512 Tasting Notes

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drank Framboise by Betjeman and Barton
512 tasting notes

This has a nicely round feel. Definitely raspberry but with a sweetness as opposed to the sourness I’ve usually encountered in raspberry teas. Overall this was a nice cup and I can see where it would be good iced. Thanks for sharing, Ysaurella!

Ysaurella

it is delicious iced yes and I even prefer it iced

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
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Sil passed along a sample of this one and I’m glad she did! It is a very good, smooth and round tea. I swear I taste coconut but maybe that’s just how my brain interprets “cream” flavor. I like this one! Maybe not enough to buy some, but I like it!

Courtney

I know what you mean with the coconut.

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And boychik was nice enough to include this one as well so I could compare. :)
Between this and the flavored version, I think I probably prefer the flavored version, but this is a very nice tea as well. Smooth and lightly milky.

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A sample from boychik! I liked this one quite a bit. Smooth, deep and pretty milky. It tastes “fresh” for lack of a better descriptor. I think I probably prefer the Golden Lily from Whispering Pines but this is a high quality tea (unsurprisingly) and you wouldn’t go wrong choosing it.

ifjuly

i like this one too, one of my favorite flavored milk oolongs.

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It doesn’t count as breaking my “no tea purchase for awhile” resolve if I order for someone else. My mom asked me to order some of the Jackfruit for a friend of hers and this was one of the samples they included.

This was nice and fruity. The description doesn’t mention strawberry specifically but it sure does smell like strawberry! Nicely fruity and lightly sweet. This was a nice tea to have tried. I wouldn’t keep it on hand myself but it would probably make a nice iced summer tea.

And by the way, if you are looking for companies with great customer service the folks at Mahamosa are just super. I completely spaced putting the discount code in at checkout and emailed them about it. They added it on to my order without any issues.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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Sil kindly sent a bit of this my way. This is a decent blend. Clean and nice. It has a bit of strength behind it but at 3 minutes it didn’t get too bitter. Thanks, Sil! :)

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Thanks, boychik, for generously sharing some pu’ers with me. This is the first one I’ve tried – the first one I worked up enough courage to try. :)

No fish smell, so that’s a plus over the only other pu’er I’ve ever tried. :) It’s not bad but I don’t think my palate is discerning enough for pu’ers. All I get is the taste of smoke, some dryness and the smell of cinnamon as it cools. I did it with short steeps at 185, as suggested. It is very pretty to watch unfold. At this point, while happy to have tried it, I wouldn’t get any for myself. I shall continue my journey with more of boychik’s shared bounty and see what else I can taste. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C
Sil love. this. one. :)
Nicole

All you pu-club people seem to. :)

boychik

At least you tried. I think it will grow on you. I’m not really into sheng but I find that I like Wild Monk the most. You should try some shu. Especially Special Dark( I hope I incl that one, if not I’ll send you, just got new replacement )

Nicole

I think I remember seeing some in the box. And I’m not done trying. I’m still intimidated by them, but I’m still game. :)

Sil

Nicole…sometimes i just think of them as extra black, black teas. There are a few i just straight up brew western style and leave it at that… much less intimidating… not that i’m any expert.. I figure if i like it that way.. it’s all on me lol

Nicole

Less intimidating and also less time consuming. :) I thought I should at least try the recommended way. Boychik gave me enough of most of them to try them at least 2 ways. :)

boychik

Whew ;) another thing I find that sheng resteeps better than shou, so save the leaves try tomorrow . I had one sheng I dumped after 4 days resteeps because I was just tired of it.

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85
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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I had to pick some of this up when Verdant got it in. It’s still not on the absolute top of my list but it’s good enough that I need to keep it around. :)

I don’t remember my first package of this enough to compare batches but this is sweetish, maltish and smooth again. It’s really a lovely tea. Lovely in sight as well as in taste. I’m hoping between this and other awesome straight teas I’ll be able to pass by Easter candy and cream in tea and all the baked goodies I’m craving lately. I really need to get serious about curbing my bad eating habits. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is what I get for making an order without checking my notes. I forgot that I was going to reorder the Golden, not the Royal. Again, though, not that the Royal is bad. Not at all. And now that my experience with Yunnans has widened perhaps I should do another side by side with them.

For now, I will say that I prefer what results when I use my tap water rather than the filtered water at work. I had a cup at work today and then one at home and they were very different. Too much smoke in the foreground with filtered water for me to really enjoy it. At home, the tap water must have something in it that damps that down or sublimates it in some way because it’s just a nice, pleasant cup of malty, dusty Yunnan. Nothing special but nothing bad either. And the second steep is still good as well, so that’s a plus for this one.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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90

Steeped up a cup of this for breakfast this morning. I wasn’t really paying a lot of attention and just wanted a cup of something so I didn’t quite wait for the water to boil. I’m guessing it was about 180-190 or so. I also only steeped for a couple of minutes – probably shy of a full 2 minutes.

This was almost a different cup of tea done with these parameters. Wonderfully silky and sweet with not a bit of bitterness or astringency. This is still one of my favorite Ceylons. I think I’ll continue steeping like this in the future!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Sounds like something I need to try :)

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