762 Tasting Notes

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This is a favorite. For some reason yesterday in my travel mug, it tasted like Jack & Coke. And before someone asks, no, I have never had anything in the mug but tea. :) I felt like I was doing something illegal by drinking it while I was driving.

Fruit and sugarcane and that touch of fermentation that you get from… well, a decently made Jack and Coke. Or maybe I just need to get back to Vegas soon… :)

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drank Bokel Assam Second Flush by Vahdam
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Need to do a side by side with some of their other Assams but this one so far is not a standout. The leaves smell of a strong sweet malt but the flavor is somewhat lackluster. From this first cup, I get a moderate, average black tea. Need to try again. No rating.

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95

Yum. The dry leaf smells like molasses and hay. The flavor is indeed plummy as their description says. A good heft of malt. A very classic taste. I can’t remember any more what the full leaf Nahorhabi from Harney tasted like but being from the same estate, I can’t imagine it was too different and I loved that one as well. Might have been a different flush, though, no idea and Harney only offers broken leaf now, which I don’t care for as much.

Sil

Ian says there’s a package waiting for me for when I get home next week! Thank you thank you!

Nicole

Yay!! :)

Sil

need to let me know if there are things i can send your way that you want to try. I haven’t bought as much tea this year, but there are some new things in my cupboard :)

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Entering this here as they don’t have it listed yet on their website. This is the GFOP loose leaf single estate Assam from Chota Tingrai tea estate by Mana Organics.

Holy cats but this is some malty awesomeness. The leaves are nothing special to look at but they are amazing to smell and taste. Wow is all I am capable of at the moment. 5 grams for 12 ounces of water at 205F for 3 minutes. No bitterness, not even a hint. However, as the liquor cools, a dryness sets in. Still not bitter, but not quenching. Need to try it iced next. But hot – I need to have this around all the time for sure.

Not rating as this is on Random but I’d be giving it 100 if it were on the actual tea listing.

Sil

you always find interesting teas from such random places. Some days i wish i lived in the US…SOME days…

Nicole

Keep an eye on your mail, girl. :) Unfortunately, I didn’t have this before I sent it out, but there is another offering from Mana Organics in there.

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drank Swann's Way by Liquid Proust Teas
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Finally getting around to trying this one. Such an aesthetically pleasing tea.

Smells strongly of pecan in the dry leaf. Steepings lead first to strong pecan notes, which is really nice. I’ve not had a pecan tea that brought pecans into the flavor without maple. I didn’t get any cocoa until the last 2 steeps of 6 but then it came out and replaced the pecan. An enjoyable transition. The pecan and cocoa melded nicely with the base. This was a nice, pleasant way to spend the evening.

Really well done.

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83

This is soupy, savory, some marine overtones – umami in a big way.

The taste stays with you as the broth coats your tongue and mouth. With the addition of fish or vegetables, this would make an excellent soup base. A really interesting tea that is far out of my normal likes but this one, while not one I would reach for simply due to personal taste preferences, is a highly interesting green that I would not turn down if offered. And I’m going to be experimenting with that soup idea sooner or later…

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drank Meyer Lemon by Art of Tea
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This is a seriously tasty blend. I picked it up looking for a Meyer Lemon tea after having had a Meyer lemon caradmom iced chai. This doesn’t fit the bill for that, but it’s a really good tea nonetheless. The lemon is strong and natural tasting, with rose a perfect complement. I always prefer green rooibos over red and this no exception. I don’t know that I could tell you what it tastes like in the blends I’ve had it in but it doesn’t add any unpleasant notes. :)

A nommy tea both cold and hot. Makes a really fine granita as well.

Fjellrev

That chai sounds seriously amazing.

Nicole

It was – it surprised me. I thought I wouldn’t like it. But the caradmom being the only spice made it really subtle and light. I’m going to try adding cardamom to this tea and see how it goes.

ColumbiaKate

Finally, a note about Art of Tea’s Meyer Lemon. I’ve been interested to see what people think.
I have a black Meyer Lemon Cream and a green Rooibos Meyer Lemon Cream. My own creations, but both are blended for me by AOT because no flavor companies were doing a Meyer lemon flavor at the time (about 5 years ago). AOT since came out with their own, the one you’ve just reviewed. I spent a year with them going back and forth with samples and tastings before finalizing the recipe I preferred. They are both top selling teas in my line.
My tea was one of the reasons I joined Steepster, because I wanted to have it recorded as being mine, before other Meyer lemon teas followed. A favorite flavor idea, I was anxious to be one of the first. There was only the Stash tea to be found by the time I got mine done. So, that’s my story.
If you would like to sample, send me a message.

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drank Jin Jun Mei by teasenz
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Finally picked up some of this and I’m pretty glad i did.

This is molasses brown bread with some mild peppery notes and honey notes. I let it steep a couple minutes too long so the honey is kind of a burnt honey. I don’t get any citrus in the aftertaste but the burnt honey and pepper do linger. Looking forward to another try paying more attention to the time. So silly, I measured the leaves, got the water temp according to recommendations, looked at the time then wandered off and got distracted. :)

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64

Have only tried one bag of this so far but again, disappointing compared to the gorgeousness of the packaging. It’s an inoffensive tea but so far I’m not excited about it. What you expect from an average Ceylon – that’s what this is.

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67

I have now tried this 4 different ways now:

3 g, 3 min @ 212F
3 g, 3 min @ 185F
2 g, 3 min @ 175F
2 g, 2 min @ 212F

The best without being too bitter was 3 min @ 175F. It’s drinkable but nothing outstanding. It’s a BOP with small leaves of uniform color. Kind of makes me sad because I love this company’s packaging and it’s nothing I’ll keep around.

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