Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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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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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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Large twisty brown dry leaf which smell a bit like fruit and dry floral but once brewed becomes more rosy in scent.

Brewed colour is a light amber and smells so pretty with fruitiness and floral rosiness.

Taste is juicy, fruity and floral as well, and is very smooth and light. Very delicious with beautiful aroma – a lovely tea, and I very much enjoy this.
A good afternoon tea!

Thank you to Philip at Taiwan Tea Crafts who sent me this generous sample with my order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
gmathis

Sounds elegant!

caile

Yes, I was pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was!

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another happy tea from this morning. which seems to far away now. it’s barely past 8 and i just want to go to bed…..maybe it’ll be early bed tonight. this is still delicious and wonderful and a tasty tea.

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This generous sample came to me from Terri Harp lady – thank you!
Gongfu method
5g 150ml gaiwan 205F
rinse/10/15/20/25/30/45sec etc
This tea has similar profile as “High Mountain Red” Ai Lao Mountain Black Tea by Yunnan Sourcing. Some peach, plum, grape, by 6 steeping there is strong grapefruit note. this tea is very good quality tea. I’m not rating this tea because I’m not experienced in Taiwanese black teas.
Thank you so much Terri, I’m grateful for the opportunity to taste such a wonderful and unique tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it!! :)

boychik

Thank you Terri, you send me awesome teas to try;)

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I steeped the rest of this sample a little longer because I wanted a bit more flavor from it last time. That may not have been the bestest of ideas for me.

See, this tea already had some of the notes that I don’t like in Taiwanese black teas, the specific fruitiness that doesn’t agree with me. In the weaker brew they weren’t enough to turn me off, but I didn’t think about the fact that in the stronger brew they might become more prominent. BUT I still find the overall tea tasty. Fruity, honeyed. If you like Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black it might be worth checking this one out as well.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Morning tea! Delicious and tasty and
Kept me going most of the morning. ’Nuff said.

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I’ve been working my way through a couple of sipdowns today, with this being one of them. It’s fruity & full flavored, but it has this one taste to it that I can’t really describe, but which I’ve been encountering in some teas, particularly some of the teas from Taiwan, which I don’t really enjoy. I have no word for it, & it’s not a quality thing, but it’s not for me.
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TheTeaFairy

Oh yes. You better sipdown miss Harplady. I know for a fact your cupboard is about to go up in numbers. Just saying.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, between you, Sil, Angel, Stephanie, Cavo, the BBBB, & a few orders I placed, I’ll end the month with more tea than I started with, inspite of all of my efforts.

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sipdown! I finished up the last of this today, as i’m still trying my best to get things drunk up before my second cupboard explosion of the year happens. I’ve got plenty of things that are a cup or two away from being finished so i just need to take the time to drink them! :) I still really enjoy this offering from TTC – juicy and fresh and sweet and just a good time in my cup!

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Warm cinnamon raisin bread. That is exactly what this cup tasted like – so delicious!
There is a rich sweetness of cinnamon and spices, combined with the fruitiness of raisins, and fresh bread. Lovely and fragrant!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Christina

Sounds lucious!

Nxtdoor

Yes, this sounds so good. The question is, will it taste like Cinammon bread to me? It’s ok, it’s rhetorical, you don’t have to answer. I always read reviews and then when it’s my turn, not so much, not with straight teas anyway.

caile

haha, I know what you mean. :)
I drank this without recalling my previous review and although I knew it was going to be somewhat of this flavor profile, I was surprised by how much like raisin cinnamon bread it was – really good. Next time I make it I hope it turns out the same!

gmathis

Hmmm…makes me wonder what would happen if you threw some golden raisins in a steeping basket with something else…

caile

Might be nice! :) Although this was more like the dark raisins, not the golden ones.

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Welcome to day 15 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
For the final session with this tea, part of a joint order Sil & I placed a year ago, I decided to go with about 5G steeped in 8oz at intervals of 1,2, & 5 minutes.
It’s tart & tangy tea, still reminding me of Apricot, more than anything. There is also a spicy quality, like maybe allspice &/or clove.
I’ve enjoyed the teas we got from Taiwan, & they are of high quality, but truthfully, none of them will become permanent members of my cupboard, as I don’t really love them.
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Sil

Samples sizes for me from now on lol

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Brewed up the last of this, and the empty bag and dry leaf smell so gorgeous like ripe cherries.

Smooth, rich and fruity compote flavors with a bit of sweetly spiced toast. So delicious!!

(Lot: 267)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I have a few black teas from ttc to get through so I’m trying to weave them in to my rotation without making it a chore. :) this is one of my favourites, though it’s changed slightly. I fully love this company though I for sure Need to stick to ordering samples…lots of them hahaha

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Yay, another sample from Sil! I am happy to try all of these TTC teas since Taiwanese black teas are a little hit or miss for me. They can’t be too fruity, which is weird to me, but there it is. I didn’t quite know how to steep this one so I dumped about half my sample in the cup (long, squiggly leaves always making things interesting) and tried out these parameters first… will likely try others with the next half.

This tea certainly smells very fruity. Apricot, perhaps, with a hint of whatever that note is that I dislike in Taiwanese black teas (hard to describe). A bit honeyed as well. I would say this cup is a little under brewed. I think I would go hotter and also possibly longer. The flavor in the main part of the sip is thin, but there is a lot in the aftertaste. This does remind me of Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black but it’s been so long since I’ve had that one that it’s hard to remember exactly. I am happy to say that the note that I tend to dislike has smoothed itself out in the flavor, and the honey and pastry notes make themselves a bit more known. As it cools the cup gains a smooth, almost creamy texture that is quite pleasant.

Overall this is definitely an enjoyable tea, although it edges toward the side of Taiwanese blacks that I’m not in love with, or at least I would never really crave. But obviously a very nice example of the type if you are into those sorts of things.

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

happy to pass any of the ones i buy over for you to try

Dinosara

yay thanks! :D

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Philip generously included a sample of this tea with a recent order. I’ve been very impressed by the quality and value of the teas I have purchased from Taiwan Tea Crafts, as well as their excellent customer service.

This tea has some beautiful caramel and nut notes, as well as some gentle florals. It is sweet, and has a pleasant mouthfeel. A very nice tea!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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First sipdown of the day, first sipdown of the week!
I took the weekend off from sipdowns. I just really needed to enjoy some of my favorite teas, so that’s what I did! Now I’m ready to dive back in, clearing out teas that are taking up space, teas that have been around for awhile, remnants of tea clubs, etc.
This has been a tasty tea, rich & fruity, and while I have enjoyed it’s company, & may eventually reorder, I don’t plan on making it a permanent resident. I was originally enamored somewhat with it’s interesting qualities, but the truth is, it just doesn’t really fit the profile of the kinds of teas that I really love. At least not today.
But that isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy it! It really is tasty, it’s just not a tea I crave.
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