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Backlog – I didn’t like this too much when I tried it yesterday out of the store. I think this tea needs to be prepared gong fu or at least with short steeps to really appreciate the flavor. I could pick up some of the classic Phoenix flavor but mostly it got bitter and muddy after it was steeped for around 3 minutes. So I can’t really rate this either, but I feel bad for anyone whose only experience of a Phoenix Mountain oolong is trying it this way.
I got this tea at Peet’s yesterday morning to try it. I still think it’s difficult to taste a tea properly when it’s in a big paper cup and a t-sac.I did think this was a nice Ceylon, however. It had a very good, citrusy/lemon note that lent the tea a lot of brightness. I had mine with soymilk and sugar but I think it might be really good as an iced tea and definitely a good chpoice for an afternoon tea. Won’t rate it for now, however. Might need to pick up a tin someday to do a further investigation.
First day at my new temp job. Missing my tea collection already… :-P
Today was a true test as I found out when I got there they have a big project due tomorrow and they hadn’t even started it yet when I arrived. Oy… I almost walked out the door after I heard that but stayed. Pretty unfair as I don’t know them, their projects or anything about the job really. It took me most of the day just to get the documents organized, not to mention what needs to go in them. Well I guess after tomorrow they may throw me out the door but it really wouldn’t be my fault as their expectations were totally unrealistic.
So I got this tea on my lunch break as there is a Peet’s nearby. Honestly I cannot rate this because tea was not made to be consumed in a paper cup with a tea-sac. I thought it had a light, vegetal flavor with a bit of bitterness but mostly I just tasted paper and vegetables.
There is a tea kettle in the new office so I will try to bring some teabags with me tomorrow, I will def. be needing a tea break or two at some point during the day.
Backlog from last week.
Daddy had a Peet’s giftcard and he’s a fan of Starbucks soooo he treated me to Peet’s while he just nibbled on some of their baked goods.
It was just starting to get hot back home and I knew I wanted to try a tea of theirs and I saw a list of their tea coolers! I decided on this one because come on, it’s jasmine!! And I love jasmine teas so much :)
This tea was just okay. It was good and drinkable, but I didn’t taste the jasmine at all. It just tasted like a sugared limeade or something like that. I like limeade, but I would have preferred to taste a bit of the jasmine! But it was a nice tea to drink on a warm day
This tea doesn’t look or smell like much but after it is brewed their a clear sweet smell that comes out in the aroma. The taste has a wonderful apricot mixture with somewhat of a plum taste. This oolong goes from a dark brown/black color to a dark green color after being steeped which I found amusing.
The perfect tea to drink in my new yellow & blue yixing teapot!
I have been reading some of the other reviews and I don’t understand the low ratings but the average steeping time is also 4 minutes and 45 seconds which is way too long for a TGY. I also don’t think the baristas as Peet’s can really make a proper cup of tea with paper cups, t-sacs and hot water.
Anyway, I digress. I have been working on seasoning my new yixing and this is the pot I am going to use for TGY’s now. https://instagram.com/p/z-YKiMILQX
I used boiling water and then let the water rest in a glass pitcher for around 3o seconds before pouring it over the tea. I am using relatively short steeps of around 30 seconds.
This may be my favorite tea from Peet’s so far. It is oxidized nicely and the flavors that come forth are very soothing. I am reminded of roasted butter, sesame oil,apricots and mango. I don’t get a lot of floral out of this tea, but that’s okay with me. I really am enjoying the richness of it, it’s very lush and almost decadent somehow. Imagine if you poured some brown butter and sesame oil over a bowl of mango and apricot and you get the idea.
This is the only TGY in my collection at the moment and I’m so glad I picked a good one. I will thoroughly enjoy the tin.
Flavors: Apricot, Butter, Mango, Roast nuts
Wow, this has some low ratings. I’m not really understanding that considering that I’ve now had two cups (one yesterday, made by Peet’s, and one today, made by me) and they have both been reasonably good. The bergamot is on the fruity side, which I always appreciate. I didn’t realize until now that the base tea is Darjeeling, which explains the slightly sweet aftertaste I’m getting out of it. It also does not brew up bitter, which I like. Not bad!
This is a decent morning tea but doesn’t quite compare to some of my favorite yunnans.
I got one yunnan black at a hole in the wall store in Oakland that blows this out of the water. ha!
Anyway I feel that is tea is pretty strong even after steeping it for only 2.5 minutes. I may cut down on that time and see what happens. It’s malty and has definite spicy and peppery notes. Other folks remarked on the muscatel flavor and there is something about it that’s reminiscent of a darjeeling. It has a strong aftertaste. It’s missing the sweet and chocolate notes some other yunnans have. I probably won’t buy anymore of this when the tin runs out though I’ve enjoyed trying it. It’s better with soymilk.
Another stop on my quest for the best chocolate tea. I’ve not had Peet’s before, but this came as a solid recommendation from someone who had worked at the place as “the best tea Peets ever created”. It’s not currently available, but I dodgily (not a word, i know) purchased a tin on ebay. (I’ve drank the cup and I’m not dead, which is a good sign in this day and age!) This tea has both cacao nibs and shells…the shells combating the slightly sour taste that comes with cacao nibs. The base tea in Red Cloud is from Hunan China, which is I think what makes this tea work as well as it does. Canton’s Chocolate tea is assam/chinese and is steeped for only 3 minutes. This tea, because it can be steeped longer (gotta love Chinese teas!) imparts more of the chocolate flavor from the shells and nibs…which is good/bad….good, because there’s more natural chocolate flavor…bad because it overwhelms the vanilla and you kind of lose it in the mix. All that said, this is a brilliant alternative to cocoa during the winter months, and I will be looking at Peets website a bit more often now….
Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Tea, Vanilla
Backlog from yesterday. I was completely blown away by this yesterday, and by the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff at Peet’s. I had never been to one but stopped in before a doctor’s appointment, expecting the usual three or four tea options. Instead I got a full menu and a staff who obviously knew what they were talking about and how to brew tea. I’ll definitely be going back!
As for the tea itself, it was amazing. It had the intense stone fruit flavors I love in this type of oolong, along with a slight woodiness and an incredible aftertaste that lingered forever—plum skin, honey, and flowers. I still can’t get over how fruity it was—it might be the fruitiest I’ve tried without flavoring added. I got two steeps out of it and wish I had gotten more (pesky doctor’s appointments!), but I would love this to be a permanent addition to my collection based on that.
The single worst tea Peet’s has ever offered. The taste is of compost scrapings, a day-old coffee grounds, and with a vaguely fishy undertone. It brews blacker than coffee, is almost sludgy and has a bite that almost hurts the pallet.
For $25 for 4oz, don’t even bother wasting your money.
Flavors: Barnyard, Coffee, Compost, Seaweed