1502 Tasting Notes

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drank Darjeeling by Nina's Paris
1502 tasting notes

The description is spot on with this one – soft and fruity. The wet leaf looks more like green tea than a black. This has no bitterness or sharp bite. There is only a light drying compared to the bagged versions I’ve tried. The aftertaste is pleasant, cooling, and lasting. I don’t know enough about Darjeeling to comment a lot on the taste. I can say I enjoyed this quite a bit and it went great with sausage gravy.

darky

isn’t there a typo in the heading ? darleeling? :)

K S

You’re right. I hadn’t even noticed. Fixed.

darky

u could never know if it was a new invention in the tea industry! U could have gone famous!

K S

I coulda been a contender!

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drank Rouge by Nina's Paris
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The scent of the dry leaf is powerful. I do not mean overwhelming. It is powerful in the sense I really like it. It’s orange followed by cinnamon. Once steeped the wet leaf also presents its black tea aroma.

Cinnamon can easily overwhelm and orange can taste like candy. Neither is the case here. This is well balanced light cup.

Given the description of stimulate and invigorate I was expecting a big bold cup. I find it to be more of a relaxed cup. I would sip this on a lazy afternoon – like today. I find it a nice introspective cup rather than invigorating. That is not a bad thing. Sometimes I just want a peaceful cup.

Thank you Nina’s Tea for the sample.

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85

This is the first day of my forced (and hopefully temporary) retirement that I have had the chance to relax and kick back. I slept in late. How awesome is that. Watched some guitar lesson videos – maybe I’ll actually learn to play someday. Fixed a ham & swiss sandwich on flatbread. Made several cups of this tea. It’s an exciting life.

This isn’t very complex. It doesn’t have any nasties associated with it. It tastes like puerh. It is lightly book leather with out the must. The first cup was earthy. afterwards not so much. I liked it in a I don’t have to think to drink kind of way.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Still not ready to rate or give a full review with this one. I Got rid of the onion power that distracted me on cup one. This is cup two. It has a very nice green vegetal flavor. There is no bitterness. No astringency.

I wanted to try this one to see if I am not a big fan of HuangShan Maofeng or if I just wasn’t deeply moved by brand X’s version. What I know at this point is this is nothing like the previous version I tried. I actually find this one easy to sip. What I haven’t determined yet, is what makes this different and stand out from other Chinese greens. I think that will have to wait until I start with new leaf.

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90

This is another I specifically asked to try. The brew is nearly clear as expected. I let it cool a bit then sip. Onions. What???? We fixed a pot of chili this morning and it looks like my wife (who I love dearly) picked up my cup while chopping onions. Grrrr. So I guess that means I will have to wait to see what this tastes like.

ashmanra

Hubby and I love love love this one, especially with food!

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87
drank Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea by Teavivre
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I have tried one other taiping houkui in the past. I tried it several times with varying parameters. While I learned to appreciate the cup I never really reached a point of deeply liking it. When TeaVivre offered the latest round of samples I wanted this one included. I wanted to know if it was the tea I wasn’t crazy about or the particular version.

The scent is grassy and fresh in aroma. I used the whole sample and steeped for a little over a minute. The resulting liquor was green tinted. The wet leaf made me think ocean and vegetal.

This bordered on bitter and sour but never crossed the line. The taste, to my poorly trained palate, is somewhere between a cross of bamboo shoots and celery leaf. It becomes sweeter as you sip. The aftertaste is long and lingering in a good way.

I enjoyed this without additives sweetener added nothing and really was more of a distraction. You will rarely hear me say that.

I can say once again TeaVivre has impressed me. While this may never be a must have staple in my tea drawer, I did greatly enjoy it and would gladly accept a cup if offered.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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86
drank Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea by Teavivre
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The scent of the dry leaf reminds me of a fresh summer field. The leaf is long and plump. From the description I was expecting a strong grassy green. Instead the sip is like buttery beans. Maybe creamy is a better word. This is definitely classic Chinese green tea in flavor.

There is no bitterness, and no harsh edges. The longer you sip the sweeter it becomes. It has a healthy drying affect on the tongue. Strangely, the aftertaste disappears rather quickly.

On the second cup I immediately caught a nice amount of a spicy almost floral taste. Though familiar, I couldn’t pull a name for these notes out of my brain today. Let’s just call it tasty. The second cup seems less creamy and more ocean or mineral. As the cup cools it is tasting a little peppery.

Thank you TeaVivre for the sample. This is another very nice cup.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95

Apparently I am stuck on this one at the moment… the Venus fly trap of teas? What’s that I hear… Feed me Seymour? Gladly, I reply.

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73
drank Darjeeling by Bigelow
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I don’t remember ever having this before. Low expectations. Open the envelope and sniff. Hey! The bag smells fruity and of hay. I steeped two minutes per instructions and not the five minutes I would have used a few years ago. Fruity, earthy. Oh why couldn’t this be loose leaf so it would have the depth it deserves. This is really good. I am surprised. Not bitter. Lightly drying.

gmathis

I haven’t reviewed this, but I know I’ve had it and liked it. Can’t go wrong with Bigelow.

Bigelow Tea

KS, so happy you’ve discovered our Darjeeling, Cheers!
Kathy

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95

I have a bunch of teas that I haven’t had time to review yet, including some more from Teavivre. Forced retirement has not resulted in the free time to sip that I anticipated. At least not yet. If I owe you a review I promise I will get to it.

I grabbed this one because I don’t have to think. I know I love it. I started this cup in a hurry. I am not even halfway in and I have slowed down and mellowed out.

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