545 Tasting Notes


Backlogging. 2 days ago. Thursday morning.

A bit more leaf and a bit longer steeping time did the trick. The strength is now more to my taste. I’m having trouble identifying any notes in this taste other than stronger and good. Maybe I was just too not awake yet. I’ll have to peruse others’ tealogs when I post mine and see if anything sparks my memory.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Backlogging. 3 days ago. Wednesday morning.

My cup came out weaker tasting than I wanted but it provided the caffeine that I needed. Maybe I need to increase the amount of leaf and steeping time by a bit.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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Backlogging. 3 days ago. Tuesday afternoon.

I haven’t had an oolong in forever and it sounded like a good thing that day. This met my need and it was like I remembered it, yet it wasn’t. The first two steeps were stronger than I would have liked. So maybe decrease the steeping time a bit. And the third and fourth were quite good. Overall, I liked drinking it that day but it didn’t quite live up to my memory of it.

The first two steeps I had right after each other in the afternoon, the third right after dinner, and the fourth right before bed.

2nd steep: 4 mins 15 secs
3rd steep: 4 mins 30 secs
4th steep: 5 mins

190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog. Last Friday night. 4 days ago.

Even with all the gaps in my tasting notes logging this past year and a half, I really thought I’d logged this tea at least once. But I guess not.

To recap, this is the first puerh I’ve had. I was apprehensive trying it. Would I like it? Would it be completely gross? To my surprise, I liked it very much from the very first sip. And it definitely tasted different from a black tea.

So this particular time, I’d wanted to cup of tea after dinner and I’d been thinking about having this one a few days earlier. It came out a bit stronger than I remembered but I still enjoyed most of the cup until it cooled.

200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I had to wake up early this morning to call Apple about my tax free holiday being applied. iMac coming! So excited! It’s arriving either August 9th or 10th. That’s only a week away. =)

After being on hold for nearly 20 minutes (Apple has good hold music though), I thought a cup of something chocolatey sounded good. I browsed through what was left of my Valentine’s Day sample but this one sounded better. I’ve been meaning to try this one with a splash of milk but keep putting it off because I like it so much without and often enough milk ruins the taste of most black teas to me. But it was quite good here. Not sure I liked it enough this way to make it an all the time thing, but I’ll definitely do it again sometime.

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What the? Where did THIS tea come from? Where do I get some lol


It was in the 12 Teas of Christmas box as the tea for Christmas day, a new blend! I can send you some!


Oh I would love to try it! Thank you! I will PM you.

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Snuck a quick cup of this in before heading out to the dentist yesterday morning. It also happened to be the last cup I had of this from last year’s Xmas sampler. This was one of the teas that I enjoyed from it more.

(Now I’m sitting here trying to remember what the 6 teas that I’ve already finished from that sampler were. lol)

This cup of Cashew Turtle was strong but delicious. I very much enjoyed it. Bumping the rating up a couple of points since I like it more than when I first tried it. =)

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Yum! This is my favourite 52teas … I have an unopened package that I’m hoarding. I’ll have to open it on a special occasion haha

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Of course, I’m missing a whole slew of backlogged tea notes. At least it’s summer and I’m not drink as much tea as usual. Wait.. What am I saying? That is NOT a good thing.

So a mid-afternoon thunderstorm brought on more of the headache I’d had all day and a cup of tea became necessary. I’ve had this tea before several times but just have not logged it yet. My mom brought me TST’s Raspberry Black back from a trip to Savannah and she brought this for herself so of course I took a sample of it home with me too to enjoy.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had it though and I can’t remember how long I used to steep it for. I thought around 3 mins but I know I steep the Raspberry Black around 4 mins so I went with that. I do remember that I thought the peach was kind of artificial tasting before.

However, it was much better than I remembered this time. Which is good. Both because I enjoyed it and because I’ll likely drink the remainder of what I have left quicker now.

205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Backlog. Saturday night.

With Chinese – lemon shrimp with brown rice and veggies. Goes great with this. Second steep while online later.

2nd steep: 4 mins

180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I keep meaning to have this tea the next morning the day before but then when I wake up forgetting. It happens. I liked it pretty well the first time I had it. I was slightly heavy on the leaf and steeped a bit longer than I usually do for 52teas black teas. I’ve been of the mind that they could be a bit stronger, and I was right. I taste nutty, caramel, and vanilla but no chocolate specifically. Very good. The increase in steeping time left the second steep a bit weak for my taste.

2nd steep: 7 mins

205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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After reaching for an uninspired cup of Earl Grey yesterday, I remembered that I had one more serving of this mate left and thought it would really hit the spot, even I’d be sad to be out of it. Heavy on the leaf, I steeped it an extra 30 seconds and was rewarded with a rich flavorful cup. I wonder if this will be good with just a touch of frothed milk?

2nd steep: 11 mins

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Between here and my last tasting note, there is an unlogged backlog of Black & Blue by 52teas and A&D’s Elf Blend twice.

205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

Now that you mention it, I have a little left, too … I’m thinking it might be absolutely yummy chilled with a little milk the next stuffy afternoon I can play with it.

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Mmm.. I agree.. you need to get on that..

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no


Charleston, SC

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