1303 Tasting Notes

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Needed Earl Grey this morning. Started to grab Ahmad but I have been hitting it pretty regularly of late (just not recording it), so digging through my ever increasing, never will see the bottom ever again, stash, I spotted this one. It really smells nice. Lots of vanilla. It is a bit drying but then it is EG. They tend to be that way. For me personally, I think if I cut this with a strong straight bergamot EG, I would love the result. On its own, I like it a lot. It is balanced, but I miss my citrus blast. I don’t really seek balance in my Earl Greys. On the other hand this isn’t particularly dainty. The flavors are big. I just crave a more bergamot to vanilla ratio.

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Now, I know tasting notes are shared personal experiences. I also know each of us interprets the flavors differently. I know this, but my experience does not seem to parallel anyone else on this tea. Where everyone else got flowers and fruit, I got corn with a creamy feel. I did notice some bite early on that faded as it cooled. Also a bit of dryness as the floral notes finally show up in the aftertaste. As the cup cooled I did have a brief Pina Colada moment. With cup two I swear I got potato with a spicy note similar to cinnamon. Where are these coming from? I washed everything before I started. Just weird. Good, but weird. The floral notes once again hold off until the aftertaste and come out to play a bit more when the cup cools. It isn’t until cup three and four that this started out floral in the nose and stayed that way. Of course odd ball me also had earthy or gentle cave notes on cup three and the spicy note returned on four. I very much enjoyed this tea but my experience is so different from what I expected and what others had that I am left puzzled. Cups 1 and 2 were sipped yesterday with 3 and 4 brewed today. I used one tsp of leaf and a 5 oz cup. The water was at 190 F. Steeps were 1.5 m, 1 m, 1 m, and 2 minutes.

yyz

I only used gongfu brewing on this tea so I don’t know if that made a difference. I did get savoury elements, and I could see cinnamon evolving from the floral spice element. I tend to be lighter on the leaf as well, so that combined with steeping method could have resulted in the difference.

gmathis

Everlasting Gobstopper tea!

yyz

Maybe:). With each layer revealing something new.

K S

I like the way you guys think.

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I decided to try this again this morning. This time I used hotter water (195 F) and a shorter steep of 1 minute. This is much more to my liking. Yesterday’s alcohol taste is mostly replaced by a sweet buttery candy flavor. It is butterscotch like but the white tea gives it a twist.

Cameron B.

I’ll have to try it this way too! The alcohol weirdness was too much for me. Ick.

K S

Thinking next time of sticking with the original recommendation of 180 F but using the 1 minute steep. Maybe that would get me even closer. Anyway, today was a major step forward unless you really like the scotch taste.

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I really like the look of the dry leaf. White tea I usually find pretty anyway. This one adds yellow marigold petals and pink peppercorns. It is really lovely. The dry aroma is alcohol. I read other’s reviews and some made a ‘scotch’ connection. While hot the taste is much like the dry aroma. I was expecting pie or at least candy, so I am not sure exactly how I feel about it. I had to take my son to pick up his car at the mechanics mid cup. When I returned it was cold. I actually preferred it cold. I could better taste the scotch and the white tea. In addition it took on more of a creamy feel. The aftertaste resembles more of what I consider to be butterscotch.

It is an interesting tea with potential. I just need to tinker and find how to prepare it to suit my tastes.

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

Mmmm! You had me at marigolds. Love yellow flowers in my tea.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I get a whiskey, alcohol type connection to some teas that are flavored. I think its because some caramel or butterscotch type flavorings remind me of the caramel colorings used in some alcohols i’m sensitive to it and can actually taste the colorings in alcohols.

K S

All the ingredients on this and most of TPT teas are organic. I think a shorter steep is the answer – assuming you don’t want a strong alcohol taste.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

right not this one cuz i havent had it before :) i was just meaning i get that alcohol whiskey note from some that are flavored with flavorings. this one sounds pretty good.

K S

I understand, I had a longer response but I cut part of because I was afraid it came off insulting sounding which I do not intend. It went something like this – Some days I catch faint whispers of flavor that a lot of people don’t notice – which is why I love white teas I suppose – but man being so sensitive you can taste the coloring could get real annoying real fast unless you liked those notes. I liked the alcohol taste here but wouldn’t crave it often. I’m still working to see if I can tone it done to get the candy flavor I do crave.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

right on! ya i likes the alcohol notes but i don’t think i’d want it that often either, rather have the real deal if i’m craving :)

K S

haha. Those days are way behind me. I need all the brain cells I can muster.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
1303 tasting notes

Started the day with a big glass of Teavivre green tea powder and milk. I’m about out and contemplating trying Red Leaf next time. Then grabbed a Lipton Citrus Green Tea as I went out the door. Overly sweet and tastes more like grapefruit than tea but I like it. My wife is having allergy attacks so I took her to the doctor. We assume it was brought on by all the trees we had cut down in our yard (40 at last count). While she went for her appointment, I sat in the car and enjoyed 60 degree weather in July – simply awesome. After the doctor visit we went to the pharmacy where they told us it would be an hour…. so went out for breakfast at 10:00. I had two cups of Mother Parker’s orange pekoe. Most days this is a nice, more than passable, bagged tea with breakfast. Today I caught hints of smoke and a healthy dose of leather. If it wasn’t for the paper taste this would be excellent. If I ever remember, I want to take a Finum basket with me and set the dust free just to see how different it tastes. When we got home I had to make a mad dash to pee. Can’t imagine why.

Stephanie

Sure is beautiful out today!

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Three nights in a row of not sleeping. Last night steeped this up. I wish it was peppermint instead of spearmint but regardless, I could feel it making me relaxed and drowsy. Then I closed my eyes and of course my brain refused to cooperate. Still a lot more sleep than I have been getting.

Cheri

:( Not sleeping is the worst. And the longer it goes on the harder it is to sleep. So frustrating! I hope sleep finds you soon.

Terri HarpLady

Bummer about the not sleeping, I hate when that happens.
I’m with you in preferring peppermint to spearmint.

boychik

I’m on vacation now till Sept and I can’t sleep. Too quite. I need city noise, couple helicopters, fire trucks, etc

K S

boychik that made me laugh. When I was first married, my wife couldn’t sleep because she grew up next to a train track. She needed the rumble. Nothing much around here but hooty owls and coyotes.

mrmopar

I know all about the train tracks. Now I just enjoy the quiet mountainside.

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drank Chamomile Vanilla Bean by Fusion Teas
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Last night I was so wired when we got home I couldn’t sleep. So my wife heads to bed and I head to the den to launch a rescue mission to save three brave Kerbals trapped on the surface of Laythe, a moon of the gas giant Jool. This morning they are still staring at the sky wondering if help will ever arrive. Yeah, the mission failed to make a good intercept, and rather than trap another, I returned to the space center.

I prepared a cup of this herbal while trying to unwind. I learned 3 things. I have never reviewed this on my blog – how did that happen? I didn’t realize there were so many ingredients in this. And finally, I learned even with chamomile there is no point going to bed when you are awake. My brain would not shut down. Tossed half the night. Had to get up early to set up my guitar for church. Now my brain hurts.

I did enjoy the appley coconut and vanilla of this last night. Just wish it had actually put me to sleep.

Cheri

I never go to bed when I’m awake, or if I find myself getting awake after getting in bed, I get up. Otherwise, I’m in a worse state than I was to begin with, because then I start stressing about that I’m not sleeping and I’m up all night. If I go do something else, I have a better chance of sleeping. Usually, something else means curling up with a book. If I watch TV or play a game, I’m way more awake. (I have to be careful, though, what book I pick. I find it works better if it’s a comfort book to re-read and not a new book, especially one with a lot going on.)

gmathis

We’re such creatures of habit…family in town didn’t keep us out late, just messed with the wind-down routine and I had a beast of a time settling down. (But this sounds mighty tasty, whether or not the brain is still firing.)

K S

I’ve been a zombie all afternoon. Fell asleep for just long enough to get a head ache. Think I’ll try this again tonight with a quiet game of solitaire.

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Up early this morning to go fishing in a friend’s pond. It was almost big enough to be a small lake. Lucky him. The weather was cool (for July) and only enough clouds to keep the sun from making it miserable. Caught several small bluegill. Such a stress busting day. So why am I so tired now? I’m getting there, but I’m not that old… or am I? Sheesh. This lovely tea is my attempt at re-energizing before going to play cards with my parents.

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drank White Moon - Fresh Puerh by In Nature
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In honor of tonight’s Super Moon. A post fermented tea not from the puerh area, so I guess technically a dark tea. This looks like Bai Mu Dan but since it is slightly oxidized under moonlight this I guess is closer to White Monkey. I’ve had this for a couple years. I grabbed my Teavivre gaiwan and steeped the first cup at 20 seconds. My wife bought me a cute little cup and saucer that just happened to be 90 ml, same as the gaiwan. I have really liked this one every time I have prepared it. Today is no different. This time it tasted like apple wine. That was unexpected. Later cups were more like my other reviews of this one. A neat tea.

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drank Li Shan Black Tea by Green Terrace Teas
1303 tasting notes

I’m not sure I have ever quoted George Takei before but, “Oh My!” Yeah this stuff is really good. With Honey Black, I pretty much thought Green Terrace Teas nailed the description. Here I am not getting peach. Instead, dry I get sweet and malty with grape. Not Darjeeling muscatel, just grapes. Maybe the difference is in the prep? I used 195 F with a 2 minute steep. Once water hit it the nose was cinnamon raisin whole wheat bagel covered in honey. Love! The taste is malt and wheat, cinnamon and raisin, and honey. I am not saying they taste alike, because they don’t, but my reaction to this was similar to my first exposure to Golden Tips. It is just so good and hits all the right spots in my taste requirements. This is one of the few black teas that I think does not benefit from additions, and this from a sugar junkie. If you don’t resteep this is probably a bit pricey but it is definitely worth trying a sample.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

I’m actually drinking this one right now :)

K S

and I just read your post. I saw you did get peach. Must be me.

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t really get the peach in the taste of the tea so much as I got it in the aroma, LOL

Green Terrace Teas

We really appreciate all the amazing feedback everyone has been giving, and are even considering using this tasting note to tweak our product description (describing the fruit note as plum may be more suitable). We have also reduced the price of this tea to make it slightly more affordable. Thanks for the wonderful review!

K S Thanks for the sample. You have my permission to use any part of this review. Teak away!

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