1708 Tasting Notes

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drank Milk Oolong by Paru Tea Bar
1708 tasting notes

I did one cup semi western. Smooth, but kinda spinachy with some fruit tones. I used a stove top kettle with boiling water. Think I should have done maybe less leaves, or shorter steeps than 2 minutes. Yes, I rinsed it. Was hoping for more. The dry leaf still smells incredible. Water quality issue probably. I’ve got so much of this one. I really want to get some oolong from Terroir Tea as well, but some of them are risks since they’re not all samples. It be 64 bucksish for around 200 grams of tea with the discount, but shipping is 23 bucks since it’s in Australia. I really want to travel out of country again SOMEDAY, so I need to hold back on spending.

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Milk, Spinach

Leafhopper

Whoa! That shipping is expensive! If you’re interested, Ethan from TeaForum is getting a bunch of oolongs in around Christmas. I think shipping in the States is like $10.

Daylon R Thomas

I’ll keep note.

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I’ve tried it barely once since my last note again. I decided to say screw it! I’m plopping maybe 3-5 grams of the tea in a tall mug western with 1 min 30 sec, 2 minutes, 3, 4, and 5 hoping it’s not too astringent or bold to pushout the more subtle flavors like what’s happened before this way, even overleafing it gong fu. Instead, it’s rich, silky, fruity, and malty with just three dry leaves floating above the hot water. The second steep was dense enough that it reminded me of honeybush overall, even bordering on rooibos….but much sweeter. It’s the cocoa pineapple peach black tea I love in terms of its imaginary flavours. I was soooooo relieved. Best feeling in the world when you can drink an expensive tea while busy from a long day AND STILL ENJOY IT.

Flavors: Apricot, Cocoa, Malt, Pineapple, Tea

Leafhopper

Glad to know this tea can withstand Western brewing!

Daylon R Thomas

Last few times have been like tasting a citrus oil malt bomb, but it was well balanced this time enough for me. Though I had a headache, and craved something harsher for the bitter cold.

Leafhopper

It’s hongcha weather here, too. I need to find a lapsang in my tea museum. I even have some of this one somewhere.

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I got this one because Roswell liked it, and I wanted to try it anyway since I’ve really liked all of the Pu-Erh blends from Magic Hour. I decided to make it hot western twice, and it’s super creamy. It borders a little bit of artificial elements to it, almost tasting like a boozy drink, but it’s otherwise very balanced between the vanilla, lemon and pu-erh. I rebrewed it a few times and was smooth and desserty throughout. I’m going to have to make it cold once. So far, I do like it though, and actually liked it a little bit more than the coconut white iced tea.

Flavors: Alcohol, Artificial, Cream, Earth, Lemon, Meringue, Silky, Smooth, Vanilla

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I’m almost done with this one and I’m sad about it. I’ve got so much black tea that I drink roughly 33% of so far, but I’ve still been getting more. I’ve really wanted some Taiwanese Blacks like an assam or such lately, but I don’t have it in my stock. I’m enjoying this one before its gone.

Leafhopper

I’ve been curious about those Whispering Pines black teas, especially the ones with vanilla. Maybe someday we’ll have to do a swap so you can get some Taiwanese hongcha back in your cupboard. :)

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I got a few humble samples from What-Cha. I thought about more, but I’m really happy to have gotten some unique blacks I wanted to try. I usually don’t like Ceylons, but this looked different enough as a eco-friendly tea without a teabag. I also like whole vanilla beans, so my basic self would like it.

Making it, it’s like a cigaretto, then it opens after hot water like a witches broom. I need a pick me up while I grade, so I put some in a kyusu and brewed it western for 5 minutes. Smooth vanilla smell, and smooth vanilla taste like a fine chocolate desert. The tea is naturally sweet with a little bit of plum, and a dark molasses-y character. It does approach chocolate territory, but that’s more from the sweeter maltier elements of the black tea combining with the vanilla. Essentially, a really good vanilla black tea….that has actually lasted more rebrews that are essentially grandpa brews of 4, 5, and 6 minutes. The flavor has slightly lightened on the vanilla, but it’s still there. I get more plum, malt, and tea in the later steeps. I’m going to brew some more up, hoping I get more.

I’m regretting not getting the 5 rods instead of the too. I really like this one. I’m impressed it has more dimension than some Ceylons I’ve had, and as per usual, Alistair and his company pick teas that tend to be less astringent and bitter. This one has just the right amount of bitterness. It might be able to take milk, but if you are a tea snob, it’s better straight because you might miss out on the cool plum and molasses notes in my opinion. I’m not ready to give it a numerical score, but 4 stars minmum out of 5 for me.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Molasses, Plum, Silky, Smooth, Sweet, Tannin, Vanilla

Leafhopper

I got one of these rods myself because of the vanilla. Now I’m wishing I bought more. :)

Martin Bednář

I have seen there those and I wondered how to brew them and how they are like. But then I remembered it is UK shop and that means more troubles than happiness.

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Finished the sample all at once gong fu with 30 sec intervals. Heavy on the walnut and floral notes, second was super sweet and savory bordering on nutty caramel in profile. Really nice to have. I’d probably rate it 83-85. It lost lustre by steep 5. Mostly woody by then. Some plum in steep 3. Busy day. Thank you Leafhopper!

Leafhopper

Glad you liked it! I’m looking for a replacement for the sadly no longer available Sweet Scented Dong Ding from Tillerman, and this comes kind of close because the roast isn’t too aggressive.

Daylon R Thomas

Wang does have some good options for roast too, and same with Floating Leaves. Though they are more expensive than Camellia Sinensis.

Leafhopper

I’ve had one of the less pricy Dong Dings from Floating Leaves and thought it was more roasted than this one or the Sweet Scented Dong Ding. I haven’t tried the one from Wang, though the roasted Lishan you sent me was nice. I’m a lot more picky about roasted oolongs than green ones.

Daylon R Thomas

Same. The roasted ones from Wang I’ve actually finished. I’ve neglected my Eco-Cha one’s which is saying something.

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Cool idea to model it after Ojai as a home town. Basically orange sangria vibes overall. IF you read the ingredients list, you know what you’ve going to taste. It’s a fruity orange hibiscus tea with elderberry and immunity fruit while giving vacation warm weather vibes. It brews up an intense pink red. Some spice, but there’s sooooo much orange. It’s not bad to have, and I like having more variety right now that isn’t just camellia sinensis based. I definitely liked Turkish Delight more. A bit expensive for a fruit tea, but one I can see newer drinkers liking very easily. I’d almost call this tea O’nge delight….there’s so much orange.

Flavors: Apple, Berry, Citrus, Elderberry, Fruit Punch, Fruity, Hibiscus, Orange, Rosehips

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October’s Wanderlust blend. Definitely not quite what I expected, but I’m into it. Heavy in the fruit and rose department. I see Turkish delight tea very often on here that use black teas. It was nice to get a herbal, and I am basic. It reminds of turkish delight that I’ve had in Egypt, and it’s sweet on its own. Good with honey. You can add cream, but I bring out the rose personally more than the fruit. The cream can otherwise overwhelm it. It does rebrew really well for a rooibos tea too. It’s got a mouthfeel too, and I feel like the fruits play really well together. It’s also not a super complex tea, and I can see it be more of a summer option or a latenight book reading kind of tea. I’ve gone through it quickly. Every once in a while it’s a little too fruity, but I like herbal teas to be a good balance of fruity, so I’m not complaining too much. It borders on artificial, yet comes close to some of the Lupicia style fruit herbals I’ve had. The Tulsi accents this one with just enough fresh herb qualities parallel to mint and basil. Well, if you know what tulsi is and tastes like, then if you know ,you know.

I hope I’m not praising this too much. I really like and dig the idea. The expense does hold me back, but I think it’s better than a lot of other herbals. Definitely ranks as a better turkish delight tea overall since it knows how to balance the fruity rosy and sweet in a more juicy texture. Turkish Delight is inherently gummy and sweet, so I like this one is a little bit more the fruit juice level.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Juicy, Mango, Papaya, Powdered Sugar, Rooibos, Rose

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I thought I reviewed this one-maybe in a post with all 5 samples? Anyway, I’m not adding anything new here. It’s muddled and two dimensional compared to some of the other blends. The cinnamon overpowers everything, and I get some cocoa and herbs. It’s otherwise kind of flat and drying. There are other blends that I’d recommend over this one like Tulum. Most of the herbal blends I’ve had from Magic Hour are better than most I’ve had, but this one has a hard time breaking through. I’m so glad I just did the samples. Cream and sugar improves it a little, but its needs reinforcement on its own as a straight tea.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Cocoa, Dirt, Herbs, Mud

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Backlog: I had this over the weekend on a coold autumn day. Leaves are falling, and despite not having filtered water at that moment, the three western steeps of this tea were comforting. Caramel, brown sugar, maple, smoke, roast, char, and campfire smoke were in abundance. I also kept getting berry notes, like blueberries or raspberries after they’ve been cooked into crepes and pastries. Active imagination note because of association, I know. But I regret not getting more of this one despite having a decent amount of it.

gmathis

This sounds like a wow—especially the part that makes you imagine pastry!

Daylon R Thomas

I’m exaggerating. This is actually a Lapsang Blend that doesn’t have a whole lot of smoke. I wouldn’t recommend it to newbie drinkers. More experienced drinkers would think it’s rich and layered.

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First Off, Current Targets:

Whispering Pines Alice
Good Luxurious Work Teas
Wang Family’s Jasmine Shanlinxi
Spring, Winter Taiwan High Mountain Oolongs

Dislikes: Heavy Tannin, Astringency, Bitterness, or Fake Flavor, Overly herby herbal or aged teas

Picky with: Higher Oxidation Oolongs, Red Oolongs (Some I love, others give me headaches or are almost too sweet), Mint Teas

Currently, my stash is overflowing. Among my favorites are What-Cha’s Lishan Black, Amber Gaba Oolong, Lishan Oolong, Qilan Oolong, White Rhino, Kenya Silver Needle, Tong Mu Lapsang Black (Unsmoked); Whispering Pines Alice, Taiwanese Assam, Wang’s Shanlinxi, Cuifeng, Dayuling, Jasmine Shan Lin Xi; Beautiful Taiwan Tea Co.“Old Style” Dong Ding, Mandala Milk Oolong; Paru’s Milk Oolong

Me:

I am an MSU graduate, and current alternative ed. high school social studies and history teacher. I formerly minored in anthropology, and I love Egyptian and classical history. I love to read, write, draw, paint, sculpt, fence(with a sword), practice calisthenics on rings, lift weights, workout, relax, and drink a cuppa tea…or twenty.

I’ve been drinking green and black teas ever since I was little living in Hawaii. Eastern Asian influence was prominent with my friends and where I grew up, so I’ve been exposed to some tea culture at a young age. I’ve come a long way since I began on steepster and now drink most teas gong fu, especially oolong. Any tea that is naturally creamy, fruity, or sweet without a lot of added flavoring ranks as a must have for me. I also love black teas and dark oolongs with the elusive “cocoa” note. My favorites are lighter Earl Greys, some white teas like What-Cha’s Kenyan offerings, most Hong-Cha’s, darker Darjeelings, almost anything from Nepal, Green Shan Lin Xi’s, and Greener Dong Dings. I’m in the process of trying Alishan’s. I also tend to really enjoy Yunnan Black or Red teas and white teas. I’m pickier with other teas like chamomile, green teas, and Masalas among several.

I used to give ratings, but now I only rate teas that have a strong impression on me. If I really like it, I’ll write it down.

I’ll enjoy a tea almost no matter what, even if the purpose is more medicinal, for it is my truest vice and addiction.

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