East Pacific Tea Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

Another TeaEqualsBliss swap tea! This smells very Ti Kuan Yin-y. But the taste is fruitier. Unfortunately, I don’t think all of it is natural as there is a tiny hint of that plum spice flavor the Mellow Monk Top Leaf had. It’s fairly faint and I can pick up a brilliant, almost citrus taste hiding behind it. Sadly, the plum spice is a bit distracting so it’s hard to pick out what is the tea and what is the flavor it picked up from elsewhere. This tea has a lot of promise and I’d wager is really quite excellent, but because of the (thankfully faint) contamination, I’m going to leave it unrated.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Meghann M

I like the name of this tea, might have to get some just to offer guests a Soul Vacation:)

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So I’ve got this dog named Mr. Snuggles. On cold days, he lives up to his name. He will literally sit there and cry to get into your lap if you’re sitting down. Often, I just end up carrying him as I go around the house. I know, I’m spoiling him big time. But he’s so freakin’ cute! He’s on my lap even as I type this. :)

Anyway, when I went into the tea stash to get this tea, I got all distracted by the other teas in there. Ever go in thinking you know exactly what you want, only to see all your other teas and be all, “ah! I want to drink all of these!” I had an indecisive moment, but I stuck with my original decision.

This tea looks really strange. They are uniform little strips of dark green crumbly material. Smells like tea even if it doesn’t look too much like it. My nose started feeling all cool and minty after giving a few good sniffs so I’m thinking the mint is probably powdered. :D The brew is dark muddy green. It’s reminds me a bit matcha, but not as refined. The mint is subtle. It’s a pleasant green tea, but I might add some mint to this the next time I brew it.

I examined the leaves some more after brewing. They seemed to have been powdered and then compressed. into little strips. So odd! I think this might make a good cold brew.

Thank you for this unique experience TeaEqualsBliss!

BoxerMama

I have a 55 pound dog that is the same way. She even managed to sneak into bed, under the covers without making us up.

Mercuryhime

Mr. S will scratch at the covers until you lift them up and let him in. He’ll do this a couple times during the night because he’ll get up for drinks or get out if he feels to warm. Spoiled pup.. The other dog just shoves his face under the covers and makes his way into some warm part of your body to steal your body heat. :) In the summer, they like the soft pillows so I often wake up with my face full of dog because he’s decided that the pillow is for him and not my head.

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Filing this under “stuff-I-forgot-I-had-in-my-possession”. This looked very much like a Golden Bi Luo Chun – smelled like it, too. The leaves were darker, though. However, they were rolled in the same, adorable, snail-like way. Brew-wise, this actually had a lot more in common with heavier Dian Hongs, which I didn’t mind. It was woody, sweet, slightly malty, and imparting a bit of cocoa nib-like loveliness. A happy accident.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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First of all, many thanks to *Tea Equals Bliss" for sending some of this my way!

I steeped about 1 tsp. of this in my infuser mug for about 3 minutes. I got a very light orangish-tan tea liquor with some lovely peach and light muscatel notes. I am detecting a bit of spice here in the cup as well. Very smooth and mild cuppa. I might move onto something darker soon after this; yes it is still cold and foggy here while the rest of the country is roasting!

Thanks to T=B for sharing!

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

So glad you liked it :)

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Another one I should have logged days ago. Ah well, it’s still very fresh in my mind so hopefully I can remember everything! I got this in my box from LiberTEAS and hadn’t tried it yet since I have had a lot of jasmine teas and they all sort of blend together after a while. However, I noticed some absolutely fantastic tasting notes and decided to give it a go.

I said that I’ve had a lot of jasmine blends before—green, oolong, even black—but never a white jasmine. Which is odd, since it seems like such a light, floral tea would be perfectly suited for jasmine. Though I suppose it would be easy to overwhelm, since jasmine seems to be the most heavily floral scent. However, the two are so perfectly balanced here. It’s airy, light, crisp, floral, sweet, ever so slightly grassy. Like drinking a wonderfully scented cloud! I must have brewed the leaves about 4 times and they continued to hold up beautifully, adding softer, sweeter notes with each steep. This is the perfect jasmine tea!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to LiberTEAS for today’s random sample!

The scent of the steeped cup is lightly “green” and perhaps there’s a hint of a vegetal aroma, but it’s very subtle.

Even though it was steeped for four minutes, the taste is very light and subtle, like a weak green tea. Good, but nothing remarkable. It’s my first yellow tea though, so perhaps I’ll find that they are generally too weak for me. Either way, I’ll try brewing this one with a bit more leaf/less water next time to bring out the flavour a bit more. Might try that with the re-steep as well (decreasing the water, that is).

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

enjoy and savor! So few yellow teas to be tried.

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drank Soul Vacation by East Pacific Tea Co.
119 tasting notes

Another sample from LiberTEAS box (I’m running on her samples and Bonnie’s samples until more of my tea orders arrive).

I don’t think I prepared this correctly. It tastes pretty light and I’m getting a floral hint, with a bit of an after taste of citrus. I read the other notes before writing this and mine isn’t that strong or exaggerated. Mine’s a little vegetal too, and I haven’t seen anyone say that… I’ll have to play around with my preparation method for this, but for right now I’m going to rate it based on this.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this exceptional Darjeeling! I am loving it.

This is one of the smoothest Darjeeling teas that I’ve tasted, and it is quite surprising, actually. It is more robust than I would typically expect from a Darjeeling – this is not really that light, sparkling kind of Darjeeling (although it does have some of those notes) as this has much more body and flavor than I might experience in a typical Darjeeling. This one has some gusto to it!

It is very flavorful, with not only the muscat grape-y kind of flavor, but also a deep black currant and even a hint of plum to it. Hints of wood throughout. The finish is slightly dry, with a sweet and tangy aftertaste.

A really delicious Darjeeling, I like this one a lot!

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Yellow tea is my favorite, so I am always excited to try one I haven’t yet tasted. Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sharing this Yellow with me.

It has a delicate, sweet flavor with a hint of roasted nut in the background. It has a very supple quality to it – smooth and silky. A vegetative note in mid-sip, very slight but there, tasting slightly of steamed bitter greens with a touch of butter on it.

A very pleasant cup … and I’m off to write a review about it!

TeaBrat

wow – every day I am finding new tea companies! East Pacific Tea looks good!

TeaEqualsBliss

Amy Oh – East Pacific Tea Co is AWESOME! I have had many wonderful teas from them! :)

ScottTeaMan

Yellow tea is awesome. Speaking of tea companies, I really like teaspring.com-they can be pricey, but their tea is really good & S & H is cheap. I tried a yellow tea there that I think is now sold out called Meng Ding Huang Ya. I found it here:

http://www.teacuppa.com/Meng-Ding-Huang-Ya-Yellow-Tea.asp

The 50g price is what I paid for it at Tea Spring, and this is a really delicious nutty, sweet, tea. I love it…….it is one of my favorites! :)) Just leave some for me! :)))

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I didn’t brew this in a Gaiwan, but, after reading Geoffrey’s notes I think I shall try it the next time I steep it. I didn’t even realize that this was a Darjeeling Oolong until after I tasted it. When I approached the steeping, I brewed it in my Breville, and if I had known it was an Oolong, I would have reached for my gaiwan instead.

Nevertheless, this is wonderful brewed in my now conventional way (Breville … how did I live before I got you?) Beautiful fruit-tones (raisin-y) with a lovely set of spices. Almost autumnal in taste, this Pure Nirvana. I love it! Love, LOVE love it!

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This is the first Darjeeling oolong I’ve ever tried. And if it’s any indication of what else is produced there, I want “MOAR”! I did this gongfu-style so as to take note of the flavor changes, and while it maintained a similar palate between for successive infusions, it emboldened fabulously. I would not prepare this western-style as recommended on the East Pacific Tea website, do this in a gaiwan. You won’t regret the fruit notes. I swear on it.

Full Review: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2011/06/22/smells-like-pure-nirvana/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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92

Backlogging several cups per day on this one! LOVE IT!

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Found a nicely packed and hidden in a cool dark place of this stuff over the weekend and it was still awesome! I ended up having another few cups this morning! There are lovely creamy notes in the middle of the sip – sort of vanilla-E…This is terrific! Glad I found some in my stash! See other notes!

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YUM!

The Cherry is perfect! Not overdone. The Rose is GRAND…not overdone. The Green Tea is Great! This is the complete package right here, folks!

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

This is a really nice yellow.

It has hints of floral-peppery notes but the cross between the natural green and white tea tastes are very good. In addition, I think the sweet after taste is my favorite of this tea.

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I’m having one last cup of this before sending the rest to LiberTEAs and Mercuryhime. This is still one of the most interesting Green Teas I have had…see previous notes…

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This is very odd…and I don’t mean that in a bad way! I can taste the gunpowder with hints of minty-goodness but there is a texture to it that is matcha-esque but you can’t see a powder or mint ingredients by looking at it.

It’s sweeter than any gunpowder but still identifiable as such.

The mint notes are quite subtle as I continue to sip.

Tasty cup but very different!

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I’m still shocked I am the only person to log this incredible tea! Revisiting after 5 months…still LOVE it! :) Bold, malty, and slightly earthy! VERY nice!!! See previous notes, too!

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backlogging and LOVING both hot and cold!

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This is fantastic! I just got it today and had to open it right up!!! It’s NOT your stereotypical Darjeeling and that’s what I like about it! It’s rich but not overly bold…I would say medium bold. It’s quite smooth and even for a darjeeling and I think that’s very special! I really REALLY like this!!!!

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I tried this tea with reluctance, thinking that almond teas are often overpowering and much too potent. However, I was more than satisfied with this tea. If you’re in the mood for a little sweetness, a generous amount of honey makes this a great after-dinner wind down tea. I am definitely adding this to my tea arsenal for when company is over. Highly recommended.

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100

Despite having a previous bias rooting from my long blooming love affair with rooibos teas, I have to say this tea blew all others out of the water. The blend of flavors complemented the rooibos, rather than suffocating it as I have experienced in other blends. From the aroma of the leaves I developed a high expectation of what the steeped tea would taste like and I must say it more than delivered. Highly recommended.

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This has got to be my favorite Rooibos blend. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of almonds, however when mixed with this fine Rooibos tea and honey, it creates the perfect taste! Out of this world!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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