214 Tasting Notes

88

Aaah, it’s good to be on Steepster again. And this tea is, as always, marvellous.

I hope to be here more often now that the autumn is approaching. I haven’t been buying a whole lot of new teas recently but I am planning a few bigger orders in the near future. It’s good to read your posts and tasting notes, guys! I’m so glad this community exists.

(And I hope Stacy won’t mind I hi-jacked one of her tea’s pages to write a mostly personal post ;))

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86

TTB&C 2

So good! This oolong is more on the grassy side with some minor flowery notes. The mouthfeel is not exactly creamy although it might get there with the next steep. Very refreshing and “green-tasting”, perfect to sip on on a rather warm afternoon here in PA. I am ready to make another infusion!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

I love this tea! :D

Kat_Maria

It’s pretty awesome!

TheTeaFairy

My favourite green oolong!

Kat_Maria

You mean this specific one from Tealux or Da Yu Lings in general? I must check it out from other places.

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92

TTB&C 2

If there’s a Butiki tea in a traveling box, I am totally having it!

This Assam is not as malty as I expected it would be (because the dry leaf looked so cunningly Chinese golden tips like), at least not upfront. And I think I would be quick to designate it to the space of “Assams that don’t really do it for me” except this aftertaste… The aftertaste is doing this whole tea for me! So imagine this, upfront you are getting a slightly astringent, basic and ascetic kind of assam notes and then from the background emerges this creamy kick of sweetness that lingers on your tongue like a caramel candy. It’s such an amazing trick you want to pause whatever you are doing for every sip of this tea that you take. I am totally getting an ounce of this next time I shop at Butiki!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ost

Sounds amazing! :O

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91

TTB&C 2

So… There’s a bit of a mess-up and the description for this darjeeling says the flush is from 2012. The one I have is from 2014 but there wasn’t any separate page for it, so here I am.

I am finally getting to try the famous Margaret’s Hope darjeeling! Even though I generally prefer second fluhes, this one is really superb. Fairly malty, mostly sweet with pleasant astringent undertones. It is also kind of earthy and woodsy. Kind of like a forest after the rain – if you could eat the aroma that it gives off, this is how it would taste like. I am digging it!

I also love the first flush darjeeling dry leaf, the green and straw yellow of it with glimpses of darker brown. It’s beautiful.

I am really happy that I could try it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Dragon Pearls by Capital Teas
214 tasting notes

TTB&C 2

I absolutely adore the look of these pearls, but I adore the look of any tea pearls it seems :D Unfortunately, the flavor is not as exciting as the looks of the dry leaf, although it is not by any means a bad tea. I notice an interesting note of buttery sweetness. Something I rather like in green teas. It is slightly too weak, however, and sinks quickly in the overall correct but sensationally uneventful (?) green tea taste. I would definitely be happy to accept a cup of this when offered but probably wouldn’t need to stock it in my cupboard.

It was really nice to try it, though. Thank you, whoever placed it in the Box (Nicole?) :D

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Nicole

That was pretty much my conclusion: I’d accept a cup but wouldn’t stock it. And yeah, I forgot to put my name on the stuff I put in :P

Kat_Maria

That’s okay! I thought it might be you since there was only your tasting note on the tea page before I wrote mine :D

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94

TTB&C II

This is such a delicious tea! From the aroma, that seemed more on the fruity side, I expected a fruitier and tarter assam but this is more like the malty one that I love. I find some chocolate notes, too. It has a very creamy and silky mouthfeel. And now that it cooled down, the aroma actually corresponds with the taste much more…

I am off to make another steep! Thanks, Sil, for including this one. This is my first Taiwan Tea Crafts tea ever :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

YAY! glad you had a positive experience with them. TTC is a really nice company for taiwanese blacks if they’re your thing

Kat_Maria

They are definitely my thing and for a while now I have had TTC on my list of “companies I need to order from and somehow haven’t yet” :D I am glad I could try something from them through the Traveling Box.

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84

Can I squeeze in one tasting note before I disappear for two weeks? Sure I can.

When I was a kid, pistachio was my favorite flavor of ice cream. This tea was definitely a return to those times, which was something I was counting on.

Brewed tea smells and tastes exactly how I remember pistachio ice cream to smell and taste. The base tea perfectly blends with the flavoring and even if something about this tea gets a tad too bitter, the bitterness can always be re-imagined as being a part of genuine nut flavor.

First sips, to be honest, did not impress me too much, in spite of being so nostalgic, but as I kept drinking I was more and more impressed with it. I will definitely consider getting some more of it in the future. This was a free sample that I got from Stacy (Thank you!) with my most recent order.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I got this tea as a sample and I was kind of disappointed. Maybe it was that touch of bitterness? Maybe a lower temp would solve that. If I see it in a TTB or something, I might grab another sample and give it another try.

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88

Another backlog before I hop away to work.

Thank you for such a generous sample of this tea, Angel!

My first as well as final impression of this was that this tea is serious. I mean, it does not have the playful, and almost flirtatious, sweetness of some other Chinese blacks but, nevertheless, it has the same malty depth. For all I remember, it could even have more depth. Every sip would stay on my tongue like a piece of luxurious dark chocolate and melt away slowly.

I could easily see how this tea would become a breakfast, everyday tea in spite of the fact that one should definitely not gobble it down and rush around with it. It is very up to the point, however. Like morning decisions. Like organizing your day. Like trying to wake up :D

The notes I noticed here are those of baked bread and malt with a hint of dark chocolate. While the sweetness, as I already mentioned, is not as pronounced, the tea is neither bitter nor astringent in any way.

It is the kind of tea you just want to keep on drinking. And that was what I did on my last Monday afternoon that I had off work :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

I love golden monkey!

Kat_Maria

I know I will want more of it once I am out of the samples :)

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89

Backlog. I need to be quick with these backlog notes because my time is severely limited. I am supposed to prepare for work in… 2 minutes ago :P And tomorrow I’ll be gone (away from the Internet at least, for almost 2 weeks). Anyway, here’s my quick thoughts about this tea that I jotted down on a piece of paper when I was having it:

- creamy, buttery, sweet
- delicious!
- has everything I love about Chinese green teas (at least the buttery type)
- it’s more on the honey-like greens than vegetal-greens
- smells divine!
- the dry leaf looks beautiful, wiry and downy, kind of like white tea except greener (duh!)
- I will definitely consider buying 2 oz. of this when I am ordering the Tangerine Blossom Red and Honeysuckle White!

Shang Tea, hell yeah! Great job.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

sounds yum!

Shang Tea

Thanks Kat_Maria, glad you are enjoying all the tea!

TeaBrat

I think I need some of this…

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Thank you, VariaTEA, for letting me try this :)

I don’t know what this was supposed to be like but all I got from it was hibiscus. And it was not a completely unpleasant experience. I do not loathe hibiscus even though I do avoid it. And since I have been avoiding it for quite a while, I don’t remember when I had a tea heavily loaded with hibbo last time. When I was drinking it, I was reminded of a time when i was a far less discerning tea drinker and was having all these “supposedly fruit flavored” teas that were just hibiscus teas.

But yeah, refreshing as such memories might be, hibiscus tartness got boring very quick. I didn’t find any other tasting notes that I was perhaps supposed to find in there… Oh well. Me and hibby are even now for the next year or so ;D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

I think this tea is just hibby and guayusa

Kat_Maria

Yeah, I am pretty sure I requested it from you because I wanted to try some guayusa blend. Any guayusa was smothered with hibiscus though. Unless it gave me some anti-drowsiness kick that I didn’t notice.

Cheri

Butiki has some good guayusa blends that I like. I could send you a sample of one of those if you’d like.

Kat_Maria

Hey Cheri, we should definitely organize a swap! :) I will be away for a while now, but when I am back I will contact you. If you will feel like it :)

Cheri

Sounds great! Let me know when you’re back.

Kat_Maria

I will, Cheri! :)

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I started drinking tea when I was a teenager, my dad used to make tea a million times a day as it was (and still is!) good for his health. So he would make it for the entire family. Usually it was Lipton with a teaspoon of sugar per cup and a slice of lemon. I was fond of it made this way then a lot.

Then I would have occasional loose leaf teas, I slowly got into green tea… I would mostly stick to bagged tea though. It was just convenient.

Only recently, in the middle of 2013, did I start getting seriously into all kinds of loose leaf tea.

[LOVES]:
- Chinese black teas
- green oolongs
- super-fruity rooibos/honeybush “teas”
- interesting dessert teas

[LIKES]:
- green teas
- white teas
- dark oolongs
- non-Chinese black teas
- earl greys
- pu-erhs
- anything else that is missing from other categories

[IS INDIFFERENT ABOUT]:
- chai teas
- herbal teas
- fruit teas

[DISLIKES]:
- mint in blends (it’s ok as straight mint)

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Apart from tea, I love reading, board-gaming with my husband, learning foreign languages (currently Spanish and Portuguese) and listening to lots and lots of music!

And if we just stick to food-related stuff I am also a great aficionado of good craft beer and dark chocolate :)

MY FAVORITE TEA COMPANIES (so far):
Whispering Pines Tea Co.
Butiki
Shang Tea
Yezi Tea
Golden Moon Tea
Lupicia
Harney & Sons

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