Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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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83

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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83

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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83

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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one of my teas from earlier this morning. I have 3 large bags of teas from TTC that i need to drink up, so i’m trying to weave them in to the rotation during the week. This is still really tasty and juicy but i have to admit i love some of the others just a teeeeeeny bit more. still lovely though!

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Sweet Jesus H. Corbett, this is really something.

It took me a few sips to put my finger on exactly what I was tasting beyond a darkly fruity sweetness, but I got there by about a third in, and what a revelation it was. The flavour is an inspired confluence of roasted pumpkin, dark treacle, and abura-age, those savoury-sweet tofu pouches used to make inari sushi. Every sip opens up new dimensions of beauty to me. It’s magnificent.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

woohooo!!

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It’s Day 8 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!!
I made it through 42 sipdowns in the first week, which I’m feeling pretty good about, since most of them are multiple steep teas.
I’d like to thank Charlotte Zero for sharing a generous sample of this tea, which is similar to lots #147 & 154 (I think those were the other lot #s I tried).
My tastebuds aren’t quite with it, most likely due to allergies, but it’s a very fruity & enjoyable cup!
358 to go!

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Another sipdown, this one from the order Sil & I split last year.
I really enjoyed this tea today. It reminds me of Ms Stacy’s, in a tasty pastry sort of way.
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Welcome to day 7 of little terri’s Ultimate Sipdown Extravaganza!
I started the day with this Taiwanese black, part of the order that Sil & I shared a year ago. Of course, this was my first tea of the day, but that was hours ago, so I don’t really have much to say. I have enjoyed these teas from TTC, but they don’t have as much appeal to me as some of the other black teas that I love. Sipdown!
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Thanks to TastyBrew, who included this TastyTea in the last round of the BBBBox.
I drank this last bit as short gongfu steepings, 15/30/45/60 sec, 2/3/4/5 min.
I didn’t take detailed notes, but it was yummy with essence of honey, malt, wheat bread, & a slight spicy & floral quality to it. Sipdown!
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Goal #1 (start pot of stew) is complete! I’ll add things to it as the day passes, so that by evening it will culminate in a very large pot of stew that can be eaten for dinner & savored over the weekend as well. My next goal? Get outside & plant those 4 elderberry bushes! I’m still a little sketchy as to where I’m planting 2 of them, and I need to remember that from now on I should choose a place to plant something first, then decide what to plant there & get the plants. My previous method has been to buy a bunch of plants, usually on a whim, & then frantically scramble to figure out where they should go & get them in the ground. Experience is teaching me that is not the best way to do things, but I am admittedly a slow learner…sigh…

About a year ago Sil & I placed our first Taiwan Tea Crafts order together. We had a great time on FB together, drooling over the TTC website, discussing the teas we wanted, & I pretty much gave her free rein on whatever sounded good to her. When she got the order, she split everything up & sent me my half. It was glorious. The teas are delicious, and even though we got them in small quantities, I’m still polishing mine off.

This one is a rich infusion of honey, sweet woods, stone fruit jam, & coriander, with a lingering incense quality. I’m sorry to see it go. Sipdown – 395
Now out to the garden!

Sil

yeah i’m sticking to 25g samples from now on i think haha. bigger bags take so long to drink up! even if they are tasty!

carol who

I do the same thing in the garden. I see things at the nursery/garden center and go"Gee, that’s pretty!" and have no idea where i will put it. :p

bizbee1

oh I do the very same thing with plants. I even select spots, then in the garden center I get confused and get more and different plants than I meant to! The tea sounds wonderful too!

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