Tea At Sea

Recent Tasting Notes

This tea has been hanging out in my countertop basket for a few weeks, and on a whim I picked it up today.

Thoughts on the packaging: It’s quite adorable! I love the blue and the whimsical pictures. I found myself wondering if someone had to hand tie all of those little strings and what they did to deserve being punished like that. Now, here’s a serious question. I only have these little sample thingies and not full sized packages from them. But are they all packaged this way? Because I was dismayed to find that once I cut the top off of the little zip loc baggie, there went the label with the type of tea. I went ahead and used it all in one steeping since there was no way to put it back with the rest of the sample. And boy howdy, was there a lot of leaf! I also wish there was a recommendation as far as steep length and leaf amount on the tag (it just had temp in C).

So anyway, the tea. I went 3 minutes out of habit, although I was really thinking maybe I should cut it short due to the large amount of leaf. There were quite a few stems in there too, and maybe that’s normal for an Indonesian tea, I don’t know.

But damn, I really liked the end result! I sort of expected it to be just another black tea, but it had a unique flavor profile. I wish I could be better at picking out flavors but I sort of stink at it once we get past the really obvious ones. There are so many people on here who seem to be able to say a tea tastes like a 1972 naugahyde and such, but not me. The best I could come up with was that it tasted maybe a little fruity, but dark fruits, or possibly vegetal. I know, I suck. But the tea was great!

yyz

I really liked this one too!

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enjoying my third steep of this trying to cool off here. The vegetal and even a bit of smoke flavor are coming out probably because I let it soak far too long while at least completing the shellac on the chair that has been tormenting me for weeks now. I have to put a final coat on just the top of one arm tomorrow then I can find a celebratory tea to complete the project. At first I far preferred the regular green to this oolong but the oolong is now growing on me, I’m so glad I bought more of both and not just the green!

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I bought this tea after sampling the free samples. At first between this and the straight green, I loved the green more but now I am really enjoying this. Dry, its tightly wound knots of bright green with stems sticking out and not much scent. 1 tsp rinsed then brewed western style yields this satisfying brew its initial flavor is so light a breath of grass and hay and just a touch of vanilla and orchid but as I keep sipping it unfolds into a substantial bread and butter taste with a vanilla and honey after taste. I had a disturbing afternoon, I was greeted by in injured sea lion as i headed out for my swim, his injuries had me worried for the whole swim. This tea has calmed me down now i can
move on to evening tasks

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Oh my god.

Oh my god, this tea.

I didn’t read ANY tasting notes on this before I brewed it myself, and my notes look nothing like everyone else’s. Maybe my tastebuds are whack tonight, but if they’re whack I never want to go back. This is hands down one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted.

I used 1.5tsp of leaf for 10oz of water. Steep times were 2min, 3mind, 3min.
The tea liquor is very light. The aroma is fresh, floral and honey-sweet. It’s a delicate, light-bodied tea that exudes the fragrant greenness of springtime. In some respects it’s like an oolong. (Flavors, body, appearance.) I had a hard time believing this was a black tea. It’s honey, fresh, plantlike…then it takes a turn into caramel-drizzled sponge cake. Light, buttery soft. There’s a creamy aftertaste that’s reminiscent of marshmallows. BLEW my mind. It makes me think of a dark-roasted milk oolong. Pure heaven. It coats your mouth with sort of a malty, creamy taste, but without the dark heavy flavors I associate with malt. (Molasses, chocolate, etc.) There is a wood-like undercurrent. Cedar, I think. It’s slightly roasty and drying like a rock oolong. Only slightly, though. (I keep going back to oolong.) For the most part it’s honeysuckle—green and fresh—like spring. I want this tea around forever.

Simply put:
Indescribably lovely.

Flavors: Butter, Cake, Caramel, Cedar, Creamy, Floral, Green, Milk, Roasted, Wood

TheTeaFairy

Mmm, nice. I think I still have this one to review, will have to look now, you’ve made me curious about it.

Cheri

I often get different flavors than others, but if I’m told what to look for, I can find them…sometimes. I like to try a new tea without reading reviews for the first half of the cup, and then skim others notes, and see if I can find the flavors they’re talking about.

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Love this tea! Nice and floral and sweet. I think I steeped it about 6 times.

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
6 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
yyz

I was so tempted by their sale! But, I have a rediculously amount of tea in the house right now.

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Oh god, I’ve been terrible at doing my writing up my reviews for samples. My goal is now to do one a day.

I’m really glad I waited on this one till I got my water filter. I think it would have been completely ruined by my tap water. It was actually quite delicate and sophisticated. I’m a bit zoned out right now so I didn’t get many specific notes. Just a general feeling of refined contentment.

I will try to add more useful information next tasting.

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I still love this tea. I received my shipment and it tormented me open me drink me. So I did used 2 tsp in a small tea pot with a long soak and once again it did not disappoint. The liquid is quite pale a very light yellow but the scent and taste are such a deep mix of honey and butter and corn and some fruit, more fruit in subsequent steeping’s. This one is taking me thorugh a logn day of head bashing!

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My 400th tasting note! And the first tea that I am steeping up properly in my new summer apartment. Honestly, I didn’t put too much thought into it. I opened up my tea box, and there it was sitting at the top. The first couple of sips were gloriously sweet and smooth, probably having to do with the fact that I haven’t made myself a proper cuppa in weeks. As the cup cooled and I got down to the bottom, it suddenly became really bitter. I guess this tea was a little more sensitive than I had thought. Nevertheless, a solid choice for this morning. I really needed it because I’m surrounded by boxes and my new roommates don’t seem like the cleanest of folks (but they are nice!). I would probably not repurchase this one just because I have so many other green oolongs that pull ahead of this one, but the sample was nice to have and taste.

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After reading the description and smelling the tea, I knew I was going to like it. As such, I decided to try yyz steeping parameters, my first time trying the little water short steeping method (what is that style called again?), hoping for a more sort of special process.
1 tsp, 4 oz water, 185 degrees, 45 seconds
Boy oh boy is this good. One of the few teas I’ve ever had that I feel absolutely no desire to add anything to (I think theres been 2, maybe 3 so far). Sort of vegetal, sort of nutty, with a very pleasant mouth feel, almost buttery. I enjoyed rolling the tea around in my mouth and just savoring the flavor.
60 sec steeping
Still delicious and nutty and vegetal, and buttery.
80 sec steeping
More nutty, less vegetal, and I’m getting notes of something fruity. I’m also so of noticing a pleasent sort metallic or maybe mineral sort of taste at the end of the sip. I feel like I’m getting better at detecting notes that aren’t specific added flavors (;
100 sec steeping
Oddly this steeping I noticed more vegetal and less nutty. Still buttery texture. The end of the sip this time is super fresh almost like the feeling of jumping into water, if that makes any since. It’s also more minerally. This steeping really reminds me of the ocean for some reason. I don’t taste seaweed exactly, but it tastes like how swimming in the ocean feels, kind of. I don’t know.
I notice that when I write my tasting notes as I sip, instead of right after I finish, they sound crazier, and make me sound really amateurish, haha. Either way I really enjoyed this tea, and I’m going to have to order more!

Flavors: Butter, Fruity, Mineral, Nutty, Vegetal

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
yyz

I’m glad you enjoyed it! The brewing method is called Gongfu.
I brew pretty well all my greens this way, even when brewing western style. For some reason 45s seems to be enough to draw out the flavour and prevent bitterness.

Arshness

See I got it. Your taste buds are opposite of mine haha.
You think Chamomile tastes like celery and you LIKED this one haha :)

This one tasted like… seaweed to me >_<

Mandy

Haha you got that right! I tried foxtrot last night and jut was not impressed, sorry to say haha. I still have to backlog it

Arshness

Buuuhhh You don’t love mah favorite >_<
I just can’t believe how far your tastes and mine differ haha.
It’s like RADICAL OPPOSITE XD

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Samples Only TTB

BLECH. This tastes like seaweed. I brewed it according to instructions and didn’t oversteep. It tasted terrible. Even with sugar, it was awful.

Another green tea I can’t stand.
It tasted and smelled of seaweed. Yuck. >_<
I even eat nori with rice or sushi but THIS was just … yuuuck.

Shame. Such CUTE packaging ;_;

Flavors: Bitter, Grass, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Smooth, a little ‘chewy’ with malt and rich spring earth plus a vague hint of sweetness. Pleasant overall flavor with sustained, mildly astringent finish. Noticing now that Tea at Sea recommends using more than a tsp of tea, will try that next time. Would be happy to be served this tea in a restaurant. Thanks to Tea at Sea for the sample!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea is delightfully smooth and pleasant. The taste is very clean and smells sweet and vegetal. The sip opens with sweet grassiness and finishes with roasted rice. It has a nice, creamy mouth-feel and reminds me more of an oolong than a green. The aftertaste brings it back to a nice sophisticated green tea, similar to a green tea bread. It has no bitterness or astringency.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Grass, Mineral, Plant Stems, Roasted Barley

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
417 tasting notes

Sipdown (117)! I only had about two teaspoons of this left, and I realized that I’ve never tried cold brewing a Da Hong Pao before. Given that I love roasty cold brews, I thought this would be perfect! So I took the last of my sample and stuck it in the fridge for 16 hours. In hindsight, I should’ve taken it out sooner because it was a bit strong, but I never remember to take my cold brews out on time.

Anyway, I’m so glad that I tried this one out as a cold brew because now I love da hong paos both hot and iced. There was that signature sweet oolong flavor with the roastiness of a dark oolong. I think that between this one and the hot version, the cold brew is more naturally sweet.

So, this is good news and bad news. Good news because I love it! Bad news because I’m rapidly running out of da hong pao, and cold brews use up more leaf. Oh well, I’m just going to sit back and enjoy the rest of this one for now!

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This Mountain Organic indonesian Green Tea from Tea at Sea is very good. The flavor is succulent, the liquor pale green, and the leaves unfurl in the manner of oolong, getting better and better with each subsequent infusion!

As this was my final pot, I am now putting this tea—the first I’ve ever tried from Indonesia—on my wishlist. Many thanks to Tea at Sea for the generous samples—you were right: tasting is believing!


second infusion: whoops! I just read at the Tea at Sea website that the first infusion is supposed to be discarded. So that’s why the second infusion is so good—because it’s really the first! ;-)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Ah….I had been saving this for a rainy day – which turned out to be day 1 of 3 days of back to back meetings… Too bad it’s only a sample because it is really good! Heavy on the floral notes, but I like that in a green oolong. It kind of reminds me of an orchid oolong I loved a while back but can’t find anymore. Perhaps this one is a new contender.

Flavors: Flowers, Orchids

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 59 ML

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drank Ceylon Pekoe by Tea At Sea
342 tasting notes

I’m still trying to decide if I prefer ceylon or assam black tea. This one has a nice sweet and earthy scent. It tastes like a smooth, black that goes well with my brunch. Would be good with some added spices. Will try it again with my cinnamon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Thank you Tea At Sea for the samples! I’m just trying this one now, sorry! I used half my sample package it looked like — 1 1/3 teaspoon. I’ll mention right now that the looks of these leaves and the way they taste is more like OOLONG than a green tea: the green bundles. I’ve never had a green tea like this that was so much like an oolong.

Steep #1 // 30 minutes after boiling // 2 1/2 min steep
The steep color is a very light mellow yellow. If this is a green tea it tastes like the mao feng types: like creamed corn or breaded corn. But the mao feng is also crossed with an oolong. There is a butteriness, a sweetness, a nuttiness, hints of vegetation (well, maybe because tea is.) It’s really very tasty. Almost like a milk oolong…

Steep #2 // 22 min after boiling // 2-3 min steep
This was another delicious cup. Less like a milk oolong this time around. But the leaves didn’t get that “oversteeped” flavor. The flavor of this one didn’t change like an oolong typically would, it was like the first steep but with slightly less flavor. I’d rather have that than the sharp oversteeped flavor. I really like this one, but I’d consider this an oolong and not a green tea.

Sidenote: I wrote this note before I noticed I mentioned most of the flavor notes that Steepster mentions! I guess my tasting is getting more refined!

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Backlog:

One of the better Indonesian Black teas that I’ve tasted. Thick with malty tones and no discernible bitterness to this tea. It’s just smooth and sweet. It has a nice caramel note that keeps me sipping. The caramel and the malt together remind me of the chewy crust from a freshly baked loaf of french bread.

A lovely and complex tea: notes of wood, a distant smoky note. Warm and earthy. A really good tea.

Read my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/03/22/organic-mountain-indonesian-black-tea-tea-sea/

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Tea At Sea was kind enough to send me a sample of this beautiful tea. The packaging is delightful! It came with a half cork, a toothpick, and little “Tea at Sea” flag that you can turn into a little sailboat to float on top of your tea. Quite unique.
The tea was rolled tightly, and you can tell just by looking at it that it’s a high quality tea. The tea itself is a light green tea – a little too light for my taste. It wasn’t really bitter at all, and had some light flowery notes.

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drank Organic Yunnan Green by Tea At Sea
190 tasting notes

Had this tea yesterday from a free sample from Tea at Sea. Can’t remember much about it. Nothing was outstanding and nothing bad. It seemed like a perfectly fine cup of green tea. Probably would need to drink it a few time to determine if I really like it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tea At Sea
190 tasting notes

Thank you Tea at Sea for this sample. In the bag it had a strong charcoal smell. Brewed up really rich and dark. Malty, charcoal. I’m not picking up the floral that others got. Maybe it will come through more in a second infusion. I’m not used to such roasty teas either so the dark roasted flavour could be overwhelming my taste buds. It’s a good tea but I think I prefer the light oolongs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Thanks for the free sample, Tea at the Sea. It comes with a cork sailboat? I’ll need to make that for my bookshelf. I do like the little sample bags.
It’s something that would look nice a gift shop of a port town.

It smells lovely. I really should have more unflavoured black teas. This has a sweet, malty flavour. Shall have to make some again in the morning.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec 1 tsp

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