2031 Tasting Notes

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Hmmm, I could have sworn I wrote a tasting note about my first session with this tea. But it’s not on the page. My earlier sessions of it were light and floral, without much roasting. This one was different, but maybe I’m remembering wrong? It’s hard to say now.

Sipdown, 117. Hmmmm. This one is way more roasty than the previous two packages I had of this. Miss-packaged, perhaps? However, I can’t complain because this cup is DELICIOUS. Wow, yum. It is sweet and almost bready. Reminds me a bit of a slightly sweet challah. Could this actually be the Moderately-Roasted Dong Ding that I loved so much just the other day in cold brew? Maybe I am falling in love with lightly roasted oolongs, haha.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Mmm, challah. Nice description.

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80
drank Oriental by Mariage Frères
2031 tasting notes

Sipdown, 118. This one turned out to be a good one to finish up via cold brew. This brew in particular came out really well. The flavors are nicely balanced and the result is overall slightly sweet in the aftertaste. The last MF tea in my stash!

Preparation
Iced

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78

More backlogs. Guess it’s the new norm for me.

Holy crap its cold in my office. No heat, yay! I submitted a work order so hopefully they will fix it soon.

With the conservative parameters this tea is much smoother but possibly a little weak. I might bump it to two minutes and see how it goes. Still, this is light years better than my first attempt. It is fruity and slightly sweet, with a light floral note hanging around the edges. There’s not a ton of flavors here, again because I think it’s a bit weak, but it is promising. I have a few more servings to play around with in the next two weeks.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
2031 tasting notes

Sipdown, 119. New teas in, including this month’s blends club, and this one is exiting. This continues to be quite tasty! I have a hard time remembering what it tastes like between sessions, but then when I brew it again I am pleased all over again. I think because it is such an amalgamation of flavors that it is hard to pick out. I definitely enjoyed my package of this one.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Black Dragon Pearls by Teavana
2031 tasting notes

Sipdown, 116. Can’t say I’m super sad to see these go. They were fairly unimpressive black dragon pearls, as these things go. No matter what I did to them I couldn’t get that much flavor out of them, or if I steeped them a long time it was just bitter. Ah well, I’m looking forward to restocking my stash with Teavivre’s pearls, which are amazing!

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

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87

The third of the teas from Easy Tea Hard Choice that I ordered with the $20 credit they provided. I used my very conservative steep times/temps that I figured out from the other black teas. The liquor of this is relatively pale for a black tea but it already smells robust enough for me. Very fruity, but without that weird stomach-turning astringency that they get when over steeped.

This one is my favorite so far, definitely. It’s fruity but not overly fruity, and not particularly floral. There is a slight caramel note as well, which I love. Not astringent at all, smooth and slightly sweet. I still have to try the Red Rhythm again at better parameters but I definitely prefer this one to the Red Jade.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

Had this one western style today. This definitely goes to show how much I prefer TGYs to Taiwanese high mountain oolongs. There is just a richness to TGYs; a bass note behind the florals that gives it more heft than the lightness of the high mountain varieties. When it comes to TGYs this one is a little more subdued and less sweet than my preference, although I do love the strong floral orchid notes that really come out in the aftertaste. This is quite a nice one, and I’m definitely enjoying my cup of it today.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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92

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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85

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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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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