1691 Tasting Notes

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drank Palace Needle by Single Origin Teas
1691 tasting notes

This is from a new company. They aim for a balance between cost and quality. I have tried three of their offerings and enjoyed them all.

This is a good everyday Chinese green. Buttery spinach does describe the first cup well. There is a bite at the end that is nice. The aftertaste lingers long and pleasing. Green and fresh.

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I just dug this tea out of the bin. It is the last of my Fong Mong samples. Oh Wow! How is it possible this is a year old? I like oolong. I just seldom drink it. I know it will last through several steeps and I usually want to quit after two. So I feel guilty if I waste it. Wait, I have a fridge. Problem solved.

I had forgotten how really good this is. The name implies it will be super dark and strong. It is just the opposite. The nose is a bit charcoal but the sip is buttery smooth with a hint of baked charcoal goodness and a tingly sensation in the aftertaste. This is more of a green tasting oolong than expected. The liquor is a beautiful shiny golden color. Maybe I will steep this several times after all.

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OK so it is in the 50’s this morning and I get a frozen tea. Hmmmm. I’m not crazy, mom had me checked. The new guy made this. I checked the label. Yep, he used skim milk and held all the syrup. So how did he get it so creamy? Needed a little more matcha but pretty shivery good.

Ysaurella

I am wondering if they are offering this frappuccino green tea in Paris, I need to check this

mrmopar

I think Thursdays are your frap days! Lovin the cool weather here also. 51 this morning!

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96

After slowly sipping on this again today I am still in love. Violet mentioned wondering how this would taste iced. I’ll bet it is really refreshing that way. I may never know. It just won’t stay in my cup long enough.

I called this honey colored last time. I really think it is lighter than that. Maybe white wine? Whatever, it is fascinating me.

Violet

I’m with you on WANTING to know how it tastes iced, or cold, but not being able to keep it in the cup long enough to make it iced. I’d drink it boiling if it didn’t pose a burning risk!

ashmanra

This is my Bestie’s favorite tea, and one of my favorites,

tigress_al

Believe me, it is amazing iced!

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Pulled this out of the fridge at chugged on it. Old leaf or not it is pretty good if you don’t try to over analyze it. Sometimes that’s just what you need.

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A few days ago I bought a dorm refrigerator for my den. So now I have ice cubes and iced tea easily in reach while I type. I prepared some iced black tea the other day that I poured into a clear glass 1/2 gallon container. I was blown away by the beautiful red ruby color. Somehow pouring into a white mug does not give the same effect.

As a result of the iced tea incident I found a clear glass mug (Walmart – $2) for hot tea. This is the first mug of tea in the clear glass. The liquor is a gorgeous light honey color. Along with that light jasmine flavor and the subtle notes of the white tea I am in Heaven.

I almost always use a clear glass press to steep the leaf so I can watch the dance and observe the color, but the mug adds so much to my sensory experience and pleasure. This cup is flawlessly clear.

This leaf is nearly a year old and it is still just exquisite!

TeaVivre

Use the clear glass mug to brew this tea is very enjoyable, you can watch the leaves floating or sinking on the water.Just like life.

K S

“Just like life” I love that. What a cool way to think about the dance. I feel a little sorry for the tea drinker who never bothers to notice the leaf or the steeping. For me it is a large part of the experience.

TeaVivre

We can comprehend lots of things from tea.

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No rating. It looks like this must be around three years old. So I think it has just lost its zing. When I steeped it and put it in the glass container it was the most beautiful ruby red. The sip was definitely mango but lightly so. It was cold and refreshing but nothing memorable. By the reviews, it was very good back in the day.

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88
drank Lapsang Souchong by Nina's Paris
1691 tasting notes

I walked into the den a little bit ago and the scent of pine smoke caught me before I entered the room. So I gladly used yesterday’s leaf to have this one again. 2nd cup a day later is just as deeply flavorful as the first. Our elegant Nina has a wild side. Who knew? Love it.

K S

The third cup is lighter but still plenty of flavor.

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88
drank Lapsang Souchong by Nina's Paris
1691 tasting notes

I’ll be posting a full review on my blog in the next week but I can’t wait to talk about this one. It totally surprised me. Here is a snippet:

This cup is perhaps the heaviest smoked Lapsang Souchong I have tasted but it is not ashes. This is fully developed sweet pine smoke. It actually tastes like pine to me. It is sweet without the bacon or pork BBQ notes. While it is heavy it has layers of taste as you sip.

Count me a fan!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Short Sorceress

I just got a sample of this in the mail, it smelled wonderful.

ashmanra

Lapsing is my youngest child’s favorite tea. She started drinking it when she was twelve. O.O Last year during geometry (we homeschool) she finished one tin of Black Dragon from Upton, one of Lapsang Crocodile from Dammann Freres, a set of Lapsang swaps, and one tin of Teavivre’s. She has a little Teavivre left, and then I will have to reorder or she will never make it through Algebra II!

K S

I thought I understood geometry until I saw what she was doing. Come on its hundreds of years old – how could they come up with something new? lol

Algebra I just couldn’t get until college when the Prof told us what the X and Y we were solving for represented. Then I could solve it. My mind isn’t plumbed like everyone elses.

What was your daughter’s favorite LS? This one as I mentioned is really a smoke lovers treat.

ashmanra

Upton’s Black Dragon was her favorite of the three, with Teavivre’s coming in second. I will have to get her some more when I order more Baker Street, a cold weather staple for me.

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From Empire Tea Services, I have tried Earl Green, Earl White, De La Creme, and a couple with bergamot as a light touch ingredient. Somehow, I missed a straight black tea Earl Grey.

This like all their versions of Earl Grey is not for the faint hearted bergamot haters. There is absolutely no question what the main ingredient is here. The orange peel turns the flavor slightly away from ‘normal’ but not in a way that would annoy EG lovers. I hate getting an EG that has a bunch of other junk in the mix or so little bergamot I have to check the label. Call it something else if you are going to do that to your tea.

With this one the first cup is Bergamot/Orange with the Ceylon only revealing itself late in the sip as the cup cools. Intense.

The second cup is less intense. It adds a peppery note. The base is more present. Pleasant.

The third cup is lighter and reminds me of Twinings. Halfway through the cup I iced it and it made for a refreshing ending. It might have gone a fourth cup but I didn’t try.

I have learned that ETS blends tend to be very potent when you first open them. Sometimes I mix them with a straight tea for a while other times if you just let them age they will calm down. Today I did neither.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

Sounds like a nice EG. We like the earl at home a lot.

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