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75

I’m finishing up this sample, and realising I didn’t actually rate it before. Weird. Anyway, this is a pretty nice green oolong: sweet, creamy, floral, and slightly vegetal. It’s not the most interesting or complex oolong I’ve ever tasted, but it’s very good, and I think it would make a nice daily drinking tea. Hmm, I may have to make another Tea at Sea order after all. :)

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Sweet, Vegetal

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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82
drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
1157 tasting notes

Oooh! This brewed up so very rich. It smelled almost charcoal smoky, which is a very nice thing.
The taste is solid, woody, very robust, with, yes, a hint of roasted smoke to it.
I really enjoyed this. Thanks be to Ost who was the giver of the sample!

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74

Oooh, I like how rich and smooth this tea is. It’s got that malty thing going on as well as a gingerbread/cocoa notes that I enjoy so much in my Chinese blacks. It’s a decent tea, and I am glad I got the Yunnan sampler pack from T@S. although I did enjoy this tea, it is not as good as my Fujians more. A great cup of tea to have while being grateful that I am indoors :P

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cocoa, Malt

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh, I almost tried this one today too. haha.

TheLastDodo

Haha, get out of my tea-head!

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75

From the Lewis & Clark TTB from a while ago! I thought there was only a teaspoon left in the sample, but it was close to two. I used both teaspoons. I have no idea how to steep this one, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone trying two tsps. for a mug in the future… it’s a little too much. I love that even when a tea disappears from a tea shop’s own website, Steepster keeps some info to act as a guide. I think two teaspoons might have been too much for this one — the flavor is a little drying and bitter. But I love the orange color of the steep. The dry leaves look like a mixture — some even look like a herb of some kind. The flavor is difficult to decipher, especially as I probably ruined it with two teaspoons. I can’t piece out any of those great Darjeeling flavors. It’s kind of just bitter and dry. It’s a shame, but that’s why steeping instructions would help.
Steep #1 // 2 tsps. // 20 min after boiling // 2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 min

TheLastDodo

It’s weird that they only sell it in sample size now. I liked it.

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90

Sumptuous is the word that comes to mind when I drink this tea. Every stage of brewing is a lovely aesthetic experience, from first steeping to last sip.

I bought 50g without a tin, and the dry leaves have little scent, though I may get a whiff of light fresh grass here and there. I seriously take my time with smelling it as it steeps, it’s just so enticing. I get smooth aromas of fresh baked bread, buttered corn and sweet hay, with hints of honey.

The leaves are beautiful as they unfurl, gleaming in my strainer. I typically add 1 tsp or so of sugar, as I find it brings out the creamy flavor I enjoy.

The first sip fills my mouth with honeysuckle, calendula, and sweet cream. More of the fresh baked bread is present, and maybe hints of marine, as others have mentioned. I’ve never drunk a tea quite like this, with a buttery smooth flavor that I find difficult to put down.

The second steeping is similar to the first, though the honey-floral flavors are turned down, and the mineral hints coming to the fore.

The third steep is more mineral and marine, still smooth. I typically stop here, as I prefer the butter-cream flavors of the first and second steeps, but it’s still very good.

All in all a fantastic experience, and a tea I’ll have to have close at hand for the foreseeable future!

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cream, Floral, Gardenias, Honeysuckle

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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79

I love how this green tea is rolled up in tightly coiled balls, just like an oolong. They are silky smooth, and produce a buttered spinach green cup. It was a nice and lightly floral green with a honeydew melon accompaniment. It is always a pleasure to watch balled up teas pop in my gaiwan.

Another one of the Indonesian tea sampler from Tea at Sea. Haven’t been disappointed yet. This is a green I can get behind!

I used the whole 5g packet in my 100ml gaiwan. I managed to steep this for about 5 or so times before becoming bored :P

Flavors: Butter, Floral, Honeydew, Spinach

Preparation
5 g
Cheri

I quite enjoyed this one.

TheLastDodo

I so thought it was an oolong at first sight!

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49
drank Organic Pu-erh by Tea At Sea
161 tasting notes

This tea was not for me. It was so flat and uninteresting. I even rinsed this twice. By the fifth steep it got a bit better, a smooth bread-y quality made itself known. But it wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 g

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80

Super Sunday Sipdown! February 2015

I really love the thought that Tea at Sea puts into their packaging. Everything from the cute cork sailboat to the resealable printed samples. There is no guess as to what company this tea is from!

I got a trio of Indonesian tea samples. There was a black, a green and an oolong. All these teas had one other thing in common. I looked at them all and was surprised that all of them are rolled on one way or another. The Indonesian black looks almost like a gunpowder, there are broken leaves as well as teeny tiny rolled leaves,

The steeped leaf leaves behind a thick, malty infusion that has a stone fruit and honey taste. It gets lighter in body and sweeter with the honey-ness with each steep.

I was happily surprised by how much I liked this! It’s a great breakfast tea. I steeped this tea in my porcelain-lined travel tumbler (275ml) three times in near boiling water. I used the whole 5g sample.

Woohoo! This makes me excited to try the other two Indonesian teas!

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g

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82

Very smooth, medium-bodied cuppa with straightforward, easy-drinking appeal. Clean tasting though it has a subtle malty fragrance and flavor coupled with a bit of sweetness, not quite raisin.

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70

Summer warmth glowing
Into my center it pours
Cleansing green sencha

The dry leaves are broken and flat with a few stems and variegated colors. There is a strong sweet alfalfa smell. I went for a 3 min steep (as opposed to the 7 max suggested) because I tend to really dislike the bitterness that comes out in greens. The liquor is a bright honey-gold and doesn’t really have a strong scent or flavor attached to it. A bit of warm grassiness, but more of a light palette cleaner. A second steep for 4 minutes yielded similar results, with perhaps a bit more grassiness but no dry astringency or bitterness. As a nice side note, I can feel the warmth of the tea sitting in my stomach and it makes me smile. This tea is summer. The third steep, for 4 minutes, left the liquor ringing with a metallic sweetness and a dry astringency, yet no bitterness. Maybe something closer to 7 minutes wouldn’t have been that bad.

Flavors: Grass

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I think this is the tea that I drank today?
It says “Thé Noir/Black Tea” on the package.

Ahh well. I got this from the Marco Polo TTB and it’s pretty good! I love Tea at Sea tons. I’ve had some of their samples before and they seem like a really nice tea company! This was a pretty smooth black. No bitterness whatsoever when I steeped it, even when I accidentally oversteeped it ahahhah

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84

This is both refreshing, with its bright orchid scent and flavor, and creamy. I love orchidy oolongs and this one holds a very pleasant, though single, flavor note with the faintest hint of something more complex and warming, almost but not quite spice. This would be a good tea to have as a standard. Thanks to Tea at Sea for the sample!

Flavors: Creamy, Gardenias, Orchids

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88

Sipdown! And what a fascinating one it is. This one is rolled like an oolong but definitely tastes like a green. Buttery, very lightly vegetal to the point of being almost hay-like, and a soft sweetness at the end of the sip. If a dragonwell, a silver needle white, and a green oolong had a baby, it might just be this tea. Calming and delicious.

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90

This tea makes me happy. Despite a full Western steep of 5 minutes, the tea came out somewhat light-bodied and very fresh tasting with a soft mouth feel and nice malt tones. As it cooled a bit, an almost cocoa thing came to the fore. The second steep was certainly palatable, but fainter all around. A very nice introduction to Tea at Sea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88

I kept skeptically thinking this was just a really lightly oxidized oolong. Perhaps it is from an oolong cultivar. The rolling style is very similar to beaded oolong, and indeed the scent gives some really fresh mountain greenery notes that I’m used to in high quality high mountain oolongs. The flavor is really sweet and delightful. It definitely has a plum or cherry taste to it and hints of floral, the type you get from high mountain oolong. It’s light too, the flavor isn’t really all that strong. I might be prone to use more tea leaf if I were to make this again, but I only had one sample. This is a good oolong-lover’s green tea or for someone who doesn’t really like vegetal tasting greens.

Flavors: Cherry, Floral, Plums, Sweet

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Ubacat

This green is definitely very oolong tasting. I also wondered whether it was really an oolong with a green tea label slapped on it. Regardless, it’s very good.

Red Fennekin

Irrespective of the classification, it sounds really good! :-)

Lion

I thought it was really good. It was nothing like any other green tea I’ve had, which makes it weird to me to see lots of reviews saying it tasted just like a typical green tea. If anything, it really tasted more like oolong tea. I also noticed though that other people tended to steep it a lot longer.

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71

I really wish that I could have enjoyed this tea more, but I got super nauseous in the middle of it:( Stupid body..
From what I gathered, it’s pretty malty, but also pretty woody. I didn’t have enough time with it to decide whether or not I would like to try this again :/
But guess now I need to so I can write a better tasting note-haha!

Flavors: Malt, Wood

The Cookie Lady

I liked this note, but I DO NOT like you being nauseous :( Sorry you aren’t getting to enjoy this!

Red Fennekin

Sorry to hear about your nausea :(

Ost

Haha that’s okay :P Least I don’t get sick every time

Kirkoneill1988

I never felt that way when I drank tea.

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70

This is a nice, light, smooth green tea. Pleasant enough to drink, but not particularly memorable.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75
drank Organic Pu-erh by Tea At Sea
195 tasting notes

Working my way through the Tea at Sea samples. :)
I steeped this western style because I didn’t want to use up the whole sample in one go! So 2.5g, washed once for about 10 seconds, then steeped in 8oz of just-off-boiling water for 3min. I love the rich red-brown colour of this tea! It smells and tastes earthy, like walking through a shaded forest after a rain.

Flavors: Bark, Mushrooms, Wet Earth

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

Mmm, this is a very nice end-of-day tea for me (here’s hoping it doesn’t have enough caffeine to keep me awake!). The scent is a little sweet, a little woody, a little floral… I was amused that “hot hay” is an option in the list of flavours/scents, because that’s what I was thinking about – fresh hay that’s been warming in the sun all day. Honey, bread, grassy, floral… smooth and gentle, with bit of astringency at the end of the cup. Nice.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Floral, Honey, Hot hay, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

I’m doing a head to head tasting of this with the “Ceylon Pekoe” from the same company. It is also a smooth, woodsy tea but not quite as rich as the Pekoe and there is a really distinctly different flavour that I’m having trouble identifying. It’s kind of floral, and kind of grassy or grainy? Anyway, it’s very nice but again, I don’t think I love it enough to want to buy more of it. Luckily the sample packages have enough that I can give it a couple more tries before making a final decision. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70
drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
195 tasting notes

I’m doing a head to head tasting with this and the “Ceylon FFEXSP” from the same company. It’s a smooth, enjoyable Pekoe with a woodsy/earthy flavour. Compared to the other, this had a richer aroma while steeping and a bit of a darker flavour. I like it, but probably not enough to buy more of it? I think I’m going to try brewing it darker next time and adding some milk +/- sugar to see what that’s like.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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70

Tried the black, now for the green. I love how this tea comes so tightly clumped up (as others have said, it looks like an oolong!) and then it expands into these lovely large leaves. The scent is mild and green, and the taste is also mild and green with a smooth, slightly buttery mouthfeel. I’m not sure what to say about this tea – it’s completely pleasant to drink, but I’m not getting much from it besides “green tea”. If the black is like being in a forest, the green is like sitting on top of a mountain, breathing the clean air.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Finishing off my sample, finally. :) I actually really like this one, it’s quite aromatic and has a really lovely depth of flavour to it. Today I’m getting notes of malt, floral, cedar, and honey that all linger into the aftertaste. Bumping up my rating a bit.

Flavors: Cedar, Floral, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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