81 Tasting Notes

70

I’ve heard people rave about this tisane, so when I saw it amongst a bunch of Celestian Seasonings holiday blends I grabbed it up. I’m not much of an herbal tea person in general but I have to admit this one is pretty nice. It really does have a super buttery quality about it, it’s kind of amazing. And it’s quite heavy on the orange which I am a big fan of. It is giving me an odd aftertaste though, which I think means there might be some licorice root hiding out in there. While I’ve become less opposed to it lately, it’s still not my favorite. I’ll have to try it again with some soy milk as that usually tames the aftertaste. But even as-is I’m glad I purchased it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it quite a bit during the upcoming cooler months.

Flavors: Butter, Cookie, Orange, Pastries

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Ti Guan Yin by Wegmans
81 tasting notes

Oolong day continues with this Ti Guan Yin I picked up from the loose leaf section in my local Wegmans. I brewed 1.5tsp in 10oz at about 200degrees for 3 minutes. This tea is a bit confusing. To the eye it looks like a dark roast, with very tightly rolled dark balls that have a bit of a musty roasted scent. But once brewed the taste is much greener than the appearance of the leaves would suggest. It’s a bit mild and middle-of-the-road as far as oolongs go.

Honestly I find this a bit odd. It tastes like a typical green oolong with heavy flowery notes and nice sweetness just as you would expect. But then the roastyness comes in. It’s not bad tasting, I just can’t seem to get the two together in my mind. I’m used to oolongs that sit at the far ends of the spectrum and this is confusing my palate.

I’m pretty sure this is Rishi’s Iron Goddess of Mercy

Flavors: Flowers, Roasted Barley

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
boychik

Is it a big selection of bulk teas in Wegmans? Can you buy any amount or there is a minimum ?

cookies

You can buy as much or as little as you want, I’ve gotten as little as $0.12 worth before. The selection is pretty decent. I’d guess around 50 in my local store. They stock Rishi, Ito-En, & Republic of Tea.

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90

Sometimes I get so invested in my Chinese blacks I forget that there are other teas out there that deserve my attention. I’m trying to sip down all of the 1oz and under teas I have so I thought I’d kill two birds and get out a few oolongs. I randomly picked this one first and, feeling lazy, Western brewed it for 2 minutes using 2tsp leaves to 10oz boiling water.
First sip leaves me with some incredible honey sweetness. Roasted peaches (or apricots I cant tell the difference) come in and mix with a good bit of roasted wood. Very similar to the notes you’d find in a Hoji Kukicha. Strong roasty quality while still being somewhat mellow. Not one of those roasted oolongs that is entirely overwhelming. If you’ve eaten grilled peaches drizzled with honey you’ll have a good idea what this tea is like. And if you haven’t… get on it! You won’t regret giving it a try.

Flavors: Honey, Peach, Roasted, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
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I love this one so much, and I don’t drink it often enough.

boychik

Yum. I should buy it next time they have 50% sale. I love Wuyi oolongs

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70

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

This tea is surprisingly nice. I have to admit I bought it because I love Twining’s tins (they stack so well) and just want to use it for other teas, but I happily ended up enjoying this tea. Knowing it was very light (not my preference) I overleafed right off the bat and I’m happy I did. It’s still not incredibly strong but it has nice flavor. Mostly sweet Yunnan at the beginning of the sip with some earthiness coming in later and a touch of smokiness (Keemun maybe?). Very smooth with no detectable astringency. Another reviewer compared it to Queen Catherine, and I think that’s a fair comparison. They seem somewhat similar but Prince of Wales seems to be heavier on the Keemun and a bit lighter and muddier tasting. Overall it’s quite nice.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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100

Had to up the rating. This is just my absolute favorite tea of all time. I’ve been trying to ration it so it lasts until the next Tao order, but that’s looking quite impossible at the moment. This stuff is liquid happiness.

Marzipan

I need to crack this one open.

cookies

Oh, you really do. It’s absolutely delightful.

Marzipan

Looks like I need to add it to my next order, this was what I had:
ZhengHe GongFu Black – Jin Ping Village
Golden Monkey Black
Golden Yunnan Black
Ginger Pu-er Shou
Rice Pu-er Sheng
Rice Pu-er Shou
Da Hong Pao Oolong
Bei Dou Oolong
Tangyang Gongfu Black

cookies

I’m going to send you some, you have to try it. Did you have the ZhengHe or rice shou yet? I thought both were incredible. The Golden Yunnan was kind of meh.

Parsifal

I am going to seek this out… thanks for the review! :)

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90
drank Pumpkin Spice Chai by Tazo
81 tasting notes

I don’t want to write a super long review because Steepster seems to be eating my notes :( But if you’re looking for a nice pumpkin spice tea for Autumn I don’t know if you can do any better than this. I think it might be a new flavor this season because it wasn’t in the system and I haven’t heard of it before.
It is incredibly rich tasting, like liquified pumping pie. I’m actually pretty amazed at the depth of flavor here. There is a deep caramel flavor present despite caramel not being listed in the ingredients. I added a dash of unsweetened soy milk and… whoa. Whole ’nother level. Highly recommend trying it with your milk of choice. Definitely one of, if not my absolute favorite flavored tea of all time.

Flavors: Caramel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Pumpkin, Spices

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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My favorite teas are unflavored Chinese blacks, especially Yunnans & Fujians and I’m also partial to strong Irish Breakfast blends. I enjoy other blacks, greens and oolongs as well. I am giving pu-erh a shot, but am not overwhelmed at the moment. Occasionally I also enjoy a nice flavored tea, but prefer a few complementary flavors rather than chocolate covered strawberry marshmallow tiramisu oolong. I never sweeten my teas and only add milk in chai blends.

Likes: Anything roasty, toasty, smoky, or malty. As well as citrus and cream flavors.

Dislikes: Anise/licorice/fennel, stevia, & coconut.

Allergies: Peanuts & Tree nuts

I’ve decided to use a simplified rating system in order to keep things consistent.

100- The best tea I have ever tasted. Can’t live without it.

95- Wonderful teas that I drink almost daily, and will always have on hand. Probably the first teas I will recommend and serve to guests.

90- Teas I greatly enjoy and will restock often, though I may not always have them on hand.

80 – Good teas that I may purchase occasionally, or drink when I’m in the mood. Perhaps seasonal teas.

70- Enjoyable teas. I wouldn’t turn down a cup but may have to be in the mood to consider. Probably not a consistent in my cupboard.

60- I finished my cup/sample but wouldn’t purchase, and would turn down a cup if there were any other options.

50- Didn’t finish the cup. Would not drink again if offered a cup.

1- Nothing could make me try this tea again. And it has probably reduced my opinion of the entire company.

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