2189 Tasting Notes

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This sample comes to me thanks to Azzrian! I love passion fruit and I love green oolongs, so I am excited to try this one. That said, it does have a lot to live up to… one of my favorite teas is the sublimely flavored passion fruit scented oolong from Naivetea (yet of another of my favorite teas that don’t currently reside in my cupboard).

This is quite different from the Naivetea oolong, but still very tasty. For one thing, although this is a green oolong base it is clearly not a high mountain oolong… it brews up fairly dark, with underlying nutty and slightly roasty notes, more like a traditional tieguanyin. The passion fruit flavor is nice and authentic, present but not overpowering. Overall a very nice tea and I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
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The last of my sample! I will be sad to see this one go, as its very tasty. A little floral, a little citrusy, and lovely black tea underneath.

Also I am doing a tea stash clean out over on the Swap thread with quite a lot of teas, so check it out if you want!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank China Mist by Market Spice
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This is a backlog from yesterday… forgot to log this tea! This one comes to me thanks to Alphakitty!

This is a blend of a medium-dark oolong, a jasmine green, and almond flavor. I’ve never had a blend quite like this before, but it sounded intriguing! Fortunately, upon brewing it did not smell like pot to me (see Kittenna’s tasting note), but just like a roasty dark oolong with a few light sweet notes to it. Not super floral, and no flavor really took over in this blend. It was like a nice nutty oolong with some sweetness from the almond and a little bit of jasmine. It all blended rather well. I quite enjoyed this one!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

This is definitely a unique blend, I’ve never seen another like it!

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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Look at me go, drinking more fruity green teas. And really enjoying this one too! This is one of the teas I received in my happy bag from Lupicia, and it certainly makes me happy. This morning I opened this tea to put it in a recently-empty tin, and I was hit by the intense smell of juicy grapefruit. I knew I would be making it as my second cup of tea!

Steeped it came out very nicely. The grapefruit is relatively light and not overpowering, but it is definitely present. Grapefruit of course can be pretty bitter on its own, but I am thankful that there was no bitterness in this one. Just light, slightly sweet, citrusy goodness. The green tea was pretty standard, but it worked. I guess I do still enjoy fruity greens in the right circumstances!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

mmm i have this one coming to me. looking forward to trying it

CHAroma

This is one of my favorites! Super yummy! :)

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Got this in my swap with Azzrian, thanks!

I haven’t tried a lot of blackberry teas, but I also haven’t really tried any good blackberry teas. I think there is something about the taste of blackberry that is hard to capture in flavorings. The aroma on the steeped tea on this one smells primarily like black tea without much else involved, but it at least smells like a tasty Chinese black tea.

The flavor surprised me… kind of sweet and tart, and surprisingly blackberry. You know, with the low ratings on this one I wasn’t really expecting anything but I am fairly pleasantly surprised. It’s not a tea that I would really crave or reach for often, but I do think the blackberry flavoring is pretty faithful, even in the hot tea. I have been unimpressed by the black tea base on Della Terra teas before, but this one is kind of nice. Pretty tasty overall.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It is f*#%ing cold outside. I am pretty sure it is colder today where I am living now, nearly the South (should feel like -10F today!) than it ever has been since I moved away from Chicago five years ago, even though I was living further north than I am now. It’s unexpected. Our house isn’t really built for this type of cold.

This matcha was nice and warming and energizing this morning. Now can I please not go outside?

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drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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I got samples of this tea from recent swaps with both Azzrian and Alphakitty. Thanks guys! I have pooled them all into one pouch so who knows who this is from. :D

I know I just got done saying earlier that I haven’t been into green teas lately, but this one is slightly different because it’s not a fruity green but rather sesame and caramel, which sounds pretty good. I do love a nutty green.

THis one didn’t quite pan out as fantastic as I’d hoped, but it was pretty tasty still. Not as much caramel or sesame as I’d hoped, although what was there was nice and natural, seeming almost like it was just part of the green tea itself. I just can’t help but wish that the base was not bancha but whatever awesome chestnutty base is on the Earl Green from Empire Tea Service.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

this one is Subtle? it’s going back on my shopping list! I have been afraid it was going to be SWEET carmel and too fruity.

Dinosara

The sample I had definitely wasn’t overly sweet or overly flavored. Might be worth getting a sample!

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Yet another Lupicia oolong sample thanks to Alphakitty!

This one smelled delicious but didn’t pan out in the taste so much. There was just something missing… I wanted more sweetness, more buttery floral notes from the oolong. The light tangerine was nice at the beginning of the sip but otherwise it was barely present. I’m not sure if this one suffered from storage in a plastic bag or what, but it wasn’t quite as good as some of the others from Lupicia that I’ve tried.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kasumi no Chajin

I LOVE this one, and how it is not overdone.

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drank Toasted Fig by American Tea Room
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I think I was almost afraid to revisit this one. I really liked it the first time I had it, but then I never really got into other puers. I worried that I didn’t like this one as much as I thought I did, and instead of using up my sample it just sat there in my sample drawer.

Well it turns out that I don’t love this one as much as I did the first time I had it, although I do still enjoy it. This is an oaky, woody puer. Not fishy or dirty or whatever like some, but definitely woody, and I’m not sure that it’s a flavor profile that I’m that into. The rest of the flavors, like sweet bourbon, is quite yummy, but not enough for me to restock. Glad to have put this one to bed, finally, though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
American Tea Room

it is one of our favorites too!

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I got a sample of this in a swap with Azzrian. Thanks!

I don’t know that I’ve ever had a Chun Mee green tea. You know, it occurs to me that green tea is some of my least-craved tea. It’s not that I don’t like green tea, but I’ve never really been super interested in straight greens and now the flavored ones are getting boring for me. I don’t know what it is. Nevertheless, sometimes a green tea can surprise me.

Well, I was surprised at how dark the resulting liquor was from this tea. It is a light amber color, and it smells almost a bit like sauteed leafy greens. I agreen with Kittenna that the flavor on this one is kind of uninspiring. Those sauteed greens come through in the flavor, as does some nuttiness, but there’s also an almost metallic note. What seems like a promising initial sip kind of flattens out toward the end and the flavors get a bit deadened. Not entirely sure if this one is not great quality or just not my style.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I am tea obsessed, with the stash to match. I tend to really enjoy green oolongs, Chinese blacks, and flavored teas with high quality bases, especially florals, bergamot-based teas, and chocolate teas.

In my free time I am a birder, baker, and music/movie/tv addict.

Here are my rating categories, FYI:
100-90: Mind-blowingly good, just right for my palate, and teas that just take me to a happy place.
89-86: I really really like these teas and will keep most of them in the permanent collection, but they’re not quite as spectacular as the top category
85-80: Pretty tasty teas that I enjoy well enough, but definitely won’t rebuy when I run out.
79-70: Teas that I would probably drink again, but only if there were no preferrable options.
69-50: Teas that I don’t really enjoy all that much and wouldn’t drink another cup of.
49 and below: Mega yuck. This tea is just disgusting to me.
Unrated: Usually I feel unqualified to rate these teas because they are types of teas that I tend to not like in general. Sometimes user error or tea brewed under poor conditions.

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