974 Tasting Notes

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Tea of the morning……

February has been super busy. Usually, this time of the year goes by so slowly. It is good to be able to sit and enjoy my tea for a moment. What a nice break from the craziness going on right now. I only wish it were longer, so I will have to savor the short moment.

Notes of honey, chocolate, and just yum.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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97
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
974 tasting notes

Tea of the morning.

I have had this one for too long. It is a prime example of my tendency to save the good stuff for a rainy (or snowy, as in today’s weather) day. It is still very good, but it should probably have been gone by now. The thing that struck me this morning was the chocolate smell that wafted from the bag when I opened it. I was at a point where I was not going to replace this, but now I think I will when the time comes. I do tend to shy away from the more expensive places to purchase tea, but there are some places that sell remarkable teas and you always get what you pay for. Verdant is one of them. This is a remarkable tea, even though I have probably had it for 2+ years by now. Proper storage always comes up, and this one has just been sitting in its original packaging in my dark cupboard that is on an inside wall. It does not seem any worse for not using fancier storage.

Notes of chocolate, slight malt, no smoke. Very yummy.

Usual mug method and going for a resteep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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93
drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the afternoon…..

I always forget about this one. It is a shame, really, because it tastes like a traditional China black base with this wonderful rosey/orangey scent and flavor. It is great hot, and great iced. It is perfect for afternoon tea.

I know I have been wanting to do daily afternoon tea for some time. I think I have had it for a few days in a row. I need to remember to set this time aside for me every day.

Usual teapot method.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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92

Tea of the morning…..

I am so glad this one finally arrived. Shipping times were slow due to the holidays, I imagine. I saw it was routed through Chicago, too, and they have had some pretty frigid weather. I usually spring for the shipping so it will get here faster, but I am thinking that was not such a good idea in this case.

Well, the tea is worth the wait. I get a floral note, there is a roastiness (ashmanra and JacquelineM- this kind of reminds me of Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap, but more floral), and a lingering sweetness. Really, it is like tea candy. I know that is a weird description, but the cocoa notes come across like a rose chocolate. I am not sorry at all that I just jumped in ordering 100g of this. It will be savored.

Usual mug method so I can try a resteep and not be tealogged.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I was just pining for Emperor’s Red last night. Maybe I should put in an order for this!

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87

Matcha of the day…..

I took the advice of Fjellrev and made this one with frozen strawberries and just a 1/4 of a banana to sweeten it up a little. Very yummy, and my daughter liked it, too. We can never get enough fruit in, so this is a win/win. Creamy and strawberry goodness!

1 c. milk, a handful of sliced frozen strawberries, 1/4 a frozen banana, 1/2 tsp matcha. Blend.

Fjellrev

Glad you liked it! I ought to start making these again too. :)

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97

Tea of the morning…..

I just seem to be a mess when it comes to brewing this week. Last night the kids were making pretzels and they used my tea kettle to make hot water for their brine water. They changed the variable dial down to make water around 150. Well, I made my first pot of KMF with 150 water. Yea, it was pretty weak. Luckily, this one has a second steep that is as good as the first, so I don’t feel like it was a complete loss. I adjusted the dial and made fresh water, dumped the weak pot, and made a perfect pot of tea. I do love this one. My black tea first love. Notes of cocoa, smoke, and malt with the slightest hint of a bite, all perfectly together.

I would say usual teapot method, but I did not quite do it right the first time. Resteep at 5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling
Nightshifter

Sounds good!

looseTman

Agreed – Very high praise!
I understand that TeaVivre has plans for a KMF sometime this year.

caile

ooh, nice!

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87

Matcha of the morning….

Today I subbed out the ice and sweetener for a half a frozen banana. (1 c milk, 1/2 frozen banana-broken up a little, and 1/2 tsp matcha. Blend.) Wow. This is super yummy. I will be doing this again.

Fjellrev

Sounds scrumptious! I love blending French Vanilla with strawberries.

SimplyJenW

I even have strawberries. Guess what I am having tomorrow!

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82

Tea of the evening…..

I completely forgot I had this. I originally made a pot of some herbal I had on hand for too long that tasted pretty bad. (PSA: Drink those herbals quickly!) I was looking for the rest of the herbal to throw out and found a few sachets of this.

Sweet, peachy, and yummy. It works. I am not a huge fan of decaf tea, but Harney does it pretty well.

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

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95

Tea of the morning……

Ahhh. Now that is what I remember. Have you ever prepared a tea and it is just not what you remembered? That has happened to me the last few times I made this. I just wasn’t as crazy about it. I was also having a moment of disappointment as I have at least a year’s supply of this on hand. Well, I think I have to call the last two pots as being my error in preparation. This tea can be hard to measure due to the long, fluffy leaves. It seems this one works out best with the leaves lightly in the measuring spoon and slightly mounded. I do have a few teas that are best measured on the scant side by volume, too, so unless I plan on using my gram scale every time I make tea, I will have to adjust. I am thinking of adding a sticker to the tin I have them stored in for measuring and water temp tips if they very from my norm.

As usual, super wonderful. Caramelized sweet potato, a hint of maltiness. Heavy liquor. :D <——Really says it all.

Usual teapot method, with a loosely packed but slightly heaping measure.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

Matcha sipdown….

My daughter finished this today. She did like it, but for her, the additional cost over regular flavored matcha just did not make sense.

One thing of note….I was really annoyed getting the last few servings from the bag. The included scoop was brilliant until the end. By then, the handle as not long enough and I had to stick my hand way down into the bag and hope I could manage to get the mix in the measuring cup. I think if I were to repurchase (which is not likely) I would be hoping for a scoop with a longer handle, or even the equivalent in a measuring spoon with a longer handle. I am sure the volume can be approximated for someone who needs the information.

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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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