412 Tasting Notes

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drank Winter Almond by Tea Desire
412 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this. Finished off CS’s Bengal Spice, but it turns out I forgot to add that to my cupboard in the first place. I got it way back while I was Up North.

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drank Quangzhou Milk Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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It smells a bit like sharp cheddar cheese, which I find… Unencouraging.

It’s got the taste of a typical greener rolled oolong (or the taste of the ones I’ve tried), with a light hint of cream. Not thick cream, just the stuff you buy for your coffee. Not getting too much sweetness. It’s interesting.

It settles into a thicker mouthfeel as you sip, and a bit of sweetness develops.

First steep: Two minutes.

Second Steep: Two and a half minutes. It’s sweeter, but less creamy. The steep instructions Davids provided read 4-7 minutes. That seemed a bit crazy, but I may have to consider it.

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77
drank Black Pearls by Tea Desire
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This’ the last of this. I’m going to miss it—it was a great morning tea, and sometimes I’d brew it in a glass container so I could watch the pearls dance.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Dan Cong Feng Huang by THE O DOR
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I layered the bottom of my handled gaiwan with leaves instead of using just a teaspoon’s worth for the cup, and then steeped for half the recommended time. More tea leaf, less time.

The taste is less sharp, but I still get none of the fruity sweetness that I love about dan congs. It’s got more of a raw cocoa taste, and gritty mouth-feel. Ahwell, it’s still an interesting cup, and I’ll get a few more steeps out of this cup one yet, I think.

Edit: It’s becoming a little astringent and bitting again as it cools, but not outright bitter. Lends more to the cocoa feel.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is the last of my Tealicious teas. Tealicious closed down while I was Up North, and I finished off the Vanilla Black I got from them while I was up there. So I’m savouring this. It always satisfies whenever I’m in the mood of a Ceylon. Oaky.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush by 52teas
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Finished this off last night. I will mourn its loss, but I think I’ll branch out and try other 52teas blends instead of buying more of this one (as delicious as it was).

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drank Black Pearls by Tea Desire
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77
drank Black Pearls by Tea Desire
412 tasting notes

Hot damn! I thought I was out of this tea, but it turns out I’m not. I was sorting through my tins.

I think I can taste the Age creeping up on this one, but it’s still bold and tasty. Apparently the Tea Desire that’s in my local mall is shutting down/has already shut down. This’ the only tea I’ll miss from there.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Pearls by Tea Desire
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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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