7138 Tasting Notes

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drank Xiao Zhong by Camellia Sinensis
7138 tasting notes

tasty cup of tea this early afternoon. It’s not quite as strong as i’d like it to be, but does remind me of versions of this one from other companies. it’s smooth ant not a bad cup of tea.

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I’ve had this one a couple times now but haven’t sat down to write a note. I’ve been working my way through it this morning and figured i should write something down. Let me start by saying this is a pretty bold tea right off the bat. First rinse was earthy and not too bad, but the first 30 sec infusion was REALLY strong…almost smokey earth but just a little too much for me.
(more to ocome)

Dexter

I wrote that I LOVED steeps 9 and 10… maybe stay with it for awhile…. :)

Sil

oh i’m going to! just didn’t want to have the note sitting open while i kept at it haha

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Another cup that i finished off this morning. I’m still trying to actively get to my sipdown goal by the end of the year, and I am behind. Limiting my purchases as much as possible is helping and i think i have a plan for my puerh which i should be able to work on in July, since i have a LOT of puerh samples that i need to get through.

I’m still crushed by the loss of special dark…it’s really made me less excited about tea lately. First butiki goes away….dragon pearl from mandala go away…now special dark….verdants 2014 harvest were lackluster compared to previous years….2015 so far seems to be a wet year which means buy and then don’t drink for a while… bah.

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87

Farewell my delicious friend. I prefer the Yuchi to this one by a little, but this was an excellent tea to enjoy in my cupboard. Like most TTC blacks, it had that fruity, honey note going on that i thoroughly enjoyed.

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78
drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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83
drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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So i was right. This + Campfire blend means i can finally work on drinking the rest of this up, since i haven’t been a huge fan of this harvest. The addition of campfire blend makes the notes that i don’t like in last years harvest soften. the two blended makes for an enjoyable cup.

looseTman

“…i haven’t been a huge fan of this harvest.” – Which year harvest?

Sil

2014

looseTman

Thanks! Have you tasted 2015?

Sil

nope. not pre-ordering any 2015 this year after my failure with 2014 last year. I’ll wait until the harvest settled down and then try them.

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I’ve had this a couple times now, though apparently not written a note about it. I had this yesterday and it was a really plesant cup. Jin Jun Mei’s have typically not been a preferred type for me – they’re often hit or miss, but this one isn’t bad. Middle of the road though, so nothing spectacular. Smooth brew, sort of a slight chocolate note going on…not really malty or anything like that. Better note next time i have it – will write while drinking :)

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90
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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cup from yesterday. Not much to say on this one besides the fact that i am still loving it. Summer tends to be about more fruity blends for me and sadly, i don’t have many of those in my cupboard. Might mean i need to pick some up from tea gschwe….when i’m in chicago in a week or so.

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Final tea of the evening – saved this one for before bed. I am a fan of chamomile tea and this one is no exception. I think the only downside to this one, was that the powder just didn’t seem to want to disperse, so i had a little sludge at the bottom of my cup. All that aside, this was a really pleasant chamomile tea. I added a little slash of honey and sat on the balcony listening to the fireworks go off. I didn’t get much in the way of mint, it’s really just a hint in the background of the cup and that’s fine with me.

Thanks again for sharing these with me Will! I really think these have a place in tea cupboards – especially from the perspective of being able to travel without any fussing about.

Ost

What are your fav chamomile teas? I too am a fan. :P

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Finished this one up tonight. We tried an oven rib recipe, so tonight’s meal was corn on the cob, ribs, fries and gravy heh. I figured i might as well use that as an excuse to finish this up tonight, with some being split off for tea friends. I’ve enjoyed this one, though it’s no special dark sigh I’d order it again though, so that says something.

Final Count for June: 107 – about 27 away from where i wanted to be, but not too shabby considering i picked up about 55 teas in Paris that i didn’t anticipate getting.

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

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