Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

77

Good but not great, mellow easy drinking, smooth and relaxing, but nothing special to justify the price premium of an aged tea (though from what i understand these things are actually dime-a-dozen over in taiwan). It definitely has some nice aged flavor (dusty and dried fruit-ish, sort of), plus noticeable roast flavor still, but not much else, the roast and the aging is all that’s left.

Preparation
Boiling

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95

Thanks to Sil I can finally try a Sun Moon Lake Assam. I have been dying to try one for ages and could never find anywhere with shipping and tea prices and enough other things to justify an order.

This is mighty tasty. Smooth, thick, fruity and slightly yeasty. If the other samples Sil was kind enough to share with me are as good, I can definitely see an order in my future!

Oh and I steeped this for-absolutely-ever and it wasn’t even a tiny bit bitter or harsh. I mean, we are talking like 10 minutes while I made the husband pancakes for dinner and completely forgot about my cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Sil

YAY! so glad you liked it :)

Sil

their teawares are kinda nice too heh if you place an order if you stick to sample sizes, which are still 25g you can get free shipping at 25$

Nicole

LALALALA… not listening… :)

ifjuly

enabler! (:

Sil

ifjuly…i have to. it’s the only way i can keep my cupboard looking reasonable lol get other ppl to increase theirs!

TastyBrew

Ha ha. This one should be a staple in all cupboards… just saying… or the premium version, which is even yummier.

Sil

if by premium you mean lot 154…yes.. yes it’s delicious!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

I am so glad I am not the only person that talks people into buying tea so that I look less obsessed :P

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89

The dry leaves’ fragrance of sweet tobacco, brews into a liquid that makes me think of raisins and pink cotton candy fused together. No joke! There is some medium astringency that lingers after the sip, however I find this to enhance the complete experience. You certainly can associate it as an Assam from the Sun Moon Lake region. The taste is unmistakeable, yet this one is unique in its sweetness. Very easy not drink cup matter cup. Thankfully the very large leaves are of quality and last many different steepings.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
spicyshade

Thanks for Invite

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88

Steepster ate my note…first time for me ! I am shocked lol, naughty steepster !

Thank you so much Sil for sending me this tea as a surprise.
This is really a very kind attention and a very good tea.
I am very fond of Taiwanese teas and especially those from the Sun Moon Lake.LaFleurBleue sent me one in the past and I really felt in love with it.
I tried to find one at Mariage Frères but it’s very expensive (30 € for 100 g) so I forgot about it.
And yesterday night this lovely envelope was waiting for me in my mailbox!

This is a very lovely assam, deep, dark but fruity as well.I get candied apricot for sure and fresh bread notes.

I love it ! for sure I’ll have a look at this company. Thank you so much Sil

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Sil

YAY! I’m glad you like it. If you only buy sample sizes, shipping is free over 25$ – it’s how i placed my first order with them to try a bunch of their blacks!

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Yes, Steepster can be naughty, it happened to me also after writing a long post, so frustrating! I don’t type directlyl in the little box anymore, I open a new document and copy/paste after so I don’t have to start over if there’s a glitch…

Terri HarpLady

I enjoyed this one, although lot #154 was my favorite of the two. I opened the tin the other day, & the aroma alone is just so delicious!

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94

Soy sauce – that’s what the dry leaves smell like (not as pronounced after the leaves are steeped). While I’m on the subject of the leaves, they are very large and hand rolled (barely fit in the 100ml gaiwan when dry). Quite interesting how the dry leaves speak soy sauce, yet the liquid is more gingerbread. The cup is very tasty with its thick, savory and very sweet broth. Deliciousness in every sip!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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84

sipdown! I had a cup of this today to try and drink up some of the non black teas in my cupboard. the rest of this is also going out to share with tea friends since i am not a fan of greens, but did really enjoy this one. yay for cleaning up teas!

Terri HarpLady

My tea collection is so out of control, so disorganized at the moment. Boxes everywhere, tea crammed in every place. Who knows how long it will take me to get it under control? If ever? :)

Sil

uh… another box coming your way to…should be getting it in the mail by this weekend hahaha

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84

I picked this one up on a whim from TTC because i figured i should try at least one of their non black teas (and terri’s done a good job of sharing their oolongs with me)

this is actually pretty tasty! It’s sweet, and while there’s a small floral undertone to this, it’s juicy and tasty! I’m a fan!

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85

Yes, GABA Oolong! Finally! I’ve been looking for awhile for this stuff, and with my TTC order awhile back I snagged this tea along with many others.

I couldn’t find steeping instructions on TTC, so I did it gaiwan style and cold steeped. Cold steep of GABA oolong is quite good – tarty green strawberry flavor! However, I’m slowly adapting to the California “cold” weather so I felt too chilly drinking it – until summer!

Gaiwan steeping, GABA oolong was quite nice. Thick texture, lots of raisin and green strawberry notes. A little medicinal aftertaste, but it isn’t that strong. Overall, a pretty neat tea and very different from green and roasted oolongs.

Full review on my blog, The Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/organic-gaba-oolong-taiwan-tea-crafts-oolong-owl-tea-review/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C

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81

Drinking this at work tonight. Thank you ifjuly for the sample. I haven’t had many Red Jade teas but this is one of the better ones. I still think I like China blacks better than Taiwan blacks, but I’m still really learning about the different blacks.
This is a nice black tea, I’m not sure I really understand what I like/don’t like about them. I’m not getting a lot of fruity, and none of the mint finish (that would be a good thing for me). All in all a solid black, but there are several that I like more than this. I don’t think it would make the short list for restock – but am really happy to have tried it. Thanks ifjuly for another really nice tea.

ifjuly

I was bummed a little because the amazing first few cups never came back after about a week, especially the awesome mintiness. I’m thinking I must not have properly stored it, but that seems kind of odd given it’s black tea…not sure. IIRC someone else mentioned either for this one or another TTC black tea a similar experience of really loving the first cup of something and revisiting to find a lot of the notes were gone. Weird. It’s still pretty good now without that note, but it was fantastic before.

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This afternoon I did some Gongfu steepings of this one, finally. It is a really nice smooth tea, lightly sweet & delicately fruity. I gave it a quick rinse, then 15, 30, 45 sec, etc, adding 15 seconds to each steep. I ordered small samples of several of TTC’s aged teas, they made them sound so amazing on the website, & quite honestly, I haven’t been particularly thrilled with most of them. So far, this one is my favorite.

Sil

i’ll stick to the few i really like :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m glad my aged samples were small :)

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84

sipdown! even if it is a fake sort of sipdown, as i’m sending the other half of the sample terri sent me to FuzzyP :) The worst part of today? this review has been sitting open for hours and i can’t even focus enough to write it. Long story short this is a really tasty tea, though i think it’s a little too different for me to keep around always. if that makes sense. it’s fruity, but in a specific sort of peach grape way, as tastybrew said, rather than that generic “fruity” taste i get. thanks for sharing terri! this one’s neat!

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81

Thanks for this one Terri! I think this one is my second favourite of the bunch you sent me. I guess i’m on a bit of a “let’s drink some oolongs” kick.
This one has less of the charcoal notes to it than the other, but is still clearly an oolong. It’s smooth tasting though and slightly fruitier than the others. Thanks again terri!

Hesper June

I too have been craving oolongs lately! Must be something in the air:)

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it!

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74

Gotta love getting paid to sit around and drink tea at home while taking care f house things :) this is another tea from Terri. I like this one a bit less than the other oolong from ttc today. This is more charcoal like and has that familiar roasty oolong taste.

Overall not a bad little tea but this one cup was enough!

Terri HarpLady

They make these teas sound so amazing on the website. Honestly, I still haven’t really given them my full attention yet. :)

CHAroma

How are you getting paid to drink tea? Or do you mean you’re on paid leave or something?

Sil

CHAroma – haha on the weekend, if i get called in to do work, i get paid for three hours minimum, don’t need to leave the house and it’s usually for 15 mins of work :) and then, because they called me in, i get “on call time” for the 21 hours that i’m not getting paid regular time… lol

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83

so i’m not typically a fan of oolongs, though roasted oolongs are better than green and some aged oolongs are better still. Terri sent this one my way – another tea from TTC that she picked up, that i hadn’t tried. I have to say? this one isn’t bad. I much prefer this aged oolong over their aged black tea :) There’s a sweetness here that i enjoy and it’s missing that “oolongy” taste that i’m not a huge fan of. there’s still a bit of vegetal taste here but it’s more of a burned grass than green grass lol. I’ll be sharing the rest of this little bit with dexter! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, the aged black tea really tasted like roasted beets, which I enjoy eating, but not so much to drink!

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82

Pretty damn good; tastes sort of like Darjeeling, a little malty and quite delicious. Quite different from the floral oolongs I usually drink, but I’m pleasantly surprised.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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68

Sample sipdown of this one – passed on to me by my tea sister terri! I’m not overly a fan of oolongs – the roasted variety are better than the green variety but on the whole, 98% of the time i will take black tea/puerh over oolongs. However, i need to try all the teas!

If you are a fan of oolongs, this is likely a really nice roasty delicious oolong, with that familiar roasty oolong sort of taste. heh for me? this isn’t my cup of tea but i wouldn’t turn a cup down.

Terri HarpLady

worth a try :)

Nicole

TRY. ALL. THE. TEAS!

Sil

always! Nicole! you need to give me a poke sometime and tell me what teas i can send your way for fun! it’s been a while since i sent you something :)

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63

Terri sent this one to me in our last exchange. Not i have to preface this with the fact that i have really enjoyed all of the black teas that i’ve tried from taiwan tea crafts. The exception appears to be with their aged teas. Granted this one tastes totally different from the other aged tea i tried :)
The brewed aroma of this tea is amaaaazing. It’s juicy and fruity and overall i was like oh man..that smells wonderful. Sadly, that doesn’t equate with the actual tea. Much like tastybrew, this isn’t a tea for me. I get where she mentions raisins, as that is sort of what i’m tasting. Overall though, it’s like musty raisins..or something.
Nothing i’ll order again, but i do like being able to cross it off my list. Especially since there will be continued orders from taiwan tea crafts :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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A good soft sunday afternoon tea.

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80

An enjoyable and consistent tea through all infusions: rather sweet and fruity, with nicely subdued tannins, and hints of chocolate and dates.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

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

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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80

A pleasant enough tea, to be sure, but somewhat simple. Quite floral at first moving to sweet as the infusions progress.

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, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

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

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80

The dry leaves smell wonderful, and the infused ones show the skill of the plucker. The brewed liquor is very nice indeed — sweet, floral, creamy — though not as long-lasting as I would expect from a tea of this price.

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

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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At first this smelled like a lot of the fancy straight blacks I’ve had from Teavivre and Butiki etc., that smooth sweet starch (and I admit that made me think “here we go” as I’m a little bored with sweet potato tea..they’re good, don’t me wrong, but I’ve just had so many of them), so the flavor took me quite by surprise. It’s fruity, juicy, and slightly minty. Yet underneath it still possesses that nice rich Assam flavor. Now reading about it I guess that makes sense, as it’s an Assam strain with a Taiwanese wild mountain black. It tastes as good as you can imagine given that pedigree, with the sweetness and smoothness of Taiwanese tea but robust depth of Assam. Really good, lives up to the hype! Thanks to Sil and Terri and whoever mentioned TTC in the Misc. Sales thread, ‘cause there’s no way I’d have known about it otherwise. This is definitely a keeper.

…Man, that cooling mint at the end of the sip is really awesome! It freshens you up to be able to enjoy the next swallow’s fruitiness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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