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Tea #31 from Traveling Tea Box C

I love an excuse to get out my gaiwan and spend an hour or so getting tea drunk. The only problem is I don’t typically have a couple hours just laying around to do that.

So, I saved this one until I had some time. And seeing as I don’t have to be anywhere for another two or three hours, here we go!

1st Steeping — 0:30
Mostly a veggie flavor, with slight floral notes and hints of butter.

2nd Steeping — 0:50
Getting creamier. The floral notes are starting to open and becoming almost sweet.

3rd Steeping — 1:30
Oooh. There’s the creamy, sweet milkiness this promised. Becoming very floral, with a quality that tastes green, but not vegetal. There’s a very slight nuttiness, as well.

4th Steeping — 2:30
Remains creamy, but the floral begins to fade. Nutty flavors begin to dominate.

5th Steeping — 5:00
The creaminess is hardly present at all on this one. It’s nutty and vegetal again. Still ever so slightly floral.

I could probably get another steep off of these leaves, but I think it started losing it’s luster after the third steep, so I’ll probably refrain.

Final verdict: I enjoyed this milk oolong, and I’m very glad I had the chance to try it, but there are just others out there I like more.

This is the last tea I’m trying from the box, so that should be moving again tomorrow!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

yay yay yay!!!

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drank Black Pearl by The Mountain Tea co
4831 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! I needed a tea i knew would be super delicious this morning to kick off my day after the green teas i had. I picked this one as there was just enough for another cup. I will be restocking this in future to have as a great black to rotate through my cupboard. thanks nicole!

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Another sample by Dr Jim (thanks!)

When I brewed this I immediately thought of asparagus! My husband said it smelled like brussels sprouts. Good thing I enjoy both of those.

A light colored oolong with a nice, delicate taste. The second steep was just as good as the first. A pretty good oolong in my book. Not the best I’ve had, but I enjoyed it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Black Pearl by The Mountain Tea co
4831 tasting notes

thank you nicole for sending this one my way! I enjoyed this a lot this morning – it was just the thing to get me going after a rough night of the crazies waking me up several times. I have another cup that i’ll spend more time with tomorrow since i didn’t get a chance to really focus on it before i had drunk it all up!

Nicole

I’m glad you liked this one. I definitely want to always have it on hand.

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Tea #21 from the traveling tea box.

Dr Jim put a fair amount of this tea in the box and I could have sat here and drank it all, it was just that good. Don’t worry, I left quite a bit for everyone else to enjoy.

When I saw this in the box I knew I had to save it for last and make sure I had enough uninterrupted time to myself to sit here and enjoy it. I’ve always been in love with oolong tea, although I haven’t had a chance to try many milk oolongs, so this was a real treat and a great way to end a really rotten week. The flavor of this tea is wonderful, the flavors run from sweet and floral to buttery and milky depending on how many times you steep it. This is one tea that resteeps very well, so don’t stop with just one steep.

This is the final tea that I’ll be trying so the box should be moving on tomorrow or Friday at the latest

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Wish I could justify a tea order. This is so incredibly good this morning. I love how a little scoop of leaf becomes a press full of leaf in under three minutes. This is sweet and creamy. It is floral but not brightly so, if that makes sense. It has a darker taste to it. Welp, cup is empty. Time to belly up to the tea bar. Another round! I’d raise my score a notch if I knew how without a mouse.

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A pleasant, typical, no-nonsense jin xuan oolong – floral, creamy, and sweet. The dry leaves promise a creamier tea than the liquor delivers. But an enjoyable tea nevertheless at a nice price.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 2:30 min.

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 10+ min.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Last time I brewed this it was over three steeps. Now I’m trying it for 3 minutes in one long steep. Something I can easily drink whilst playing Magic – The Gathering on PS3.

sip Ahh lovely, that will do nicely. It’s rich and smoky but with a light floral side. It has translated very well do the one steep and it is certainly on par with the three steeps. Worth trying again :)

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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One of my purchased teas from momo and one that I am looking forward to trying. My current tea cravings are for anything strong and dark and this has been saved for such an occasion.

The oolong balls are dark brown/black with a few balls having stemmed tips. They are very tightly rolled and are mostly only a few mm in diameter. They have a thick burnt wood aroma with a hint of fermented fruit and chestnut.

Brewing 7g with my Gongfu teapot for three steeps.

First Steep – One Minute – Tea is yellow in colour with a rich, fire roasted and chestnut aroma. In a sense it reminds me of roasting chestnuts on an open fire that I have done once before many years ago, the smell is very similar.

Taste is not as robust as the scent. It offers roasted, nutty, floral, buttery and sweet notes in one smooth and refreshing hue.

Steep Two – Two Minutes – A little deeper in strength but still at the perfect lightness to remain refreshing. It’s less like chestnut now but there is a touch still there in the after taste. Also going to mention that it’s not too dry either as some roasted Oolongs can be.

Steep Three – Three Minutes – The balls have completely opened up to reveal dark green, long and very curly/crinkly leaves that have no discolouration or breakages. In other words the leaves are in tip top condition and quality.

In flavour all that remains is a subtle roasted, smoky and floral soup that cleanses my mouth with the perfect goodbye parting as it greets my lips. The perfect end to the perfect oolong (for my mood).

I have tried tea from The Mountain Tea Co before and in both cases I have been impressed with the quality and essence of their teas. This is something I’m happy I purchased and my husband also agreed, takes a special tea for him to like it so.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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Another sample pulled from the never-ending tea drawer. This is a pretty little tea, with small clusters of green tea leaves. The tea leaves smell very lightly of sweet fruit, and the tea liquor has an earthy aroma with a hint of peach and honey. The flavor is very lightly sweet. There is a peach finish with a soft aftertaste of citrus and honey. All of the flavors are very light, and it’s a very sweet tea on it’s own. I did add a little sweetener, which brought out some more of the fruity notes. While I am enjoying this cup, I will probably finish of the little bit that I have but not order any more. It is very refreshing since it is such a lightly flavored tea. Thank you, Nicole, for this sample!

-Dry blend has small clusters of rolled green tea leaves.
-Dry leaves smell lightly fruity and sweet. Tea liquor aroma is earthy with a hint of peach and honey.
-Tea liquor is a clear medium yellow color.
-Lightly sweet flavor with a peach finish. Soft aftertaste of citrus and honey.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Very lightly flavored. Naturally sweet.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I don’t love this tea. The flavor strikes me as thin and not particularly interesting. Perhaps I will try with a larger chunk of the cake, but for now I am not that impressed.

dlgoldstein

Also, I just noted that it looks like some are brewing this tea at a much lower temperature than I; perhaps I will try the brewing methods of those who enjoyed this tea more. Thanks, all!

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I like this tea as a good staple. However, it doesn’t stand out for complexity and I find it a bit cloying if I don’t brew it in my gaiwan. I’m not quite sure why that is, but I’ve not had success brewing with other methods.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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