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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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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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50

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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81
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
48 tasting notes

Great tea. But I disliked the first steep. Too bitter. I only steeped it for 2 minutes with boiling water. I then took a few sips, was unsatisfied, then poured it out. I then steep the tea a second time for 4 minutes with boiling water. I was much better but didn’t seem to have as much maltyness to it. Next time I’ll steep it for 5 minutes for the second steep. I think that would be fantastic.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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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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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

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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