692 Tasting Notes

Hm. Thought I had not only put this in the cupboard back in October, but also thought I had reviewed it. Ah well. :)

I have this in sachet form. I packed up a couple to take along with me for being a tea snob at restaurants. :) I used one this morning at breakfast. It steeped up decently, despite a water temperature that was too low by far.

I’ll review based on both previous experience and this morning. This is an okay tea. It’s more of a blunt instrument than other Yunnans that I have become addicted to over the last year. Earthy, some malt, some dust. A few of the rough edges are knocked off when steeped in a lower temperature water. It’s better than the normal bagged offerings in restaurants but nothing I’ll restock when I have others that I enjoy far more.

Water temperature at home: 205F-ish; at the restaurant best guess is 160F.

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is, unsurprisingly, another Taiwanese black that I really enjoyed. It was sour, sweet, hay and hot, toasted stonefruit. I think I may have steeped a bit too long, though that usually hasn’t negatively impacted other Taiwanese blacks that I’ve had. This one was a little on the bitter side when hot. As it cooled it became this awesomely chocolately delight. I would love to have some of this on hand someday. Thanks for sharing, Ost!


Happy you liked it! (:

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Hm. I am not as in love with this one as everyone else seems to be. When I slurped it, there was a scent of smoke though not the taste. I get a creamy feel overall, but this isn’t my kind of vanilla. It certainly smells strongly of vanilla and the taste is there, though not as strong as the scent. It’s a pleasant enough cup but it doesn’t send me over the moon. Thanks for sharing, Ost!


I adore North Winds, but I’m not a huge GO fan because its not my kind of vanilla either. Oh well.


Yes, I thought that the Dian hung in it overpowers, primarily why I dig it

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drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
692 tasting notes

Don’t remember much about this as I had it at work and my attention wandered. I do remember caramely goodness and then as it cooled a very deep woodsy feeling with a teensy bit of smoke hiding out. Ost sent me this in a swap – thanks so much! I may not remember many specifics but I do remember that it was extremely tasty.


LOVE this one

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Not sure if this is the same tea as this listing shows. The tin I have says “pure Ceylon teas packed in Sri Lanka”. Nothing about Kenyan blends. At any rate, I bought this because the tin was awesome and it was on sale. :) This tasting note is for both English Afternoon and Tea Rations. I’m positive they are the same teas.

I wasn’t expecting much from the teabags and they mainly live up to expectations. They have a mild buttery scent but I suspect that is the bags. They are the paper bags without strings like Celestial Seasonings has. The tea is a basic tea bag tea – it’s tea flavored tea. Fannings of tea that steep super quickly and the flavor is unremarkable but not horrible. It does take cream very well and that takes it from an acceptable cup to quite nice but nothing I’d keep on hand.

S’okay. I bought for the tins. :)



205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec

Those are awesome tins.

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Vital Tea Leaf
692 tasting notes

Now that I have this in my cupboard I can give it a proper review. The scent is unmistakably jasmine. The pearls are so lovely. The first steep (mine was longer than the package recommends) was deeply sweet and mildly jasmine. The second steep was more bitter, more floral and more jasmine. The sweetness vanished. But, I did steep for much longer than recommended for my first. :) But overall, this is a really good jasmine pearl.

190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I apologize – I no longer recall who shared this with me. Thanks, if it was you!

The tea is definitely noticeable though I don’t get any specific notes from it, like malt or anything. The cardamom is the strongest note here but strangely, from seeing the number of pods in this blend, the spicing as a whole is not terribly strong. It’s not bad, but there is an odd aftertaste to it that I’m not sure I care for enough to put this on my wishlist.

Made with 4 oz light cream and 4 oz water, 2 teaspoons chai & 1 tablespoon sugar. If I had more of this I’d try it with honey next time.

Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
692 tasting notes

Having this cold today. I steeped up a tiny pot of it to use in a picture yesterday. But my acid reflux flare up had already had it’s fill of tea for the day and while I wanted the golden little coils in the photo I didn’t want to waste the tea. So I let it steep about 5 minutes all told and then put it in a cup in the fridge.

Cold it has a more pronounced hay flavor. Also more of the fruity notes come out. Tasty.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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