704 Tasting Notes

This is JalamTeas’ November offering. I just got it in the mail yesterday. I can’t help trying new teas as soon as they arrive!

This is a very clean tasting puerh, especially for a young one. The notes are not very strong, but I think I detect some unsweetened cocoa and cherry notes. The aroma is a wonderful caramel. I could just inhale it all day! Very relaxing! I think there is a bit of a stimulant effect even though they said it could be enjoyed at night. Hope this doesn’t keep me up tonight!

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Decided to try this one today, since I won’t be having any puerh tomorrow because I have to go into the office rather than telework. :P I was a lot more careful breaking pieces off this cake and as a result, no blood! My pinky is still bruised from that slip on Wednesday. :/

So, this tea is really nice. Very clean tasting with nice viscosity. It’s woody and citrus-y and has a nice honey-like sweetness in the later steeps. Very enjoyable! I’m glad to have a cake of it! :D

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Mmm, this tea never disappoints. I really should try it gong fu style, but it’s just so easy to make it western style and it’s consistently delicious. It’s a great first tea of the morning too. The hint of smoke gives you that kick you need to wake up. I’m having some friends over for tea next weekend and trying to decide if I should try a new scone recipe or do everyone’s favorite. It gets so boring to make the same scone every time, but I know it’ll be a hit, whereas I don’t know what the reaction will be with a new one. Hmmm.

Marzipan

I make raspberry white chocolate scones that are always a hit.

Tealizzy

Ooh, I’ve made those before and they’re good. My friends always want the Jamaican banana scones mostly because of the yummy glaze, but I feel like I should do a fall-themed scone, like pumpkin or apple.

Cameron B.

Jamaican banana scones? Spill it. ;)

Tealizzy

Lol, Cameron. I’ve given that recipe out before. I can PM it to you if you like. It’s basically banana scones with a brown sugar, rum, lime, coconut and pecan glaze. :)

I just found a recipe for caramel apple scones. I think I’ll give that a whirl!
http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/09/17/caramel-apple-scones/

Nicole

Oo, oo! Me too for the Jamaican banana scones, please! :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, PM please! :D Sounds amazing. Caramel apple sounds super tasty too!

Tealizzy

Okay, will do!

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These were in the mini tuocha variety pack, I think. They are definitely larger than the other minis. I enjoyed a nice session with one and I think I can say it is the oldest puerh I’ve had now, as Mandala’s page says they are from 2004!

These are yummy!! So smooth, and absolutely no fermentation funk. There’s a little cocoa and a little wood. Nothing really stands out, but I think that makes it a nice starter puerh or an everyday drinking puerh. Really nice! I might have to pick some more of these up as the variety pack only had two!

MissLena

What paper are these in? I’m trying to figure out which kinds are which in the variety pack lol most of mine are fairly close in size, I am thinking this one has white paper with red and is a bit bigger?

Tealizzy

Yes, mine are a little bigger, wrapped in white paper with red writing.

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I got these in the mini tuocha variety pack, and was only going to review them on the pack’s page, but I think I can confidently identify this one, so I’m putting the review here too.

So, I thought it would be fun to try the little pink tuochas in this package. Based on the paper wrapping, they should be Mandala’s 2012 Lang Cang rice scented ripe mini tuos. I steeped it up and yes, they have to be rice scented, because I got this very strong rice scent wafting from the liquid. It smells amazing, kinda like sweet rice that is a bit burnt. The flavor in the early steeps came on too strong for me and I got this sickly sweet rice flavor, with some floral notes. I looked it up and I guess it’s scented with an herb that smells like rice….interesting. After a few steeps, I started to like it more as the rice flavor melded better with the puerh. It even started to taste caramel-like. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I’m glad to have tried it. Now I know!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
704 tasting notes

This tea was calling to me this morning. Cozy in a cup! It was extra cozy because my kitty cuddled with me on the couch while I enjoyed it. Yay for slow Saturday mornings! I think I have time for a puerh session before we go to the movies. .. ;)

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I was really looking forward to having some shu tonight and thought it would be fun to try the little pink tuochas in this package. Based on the paper wrapping, they should be Mandala’s 2012 Lang Cang rice scented ripe mini tuos. I steeped it up and yes, they have to be rice scented, because I got this very strong rice scent wafting from the liquid. It smells amazing, kinda like sweet rice that is a bit burnt. The flavor in the early steeps came on too strong for me and I got this sickly sweet rice flavor, with some floral notes. I looked it up and I guess it’s scented with an herb that smells like rice….interesting. After a few steeps, I started to like it more as the rice flavor melded better with the puerh. It even started to taste caramel-like. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite, but I’m glad to have tried it. Now I know!

Cheri

I’m looking forward to playing with these. I love the convenience, and when the mini tuochas are actually good it’s such a huge bonus!

Tealizzy

Totally! I found the rice scented ones were smelling up the package though, so I double-bagged them…just FYI. Looking forward to your reviews!

Cheri

I should pull those out then. Thanks for the warning!

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
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I had a really great cup of this earlier today while working. It has such smooth malty and honey notes…still reminds me of a leafhopper tea. Today ended up being a nice and slow day, and I really needed the breather. This tea was a nice accompaniment. :)

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I gong fu brewed this and I am still enjoying infusions. This tea is another everlasting gobstopper tea. Woot! Will have to remember that. Western is good, but gong fu is better! Sweet, creamy, and a bit vegetal. Still love this oolong. :)

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This is probably the oldest puerh I’ve tried so far. It had such great reviews and was very affordable, so I picked up a cake in my last order. It comes beautifully packaged…almost didn’t want to break the seal and keep it that way like my husband likes to do with some of his collectors items. I used to think that was ridiculous, but I can see it now (don’t tell him!). ;)

I had a really rough time picking pieces off this cake to brew….and yes, there was blood, from my little pinky! I also ripped the nice paper! Nooo! Note to self: get a puerh breaking tray.

This brews up super dark. The minute I poured water over the leaves I got this hit of sweet raisin in the aroma! Ooooh!

The taste is smooth and dark and the sweet raisin/date notes come in at the end of the sip in the aftertaste. Yum!

Definitely more dominant sweetness of raisin and dates in the 5th steep. So good. Very glad to have this in my cupboard, but I’m a little scared for my next cake breaking session!

boychik

Do you have a pu pick? I have a pu knife and pu pick and sometimes I need to use both when its very tightly compressed. Pls be careful. I once stubbed myself with steak knife. After that I got a pick. Yea tray helps too

Tealizzy

No, I’ve been using a cheese pick thing. I have a proper pick on my wishlist. Oh, and a tray! ;)

mrmopar

Yah this is a good shou.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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