Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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Today I gave this one the gongfu treatment, as my first tea of the day.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45 sec These were pleasant steeps. Sometimes lately some flavors are sort of not pleasing to me as much, including the bug bite taste & the hoppy taste, & this tea is of that variety.
1/2/3/4/5 min Really a light tea, which didn’t really uphold so much for the later steeps, but it was worth a try, right?

Next time I’ll try a different pattern with this one: 1min/2/3/4 or something like that.

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Another tea I drank yesterday. No real comments to make about it, but I’m realizing that I’m not as much of a fan of Taiwan blacks as I originally thought I was. I do love the Sun Moon Lake Assams, & the other ones aren’t bad, or anything like that, but I’d much rather drink a yunnan or Fujian instead. Just saying…

Now I have to go practice! For tomorrow’s wedding, the recessional is ‘One Love’, by Bob Marley! That will be fun!

JustJames

i love it when people move outside of tradition =0)

Terri HarpLady

Me too! I generally play at least one wedding almost every weekend, sometimes 2 or 3, although I love them all, the big lavish decadent weddings can become a little old. Plus, I feel like when people include music that is meaningful to themselves, its just more heartfelt.

gmathis

Someday, you’ll have to post your “best wedding set ever…” (If you could choose your absolute favorites all for one ceremony, they would be…?)

Terri HarpLady

hmmm….I’ll have to get back to you on that, gigi :)

JustJames

=0)
have you ever ‘dr. who theme song’ed’ a bride down or up the aisle? >;0D

Terri HarpLady

Funny you should mention that, James! Just a few days ago I had a phone consultation with a bride from Boston, & she asked if I could do game of thrones!theme for the recessional, at the end of the ceremony, followed by i am the doctor. I told her I’d take a look at it this week & get back to her. Nobody has asked me to play the Ian dr who theme, although, being a fan of the dr, I’ve played around with it a bit.

Terri HarpLady

I just read my post, lol, & I’m not sure how Sil’s fiance’s name ended up in there, but I’m sure it, & any other errors, are courtesy of my iPad & auto-correct :D

Terri HarpLady

Translation:
Ian = original

JustJames

=0))))))))
so much fodder for FB.
can’ wait until Sil claps her eyes on this thread, lol.
oh, the GOT theme will be very majestic. here’s to hoping the bride can walk in heels! on mustn’t stumble with that theme… no no.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve played the GOT theme several times now, including as an entrance for the groomsmen, which was kind of fun!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & I forgot to mention, they were wearing kilts on THAT wedding!!

JustJames

very nice…. kilts are good for airflow, if worn correctly =0D

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This is an interesting tea. I wouldn’t say it reminds me of a Qimun at all, but it is very smooth & shiny, with a dense kind of fruitiness, a little bit of a bitter edge that reminds me of Hops, & seriously, it’s very lively!

This is one of those teas that is unruly to measure out, due to the craziness of the leaves, so I went with a Tb, although it’s a very loose one, if you know what I mean. First steep was 3 minutes, with a resteep of 5 minutes. Both were very satisfying.

Sil

i drank this one today…

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Hmmmm…not really sure what to say about this cup of tea.
It’s lively! My taste buds feel like they are wiggling around, almost like I’m having a carbonated beverage.
It has a wild fruitiness to it, an almost unruly taste.
It also reminds me of beer, kind of a slightly bitter hoppiness to it.
That was the 3min steep.
While I’m waiting for the 5 min resteep, I’m measuring out tea for the Bodacious Babes Black Box :D

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Hmmm… I made this one a few days ago and it was amazing. Then I made it just now and it’s not so great. Not sure what I did differently, but I’m not tasting any of the fruitiness of a few days ago. I’ll have to keep track of my steeping parameters from now on.

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97

This is the premium version and is sweeter, lighter, fruitier, and more buttery than the other. Can’t go wrong either way. This one seems like a cross between a Taiwanese Assam and Yuchi Wild Mountain Black. Really delicious.

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96

I’ve had this tea and the premium one a few times now and decided to have them side by side today. What I’ve decided…. This one is definitely more bold and more “Assam” like. Still fruity and super delicious, but bolder and deeper in flavor than the premium one. That being said, I think I actually prefer the premium. I think. I’m not sure. The premium one is a bit sweeter and is really buttery. Tastes so similar to the Caramel Vanilla Assam. It’s also a bit fruitier. I love them both. The #147 is a good first morning tea. I think the other is a great second morning tea :-)

Ysaurella

Taiwanese teas are often absolutely fabulous.

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I have really enjoyed my order from TTC. All except this one. If you like raisins, and I mean the really sweet and juicy ones, then you probably would like this tea. But as I don’t like raisins at all, not even remotely, this tea had to be dumped. The second steep wasn’t as raisiny but it still lingered in the background and I couldn’t get past it. This is their most expensive tea, so my tea budget is happy I don’t like it.

Sil

Hmmm…..

TastyBrew

Have you tried this one?

Sil

Negative!

Terri HarpLady

I think I bought some, but haven’t opened it yet

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98

I really love this tea. It’s like maple syrup covered peaches. Delicious.

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98

Wow. This is the best peach and grape flavored tea I’ve ever had.

ETA Wait. This is an unflavored tea. Holy crap. I seriously can’t stand fruit flavored tea, but tea that has fruit flavor naturally in the leaf is pretty amazing. And delicious.

Sil

hmmm i don’t think this one was up when i placed my order heh

TastyBrew

It’s really good. I can send you a sample next box. It’s super grapy-peachy up front and then as it cools tastes a little more like the yuchi mountain one. And a little more rich and complex. Yeah, I’ll send you some :-)

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This is another sample from Sil. Thank you so much, you sending me these teas has saved me money. I would have ordered these, and from what I’ve learned today, that would have been a mistake. While I adore Taiwan oolongs, I don’t think I’m a fan of Taiwan blacks. I did order 3 last night using the Easy Tea 20.00 off deal. If they are anything like these, I will try them and then pass them along to others.
This is a miss for me too. I don’t get it. Bland boring, I’m not getting the fruity notes others are talking about. I think I’m a bold Chinese black kind of girl and these Taiwan ones are more subtle, too subtle for my tastes. I liked this better than the two Butaki ones I tried, but this too will not be my tea of choice.
Thanks Sil for the learning experience.

Sil

happy to oblige :)

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95

I have new neighbors! And they are perfect. She drinks tea and has 2 boys that are right around the same age as my little man and they love playing together. They came over yesterday for some playing and we were going to have some tea. She warned me ahead of time that she pretty much only drinks tea with milk and honey (which is totally fine, I do that with several of my teas, and used to do it with all of them!)

But I thought I’d give her something she’d enjoy straight. There is a sense of accomplishment (I know, weird) that comes with realizing you enjoy tea totally straight. At least there was for me. Given my luck with Butiki’s wild mountain black with my father in law, this seemed like another good one to give her.

I used my little orchid yixing pot that is just too adorable for words and dumped a ton of leaves in it. Then we just had cup after cup of it. She was totally blown away and was super excited that she found a tea she enjoys drinking straight. It was also cool to talk to her about yixing pots and the history behind them and explain leaf hoppers. We’ve decided to make a weekly playdate/tea party as she is curoius to learn more.

These taiwanese teas are great converter teas. They can convert anyone!

Sil

that’s so awesome! I wish i had someone in the building who would come have tea with me…epsecially on weekends! :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, it’s pretty great all around. The boys yell at each other across the fence and then we’ll send them to one side or the other and sit and relax. We moved to a new house a year ago and it’s not as much of a neighborhood as the place we left so I was worried the kids wouldn’t have that ‘neighborhood’ experience, but it worked out great!

Nicole

That sounds awesome!

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95

After trying a few new teas that weren’t hitting the mark, I made this. This is such a delicious fall afternoon tea. There is something about it that reminds me of pumpkin pie. I also need to grab one of those “I love leaf hopper” magnets, because I seriously do. Such good little hoppers.

Sil

You say hopper and I immediately think of a bugs life heh

TastyBrew

Hmmm… yeah, I don’t lover Hopper. But I do love hoppers :-)

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95

My TTC order arrived!!! And just so there aren’t any secrets… I ordered samples of every black yea. Yes, ALL of them. I mean, if it’s free shipping for samples over $25, I might as well try them all!!! (The only one I didn’t get was the 30 year aged one as I tried a sample from Sil and it wasn’t for me.)

I tried this one first as it is described as the lightest. I like light tea in the afternoon. Super dark (Assam) in the AM with cream and honey, then a fujian or laoshan or rizhao in the late morning, then a nice light black tea in the afternoon. Just a pattern I’ve noticed about myself lately. Anyway…

The tea!! Sweet! Cinnamony, sweetpotato/pumpkiny! Actually, I’m not sure if I could tell the difference between this and Butiki’s Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black. I’ll taste them side by side at some point. Right now as Taiwanese teas are new to me, they all kind of taste the same, but i’m sure i’ll start picking up on some differences soon enough. But bottom line, i’m really enjoying this one. Glad I tried it first!

Sil

hahahahaha i love their sample sizes! and the packaging :) I picked up my order today as well so yay for that! my first order was the same as yours – samples of every black tea. This time i got larger amounts of a bunch of them…that i was going to share with you and terri haha

TastyBrew

that’s funny, you did the same thing with yezi teas. I grabbed a larger quantity to send you guys for the next go round, and then read your review of one of the teas I was going to send and was like, doh! We are just so eager to try ALL of the teas :-)

Terri HarpLady

My TTC order included some blacks, & some of the aged oolongs.
As for sharing teas we may have already tried, oh well, right? As long as it’s tea we like, it’s all good!

Sil

TB – i think that was the free sample they sent. I tried to pick samples that weren’t the ones you said you were going to be sending heh

TastyBrew

Yeah, they are super generous with samples! But I have plenty more teas up my sleeve to send, I’m always thinking about 3 boxes ahead :-)

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This is not my first tea of the day. First I had a cup of A & D’s Chinese New Year (aka Golden tips), then I had a pot of butiki’s Dinjoye Estate Assam. I should probably post about them, but I don’t really feel like backtracking today, so this is all you get. They are both delicious.

Now for this tea, which is the one I am currently drinking. Tasty Brew included it in the Grab Bag of our BBBBox. I sampled all of the others in the bag, & didn’t care for any of them, so they will be headed to Canada soon. I was gonna sample this one & probably do the same, but then I realized Sil has already tried it, I wasn’t a fan, so I’ll keep it.

I guess it has grown on me, because I kind of enjoyed the first cup & am working on the resteep now. It’s kind of earthy, woody, a little dried fruit, & an underlying taste of white willow bark (think salicylic acid, aspirin), which is interesting because I have a mild headache & was thinking, “I need to stop by Cheryl’s Herbs to get some more white willow bark, & then drink a cup”. So maybe I’m imagining that part.

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