Wow! I have to share something amazing quickly here:

Someone brought Whoppers malted milk balls to work and put them out for us all to share. I grabbed a handful, and then rooted around in my sack-o-tea-at-work to find an afternoon pick-me up. Luck put the Mi Lan black into my hands. THANK YOU, Lady Luck!

So, I ate a whopper, then I took a sip of this tea. Ugh- so delicious. The malt and milk chocolate really bring out the rich herbaceous qualities at the base in this tea, and emphasize the notes of fruit until it feels like I’m have some good and VERY purple concord jelly.

If you have this tea and if you like malt balls, you must give this pairing a try! Omnomnom..slurpityslurp. A match made in heaven.

This is the afternoon pick me up I needed.

Bonnie

See…purple is good…I’ve seen purple edges on tea before.

Spoonvonstup

Yes- purple is great. This tea tastes both purple, blue-green, and a lovely dark chocolatey shadow.. reminds me of a lot of the Song dynasty Jun glazes I saw at the MIA last weekend.
Take a look at this incense burner, and you’ll see the colors I am tasting: http://www.dynastyantique.com/ebay/items/7885/1.JPG
Just imagine the malty beautiful chocolatey brown of the taste of Laoshan black dusted on the edges or (even better) filling the vessel as a liquid, and that captures the taste pretty well.

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Bonnie

See…purple is good…I’ve seen purple edges on tea before.

Spoonvonstup

Yes- purple is great. This tea tastes both purple, blue-green, and a lovely dark chocolatey shadow.. reminds me of a lot of the Song dynasty Jun glazes I saw at the MIA last weekend.
Take a look at this incense burner, and you’ll see the colors I am tasting: http://www.dynastyantique.com/ebay/items/7885/1.JPG
Just imagine the malty beautiful chocolatey brown of the taste of Laoshan black dusted on the edges or (even better) filling the vessel as a liquid, and that captures the taste pretty well.

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I generally drink Chinese teas.

I love things that are interesting, that force me to stop and think about and enjoy what I’m experiencing. Even better are those teas you just have to drink with a friend so that the outpouring of tastes and memories find a sounding board in a trusted companion.

I’m into tea as an experience rather than just a thirst quenching beverage. I love to learn- there’s so much to learn about tea.

I also prefer my teas to be exceedingly delicious, if at all possible. Luckily, I have great tea friends and teachers that can hook me up with the good stuff.

Something I’ve noticed about my ratings:
I tend to use Steepster more like Yelp and less like Twitter. I’ll generally only review a tea once in its life (though that review and rating might be edited over time to reflect changes in my own understanding of it).
I do not generally log each tea I’m drinking as I drink, since that feels like a distraction- I’d rather just drink the tea!
I tend to only review teas I really love or that I really did not enjoy. If it falls somewhere in the middle of “meh” and “that was pretty good, I suppose,” then I won’t be compelled to sit down and spend time giving a nice, fleshed out review and rating.
As such, it might seem like I give out high scores willy-nilly. Instead, I’m doing my first round of rating mentally off-site, and presenting only the teas I really want to share with everyone.

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