2859 Tasting Notes

Here’s another tea that I meant to review on Monday, & I’d like to thank Angel @ Teavivre for her generosity.

The dry leaf is a beautiful irridescent green, with a sweet & buttery aroma. Teavivre does include steeping suggestions of some of their teas on their website, for both western & chinese style steeping. For this session I used 3G in my test tube steeping, 30/60/90/120
The resulting pale yellow liquor had a gentle taste & fragrance of butter & chestnut, plus sunflower sprouts! Delicious!

Cameron B.

Yum, this sounds delicious! I’m going to have to order a giant amount of samples from TeaVivre in the near future.

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I drank this on Monday, before I realized that steepster was out of commission, & although I didn’t take notes, I’ll do my best to share my experience, because Brett was generous enough to send me a sample, for which I’m grateful.

I do enjoy Da Hong Pao teas, & although this one is a lighter roast than what I tend to go for, it’s a lovely cup of fruitiness, perfectly sweet & fragrant with the aroma of apricot & apple, & with a beautiful clean & fresh kind of aroma, almost crisp, like a sweet tart apple.
Thanks Brett!

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This was my first session of the day, using 5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45/ etc
I warmed up the leaf in the hot little teapot & the aroma was heavenly, immediately conjuring up images of Maltomeal drizzled with a really fragrant honey.
I could breath that in all day. Why do I love that aroma so much? It’s not like I was a real fan of maltomeal…

Anyway, the tea was predictably delicious. The leaves are tiny & tender, & they released their flavors fairly quickly, so that this session peaked out much faster than others, but the cups were rich with malt & honey initially, then a more flavor of earth & leather, with a slight bitterness. Definitely better in the first cups.

TheTeaFairy

Funny how our olfactory receptors work…there’s a bunch of foods I love to smell, but don’t even care to eat.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I can relate to that. There are even more foods that I absolutely love to smell, but unfortunately cannot eat, no matter how much I want to…sigh…tiny pitty party :(

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I’ve been suffering steepster withdrawals for the last couple of days. So many teas drank & not reviewed…sigh…So I am grateful to the Steepster Gods Who Walk Among Us for getting things back on track. I’m not gonna even try to backtrack & log all the teas I drank this week so far, but I will comment on a few of them in a little while.

For now, I’m enjoying a cup of this one with breakfast (yes, I know it’s almost noon here, & 1:00 on the east coast, but that’s just the way we roll here at Terri’s Airy Fairie World).
Anyway, this is a deliciously awesome Keemun, in my opinion. Bold enough to stand up to brunch, lightly smokey & earthy & leathery & sweet like caramelized brown sugar. There’s alot of depth to this cup, & I find this one to be much more interesting than so many of the other Keemuns out there. Kind of masculine & bassy. I’m picturing an ensemble of upright bass & cello, bass clarinet, bassoon, & the low end of a marimba.

TheTeaFairy

I close my eyes and I can hear that Keemun fanfare of yours :-)

Terri HarpLady

:)
I really need to start composing pieces for these ensemble…

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drank Chocolate Eclair by Fauchon
2859 tasting notes

Bubble bath tea from boychik.
Wow! Bread, chocolate, & cream = delicious!
Now I’m thinking I want to combine cacao nibs, vanilla, & something smokey…
It will either be awesome or terrible…

Sil

mmmmmmmm that combo sounds good. and is giving me ideas.

MzPriss

there will be a bubble bath in my immediate future now too. A post cobbler bubble bath.

Stephanie

I loooove this one. #1 on my Fauchon must haves list!

Terri HarpLady

A small disclaimer: about halfway into the cup a funky after taste started building up in my mouth, & my tummy started feeling kind of yucko. dammit

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2859 tasting notes

Malt, cream, & bread :)
My tastes are still muted, but my mouth feels so happy right now.
This is a lovely yunnan tea, sent to me from the TeaFairy, although I tried it before when Cavocorax sent me some several month ago.
Drinking tea & watching baseball in my PJs: The St. Louis Cardinals are currently leading the Phillies: 5 – 3

Veronica

My poor Phillies! I was actually surprised at their last winning streak. They’ve been just shy of terrible this year. :(

Terri HarpLady

awww…now I feel bad…ok, not really :)
My Cards are finally starting to kick butt a little bit…finally!

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…I wonder why some of the letters came out blue? I didn’t do anything special

Terri HarpLady

oh, hahaha, it’s because I put three w’s together, so the computer thinks it’s a website!

Veronica

That’s ok. The other team I cheer for is the Rockies, so I’m used to yelling things like “Why?” and “Are you kidding me?” at the tv. :) I do love baseball though!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I yell while I watch too.

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
2859 tasting notes

I have to admit, I was intrigued by this one, & I’m grateful to Stephanie for sending a sample my way. Although I’m not a huge fan of ‘flavored’ teas, I do tend to always want to try novelty shaped teas, made from just natural ingredients. (I really want to try the Anhui Basket tea too, & Stephanie also sent me a sample of that one!).

I don’t really have much to say about it, other than I enjoyed the cup. I like heicha, & my understanding is it’s like Shu puerh kind of, but seems to me to be somewhere in between black tea & Shu. Flavors I was able to pick out: Wood, Leather, & light Rose.

Stephanie

I felt very similar about this one.

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drank Organic Chai by Tazo
2859 tasting notes

I made our usual decadent sunday breakfast: almond flour pancakes, bacon, black raspberries, & Maple syrup. Rummaging through Tony’s cupboard, I found some of this, which went well with breakfast, especially with a little maple added.

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drank Awake by Tazo
2859 tasting notes

In an effort to save some of my tea samples for when my tastebuds are actually working, I rummaged through Tony’s cupboard & found a few bags of this. At least it’s bold & black!

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I’ve realized a few things. The main one is that I need to quit trying to review new teas when I’m spending the weekend at Tony’s, except maybe in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground. I think there are 2 reasons, & both of them effect my sense of smell & taste. The first is simply that my allergies are worse at his house. He uses a window unit for air conditioning in the bedroom, so I always wake up congested & with a funky taste in my mouth, because airborne crap comes right in. It’s an old brick house, & would be a major ordeal to route the central air to the attic. I can handle being outside in that stuff for a few hours at a time, as long as I can go into my air conditioned house to decompress, but sleeping with it all night sucks.
Reason number 2, his water filter is also the really cheap kind. To clarify, When I buy something, i do a little research first, & I tend to buy the best quality of that thing that I can afford. This applies to water filters, cars, etc.
Don’t tell Tony I’m complaining, it will hurt his feelings. He really is the most wonderful man in the world, but if we ever actually move in together, these are a few points I’ll be adamant about.

Having said all of that, this tea was sent by our dear TeaFairy, & I should not be drinking it, because I know it’s much better than what I’m getting. I’d like to apologize for all the lame reviews I’ve written over the last several weekends for teas from various friends. I doubt that I did them justice.

Sil

hahaha i’m tellllling! ;)

Skulleigh

This reminds me – I need to order a new filter for the water dispenser in the fridge. It’s sad that we can’t get the cup of tea we know the leaves have the potential to be :)

Terri HarpLady

@ Sil :ppppp""
Speaking of bad water & air, I’m going to visit my folks in Apopka, FL in July. The water there is AWEFULL, along with my allergies. I should probably just bring crappy teas I don’t care about, but I don’t have any, LOL.

Skulleigh

Oh lordy, I used to live in North Florida. We had good water, but we had a softener system on it. Bad water in Florida can be really nasty. You have my sympathies!

Terri HarpLady

Their tap water is pretty high in in surphur & other minerals.
As much as I detest bottled water, I always buy a case of it upon arrival. Before I put it in the kettle, I dump it back & forth between 2 cups a couple of times, in an effort to add some oxygen to it.

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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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