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An Ode to Tea challenge #2– R

additional notes: Finished this sample, a little bit bland and flavorless to be honest, and I don’t consider this older. The leaves aren’t that golden to me, which I know wouldn’t have aged as well, so I’m not sure what happened. I know I used enough leaves. Anyway, one less tea around…
2021 sipdowns: 101

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Strong aroma difficult to pinpoint, definitely tropical fruits, wild forest, something creamy. Then toasted rice similar to Genmaicha.
The soup is bittersweet, thick and full in the mouth. Very satisfying and feels different from Chinese puerh. It’s definitely fruity, with some toasted nuts and a Stevia like sweetness/Hickory bitterness. Lingering aftertaste coats the whole mouth.
The second steep is more on the bitter side, and I enjoy this specific type of bitterness. The only problem is that it makes me hungry.

3
Aroma switches between toasted rice and tropical IPA, soup has a good level of acidity which makes me think the word “wild”.

4 – 5
Smelling the leaves I think of candied cherries, or gummy bears, or something like that.
The soup is quite like a thick Genmaicha.

The qi is light and a bit stimulating, comparing this tea with the Danzhu ’20, the latter is definitely more psychoactive and relaxing. The Danzhu ’20 can feel humble and less showy, but there’s something about it that makes it more interesting and mysterious, not sure if I can find the words. Anyway this is also quite enjoyable.

6
More of cherry acidity and wild herbs.

7
More of forest floor. Soup is acidic/bitter, thinner and with low astringency.

Preparation
Boiling 5 g 3 OZ / 75 ML

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85
drank Meng Hai Tuo Cha by Dobra Tea
54 tasting notes

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drank Lemon Pound Cake by DAVIDsTEA
45 tasting notes

Turns out I really like oolongs and this one that tastes like a low sugar dessert in the best way is top of my list. Love it both iced and hot and recently made iced lemon pound cake mixed with lemonade Truly hard seltzer and yumm

Iced – Yes
Hot – Yes
Latte – Not even gonna try

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
45 tasting notes

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75

Liquid Candy! Love this tea, its sweet but with the rhubarb making it tart enough to cut some of the sweetness.

Hot – Yes
Cold – Yes
Latte – most likely not

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75

I’ve really been trying not to place any tea orders lately, as I haven’t been sipping through as much lately (mostly because of the weather). But, DavidsTea sent me a 50% off everything coupon, so I couldn’t resist.
I mostly ordered sale stuff, so I got a ton of tea (just what I need) for extremely cheap. Though, I did get a lot of cold brewable teas, which is mainly what I’ve been drinking. This is one of those. It’s quite nice- well balances tart lemon and sweet strawberry. I wish it were perhaps a tad more tart, but overall it’s really pleasant.

AJRimmer

Their sale is pretty good this year! I ordered a bunch of things, and then they added more items to the sale, so I may have to go back for more…

Lexie Aleah

Agreed! I couldn’t resist ordering either.

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I can’t remember if I got this in 2019 or 2020…I think 2019. I wanted to try it since I was personally not a fan of the other Nepal Black. It bordered on tasting like Barbeque to me. As for this one, I have yet to pin it down. I didn’t get the tropical fruit that he describes, but I got a lot of dry floral notes that were very hoppy in an intensely malty body. Orange blossom is definitely there, but thick malt and some sweet potato are dominant. I’ve had Nepal blacks in a similar style to this one, but there are a lot of resemblences to Ancient Spirit which is personally not my favorite. I like this one a little bit more because it’s got more brightness, however.

I’ve alternated gong fu and western, and so far it’s either too light or too florally drying and malty. I’m curious to see other opinions on it. I do like it more than the other Nepal Black, but I’m not certain enough to say I really like it. The later steeps are definitely more fruity, so I will experiment a little more.

Flavors: Drying, Floral, Herbs, Hops, Malt, Orange Blossom, Straw, Sweet Potatoes

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Sip Down! Slowly going through my old collection of tea. Wanted something flavored I could sweeten for ice tea and found this. There was about 4 grams left, so I filled it out with 1 gram of old laoshan green oolong from verdant; it’s a green Chinese base and laoshan oolong is a fancy green tea anyways. Brewed with half amount of water and sweetened with sugar while still hot before ice added, and combined both steepings.

This was good, but If I could do it over I’d brew it around 170, cause the astringency from the base green tea is quite strong. It kinda works with the tart zingy flavors though. I did add more sugar to help offset the astringent qualities from 5grams to 13 grams. Though I think 10 grams would have been better. It does really taste like one of this tangy fruit marshmallow salads you see every now and then. Going to get one more steep out of this to top off my half full glass. Overall good tangy brew, just mind the water temp and steep time.

Flavors: Astringent, Cranberry, Marshmallow, Tangy, Tart

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
gmathis

This does sound like a nice iced tea blend!

Ze_Teamaker

I was! I can’t see it being as good warm though.

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Flavors: Astringent, Cranberry, Lime, Marshmallow, Tangy, Tart

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Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint

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This one definitely needs a short steep, otherwise it’s quite tart and generic. I steep it for under three minutes, then add sugar and put it in the fridge. I mean, I guess it still tastes generic, but it’s drinkable. It has the usual red fruit flavor without any intrigue. It’s frustrating just how much sugar I have to add to tame the tartness. I’ve had one tasty cup of this and three annoying ones.

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SIPDOWN

Thanks to Izzy for this tea.
I was craving sweet black tea and if possible bagged, as I was feeling lazy with preparing today afternoon cup.

Delivers both, sweetness, welcomed black tea caffeine intake, a nd well, even I was steeping it double the recommended time, it was still fine.

Nice dessert tea, if you ask me. I can suggest it, when in mood for marzipan- For me, marzipan is often too sweet and honestly the longer steeping made fine combo with the base. The base was more pronounced, but not bitter.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
3445 tasting notes

An Ode to Tea challenge #2– Q

My only tea for ‘Q’ and certainly not a sipdown. I forget where this tin came from… a kind and generous Steepsterer for sure. It’s always nice for that slightly smoky, slightly chocolatey robust profile.

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
43 tasting notes

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Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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I got the teabag version.
Not much aroma, maybe a hint of malt? Tastes somewhat plain, with a little bit of tannin, tbh I hoped for more, this is not quite amusing to me, drinkable but there are better things outside. It might be better if I brew it stronger..

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank English Breakfast by T2
19 tasting notes

It’s ok for the price I guess, I’m not sure why it tastes stronger (better) than their Irish breakfast tea, I kinda like it. Typical breakfast tea flavour.

Flavors: Astringent

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 7 OZ / 220 ML

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drank Irish Breakfast by T2
19 tasting notes

It’s acceptable, malty aroma with a little bittery taste, straightforward but the profile maybe too simple to enjoy alone. I’ll try brewing it stronger next time because I want more from this.
Update: muuuuuuuch better with a heavier version and a splash of milk

Flavors: Malt, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 225 ML

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drank Albion by Fortnum & Mason
19 tasting notes

Drink it this is good. Not as strong as they advertised (maybe depends on how you brew it), it’s sweet with a little bitterness, but at the same time still provides you enough flavour of black teas, I like this a lot. Easy to drink and makes you want more.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 225 OZ / 6654 ML

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I got this in loose leaf, very beautiful and large particles of CTC Assam, uniform in size. You get a deep red tea. Nice malty aroma, certainly a little bitter but fits my likings. I sometimes brew a concentrated version for sweet malty milktea.

Flavors: Malt, Tannin

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 225 ML

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drank Sheila tEa by Hella Tea
11557 tasting notes

This was the first cup of tea I made after getting my tooth fixed last week and this was also the proper first cup of tea I had steeped in probably around four days. I will absolutely have to make it again because I don’t remember a lot of the flavour – I was very tired following that appointment and also overcome with emotion from the combination of no longer being in pain and also getting to drink hot tea for the first time in a while. Like, “tearing up as I sipped the tea” level of emotion. It tasted so, soooo good but I don’t know if that’s because it actually was that good or if it’s because I had gone so long without a nice cuppa…

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fruit Punch, Hibiscus, Lemongrass

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drank Piña Elektra by Zappyo
11557 tasting notes

Started my morning with a mug of this tea yesterday – it was a good pick because I got to enjoy something energizing and fruity but it was also pretty mellow and soft. Kind of a creamy coconut crossed with coconut water type of flavour, with the fresher green yerba mate and some hints of sweet pineapple. Light to medium flavour and round, coating body. Yummy!

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Hot cuppa with some oat milk splashed in and it was simply divine! Very decadent, creamy and rich with some truly standout white chocolate notes. I was thinking about it as I was drinking the tea a few nights ago and I really think this is one of the best white chocolate teas I’ve ever had – certainly the nicest in recent memory. It’s very trick to make a white chocolate blend without it just tasting like a generic “sweetness” or “creaminess” and this blend manages to do that.

I only have one cup left – but I’m looking forward to it!

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