36 Tasting Notes

This is an enjoyable tea. The primary flavors I am getting are caramel and fruit. The fruit smell fits with papaya for me, but the taste may be closer to the Grand Marnier spiked plum jam I used to make each year. The black tea base lets the nice flavoring down, so next time I’ll try adding a bit of high grade black tea with some caramel and chocolate notes to see what happens.

2 g 6 OZ / 177 ML

That’s such a good idea to mix a different black tea in with this one—I loved the flavoring but didn’t think the base was the best complement for it either.


Yes, I’m excited to see how it works out. LuckyMe suggested it, so I can’t take credit for the clever idea. I’ll report back.


Ok, I added golden needle black tea and I think that was the right choice, but the ratio was too high and the flavoring is too muted. I used 2g of df and 1g of golden needle. I’ll try the same df and a half gram golden needle next time.

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Puerh Plus TTB. I am enjoying the bitterness of this tea. It’s kind of like a somewhat insensitive teenage guy. He doesn’t care too much what anyone thinks of him. He makes a few too many jackass observations to be a good friend, and is really pretty shallow, but in a plot twist personality-wise, loves to make you laugh. The kind of guy who would tickle you even though you hated it, and then you’d laugh because you couldn’t help it.

Do I keep this guy around for the laughs? I’m not getting much else, but there’s value in a tea that will bring on the smiles.

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Drank the 2016 version, which was significantly more enjoyable to me than the 2015. Really nice second flush Darjeeling with pronounced muscatel notes and the perfect amount of offsetting tannic notes. Lovely cup of tea

Flavors: Honey, Muscatel

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This was a very enjoyable black tea. Malty, with an overtone of caramel. There is a nice level of acidity, keeping it from being at all boring. I keep trying to find similarities to its companion sheng, but other than the fact that I liked it very much too, I’m not able to identify any.

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

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Finally enjoying this tea from the June teaclub. Will be breaking out the black later. I agree with KittyLovesTea. I can taste wet wood, grass, peas, a floral quality and a bitter edge. Each sip is followed by lingering sweetness. Very clean and gulpable.

I’m enjoying this sheng!

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Grass, Peas, Sweet, Wet Wood

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This is one of many first flushes I ordered from Teabox. I’ve been impressed by their customer service and the quality of the tea.

This tea had a lovely fresh quality. I agree with the notes on the tea from the vendor: white flowers, green, toasted almond in the scent. The green isn’t the green of edibles, but perhaps wormwood or another garden plant.

The taste is also consistent with the vendor notes: citrus blossom, dried fig and tree fruits. But I think those words give the impression that the tea is lush and it isn’t. I also taste something like how wormwood smells.

It’s not a bad thing, but I don’t think first flush teas have lush qualities typically. Even if the scent makes you think it will be. Especially in the non-clonal types.

There’s something slightly dry and in the front of the nose that it’s unique to FF Darjeeling. Hard to describe. It is almost resinous and herbal.

All in all, a pleasing light tea.

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drank Big Red Robe by a Tea story
36 tasting notes

The leaves are small and appear broken.
There is good typical warm, roasty flavor, but the tea is thin bodied and doesn’t give more than one steep. Sadly, disappointing.

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From Dark Matter. The first time I tried this tea I didn’t use nearly enough leaf, and was left with just 2 grams for a second round. Poor leaf management on my part.

So I tried western style steeping in about 4 oz of boiling water for 5 minutes and had a very nice cup of tea. Smooooth, mellow and just malty enough. It’s on the sweeter end of the spectrum, but I don’t notice raisin like others have. Very comforting cup on a cloudy morning.

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Finished off this lovely low oxidation low roast oolong. It is quite light and fresh tasting, with a hint of vegetal character and sweet florals. It was not buttery or creamy to me, although it was not thin-bodied either. Matched the sunny day well.

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Backlog of notes. I ordered this as a sample, and enjoyed all 10 grams. I will order more in the future.

Pleasantly astringent, nicely offsetting flavors of passion fruit and mango. Not a floral oolong.

I imagine this would be great cold-steeped!

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My first tea love was the oolong served at Chinese restaurants when I was growing up in Houston. In 2015 I started exploring tea for real and it has become an obsession.

Favorites: Chinese green tea, most oolongs except dark roasted tieguanyin, and sheng. On a quest to find my favorite black tea.

Also, I am known to bumble into landmines by answering rhetorical questions. :)


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