Red Blossom Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

71

4th steeping. Still good. Bitterness is further down and flavor is finally not as bold as the first three. Still very good, could probably get one more out of these leaves.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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71

3rd steeping. Still getting better. Bitterness is down, taste is still bold and beautiful. Smoky, earthy, nutty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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71

Oops. I left this batch steeping for a bit too long. I usually don’t mind when that happens, and this is no exception. It’s just a tad on the big, bold and bitter side, with a bit of a coffee aroma, but I still like it.

This is also the 2nd steeping of these leaves, maybe that has to do with it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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95

Dramatic stone fruit notes up front, especially plum, with minor hints of papaya, and malted barley, followed by increased sweetness and earthiness with successive steepings.

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71

Strong, slightly bitter Oolong. Smoky, almost woodsy flavor. Good, probably better in the winter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

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95

Full flavored, perfect balance of earthy bitterness and drinkability. The perfect green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

Very good Oolong. Incredibly well balanced, full of flavor.

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

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90

Absolutely wonderful Formosa Oolong tea. Great flavor, super smooth, just the right amount of sweetness and tartness to sip all day long. Can’t wait for the rain to enjoy this one!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84

Very good, simple, Pu-erh.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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77

Very good simple black tea. Great full flavored breakfast tea.

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

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77

Very smooth, tasty black tea. Not as flavorful as I would like, but I may have used not enough tea in too much water.

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

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83

Rather sweet, lots of flavor. Mellow malty overtones. Almost chocolaty, great desert tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML

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80

Got this as a free sampler from Red Blossom, thanks!

Leaves twined and unfolded nicely during brewing, very pretty. Smells really nice too, the brown sugar and maple syrup description is quite accurate. Liquor deep brown with yellow edging. Tastes warm and full into a dark sweetness that beautifully holds into a classic black tea flavor.

I don’t think I’d care for something this sweet for breakfast every day, but this would make a perfect dessert on a cold night.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 g 15 OZ / 443 ML

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80

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96

I bought this tea yesterday, although I really KNOW I shouldn’t be buying any more tea. This is one of my favorite Golden Monkeys and I don’t have any more so I felt justified. And it’s my favorite breakfast tea, but right now it’s the afternoon. :-P

So I finally heard from my ex-employer after threatening them with my attorney and now they say they’re going to offer me a severance package if I resign. Oh happy day. Nice to leave a place that would “restructure” your job after you broke your arm and were on a company approved medical leave. I won’t be sorry to leave this pack of wolves but it’s still a very emotional time for me. Thank goodness for tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

At least there is some good news in there. Hope things calm down soon for you.

scribbles

Stay strong & hang in there. Positive energy/thoughts being sent your way :)

Sil

small purchases that inspire YAY are good for the soul :)

TeaBrat

Thanks guys! ;)

mrmopar

You will be fine. Just don’t let this experience hinder you future.

Terri HarpLady

Go YOU for hanging in there & yeah, I think you deserve a small tea purchase too :)

TheTeaFairy

Yes, I second everything mrmopar and terri said :-)

TeaBrat

thanks all!!!

Cheri

I’m so glad that it sounds like your old job is finally doing something. And YAY! for favorite teas that make things at least a little bit better.

TeaBrat

Cheri, thanks I am glad too. I just want them to cut the cord, so to speak.. lol

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84

This is another sample from CharlotteZero. Like the other oolongs she sent, I’m finding this one really pleasant. It’s on the darker side, with lots of sweet notes and hints of caramel. I’ve enjoyed the chance to try some teas from Red Blossom, and this one’s no exception.

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89

Damn good cup, not sure how to describe it yet but it’s rather smokey and smells even more so on repeated steeping (the first 3 or so are the most enjoyable taste-wise). Something about it reminds me of Lapsang. I highly recommend this one, even though I usually go for lighter, fruitier oolongs.

Edit: I get hints of tobacco, in a pleasant way, still trying to decipher the other flavors

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79

Vegetal and sweet, quite a good tea. Got a few gram sample from Red Blossom. I would drink this again.

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86

Review is for Spring 2013 batch. Quite good oolong, my favorite flavor profile. Butter/malted milk taste. Very resteepable. I may order this…

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74

Smokey, especially good with meals. Not a standout, but pleasant. Reminds me of TTC’s Oriental Oolong, except better.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp

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