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144 Tasting Notes

85

Ah! Aha!
Alright folks, this is it. They did it. . . this tea gets me, I mean it really understands me deep down. (Drink this.)

Its spicy, like chili spicy. And friggin cocoa! It’s obvious to me now that TeaGschwendner knows how to blend. As has been said, maybe not for the purist. However if you are in any way adventurous you must try this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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87

Second flush, the description provided by TeaGschwendner is perfectly accurate.

Brisk yet kind and matronly, we are treated to that aire of elegance and depth fine Darjeeling is prized for.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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61

Dark, headdy, with a menthol high note and black licorice undertone this tea is perfectly capable of kicking your grandma’s ass into the great beyond. Mine, not so much. It’s definitely more of a medicinal blend for those Newport Light smoking caffeine fiending yoga moms (and dads). You know the type.

Edit: well guess what . . . this concoction is delicious iced!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

Haha! Definitely not my personal cuppa, but funny description!=D

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88

Jasmine loveliness has once again captivated me with her precious floral complexities, this time with a sweet autumnal hue.

Go away, I’m drinking tea. White tea.

Ok, it’s Jasmine tea. Shut up.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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83
drank Assam Reserve by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

This Assam is more refined and easy going than its grizzly brethren while retaining a prototypical potency that comes through in a quite intelligent way.

While I do enjoy a healthy dose of barbarism in an Assam, sometimes a good game of chess is a better workout than splitting wood or powerlifting. I would know.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75
drank Golden Monkey by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Aw man, last years harvest was soooooo much better. . . though this is still pretty good. What was once a galaxy of rich and complex flavors has been reduced to a veritable white dwarf, a shadow of its former glory.

The nebulous bouquet that was once prevalent throughout the entire cup is retained in merely the aftertaste of this new batch.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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88
drank Qi Lan by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

If you desire a fine Wuyi oolong look no further than this deep and subtle nectar. The initial cinnamon mocha boldness is merely a ruse to entice the drinker into a humble and understated world of roses and stone fruits.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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67
drank Shui Xian by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

See my review for Adagio Oolong #8. This is pretty much the same deal but a tad cleaner.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 45 sec

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60
drank Ginseng Oolong by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Delivering mild elements of unripe stone fruit and honey, Teas Etc has taken what may have been a shallow and relatively uninspiring oolong and deftly rounded out its flavor profile with just the right amount of ginseng (and apparently licorice root powder)

I don’t often drink flavored teas but when I do I drink Ginseng Oolong.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

PS: Bust up the pebbles after they’ve steeped for a while for a MUCH headdier cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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82
drank Ceylon OP1 by Teas Etc
144 tasting notes

Bolder than most and not for those who want dainty cup, this Ceylon seems to have spent time in the octagon with an Assam as a young and brilliant trainee. Strong enough to grapple with the best of them yet not overwhelming if steeped correctly, you will be dazzled by this graceful powerhouse.

If you know ANY person who takes their crappy supermarket tea black, do kindly direct them to this as their mind and poor, poor palette will be blown.

Second steep is nice and mellow, sweeter.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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