632 Tasting Notes

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I let this one leave my cupboard for awhile but no longer! I find I have slightly more descriptors for it than I had a year ago (and wow, how time flies!).

This has a honey smell of hay, molasses and oats. It smells like horse feed. I used to love that smell… It was my one of the things that made getting out in the freezing winter to feed the horse worth it (other than the horse, of course!). So this tea brings back memories of a very long time ago it seems.

The flavor is malty with molasses and honey both. A wonderful Assam.

Cameron B.

Aww, I love it when tea invokes fond memories like that. :)

Sil

Yaaaaaa!

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I can’t be the only one who has tasted this tea… But it doesn’t seem to be in the database, so…

I wish I had tasted this generous sample that was included with my previous order before placing my Black Friday order… This would have been on the order without a doubt. Mandala has so many lovely teas of this kind that I will admit I find it hard to distinguish between them. Not because they are so alike, but because my powers of description seem to be so limited!

This smells (and tastes) like a deep, dark chocolate and a savory broth at the same time. Like an 85% dark chocolate but without the winey notes often found in that. My husband thinks I’m crazy – sitting here with my hand wrapped around the top of this tiny cup, exhaling so that the steam fogs my glasses and then inhaling the scent of this tea! There is a dusty hay note in the background as the steeping time increases and a roundness that reminds me of not very sweet fruits. Not a bit of bitterness or astringency.

I really can’t tell you how much tea I used – half of the sample. I think about 1.5 teaspoons. I should get a scale to be more precise, I know. I steeped in my little glass pot and tasted at 30, 60 and more seconds. I think I prefer 60 seconds but even up to 5 minutes and more, this tea is simply wonderful. And the leaves are beautiful! Fuzzy wuzzy twirls of tea!

Update: If I slurp like you are supposed to the most magical thing happens and I start tasting the floral notes! Amazing!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Sil

i don’t think i’ve even seen this one on their site before… so annoyed i missed on our their sale…stupid vacation

Nicole

Haha! I made my order on my phone while on a road trip in the middle of New Mexico because it just had to be done! And you were somewhere nice and warm so it seems like a decent trade off. :)

Garret

I love this black tea, for sure! I’m a bit obsessed with it, perhaps. I am so happy that you are loving it. You are the first to review it because it is a new tea for us. I tried a sample of it and said “gotta have it.” Sil… shoot me an email and you know I’ll honor the sale price for you. That’s what we do for people like you. :)

boychik

i was abt to have a cup. just got it last night ;)

Sil

Garret – I don’t mind waiting for the next great adventure from your company. I have a few black teas I need to restock haha

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drank Ambangulu - Tanzania by Tea Time
632 tasting notes

Sil was nice enough to share some of this with me. It’s a pretty nice CTC. A bit of maltiness in a fairly moderate strength tea. Steeps quickly of course. On the wishlist it goes to remind me to get some at some point. :)

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Hm. I’m not really sure what to say about this. It smelled like smoke in the package. I was extremely hesitant about trying it. I was going to give the whole sample to my mom since she likes smoky teas. But, since this was a free sample from Nannoushan, I knew I had to try it and review it. I’m not going to give it a rating, though, since smoky teas are truly not my bag.

The smoke flavor is much less pronounced than the smell leads one to expect. I get some maltiness but a whole ton of savory, brothy notes. Almost like smoky beef broth. I feel like I should have carrots and other veggies in this for a soup! This is the only tea I’ve ever had that reminds me so much of soup.

I would not reach for this, but I will finish this cup. It’s… interesting.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

That sounds awesome. I love smoked meats teas! :)

boychik

Me too.

nannuoshan

Interesting how different persons have different perceptions of the same tea! This is ne of the thing that make the tea world so interesting!
When I drink this Qimen Hong Cha, smokiness is not the first thing that comes into my mind. Rather floral, I would say, with a clear smokiness on the background.

Thank you for your review Nicole, it helps me to better describe the teas also on the product page of the shop.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
632 tasting notes

Not sure how I missed logging this. I have been having it every other morning. Such a mellow and deep taste to start the day with. Malty, yeasty pastries with fruit and honey. /drool

This is another I’m going to be stuck between wanting to drink it all the time and hoarding it because I can’t get any more of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

sounds lovely – it’s a pity !

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drank Yixing Hong Cha by Nannuoshan
632 tasting notes

Oh, I am going to regret not having more than a sample of this. Sweet and smooth, this has notes of chocolate and sweet, ripe fruit. With extreme oversteeping (like 15 minutes or so of having to be on the phone with the mother), it gets hints of a bite but not unpleasantly so. Not sure if this is the first Hong Cha I’ve had or not. I am a fan of this at any rate. :)

I started out with just cooled from boiling water in a little glass pot, tasted at about 15 & 45 seconds (after it cooled off a bit) and it had more caramel notes in the first 2 cups than in the subsequent.

And thanks to cookies for ordering! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
632 tasting notes

Caramel, honey, silky, smooth, malty. Those leafhoppers are geniuses, I tell ya.

There may have to be yet another order before the dreaded end time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ysaurella

+1 for for the leafhoppers :)

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drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
632 tasting notes

This is so yum. I didn’t put this in with my last order but it was included as a sample – such a lovely reminder that I really liked this tea! I did this steeping in my little glass pot. 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 2 minutes… I don’t notice any different flavors coming to the fore with the longer steeps but they definitely intensify. This time around I’m getting more savory notes with tobacco overtones. Goes really well with dried honeycrisp apples. :)

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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drank Hawaiian Paradise by ZenZeu
632 tasting notes

Mom picked this one up at the festival. Herbals are not usually my choice. This steeps up a lovely deep pink color. I don’t get tons of that sour hibiscus type of flavor, which is good. It is basically like a fruit juice. I think cold it might be quite good.

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Well, the teas went over swimmingly at the work tea party! Honey Black by Green Terrace Teas was practically an empty pot – which rarely happens! Strawberry Green by Kusmi was much praised for being able to actually identify strawberry in the flavor. Hawaiian Paradise by Zen Zeu was remarked upon for the lovely deep pink color but thought it might benefit from being chilled. Least popular was Earl Grey Baroness by Annabelle’s – a random tea brought back to me by a friend.

Pictures: http://tinyurl.com/q8bnfv8

Cameron B.

I am so jealous! I want to come to your tea parties! :D

Did you make all of the food or did other people bring some? Looks amazing.

boychik

im about to eat my monitor :)

Nicole

I usually let people bring something if they want, but I made all of this one since I had recipes I wanted to test out. And all anyone has to do is be in KC and have time – I’ll whip up tea parties with any excuse. :)

Terri HarpLady

That crow is an especially nice touch!

Sil

i’m still bummed we didn’t get a chance to meet up!

MissLena

I have the same kitty tea pot as you!! It’s so cute :D

Ysaurella

awesome, I love both Kitty tea pot and the crow!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

OOh I love that pumpkin teapot!

yyz

Loved the fun teapots. Looks like you had fun putting everything together.

Lion

Aaaah that all looks tantalizing.

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