2196 Tasting Notes

I don’t get any smoke from this. It’s a pretty mild shou, much like one of the other descriptions. A little nutty, a little creamy, a little sweet, a little woody. Definitely no icky wet taste, which I’m really appreciating.

Still prefer the nuggets I have to most shou’s I’ve tried lately. IDK what’s up with that.

Edit: Also salty. That’s very true. Thanks to Morgana for mentioning that in her tasting note. (Her note wasn’t about this tea tho. It’s just a note I feel goes with shou in general.)

shezza

I’ve yet to find a shou I’ve actually liked, but I have some tea nuggets too that I happen to love, so idk what’s up with that.

OMGsrsly

I included some shou in your package because that’s what I had from Verdant. And the 2008 bulang from Crimson Lotus that was super amazing. And a lot of moonlight teas. :) Some local sheng, but when Dexter was here we mostly bought shou.

shezza

Ooooooooh thank you! Also!!!! MOONLIGHT TEAS!!!! I have this one moonlight tea sample I’m still holding on to because I tried it once and loved it and can’t find more of the same one.

shezza

my cupboard is mostly updated-ish but I still have a bunch that I can’t find on here, I can message you a list in a bit

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I have 3 right now – Treasure Green, Mandala, and this delightful cake from The Chinese Tea Shop. You have samples of all. :D (Spoiler: The cake is the best, but honestly they’re all so good. Use less water than you think for the thick honey flavours.)

__Morgana__

Yay for helpful descriptors! ;-)

OMGsrsly

Haha. Indeed! I mean, the tea isn’t bad, it just isn’t what I was hoping for. Oh well! If Dexter likes it, I’ll just send the rest to her. :D

Dexter

What are you sending me?
Ummmm – I bought quite a bit of sheng when I was there – just most of it was OLD samples. Still haven’t found one that I LOVE….
re the AMAZING moonlight cake – OMG it is soooooo good. Lots of leaf, little water – boiling – flash steeps = liquid honey apricot goodness…

Sil

all this does is reinforce my need to unwind with some puerh. Too bad that’s not bloody likely to happen until January at the earliest.

OMGsrsly

This is the white 2 tea stuff, Dex. From the tea club. I have finally gotten over some of my frustration and have packed up a box for you…

OMGsrsly

Heres hoping you manage to find a little time to sit and enjoy some tea, Sil..

Sil

Sadly, just realised this weekend we have family stuff..and then other stuff… sigh maaybe dec 24? haha

OMGsrsly

Haha. Not family stuff! ;) I think I’ll be at my parents just Christmas day, but the plan is to bring a few puer samples and my favourite kyusu and some teensy cups. :)

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
2196 tasting notes

This brings me back to my childhood – we always had Red Rose, Twinings Earl Grey, and Peppermint teas in the house. I loved to horrify my father (still do!) by putting milk in this one. :D

So while this is a very furniture-polishy, tooth-squeaky type of tea, it’s also something I love because I used to drink it all the time.

I have a feeling this came from MissB, when she was in London. Thanks so much!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Alyssa

Weird! I’ve nearly always drank my earl grey with a little milk. Does he despise it terribly? Then again, I guess that reminds me of my mom and her aversion to coffee with sugar in it.

Anlina

Earl Grey is one of the teas I most love with milk.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. He is just grossed out by milk + citrus I think. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him have an Orange Julius either, and that was another childhood staple for me!

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I’m too lazy to go dig this out of the cupboard. But it’s a tulsi chai that Bear With Me gave me ages ago.

Yes. Tulsi chai.

It’s pretty good! I added some sugar and milk because why not. And even though coriander is the SECOND INGREDIENT, I’m really quite enjoying it.

Yay! Thanks, Bear With Me!

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Well.

If only there wasn’t any peppermint.

Thanks for sharing, MissB! Generally I love sage teas, but I didn’t see peppermint on the label and it’s totally making me queasy today. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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drank Rou Gui Oolong by Cultivate Tea
2196 tasting notes

Holy f-ing f. This is AMAZING.

So spicy and rich.

I don’t even know how to describe it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 5 OZ / 147 ML
shezza

woahhhhhhh artsy! (also that teacup is so pretty ____)

shezza

that was supposed to be an emoticon with sparkle eyes but steepster ate it

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D Thank you! The Tea Fairy gave me some tips. :) She takes some amazing drippy tea photos.

CHAroma

Gorgeous picture!

OMGsrsly

Thanks, CHAroma! :)

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drank CHA THAÏ BOPF by Mariage Frères
2196 tasting notes

As an eggnog latte.

:D

In other news, it’s raining lots but I have to go out and do shopping. Oh how I wish I had a car… :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Not bad. I don’t know that I love the rose petals, but it’s not bad.

I probably won’t drink all of every steep I try. I’m on steep 3 and mostly I’ve been playing with taking photos of pouring the tea…

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
2196 tasting notes

Eggnog latte.

Almost ready to open the brand new tin! Eee!!! Just a couple cups worth left.

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This has got to be the version I have, as mine has orange peels in it.

I think it might maybe be from Bonny? Foolishly I didn’t write anything on the bag. And that is indeed my horrendous scrawl, so I must have shared it out with a few people.

This is actually pretty good! The smokiness of the black tea actually holds its own with the MULTITUDE of cloves in there. I’d say it’s a lapsang souchong with touches of something else. Pretty decent. Really nice with milk, but I’d prefer some maple whipped cream. ;)

In other news, New Job is Best Job. Friendly, fun to organize, they feed me. Yay! As it’s union, it’s still only temporary. Once the job listing goes live I’ll be able to apply for it. :D So excited.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

PS. Good with eggnog.

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Thanks for the tea, MissB!

This is kind of interesting. From various notes, and the description here on steepster (their website is down…), it’s supposed to be a super fancy puerh. But I’d have to disagree.

There’s quite a lot of that icky “wet dirt” flavour that I’m going to call “fermentation flavour”. It’s a loose puerh, and I used 2 tbsp in 130-ish ml water. Now that I’ve thrown away 4 or 5 steeps, it’s starting to lighten up a bit and a lot of sweetness is coming out. I’m not getting overwhelmed by dirt anymore, although it’s still present.

So I’d say it’s not bad. It’s not great, but it’s not bad. I think my parents would really really like this one, so I’m going to tuck it in with their Christmas gift (a selection of puerh samples, because I have no money). Their local tea shop only has 2 kinds of puerh – a loose, and a cake that I don’t know that they should buy. Hopefully I can get them hooked and then they’ll come over and we’ll have fun tea shopping.

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