3015 Tasting Notes

Another Sipdown!
I will definitely have to restock this, as it is a delicious roasty wuyi oolong, with yummy chocolatey maltiness, very rich & fruity.

Dexter

I love this. :))

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I drank this one earlier today while I was practicing, but at this point in the day, I can’t really say that much about it. I know I enjoyed it, & it had a thick maltiness to it. I brewed it western style, but next time I hope to take my time with it, doing multiple short steeps.

NofarS

I’m adding this one to my growing Yunnan Sourcing shopping basket :)

Terri HarpLady

I should send you another box, with samples of all the teas I’ve bought since the last time I sent you a box, including several from Yunnan Sourcing. :)

Sil

this is the one in our box yea?

Terri HarpLady

Yea, one of them!

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drank Congou Keemun by Butiki Teas
3015 tasting notes

Sipdown!
This is a nice keemun: earthy, fruity, & floral. It is not my favorite, but I have enjoyed it!

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Yeah, baby!
It’s drizzly outside, raining on & off. My house is heated with radiators (water, not steam), so it’s nice & toasty in here. I’ve been practicing on & off all morning, taking breaks to teach when a student shows up, & now I’m finishing off my lunch. I’ve drank some other teas, & will try to post them, but for now, I wanted this one, & I’m loving it! This cool weather really makes me want something smokey & rich, & this is it!
Some Lapsangs taste like somebody added liquid smoke to the tea, or like you’re at a BBQ. Not this one. The smoke is subtle, & it’s buttery & sweet! A nice caramelized brown sugar taste, & I didn’t even add maple syrup! Delicious!

Thanks, Sil, for the sample, & if you want to split a larger quantity with me, or with our BBB, THAT would be awesome!

TastyBrew

BBB!!! I want to try this too! Sounds awesome.

Terri HarpLady

Yay!! I think you’ll love it, TB!

Sil

Can you send me a poke about this on Facebook so I don’t forget? At the salon tonight

Sil

Terri…is this the one you were trying to figure out??

Terri HarpLady

Must be! :)

Sil

mm k. I’ll put it on my list of teas to pick up for sharing with the box. Might be a few rounds but we’ll get there. I have another from tao leaf to share with you and tastybrew too

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I hope nobody will be offended, but I updated this tea’s page, which originally had “Spring 2011” on it, because there were only 2 other posts, both for the 2012 version, & I’m posting on the Spring 2013 version.

For those familiar with Golden Fleece, the leaf of this tea has that sturdy texture. The leaves are the opposite of fluffy, a much hardier type of material, that reminds me of grasshopper legs or something. The colors are rich caramel, gold, & streaks of charcoal.
The dry aroma is rich & malty, and for this first experiment I did 2 western style steepings at 3 min with resteep at 5 min. It was a nice cup, malty, a little sweet, & a little pepper, but honestly, I don’t think my steeping parameters did the tea justice, so next time it will be gongfu sessions for sure.

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This was the free sample that Yunnan Sourcing sent me with my last order: an entire cake of this tea! It is very densely packed, but I managed to chisel some off, going with short steeps in my tiny porcelain teapot.
I don’t really have much to say about it yet, it was a little bitter, but drinkable. I probably over-leafed. I’m gonna experiment with it further, and then get back to you.

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Time for a tea break!
I’ve been working hard on Ceremony of Carols. I’ll be working hard on it for the next 2 weeks. Many harpists hate this set of pieces, but honestly, I am loving the challenge, & the pieces, although they’re kind of strange, are beautiful. The Harp part is like a puzzle to put together, at least for me.

So my break tea is this green from last fall. It is the last of my fall 2012 green teas, finally! It is still just as sweet & nutty as always, & I have enough to drink it 3 more times. I don’t really care for the ‘dragonwell’ method of drinking these teas, where the leaves are floating around in the cup while you’re drinking it. The tea tends to get too strong, although it would be great for reading the leaves! Maybe I’ll do that next time.

For today, I went with my glass test tube steeper, which amazingly is still intact! 4 G of leaf, timed at 3/3/3/6/9/12 seconds
The first 3 steeps were very light & sweet, the next three gradually built up in the nuttiness & creaminess departments. Next time I’ll try reading my leaves, lol, & I’d also like to just brew a cup, western style, maybe the next time.
note to self: you will forget all these plans, so quit making them, especially in public.

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
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OMG, this is good!! Imagine a bug bite tea, with it’s hint of coriander & honey sweetness. Now make the base of that tea some really awesome chocolatey type, something earthy & bold. You will have this. It is rich & sweet, and ridiculously smooth!! I want MOAR!!!
And it’s a sipdown…sigh…
AND NOW I need to step away from my computer & do some actual work

Bonnie

Lovely!

Garret

Terri – I just thought that you should know that right after you posted this review, someone ordered 4 ounces of this online! They must have read your post!! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yay!! I really need to get some more of it!

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I’m gonna be working from home today…oh wait, I almost always work from home, although sitting around in your pjs drinking tea is not exactly work, LOL. But I’m jumping back on my 45/15 plan, because I’ve got some very serious practicing to do! Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” is not for slackers, so I can’t be one. I will live, eat, & breath this music for the next month, with performances on the 8th & 21st.

But first, TEA! Gotta be fueled with food & caffeine. I decided to give this one the gongfu treatment this morning: 5G of tea in my 4 oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot (I love this little tea pot). 15 sec/30/45/60/etc…you get the idea. the 45/60 steeps were very potent!!
But all in all, success! Delicious fruity sweet success. Cup after cup of it. I think I made it through about 10 steeps, & although the last few were losing strength, they were still tasty & worthy of being enjoyed.

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I really love this one too! This tea is one of the very best blends ever concocted by Verdant, & I hope that they keep making it. It really pulls together the strengths of 2 of my most favorite teas: Laoshan Black & Shui Jin Gui Wuyi. Add a little toasted rice & cacao nibs, & you have a cup of roasty chocolatey sweet awesomeness!! I combined a few steeps of this into my thermal cup to drink at the college, & it lasted until lunch time (when I took myself out for BBQ, with a glass of iced tea).

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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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