670 Tasting Notes
We had a tea party today! I always have small ones with just a few people and we keep it casual. Everyone enjoys trying stuff out of my cupboard. Haha! I decided to introduce them to puerh today and steeped up special dark by Mandala. Everyone liked it and it was actually everyone’s favorite of the day! We drank lots of different teas. I personally drank snow view by Lupicia, special dark, TeaVivre’s white tea cake, and caramel & rum by Lupicia. It was a great chance to rediscover teas I had forgotten about. We had quite a spread too. My caramel apple scones were a hit, and we had goat cheese, shallot, and habanero sauce tea sandwiches, caprese kabobs, strawberry and goat cheese on crackers, and a lemon curd macadamia nut crust tart. Here’s a pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15621636997/in/photostream/
So fun! :)
This morning was a chai morning. I wanted something spicy to get me going and this did the trick! This is a great spicy chai. I don’t make it that often though because I follow the recommended brewing procedure and make it on the stovetop. I’ve never made it the usual black tea way. I could really use another chai in my cupboard, one that steeps up well the usual way, like Verdant’s laoshan village chai, but I’ve been trying not to buy tea lately. The only other “chai” I have right now is pumpkin chai, and that doesn’t qualify as a chai to me. Hmmm, maybe I’ll get some birthday money that I can use for tea!
Today I’m hosting a small tea party with a few coworkers. So excited! I better get going and make those caramel apple scones! Fingers crossed that they come out good! I don’t know what we’re going to drink this time. I was thinking to share some puerh…maybe I’ll just take everything out and let them decide what they’d like to try. :)
Garret included this as a free sample in my last order. Thank you! I enjoyed a nice long session with them. Notes I could detect included leather, earth, and bread. This is truely an everlasting gobstopper tea. The nuggets still looked held-together even though I was tired of steeping them! That is, assuming they’re supposed to come apart…not sure as this was my first nugget tea. Very cool.
Woke up with a headache this morning, so thought a tea with a bit of a kick might be good. In this case, the kick I was thinking of was the hint of smoke and that came through nicely. This has a smooth fruitiness too and notes of chocolate. Definitely yummy. Didn’t quite get rid of the headache, but that’s what Advil is for, right?
Still one of my favorite teas ever. I started two of my mornings last week with this fabulous tea and now there’s maybe 1 small cup left! Uh oh! Time to restock! Definitely on the list for my next order. I really like these golden tips and noticed that YS also has a lot of golden black teas…hmmm, maybe I should take the plunge and order my first teas from there too! Man, I really need a tea budget!
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!
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
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.
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!