757 Tasting Notes

You know what would make this tea better? More chili. Apparently chili flakes are present in this blend but they appear to be void today. Maybe next time? Everyone else seems to find this spicy, so maybe it was just my spoon serving.

I preferred the sweet spices when it was hot with milk, but the anise popped in an interesting way without the milk and when allowed to cool.

Flavors: Anise, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Malt, Marshmallow

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78

Mmm… such syrupy banana goodness, although less so when I didn’t get a banana or nut piece in my tea filter. Without those pieces, today’s cup seemed more buttery and black tea-like, which isn’t a bad thing either.

Taken with 2% milk.

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Butter, Pancake Syrup, Pecan, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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82

This was provided as free sample in my What-Cha order, along with one of the nicest notes I’ve ever gotten from a tea company. Thank you, Alistair!

The first time I made this up I went with a western style steep. I consistently got comforting honey and fruit notes for all four re-steeps. There was no real dynamic progression of flavour, but this tea has a good thing going for it, so I’m not complaining.

Today I’m using shorter gongfu steeps, and unsurprisingly the 1st 15s yields that amber honey note. 2nd 18s steep has a profile which I generally associate with Chinese black teas; it’s creamy, malty, and almost chocolaty, with an incredibly smooth honey-sweet finish. Chocolate and baked fruits notes linger.

Steep Count: 5

Anyways, this was a great first foray into “red oolong.” I’d definitely pick up more of this as a “family dinner tea” and then short-steep it when I’m on my own. I’ll probably check out the other varieties first though!

(2016 Harvest)

Flavors: Cherry, Cream, Honey, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C
Plunkybug

Wow, a red oolong? I’ve never heard of this. I’ll have to check it out. Looks really interesting.

CrowKettle

I’d definitely recommend checking out What-Cha in general! There’s some handful of interesting scented teas and numerous unique straight teas worth checking out. :)

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drank Zi Mu Dan by Verdant Tea
757 tasting notes

Verdant’s “English Garden Party” assessment is spot on.

I’m drinking this along the equally floral Ben Shan, but their “flowers” are quite distinguishable. Zi mudan has a “heavier” floral quality, with a hint of rose and a strong smack of jasmine. The liquid’s aroma strongly reminds me of the Jasmine & White Frangipani candles I used to pick up from The Body Shop, actually.

Unlike Ben Shan, which became creamy sweet on second steep, this oolong drifts towards the “flower cleanse” spectrum, with juniper and eucalyptus notes emerging. I still feel like I could light my cup on fire and get candle.

Steep Count: 4

Third steep is starting to get creamy and sweet but I still can’t shake the floral candle thing. It’s more like a different handcraft candle I have now, which is floral but also has spiced juniper and wood. Oh, well. I’ll try and get in a couple more steeps tonight when I’m over my floral oolong fatigue.

(2016 Harvest)

Flavors: Cream, Eucalyptus, Floral, Jasmine, Rose, Spices

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

Nothing like sipping on a candle.

Evol Ving Ness

hahah, floral candle. I totally get it. Perfect description.

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70
drank Ben Shan by Verdant Tea
757 tasting notes

It’s floral, flavourful, and smells good, but I don’t think it’s going to stick out from the 15 or so Tieguanyin samples I have right now… and before you ask, no, I don’t know why I have that much Tieguanyin, especially since I’m a simple Milk Oolong person.

Steep Count: 4

The second steep brought the sweet and lilac cream custard Verdant advertised, with lingering tart fruit notes.

Third steep I left a minute over. The liquid’s aroma has taken on a quality like powdered sugar on light pastry, with a dash of tart. It’s sort of dessert-like and light.

(2016 Harvest)

Flavors: Cream, Floral, Lime, Pear, Powdered sugar

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Evol Ving Ness

and before you ask, no, I don’t know why I have that much Tieguanyin, especially since I’m a simple Milk Oolong person.

It’s like every time I go to the grocery store, I imagine that I need capers and so I buy some. In my cupboard, I have something like seventeen jars of capers.

Daylon R Thomas

Lol but capers are so yummy, especially on pizza…or that’s just me.

CrowKettle

Nah, you’re not the only one; I love capers on everything. There are far worse *food items to keep in bulk supply. At least capers keep! :P

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I threw this in the timolino today and it helped me through a bad bout of car sickness on the bus commute. My sister also stole some of my tea for magnesium pill-taking purposes and I think she was slightly more impressed than weirded-out by the “definite sticky rice flavour.” This isn’t a scented tea that holds its punches.

Needless to say, this held up extremely well in the travel mug. It’s just a shame I couldn’t take the leaves with me for resteeping purposes.

Steep Count: 2

Yeah, I resteeped this when I got home at midnight. I’ve got my priorities straight.

(2016 fall harvest)

Flavors: Butter, Rice

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Plunkybug

I had a sticky rice tea once. I liked it and always meant whet more.

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87
drank Coquito by A Quarter to Tea
757 tasting notes

Yep. This is delicious, hot or cold.

AQ2T should think about making this a permanent or seasonal tea, imo. If they don’t do that I may consider petitioning them to make my own personal batch..

I wish I’d picked up more!

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coconut, Cream, Peppercorn, Pineapple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Da Dan by Verdant Tea
757 tasting notes

I don’t know a lot about oolong, nor do I have experience drinking different varieties and harvests. So, if you told me this was a Tieguanyin I’d just bob my head and say “yes, with a dash of orange-flavoured fluoride gel I used to get at the dentist!” Such a connoisseur.

Steep Count: 5

I forgot about the fourth steep and now it tastes like a typical dacong or a second steep Darjeeling; fruit-sour and floral.

(2016 Harvest)

Flavors: Floral, Orange, Rice, Vegetal, Wood

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Fjellrev

What are you talking about? You know plenty about oolong!

I’ve only made it to a fifth steep like once haha. As long of an attention span I have for pretty much everything in life, drinking more than three steeps of oolong is a challenge for me.

CrowKettle

I know some basics, but not a whole lot. I do know enough that I should’ve known better with this one though. It looks so green but I’ve yet to enjoy “Dancong Verdant” anything.. :O

I don’t have the greatest attention span either, but sometimes resteeping a puerh or oolong is an easier decision than choosing the third flavoured tea for the day. It’s a combination of laziness, poor decision making, and excessive tea drinking!

Evol Ving Ness

I am certainly not an oolong expert, but I am fascinated by the flavours that emerge in various steeps. Although my attention span is not all that, my curiosity keeps me going.

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David’s retired Cranberry Pear black tastes almost exactly like this tea. That’s unfortunate because after 100g of that years ago I became sick of the apple flavour. I can’t even do the smell. I imagine this would be a big-time winner for fans of that old festive tea though!

Otherwise, this is a lot fruitier than I was expecting. The maple sugar sits with you at the back of the throat, and really emphasizes the sweetness of the fruit (bah, apple). I think I’d be happier if this was less fruity and more eggy cinnamon bread.

Flavors: Apple, Floral, Maple Syrup, Raisins

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
VariaTEA

I don’t know why I looked past this when ordering AQ2T because I liked Cranberry Pear and I like Stuffed French Toast. Though I am surprise the two would taste alike. Im sorry it wasn’t what you hoped for.

CrowKettle

I may send this your way then.. to taste test this for science! It wouldn’t be there first time that my tongue was off.

Evol Ving Ness

A bit bizarre that they taste similar.

Fjellrev

Weird, I wouldn’t have thought they would taste similar based on the description. I got sick of Cranberry Pear after 100g too.

CrowKettle

It might even have been that one particular cup too. The ingredients are varied and come in big pieces. We will see.

Evol Ving Ness

Keep us posted.

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drank Afterlife by A Quarter to Tea
757 tasting notes

Butterfly pea blossoms may be gimmicky but it’s a gimmick I love. Give me more blue tea!

Too me it tastes like floral black currant gummies. Rose tends to come across as “candy-like” to me though.. probably due to the long association with Turkish Delights. It also has a dry and sharp characteristic that I hope I can curb in an iced batch.

Flavors: Black Currant, Candy, Citrus, Rose

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

I’m a sucker for cornflower…just makes the dry blend so pretty!

CrowKettle

I also love cornflowers.. anything blue really!

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and the not so roasted green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Currently looking for the most buttery and sweet green oolong I can find.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, butter, caramel, cedar, cream, floral, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, orchid, pine, rice, rose, vanilla.

Ingredients/flavours I tend to dislike: apple, cocoa nibs, licorice, marine, peach, stevia

Subjective Rating System 2.0:

91-100: My absolute favourite tea. Will impulsively buy and hoard like a dragon.

86-90: A favourite tea. May have quality flaws that I choose to ignore.

76-85: A lovely tea, maybe of high quality or masterful blending, but not one I’m likely to order again.

70-75: Enjoyable, but I may have few minor problems with quality, consistency, ingredient chemistry and/or personal preferences.

50-69: Quality, consistency, blending, or personal preference problems are apparent, but I wouldn’t pass up a cup.

11-49: Varying levels of undrinkable tea. I don’t give a lot of these ratings out, since I tend to grab teas I know will appeal to me.

1-10: Nightmare tea from the chaos realms. This is last year’s low-grade bancha mixed with rancid coconut, stale cocoa nibs, over-enthusiastic hibiscus, and combined with stevia sweetener. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t exist.

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