786 Tasting Notes


Not sure I could tell you this is a Dian Hong, but it’s a pretty decent, strong black tea. No bitterness even though one little tuo cha was far too large for the pot I had it in. :) Got several pots full out of it and could have done more. Might be an interesting way to travel with tea for full sized pots to share. :) I wouldn’t go out of the way to replace them but if I order more of the lovely narcissus oolong pillows, I’d throw these in there.


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This has a pleasant apricot color. The scent of the liquor is mineral and rock though. The taste is like a white tea, but not a great white tea. It’s kind of drying and I mainly get rock and some mild grassiness. Subsequent steeps didn’t really reveal any new flavor notes. S’okay but nothing I need again. Glad to have tried it, thanks to James for sending a share of the Sheng Olympics my way. :)

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I normally don’t do the seasonal blends and tea that is supposed to be chocolate I especially don’t do. I went to pick up something from one of the tea festival vendors and she had this as her featured seasonal blend. I was offered a cup of something and it seemed polite to go with the feature. :)

As far as chocolate teas go, this isn’t bad. It’s still primarily scratch-n-sniff chocolate – mildly sweet cocoa with a papery taste. I don’t notice rose at all. The tea base is fine and I will finish the to-go cup of it, but I wouldn’t stock this for my cupboard. Maybe I should have taken my vendor up on her offer of a sweetened latte form. :) Curious as to whether or not the rose might have been noticeable in that form.


I almost had this one the other day too.

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mtchyg shared this with me in a swap. It is very citrusy, mostly lemon I think? Little bit of floral. It does have that dusty taste that citrus teas have for me. Happy to have been able to try it! I can see it pairing nicely with a sweets course for a tea party.

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Again, probably something that I am just not oolong familiar enough to comment on the tea. It smells great though I didn’t smell much bergamot. It seems to be a fairly light oolong with a light peach. Nice enough for a cup. Thanks to mtchyg


The bergamont in this really came alive for me in the wet leaf. Much more so than when the leaf is dry.

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This is definitely spa. Tons of lavender. The taste of vanilla seems to mellow the large amount of lavender. Almost like an herbal made with lavender as I couldn’t pick out the tea, but that may very well be due solely to my lack of oolong palate. :) It was a pleasant cup. Thanks for the swap, mtchyg

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Malty and cocoa-y. I do overleaf my teas so this done in a pretty small teapot still used a full 5 grams/1 teaspoon. About a minute for the first, 2 minutes for the second pot. Om nom nom.


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Moderate to high maltiness, higher as it cools. Sour but not bitter notes in the finishing tastes, maybe a bit of tobacco but not smoke. Astringency is moderate. A good, bright tea. I don’t know if I’ll replace when it is gone, but if it were on sale or had no shipping… I’d seriously consider it.

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Hm. This is no longer on the BTTC site. I know I got it in one of the rounds of Kickstarter rewards. Anyway, it’s a nice, smooth, light oolong. Not really vegetal, just a nice, light, mellow flavor. Little bit of floral, tiny bit of mineral. Tried to use some gong fu techniques I’ve been learning. But all the steeps were very consistent for me.

And I’ve given up and gotten on Instagram. Dunno how much I’ll be active, but…



Glad you finally did it ;)


There were just too many pretty pictures to not. :)


Your cats are adorable! :D


Thanks! Your huge kitty is so pretty! :)


Thanks! He is the best lap cat, draping over you like a blanket. He’s gone on to his adoptive home now and is sorely missed (the downside of fostering).


Aw… I could never foster for that very reason

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I got a lot of peach, a fair amount of pear and a ton of floral – lotus flowers I guess? Reminds me of a more mellow lavender. I really, really like this tea. It’s light and deliciously sweet and would be a fantastic afternoon tea offering with lemon cookies or almond cookies. On to the wishlist this one goes – and not just for a cool test tube (though I am seriously weak when it comes to resisting good marketing). Thanks, Sil!


YAY! this was the one that i was in Paris for the launch for…so super glad it’s held up (that was april) I was hoping you’d appreciate it way more than i did :)


Now I have to find where to get some! :)


You might have more luck being in the U.S. But it might require overseas shipping. But if you DO ever place a theodor order, there are a few that are fantastic to have.

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Tea afficianado & founder of the Midwest Tea Festival. I wish I could make a living creating and serving tea parties, but alas, bills prevent that possibility. :) So I make do by catering tea parties for friends and co-workers and drinking tons of tea with my cats on my lap. :) I am also the proprietor of Tea-Historic, a tiny online dinosaur themed tea shop.


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