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drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
480 tasting notes

Matcha note. Not bitter.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML
Sil

raaaariiiteaa!!!!! we miss you!

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83
drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
480 tasting notes

Baked goods-like sweetness. Cinnamon. Juicy-grapey flavour. Clean crisp aftertaste.

Third infusion for 5:30 minutes at boiling yields an olive note.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Grapes, Olives, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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83
drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
480 tasting notes

The 3 minute infusion really brings out some the complex flavour in this tea. I still detect the chamomile subtle sweetness. There is also a sweet grassy tone. Abstractly, I would describe the overal flavour as brassy and shiny. It has both a thin (on the tip of the tongue) and thick mouthfeel (still provides an umami savoury sensation).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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83
drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
480 tasting notes

Pu-erh flavour comes out a bit more with the longer infusion time. I may want to try extending the infusion time further next time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 13 OZ / 375 ML

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83
drank Purple Pu-erh by Majesteas
480 tasting notes

The dry leaf smells incredible.

The brewed tea is leathery but sweet- reminiscent of chamomile-like sweetness. There’s a bit of the characteristic pu’er note but it is very well balanced with the overall flavour. The flavour is not at all bold. I would definitely try experimenting with different infusion times.

Good thick mouth-feel. I’m surprised by this considering how mild the flavour is.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 13 OZ / 375 ML

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drank Coconut Oolong by Majesteas
734 tasting notes

Thank you scribbles for including some of this in the package you recently sent me.
I’m always looking for a good coconut oolong.
Was drinking this last night and thought – wow great coconut, too bad the floral from the greenish oolong is coming through.
Drinking the rest of the sample tonight and I’m not sure what I did different, but this is really good, just a wee hint of floral way in the back.
I love the coconut in this one. If you like floral coconut oolong, I would recommend this. If I could always get this to turn out as it did tonight, this would be WAY up on my best coconut oolong list. If this had a darker oolong base it would be my favorite coconut. I’ve put it on my wish list. Will see if I can find another sample to make a final decisions on it.
Thanks scribbles this was a fun one….

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drank Coconut Oolong by Majesteas
226 tasting notes

More snow (sigh).

I decided to brew up a trusted favourite. I think I must always keep a coconut oolong in my cupboard. I haven’t tried one that I dislike, although I do prefer some over others. This is one of those that I like a little more.

Infusion is bright yellow. Upfront taste is toasty coconut. As the cup cools, butter and a touch of salt lingers.

The second infusion doesn’t offer much, but the toasted coconut still makes its presence known.

Terri HarpLady

London tea room carries a tasty coconut oolong. I used to have it in my cupboard, now I want a cup :)

scribbles

I wish I could fedex it to you immediately…but I’m more than willing to share…

Stephanie

We got ice. I’ll trade ya for some snow

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll treat myself to a pot at the LTR this week :)

scribbles

Stephanie, you’re right. Ice worse.

Terri – I’m thinking I may have to check LTR out.

Terri HarpLady

It’s a local company, so if I pick some up I can send you a sample :)

scribbles

Ohhhh….THANK YOU!! I’d love some if you pick it up.

Terri HarpLady

Might want to send me a reminder in a week or so (after I’ve had a chance to got it). I can be a bit of an airhead, LOL.

pyarkaaloo

coconut oolongs are amazing!

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drank Edinburgh Breakfast by Majesteas
734 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from the wonderful miss scribbles – thank you so much.

On the package is quotes she wrote “For those who enjoy dark, astringent black tea” and then added “I guess I like astringent teas……..”
Hmmm I would have to say that I don’t like astringent teas, but as always if someone is generous enough to send me some, I’m willing to try it.
I drank this for the better part of the day at work. I’m beginning to rethink “astringent” – either A> this isn’t astringent or B> I don’t fully understand what astringent is.
I didn’t find this astringent at all (but then I also didn’t find the Ceylon I was drinking yesterday astringent?). So, are my tastes off, or do not understand. At this point anything is possible.
All in all I really liked this – was a really nice tea to have a work today.

scribbles

I didn’t find it astringent either…that’s what the package it came in said.

Dexter

LOL Yay I got one right!!!! I liked this. Water is cooler at work than I would normally use at home. Wonder if these teas are less astringent if you use cooler water? Dunno, but this was good.

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31
drank White Gold by Majesteas
533 tasting notes

I tried this tea one last time to see if maybe I brewed it wrong the first time.

Nope. Still pretty awful tasting.

A friend of mine who tried it said it tasted quite smooth to her, but I ended up giving this one (nearly the whole bag!) away to someone else. Miffed that I spent nearly $9 on this stuff.

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31
drank White Gold by Majesteas
533 tasting notes

Second infusion this time, and instead of adding honey, I tried adding lemon juice to perk up the fruit taste.

It didn’t make much of an improvement. Still tastes like white tea with a weird dusty, musty tone underneath. I think this might be the dried mango asserting itself, as mustiness is something I’ve tasted in fresh mangoes in the past.

I’ll still drink it, but I’m disappointed because the scent of the brewed tea is lovely.

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31
drank White Gold by Majesteas
533 tasting notes

Another purchase from the Toronto Tea Festival, this time from a specialty tea store on Queen East, where all the gentrification is.

Packaging/Instructions: The tea came in a resealable (zip seal) bag. The back label said the tea should be steeped at 170-190°F for 2-5 minutes, with 1 heaping tsp for every 6 oz of water. The bag cost $8.95 for 35g.

Prep: The kettle sat for a few minutes so the water wasn’t boiling. Because the leaves were so big, I used a few heaping spoonfuls in the infuser. About 24 oz of water for what I would guess to be 5 tsp of dry leaf.

Leaf: The leaves are broken into much smaller fragments/pieces than I think is typical for a white tea. Very few leaves are whole, and there are a lot of stems in the mix. On top of that, the tea claims to be mixed with mango, pear, and apple, but I see very few pieces of dried fruit. The blend smells sweet with heavy overtones of pear and even some melon scent, but also quite musty/dusty. It’s definitely a more complex scent than plain old white tea.

1st infusion: The liquor is a nice medium gold, and it smells lovely – the mango smell is strongest. However, it doesn’t taste nearly so pleasant. I really wanted to like this, and I hope that I overleafed it, but right now, this tea tastes very dusty and there’s even a hint of candlewax I’m tasting. I added a small spoonful of honey to heighten the fruit notes, but I don’t think it’s helping any.

I think I’m going to try again in the future and use less leaf to see if that helps.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Every time I drink this tea I think of butterscotch ripple ice cream. I don’t add any sugar to this, it doesn’t really need it – it’s quite sweet on it’s own.

I thought at one time this would become part of my permanent stash. Funny how tastes change and evolve. I won’t have any trouble finishing what I have left, but it is no longer necessary to always have on hand.

Re-steep is not great.

Sil

i love that tastes evolve! I like this one too but it’s more of a “every so often” sort of in my cupboard, rather than MUST HAVE!

scribbles

I agree…it makes a really nice occasional dessert tea.

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Tea #2 from the TTBA!
Not bad not bad. A nice blend of flavour and tea. Though I can totally see where Sil got the idea to ice this and add honey. Yup, I think this would be fab that way.
But… Hot? I’m really sad to say that I like the David’s tea version of blueberry black better. Because it’s organic? a denser base? heavier flavouring? Has sweetener? (stevia)
I don’t know. Probably all of the above. Shame. I prefer to support the local single stores when I can :(
Edit: When it’s cooled? yeah, not good at all. Dusty.
Sadness.

Sil

haha can’t believe you’ve already opened it to take teas out…at work silly

Indigobloom

A girls gotta stay caffeinated :P

Indigobloom

Terri… :):)! :)

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73
drank Blueberry Wonderland by Majesteas
5079 tasting notes

I figured out how to drink this one today. Cold steep overnight and add a splash of honey. Not sugar or other sweetners – honey. Because man that honey + blueberry = HELLZ YA! Seriously? it’s nearly enough for me to just bump the everlovingjeebusrating out of this one haha. but i won’t because i don’t like it hot brewed as much and it’s a little too picky for me. But the rest of this? brewed like this for sure!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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73
drank Blueberry Wonderland by Majesteas
5079 tasting notes

Not sure i like this one. I’ll have to play with the steepin parameters because while this smells delicious, it’s a little bitter. So i’ll try cooling it down next time and steeping for a shorter time to see how it goes.

Terri HarpLady

Although I love blueberries, I almost never like anything that is blueberry flavored. bleck

Sil

well that’s because it’s never like what blueberries actually taste like heh. some blueberry flavoured things i like….don’t think i’m liking this one though

Indigobloom

Oh wow I totally thought this was a green, when you said bitter and toning down the temp… hum.
Well if you end up hating it after all, I’ll take some of your hands :)

Sil

You can have some regardless…add it to the spreadsheet

Indigobloom

yay! happy happy dance :D

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smells like a divine dessert as it steeps, however if you are a puerh lover (which i am), then you want the flavour to work WITH the puerh and not banish it, which this one did. now, it could be my fault: my standard M/O with puerh is to overleaf and to oversteep… i like it strong! possibly i compounded the over strong flavour because of that. i’ll try another steep and reserve numerical rating until then (i have had A LOT of those in the last 3 days!!!)

if you want a straight up dessert tea, with pudding in your cup regardless of the base then you will enjoy this. seriously, you don’t even need dessert with this one. however, if like me you prefer a flavour that respectfully nods its head to the puerh, you will not like this tea.

atypical flavour breakdown: my wife woke up, stumbled into the kitchen and mutter/snarled (you know when you’re half asleep and everything sounds angry?) ‘what smells like vanilla?’ the smell woke her up in our bedroom 30 feet away. with the door closed.

definitely caramel. reminds me of the kraft caramels from halloween when i was a kid. very sweet. no salt flavour. also no puerh. strong flavour, strong colour… fully opaque (ahem… as opposed to verdant’s 2010 xingyang… you did NOT just hear me make that comparison though!)

i should note that what i do and do not appreciate is not necessarily on par with the goal of the tea blender. a strong dessert tea may be precisely what they were trying to accomplish, in which case ‘mazel tov! mission accomplished!’ …. i just overempathize with puerh. lol.

ARGH!!! i have my guerilla tea buddy SCRIBBLES to thank for this dessert experience. it came in my surprise package this week. THANK YOU!!!

UPDATE: got nothing at all from the resteep. so, i’ll go back to previous statement: if you’re looking for a dessert tea, but it’s not a puerh by my definition. i will continue to abstain from a numerical definition….

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
scribbles

I agree…it is very sweet, and I like it more in the evening, ’cos it reminds me of butterscotch ripple ice cream.

JustJames

thank you scribbles! my brain is a bit dead… it’s saturday.

scribbles

No!!! Not brain dead….you didn’t know how sweet this would be….is very dessert-like and not to everyone’s preference.

OMGsrsly

This one is now on my shopping list – it’s right up my alley!

JustJames

@OMGsrsly… i can set aside the rest of my sample for you if you want. let me know!

OMGsrsly

Ooo. Even just enough for a cup would be amazing. :)

JustJames

lets exchange info then!

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Thanks again to Sil for this sample.
This is an interesting tea, an earthy woody Shu puerh with the addition of caramel. The flavor is rustic & kind of wild, but as it cools it becomes very smooth & sweeter. An interesting tea to sample, a sweet & savory dessert.
Excuse me, my tea & I are headed to the bubble bath. :)

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Thank you Sil! This smells awesome! I could just sit around huffing this stuff, & never drink it, & be happy. It smells wonderful! Flavorwise, it’s ok plain, with an earthy mildly sweet flavor. The addition of caramel really adds to the natural caramel-like essence of Shu. With stevia, which really brings out the caramel flavors, it’s even more delicious!

Sil

i like this one much better hot…as it cools i like it less heh

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I don’t imagine it would be good cold :p

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Thank you Sil for this wonderful interpretation of Eleven Pipers Piping! Scottish pipers indeed! I enjoyed this blend Christmas morning as we Skyped with the in-laws in Indiana.

My three year old son Rowan gave me a Merida doll from the Disney movie Brave, she’s beautiful! And the husband gave me a small Lord of the Rings Lego set with Gandalf arriving with his cart full of fireworks to Hobbiton and a Thorin Oakenshield action figure amongst other things. He got action figures of his own but was very excited about the tiny creamer I found him.

Anywho this tea is awesome. I love a sweet, mild Lapsang and this fits the bill even if it’s not a true Lapsang, I love the smoke. It is like sipping on scotch in the morning ;) The citrus is subtle but gives it a bright feeling. Very nice!

Thanks for sharing a tea from your local shop Sil. Set the tone for an enjoyable Christmas Day!

Sil

So glad you enjoyed it and had a wonderful Christmas day :)

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I should like this tea. When I saw it in the AMAZING swap box that scribbles sent me, I was really excited.
I’m not getting much pu’erh, there is some dark base under the sweet caramel, but I wouldn’t have been able to say that it was pu’erh. I don’t think think this is sweet enough. There is a little astringency to it, I find that odd in a dessert tea. Maybe it needs a touch of sugar to bring out the flavors. I’m not sure, what I want to say it that it’s “flat”. one dimensional.
Thank you so much scribbles for sending this to me. Maybe I’m just not in the mood for it tonight. Will try again another night, but my initial impressions of this is just ok.

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Sipdown!! Another sample from sil in my tummy! Ok, well this one is in process of being in my tummy. ;)

It seems that caramel and chocolate make very good companions to pu erh teas. The flavours really stand up to and enhance the rich deep pu erh tones. I don’t really know what difference between toffee and caramel is, except that maybe toffee is more buttery? I dunno.

Just like yesterday, I feel the need to have a caramel or toffee black tea in my permanent collection now, but I don’t know if this is it. I want to look around locally first, before venturing out to thr Internet.

This is pretty good, and pretty close to David’s Coffee Pu Erh (minus the coffee).

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I had a tea very much like this one before, and I remember thinking that this tasted a bit like Coffee Pu Erh frm Davids, sans the coffee beans.

This one did have a little more coffee-ish notes than the last one, but not much really. I noticed the pu erh base in this one fairly prominently. It is more of an earthy pu erh than fishy, but straddled that line a bit,

I think that caramel and pu erh are a great mix. I love starting my day with a bold pu erh with some sweet tones like this. It’s a little like a coffee, but not. I might do a rinse next time, just out of curiosity, as this is a strong blend.

Many thanks to sil for satisfying a sweet tooth with this sample.

Sil

this one is less yummy as it cools imo

Amariel

yeah, though not so on the toffee one I did today.

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