3046 Tasting Notes

The last cup of tea I drank yesterday was Teavivre’s Lapsang Souchong, so when I first took a whiff of this in my cup this morning, I was certain that I hadn’t washed my finnum well enough last night. I often soak my tea steeping baskets overnight in water, to leach out any flavors that have clung to them, & last night I didn’t do that.

However, that is not the reason I was smelling smoke! This tea IS rich & smokey, & it’s also quite bold, deep, & daring. There is also a shiny high note, rather astringent, which makes this a better tea for me to drink with breakfast, as opposed to drinking it in bed before breakfast. Too much of a tea such as this one before breakfast can result in my tummy hurting. Definitely right up my alley otherwise, though!
Thanks to Amy Oh for this sample! :)

TeaBrat

glad you liked it. :)

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Another sample from my most recent box from Sil.
If you had told me a few years ago that I would grow to love smokey teas, I’m not sure I would have agreed. They used to kind of freak me out, but now I love them. Sometimes I like to sweeten them, which brings out a deep caramelized flavor. Yum! Right now I’m drinking this one plain, & it is very satisfying. I’d like to try it with Maple…if I could just get myself to get up off the couch & walk to the kitchen…ok, I did it, & OMG this is tasty!

TeaVivre

This tea has a heavy flavor of smoked and pine, which is suitable for people who prefer strong flavor.

Terri HarpLady

I guess that would be me! :)

TeaVivre

Yes, this tea is for you. :)

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Now this is a pleasant cup!
It is a sweet mouth filling dian hong, laced gently with rose. What can I say? I enjoy the rich sweet potato taste of DH, & unlike my tea sister Sil, who sent me this Teavivre sample, I love the scent of roses, & I enjoy roses in my tea from time to time, so long as they aren’t overdone, or fake. This one is nicely done! It’s a sipdown, as I used the entire sample (2 minutes), but I only got it a few days ago & never added it to my database, so I don’t really get to count it. Thanks to Sil, Teavivre, & whomever the sample was originally sent to, for this lovely afternoon cup.

Sil

Yay! I’m glad you liked it

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Sil sent me a sample of this.
I don’t really care for it.
NEXT!

Sil

Yeah I’m not sure anyone really has….

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
3046 tasting notes

My pumpkin experiment left me wanting just a basic black tea, & luckily I brought a pretty good stash with me this weekend.

Recently there was a discussion on steepster regarding black tea pearls, with one person claiming they all came from the same factory. I will have to politely disagree, because I’m certain that this is not true. I’d say that all of the ones labeled ‘fengqing’ black pearls might, but due to my ‘pearl’ fetish, I have a pretty good selection of them, & I’ve observed the following:
– they come in different sizes
– there are also color differences sometimes
– most importantly, they don’t all taste the same

I would still like to do an official comparison of the ones I have, & maybe this week I’ll finally get around to that. Meanwhile, I can say for a fact that this batch, from Mandala, is distinctly different from the ones I have from TeaVivre, which is different from the ones I have from thepuritea. I like them all.

I think these black pearls have the boldest flavor of the three: malty, rustic, with a little pepper & today I’m feeling a little citrus & allspice.

Bonnie

I agree that they are not the same. For example, Mandala’s are smilies than Teavivre’s. I’ve seen smaller and harder pearls as well as some freaking big suckers. The ones at my local shop are so close to Teavivre’s in a side by side that I by them here. The savings for me is worth it on shipping. You really can shop around to find what you like best.

Terri HarpLady

I always buy pearls when I see them :)

Dinosara

Yes, I also agree, I find them all very different! Need to get me some new pearls. :)

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First off, I made paleo pumpkin scones from this recipe to go with breakfast: http://www.freckleditalian.com/2013/10/guest-post-recipe-paleo-pumpkin-maple.html
I did not make the final glaze, as I’m at Tony’s, & I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed. None the less, the scones are tasty! They are more cakey than scone like. Oh, how I miss the bisquity yumminess of scones!
Anyway, I used canned pumpkin puree, which I still have plenty of, so I had an idea. My silly experiment:

I made a cup of Irish Breakfast, adding a heaping TB of pumpkin puree, some maple syrup, some cinnamon, & some vanilla. It was drinkable, but so so, & the worst part was, in spite of all my stirring, there was a thick puddle of sludge (pumpkin) at the bottom of the cup. :p
Oh well…it was worth a try.
Now…what to do with the rest of the pumpkin puree…

Fjellrev

Those both look and sound lovely. :)

Bonnie

Marcus Stout at Golden Moon Tea has a Chai recipe from a few weeks ago that uses pumpkin puree!

Terri HarpLady

Do you have a link, Bonnie?

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First cup of the day, I made the mistake of letting this go a little longer, & although it was still very agreeable, I didn’t enjoy it as much. That’s ok, next time I’ll pay attention!

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I would like to shout out a loud ,“thank you” to Spencer for sending me a sample of this. What a tasty treat!

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This is such a pleasantly clean & clear sheng, tasting lightly of cedar & feeling like a light vanilla creamy texture. Through the sippings it became more savory, with a green olive oil pepperiness, & then later there was a sweet citrus type taste & texture. There is a very lively energy to this tea. I feel very present, laid back, & calm, & I’m thinking “bubble bath”.

I’m trying to drink at least one of my TOMC/TOMCR teas each day, to work my way through them. This was from February TOMCR, & it’s a really nice one. Sadly, this is a sipdown.

Sil

i keep saving this one…

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Home from the rehearsal.
6pearls + mug of hot water X 3 min (resteep 5 min)

All I can say is Thank you, I needed that.

Sil

I spent the morning overwhelmed and crying slightly for a period of time. I’ve been one a call since 6am today. I need a lot of things. Today sucks

TeaBrat

oh, I have some of this on the way!

Terri HarpLady

Sil: Poor girl, I’m sending you a big hug! I hope you get to enjoy the weekend!
Amy: your package arrived!! I’m looking forward to sampling both of those, & I mailed teas to you, including a sample of this one.

Sil

terri….i “started” work half dressed, towel on my head at 6:20…i got up three times after that – twice to pee and once to put clothes on lol. I JUST finished my day….

Terri HarpLady

Tell your man I said he has to be really really nice to you tonight :)

Sil

haha he was awesome tonight… came home and went to pick up food for me early ‘o clock because i was going to be glued to the desk until later and hadn’t eaten all day. he’s always good to me :)

Terri HarpLady

Good men can be hard to find, soil glad we both have one :)

Sil

soil glad too giggling

Terri HarpLady

LOL
We just ordered carry out. I’m starving!

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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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