332 Tasting Notes

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Insomnia has been biting me in the butt again and last night I made a few crucial mistakes. I drank caffeine after dinner and I worked out close to bed time. My milk powered alarm clock then decided to go off, 40 mins earlier than normal. Thank goodness for caffeine and a good cup of tea to get me rocking and rolling this morning.

After a comment from looseTMan on the keenum front I pulled this sample out again. This is another tea that proves my theory I need to give a tea at least 2 tries before rating or making a decision on it. This has been my go to tea this week and the very generous sample from the folks at Teavivre is almost gone. This has the good kind of brisk with a fruity-ness to the tea that I can’t quite explain. I pulled this tea out to compare to the wp pin peak keenum and they are both wonderful. I would keep both in my cupboard. The pine peak has a more bread like flavor and this has more fruit accents. A good morning cup!

boychik

Have you tried Superfine? I don’t have it, just wanted to know your opinion.

ashmanra

I have, boychik. I is very good, but I think I am going to add one of their other keemuns to my cupboard for breakfast, as I love the Superfine for afternoons.

boychik

ashmanra, I was going to get only one Keemun to my cupboard. Now you make it more difficult haha. So which one would you get as breakfast tea? You probably had them all, right?

TeaTiff

I haven’t had the superfine yet. I was looking at the teavivre site and there was a sample pack that had a few of the teas I havne’t tried yet. The Superfine was in that pack. What makes the supperfine good for afternoon vs breakfast ashmarnra?

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WP order and Verdant tea in one week! Yeah I am sipping on some pretty awesome cups these days. I honestly have no idea how I decided on what to to order for the spring pre-order but I ended up with 2oz of this. I am so glad I did. This is really yummy. I am enjoying this cup with a post work out treat of lemon Noosa yoghurt. If you have never had Noosa you need to. Like this tea it is amazing. I get the malt, i get sweet potato, I get a brightness like I do with some Yunnan’s but this is not enough to make me question this tea, it blends in well with the malty-iness of the tea. I really am enjoying this cup.

MzPriss

Isn’t this one great??? <3

TheTeaFairy

Sounds really yummy.

Dexter

(I actually went and looked at the Verdant site when I saw that you had gotten some of this – but I’m too late – it’s sold out…) Happy that you had an amazing tea week. :))

TeaTiff

Man they are sold out already? Your orders will get there soon Dexter and TTF! I hope customs doesn’t keep them too long!

Dexter

The fact that it’s sold out is probably a good thing….

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Another tea from my recent WP order. Yay! I would normally save this tea for a rainy day or a cold fall/winter day where a blanket and a book are mandatory, but I really want to try all the teas I ordered now so even though it is really warm outside I went ahead with this one. The roasted oolongs are getting to be a favorite of mine. I still don’t understand this. The first cup I had of a dark oolong I dumped out actually, but for some reason I gave it another chance and this type of tea has now becomes one of my favorites. THIS tea was a really nice dark roasted oolong. What stood out to me was the creaminess of it. It seemed so smooth. I had seen that this was formally called something else with chocolate in the name and I would say this was much lighter on the chocolate notes than other dark roasted oolongs I have had. I really enjoyed this one. I can’t wait for the weather to be cold. Once it turns chilly out side I am afraid this tea will not last very long.

TheTeaFairy

Aren’t you glad you gave dark oolongs another chance? They are surprising at first though. But they are so worth getting used to. You are so right, perfect tea to have on a lazy fall day, book and blanket :-)

MzPriss

I <3 roasted oolongs

TeaTiff

TTF- I am really glad I gave them another shot. They are such a cozy tea and perfect for the cold days! They are the type of tea I like to sit with at night and just sip. So many good ones to explore!

Jennkay

This sounds delicious! Adding it to my wishlist :)

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Carmeron B in her kusmi sampler. Thank you!

Oh this tea was such a nice afternoon cup. It is slight ear grey and slight floral. The base black tea mingles really well with the flavors. This is my favorite out of the Russian blends I have tried so far. I could see a tin of this in my future. Thank you for sharing!

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Up next from the recent WP order. I am not yet well versed in Yunnan’s. I know I have had a few, but not enough to really know. I made the mistake tonight of starting to sip this tea with a bowl of strawberries in front of me. The sweet from the fruit did not help this tea out. It made my first few sips a bit wishy washy. Once I got the sweet taste out of my mouth I was able to focus on the tea a bit more. I enjoyed this cup. I get malty, tad bit of honey-ish flavor with a bright finish. I will need to have another go with this cup without a bowl full of fruit to get to know this one a bit better.

Cameron B.

Love this one! I’m so glad I ordered an ounce during the sale. :)

MzPriss

This is a purr-ful one.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, now me want a cup…no strawberries required ;-)

Cameron B.

Of course not, everyone knows tea fairies prefer crunchy cherries!

TheTeaFairy

Haha Cameron, good one :-)
(They totally do!!!)

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drank Prince Vladimir by Kusmi Tea
332 tasting notes

Another awesome sample from Cameron B. Thank you!

This was the afternoon cup. I guess the best way for me to describe this tea would be to say it is a orange spice tea. There were hints of vanilla, and cardamon. I have one more cup’s worth and I will probably make it at home chai style. Thank you for sharing this charming cup.

boychik

I find cloves in there…

TeaTiff

boychik you are right…. I think it was cloves and not cardamon I was tasting.

boychik

I think this tea is for cooler weather

TeaTiff

My office at work always seems like it is winter! I was wearing a fleece and had a blanket on my lap while drinking this tea. It was a good tea for the office conditions:)

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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
332 tasting notes

I received this sample from Cameron B. Thank you for sharing!

I really enjoy earl grey esc blends and so I have had an eye on these Kusmi teas for awhile. The reviews have been iffy on them so I was always a little nervous to pull the trigger on a purchase. Cameron. B was nice enough to send me a few tsp of each of the Russian blends. This is a nice earl grey. It has a hint of orange and floral that mellows out the bergmont a bit. I am enjoying this cup this morning.

Cameron B.

I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I have a soft spot for Prince Vladimir. :P

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oh my num num num num num……. I can’t even think to type to busy drinking.. Delicious.

TeaTiff

MzPriss have you done a comparison to Zhi Gong Fu Black? If my memory serves me right, this is really similar… I am kicking myself for not ordering more than an ounce. Haha

MzPriss

It is similar. But that is from memory – not a side by side test – but I could do that…..I love both of them a lot.

TeaTiff

If you get a chance it would be interesting to see how they compare. I am really enjoying this one and it took me all of 2 sec to sip down the sample of Gong Fu you gave me:)

MzPriss

I will do that and let you know what I think. Some more GFB could come your way if you want…

TeaTiff

Thank you for the offer, but no need. I have plenty to work on these days. Between WP and the Verdant order that should be here anyday:) I will be interested to see how you think they compare though.

MzPriss

I wish my Verdant order would get here. Because Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha.

I will compare the FB and the GFB and let you know :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

My Verdant order just shipped! :D

TheTeaFairy

And my WP order just shipped :-)
(And my Verdant as well, haha! Too much tea??? There’s no such thing!!)

TeaTiff

Woot, lots of tea for everyone! I checked this morning and my Verdant tracking number now exists that means it will be here soon:) I think THIS tea will not be here for very long though. I am still thinking about my cups last night.

TeaTiff

TTF- another WP order? Haha I get it now, everything is sooo good.

TheTeaFairy

Yep TeaTiff… another order :-)
Hehe, what can I say? Happy to see you’re a believer also now that you are trying them!

MzPriss

Tiff – I’m doing the Fujian Black/Gong Fu Black comparison this morning. And they ARE similiar. I made a cup of each, exactly the same way, same amount of leaf/water/time/temp. They are both incredibly good. I find the GFB a little more “bright”, but just slightly and the FB a bit deeper with a little more of the “woody-ness” that I love in Fujians. I need both of them, but I would just the very slightest edge to the Fujian Black as I love that little extra depth. Both are hoard worthy.

TeaTiff

MizPriss- Thank you for the comparison! Without having them both side by side that was my guess about them. The FB was slightly more “deep”. I am finding this type of tea to be one of my favorites. They can both take up space in my cupboard any day! I hope you are enjoying your cups this morning.

MzPriss

I really really am! I slept for 6 hours which is unheard of! I’m making what I call my Dark Beauty cocktail for my drive-to-work cup this morning. It’s a big giant western 6-7 minute steep of Special Dark with a big pinch of Black Beauty added in for the last 3-4 minutes. Happy me!

TeaTiff

6 hours! Yay! Enjoy your Dark Beauty! You will be supper women today.

Terri HarpLady

Dark Beauty…wow! I’m gonna try that, cuz I have both of those teas now!

looseTman

MzPriss, Thanks for your Fujian Black/Gong Fu Black comparison. Is the FB more similar to cocoa or chocolate?

MzPriss

Yes Terri – try it!!! I use a big pinch of the BB so I get that sweet honeyish taste in the Deep Dark Sea of Love that is my Special Dark.

@looseTman – to me it’s more chocolate than cocoa, creamier to me rather than dry.

looseTman

“… more chocolate than cocoa, creamier to me rather than dry.”
Ooh la la – YUM!

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drank The Himalayan by Gong Fu Tea Shop
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Charissa. Thank you!

The best way to describe this one for me is to say it is a very flavorful darjeeling esc tea. I liked it. It was muscital, fruity, but had a bit more body than I am use to in the darjeelings I have tried. I liked it! This will be an afternoon tea for me while it lasts. Thank you for sharing this one!

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drank Kenyan Safari by Gong Fu Tea Shop
332 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Charissa. Thank you for sharing some of your Gong Fu teas with me!

This was a really tasty cup. I had this one in the afternoon yesterday, but noted that this would be better in the morning. It is a bit of a kick in the pants kinda tea. It has hints of muskital/mushroom. It is brisk, but the briskness is a nice flavor adding taste. It is rich and well balanced flavor. I can see why tea from this region is often used in breakfast blends.

Charissa

Glad you liked it!

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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