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53 Tasting Notes

drank Formosa Jade Oolong by RiverTea
53 tasting notes

I haven’t reviewed a tea for a while. I don’t have a kettle at my new job but I do have a rather fancy coffee machine so I’ve been drinking and experimenting with coffee much more. Besides that, Perth is quite hot and my air conditioner can’t cope so it has been G&Ts all summer long here.

I had this tea sent to be me rivertea late last year when I won it in a competition. Like all the teas they sent me it arrived in beautiful packaging and has been pleasant to drink. It is a lovely drink with enjoyable sweet floral notes and although it might not have the complexity for some high grade oolongs, I don’t need to feel guilty about drinking it on an ordinary day.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Eros by Mariage Frères
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I am drinking this brewed hot and poured over ice today. I made it a bit weaker than I usually do for hot brewed iced tea, four teaspoons to 1.5 litres, but I think it is just about perfect. I find the lighter flavour really refreshing and the colour is beautiful.

I upped my rating a little too because I have enjoyed it more iced. Yum!

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drank Eros by Mariage Frères
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I went off florals for a while after struggling to get through some very intense examples but haven’t had one in my cupboard for a while so was very pleased to receive this as a gift. I’ve also never tried a MF tea before either so was really excited to try it.

Sometimes I find floral teas a bit soapy but this is a fruity floral so manages to avoid that. There is no mistaking that you are drinking flowers but it also manages some restraint and isn’t overwhelming. I think the description on the box of “a tea for lovers” is wonderful too, though I could also see it as “a tea for a ladies craft circle” which also happens to be my kind of crowd haha.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pi Lo Chun by T2
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This one surprised me, I didn’t expected to to be at all so fruity. I’d gobbled down some dark chocolate right before I started sipping too and usually find that chocolate will overpower delicate green teas but I could taste this one right away. So far I’m really enjoying it but will save the ranking for a chocolate free session :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
TheSurfinSipper

One of my faves!

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No coffee shops were open this morning and since I don’t have a coffee machine my caffeine cravings were pretty out of control. I went rummaging through my tea stash for a black tea when I came across a sample of this that Sil sent me.

I’m really enjoying it. It has a nice rich flavour, some delicious chocolate notes and holds up well when consumed with left over christmas shortbread. When I get myself organised and place a Verdant order this will almost certainly be on my list.

Merry Christmas everyone :)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for Zhu Rong!

Sil

Woohohoo!

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We are into 40ºC+ days here and it is far too hot for tea. I’ve switched to gin and tonics and with a stretch of the imagination they are almost like a tea… right? Gin is really just botanicals infused in alcohol and tonic water is the same but with water?

I need to get my iced tea jug going again but if I have to be honest, I much prefer other chilled [read: alcoholic] drinks to iced tea.

Sil

Make tea Infused alcohol! :)

TheSurfinSipper

Long Island Iced Tea? (I have to say I prefer a GnT thought) although I did also once have an incredible Earl Grey Martini…

Kiki Libertine

Pomegranate tea daiquiris. But I’ve never been one for the classics.

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This is the first of the teas I won in RiverTea’s pre-launch promotion.

I’ve had a few cups of this now, brewed both western and gongfu style, and have enjoyed it. I’m no Tie Guan Yin expert but I’d happily drink this tea again.

I’ve decided to hold back on a rating until I know what the price point is because I factor ‘value’ into my ratings and RiverTea are yet to make their prices public. Like I mentioned above, I’m a bit of a Tie Guan Yin novice, but I’ve still formed an idea in my mind of where I think the price might be for this tea and it will be interesting to see if I’m right when the store is launched.

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I had this cold brewed today with milk and maple syrup because I was too lazy to make up a simple syrup. It needed sweetening but perhaps that was because my 6 hour brew turned into 8/9 hours when I went to pick my parents up from the airport and their plane was delayed…

I liked it a lot better than hot. I still feel like it is lacking something. Maybe it just isn’t for me.

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I started a new job this week and my workplace doesn’t have a kettle (what?!) so I’ve not been drinking too much tea, mostly coffee. I did an overnight cold brew of this though and it is delicious, like sunshine in a cup.

I’d never cold brewed a darjeeling before but it worked really well. I left it a bit longer than I usually would because I slept in and it is really interesting to get the flavour of a darjeeling that strong without the astringency.

SFTGFOP

Do you know what year the Darjeeling is from? Good luck and congratulations on your new job.

alice

I think it is last years but I can’t remember. The tea centre cycles their Darjeeling offerings seasonally so what is available is generally reasonably fresh.

SFTGFOP

That’s good. I always drank their tea in the shop (In the CBD) in Sydney. I really wished I had just bought their tea and drunk it at home!

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Another tea from Sil (Thank you!) and I agree that this has a lot of similarities to Laoshan Black.

So far I’m enjoying this one more than the black tea. There was a strong aroma of roasted potato in the Laoshan Black that was a bit overpowering for me and it doesn’t seem to be so predominant here.

I’ve decided not to rank this tea because I feel that if I was drinking it in cool weather that I’d probably be ranking it much higher, it seems like a perfect warm cozy cup. We are well into 30ºC+ days now and I find the light floral flavours of green style oolongs much more appealing in this weather. That is hardly this teas fault though and it is delicious.

I only had a sample of this one but if it comes back for sale I’ll try to grab some to stash aside for cool nights.

Sil

So glad you liked it. :) If you need me to be a verdant tea mule for you, feel free to let me know

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