411 Tasting Notes

drank Bi Luo Chun by TeaSpring
411 tasting notes

My palate for greens is getting more refined. I can taste in this tea the elements in other greens that people like very much.

It’s grassy, almost buttery, with a medium-high level of astringency, but it leaves a crisp, clean taste in your mouth. And there’s hints of sweetness.

I am enjoying this, but it’s also telling me that in general, I’m not a big fan of greens unless it’s in blended flavors. While this is quite good, I think I’d rather be drinking an oolong or Chinese red.

Another of my Angrboda teas.

170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Never had a darjeeling oolong before. I’m not a big fan so far. As Angrboda said previously, it’s got a bit of a sour tone to it, along with the grassy flavors and normal oolong-y ness.

I’m glad Iv’e gotten to try it, but I’m just not liking it much. Meh.
(thanks for the sample Angrboda!!)

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Another of the teas that make it to my husband’s top iced teas list. And another he’s drunk me out of. I found this way too easy to oversteep and become made of tannin. He found it a pleasant iced tea. Maybe I’ll go get him some more to protect my better teas!

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So, I’ve found a good way to help go through all the various tea samples and teas I’m not so wild about in my cupboard. I’ve managed to convince my hubby that iced tea from a jar is crap, and he needs to brew his own.

This mostly works. Unfortunately, he likes the black teas, and will go through teas I much more quickly than I expect him to. (And doesn’t always just stick to the teas I really don’t like!)

He really, really liked this tea as an iced tea.

Alas, Thomas, I hardly knew ye. However, the husband said you were a good man.

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drank Milk Oolong by thepuriTea
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I just realized that I’ve been on Steepster over a year now (376 days). Happy 1 year to me! I’m celebrating with a cuppa of milk oolong.

Creamy and smooth.



Happy Steepsterversary!




Yay! Time flies, doesn’t it?

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First of my recent batch of Angrboda teas.

This is an unusual milk oolong for me. I’m used to these types of teas being oolongs with heavy, silky, mouth feel, low astringency, and mellow flavors. This has a lighter mouthfeel, a fair amount of astringency, and a much greener yet malter flavor. The milky aroma (and I can totally get the yoghurt thing) is very nice. It also has a nice after-taste (the milky aroma bounces around in my mouth after swallowing.)

This is a nice tea, but I’m always a fan of the very silky mouthfeels, especially in my milky oolongs, so while good, it’s not my favorite.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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It’s a 3-tea-pot day, so I decided to make the 3rd pot something awesome. I love this tea. It’s very sweet, cinnamony and just all-together YUM.

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Silly silly me. I read and believed the description! If you get this, try not to read the label too much. I found it a fairly nice basic green-ish oolong. Similar to a Ti Kwan Yi style. A slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a basic nice green flavor. Not a bad oolong, but I didn’t find the raisins or warmed figs.

I’ll play with the parameters, maybe I can get it to change.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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My first thought on opening the package was “Where’s the TEA?” – there are so many jasmine blossoms and other random plant-y bits that you can hardly see the little oolong nuggets in the blend. But then the scent hit me, and I didn’t care anymore. SO ORANGEY… Yum.

Brewed, it’s got an orange oil aroma and a golden yellow brew.

My first steep was very orange, but with the oolong underneath, and just a hint of a silky mouthfeel. The second brew almost tastes more lemony than orange, but the flavors are more mellow and blended.

Very posh, very nice. I like this LOTS.

185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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Got a sample of this from Jillian and decided I needed to try it this morning.

Unsweetened – this is very toasty-coconut, not so much cocoa.

Sweetened – the creamy, almost oily flavor came out much more, and a little more cocoa flavor.

Overall, this is a nice tisane, but not one I’d actively seek out. I’d want either more cocoa or another flavor (spices or something similar) in order for this to be a drink I’d want again. I do apprecaite the opportunity to try it however. (Thanks Jillian)

205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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I’ve got a lot of interests: sushi, science fiction/fantasy, medieval recreation, cooking (specifically medieval cooking), reading, British science fiction (Doctor Who!), hand sewing and now TEA!!

My favorites tend to be oolongs and flavored black teas. I like highly flavored teas more than delicate ones. Rooibos tends to taste like dirt to me, and hibiscus is very sour to my palate. But I’m always up to try all sorts of things, and will often find things that I really like which I thought I’d hate.


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