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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
239 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
239 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
239 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
239 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
239 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
239 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
239 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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90
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
115 tasting notes

This is my afternoon tea today. I have to say each time I try this it seems to taste better to me. Today it tasted better than I remember and I have bumped up the rating even higher.

The appearance of the dry leaf of this tea is nice with black and gold tips mixed in. After steeping 2 minutes, the flavor is smooth with no noticeable astringency. It is sweet and malty with fruit notes, offering a kind of caramel flavor about it. Yes I am seeing why this won an award. It is yummy! It’s gray outside but this tea is brightening things up inside.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
115 tasting notes

Based on an ad I saw here on this forum and the fact that one of my all-time favorite assams was called Assam Special Reserve from teasource.com (which is no longer available apparently) I opted to order this up. This is actually my third time to use this tea, the first two I must not have been careful in my prep as I rushed off to work as I wasn’t that impressed. So to give it a more fair tasting this time, I measured up the qty of both leaf and water, then steeped carefully for 2 minutes at boiling. I added sweetener but kept the tea black (no dairy.)

The leaf in my purchased bag was mostly black leaf not as tippy as the picture suggests. Initial impressions of the flavor this time around is with moderate boldness, not sure how well it would work diluting with dairy. Flavor has an initial slight astringency that fades as a moderate maltiness appears and then grows stronger as it lingers on in the aftertaste. This was a bit of a surprise for me. I now have a much more favorable opinion of this tea this time. This is very good. I look forward to my next cup.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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89
drank Pu'erh Tuo-Cha by Teas Etc
20 tasting notes

Enjoying a wonderful cup of this Pu’erh this morning. It’s not organic (I typically consume only organic foods and drinks), but, I haven’t found an organic Pu’erh that comes in the birds nest shape yet and I really like that special aspect of this tea (even if it has nothing to do with the flavor or quality….it still impacts the experience).

I read a few other tasting notes here and think that folks might be using too much of the tea. I use a Sorapot (newest coolest tea product I’ve purchased thanks to Steepster’s recommendation) and throw one nest in there unbroken. The first steeping is always my favorite as the color of the liquor is the beautiful rose pink (don’t over steep!). I then continue to steep another two or three mugs using the same nest (which is now broken up after the first steep) but only leave the water in the pot for about 30 seconds each time. These final steepings produce a much darker tea but it’s the perfect coffee substitute!

The tea has a nice rounded mouthfeel but it is definitely not too complex versus some of the other “rare” or “vintage” Pu’erhs I’ve tasted. If you’re looking for a first Pu’erh experience, this might be a good starting place. Just pay close attention to your steeping time of course.

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

High five on the Sorapot! Or perhaps, fist bump? Would that be less nerdy? Although, thanks to The Office, I can’t do fist bumps without blowing it up.

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50
drank Gunpowder by Teas Etc
429 tasting notes

I bought this tea at my health food store. The tea is in fine rolled pellets hence gunpowder. Its a very mild tea and I didn’t taste any smokiness which by the way I enjoy in tea. This tea was just bland to me. I have had Adagios gunpowder which I enjoyed because of the slight smoky flavor. The tea is organic but I really just did not enjoy this tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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83
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

This Assam is more refined and easy going than its grizzly brethren while retaining a prototypical potency that comes through in a quite intelligent way.

While I do enjoy a healthy dose of barbarism in an Assam, sometimes a good game of chess is a better workout than splitting wood or powerlifting. I would know.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Aw man, last years harvest was soooooo much better. . . though this is still pretty good. What was once a galaxy of rich and complex flavors has been reduced to a veritable white dwarf, a shadow of its former glory.

The nebulous bouquet that was once prevalent throughout the entire cup is retained in merely the aftertaste of this new batch.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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