77 Tasting Notes

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
77 tasting notes

Not feeling it this morning.

Maybe with some milk and sugar but that’s no excuse for a tea. It tastes bitter and even though I felt like I underbrewed it a tad

Going to toss the rest of this cup. Life’s to short for tea that isn’t delightful.

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Ah my baptism of the Takeya Flash Chill Tea Maker. But I didn’t even flash chill it. I was a wimp and cold brewed because that’s how I always make my ice teas. Now reading the reviews I see I should have saved the bag and done a second hot brew and tried out the flash chill method.

Well there’s plenty more SBT where that came from!

I like this flavor because it reminds me of the lemon lime cheesecake honeybush blend that was my all time favorite 52teas cheesecake blend.

I cold brewed for about 14ish hours, maybe even 16. I was worried I overdid it but it tastes amazing. All citrus tanginess. More of a lemon lime than a key lime but still super refreshing and highly recommended.

Preparation
Iced

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I went to the orthopedist this morning for my shoulder and the first thing out of his mouth was, “well we could do surgery” EEEEEKKK luckily he followed it up by saying he’d prefer to do PT and cortisone shots along with NSAIDs for now. Me too!

But now I hurt from his poking prodding and manipulating. Normally I’d go for a standard comfort tea but my shame at seeing the number of samples sitting in my cupboard unreviewed overtook me and luckily this was a nice choice for something light.

Now onto the tea—Fruity! Peachy and light. Very green tasting. My first Darjeeling in a very long time. I’ve forgotten what they tasted like so I don’t know what to compare it to.

The site said to use boiling water that had cooled for 3-5 minutes. I want to know what temp! I guessed 195 and well it tasted good so that’s something?

ETA held up to a second steep nicely. I had no idea if I should try or not but figured worse case I wasted 6oz of water. Steeped for about 3-3.5 minutes. Lighter flavor but more fruity than grassy this time.

Flavors: Grass, Peach

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Single Origin Teas

Auch sorry! I’ve heard that I need to put more exact brewing instructions from several people. In my head I just see everyone making the tea to their own preferred standards. But now that I think about it I should definitely put up some better guidelines for people to go off of.

Sounds like if you got the peachy taste you made it right! I would probably use water temperature anywhere from 185-210 (boiling). Its technically supposed to be a black tea, but it underwent such a light oxidation that when I drink it I treated it more like an oolong.

Cheri

Yeah, I’ve just been guessing on the SOT ones. I think suggestions are a good idea for people who don’t know where to start, but then people can play around from there.

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drank Classic Chai by Teajo Teas
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I can’t believe I got a sample of this and waited a year to review. I’m hanging my head in shame guys. This is what happens when you’re drowning in tea and always say you’ll write a review “later” .

This is my second to last serving. I wanted to make it proper style on the stovetop but then I realized that since we just moved I one—don’t have a proper pot, and two—have no sweetener. So I’m drinking it straight up.

It’s good. Not amazing but balanced spices and a solid foundation. This isn’t a fancy tea. It’s a no muss no fuss basic chai and it does it’s job well.

Frolic

Oops I forgot to mention it smelled super appley to me. Like I thought it was an apple cider tea at first wiff. There was definitely an apple note in the flavor as well.

This is what happens when I write tea reviews before I’ve properly woken up. I forget to actually mention the notes of the tea!

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drank Milk Oolong by Mandala Tea
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Wait a minute….

I haven’t reviewed this tea?

My favoritest comfort tea. My cuddle up in bed tea. My it’s been a dreadful day tea. My it’s been a wonderful day tea. My I need some tea tea.

This over site is glaring and I almost feel embarrassed.

But what can I say about this tea that hasn’t been said. It’s amazingly creamy without tasting artificially flavored. The creaminess lasts many infusions before gently transitioning into light fruityness(stone fruits) with a hint of floral.

This is the first time I was able to use my Zojirushi 4l (Thanks Garret for the steal!) with decent filtered water. I had a very disappointing cup of this tea while I was waiting for my filter to come in the mail. I knew it wouldn’t taste as good but I just couldn’t make myself wait. I wanted instant comfort! Well somethings need time and I need to learn some patients.

I am in heaven now. Simply heaven. A badly needed cup of comfort in a crazy world.

MzPriss

I need to try this one. A Mandala tea (Special Dark yo) is my comfort tea as well. It’s the equivalent of getting into my PJs no matter what is going on.

Frolic

You need too! It’s a snuggly tea for sure.

TheTeaFairy

It’s my favourite milk oolong EVERRR.
MzPriss, I can send you some :-)

Garret

Good water makes all the difference, doesn’t it?? Whenever a customer tells me that the same tea always tastes better in the shop than at home, it pretty much always comes down to water quality. RO, distilled (both devoid of minerals needed to draw flavor out of tea) leave a flat-tasting, one-dimensional flavor and aroma, too, is lacking. Chlorinated tap water will sap good flavor and has smell all its own. Always good to filter water. That is, unless you have the fortune of having your own artesian well bubbling up in your backyard :) Good carbon-based filter systems, some of which can be had for as little as $80 for a decent one are so worth the small investment if you don’t.

So happy that you are liking the milk oolong! And the Special Dark, yo!

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Oh god, I’ve been terrible at doing my writing up my reviews for samples. My goal is now to do one a day.

I’m really glad I waited on this one till I got my water filter. I think it would have been completely ruined by my tap water. It was actually quite delicate and sophisticated. I’m a bit zoned out right now so I didn’t get many specific notes. Just a general feeling of refined contentment.

I will try to add more useful information next tasting.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Just want to say cheers to this tea for still tasting good with my icky chlorinated water! I was getting depressed when some of my more delicate teas were completely ruined by it and thought I’d have to stick to flavored teas and tisanes completely but on a whim I brewed some of this up with lots of leaf and it’s kept me happy through several steepings!

So yay for new apartment! Yay for new beginnings! Booo for nasty water :(

I’m not going to rate it now cause I’m sure it’d taste even MORE yummy with good water but for now I’m a happy camper. I highly caffeinated happy camper but one none the less.

I’m waiting not so impatiently for my Golden Tips tea club order to come. It’s out for delivery so no more caffeine for me till it gets here :(

I might sneak in one of 52teas flavored whites or greens shhhhhh.

Marzipan

I read that you can boil water for 15 minutes to remove the chlorine.

Dexter

If it’s just chlorine, it will dissipate out of the water if left out over night. A pitcher on the counter overnight will have lost the majority of the taste/smell by morning….

Stephanie

Brita filters do wonders for chlorine taste as well :) We recently got the travel Brita filter bottles for our traveling tea and coffee needs!

MzPriss

I have a PUR filter on my sink spout and it works great. I got the device and the refills at Costco

Frolic

I think it’s more than just chlorine but I’m going to try leaving some out overnight until I can get a filter. I’ll report back.

If I end up getting a countertop one this is what I want http://www.amazon.com/MAVEA-1001125-Elemaris-Filtration-Pitcher/dp/B002U50QQQ/ref=sr_1_11?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1404754163&sr=1-11&keywords=water+filter It’s huge enough to fill my Zo a good ways and I like that it takes out the icky tasting stuff while leaving in the minerals. The design is also huge plus for me, I want the purple one.

I’ll check out the PUR. I"m not a huge Brita fan but they do the job in a pinch. I hate the charcoal floaties I always seem to get even after pre-soaking the filters and going through the first few fills.

I made a thread on water filtration on the general boards. You all need to go post there! This is valuable information that I’m sure other people need to. Tea is 99.99% water and if the water isn’t good the tea won’t be either.

I think people who think they don’t like tea don’t understand that. They use too hot(for greens, oolongs, and whites) bad water for the wrong amount of time on tea bags. No wonder it tastes bad!

OMGsrsly

Oh, they have an ORANGE filter! That is so awesome.

Frolic

Dexter— I think leaving the water out overnight helped.

But now I have this sneaking suspicion that my cat assumed open source of water simply meant really big water bowl for her, on the kitchen counter. Not because of anything in particular, just because of how well I know her.

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This is another sample from Just Organic.

I was whining about my last tea not being strong enough to wake me up. This wasn’t quite what I was looking for but I really wanted to sip something down especially before my kickstarter teas from Just Organic come. I was a bit meh on it(I swear all my samples were effected by some weird herbal scent/flavor that I’ve been bitching about in all of my Just Organic samples!)

I decided to add milk and sugar and that helped tremendously. Chai is the one tea I don’t fault for needing milk and sugar and this is lovely. I think it would be great made on the stovetop. I had to check my kickstarter order to see if I ordered any of this and it looks like I chose the pumpkin chai instead of this one.

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91
drank Jin Shuan by Teance
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Not quite feeling this tea this morning. I should have gone with something stronger.

My bursitis in my shoulder has gotten really bad to the point I only got a couple of hours of sleep last night so I’m feeling kinda crummy.

I mentioned using this as a cold steep when I move. Well I move tomorrow! I won’t have access to all my stuff from storage still monday and even then it’ll take forever to unpack, especially trying to protect my shoulder. I still haven’t decided where the Giant Cabinet of Teas(GCT) is going in the apartment yet. Better figure that out soon!

But so excited I’ll be able to have an address and access to all my teas so I can do swaps. I don’t even remember half the teas in my GCT are! It will be so nice to get reacquainted.

Ok enough about my move. Back to the tea. As it cools it’s tasting much better to me. No longer weak, just delicate. The fruitiness is like a juicy peach. Peaches and cream. The cream note isn’t as strong as like a milk oolong but it’s definitely noticeable.

I’m certainly making an assertive black for my next cup but starting to relax into this cup and enjoy it.

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Orchid, Peach, Stonefruits

mj

I wish I had a GCT! I have a shelf of tea right now

MzPriss

Good luck with your move

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I’m a long time tea addict since my british grandma started me on english breakfast tea as a toddler.

Since then I’ve branched out substantially. Right now I’m a big oolong fan. I love high mountain oolongs most but any high quality oolong is a treat.

Flavor wise I love vanilla and chocolate as well as stone fruits, whether they occur naturally or as flavorings. My tea stash is pretty much split 50/50 flavored and unflavored.

Oh and coconut! I’m constantly in search of the perfect coconut tea. If you have one or know one shoot me a message cause I’d love to know.

I love reading and knitting. They are my two other addictions besides tea. I think one can never really have too much tea, yarn, or books.

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