635 Tasting Notes

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The scent of the dry leaves is strongly floral. The taste is floral but less intensely so than the scent. I didn’t really get that buttery feel but I’ll try again with different steeping parameters. I did get the mild astringency at the end of the sip, though. It’s a very pleasant light oolong. If I can get that butter to come out, it will be a restock for sure.

Thanks, Garret, for the generous sample!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Garret

The pleasure is all mine! The autumn crop will be in here next week, I think! Your sample was the spring. Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Christmas Tea by TeaGschwendner
635 tasting notes

Heavily cinnamon and also clove. The leaves were very fine after going through the mail in a card, so it didn’t take long to steep. :) It smells sweet though I don’t think there is any sugar in this. It’s not bad, even without milk and sugar, which is how I would normally do spiced teas. I added some sugar to the last half a cup but it didn’t seem to bring out any other spices, just made it sweet.

Thanks, carol who for sending this in the Christmas card swap!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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To be honest, I did not have this tea from the Estate direct. But I know where I tasted it, they got it from this direct source. So I have high confidence that my experience with it was what you’d get from this listing for the tea.

This was just a wonderful Darjeeling. I can’t remember if I’ve had a Glenburn autumn flush before but what a fantastic introduction. A medium body with stone fruit and a light hit of malt. Once I get over my tea spree guilt I’ll need to get some of this. Along with the instructions for how my host steeped it. :)

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drank Afternoon by Fortnum & Mason
635 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

When not oversteeped, this is quite a nice blend. More malt than I expected but still a light malt. Nice fruity notes and molasses. Oversteep and it turns into why I don’t do Ceylons very often – bitter, bitter, bitter. But done right it’s a good cup.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Aloalo by Lupicia
635 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

I didn’t read anything about this before tasting it. It had that distinctive hibiscus smell and look. It’s very tart and like hot, unsweetened fruit juice. It was a pretty purpley red color, though. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

Blahhhh hibiscus! :P

Nicole

Yes, blahhhh! Pretty but nasty. :)

Cameron B.

I had the displeasure of drinking a cup of hibiscus juice tea a couple of days ago. :(

Nicole

I got a cup of black currant at the Four Seasons with tea last month. I assumed from the description that it was a black tea with black currant. It turned out to be black currant tisane with what I am positive was hibiscus. :(

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T&C TTB Round 2

This seems very, very musky and strongly muscatel in flavor. It’s very pleasant. I am not sure I would keep it on hand but if I ran across it I’d pick some up.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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T&C TTB Round 2

I must not have hit the sweet spot with this one. I could tell it was somewhat fruity, but the actual orange flavor escaped me. It was just a kind of mildly generically fruit black. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Mad Paris by Mad Hat Tea Company
635 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

The packaging is good. Nice and thick. I could actually smell the tea in the package despite having been in a TTB. This is very vanilla. The black currant may be making the bergamot seem sweeter. Either that or this isn’t a terribly strong bergamot. Regardless, it is a very nice blend. Very similar to H&S Paris, which is probably what they were going for. :) Overall, I prefer H&S but this is very tasty.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Black Tea by Shan Valley
635 tasting notes

T&C TTB Round 2

This may have suffered from being in the TTB, I don’t know. Initial thoughts on smelling the liquor is pu-erh. Being CTC it was pretty much an insta-steep. As soon as I got the water in the cup I took out the infuser basket. It was okay. I didn’t get much of anything like others have noted. It was just similar to some not very good pu-erhs (the reason I haven’t expanded much into them). Dusty, odd and drying.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Sinharaja by Golden Moon Tea
635 tasting notes

Okay, I needed to follow the directions, I guess. I was a little nervous about steeping a Ceylon type of tea for 4-5 minutes. But at 3 minutes I get a pretty standard, unremarkable tea with none of the notes that other reviewers have noticed. Gonna have to try it again. Longer time, maybe more leaf.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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