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The Mountain Tea co

Recent Tasting Notes

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Upped the gram to water 7g/12oz and time (4 mins) which finally resulted in the taste and energy(weirdly enough because it seems to have zero bitterness) I was looking for. More of the flavor came through and I finally tasted the herbaceous brininess I smelled in the dry leaves. The more I drink this tea the more I like it.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Trying this for the first time, sample stolen from the TTB a while back. No tasting note today because school is absolutely killing me at the moment. But if I don’t write this down I’ll probably forget I tried it. >.<
If you’re reading this, I hope stuff is going better for you than me…

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Smells like pasta sauce…. the herbs in a red sauce that is and literally every time I smelll it I crave pasta and starch. Back to to the tea though it’s a very light flavor (never goes bitter boiling water for 20+ mins still smooth) it travels well since it can not be over brewed and seems to possess very little caffeine (not bitter at all nor does it give me an energizing “buzz”). So depending on what you are looking for in a green tea not bad.

Overall all it was an impulse buy, it being cheap and I have never tried taiwanese green tea before but I wasn’t that blown away I will try gongfu since it is actually a green heart cultivar so maybe I can get some body out of it if I use boiling water and high leaf to water ratio but until I get anything striking it will just be my buffer tea to drink in between stronger teas.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Tea #35 from Considering a new TTB
Dark oolongs aren’t normally among my favorites, but this tea caught me by surprise. Instead of being deep and roasted, it was rather lightly flavored and reminded me somewhat of apples and honey, with only a subtle roasted flavor noticeable in the background. It’s such an interesting tea, I’m glad I decided to be a bit of a glutton and make a whole pot of it. What I don’t finish off tonight, I’ll be able to drink iced tomorrow. This seems like it would make an excellent iced tea.

This tea will not be continuing on, I finished off the last of it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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77

Dry leaf
I am sick but I smelled a very strong food aroma that was familiar. It reminded me of the mixed herbs in a pasta sauce with a slight hint of briny seafood broth at the end.

Infusions
Reminder I have a cold
Very light green similar to sencha color but lighter with a touch of yellow.
Taste was very light as well but 0 astringency (even after throwing boiling water on it) very refreshing tasted similar to a cold brewed sencha but even lighter more floral and more briny.

Will come back to this one when I am not sick and have taste buds.

Flavors: Asparagus, Fish Broth, Seaweed

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 6 g 10 OZ / 300 ML

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Tea #31 from Considering a new TTB
This is another company that I’ve been meaning to place an order with, Dr Jim introduced me to them in another TTB I was a part of last year and I fell in love with several of their teas. This is one I haven’t had a chance to try yet and ended up being exactly what I was looking for this morning. I’ve been craving something sweet and this has a sweetness to it that tastes almost like peaches. I may consider ordering some of this in the future, I really enjoyed it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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75

This is a real “cover-all-the-bases” black/dark oolong, being slightly fruity, malty, sweet, floral, as well as roasted. A great choice for those who like a bit of everything, but not for those who look for prominent flavours.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:00 min.

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 3:00 min.

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 5:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10:00+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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This was the first oolong I bought online. I got it because it was on sale for $7. i was surprised about the quality of this light and refreshing oolong. It smells like sweet corn and has crisp feeling that reminds me of that feeling when I bite into a fresh white peach.

Flavors: Corn Husk, Flowers, Honeydew, Peach, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This was my first roasted oolong. The dry leaves smell like hay and are wrapped very tightly. The first 2 – 3 steeps are very fragrant with notes of barley, raw almonds, and raw honey. The following steeps reveal more of the roasted notes and complex flavors, which gradually decreases with each steep, yet still leaving a sweet aftertaste. i use a yixing teapot, but I imagine it tasting different with a gaiwan. This was so reasonably priced that I’m considering to buy another pack.

Flavors: Chestnut, Cinnamon, Honey, Hops, Roasted Barley, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I’ve been drinking this on and off at work for about a week now. This is FANTASTIC.
It’s dark and roasty, with out being in your face smoky. I don’t what else to say about it. It’s good, really good – up there with the best of the best oolongs I’ve tried. This is probably my 2nd favorite dark oolong. (Not quite sure why, but the liquid is a bit purple – a hint of mauve – very unusual, pretty cool)
Thank you so much yyz for sending me this sample.

__Morgana__

Interesting about the mauve…

yyz

I opened this up because I thought it might be something you would enjoy trying. Now I have to try it.

Dexter3657

yyz – if you like dark roasty oolongs – you should try it. I love it – thank you so much!!!
Morgana – dunno – it’s has just a hint of purple/mauve tinge to it, I haven’t seen that before.

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80

A sweet tea that has the buttery characteristics of gaoshan. Smells of butter and maple syrup. Very full mouthfeel. Be careful when brewing as it can become quite astringent if over steeped.

Flavors: Butter, Caramel, Honey, Mineral

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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68

not bad…not great…120ml gaiwan,8g…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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82

A very nice crisp citrusy and sweet cup. There is a nice balance of contrasting astringency and honey, citrus sweetness – kumquats come to mind while I sip away. I’m currently discovering a numbing sensation to the roof of my mouth and sides of the tongue. There are some faint floral notes after you get past steeping 4. I’ll need to try this one at a lower temp later on and try to pull more perspective from it total capabilities. Pretty great start for a Saturday morning (now afternoon:)!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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I’m writing this review though it will most likely be short thanks to this bitch of a migraine that has been with me all day. I’ve only just began to think properly and the pain is minimal, still I am trying my best to write this review effectively.

The loose Oolong balls are small in size and have a dry, floral and light mineral scent.

My first steep is delicate with a sweet yet dry floral flavour pretty much matching it’s raw scent. There are also essences of mineral, butter, honeysuckle and grass.

Personally it’s a little too delicate for my usual Oolong mood, I will have to try it again when my mind is clearer but so far I am not impressed with this tea. Rating as top end of average for now.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Getting a little more sugar sweetness and scent from a short second steep, but we’ll probably have to start from scratch to test time and temp differences. I’m not a frequent multiple steeper, but to my bumbling taste buds, once green or oolong tea has “set,” the second steep doesn’t seem to change it a great deal.

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Oolongs get overlooked at my house a lot; chiefly because in my lopsided and ragged classification system, it rates as an afternoon tea and there aren’t a lot of spare tea-drinkin’ afternoons around here.

Couldn’t quite place what I was tasting until I read the tea description. Nutmeg and orange peel. Yep. Exactly. This appears to have multiple personalities based on the water temp—I went hotter and longer which resulted in the spicy vibe. Enough left in the little sample packet to try one slower and lower to see if I can hunt down the malt sugar.

As my mom’s condition declines more and more steeply, my dad is wisely starting to downsize and he’s asked my sister and me to begin sorting and saving what’s worthwhile from Mom’s sewing room, where she spent decades stitching quilts for friends and family and scores of little shirts and dresses that were packed in mission boxes for Honduran children who may have kids of their own by now. As I drink this tea, I’m pawing through a fruitcake tin of orphan buttons and a stack of paper needle packets from the 1950’s thinking how nice it would be to hear the whir of the sewing machine and the little metallic snip of her scissors.

Nicole

I feel for you having to go through this. Small comfort though it may be, hopefully tea can ease your thoughts.

ashmanra

Not long ago, I went through my mother’s button box just to organize it. It was always part of my life, but I think most people understand how a little something like that can bring back so many thoughts and feelings.

gmathis

A mason jar with her wooden spools is part of our living room decor. I’m thinking buttons would complement it nicely.

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