405 Tasting Notes

90

Several of my favorites came back into stock at Verdant this summer and this was one that I’ve missed! It’s warm and gentle and strong… like starting the day with a hug <3

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
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drank Pineapple Sencha by Den's Tea
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90

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200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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88

I got to host an impromptu midnight tea party this weekend! We had folks over for my boyfriend’s birthday, and a couple were curious about my tea cupboard so I offered to make some. I ended up going through 4 different teas over the course of the evening, including all 3 TOMC oolongs, and had maybe a dozen people try them :D

This tea was the favorite by far, somewhat to my surprise. My personal favorite would be the Anxi Fo Shou (the only non-oolong I made for them), closely followed by the Mi Lan Dancong. But I guess the buttery texture and lack of astringency in the Tieguanyin really won over the newbies :P A couple of people did prefer the Mi Lan, but they still found it bitter in comparison to this. So this tea is getting points for general popularity.

A friend stopped by in concern at one point to make sure that I was having fun, not feeling obligated to play hostess. It was really enjoyable though, getting to share something I love with so many different people!

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 30 sec

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91

Yummmmmm I made an audible sound of pleasure at my first sip of this today. It has such a fantastically sharp/sweet/fruity flavor and aroma. It’s very reminiscent of fresh pineapple in character – that enzymatic quality – though the flavor isn’t exactly pineapple.

Do you know, I used to think roasted oolongs were boring? HA.

Going back to the Autumn Tieguanyin after this, it tastes very vegetal, though still sweet; very smooth and mild in comparison. Granted I’m comparing late to early steeps here too – the tieguanyin is almost-but-not-quite steeped out.

The Mi lan is just amazingly fragrant in comparison – a little bitter too, actually. It’s not bad, but has me wondering if my water was too hot, or if it will mellow out on later steepings.

1.6g leaf, 3oz gaiwan, 1 rinse + 1 steep so far

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Bonnie

Nice thinking. You’re on the right path if you let the tea teach you instead of a bunch of rigid rules.

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88

Stuck inside in Boston today, at least my TOMC box came from Verdant yesterday. Starting with this one as recommended (and because it’s the only one I haven’t tried – I know I like the other two!). I’ll have to do a better tasting note later, because I’m having trouble with the flavor details, but I can say that I really like it :P I’m not always a Tieguanyin fan, but this has more than the typical vegetal/buttery notes – more sweet flowers, and a creamy texture. Definitely sweet. Tasty! Now on to the Mi Lan…

3g in 3.5oz glass oolong pot, ~8 steeps so far

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

We’re all hanging in there with you! Hurt one of us, you hurt us all! Stay safe!

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90

Weird day… I wanted a strong, brightly flavored, easy-going tea to cheer me up a bit. This fit the bill. Intricate and strongly flavored teas always help me stop and savor the moment.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec

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Some notes on ratings:

I’d have separate rating scales for tea types if that were possible (probably Black, Flavored Black, Darjeeling/Dark Oolong, White/Green/Light Oolong, and Herbal) because the flavors and quality markers are just too different. A flavored black rated 100 isn’t better than every oolong I’ve ever drunk, just delicious for a flavored black.

Ratings are a combination of my enjoyment and the perceived quality – I do often demote teas a few points for artificial flavorings, small quantity of steeps supported, or weakness of flavor (requiring extra leaf).

I pay less attention to the number than the order of my ratings; I don’t necessarily keep a stock of everything rated 80+, but if two breakfast blends are rated 82 and 84 I consistently enjoy the 84 more.

And in case it’s not obvious? I am not an expert. I don’t even know what I like until I taste it sometimes, but I’m ok with that :) I like learning to like new teas, as well as enjoying the comfort of familiar ones.

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