Teas Etc

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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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86
drank Pu'erh Leaf by Teas Etc
20 tasting notes

I dig my Pu’erh in the mornings. Thanks to Pu’erh, I haven’t had a cup of coffee in two years. I steep this a little long and truly enjoy the experience. There’s a nutty smokiness to this Pu’erh that has made me buy it more than once.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec

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100

Tonight I wanted something light, mellow and soothing…and knew this would do the trick. It’s one of my favorite greens, and is perfect in the delicate china cup my mom bought me for Christmas.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Qi Lan by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

If you desire a fine Wuyi oolong look no further than this deep and subtle nectar. The initial cinnamon mocha boldness is merely a ruse to entice the drinker into a humble and understated world of roses and stone fruits.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

See my review for Adagio Oolong #8. This is pretty much the same deal but a tad cleaner.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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76
drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

Sweet to the point where I thought I put sugar in it. therefore it takes sugar really well (something i normally don’t do to teas). a bit mellow. it went really well with the lapsang souchong marinated thin-cut steak i had for dinner. it was a perfect balance. a great tea but not one i’d want to have daily.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
251 tasting notes

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Every night, I used to drink this tea like it was the elixir of life, but, then they changed the ingredients and now it’s way too flowery and sweet to enjoy. And it used to knock me out at night but now it’s just a mild relaxer. I guess some will like it but I miss the old recipe from Teas Etc. Now what am I supposed to do with the 2 lbs. I ordered last fall?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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60
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Delivering mild elements of unripe stone fruit and honey, Teas Etc has taken what may have been a shallow and relatively uninspiring oolong and deftly rounded out its flavor profile with just the right amount of ginseng (and apparently licorice root powder)

I don’t often drink flavored teas but when I do I drink Ginseng Oolong.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

PS: Bust up the pebbles after they’ve steeped for a while for a MUCH headdier cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
104 tasting notes

This is a great tea, and definitely deserving of its World Tea Championship award. It’s smooth and full-bodied, with a nice hint of bitterness and a malty bite on the finish. I’m looking forward to giving this a few more steeps and really diving into the flavor.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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89
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
251 tasting notes

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81
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

(This log is the second steep.) Just as I thought. This tea loses it’s astringency after the first steep. The second steep was much brighter and delightful. This tea is definitely a winner!

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81
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

This is the first Assam tea I’ve had. I really enjoyed it. It’s malty just like a Ceylon but I’d think I would now prefer an Assam tea over a Ceylon, although I still really enjoy Ceylon teas.
It was slightly astringent but I get that from every black tea I brew on the first steep. I really liked how mellow and malty and sweet (without adding anything to it) this tea was.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

I do like that tea! :) Glad you are enjoying Assams!

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82
drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Bolder than most and not for those who want dainty cup, this Ceylon seems to have spent time in the octagon with an Assam as a young and brilliant trainee. Strong enough to grapple with the best of them yet not overwhelming if steeped correctly, you will be dazzled by this graceful powerhouse.

If you know ANY person who takes their crappy supermarket tea black, do kindly direct them to this as their mind and poor, poor palette will be blown.

Second steep is nice and mellow, sweeter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Qi Lan by Teas Etc
251 tasting notes

This is a pretty bold tasting tea. I enjoy it’s strength and I will try to post a longer review when I have more time to analyze this one.

To me, it seems complex and I really like it.

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78
drank 1000 Cranes Blend by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

A really good tea.
To me this is a sit and relax tea. But not a sleepy tea, although it comes off more as an herbal tea than a white tea. It’s more a thinking tea.
The citrus flavor gave me a bit of a zing and got my mind working. The citrus flavor was the more prominent flavor. There were also some less notable bright floral tastes. I can’t say too much about this one since I used only slightly less than a teaspoon for an 8 oz cup. Next time I’ll use a larger portion and steep it longer or use hotter water.
I can see this as a tea that I would drink often in the summer time.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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65
drank Assam by Teas Etc
1 tasting notes

A very good, smooth tea, and a hint of sugar complements it nicely.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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70
drank Orange U Slim by Teas Etc
239 tasting notes

2nd try at this tea and I still like it alot. A good sipping tea that doesn’t demand my attention.

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92

I love this tea. They say it tastes like golden raisins, which it may, but since raisins are my arch-nemeses I say it tastes like dried fig. In any case, it is a delicious, fruity, sweet oolong that everyone should try.

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76
drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

I’ve had some Ceylon teas that I’ve really enjoyed in the past, particularly the first Ceylon I tried Ceylon Neeraja from Teavana. So that set the bar for most other Ceylon teas I’ve had.

I steeped this tea for two minutes and it seemed a bit too long. The tea came out a bit strong. Although I redeemed it by putting a teaspoon of milk in my cup. This tea takes milk very well. I love the smell. It has a sweet barky smell to it. I enjoy the malty taste but right now it’s just too strong. I have to make a new pot of this and either steep a smaller amount of tea or lower the time.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Question for you…how much Loose Leaf did you use and in what sized cup for a 2 min infusion!? I tend to oversteep and go over with the amount and I that it was a little on the light side…would love to see/taste that bolder flavor if I can get it!?

Tyler

I used 4 teaspoons of tea. The leafs are thin and wiry. So when I put two teaspoons into the tea strainer it seemed like it wasn’t enough. So I added more. I’ll do a two minute steep time and just do 2 teaspoons. Next time.

Tyler

Also It was in a 2 1/2 cup tea pot.

TeaEqualsBliss

I think I used a about 1.5 T for the 8-ounce cup I had…or so…

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93
drank Caribbean Dream by Teas Etc
251 tasting notes

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18
drank Lemon Citrus by Teas Etc
23 tasting notes

I am really not a fan of lemongrass so I should have known this wouldn’t be something I’d like. Smell was overpowering. I thought maybe taste would be ok but I just couldn’t get over the smell. I think I’ll stay away from the lemon varieties.

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