and so I can’t rightly say it came from Arbor Teas, but I do think it is the same tea and tea source. Either way I think this is a great offering and worthy to show case as a tea outside of the normal production arenas. Having had a few teas from Vietnam, I find them wonderful to share and I think they do have a natural terroir all their own and this shows itself even more clearly in the green and oolongs, where the mellow, smooth character displays distinct notes that grow more elusive in the black’s oxidation. A great tea for anyone who thinks black teas are all tart and tannic, bitter, or biscuit-like.

This tea blended well with the day in an unexpected way.

It’s a unseasonably warm March day, lingering on the Ides of March, which were made ominously haunted by the death of a good friend of mine a few years back. He was the best cowboy hat-wearing, coffee slinging, cycling-nerd, generous soul, and military hero that I have every known and one of the few people I would ever have considered a mentor. In addition, I learned that I buddy of mine’s ex-wife passed away, too young and too gentle a person to have gone so soon. So the overcast weather, dreary warm and unusual day has had in its swirling center, a cup equally elusive, mercurial, and worthy of celebration and remembrance.

“beauty is that which unrepeatable” – cherish each moment, each connection, each sip.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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99

I still can’t taste much but I know these are still yummy – lol. See my previous notes. :))

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88

Difficult taste to describe – it’s like tea with honey already added. Slight dryness, it tastes like what I always wished coffee would taste like… Some sort of dark, licorice smooth flavor. Sweet. Good to drink at night.

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

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100

Delicious, calming. Sweet and vegetal, best gyokuro I’ve ever tasted.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

yes, I loved this one too!!!!!!

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83

I really have enjoyed this green tea. It is very smooth and pleasantly sweet, with a light vegetal tone and a lovely citrus-y overtone. Very mellow, relaxing, calming… and at the same time, restorative.

I notice some similarities to a Darjeeling in this tea, as it was grown in the same region. It has the lemon-y note, and even some woodsy tones in the background that are very Darjeeling-esque, however, this tea lacks the astringency that I usually would experience with a Darjeeling. It isn’t as crisp as a Darjeeling, instead, I find this to be rather smooth and mellow.

A very nice offering from Arbor Teas.

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87

Finishing off the rest of my sample this morning, it really reminds me a lot of Constant Comment but better – see my previous tasting notes.

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95

What a wonderful Matcha. So bright and vibrant! The color is such a bright, vivid green! And it froths up well and stays frothed up long after I’m finished whisking.

This is a ceremonial grade Matcha so it is thick, rich and creamy. Very smooth – VERY smooth – no grit at all, not even when I reach the bottom of the chawan. it is buttery and vegetal and sweet. Very energizing too.

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86

I actually liked this a bit better today for some reason so I upped the rating – can’t remember what I did last time but steeping it here for 3 minutes seems to have done the trick. It’s medium bodied and smooth with a hint of mango, this seems nice to drink just plain. Nevertheless I just seem to be gravitating away from flavored black teas a bit.

I really love the organic teas & backyard compostable packaging and this will definitely have me going back to Arbor Teas once my supply is depleted a bit.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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79

I decided I had to have a cup of this after lunch for something dessert-y.

Steeped at 212 F for 4 minutes in an infuser mug. It is pretty potent when you steep it that long, I might try for a little less next time around. The cinnamon is pretty strong in this blend but it is definitely a bit on the sweeter side. I didn’t love it plain but it was perfect with a bit of soymilk for a kind of dessert tea. If I really wanted a cinnamon tea on hand at all times I would probably pick some more of this up (it’s a sample size), but I might be more of a chai person. I do wonder what he Indian tea is they’re blending this with here, I don’t think it’s a ceylon. I’m thinking perhaps it’s the Singampatti Oothu Estate?

An enjoyable afternoon cuppa… for cinnamon lovers only. :)

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92

A truly lovely Ti Kuan Yin. Sweet, floral, and slightly vegetative, with a pleasing earth tone. The sweetness is reminiscent of honeysuckle blossoms. Excellent flavor and many delicious infusions! But then, I’ve come to expect this from Arbor Teas – definitely one of my favorite tea companies!

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68

I do like this tea. The orange does over-power the other spices, so it’s not as “chai” as I thought it would be be. But with just a touch of sweetness added, I like it a lot.

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84

This is one of my favorites. I love the fruity flavor with the oolong, but the color is what really makes me love it. I always use a glass pot because I love to see the colors of my teas, and this one is stunning. I don’t get as tart of a flavor as other reviewers have, maybe because I am using a lower water temp or less tea per pot.

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87

This is only the 2nd black tea I’ve tries from Vietnam (the other was from TeaGschwender)

I really like this one, it’s malty and smooth with a hint of chocolate. A little bit brisk but not too much. I’m enjoying it this morning with some soymilk. If you like assams it is a good one to try. See my previous tasting note.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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92

It’s amazing! Great taste, fresh spices, the balance between the spices are excellent. Used 2 tsp, steeped in half water, added the other half of boiled whole milk {served lifting the milk way up while serving it in an attempt to froth the milk as a latte} & added honey. Such a treat, made my day. I sometimes worry about the strength of the clove & peppercorns but they blend perfectly.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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34

I’m starting to worry. I ordered a 5 oz bag of this EG, but there’s something different. Either it’s the new cup I’m using which seems a bit larger than a 4-5 oz & need to readjust the amount of tea per oz of water or… well, the bergamot smells different than the sampler I got before, like a faded smell, so far the tea tastes like a decaf which I certainly dislike. This is my second brew of the day, I’ll try again tomorrow, makes me sad that the sampler was a hit & now that I got my cute canister filled with this EG it just doesn’t tastes right.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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88

This is really very good. Not a strong vegetative flavor. The sweetness has a honey-esque quality to it. Very mild and pleasant, not at all sharp or bitter. Just a very smooth, even-tempered green tea … very much like a Ceylon … only a green Ceylon!

I like it a lot!

Kashyap

i’m curious…i havent heard of this estate before, do you know what part of Sri Lanka that it comes from? highland? lowland?

LiberTEAS

It was grown in the Uva Region in eastern Sri Lanka.

TeaBrat

I may need to try this one!

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67

Perfectly rounded green. Sweet grassy vegetables. Low astringency, nice after taste (and feel).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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86

This is a tough lil Tuo Cha!!!
Still unNESTING!
4th infusion…
I could do TONS more infusions but I received more tea today AND I have been juicing so…I have to get a movin’ here! LOL

Color I finally got to a light orange-brown.

Aroma – woodsy

Flavor – woodsy AND floral with a hint of citrus and/or apple!

Rating for this infusion about 80. My favorite was the 3rd. This is a neat pu-erh! Upping the overall rating because of that

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86

Infusion 3
Liquid Color about the same
Aroma – faint sunshine is the only thing I can think of!
Flavor…THERE’s THE APPLE! Nice hint of Apple! Also a subtle sweet-woodsy taste, too!

Rating for this infusion 85+

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86

Infusion 2
Liquid Color is a bit more yellow this time around
The aroma is more outdoorsy than before
The flavor isn’t as wheat-like and more floral…it also tastes like a cross between a gentle green tea and a white tea or a blend.

Rating for this infusion 80-ish

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86

Multiple infusion test with this one

1st infusion…
Light and mellow in every way!
Doesn’t smell like much but what I can smell is a hint of bouquet or meadowy field.
Taste is sweet-wheat-like
liquid color is pale – near water color.

Rating on first infusion between 75-80
I’m assuming this is going to morph quite a bit…stay tuned…

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84

I can’t believe I am the first one to log this tea! :)

This is delightful! It’s light but flavorful…in a juicy sort of way! It sort of reminds me of buttered zucchini – I suppose – more zuke than butter tho! Or maybe summer squash??? Not sure…

It’s very airy and crisp too! I like it!

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83

Finishing up the last of this tonight! I really like the strength of this tea and it is just so smooth. Mmmm, this might have to go on my shopping list.

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