642 Tasting Notes

drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
642 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

When not oversteeped, this is quite a nice blend. More malt than I expected but still a light malt. Nice fruity notes and molasses. Oversteep and it turns into why I don’t do Ceylons very often – bitter, bitter, bitter. But done right it’s a good cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
642 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

I didn’t read anything about this before tasting it. It had that distinctive hibiscus smell and look. It’s very tart and like hot, unsweetened fruit juice. It was a pretty purpley red color, though. :)

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

Blahhhh hibiscus! :P

Nicole

Yes, blahhhh! Pretty but nasty. :)

Cameron B.

I had the displeasure of drinking a cup of hibiscus juice tea a couple of days ago. :(

Nicole

I got a cup of black currant at the Four Seasons with tea last month. I assumed from the description that it was a black tea with black currant. It turned out to be black currant tisane with what I am positive was hibiscus. :(

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T&C TTB Round 2

This seems very, very musky and strongly muscatel in flavor. It’s very pleasant. I am not sure I would keep it on hand but if I ran across it I’d pick some up.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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T&C TTB Round 2

I must not have hit the sweet spot with this one. I could tell it was somewhat fruity, but the actual orange flavor escaped me. It was just a kind of mildly generically fruit black. :)

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

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drank Mad Paris by Mad Hat Tea Company
642 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

The packaging is good. Nice and thick. I could actually smell the tea in the package despite having been in a TTB. This is very vanilla. The black currant may be making the bergamot seem sweeter. Either that or this isn’t a terribly strong bergamot. Regardless, it is a very nice blend. Very similar to H&S Paris, which is probably what they were going for. :) Overall, I prefer H&S but this is very tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
642 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

This may have suffered from being in the TTB, I don’t know. Initial thoughts on smelling the liquor is pu-erh. Being CTC it was pretty much an insta-steep. As soon as I got the water in the cup I took out the infuser basket. It was okay. I didn’t get much of anything like others have noted. It was just similar to some not very good pu-erhs (the reason I haven’t expanded much into them). Dusty, odd and drying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
642 tasting notes

Okay, I needed to follow the directions, I guess. I was a little nervous about steeping a Ceylon type of tea for 4-5 minutes. But at 3 minutes I get a pretty standard, unremarkable tea with none of the notes that other reviewers have noticed. Gonna have to try it again. Longer time, maybe more leaf.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Soooo glad I caved in a recent sale and bought the YS teas on my wishlist. This is just an amazing tea. I notice this time that if I slurp and aerate the tea, I get a very light hint of smoke and dust. But if I just drink it like a heathen like I normally do, there’s no smoke, only cocoa and malt and yum.

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drank Tanyang Gongfu by Nannuoshan
642 tasting notes

This is really very nice. Extremely cocoa, little bit of woodsy, not smoky enough that I notice. Smells malty but not excessively so. A moderate strength with lightness in the sip, if that makes any sense.

I liked it at about 1.5 minutes, although even at 3 it wasn’t overpowering, just a bit stronger with more mineral tang.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
donkeytiara

I have a sample of this on it’s way to me….thanks for the warning about the mineral tang! (sounds like a racehorse)

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drank Jin Si Dian Hong by Nannuoshan
642 tasting notes

I get the wild peppery taste and the tobacco. It’s not bitter but there is a distinct mineral-y tang to it as it steeps for longer periods (And wow, does it get dark when you let it go for more than about 3 minutes! It’s almost black!). The scent is lightly smoky and heavily malty, especially when dry.

I don’t get any subtle notes from this. It’s fine but I have had other Dian Hongs that I prefer. This was part of a group order though and it was super nice of them to include bags for the tea we were splitting so that each of us would have a labeled bag and instructions! So high marks to the company, even if this particular tea is not my favorite. :)

And I think the instructions as printed are somewhat off. The English translation may not be quite right. 6 grams is not the same as 4 teaspoons. I think that 5 grams = 1 teaspoon. The instructions say 6 grams (4 teaspoons) to 1/2 liter of water. That would be either 4 teaspoons per 16 ounces (which is pretty close to how I would normally steep my teas) or 1 teaspoon per 16 ounces (which would be very light for me), depending on which is correct. :) So I may not have hit the recommended parameters. I used 1 teaspoon for 6 ounces. Maybe I overpowered the more delicate notes by overleafing.

I did this by little glass teapot method. :) 30 seconds, 60 seconds, much more seconds. :) Overall, I preferred the 60 sec steep to the others. 30 was far too light and more than a minute was too strong for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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