403 Tasting Notes

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Life is better when you have heating on, and the sun starts to shine between the clouds. I’m having this plain, with some Moroccan mint that I grow in pots outside my apartment. This tea grows bitter very quickly, so if you don’t enjoy the bitterness of tea, add sugar, honey, stivia or any other kind of sweetener that takes your fancy.
I’m hoping that the bitterness and the mint will clear away some of the fogginess left by the cold (which, alas, has yet to pack its bags and leave me be).

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95

Drinking vast quantities of this tea. It’s not very interesting without milk, but with milk, it is really good.

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70

Another herbal tea from Ronnefeldt that I bought in Berlin. Again, this tea contains Rooibos, and I probably wouldn’t have bought it if I understood the ingredient list on it. But it was on sale, as part of their Christmas selection, and it smelled nice (of not-too-powerful Amaretto), so I bought it. It is actually quite good, not two sweet, without any chemical taste, and with a juicy, fruity, Amaretto taste to it. The brew is quite opaque, and looks like honey melted in warm water. It will probably brew well cold, but I needed a hot drink, and so I prepared it hot. Not sure that I would go out of my way to buy it again, but it’s nice to have it around for now.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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100
drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
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I am down with a cold, and am drinking tea with great abundance. The heating is out, and I’m waiting for a technician to arrive and fix it. Meanwhile, I have pulled out my traditional comforter, F&M’s Keemun. I’m not feeling it’s smokey, nutty, malty goodness quite as well today, but it was good enough to cheer me up and warm my hands.

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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This is turning out to be an “all time favourites” tea day. A very good day indeed :)
I will try to get some sipdowns in later on today. Or just stick to really good tea that I know. We’ll see…

Terri HarpLady

I love all day favorite tea days!

Sil

i’m tempted to get the verdant gift set even though i’m sitting on about 3oz of this tea already lol

NofarS

Sil, I almost got that one too, but I went for the Mt Ailao (aka Master Han) gift set, since I’m not a fan of greens, and I don’t know anyone who’s a green tea fan and would appreciate the gift. Most of my friends drink black tea, and I’m gently trying to introduce them to oolongs and puers. Also, my bank account would have broken up with me (November is it’s cruelest month, bringing black Friday and cyber Monday out of the inter web).

Sil

NofarS – not the terroir sampler – there’s a new one it’s LB in a 3oz tin and some honey to accompany it :) so just LB…no greens! (ick)

NofarS

Oh no, Sil, why did you tell me that! wail. Dammit, now I want it, even though I really can’t justify it. I’m stocked up on Laoshan Black as it is.

Sil

haha now you see my problem! :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I love the idea of an all time favourites tea day!!! Too late for that now, I’ve already «contaminated» my day with not so favourite ones. But I’m aiming for that tomorrow!!

Sil

i may have to join you in that tomorrow teafairy…today is a sipdown, explore my cupboard day heh

TheTeaFairy

Yay, Sil you are welcome to join, I have the whole day to myself tomorrow,
fun, fun fun :-) Today is random tea day for me, so pretty much the same as you!

Terri HarpLady

I’m afraid to look at the verdant gift sets…I’ve already spent too much. Of course, I have enough of all my favorites to last for months, so when someone is whining about not having any Zhu Rong, for example, I can be your hero & send you a surprise (you know who YOU are)

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100
drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
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It’s been a long time since I have last brewed a cup of this tea, still one of my top 5, and vying for #1 only with Verdant’s Laoshan Black. It still smells of candied stone fruit, and tastes delightfully sweet, and fantastically invigorating. I have finished one pouch of this tea, and am halfway through another, and I’m eyeing my supply worriedly, since the wonderful Norbu Tea no longer stock it :(
I am in the midst of a flurry of university papers, so I had no time for a proper Gongfu session in over a month now (sob), but this tea still works wonderfully Western style.

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drank Nilgiri by Whittard of Chelsea
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Managed to have a cup of this at work yesterday, before all hell broke loose. Can’t really talk about it, but let’s just say that I had a very interesting 4 hours, and that instead of leaving work early, I left at 20:30, in pouring rain and freezing cold, with nothing but the memory of this tea to sustain me.
A good, smooth, always-nice-to-have-around tea, that is completely dependable.

Sil

Awe…at least you had tea :(

MissB

I hope today is better! :)

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92

I don’t like flavoured teas.
I like rooibos even less.
But something about the Berlin Christmas markets, and the snowy weather, and the fact that I love Ronnefeldt tea, and the fact that I haven’t been able to find it outside of Germany, and the fact that this-tea-was-on-sale, and the fact that it smelled oh so very nice, and the fact that since the label was in German I didn’t notice that it was a rooibos until I opened the bag at home today and made myself a cup – all this resulted in me buying a 100g bag of this tea.
And it’s lovely. It doesn’t taste like rooibos or honeybush, nor does it have the chemical taste, or the sickening sweetness, or the overpowering vanilla/hibiscus/other-cheap-additives smell and taste that flavoured teas and herbal infusions tend to have.
It tastes exactly as if you had just made a lovely batch of sugar cookies, and while they were still piping hot and made the house smell like all that is good in the world, you somehow managed to melt them into a tea. This tea is sweet, but not overly sweet, and it is begging to be coupled with a batch of homemade cookies, or a really good cake. A great way to cheer yourself up in this miserable weather.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

nice!

NofarS

I really need to get the time and send you and Terri another package, with Postcard Teas, and some of the teas that I got in Berlin. I’m so busy with university papers and work right now, that I just don’t seem to have the time to select and package everything properly. Oh well, the end of the semester is nigh.

Sil

..and let US know what we can send you! :D

NofarS

More cupboard space? ;)

MissB

This sounds amazing. Where did you find it, if I can ask?

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95

It’s raining cats and dogs, and cold outside, so a large mug of this wonderful tea, with milk and sugar, is keeping me warm right now. Brr….

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93

Had this at work today, on a cold and stormy day. Rich, bold, malty, very good – and a welcome afternoon pick me up. One of the best Assams that I have, and works perfectly well without milk (and of course, takes milk well).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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