Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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Thanks Sil for sending me a sample of this one.

I’m not sure I’ve had an aged oolong before. I’m not sure what in the notes I’m getting would be typical of an aged oolong.
This is a nice, dark, heavily roasted – almost charcoal tasting oolong. I like oolongs in this style, and this is a pretty good example of that. It might be just a hint too smoky/charcoal for me, but all in all I’ve enjoying drinking three steeps of this.

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Beautiful dry leaves. So pretty. The leaves are huge when they unfurl. This is nicely vegetal but not in a spinachy way, just in an oolongy way. It is mild and buttery, though not as much so as the oolongs that have made me love them for their texture. I did look this up before steeping and tried to pay attention. I did 4 steeps, 15 seconds, 30 seconds & 40 seconds. Then the last one I just left the leaves in the cup until I was finished drinking. At the last it was a little sweeter than it started out.

I understand why people say they just get amazing flavors that develop out of these small steepings – it seems like if you only steep for 15 seconds at a time then it’s only common sense that you aren’t getting all the flavors possible out of the tea at once. Maybe that makes it easier to isolate the flavors. Dunno. It isn’t my favorite way to steep. No patience for it I guess. Maybe that means I’m not fully experiencing the tea but honestly, as long as I come up with something I like to drink it doesn’t matter to me. :)

It was a good tea and I’m glad Sil shared some with me!

Sil

:) glad it was enjoyable. NOthing to keep around all the time but still worth an experience heh

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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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A tasty fruity tea, almost like fruit dipped in chocolate.
I’m not as in love with it as I was originally, but I do love the flavor of it, which to me is not so much like an Assam.

TastyBrew

When I reordered mine last month the lot had changed. I swear lot 269 is the best ever.

Sil

Ooh wonder which lots I have in my cupboard

Terri HarpLady

I saw that they had new ones…I was thinking of trying them…so many teas, so little $$$

cryptickoi

all of the teas I have tried from them have been good….

Terri HarpLady

except the aged ones…especially that aged black that tasted like beets. I’m not so much a fan of those, although they were interesting to sample.

cryptickoi

I thought the aged songboling was pretty good….I haven’t tried any of their red/blacks yet…I’ll make an order after the new year…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I’ve been drinking this during my first practice session of the day, working on piece #5 of Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols”.
I’ve concluded that I don’t care much for TTC’s aged black teas. There is an underlying fruitiness, which implies something, but in reality, the tea tasted kind of like an old root cellar. Their other aged tea I tried tasted strongly of beets. This one is fruitier, but just not to my liking today, which is disappointing because it was kind of pricey, even on sale, & they made it sound so good in their description. Oh well…we live, we learn. Maybe next month when I try it I’ll be in a better mood (yes, I’m still a grumpus) & will like it more.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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I’m gonna be working from home today…oh wait, I almost always work from home, although sitting around in your pjs drinking tea is not exactly work, LOL. But I’m jumping back on my 45/15 plan, because I’ve got some very serious practicing to do! Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” is not for slackers, so I can’t be one. I will live, eat, & breath this music for the next month, with performances on the 8th & 21st.

But first, TEA! Gotta be fueled with food & caffeine. I decided to give this one the gongfu treatment this morning: 5G of tea in my 4 oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot (I love this little tea pot). 15 sec/30/45/60/etc…you get the idea. the 45/60 steeps were very potent!!
But all in all, success! Delicious fruity sweet success. Cup after cup of it. I think I made it through about 10 steeps, & although the last few were losing strength, they were still tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.

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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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