260 Tasting Notes

85

Yum. I haven’t been drinking lots of young sheng lately, but I did enjoy this one.

On a side note, how are y’all? I’ve been busy with work, so I haven’t been lurking as much, but I am subscribed to several discussion notifications, so I feel like I am still in the loop, kinda. I at least see what my tea friends are up to. <3

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Sil

Mmmmm lucky gal! Need to make an order with these guys soooon

Sarsonator

You do! Such great teas!!!

Dexter

Looking for recommendations…. is there anything that is a MUST try Sars…..?

Sarsonator

Yes Dex!!!! The 2005 Naka is my fave. Sadly it’s very pricey, but you should try it. Amazing tea!!!! Repave is an excellent tea with a lovely Qi. The Little Yellow Mark is a good one too. These are my 3 faves from White2. :)

AllanK

I have a sample of the 2005 Naka that I bought with my last order. I am waiting for a day where I can afford the caffeine to steep it 12 times or so before I try it. If I really like it I may splurge and buy a bing.

Dexter

Thanks Sars!!!! Will take a look at those. :))

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88

Pretty damn yummy. Having a lovely Saturday AM tea party with my TeaFFs. I did very short steeps and this is very mild. A little earthy, but not outrageous. There’s a little sweetness on the end. Lovely Saturday relaxation tea!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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Blou (black/shou) combos of the day:

- 2014 Verdant Zhu Rong and Tangerine Shou (shou aged in a little tangerine): Super good. This had a refreshing, cooling, citrusy feel. It would actually be a nice springy tea. Perfect for when everything around is waking up!

- 2013 Mandala Temple Stairs and WP Ailaoshan Black: Deeeelish! Another good combo. :)

MzPriss

Woo! I’m also enjoying a cup of the Temple Stairs/Ailaoshan combo – it’s excellent!!!

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83

Solid young sheng. I wasn’t wowed, but I also realize that I don’t know what qualities in a young sheng will evolve into something amazing with age. This had a fruity apricot flavor and smoke, but very light smoke. I would imagine that would dissipate over time, but it’s not bad now.

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drank Dark Beauty by Mandala Tea
260 tasting notes

MzPriss is a genius. My tea habits have shifted and I drink this (or a variation) nearly every day.

Special Dark combines well with quite a few black teas. So I have started trying different combos. I’m also going to try the Black Beauty with another loose shou… maybe the lincang or temple stairs.

The point is that combining black tea with a shou can result in some wonderful flavors. Thanks, Missy! You are so super!

MzPriss

Likes being a genius I’m having a big ole cup of this RIGHT NOW. I’m going to try variations.

MzPriss

Oh BB with some Temple Stairs may be next on my list too

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92

Wow. This is really something.

Very mild, not dirty, sweet as fuck. This is a winner.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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85

This is really lovely! It has a very mild taste. Quietly pleasant, with a little sweetness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 5 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML

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90

SO. Good.

When Brenden asked me if I wanted to try this tea, I was so excited because MUSHROOMS! I love mushrooms. Raw, cooked, in pasta, on pizza, in salad, on anything!!!!

This tea is really yummy. It tastes like a lovely soupy broth, and it’s absolutely perfect for cold winter evening. It’s very hearty and warming. Brew up a huge thermos and make a snowman! Or screw that (too cold)! Just make a giant mug and sit inside by your window watching the crazy peeps freezing their asses off out in the cold! Yeah. That’s the ticket.

I’m drinking this while knitting a blanket. If anyone has partial sock yarn skeins or scraps and wants to trade for tea, PLEASE let me know! I’ll take most colors. I think the pieces just have to be about 15 yards or more. Thanks to madametj for the idea!

Pics!
Mini skeins I got: http://instagram.com/p/v_bXcGPkdo/?modal=true
And the blanket: http://instagram.com/p/v9F1ZSPke1/?modal=true

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 3 OZ / 88 ML
Veronica

I’m pretty sure I have some sock yarn that has been sitting in my stash for an age. I’d be happy to send it to you!

Tabby

Haha, I JUST saw Desolation of Smaug last night so this is very relevant. Mushrooms, though? That’s kinda bizarre!

Sarsonator

Veronica: That would be great! I’ll PM you.
Tabby: It’s so good. Soupy yum!

cookies

Omg, I need this in my life! Any idea when it will be available?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Before the new year, cookies! :-)

cookies

Gah! I will try to wait patiently.

darby

I need this!!!

Kittenna

Mushrooms in a blend is really intriguing. Might have to wrangle trying some of this once it’s out.

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90

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I live in PA and I enjoy tea. I also make and drink both wine and beer. Someday I want to be a tea farmer. I’m also a practical vegan. This means that I never eat meat, and I do my best with the rest.

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