3074 Tasting Notes

Happy USA Thanksgiving & Happy Hannukah!

I spent the day making food, as did my daughters. It took 2 kitchens, 3 chefs, & 2 sous chefs (my sons), then we transported the food made at my house to my daughter’s house (1 block away), & the feast was on.

Meanwhile, I DID drink tea, several pots full, most of which I’ll have to review the next time I drink them, but I also tried a delicious experiment, which I’ve been dying to share all day. Here it is:

1.5 Tb Laoshan Black + 1.5 Tb Shui Jin Gui Oolong + 1 cinnamon stick + 1 vanilla bean (after I used the seeds in something else), chopped up.
All of these were combined in my 16oz green cash iron dragonfly teapot.
Steep 3 minutes, and Oh My God!!! I also tried adding a little maple…
And of course, there were the resteeps…sigh…

I’m grateful for tea!

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This is the last cup of the 2012 version of this tea!
It’s a sweet kind of nutty green, with kind of a creamy cooked cereal aspect to it. A pleasure to drink, and I am claiming a Sipdown, even though I also have the 2013 Spring version in my TOMC files, because…well…because I can!
:D

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This tea is delicious!
It has a smooth & bright mouth to it, & the flavor is sweet, with a chocolate & honeyed essence, and nicely rich but clean taste, if that makes sense.
1TB + my mug (12 oz?) X 3min/5min resteep

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I keep planning to give this one the gongfu treatment, but once again I’m just drinking it in the mug.
1Tb + 3 min (re-steep 5min)
This is a very smooth & complex tea, with a satisfying taste & body, a sweet taste that in some ways reminds me of the sugar cane taste of a good Dian Hong, but with a clarity & vibe of a sheng.

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I stopped by Traveling Tea yesterday to get somemore of the Pumpkin ginger spice she makes (All naturally flavored using locally grown organic pumpkins that she roasts & then dehydrates herself…it is delicious!).

In an effort to support local business, I bought an oz of this limited edition Yunnan Forest. It is organically grown, & is a decently bold & earthy brew, very smooth, tongue tingly, slightly bitter, with hints of cedar & a lingering sweetness. Oh, & it packs a punch!

Sil

pumpkin ginger spice?!??!?!?!?!

Kaylee

I wholeheartedly echo Sil’s response. Does this person ship?

Terri HarpLady

Sil, from the first 1 oz sample I bought a couple weeks ago, I had saved some to send you, & my daughter Ari drank it! So that’s one of the reasons I went there, to see if I could get more. I got her last oz, which I’m hiding so that it won’t get drank until I can send you a sample.
She does ship. Sadly, this tea is at the end of production, as she ran out of homegrown pumpkins, I think. She is making one more batch, requested by another customer, & I told her if they didn’t take all of it, I’d take ‘the rest’, LOL, whatever that ends up being. I’m hoping she’ll call me to come get it!
I’m not sure how big a batch is, but if some people wanted to go in on a batch, I could try to get her to make one more batch for us to share…

Sil

awesome terri! let me know if you get “stuck” with leftover batch. If nothing else, something to bug her about next year when the pumpkins are back!

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I, the snob who usually scoffs at most flavored teas, bought a box of this on a whim at whole foods today because:
a) as the weather gets colder, I tend to want an occasional cup of something sweet, & something without caffeine in the evening is nice.
b) it was on sale

I opened it, it smells delicious! Just like a sugar cookie! There is a hint of citrus, & plenty of vanilla. I drank a cup, & it was so-so. I drank a 2nd cup, using 2 bags this time, & a little sweetening, & it was a tasty treat! I will scoff no more. :)
(I’ll still avoid artificial flavors, however)

Sil

Lol I almost picked this up.

TeaBrat

I bought a box this year too. :)

Bonnie

Hahaha! This is a sign! You secret Celestial Seasonings drinkers have got to come here for the tour de tea! (We can hit all the other tea houses too!) July during the Rocky Mountain Tea Festival!

Sil

that would be awesome!

Terri HarpLady

I’d love to come! I’ll have to see if I can fit it into my crazy schedule (& budget) this year

gmathis

Knew you’d like it ;)

Terri HarpLady

I used to drink a lot of tea from Celestial Seasonings, especially in my 20s when I first got off coffee. :)

caile

I have to get a box of this!

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This afternoon I did some Gongfu steepings of this one, finally. It is a really nice smooth tea, lightly sweet & delicately fruity. I gave it a quick rinse, then 15, 30, 45 sec, etc, adding 15 seconds to each steep. I ordered small samples of several of TTC’s aged teas, they made them sound so amazing on the website, & quite honestly, I haven’t been particularly thrilled with most of them. So far, this one is my favorite.

Sil

i’ll stick to the few i really like :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m glad my aged samples were small :)

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This is delicious!
It isn’t super chocolaty, or crazy malty, or anything like that.
It’s just a really nice cup of tea, rich & smooth. I’ve been drinking it all morning, & I’ve been really enjoying it.
Sometimes I don’t need a tea to be over the top awesome, I just need it to be really really good, & to taste like tea. This tea has floral elements, & a sweet fruitiness, and a bready maltiness, all in a one honest cup, & it resteeps well too.

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I’m sorry this will be a lame review, not because the tea isn’t delicious, but because I can’t really think of anything to say!
It is another very nice yunnan, very tasty, with that thick sort of mouth that I love. I promise to say more next time :)

Stephanie

It happens sometimes :)

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Now this is more like it!
The lovely rich aroma that reminds me of Bee Pollen…sigh…
The buttery sweet sugarcane flavor…sigh…
Thank you!

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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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