373 Tasting Notes

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drank Dan Cong Feng Huang by THE O DOR
373 tasting notes

The first steep of this was a very pale orange, and the taste was sharp and dry (but not unpleasant), with little fruit and more earth. This’ a very dark oolong.

Second steep is a much darker orange—very bright. The taste of this second brew is lighter and brighter, but still with similarities; notes of syrupy sweetness, like peaches. It’s not as strong as Life in Teacup’s—I definitely still like theirs better, and need to order some more—but I still like this one. It’s likable in its own way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Was over at the Great Wall yesterday; Jen was all excited because she’d been waiting for this tea. It wasn’t even on their menu or in their system yet, but she sent me off with a sample.

It smells of peaches. Lots of peaches. Brewed dark, but tastes light. Black followed by green—the peach strongly throughout. I’m glad the rose petals I saw don’t seem to be adding any taste this time around. Leaves a mangoypeachy aftertaste. I get the green on my tongue when I sip and breathe out.

Kind of wish I’d get more of the green/black out of this. But still, I like it. Maybe it’s just my tongue today, because the flavours are a bit muddled and very light, despite looking dark.

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

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85

This’ the last of this! Due to the fact that I think it makes an excellent breakfast tea, chances are I will probably purchase it a third time. I practically have a tin specifically for it.

But I may also branch out and (gasp) use the tin for a different tea. My number of empty tins now equals the number of teas I have still in the bags they came in (the roll-down close ones; can’t be good for them, I don’t see them preventing much air exposure); two from Tealicious, two from Granville, one from Teaopia, one from Murchie’s, one from Great Wall.

Although some of the empty tins are A&D’s. And I just don’t have the heart to peal off the stickers from those yet. If they came off more easily, I would, but they’re stuck on there pretty good. They’d just tear.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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87
drank Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush by 52teas
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It’s finally here!

And dear heaven it smells delicious. And I feel bad because my cat so desperately wants my attention, but… tea! The scent is coconut with a tang not unlike cheesecake, and I’m willing it to cool down faster so I don’t burn my tongue trying to enjoy it.

The coconut is authentic and tasty, and I’ll admit right now I’ve never had honeybush before—but there is a sweet honey rooibos-like taste under the coconut which I assume is from it.

There is definitely a tang in the taste which I assume is the cheesecake, made sweet by a very honey-like flavour (the honeybush? If so, I didn’t the “honey” in the name to be that noticeable!). This cup is delicious and I’m loving it. I need more caffeine-free teas to sip in the evening.

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Also with photos. Well, one.

The wait was worth it.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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79
drank Earl Grey by Hazo
373 tasting notes

This’ the last of this. I could taste that it is definitely starting to go (had this a whole year!), but I will miss it dearly anyways. This was by far my favourite earl grey, and if I ever come across it again, I will snatch it up in a heartbeat.

The tin if very pretty, and the name-label is just a sticker, so I can easily just peal that off and put a white label over the logo, and use this for any tea. Hmmm. Reduce Reuse Recycle.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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67
drank Irish Cream by Great Wall Tea Company
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Got a sample of this, and made it in my tea libre at school. Wiry little leaves, mixed with blue cornflowers and yellow sunflowers.

Taste was very mild, but distinctly buttecream icing. Light ceylon tea base. When they got it in for St. Patrick’s Day, we all sat around sniff-comparing it to the Cream Irish Breakfast, which is a mix of CTC and orthodox, plus assam and ceylon with the heavier and bolder cream. I liken that to a breakfast sweetness, and this a desert sweetness, although I like the Cream Irish Breakfast more.

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

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No more. This is it. I will savour this cup. Will I ever find a smoky tea I enjoy half as much? I find others too sharp, and tippy gold in Caravan and Lapsang seems rare.

I’ll persevere, though. It will be a delicious quest. There was a lapsang I saw—I can’t recall which company right now, but I think I will start there.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Russian Evening No. 50 by Kusmi Tea
373 tasting notes

Finishing this one off. Had some yesterday, and blended the little bit that was left with some Caravan for today. Despite my somewhat “meh” rating, I think I’ll miss this. It was a nice, mellow afternoon tea.

I am officially all out of Kusmi.

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83
drank Creamy Nut Oolong by Teaopia
373 tasting notes

Well, it SMELLS delicious. I thought it was a little on the pricey side, though, to be honest. For a flavoured oolong? Still, I made the trip. I decided on this one when I discovered that there was a hidden Teaopia (not even on Google Maps, let along here) near(ish) to me. Jillian’s well-timed tasting note on this tea helped with the decision.

Dry it’s very creamy sweet smelling, brewed there is definitely more of a nutty profile in there (more in the wet leaves than the brewed tea, however). It’s sweet and creamy, and definitely nutty. The nutty, I think, blends well with the natural flavours of the oolong used (looking at the large, darkly colourful leaves, I wonder if it’s bai hao). The nut flavour, I think, is the culprit behind the light astringency on the tip of my tongue, because the tea is rather smooth otherwise. I think the nut is what sets this tea apart, because without it it’s just a cream oolong of some sort (not that that’s terribly ordinary anyways, but who would think to pair nuts and oolong? I like it).

Teaopia recommends three minutes, but that had seemed a little much; I started with two, but when I poked my nose into the pot, I saw that there hadn’t been any convection at all, just a small cloud of brown surrounding the teaball; I spent an extra (timed) thirty seconds of dunking to mix the tea and let it steep a little darker. The oolong leaves themselves look dark and oxidized enough that I assume it wasn’t meant to be a light brew.

First cup’s cooled more, and I’m picking up fruity hints. This is mellow and very nice.

This is a satisfying tea, and I’m delightfully surprised with Teaopia (not that I was expecting bad things). Also, they have (only in-store, not on their site) Turkish teacups! Except they sell them individually. And the saucer comes separate. Five bucks for a single glass teacup, three dollars for the saucer. Jesus Christ.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Pu Erh by Tea Desire
373 tasting notes

Again, second steep is darker than the initial rinse steep. It’s definitely earthy; I’d say even muddy, but not dirt, rather soil. Is that an odd differentiation to make?

I somewhat forgot about the tea for quite a while, and the strong smell of the dry leaf’s faded quite a bit, as has the fishy aspect of the brewed tea itself, I think. At least I remember it all being a little different, but it’s been a while. I suppose it’s the tin I kept it in, and in most tea-storage practices this all would be a bad thing, but I think it really helped. I like it more than I remember liking it, although I never truly disliked it. At least if I take small to medium sized sips. I gulped some and it coats the mouth and throat most unpleasantly.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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I change icons often, apologies. On that note, they are usually Doctor Who related (so no, that is not me pictured in the icon, it is most likely one of the Doctors).

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. It’s the highlight of a good day if I have time for a pot.

My notes and reviews will often sound dis-jointed, repetitive and confused, as usually I don’t work on them as a whole, but rather add notes as I sip without rereading what I’ve already typed.

On most occasions I won’t take my tea with anything (I reserve milk for chai). Occasionally agave nectar if I want to test to see if it’ll smooth it out. Chais I will make with either the nectar or honey. Although on occasion I will sweeten unflavoured blacks the Russian way—with jam or jelly. Occasionally I will take it instead with a slice of a citrus fruit. Normally orange, occasionally lemon if I have any on hand.

I prefer Earl Greys.

Lastly, I keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

Also, I am a Doctor Who fanatic. As one may have noticed by my icons. For the record, my favourite Doctor is number three, Jon Pertwee.

“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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