5802 Tasting Notes

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secret bonus tea for my tea sister terri because she and i both love puerh + ginger and sichuan caravan has been out of stock FOREVER….and even though i know she probably has like 8 pounds squirreled away somewhere, this will help make that last longer lol. But i seriously wish verdant would bring it back….the original version.

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pppsssst…. i had the last of this today…because the rest is off to my tea sister since i was able to secure the last of this from little red cup. they no longer source it now…so the very last of it is off to terri to have some. Because she also really liked this one. and now it’s gone. sad day.

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i had another cold brew of this today…. half apple juice, half water. And still i love it. the sad part? Maybe one more brew of this and then i’m all out. And not allowed to buy tea yet…so i’ll have to move on to some other herbals, but it should give me an excuse to drink some that MissB sent us. soooo upside? but man..i’m going to miss this one.

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i was SUPPPPEEEEEEEEEEER excited when MissB told us she had found this one in her travels. Like HOLY GET THAT PLEASE! because pineapple? yes. curry? interesting….different…YAY! As it turns out, i think this may end up being a blend that indigobloom likes…but then, maybe not lol. this one smells a great deal like pineapple something. yes. something. brewed though….i kept tasting peach. and i’m tired of peach. it was peach and then not peach and then something else…but never pineapple and not what in my head a curry tea would taste like. But it wasn’t terrible…just..not what i expected…or built in my head. and peach? bah. no peach! clearly my tastebuds are duds today.

Indigobloom

pineapple… curry?! I am intrigued!!

OMGsrsly

This sounds so cool!

Roswell Strange

Ooh; I’m also SUPER intrigued.

Kittenna

Me too :P

Sil

good thing you’re all getting some then :)

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drank Gin Fizz by Jardin du Thé
5802 tasting notes

Another tea from the magic MissB box of goodies! I have a bunch that i need to work my way through a little faster, but i just haven’t had time to settle in and take a look at them as much as i’d like. I picked out two today and did manage to drink them but that was hours ago and since then i got seriously distracted planning an epic road trip this weekend haha.

first off, i am brewing all these at a cooler temp than the instructions mention – i just can’t bring myself to do 200 for greens. Secondly…most of these are greens, which are not my favourite, but as with all teas, i’m keeping an open mind.

This one was actually pretty interesting. There was most assuredly ginger in this one…though not enough for my tastes :) it also smells a lot like one of the herbals i have from tea gschwender…but tastes nothing like it. this is lemon and ginger and a little hint of pepper…but the flavours are subtle. Too subtle for me..but still a tasty cup! thanks a bunch missB!

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Sample from Angel – thank you as always for your continuous generosity. this is one of those mineral like teas for me. there’s a bit of sweetness here but mostly it’s that mineral like taste that, in roasty ooolong teas develops in to that taste that i don’t like. However, in this tea it’s pleasant…making for a very light cup. I don’t think i’d pick this one up but i’m really glad for the chance to sample it as would have been one that i would have likely ordered to try out. I see this finding it’s home with someone who likes those sort of roasty mineral like teas….though this is certainly got a sweetness to it that is very pleasant.

whatshesaid

YES! “Mineral” – I thought that when I tasted this one too, but didn’t mention it because I figured I didn’t know what I was talking about.

Success!

Sil

hahahaha at least we’re both potentially crazy together

whatshesaid

And that is good enough for me! haha

Kittenna

If you have additional packets of this, I’ll swap you my Superfine Keemun for one? Curious to try.

whatshesaid

I have at least one packet you can have!

Sil

that works..or i can pull my extra packets out of cavo’s box… lol

Kittenna

Either or! I’m curious to try this tea, and I didn’t much care for the Keemun (which other people did).

whatshesaid

I don’t mind sending you one of mine! I’d like to keep my other one for round 2 though :)

Just PM me so I don’t forget, unless you would rather go the Sil route!

Kittenna

I’m happy either way!! Maybe Cavo wants a say?

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this was a free sample with my first streetshopp88 order. Not necessarily something i would have picked for myself, but overall this was fairly pleasant. I had a few steepings of it today and it remained a middle of the road, average sort of brew. nothing amazing about it, but nothing wrong with it either.

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ooooh..this is neat! dexter sent this one my way and it’s just neat. it really is like a plum fruity note here..but there’s a molasses like taste as well. kind of like a burnt brown sugar taste. there’s a breadiness to this too…but like bread slathered with molasses. lol just…neat. thanks dex!

Dexter

Interesting this was my least fav of the ESGreen samples I got…

Sil

it was…..neat…different :)

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Another from dexter as some know, jin jun mei’s are hit or miss for me. this one? it’s weird. there’s like a fruity taste running through a more malty sort of tea taste… i think this one is more miss for me but mostly because it’s a really strange taste for me today lol thanks dex!

Dexter

I knew you weren’t a huge fan so I didn’t send you as many as I have. LOL I guess this wasn’t the right one.

Sil

haha

OMGsrsly

I was reading.. somewhere, on the discussion forum I think, that they can be tricky to brew? How do you both brew them? :)

yyz

Omgsrsly I have the best success with jinjunmei when I flash steep it 5-10s using boiling water and then pour it off. It seems counterintuitive for a tippy tea but I tend to get the best balance of flavours that way.

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to try with a basket and a tea cup. Thanks, yyz. :)

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dexter is awesome and portioned out a little of this one from her stash for me to have again. I have the 2014 version but it’s got nothing on the 2013 version. Sadly i missed my chance to pick up more of the 2013 version :(

Alongside this one, i’m also drinking a tea of the same name from dexter’s tea pusher. Both have that deliciously chocolatey taste…i think i like dexter’s tea pusher just slightly but both are different enough that i could drink both all day….every day lol. so good. i just hope 2015 version from YS will be more like 2013. :(

thank you so much dexter!

JC

I love this tea. I haven’t tried YS version but I have from other vendors and it is pretty damn good.

Sil

they’re all so different i find…i have like 4 that i love….for different reasons haha

JC

Yeah, I had two from a different vendor. One was extremely chocolatey and thick the other one was heavier but didn’t have as much chocolate. I wish I could get more info on the flush used and firing. I would buy KGs of it if I’m sure it is the one I love. lol

Sil

yes! haha

yyz

Understand the problem JC. I’m still looking for one that’s similar to a sample I had that tasted like a chocolate caramel oolong. It was amazing. To add to the confusion I noticed that some sellers have been experimenting with aging and this tends to result in a tea where the fruity/malty tones are toned down emphasising the chocolate notes so I don’t know if the tea I liked tasted that way cue to the harvest, handling or aging.

Sil

and that’s why i’m just waiting for YYZ to find the perfect one ;)

Dexter

I think 2013 was just a good year for ZSXZ – I like both the YS and my tea guy’s 2013 version better than the 2014. Here’s hoping for 2015….

yyz

I think the dry spring kind of intensified the grainy/malty notes in the tea at the expense of the honeyed/caramel, cocoa notes.

JC

That makes sense. I feel your pain guys. I’ll be on the look out for 2015 as well. I feel like I also went through this with Imperial Gold Buds. lol

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