517 Tasting Notes

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Everything stands from my previous note. Just adding that this is Freakin’ Awesome as an iced tea. :)

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drank Sungma Darjeeling by Harney & Sons
517 tasting notes

I split a tin of this with a co-worker on my latest Harney order.

Our first shared pot smacked me in the face with… cinnamon?? I took a guess that I had forgotten to take the infuser home to scrub clean after the last pot of chai that we brewed up. We rinse with near-boiling water at work, but especially after chais I like to take it home and really scrub at it, let it stand in bleach water, etc. to really get those spices out. So I steeped a single cup with my own infuser and no cinnamon. But this time around I noticed a buttery, oolong-like quality to the feel of the broth. Wowser, that’s impressive.

And honestly, the faint buttery cinnamon wasn’t that unwelcome. Might have to do some novice tea blending and see what I can come up with. :)

Oh, Sungma, how I’ve missed you. I may regret splitting that tin.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Golden Yunnan by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Another swap from Aurelia Fish, thanks!

I haven’t had that many Adagio teas, but I have been going hog wild with the yunnans lately. This smells smokier than it tastes. Somewhat harsher than I like. A harshness that I associate with cheap teas but I see from browsing the website that the cost isn’t what I would associate with a cheap tea. :)

I wouldn’t call what I tasted “peppery” like many others but maybe that is the harshness. While this is an okay yunnan, and the sample will certainly be used up, it won’t go on a list to buy in the future.

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

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drank Golden Monkey by Adagio Teas
517 tasting notes

Thanks to Aurelia Fish for this swap sample!

This was a good Golden Monkey. Mild, a tad smoky, middling malty with an average to thick body.

I’ll have to try this next to Harney & Sons when I get another sample from there to see which one I prefer. It was good and I enjoyed it but even after reading my tasting note for the H&S I can’t remember what prompted me to rate that one so highly.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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drank Walter Bishop Honeybush by 52teas
517 tasting notes

We had this iced today at our tea party. It went over really well. I cold brewed it overnight and it was perfectly yummy by lunchtime. Not a bit of sourness and deliciously strawberry. Iced, I can see that Walter might approve, even without hallucinogens added. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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I am a fan of frozen mango. :) And I like Della Terra’s mango tea.

I like this blend. I have no idea if I taste papaya or not – I probably can’t swear that I’ve ever had papaya as a fruit. It’s a good blend with the tea base. Smells wonderful.

The rest of this bonus sample that was generously included with my order will likely be served at the summer tea party on Thursday. And I may serve it iced.

When I order again from Mahamosa, I think this will probably go on the to-be-iced list.

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So this wasn’t too bad. Those of you who are on a quest for natural tasting raspberry probably won’t find what you are looking for here but if you just want a decently strong black base with a fairly strong raspberry flavor, this is it.

I love raspberries. I am usually not a fan of it in teas. It almost always ends up being too tart. I think the cream flavor balances out the tart in this blend pretty well.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a decent vanilla black tea. Almost caramelly in smell and with a sweetish taste.

For the price and taste I think I’d probably keep Harney & Son’s Vanilla Black in the cupboard over this one, but if one were making an order from Mahamosa and wanted something to round it out, this is a good tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Ysaurella

you should try the Mariage Frère one : Vanille des îles
It’s a very natural one and the base is fantastic

Sil

hmm good to know lol

Nicole

I’ll have to try the MF one, Ysaurella. Sounds good!

Sil – I hesitate to recommend a company to someone who has over 200 teas at the moment, but Mahamosa is good to deal with and has generous sample sizes. :)

Sil

nicole – lol oh there will be an order one of these days. I’ll have to try the MF one but i for sure have mahamosa on my list of tea places to try eventually. just need to get my cupboard back under control.

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I had this yesterday as a point of comparison with Steeped Tea’s EGdlC.

This one is better. Not as harsh, more creamy. Still not sure if it’s the best one, but it’s pretty good. Bergamotty, mildly creamy, good tea base. Still leans towards a tendency to astringency but not bad and I could probably go with 2 minutes instead of 3 and reduce that.

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

I’ll keep that in mind. Thanks for the suggestion!

looseTman

You’re welcome!

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This is probably okay to cook with but for the price, you can get a better tea base. This is pretty harsh and to me there is nothing special about it. It’s not undrinkable, it just isn’t a stand-out.

I got it as part of an order to see if I wanted to become a consultant. I think I’ve had enough really great tea over the past couple of years that I can’t bring myself to sell this to other people at the prices Steeped Tea charges. Not when I know that for the same money you can get truly excellent teas.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Cavocorax

That’s good to know! My aunt is buying me some tea from there and I was looking at what was required to host a party / be a consultant etc, but I wouldn’t be comfortable with it if the tea wasn’t enjoyable.

Nicole

I wanted to try the tea before I jumped into selling it and I’m glad I did. I expect many who are not as exposed to tea would like this. Maybe you’ll find something in what your aunt gets you that you like. :) And there is always the possibility that I got a not so good batch.

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