642 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to ifjuly, I am tasting my first Teavivre tea and I think my first tan yang (unless it has been masquerading under other names).

Oh so sweet and caramely and bready. It was awesome and then I started eating some sharp cheese. Suddenly it was like this tea had cream added to it. I have never had that happen before. Food that enhances a flavor already noticed, yes. But adds a flavor not dreamed of previously? Not until now.

And the second steep, while not as deep in flavor, was still eminently drinkable.

Damn. Now I have to make a Teavivre order soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ifjuly

yay, glad you’re digging it! and as far as i know, tanyang sometimes is called panyang, the way congou is related to gongfu and kungfu.

i have a feeling you’d like a bunch of the teavivre black teas, like their dian hong golden tip and bailin gongfu. they’re often rich and sweet and bready too. and they’re pretty reasonably priced, which is nice.

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80
drank Blue Lady by Single Origin Teas
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Not sure why I haven’t reviewed this one yet. It is a nice, fruity tea. Not sure I could pick out a passionfruit from a blind fruit taste test, but this is fruity. :) There are other fruity teas I prefer, but this one is nicely balanced.

My mother quite enjoys it. It was one of the teas I served at her surprise 65th birthday tea party this past weekend and we went through 2 pots of it (along with 4 other teas). It seemed to resteep well. She’s had friends ask her about it who seem to be interested in getting some. So, while it is nothing I’ll go out of my way to keep on hand, it was popular.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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92
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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There is no way this is a white tea!

Lightly malty, mildly sweet, hefty, chewy, just lovely. This was a sample and I’d certainly think about keeping some of it on hand.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
MissB

Third review of this I’ve run into today, including mine. This is a White Rhino day!

Courtney

This tea is amazing!

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92
drank Coconut Almond by Paromi
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This is what I was remembering when I accidentally put part of this review on another tea!

I really enjoyed this sachet. Definitely coconut and definitely almond, neither fakey. I put a tiny dab of half and half into the last half of the cup and it made it just luscious. I also left the bag in the cup through the whole time and it never got bitter. Always a plus!

Thanks, ifjuly!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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90

This is deep and dark and rich. I don’t know that I’d keep it on hand but not through any failings of the tea itself. I simply have plenty of other teas that are available in lesser amounts that do the same thing for me.

I did this with my water at home and noticed no smokiness. I have plenty left to try with filtered water at work, thanks to the generosity of ifjuly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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89

This is a fine example of a second flush Darjeeling. Muscatel, lovely, light but not too light. It has the characteristic dryness as well. If you aren’t a Darjeeling fan, this will not be for you. :) If, however, you like 2nd flushes, this is a great one to pick up.

And the customer service at SOT is just impeccable. Shipping is ultra fast and the only thing I regret about this latest order is that I didn’t grab more of the Mokalbari Assam like I had intended!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

Mmmm… so this may be one of the better English Breakfast blends I’ve had. Of course, it probably helps that I like both of the teas that make up this blend. It’s a deep, golden red, chewy, hefty kick in the pants. Why I’m drinking it with dinner… eh. :)

And it is excellent with cream. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

gah! i need to place an order with these guys sooooooon!

TeaBrat

me too, they look good :)

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60
drank Caramel by Kusmi Tea
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Another from the ifjuly box o’ bounty! :)

This one is not impressing me much. It’s moderately sweet but it reminds me more of the bourbon vanilla than of caramel. And I’m not a huge fan of the bourbon vanilla. While this one won’t be going on the list, it’s drinkable and I’m glad to have tried it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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75
drank Bungalow by Steven Smith Teamaker
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Another from the generous ifjuly! :)

This was very nice. A good combination of flushes, it was a nice deep golden color and all the good characteristics of a darjeeling while skipping a few of the not so nice ones. It was well balanced, thicker than a first flush but not extremely dry. In fact, not really dry at all but oversteeping could lead to bitterness – there was a faint hint of it in my steep. This one needs to be watched closely, but in my experience, a lot of darjeelings need to be watched closely. They are sometimes sneaky and finicky.

I don’t know that I would replace this one but if I were on the cusp of free shipping I might throw this one in the cart, knowing it would be enjoyed. Or if I ran across it locally on sale I might grab it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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85
drank Neptune by Lupicia
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Got this in a swap with ifjuly!

Nonspecific fruit and honey. I would consider ordering some loose leaf in the future.

I said earlier that this was a bag. My mistake – I was confusing it with a different tea! This was loose leaf. I would still consider buying it. :)
Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
gmathis

Sometimes that nonspecific fruit is pretty tasty!

Nicole

And I like that it frees you to not wonder which fruit you are tasting. :)

ifjuly

uh oh, i think something’s amiss in my labeling. i sent off one sachet tea, it was paromi’s coconut almond…i just checked my swap list notes and i didn’t send any lupicia neptune. o_O i am really sorry for the mix up, ack. i’m trying to figure out how that even happened…!

ifjuly

oh wait. i did send neptune too. but it’s loose. the paromi’s the only bagged tea. maybe i switched the labels on the bags somehow? ack.

ifjuly

(this is reminding me, i really need to find better labels that actually stick and lay flat on those baggies. hrm.)

Nicole

This is probably my bad. I probably had both and forgot. :)

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