Single Origin Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

This is a nice tea. It’s kind of creamy, but not in a oolong kind of creamy way. It’s different. Fruity. It kind of makes me think citrus, sort of like a grapefruit, but not at the same time.

I would probably order this one, but I’m not sure I need 2oz of this.

In other news, we had a great little MINI trip to see my MINI Cooper friends. Wonderful friends, amazing food, delicious beer and wine, and just a really awesometastic fun time.

Single Origin Teas

Ah! I could totally see the grapefruit. I may have to steal that description and update it from its current description of citrus!

Cheri

I liked this one for sure. I may take a little extra from the box before I pass it along. Heheheh.

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From the Unflavored TTB.

Brewed Western style. The dry leaf aroma has grassy, honeydew, and cantaloupe notes, while hay appears and is most prominent in the wet leaf aroma. The pale green-yellow liquor has a light body, and is delicate and airy, smooth, and clean, tasting of sweet grass. I am inexperienced with rarely drink white tea, so no rating for this one. Nonetheless, I still think it’s good – much sweeter than white teas I’ve tried before, has a “head in the clouds effect”. It was a pleasure to finally have a tea from Malawi, and a white tea from Africa. Thank you, Single Origin Teas!

Flavors: Cantaloupe, Grass, Hay, Honeydew

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Tea Sipper

Another favorite white tea.

Single Origin Teas

Malawi is an amazing country. I still haven’t visited yet, but the post cards and letters I get with the tea really do paint the most beautiful scenery. I also love that there are so many different estates that are making tea in the orthodox style.

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From the Unflavored Traveling Tea Box.

Brewed Western style. The dry leaf aroma smells of maple syrup and caramel, and the wet leaf aroma of chocolate. I intended to use only 8oz of water but overestimated by 100% (I had just woken up….). I thought that the taste would be watered down, and to put in another teaspoon of leaf. But this tea is flexible. The liquor – orange, medium-bodied, and clear – is still flavorful with malt and bitter dark chocolate. It also has a spicy aftertaste, a little like ginger snap cookies. Delicious morning cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Single Origin Teas

I like to think that the spice flavor comes from growing in such a unique country!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #28
This tea was a little tough for my tastebuds to figure out. It had a lighter green tea flavor, a bit on the tangy side. Slightly vegetal. I should have kept enough to try another cup, I doubt I steeped this one correctly. The flavor was too light for me to have much to say.
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 30 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min

Single Origin Teas

Its not a very strong tea, which is actually one of the reasons we went with it. I tried a couple “strong” green teas from Sri Lanka…and they were so bitter and over-powering that I couldn’t taste anything else for days!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #21

I’ve recently learned that if you leave out already steeped leaves overnight, the flavor is drastically different… I never let leaves sit longer than 24 hours. Usually I have black teas/pu-erh all day and then have one cup of white/green/herbal/oolong at night and then leave the second steep until the next night. I thought the flavor difference was just because they were steeped twice. I have to do a better job on not leaving leaves overnight then…

The leaves here are HUGE and rainbowed! Rainbow colors for tea leaves anyway! I’m not sure the difference between a Bai Mu Dan and Pai Mu Tan other than this one is from Malawi and Bai Mu Dan is not. This one is very light flavored. But usually with this type of tea, the second cup is ever better. Maybe I should be rinsing the leaves a little. Otherwise I’m getting hints of fruit, but you can’t really tell what that is yet. A little creaminess. As suspected, there is a ton of extra flavor… creamy sweet candy citrus. It kind of reminds me of the White Rhino I had from Butiki… unless its something else I’m remembering. Sigh. So many teas. Actually, I think it’s just this type of tea that I’m being reminded of… these might be my favorite white teas: creamy citrus. I’m taking a little bit more of this one from the tea box, but there is a ton left! I’ll definitely try a third steep the next go around. Also, I don’t believe cooling boiling water for 2-3 minutes leaves you with 180 degree water like the description for this one says…
Steep #1 // 30 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 25 min after boiling // 3 min

Cameron B.

I always assumed they were one and the same, I know a lot of teas have multiple spellings.

KiwiDelight

I asked that this one be a part of the box and am so glad that Single Origin included it. Never had a white African tea before, or even a tea from Malawi!

Tea Sipper

Well, you’re next and there is plenty still in the tea box. I think I’m sending tomorrow!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #17
I’d agree with everything Veronica said about this one! Malty, with mild spice notes, and very raisin like! The cup is a mid-level strength… so I wish it were more malty and raisiny. Just read her much better tasting note. :D Sorry for the lame tasting notes lately, I’m NOT doing this tea box justice!
Just so everyone is aware, though this tea is good, I’ve tried a few other teas from Single Origin that I liked even more. Keep the Kaporet Kenya in mind as well as the Ginseng Oolong: super-brain-poweriest of all the Ginseng Oolongs. Maybe if I were sipping some now, my tasting notes would be better.

Single Origin Teas

Raisin is a great description. Usually when I read anything raisin I think grape and then muscatel. But this kind of has that raisin sweetness without the grape? haha now it sounds like I need to drink some of the Ginseng Oolong!

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One of the flavors listed is “salty” and sadly that is sort of accurate. It is not as offensive as that may sound but it is also not for me. Thank you Sil for the chance to try it but I will pass on this in the future. (163)

Single Origin Teas

Auch, sorry that the salty wasn’t your “cup of tea”. ;)

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Backlog! From SEVERAL days ago, so all I have is the stuff I jotted down while sipping.

Here goes:

Bitter nut shell.
Citrus.
Maple.
Sour.
Lime.
Rum.

I remember that it did taste more like an oolong than a black tea. The weight of the liquid, the lightness of body and the almost sparkling texture…it was very bright. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I’ll try this again soon, and I’ll make sure to be more precise in my description! Thanks for sending this my way hapatite!

Flavors: Chestnut, Citrus, Lime, Maple, Rum, Wood

hapatite

Glad you enjoyed it!

Single Origin Teas

hearing Lime and Rum makes me think I should re-name it Cuba Libre!

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MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #2
Oh if only this tea had the flavor notes for me like they did in Kimquat’s tasting note. I’m gonna just copy & paste them right here: “Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Jam, Malt, Sweet” That sounds like my favorite tea ever!! I was hoping some would be left when I got the tea box! Sadly, if only the tea had a deeper, darker flavor, it would been a better fit for me. The cup is actually the color of honeybush, so this is as light of a black tea that you can get. I even used two teaspoons. It’s probably the lightest black tea I’ve ever tried, except for some of those golden yunnans but these leaves aren’t gold, they are very dark. So disappointing. It was a sweet cup though, just not enough flavor for my tastebuds to distinguish. The second steep I filled half the mug at boiling and it had a similar flavor. I’m not sure if Kimquat and I were even drinking the same tea, but I sure wish I was!
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 17 min after boiling // 3 min
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 min?

Single Origin Teas

It is a very light tea, The leaves are kept long and whole, which I think contributes to it. I haven’t really experimented with longer brewing times though.

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I went to the orthopedist this morning for my shoulder and the first thing out of his mouth was, “well we could do surgery” EEEEEKKK luckily he followed it up by saying he’d prefer to do PT and cortisone shots along with NSAIDs for now. Me too!

But now I hurt from his poking prodding and manipulating. Normally I’d go for a standard comfort tea but my shame at seeing the number of samples sitting in my cupboard unreviewed overtook me and luckily this was a nice choice for something light.

Now onto the tea—Fruity! Peachy and light. Very green tasting. My first Darjeeling in a very long time. I’ve forgotten what they tasted like so I don’t know what to compare it to.

The site said to use boiling water that had cooled for 3-5 minutes. I want to know what temp! I guessed 195 and well it tasted good so that’s something?

ETA held up to a second steep nicely. I had no idea if I should try or not but figured worse case I wasted 6oz of water. Steeped for about 3-3.5 minutes. Lighter flavor but more fruity than grassy this time.

Flavors: Grass, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Single Origin Teas

Auch sorry! I’ve heard that I need to put more exact brewing instructions from several people. In my head I just see everyone making the tea to their own preferred standards. But now that I think about it I should definitely put up some better guidelines for people to go off of.

Sounds like if you got the peachy taste you made it right! I would probably use water temperature anywhere from 185-210 (boiling). Its technically supposed to be a black tea, but it underwent such a light oxidation that when I drink it I treated it more like an oolong.

Cheri

Yeah, I’ve just been guessing on the SOT ones. I think suggestions are a good idea for people who don’t know where to start, but then people can play around from there.

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An elegant, buttery sweet milk, liliac and lilies and snap pea vegetal oolong! I personally prefer a more oxidized or roasted oolong, but this green oolong was pretty good. I love the thick flavor and the high volume of steeps I got with gongfu short infusions (9!). Four Seasons oolong was pretty sweet – I think this would be a great dessert tea for the tea drinker that prefers unflavored teas.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/four-seasons-oolong-single-origin-teas-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Single Origin Teas

Love the lilac and lilies tasting notes. :) You must have a great palate if you were still detecting things on brew number 9!

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Cards and tea Travelling tea box

I tried this one out today since i am always on the hunt for new straight blacks. However, colour me unimpressed. this has a bitterness and an astringency that i wasn’t a fan of. Mostly just, an average sort of tea, that i can live without. so BOOOO on that!

Single Origin Teas

auch, sorry about it being average. I will admit it doesn’t have that same sweet potato sweetness that I like in the golden yunnans(but then again its at a fraction of their price). Do you know when the tea was sold? I have a sinking feeling that you might have gotten the last of a batch and gotten more tips and bits than you should have.

Sil

i don’t, sadly as this was from the travelling teabox. I was just excited to try your teas as i haven’t had a chance to place an order with you yet.

Single Origin Teas

ah! :/ Sorry about that. Hopefully you’ll have another chance to try the teas and this time they will be super tasty!

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I got this one the other day and am just getting around to trying it.

I accidentally left it steeping too long so I’m not going to rate it right now. It might have been 5 minutes or longer. There’s been a lot of talk about the “barnyard” flavor of this tea. I’m not really picking this up. If anything it seems to be earthy in some ways like a good shu pu-erh is. It’s also kind of chocolate-y and also… savory. It almost seems to me like there is salt in here. So anyway I definitely plan to revisit this soon and rate it, but I’m glad it isn’t as scary ass I thought it would be. In fact, I kind of like it. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Salty

whatshesaid

Oh good!
To me it tasted sort of like the way a horse smells, haha. Ah well

Single Origin Teas

ah! yep. Sorry my barnyard is supposed to be more like “freshly brushed horses”. So a clean barnyard smell. :)

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