2007 Tasting Notes

85

I got a random free sample of this with my BF Teavivre order, because apparently I forgot to choose my free samples on that order. I’ve had this before but I’m glad to try it again because looking at my tasting notes I was confused about my samples of this one (namely whether this was light and floral or roasted).

This cup is smelling very sweet and very floral. I do think that the last sample pouch of this one that I had (that I actually logged) might have been mis-packaged, because I found that one to be roasty. The first two were not roasty (that I could remember), and this one fits that profile. It is green, it is floral. It is quite lovely, although dong dings aren’t my favorite green oolong (I prefer the buttery florals of a tieguanyin).

Also even though I have been trying to be less number- and sipdown-focused when it comes to my cupboard (it’s why I haven’t been calling sipdowns and posting my number in posts), I feel myself getting a little bit twitchy about it’s increasing, so I am trying to drink up samples. But then I feel like I am neglecting my other teas in larger amounts. Maybe after my cupboard stabilizes (after my swap from MissB comes in and I know it won’t be growing anymore), I will try to drink everything in my cupboard once before cycling back around! That would definitely be interesting.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Tuscanteal

I like that some people are so diligent with their numbers, I think it’s inspiring. But I’m a numbers girl and it helps you see where you are ;) Can you tell I’m totally a person who likes having letter grades represent how well I did, vs comments lol

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drank Lemon Drop by American Tea Room
2007 tasting notes

Oh, I forgot to log this yesterday. I made the rest of my sample cold brewed, and it was quite tasty, but I think I prefer it hot brewed. It was creamier and the base had more body (this also could be due to the fact that I’m not sure there was quite enough tea for my cold steep, but the other flavors were pretty good). Overall I would purchase this tea again if I wanted a really lemony tea.

American Tea Room

Funny – we like this one better cold

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89

I had this tea yesterday after Golden Moon’s Coconut Pouchong but I didn’t get around to writing it up then. I primarily ordered this tea because I wanted to try their coconut pouchong/bao zhong and try to convince myself that not all coconut pouchongs are identical.

The leaf looks very similar, and it smells similar, but would say it smells a tiny bit sweeter and creamier, and less toasted. That carries over to the taste as well. These two teas are very similar, don’t get me wrong. This was delicious, but slightly distinct as well. They are both sweet, creamy, and coconutty. This one has more vanilla and that slight orchidy note from vanilla/pouchong. Golden Moon’s is butterier, toastier, and more like a baked good. I just prefer, personally, that coconut cookie-ness of Golden Moon’s.

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

Thank you so much for the comparison! I haven’t tried either yet but am always looking for that perfect coconut oolong.

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73

Even though I’m not the biggest on yunnan blacks, I ordered a sample of this tea from JK because I do like some (particularly Fengqing, like the black pearls) and I once read someone who drinks a lot of gongfu black tea said it was their favorite black tea. Since I was able to get a sample, I thought I’d give it a try. First trial western steeped, and I’ll do a gongfu session with it at some point.

Well it smells like a yunnan. A bit potatoey, a bit hay-ish. Not quite honeyed, not quite cocoa. The first sips are kind of bitter, but as I drink more the main body of the sip becomes sweeter. The bitterness creeps back in the aftertaste, but it is light. I may try this with less leaf, or less time. The flavor is more like an unrolled black pearl that the steeped tea initially smelled like. This cup is a bit “robust” for me, but otherwise I am relatively pleased with this tea.

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

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96

A tea I haven’t had for two years, but it made such an impression that I have always intended to get more of it, and I never forgot about it. I’ve even had other coconut pouchongs in the intervening time, but none could come close to the memory of this tea.

Oh coconut pouchong, you smell delightful. You taste amazing. How can a tea taste so much like a coconut macaroon cookie? I don’t know. Sweet, coconutty, with light bakery cookie flavors. So much yum! So glad I finally reordered this one and have it again in my stash.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

One of my faves, yum.

Tea Sipper

I have a sample of this around! I must try it sooner!

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85
drank Shekwasha Oolong by Lupicia
2007 tasting notes

I have had this tea for quite a while. I drank it once, but I oversteeped it or something and I never wrote a tasting note. I don’t know why, just never got around to it I guess. I am going to try to get through some of my small tins of tea so that I can open new teas from Lupicia (which need 50g tins).

Anyway, this is quite a nice tea. The leaf almost looks like a pouchong, being not quite balled up like other green oolongs, but slightly crumpled. It unfurls into pretty nice looking leaves overall (and a few stems). The flavor is pleasant. The shekwasha (a type of citrus fruit) is light, which I like because it means it doesn’t cover up the oolong flavor, which is very fresh and green. The shekwasha reminds me of a less-tart grapefruit or maybe a pomelo. Citrusy and pleasant. A tasty tea and I just need to remember to keep it in my regular rotation before it ages too much more.

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

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drank Passion Fruit by American Tea Room
2007 tasting notes

I’m always on the lookout for a good passion fruit black. Passion fruit is one of my favorite flavors, and sometimes you just want an unadultered version of a flavor you love, you know? thepuriTea used to carry a quite good passion fruit black, but they are out of business now, so if I want one I will have to find another good one.

This one smelled promising. The steeped tea has a good amount of sweet and tart passion fruit scent, with a nice hearty black tea underneath it. However, I have to say this is a no for me. There is something about the black tea base that is too strong and almost savory. The beginning of the sip is good, with nice passion fruit flavor (though not quite fresh passion fruit), but then the black tea takes over, masks the passion fruit, and gives it a weird salty-savory and slightly bitter note. Will definitely be cold brewing the rest of this.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

art of tea has a passion fruit jasmine that’s actually pretty decent. It’s a black-green blend, although I mostly get the black, which I prefer.

Dinosara

Thanks for the rec! I’m actually not hard up for passion fruit as I have a rather large pile of Dammann’s Noël à Pékin, which is actually a jasmine passion fruit black/green blend!

Fjellrev

Passionfruit is one of my favourite flavours too. What would you say is the best passionfruit tea you’ve had so far?

Dinosara

Without a doubt, the best, most authentic passion fruit flavor I’ve ever had from a tea is Naivetea’s Passionfruit Oolong. It was mind blowing, like eating a fresh passion fruit (their others are amazing as well). For a straight passionfruit black I’ve had less success. I don’t particularly care for Harney’s for some reason (even though I like their other fruity blacks).

Fjellrev

Hmm yeah, I haven’t had Harney’s, mostly due to the mixed reviews. But I’ll take a note of Naivetea’s oolong, and that company in general. Thanks!

American Tea Room

you might like our Immortal Green a bit better but it is a green tea base with peach as well

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77

I had this tea yesterday but never logged it. I ordered a sample of this tea because I wanted to compare it (bergamot, vanilla, rose) to the new Lady Grey (bergamot, vanilla).

The weird thing about this one was the fact that the steeped tea had a somewhat earthy note. It may have more Keemun in the base, I think. It’s not something I look for in my blends, to be honest, but I’m not really a fan of earthy teas. The flavors were somewhat muted… I wanted more of everything: more rose, more bergamot, more vanilla. But otherwise it was a fairly tasty tea and I had no problem drinking the entire cup. I do think I prefer the Lady Grey between the two of them, just because I like the base a bit better (but not as much as the base on Lemon Drop).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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78

I have to admit I am glad to finally be drinking the last of this one. I have been cold brewing it and finished it off today. I had to do this one carefully: half as much leaf as I would normally use, brewed for no more than 8 hours. Then it was quite tasty, although the jasmine and passion fruit never really came out strongly in the flavor. This was an old tea in my collection, and I’m happy to have finally cleared it out.

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98

I’m not sure why I purchase another sample of this one with one of my Teavivre orders. I think I thought that I hadn’t tried it before, which is crazy because it is one of my all-time highest rated teas on here. Maybe the long name through me off. I felt silly when I went to add it to my cupboard and saw my own effusive reviews.

Anyway, a discussion on oolongs yesterday got me thinking of really fine tieguanyins and I decided to have this one this morning. Man, this tea is just outstanding. It blew me away again! So sweet, so floral, so buttery. I can’t get over how delicious this tea is. If you love green, floral tieguanyins please do yourself a favor and get some of this. It is truly one of the highest quality ones I have tried.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Adding to my shopping list :)

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

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100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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