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318 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to TerriHarpLady for the sample of this!

I’m currently reading a play for class right now, so I put about a teaspoon of this into my basket infuser and set it in my 8oz Bodum Pavina. It’s a great size for doing 3 or 4 steepings.

The dry leaf smells great – really coconutty. I love coconut, and I was super excited to see this. Checked the London Tea Room website – no steeping instructions, so I came onto Steepster. Water at 180, steeped 3 minutes.

It’s a rather light oolong. The tea is very lightly yellow, and the scent is also pale. The oolong itself is deliciously roasty, and the coconut is definitely there, wrapping itself around the flavor of the leaf.

Thanks Terri! This is super relaxing!

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

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87

Thanks to Autumn Hearth for this!

I was in such an oolong mood today. I don’t know why. But I remembered I had this in my drawer!

It’s just what I want in an oolong: buttery, floral, a little creamy. There’s a natural sweetness to it that’s great. I’m on steep #3 (Western-style) and it’s still going strong.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
Kiaharii

Mind if I ask what your steeping times where? I’m just having awful luck with oolongs.

Michelle

I did 2 min, ~2-3 min, 2 mi , 4 min. What oolongs are you trying?

Kiaharii

I have samples of Ti Kuan Yin, Dong Ding, and a milk oolong. My second steeps just suck, or maybe I don’t like oolong? I don’t know. :(

Michelle

Hm, I don’t know. I personally don’t particularly like milk oolongs, but I love TKY/DD ones. Are you using water around ~180, 190 and about 1tsp/cup?

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87

I’ve been waiting to try Red Leaf matcha for so long now – I keep hearing such wonderful things about it! This was a birthday present to myself. I’ve finally had time to sit down and try it.

Flavor: Bavarian Cream
Flavoring: Delicate
Size: Small
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bavarian-cream-matcha.html

I wanted to try it first with minimal flavor, so that I could try to get a taste for the matcha itself. I think next time I’ll spring for robust, at least until I become a bit more accustomed to the matcha taste.

I put about a teaspoon into my 8oz Bodum Pavina glass cup, and then added about 2-3oz of hot water. I was terrified of making the water too hot and therefore burning it, so I erred on the cool side. I think I accidentally made it too cool.

I whisked that with my stick frother and then kept whisking as I poured milk and a bit of agave into the rest of the mug. It formed a beautiful, pale jade color with a healthy amount of lighter-colored froth on top. The bubbles fizz and pop.

It tastes beautifully creamy, and I’m sure that a lot of that is coming from the mixture of the flavoring and the milk. Then there’s a grassy, green tea behind it. I’m struggling to describe the scent – I can’t really think of anything aside from “matcha.” It’s so distinctive.

I’m still a bit perplexed by this, but I really, really like it so far. If anyone has any tips on how to make this better, please share! I definitely want to try more Red Leaf.

You can find the matcha here:
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bavarian-cream-matcha.html

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I cold-brewed this, probably for ~8-10 hours, instead of steeping hot and pouring over ice as it says on the pouch. Sadly I don’t have the capability to create ice!
Thanks to Nature’s Tea Leaf for the sample of this!

It’s okay. I’m not a big ginger person, so that’s a bit of a negative for me. I get some of the orange more in the orange rind flavor than anything. There’s a little bit of sweet fuzziness from the bai mudan.

It’s not really my thing, but it’s okay.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Sakura Allure by Teavana
318 tasting notes

Thanks to Autumn Hearth for this!

I like this a lot. I’m not getting anything particularly cherry, but that’s okay. It’s a very light, fruity tea. The color is pale pink and very pretty, and when I left the strainer in an empty teacup for several hours, the few drops of water kept steeping with the leaves and left the bottom of the teacup filled with tea the color of cherry juice.

I’m a fan!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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77

Received this in a swap with someone. I don’t remember who, so if you were on here, I’m sorry! I just reorganized my tea collection, and what little semblance of “order” I had before is gone. Of course, now it’s much easier to find things. (http://bit.ly/Obi0Vy). It goes, in descending order, Black, Green, Herbal, White/Oolong, Fruits/Flowers/Herbs. Whew.

This is my study break. I had class until 10, and then I was in high school from 11-3. Run to a voice lesson, practice my Bach, grab food, back to the room, it’s time for Psych, Disabilities, Shakespeare and Drama. AND TEA.

I had this pre-bagged because I thought I’d have time to stop for water. Not the case. Sigh. But I’m drinking it now.

It’s okay. It’s sort of like a spicy black. There’s a little bit of the bergamot from the Earl Grey Green, and that’s chased with the cinnamon. It’s a strong Irish Breakfast base too. It’s not my favorite, but it’s good.

And now back to psych notes. Sigh. Leave me love :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Nice job!

MsWhatsit

I like the name. Makes me think of Sherlock Holme’s sidekick.

Scatterbrain

That’s who it’s based on, MsWhatsit. Adagio has a whole custom Sherlock series of teas.

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85
drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

I got this from Davids as an “instead of paying shipping I can get one more tea” tea.

Upon opening the bag, wow, there’s a lot of color in there. It smells a lot like caramel.

Knowing it was a dessert tea, I steeped it with a bit of German rock sugar and immediately added a splash of milk.

WOW.

This tastes like I’m drinking creme brulee. It tastes like I’m drinking dessert. I don’t understand it, I really don’t. It was almost off-putting how accurate the flavor was. I found it difficult to finish the cup, not because it was bad, but because it was the wrong time of day for it (if that makes any sense).

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
MsWhatsit

Wow, now I want some. :o)

Terri HarpLady

Buy some & send me a sample! ;)

Michelle

Terri – I’ll add some to the envelope!

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85

Thanks to Nature’s Tea Leaf for this sample!

Upon opening the box and delightfully sorting through the contents, this was the first one I grabbed. After the utter decadence of David’s Creme Brulee, I wanted something a little bit more natural.

The dry leaf is all oolong and cinnamon stick pieces. Cool. It smells very much like cinnamon. I can’t smell the oolong too strongly, but that’s okay.

In steeping, it’s actually the opposite for me. I get a bit of woodsy oolong flavor with a hint of cinnamon, especially in the smell. I like it. The cinnamon doesn’t overcome the tea, but rather blends with it harmoniously.

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

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71

I’ve been so eagerly awaiting my Red Leaf order that I’ve kind of been on a kick with these. Not healthy at all, but whatever.

I think it’s just a bit of an acquired taste. I love the odd looks I get when I’m drinking something this green!

Helena

yeah they probably think it’s wheatgrass or something. Or one of those really gross protein drinks… I haven’t had starbucks in ages and that’s a good thing for my wallet :D (of course any money I save goes to other tea companies… Butiki…)

MsWhatsit

I’ve never tried one of those before. Maybe it’s time to branch out a bit.

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drank Tai Ping Hou Kui by Teavana
318 tasting notes

Many thanks to Autumn Hearth for this.

I don’t really know how to measure this, as the leaves are so long and flat. I ended up just putting maybe seven or eight leaves into the steeper and winging it. I also didn’t time it as maybe I should have – just however long it took for me to rinse out my mug etc.

But even still, it’s good. The liquor is very pale, almost white, and it tastes like a very light green tea. It’s good. It’s soothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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Michelle, 19. College student: upstate NY.

I really enjoy tea, British television and theatre. I read a lot, write a lot, dream a lot.

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