2661 Tasting Notes

91
drank Muscat Oolong by Lupicia
2661 tasting notes

Sorry for the massive tasting note spam, guys… I was drinking tea and writing notes offline this evening because my computer wasn’t playing nice with Safari and Powerpoint open simultaneously. Of course, it didn’t much care for Powerpoint on its own either…

Ohhhhh man. Does this one ever smell AMAZING! I just selected it since it was at the top of the box, and later realized that it would be good to compare against Plum Oolong from New Mexico Tea Company. No comparison at all, though. This one is strongly grape in aroma… and flavour too! YES! Oh wow, this one’s delicious. And I guess it should help me figure out the difference between ‘grape’ and ‘muscat’; it doesn’t taste like, say, Welch’s grape juice the way I seem to recall Butiki’s Grape Oolong tasting, but it definitely makes me think grape anyhow. I actually prefer this flavour though… oh man… super delicious! I can’t put down my cup! Which kind of sucks because now I’m out of all the tea I brewed… perhaps it’s a sign to put the computer away and go to bed. I’ll be more productive tomorrow…. right….?

ETA: Second infusion (3 min) is still pretty good; muscat flavour gives way to more oolong flavour. Not unexpected.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

More productive…….I would say, Yes! Especially after a few cups of tea. :))

Kittenna

I’m trying to figure out whether you’re awake insanely early, or just live on the east coast… It’s absurdly early (5:30) in the morning here again, whoops…

ScottTeaMan

I was extremely tired after dinner, and fell asleep for 3-4 hours. Now after having three early morning cups of tea and posting a review, I just caught myself falling asleep. I need to lay down ASAP, and get a couple more hours of shut eye. :))

ScottTeaMan

Oh both by the way…….early & Eastern Time Zone [OHIO].

ScottTeaMan

Good morning & Good night…….

Kittenna

Ahhhh, that explains it. And belatedly, thanks :)

ScottTeaMan

Kittenna, Has there been problems on Steepster?? I’m following 342 people,and I have one review above yours. Wait…….that’s odd. I thought TASTING NOTES were posted chronologically, with the more recent ones posted above onee another, so the more current ones are posted first. I have a bunch of Tasting notes that are in that order below this one-that seems strange. I wonder why this note is out of order [so to speak]??

Mercuryhime

Sorry to butt in, but just to answer your question, when you edit your tasting notes, they get bumped up to the top again. This seems to be a new feature from back when Steepster did some updating of their site. :)

ScottTeaMan

Oh, thanks Mercury-I thought that might be the case, because it wasn’t like that before.

Kittenna

Yeah, and I really apologize for continually bumping mine to the top – I preferred when I could silently add my ’ETA’s. They’re mostly for my benefit.

Azzrian

What does ETA mean?

Azzrian

Oh and SO happy you loved this one! :)

Kittenna

Edited to add :)

ScottTeaMan

Estimated Time of Arrival. :))

Hesper June

Oh! Like Scott,I kept thinking it meant Estimated Time of Arrival…and I never could figure out how that applied to the tea tasting!
Thanks for asking Azzrian;)
This tea sounds really yummy, Kittenna!

Azzrian

Ah got ya thanks :)

Kittenna

Hahahaha, sorry guys! I know it has a dual meaning, but figured it would be obvious. Clearly not :D

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73
drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
2661 tasting notes

The aroma is pretty basic black tea, to me. The flavour is pretty similar, although it tastes a little extra toasted, which is kind of nice. No astringency, which is great, but it seems that black teas require cocoa notes in order for me to enjoy them straight, and I’m not getting those here. Or barely (I can imagine them being present; it fits with the extra roasty flavour profile). Thank you for passing along a sample so I could satisfy my curiousity, Alphakitty!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

Definitely no cocoa notes in this one, it’s more berry/molasses. If I sent you enough for 2 cups (I think I did? Honestly I can’t remember haha) try it with cream & sugar: it makes the caramel aspects pop.

Kittenna

There’s enough for at least one, maybe two cups left. I will do that!

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Another sample from Alphakitty :) Azzrian & Alphakitty’s boxes are the most conveniently located right now, so I’m making good progress on them! Have to get to everyone else’s stuff soon!

The aroma is very subtly of grape/plum, and a woody oolong base. The flavour follows; fairly light, with a bit of fruitiness and a light base. Very smooth. I’d like to try this with a longer infusion; I hurriedly looked up brewing parameters and probably confused some things (I think this amount of leaf was for 3 or so min, and I should have used more for 1 min). But I’m tired and stressed and this is what happened. At least it isn’t way oversteeped!

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

Glad you liked this one! I need to try it again, I think something went weird in the steeping because I didn’t get the oolong at all.

Kittenna

Well, there wasn’t the oolong aftertaste I like, but I don’t get that from darker oolongs anyhow.

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85
drank Emerald Lily by Rishi Tea
2661 tasting notes

Oops, got distracted and forgot about this one for a while! Apparently it can take a 7.5 min infusion though, because it’s not astringent or bitter, just tasty. I’m getting a vegetal green tea taste with hints of the sweet rock sugar-like flavours I’ve tasted in dragonwell. It does almost taste a touch strong (I did use about 2-2.5 tsp of leaf, since it’s pretty fluffy), but I am not very surprised…

It’s definitely good, and a tea I’d happily drink again, but it’s not special enough for me to go out and purchase it.

Thanks for the sample of this one, Alphakitty!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 7 min, 30 sec
Alphakitty

This is my favorite green tea at the moment!

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75
drank Big Apple by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Ok, although this one smells to me much like Mom’s Apple Pie without the cinnamon, the flavour is definitely different. Yes, the apple flavour here is similar, but there’s almost a creaminess/caramel flavour at the end of the sip which is quite good. The downside to cold-brewing is that even though this is a white tea, I’m getting some bitterness, which means I won’t be cold-brewing this one again!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

Cold brewing gives you biterness? I have not yet tried colb brewing anything. Is that normal?

Kittenna

I seem to get it with whites a fair bit. Maybe 24 h is too long. Other people don’t seem to get bitterness though…. Not sure what I’m doing wrong!

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

If you discover the issue I would love to know.

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94
drank Momo Oolong Super Grade by Lupicia
2661 tasting notes

The only hot tea I have brewed up currently, another sample from Azzrian! Thrilled that it’s another pouchong blend, as I loved Mandarin Silk from the Persimmon Tree.

Aroma is definitely deliciously green oolong with a hint of fruitiness. Oh man… yeah, I think we have another winner. Sweet, real peach initially, which fades into a general fruitiness as the oolong flavour slides in. Delicious. The base is fabulous here, and the flavouring is amazing. I can see myself drinking this on those days where an oolong craving strikes, but I want something a little sweeter. This cup is disappearing VERY quickly. It could stand to be a touch stronger, but I might be thinking that because I just had a couple strong iced teas. Also, absolutely zero astringency/bitterness.

Thank you so much Azzrian! Although I get some misses from you, I’ve also had some absolutely HUGE hits, especially recently! It’s wonderful (yet oh so terrible wallet-wise).

ETA: Less flavour but still delicious second infusion. Drank a bit more after sampling some other teas, and wow is the oolong flavour powerful… and delicious!! Love it.

ETA again: Third infusion too light to bother, most days.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

LOL thank you girl! I know we miss sometimes – our taste is not exactly the same but we both have got some AMAZINGLY awesome teas from each other and mutually hurt each others wallets LOL what are friends for?! :P
I always love to trade with you!

Kittenna

Haha, trading with you is always wonderful too! Going to re-steep my leaves now….. yum yum yum yum yum!

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82
drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Sorry for the short tasting notes…. I’m super busy and shouldn’t even be doing this right now because it’s procrastinating. I’ll get to my messages ASAP….

The flavour is definitely very light here, cold-brewed. Or, light on the cherry, anyhow. There’s a floral sort of flavour that’s rather heavy, but I’m not sure what it is. It takes a bit to come out, then is quite present in the aftertaste. This isn’t bad; still not my favourite! Cannot wait for my Cherry Kiwi Coconut Fruit from Amanda to arrive!!!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Alphakitty

How long did you cold brew it for? I did mine for 12 hours or so and the cherry was the strongest part!

Kittenna

More than 24. Maybe there is a lot of cherry coming out, but I’m getting a weird floralness that’s initially not there, but really builds after the sip. I can’t quite place what it is. It could also be a tea ingredient ratio thing. I don’t think I had any cherries in this cold-brew? And I may have used extra tea (like 2 tsp/1 cup); I threw them all in the fridge pretty hastily when I was annoyed I had nothing in there!

Alphakitty

Haha maybe we should have waited and swapped glasses: I got all the cherry and you got all the rose!

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84
drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewed overnight. The result is tart (but nicely so) and fruity, with a cinnamony background. Definitely tasty, and has good flavour cold, but I now remember why it wasn’t my absolute favourite. I think my 20g will last a while.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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77
drank Bamboozled by DAVIDsTEA
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Cold-brewed in the fridge overnight. Pretty similar flavour, like peach juice. Therefore quite tasty but lacking complexity, as with the hot brew.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Azzrian

I love peach juice! I can’t wait to get mine from David’s!

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94
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
2661 tasting notes

Hot brewed and chilled, but I diluted it a bit too much. Re-steeping the leaves in cold water.

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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