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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
2768 tasting notes

Sipdown. Sad to see it go, but I’ve got to make room for the hundreds of samples I seem to have in my possession right now. I’m hoping to go back to Seattle in the next year or two, so I will pick up some more of this next time I’m in the city.

Some final notes on this amazing yellow (black?) tea
-very rich, creamy, malt, cocoa flavours but not bitter at all
-never astringent, bitter, sour, or anything else unpleasant
-no vegetal notes at all, this isn’t a green/unprocessed yellow tea
-very, very smooth
-taste of minerals that IMO accompanies the classic “tea” flavour, no hint of salt, moss, soil, or fermentation
-thick mouthfeel
-slightly toasty
-lots of flavourful tannins, tastes like a high grade black tea (because it has the flavour of an oxidized tea), but is a tiny bit toasty and less brash
-resteeps very well, I did 3 pots of 700 mL today and there was no loss of flavour from the 1 tsp of leaf I used. Yet it doesn’t get bitter or overly tannic! Yay for good quality tea leaves!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Cream, Malt, Mineral, Round , Tannin, Tea, Thick, Toasty

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 24 OZ / 700 ML
Mackie

I’ve honestly found blacks to be the least tannic/bitter and brash genre once you get past a certain level of quality

Arby

It’s like night and day between black tea fannings/tea dust that they use in grocery store teas compared to high grade blacks. I find most blacks to be very strong and sometimes brash, regardless of quality, but high grade blacks are rarely bitter.

Mackie

that’s fair, I am a tad biased, black tea is my favourite, and I like strong tea and I have yixing for my black that helps with astringency, but like a lot of blacks are on the lighter side too. I just appreciate that good black teas are way more affordable than good oolongs or good greens or .. I guess pretty much anything

Arby

I’m also a big fan of black tea! I pretty much like everything (except some greens), but blacks are usually so pretty (especially varieties that show patches of gold and black) and rarely disappoint. I ave not had many black teas I did not like.

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Mackie

I’ve honestly found blacks to be the least tannic/bitter and brash genre once you get past a certain level of quality

Arby

It’s like night and day between black tea fannings/tea dust that they use in grocery store teas compared to high grade blacks. I find most blacks to be very strong and sometimes brash, regardless of quality, but high grade blacks are rarely bitter.

Mackie

that’s fair, I am a tad biased, black tea is my favourite, and I like strong tea and I have yixing for my black that helps with astringency, but like a lot of blacks are on the lighter side too. I just appreciate that good black teas are way more affordable than good oolongs or good greens or .. I guess pretty much anything

Arby

I’m also a big fan of black tea! I pretty much like everything (except some greens), but blacks are usually so pretty (especially varieties that show patches of gold and black) and rarely disappoint. I ave not had many black teas I did not like.

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I am a biochem major hoping for a career in research genetics and evolutionary biology. I love science fiction and spend too much of my time reading comic books. I’m a passionate keeper of spiders, cacti, and exotic plants. I eat a vegan, plant-based diet for moral and environmental reasons (I mention this only because it is relevant to which flavoured teas I drink).

I drink mostly flavoured and low caffeine teas/tisanes, but I will try anything twice. As far as pure teas go, I gravitate towards whites, yellows, and jade oolongs. I’m always open for trades and sample sales/exchanges. Message me any time :)

My cupboard is mostly up to date. For a more comprehensive list, see my stash spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-HjWKR3um-xEnj6HC9vMvKXOAyj_bpW5u_2ixEC20-k/edit?usp=sharing
Most of these are only tiny samples/I can’t always spare any, but feel free to ask.

Favourite flavours/ingredients:
Rum/alcohol, clove, cardamom, rosemary, pine, sage, moss/Earthy, lychee, floral, creamy, malt, hay, rice/grain, toasty, desserty, cocoa/chocolate, decaf or no caffeine, very unusual flavours

Favourite tea types
Decaf teas (any variety)/no caf tisanes like honeybush and rooibos, yellow, jade oolong, white, Darjeeling blacks

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Acidic/sour/tart, melon, grapefruit, bitter, astringent, smokey, sickly sweet (too much chicory, cinnamon, or licorice root), yerba mate, mushroom/fungus,

No
Animal products: [confectioners glaze, gelatine, marshmallows, whey, lactose, white choc chips, caramel bits, etc]
St. John’s wort (herb) or stevia

Location

BC, Canada

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