2007 Tasting Notes

87
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
2007 tasting notes

Sipdown, 133.

After working my way through an ounce or so of this, I can’t make up my mind about it. Some days I have it and I’m in love. It’s sweet, it’s malty, it has a hint of chocolate. Other days it’s yunnan earthiness is stronger and I’m less in love. It’s always very tasty, though; what I can’t make up my mind about is whether I want more of it. For now, I don’t think so, although that’s not to say it won’t make its way back into my cupboard eventually.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

that’s how i felt about that one most of the time

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85

Sipdown, 134. I actually sipped this one down the other day but completely forgot to log it!

I do like this one a lot, in part because the jasmine is so inobtrusive. Sometimes you don’t want to be drinking a bouquet of flowers (for many of you that is all of the time, but for me it is only sometimes). This is light and fresh and green, with some sweet snap pea notes to it. The kind of jasmine green I would want for an everyday jasmine tea, if my stash ever got low enough that I needed such a thing. Glad to have gotten a chance to try this sample! Thanks Teavivre!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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92

Sipdown, 135. Sooo sad to see this one go out of my cupboard, but I know it will be back eventually in there eventually.

Not that I wanted to hasten its departure, but today I brewed this one with the whole sample pack since I have done that with some other black teas from Teavivre and wanted to see how it turned out. Delicious, of course! Less sweet and caramelly, though, so I think I prefer my usual, slightly weaker infusion. This one will be coming back, perhaps around the holidays!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one is such a great kick-in-the-pants morning tea!

Sil

my cupboard is envious…

Dinosara

Haha Sil, but your cupboard is going to blow mine up soon…

Sil

i dunno about “blow up” but i’ll see if i can make it a bit bigger haha so that i have time to catch up to you

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82

Sipdown, 136. Thanks again to Teavivre for this sample.

I really enjoyed this one today. It was floral and sweet, with thick, rich osmanthus flavor. I also like that it’s not all osmanthus and I can taste the vegetal notes of the base, but the osmanthus is definitely the main even. One of the better osmanthus oolongs I’ve had.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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87

Sipdown, 137. Another delicious offering from Teavivre. This tea is nicely floral and fruity, with a nice amount of authenic peach flavor. It doesn’t stick out as hugely flavored, but it also is distinctly peachy. When I was smelling the dry leaf earlier it was really reminding me of being at the farmer’s market and smelling all the lovely fresh fruits. Sad that peach season is over!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Faith

This sounds amazing!

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90
drank Royal Wedding by Harney & Sons
2007 tasting notes

Sipdown, 138. I am sad to see this one go, but I also have had it for quite a long time. I won’t rush out to buy more but I will definitely restock once my cupboard settles down even further.

I love the coconut-almond-vanilla blend of this, which creamy and sweet and delicious. I also love this one cold-steeped, and it always turns out wonderfully. Definitely a yummy tea!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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83

Sipdown, 139. I really need to make some (figurative) room in my cupboard because I am about to have a bomb of oolongs from Teavivre dropped on me soon. I figured I should try to get through this last batch of teas that they sent me, so that’s the goal for the next few days.

I’ve tried this one with my western black tea methods (2tsp, 12oz water, 3 minutes) at the recommended steep temp, and a pseudo-gongfu method, which is the whole sample pouch for a shorter period of time. I find this one yields similar results for me in each method. Even though it’s a Fujian tea, it has some earthy-potatoey Yunnan-like notes to it. There’s a hint of grains like I might expect from a Fujian, but also a very slight cocoa-powder note. All in all I definitely enjoy this tea, and it seems to be a great example of a golden monkey. Now if I loved golden monkeys, I’m sure this tea would be at the top of my list.

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

I think I am anticipating the same oolong bomb :D

Stephanie

Me too, yay oolongs soon!

keychange

Hey dinosara, is it you who has the gooseneck bonavida kettle? (I thought it was kittenna, but turns out she doesn’t have it, so I thought it might be you LOL).

Dinosara

Yes, I have the Bonavita Gooseneck!

keychange

Oh perfect! I knew it was one of the people I’m following. Do you love it? is it perfect? Is there anything about it you don’t like?

Stephanie

I have one too and I love it. I don’t really have any complaints, either.

keychange

Oh thanks, Stephanie. I think it’ll be my kettle of choice, especially because it seems to be both small and accurate. Do you like the spout?

Dinosara

I do love mine. I wish it had a bell or something to indicate when it reaches the set temperature, but I love that I don’t have to worry about it too much because I can just hit “hold” and it will hold the water at that temp until I remember to go check on it. I like the spout, especially for gongfu as it has a very precise pour. It does take a while if you are filling a large teapot (but I pretty much never do that).

keychange

Wonderful. I think I’ll get itt!

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90

My heart is with the people of Kenya and those affected by the Westgate Mall attacks. Today I chose this tea in their honor.

Nasikitika sana.

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62

This tasting note is more a pouting note. I bumped into my Lupicia handy cooler today while it was drying and it smashed on the ground and shattered. :( :( :( I literally use it every day to make iced tea for lunch. I had to go and buy a replacement right away. Still so sad.

This was the last thing I cold steeped in it, but unfortunately it wasn’t successful. Sometimes flavored whites come out bitter and overdone even just overnight. I guess I’ll try it for a shorter time… Eventually.

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96
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
2007 tasting notes

You know, I have gotten to the point with my dissertation that I can actually take the time to write tasting notes again. Turns out that once it’s written and sent off for comments, there’s a lot of waiting around to do.

While I’ve been writing and not posting notes, I have been slowly working on pushing through some older teas and going back to old favorites that I haven’t had in a long time mostly because I get focused on samples and sipdowns. This fits the old favorites category, although it’s not really that old of a tea. A nice morning Earl to start the day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Woohoo! Sounds like a load off…but I bet waiting for comments is nervewrecking

ifjuly

congrats on getting over a big hurdle!

Joshua Smith

Congrats, I hope you get a lot of positive responses!

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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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