532 Tasting Notes

92

This is a good, thick Assam with a definite bite. Semi-lame-ish tasting note as I am home late. I had this at work and actually did jot down some notes but left them there. I don’t honestly think they were much more complicated than this, though. :) I do remember that I didn’t steep for longer than 3 minutes. I think at 4, as recommended, it might have been a bit harsh for me.

I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to keep this in my stash, but I wouldn’t turn it down if someone gave me some. And someone did with this sample. :) Thanks, Sil!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96

Finally! A Yunnan where I taste that sweet potato everyone always talks about!

This is a simply lovely Yunnan. Sweetish, dark, honeyed, sweet potato. Smells strongly of baked sweet potato, in fact.

Yes, this does need to be on my shopping list. Thanks for the chance to try before buying, Sil! :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Yay! I’m so glad Terri sent me some before I ordered more so that I could share with you hahaha.

Nicole

Oh there is an order in the making here. Coworker & I have a few between us that we want. I saved half of your sample for him to try. He may just have to take my word for how good it is. If he’s not at work tomorrow, it will be gone. :)

Sil

Haha. If there are other teas I send your way you think coworkers may enjoy just remind me and I’ll send a little extra ;)

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76

Hm.

Hm.

This was gifted to me about a year after it was purchased (yeah, in my family we sometimes lose track of things…) so I don’t know if that has anything to do with the flavor I’m getting.

First sip was floral for some reason. Second sip was fruity. After that, it now tastes like Smarties. Not the chocolate Smarties you get in countries other than the US, but the US Smarties – the chalky, vaguely fruit flavored discs that come wrapped in a tube. Everyone gets them on Halloween and most kids don’t eat them. Not that they are bad, they just aren’t that mother load of Halloween – chocolate! Now they have all kinds of brands and flavors, even SweeTart ones. But the ones this tea reminds me of are the original Smarties.

As it cools I get some of the ginger peach flavors back. Not a bad black base – mild and unintrusive. Might be quite good cold. Not sure how fast I’ll work my way through this tin with all the other options available to me. :) I have plenty of it, though, so if anyone wants any, speak up! (just like with any of my cupboard teas…I’m always up for swap or flat out reducing my stash through giving!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Haha rockets! As a kid those were my favourite at Halloween :)

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98

Holy cats. This is one awesome Assam. Caramely and malty. Yeah, this will have to be purchased. The question will be if I can wait until going there in person next May/June or if I will have to order it before then. :)

Thanks for sharing, Sil!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

YAAAAAY!!! so glad you like this and now you know why brahim is “good” but not AS good… haha

Nicole

Oh, yes. :)

TeaBrat

That’s what I had this morning also. ;)

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85

Such lovely leaves! Fluffy, golden and long. The liquid is very light. Much lighter than I associate with a Yunnan. So light that I probably oversteeped a bit (okay, a lot) expecting a darker color. That said, there was still much less bitterness than I’d expect from a steep this long. Still a light flavor with a bit of sweet in the background. Not much malt in the flavor but a good amount in the steep.

The sample from Sil was generous enough that I will be able to give this another shot and steep for less time to compare. :) Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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89

Okay, this one could easily find a home in my permanent stash. Dark, fruity/winey notes in the undergrowth, malt hiding in the background, bit of sharpness, deep dark mahogany color, homemade molasses wheat bread.

Thanks, Sil! Gives me something to put on the list for when I visit Portland next spring. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yay! glad you liked it. #49 still my favourite but this one is darn tasty too!

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76
drank Cream Assam by Gong Fu Tea Shop
532 tasting notes

I got this to go with me when I left Gong Fu Tea on Friday. I was tempted to buy some leaf to take with me, but again, 2 full ounces for a new to me tea is a bit much. Plus, it smelled a whole lot like another tea I already have. :)

Again, I think the staff is mistaken in steeping this for 5 minutes. The honey notes were slightly burned tasting and the base was pretty in your face. Other than that, it was a very good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
K S

Will they not steep shorter if you ask?

Nicole

They probably would, I’m sure. But it being my first time there (and having already confused them by asking for a Golden Yunnan which they had never heard of), I thought I’d let them do their thing. And since it is 3 hours away I’m not likely to get back especially soon. :) But I will certainly ask them on my next visit to steep for about 3 instead of 5.

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83

I had a pot of this on Friday while in Gong Fu Tea. It was good but I think the staff steeped it a bit too long – 5 minutes. It was strong and not harsh but the maltiness was missing. It has a heavy malty smell when dry.

I got some to take home just the same (wishing that they would offer smaller amounts than 2 ounces) and tried steeping for what I would consider a normal time.

Yes. This time I get maltiness, though not as much as some others and a deeper flavor profile. I wouldn’t keep this in the cupboard over other favorites, but it is quite nice.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

All you really need to do is find friends who like black tea who will swap .5 ounce of tea with you for onto nether random tea you haven’t tried. Haha Terri and I do that occasionally – she buys x dollars worth and then I buy the same, plot them in half and then mail them to each other :) twice the tea for the same price and no one"s stuck with 1-2ounces all to themselves :)

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
532 tasting notes

I’m so very glad I picked this up.

Dry leaves smelled like lemon jello. :)

Nice black tea base and the bergamot and citrus blend quite nicely. Even steeped I occasionally get that lemon jello flavor at the forefront which must mean that I think this is slightly sweet. A lot of times I find citrus earls too tart but this is super!

This is the one that started my shopping list for Kusmi and it did not disappoint. I think this will be a popular one with the tea party folks as well. Speaking of which, now that I’m over my jet lag, it’s probably time for a tea party… :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

agree this Kusmi is my favourite one. I love the special way the citrus work on the tea base.

Nicole

I shared this with my mother and she says she may be putting this on her list as her go-to tea with bergamot. So at least I’ll have someone to split a tin with when I need more! :)

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79

Picked this up in the Nairobi airport. It’s very, very fine. Not like the CTC/rotovaned teas I’m used to seeing, but more like feathery shavings.

It brews almost immediately to a dark coppery golden brown. No mistaking the scent – yup, that’s Tea. :) It’s nothing awesome to rave about and I don’t pick up any flavors other than “black tea” but as a basic, no nonsense quick morning cup, it’s quite acceptable.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 30 sec

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