974 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the morning….

Another sample from my last tea adventure from Upton. Originally, I was not going to take the time to add it to the database, but then I got further into the cup. Rich and complex taste. Deep. Kind of a coffee drinker’s tea. It does remind me quite a bit of Black Dragon Pearl tea. But with a hint of chocolate and roses. Yes, this one might need to make a home in my stash for a while. More data needed!

Usual mug method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML
MzPriss

This reminds me that I got 5 or 6 Upton Keemun samples a little while ago and I have yet to try any of them. Maybe for breakfast tomorrow.

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drank Anji Black by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning…..

Happy Mother’s Day to all the women out there. And I mean all the women, because I am sure at one time, you made sacrifices for another. We are kind of wired that way. So, I raise my cuppa to you and say, Thank you. Someone out there comforted me when my own mother passed, another brought a few meals when my children were born, another listened to me when something weighed heavily on my heart. You are all remarkable regardless of whether you have children, or a living mother. And don’t forget it.

I picked one of the teas I hoard for today and made a whole glorious pot. It is wonderful! So, I say, today, drink the good tea!

Usual teapot method.

MzPriss

I’m not a mother (except to my dogs) and won’t ever be one but I’m grateful for my own Mom. This is beautifully expressed. Thanks for this. And YES! Drink the good tea.

looseTman

An excellent and very fitting Steepster tribute to all the women in our lives! Well done!

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Tea of the morning……

And this is the end of my sample. I really do like this one, but not sure it is worth the cost. It is like my favorite Keemun Mao Feng without the smoke note. Smooth, cocoa-noted, and malty. I do still get a little bit of a floral note at the end of the sip. I suppose I would consider buying it if I did not have a stash full of other wonderful teas. Tasty, but not remarkable.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Tea of the afternoon……

I have had this one for a week or two. It is a generous gift from Angel at Teavivre. Normally, I am not a drinker of green teas, but lately I am trying to eat more healthy. One thing I remember about the short time I did try to learn to like green teas was that I did like them best without additions. I know I sound like a broken record when I mention that I am trying to cut back on sweetening, but I thought it was time to give green tea another go. For certain, Teavivre carries fantastic green teas. And after this one, I am intrigued once again.

Lightly steamed asparagus and clarified butter! Very brothy and full tasting. The leaves are a gorgeous bright green and so aromatic on their own before steeping. Yes, I need some Dragonwell in my life again. I may not choose this one, but Dragonwell is definitely going on my list.

Flavors: Asparagus, Butter

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Second tea of the morning…..

I will admit it. I have been ‘re-interviewing’ my flavored teas. I am at a point where I don’t have much left in the way of flavored teas because I rarely drink them, so maybe my review doesn’t apply to most as I am not much of a fan anymore of flavored tea. I know I had fond memories of this one and bought some last April. To tell how interested I have been until now….I just opened the package today.

Call me a bit disappointed. The initial smell of the leaf was a little medicinal and artificial. I am hoping it just needs to breathe a little. It has never been opened, so it should not have degraded much. I do smell artificial chocolate in the brewed tea, too, and I can taste it. I did not go with the stevia sweetener, because I wanted this to be as close as I remembered to having it last. It looks to have a similar base as the TeaSpot’s Qu Hao Silk. I remember quality black tea with cocoa notes on steriods. I got quality black tea with chocolate and a hint of medicine. :(

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drank Hong Tao by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the morning……

I am experimenting with sweeteners again. I did have some stevia from Trader Joe’s stashed back in the cabinet. I was doing pretty well cutting back on the Splenda, but I kind of think it eventually has to go, too. The stevia will help with the teas that are not as naturally sweet. One day I hope to take my tea without additions and love it that way. I am amazed how much my palate has changed since giving up sugar, grains and most sweeteners.

Anyway, this is always good. A solid Keemun. Smooth with a little smoke and cocoa. It would be worthy of restocking if they bring it back. I have about 7 oz. left.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 22 OZ / 650 ML

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I have done the unthinkable for me…….I tried this shaken up in water. It is not as fantastic as a latte, but it still works! I am pleasantly surprised! Lots of spiciness with a hint of pumpkin. Mine is a small with robust flavoring.
1/2 tsp in about 8 oz water. I will be doing this again and trying it with my other flavors.

(I just noticed that the amount of tea must be at least 1 tsp. in the “How much tea and water did you use?” section. I think that placeholder there needs to be formatted to not round numbers….it rounded my 0.5 tsp to 0 no matter how I entered it.)

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML

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Second tea of the morning……..

This one and the herbal version have had a resurgence in my life. I recently gave up sugar and grains in my diet, and am trying to cut back on all artificial sweeteners. I am so grateful for this tea as its sweetness naturally comes from cinnamon. (Or at least I am hoping so, because it is a real treat these days!) I decided to stock up on some sachets for travel, too. Since most of the tea I drink these days are higher quality China blacks for which it is difficult to find in sachet form, this will be my tea for travel from here on out. I purchased the wrapped sachet form, too, which means I can always have a few sachets in my purse at all times. Easy. I know I could travel with all the tea regalia (and I used to!), but I tend not to want to make a mess wherever I go taking up kitchen space of those I visit. However, I will still take the electric kettle……

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Tea of the morning…..

And I am now down to half of the sweetener I have been using. Luckily, a good quality tea doesn’t need much if at all in the way of additives. One of these days, I will be drinking it without additions. I just couldn’t do it cold turkey, so I decided to try to work my way down. I am not sure I would have even tackled it, but I am trying to cut out non-whole food kinds of things from my diet plus grains and sugar. Just in the week and a half I have been skipping the grains and sugar, I feel so much better. It makes me wonder if I had a wheat sensitivity.

Anyway, the tea is very good. Not as sweet potatoey as the golden tip version of this tea, not as earthy as the lower grade. I am going to refresh my memory on the other grades of this tea. I may be trading up my basic Dian Hong. Stay tuned.

Usual teapot method with a resteep at 6 minutes that is very good!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Second tea of the day and the end of my sample…..

Yes, this is smokey and really reminds me of a mid range Keemun. Perhaps a little less smokey, and slightly more cocoa noted. However, I don’t think it differs enough to make it a part of my stash.

I did have just a little left over, not quite a mug worth. I have started a ‘Franken-Blend’ of all my black teas and cant wait to taste it. It has a little Golden Monkey, a tsp of Laoshan Black, the end of my Joseph Wesley Dian Hong sample, and the end of this one. I am thinking I need to tackle that little bit of tea soon!

Preparation
2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
caile

That sounds like it will be quite a tasty ‘franken-blend’! :)

MzPriss

Oh see? I would totally love that blend. I do that too. I usually put a couple a big pinches of Black Beauty in morning mug of Special Dark. Makes me hum.

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My motto: Drink the good tea!

Tea enthusiast, trying to keep up my cardio for the zombie apocalypse. I have come to accept that I am a western brewing black tea drinker as that is where my ‘tea heart’ lies. I started on loose leaf as a way to have my dessert and not suffer the caloric issues. Once I tried it, I was hooked.

I drink what I like, which is mostly China blacks, a few traditionally scented blacks and Earl Greys, plus a flavored tea here and there. I don’t mind spending a bit on premium varieties on occasion, but an expensive tea has to deliver. My favorite places to order are Harney & Sons and Upton Tea Imports. TeaVivre is great for Chinese tea.

My ratings are pretty subjective. If it falls under 70, I may not take the time to post about it unless I had something specific to say. If it is 70-80 I like it, but I will probably not rebuy. Favorites are over 80 and up, but sometimes the less expensive or more easily obtainable version of a similar taste will win out for my cupboard space.

Usual teapot steeping method: 24 oz teapot, 3 perfect scoops of tea (4 1/2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual mug steeping method: 15 oz mug, 1.5 perfect scoops of tea (just over 2 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, 4 minutes. Lightly sweetened.

Usual pan method: 1 1/2 cups water, 2 perfect tsp chai (3 actual tsp). Simmer for 3 minutes. Add 2/3 cup skim milk. Simmer for 2 more minutes. Strain and sweeten.

Usual pitcher method:
5 or 6 Perfect Spoons of tea (this means about 7-9 actual tsp), freshly boiled water, brewed essentially double-strong in my 24 oz teapot for 4 minutes. Fill my Fiestaware Disc pitcher (about 60 oz.) halfway with ice. Add brewed double-strong tea to the pitcher. Stir it a little and enjoy. No additions.

(*SRP is my Sample/Stash Reduction Plan starting on April 12, 2012. I got so far, but just decided it was too fussy to keep track.)

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