Red Blossom Tea Company

Recent Tasting Notes

85

2nd steeping, with a pre rinse this time. The rinse helps a bunch. The smoke aroma and flavor was overwhelming yesterday, today it is just what it should be. Bold and to the fore but not so in your face that it feels like you just spent the entire night with campfire smoke blowing into your tent.

With the rinse, the earthy tea flavor is allowed to come out and actually create a nice balance of smoke with that rich sweetness it is advertised to have.

Tomorrow I’m going to try a shorter steep time to see what that does.

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

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85

Smoky. Only word needed to describe this brew.

The aroma smells like campfire. This first steeping is the strongest, and it’s really in your face.

The taste is the same. Very smoky, like a campfire in the backyard. Wonderful smell, wonderful taste, but close to being overdone.

Flavors: Campfire, Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

4th steeping. It’s finally loosing some of it’s big, bold flavor. The strong, almost overwhelming smoke flavor the first 2 steepings is now a bit more subtle. It’s still there, still big and bold, but not as in your face. Still love it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85

3rd steeping. The smoky flavor is really embedded now, the tea in general is getting even more balanced. The intensity has backed off a bit, but the flavor is still going strong!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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85

2nd steeping. Still amazing. Full of flavor, super smoky. Better balance the 2nd time, the smoky aroma, taste and feel aren’t quite as overwhelming.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85

Holy crap this is a smoky tea. Great big, bold smoky flavor. 1st steeping, great stuff!

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 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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90

2nd steeping. The pre-rinse really does help with this tea. The aroma and taste are so much clearer, brighter, and more pronounced while not getting that bitter taste and feel from oversteeping. The sweet taste is the best thing about this tea, and the rinse really brings it out and lets it shine.

With that beautiful sweetness, combined with just a hint of smoke and nuts and some fruity overtones, this is maybe one of the better balanced teas I have ever had.

Flavors: Fruity, Nuts, Smoke, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

This will be one tea I will continue to go back to in the future. It’s so well balanced it’s actually kind of silly. A hint of roasted smoke, but just a hint. It’s not so strong as to hide the bright earthiness and nutty presence. Surprisingly light and just a bit sweet, this is a GREAT go-to basic Oolong. No frills, no catches, nothing special, just straight up solid and amazing.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 9 tsp 32 OZ / 946 ML

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90

3rd steeping. Remembered to rinse again. Makes a big difference. Brighter, fresher in taste and aroma.

This one has a beautiful earthy, grassy aroma, leading to a clean, refreshing, earthy taste with hints of grass and nuts.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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90

2nd steeping on the same leaves. I actually remembered to rinse them this time. It really freshened up the flavor. Light and fresh earthy and nutty aroma is more present, the taste is much cleaner both in the initial sip and the aftertaste. Very good tea!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

Slightly smoky, with a strong presence of roasted nuts in the aroma lead to a wonderfully balanced tea. Just the right amount of bitter-ish bite balanced with an earthy, roasted nut, all combining to create a smooth, super drinkable Oolong.

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

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90

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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90

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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90

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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90

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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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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77

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

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

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84

Very good, simple, Pu-erh.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90

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