181 Tasting Notes

51
drank Rooibos by McNulty's
181 tasting notes

I need to lay off the after-dinner caffeine. This rooibos has been in a zip-lock bag in my real-life cupboard for a solid 7 or 8 months now, and the flavor and aroma are starting to mellow out. I’d normally add some chamomile (if I had any) and a drop or two of honey but I’m drinking it straight this time.

Steeped in my travel mug from Teas Etc. due to the fact that all my other tea-brewing vessels are in the dishwasher :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
takgoti

That travel mug is crazy amounts of handy.

Jack

It is! And the strainer mesh is just fine enough to keep the rooibos from getting through.

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68

I usually go for Chinese black teas in the morning (unless it’s chai) but out of the A&D Series Two showdown, I think I’d give the title belt to Thomas. I wish this had a little bit more natural sweetness, though I could see it as something that holds up well with a little milk and sugar.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Golden Spring by Adagio Teas
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I plowed right through my 3 oz. tin of this. It’s consistently been my morning tea maybe 85% of the days in the past couple months. It has all the characteristics of a solid morning black tea for me: not too light, not too strong either (though there are days when I can’t handle caffeine in the mornings), with just the right amount of natural sweetness. In fact, I think Adagio should change the name of this to ‘Goldilocks’, because it’s juuuust right. It’s definitely something I could see myself drinking every morning for quite some time (though in the interest of coming up with new things to write, I’m going to find another morning black and go with that for a while). In the end, I’m bumping my rating up a few points from when I first logged it, mainly because of its eminent dependability and drinkability.

On a side note, the Adagio 3oz. tins themselves are great! The stickers peel off easily and you rinse them out and reuse them without much hassle.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
kat

I LOVE this tea too! My morning staple every day. Can’t beat it.

Oolonga

The stickers peel off? Really? How come I didn’t think of that too?.. lol

kat

Btw, are you steeping yours twice? I was taught to only do blacks one time cuz there’s not enough uumph to do double steeps. But I’ve been plowing through mine every day and know that some do double steep their blacks…if you dont mind, what times are you steeping? I’ve been going 4min, then now 5min 2nd steep- still a bit weak for me but I so LOVE this tea that I’ll drink it anyway.

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drank Ancient Snow Sprout by Rishi Tea
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This tea’s definitely interesting. I don’t really know how to describe it yet. Kind of mellow, a little bit sweet, but that’s all I’ve been able to come up with so far. Rishi recommends using twice as many leaves for the same amount of water than you normally would, and also steeping it for 8 minutes. I need to try some other times to see what the difference is. Until then, verdict’s still out on this one…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 8 min or more

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96
drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Rishi Tea
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My friend Daniel has a theory about anything food-related: if the presentation and harmony of the colors looks appealing, it usually ends up tasting good too. I think this tea fits in very well with his theory.

The leaves, after you remove them from the pot, look beautiful. Bright green mint leaves on a bed of dark pu-erh, with a few smaller light brown pieces of spice and a couple twigs sprinkled on top. Kind of like someone took an oak tree and smushed it into the strainer.

Taste-wise it’s pretty mindblowing. The flavors are distinct too. First you taste the pu-erh and think “hmmm, maybe this needs to be sweeter”, then the vanilla comes in, says “hey guys, what’d I miss?” before the mint sneaks up from behind and leaves you with that fresh, just-brushed-my-teeth feeling.

Which usually means it’s time to take another sip.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Carolyn

My father says that the beauty of the food’s presentation is actually part of what we taste, so I think that Daniel’s theory has a lot to recommend it.

Mike

So this is it, huh? Your top rated tea? Interesting.

Let’s just say this one may have jumped a little higher on my shopping list…

Jack

Until I have something even more addictive, yes! Lately I’ve been in a less-caffeine kind of mode, so that may play a factor into the rating…

Auggy

Pu-erh scares me but this does sound tempting…

takgoti

Ugh, I really need to put another Rishi order through soon.

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88

I picked up a tin of this when I put in my Steepster Select indie sampler order. This is only the second Gyokuro I’ve ever had, so I don’t have much within the category to compare it to. That said, the smell of both dry and wet leaves is intoxicating, right up there with freshly-harvested Dragonwell. I used the lowest setting on my UtiliTEA kettle to make it, but I see a lot of tinkering with temps and steep times to do.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Luthien

I’ve had the best results with Gyokuro at around 55C, which is a much, much lower temperature than I use for any other tea. Would also suggest trying a shorter steeping time, around a minute and a half, and using two teaspoons of leaves per cup instead of one. Have fun experimenting!

Jack

Thanks! Will give that a try.

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drank Xue Ya Ballad by Adagio Teas
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The literal translation of “xue ya” is “snow buds”, and (someone correct me if I’m wrong) it’s usually a moniker for white tea. Here it’s describing a first-flush green. The smell while the leaves are steeping reminds me a little bit of crab, though I don’t get any of that after I take the leaves out. 2 1/2 minutes at 180 degrees this time around, but I have a feeling it’ll take a bit more trial and error to bring out the awesome.

Oolonga

Thanks for sharing that “xue ya” means “snow buds”!

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70
drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
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75
drank Sencha by Harney & Sons
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I’m drinking this from a cafe in Birmingham, MI called “Java the Hutt.” As you can tell by the name, they mostly do coffee, and all the tea they have is in bagged form. I haven’t yet met a mind-blowing sencha, but I haven’t met one I didn’t like either.

takgoti

I was going to try and make a Star Wars pun, but I can’t think of anything that is recognizable/makes sense/doesn’t make me want to schedule a lobotomy. Luke Sench-alker. Sen-cha-P-O. Sen…chacca?

Well, there goes my idea for a Star Wars based tea shop. I was gonna call it the Can-tea-na. Get it? Can-tea…all right. I quit.

Jack

There’s a Boba-[Fett]-tea joke in there somewhere too. Somewhere…

takgoti

Touche.

Jason

Did someone say Battlestar Galactica? I think I missed something…

extrarice

How properly the sencha is made makes a huge difference in how it tastes.

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95
drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
181 tasting notes

Mmm, this is great after dinner too. I’m already dreading the day that I run out.

Also, we rolled out a few minor bugfixes and updates to Steepster this evening. The most noticeable thing is that the “recent activity” items that used to be on the side in your dashboard are now rolled into the main column. Let us know what you think!

Jillian

I actually sort of liked having the Recent Activity stuff such as comments and ‘likes’ seperate on the side bar.

I do however like being able to see when a tea is logged even if there were no comments posted by the drinker.

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