212 Tasting Notes

90
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
212 tasting notes

The leaves are cute little twists. They remind me of little ringlets. My mother used to “finger” curl my hair when I was little, so I’ve seen pictures of me with ringlets all over my head. Perhaps I should call her up and ask her if she would like finger curl my hair now. ;)

So on to the tea, I thought this was very smooth and quite enjoyable. I had four solid gringo steepings. For the most part, I thought each steeping was a little sweeter, more refined but retaining the same flavors of dark chocolate, caramel, grain and malt. This also has a very interesting mouth feel to it. It’s heavy and full, much like real whipped cream.

This is an excellent tea and I’m glad we ventured out to buy from Verdant.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Awee Missy I bet you were a little cutie! :)

Dylan Oxford

Still is ;)

Missy

lol thanks. I have far too much hair to do that now. I bet that took a lot of patience. I was in the terrible twos for some of it. ;)

Ninavampi

“Gringo Steepings”… Hahahaha…

Missy

Dylan said that once and it has always tickled me, so I use it. :D

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90
drank Waterlilies Fruit Tea by Teavivre
212 tasting notes

This is a pretty good tisane. The rosehips add tart to balance the sweeter fruit out. I definitely get apple and pineapple but the rest is hard for me to discern. It’s kind of like a fruit punch. This would probably be totally awesome iced.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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92
drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
212 tasting notes

This is another sample that came in an order.

I think this is pretty much pear and vanilla, with the pear being the strongest flavor. It’s pretty juicy as far as flavoring goes. I do get a tart aftertaste.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Interesting. I found this one way tart up front, with a lovely pear aftertaste (but the tartness was too hard to take). Sounds like this could be another case of DT inconsistency :(

Missy

That very well may be. I am drinking another fruit infusion next to it that is quite tart. It’s possible I’m not picking up on it because of the comparison. Dylan did a bit of research on flavoring tea, and I think it’s possible to “mess” it up with out very strict protocols.

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86

This is a sample from Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie, thanks!

I definitely get the cardamom, coriander and holy basil. I think the mint is more subtle than the above. The green reminds me of veggies. I’m not sure I’m that fond of this combination. It just doesn’t sweep me off of my feet. I would say I think it is a quality tea. Thanks for sending me a sample Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie!

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73
drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
212 tasting notes

This was a sample from one of the DAVIDsTEA orders we had. I thought I’d try it out despite Dylan’s dislike of mango. The last mango tea we had tasted more like pear, so it didn’t quite hit the mango hate button.

This does hit the mango hate button. It is very mango, mango, mango. Wait, let me say it again, MANGO! I like the chili follow up but I feel like I want more pepper less mango. The chili hits me in the throat and I want it to go, “Pow! I’m here!” on my tongue. I know there is green tea in here some where but I couldn’t say a thing about it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

I love mango but I didn’t think this was peppery enough either, I wanted more pizazz!

Missy

It was a very subtle pepper, interesting. I’ve not eaten any peppers that acted that way. I’ve always gotten pepper on the tongue then in the throat.

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89

This is my other oolong for today. I still think so far I really like the big red robe out of all the darker oolongs I’ve tried so far.

This has a dry, roasted quality with fruity notes. I’m having a hard time guessing which fruit but I’d say white grapes. Sweet with out the tang and such of berries or citrus. This is really quite a good cup.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Formosa Oolong by English Tea Store
212 tasting notes

This was another sample I specifically requested from miss Azzrian. Thanks again for the swap.

I like the darker notes of roasted oolong here. I think dark oolongs are my favorite, so far. So I tend to think of tea as vegetal when it’s not flavored because I feel like I get a bit of “plant” taste. I feel like it’s happened right after a heavy rain. You know the way the yard smells after it’s just poured down and the sun pops out. Every thing is clean and perky, that is what I get with this.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
212 tasting notes

We got this in the grab back too. I’m sure I reviewed before because we had a tea off with this against the market spice when Azzrian sent us a sample. This one won out for a little more complex, deeper flavor. I’ll take the time to thank Azzrian again, thanks!

This is smooth and a bit malty. If I didn’t know better I’d say I’d accidentally dropped butterscotch chips into the market spice stuff. I like the base better on this one as well. It just seems a little more bold, not quite as hidden behind the flavoring.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

My pleasure!! :)

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I was particularly interested in this because I’m a total chocolate hound. I’m quite picky about my chocolate and generally only like dark chocolate. Frank does chocolate that suits me well.

I really like the new base. It feels smoother and bit more refined, maybe silky is a better descriptor. I love, love, love the level of chocolate in here. It’s not fake like say tootsie roll chocolate either. This is one awesome tea, now if it could only make it to the permanent collection. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Azzrian

Oh this sounds lovely!

Kittenna

Argh, I’m still frustrated that this one disappeared so quickly yet nobody really said a peep about it :( I wanted to try some! Hoping he re-blends it.

Missy

I’ll send you two each a sample so you can have a go at it.

Kittenna

Awww Missy, you are the best!

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88
drank Pancake Breakfast by 52teas
212 tasting notes

This is a tea we got from the grab bag. I was pretty impressed with the what was chosen for us. There wasn’t one that I was disinterested in.

This is pancakes with a bit of butter and maple syrup. I was really surprised at how close it actually is. I think I could have a granola bar in the morning for breakfast and fool myself with this. Any who I’m pleased with this one. :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I’ve discovered I really like the spicy, nutty teas. Some fruity teas are pretty good but they are hit and miss for me. Flower teas really aren’t my thing right now. Seems like my preferences are changing so this may be different in the future.

Tea Rating system:

90 – 100: This is a tea I will always have on hand at work, and at home. I will leave it on altars as offerings of perfection.

80 – 89: This, or one of it’s close cousins, will likely be in my cabinet at home. When this tea runs out, I will buy more. I’ll always wonder if there is something better, but be too afraid to look to stray from home to find it.

70 – 79: Definitely good, but not a clear winner. I enjoy it, I’ll finish it, but I probably won’t buy it again until I’ve exhausted all other versions of this product from any reputable retailer. Though, it may enjoy a resurrection for custom blending.

60 – 69: This tea is okay, but definitely not something I’m going to brew again. I’m going to give what I have left away.

30 – 59: I didn’t finish drinking this tea. I actually poured it out, and went for something else. I’ll still give this tea away, but I’ll do it with a warning and a plead for forgiveness.

0 – 29: This tea is riding securely towards an iceberg at the helm of the failboat. I’ve taken this out of my tea tin, and laid it on a napkin as potpurri. I do not consider it fit for human consumption.

Yes, I did copy this from Dylan. It’s okay we share every thing any ways.

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