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The Mountain Tea co

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89
drank Black Pearl by The Mountain Tea co
423 tasting notes

Okay, revisiting this one today.

I get none of the same oily Chinese food smell from it now. Maybe it was just something from the packaging.

I’ve steeped this twice for four cups so far. I still get no apple notes at all. But I do get quite a bit of maltiness, no bitterness at all, and wow, do the leaves ever expand! There is a fair amount of stems in this, though maybe that is to be expected with these kinds of dark oolongs. And while I’m here, Mountain Tea Co. lists this in the Dark Oolong section of their site, but the description just says “black tea.” So I’m not really sure if this is an oolong or not. But I am liking it more than my first time around.

Photos of the steeped leaves:
http://s1165.beta.photobucket.com/user/dagony/library/Black%20Pearl%20by%20Mountain%20Tea%20Co

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90

Liquified dates, or perhaps prunes or sticky raisins. Wonderfully sweet and succulent.

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

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg. 7:00 min.

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

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

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83

My second infusion of these leaves produced a stronger flavor than the first … still deliciously buttery, still a delicate vegetative taste although there is more to it this time around.

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83

Enjoying a cup of this tea thanks to Azzrian … thank you for sending me some of this!

This is really nice. It took me a few sips to sort of figure it out, because it is different from most green teas … from the dry leaf – these leaves are HUGE! – to the flavor, it is softly vegetal, mostly buttery, and smooth. It has a very delicate flavor. Think a Silver Needle delicateness with the taste of a green tea rather than a white tea. That’s what I taste. It’s very refreshing and light. I like!

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100

Tea like this is why I drink tea!
I do favor darker oolongs more than light ones but come on! This is INSANELY good!
I have written a long review for SororiTea Sisters site but let me just say YUMMMMMM!!
Here are some Sound Bites from my full length review:

A bit like a peach that is not quite ripe enough to be eaten yet but temping nonetheless. There is a subtle sweetness as well somewhat like honey but not cloying. A nutty note plays around but disappears quickly, lingering fresh asparagus, dandelion, and fresh flower notes prevail.

Things just slow down around you. I find myself not quite so annoyed by my doggies incessant barking at the neighbor’s dog, not quite so bothered by the television blasting noise from the other room, not quite so anxious. Through all that noise I rather am picking up on the birds chirping happily outside, the sun is steaming into the house more brightly, and I just feel peaceful.

Ohhhh Yes!! This is one of those teas that makes me realize how far I have come as a tea drinker.

Invader Zim

I think I just drooled a bit on the computer…

Azzrian

LOL I wish there were a LIKE button here!

Nicole

I was interested in this one but ended up getting others instead. I’ll have to put this on my list now.

Azzrian

As long as you got others you can’t go wrong with this company in my opinion!
For sure to get next time though :)

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85

Lots of honeyed sweetness in the liquor of this tea, along with more subtle flavours of caramel and peach. Very light and delicious.

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

Second infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4:00 min.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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80

This is a very dark, highly-oxidized oolong, very close to a black. There are notes of molasses, and a sweetness that is present through all infusions. Although not roasted, there is a certain “roastedness” to it.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

Fourth infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 7 min.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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85

I decided to have this one after seeing someone else had it today as a rainy day oolong, I waited for the rain to stop actually and I turned on the music to cheer myself up and I brewed this one up Gangnam Style, thats when you put on a fancy shirt and hat and dance the horsey dance while trying to make tea and you get water everywhere, ya get a little wet but its fun, wet outside wet inside. Really good tea sweet and delicious with peachy or apricot notes, slight floral tones and just intense yummy flavor, really good tea, If ya drink it from a small cup and have a long tongue you can lick whats left from the bottom of the cup mmmmm it’s really good like that too :) Thanks Azzrian!!!

Bonnie

OK where’s the video?!

Invader Zim

I went and watched it after reading this review myself!

Tommy the Toad

that would have been a crazy video, me dancing around sucking the bottom of a teacup lol

ashmanra

LOL! I can just see it! :)

Tommy the Toad

it was fun it cheered me up some:) sometimes ya got to entertain yourself ya know

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77

Another delicious sample from Azzrian!

Rainy days are oolong days. This one is deliciously sweet, but still tastes natural and oolongy :)

Brewed Western style, 2tsp/16ish ounces.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tommy the Toad

I’m glad I’m not the only who feels Rainy Days are Oolong days, I was just looking out at the rain trying to decide which tea to have, this one is a great rainy day Oolong, I think I’ll have some now myself. Thanks Azzrian for sharing this tea with both of us :)

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96

Mmmm…. creamy, lightly citrusy background notes and a most definite presence of honey. This is a light oolong, which puts it solidly in my “like” category.

Brewed up a pot for Tea Club at work on Friday after our office holiday lunch. Figured we could all use something a bit light to round out the afternoon. It went over well. I only wish we’d had time to try a 2nd steep. I’m glad I went with a larger package of it on Black Friday even though I had not tried it before.

I did steep it for much longer than recommended and it was still very tasty, so perhaps that means this is a forgiving tea. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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85

Deliciously floral and sweet through all four infusions, this tea is a real treat. Great looking leaves and liquor as well.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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89
drank Black Pearl by The Mountain Tea co
423 tasting notes

First sip reminded me of Chinese takeout and not in a good way. Tasted sort of like the oily smell of it. After it cooled a bit the taste was slightly fishy and dusty, but not in a bad way, as odd as that is to say.

For lack of a better descriptor, this tea tastes “natural.” I didn’t get any apple taste from it, but I only had time for one steeping. I think I am at least interested enough to try it a few more times. I find the darker oolongs take a few sessions before I can really decide if I like them or not. My preference thus far is definitely for the lighter oolongs. But, that said, this interests me.

I’ll experiment with the temp and steeping time. The package said boiling but I went with caution. The leaves didn’t really open up much so I’m thinking it really does mean boiling. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93

This was a sample included with my Black Friday order from Mountain Tea Co. I made up a pot to share with our little Tea Club at work.

The dry leaf smells of spices – nutmeg, maybe? Cinnamon? First sniff has me thinking of chocolate. Can’t quite pin it down. The first sips bear out that dry smell. A light oolong with an intensely buttery feel, more like broth than tea. Color is an extremely pale honey, even after 5 minutes of steeping. Honey. I think I also get a bit of honey taste from this. As it cools, more flavors come out and I do notice the orchid more than I did when it was hot. Very refreshing and enjoyable hot or cold.

It won’t be an everyday drinker for me, but if I like the rest of my order enough to refill it when I’m out, I might get some of this to have on hand.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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89
drank TieGuanYin by The Mountain Tea co
1597 tasting notes

In the interest of trying something new, I am using a few leaves from this to doctor some jasmine green tea, just out of curiosity.

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89
drank TieGuanYin by The Mountain Tea co
1597 tasting notes

It has certainly been a while since I had an oolong. These days, on account of the hot weather that continues to plague my town in November, I have been drinking mainly greens with some blacks thrown in for robustness. Yet, it has finally started to cool, and I felt this was a good opportunity to revive my love of oolongs! Bringing out my gaiwan, fairness pot, and a favorite cup, I collect the things I will need to try this tea, while the water boils. Opening the foil package of leaves, I breath in, taking in the high, sharp floral notes that seem almost sweet. Placing them in the bottom of the gaiwan, I pour just the slightest bit of water over them to rinse them and to begin the opening of the leaf. The aroma that rises from the gaiwan is one that matches the sweet, high floral notes. Touches of fruit, almost reminiscent of pear, come to mind. This first steep will be interesting.

The first steep is for thirty seconds, after which I am left with a pale, golden yellow infusion that smells reminiscent of the dry leaf, but a more vegetal aspect has been piecked up and brought forward, as tie guan yin tend to do. The flavor surprises me. I am struck by a deep, rich floral and vegetal taste. Deep and rich are the best words to describe it, despite seeming completely at odds with the high floral and fruit aroma. Too, the oolong has a thick mouthfeel, a bit on the heavy side. That aroma is left in the aftertaste, bringing all of the senses together. The leaves are put into water for another infusion. After another thirty seconds, I am left with a paler brew, more of a light yellow. Strange, I thought, a second steeping should look stronger. Yet it tastes much like the first steeping, though the floral notes are more pronounced. The third infusion (again for thirty seconds) brings back the color and aroma of the first. The flavors, though, have evolved, losing some of their floral nature and becoming more vegetal. Heating some more water, I place the leaves in a large pot to steep out the rest of their deliciousness. This oolong was very decent for a tie guan yin, and on my personal enjoyment scale, I would rate it an 89/100.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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78

This is a pleasant tasting oolong. Its roasted flavour is present in all infusions. But there are also more subtle notes of honey, stone fruit, and flowers which come and go through the various brews.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

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

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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75

This is a pleasant tasting oolong. Its roastiness dominates through all infusions, but there are more subtle notes of honey and stone fruit which come and go through the various brews.

First infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz water, 90 deg., 1:30 min.

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

Third infusion – 3 g. per 6 oz. water, 90 deg., 4 min.

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

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

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98

Ahhhh what a long day! So finally I am relaxing with a lovely tea!
Not only am I enjoying this lovely tea but I am sipping out of my Ru Kiln cup. I scored this very pretty cup from Verdant with reward points. WOOT!
And I am enjoying my new Gaiwan http://www.mightyleaf.com/product/brown-gaiwan/
I have been waiting to own a gaiwan like this for ages! Finally I have one I can use! I never mastered tipping the lid correctly with my tiny hands lol.
I love the look of the gaiwan love the beauty of the Ru Kiln Cup … LOVE this tea!
I am a happy camper! See previous notes on tea.

LiberTEAS

Very cool gaiwan!

Azzrian

Thank you!!! I absolutely LOVE it! Its so earthy – looks like stone and wood – photo there does it no justice. And SO affordable!

ashmanra

Ooo, nice gaiwan!

DaisyChubb

Aw, in Canada we can’t see the gaiwan – I guess because it’s not available for us to buy? haha – from your description it sounds gorgeous!

Azzrian

What?? In Canada you can’t even SEE pictures on the website?? I never knew that! Thats horrible! I will get a photo posted.

Kittenna

I can see the gaiwan just fine, I wonder why you can’t, DaisyChubb?? It is gorgeous, btw! :D

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77

I couldn’t find this one in the steepster database so here we are.
Thanks Azzrian

This one is nice. It’s a mellow-vegetal flavor with a naturally-saltiness almost.

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So much tea. So little money in my bank account. Can you say, shouldn’t have bought enough stuff to make lip balm forever? Cries.

But at least I can just live off tea I guess until I get the rest of my money in two months. Or maybe this sampler box that goes on sale tomorrow will bring something in, because it is now slooooooow online at least.

I am so so so so so so glad I got up this morning for Formula 1. IT WAS THE BEST RACE. I just have to gush somewhere. My favorite driver had to start from the pit lane, and he worked his way up the field not once but TWICE and managed to take third place and keep his lead in the championship.

My second favorite driver won, the two of them are best buddies, so it was awesome. The only thing is, the race was in Abu Dhabi so there was no champagne on the podium…instead there was fizzy rosewater. Here is a priceless reaction from the guy who got second place: http://www.abload.de/img/untitled-1o2qfr.gif

Now this tea!

Being that this is the kind of tea I got a yixing pot for, I decided to make it in there. I had to modify the brewing instructions a bit. I used 7 grams of leaf.

First steep, about a minute: I could probably have gone just a slight bit longer on this one, but it’s delicious as is. It’s smooth, sweet, and a little fruity and floral, with just the right touch of cream and pepper. It’s not as creamy as a milk oolong, but it’s not too far off. It’s like one with added fruit.

At this point I’m not getting peach but we’ve only just begun.

Second steep: Now I am getting peach, but I think my choice of steeping this tea gives me far more floral notes than peach notes. And that is okay, because this is a super tasty oolong. And given it’s $2 an ounce, you SERIOUSLY cannot do much better than this, I’d think.

Third steep: I think I like this one the most! It tastes pretty similar to the second, but it seems to have more fruitiness to it.

Azzrian

I love this tea – great choice for your yixing!

ashmanra

Have you read “The Art of Racing in the Rain”? Excellent book!

momo

Oh gosh yes! My mom gave me it to read one time when I was visiting and I stayed up until 4am to read it entirely that night.

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100
drank Jin Xuan by The Mountain Tea co
3 tasting notes

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