Taiwan Tea Crafts

Recent Tasting Notes

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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