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drank Baby Chrysanthemum by Vital Tea Leaf
1775 tasting notes

Apparently I do not actually like chrysanthemum tea, as I’ve disliked it both of the times I tried it. The lady at VitalTea Leaf let me sample two of the teas they had, and this was one of them. The flavour reminds me a bit of soy milk, but not in a good way (I love soy milk). It kinda tastes like plastic packaging that has been heated in the microwave. Not soapy, just a bit like melted plastic. I might use the world “grainy” to scribe the smell of it. Nothing floral or cirtus-y like I expected. It is a very odd flavour. Maybe this tea is amazing for those who like this flower, but I can’t say I wish to try it again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 250 OZ / 7393 ML

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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
1775 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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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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Flavors: Cocoa, Dark Bittersweet, Malt, Milk, Sweet, Thick, Toasty

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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 14 OZ / 400 ML

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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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Flavors: Tannin, Tea

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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
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I was very surprised to find yellow tea in a little tea shop, but since I’m such a big fan of the other yellows I’ve tried, I had to buy some of this.

It does not have that toasty, roasted, steamed flavour that other yellow teas have. It is extremely flavourful with a complex combination of tannins. What I like about yellow teas is the complex “natural” unprocessed flavours that come out. A lot of green teas taste grassy to me, and I like that yellow teas are processed in a way that doesn’t lead to the same extremes in flavour. You get that strong “tea” taste, but never any bitterness, astringency, acididty, drying of the mouth, herbaceous, grassy, or weak flavours that black, green, and whites can be prone to.

The leaves are soo beautiful. They seem to be small whole leaves twisted into long needles. All the little silver hairs are still on them and the undersides of the leaves are a beautiful yellow (in contrast with the silver hairs and dark topside of the leaf). They expand to about 4x their original size.

This makes a really good latte, plain hot tea (resteep 4-6 times), or unsweetened ice tea. I imagine you could add sweetener or flavourings, but I think it has such a nice natural flavour that it would be a waste of high grade tea.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Tannin, Tea

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Nattie

I’ve never tried yellow tea! Sounds delicious.

Arby

I highly recommend Teavana’s Golden Dragon or Huangshan ‘Yellow Sun’ Yellow Tea Tea by What-Cha for a first yellow tea. This one was more like a black tea that without the bit of toasty flavour I get from other yellow teas. Regardless, they are fantastic!

Nattie

I’ll look into them!

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Vital Tea Leaf
8818 tasting notes

sipdown! pulled the last of this one out to have today since there won’t be a whole lot of time in december to drink down my stash :(

Evol Ving Ness

People seem to be in the mood for smoky teas these days. Must be the bitter cold. This is one of the smoky Lapsang Souchongs, right?

Sil

nope this one isn’t smokey :)

Evol Ving Ness

Not smokey. Hmm. There should be some sort of marker to indicate when a Lapsang Souchong is not smokey. Or maybe I need to do a bit of reading up on this tea to get more of a handle on things.

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drank Lapsang Souchong by Vital Tea Leaf
8818 tasting notes

pulled this one out of the sample pile this morning – need to work on getting through those samples down so that i can get back to working on older teas. This is another from dex – a non smokey lapsang. This has a fruity taste to it, with some hidden almost choca-y notes in the background. , I quite like this one. :) thanks dex!

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Very interesting! The flavor upfront is a nice mild oolong, nothing special, mouthfeel like plain hot water. Holding it in your mouth for several seconds yields a wonderfully intense, smooth, honeyed licorice aftertaste.

The leaves expand like crazy, so use a big strainer!

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drank Angel Green by Vital Tea Leaf
53 tasting notes

Not sure if I’ll get this again. If you steep the tea too long you get an extremely bitter tea. It almost hurts going down. By steeping it shorter, however, it turns out to be a nice sweet/bitter taste that is actually somewhat enjoyable.

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Thanks to Nicole for this sample! I already had this one in the infuser before I read other tasting notes and saw that this is really a black tea. I was really craving a yellow tea today! I guess I should have noticed that the leaves are really dark (much darker than in the picture, actually). This was otherwise a mild black tea — very sweet and honey while somehow still having a really dark brew. Not much else to say!
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 tsps // 14 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep # 2// just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

Sipdowns: 1/30 None 1/31 Spice & Tea Exchange – Carrot Cupcake
…but I’ve added a few to the ‘next-time’s-a-sipdown’ list

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drank Iron Goddess King by Vital Tea Leaf
2815 tasting notes

I’m enjoying this tea that I got at the Vital Tea Leaf the other day. I stopped in to do a tea tasting with some tourists in Chinatown and tried a few things. I’m not usually the biggest fan of Iron Goddess oolongs but I found this to be well balanced and tasty. I bought 1/4 oz. This is not roasted as far as I can tell.

At home I’m drinking it out of the yixing teapot and got 4 steeps. It is vegetal and creamy in texture, with a slight butteriness in the 2nd and 3rd steep. By the 4th steep the buttery flavor had mostly gone. I could have gotten more steeps out of it but gave up after steep #4. It has a slight mineral quality that I notice in the Iron Goddess teas. The woman in the store told me this doesn’t have much caffeine in it, however I do notice it seems slightly energizing. A good everyday drinking tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kirkoneill1988

iirc, ive had IG before and it was ok, i should buy some and review it

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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
6 tasting notes

I was just introduced to this tea and it is fantastic for an everyday tea, especially if you like a sweet, honey flavor to your tea. This one is naturally sweet from the Lychee and it’s very smooth and creamy on the tongue. I’m sure it’d be great iced as well, but as of yet, I’ve only tried it hot.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Lychee, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Siberian Rose by Vital Tea Leaf
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I find the Siberian rose from Vital Tea Leaf to be a really great before bed tea. It doesn’t take many buds to brew a cup – 3 to 4 rosebuds for as many steeps – and it’s such a light, floral taste that is very relaxing. I’ve always liked rose tea and floral teas in general, though, and you definitely have to like the taste of rose to be able to enjoy this tea. I recommend it if you’re looking for a relaxation tea or want to try something new!

Flavors: Floral, Rose

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Another interesting tea from the amazing Sil

Contrary to the name this isn’t a yellow tea. This is black. It is sweet though – very sweet.
It’s light, it’s malty, it’s sweet. That’s pretty much how I’m seeing it this afternoon.
I like it – not sure I love it, but for sure outside my “comfort” zone as far as the black teas that I typically drink.

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drank Supreme Yellow Sweet by Vital Tea Leaf
8818 tasting notes

This is another from Nicole and another one from a company that i’m not familiar with. This is a malty and sweet tea, and as i understand it, this is a black tea rather than a yellow one. Really enjoyed this one as well :) thanks nicole!

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I don’t have any info on whether or not this is natural pineapple but my guess is not. Isn’t a big deal to me but might be to others. :)

The pineapple scent is extremely strong and it’s nice. The flavor is a strong pineapple with a vague background of lightly vegetal, anonymous green tea. It’s nice, but with a teensy bit of added sugar it becomes good, not just nice. :) I wouldn’t keep this on hand mainly because I have yet to really love a green tea of any kind so much that I’d reach for it over my blacks. I’m pretty sure my mom will really like her share of this, though.

I have 2 ounces of this so if anyone wants to try any, drop me a note. Happy to share. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Vital Tea Leaf
1812 tasting notes

Backlog:
Tea-tasting with a friend, yesterday, he was looking for something to drink at work (and I was pushing him to give-up on Stash and Yogi teabags). Knowing his preference for oolong, Herman helped him settle on this and the Black Pearl Supreme Oolong, both with dark, roasted notes.

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Backlog:
Tea-tasting with a friend, yesterday, he was looking for something to drink at work (and I was pushing him to give-up on Stash and Yogi teabags). Knowing his preference for oolong, Herman helped him settle on this and the Dong Ding Oolong, both with dark, roasted notes.

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Of all the teas we were able to try at Vital Tea Leaf, this was my favorite. The gentleman who was steeping for us said that this wasn’t really a “yellow” tea but rather a red (black) but their website says it is a yellow so…

This was sweet, malty and dusty. Very unusual to me and I gravitate towards malty teas these days. This stands out. This is the one I chose to buy some of to bring home and I think I will want more sooner rather than later. :)

boychik

from the pic looks like Yunnan?

Nicole/Tea-Historic

That’s what I would have thought both from look and taste.

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