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This is yet another tea I didn’t add in time enough last year before the site ran out of stock on it. I got this as one of the oolongs from a giant splurge I did on Trident’s tea selection last year, and this is one of the ones I’d rank on the higher end.

I got this one because I still had over 300 grams of different dancongs left, including 8 immortals, Iris Orchid, Mi Lan Xiang, Ya Shi, and so on, and I’ve had red leaf only one other time. The note descriptions were also unique: Red Apple, Orchids, and Caramel. I’ve never gotten a caramel note from a Dancong personally, but this one was really interesting flavor and aroma wise because it actually had some caramel in the profile. Gong fu is the way to go, though, since it can pack a punch.

It does have the trademark dancong bitterness in later steeps, but the earlier steeps had a lot of caramel to it that was extremely smooth. I’m not used to this kind of oolong having a more western palette of flavors over tropical ones, but its nice. Later steeps become more intensely mineral based and acidic, having a little bit of a bamboo woodiness. It is from 2018, so it has settled a little bit, but it can be a bit too bitter to drink super often despite how much I like it. It also gets me a little too tea drunk. Forehead is definitely sweety…I can feel my tonsils.

Compared to other dancongs, it is a happy fruity medium in oxidation. I didn’t have a lot of tea today-but it’s giving me a little bit of headache. I got a tea drunk headache last time I had it, which is why I still haven’t finished it. I might swap or pass this one along because I want to see what more people think of it. I still love the aroma and flavor, but it can be intense for my sensitive stomach.

Flavors: Bamboo, Caramel, Floral, Fruity, Oats, Orchids, Pleasantly Sour, Red Apple, Sweet

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As a growing fan of Lapsang Souchong, I was delighted to find this one in my swap package from Daylon. I’d never heard of Trident Tea, which has a large selection of stuff I’d like to buy if my cupboard was smaller and they shipped to Canada. I steeped roughly 5 g of tea in a 120 ml teapot at 195F for 10, 12, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 90, 120, and 240 seconds.

The dry aroma is of jasmine, other flowers, and malt. The first steep has notes of jasmine, malt, caramel, and grass. I kind of regret not using my 85 ml teapot to get a more concentrated flavour. The second steep gives me other flowers, maybe orchid and rose, plus more caramel, hints of chocolate, and that sappy note Daylon mentioned. I get oakwood in the third and fourth steeps, which makes for a slightly strange combination with the florals. The tea comes off as a bit drying and tannic, but I like the balance between the sweet caramel and florals and the heavier wood and malt. I get brown sugar and more caramel in the next couple rounds. The session fades into malt, brown sugar, tannins, wood, and minerals.

This tea is sweet and floral without being perfumey, which makes it a winner in my books. I wasn’t quite as taken with it as Daylon, mainly because it was a little drying and the florals faded somewhat quickly. Still, I’ll add Trident to the long list of companies I’d consider buying from in the future.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Caramel, Chocolate, Floral, Grass, Jasmine, Malt, Mineral, Oak, Orchid, Rose, Sap, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 g 4 OZ / 120 ML

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Got this as one of the first teas in 2020 I got, though a 2019 harvest. I was sold on the florals and needed some Baozhong in my life.

Jasmine, Arugala, Lemon-Lime were the notes on the site, and I was impressed. This was the first Trident Tea I finished off as a summer tea. The lemon notes were very nice, and prominent in mid and later steeps. It was also durable, whether gong fu or grandpa. Very floral, aromatic, and satisfying.

Recommend this to fans of this style and for those who need something reliable, but affordable.

Flavors: Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Jasmine, Lemon, Sweet, Vegetables

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Got this last year for autumn and summer. I wanted to compare it to the three others I got and overspent my money on. The emphasis on the florals intrigued me on it. I either love Oriental Beauties for their autumn feel, or they can be too drying.

This is not a drying one, but I think I will have to pay attention more in a proper gong fu session instead of a backlog. It’s flavor is heathered and smooth, and not as drying as some others, but not as forward with its flavor. It is forward in the aroma, though. I like it, but I need to leave another cliff hanger. We’ll see what else comes out of it.

Well, I’m going to take a break. I’m actually getting caught up on some of the notes I needed to, but there will be more in the future.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Floral, Honey

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Backlog:

I have the 2019 or 2020 harvest. Heavy white grape, and jolly rancher flavor. I occasionally got watermelon, amids the linen and spicy herbaceaous notes I get from Darjeelings. And of course, honey aftertaste.

I still have some left, and I thought I wrote about this last year, but I figured I’d add it again. Though the current season has some different notes, I can definitively recommend this one to tea nerds because of how easy it is to drink, and because of its distinct flavor. I also think this would be very easy on a newbie’s palette, and might acclimate them to the rougher aspects of a first flush before getting into them.

I will also say that this tea strikes me as a cross between a white tea and an oolong. It’s very refreshing, and one of the more oolong tasting Darjeelings I’ve had yet.

Flavors: Candy, Floral, Grapes, Grass, Honey, Melon

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Got this for tea nerd reasons. I’ve been looking for a Red Thunder oolong, and this was waiting and well there.

Not as expensive as some of Trident’s others, this tea is a crowd pleaser. It leans more into black territory, but it’s oolongy enough to resemble a quality Oriental Beauty. I have the 2019 harvest, and it’s got “Malt, floral and honey.” The description I uploaded is more specific, but more floral. Either way, it’s very muscatel with heavy red grape flavor, some red apple personally. I have mostly done western and tumbler style, so I personally get more malt and fruit notes. It’s floral, but not overly so. It also lacks the autumn leaf notes I usually associate with Darjeelings, which is nice change of pace.

I need to do a gong fu note on this one, but it’s pretty good. I want to take my time before I rush it. It’s not making me sing likely due to my green oolong mood during spring. Otherwise, it’s easy to recommend and fends well for itself against other Red Thunders I’ve had. I’m not sure the exact audience of this one yet, but I don’t think it would be hard to sell.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Muscatel, Red Apple, Thick, Wood

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Got this one because I didn’t think I’d be getting any tea from Wuyi Origin or White2tea anytime soon. I saw a few descriptions of what I think was this tea on those respective pages, and if I ever got the chance to try Fruit Bomb, I wanted to see how this compared.

I’ve only done this in a failed gong fu attempt, and western so far. Blackberrys is what I always get with malt, sugar, and…honey. I’m starting to get tired of that note. I got the rose in the gong fu session, but then it got too light and thin. There’s gotta be reason why it lost it’s lustre early… I think I oversteeped it on brew 4. This one was not as complex and surprisingly, it wasn’t as sweet as the Floral Lapsang. Again, I think I drank this one in a rush, so I will have to come back to it.

It’s good and approachable for a newcomer, but I’m not settled on this tea yet. This is the last of the black I needed to write for Trident, but I’m just starting for rest of the stuff I got. There are a few oolongs and whites that are out of stock now that I will not be able to upload a picture of…unless I intagram them myself. Luckily, they put their tasting notes on the bags so I can have a better idea for comparison.

Flavors: Blackberry, Floral, Honey, Rose, Sugar, Sweet

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Backlog:

Pretty damn similar to the oolong version. I’ve had Black Dan Congs before and they tend to be similar to Black Tie Guan Gins or Wuyi blacks, and of course, are on the sweeter floral spectrum I barely leave. This one follows suit, and again, the notes are valid. The orchid is not quite as pronounced as the fruity notes, especially the honey and cherry. The tea hits heavy in the first two brews western and Gong Fu, and then really lightens out. Grandpa was a little too heavy and sweet.

This is a very good tea, but I think I’m not doing it justice. At least it’s recorded before it disappears from the database.

Flavors: Caramel, Cherry, Fruity, Honey, Malt, Orchid, Wood

tea-sipper

Do you mean disappear from Steepster’s database or the tea shops?

Daylon R Thomas

Shop as they go through inventory.

Mastress Alita

I hate that too; I’ve even used archive.org before to try to get the “shop listing” info of a tea that has already been removed from their webpage by the time I get around to adding it to Steepster…

tea-sipper

ok gotcha. I was hoping no one was worried about steepster deleting tea pages.

Daylon R Thomas

Ohhhh that was an issue for some of the recent notes last year during the transition. As of now, no.

Leafhopper

I also feel bad when I don’t add a tea to Steepster before the shop deletes it from their catalogue.

tea-sipper

Leafhopper, I like when tea shops actually keep old info for older teas on their site! I guess this is half the purpose of Steepster though.

Leafhopper

Agreed, though I understand why they might not want to keep an archive of all their past inventory, especially if it’s large.

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Backlog/sipdown from last night:

One of my favorite oolongs so far. The Trident oolongs are knockouts.

All their notes are very on point, but I will add on top of clarified butter, melon,lilacs, snap peas, and honeydew, this teas is frickin’ aromatic. I’d also add peachy, but very “orange” and yellow in the fruits. Steep 2 gong fu is it’s high mark, and it goes up in troughs with its notes. It alternates from green and buttery, to densely fruity and floral bordering on dessert or fruity pudding. Most of the notes are the same whether western, gong fu, or even grandpa, but I personally find that the fruit notes are more even grandpa, but there is a lot more depth and variety gong fu. It occasionally gets flat, but it’s high marks make it more worth it.

I’m a sucker for candy like flavor and aroma. I was really sad to see this go as I hoarded it off. I was half tempted to get more…but I have too much tea, and I am a hypocrite. I ended up getting more tea anyway of stuff I haven’t tried yet.

More teas to write down. I thought I added the Darjeeling White Oolong and their Shanllinxi notes, but I could be wrong. Or they may have been deleted. The Darjeeling tastes like Watermelon and grape jollyranchers, and white grape juice. The ShanLinXi was heavy with lavender bordering on flavoring, but it was natural. Oddly, not too vegetal. I know, being quick and swift the backlog.

I hope you enjoy reading this anyway. All the teas I’ve mentioned are sweet ones good for connoisseur and newbie alike.

Flavors: Butter, Candy, Cream, Custard, Floral, Freshly Cut Grass, Honeydew, Peach, Pear, Sweet, Thick, Vegetables

tea-sipper

Always like seeing tea notes from a unique tea shop!

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Backlog

When I went through a golden bud black tea phase. What-Cha ran out of their Jin Jun Mei, so I ordered more from this site.

I still have some of this one, and though it’s not quite as rosy or complex as What-Cha’s, it’s very satisfying. Like most teas I pick, it’s been good western, gong fu, and grandpa. More floral than I’m used to for some JinJunMei, but still heavy with the typical Fujian chocolate malt notes. I’m not sure about how their notes compare to mine, but I find a lot of changing in the malt notes and more pine in later steeps. Not sure about “dried fruit notes” yet, but I have gotten some honey-fructose sugars in some tastes. Fairly durable for a JinJunMei too.

I really like this one, but I need to write about it again when I’m focusing on it rather than powering through backlogs.

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Pine, Roasted

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Backlog: A sample provided with an order of a tea I should have bought more of.

I assumed this one would be vegetal, but it wasn’t. It actually was sweeter and more well rounded than the regular Lapsang. It was very sweet gong fur and western, and the oak and jasmine were prominent, followed by really refreshing minty aftertaste that was sweet-no bitterness or leafy ness. This tea was just as jasmine heavy as one of my scented blacks-which is impressive. I also got caramel in its body, and the texture was as smooth as any expensive tea I get. Tree gum kept on coming to mind for this one, nevermind the tea was very smooth and easy to drink.

There was more to this tea outside of the three notes, but I was really surprised by how distinct each of the flavors were, and how well they worked together. This was like a great malt liquor or scotch, and every flavor worked well with it. I almost bought more of this one, and I should have…but I have a lot of Wuyi black right now anyway. And I bought more of other teas that I should not have spent money on. Anyway.

I am going to write more Trident teas and blacks, but out of all the black Trident Teas, this one was my favorite because it combines some of my favorite flavors into something unexpected. It’s a natural tea, but man is it so good. I had to give Leafhopper a taste of this one because it really stands out for me.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey, Jasmine, Malt, Mint, Oak, Scotch, Wood

Leafhopper

This tea smells good in the bag, and I’ve been meaning to try it when I have some time to focus.

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I was very tempted to add this one to Leafhoppers trade. I’m figuring this one out still because it can be flat gong fu. Very light on the bordering of being oolongy for me. The florals are almost soapy, but not unnatural. The lavender and orange rind definitely strike me, and its heavily viscous, but very light in the body. I slightly prefer this one grandpa/western because it’s denser and thicker that way. It does not last as long as other Tong Mu’s I’ve had, but its unique. I think I can get more out of it easily though if I take the time to study it.

Flavors: Citrus Zest, Floral, Fruity, Lavender, Orange, Soap, Sweet

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So, this is going to be the beginning of a really long backlog. Over the summer last year, I was freaked out about ordering teas from overseas due to shipping limits and the pandemic, so I reached out to a friend living in the same area as this coffee shop. She said there was a bunch of teahouses near where she lived, so I planned out stops of a visit and stumbled upon this one. It’s a coffee/teahouse/bar/bookstore in one. It was after my own heart. She didn’t hear about it, and she started going. I also splurged a lot on this place because of their selection, and I wanted to support this kind of business.

This was from my second mega order of black teas, and I wanted to put something down before it was removed from the site. I don’t have more to add than what was written, but this is a very hearty Assam, even gong fu. Thick with leather, tannin, and milk chocolate notes. Heavy and brisk too. I don’t have more to add than that right now, but it’s a breakfast style tea sure to please. I’m have tempted to send this one to you over, Whiteantlers because it seems like it would be up you alley. I’ll write more on this one in the future.

Onto the other notes!

Flavors: Astringent, Cherry, Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Wood, Leather, Tannic, Tea, Toffee

Togo

Trident is a great place, I loved going there when I was visiting Boulder a couple years ago!

Daylon R Thomas

Thus it needs to be added on here! I’m glad to hear it! I want to hear more!

Togo

I was in Boulder just for a week at a conference, but conferences tend to drain my energy and I sometimes need to escape, so Trident was a perfect place to escape to :D

I actually got in touch with the owner, Peter, before visiting. He’s super nice and very much into both tea and coffee. They even set up their own pu-erh storage!

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