2526 Tasting Notes

84

This is really delicious! Last time I think I suggested that it tasted rather like a genmaicha; this time I feel like it was much sweeter and more nuanced. Wish I could remember exactly what I thought of it, but I was definitely quite impressed!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
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Sipdown! 801.

Yum – this is pretty tasty! I did very much enjoy the flavour in my first cup of it, second not quite as much but it was still ok. Very fruity/lychee, but not overly perfumey.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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73

Thanks to TerriHarpLady for letting me sample some of this popular pu’erh! I’m not always a huge fan of shu pu’erh, but was curious enough to want to give this one a shot.

I gave it a 10s rinse before steeping… unfortunately I have no idea how long I steeped it for. Either 1 or 2 min, I think. Just no longer remember! Anyhow, the result was probably the best shu pu’erh I’ve had. Sweet, earthy, absolutely no fishiness. It was exactly what I was craving right then. I’m pretty impressed! Glad I have enough for at least one more go :D

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Boiling

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78

Had a fairly mediocre cup of this a while back – the nutmeg was prominent and I don’t recall caring for the cup a great deal. Might be an age thing, or perhaps I didn’t brew it properly, as it was kind of astringent as well. Still have some left, so it will get another shot eventually!

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165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Li Shan by Harney & Sons
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I have a ridiculous amount of teas to backlog, so apologies. I suspect I’ll miss some too, as I can’t even remember them all at this point!

Anyhow, thanks to Mercuryhime for sending me a sample of this delicious oolong! I really should have done a side-by-side comparison, but for some reason, I’m inclined to think that I enjoyed this oolong better than the Ali Shan from H&S. I couldn’t really tell you the differences, but I think this one was perhaps creamier. Either way, this was delicious, and I’ll probably be finishing it off soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

I still wanted bold, black tea this “morning”, so brewed up some of this, as it was the only black tea I could locate in the Butiki box that I have down here (I wonder where I put the others???) Anyhow, it’s ok, but nowhere near as good as the regular PTA. I had earmarked this one as a “travel mug tea” but haven’t been making up mugs at all lately, since I haven’t been leaving the house (ahahaha). Oh well. It fit the bill for me today!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
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Scrolled through 11 pages of notes on this tea to find that I haven’t tried this before? Odd, I’d swear I had, although there’s no note, and my tea swaps sheet says I haven’t tried it either (although it’s often unreliable in that respect).

Anyhow, having some Marco Polo courtesy of momo! My recollection, which apparently may have nothing to do with this tea, is that I couldn’t get the flavours out of it that other people were…. which seems to be true. It’s another case of tea that I can tell is flavoured, and find enjoyable, but I can’t really pick out specific flavours, and therefore, am not overly thrilled. Perhaps it’s an age thing, so maybe I’ll try some fresher stuff sometime, but I’m underwhelmed. No astringency with a 2-minute infusion though, so a good cup of tea regardless! (I just had high expectations due to rave reviews!)

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

there’s slightly fresher at my place if you want another go at it

TeaBrat

I didn’t think this was so wonderful myself

Kittenna

Might give it a shot at your place, Sil, or at least have a sniff! :)

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55

Thanks to momo for sending me a few bags of this tea! I don’t have some love affair with red velvet cake like it seems many other people do, but I think DT’s version came out around the same time as I was swapping, and so I was curious as to how they compared. I definitely prefer DT’s version, perhaps partially because this one is rooibos, which I didn’t realize until after I brewed it. Anyhow, this version isn’t too bad – sweet and chocolatey, with minimal rooibos flavour marring the chocolate. I used two teabags for a ~10-12 ounce cup, which probably worked out well. It’s strong, the way I prefer it, though I’d probably opt out of drinking this tea again given a choice.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

It’s definitely better doubled up. Haven’t tried it with milk yet, but that might be nice, too.

Kittenna

Hmm, yeah, I could definitely see that! Might mask any rooibos flavour that’s left.

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69

Looks like I haven’t tried this one before. I was in the mood for a sheng last night too, though, so randomly picked one out of my Verdant box to try out.

The first infusion was exactly what I wanted – classic “sheng” flavour, and light enough not to be biting or astringent. Second infusion is perhaps a bit oversteeped, as it’s a bit sharp, but still drinkable.

As for flavour profiles? I have no idea. It tastes like a sheng. Nuances are so lost on me, and I don’t feel like trying to figure them out today :) So apologies for the useless review! I did enjoy the tea, though!

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
CHAroma

It’s not useless if you enjoyed it! :)

Kittenna

Haha, drinking the tea certainly wasn’t useless! :D

Terri HarpLady

What CHAroma said!
I don’t always know what to say about a tea, but I usually enjoy it. Also, sometimes I just want to drink tea, I don’t want a science experiment or to have to analyse it, I just want to enjoy drinking it! :)

Kittenna

Exactly! :D

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Haven’t had this tea in ages! I felt like I needed something strong and bold last night after having to deal with some not-fun stuff, and this worked perfectly.

So as for the not-fun stuff… in the last 2 weeks (literally), three couples that I know have broken up, all of whom dated for between 1-2 years. And, in each case, one of the members of the couple was roommates with either my boyfriend or I (we collectively have 4 roommates… which means 3/4 are no longer in relationships). It’s a bit nerve-wracking, to be honest! :( Anyhow, I had to deal with many tears last night (#3 occurred yesterday), which was kind of stressful… sigh. And I’m anticipating potential nasty fallout from this one too, that it looks like I may have to be involved in. I won’t share details, but it’s not going to be a fun time. Anyways…. yay tea?

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you picked up the right tea to help for this period, you need to do your cheering tea-list for the following days.

CrowKettle

That’s a crazy short period of time, and sounds like a hard position to be in. I can’t imagine. :( This is a great choice of tea though!

Sil

ICK not fun!

Sil

personally i suggest tea and board games WITH the BF at our place….just saying..

Terri HarpLady

What a bummer! Hopefully all members of the dissolved relationships will go their own ways in peace, & not try to make their friends take sides & such. That’s never fun.

Kittenna

Looks like Steepster isn’t sending email notifications again. :( Thanks everyone.

Anyhow, yeah, not a great situation. I only really know details of this third breakup, as the other two couples I was not on that sort of level with, but there’s still turmoil. Luckily, the first two seem to have ended more or less peacefully, but this third one has the potential to become a nightmare. It’s just so crazy that it’s all happening at the same time (and none of them are related in the slightest), and since my boyfriend and I will have been dating a year as of Aug 16th, it just makes me a bit on edge as well! Not that things aren’t going excellently from my perspective, but you’re only ever in control of half the relationship.

Sil, it’s a date for sometime in September when I’ve defended my thesis. :)

Sil

YAY!!! i should have ALL the tea at my place by that time too lol

Kittenna

ALLTHETEA (Oh dear…) Haha.

CHAroma

There must be something in the water. I’ve seen two relationships end among my friends lately. :/

OMGsrsly

I wish you the best, dealing with this! Relationship stuff is always a sticky business. I agree with Ysaurella about the need for a cheering tea list. :)

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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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