4303 Tasting Notes

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drank Fredericksburg Peach by Zhi Tea
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As I mentioned last night, I brewed this to enjoy iced today, and I have been enjoying it all day. It is very refreshing, and as good as it was hot, it is even better as an iced tea. So yummy!

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I love this tea so much. I have the non-vegan version… and after having tried the vegan version, I can say that this one is much better. Sweet, very marshmallow treat-y. Yum Yum Yum!

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drank Fredericksburg Peach by Zhi Tea
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I am currently brewing this tea for tomorrow’s iced tea sipping, but, I decided to try a cup hot right now.

This is really yummy. Really good peach flavor, but what I think I like about it best is that it has an Assam base, so the tea is prominent, and it is bold. The malty tones of the tea tastes very interesting with the sweet, luscious peach flavor. Very good. I might have to get some more of this.

Bonnie

Like the idea of a peachy Assam!

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drank Smokey Jasmine by Shanti Tea
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Thank you TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.

This is really good. An interesting take on the traditional jasmine. The smoke is very subtle, very-barely-there when I first started sipping, now that I’m nearly done with the cup the smoke has developed a bit, but it never becomes a strong smoky presence. It is apparent, but not overwhelmingly so. It is an interesting contrast to the sweet, exotic jasmine. The smoke seems to bring out some of the sweeter notes of the jasmine, emphasizing them. This is so pleasantly sweet that it almost tastes “dessert-y” to me.

I don’t know that this is my favorite take on jasmine, but, I am really enjoying it. It’s different, but it’s quite good.

Hesper June

This sounds like such an intriguing tea!

seule771

I might like smokey jasmine but not as tea. Just outside with nature and burning it, might make for interesting inhale; an intoxicating smell or is aroma best wording.

CHAroma

Wow, I never would have come up with that combo on my own if I were a tea blender! Smoke and jasmine, hmm.

@seule771, maybe you could burn a jasmine incense?

Invader Zim

This tea sounds so interesting. I love jasmine but I’m not a fan of smokey teas, I wonder if this would be the one to convert me? I’m curious enough to want to try such a combination.

seule771

When not poking fun you guys are nicely supportive. Anyhow, I used to burn incense but husband says it is cancer causing agent over time; well the burning aspect of it. If that Jasmine is that potent, would it not set off alarm like that fondue pot that folks tend to burn and the smell lingers for days til high heaven gets here and never does.

I think I am saying thank you. I must admit, Jasmine and I will not co-exist. My lost evidently!

LiberTEAS

@Invader Zim: the smoke is very interesting in this tea, because it doesn’t taste overtly of SMOKE when it mingles with the jasmine. Instead it enhances some of the tones of jasmine that I never really got to know before. It’s really a delightful way to experience jasmine.

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I am revisiting this tea this afternoon, using the same measurement of leaves from last night, and steeping them yet again. And again! This tea just keeps on going, like the Energizer bunny.

The flavors today are remarkably smooth, noticing only a trace of the mineral-y taste I experienced yesterday, sweet, a little bit of the honey-esque tone but more of a floral sweetness.

This is one of the most incredible Puerh teas I’ve encountered.

Bonnie

Incredible and yes, an energizer bunny!

Charles Thomas Draper

I agree this is one fine Puerh.

TeaBrat

Hmm. I might need to get this someday!

Kashyap

is it considered a sheng or shou? what year/harvest?

Bonnie

Sheng 2011…6,000 ft.

Kashyap

thanks!

CHAroma

It doesn’t even seem anything like what I know Puer tea to be. Interesting.

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drank Gingerbread Chai by 52teas
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Backlog:

I steeped some of this extra strong this morning to prepare some chai syrup for pancakes this morning and had enough left over to make a creamy, luscious chai latte. Delicious. I’m glad that Rachel @ iHeartTeas decided to rescue this one from retirement. This one is still my favorite chai from 52Teas, although I still think that Frank should make a Maple Chai.

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With the second infusion, I steeped for six minutes. Still can’t bring myself to 15 minutes.

This infusion is also delicious, although it is a little different than the first infusion. I notice more of a fruit tone emerging with this infusion, as well as a stronger floral tone. The malt and cream notes are still there, although these seem softer this time. Still a rich, delicious cup of tea, and definitely worthwhile to steep this a second time.

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Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea. This is a delightful Assam… very different from a typical (black) Assam. The suggested steeping parameters on Grey’s website state to steep for 15 minutes. I’m afraid I wasn’t quite that brave, I steeped it for only four minutes, and I was scared that would be too long for an Assam. I’ve had far too many bitter Assam teas after steeping even a second or two longer than three minutes that steeping this for four minutes – even though it is a white tea – was a bit scary to me.

As it turns out, this is fantastic. Sweet, creamy even! The malty tones that I’d expect from an Assam are there, but together with the creamy notes, it tastes absolutely decadent. No astringency or bitterness. Just sweet, sweet delicious tea.

Angrboda

15 minutes! dies!

CHAroma

I’m with you. I wouldn’t be able to steep it for 15 minutes, at least not on purpose. ;)

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I’ve had six infusions of this tea thus far, and all have been incredible. The sixth was my favorite, because the tea has become remarkably smooth by this point, the flavors are seamless. Sweet, savory and delectable. Juicy, smoky, earthy, and slightly vegetative. The first couple of infusions had a very honey-esque note to them, but with the second infusion, I noticed that the honey was becoming a softer flavor and a sweet floral note seemed to be emerging. The third – fifth infusions were very similar to the second, with each subsequent infusion becoming smoother, until this sixth when I notice an incredibly smooth, rich cup.

This tea is by no means done. However, I do think I’ll put the leaves aside for now, and try a different tea for a bit… and come back to these later. It’s going to be a late night for me tonight, as hubby has to work very late, but, fortunately he is off work tomorrow so we can sleep in!

I’ll be back to this one in a bit.

Bonnie

Amazing experience and such fortitude! Up to 20 steepings indeed! Superb!

Bonnie

I still have some left, will have to have more soon!

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An excellent Dragon Well. I find it really enjoyable to sip as I sit here, working on my latest art project. It keeps me company and keeps me inspired.

Delicious, lightly vegetative without tasting too much like grass, with hints of a pleasing chestnut flavor that arrives just before the finish. Quite pleasant.

CHAroma

What’s your art project?

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