1789 Tasting Notes

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To begin this review, I have to say that I’m a bit of a sucker for pu-erh sold in bird’s nest form, just because I think it looks really cool. However, I will attempt to not let this affect the bias of my review. Soooo, without further ado…
The dry tuocha smelled dark, dark and rich. Its very earthy scent had a touch of spicy notes to it as well. Wet, it had spicy and tobacco tones about it.
I chose to infuse this using multiple short infusions of about 30 seconds each.
First infusion: The liquor was still very bright and clear, a light brown in colour. It smelled faintly of the dry tuocha. The taste is very light, and I wonder if 30 seconds is not long enough. It certainly does taste earthy though. It is not as spicy as the smell led me to believe.
Second infusion: This time, the brown liquor deepened and darkened in colour, while maintaining its brightness. The scent is now very earthy, with almost a bit of fishy smell to it. Mmm, the taste has deepened. Full-bodied, the liquor tastes earthy and mellow. It goes down smooth, as though it barely brushes the tongue and throat.
Third infusion: The colour of the tea is now a deep brown, nearing dark chocolate in colour. The aroma has not changed much, but the flavour is much stronger and feels more mature. Very delicious at this point. I am quite enjoying this tea and I wonder how long this tuocha will last.
Fourth infusion: This cup was just as enjoyable as the third and had the same strength and characteristics. It seems as though this tea could certainly continue with more infusions. When I have more time, perhaps I will give one of these tuocha a test of how long it can last.

I loved being able to try this tea as it continued to grow and mature in taste and aroma. I truly cannot wait to drink it again. I rate it an 85/100 on my personal enjoyment scale!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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The dry leaf smelled strongly of peppermint, which quite overwhelmed any scent of rooibos that might have existed in the dry leaves. Steeping this with normal rooibos steeping guidelines, the peppermint scent blossomed even further with the addition of the hot water.

This tea steeped a lovely deep red, with the aroma of peppermint dominating its smell, but allowing through a bit of rooibos scent. After my first few sips, I am immediately struck by the fact that it really just tastes like pure peppermint tea, with a slightly mellowed undertone. I do not really taste any rooibos, which I was certainly hoping for. Regardless, it is a good tea, and the flavour is not too strong, but this tea has very little about it that really makes it stand out above other teas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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50

This tea is actually unlisted on Suffuse Tea’s website, so I hope that using typical rooibos steeping methods will be sufficient for this tasty-smelling bagged tea. While the dry leaf smells predominantly of rooibos, there is a faint hint of orange aroma lingering in the background. This is a good thing, because otherwise I would have worried that I had merely gotten a teabag of plain rooibos, and this would make for a very incorrectly labeled review!

I poured the steeped liquor into my favourite teacup, took a whiff to see what aromas had been released in the steeping…and was immediately disappointed. Rooibos Orange? Where was the orange? I couldn’t smell it at all in the brewed tea. Taking a sip of the tea, I still failed to taste much other than the rooibos itself. There was a slight taste of something un-rooibos, but I cannot say for certain that it was orange. I drank half the pot, got two other people’s opinions, and still…no orange.

For the sake of consistency, and giving the tea the benefit of the doubt, I went ahead and made a second pot of this tea with fresh dry leaf. Sadly, this turned out exactly like the first pot. Great rooibos flavour with a hint of something very un-rooibos, but not quite orange.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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70

Drinking it with waffles. The syrup changes the taste of the tea too much.

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77
drank African Solstice by Tea Forte
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I think this tastes almost better cold-brewed than hot-brewed.

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85
drank Yu Lan Dan Cong by Canton Tea Co
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Even more delicious in the second steeping of the same leaves.

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75
drank Jasmine Pearls by Jing Tea
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This tea smells very heavily of jasmine. And by that I do not mean just a light aroma of jasmine flowers. I mean the heavy, sticky sweet smell of concentrated bunches of jasmine. Of course, not to judge a tea by its dry leaf aroma, I went ahead and steeped it according to the directions on the website (1 tsp per cup, 3 minutes, 80 degrees Celsius).

One thing I noticed as I was putting dry leaves into my teapot was the amount of extra broken pieces mixed in with the pearls.
The aroma of the freshly-steeped tea carries none of that same overwhelming jasmine scent. In fact, the smell of jasmine is almost more of an undertone now than anything else, which is something I found immensely interesting. The pale liquor has beautiful clarity, but I know, I know, you all really want to know how it tastes!

The jasmine is back! And with a passion. My first sip was a burst of floral flavour in my mouth…or rather just the flavour of jasmine. Thankfully, it is subdued enough to make this tea pleasant and worth drinking. The medium body of this tea comes mainly from the jasmine, I suspect, as imagining this tea without it would leave it quite light. Overall the flavour is very smooth, with just a light touch of a bite from the jasmine.

This is a good tea and a very reasonably-priced jasmine pearls.

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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50
drank Safari Lullaby by Kalahari Tea
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As the single package I received contained no instructions for brewing, nor were there any immediately available on the webpage for this specific tea, I chose to utilize typical rooibos steeping for this tea: 1 cup of just-boiled water with a steeping time of five minutes. This tea came in a individually-wrapped tea bag, which really did not have much scent while dry. However, from the second I poured the steaming water over the tea, I could smell the delicious mixture of chamomile and spearmint wafting up from my cup.

The smell of the freshly-brewed, bright red liquor was dominantly spearmint. The rooibos could be smelled a bit in the undertones. Nevertheless, the spearmint was not overwhelmingly strong, which was pleasing. It was just a mild, delicious aroma.

Even after steeping for five minutes, the taste of my first sip did not strike me as being very strong, yet it was quite full. Whereas the spearmint dominated the smell, chamomile dominated the flavour, spreading throughout the mouth quite excellently. The aftertaste was a mixture of primarily spearmint with hints of rooibos lurking in the background.

Overall, this was an enjoyable tea, but not something I would be quick to buy again were I shopping for tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Cozy Chamomile by Bigelow
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Boiling

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85
drank Jasmine Pearls by Canton Tea Co
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For this review I decided to brew this tea using a two-cup glass teapot. Canton Tea Co’s website suggests using 1 tsp of pearls per cup, which is difficult to estimate using pearls, so I believe I added about 35-40 of the small pearls to the teapot. Continuing to follow the directions, I steeped the pearls about three minutes, stopping to taste the tea after two minutes (the website had recommended 2-3 minutes).At two minutes, the taste really wasn’t very far developed, but I could already tell that this was one very sweet tea.
With the dry pearls, one could very much smell the jasmine, yet the scent was not overpowering, nor was it almost sickly-sweet, as some teas are that contain jasmine. The aroma of the brewed tea was even less bold and had an even softer nose, with only faint hints of jasmine.
Upon taking the first big sip, the tea flow smooth and thick across the tongue, and the fruity sweet taste of jasmine infiltrated my entire mouth. If a flower could be described as being delicious, this would be the epitome of such a description. The amount of jasmine is enough to lend great character to the tea, while not completely dominating it.
The website recommends steeping this for at least three separate infusions. I most certainly shall.
On my personal enjoyment scale, I rate this tea an 85/100.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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“I love trading tea and trying new teas. My favourites are oolong (mainly Chinese) and pu’erh.
Will gladly talk all day about tea.”

The above was my bio when I joined five years ago, and I felt it needed to be updated. I still love pu’erh, though I have begun to take preference toward cooked, shou. Oolongs are certainly still a go-to tea for me, but I have expanded my horizons to begin including greens and blacks based upon the weather and how I am feeling.

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