555 Tasting Notes

66

Steepster is acting crazy tonight. Anyway i’ll try this again. I added an oolong to this one tonight to see how it would taste and i pretty much tasted just that oolong cuz it overpowered this one, it was a no name oolong(in a glass container marked Oolong) from my local heath food store, very good heavy roasted, rich oolong taste with nice sized dark twisted leaves, i’m not sure but i think it maybe a wuyi oolong there is no way of knowing the people at the store don’t know anything about their teas at all.

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This one is a nice anytime tea also, it’s much like the Samovar blend from Tea Table with just a little more malty boldness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

Tommy, which one do you like better?

ScottTeaMan

Tommy, which one do you like better?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I think I like this one a little better, they are both nice this one just has a little more body i guess would be the right word, similar but i could put milk in this one but would not in the other.

ScottTeaMan

I think the green pearls in the Tsarina Blend mellow it out. I agree-that blend is not a good one for the addition of milk.

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94

I like this one has a tobacco-like sweetness with caramel and maltyness and a little astringency, it’s very good it just makes think of tobacco.
This is a better review on my blog :)
http://toadsteablog.blogspot.com/2012/11/china-panyoang-congou-by-upton-tea.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
ScottTeaMan

I had this tea yrs ago from Stash—very good tea for the $$$.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I like it a lot, did yours have tobacco-like notes? or reminiscent of tobacco?

ScottTeaMan

It’s been so long…….I really don’t remember tobacco notes.

Wonks

For anyone that likes this tea, I highly recommend Copenhagen’s loose leaf tea.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Wgere can I find that? can I buy it online?

Wonks

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen_(tobacco)

Disclaimer: For anyone stumbling upon this, don’t take my first suggestion seriously…. I’d feel guilty if any kids tried it.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

See and I thought there was a Copenhagen Tea co or something, Thanks Wonks.

Wonks

lol, well if a company pops up called copenhagen tea….. I hope it doesn’t have a surgeons general warning.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

LOL, lets hope not ;)

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67

Pretty good, you can taste the Assam in this one but it is well balanced with the others for a very nice anytime cup of tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Is this a smoky floral Russian tea or more Russian Caravan?

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I’d have to say probly more of a smokey floral one because its not quite as bold as some of the Russian caravans I’ve had, It starts out nice and bold and towards the end it does have floral or even fruity hints, it’s quite nice tho.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

oh yeah also i haven’t had too much exp with the russians ive had just 2 russian caravans before and they were both bold enough for me to want to use a little milk in them but i think milk would ruin this one :)

Bonnie

You know that my Russian friends have tea with chocolates and the smoky florals we add cherry or strawberry jam (I wrote about this before) and slurp and eat the jam with a spoon like desert. The Grandkids like this!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

That sounds awesome, so you put the jam in the tea and drink it up? I’ve slurped tea thru a Twix bar before, delicious!

Bonnie

Yep! Well you put a couple tablespoons and keep taking bits with the spoon while you drink the tea…really good. Tradition is sour cherry jam. I always have some in the cupboard. I got my daughter hooked on this. TWIX?! REALLY?!

ScottTeaMan

Specialteas.com used to carry this one. It’s nice to know you can get it at Tea Table. It is the only other place I’ve seen this blend. The pearls balance this blend nicely-give it a smoothness.

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66

I really like this one, not sure what else to say about it other than its just really good.

Bonnie

I don’t know what to say either…except…why? (I’m messing with you!)

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67

Nice tasting affordable pu-erh, These have taste of earthiness at first and sweetness follows, pleasant aroma that smells slightly sweet when dry and earthy but not dirty after steeped, many infusions with short steeps.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
Ginkosan

Sounds good. I got a bonus one of these with my last order, waiting for slightly cooler weather before I break into it. Excited for dark-tea drinking season.

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67

Backlog* I tried this one the other day.
Good for drinking many times this one makes a dark thick tea with a smooth clean taste and delicate aroma, this one would be nice for those who want to try a nice Pu-erh but don’t like the strong earthy notes of Pu-erhs, This one is slightly earthy and wonderfully Clean tasting , I would recommend this one to beginners for sure.

Now you can buy just one cake instead of the whole stack :)
http://esgreen.com/products-page/2001-2005/2005-mini-pu-erh-bing-cha-tea-cake-05pm100-10pcsstack/#comment-1159

TeaBrat

cool, I’ve never ordered from ESgreen – another place to try. :)

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99
Erin

Really?!

Azzrian

But does it taste like V-8? :p

Thomas Edward(Toad)

I prolly shoulda had a v-8 today instead

Bonnie

Yuk! V-Blech! Pu-kyrah!

Azzrian

hahah Tommy!

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100

Hello Steepster :)
This is an Oolong that I could drink often, it is deliciously bold to me with even a little earthyness to it, The Aroma is wow so good in both the steeped leaves and the dry leaves you can almost taste it when you smell the dry leaves. Super good. read my review on the site here http://siam-tee.de/product_reviews_info.php?products_id=31&reviews_id=23

Short infusions in the gaiwan made several cups

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Pretty package too!

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Wonderful, Steeped in the gaiwan using short steeps of 30 seconds up to 1 minute this one brews up a pale yellow color with a smooth almost buttery flavors to me, this is also very nice to feel in the mouth velvety smooth. The steeped leaves have a nice floral aroma that is absent in the liquor. It leaves a pleasant taste lingering in my mouth like a sweet aftertaste very nice.

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