911 Tasting Notes

89

My last oolong wasn’t all that hot so I decided to try something I knew was good. I’m surprised I have as much of it left as I do. And when I say that, I mean I’m surprised I have more than one cup’s worth of leaves. I have two. Woo!

Okay, but now that I’ve brewed a cup up, I have the one cup left that I figured I did before. Confused yet? I kinda am.

Anyway, the flavor notes say light, sweet and rich with hints of mango, passion fruit and caramel. I’m with ‘em on the first bit. It’s light and sweet but it’s got a rich flavor to it. More like condensed cream than just sugar. Sweet but richly so. I’m a little iffier on the mango, passion fruit and caramel. What flavor is Juicy Fruit gum? Because that’s what this always makes me I think of. Wikipedia says that they probably use pineapple, peach and banana, so at least we’ve got the tropical fruit thing matching. I can see the caramel now though. I’m pretty sure that’s what give this tea the rich tone to the sweetness.

Anyway, I do love this tea. The Silk Oolong Anxi was a little better but I think it lacked what I’m now going to say is the caramel. So when I say ‘better’, it’s really a personal preference thing. I think when this tea was fresher it had a bit more body to it (or that might have been the Anxi) but all in all, it’s aged pretty well. I need to be better about remembering my greener teas so I don’t have to worry about how they age.

Well, one cup of this left for some unknown date in the future. Then, aside from samples, I will be left with only Citron Oolong for my oolong teas. Yikes. I need to order some oolong, stat!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
takgoti

Eep indeed! The oolong situation must be remedied.

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39
drank Orchid Temple by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

In my attempt to be productive today, I put on a load of laundry… and made more tea. That counts as productivity, right? Especially since that removed one more sample from my pantry.

Let me preface this by saying: I’m picky about my green oolongs. Because I love them. A lot. And have had some really awesome ones. Because of that, I honestly wasn’t expecting that much from this one It’s not a cheap tea at $20 for a 4.5oz tin, but I’m in love with some that cost four times that so I really don’t think this will be a fair comparison. But it’s a green oolong so I can’t not compare.

The good news is, I wasn’t really disappointed by this one. I mean, I didn’t expect great things and I didn’t really get them. That’s not to say that is it a bad tea. It’s not. It was pretty good for what it is, actually. Has a nice light, floral scent to it – sweetly vegetal with a hint of creamy. The taste could be a little thicker – I used 3.5g/6oz so I know it isn’t my brewing that made the taste thing (or it shouldn’t have been) – but overall it’s pleasant. The aftertaste is somewhat heavy – not a light floral aftertaste or thick, chewy green flavor that I’ve had and loved in different oolongs, but rather somewhere in the awkward middle.

By far the best thing about this tea is the scent as it smells really wonderful. But for me the taste is just… lacking. I want fresher, richer and more vibrant tastes. I think if I had had this tea a year or so ago, I would rate it a lot higher but now I just want more out of my oolongs than this one can give me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
teaplz

Ah! I’m drinking this one now… just finished the third steep, and I’m really not liking it. I don’t know if it has to do with the fact that I boiled the water… but yeah. This is not gelling with me at all.

First steep smells fantastic, though!

Auggy

Yep, the smell of the first steep is awesome. Actually, the first steep seems to be where the action is on this. The second steep wasn’t all that hot – no floral or creamy, just kind of dull. Meh. Must drop rating.

Ricky

Now I’m scared. Will I like it? Will I hate it? I’ve never had green oolong. I think I’ll like it though. Seeing as I’m perfectly happy with tea that’s a bit bland.

Auggy

Hey, if you want stale and flat teas, more power to you. More good ones for me!

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94

I want more tea but I’ve totally over-caffeinated myself today. Like to an absurd level. Enough tea this morning to make my hands shake, this weird coffee-tea oddity, then drinking chocolate… I need tea but I need something with no caffeine or sugar more. So I chugged some water (which I was apparently craving) and then dug this lovely out little monster out to finish off.

Mmm, puffed wheat. So good. Sweet but no sugar to make me (more) hyper. No caffeine. Just lovely, sweet, wheat-y flavor. Mmm. And now it is gone. And I must order more. So many tea companies, so little pantry room.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Carolyn

I really want to try this tea. I really need something good for caffeine free evenings!

Auggy

I really think it is fantastic. I’ve heard of people roasting their own barley and using it to make tea, so in theory you could always attempt a do-it-yourself one if you are feeling brave and have a specialty grocery store around that sells buckwheat. Uhm, though buying from Maeda-en? Probably a whole lot easier.

takgoti

@Carolyn The sample I had is gone, but I’m waiting on an order from them to come in. Want me to send you a bit?

@Auggy You’ve inspired me to try some more of my maeda-en sampler. Sipping on some dokudami-cha currently.

Carolyn

@takgoti I would love that! My great lack is non-caffeinated (or decaffeinated) teas that I can drink in the evening.

takgoti

@Carolyn It’ll be sent out as soon as I get it in!

Ricky

I recall your previous review, I’ve looked at the picture, I’ve read this review, I still can’t figure out what this is. It doesn’t look like tea, yet it is. Ahh the confusion. They look like cocoa puffs to me.

LENA

this is at the top of my list to buy. i’m thinking about just buying 2 packs right off the bat. i’m almost positive i’ll love this!

Auggy

Ricky, It is buckwheat.

takgoti

Aye, they’re much smaller than Cocoa Puffs.

Ricky

First time I’ve ever heard of buckwheat. Just like first time I’ve heard of stevia and other herbs/plants.

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48
drank Yin Yang by Cha Dao
911 tasting notes

I debated adding this or not but ultimately decided to because while I feel this isn’t really a tea beverage, I think the intent is for it to be a tea beverage. So I will log it.

Why don’t I consider this a tea beverage? Because it has coffee in it and the dominant taste is that of coffee. This tastes like something that you’d buy in the grocery store next to the Starbucks bottled Frappuccinos. Or actually order from Starbucks itself. Why do I think this was intended as a tea beverage? Because it’s from a company with ‘Cha’ in the name and they specify that they use Yunnan Gold black tea.

But does this taste like tea? No. I mean, I’m probably picking up hints of the tea and I’m sure it contributes to the taste, but I don’t drink this and think, mmm, tea. This is coffee. Actually, it tastes a lot like a diluted chocolate covered espresso bean. I think the chocolate comes from the Yunnan (cocoa notes perhaps) and the obviously large amount of sugar this has. Because this has a lot of sugar. It’s listed second on the ingredient list after water. And 16oz of this has 72 calories, which is the same as almost 5 teaspoons of sugar. Five. In 16oz. So yes, this is sweet.

That sweetness is probably what saves it for me and makes this enjoyable. I like chocolate covered espresso beans and this is like drinking them. So my big conundrum – how do I rate this? Do I rate it just on overall taste? Because it was good, I’d have it again (mostly because I do love me some sugar). Or do I rate this as a tea? Because expecting a tea and getting this? Yeah, that wasn’t so pleasant. As a non-tea bottle drink, this is probably a 73. But expecting a sip of tea-like beverage? This is probably a 23. So I’ll give it a rating with the average of those two.

Preparation
Iced
Cofftea

Not a fan of cold black coffee, especially sweetened- but I steep tea in coffee all the time so I must try! Thank you so much for posting this!:)

takgoti

Hrm. That is a tricky one. I think you handled it deftly. With the coffee and all the sugar, it’s difficult for me to see how the tea wouldn’t get drowned out. I guess it would make sense if the tea was in there to add more dimension to the coffee but the ‘cha’ makes it confusing indeed.

Auggy

Yep, it’s more of a coffee drink than a tea drink, but I’m thinking the chocolate taste is the tea showing through. But really, the ingredients are: water, sugar, tea, coffee. The two that really obvious are the sugar and the coffee, in that order. The tea gets left out. Poor tea.

takgoti

Aww. Pat, pat. [That’s me, patting the tea on the head.]

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59
drank Eight at the Fort by Harney & Sons
911 tasting notes

So I didn’t exactly have a metric ton’s worth of luck the last time I made this puppy up so I thought I’d give it another go and use the hubby as a guinea pig to see if his tastes agreed with the tea more than mine. I also decided to brew this like a regular black even though there’s obviously other goodies in there. I could say it was something like I was experimenting to see what flavors I wanted to pull out of the tea, but in all honestly, the Zojirushi was set on 208, so I just used that. Apparently when I get lots of sleep, my mind is even groggier than when I get very little sleep.

This cup is actually more successful. But that’s only been on sips 2+. Sip one, things hit me why I wasn’t a big fan. Good brisk start to the sip, watery bland finish. That’s what did it for me the other time I had this – the taste at the end of the sip. It tastes raw and weak and thin. So I got that this time, made a face, then put the cup down for a bit while I checked out the flurry of activity that happened on here while I was asleep.

Letting it sit seems to have been beneficial in some ways since the raw, thin flavor is now gone from the sip but now there is a hint of bitterness right at the tail. It’s not unpleasant though, so I’m cool with it (others might not like it though). Fortunately, I’m drinking this out of my new 15oz mug so I can let the tea sit for a while without it getting cold. Which means to me, I’m only going to enjoy this tea in large quantities, when I can let it sit long enough to make that end taste transition but still remain a bit hot.

Still not a favorite tea or something that I’ll have to get in the future but definitely a more successful steep for me this time around. Gave the rating a nudge upwards as a thank you. The husband is quite enjoying his cup, though, saying it reminds him of a good morning coffee that he would actually like (neither of us are big coffee fans). He even went so far as to ask if it had Darjeeling and Keemun in it. I’d probably guess so and that helped me with that bitter flavor I get at the end – Darjeeling. Not sure what the raw, green flavor at the end previously was though, but now that I’ve let my mug cool a little too much while discussing Calibre sorting with the husband, I seem to be getting a little of that rawness back.

The husband also stated that he was a bit torn on this tea because it is awesome but borders on being a touch bitter at some times. He even went so far as to give it a low 5/5 stars. Which for him is huge. So yeah, apparently I’m the freak that doesn’t enjoy this tea.

Oh well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

HAH! Glad it was successful for one of you at least!

Auggy

Oh, it was. The hubby totally loved it. I’m the lone freak that can’t get behind this tea. He even asked me to make a second steep and drank both of our huge cups (I was too caffeinated to have any more).

takgoti

Pfft, you might be a freak, but it’s not because of this tea.

I’m kidding.

Auggy

Hey, I enjoy my freak-dom, tea related and otherwise!

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57
drank Artichoke Green by Adagio Teas
911 tasting notes

Just finished watching District 9 and thought it was time to change up the tea I was drinking. I realized I haven’t had this in a while (and I’ve only had it once) so I pulled it out. It smells a lot more floral than I remember. Taste-wise, it’s odd. A little tart, a little floral. When I take a big sip, I get a raw, sharp green veggie taste (hello artichoke) and the aftertaste is slightly vinegar-y. The front taste of each sip is also odd. Almost a powdery floral taste. Very weird and this one bit of taste just doesn’t really go for me.

So yeah, dropping the score on this one just a little. It’s odd and go Adagio for attempting the weirdness because you never know until you try, right? This isn’t a great tea, but if I was in a weird mood, I think this would fit pretty well. Not a tea to drink when looking for a lot of subtlety because it isn’t a subtle tea and if you look too hard, you end up with powdery floral. But hey, want a green to smack you around just a little bit and give you something unexpected? This would do it!

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

At least the tea is better than the movie! I watched it the other night and thought it was one of the worst movies I have EVER seen! LOL

laurenpressley

Huh, I just watched this movie the other night, too! I guess we were all waiting for it to come out on DVD!

takgoti

I actually really enjoyed District 9. I’m not going to get into it too much, but I thought it was very well done on many fronts – especially considering their rather miniscule budget [comparatively speaking].

Anyhow, this tea still sounds really, really weird. How would you compare it to White Cucumber, Auggy?

Angrboda

I have to agree with Takgoti on D9. There were many things about it that worked out very well. That said, though, I found it a bit too violent for my taste and that overshadowed it for me. Kind of like Watchmen. Good story, but ruined for me by too much gore.

Micah

I saw this tea the other day and it seemed so intriguing! Good to know that it isn’t disgusting.

Auggy

@takgoti – White Cumber is EEEEEVIL! This one is much better. Mucho mas better.

And I agree with takgoti and Angrbroda. I enjoyed the movie. I liked the under-story he was showing even if I thought the main story lacked a true connection to the characters. And I’ll admit, I thought the exploding people was kind of… disgustingly giggle-worthy.

takgoti

@Auggy HAHAHAHA okay!

I think the gamer in me has made me not mind gore so much. That, and being around boys and action movies has kind of…well, they’ve combined to make it not as big of a deal as it should be. I think that sometimes movies [especially when their core demographic is a group of people who might be semi-immune to violence in media] push the limits on graphicness to make a point. I’m going to stop here, because I see this becoming longer. And not gonna lie, I teared up in D9.

Also, part of me wants to try the artichoke. I think I’m just gonna have to cave and order a little sampler pack from Adagio. Maybe when I run out of Keemun Rhapsody [LENA F. is awesome].

Angrboda

I would have thought that my job had conditioned me to not be squeamish. I work in a hospital pathology lab and I can handle various insides and blood and guts and what have you there with no problem. Someone’s lung with with a tumor the size of my fist? Not a problem. An amputated finger that keeps pointing at you no matter which way you turn the container? Piece of cake. But on tv, even knowing that it’s fake and what I’m used to seeing is very very real, I don’t do so well. It’s weird, really.

As for this whole savoury line, Adagio released, I’ll have to say the white cucumber that Ricky sent to me pretty much murdered any curiosity I ever had for the others. I’ll probably still give them a go if I ever get the chance, but I can totally live with missing out.

takgoti

@Angrboda That’s so funny. I have trouble dealing with the real stuff unless I talk myself down and really detach myself before I see it. So can you not watch doctor shows and stuff like that either?

Also, yeah…white cucumber is quite…singular.

LENA

District 9 was alright…I gave it 3 out of 5 Netflix stars. I don’t think I’ve tried this tea yet. I’m just not in the mood for the overly strange.

@ takgoti – oh no no no…you are the most awesome!

Angrboda

Takgoti, doctor shows and such are fine, (except for when they get stuff wrong. You do NOT spin a bloodsample in which you want to count the cell types, for example. Or when they order tests done that cannot be done in less than 24 hours). It’s more violence-gore than just insides-gore.

takgoti

@Angrboda That’s hilarious [in an observational way, not a haha laughing at you way]. I have a friend in med school who gets really angry when she watches Grey’s Anatomy. Like, really angry. Interesting about the gore differences. Insides-gore tends to make me more queasy than than violence gore. Not that I really have any real-life experience with either.

Angrboda

Takgoti, I haven’t watched Grey’s much. I got tired of it pretty quickly. I watched House for a while and didn’t spot any enormous mistakes there apart from the tests-that-takes-24-hours-w/-results-in-20-minutes thing. And the fact that he has the DOCTORS do the lab work, apparently. I’m sure they’re supposed to have more than the one patient to worry about, so could they kindly stop taking my job, plz? I dunno, maybe a doctor’s job is different in America, but over here most doctors rarely, if ever, get anywhere near the lab.

takgoti

Hahaha, yeah, well testing results always get a time cut for…time purposes. I know people who get annoyed with that in a lot of procedurals too, but I guess it’s just one of those things everyone has to suspend their belief for to make the show more enjoyable. And yeah, doctors here don’t do lab work here eitehr, but the idea on House [and I think in at least one episode they’ve touched on that specifically] is that his team is completely autonomous from the rest of the hospital and he doesn’t trust the lab techs because he thinks they’re idiots. Part of his conditions upon working there was that they only take on patient at a time. Anyhow, I heart Hugh Laurie very much and I don’t know anything about medicine, so it’s an easy pill for me to swallow regardless of accuracy!

TeaEqualsBliss

Don’t get me wrong…I love sci fi stuff…I guess I just thought it was overly cheesy…I was really expecting more and thought the acting was really bad. The story had potential…but was left wanting…lol…

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94
drank Downy Sprout by Samovar
911 tasting notes

Wanted something better than my last tea so I thought this one had good promise. The dry leaves smell a little musty/woody and they feel so freakin’ velvety. I actually held on to one just to pet it. So soft! I passed it on to the husband and he agreed with the soft furry of the leaf then ate it and said it tasted like fresh green beans.

The brewed tea has a similar green bean note. This is a note that I’ve gotten and hated in other white teas (that and soy beans), but that’s because it is an overcooked taste. This one isn’t like that. It’s missing the crisp snap but otherwise brings to mind the taste experience of munching on fresh peas with my granny when I should have been helping shell them. It’s got that type of summery sweetness and fresh green veggie taste going on.

It’s also remarkably cuddly. I mean, this is a good comfort tea. The woody/nutty under note gives it that delightful, “good tea to snuggle with” taste and the fresh, summery sweetness (which I’m guessing is the honeysuckle and peach notes but I’m not adept enough to pick those up as more than anything than general sweet summer) gives it a light and refreshing, happy feel.

This tea is awesome. And will be lovely to sip as I watch the Mythbuster’s MacGyver episode. Awesomeness all over the place.

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

Yay! At least found something that you liked better!

takgoti

AHHH I adore Mythbusters!

Also, glad you liked the tea, almost more so the fuzzy leaves! [They’re just so pretty! I’ll also cop to petting them.] I also just realized how long it’s been since I’ve logged this, and I think that’s going to need to be remedied soon. I drink Samovar’s white teas pretty often, and they’ve all grown on me to the point that I might just have to give them all the same rating. They’re so different to me, but also so…drinkable.

Fred

Mythbusters is awesome! Is there some sort of tea exchange/trading post on here? It seems like you and Takgoti trade/barter regularly.

Cofftea

Ninja tea surprises? Haha! I love it.

Auggy

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Mythbusters is awesome! Add MacGyver to that (and MacGvyer mullets) and this tea and yesterday afternoon was filled with awesome!
@Fred, it’s not so much tea exchange/trading that we’ve got going on as we ended up with each others addresses so now we randomly attack each other with tea. Not really swapping, more like ninja tea surprises.

Fred

If i came home and saw a shuriken stuck in my door with a bag of tea stuck to it that would be awesome!

Ricky

I exchange tea among my friends via a secret locker. It’s a drug pickup locker. I package everything up, drop it off, text them a time/date to pick it up. Unfortunately, it’s a one way locker. When I come back it’s empty, no one leaves me anything =(. They even go as far as to steal the little snacks I have stashed away =’(

teaplz

I’m voting Ricky as the shadiest Steepster member ever. Totally SKETCH.

Fred

Lol. Agreed!

takgoti

Aww. That comment was so sad, too!

Ricky

What!?!? I’m hurt, soooo not a shady locker =P. More like a locker full of goodies. And in my defense, the drugs are full of antioxidants and other yummy health benefits.

Fred

As long as the drugs are steeped and not smoked then that is ok.

Hyrulehippie

ninja tea surprises sound awesome! I’m hesitant to do a real swap, since I’m not sure I have enough exciting stuff…but if it’s just a surprise, then sending something less amazing would be just fine…right?

takgoti

@Hyrulehippie Actually, Auggy, myself, and I think a fair number of people here on Steepster live by the code that a swap doesn’t hang on the quality of tea, it’s about trying new things. A lot of us are more eager to expand our scope of experience than anything else. Additionally, trying a bad or meh tea for free is better than buying it and getting stuck with a tin! I’m all swapped out for January, I think, but you want to trade maybe a little bit later?

Ricky

Agreed, Steepster is about sharing / expanding our tea horizons. As long as you post up a review, whether it’s a word or just a rating, I’m happy =) Oh, what I meant to say was, if you’re interested in anything in my cupboard just shoot me an email ( steepster@trashmail.net ). That really goes for anybody. I’m more than happy to share some of my tea with others. Tea often tastes better when you drink it with others anyways. I mean why else would we have tea parties? ;)

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20
drank White Tea by Golden Moon Tea
911 tasting notes

I just finished watching a Modern Marvels show on tea ( http://bit.ly/11xMMn ). The History Channel is so cool. Anyway, it made me want something more on the green end of the tea spectrum so I rooted around in my samples and pulled out this one.

Okay, this bag? Has like the most minuscule amount of tea ever. One gram. One. For the way I make tea, this isn’t even half a cup. Even using Western style brewing, this isn’t even half a cup. Shame on you, Golden Moon. That’s pathetic.

I went ahead a brewed up a full cup of this but I’m honestly not expecting much. The resulting tea is less pale than I expected but the taste… Initially all I could taste was hot water and Splenda. I did not, however, add Splenda to this. It just tasted like I did (and while they say it doesn’t, Splenda totally has a taste). As it cooled, the Splenda taste became a bit like… well, something a little more flavored than Splenda but I can’t get enough of the taste to figure it out. Maybe honeyed soybean water. Which is probably the chrysanthemum (the honey taste) and the white tea (soybean water). The chrysanthemum dominates but the white tea pokes out more if I slurp but slurping also brings out a weird vegetal bitterness.

The more this cools, the more actual taste I get but I’m underwhelmed. The aftertaste I’m left with once my cup is done is that of Splenda-ed soybean water. So perhaps it is a good thing that I had such a tiny amount of leaf in my sample packet. Because I don’t think I’d like this taste at all if it were more intense. At the same time, maybe if there were more leaf, I’d get more depth to the flavors and not be left with a Splenda-like aftertaste.

I did a second steep of this one (@3mins) to see if I could find anything like what others have found (or anything at all redeeming) and all I got was soybean water with a little Splenda. I decided I didn’t need to experience another whole cup of that and poured it out. My rating is based on the first steep.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

AWESOME!!!

Cofftea

^ in reference to the show, not the measly amount of tea.

Angrboda

What is this splenda business anyway? Some sort of artificial sweetener or an herb or some such? I’ve heard (or seen rather) people talk about something called stevia, which I’ve gathered must be some sort of herb.

Auggy

@Cofftea, it really is an awesome show. Even if a lot of it is about Lipton and CTC teas, not orthodox.
@Angrboda, Splenda is an artificial sweetner made from sugar so it is supposed to taste like sugar. It sorta does – closer than other fake sweeteners out there. But I’m not a big fan. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splenda

Angrboda

Okay, thanks. I’ve been wondering about this for a while, having seen both and getting them mixed up a lot. I’m not familiar with either. No clue what artificial sweetener is like over here, except you get them in little tablets. I expect it’s probably more or less the same. I prefer real sugar myself.

Auggy

Sugar rules! :)

Angrboda

Indeed. :) If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it. Unless you’ve got diabetes. In which case it’s broken.

…or something.

chana

I can buy stevia leaves in the market here, at spice and herb shops. Putting a couple of leaves in a cup sweetens the tea, it’s not a sugar taste, I can’t really think how to describe it. The local organic market also sells stevia in a liquid form – that has more of an aftertaste though.

teaplz

Awww that you didn’t like this, and that’s SO WEIRD. My sample packet had around a teaspoon and a half, and I dumped the entire bag in. My version was buttery and floral and naturally sweet-tasting. I can’t stand artificial sugar… wow. Totally different! Oh well, there are many white teas under the sun! Did takgoti give you any of Samovar’s Bai Mu Dan? Cause that tastes really delicious.

Auggy

Yep, I have some of that one – I’m looking forward to it!

Ricky

Haha, you should try Harney & Son’s Bai Mei. I thought this one was decent, Bai Mei was way worse than this. I have about half the packet left, want it? :D

I don’t recall how much I had in this sampler, but it definitely wasn’t enough to ration it into two servings.

Auggy

You make it sound so tempting! :P

Ricky

Comes with ♥, ★, rainbows and a complimentary red balloon as well! =D

takgoti

@Angrboda Yer funneh.

@Ricky They’re magically delicious!

Angrboda

Tak, thank you, one does one’s best. :p

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79
drank NYC Breakfast by Tavalon Tea
911 tasting notes

Need tea before my brain can work. Grabbed this one because I am finding I enjoy trying different breakfast blends. No clue why but I do.

Can’t really get any smell off the dry leaves. I mean, they smell like something but I can’t identify what. My nose is a bit stuffy so I’m not going to fault the tea on that one. The brewed tea smells very… tea-like. A little sweet, a little… nutty and earthy maybe?

The taste is smooth and rich but not overly distinct. A little heavy feeling, but not in a clunky way because the overall feel of the tea is smooth and silky. So more like a heavy satin than anything unpleasant. I really enjoy the feel of this, actually. Solid and hearty but not rough.

No bitterness, no real astringency (just a tiny dryness at the end maybe), the nutty flavor seems to be the most distinct. I seem to get a hint of my beloved cardboard every so often but it’s not very strong so I might be imagining it or hoping for it.

Overall, a good tea, I think. Not super-special or flavorful but I really loved the heavy feel of it, especially since it was coupled with a nice smoothness – no rough bitterness or astringency that seems to come from heavier bodied teas. I’m not sure if I’ll have to get some, but I kind of wish I had a lot more in my pantry to slowly go through. If that makes any sense. So probably not one I have to go out and buy RIGHT NOW but when I order from Tavalon, I bet I’ll get some of this.

I also made the husband a cup. He likes it quite a lot saying that it seems to give different tastes with each sip – sometimes it is like a heavy Irish breakfast and others like a smooth black. He’s finding a bit of bitterness/astringency on the very tail of the sip that he says keeps it from becoming a 5 star tea for him, but it’s a 4/5 for sure.

ETA: Had the second steep of this (@6:30) with some fairly strong, butterscotch-y cheese and crackers and it held up well. Even though it had a thinner body that the first steep, the flavor was still nice and strong enough to combat stinky cheese.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
takgoti

I’m glad you liked this. Funny – the ceylon wasn’t bitter for me, but this one was. I think I drank them while I was studying, so it’s entirely possible that I wasn’t being too careful about making them. I have too many teas, both in general and that I need to revisit.

Auggy

I think both of them have a bit of astringency/bitterness so I can see how brewing methods (or even how long they sit in a cup) would change that factor in them and I might have run up against that, especially with the Ceylon because I didn’t drink it all that quickly. Perhaps I just lucked out with this one. But I think overall I accept the astringency from this one since it is overall a nice, hearty tea and not from the Ceylon because it was a lighter bodied tea that I felt couldn’t deal with bitterness. That and the Ceylon ended up really tart at the end. (Though the slurping exacerbated it, which is totally my fault).

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drank Lemongreen by Tavalon Tea
911 tasting notes

Lots of lemongrass. I’m anticipating something very lemongrass-y. But this smells nice.

I’m surprised – the taste isn’t overwhelmingly lemon/citrus. The smell certainly is but not the taste. The main flavor is sweet, fresh and light, but there is a nice, comforting mellow note running underneath the citrus-y and fresh lemongrass that has to be the green tea. It makes a light, refreshing tea have a little more depth. Quiet enjoyable.

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

Blerg, I need to get around to logging this one. Really, I need to stop being lazy about logging teas in general. I was also surprised at how light this one was.

Auggy

I was too! I expected to be smacked with lemongrass but it was really lovely. And it is very odd to log teas from you before you log them! :P

takgoti

You’re just outing my lack of logging is all. I drink too much tea and I like having things down when I log them, so it makes for some gaps. Okay, a lot of gaps.

Auggy

I log everything. Probably to the point of absurdity. But I do.

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I’m trying to be a better tea logger and actually post semi-regularly again! I’ve let my tea tasting senses become too complacent – it’s time for some focused and attentive tea drinking!

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1 – 10 – Bleck. Didn’t finish the cup.
11 – 25 – Drinkable. But don’t punish me by making me have it again.
26 – 40 – Meh. Most likely will see if the husband likes it iced.
41 – 60 – Okayish. Maybe one day I’ll kill off what I have in my pantry.
61 – 75 – Decent. I might pick some up if I needed tea.
76 – 85 – Nice. I’d probably buy but wouldn’t hunt it down.
86 – 100 – Yum! I will hunt down the vendor to get this tea!

Not that anyone but me particularly cares, but there it is.

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