618 Tasting Notes

drank Assam Gold by The Tea Merchant
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Sooo… I’m halfway through this package already and no notes! How did that happen?

Not a whole lot to say I guess, other than this is a really good, smooth Assam. Simply excellent and I’m glad I got it with my last order from The Tea Merchant.

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drank Jin Pin Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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I got this one as a sample with my last order from Yezi and I’m very glad that I did. It’s smoky, malty, earthy, sweetish and oddly enough, creamy. It’s almost like I added cream to this but I didn’t!

At first I was sort of put off by the smokiness, but it mellowed out quickly and the smoke subsided to a light level and the earthy creaminess came to the fore. I probably wouldn’t order it again, but I’m glad to have tried it!

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Such a pretty tea. The leaves are just lovely before steeping.

As normal for me, I completely ignored the 15 second steep time – I just don’t get much out of these short steep teas when I do them as recommended. I steeped 2 teaspoons in 8 ounces of water that was just off boiling. It was fantastic! Lightly malty and sweet with a bit of dust.

I have not tried any Jin Jun Mei from any other companies so I have no basis for comparison in that regard. I have other malty teas that I am equally pleased with so it wouldn’t be a must keep around tea, but if I were placing an order from Yezi, I’d certainly throw this into the cart.

I’ll try resteeping later and see if my unorthodox steeping method harmed the potential for resteeps. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Ysaurella

it looks like an interesting tea

Nicole

Well, unsurprisingly perhaps, it doesn’t resteep as well when you do it for a long time on the first go. :) It’s still good, but definitely less malty and less sweet. Still a smooth tea with no bitterness or dryness.

yyz

Short times for blacks often scare me too, but I have one Jinjunmei for which this is my preferred brew time boiling water, 5 second steep, than a slow pour from my yixing sized pot. It resulted in a rich red brew and a caramel like flavour.

Nicole

I shall have to try as recommended. Sometimes the merchants might know their product I suppose… :)

Ysaurella

;) sure but I’m like you, I am suspiscious with short steeps for black teas

yyz

I always try it with a small amount first, ie. make 1/2 a cup or less, so that if it doesn’t work out for me I’m not that disappointed. I find it tends to work best with very tippy blacks, but that is just my experience so far.

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
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This one was really good. I got the bready flavors without any problem. I took it on my recent trip to Vegas and it steeped up very nicely in subpar temperature water in the restaurant. Now I need to try it in more controlled conditions! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Bready? Hmm, odd!

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Not really sure what to think about this one. I asked for it as a free sample and holy cow, is the sample ever huge! I’m impressed.

It seems at first taste like there is too much going on. But I also think I used water that was a bit too hot. So I’m going to go again before I really review it. So far I’ll say that it looks very neat and interesting after steeping. It smells a bit smoky but somehow everything has been smelling a little smoky to me so maybe I’m just going through a smoke-sensitive/imagining phase. :)

One thing for sure – I have plenty to try again!

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drank Dragon Pearls by Capital Teas
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Hm. Silly me. I ordered this during the latest Capital Teas sale thinking I needed a jasmine dragon pearl around to have with Chinese and Thai takeout. I didn’t even read the description, I just ordered it. This isn’t jasmine. It’s just green. :)

So, while it wasn’t what I was expecting, that was my fault.

This is a decent green. Very juicy. It even smells a little fruity instead of vegetal. It reminds me more of a white than a green, actually. It’s very light. It seems to be a good quality.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 sec
CapitalTeas

Hi Nicole — thank you for your order and for your review. I hope you do enjoy the Dragon Pearls — it’s a very exquisite green tea. For Jasmine teas, see our Jasmine Gold Dragon Organic and Madame Butterfly Jasmine, a personal favorite of mine. Happy Brewing!

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Oooo… this was TAY-STEEEE!!!!

Thick, malty with a bite but still smooth. Smells yeasty and bready. Onto the shopping list this goes! Thanks, Sil!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Sil

yay! glad you enjoyed it

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Whoops. I forgot this was a white. I think my steeping method at work isn’t really made for delicate teas. I may have steeped all the flavor out of it. :( Ah well. Thanks for sending it along anyway, Sil!

Sil

haha no worries lol

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Another sent by Sil. I did some sipdowns today. :)

It makes me happy that I suspected it was a dragonwell from the look of the leaves and I read in other reviews that it is. I feel like I’ve actually retained something. :)

When steeping, this had a really strong “cooked green stuff” smell. Not unpleasant but nothing I seek out. The leaves turn bright, bright green after steeping. It is somewhat brothy, grassy, vegetal and clean. It isn’t really my thing but it is quenching.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

agreed. greens go too quickly for the small amount of times i want one.

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Finally got around to tasting this sample kindly sent to me by Sil some time ago.

It is indeed as she noted. An okay tea but nothing special.

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

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