Single Origin Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

83

I have just now gotten around to trying this sample that James sent with my most recent order, several months ago now! The scent in the cup as it sat on my desk kept reminding me of black licorice. It was a tasty cup that I had no idea what to except from. I added some half and half for the last part of the cup and that turned it into a creamy delight. I don’t especially care for the scent but the taste is good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy. :D

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93

I received this from Nicole as part of the Christmas Card Swap. I’ve been wanting to try this tea for a while now, so I was excited she sent it my way. Thank you!

This is good. Really good. It’s a sweet, bright Ceylon that’s incredibly smooth. There’s no doubt in my mind that this would make a knockout iced tea, and at some point I’ll have to try that. I’ll pick up more of this for sure. It’s one of the better Ceylons I’ve tried.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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98

This is the last new tea to try that I took from MzPriss’ Unflavored teabox the last go around. Not sure how I should be steeping this one. The teaspoon wasn’t a full one, so I didn’t want to fill the mug all the way to the top. I think it turned out perfectly each steep anyway. This has a lovely flavor from the first cup and really stays delicious with each steep, even though there are subtle changes. That’s what I love about oolong: even though each cup has differences, it always seems like the perfect cup anyway. This one reminds me most of kettle corn! I thought it was the sticky rice flavor left in the infuser from the last tea but the kettle corn flavor is still there on the third steep, so I’m pretty sure it’s this tea. It’s smooth, sweet, buttery. I know kettle corn has hints of sweet and savory (and butter), just like this oolong, but it ACTUALLY tastes like kettle corn. The second steep also seems to have hints of pineapple. A huge amount of flavor is in one teaspoon. Easily, everything I’ve tried from Single Origin has been delicious and it’s very tempting not to buy everything I’ve tried.
Steep #1 // 10 min after boiling // 2 min steep
Steep #2 // 5 min a.b. // 2 min
Steep #3 // just boiled // 2 min

Sami Kelsh

Oh lord. Kettle corn? fans self This sounds PERFECT. Kettle corn is just about my favourite food, oddly enough. What an amazing tasting note.

Cheri

I really liked this one. I even bought more after trying it.

Tea Sipper

Yep, Sami – kettle corn. And I’ve only had kettle corn once before, years ago, so I’m surprised I noticed it. :D I’d definitely buy some if/when I order from Single Origin too.

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89

I love oolongs and this is no exception. The dry tea is more like pellets than leaves and look to be coated in some kind of dust. The brewed tea doesn’t have a strong smell, but when sipping has great flavor. It opens with the taste of juicy plums and hibiscus, then blends into the earthiness and warmth of ginseng. It is very well balanced and naturally sweet. The cup is smooth with no astringency.

At first I tried 1 teaspoon of tea to a cup, but then I upped it to 2 teaspoons with multiple re-steeps. This tea holds up well to re-steeping.

Flavors: Earth, Fruit Tree Flowers, Ginger, Plums

Preparation
2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Single Origin Teas

Glad you liked it! We’ve actually been sold out for a while and are waiting on some new batches to be rolled! Hopefully the fresher batch will be even better!

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88

I really like Harney’s Amba Ceylon but when I went to order some I found it to be out of stock. I checked with a number of other vendors, with the same result. A google search turned up Single Origen Teas in Texas and they had some in stock. I ordered 2 – 2 oz packets and it is as good as the Harney’s Amba Ceylon.

It is a very wonderful tea with a really deep smell and flavor. It is light enough to be drunk without cream or sugar, my normal way of drinking it. But often I’ll add some sugar if I drink it in the afternoon. It is an excellent and very unique tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TeaBrat

I like this too…

Single Origin Teas

Glad to hear you enjoy it! Amba is a tricky estate due to its small size It has maybe 6 acres in production. A private buyer buys up all of the dry season production; so come August/September everyone’s Amba is usually running low! I tend to stock up right before the dry season hits just to be prepared.

We should be stocking Amba’s Chai blend with spices all grown either on the estate or right next to it. Next time you order (and if we have it in stock!) mention it on your order form (or send us an e-mail) and I’ll pass on a sample so you can try some. :)

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90

Another tea from Nicole and man.. this IS delicious! on to my wishlist goes this one because it’s a great tea. this is just a deliciously sweet, smooth ceylon. I don’t know what else to say…this was just a great cup of to this early morning (or is that laaaaaate night for me) haha. Thanks for this Nicole! love it :)

Ysaurella

you can add it is a lovely tea because the pic shows a a very lovely blend ! :)

Single Origin Teas

Glad you enjoyed the tea! Amba was the reason why I opened Single Origin Teas :)

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This tea is a sample that MzPriss passed along. Thank you!

This was the afternoon tea. This was a really good tea. Light, slightly floral, slightly muscatel. I actually thought this was a darjeeling. I hope we meet again Jun Chiyabari.

Single Origin Teas

Its one of my favorite teas too. I think it is a combination of the altitude, temperature, and variations in circadian rhythms that makes it so much like a Darjeeling. But then again style of production really impacts the leaf too, so it might just be that they are using the exact same oxidation/rolling time ratios?

Single Origin Teas

Jun Chiyabari is exploding on the tea scene here in America. They use to be a much smaller producer, but with the artisan movement catching on, alot of the bigger tea companies have started buying up the lots.

Veronica

I really like this tea, too.

TeaTiff

I just saw your notes on this tea. Thank you for the information.

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85

This is another sample from TeaSipper, Thank you!

This is a tasty assam! It is malty, slightly fruity and on the bright side of the flavor spectrum. It isn’t as strong as the assam I had from Butiki yesterday. It is a bit more of a lighter cup and the fruit notes shine a bit more than the malt. It is a more mellow assam, which for me is a good thing. I could easily see myself purchasing this one.

Edit: As this cooled it was still so smooth and almost creamy. I really want to try my last tsp with milk and sugar. I don’t usually add stuff to tea, but I think this tea would be really tasty with some additions because it is really good on its own.

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80

From the unflavored TTB

Mmm, this is good! I had a hard time reading the handwriting on Single Origin Tea packages, so I thought this was an milgiri oolong, then whatever coonoon is.. a raccoon? Turns out Coonoor is the tea estate!

Anyways, pretty tasty tea! Sweet, little light for a black, bready, fruity grapey, dry, and a little caramelly. I’m not a fan of the dryness, but the flavor is pretty good.

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

Sorry about my hand writing! Maybe I should have gone to med-school. ;)

(I am looking into printed labels though)

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83

This is a great green tea. It has a bit of a dry mouthfeel, but to be fair, the one I tried was from a little sample my friend gave me and has been in a tiny plastic ziplock for quite some time, so it hasn’t been exactly stored in the most optimal conditions.

The flavor of this green tea is very creamy and soft. There are some light vegetal and nutty tones. The smell is lightly sweet. It’s got a bit of a pecan praline vibe to it and as the tea cools it becomes even more enjoyably sweet. The second steep is even more sweet and mellow than the first, with possibly a hint of unsweetened coconut flavor. This is quite a soft tea and offers some unique qualities from my other experiences with green tea.

Flavors: Cookie, Cream, Nuts, Pecan, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Teeny Tiny Traveling Tea Box

Mmmm a lovely roasted oolong to start off my morning! I haven’t had an oolong like this in a while :)
Nice tightly rolled leaves that expand like lovely, pale/light yellowy/green liquor after the first steeping.
Just a really great tea!

Cheri

I like this one quite a bit. It’s just the right amount of roastiness.

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89

Such a forgiving tea. Easy to drink. Just the right amount of everything I wanted tonight.

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89

Yum. This is such a good tea. It’s a really nice four seasons oolong – my favorite by far to be honest. It’s just got the exact right flavor that I want. It’s also really relaxing and comforting. I’m curled up with a mug of the first infusion, but I think when this is done, I’ll add more hot water, and go curl up with my book.

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89

I’m sitting at a beautiful bed and breakfast on vacation, curled up listening to it rain and sipping on this. I didn’t bring my travel gaiwan this time, so I’m enjoying it western style. Delicious. Creamy. Floral. Beautiful. This is the hands down best for seasons oolong I’ve had.

I will be ordering this for sure.

Cameron B.

I’m glad to hear you’re relaxing, and I hope you’re having a nice vacation so far. :)

boychik

have a great time, rain or shine ;)

Single Origin Teas

Glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I love gardening; I have a massive Gardenia bush right next to my door. Because the Gardenia was blooming while I was tasting this tea, I can’t tell if the Gardenia I taste in the tea is really there, or if it is just in my memories of the tea!

Cheri

I couldn’t say if it was Gardenia for sure, but it’s definitely floral. Of course, now I’m out of the sample that I had, so I can’t try again to identify it.

I need to order more. This will give me an excuse to order more tea, and to get the teas that I liked from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB that I didn’t want to order on their own.

Single Origin Teas

When you place your order, just write your username Cheri and a couple samples that you would like to try. :)

Cheri

Thanks!

Single Origin Teas

Your order will be shipping out tomorrow! :)

Cheri

I just got the order today. Woo! I’m excited. I think I’ll have the four seasons tonight after dinner for my first session with my new tea pet. The envelope was pretty damaged during shipping and torn open on one end. There were the four teas I ordered and three samples. Since I only requested two samples, I assume the third was a treat, and that nothing was lost. Thank you so much!

Single Origin Teas

Yep, looks like all the teas arrived! I’m sorry to hear about the envelope, can you see if any of the tea packages (or tea) got damaged?

Cheri

The tea packages themselves were just fine. It was only the big envelope that was damaged.

Single Origin Teas

I guess USPS isn’t as great as I’ve been thinking it is. :/

Cheri

These things happen occasionally. No worries! Where it did rip the worse was on the ends, so it might be worth it to reinforce those with tape?

Single Origin Teas

Yep, that’s a good idea. I might also see about finding some stronger material.

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Tea #7 from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

With Steepster being pretty much inaccessable and overall pretty dead, I’ve been slacking on logging my notes. Lol! I had another tea from the box day before yesterday, but I’ll have to log that one after this since I can’t remember offhand what that one was.
I kinda fudged it with the steeping parameters since I couldn’t really find them anywhere and I was overall too lazy to find and check the Single Origin Tea site.
Couldn’t get any sort of scent from the dry leaf since this was pretty much the end of the bag. I think there’s still another tsp or two left though.
Brewed this reminds me of a darjeeling to be honest. With that muscatel/fruity sort of scent to it. And that’s really the only taste I’m getting from it too. Fruity muscatel with a mild astringency.
I’m not sure if it’s just because the tea is now older from traveling in the box and/or it’s just evolved through to another tea. I’m pretty certain that this is the same tea that I’m drinking, but I can’t understand why I’d be getting such a different taste than what was originally tasted.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

Good morning Steepster…
This is a sipdown for me this morning. Kind of sad since I don’t have a lot of assam teas in my stash right now. I might be re-ordering this one soon. It’s robust with fruity and malty notes, and just a bit of tannin. Definitely good for a morning brew with lots of soymilk and sugar. The price is fairly reasonable as well.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Do you have an all-time favourite Assam?

TeaBrat

I really liked the organic assam from Harney & Sons which I don’t have any more of either.

Fjellrev

Ah, you know, I never paid attention to their unflavoured teas. Somehow I thought they wouldn’t be that special.

gmathis

I’ve been thinking about a stock-up order with Single Origin as well. Love their decaf Ceylon.

TeaBrat

Good to know, their Amba Ceylon is amazing also…

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88

This is my tea of the morning… yum yum

Steepster is acting weird today and won’t let me add this to my cabinet. Anyway it was an evening of fitful sleep last night (maybe that Kenyan Tinderat last night was a mistake, too much caffeine!) and I felt the need for something strong, yet not too intense this morning. As far as assams go, this is definitely on the more mellow side, with a bright and fruity taste as well as a bit of malt. I’m drinking it this morning with soymilk, it doesn’t really need sugar though you could add some in.

I hope everyone is having a gentle Monday :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

A different kind of oolong! I love the delicate grape and nutty flavor notes, with some floral and woodsy musty. It is like a dong ding oolong and a Darjeeling black had a baby! The tea has a moderate amount of astringency, which gets really strong for the second infusion. The second infusion tasted sweeter and more fruity, but was way too dry for my tastes.

Full review on the blog The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/singbulli-oolong-darjeeling/

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

I’ve always suspected my unchaperoned tea packets of cohabitating and multiplying when I wasn’t looking—-that must be what happens…baby tea :)
(This little one sounds tasty!)

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86

from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

I like this one. It’s still green and floral, but also roasty and nutty at the same time. It has a really nice mouth feel as well, buttery. And it’s nice and sweet.

I think I’ll add this one to my wish list, so I remember to buy it. I’ve decided that there are enough SOT teas that I’m enjoying that I will place an order when my cupboard is back down to a comfortable level. Right now, it’s overflowing (literally. You should see the piles I have elsewhere because they won’t fit in the pantry) and I need to be patient. Patience…yeah, yeah, yeah…how long will that take?

Single Origin Teas

Glad to hear you have enjoyed our teas!

Patience is something that I have had to learn too, there are so many delicious teas out there that I want to stock!

Cheri

I’m glad I did. I’m so happy that you included them in the TTB so we could try them. It was a really nice way to do it.

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sample provided for review thanks Awkward Soul for hooking me up!

This is one of the tastiest green oolongs I’ve had. Super floral with buttery sweetness and total “pudding mouth” effect! If you like them green and floral this ones for you!

Cheri

Sounds delicious. I need to make sure this one isn’t in the (M)UTTB…..

Stephanie

I have a little more. I will send it with your Manistee Moonrise :D

Single Origin Teas

haha glad to hear the samples are migrating around!

Single Origin Teas

We’d given a separate sample to Awkward Soul (and then a postage paid packaged envelope with another sample for Awkward Soul to pick someone to mail it to). So it wasn’t apart of the (M) UTTB.

Stephanie

Right, I was Awkward Souls chosen reviewer she shared with. I sent the rest to Cheri in the mail today so you will get 2 reviews in one! Thanks again Single Origin Teas, and if you ever want more reviews I’m always happy to taste :)

Single Origin Teas

Sure thing Stephanie! I’ve really enjoyed the travelling tea box so hopefully in the future we will keep doing them at least. :) The best way to try different teas is through samples.

Stephanie

Yeah, I’d love to get in on one of those traveling boxes in the future! I missed out this time :)

Cheri

Wow, Stephanie! Thanks so much!!!

Cheri

(Out of control cupboard….completely out of control….)

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from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

I’m not sure about this tea. I feel like there’s probably a sweet spot magic for this tea because I didn’t get much from it. It was decent, but after reading other people’s reviews after I finished my cup, I wasn’t getting any of these flavors they were talking about. So I tried a longer second infusion and still none of what they were writing about.

Weird.

So this one was easy drinking and decent, but nothing special or amazing for me. Maybe hotter would have been better? I dunno.

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From the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

This is a nice tea, but I probably wouldn’t order it. It’s not spectacular. It’s got a touch of sweetness to it, which is nice, and it’s not overly malty or astringent, and it definitely wasn’t bitter.

As it cooled, I got almost a sweet potato taste from it, which surprised me. I wasn’t expecting that as all. I think that’s the first time I’ve really gotten that sweet potato taste from a tea that people talk about all the time.

(The tea had cooled quite a bit by this point as my husband decided we were smoking pork today, and I was rushing to get it ready to go while he was outside getting smoke going in the modified Weber kettle.)

I think people who drink this kind of tea more would appreciate it and get more flavors out of it.

Single Origin Teas

Yep, we enjoyed the sweet potato taste too. Mokalbari is a good Assam. It handles milk and sugar well, does its job, and doesn’t break the bank.

Cheri

I didn’t try it with sugar or milk, but it was quite nice on its own. I’m still just starting to get into black teas, and this was a decent one.

I hadn’t looked at the price point on this one, but you’re right. It’s very affordable.

Single Origin Teas

I would love to stock some fancier Assams, but the problem with being small is that most tea estates don’t want to deal with you!

Cheri

I can definitely understand that, from both sides.

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