New Tasting Notes

My second review for this tea. I had some tea bags left over from a 1/2 price box, so I decided to go all in and bet 4 bags on a cup of iced tea. I did this because I thought there were some different flavours that were clashing in the hot brew.

The cup aroma was much closer to that of the tea bag. The colour of the brew was strange yellow. Almost fluorescent.

It did seem to unify the flavours. I’m kind of reminded of one of those fruity blends that uses orange peel. But this was in no way citrusy.

Definitely raspberry jam on the nose and pomegranate. I buy the seduction argument for aroma. Unfortunately, you are going to be walking around with that aroma for some time afterwards.

Brewed for 3 minutes.

Preparation
12 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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This tea is from Hawaii!! By way of LP’s Regional Group Buy (Thanks LP!!!!), which is really awesome by the way.

So I’m not sure what the problem is, but I was drinking this tea today and it was trying to fool me into thinking that green teas are my favorite. Normally I prefer darker teas (blacks, pu-erhs, chais, roasted oolongs) and even when I do drink greens I prefer the sweet floral notes that go well with honey, but this tea’s vegetal, savory notes are making me super happy today for some reason instead of, well, the opposite. I guess it’s just a really good tea? Or else I’m just starting to enjoy the savory flavors in green tea, in which case I’m going to need a lot more green teas than I have, lol.

The leaves are great for at least three steepings (so far). The only thing I’ve noticed that detracted from the experience is a teeny bit of bitterness, which may be the result of my imprecise steeping temperature (I’ve just been boiling the water and then letting it rest for a couple of minutes before steeping. I really need to start using a candy thermometer or something).

Preparation
3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

OH YUM!
Pondering a FULL Review!
Keep an eye on http://sororiteasisters.com/
It’s been too long since my last Walnut Green
(Jennifer)

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84

LOVE the color
Nice aroma!
Yummy taste!
IG snapshot:
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81

Filled the air with blueberry jam aromas! Filled my cuppa with JOY!

Loved the smell and taste. The Stevia was a bit more than I hoped but it still worked!

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Had this last night as I really wanted tea and rumors say that Huangpian contains significantly less caffeine than your average bud filled premium tea. Don’t know about that since I still kept waking up in the night (really should have known better), but at least it carried through to the morning in that I was pretty much awake before the alarm went off.

As for tastewise, I feel like either my brewing technique has improved considerably or this tea has changed considerably from sitting in my large rice crock for a few months with my other random cakes. The first time I tried this was when I was fresh starting out on looseleaf tea, any tea, much less pu erh and I brewed this up as a bitter, mouth puckering terror, possibly poured into my cup from some poor soul’s burnt leather boot that they utilized as a chewing tobacco spittoon. I couldn’t finish drinking it that first day and poured it out after two steeps.

The one other attempt I made at it between then and yesterday yielded pretty similar results, but today (figuratively, literally, it was last night)? I had the surprise of drinking what seemed to be a wholly different tea altogether! A biting astringency was still there, but the bitterness had diminished to tolerable levels, the tobacco leather boot taste only an afterthought conjured by memory. It was now… floral? Delicate, even. Hay-like, with a lingering aftertaste sweetness, maybe a bit soapy in the intermediate steeps. Complete game changer. I’m interested to see what transformation this undergoes in yet another few months!

Flavors: Flowers, Hay, Soap, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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85

First reviewed tea from Liquid Proust’s 2016 Group Buy.

Well, I’m just going to go ahead and review this since I decided to throw the whole 10g sample into my 200ml Gaiwan without any hesitation; which 4:00 a.m. mornings and hyper children do to one’s mind without napping.

Anyway, I’m currently on steep 7 or 8. I’ve been distracted drinking this, and not writing down each steep; therefore, this review is mostly focused on this steep currently. Sweet cocoa, honey, and malt notes throughout. The maltiness of this tea lingers on tongue after the tea is consumed, but it’s nice. Very nice mouthfeel. It’s a rich and smooth brew, and quite tasty as an afternoon tea.

I might get more of this for my last semester of classes! It’d be a great tea for the two hour course, and nice to brew a lot, since I drink so much during a lecture. I’d even give this a go for the afternoon shift at the Y. So, with that said, I rate this highly.

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This tea is a dark oolong that is deep amber in color and has a chocolaty aroma. It is sweet and savory with a strong flavor of chocolate and a little bit of wheat flavor on the back end. The reserve has a more pronounced chocolate flavor and is tastier than the Laoshan Roasted Oolong.

Flavors: Chocolate, Wheat

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

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ok… i really like this tea. this is my second session; first was right out of the mail, so i didn’t really trust it. it’s been resting a couple of weeks now, which may be better?

4g:60ml. first time was porcelain gaiwan; second time in jianshui pot. drank the (~10s) rinse both times. started with flash steeps and increased slowly.

first few steeps vegetal, light astringency. thick liquid. seems to be a lot of flavour here! aftertaste is dry-mouth-throat and sweet, then floral.

kind of lost track after that, because it’s a work day. but i am enjoying it very much. seems like a nice rounded flavour, with moderate astringency, lots of sweet aftertaste.

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drank The Earl's Garden by DAVIDsTEA
1594 tasting notes

I keep trying with this one. Every time I brew it, I find myself hoping that this will be the lushly fruity blend I’ve been hoping for. Alas, it is not to be.
I find that this is distinctly soapy, which is too bad. I want it to be a lovely dream, as it is, its a disappointing cup.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
528 tasting notes

Picked up a little of this yesterday to give it a try. Dry, it smells rich and chocolately – so far so good. But I found that once it brewed up it was underwhelming. Next time I’ll try a longer steep, but at my usual 2 min it was just a vaguely sweet, vaguely creamy, vaguely flavoured mild black. No real flavours stuck out to me. Just all-around meh.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

I find this requires a good deal of overleafing to be strong enough for my liking. It also is best with a longer infusion – doesn’t get bitter, but lets the cacao, etc. infuse into the tea more.

De

Thanks for the tip! I resteeped the same leaves for 4 min and got more of the chocolate creaminess, I’ll use more leaves next time as well. Was better the second steep, more flavour.

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77

Much much better iced. Yummy. Very refreshing, but still artificial. Will likely finish off this bag but not try to find more.

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This was a really nice early morning pick me up for a day at work that I didn’t feel like doing.

Both the dry leaves and the brew smell sweet and floral, with an undercurrent of vegetables.

The brew is thick and creamy, with spinach and floral flavors. It opens up nice and strong, but it’s got quite a bit of astringency in the later steeps. Lasted a good 20 steeps or so too; I lost count after 10.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Spinach, Thick

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Ugh! Technical difficulties!! I was feeling a bit off today and decided I wanted to spend my day playing some Ark, but it seems my electronics have other plans. I turn on my Xbone and my screen didn’t turn on, so I fiddle with the cables and connections and nope, the screen (which is old and has been on its last legs for a while) finally has died. This is so sad, the new Ark update is supposed to come out on the first but I doubt I will have a new screen by then, what a bummer.

But, of course, where there is sadness there is always tea to brush away whatever has put me in a foul mood. Today’s tea is from Bitterleaf Teas, their Giant White 2015 Jing Gu Moonlight White Tea, ah Moonlight, one of my favorite types of tea. I have given it the nickname Drow tea, since it is dark leaves with beautiful silver trichomes, much like a Drow…because I am such a dork, but I don’t care, Drow are awesome and so is this tea. After I get done oohing and aahing over the beautiful fluffy leaves I give them a good sniff, and the first thing I notice is the iconic aroma of tomato leaves. I am not sure why Moonlight almost always smells like tomato leaves to me, along with rich honey, freshly cut hay, woodruff, sage, and a bit of distant grapes. It is mellow and sweet, a bit more herbaceous than usual, which I really enjoy.

Into my dedicated to Moonlight teapot the leaves go for a steep. Well hello complex wet leaves! Notes of sugar cane, marshmallow, peaches, lettuce, and dried tomato dance out of the pot with the steam. The leaves smell crisp and sweet, managing to be refreshing while also retaining a dessert like sweetness. The liquid is very light, like a just ripe peach (not cut, just sitting there, taunting you with its sweetness, but it is too pretty to eat yet…this has happened to me too many times) wildflowers, honey, and a touch of butterhead lettuce adding a touch of crispness at the finish.

This tea starts pretty light, with gentle notes of hay and delicate lettuce at the start and a powerful burst of perfectly ripe peach at the middle. The finish is delicate sugar cane and distant note of hazelnuts. It is very sweet and wonderfully light, a good start that had me craving more.

Steep two’s aroma has the wildflowers and honey along with gentle lettuce and peaches, but now it also has a meringue sweetness that really has me wondering what a peach meringue pie would taste like. It starts with a thick sweetness, like warm honey drizzled apricots and peaches with a side of juicy sugarcane. In the middle of the steep it gets a distinct woodruff and sage quality that blends amazingly with the fruity quality and makes the transition into lettuce and celery pretty seamless. The aftertaste is a long lingering sweet and light sugar cane, delicious stuff.

Now what sets this Moonlight apart from many others I have tried? Well it is sweet, it still has that crisp lettuce quality of a fresh Moonlight, oh yeah…it lasts forever! I am not sure I have run into one that lasts as many steeps, and usually this style of tea can get quite a few steeps in before it fades away. As the steeps carry on the notes of peach and apricot increase and the crisp lettuce notes start to take a backseat until they eventually fade, though the herbaceous notes stick around for a bit longer. As the tea starts to fade all that is left is wonderful honey and distant wildflowers.

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2016/08/bitterleaf-teas-giant-white-2015-jing.html

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drank English Toffee by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Seriously… I haven’t reviewed this? :/ I’ve drank this probably a solid 5 times, at least. I love the cacao shell bits – really differentiates it from other English Toffee teas I’ve had. And the pu’erh is as un-fishy as I’ve tasted. Basically, it’s a perfect tea for those times you want a sweet treat without the calories, as it’s quite a rich-tasting tea.

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drank Pineapple Mimosa by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Uh, this is super sweet. And oddly actually tasted alcoholic (beery?), in combination with intense pineapple flavour. Interesting, and probably great iced for those who like alcoholic pineapple mimosas, but it’s a bit too alcoholic-tasting for me.

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This tea is really good, I might use the word phenomenal. It started out as a complex mixture of bitter, sweet, and astringent. There was no smoke. It was too young to have developed any storage tastes. I gave this tea sixteen steeps in a 150ml gaiwan. Over the course of sixteen steeps it gradually changed into a sweet tea with notes of apricots and stonefruits. I should note that the bitterness was never very strong. It was clearly present once the leaves had opened up but it was not what I would call an abiding bitterness. This is an expensive cake, the most expensive in Yunnan Sourcing’s 2016 lineup. With many vendors I would have to question if it was real Bing Dao material. But I trust Scott to be selling the real thing. Apparently the trees that this was picked from were between 100 and 300 years old making this gushu puerh, even if just barely. I also trust this claim because I think that Scott wouldn’t lie. With Yunnan Sourcing I have always gotten what I paid for. Now the big question, is this as good as the 2014 Yunnan Sourcing Autumn Bing Dao which was substantially cheaper. I’m on the fence about this. That tea was a phenomenal tea too. I think I will have to go back and drink that one again before I can decide which I like better. As to the tea quality, these were lasting leaves. I gave them sixteen steeps and I could go back for more. With longer steeps I would estimate I’d get between four and eight more steeps. But I don’t have the patience to start infusing these leaves for ten minutes at a time. In conclusion, this was one of the best young raws I have drunk. It had a nice punch to it in the beginning but not too much bitterness. It changed quite dramatically over the sixteen steeps I gave it becoming as sweet as I think any raw puerh gets. This one is definitely worth a sample of. I risked a whole cake without a sample because the 2014 Autumn Bing Dao from Yunnan Sourcing was so damn good.
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Flavors: Apricot, Astringent, Bitter, Stonefruits, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Rui A.

I also took a chance with this one without tasting it first. It is now in storage rehydrating from the long trip before I try it.

AllanK

This was really good in my opinion.

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90

Still amazing. I’m going to be heartbroken when these Butiki teas are all gone.

tea-sipper

Just sipped Smoked Maple Banana today. :D

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drank Pura Vida by DAVIDsTEA
3125 tasting notes

Not bad, actually. I had fairly low expectations as it’s a flavoured green, but it was pleasantly creamy from the coconut, and fruity from pineapple/mango. Basically tastes like a fruity, hibiscus-less herbal. I drank it warm/cooled, and I think it would be great iced. Chamomile is not noticeable, which is ideal.

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drank Super Charge by DAVIDsTEA
1374 tasting notes

Another morning, another cuppa super charger. So yummy. Taking a me day and this was the perfect start. Now on to iced honey crisp apple and finally listening to Hamilton!

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Just received my LP tea order. I went for a darker mix (FT Dianhong, Dark Kitchen Sink, Jin Xuan and Coffee, Rummy Pu, Laoshan Chocolate Genmaicha, Swanns Way) because.. well.. I love dark tea. I sense that Andrew picked up on that and so he added this tea into my order. While I absolutely love the process (I love anything and everything birch), the CTC tea kind of makes me nervous.

So, I picked this one first. I followed directions and used 4g (1g over but just barely) and brewed it for 45 seconds. I set the temp for 200F just because I wasn’t sure and again, I didn’t want to get the tannic astringency and bitterness I normally associate with CTC black tea.

I have to say that this is WAY smoother than I thought. It has a fairly classic black tea flavor but I detect no tannic bitterness. As an added bonus, there is a faint birch flavor at the end of the swallow on the back of the tongue. Having had birch beer/pop and birch flavored candy, I am pretty familiar with the flavor. I’ll be interested to see if I push the steep time and temperature if I can coax out more birch flavor or if that just makes the tea go into bitter territory.

Second steep of 1.5 minutes yields less birch but still a good smooth black tea. Color me surprised. My rating for this is absolutely taking into consideration the fact that it is a CTC tea. I suspect if I had this experience with a whole leaf tea I might be a little more underwhelmed but this certainly outdid my expectations.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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drank Lotus by Tazo
545 tasting notes

I love love love this tea. It’s so soothing and light. Not a huge fan of Tazo or of green tea usually, but this one is pretty awesome as a mid-morning cuppa. Lotus has a very nice, soft, floral vibe to it that makes me feel like everything is going to be okay.

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