656 Tasting Notes

drank ShuiXian by ChaCeremony
656 tasting notes

Nichole generously sent me a sample of this. It sounded interesting from the tasting notes but unfortunately for me, I think this is far too roasty an oolong. I do get the roasty mineral notes but none of the floral notes. I can see where burnt caramel is something people taste. Glad to have tried this but I don’t think my palate appreciates the roasted oolongs still. :)

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drank Buttermilk Lemon by TeaGschwendner
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I’m ashamed to admit that I am just now digging out and trying this sample sent to me ages ago by Sil. It’s exactly the name – lemon and buttermilk. Scent is very strongly buttermilk. I liked the first few sips then I think it became too buttermilk for me. I am not a fan of drinking buttermilk and unlike many flavored teas, this one is very much buttermilk. :) I’d still recommend it to anyone that would appeal to – I don’t think you’d be disappointed. Thanks, Sil!

Fjellrev

I’m impressed that it actually tastes that realistic. I haven’t tried this yet, nor have I ever tried buttermilk on its own, but wow!

Sil

Hahahaha you’re welcome :) not my fav either but lots of folks love it

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drank Melbourne Breakfast by T2
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Interesting. I didn’t pick this out as being a Yunnan blend. The vanilla and honey are yummy. It’s more a dessert tea in my mind than a breakfast tea, but I’d buy this to have around. Especially for tea parties. I think it would be a good gateway flavored tea for non-tea people. :) I cannot for the life of me remember who shared this with me, so I apologize. It was in a little silver and clear package with purple writing. If that was you, thank you bunches!! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
beelicious

that would be me! Glad you enjoyed it – its one of my favorites :)

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So I did a side-by-side with this and Mandala’s Flowering Black Tea Cones.

Surprisingly, to me at least, they are actually quite different. Both are definitely Yunnans but this one is slightly sour with a dusty, fermented taste. It’s very thick feeling. Like Mandala’s, these take a long steep without issue.

While both are good, for a smoother, sweeter experience I prefer Mandala’s. For a heartier, more in your face experience, I’d go with YS. :) If I were serving it to tea novices, Mandala wins to get them hooked. For experienced tea-ites, either would be good.

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I have been doing a side by side tasting of this with Beautiful Taiwan Tea Company’s Farmer Lee’s Sun Moon Lake. My palate is not very nuanced, I know, but I don’t detect a significant difference between these two at 45 seconds or at 90 seconds. Honey, malty, sweet and sour at the same time. Neither will replace Butiki’s TWMB – lacking that bready, yeasty component. But both excellent teas. When I run out of BTTC’s and if they haven’t gotten any more, I’ll hope that Sanne Tea will still have this one!

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Zack S.

Hi, just wondering if you’ve found anything that could potential replace Butikis TWMB? I’m on the search as well! I did some searching and found a couple things from Taiwan Tea Crafts that seemingly come from the same exact area as TWMB, but haven’t tried any.

Nicole

I haven’t yet, no. I haven’t ordered from TTC yet, though.

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This is one of the few teas that I can taste and smell exactly what the vendor’s descriptions say is there. I smell fruits and wood and the flavor is pure malt with vanilla hiding in the background. A sweet finish with mild bitterness that fades quickly.

Truly an awesome Assam blend. This must be kept in my cupboard.

I think 3 1/2-4 minutes is my sweet spot for this tea. Five minutes would get too bitter for me and 3 isn’t strong enough. :)

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

Mmm, sounds like a wonderful Assam.

Nicole

@Fjellrev… I do have 100g coming at some point once it gets through customs. Would you like to try some? And Golden Tips has a really low threshold for free international shipping. :)

Fjellrev

Thanks for the offer but I’m ok, really! So swamped and behind with what I already have. I’ll just wishlist it and order it someday. :)

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So… this is a sipdown. On the permanent wish list this one goes. I’m getting a little sour note at the end of the sip on the 2nd infusion doing this gongfu style that I didn’t get doing it Western style. But that’s far from a downside. So, so good. Smooth, malty, sweetness, molasses, om nom nom.

Sil

what-cha has some lovely teas.

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I’ve had this sample for quite awhile. I just ran across it again when organizing the tea cupboards.

This is a very enjoyable light tea. The jasmine is subdued but definitely there. It is a sweet rather than a floral jasmine. Smooth and overall a refreshing cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Pretty balanced. Moderate strength tea-tea with some light fruit and a bit of bitterness. That may be coming from not remembering the Darjeeling in here and not being careful with the temp and time. Now I want sugar cookies to try with it.

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drank Black Gold by Mandala Tea
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Hm. Could have sworn I tried this one previously but I don’t see it. This was a generous sample included by Garret in my recent order. Delicious, smooth, darkly sweet and fruity with a significant amount of malt. This one was sipped over the course of the entire day and it was equally tasty once it cooled off.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

so happy that you enjoyed it. There is something about this particular vintage that is so pleasing even while it is so young. Normally, I like this tea best at about 1.5 yrs to 3 yrs of age! The wetter weather prior to harvest and the extra drying time required made this young tea quite special very early. I believe I’ll make some right now since you got me thinking about it!

Nicole

This was absolutely yummy. I have just enough left to try it in a gaiwan. :)

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