1438 Tasting Notes

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drank Yogurt Strawberry by Tsaa
1438 tasting notes

Sipdown!! I could really use more of those. This one does not age well. I got hardly any flavour considering that I used nearly double what I normally do.
Also, I know I logged this one in my cupboard because it was during a steepster outage and I had to come back for that, and I nearly spilled my tea when the page finally refreshed. I remember that because Dad commented that I didn’t want yogurt on my keyboard (he thought that was so funny!).
Anyhow, how is it that it isn’t inventoried? hmmm?!

Sil

sounds decent, though it appears as though a few teas from tsaa don’t age well..

Indigobloom

Sad but true. Alot of their stuff is organic, so there is less there to preserve it. Plus, most of them I didn’t have a tin for. I really need some tins heh

Kittenna

Oh no! I better drink mine too :(

Indigobloom

good idea. I found it was a teeny bit plastic like, more than it was before!

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Thanks to Mark B for this sample!!
Pretty sure I underleafed the cup as I had a hard time getting much flavour.
There were some honeyed sweet tones, some mild brothy notes, and an even milder vegetal aspect that was very hidden underneath. Next time, I’ll try more leaf in the infuser!

Kittenna

Yeah, I tend to dump a lot of leaves in my infuser now, as I prefer a stronger flavour. I keep it to about a 1 min infusion at 82C, as well.

Indigobloom

Yeah I had it at one minute but went in for more after finding the lack of flavour. Plus I have to guess at temp! (thermometer doesn’t reach the bottom so leaves most of the rod exposed and gives off an inaccurate reading)

Kittenna

What sort of thermometer? Most have the sensor right at the tip. I use my meat thermometer (as you may remember seeing previously :D)

Indigobloom

One I bought at Davids eons ago. I did a test once, using a really tall glass vs one of my mugs. Not entirely controlled since there was more liquid in the glass, but it gave a much higher temp reading almost immediately, up to 96 I think it was, whereas when I use my mug it never reads above 91!
Though it occurred to me later that I didn’t pour the water overtop of the thermometer, which I haven’t tried yet.

Kittenna

I wonder if it’s because the mug sucked more of the heat out of the water than the glass. My mom has a DT one, and yeah, it never hits over about 91 in her mug, but that’s just because of heat loss. If she nuked the mug + water, I’m sure it would read boiling. I don’t think a great deal of the probe needs to be in the water. I mean, as much as possible is certainly better! But a cm or two is probably ok.

Indigobloom

hmmm I thought about that to! but keep forgetting to test it. I really should one of these days!! I mean, I’ve heard about people warming up their mugs first so that the water is true temp and not skewed by heat suckage

Kittenna

Yeah. I used to microwave all my water, so it was always truly boiling when I made teas requiring boiling water. Now I use a kettle, and don’t bother heating the mugs. For teas that need boiling, I just pop in the infuser immediately. For teas that need ~90, I wait maybe 10 seconds before putting in the infuser, and for teas that need ~80, I use my thermometer (because different mugs/water volumes take different times to reach 80, and usually teas requiring that temp are finicky!)

Indigobloom

Yah that’s how I do it mostly, but I found that in the heat of summer things work a bit differently! heh.
I know I should use the thermometer more… I will, eventually! :)

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72

Green tea, very deep, vegetal green tea! That is all I could really pick out, except for a side note of artichoke.
Thanks to whomever sent me the sample. I had it noted down but the tape was pulled off when sorting.

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94
drank Ceylon Osmanthus by Kally Tea
1438 tasting notes

Slight bitter note at the beginning of my sip. Milk and sugar fixed that right up though. Good as ever.
Without additives, never go beyond 3 min.

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93

Funny story…
Dad asked me to make him a cup of tea. I chose this! as I had a feeling he’d like it. Turns out he did but that’s all I could get out of him in terms of description. I usually get: it was “not my thing” “ok”, “good” or “pretty good”.
Anyhow, here’s how our conversation went.
Dad: We’re having sweet potato fries with dinner. Hope that’s ok! I know you like them… (As he is about to take his first sip)
Me: You know that tea is…
Dad: Flavoured like sweet potatoes?
Me: Yeah. How did you know…
Dad: Lucky guess

I’ve been shaking my head about it all day! In between resteeps that is.

Bonnie

He’s got your number!

Indigobloom

It was too funny Bonnie, I now have a forever memory attached to this tea!

Bonnie

That’s a good thing!

Indigobloom

Agreed! I

ashmanra

I miss my dad! He drank so much iced tea, and when he was having ulcer problems he would add milk to his sweet iced tea and call it “tilk.” I was just thinking the other day about how much tea he drank, and wondering if he would have liked trying these teas with me, or would he just have been shocked at how many kinds there are! I miss him more every year…

Bonnie

Me too. I made him rootbeer floats.

Kittenna

Ahaha, ashmanra, I read that as ‘shocked at how many kids there are’, and was thinking that you only have two (or three?), and that it’s not that many! Then I caught my mistake.

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77
drank Toffee and Cream by Kally Tea
1438 tasting notes

Aha! shorter infusions work so much better here. 2-2.5 min. Yup, makes all the difference in th “pop” factor. Bumping my rating a few points.

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85

Backlog!!

Fannings? More like ctc! phew, that is what I was hoping for.
My cup was nice and dark. Inky black. And full of depth! Wouldn’t wanna go swimming in that… (what dark creatures lie beneath?!)
It tasted very earthy, mossy, and a little like soil… err, in a good way. Trust me, it was pleasant even if it doesn’t sound as if it was! Next time, I’ll do a fast rinse. I didn’t this time because I was worried about losing the tiny little particles but there was a teeny tiny bit of fishiness so I’ll see if there is a big difference in quality between my rinse vs non-rinse experiences.
Second steep was more like a light coffee. Oh how I miss coffee. Could this be a suitable alternative? I think so.
Third steep edged more into the bready/vanilla zone. I didn’t have time for more but I can see where it was going anyhow.

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81
drank Coconut Oolong by Tsaa
1438 tasting notes

Once again it was lacking a little on the third steep but not as much as the last time I had a cup. Next time… more leaf, shorter infusions!

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I’m a little puzzled, this was a great tea but I’m not getting much of what anybody else is noticing.
It’s a bit claylike, with that drying sensation I get with wines sometimes. Reminds me of grapes in some ways! but certainly not of an oolong.
There is also a hard hitting bitter note towards the end of the sip, and a mild honey sweetness. All of this is overshadowed by the essence of something smokey, though I don’t actually taste any smoke, its more of a texture thing.
The second infusion really picks up on the honey aspect and balances out the clay. Light Pu-erh meets Dragonwell. Yum :)
Many thanks to Raritea for this sample, I quite enjoyed my cup!

Kashyap

strange as this sounds…try a ‘pour over’ technique….if you don’t have a pour over and a paper filter but do have a fine mesh strainer (like from a tetsubin or Asian market), just add the same amount you would expect for the serving (3g per 6-8oz) and pour the water through the strainer with the tea in it allowing only for the time it takes to pour through….visit here for an example of a Sri Lankan version of the idea https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=436697979744696&set=a.436697746411386.1073741831.435275026553658&type=3&theater

Indigobloom

ah if I had more than a sample I might have tried that! ah well. Thx for the idea!

Butiki Teas

Indigobloom-I think it depends on how you prepared it. This tea can handle a variety of different brewing parameters. I’ve noticed green qualities at 160F, oolong at 180F, and black tea qualities at boiling. The tea also seems to have different notes at each temperature.

Indigobloom

aha, that makes more sense. I went with boiling on the third infusion and that was a trip! some sips it was almost black, others definitely green

Butiki Teas

Interesting. Its a very flexible tea.

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81

Mum is leaving for Florida today. Without me. So I needed something that reminded me that there are warmer days ahead!
I’m shocked to discover that this is really hitting the spot. At first sip, I noticed an icky plastic taste… So I added a 3/4 tsp of sugar and pow! deeeelicious. Resteep will be iced.
That said, I’ll leave the rating as is, because a) I don’t crave this type of flavour often (err given my love n hate thing I have going on with coconut) and b)in this first infusion I’m not getting any white tea flavour at all. Bah. I’m loving the cup right now, and that is all that really matters right! slurrrrrrrp

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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