In Pursuit of Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

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It took me about 5 minutes just to break apart the cake – it felt like I was chiseling away at a rock. The dry leaf aroma is almost a lack thereof. What I can find is a subtle, earthy, almost sweet aroma.

I gave it a quick rinse and the water instantly turned a reddish brown. Then, I steeped the leaves for 30 seconds. The liquor is the color of black coffee – a very deep brown.

The aroma of the tea is very earthy. Kind of smells like wet dirt. It reminds me of walking around a campsite after all of the fires have gone out.

The taste is very, very strong. The first tiny sip took my breath away. It is very bitter and has a strong smoky, earthy taste. The after taste stays in the back of my throat for quite some time… and I’m not extremely pleased by that. I still have two other tiny cups to drink (they only hold 20ml each), but I am looking at them in spite… no thanks.

Not sure why I am doing this, but I am going to try a second steep. I tried to steep it for 30 seconds, but I got nervous and pulled it at 20 seconds. The liquor is still as dark as the first steep. There is still the same aroma, except I can detect some slight floral notes. (wait, what?!)

This time the taste didn’t kick me in the butt as much as the first. It is a nice, sweet, earthy taste in the beginning, but I can feel the bitterness on the back of my tongue and throat.

I made it through the first cup, onto the second… and now the third. Ok, this is drinkable, but I still have to brace myself before each sip. Those who love Irish Breakfast tea or take their coffee black would adore this stuff. As for myself, it’s an exotic experience, but I couldn’t do this everyday.

Here are some informal pictures of my tasting: http://www.flickr.com/photos/17428844@N07/sets/72157623321744964/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

I had one the other day, but I didn’t break it to bits first. I wondered if I ought to but the shop where I bought it didn’t say anything about it, so I eventually just treated it like the tea that are rolled into little pearls and steeped it whole. I found it disintegrated pretty quickly although the smaller leaf size did surprise me a bit and it got a little oversteeped.

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80

Second steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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94

First Impressions, As good as any Second flush Darjeeling, Maybe even better. Taste, Muscatel grape up front, Peach pit middle, and to end it off freshly cut Oak and that sticks with you for about ten min after your sip. Smell, Muscatel then Oak, Really Really nice!!! This is definitely a killer! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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

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drank Citrus by In Pursuit of Tea
1702 tasting notes

I was a little disappointed. I was hoping with something with a nice strong flavor that would ice down well in the summer. It’s rather dry and weak, but I paid so much for it I hate to pitch it. Hoping to find something it will combine with.

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75

Very aromatic without being overpowering. Drunk simply or with the barest hint of sugar, it is nicely balanced.

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drank Royal Yunnan by In Pursuit of Tea
10 tasting notes

One of my favorites, very lightly chocolate-y with a distinctive aroma. Must go buy more now!

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80

In Pursuit of Tea wasn’t lying when they said “be sure to use enough” (they suggest two tablespoons per 6 oz.). This is a very, very light tea whose correct brewing can bring out some nice subtleties.

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75

This is one of my ultimate favorites!!!

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drank Jasmine Pearls by In Pursuit of Tea
181 tasting notes

The barista at Atlas Cafe wasn’t sure where they got their tea from, but looking at some of the containers on the shelf, I have a hunch it was this one. Was in the mood for something light and it did the trick.

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