2007 Tasting Notes

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So! Finally healthy enough that I feel like trying some of my new teas. I ordered from JK Tea Shop around Black Friday because I have wanted to try them for a while, but the package came right before I left to travel for the holidays (much like my ATR order) so I haven’t tried anything from it. I’ve wanted to try JK Tea Shop for a while since they are a direct from China seller, and they offer some unique Chinese teas that you don’t find elsewhere. Fortunately they also sell 15g samples on most of their teas (something a lot of sellers in China do not do!). I ordered a number of black tea samples and a few others.

I am in love with the Tan Yang I brought back from China almost two years ago now (Yong Sheng), but I haven’t found another that I love as much to restock once I run out. There are some other good ones (Teavivre’s, Harney’s golden tips), but none that really replace my Maliandao purchase. I am brewing this one like I have brewed the others in the past as a first run.

The dry leaf is promising. Very golden, and smelling like sweet, rich, molasses-y grains. Steeped, the scent is similar… grainy, a bit sweet, and a bit of raisin or prune notes to it. The flavor is good but not strong enough; however, I think that’s a steeping parameters issue primarily. I will definitely use more tea next time. This one is pretty much different from all the other Tan Yangs I’ve tried so far, perhaps most similar to Harney’s, and somewhat reminiscent of Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu. Fairly malty, leaving a light sweetness in the aftertaste, though lighter than some others (again this may be a steeping issue, however). Molasses notes, primarily, not quite caramel as in the Yong Sheng. More raisin than apricot. A bit of nuttiness (missing in others besides the Yong Sheng).

This is quite good. As for pricing, this is nearly identical to Teavivre’s (both being nearly half the price of Harney’s); unfortunately I don’t have any of Teavivre’s Tan Yang to try back to back with this one, although I will have to dig out my Yong Sheng soon. This one may be a slightly better match.

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

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drank Noël en Alsace by Dammann Freres
2007 tasting notes

I ordered this tea because yyz pointed out elsewhere that the description of it is identical to Flocon d’épices. That tea is only sold in an expensive tin, but this one is sold in bulk like their regular teas.

I of course wanted to try it when it came in to make sure it was the same! It’s been a little bit since I had Flocon, but I think it is. I smelled citrus and spices immediately in the pouch, and then that rich, syrupy, figgy flavor in the brewed tea. This cup almost makes me think there is a hint of caramel flavoring in this as well, it’s so creamy. Loving this one, and glad I have 100g of it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
yyz

I’m glad that it seems to be the same! I really liked that one too.

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Finishing off this one as well. I thought I was doing better, and I guess I am, but today I have felt overall sluggish and sickly. Teaching for 3 hrs yesterday (and going out in the sub-freezing weather) probably set me back a bit as far as health goes. Sigh. And I get to do it tomorrow too!

Anyway, this tea. Honestly I am enjoying that it is gingery and spicy this afternoon. Snickerdoodle, maybe not so much. But I enjoy it pretty well nonetheless.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Anna

Every time I see this tea on my dash, I wish someone would write a book with a character named Yabao Snickerdoodle.

Stephanie

Anna, HA!

Nxtdoor

love it!

caile

haha That would be a great name for a character!

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81

I got a free sample of this with one of my recent Teavivre orders because I wanted to try making tea soda with it. So I made a super strong steep of this with a lot of sugar, then mixed with soda water. Pretty tasty! I think perhaps I need to use more syrup and less water because it mainly tasted sweet and a bit tart. I did get a bit of citrusy lemon, which was nice. This is definitely my preferred way of preparing anything with rosehips or hibiscus in it.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Zach Guillian

Hey, do you think if I brewed a tea in soda water over night (cold steeping) that it would make a tea soda similar to what you are talking about? Just wondering.

Dinosara

Hmm, interesting idea but I would be afraid that the soda water would go flat overnight. If you could get around that it might work.

Zach Guillian

I was thinking if I covered it with something, or put the tea leaves in loose leaf…

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I drank some of this last night, and it was pretty tasty. I meant to have the rest of it tonight and drink a different tea right now, but I accidentally dumped it into my already-damp infuser basket, and so was pretty much forced to have it now. I didn’t really want an herbal, though. I thought I didn’t have any plain black tea at home, but then remembered that I had a sample of Kenyan Black from JusTea, so I threw that in as well.

Of course, I don’t think there was enough Kenyan black in that sample for the amount of this tea, so I didn’t really taste it anyway. Oh well, this is a pretty tasty herbal blend overall. Probably should have mixed it with Laoshan black for maximum chocolate factor.

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Well the blends box for this month is on it’s way, so I figured I should get through some of the old blends. To make room. Also my Cadeux Deco Vendome order arrived today, so I have a lot moar tea!

Finishing off this tea and it really is cementing the fact that this blend is not for me. I mean, I don’t love chais in the first place, but there is something about this blend that is definitely not working for me. Oh well, can’t love them all!

Sil

yeah i didn’t love this one as much as a lot of ppl seemed to. heh

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I maybe possibly am doing slightly better today? I hope. I made a pot of this in the hopes that the spices would make it through my fog. Sweetened with maple syrup and mellowed with milk. Not my favorite but I am also not much of a chai person.

Nothing to do with this tea: There are several people that I talked about doing swaps with after the holidays, but I can’t remember who now. If any of you remember talking about a swap with me, let me know!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Glad to hear that you may be feeling better today!

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I picked up some of this at the farmer’s market in the hopes that it would soothe my throat, and to mix up my “cold teas” options a bit.

Honestly I am so stuffed up I don’t think I really tasted this all that much. It is herby, I know that much. And it did soothe my throat for a bit. Ugh, go away cold.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

feel better soon!

gmathis

Sounds like there’s enough other ingredients it might tame the licorice. I know it’s effective for sore throats, but ugh :)

JustJames

you could always try some kapha… trust em, it will burn what ails you right out of your system!

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Ughhh, sick as a dog. It started with a bad cough, then fever, and now has turned into powerful congestion. I haven’t even really wanted tea for the past couple of days. Drinking this in the hopes that the elderberries and other stuff in this will give me extra sick-fighting powers. I can hardly taste it, but what its still pretty tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

oh noes.. feel better!

yyz

Ditto! Hope it’s over quick!

JustJames

feel better!

Dexter

Sounds like you’re on phase three – hope that’s the end of it and you’ll feel better soon. :))

Dustin

I feel your pain! I got hit hard with sickness this winter. Hope it clears up quickly for you!

Angrboda

Sounds similar to what we had, only in a different order. Fever and congestion for four days, now coughing and coughing and coughing.

Dinosara

Thanks guys. Here’s hoping my nasal passages open up soon!

Tea Sipper

I hope you feel better!

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drank Champagne Rosé by Lupicia
2007 tasting notes

I got this tea as a sample in my last Lupicia newsletter and I remembered to save it until today. Happy new year!

When I see the name of this tea I think it’s going to be champagne and roses, but it’s not. I guess I need to try Butiki’s champagne and rose cream. The sachet smelled like strawberry candy, but it mellowed a bit once steeped. The strawberry flavor is nice but I don’t get champagne from this at all. There is maybe a hint of dryness that reminds me of champagne. Overall decent but I’m not in love.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

Happy 2014!

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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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