Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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Change of pace ad reviewing a high mountain Taiwanese Oolong tea rather than the Darjeelings I’ve been tasting and reviewing.

What I like about Oolongs is it’s more forgiving than the temperamental Darjeelings. Meaning, I eyeball the amount of tea and the amount of water. I really don’t have to measure carefully like I do with the Darjeelings

I flash rinse the Oolong tea for 5 seconds.
1st steep 20 seconds-moderate aroma very light, vegetal and fruity taste.
2nd steep 20 seconds-very grassy and vegetal taste. The fruity taste is still there but slightly overshadowed by the above two tastes.
3rd steep 20 second- very good aroma and the fruity sweet taste is really coming out. The leaves have unfurled and the sronger fuller taste and aroma of the Oolong is very very good.
4th steep 25 seconds-The tea is becoming smoother yet still retains the fruity taste

I can probably get 6 very good steeps from this Oolong with the taste giving out and becoming thinner on the 7th, 8th, and 9th steep. This is avery good tea from Taiwan Tea crafts and I have to thank them for this sample. I am always amazed at how much change the Taiwanese High Mountain teas go through between steeps and I enjoy every steep for different reasons.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 175 ML

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Sample courtesy of my friend. When Taiwan Tea Crafts had their spring tea 15% off sale earlier this year he ordered this and the 1994 aged Oriental Beauty, while I ordered a couple of other things. He kept forgetting to give me a sample of this tea, which is maddening when the same person repeatedly tells you how good the tea was. Several months later, I get to try this tea.

The dry leaf’s aroma evokes memories of those bags of dried lavender used to scent things. That’s right, lavender. When wet, the leaves pick up scents of wild honey, grapes, and sweet spices while retaining the previously mentioned lavender. The liquor is medium-strength, with floral, sweet, and spicy notes. This is the most floral OB I’ve ever had, it’s really interesting. It just keeps tasting better and better as the number of steepings increase. It goes from orange to brown.

Is this worth $18 an ounce? Probably not. Is it amazing? Yep. If you like OB you should definitely give this a try.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Grapes, Honey, Lavender

Cwyn

Anything from Taiwan Tea Crafts is going to be good!

apt

i wasn’t a fan of their aged oolongs personally. their ruby red was decent and the Long Feng Xia was good but I had a problem with it. The GABA oolong was great.

Cwyn

I have never had a GABA tea, seems to be all the rage lately.

apt

There are no health benefits whatsoever. It tastes great though, like caramel or strawberry jam.

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78

Taiwanese tea I got from Sil, thank you Sil.
It has the classic notes : honey, fruit. The body is really light even very light. Not my favourite Taiwanese tea but a pleasant cup.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec

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Another BBBB tea, this one from Sil.
It’s funny, I’m just not into taiwanese teas as much as I was. I know I’ve said it before, there is this one taste, that I can’t quite place. It reminds me of coriander a little, & a little sour….I dunno. Anyway, it is, of course, in this tea as well, & although it’s not bad, it’s also not really all that appealing to me.

I’m off to run errands with mom, & BTW, today is my Mom & Dad’s 62nd wedding Anniversary!

boychik

Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad!

TheTeaFairy

Wow…happy anniversary to your parents Terri…very inspirational!

__Morgana__

Wow, 62 is amazing! How wonderful! Happy happy joy joy!

Terri HarpLady

Thanks everyone!

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92

So I wanted a TTC tea and it was either one that I had lots of, or this one to finish it up and I went for the sipdown. I know I like it and that I want more. It’s on my shopping list. I can savor the rest and say goodbye for now. :)

Today I’m tasting cinnamon and warm baked bread with honey. OMG. YES.

Thanks again Terri and Sil for passing this on from your split order!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon, Honey

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92

I drank this first thing in the morning, and I’m enjoying the resteep of it now. It’s just so good. I’m tasting honeyed notes, and juicy fruits, and this tea is just so smooth and easy to drink. Even AFTER I sorta oversteeped this round by double what it should have been!

I worry sometimes about rating a tea to make sure that I know which ones to buy but really that’s a little dumb. I think anything I rate over 85 is guaranteed to make me happy and if I chose this tea over another TTC tea in an eventual order, it doesn’t mean I made the wrong choice. Not when they are ALL good choices. So, I’m just going to chill and focus on that.

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85

A lovely tea, whose dry leaves smell of sweet tobacco, aged wood, and crushed chestnut leaves in the fall. The taste is mild (for an Assam), sweet, and smooth. Although this is a fine tea (even after 2 years from harvest), I enjoyed the smell of the dry leaves more than the taste of the liquor!

First infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
SFTGFOP

I enjoy Sun Moon Lake , but mostly because it reminds me of some delicious Ceylons.

sherubtse

I find the SUL to be milder than a good Ceylon-sweeter, too. But there is a similarity between the two, for sure.

sherubtse

When I spoke of SUL above, I of course meant SML (sun Moon Lake).

SFTGFOP

SML is also a really nice “high quality” tea. If more tea estates in Ceylon tried to produce better grade teas….I think the difference between the two would be even less!

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88

Thank you Sil for sharing this one with me!

I’m really enjoying this as I sit in the office, blasiting this Angry Females playlist from 8tracks: http://8tracks.com/lifeofshi/angry-females-pump-up BOOM! Get stuff done!

So this tea is not roasty like I would have expected from ‘baked’ in the description. It’s green and fresh. Grassy? Also a little sweet. Yay! Thank you!

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mj

You are the queen of motivational playlists

Cavocorax

Hahah. I’m just happy (and surprised) that someone else enjoys them too!

Cavocorax

(thanks)

mj

No, thank you :)

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I used the rest of the sample from Cavocorax to make this morning’s cup. I was worried it was overleafed but as I continue to sip, I find it rather flat and flavorless. Every now and then I get notes of cocoa and a touch of fruit but really there isn’t much more going on in the mug. Oh well. It was fun to try so thank you Cavocorax but this one is not a sad goodbye. 171.

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65

Thank you for sharing Cavocorax!! This tea is nice and fruity but there is a hint of something metallic in the cup that I am not loving. Moreover, I think I underleafed this which could be why I am experiencing a strange mix of flavors. Thankfully I have more leaf in the generous sample so I can try again.

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Another sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you
Gongfu
5g 100ml gaiwan 200F
Rinse/15/20/30/45/60sec etc
Thick waivy black leaves. Nice deep flavor. It’s not that sweetness that I associate with Taiwanese blacks. It has more Assam profile. While it’s not my favorite, I’m very happy that I tried it.
Thank you Terri !

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
apt

I thought that TTC’s Ruby Red is too aromatic and not full enough in body.

boychik

It is full bodied at least to me. I was looking for Taiwanese fruitier sweet flavor. Nope. Even in description they mentioned Assamica strain

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83

I am not entirely sure if this is the Hong Yun Cavocorax shared with me but it is the only one from Taiwan Tea Crafts that she has in her cupboard so I am going to assume it is the right one. Anyways, thank you Cavocorax for sharing. I have only tried one other Taiwan Tea Craft tea (Sun Moon Lake Assam) and I really enjoyed it so I am excited to have others to sample. This, like the last TTC tea I had, is a pretty solid cup. It has an amazing smoothness that suits the sweetness of the tea.

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82

this is another from cavocorax from her recently splurge with TTC. Honestly, i highly recommend trying them out – free shipping if your cart only has samples in it and hits a 25$ mark. The samples have enough for several cups of tea without overwhelming your cupboard with a ton of tea!

this is a nice roasty oolong, with that familiar charcoal sort of flavour. it’s not overly intense, which i like. This is a gentler sort of roasty oolong. really nice!

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84

mmmm i like this one! it’s got an interesting flavour to it. The usual TTC flavour profile but then in the background theres almost like a plum-y sort of deeper feel to it…kind of like a stone fruit sort of taste. Interesting for sure and fun to try out! Thanks again Cavocorax

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81

i have a confession. I don’t love Mi Xian blacks. The one from stacy is good, but i don’t love it like others do. There are teas that i like better. All that aside, i don’t DISLIKE these teas either. they’re just lower on the totem pole than some others :) this one is very similar to the one that stacy carries, though slightly different and reminds me more of some of the other TTC teas that i’ve had. Over all, a nice cup of tea from this morning. Thanks Cavocorax!

Terri HarpLady

I think I initially loved mi xian blacks because it was a flavor profile I had never tried, but once the novelty wore off I realized that although I enjoy a cup from time to time, its not something I wasn’t to drink every day.

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83

I feel bad because cavocorax sent this to me and i’m reviewing this before her and i literally have NOTHING to say about this because i had a no good very bad day and all i can recall was that it was like other TTC teas and i enjoyed it, though it didn’t knock my socks off. Which means it’s likely about an 83 ish but i’m not sure i could pick it out of a line up of TTC teas lol.

Cavocorax

Sorry your day was so rough! And, I’m sure I’ll give it the review it deserves at some point!

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94

TTB&C II

This is such a delicious tea! From the aroma, that seemed more on the fruity side, I expected a fruitier and tarter assam but this is more like the malty one that I love. I find some chocolate notes, too. It has a very creamy and silky mouthfeel. And now that it cooled down, the aroma actually corresponds with the taste much more…

I am off to make another steep! Thanks, Sil, for including this one. This is my first Taiwan Tea Crafts tea ever :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

YAY! glad you had a positive experience with them. TTC is a really nice company for taiwanese blacks if they’re your thing

Kat_Maria

They are definitely my thing and for a while now I have had TTC on my list of “companies I need to order from and somehow haven’t yet” :D I am glad I could try something from them through the Traveling Box.

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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

I like this tea. I really do. I had 3 cups of it today at work and it was just what I wanted. I tried to drink another tea in-between steeps but it intolerable (especially next to this beauty) and was dumped quite quickly. This one is just dark and rich, and slightly sweet, and fruity. Like a juicy plum? I definitely want more Mi Xian – whether from TTC or Butiki. It’s great.

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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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85

This tea is delicious. Still devouring (I had typed “savoring” but my iPad autocorrected it to “devouring”, also true) the sample from Sil :)

It is really fruity and flavorful and malty and one day, when I’m not drowning in tea, one day I will put in a TTC order!

Breakfast tea of the day!

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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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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

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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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