Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

86

Super generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you
3G 130 ml gaiwan 212F
Rinse/30/45/45/1min etc
Leaves are black and unruly so I used scale to not underleaf
It’s malty with muscatel and stone fruit notes kinda like Second Flush Darjeeling but with Taiwanese notes as well. Some unmistakable Taiwanese sweetness. Some dryness in aftertaste but not unpleasant . I really liked this tea as much as I like good SF Darj
Thank you Terri for the opportunity to try. It’s a winner

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 130 ML
Cameron B.

You show those unruly leaves who’s boss! :P This sounds tasty, I may need to start in on Taiwanese blacks soon…

boychik

Oh I love Taiwanese blacks. I didn’t try many, mostly TTC. I just want to narrow them down. Can’t have all of them unfortunately :( my hubby keeps reminding me that we are on a budget. It’s not gentle reminder anymore… And I just placed Mandala order last night.

Cameron B.

My boyfriend encourages me, which is even worse! Lol.

Nicole

That sounds really good.

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91

trying to get a few things done before my other half wakes up. One of those is updating and figuring out where i am in terms of my tea now that it’s July 1st.

My goal was to get to 100 teas and have the oldest tea be from January 2014. Where i stand is: 164 [Fake Cupboard at 105 teas and 60 samples] and my oldest tea is from Oct 2013 (1 serving left) + 4 teas from December (about 3oz). Not too shabby considering i lost about a month of tea drinking with the move and everything else going on. So i’m putting myself on hiatus until i’m caught up with my goals. For July i was aiming for 95 teas with the oldest being from Feb by Aug 1. I’m allowed to order if i hit one of those goals before Aug 1. I’m so mean to myself lol BUT i really want to get my cupboard in order over the year now that i feel like i have a solid handle on the majority of my likes and dislikes. That was i’ll have more room for puerh cakes and still find the time to drink them :)

Happy Canada Day everyone!

Sami Kelsh

Happy Canada Day, Sil! Wowzers, I’m so envious of your tea-goal-organization skills. WICKED. You can do it!

Sil

haha it’s a good thing i love organising things and making lists and stuff :)

OMGsrsly

That is so incredible. I haven’t even opened some of my Black Friday teas. Or even one of the teas my parents got me at Christmas.

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91

I won’t finish this up for July 1 but I am only 1 or 2 more sessions away from a sipdown with this one – the oldest tea in my cupboard (oct 2013) ignoring puerhs heh. I am a fan of this one and it’s because of teas like this and others that i’ll continue to pick up teas from TTC to try out. :)

whatshesaid

Tea from the future!! ;)

Sil

Shush you lol

Cavocorax

Holy moley – Oct is your oldest teas? I’m jealous! I have my 3 Justea tins to drink from August, and a bit of matcha from September before I even worry about Black Friday sipdowns!

Wooo! congrats!

Sil

there wil be a final update this morning on my goals once i get 5 mins to make some tea hahaha

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80

Thanks Sil for this sample. I enjoyed it and it helped me decide to order from TTC.

I drank the last of this with Lot 306 to see if I could notice any differences, but to be honest, I didn’t. They were both so simliar and I couldn’t quit describe the differences. I think until my palette becomes better refined I’m better served buying whichever one is cheaper! :D

(156)

Sil

I didn’t think the lots had different prices unless they are in fact different teas. Ill have to pay attention next time. :)

Cavocorax

I didn’t actually check? :p But I did now. And Lot 152 is long gone.
so I guess it’s reassuring that they’re similar if I wanted to reorder from a different lot than what I sampled!

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91

This is the first of 9 samples I ended up with from TTC! I’m so excited. I wasn’t even sure where to start, but I’m very pleased with this one.

It smells like honey, and tastes almost like baked bread with honey and just the barest hint of cinnamon. It has a thicker mouthfeel than your average tea, and is rich with flavour.

It’s too bad I finished off my Butiki Mi Xian because I’m curious how they compare? I enjoy both blends (and am looking forward to resteeping this all evening) but can’t say what makes them different.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Citrus, Honey

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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91

My other tea of the morning. I’ve decided to work from home until Wednesday given that it’s a holiday on tuesday and as a result have the world isn’t at work and my meetings are waaaaaaay less than normal. This gives me time to spend with my tea and means maaaaaybe, just maaaaaybe, i won’t work 12-16hr days for the next couple. Plus no travel time = more time for painting and cleaning and moving things around in the house. We picked up the paint yesterday so now it’s time to finish up the living room and the kitchen. They we’ll be set for putting all the other rooms away. and THAT would make me a happy camper, if we can finish it all by July 1st :)

Terri HarpLady

We’re still working on getting the front porch ready to paint. I say ‘still working’, but in reality very little work has been done over the last week. First my sweet potatoes arrived & had to be planted. Then it rained for days, so the wood prep project was on hold. My goal for today, which includes both sons, is to complete all prep work & maybe even start slapping some paint around!

Sil

nice! good luck! I’ll post pics of the living room and kitchen on FB once we get through more. Ian’s home today so we may do stuff while i’m in between meetings, but so far he’s just sleeeeeeeping… bah

OMGsrsly

YES. Work from home! You’ve inspired me… I think I’ll work extra tomorrow and Sat, and take Monday off. :D

Terri HarpLady

I got 1 coat on most of the railings. Tomrrow I gotta put on another coat, & then I get to paint the floor!

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85

Oh dear, this tea is delicious. So fruity and flavorful. Must buy.

Light colored liquor, not a super potent tea, but still bursting with tastiness.

Thanks for sharing a surprise sample of this, Sil! Looks like I’m going to have to look into this TTC company!

Sil

Nice! Glad you got to try it. :)

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Another one from the BBB Box and one that has been good to me. I’m passing the last bit on to Cavo who is about to have her own TTC journey :) Thanks a bunch to TastyBrew for sharing this one with me since it’s one htat i hadn’t seen/tried yet so it was nice to try something new.

whatshesaid

Would you recommend TTC teas?

apt

TTC is top notch.

Sil

If you like the fruity sort of blacks then you’ll like their black teas. Theaged blacks are a little uh…different. I haven’t tried their greens but I’m not overly a fan of their oolongs but that’s ME, not the teas. What I do like about them is that you can pick up 25g samples and if you spend 25 in sample sizes, shipping is free….so yay for small samples AND free shipping. Their service is great :)

whatshesaid

Oh awesome, thanks for the tips! :)

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83

october tea done! one left to go :) I enjoyed a great cup of this one in the morning. I decided to work from home today and i’m happy for it. I wanted to start the day off right. I really do like these teas from TTC a lot.

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83

started the day with this one and happy to do so. I’ve only got about one more cup of this, but i know it will be back in my cupboard again sometime, so i’m not worried :)

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80

THIS is how you start your day. :) Thanks Sil!

When I took my first sip, I thought this was struck by how different it was from my other TTC tea – Sun Moon Lake 147. This was darker, thicker, and reminded me somewhat of Teavivre’s Bailin Gong Fu tea. With subsequent sips and I can taste fruit like apricot or peach. It smells malty and delicious too. After reading the description, I was able to pick up on the cinnamon notes, but the menthol has eluded me. That’s ok. :)

I’m currently rating this at 80 because it’s really good, but not quite at the point where I’ll be daydreaming about it later. At least, I haven’t yet. :P

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83

morning tea from ages ago. We got up early this morning to have breakfast and get the bedroom painted. Last night was a full evening of rearranging the living room and dining room in an effort to take back the house after out HUGE ikea trip on thrs night. Still enjoying this one a bunch, though it’s painful that i’m not going to make my goal for sipdowns by July lol

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From the BBBB Grab bag, provided by TastyBrew.
This is a baked oolong, as opposed to a roasted one. So basically, it’s a green oolong that has been baked.
Not roasty, not particularly sweet, & my taste buds are still stuck in tart mode, so I’m not really doing it justice.
Sipdown

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80

So good! This is SO GOOD. Thank you Sil for introducing me to all the best teas! :D

TeaTiff

Is this similar to PTA?

TheTeaFairy

This one is awesome! I was also introduced to it by lovely Sil. I remember it being very similar to PTA but maybe not as fruity.

Sil

Tea tiff – these teas are similar in profile to PTA, but different enough that I have various in my cupboard along with PTA….it’ll come down to preference mostly I think. Nice thing is that TTC does 25 g samples with free shipping if you spend at least 25g on just samples

Terri HarpLady

This & 154 & 200- something were my favs from TTC.
Very different from PTA, IMO, these are much fruitier.

Cavocorax

I’m drinking it again today, and I second that it seems to be fruiter, although I still really enjoy PTA.

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this came my way via the BBB Box in the grab bag from Tastybrew. Not overly excited by this one, though i was hopeful because in my head baked = roasty oolong. well GUESS WHAT! it doesn’t lol. this is a greeeeeeeen ooolong. But you know what? i am digging it! it really is a sweet oolong. there’s none of that oolong note that i don’t like. instead this is just a refreshing cup of sweet tea…it’s almost honeylike but not quite. I’m also getting a teeeeeny floral note at the back of the sip, but it’s only there is i concentrate on it – so i’m not lol. thanks for sharing girls!

Cameron B.

Yum, I definitely need to look into baked oolongs, this sounds amazing! :D

Sil

yeah i’m not a huge fan of green oolongs but this one is tasty..

Cameron B.

I’ve only tried one so far and it was a Li Shan, and I really liked it. So I’m fairly sure I would love this if it’s even sweeter. Thanks for writing the note! <3

TheTeaFairy

(People, Sil is obviously in denial, she doesn’t want to face the truth, but she HAS crossed to the green side…shhhht…we’ll just keep pretending we haven’t noticed…that,s how much we love her)

Sil

have not!

TheTeaFairy

See??? Denial….poor thing. (She has)

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85

Thank you Sil! This was a really great assam to start my day with. It was slightly tangy and sharp, but evened out into sweetness and fruit. It’s a very easy cup to drink; I’m really enjoying it, and would consider placing an order some time!
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Sil

stick to 25g samples if you do! it’s free shipping and then you don’t have huge quantities!

Cavocorax

That’s awesome! :D Is that just for the first order you can do that?

Sil

nope. always and forever. so totally the best time ever. :)

Sil

drink your other teas whatshesaid! haha but yes.. it’s a nice deal for trying out taiwanese teas to see if you like them

whatshesaid

Haha yeah, I know I have to focus on my mass quantities of samples before July…gahhh

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94

Tried this a long time ago. Early steepings were sweet with a pine needle finish. With each steep the pine kind of faded and brought out an amazing savory kind of sautéed buttery zucchini with the pine finish still there. No negative characteristics at all. This tea lasted a very long time, about 12 steeps, 9 of them being amazing. My only complaint is the body is a bit thin.

Flavors: Butter, Pine, Sweet, Zucchini

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75

A rather light tea that has a taste of sweet corn, green beans, and a touch of barley. The final infusion is the usual honyed brew. Slightly creamy and floral throughout. A well-made tea.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 80 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

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i finally got around to trying this one this week as well – one of the offerings from the BBB Box that i share with Terri and Tastybrew! I have to say ladies, thanks for being awesome! I don’t recall much of this tea except that i DID enjoy it…thankfully there is more for me to drink uplater!

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This tea had a lovely balance between the sweet and the savoury. I didn’t get the strong peach notes until later steeps, but I did get a lot of fruity tones from it including, longan, prune, fig tones, mulberry and lemon. This was bonded to the savoury notes by butter caramel, which evolved into honey, cocoa, malt and cereal notes and a touch of salt. The savoury herbaceous notes I found were, lemon thyme, the flavour you breathe in when you crumble dried oregano, cilantro, cinnamon, and towards the end ginger and artichoke. I got nine steeps out of this tea . (1tsp, 170ml,95°C: rinse, 10, 15,20,25,35,45,60,120,180s), and it has been a pleasant companion today.

Thanks TastyBrew for the opportunity to expand my experience with Taiwanese blacks!

gmathis

Dating myself here…but you know how random creatively phrased adjectives in a review just send you off into goofy land? Fig Tones. Anybody besides me remember the dancing, singing guy in the really bad fig costume in the Fig Newtons commercial circa (cough, cough, choke)…?

yyz

I might of… But then I’ve been told I was born out of my time and that I am ageless:). I was ‘21’ from a time before I was a teenager and than became ‘16’ again when I was 24, when I went back to University they all thought I was 13 years younger than I am. So I don’t think your dating yourself.

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83

morning tea….seriously..my cupboard is exploding at the seams in the midst of attempting to move apartments…this was tea this morning in an effort to at least try to keep up with ONE of my 2 tea goals… it’s not working very well… the updated count for today is likely over 200…. eep! Still enjoying this one a lot, but i really do want to make sure that going forward, i’m only getting the smaller sample sizes from TTC so that i can drink them up faster :)

Terri HarpLady

Neener neener :)

Terri HarpLady

Actually, I feel that I exercised great restraint on the box this time. I think the only thing extra that I sent to you was the LB, & that was to ease your suffering :)

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