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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This seems to settle the stomach after a heavy meal—maybe it’s the astringency of the strawberries? It’s very refreshing. The slight sweetness makes this work well as a dessert tea, also.

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75
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
314 tasting notes

This is a nice, light, fruity tea. I really enjoy the combination of strawberries and roses and coconut. I think the story aptly describes how the taste of this tea “feels” – wistful, romantic, light-hearted- like a lace-trimmed valentine’s note. It smells wonderful too—floral and tangy-sweet. But, when I first received this, I overenthusiastically drank several mugs first thing in the morning—on an empty stomach—and it made me really queasy! Too much of a good thing, I guess.

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82
drank Lemon Ginger Snap by Teas Etc
58 tasting notes

I wasn’t sure if I’d like this tea because ginger and lemon can both be very strong flavors and sometimes I just can’t handle them. This one is mellow with that nice zing that ginger adds to the back of your throat. It has just enough flavor for me to wake me up but doesn’t get to be too much halfway through the cup. I used really hot water on this because I thought it was black tea (woops). Didn’t seem to hurt it much though. Yummy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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94

This gets better and better for me. Definitely bring that water temperature down to maximize the fruit. It gets downright juicy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C

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94

Pretty extraordinary oolong. Surprisingly light for an Oriental Beauty, but also fruity. A delight.

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

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71
drank Keemun by Teas Etc
596 tasting notes

Tasty, smooth, but a bit more aggressive than other Keemuns I’ve tried. If you eschew Keemun on the grounds that it is wimpy, do give this one a try.

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Searching for the correct temp and time to brew this tea. 180 deg F for 5 minutes didn’t get much into the cup. Has a slight garlicly aftertaste today….not sure why.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

And yet another resteep…that’s two for those counting. I suspect I could get a 4th cup (3 resteeps) from the pellets, but I’ve had enough…time to move on :-)

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Got a good resteep out of the pellets. They started to unfurl a bit with this steeping, so you can actually tell they are green tea leaves.

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68
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

I was somewhat worried by this tea…my only experience with “ginseng” and tea was a Stash’s Ginseng Tea disaster. I was pleasantly suprised by this tea. Its very light..in fact I’m not getting much, if any ginseng. Perhaps a slight, little tingle after the fact.
The visual appeal of this tea is lacking…rabbit pellet tea, that’s what one co-worked called it; but, the taste is a nice, mild oolong. A bit of vegetable in the flavor, but not grassy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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50
drank Bohea by Teas Etc
161 tasting notes

MY 100th TASTING NOTE! Cue the balloons and confetti.

For my 100th post, I chose a tea that I have never had before. I’ve kind of been avoiding Lapsang Souchong teas due to their smell. Not that the smell is offensive, I’ve just never been in the mood to drink them. The tea’s liquor is much lighter than I expected (even lighter than most black teas). I think I was expecting a tarry, murky, dark color to match the smell. Surprise #1. The tea smells like a campfire. Well, maybe not like a campfire per se…but it smells like your clothes after you have been close to a campfire. The 1st taste (the second it touches your tongue) is that of a smooth black tea. Then an overwhelming flavor of smoke and ash (and I mean that in the best of ways) takes over. The after taste is that of residual smoke and a very light sweetness. Odd and interesting. Surprise #2.

I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it either. I’ll be open to try other LS in the future now that I’ve gotten the initial experience out of the way. I really do like the lingering taste. It’s not like cigar smoke that can hang on for a day or two. It’s like the aftertaste of a nice meal that involved eating smoked ham or something similar.

Now that the world of LS has been opened, it might be time to delve into pu-erh…maybe. Slowly.

Here’s to experiencing 100 more teas.

JacquelineM

Congrats on 100! clinks my tea cup with yours

Angrboda

Why, Lena! It’s your Steepsterversary! Congratulations. :D Shame it didn’t happen with an awesomesauce tea though, but at least you’re not completely scared away.

Dan

Congrats…may your tea cup never be empty.

Mike

Congrats Lena! ;)

LENA

@ JacquelineM – clink clink Cheers to your recent 100 too!

@ Angrboda – Thank you!!! It’s ok…I’m sure I’ll find something wonderful in the TTB. It should be making its way toward TN fairly soon.

@ Dan – Thanks for the kind words. :)

Ricky

Now how did I miss this! Congrats!

~lauren.

WOW! 100+ tea tasting notes! Congrats!

takgoti

WHEEEEEEEEE! Unfashionably late to this party, but congratulations!

Doulton

An auspicious occasion indeed! And cheers for discussing a LS for #100!

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72
drank Huang Jin Gui by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Resteep. Again a long steep…flavor isn’t as intensely green as the first go around, but still veggy. This cup is a nice oolong, but its not being slapped in the face with an oolong like the first cup.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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72
drank Huang Jin Gui by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Have a new office hot water dispenser…it only hits 118 deg. F. Not hot enough for a good black tea (and the office microwave takes like 3 minutes to get the water any reasonbly hotter; I can’t be expected to wait another 3 minutes for tea, can I?). So, I tried going green with it. This is a green oolong that I purposefully oversteeped in deference to the cool water. Very good! Still brews pale and clear, but the flavor is intensely concentrated. Not so much of a floral overtone, but strong green vegetable, like asparagus or spinach. No it doesn’t taste like spinach…but the flavor is intense, concentrated like that.
I have some green tea that a friend brought back from mainland China…no idea what it is as the label is in Chinese…when it steeps, in unfurls to an actual twig with tips and one or two full leaves…this reminds me of that tea.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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72
drank Huang Jin Gui by Teas Etc
240 tasting notes

Very mild, delicate flavor. Green tea and jasmine. The florals stick with you awhile.

brews very pale and clear.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Bai Mu Dan by Teas Etc
158 tasting notes

I got this as my sample from Teas. etc. when I ordered the assam that was the Select some time ago, and am only just now getting around to trying it. The leaves of this white tea are pretty crispy-crunchy and actually surprisingly green, which is a slight change from the silver needle and the Downy Sprout that I’ve gotten more accustomed to. There are still little white fuzzies, but they aren’t nearly so thick or prevalent here.

It still produces a very good cup of white tea. Not my favorite, but good. Once steeped, the tea feels exceptionally thick and heavy in the mouth. I’m not surprised that this white has a more ‘green’ and vegetal flavor than the other whites I have given the appearance of the leaves; I think it’s from this greenishness that the most notable quality of the tea stems. As I’ve been sipping I’ve been thinking, ‘salty’…but it’s not salty in a way that would compel me to describe the tea overall as salty…it just contains a note that seems to lean in that direction, which surprised me, as anything of the sort is notably absent in my other whites. Curious, I went and looked up their description of the tea, and it seems they’re characterizing this quality as ‘sweet cream butter’, which I think is probably reasonable…butter isn’t necessarily salty, but it does have some traces of that same aspect, and that must be what I’ve found here. The almost viscous heaviness of the tea seems to texturally underline that sweet-cream-butter description.

It’s pretty heavy for a cup of white tea. I don’t know that I would find myself craving this more than the flavor-saturated sweetness of the Downy Sprout I have. I’m glad that I have more sample left though. I think I’ll need to try it again to see whether or not it’ll grow on me or wear me out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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67

Something sweet and light for this afternoon…a harbinger of spring? Perhaps…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

I was in the mood for something sweet and light this afternoon, and glad to have this one on the shelf. I like it, it’s very smooth and mellow, but refreshing at the same time.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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70

I selected this blend as my free sample from Teas Etc. and was very happy with the result. It’s a white tea, so the subtle flavor was to be expected, but the rose petals added a nice flowery bite, and the coconut added a sweetness to the flavor that made for a great mix of aromas and flavors that unfolds with each sip. A definite winner, with a great story that just adds to the experience.

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

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72
drank Pink Grapefruit by Teas Etc
30 tasting notes

I was in the mood for something fresh and citrus-y this morning, and this fits the bill nicely. The base is a lovely tea without the harsh qualities often used in flavored blends, and the peels give it just the perfect amount of sweet-tart sensation and aroma. Very nice blend.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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