537 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Tippy Yunnan by Tealeaves
537 tasting notes

While this is woody and spicy and without bitterness, it is an overall disappointing cup. I can get Yunnans I like much better, with much more depth of flavor, for less or equal price from other companies. It’s not awful enough to not drink but I can tell it will be a long time before this gets to a sipdown.

First cup was at work. Filtered water, probably around 190F and for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. Second cup was here at home with unfiltered water just off boiling for 3 minutes, then 5 minutes. I’ll keep trying with some different parameters, but for now there just isn’t much there there to this tea and it won’t be the first or even fourth thing I reach for when steeping a cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

Maybe gongfu is in order

Nicole

I think I’ll try that method this weekend.

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Cameron B was right when she sent me this, saying that I might like it because of my high rating of Paris. :) This is fruity and while not exceedingly bergamotty, it is there in the background for me along with some cocoa notes, oddly enough. This would not replace Paris for me but it is good to have tried it! Thanks, Cameron B!

boychik

I find this similar to St Petersburg .

Nicole

Yes, I hadn’t thought about that but it is similar. Of the two, I think I prefer this one. But that could be because I have had it most recently. :)

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This is not one of the tiny CTC teas like a lot of the African teas are. The leaves are not huge, but still much larger than you find in most standard tea bags. There is an odd taste to this – fishy? Lake-y? Lake-y, I think is the best way to describe it. Woody and lake-y. It is a fairly consistent taste across Tanzanian teas I have had. All the bagged teas I had while over there had this same flavor profile. Not sure if this is because maybe the bagged teas I had were all made with Livingstonia Estate teas (doubtful), or if it is the terrior there that leads to the similar flavor.

Regardless this is a perfectly acceptable cup of tea. Nothing awesome, nothing standout, nothing to keep around but nothing to refuse a cup of. :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
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Wow, the leaves unfurl to majestic proportions! I do love that about oolongs. :)

Light and delicate with some of those buttery notes that I like in oolongs. The pear is subtle – as with most pear teas I’ve had the scent is stronger than the flavor. I’ll have to try this one at work with filtered water. And I perhaps had the temperature a tad too high as there are small bitter notes leaking in around the edges. I thought I let it cool down enough but I am fairly impatient. :)

No rating for now, but I have high hopes.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Megan

This sounds like a tasty combination! And I think oolongs might be my favorite just because of the leaves.

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drank Garden Party by Tealeaves
537 tasting notes

Okay, this doesn’t count against me for my July hiatus since my mother bought it. :)

This is very nice. Scent is very jasmine but a sweet jasmine, if that makes any sense. Sometimes the jasmine scent in tea is a sharp floral, but this one is not. If I were to guess at why I’d say that the Yunnan part of the base is softening it. There is mild malt in the background but it all melds very nicely together. Not in the least bit astringent or bitter, though I did watch the time pretty closely because of the presence of the Ceylon.

This will be a pleasant tin to get through.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

Sounds good, but my goodness their tea is expensive! :(

Nicole

It does take a big gulp to buy from them. Per ounce (at least for the ones we got) it isn’t any more expensive than say Butiki but they only offer the 3.5 oz tin option. I wish they’d offer tinless refills and smaller amounts.

Unfortunately Mom & I got hooked on their Eros blend when having tea at Disneyworld a few years ago. So when we are out of that, we try to find other things to try as well. Maybe 1 order per year or so. :) And let me know when you are down on your samples, I’d be happy to share some of their teas. :)

Cameron B.

Lol, I don’t need more tea you crazy! :P

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drank Yunnan d'Or by Le Palais des Thes
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This was a sample size that the extremely nice lady at the shop gave me when I purchased the Grand Cru Yunnan. She said “So you can compare!” And so I did. :)

I may prefer this one. I still have enough left for one more cup of this, so I should try them side by side. Maybe this weekend. It would be nice to prefer this one since it is the less expensive one, that’s for sure! :)

I had 2 steeps of this today. One at work with filtered water and one at home with tap water. Cameron B. has been commenting in some of her recent reviews that she is having problems nailing down her water. This is a perfect example for me of how water does matter and bottled or filtered is not always the best for my tastes. The cups I had at work with filtered water were unremarkable. Very plain. Not even really sure I could have said it was a Yunnan – just a black tea. Or as gmathis says, “brown leaf juice.”

At home, the cups I had have been malty with some honey and wood. I’m not sure what they mean in the description by “acid.” I don’t get anything I would say is acid. That conjures up bad thoughts, not nice tea thoughts. :) I do get the “animal notes” though. I’m not even really sure how describe it. Like burying your face in a warm cat or puppy. I had never thought about it in those terms but a lot of Yunnans give me the same impression. No wonder I like them! Nothing better than face fuzzies!

Not sure I’d buy either of the Palais Yunnans I’ve had especially in the 3.5 ounce sizes (the only sizes available online). I know I’d get this one over the Grand Cru Yunnan Buds, though.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Peppermint Bark by Capital Teas
537 tasting notes

After some really ill-advised anniversary dining that my tummy is apparently too old to handle well anymore… I’m still paying for it 3 days later (habanero ranch bacon cheeseburger, fries with buffalo sauce, half a pound of Skittles and 2 chocolate Drumstick ice cream cones. Doesn’t help that dinner the night before was a burger with hot sauce and Cajun fries…). I’ve been mostly avoiding tannic things, hot things, spicy things, carbonation, grease, sugars… basically everything I eat or drink! :) Hoping this calms things down again. It’s been getting better but I want to drink tea all day tomorrow again! :) 2 reviews I posted tonight were jotted down much earlier, and I just found the notes again today, so I actually only had 2 cups of tea all day long before this one. :(

I was originally looking for more of a straight mint tea but I think I have too much tea in not a very good order because I know I have some but I couldn’t find it… Tonight I’m getting much more chocolate from this, both in scent and in taste and not as much mint as previously. Wonder if my tastebuds are off because of tummy has an unhappy? This is still very good and it’s a nice take-the-place-of-dessert tea.

boychik

Shu works, give it a try. I always drink it after heavy meal. My tummy doesn’t like too much meat or fat anymore. Even my hubby asks for “rice tea” when he overeats

gmathis

Don’t you hate not being able to eat like a teenager any more? Spouse and I have been getting that message full steam lately :)

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86
drank Golden Blend by Harney & Sons
537 tasting notes

I’m glad I waited to try this at work before rating it. When I had it here at home, even with spring water, it wasn’t really standing out. I was looking at the price for a pound and thinking “Wow, really? I would never pay that much for this. Glad I only got 2 ounces.” After having it at work today, it turned into a nice, mellow, smooth blend. Honey and cocoa and medium maltiness. I wouldn’t pick it over Golden Monkey alone but for being the best of both worlds, it’s really very good. I guess when I do it at home I need to err on the low side of water temperature. Can’t really get above about 185-190 at work I think.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
boychik

Did you try it in store? Sounds delicious !

TeaTiff

How is it different than Golden monkey taste wise?

Nicole

I think I did try it in the store. So it must have impressed me there. :)

Nicole

@TeaTiff: It’s milder. Blend a golden monkey with a good, medium tippy Assam. A milder malt, not as much cocoa, not as much honey but with more mild fruity notes maybe.

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The leaves smell soooo vanilla with sweet bergamot… reminds me a lot of Paris from Harney. But when steeped, there isn’t much vanilla or bergamot. It is however, massively Darjeeling. Deeply muscatel with stone fruits and some grassyness. I got zero astringency as well. I quite like this one, even if it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.

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This has darker leaves than the Yunnan Black Buds from Upton. It also has more of the flavor I expect. Hay, dust, minor hint of smoke (or maybe it’s just my super paranoid smoke detector tastebuds), some sharpness. I normally would expect sweetness rather than sharpness though. While this is better than the Black Buds, it is still a wholly unremarkable Yunnan. Still, better than no Yunnan, but nothing I’ll get more of.

Cameron B.

I definitely get smokiness in some of the less tippy Yunnans.

Nicole

So at least my tastebuds aren’t alone in their tinfoil-hattiness. :)

boychik

Tiny bit of maple syrup( Terri and Sil recommendation )

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