509 Tasting Notes

80

Sipdown. Finished this today at work. Solid tea that works well at higher temperatures.

I wasn’t quite sure how to describe the flavor. It’s thick and smooth with not a lot of individual notes to pick out. LuckyMe ’s review calls it soupy and brothy and I agree. Some very light vegetal notes and a little bit of floral in the aftertaste.

Flavors: Broth, Floral, Vegetal

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70

This was okay. I went through the entire bag I purchased, but I wouldn’t buy this again. The depth of flavor that I wanted wasn’t there. It was malty. Not a whole lot else. I wanted a lot more than it had to give me.

Flavors: Malt

Michelle

I was disappointed in this one too

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I finished a bunch of stuff at work in the last year and didn’t record it. Going to list them all here and then go update the spreadsheet…

Finished:
22 hr Dancong – White2Tea club (sipdown)
Sparrow tongue (Apr 2019) – White2Tea club (sipdown)
White Crow 2018 – Bitterleaf (sipdown)
Hot Brandy – White2Tea
Keemun Black (x4) – Little Woods
Creamsicle – Little Woods
Old Tree Assamica Black – Mountain Stream Teas (sipdown)
unlabeled package (label fell off) – Mountain Stream Teas (sipdown)
Fireside – Little Woods
another unlabeled package – who knows?
Nepal Jun Chiyabari ‘Winter Special’ Oolong – What-Cha (sipdown)
daily jinjunmei – White2Tea club (sipdown)
Yunnan Pure Bud Golden Snail Black – What-Cha (sipdown)
Georgia MANNA Black – What-Cha (sipdown)
Shangri-La Oolong – Nepal Tea (sipdown)
Jin Xuan – Floating Leaves (sipdown)
Black Beauty – Mandala Tea (sipdown)
February 23, 2019 26hr roast Milan Dancong Maocha – White2Tea club (sipdown)
Ganlu (Apr 2019) – White2Tea club (sipdown)
Jin Jun Mei Black – Mandala (sipdown)
February 23, 2019 No Roast Milan Dancong Maocha – White2Tea Club (sipdown)
Dragon well – Little Woods
Herbal Sunset – Little Woods

Mastress Alita

Congrats on all the sipdowns!

gmathis

You’ve been busy! I love the “who knows?” I have several of those myself!

hawkband1

Thanks! Hope I can eventually figure out what that was…

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85

I went through this tea very quickly. Purchased it 1 month ago and used the last today at work. I might have been overleafing a touch. Sipdown.

Good solid tea. Fruity, sometimes caramel, comforting black tea.

Flavors: Caramel, Fruity

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C

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83
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Taste and smell are pretty true to honey dew melon. But it’s strong, really strong. I could do with a more subtle flavor. All I can taste is flavoring. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is the weird aftertaste.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

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71
drank Sakurambo Vert by Lupicia
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I don’t like this one as much as the black tea version. Honestly, the green tea kills it. It’s me not liking green tea, not that the tea is bad. I also think that the flavor overwhelms the tea.

Flavors: Cherry

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81
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
509 tasting notes

Sipdown. 212F 2min
Solid mid-cherry flavor (not tart, not sweet) when I remember not to overleaf it. Short brew times make for a better cup. Overleafed it becomes too much overall for me. The base is only so-so, sometimes it gets a little astringent.
I must just have hit the sweet spot today. Comforting cup today at work.

Flavors: Cherry, Fruity

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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70

I’mma say this is the tea I’ve sipped down. This is more green tasting that I would prefer. I got a lot of vegetal notes – green bean and spinach. But also buttery and sweet. Very different flavors in the same steep and not ones I’d want paired together.

Western, 190-205F, 2 min -ish

Flavors: Butter, Green Beans, Spinach, Sweet, Vegetal

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73

Sipdown at work. Drinking raws has gone so much better for me since I stopped trying to boil them.

190-195F, shibo, 1 rinse
1 square
10s- apricot/vegetal
10s- apricot/creamy
12s- same
15s – apricot, sugary (more as it cools), creamy, lingering minty cooling aftertaste.
several steeps after this but no new notes

I did find this last session to be more enjoyable.

Flavors: Apricot, Creamy, Mint, Sugar, Vegetal

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84
drank Colored Species by Mandala Tea
509 tasting notes

Sipdown – for a tea that didn’t make it into my Steepster cupboard

Westren, 190F? Autumn 2018 Tea
I got a lot of melon flavors off this tea. It was also floral and sweet. Great tea for work, strong flavors, and well balanced.

Flavors: Floral, Honeydew, Melon, Sweet

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I started my tea journey with Stash/Celestial Seasonings tea bags years ago. All loose leaf, unless I’m sick or traveling.

I like black, oolong, white, herbals, and raw/ripe pu’erh. I don’t drink green tea often.

I play video games, read, and do pottery. My current favorite tea mug is one I threw and glazed.

I generally review teas twice – initial and final steeps.

My cupboard is completely out of date. I have a spreadsheet that has 250 teas, but is also out of date. And tea all over the living room that hasn’t been logged anywhere!

Ratings
85-100 are teas that I loved and want to keep in stock.
71-84 are teas that are good. I may or may not get them again. Source for daily drinkers/work teas.
60-70 are teas that I didn’t like. I’ll finish what I bought.
Anything less than 60…nope.

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