drank Red Water Oolong by Liquid Proust Teas
1577 tasting notes

From a group buy, how long ago now.

I like to brew this long, otherwise I find the flavor too light. A resinous-bready undertone and mineral baked plum-apricot-quince midtone are greeted by the forward honey-caramel-redfruit sweetness and muted floral nature that roasted oolong can have. The aftertaste reminds strongly of black grape skins. Brewing this long brings out a tongue-numbing and tingly bitter-tannic quality that may put others off but I find it especially satisfying in the moment. Gently grounding energy this evening, much needed after a morning at work where I thought for sure my head was going to spin right off.

Flavors: Apricot, Bread, Camphor, Caramel, Cream, Dark Bittersweet, Floral, Grape Skin, Honey, Mineral, Plum, Quince, Red Fruits, Resin, Roasty, Tangy, Tannin

205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

January is like that at my work, too.

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January is like that at my work, too.

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I most enjoy loose-leaf, unflavored teas and tisanes. Teabags have their place. Some of my favorite teas have a profound effect on mind and body rather than having a specific flavor profile.

Favorite teas generally come from China (all provinces), Taiwan, India (Nilgiri and Manipur). Frequently enjoyed though less sipped are teas from Georgia, Japan, and Nepal. While I’m not actively on the hunt, a goal of mine is to try tea from every country that makes it available to the North American market. This is to gain a vague understanding of how Camellia sinensis performs in different climates. I realize that borders are arbitrary and some countries are huge with many climates and tea-growing regions.

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100-90: A tea I can lose myself into. Something about it makes me slow down and appreciate not only the tea but all of life or a moment in time. If it’s a bagged or herbal tea, it’s of standout quality in comparison to similar items.

89-80: Fits my profile well enough to buy again.

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69-60: Not necessarily a bad tea but one that I won’t buy again. Would have a cup if offered.

59-1: Lacking several elements, strangely clunky, possesses off flavor/aroma/texture or something about it makes me not want to finish.

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