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drank Assam #8 by Tealux
480 tasting notes

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This one hit the spot today! The lemon flavor isn’t too overwhelming, and the coconut really balances it out. I can’t explain how it totally tastes like perfume because I don’t taste any floral notes in it…But somehow it does.
Feel like as my sample of this runs out, I’m enjoying it more and more. And Butiki is closing. xD I bet my last few cups of this tea will be amazing haha-I will savor them! XD

Flavors: Coconut, Lemon, Perfume

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I may have let the water boil for too long this time but it was still pleasant. Had a slight bitter aftertaste, smelt really nicely of peaches but the flavour of the tea was lacking compared to how fragrant it was.

Flavors: Bitter, Mango, Peach

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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90

Tastes like a dark chocolate heavy on the fruit notes. Husband would not share, so I had to make my own mug.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Pretty good herbal, both warm or iced. I made a double strength cup, and then added it to soda water with Angustura Bitters and lemon juice over ice. It’s nice for something different, especially with the usual thick/overly sweet drinks from the holidays, like eggnog and cocoa.

Flavors: Hibiscus

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec 8 tsp

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This is BIG time roasty and mushroom-y. My husband took a sip and mistook it for a broth.

It is very deep and delicious.

It is hands down one of the best iterations of Da Hong Pao I have seen

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Beautiful Taiwan Tea’s Golden Lily Oolong 2014

Unlike What-Cha’s Jin Xuan this is unflavored. This was the first of BTT’s that I have tried and this is the tea that sold me on the company, while it isn’t as nuanced as the other GeoShanCha at BTT, it is wonderful, I almost want to say it is my favorite, but whenever I purchase this tea I always drink it all within a week and I won’t want to drink anything else besides this tea.

This feels like a more traditional Jin Xuan, and unlike the Fujian Milk oolong from What-cha, this has a very thick mouthfeel, almost syrupy. This is primarily milky (more a sweet creamy butter then milk though), but I can taste a little bit of nutty vegetables, and some strong floral notes. While I don’t have as much to say about this Jin Xuan, I’ll just say this leaves me breathless and when I am done I regret not having more.

(“Breath Taking” photography at: http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-chas-fujian-milk-oolong-jin-xuan.html)

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Drinking this single bag someone sent me while back. Glad its just one, not my sort of thing. Too much woo. Doesn’t taste too bad, once I added some lemon, but not something I will buy.

Flavors: Licorice

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What-Cha’s Fujian Milk Oolong

This is a very unique Milk Oolong, which isn’t much of a surprised as I am always pleasantly surprised by What-Cha’s teas distinctiveness; this is a flavored Milk Oolong which is a little off putting to a lot of people. I’d probably have skipped this if it wasn’t from What-Cha, I’ll admit it I am a little prejudiced against flavored Jin Xuans, especially flavored ones from China, but I decided to take a risk and purchase it.

And I am glad that I took the risk. This is the best flavored Milk Oolong I have ever had, ok that bar isn’t set very high, but this along with the Golden Lily Oolong is my favorite Jin Xuan that I have tried this year. There are a lot of different tastes in this. If this was from that Tea Company that everyone knows it would probably be called something like “Majestic Tropical Milk Flowery Oolong”, ok probably something more ridiculous then that. The major flavors in this is Mango, Toasted Coconut, Butterscotch, and Orchid; while some of the minor notes are milk, pineapple and a little vegetal. While I don’t drink a lot of flavored teas, but from what I understand most flavored teas cannot be steeped more than once without a significance loss in flavor; I got four long (three minutes first steeping, four minutes second steeping, six minutes third steeping and seven minutes for my fourth) before the leaves started to feel completely used up.

(“Breath Taking” photography at: http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-chas-fujian-milk-oolong-jin-xuan.html)

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I was so excited when the owner of Beautiful Taiwan Tea announced he secured a small batch of DaYuLing and immediately bought a small sample of it. The question is, “Was it worth it?” Yes!

This is the first tea that I have got tea drunk off of the first steeping. I imagine if I drank the water I used to rinse the tea leaves I’d probably have gotten tea drunk off of that as well. Generally I avoid teas that make me feel drunk off of, but I may have to make an exception for this one in the future. I am only going to post my first four steepings, I got to twenty three and the tea felt like it still had more to give sadly I just had to much tea by then. I’ve had DaYuLings before, but none have tasted like this (I am starting to suspect those were not true DaYuLings) and the dry leaves looked fairly typical of a hand rolled oolong. The dry leaves had a slight floral scent.

After I rinsed the tea with boiling water, I steeped at 190 °F for one minute. Immediately I could smell a very strong orchid aroma. The liquor was a light yellow, but it was like syrup! The mouthfeel was so nice! I’ve had thick feeling tea before, but this was absolutely wonderful as it coated my throat. It was very buttery and it had a slight edamame taste, but it was very sweet. I got very tea drunk off this steeping.

For my second infusion I brewed at 190°F for one and half minutes. The aroma became more intensely floral (still mostly orchid, but there was some other flowery scents in there). The mouthfeel is slightly thicker and it is starting to become creamy. The taste is largely the same although it had honey notes this time rather than general sweetness.

Next I brewed at 195 °F for two minutes. The floral aroma started to become distinctly orchid and violet. The mouthfeel is still thick, but from here on it becomes slightly thinner with each infusion, although it was still creamy. This time I was getting a little roasted chestnut, there still was the edamame and honey notes to it and there was a mineral aftertaste.

For my fourth infusion I brewed at 200 °F. The aroma is starting to become more mellow, mostly violet by now, but there is a little spicyness now; still very creamy and has a pleasant feel. A new orchid flavor started to show here, the roasted chestnuts and honey from previous infusions are still there, but the edamame was gone completely.

In my subsequent infusions the chestnut started to wane and the floral and honey notes lingered on to the end. I loved this tea, it was very typical of the High Mountain Oolongs from beautiful Taiwan Tea, but there is something in it that I can’t quite put my finger on that makes it very different from BTT’s other teas. It might be my new favorite Taiwanese oolong. I can only imagine how the earlier harvests tasted. Definitly worth checking out; Taiwanese oolongs are always very easy to love and hard to hate, but this DaYuLing is simply amazing. My only advice is drink it slowly and savor it.

(More at: http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/beautiful-taiwan-tea-dayuling-premium.html)

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
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Flavors: Goji, Tart

Preparation
3 min, 45 sec 1 tsp

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The dry leaves were a mix of tightly spiraled tea and cut up leaves. I brewed at 175 °F for three minutes. This one taste very similar to a Dragonwell even though the dry leaves look nothing like one, it was mostly nutty with a mild grassy taste, although there was no sweetness in this tea.

I may or may not buy this tea if it was sold individually, because it tastes so similar to a Dragonwell I feel I can easily find very complex ones relatively cheaply. If I were to buy it again it would have to be priced very competitively. While this may be my second favorite of the sampler, it doesn’t stand up to What-Cha’s Zhejiang Dragonwell which is very cheap for the quality.

(More at http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-chas-discover-russia-green-tea.html)

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The tea leaves are very green for a Russian green tea (although I have not tried enough Russian tea to determine if dark tea leaves are normal) and there is a scent that I can’t identify. The leaves are a mix of chopped and longer strands. I brewed at 175 °F for three minutes and this produced a grassy tea. Not too grassy, but it was not light, almost just right.

While this tea was relatively simple I might purchase it if it was sold individually, I could easily find grassy teas that were complex, but if I was looking for a one note tea (not that this is bad) I would consider purchasing this.

(“Award Winning” Photography at http://rah-tea.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-chas-discover-russia-green-tea.html)

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drank Popcorn Tea by Teapigs
84 tasting notes

Recently sipped down, and now back in my cupboard thanks to my aunt and uncle! They bought me four Teapigs teas for Christmas, of which this was one.

The instructions on the packaging say to brew at boiling, but I ignored that and went for 80 as I have grown less fond of green teas recently, and higher temperatures usually lead to unwanted astringency. For the second time tonight, lowering the temperature of a tea was a good call! The popped rice is the focus of the flavour this way, with the mellow green tea present mainly in the background. And I don’t mind it! My mam, who actively dislikes the majority of my teas, agreed to try this after smelling it and even seemed open to me leaving her a couple of bags! Big success. I think this was my favourite way having this tea too, and I will likely follow these steeping parameters in the future.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Lemon Chiffon by Tea Embassy
575 tasting notes

Sipdown. :( This is the same as Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon, which is delicious. I haven’t been drinking this one as much lately, but it’s no reflection on the tea. Creamy lemon flavor that the rooibos doesn’t ruin. It is a great decaf option and once I’ll eventually restock.

Nattie

Is this literally the same tea as DT’s version?

Dustin

Yes, exactly the same. They must both purchase it from the same supplier.

Dustin

They both also have the same almond green tea. DT calls it Almond Biscotti and TE calls it Almond Cookies Green. It is also super delicious.

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This one is tasting quite green and grassy this evening. Hm.

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Backlog from this morning.

Nothing too special. I oversteeped it a bit, but it wasn’t astringent, so that’s a bonus. Just a good all-round Ceylon.

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drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
166 tasting notes

One of my FAVOURITE flavoured greens, hands down. This is delicious hot or iced (though I prefer it hot), and is definitely one I recommend to people who are looking for a flavoured green.

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drank Cinnamon Diletto by Della Terra
587 tasting notes

Backlog from last night.

I’m not sure what happened, but this tea was quite fruity last night. It was a great complement to the cinnamon flavour, of course – I’m just (pleasantly!) surprised by how not-woody it tasted.

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drank Bubbly by DAVIDsTEA
166 tasting notes

I actually like this one a lot more than most people seem to, haha. It’d be nice for a return!

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