1994 Tasting Notes

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Argh! Steepster is, for some reason, being blocked on my work network. It was on Friday and it still is today. Lame. Don’t they realize how much I need my Steepster fix?? I can still look at it on my phone over LTE, haha. So here are some backlogs from today.

I over leafed this one a bit this morning, but it just goes to show you how awesome and forgiving this tea is. There is a hint of astringency but overall it is still very smooth and delicious. I have no problem drinking the rest of my cup down. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Continuing the oolong theme…

This one surprised me. As I was steeping the first few steeps, and then tasting them, my first thought was, “are you sure this isn’t a sheng?” It had a woody, slightly earthy, slightly mineral scent and flavor, and just a sheng-yness. Must be the aging. As the steeps progressed its TGY character started coming out, with a hint of florals.

This is interesting but not my favorite because of that aging… I’m just not going to love anything that really reminds me of puerh. I’ll have to try this a couple of different ways to see how it plays out in different ways.

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Sipdown, 117. Cold brew. Um, this one is AH-mazing cold brewed. I cold brewed it on a whim because I often like roast oolongs cold brewed, although I often only have that in the context of a flavored tea. Well apparently I need to cold brew unflavored roasty oolongs more often because this was so good. The roastiness is quite low in the cold brew, almost to the point of the taste of roasted vegetables instead of a true toastiness. It is way more floral when cold brewed, which is a plus to me (although not to some people haha). Delish, all around.

Preparation
Iced
Stephanie

Nice. I’ll have to try that with a roasty oolong since I’m picky about them :)

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88

Wow, I was bad about logging teas yesterday. Anyway, I drank this one, sipdown, 118.

As I have mentioned before, this one is a really lovely dragonwell-style green tea. Very buttery, sweet, nutty, and some interesting vegetal notes that are far from a generic green tea. Very very enjoyable.

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I always feel guilty whenever I have one of my reserve teas western-style. But the fact is that I always prefer my black teas to be western steeped. There is something about combining all of those flavors into one cup that I love. So I brewed up some of this western style this morning, no regrets.

This was quite delicious, no surprise. Malt, grain, a bit of brown sugar. Smooth smooth smooth, with a nice substantial texture. There is almost a bit of earthy hay to this, which is a flavor I typically associate with Yunnan teas. Jin jun meis are not my favorite Fujian tea (a superb tan yang is more likely to blow my mind), but I do enjoy this one quite a bit.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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94
drank Black Buckwheat Tea by Tiger Line
1994 tasting notes

Sipdown, 119. This is most definitely a reorder, even though I know it’s probably going to mean an order from ali express. So delicious! It’s tough to find tisanes for the evening that I actually love and would want to drink any time, and this is definitely one of those teas. So glad Sil sent this one along!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

yay!

Stephanie

Buckwheat tea is awesome :)

Mercuryhime

Yeah this was a tasty tea. I should check out stores in Chinatown next time I’m there

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85
drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1994 tasting notes

Sipdown, 120. Sil posted earlier about making a matcha milkshake and I couldn’t get it off my mind. So I used the rest of this matcha and made a strong matcha milkshake. It was perhaps too strong… The almond flavor in this is already excessive (the highest level), and I put a lot in (it didn’t look green enough, haha!). So there’s just a hint of almost alcoholic flavoring compound to this that doesn’t usually show up when a reasonable amount of matcha is used. Still, I slurped it down quickly. Mmmm.

Sil

sooo good! haha

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Drool…jealous

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90

I read through my previous note for this one and I really think I don’t have much else to say about it. That was a very thorough note, haha. I will say that I am going to rate this one now because it is really quite lovely. Tons of marshmallowy sweetness. If there is still some of this around when I make my end-of-November order, I will likely include some.

Stephanie

I want it!

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80
drank Oriental by Mariage Frères
1994 tasting notes

A while ago I cold steeped this but then declared that I preferred it hot to cold, so I never tried to cold brew it again. Howeer, I was curious so I decided to go for it, and as it turns out, it is quite good cold. Perhaps it was just a better batch this time. And the cold brew has officially brought this one down into the sipdownable category, so yay.

Preparation
Iced

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
1994 tasting notes

Sipdown, 121. I cold brewed the rest of this tea… I didn’t quite have enough of it for my usual cold brew amount so I combined it with some rhubarb vanilla tea from IKEA that I am trying to drink up via cold brew. Perfect, rhubarb and rhubarb!

This was super delicious. Although it was only one small part with the combined blend, the strawberry really came through in the tea and was very juicy and sweet. The rhubarb provided a nice tartness and the vanilla rounded things out. Yum!

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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.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
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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