Wild Orchid Teas

Recent Tasting Notes

90

First, hello everyone again! It’s been years since I’ve been able to devote time to a proper teavaluation. I’ve grown a bit, and like a fine wine or scotch, the ageing, in my opinion, has mellowed me a bit. This review also comes with an announcement: I am starting my own tea business. After struggling for three years with cell phones, insurance, and a few other things, I have decided that I really just don’t do the whole ‘Yes, Boss!’ thing that most people do. This decision is made with full understanding of what I am getting myself into, and I know of it’s rewards and sacrifices I need to make. As a note and disclaimer, I endeavor to be impartial in my reviews as a tea enthusiast. I am confident that I can exercise this, as I have practice Beer judging impartially. (New hobby since I’ve left.)

So, onto the tea review.

The Vithanakande OP1 I picked up at Elaine’s tea shoppe appears to be a lustrous grey, longer leaf than I expect when I see OP1 on a bag or tin. Almost no twigs, and no indeterminate plant matter.

I’m brewing in glass for neutral taste, and watching the leaves dance similar to a silver needle tea is wonderful, as the water turns to a copper brown that manages to be somewhat iridescent.

The brewed tea is a caramel-cedar aroma, which delivers in it’s full-bodied flavour. A hint of copper trails through, though, which stared as a nice sandy earth tone.

Second brew, the copper subsides fully to the sandy earth caramel cup of brown joy I have come to expect from vithanakande.

The copper wasn’t unpleasant, however, so I really enjoyed this tea. As I judge beer, I’m finding that just because I like something, doesn’t mean it fits the style of beer, and it’s going to lose a few points for the copper tone. I should revisit the other vith’s I have picked up and see if I can detect copper, now that my palate has been actually trained to look for things.

Folks, it’s a pleasure to be back.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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While shopping at Elaine’s Tea Shoppe in Toledo, I came across this tea and loved the idea of earl grey and jasmine – two of my favorite teas.

It is enjoyable. I don’t want to rate it just yet. I feel like I need to have another shot at it to truly know how I feel.

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98

Drinking this tea was like an epiphany of all things wonderful in a cup! It truly was an amazing way to start my day with creamy sweet yumminess that filled my entire being. So much so, that I am going to resteep another cup of enlightment RIGHT NOW…ahhhhhhhh…:)

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100

Hours at a training meeting today were brightened by the thermos of this tea.

Learned today that the number one identifier of abuse is isolation. Sometimes this world makes my heart hurt.

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100

Re-steeped yesterday mornings tea for work today :) Still delicious. This is going to be a good day!

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100

This tea was calling to me this morning from my tea cabinet. I was in the mood for a sweet dessert tea this morning and this did not fail me. A little sugar and milk…brilliant!! This is taking my Monday morning blues away and helping me focus on the work ahead this week.

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100

I love when I find a tea I can enjoy without any additions. Smooth, creamy toffee with the rich, dark, earthy pu-erh – perfect blend of flavors. Each sip promises that this will be a staple on my tea shelf. WOW!!!

Picked this up at Elane’s Tea Shoppe in Toledo. So glad I did. What a delightful way to begin my day :)

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72

Not as strong of an aroma as I was expecting; both the flavor and smell are more mild than many blueberry greens. Still, a lovely and light cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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34

not very good

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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34

Little aroma, no flavor, no sweetness. Meh—nothing else to say.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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50

Mocha-color grounds have no discernible aroma. Tisane is light peachy color—very pretty. Need to steep at least 7-8 minutes. Pleasant enough with sweet honey notes, but kind of meh. Cannot be re-steeped successfully.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Peach Apricot by Wild Orchid Teas
328 tasting notes

Definite apricot aroma to dry leaves, but steeped tea smells more peachy. Mild sweetness but little fruit flavor in the brew. A nice cup, but I expected more.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Peach Apricot by Wild Orchid Teas
328 tasting notes

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52

Light-bodied green tea with light spearmint flavor. Hints of sweetness and nuttiness. Better with a bit of rock sugar.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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31

Merely approaching an OK flavored green. Dry leaves smell like cherry Kool-aid. 1st infusion—lightly rose scented with a slight cherry flavor. 2nd infusion (30 sec. longer)—artificial cherry flavor really develops and overwhelms any subtlety of the green tea and rose.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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44

A basic oolong—nothing special. Little aroma—some light floral notes; little complexity in flavor.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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41

Little aroma, at best, a very elusive scent of muscatel. Highly astringent. Flavor is OK, but not memorable. 2nd infusion: stronger scent, milder taste but still very astringent

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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49

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49

Very light, creamy caramel aroma and flavor with a softer tart undernote. Taste of brown sugar is enhanced with adding a bit of rock sugar while infusing.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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