In Pursuit of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

68

Rich and bold without being over powering. The musty tobacco notes are at the forefront but it also has a strong sweetness that I’m not sure I really like simply because it finishes much sweeter than I would like. I wouldn’t buy this tea.

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I was hesitant to try this one because “tobacco” and “honey” aren’t usually taste descriptions that appeal to me. The dry leaf smelled like damp earth, which is probably the tobacco part of it. The tea also tastes like damp earth that is mellowed out by the sweetness from the honey. It seems like a nice tea, but it doesn’t fit my tastes.

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Thanks, Jason, for this sample!

Backlog from yesterday morning. Leathery smooth with a coppery brightness. It really hits me in the roof of the mouth and middle of the tongue. A silky metallic aftertaste hits me in the nose afterward.

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98

I occasionally regret my decision to become a sophisticated loose-leaf tea-drinker, especially when all I want is a nice, bitter cup of tea to stave off weariness. I love a full bodied tea, where the flavors hit your tongue fast and heavy, like one often finds with CTC bagged teas. I’m not always up to the intellectual task of sorting out what tastes like water and what tastes like tea, as I frequently find myself doing with the best of loose-leafs (read: Verdant).

This tea is the best of both worlds – a full, bitter black tea that hits your palate like a battering ram, but with a complicated, almost sweet, tobaccoey finish. Beautiful.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I hear you! Occasionally I grow nostalgic for the simplicity of bagged tea, then I have a cup (usually at a restaurant, or maybe a friend’s house), & I’m like, “What the hell is this swill?”
I’m afraid my simple bag of tea days are ruined forever.
;)

BookLion

That is absolutely true. I’m sure its a nostalgia issue; whenever I actually drink bagged tea these days I always taste strange chemicals at the end. So I guess that means i’ll just have to buy a lot of this Golden Yunnan for those nostalgic moments!

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88

This is a pretty nice oolong! Very creamy and green. I’m only on steep #1 so I’m not sure if the lilac flavors are going to show up or not, but overall I’m quite happy with this offering from Steepster Select! I brewed this packet western style but perhaps I’ll save the other one for a time I can do it gongfu.

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91

Ooh, this I like! I’m not usually too big on green oolongs and I don’t think I’ve had a Four Season oolong before – but this is so good! Light, but flavorful – slightly floral and very creamy. The texture almost reminds me of a milk oolong I’ve had before. Looking forward to several steeps and having this possibly show up on my shopping list.

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47

I was excited to try this tea since I am a big Tung Ting fan. Compared to others I’ve had, this one isn’t as flavorful to me. I still enjoyed the cup, but even after a second steeping it was a little too subdued for my taste. I would say it’s probably a good first Tung Ting since it’s not overpowering and doesn’t hit you in the face with florals or butteryness but if you’re looking for a stronger flavor I’d try something else.

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97

Not quite a tasting note here but I wanted to report on my tea eggs—a complete success! I’d never had them before but I wanted to give it a try. I used this tea, a splash of soy sauce, a handful each of peppercorns, cinnamon bark, and cardamom, and a dash of garlic powder for five eggs. They’re nice and lightly aromatic but the egg taste isn’t overshadowed. The tea is definitely present too, and just how I remembered: floral, light, a little honeyed. I may give in and buy this one eventually.

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97

Had this just before heading off to the doctor’s today—still very perfume-y to me in the best possible way. This is probably one of the most complex teas I’ve had, but I like it a lot. I don’t know if I’ll be buying this anytime soon; In Pursuit of Tea doesn’t seem to have size choices, and 4 oz. of this is on the expensive side for me just now. However I like it more the more I drink it, and would definitely reach for it if it was available to me.

In other news my allergies have all apparently disappeared even though I still feel them all. Hmm. I’m a medical mystery.

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97

Not sure why but I’m all about black tea today. Perhaps I oolonged (which is definitely a verb, because I said so) too much a few days ago, although the Passion Fruit Wulong is also calling my name…

Oh right, the tea. This is another Select offering. This one smells like perfume when I open the pouch! As it steeps it’s another strong caramel scent. This one is also very pretty to look at. It has a very creamy finish. I haven’t done anything to it but it tastes like there’s milk in it! There’s definitely a caramel and a floral note to it; it’s significantly sweeter than I would have guessed from the description, although there are some smoky and woody notes in there. Mm!

Kat_Maria

As I was reading, I could have sworn you were going to say “I oolonged for too long”, which has an extraordinary rhythm to it!

bluebelle

It really does! Now I’m disappointed in myself for not going that route. Perhaps you could say I “toolonged”? ;)

Kat_Maria

Seems like an extremely versatile word :D

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87

Pretty yummy. Although by now I’ve learned not to read any review that contains the word “mouthfeel”. Puts me off whatever.

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85

I used two Steepster Select sample packs in a 170 teapot. The very soft aromas out of the package are reminiscent of snapdragon and hay. I brewed this for a coworker and myself so I married the first two steeps. The brewed aromas are more pronounced with a hint of sugar cookie in the air. The flavor is bountiful of lilac? gardenia? oh what is the flowers name? Great mouth feel and a superb golden color soup.

3rd and 4th infusions are even better and it continued to steep out for 10 times before trailing off.

All in all not a bad representation of a green oolong that can be your every day or special something. I would add that the sample pack says to brew at 200F for 3 minutes for what I’m assuming is a 4g pack, yet the website calls for boiling water. There is also instruction to use short steepings in the descriptive paragraph. I like how some sites give directions for both Gong Fu and Western preparation. Makes it easier for the not so sure, new to tea crowd like I was.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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96

This is my second tea from the Steepster Select box.

First impression – I began steeping this tea and within a few seconds the smell of this tea was absolutely amazing. It has a lush honey smell with a sweet fresh cut tobacco undertone.

First sip – Crisp and sweet with absolutely no bitterness. Nice and mild and quite fragrant (in a good way).

It has some of the flavors that I like in a good green tea but with a much sweeter base and a nice deep tobacco flavor. I like this quite well without any sugar or cream. It’s a nice flavor and a great tea. I think this is a new favorite. Highest rating i have given a tea yet.

Edit – This tea gets even sweeter as it cools! Yummmmm!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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I can smell pure lilacs.

I taste florals and rice.
Very light, no astringency (Yea!)

Very light color.

Boiled: 200F, Brewed: 2 mins 30.

I’m new to this and didn’t realize multiple steepings are allowed. :) Will report back.

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47

As some other tasters have noted, this is certainly a high quality tea.. However, it was not for me. It is a very strong, tobacco-y yunnan. The earthiness is nice, but the tannins are also very present, which gives it a little more acidity than I like.
I would suggest this tea to anyone who likes a tea with complex flavor that still packs a punch!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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65

Very mild, with almost a milky flavor. Light- to medium-bodied, but kindof one-note to me, didn’t taste or smell the florals that were described. Fine flavor, just a bit one-note for me. 6.5/10, would drink again, just a bit boring compared to some other teas.

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55

After a restless night, I chose this black tea as my first cup from my Steepster Select box. I opened the packet, usually good for one cup, and noticed the amount inside was much more than what I usually use for a cup, so I may have been conservative on the first steeping. I also steeped it to recommended directions, whereas I would probably steep a black for longer.

With that being said, the cup came out light and somewhat crisp, like a silver needle white tea, but with the sweet undertones that reminded me of an English Breakfast tea.

Though I used less than recommended, it is clear that this is not a strong black tea. I prefer much bolder, stronger black teas and was expecting that, I did find it enjoyable. I’ll be sure to try again with more tea and perhaps a longer steeping time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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74

Steep Information:
Amount: 4 tsp
Water: 1000ml at 200°F
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: roasty, vegetal, hints sweet and floral
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, floral
Flavor: sweet, floral, with a nutty,roasty and vegetal finish
Body: Light
Aftertaste: roasty, slightly astringent
Liquor: translucent light yellow green

From the Steepster Select tea subscription.

Very nice oolong, i prefer a silky mouthfeel to this slightly gritty one, but the flavor combination (sweet, floral and roasty) is what i love and expect from oolongs.

Resteep:
1000ml at 200°F for 3 minutes 30 seconds
more yellow brown than yellow green
less sweet, still delicious

a bit silkier actually

Resteep:
1000ml at 200°F for 4 minutes
now a light brown orange color
nuttier, roasty, hints of floral

Resteep:
1000ml at 200°F for 4 minutes 30 seconds
light brown orange color
nuttier, roasty, hints of floral
A little washed out, not sure how many more steeps it can do, but work day is almost over so i may not find out.

Rating: 3/4 leaves

Blog: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2014/01/in-pursuit-of-tea-loose-leaf-oolong-tea.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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57

This oolong is quite different from other teas of the same variety that I have tried. It is very floral – a little cloyingly so. However, it is very smooth. I have only steeped once thus far, so I will see how the second steeping unfolds… But I can’t say this was a favorite for me.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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85

I really enjoyed this tea very much. I was concerned that the subtle umami flavor of this tea was a product of something undelightful, but that flavor is nice. I would really like this tea with lighter vegetarian noodle dishes and brothy soups as well. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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96

Nice aftertaste not bitter

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

Love this light and floral aroma of traditional Oolong tea.

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