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Seven Cups

Recent Tasting Notes

87

Now that the weather is getting colder here, I am definitely finding myself attracted to some of my darker, roasty-er teas.

This dark oolong has a lot of yummy flavors, plum, burnt sugar and caramel come to mind. I like this steeped for a longer period of time, but you could do shorter steeps. Wuyi oolongs are some of my favorite and I hope to get more of them soon as they also seem to have a long shelf life.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Ummm, now I think I’ll have some dark roast oolong too since snow might come tonight. Burrr. Northern California girl that I am, I love the first snow here!!! Yesterday I smoked some tea with cherry wood, then ground it to a powder. I swear it tastes just like espresso and my house still smells good (I have a stovetop smoker). Your tea sounds delicious. Oolongs do well here on the semi-arid Frontrange. I have to drink up my puerh’s quicker because they do better where you live in humid (sort-of) San Francisco.

TeaBrat

I have one dark oolong from Jing Tea Shop that claims to have a shelf life of 15 years!

Bonnie

Yow! I’ll be 75.5 then! I’m past aging anything but myself! What if I can’t remember which tea’s are way?! Better enjoy them while I can!

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Ah just drank de 2013 version of dis hurr tea, and it was delightful! Notes o’ roasted chessnuts and kane suga’. Very sweet finish, and ah got lahk 4 steepins outta it. Hardly got bitter wid a temperture of ’bout 190F. Dis be some good ol tea from Zhejiang China!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more
Bonnie

Why the fake accent here in Colorado? Some people might find it off-putting. Anyway…I’m here and know fake accents written down (should say dialects) take effort. Kudos for effort.
Having African-Americans in my family, your dialect mirrors some old ad’s from early last century that have such dialect for Snow Drift flour…biscuits made by the maid, and Uncle Ben’s rice.
Not to my liking if you intend to make fun.

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85

This was a sipdown for me yesterday…
what a good black tea this was, I could definitely see myself getting more of this. Love the sweet yam molasses type flavors, See previous notes for more details.

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

Yum! This sounds tasty, plus I love the name :D

Sil

put it on the list terri! hahaha

Terri HarpLady

That’s what I was thinking! I have their webpage open on my browser, but I’ll have to check it out later, as I need to get my butt off the chair & go DO SOMETHING! LOL

Sil

..and by list i meant spreadsheet

TeaBrat

I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you got some

Terri HarpLady

I knew what you meant, Sil :) GMTA!

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87

Tea of the mid-morning here. I am fond of these darker oolongs but I usually drink them in the wintertime, However, today it’s foggy here as usual in the summertime. This tea is roasty and cozy, see previous notes for more details.

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drank zhuyeqing by Seven Cups
12 tasting notes

Appearance: Beautifully shaped light green buds with very few young leaves.

Dry Leaf aroma: slightly medicinal, hint of bourbon, fresh.

4 grams of tea, 4oz water at 180 F, brewed in a gaiwan.
1st steep: 2.5 mins, 2nd steep: 3 mins, 3rd steep: 3.5 mins

First steep:
deep orange liquor. Pervasive medicinal aroma, very herbaceous and plant-y with a dry finish. Not much sweetness. A bit of a toasted note. The astringency is reminiscent of Amaro or some other type of herb liqueur. A little hint of smoke on the end too. I think this would be interesting for people who like less sweet more potent tea.

Second steep:
Much lighter liquor. The vegetal notes are more pronounced. Dominate note is cooked artichoke…or maybe asparagus…no, its artichoke. kind of reminds me of chrysanthemum tea…

Third steep:
Very light liquor and subdued taste. Still a pervasive medicinal/herb aroma. Not a great third steep.

If you are a whisky, bourbon, or spirits drinker, try this tea. Has a lot in common (dry, vegetal, a bit smoky) with dryer alcohol. Fun to drink, and I happen to like dry teas, but avoid if you are looking for something sweet

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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87

Last night I went out to a party with my adorable man, I think I’m a little too old to be partying on Thursday night so this will be a full throttle caffeine day for me. :)

This is a really good oolong if you like the darker styles. I love the roasted smell of this. Today I am picking up caramel notes and buckwheat. Definitely a great tea to sip on plain and it re-steeps well. See previous notes for more info.

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67

Refreshing! Can rebrew many times.

I need to get another bag and try this tea again.

After brewing this tea with a normal 2-3 minute teapot method I wasn’t that impressed. It was too mild and I didn’t quite get it. After seeing Seven Cups video on Facebook about brewing in a glass and just keeping the leaves in the water I was much more impressed with this tea. It doesn’t get bitter and seemingly doesn’t really oversteep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 8 min or more

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60

Smooth and clean tasting. Refreshing. Not very complex. Very cool that’s it’s all buds…no open leaves. Good tea to turn on new green tea drinkers.

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

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87

Tea of the mid-morning here. I haven’t been drinking a lot of oolongs for some reason. Winter seems to be a season of black tea and shu puerh.

This tea is incredibly aromatic smelling while it is steeping. Great for a foggy day like we are having today. See previous notes for more details!

Amariel

I am a black (and pu erh) drinker in the winter too. I find some of the others too light.

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85

Tea of the morning here…

I decided to steep this for 4 minutes and the result is really interesting. It definitely got very malty and has a touch of tobacco but also with a floral note? Yeah and I’m drinking it with vanilla soymilk, it’s pretty good that way. Will have to try more things from Seven Cups in the future.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67

very mild all around, but good. even though the taste is subtle there is depth to it. tastes very clean and pure, and reading a bit on how it is harvested and processed gives me a deeper appreciation for the work that went into it. no bitterness whatsoever.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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