3091 Tasting Notes

I am not as huge of a fan of Tieguanyin as I am of the more roasty oolongs, but I do enjoy all of them. This one is from the Oct TOMC, which I am finally getting around to sampling this week. The dry leaf is irregular nuggets, in shades of gray & moss. The aroma is of a jar of jasmine rice that hasn’t been opened for awhile, plus a green aroma.
5G + 4oz porcelain gaiwan (rinse) X 3/4/5/6 secs = the first round
I shared this one with my green tea loving student, who hasn’t tried oolongs yet, & she had the greatest look of surprize when she took the first sip & smelled the cup :)

The first round of steeps was delicate, with a light buttery brown sugar sweetness, very lightly caramelized.

2nd round: 9/12/15/18
I’m really getting the kettlecorn reference here, with a hint of incense as well, more in the sinuses, what I like to call the ‘after aroma’, something I really enjoy in some Oolongs. The flavor of this tea really spreads out in the mouth, touching all of the taste buds & the palate, with a very full kind of essence.
3rd round: 21/24/27/30 seconds
Both sweet, & a little savory woodiness, with a sweet cinnamon & raisins aftertaste & after aroma that lingers, invoking a slice of cinnamon toast in my mind. A lovely tea, that I probably wouldn’t crave, but will definitely enjoy from time to time.

Regarding my steeping parameters, I put the 1st steep of each round in a cup, combining the next 2 or 3 in a pitcher. Then I go sit somewhere & enjoy them.

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It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I have had it for awhile, but it’s been sealed up in an air tight tin, & miraculously, it still tastes very nice! I’m sure if I compared it to a fresher version, I would probably notice a difference, but I’m not doing that. I made a pot of this to share with one of my college students, who favors green teas of all kinds, & she loves it!

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Sipdown? Where did all this tea go?
I guess I drank it & shared it with friends. That is, after all, what we do with tea, right? Still, it’s hard to believe that my tin of Tiger is empty! I wish they sold a refill, that would be perfect. Maybe I’ll send them an email about it. If not, their tins are awesome & can be filled with something else, with a homemade paper label added. My shelves are full of such things!

A wonderfully substantial Assam, with a growl & a bite! I will miss you…at least for now!


wow look at you go! i still have half my tin left…so many other things to drink heh

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, but to be fair, I think I bought my tin a few months ahead of yours, or maybe even a year ago, lol, & have sent out lots of samples so people could try it. I won’t mourn it’s loss too much, as I have TONS of TEA to drink, including many excellent black teas! :)

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This morning I’ve been enjoying 2 different Jin Jun Mei’s from Yunnan Sourcing. I used the same steeping parameters for both:
1 heaping tsp of tea + 10oz X 3 min/re-steep in 8oz @ 5 min.

The leaf size on this one is slightly larger, with a much higher golden tippiness. The flavor is immediately butterier, with a thicker feel, & a richer maltiness. The resteep is sweeter, with a lingering fruit pastry kind of taste. I’ve enjoyed both of these teas, with this one being a little more favored, & it will be fun in the future to line up all of my Jin Jun Mei’s in gaiwans, for back to back steepings!


Looking forward to the results of your line up.

Terri HarpLady

It should be interesting! :)

Dag Wedin

Must try a jin jun mei :)

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I love Jin Jun Mei. I’d like to drink all of the Jin Jun Mei’s in my collection, together, comparing their colors, fragrance, taste, nuance, etc. Maybe during the HoliDaze I’ll set aside a day for that, but for today, I’m drinking 2, from the order I received yesterday from Yunnan Sourcing.

I started with this one. The leaf is small & thin, having the characteristic ‘eyebrow’ shape, with spots of gold, but mostly a dark almost black color. I steeped a heaping tsp in my mug for 3 minutes, followed with a 5 minute re-steep in a smaller mug. The resulting cups were sweet, with a feel that I get from Jin Jun Mei that always reminds me of Bee Pollen. A little malt, a little fruit (not sure what kind, but with a slightly bright tanginess), & a floral sense as well.

A tasty sweet yet savory cup! Next time, Gongfu!

Dag Wedin

Sounds like this one is something for me. I just love that malty flavour mixed with a bit of sweetness and fruit

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My box from Sil came today, AND my order from Yunnan Sourcing also came. This is the first tea out of Sil’s box, from a mutual order we placed with TeaVivre. I have long awaited these little pearls. Delicious!

Photos of both boxes: https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak

Note to self: When ordering from Yunnan Sourcing, don’t go with the cheap shipping unless you want to totally forget about your teas by the time they arrive. Just sayin’

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I am really behind on my TOMC sampling!!
This one is from October, & I’m just now finally getting around to trying it. It’s lovely! Nuggets with tails, in shades of medium to dark Jade green, the dry aroma is sweet & fruity, the wet aroma is a gentle banana rice pudding kind of smell.
5G + 4oz Gaiwan (rinse) X 3/6/9/12/15 etc…
This is a very delicate cup of gentle fruitiness. In the earliest cups I tasted homemade dehydrated bananas. Not the crunchy ones like you get from the store, but the chewy caramel textured ones you get when you dry them yourself, much sweeter, & a real pleasure to eat. The color is a very pretty spring yellow. Over the next several steepings (12 in all) the tea took on a sunny quality, a lightly fruity (peach?) & sugarcane taste, with a creamy vanilla texture. Near the end it reminded me of banana rice pudding.

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I went with a little more leaf on this one, but then I forgot to set a timer, & got sidetracked a little & over-steeped it. Luckily, it doesn’t seem to have made a difference! It’s still delicious. I’m still thinking of a not too sweet dried fruit, dipped in chocolate.

I have to say that when I think of Assam, I’m thinking of something bold & malty, something that will wake me up, something from the Assam region of India. Transplanting assamica tea plants to other parts of the world, other soils, etc, makes for interesting & in this case tasty, variations in those teas.


But isn’t it also a little disappointing when that happens? I have a feeling that if the tea looses the qualities of an Assam, it should be given a different name. And that goes for any other tea, as well.

Terri HarpLady

I kind of agree, but I guess adding the name Taiwanese Assam, or in this case Sun Moon Lake Assam helps. I’ve never had an Assam that was particularly bold, but they are still flavorful :)

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The first sip of this today was a little bright & floral, as if I’d just woke up & someone turned the lights on, if you know what I mean. But after a few sips the rich maltiness & earthiness of the other 2 teas came into play, & I was a happy camper! This really is a lovely breakfast blend, with so many nuances going on in every sip. It’s bold enough to satisfy, sweet enough, & both grounding & uplifting at the same time.


It has a nice name too.


I though the same! I love it when companies give evocative names for their teas

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About a year ago I joined the Verdant Reserve Tea of the Month club. This was among the first offerings. I can’t believe I still have some of this. I’m trying to make an effort to drink through more of these teas, as there is no point having them if I’m not going to drink them. I followed the same parameters as in previous sippings of this (see previous notes), & the results is a soothing cup. I suppose it could be considered a white sheng, & does have a really pleasant energy about it. The dry aroma reminds me of fresh goats milk, while the wet aroma is more like canned condensed milk with a little malt thrown in. The tea itself has a mild maltiness & creamy vanilla like texture. As I continued through the cups, my tongue developed a tingle, my brain got a little buzz on, & gradually the flavor became sweeter, reminding me of sorghum, only a diluted lighter sorghum.

I played a gig this afternoon, the monthly tea at the retirement home. Just for fun, I did a full hour of Beatles music, & the residents loved it. It was fun! For some reason, by the time I got home I was exhausted, just really really tired (I suspect it’s the mold level in the air). I started drinking cups of this about an hour ago, & now, on the 10th & final cup, I am feeling quite revived!

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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!


St. Louis, MO



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