2948 Tasting Notes

I’m having a laid back day at home, with the agenda of getting a lot of desk things done, but to be honest, I haven’t really accomplished a thing, LOL. Except breakfast & students.
And tea!
I don’t remember if Angel sent me this sample, or if I requested it.
The dry fragrance seemed familiar in that, “I know this scent, but can’t quite place it” way.
I preheated my tiny teapots, then pre warmed the leaf, & the aroma bloomed to a sweet fruity floral that immediately said, “Lychee” in my sinuses & mind.
I went with the gongfu suggestions: rinse/15/25/35/45/60/75/90
Yup, lychee!
What makes this tea particularly special is the fragrance & after aroma of lychee & honey.
What’s an after-aroma, you ask?
That’s when you breath out after the sip & you can feel & smell the aroma up in your soft palate & sinuses. I love it. I love teas that have it, especially roast oolongs.
This feature was especially prominent in the first couple of steeps. The 2nd cup featured a bitterness & the tea energy went right to my head, like I could feel the tea energy moving around in my head, opening sinuses so that my ears started popping. By the end of the cup I also had that tongue buzz going on too.
This tea transformed into rye bread, with lychee still in the background, & continuing on, a hint of spice, cloves perhaps? The texture was a little powdery, kind of odd.
The later steeps had a creamy quality, a sweet agave liquor, with a hint of lychee still in the background.
An interesting tea!

Stephanie

I love after-aromas! I get interesting ones with sheng and oolong sometimes, as well as blacks.

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I got a sample of this with my last order from Tribute Tea, and although I enjoyed it, I can’t really say much about it, because I was teaching & perhaps not as attentive as I could be.
I can say that it was good! I can say that it was a little tangy, a little on the savory end of things, with a slight bitter edge, kind of like citrus peel.
This is a lame review, I know, but thus is life!

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I’m heading out the door with the following teas in tow, to be drank in the order listed:
Hong Yun Black – Butiki
Chinese New Year aka Yunnan Golden Tips – Andrews & Dunham (I found a nut shell in there)
Black Beauty – Mandala
Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha – my dessert after lunch

Thus begins my day…

MissLena

A nut shell?? What kind of nut?

Stephanie

Those are some tasty blacks you had :)

Terri HarpLady

I’m not really sure what kind of nut it was…acorn or something with a kind of thin shell..

Terri HarpLady

They were tasty teas!

MissLena

Oh okay I’m happy it probably wasn’t a peanut shell lol :)

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Wow! This is spicy! It’s also tasty! It also contains several herbs that are on my ‘Favorite Herbs That Are Good For You Too’ list: I drink Nettle leaf for my allergies. It’s one of the best antihistamines out there. I drink Elder berry as an antiviral, & also because I love the taste. And I love love love Ginger in tea & in food. The blend is rounded out with Rose, Rooibos, Elder flower, Cinnamon, Clove, & Stevia leaf. It is a little heavy on the clove, for my taste, but otherwise, I like it.

Sil

how rosey is the rose?

Stephanie

Meh, now I have Seal in my head…

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’ve had that song in my head since I drank the tea.
Honestly, the rose is not all that present

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Brett, from Tribute Tea, sent me some free samples of teas that aren’t actually on his site yet. This is one of them. The dry leaf is fresh & green, & the tea is sweet & a little buttery, very enjoyable. I don’t have much else to say, but it’s because I’ve been watching baseball & knitting like a fiend while drinking this cup. The Cardinals swept Denver, & the sock is hopefully gonna be finished today…finally!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
2948 tasting notes

Another tea I drank earlier today, this is a Taiwanese hong yun type, I think. Thick, rich, & fruity, today I’m really enjoying it’s sweet decadence. It brings to mind a fruity plum jam.

Sometimes I don’t enjoy taiwanese blacks as much, & I think it’s because I have a tendency to use too much leaf, & they don’t respond well to that. Today I was a little more conservative with the tea quantity, & the result was delicious.

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I must have over-tea-ed this one, which I drank with breakfast today, because it was a little on the bitter end of things. Still good with breakfast though.
I need to learn to follow directions better :)

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I’m enjoying a delicious cup of this tea, along with a deliciously relaxing Sunday morning.
Toasty, malty, nice tongue tingle, a little spice, a rich resinous feel, a sweet aftertaste.
Kind of like having a bowl of oatmeal, drizzled with bee pollen, cinnamon, & honey, & a piece of toast.
Now for breakfast…

Fjellrev

Marvelous description. ;)

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I had a little time to kill between weddings, so I came home to relax for half an hour, & made myself a cup of this, which I got in my last YS order. I do enjoy chrysanthemum, & of course, I actually have some here, so I guess I didn’t really need to buy a 100 G brick, but it is beautiful to look at, & I am always & forever curious, so I bought it.

I probably should be doing this gongfu, but I don’t want to take in TOO many liquids before the 2nd wedding, so I went with a western steeping of it for 3 min.
And…I don’t really know what to say…lol. It isn’t knocking my socks off, but it also isn’t gross in any way either. Very smooth, very drinkable, I’m getting a bit of a head rush, along with a nice tongue tingle. My sinuses are opening, & that’s a good thing. As I’ve said before, I think Sheng pure helps allergies, & now I guess some Shou Puerhs also are helpful, or maybe its the chrysanthemum flowers? Anyway, flavor wise, I’m having trouble pinning it down…
roasted hominy…a rich soil…a slight bitterness like hops…
my cup is empty, time to go play the 2nd wedding. I’ll try to return for a resteep or 2 later.

Tealizzy

I thought the Shou I had earlier was helping my nose, so you might be right!

gmathis

What a lovely weekend to get married! (Of course, I’m a little biased. Ours is tomorrow—29th.)

Terri HarpLady

Happy Anniversary, GG!

Terri HarpLady

I’m home from the wedding now, drinking a resteep.
Again, I’m just not really sure what to say about it. I’ve been outside so my congestion level has risen, & almost instantly upon taking a few sips, I feel like it has an antihistamine effect.
The flavor is similar to before, a little less ‘soil’, & the chrysanthemum is more present. The texture is shiny, lol, & a little drying. Instant tea buzz, BTW.

Now to pack some teas for Tony’s house, cuz in about an hour I’ll step into a 36 hour pajama party with good food, baseball, tv, reading, cuddling, & probably a bubble bath. I need a day off (although I did play hookie to hang out with Sil), & I’m taking it!

Ubacat

Terri , do you find you can breathe better with the shengs? I have asthma and it seems like some shengs (not all) help with the breathing.

Terri HarpLady

Uba, I do!
I’d like to drink a sheng every day, because I really feel that at least some of them help with my allergies. I really should start documenting it better.

Ubacat

I should do that too. I found Mandala’s Wild Mountain Green Raw 2011 seems to help. I’ve been taking supplements to help breathe better too. They help but I have to remember to take them daily.

Terri HarpLady

right! That’s my problem, remembering to do things.
Probably the one thing that helps my allergies the most is Nettles tea. If I brew a Qt & drink it each day, or at least most days, it really makes a difference for me.
I use 1/4 cup herb to a quart of water, let it steep til it cools down, put the jar in the frig, & strain it as I use it, spreading out small cups of it throughout the day. It’s actually pretty good cold.

Terri HarpLady

Admittedly, I haven’t been drinking it lately, due in part to my schedule getting so crazy.

Ubacat

I’ll have to try that. Thanks!

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I have 2 weddings to play this afternoon.
The first one is a Catholic wedding Mass at 2:00
http://www.slu.edu/college-church
This is an amazing church!
(That’s coming from a non-religious, semi-buddhist irreverent musician)
The 2nd one is outside at a golf club, weather permitting (I’ll need my fingerless gloves).
http://www.forestparkgc.com/weddings.html

I can’t drink too much tea, because:
1. Sil & I drank so much tea yesterday, I’m still peeing
2. Once you start playing at a wedding, you better hope you don’t have to pee, unless you are wearing a catheter & bag (NOT, LOL).

So this is my final cup of the morning. Really, I’m being a copy cat cuz several other people are drinking & posting about it, so why not me?
It’s rich, it’s hot, I like black tea, & I like vanilla.
Since my Senses are somewhat senseless today, that’s all I got.

Sil

hahahahaha

Ubacat

Wow! First one is a really fancy church. I’d love to take pictures of that.

Yes, agree about GO. Just had it yesterday and today. Now Hubby is demanding my last sample cause he smelled it this morning and wants it. lol

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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