1009 Tasting Notes

Naked and strange. A glimmering herald. A glass chrysalis. Serendipity. Words fail the day.

Sierge Krьstъ

just curious if you had a go at it the day after next eclipse in autumn, wonder if there is a pattern with moon affecting ebb flows

derk

I will try to save some for the event.

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Huh, this tastes just like eating a roll of Necco wafers with some of that yerba maté in the background. Too bad it has so much sugar – this would be my go-to carbonated flavor.

tea-sipper

Necco! Wafers! I miss them!

Cameron B.

Lol Necco Wafers! Not a good flavor for tea ha ha.

Mastress Alita

I am loving using a carbonation machine on my cold brew teas, but I can’t imagine that taste mixed with yerba mate…

derk

It’s better than that might come across. Maybe like a tamarind-lime ginger-spiced dr pepper-cola maté?

Martin Bednář

Necco wafers… can anyone tell me what they were like? :D

Mastress Alita

They’re a somewhat infamous for being a commonly disliked American candy (though they certainly do have some fans). The best way I can describe one is slightly fruity and super sweet chalk.

Cameron B.

I didn’t mind them to be honest, especially the purple anise ones. But yes, mostly chalky and sweet ha ha.

Mastress Alita

They are not my most hated candy (that goes to Circus Peanuts) but I wouldn’t ever buy them, either. Sitting around in a breakroom for free? Ya, I can eat that…

Martin Bednář

I think I can see Czech equivalent maybe… but can’t tell for sure. Into the list of things I want to try once.

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Coming back to this tea in the hopes of sipping down in the next day or two. The tannins and acidity that I can’t get away from in western style are definitely mitigated with short steeps in a gaiwan. I forgot just how complex this tea is. Lots of dried fruit, brandy, cocoa, vanilla, cedar wood, fruity tobacco, cool mountain air, camphor. Decent aroma, if a bit thin; good length to the aftertaste.

Sierge Krьstъ

There is a strange place in Laos called something like valley of jars. I am nearly sure i tasted a tea from there from a German vendor. Terroir defers a lot thru these nations but the problem these are marketed to emulate of more popular destination. I am yet to come across some Cambodian varieties. Myanmar, very clean undulated taste. With liubao being hit in Indonesia, you would expect more from surrounding markets. But at the end of the day is who knows who. The universe has plans to keep some gems secret until it is time to unveil. And steepster is part of its destiny

Leafhopper

I’m glad you’ve been able to get more out of this tea than I did when I sampled it Western. Maybe gongfu was the way to go.

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drank Nilgiri Highland Black by Ketlee.in
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Surprise freebie kindly included in my order :)

Dry leaf smells very spicy-woody-floral, lots of pine wood and rosewood, undertones of cinnamon and peppermint. The steeped aroma has notes of white grapes, rosewood, milk chocolate (or is it white?), cooked mango, rose. The taste is like a flowing spring. Fruity notes of guava and cooked peaches; a distinct, soft and warm nuttiness; floral; green chillies, spearmint. Oily, almost creamy mouthfeel that supports gentle brisk astringency and minerality. There’s an acidity to the tea that reminds me of gooseberries but it doesn’t taste sour or tart to me. Nutty-herbal-peach pit aftertaste.

Really lovely tea. Complex but not challenging, very easy to drink. I feel a sense of place drinking this.

Flavors: Astringent, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Creamy, Floral, Green Pepper, Guava, Herbs, Mango, Mineral, Nuts, Nutty, Peach, Peppermint, Pine, Rose, Spearmint, Spicy, Spring Water, White Chocolate, White Grapes, Wood

Roswell Strange

How long did it take for your order to arrive? I placed an order in early April but it hasn’t shown up yet…

derk

About 6 weeks for this order which I placed first week of April. Sounds like covid/restrictions hit India pretty hard right after that. Worth the wait, tho. Hope yours shows up soon!

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drank 100% Natural Green by Lipton
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Oh, nooo…

Had with a Vietnamese vermicelli bowl for lunch today. The tea smelled like swamp. Scratch that. It smelled like a murky puddle thick with algal growth. It tasted like flat and sour buttery dry grass.

The food deserved better, like a basic Vietnamese jasmine green tea. The restaurant even used proper temperature water in the pot.

:(

Mastress Alita

I hate when I order tea in a restaurant and then the tea bag they bring out is a really crap brand…

Leafhopper

Blech! I guess they deserve points for getting the temperature right.

Martin Bednář

Ordering a tea in a restaurant is always a gamble, unless they have stated the brand. But it’s sad to see Lipton, or some other famous brands considered as high-end brand here sometimes.

mrmopar

We are lucky as our Chinese place has excellent tea. But places like it are far and few in between.

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drank Auburn by Chroma Tea
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First sips, I like the way this tastes well enough. I’m not sure I like the way it smells in my mug. The cypress oil is an intriguing addition to a chai-type blend but as I take more sips, I realize ultimately there’s too much going on. Not a fan of the mix of cacao and vanilla with goji and elderberry. I smell all that in the steam and it lingers in a sickly way in the aftertaste. When the mug gets to room temp, it all tastes like mustard. What the. Weird.

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drank Rooibos Poire by Lupicia
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This green rooibos is really tasty but not quite satisfying? It’s something light-bodied and juicy that I’d want to drink as an iced tea on a scorching hot day. The flavoring is like a mix of juicy yellow pear and Ace perry cider. It also kind of reminds me of both green apple and kiwi Hi-Chew candies. The green rooibos provides some kind of darker undertone that I can’t describe.

Kiki likes it and thinks it definitely tastes like juicy pear. She says it has a tartness to it. “It almost tastes like apple cider but with pears.”

Flavors: Alcohol, Apple, Apple Candy, Fruity, Green Apple, Pear, Tart

ashmanra

Green rooibos is quite pleasant to me! Might try this one as I have enjoyed the pear teas I have tried.

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Typical Indian musky-spicy smell to the dry leaf — sun-warmed hard and dry earth, rosewood, green chillies. Moderate yellow peony aroma given off by a soft sunshine yellow brew. Strong note of yellow peony and thinned honey on the sip. Very clean.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It starts off filling the mouth and then flows over the sides of the tongue, eliciting a mouth-watering, tingly response. It swallows gently brisk-astringent, not enough to consider the tea drying. It feels playful and supple, thirst-quenching. The overall taste of the tea matches the mouthfeel very well. Delicate and well-rounded flavors that are subtly fruity, floral, woody-spice and hay-herbaceous-vegetal. Minty-spicy in throat and chest.

I wouldn’t recommend this to beginners since the flavors are tonal and not so apparent (could be construed as tasting like water). Overall, bright, sunny, warm, youthful with a knowing edge. This is a great tea that does blur the lines between a white tea and a Darjeeling-style first flush black.

Thanks for introducing a new-to-me company, Natethesnake, via your note for Ketlee’s Indian sheng. I’m looking forward to tasting through a range of tea types including green, white, black, oolong, sheng and a masala chai, representing several tea-producing regions in India. Indian teas I feel pair well with the dry summers here in northern California.

Flavors: Astringent, Earth, Floral, Flowers, Fruity, Hay, Herbaceous, Honey, Mineral, Rose, Round , Salt, Smooth, Spearmint, Spicy, Thick, Vegetal, Wood

Leafhopper

This company has been on my radar for a while. Looking forward to reading your reviews!

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drank Blueberry Peach Crisp by Cuppa Geek
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Deep baked-fruits aroma/flavor and sweet, pastry-like cinnamon without actually being sweet. The aroma is a bit too artificial for my liking, but it’s a nice, strong scent. The blueberry and peach are well balanced. The Lipton-like black tea brings a grounding, woody tone, while the hibiscus/rose hips/cranberries (whatever amount ends up in a mere teaspoon) bring just enough tang to brighten the brew. I think this one is really well done, well balanced. While not something I would find myself craving, I do recommend it. Of all the times I’ve brewed it, the last cup has been the best with 1 tsp to 6 ounces instead of 8.

Flavors: Artificial, Blueberry, Cinnamon, Dark Wood, Pastries, Peach, Tangy, Tea

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Brewed hot, Kiki said only “It’s fine.” I tasted it and the base tea was way more tannic and muddy than when I had tried it as part of the advent calender. The fruity flavoring also seemed to have evaporated.

Since her response was luke warm, I cold-brewed for her the last of the sample from Cameron B. I thought it was great this way. Kiki said of it tonight, “It’s good.”

Brevity speaks.

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