2895 Tasting Notes

drank Chocolate Eclair by Fauchon
2895 tasting notes

Bubble bath tea from boychik.
Wow! Bread, chocolate, & cream = delicious!
Now I’m thinking I want to combine cacao nibs, vanilla, & something smokey…
It will either be awesome or terrible…

Sil

mmmmmmmm that combo sounds good. and is giving me ideas.

MzPriss

there will be a bubble bath in my immediate future now too. A post cobbler bubble bath.

Stephanie

I loooove this one. #1 on my Fauchon must haves list!

Terri HarpLady

A small disclaimer: about halfway into the cup a funky after taste started building up in my mouth, & my tummy started feeling kind of yucko. dammit

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
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Malt, cream, & bread :)
My tastes are still muted, but my mouth feels so happy right now.
This is a lovely yunnan tea, sent to me from the TeaFairy, although I tried it before when Cavocorax sent me some several month ago.
Drinking tea & watching baseball in my PJs: The St. Louis Cardinals are currently leading the Phillies: 5 – 3

Veronica

My poor Phillies! I was actually surprised at their last winning streak. They’ve been just shy of terrible this year. :(

Terri HarpLady

awww…now I feel bad…ok, not really :)
My Cards are finally starting to kick butt a little bit…finally!

Terri HarpLady

hmmm…I wonder why some of the letters came out blue? I didn’t do anything special

Terri HarpLady

oh, hahaha, it’s because I put three w’s together, so the computer thinks it’s a website!

Veronica

That’s ok. The other team I cheer for is the Rockies, so I’m used to yelling things like “Why?” and “Are you kidding me?” at the tv. :) I do love baseball though!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I yell while I watch too.

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drank Dark Rose Tea by TeaSource
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I have to admit, I was intrigued by this one, & I’m grateful to Stephanie for sending a sample my way. Although I’m not a huge fan of ‘flavored’ teas, I do tend to always want to try novelty shaped teas, made from just natural ingredients. (I really want to try the Anhui Basket tea too, & Stephanie also sent me a sample of that one!).

I don’t really have much to say about it, other than I enjoyed the cup. I like heicha, & my understanding is it’s like Shu puerh kind of, but seems to me to be somewhere in between black tea & Shu. Flavors I was able to pick out: Wood, Leather, & light Rose.

Stephanie

I felt very similar about this one.

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drank Organic Chai by Tazo
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I made our usual decadent sunday breakfast: almond flour pancakes, bacon, black raspberries, & Maple syrup. Rummaging through Tony’s cupboard, I found some of this, which went well with breakfast, especially with a little maple added.

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drank Awake by Tazo
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In an effort to save some of my tea samples for when my tastebuds are actually working, I rummaged through Tony’s cupboard & found a few bags of this. At least it’s bold & black!

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I’ve realized a few things. The main one is that I need to quit trying to review new teas when I’m spending the weekend at Tony’s, except maybe in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground. I think there are 2 reasons, & both of them effect my sense of smell & taste. The first is simply that my allergies are worse at his house. He uses a window unit for air conditioning in the bedroom, so I always wake up congested & with a funky taste in my mouth, because airborne crap comes right in. It’s an old brick house, & would be a major ordeal to route the central air to the attic. I can handle being outside in that stuff for a few hours at a time, as long as I can go into my air conditioned house to decompress, but sleeping with it all night sucks.
Reason number 2, his water filter is also the really cheap kind. To clarify, When I buy something, i do a little research first, & I tend to buy the best quality of that thing that I can afford. This applies to water filters, cars, etc.
Don’t tell Tony I’m complaining, it will hurt his feelings. He really is the most wonderful man in the world, but if we ever actually move in together, these are a few points I’ll be adamant about.

Having said all of that, this tea was sent by our dear TeaFairy, & I should not be drinking it, because I know it’s much better than what I’m getting. I’d like to apologize for all the lame reviews I’ve written over the last several weekends for teas from various friends. I doubt that I did them justice.

Sil

hahaha i’m tellllling! ;)

Skulleigh

This reminds me – I need to order a new filter for the water dispenser in the fridge. It’s sad that we can’t get the cup of tea we know the leaves have the potential to be :)

Terri HarpLady

@ Sil :ppppp""
Speaking of bad water & air, I’m going to visit my folks in Apopka, FL in July. The water there is AWEFULL, along with my allergies. I should probably just bring crappy teas I don’t care about, but I don’t have any, LOL.

Skulleigh

Oh lordy, I used to live in North Florida. We had good water, but we had a softener system on it. Bad water in Florida can be really nasty. You have my sympathies!

Terri HarpLady

Their tap water is pretty high in in surphur & other minerals.
As much as I detest bottled water, I always buy a case of it upon arrival. Before I put it in the kettle, I dump it back & forth between 2 cups a couple of times, in an effort to add some oxygen to it.

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drank Fujian Beauty by Tealux
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Another one from TeaFairy
This is a tasty cup, with the main features being a honey & fruit aroma.

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OK, I admit it. I loveblack teas from Yunnan.
I also love pretty much every black bi luo I’ve ever had, & this one is no exception.
Deliciously honey malted, with an almost creamy mouth, it’s naturally sweet, pastry, yumminess.
Thanks to TeaFairy for my first sample from whispering pines.

MzPriss

I like this one a lot too and I am sad it’s out of stock :(

MzPriss

Yay! :)

MzPriss

Brenden – Can you put me back some(more) GO to go with a July 1 order that will include the Bi Luo so I don’t have to do two? Pretty please?

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You mean blend it now and set it aside for you? I’m sure I’ll have plenty of GO left on the 1st :)

MzPriss

Oh OK – I just didn’t want you to run out before I did my order – because that would make sad.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Ahh, no worries :) I’m all loaded up on the stuff! :D

MzPriss

That makes me happy. I want some to put back for later because I love the way it changes over time. Happy Solstice Brenden

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Happy Solstice to you, too! And also Terri! Golden Orchid has hijacked your post. Oops :P

TheTeaFairy

Black Yunnans rock, So glad you liked it Terri!

How bout Ailaoshan black, will you have plenty as well, or should I consider hoarding some more?

TheTeaFairy

That makes me happy (might still hoard just a little on july first though, I’m insecure)

MzPriss

Laughs! You remind me of me

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And you of me :-) lol, now that we have TONS of tins, why not hoard right?

MzPriss

We’re prepared anyway. Although I have things to go in pretty much most of the ones that are coming

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried the Golden Orchid, but tomorrow I’ll probably sample the ailaoshan black :)

TheTeaFairy

Hope you like it Terri!

I’m having the rest of Yi Mei Ren from YS that you sent me. When I reviewed it a few days ago, I wrote that it reminded me of Oriental Beauty, it’s even more the case tonight, so sweet and honey like, I’m loving it!!

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drank China Keemun by Zen Tea
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This tea comes from The TeaFairy.
I decided awhile back that I would dedicate my weekends to sampling teas from various tea trades, so this weekend I brought samples from Boychik & TeaFairy with me to Tony’s house. We’ve been sitting around in our PJs, just goofing off, sipping teas, & being couch potatoes.
This is a sweet Keemun, with a slightly tart fruitiness, taste of brown sugar, & just a little smoke.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, it’s PJ day!!!

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Another one from Boychik, thanks!
No real comments about it, at least not yet, except to say that it was enjoyable.

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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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