1250 Tasting Notes

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Ocean of Tea
1250 tasting notes

Oh my. I have finally lost my mind. I was looking for my tasting note on this one, only to realize I hadn’t written it yet. Eek.

This is a moderately roasted oolong. The leaf really expands when brewed. The aroma is moderate roasting with light orchid floral notes. The sip is very nicely balanced. The orchid notes rise up and the roasted one drop just a little. No bitterness or bite, but some dryness. This has a good presence of honey like sweetness. It is also nutty.

My own preference is for greener nonroasted oolong but otherwise there is certainly nothing wrong with this cup. Since there are only two ratings at this point, I will rate this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Mixed 1/2 tsp with 2% milk and added some caramel syrup and a splash of vanilla syrup. Toasted a bagel and smeared with cream cheese and topped with apple butter. What a delightfully tasty and simple brunch. I will be repeating this again another day.

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90
drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
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I have had more tea today than I have had over the last two weeks combined. How I missed it! I let this go the full 4 minutes that is recommended for the steep. Wow, it makes a big difference. I get some bite but not bitterness. Yes it is somewhat drying. It is Earl Grey after all. The base is fuller but remains refined as it supports the blast of glorious bergamot. If you love Earl Grey it is not over the top but it is definitely no wall flower. If you aren’t a fan of bergamot you really aren’t going to try this any way. For those who do, go for the long steep. Respect.

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This one brewed smells kind of like pond water. I don’t mean fishy. I mean the scent of green wet leaves. This is definitely sheng. The taste is mineral and a bit bright. It does not have an astringent bite but is slightly drying. There is a slight sweetness and a hint of fruity or floral late in the sip but not strong enough to identify.

Now the real enjoyment for me with this one comes after sipping. There is a deep inside cooling sensation without any menthol scent that makes my lungs feel fresh, free, and alive. This lingers on and on long after swallowing. There is also the tummy rumble that I love. I find sheng is more likely to have this affect on me than any other type tea. I can literally feel it working its healthy benefits on me. Excellent good tea energy here!

Stephanie

I love sheng. You captured it perfectly in this note!

Terri HarpLady

hey man, could you pass me the pond water? ;)

K S

lol. I know, I know, stop bogarting the pond water man. Uncool! Hoping to sit down and put a box together soon. Just might be some pond water in there… unless I forget. The ’70’s were hard on all of us man.

Terri HarpLady

oh…I had a pretty good time!

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been awake since 5:00. I stood looking at my tea and couldn’t decide. This one happened to be out, so my zombie brain made the decision. I forgot about the recommended brewing parameters and just went with the gut. It’s more awake at this time than the rest of me anyway. My steep was shorter than normal. This smells so good steeping. Cocoa and malt. I think I called it chocolate before but that is not what I’m getting today. Because of the short steep the brew isn’t quite as strong as this time of the morning usually requires but I have no schedule to worry about. This is the strangest tea. This is straight black tea but it tastes like it has hints of rose in it. The shorter steep really brought the malt out that seems to get lost in longer steeps. I should listen to my zombie brain and my gut more often. Good choice guys.

Angrboda

I think I have some of this in my box of things to try, actually… Is it a strong tea?

K S

Not strong by the assam ceylon definition. It’s kind of a cross between Dian Hong and Fujian.

Angrboda

Oh, you said the magic F-word there! I shall make sure to try it tomorrow (it has indeed been located in the box), perhaps in the morning.

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Last night I ran several pots of hot water through my new yixing teapot. Then I used a cheap shu to brew a pot and let it set and steep to help season it before pouring it out. I chose this 2010 Menghai Dayi today for my first session. I like the rich cedar and spice of this one with underlying leather notes. I imagine this early in the life of this pot I am imagining it but the flavors do seem more pronounced. Good start.

I know next to nothing about Yixing. I’ll do a formal review after spending some time with it. This is a very inexpensive machine molded pot. I am OK with that. It has what appears to be hand added graphics lightly etched on the sides. This one will hold about 10 oz and looks much larger than I expected and is quite heavy for its size. I have never used or even held a pricey Yixing so I can’t compare. I am sure the experts could easily tell. What I know is, the pot was hot and the handle stayed cool. it pours well without making a mess and only a small amount of leaf passed in to my cup. I couldn’t be more pleased at this time.

Terri HarpLady

I love my little 4oz yixings. Congratulations!
:)

boychik

Congrats on new Yixing! Can you post a pick, please ?

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72
drank Green Tea with Citrus by Lipton
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It is a good thing I like this, its as close to tea as I have had since yesterday afternoon. I sat with my wife at her craft show booth last night and all day today. I am such a good husband – I have been tracking a package of teaware as it traversed the continent. It arrived today without me being present. It was setting next to the garage when I got home. So I have my first Yixing and a small clear teapot for visual teas. To late for caffeine tonight. Depending on what my wife has planned for me tomorrow, I may have to wait until Monday to try them out. Sigh, but in a happy anticipating way.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, you deserve your tea gears for being such a great hubby :-)

Lala

What kind of crafts does your wife do?

Suziqzer

So good of you to be a patient husband. I’m sure you’ll have time to enjoy your new tea ware soon.

K S

TTF: yeah, that was a little self promotion. Honestly it was tough leaving this morning knowing according to FedEX tracking it was going to arrive today.

Lala: She makes doll clothes that fit American Girl sized dolls. She also made some stuffed animals.

Suziqzer

What a beautiful day it was for a craft show too.

K S

Suziqzer – looks like you posted while I was tying. I’ve already scrubbed my glass pot and began seasoning the yixing. I’m ready.

The weather yesterday was a little too breezy here yesterday without a jacket. Of course I didn’t wear one. You can remind me of that later if I complain of a sore throat. :)

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90
drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
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My first experience with Ocean of Tea. I am no stranger to Earl Grey. I know what I like, what I’ll tolerate, and what I won’t. If you are going to call your tea Earl Grey it better not have anything but black tea and bergamot. That is cause for immediate dismissal (I don’t mind additional flavors but don’t call it Earl Grey because its not). This one passes the first hurdle.

I also cannot stand a wimpy Earl Grey. It is Earl Grey – give me bergamot! I don’t want faint traces of it. Don’t make me search. This one has a bright lemony citrus scent when dry and even more potent in the wet leaf aroma. I could sniff it all day and never grow tired.

On the other hand don’t overwhelm me, or give me a weak base, I want to taste tea. I like Twinings Earl Grey but find its base to lack presence. Admittedly my tastes run towards a Ceylon base that fights back. This one is more refined. It has depth without the rough edges. I can definitely taste the base without it moving to the forefront.

Earl Grey Premium has enough bite to be satisfying while remaining very well balanced. The bergamot is the primary note but is not overwhelming. The bergamot is very natural and pleasant. I can’t think of anything to complain about with this tea except my cup is empty.

Hesper June

Amen, Brother! You are preaching to the Earl Grey Choir!

Ocean of Tea

Thanks for the review!

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Rant on. I am right at the limit on my monthly internet (20 Gb) They will probably shut my account down shortly. It will restart tomorrow on the first of the month. Verizon suddenly refused to renegotiate with our provider. Verizon’s greed knows no bounds. They doubled our monthly bill when they took over. $100 for internet and I can’t even watch TV shows or movies – seriously? I live in the middle of nowhere. It is overpriced wifi or nothing. Rant off.

So this morning I mixed some organic green tea powder with 2% milk and added a splash of caramel syrup (zero calories) and a half splash vanilla syrup. I got them in the coffee/tea section at Walmart. Have so say, it is pretty tasty. It is not quite Starbucks but it is as close as I have gotten. Also have to say that as cheap as this green tea powder is, it is close enough. Basically the only calories are in the 2% milk. I try to start my day with a glass of milk. I usually use chocolate syrup. I think I like this better, which is good because I have like 5 ounces of green tea powder. I do miss the vivid green of Starbucks – this is more clay colored – but I’ll get over it.

See you on the first. Stupid Verizon.

Uniquity

I wonder how much internet I use. I rarely get to say this, but thank the stars for NS and unlimited internet. For now. I’m sure Eastlink and Aliant will get on the gravy train soon too. See you in May! :)

Hesper June

I am sorry. We got seriously burned by verizon one too many times.
We got rid of them a year ago (we also live in a rural area without many choices) but, it got to the point where anything else was better than Verizon.

gmathis

We have one provider choice only also. Evidently, people who do not live in urban areas need no connectivity :P

K S

Well I’m back. Our provider is Millenicom which was a great bargain for Wifi until Verizon messed us over. Our neighborhood phone lines won’t support DSL. In fact I could never get anywhere near good dial up speed. So until competition moves into the area we are stuck. sigh. I need tea.

CHAroma

Yuck, that’s awful! (Verizon, not the tea).

K S

Friends who have Verizon were shut off the same day. My son got it a couple days earlier. Kind of wish I weren’t so addicted.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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Morning cup. First off I just noticed this is Bolder Breakfast not Boulder Breakfast like I spelled it on my blog a while back. Had to fix it. Second, I didn’t feel like searching to post, so I typed bolder breakfast into the search. There seems to be at least 3 different listings for the same tea. Such is Steepster in the morning. My blurry head tastes chocolate, something mildly spicy, and pu’er. That’s all I got until I wake up. I recall it being awesome from last time.

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, I like awesome.

Cheri

I put some of this in a small tin and I wrote up the label as Boulder Breakfast. The Tea Spot does have a tea called Boulder Blues, but this one is just Bolder.

K S

I remember checking out their website and since they operate out of Boulder it was a short jump to mistaken identity and yeah, seeing Boulder Blues helped steer me off course.

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