802 Tasting Notes

This tea is beautiful to look at – all tiny golden buds.
This is really really good. Could be my favorite Jin Jun Mei.
It’s dark and rich, maybe a hint of creamy. Just plain yummy.
This is why I love Chinese black tea….

Edit: This is too good to be drinking at work. It’s just getting wasted here – I need to drink this at home under proper steep parameters. Wonder what else I have in my purse…

Nicole

Mm… Jin Jun Mei… sounds tasty.

Dexter

I love JinJunMei too – and this is a good one, at least for my tastes it is :))

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
802 tasting notes

I still really like this tea – it’s desserty, and nutty with just a hint of that “floraL” essence that all French teas seem to have. Yep this is a good one.

Pondering my cupboard situation tonight. I back to feeling over whelmed. I understand that my current cupboard situation is because of bad buying habits in the past. I think those habits are better now, but it’s hard to get it back under control. Balance is still something I’m having issues with. I’m in a much better place than I was 6 months ago – it is trending in the right direction, and I really hope that trend continues – but I desperately need more fruit tisane.

Sil

you’re doing great lady!

whatshesaid

My dream tea!! I always look at Winners/Homesense for this damn thing but I think that must only happen in the States

Sil

it happens in canada too but not for a while

MissB

I’ve yet to find any Fauchon here (in France) as well, other than in my AirBnB the other night.

whatshesaid

Curses!
lol

Dinosara

You can find out what places carry Fauchon (in Europe) on their website… I successfully found some in a Galeries Lafayette in Berlin when I was there (not this tea, though).
http://www.fauchon.com/en/magasins/1-france.html/

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I received my latest Mandala order today!!!!! I’m so excited – yeah, yeah, yeah – the teas look great – I’m sure they are going to be amazing – but the tea table – OMG I had no doubts that it was going to be beautiful, but it is SPECTACULAR!!! LOVE IT!!!!
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Soooooooooo – I decided to break it in with one of the samples that Garret so generously included with my order. (Ok I might have requested this as a sample, and am very grateful that it ended up in my package – you guys are the best!!)
I’ve been wanting to try rice scented mini tuo’s for awhile now but couldn’t really decide if it would be something I would like or not. So tonight is the night….
WOW in your face rice – the first two steeps were just over powering rice flavor. OK – I don’t like this – lets modify steep parameters – MUCH shorter steep time – less rice, but still too much for me – fourth steep – flash steep – better, I’m still not crazy about this. fifth steep – added a bit of time on – I think I would like this if I could get past the smell – I think I wrecked it for myself by over steeping the first few and now I can’t get past it.
This is really strange to me – it’s like drinking plain white sticky rice. I think I was expecting earthy shou pu’erh with a hint of rice. This is liquid rice with a hint of mushroom – I’m not really getting much pu’erh at all.
I have a second tuo and will try it again in a couple of months and will rinse it several times and keep the steeps incredibly short and see if that helps.
I’m sure some people really like this, I think I should like this, I would like to like this…. Maybe it’s just so far from what I was expecting that I can’t accept it for what it is.
I will try it again – but this is one I’m REALLY happy to have gotten to try before I bought a ton of it. Thank you so much Mandala for that opportunity. :))
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DeliriumsFrogs

The tea table is SO gorgeous!!! WOW!!!

beelicious

Soo pretty!!

ashmanra

Wooooow! Lucky duck!

LiberTEAS

Awesome!

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Spending some time with this sheng tonight. It’s pretty good. Not too green, not too bitter, not astringent, petty mild, gentle.
I haven’t explored pu’erh as much as I want to, and I haven’t really spent too much time with sheng. I have a couple that I really like, but most I think are too green and too bitter. I’m wanting to explore them more – but in my heart I think I’m a shou girl…

OMGsrsly

That’s actually what I said in the shop today. I don’t tend to like them because they’re too bitter. So I got a suggestion and tried it and yesss…

Ubacat

Since most sheng can go for many infusions try drinking it after 5 or 6 infusions. I am definitely a sheng girl. I could never get into some of the dark shou’s

OMGsrsly

She also suggested super flash steeping, maybe 1-2 seconds at the beginning. That’s helped as well.

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Last of my ESGreen samples – I saved this one for last because this was the one I was most looking forward to trying.
This isn’t really doing it for me tonight. It’s a bit too finicky, some astringent, and not at all in my preferred flavor profile. If you get the steep just right it is fruity, but it also has some bitter cocoa notes, maybe even a hint of molasses. Just a little oversteeped and it turns really aggressive on the bitter notes, maybe a hint of smoke.
I’m sure this is a quality tea it’s just not for me.
All in all though I’ve been really happy with the samples I got from them. Really liked 3 of the 4 and would consider ordering from them again. LOL I have a BUNCH of loyalty points so I SHOULD order from them again.

OMGsrsly

I keep looking at their tea pots…

OMGsrsly

I posted a couple on FB. I really like the bamboo one, it looks like a local mountain. :D

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, that teapot, Dexter! So, so beautiful.

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
802 tasting notes

I drank a LOT of black tea at work today. When I finally got home I really was looking for something lighter. This was the one that got pulled out.
I’ve drank a few cups of it tonight – so it’s obviously something I can drink – but I don’t think this is really my style. I’ve read the description and looked at the ingredient list and I’m confused. I’m getting licorice or fennel or anise – not a lot but enough to be annoying me. None of those are in the ingredient list. I’m so confused. There is a little nutty, a little citrus acidic, quite a bit of spice , but also just a little medicinal. I can see some people really liking this, it’s an interesting caffeine free blend.

Sil

i only like this one when i brew it for like 10+ mins lol

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
802 tasting notes

I LOVED this tea.
I hoarded this tea.
I drank the last of it at work today.
It had to be done, can’t keep it forever.
I will miss this, but am happy to have fond memories of it.

Sil

i hoarded this as well….finished mine so long agooooo..miss them :(

Dexter

I keep buying pearls from other sources but I haven’t found any that are as good as these… :((

Sil

i think? it was teavivre that was my second choice….but still no comparison to mandala’s if that makes sense

Fjellrev

I hope he will be able to get a hold of them again?

Dexter

Teavivre is my second choice too – but was looking at the ones at What-cha – has anyone tried them?

Sil

yes. the what-cha ones are tasty…but again very different from mandala or teavivre

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
802 tasting notes

I don’t really have any teas in sip down range so I’m visiting an old favorite tonight.
This is just a really nice fruity black. Some say finicky – that might be true, but it always seems to work for me if I do 95C for 2.5 minutes. About 2tsp in my Davids perfect mug…
There is just something about the gentleness of the French teas….

Indigobloom

This one is amazing. A friend of mine always makes it with a small teaspoon of strawberry jam. I’ve been meaning to try it out myself one day!

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Tea of choice at work today. This is fantastic. Everything I like in Jin Jun Mei. Sweet, a little bready, a little malty – great tea. The leaves were larger and more fuzzy than I normally see with Jin Jun Mei – all in all a beautiful tea.

I’m two for two with my ESGreen samples – hope the others are as good. Love the yixing I bought from them and the tea is good.

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Tonight I ‘m drinking a pu’erh sample that I got with one of my Mandala orders. All the package says is “Personal Stash 2006 Ripe from Yong DE area” ?

Steeps 1 and 2 were pretty harsh – not bitter but in your face pu’erh – earthy, musty (not fishy) but strong pu’erh.
Steeps 3 and 4 were a little better but still quite strong. There was some sweet, woody, fruit tree something starting to come out.
Steeps 5 and 6 were starting to mellow – getting smoother..
This one is the type of shou that could turn off non pu’erh drinkers. While I find this interesting and really appreciate the sample this isn’t my favorite. Thanks Garret.

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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