626 Tasting Notes

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drank Jin Jun Mei Black Tea by Yezi Tea
626 tasting notes

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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94
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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96

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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97
drank Peach Brulée by Tea Forte
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Damn. Hoisted by my cut and paste. I don’t know how to make that accent mark on the keyboard so I couldn’t find this by typing in the name. Had to search for Tea Forte and look through their teas. That’s what I get for entering the tea info via cut and paste from the Tea Forte site. :)

Had this with dinner tonight. Mom came up to take me delayed Christmas present clothes shopping and we had a very substandard turkey & rice soup – it’s always so disappointing when soups don’t turn out and I can’t think of anything to improve them – with some fresh oatmeal bread. The bread was AH-MAZING though so that made up for the bread. And this tea is very, very good. Probably not the most fitting match for the dinner but excellent nonetheless.

MissB

Just switch to International Keyboard, and it’s easy. A colleague spelled it out (I only started using it myself, because of Steepster!) http://french.about.com/od/writing/ss/typeaccents_2.htm

Kaylee

I didn’t know that peach brulée is a thing! Awesome!

Nicole

Cool. Thanks, MissB!

As a real food thing peach brulée is peaches with brown sugar on top, heated to carmelize the sugar. I have never had it, not really liking warm peaches but as a tea this is wonderful. Peachy and caramely.

http://joythebaker.com/2009/06/peach-brulee/

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That sounds delicious! I used to eat brown sugar baked peaches with cream all the time as a kid…but growing up in Georgia means you are inundated with the fruit :)

tigress_al

Yummy, this dessert would be so good!

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94
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
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Trying to ease my way back into tea taste. My tastebuds have been way off since that brief tummy thing after Christmas and my straight blacks just haven’t sounded good. :( No matter. If my taste is changing again, then I’ll either keep what I know were favorites or I’ll have mass amounts for swapping. :)

Straight, this is still very good. Still not as good as I remember it being just 2 months ago. Now, add a teaspoon of cream and WOW! The honey and caramel just pop into your mouth and transform this into a full-on dessert tea. This is pure heaven on a very cold and getting colder night.

tea-sipper

oh no! I hope the teas taste better to you again!

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