1004 Tasting Notes

85

More Golden Globes chez sherapop this evening.

Hmmm… I wonder whether the Golden Globes were named after chamomile buds? Somehow I doubt it…

Marzipan

I have always thought they were named after fake, tanned boobs. You see a few of them there.

sherapop

Ha! Good one, Marizpan! ;-)

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82

Well, this tea is certainly tasty. Unfortunately, I am in a surly mood now, having placed my order from this company three times and just been told that I have to place it again.

WHAT?????????????

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cheri

I think they’ve got it fixed now. My last order went through. It is frustrating, though.

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75
drank Long Jing by Le Palais des Thes
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Unexpectedly, the looseleaf Long Jing from Palais des Thés in the sleek aluminum tube seems not to be as good as the tea in the cotton muslin sachet. Strange.

I had been wondering what their Long Jing leaves would look like and was surprised to find that they are very broken up. It’s quite possible that this is an old batch which has been jostled about a lot, as I bought the box set from one of the social shopping sites. The liquor was darker golden veering peach (not green) in color, but there were lots of particles at the bottom of the glass, so that probably had something to do with it. The taste was not that great either, and the liquor had none of the silken texture which I’ve come to associate with Long Jing.

The best part of this experience was the housing: I love the test tubes and will use them to store small amounts of teas once I’ve emptied them. Which won’t take long—this one contained less than 10 grams…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 17 OZ / 502 ML

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68

yellow-orange meadows
grassy brown scented flowers
the sandman cometh

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75
drank Orchid Oolong by Mighty Leaf Tea
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cocoa-tinged petals
last rays of sunlight depart
darkness falls, stars rise

Cheri

I like this one. The haiku I mean. I haven’t had the tea.

TeaBrat

I used to love this tea but got totally sick of it!

sherapop

Thank you, Cheri. I really like the scent of this tea, above all, TeaBrat.

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90

Nothing new to add to my previous notes. Just a reaffirmation of the excellence of this Early Spring Bi Luo Chun from Yunnan Sourcing. I realize that most people buy pu-erh from them, but I became overwhelmed by the choices, given my state of near ignorance of the genre.

I do aver that these beautiful snail shells are a worthy green tea from a company best known for pu-erh!

Ubacat

They do have some great greens. I was just looking at them today.

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70
drank Relax by Pukka
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The more I drink the Pukka nighttime infusions, the fonder I become of them. The herbs used strike me as very good, in addition to being organic. Yes, it’s filterbag dust, but it seems to be much fresher than the standard grocery store fare. I especially the blends such as this one, Relax, which contain chamomile and oat flowering tops.

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65
drank Da Hong Pao by Harney & Sons
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I just read the entry on Da Hong Pao (Big Red Robe) in The Harney & Sons Guide to Tea. I concur that this is more the “old style” of oolong, which is probably why I don’t like it nearly as much as the greener, less-oxidized oolongs I’ve been drinking of late. For years, I shunned oolong because it made me feel queasy. My concept of the genre was exhausted by the highly oxidized, dark-roasted kind, and I probably only tried inexpensive, low-grade varieties (filterbags and restaurant tea), so I knew nothing about the broader oolong horizons.

The flavor of this tea is very toasty and cooked, not fresh and creamy. Yet it is not as dark and rich as a full-fledged black tea.

Fortunately, this Da Hong Pao from Harney & Sons did not make me feel sick, but I won’t order it again, now that my sample is exhausted. This is probably very good, for what it is, but it’s not really my style.

A chacun son goût…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 5 g 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

DHP is better short steeped;)

sherapop

Thanks for the tip, boychik! I have a Steepster Select sample of that tea, so I’ll follow your advice and see how it goes. :-)

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77
drank Zhejiang Lung Ching by Adagio
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This afternoon I brewed a pot of the loose leaf Zhejiang Lung Ching from Adagio. I love the texture of the dried Lung Ching (Long Jing) leaves. I even love the noise they make, as odd as that may sound.

The tea was good: golden with a slight hint of green. The dried leaves were very uniform in size and shape, but with a few smaller broken pieces. Overall this strikes me as a quite decent Long Jing. I tried the sachet version before but prefer brewing this tea loose in a tetsubin.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 18 OZ / 532 ML

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85

I received three generous samples from Green Terrace Teas a while back, and this was one of the two blacks. I’m not really sure why I did not select any oolongs, but I am definitely happy to have the opportunity to experience this delicious Li Shan Black tea!

Other reviewers have noted the similarity of this Taiwanese black to some of the China haute black teas, and I have to agree. The bready richness is here and a touch of sweetness, too. I hasten to add, however, that the sweetness is rather subdued, at least compared to something like Golden Monkey. In any case, this is a very tasty brew—the sort which I would never consider adulterating, and I’m a big fan of cream in lesser black teas, especially blends.

I just finished the second infusion, and it was just as good as the first. This tea tastes and looks and smells very familiar to me, and now I believe that it may be similar to the only other Taiwanese black tea that I ever tried before.

Flavors: Baked Bread

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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A long-time tea and perfume lover, I have recently begun to explore the intersections between the two at my blog: http://salondeparfum-sherapop.blogspot.com//

I participate at fragrance community websites, and I care about tea as much as perfume, so why not belong to Steepster as well?

A few words about my ratings. In assessing both teas and perfumes, my evaluation is “all things considered.” Teas do not differ very much in price (relative to perfumes or any luxury items), so I do not usually consider the price when rating a tea.

What I do consider is how the particular tea compares to teas of its own type. So I might give a high rating to a fine herbal infusion even though I would never say that it is my favorite TEA. But if it’s good for what it is, then it deserves a high rating. There is no point in wishing that a chamomile blend was an Assam or a sencha tea!

Any rating below 50 means that I find the liquid less desirable to drink than plain water. I may or may not finish the cup, depending upon how thirsty I am and whether there is another hot beverage or (in summertime) a source of fresh water available.

From 50 to 60 indicates that, while potable, the tea is not one which I would buy or repurchase, if I already made the mistake (I have learned) of purchasing it.

From 60 to 70 means that the tea is drinkable but I have criticisms of some sort, and I probably would not purchase or repurchase the tea as I can think of obvious alternatives which would be better.

From 70 to 80 is a solid brew which I would purchase again.

From 80 to 90 is good stuff, and I probably need to have some ready at hand in my humble abode.

From 90 to 100 is a tea (or infusion) which I have come to depend on and look forward to imbibing again and again—if possible!

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