563 Tasting Notes

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I have just now gotten around to trying this sample that James sent with my most recent order, several months ago now! The scent in the cup as it sat on my desk kept reminding me of black licorice. It was a tasty cup that I had no idea what to except from. I added some half and half for the last part of the cup and that turned it into a creamy delight. I don’t especially care for the scent but the taste is good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Yummy. :D

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
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This is a very good coconut cream, made less impressive by a little chocolate scratch-n-sniff flavor. :)

It’s already creamy. With the addition of some actual cream and minus the chocolate this could have been a favorite coconut. I’m glad to have tried it! Thanks, Flyawaybirdie!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
563 tasting notes

This was another in Veronica’s Christmas card! The scent of this was completely misleading to me. There wasn’t much of one and then a nice, moderately malty taste hits. There were some sour notes as well but not in a bad way. This can take a long steep. I forgot about it and it sat for quite awhile. :) It was tasty and I’m glad I have enough for a few more cups!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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83

I have been a little askeered to try this tea. I have read in tons of other reviews about the smoke in keemuns. I didn’t smell any smoke in this, though. It just smelled malty and tasty. I could smell a light pine but didn’t taste it at all, which was fine with me. Tree flavor was another I wasn’t sure I wanted to try. :) But this was lightly fruity with some mild sweet maltiness. This is pretty good. Thanks, Veronica!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

this isn’t a smokey keemun. it’s just “different” haha

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75

I didn’t read any descriptions of this before tasting. All I really identified from this was rose and a very mild bergamot. It’s a nicely moderate floral in a light tea. I think the weight of the tea and the floral were well paired.

Thanks again, Marzipan!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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78

This was an odd tea for me. It was vaguely vegetal and slightly buttery which I was not expecting. The smell is a bit dusty but not in a bad way. The taste is very mild. Moderate malt and sweet. A nice tea.

Thanks, Marizpan!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Borengajuli Assam by Tea Time
563 tasting notes

This is quite a decent cup. Bright, steeps quickly, strong. Would likely make a decent cup even with less than optimal steeping conditions, like in a restaurant. Nothing exceptional and I’m not sure I could have told you it was Assam without looking, but it was good. :) Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

This came to me from Marzipan and it is nummy! Hay, molasses, lovely golden and brown leaves, faint tobacco or smoke hints. I’m not sure which but they are not unpleasant. I will probably eventually need some of this.

Thanks, Marzipan!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

The scent of the dry leaves is strongly floral. The taste is floral but less intensely so than the scent. I didn’t really get that buttery feel but I’ll try again with different steeping parameters. I did get the mild astringency at the end of the sip, though. It’s a very pleasant light oolong. If I can get that butter to come out, it will be a restock for sure.

Thanks, Garret, for the generous sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

The pleasure is all mine! The autumn crop will be in here next week, I think! Your sample was the spring. Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Christmas Tea by TeaGschwendner
563 tasting notes

Heavily cinnamon and also clove. The leaves were very fine after going through the mail in a card, so it didn’t take long to steep. :) It smells sweet though I don’t think there is any sugar in this. It’s not bad, even without milk and sugar, which is how I would normally do spiced teas. I added some sugar to the last half a cup but it didn’t seem to bring out any other spices, just made it sweet.

Thanks, carol who for sending this in the Christmas card swap!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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