2035 Tasting Notes

85

This is a quick note as I drank this while taking care of a lot of things… going out of town for a conference tomorrow! So again a halt on sipdowns, sigh.

Anyway, this was really nice. I am really enjoying these roasty green oolongs more and more, especially when they are nice and bready like this one. A touch sweet, especially when cool/cold. I should try cold brewing this because I think I would really like it iced.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
El Monstro

I got a bunch of their oolong samples when they were having the sale, looking forward to trying this.

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81

I could tell from the instant that this was done brewing that I would not be into it as brewed. With the Red Rhythm tea from this company I had followed the provided steeping directions on the box, which were 5g/8oz water, boiling, 3 minutes. This time I went for 5-6g/12oz (which is still a bit high for me) 90°C, 3 minutes. I think I need to go for less leaf or way less time, or both.

This is one of those teas that smells astringent. It has a particular scent that I encounter in black teas sometimes that just kind of turns my stomach. Taste is bitter and astringent. Definitely need to brew this one differently.

Ok, take two, because I have the time and I’m curious. Less leaf (3g? I eyeballed it), less time (1 minute). It still has a bit of that stomach-turning astringency smell, but not so much of it. Now it also has a fruity and floral scent. This is much better. Now it is pretty sweet and fruity.

Definite raisin notes, as well as a rich, cooked-fruitiness like jam. There is a hint of astringency, but it is almost like the fruity astringency of grapefruit. I still don’t love the tea because it’s fruity-floral in a way that doesn’t quite suit me. But I am still so glad I tried this one like this because it is a lot better and I am much more pleased with my experience.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dexter

I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one who likes black teas steeped at a lower temp. 90 C for black seems about right for me.
I am not happy to hear that this is astringent even with the lower temp. I have all three of these blacks and haven’t tried any of them yet. LOL may let you play with it, once your find your perfect steep parameters let me know. :))

K S

I tend to use about 3g/12oz especially with new tea. Though the dryness of astringency doesn’t bother me, my stomach can’t handle some black teas especially Assam.

Dinosara

I updated the note with a new steep of it. I was using more leaf than I usually would as directed by the company, but this is one of those cases where that was a bad idea. With less leaf and less time (and still a lower temp) this is a much nicer tea.

ashmanra

I often do my black teas at 203F just to be on the safe side. Astringent tea makes my stomach very angry.

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69

Sipdown, 133. Maybe I should have drank this first this morning, but after the deliciousness that was Paul et Virginie this one was a big no for me. Bleh. I wanted to write a more thorough review of this but that isn’t happening. This is definitely not the yunnan for me; I prefer them less earthy and more sweet potato-y.

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

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88
drank Paul & Virginie by Dammann Freres
2035 tasting notes

Sipdown, 134. It’s always a sad day when a Dammann tea gets sipped down.

I overleafed this but it still turned out amazing, as I have often found with Dammann. They are hard to mess up! This one is lovely with it’s red fruits and caramel. An eventual reorder, perhaps!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Earl of Grey by The Tea Spot
2035 tasting notes

Note for posterity: do NOT cold brew this one. The liquorice root, which provides a light sweetness when brewed hot, became sweet in a gross way when cold brewed. Sickeningly sweet, really. I could only drink half my bottle, and only because I was drinking it with lunch.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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87

Sipdown, 135. So glad to get another sample of this from Teavivre because even though I’ve tried it before, I really like it! Also it’s always nice to have teas you haven’t tried in a while to reassess your love of a tea.

This one definitely has more of a buttery/creamy smell to it than the Yezi Jin Xuan I just had. It also has quite a distinct taste from other Taiwanese oolongs, namely it isn’t as floral and has more of a creamy character that grows with each sip, and a very light sweetness playing around the edges. Still really enjoy this one, and it’s still my favorite Jin Xuan so far.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Jin Xuan Oolong Tea by Yezi Tea
2035 tasting notes

Sipdown, 136. I’m having this one in close succession with Teavivre’s Jin Xuan (unflavored) as a comparsion, since I happen to have both on hand. I have had mixed success with jin xuans, although mostly I don’t find them super interesting. I do love Teavivre’s however, and I’m often interested to try new ones.

This one, unfortunately, is kind of boring. Vegetal and slightly floral, but pretty much lacking the creaminess that I expect from jin xuan. Well, the texture is fairly silky and smooth, but it’s not there in the flavor. This tastes more like a generic green Taiwanese oolong to me. A decent tea, but not my favorite.

Love the two black teas that I got from Yezi but I am less enthralled with this one. So it goes!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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80

Thanks to Sil for this sample. Almond is one of my favorite flavors so I always take the opportunity to try and almond tea, although I have only found a few that meet my fairly high standards.

This one is pretty good. I would say it’s more truffle (chocolate) than almond, but there is still a distinct nutty almond flavor to it. Particularly in the aftertaste, I get the sensation that I just ate an almond truffle. The chocolate is a dark chocolate flavor and is nicely done so that it is almost natural-tasting, at least in the initial sip. This reminds me a bit of my beloved Chocolate Almond Allure, but without the caramel notes. Pretty tasty overall.

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

Mmmm, I really need to drink my sample of this!

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90

When I first started drinking this one it was a bit underwhelming. I mean, it was tasty enough, but not overwhelmingly awesome. But then it became overwhelmingly awesome as it cooled. Sooooo naturally sweet, like honey and caramel. And despite Yezi’s description of this tea, not a hint of bitterness. A super smooth and delicious chocolatey tea. I am definitely pleased with my selection of this one! I honestly drank up the cup so quickly (and while working) that I didn’t really pay super close attention to it. But I will with my next cup and try to write a more detailed review. This one may have to go on my to-reorder list!

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

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83

Thanks to Teavivre for a sample of this tea. I am excited to try Teavivre’s new Taiwanese high mountain oolongs; this one I had a gongfu session with this afternoon.

The first steep was light and floral, slightly buttery and a hint of sugary sweetness. In the second and third steeps, more of the vegetal flavor came out, spinachy and generally leafy. Also the sweetness abated, leaving mostly floral and vegetal. As I have noticed with Taiwanese high mountain oolongs in the past, this is crisp and clean, without the really buttery and fruity notes that characterize tieguanyins. I tried each steep then dumped the remainder into one cup to drink later. It’s more floral and a touch sweeter when all are combined, but otherwise pretty similar to the individual steeps. This is a very nice example of these high mountain oolongs, nicely fresh and floral.

Also I had only one pack of this so sipdown, 137. Thanks again to Teavivre for the sample.

TeaVivre

This tea is grown in the area at the altitude of 2500 meters, in which the climate is cold and forests grow well. Thus the tea leaves carry a natural scent of flower and fruit. After brewed, the tea liquid is clean, bright and light, with high and strong floral aroma, refreshing and fragrant; has obvious sweet aftertaste and long-lasting flavor.

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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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