403 Tasting Notes

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drank Keemun Panda by Great Wall Tea Company
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A good Keemun, I think. Might have made it a little strong. No astringency, smooth and nutty, slightly smoky. Salty smoke.

Some days I’ll blend it with lapsang. But it’s also good and smoky on its own.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Firefly by The Simple Leaf
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I think I can taste the age creeping into this one. I really shouldn’t put off finishing off my Simple Leaf teas. I love them to bits, but it’s best to enjoy them while they’re still good.

I always need the right mood for tea types. I need to be in the mood for a Darjeeling, or I don’t like it. I definitely can’t have them in the mornings. I enjoy them best in the afternoon, I think, after I’ve already had a cup or two of something else.

Still nutty—walnut—although less sharp than I remember it being. It’s still got a wine-like quality, but I’m obviously not the best person to be describing anything to do with wine, being a teetotaller.

As always, going more bitter as it cools, but not a dislikable astringency. Reminds me of the taste of the ‘skins’ on cracked walnuts. Clings a bit to the mouth afterwards.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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The very last cup of this… I’m very sad to see it go.

I might consider putting in an order online, since the shop’s converted to a Digital Storefront only, but one of my favourite things was walking there myself, going in, and discussing tea.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Well, this is the last of this. I’ll miss it quite a bit. It’s delicious.

I plan to buy a nice big tin of it next year when it circles around again.

I’ve found that I really rather like it plain. It’s delicious, but not quite strong enough to hold up to milk. At least not for me, although I like “chai”-like drinks nice and strong. Still, the pumpkin and the spices—it’s very nice.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Caramel Sutra Chai by Domo
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Made this quite strong this afternoon, but still all I can taste is sugary caramel, and no real spices. There’s a vague tea smell and taste, although I did add milk again so that might have covered everything up.

I think I’m getting a bit of cinnamon.

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Finished this off. I’m still off the impression that there is no actual green tea in this, despite it even being listed under the Green-Black blend on Murchie’s website. It’s nice, and there isn’t so much rose as to turn me off, but I won’t get it again. It didn’t really jump out at me.

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Finished this one off. Which is good, as I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would when I first got it. Odd bitter undertones I can’t get rid of.

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drank Caramel Sutra Chai by Domo
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This is… this is very different. Made it as a latte, so I’m missing out on flavour (will have to make it stronger/drink it straight next time!), but the first sip was caramel and sugar, followed by spices… Not sure if I can taste any tea.

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drank Litchi by Hazo
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Just used up the last of this. Woe.

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That phenomena wherein a tea you were “meh” about from the start begins to become absolutely delicious when you’re running very low on it.

And then there’s the added threat that the company I got it from has since closed down, and I don’t know their sources.

Very classic Ceylon smell, taste is clean, slightly astringent, woodsy—oaky, yes. Dry. You’d think by now I would have gotten a little better at describing tea. Bah.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
The DJBooth

Yes I know that phenomena well.

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A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of university, majoring in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot or gaiwan. It’s the highlight of a good day.

My notes are pretty disjointed because I’m a fairly absent-minded individual, and I also keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

And I’m a Doctor Who fanatic (Jon Pertwee, if you were wondering).

“But you should never turn down tea, when it’s offered. It’s impolite, and impoliteness is how wars start.” ~Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann

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