3071 Tasting Notes

I’ll start out by thanking Angel & Teavivre for this sample.
This is a very fresh Raw Puerh, being from 2014. The aroma, upon opening the packet, is very fresh & green, like a barn full of newly baled Hay that includes Clover in the mix.

The main features of this tea are a tangy apricot fruitiness, a little grassy & brassy at first, with an instant tongue tingle. The middle steeps are a little peppery & bitter, but then it smooths out nicely.

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Tasty & smooth, kind of creamy even. The vanilla is nice, esp if you add a little maple.
I was more enamored with this tea the first time I tried it, and it is nice, but the price is too steep for me. I realize the price of vanilla beans is way up there, & I appreciate Brenden’s use of REAL vanilla though! :)

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Shared a pot of his Lordship with a student today, & the main flavor that came to mind was
Wood.

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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.

looseTman

Excellent review!

Ubacat

I love lychee but haven’t found a good lychee flavoured tea yet.
I’ve had days like that at home too when I’m supposed to be working. Then at the end of the day, I realize I didn’t get anything done! LOL

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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
3071 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 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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