563 Tasting Notes

83

It’s rainy; it’s been dark and rainy all day (though not really cold, just slightly chilled). This was my post dinner tea. Trying to use it up and still have something I like for the evening. :)

In an unusual choice for me I added a sugar cube and a drizzle of cream to two of the cups. Then one I had plain, one with just sugar and one with just cream. I don’t often have tea with milk of any kind but I do love the way the cream looks as it spirals through the cup. An entire pot of tea will probably make me get up 3 or 4 times tonight but it was tasty and worth it. :) And the sugar kept me out of the Halloween candy!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Today has been a perfect ‘tea’ day, although oddly all I drank was MatchaCCHINOs today.

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90

Mmm. This one smells malty and rich when steeped. I used my normal heaping teaspoon in about 10 ounces of water. The leaves are on the small side but the flavor is not. This is a good cup. I’d keep it in my rotation of Assams.

And on a good note, the doctor followup went well. Everything well below danger level – cholesterol, sugars, the whole works. Whew. The only inconvenient directive I got was to exercise. So this is now my 3rd cup of tea since I got home 2 hours ago. Wooohooo for caffeine! And anecdotally for black tea which I chose to believe has been keeping my cholesterol down. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Yay for everything being healthy!

gmathis

I’m with you on the health benefits; there’s even some verifiable science on our side. The Internet says so :) This Assam sounds good!

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91

Creamy, malty, fruity… it is, it is! This is a super tasty Assam. And this is a super lame tasting note. Just don’t have much complex to say about this one. It’s a great tasting cup.

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

Well, your tasting note made me want to try it anyway… not lame!

Nicole

LOL…I’m glad it piqued your interest. :)

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84

This is very reminiscent of a green tea in a lot of ways. The leaves are very, very green and the liquid is light golden. It is very light, very mildly astringent and fruity. I don’t often drink first flushes so I don’t have a lot of points of comparison but this is nice.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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90

There we go. More leaf at 3 minutes is the sweet spot for a practically perfect cup for me. Upping the rating to reflect that. I don’t think I mentioned last time how pretty the dry leaf is. A wide range of colors – reminds me of a Darjeeling just from the look.

Malty, smooth, a bit dusty, dark and mildly sweet.

This needs to stay in my cupboard. It was a perfect tea to be the first one after a 20 hour fast so I could have some standard tests done. I seriously missed my tea all day today. Unfortunately I needed to get this done quickly and 4 in the afternoon was the first appointment. Which meant that I ate last at 8 pm last night. I missed tea more than food. I need help.

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

I’m looking forward to trying this one soon-ish heh
Hope your tests went ok and everything is good.

Nicole

Oh, they are just yearly physical type tests that I haven’t had since… mumble… years. Won’t know for a week or so. I’m just hoping they don’t say “cut out caffeine and sugar.” I might die.

Ysaurella

they won’t say that :)

Nicole

Your typing to the Tea Gods’ ears, Ysaurella. :)

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85

A very nice tea. Much like a Darjeeling, but not as thick as I think of second flushes as being. It’s very light and mildly vegetal but with a bit of the dryness of Darjeeling in the background. I’ll have to try again and pay a bit more attention to steeping time. I think I did this about 3 1/2 minutes but it could have been longer. I was also cleaning the cat water fountain and may have gotten a bit distracted… :)

Thanks, James, for putting this in with my sample bag. It’s one I’d drink again. I’ll bet when I share this with my Darjeeling fan coworker, he’ll like it as well.

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

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93

This is not very smoky which is good because I am not a Lapsang fan. When it cools down the smoke becomes more present. But when hot, this is sweet and thick and hay-ey. Reminds me a bit of the Black Pearl from Mountain Tea Co. Also a bit of Laoshan Black but the main difference is that I don’t like Laoshan Black and I really, really like this.

Thanks so much, Sil!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

woohoo! i found you your very own LB grin

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83

So… I came back from the mini-vacation with either enraged allergies or a cold. I can’t taste much so I’m sticking with something that has enough flavor to break through my stuffy head, nothing that is new to me so I don’t miss something and also nothing that I really, truly love so I don’t waste it. :)

This is a nice, strong cup. I taste the tea, none of the bitter and it’s nice and hot. :)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

Whenever I have a super stuffy head I always slam it with chais, minty teas, or lapsang. It blasts through the stuffy. I hope you feel better soon!

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This was the first tea James let us try at our impromptu tasting session on Tuesday.

It’s a very nice green. Lightly fruity, with a bit of toasty leather to it. Greens are not my thing, really, so I’m not putting a numeric rating on this. My mother quite liked it though and she does like several different greens. :)

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100

So while I was in Texas visiting relatives and buying obscene amounts of chocolate, I had the opportunity to meet with James from Single Origin Teas. He talked about Amba estate and his experience working there. He is truly a wealth of tea knowledge and is very passionate about tea.

We were lucky enough to be able to taste this tea while there. Wow. This is a fantastic tea. We got to try it back to back with the Amba without tea flowers and yes, there is a difference. This is slightly sweeter and smoother. Plus, it’s pretty. :) I think there could be a tendency towards bitterness if oversteeped but just understeeping yielded a lovely cup.

James is good Tea People. Super nice, very gracious and happy to share his tea and his knowledge. I hope his plans and dreams get off the ground and succeed because there can never be too much quality tea!

gmathis

Just tried my first Single Origin today. A good start!

Sil

oooooh sounds lovely!

Single Origin Teas

Glad to hear that you enjoyed the tasting! :)

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