1909 Tasting Notes

Today I went tea shopping with Dexter and we tried ALL THE TEAS!!! (Yay!!!)

First up, a sheng from The Chinese Tea Shop. I really liked it. Green, fresh, a touch bitter on the tongue. I think we had 5 steeps? Unfortunately I wasn’t paying attention and don’t know which one it was. If I could afford it, I’d probably buy it. It was really nice.

Second up, a shou from The Chinese Tea Shop. I really liked this one too, but it was rather out of my budget at $160 a cake. I think it was this one. Super smooth, very calming. The liquor was really dark in the 2nd and 3rd steeps. Totally would have bought if my budget was bigger. :) http://store.thechineseteashop.com/Pu_Erh_Tea_Cake_Import_Export_Corporation_1990_p/pubc-90-383a.htm

I bought: A Xishi yixing tea pot, a wee cup, a moonlight cake, some white peony, and received a sample of 1000 year old tree yunnan black. Mmm, tea.

At our second stop, Treasure Green, we tried a 2013 Dayi brick (http://treasuregreen.com/collections/pu-erh-tea-cakes-cooked-shou-1/products/2013-dayi-pu-erh-tea-brick-250g) and it was really quite nice, but not nearly as settled as the more expensive shou. I almost bought it, but then I reigned myself in so I didn’t go too far over budget, and picked up some of their “Crescent Moon” and some of the ripe tuocha, as well as the cutest gaiwan. I can’t remember if we tried anything else.

And then we checked out the Urban Tea Merchant and the TWG teas, just for fun.

Maddy Barone

That sounds like an awesome day!

OMGsrsly

It was SO FUN! And there’s a tea tasting tomorrow too!

Plunkybug

OOH! You met up with Dexter? How cool!! Sounds like you had a great time! :)

Dexter

It was amazing. So much fun, great teas, fantastic service at the stores, and it didn’t rain. Great day.

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I’m having this tea as a latte with coconut milk – the thin kind you get in tetra packs for your morning cereal.

I don’t love this “milk” but it does OK with this tea! Also, I can’t really taste it but I can taste enough and I like it. :)

In other news, I got a new phone because it was free and I switched providers because it was way cheaper. Now I’m having troubles setting the thing up, because it’s Android and I’m a former iPhone user! Any one have tips for an LG G3? Mostly to make sure it’s not using all my data in random things? I had that down on the iPhone, but I’m not sure what settings I should be changing on this phone! Also, my LG backup keeps failing. I don’t get it. At least I have enough in my Google account to deal with phone backups.

OMG! And also, how the heck do I put music on this thing? :O

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Yay new phone! Sorry I can’t help you with that. Which provider are you with now? I’m thinking of eventually switching to a smaller company like Chatr or Wind since they seem to have better deals than the big wigs.

OMGsrsly

I went from Rogers to fido because I get the coverage I want in the areas I need that the smaller companies don’t offer.

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My taste still isn’t OK. I had this with some sweetened condensed milk this morning (because it was in my fridge!) and…

It tasted like vanilla orange dirt.

Sigh.

SIGH.

I have a random yunnan black from Dexter’s box in my lunch bag. Here’s hoping that one doesn’t taste like dirt. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
1909 tasting notes

Oh, almost done. I’m gonna be so so sad once this is gone!

I made a BIG POT of it tonight, because regular teas just aren’t doing it for me. I added some honey, and I’m having it along side some cream scones with honey.

Mmm…

I need to start stocking heavy cream again, because they are better made with heavy cream rather than just coffee cream. But they’re still so good drizzled in sweetness.

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Trying it again, and today it’s dirt tea.

Sigh.

Maybe I’ll go make something fruity.

Maddy Barone

I feel your pain about the screwed up sense of taste. Really sucks to drink dirt tea. Hope it gets better soon.

OMGsrsly

We’re going to a tea tasting on Sunday, so I really hope I can taste stuff by then!

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Uh oh. I’m still sick (Return of the Snots!) and my beloved assam tasted like fruit and… dirt. :(

Boo.

Do not want.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, I’m SO sorry you feel so yucky. :( And, dirt tea when you feel sick is just not fair.

Dexter

EEEEwwwww you need to feel better – tea tasting on Sunday. LOL you need to be able to taste tea…..

OMGsrsly

Haha. I know! I really wasn’t expecting dirt here. Hoping that tomorrow isn’t Revenge of the Snots and I’m actually able to taste things.

caile

Hope you feel better soon!

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I didn’t use enough tea in my glass gongfu pot. Sadness! So while it’s still tasty, it’s weaker than it was last time and isn’t the expected thick liquid honey-like liquid.

6g is not enough for 200ml. Just FYI.

And eggplant bhartha is too strong to eat along side this tea as well. Even though it was delicious.

Preparation
6 g 7 OZ / 200 ML

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
1909 tasting notes

From MissB, probably a really long time ago. Thank you!

It’s not bad. There were lots of crumbs in the bag, which is why I hadn’t made it before. As it sat and I drank it, it went quite bitter because of the tiny pieces.

When fresh, the flavour was nice. It was… EG-ish I think maybe? IDK. I have a headache and I’m cooking dinner and also cleaning my apartment. So I wasn’t paying a lot of attention. I drank it up quite fast though, and would be happy to try it again if I had the opportunity.

:)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I had this after the Chinese black tea today, and I must say… its texture is lacking. It’s so thin in comparison!

However, the flavour is lovely as usual. And I’m sure I could supplement the texture by overleafing somewhat or steeping longer. But I didn’t.

I still really like this tea, with its orange and apricot flavours. However, I think Naissance is better. It’s just… more. Fancier. Dessertier. Other adjectives that don’t really exist-ier as well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh this is really really tasty! Thanks so much for sharing, Dexter.

It’s super grainy. Reminds me a little of the roasted buckwheat teas. Nice and thick. A little sweet – maybe like roasted sweet potatoes? It’s that caramelized delightfulness that isn’t really sugary.

I don’t get chocolate, at all. Some of the flavours remind me of “dirt tea” but thankfully the dirt is rather mild. Most of the flavours are thick grains.

Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

step. away. from. my. tea.

OMGsrsly

:P I don’t know that I’d buy it actually. It’s tasty but I prefer the golden snails flavours for every day drinking. And what happens when my taste and smell are back and it tastes like dirt? :D

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

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