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drank Aged Beauty 1979 by J-TEA
621 tasting notes

Thank you Andrew for a chance to try this one! Well, I’m still having a hard time getting into aged teas. I’m getting the same ash-bark-dirt flavor from the other aged oolong I had, only that one had more cherry notes. This one is mega herbal. J-Tea’s description is accurate: fungal, root like, herbal, medicinal, and similar to sarsaparilla. As it cools down, it’s peppery. I’m definitely feeling the chi though…or I had too much tea. ’Cause you know. Habits.

I still need to try more aged teas (Aged Bao Zhong 1984, you’re my main target if you do taste like almond milk and wine). I would drink this one more for energy or even medicinal reasons. Would probably help with a cold or act as a potent detox (that’s just something I personally found from experience, though there are studies about oolong generally being a detox agent).

I also know for certain that J-Tea’s descriptions are accurate, making them a vendor I will certainly try more of.

Flavors: Ash, Bark, Dirt, Grass, Herbs, Medicinal, Pepper, Peppercorn, Sarsaparilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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This is a qued rating because of one of the gifts in the Oolong Sampler. The two who haven’t paid, it’s being spoiled…
So the aged oolong sampler had two nice people gift the 1979 Beauty :)
I asked for two samples and got four, one of them was this.

holy shit
I’ve drank a lot of green oolong, a ton, and this went into the top 3 on the first session.
I’ll be getting 4 ounces of this next year for sure.

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I should have brewed this one sooner. Oh well. I really enjoyed this anyway. It has a great aroma, flavor, and most importantly to me, a great aftertaste. The only thing it was missing for me was astringency. I think it was that. There was something missing. Maybe it’s because of the age? I’ve experienced this with another tea recently. As I swallow, the flavor almost entirely disappears, and all I really experience is a smooth, creamy texture. This might actually be a positive thing for some people, and it might grow on me. I’ll have to pick up more of this tea someday soon.

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drank Aged Beauty 1979 by J-TEA
416 tasting notes

Here is another aged tea that my dog tried to eat…

Definitely getting sick today. Blah. My nose is only mildly runny, but I’m sure it’s affecting my senses at least a little bit.

The leaves look nothing like an oriental beauty. They’re all black, and don’t have that mixed “calico” tea look. I did do a quick rinse. The tea liquor becomes colored very fast, like puerh-fast, which surprised me.

This is an unusual type of tea, for sure…But I wasn’t a huge fan. I also did get a note of green peppers when I first brewed this tea, some black pepper, there was also an earthiness, some mushroom-y notes, and a lot of clay/pottery…A chalky flavor without the dry texture, if that makes sense (ETA: this is called “minerality”, duh). I’ll definitely try this again when this cold passes. I’ll be brewing a lot of flavored teas until then, I guess.

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

I am also sick. It’s awful. Boo to colds!

CharlotteZero

Feel better soon! Mine’s on track to be gone just in time for work on Monday. :-(

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Strong brew with flash steeps :)
I really like how smooth this tea is while having the notes of bourbon in it. I didn’t think that it would contain anything detectable. However, there is a smell and flavor that comes from how this tea was stored which is wonderful to experience as I drink multiple steeps.

Also, this: https://instagram.com/p/4phpxwxYIn/

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1464 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample, MissB, but sorry, it isn’t my cup of tea. My palate isn’t particularly fond of smoky notes. In addition, I kept picking up on an undertone akin to an overly ripe avocado, specifically the brown spots. I don’t know, overall, it was funky. Unique, yes, I’ve never experienced a black tea like this before. But unique in an unpleasant way. Oh well, you can’t like them all.

boychik

This tea sounds so good. And per Sil recommendation tiny bit of maple syrup works wonders with smoky teas

Fjellrev

I’ve tried the maple syrup trick on smoky teas quite a few times and it doesn’t enhance them, in my opinion. Smoky teas just aren’t for me!

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
1774 tasting notes

And, 159!

Thanks Sil! I wasn’t sure what to expect with a bourbon tea, but I’m enjoying this one. It’s not my fav puerh, but do like the woodiness of this, as well as the sweetness. I think it’s a little smoky as well. I’ll probably end up steeping this a few times , and then I’ll move on to the salted caramel hot chocolate I grabbed from Bulk Barn!

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Not the world’s most amazing tea, but it’s from my home state in my home country. Considering I’m in Oregon, USA, that’s saying something.

The leaves are very thin which appears to result in the need for longer steep times. I’d go with nice hot water and let it sit until it takes on a greenish brown color.

Unlike many black teas, the flavor is not very strong, which, in my mind, is a big plus. It’s more delicate. I’m not a huge fan of black teas (I could take them or leave them), but this is rather enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

finished this one over the weekend – super fun time tea from tastybrew! thanks again darling!

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

Another from tastybrew that i’ve had before and really i’m just trying to drink up since i know there is another round of the BBB Box on it’s way in a week or so when ipick things up from Terri. yes, that’s right TEA SISTERS UNITE! I get to visit with my dearest tea sister in a couple weeks. We won’t have a lot of time, but it makes this stupid work travelling worth it. I will get to play in the garden! And see terri’s sun room…and the porch and it’s going to be awesomesauce!

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

Another selection from the BBB Box from tastybrew! This is an interesting tea – the leaves are all over the place and dry, they small slightly sweet. brewed, this makes for a cup of tea that reminds me more of a juicy green, sweet tea than a black tea. It was an intersting cup for the morning. Glad i have more to play with and enjoy! :)

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
1113 tasting notes

Awesome Cheri sent me a sample of this tea. I’ve been super curious about it but not willing to pay $$$ for shipping on only an ounce without trying it first. I really enjoy beer aged in bourbon barrels!

So anyway, this puerh. The bourbon barrel flavor is actually quite distinct! The shu is dark and rich and sweet. There is some astringency not normally present in shu, perhaps from the barrel? I actually quite enjoy this though! Still not sure if I’ll ever purchase it since there are so many shu puerhs I like, but I am SO glad I got to try it!

Cheri

So glad you liked it!

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

finished this one up on the weekend as well. It was delicious and fruity and tasty. Another great tea from the BBB Box – thanks again for the journey tastybrew

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

mmmmmm thank you tastybrew! i am really loving this today! it’s a great cup to get me moving and out the door…i hope haha

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

i think my taste buds are off this morning as both cups of tea that i’ve had so far, seem rather bitter. I’m going to hold off rating this one for now until i can have it again.

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

i swear steepster is just eating notes randomly. i’ve had this a bunch of times but i don’t see any tasting notes from me on it, and i know that i’ve done notes…several. sigh

Angrboda

Sorry this is not a real comment. I just need to test if I can make one. I seem to be blocked on the boards for some reason and keep getting terms of service warnings. Hope you’re well. :)

Sarsonator

This is a real comment. What kind of magic is BOURBON BARREL tea?!?!?!!!? Sounds like it should be amazing!

Cameron B.

Sil, I can see another tasting note from you for this one when I look at the tea’s page. :)

tantonino

Does steepster really eat notes?! The Horror, The Horror. Does anyone back up their notes/maybe own their own tea blog?

Also, agreeing with Sarsonator, what the seabuckthorn is Bourbon Barrel Tea? Is it a Pu-erh?

Sil

same thing was happening to my angrboda

sars – it’s really interesting. not my favourite, but not a bad puerh and i like that it’s a little different :)

cameron – weird… my rating was gone and i couldn’t find any.
tantonino…hard to say lol

Angrboda

Jason is looking into it at the moment. I’ll let him now others are having the problem as well.

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

this was one of the teas in the BBB Box from the most recent round…sadly i still have some teas from the round before that to get cracking on! Thankfully, i can get back to that after my sample insanity from the past few months lol. This is a decent puerh. I’m going to have to go through a few more steepings today after i get back from the mall ugh but so far this is shaping up to be quite tasty! there’s a sweetness here, but also an earthy quality to it. Mostly though, this is smooth and really quite tasty. I’ll see how it holds up once i get home :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

Sipdown on this one. Thanks again tastybrew! this has been a lovely tea to enjoy :) I would be inclined to get this one again in the future :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

backlog from yesterday. I’ve been really happy with this tea. I’m also super glad that my sipdowns are basically over so i can focus back on my BBB Box teas that i’ve been neglecting, especially if they are like this one! thanks again TB :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
7609 tasting notes

this tea comes to me via the BBB Box and specifically from tastybrew. let me tell you, since having this earlier, i’ve been kicking myself for not having it sooner. this tea is a smokey tea for sure. It’s not overly so, but i have been known on occasion to tolerate more smoke than your average person :) What i really like about this one is that there’s also a sweetness here that reminds me of honey, without being exactly like honey. I’m going to enjoy drinking this one while i’ve got it! thanks ladies! always a fun time trying new things :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
268 tasting notes

I tried this for my first tea of the day and as the name suggests, it’s a good fit for breakfast. It comes to me via Miss B :-). It is a full bodied tea and the first smoky tea I’ve actually liked. The smoke is extremely subtle, so it doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking a camp fire. I would say more than anything that it just lends a rough, husky quality to the taste, if that makes any sense at all. As the tea cooled, the orange and the sweetness of the tea really came out more. All in all, it was a pleasant cup. Not too complicated and bold enough to wake me up, but it’s not something that I would need to keep around.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is one of Tasty Brew’s offerings for the Spring round of the BBBB.
It’s certainly an interesting idea, & I approached it with a mixture of fascination & reluctancy, if that makes sense to anybody. For those who know my history (a grand tale of addiction, an intensive wild youth filled with various substances, & although I wouldn’t change it, it definitely included some very low points), I tend to not care for most alcohol-like things, not because I’m afraid that they’ll send me into a relapse after 30 years clean & serene, (there is no actual alcohol in the tea), but really just because I don’t care for the taste. Or the smell.
But I was still fascinated. I mean, this was aged in a Bourbon barrel! It’s got to be interesting, right?
I wasn’t sure how much tea to use, or for how long, so for the first cup I went with:
1.5 tsp + 8oz X 3min/5min
Too weak :p
I should have gone with a full Tb. We live, we learn.
Initial perceptions? meh…I really want to be amazed by this, but I wasn’t.
Call it ‘user error’. I’ve made a note on the package to up the dose next time, & I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

TheTeaFairy

It does sound intriguing though…

inranger

Too bad, being an occasional bourbon drinker it sounded like a wonderful marriage.

Terri HarpLady

Tea fairy, I’ll set aside some for your next box ;)
Inranger, after sampling it, I read all the reviews, including the back story. Everybody else loves it, so next time hopefully I will too.

TheTeaFairy

Dunno what you mean Lady :-/

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1426 tasting notes

Uh, so… oversteeped, this is still drinkable. (For 20 minutes…) It’ll never be my all-time favorite due to the smoky notes, but it’s a decent pick-me-up and really robust, flavorful, almost coffee-like (zero coffee, I assure you) and thick.

Buh-bye Eugene, it was nice to have you around a wee bit.

Flavors: Smoke, Thick

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

Hello! Lovely to see you around. If you need anything, please let me know. I have, umm, plenty of tea. ;)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1426 tasting notes

Interestingly, this tastes almost ridiculously similar to the Bourbon barrel aged puer I grabbed from these guys in the same order. It’s thick and sweet, almost crunchy sweet if that makes any sense, with a smokey orange in there as well. I can tell this is a really great tea, and will rate it accordingly, however it’s just… something I think others will enjoy more.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

I still need to get my hands on that Bourbon barrel puerh!

whatshesaid

Interesting!!

TeaBrat

I just want some bourbon, let’s skip the tea. ;)

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