3001 Tasting Notes

Following the same steeping parameters as for the other TTC teas today.
This medium roast oolong is interesting. The dry leaf is curled up, like a floral tieguantin might be, but instead of the beautiful jade green, it is more of a tan/brown color palette. There is a taste here that I immediately recognized, but could not place. Then all of a sudden there it was: Strawberry! The roasty taste is mild, & brought to mind toasted walnuts, which made me long for a walnut pastry with a creamy filling & strawberries on top! Wouldn’t that be lovely!

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I spent a couple of hours working in my garden. It’s so beautiful outside, & it felt so good to be out there, crawling around, pulling weeds.

Now I’m enjoying this one, following the same parameters I set earlier today for the TTC teas: 1 rounded tsp in my 4 oz porcelain pot, 3/4/& 5 min steeps.

All 3 cups have been delicious, stone-fruity, a little pastry-like, & with a hint of coriander, & a slight floral quality.

Kittenna

I also like pulling weeds, haha. There’s something therapeutic about it.

Sil

cough but only when it’s 19.3 degrees out…

Terri HarpLady

It was about 75 Fahrenheit, a near perfect temp!
BTW, the actual Perfect Temperature is 77 Degrees Fahrenheit

Kittenna

Hahahahaha ;)

Sil

Sorry Kittenna…after this weekend i just had to. I very nearly also made a comment about the full moon on either side heh. :)

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If you take those sun moon lake taiwans I was sampling earlier this morning & age them for 30 years, this is what you get! The flavor is of roasted carrots & beets, sweet, rich, & very very different!

Terri HarpLady

But definitely no something I would crave. I will say this though, the leaves can be re-steeped over & over & over again!

Sil

agreed on this one..though ai will love having this one to at least have experienced it

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I love #147, & I love #154. They are 2 different lots of the Sun Moon Lake Assams from Taiwan Tea Crafts. This one is a little ‘thicker’ than the other one, like a slice of candied fruit dipped in chocolate.
The ensemble here includes the same trio of Bassoon, Oboe, & clarinet, but I’d like to add one more instrument…I’m thinking a rich midrange bagpipe drone…
I need to start composing pieces as a reflection of teas I love…sigh…

Alphakitty

Your notes have me drooling, I need to place an order with them!

Cavocorax

I know! They sound so delicious, but… sadly, expensive!

Sil

Cavo – i’m sure i have some you can taste….i sent jenna home with the last 1-2 cups of this lot since i’m likely going to order more…

Cavocorax

That would be great! :)

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First Tea of the day!
This morning Tony flew to Kalamazoo, Michigan. His company is hosting a trade show there, or participating in one, something like that. Either way, he is gone until Tuesday night. I’m not used to being at MY house on sundays, & I don’t have any students or gigs, so it’s a total free day!!
I plan to spend at least part of this day drinking samples of all of the teas Sil & I shared from Taiwan Tea Crafts, in part because I haven’t drank any of them for awhile, & also because TTC is having a SALE! So I need to decide if I want MOAR of any (or all) of these!

This one wins the prize for the most beautiful packaging, lol. The packaging of all of these samples is absolutely beautiful, very colorful, but this one especially. Flavor-wise, this is also one of my favorites. This one & #154 are very similar, with a sweet fruity taste, & I have enough to drink them each one more time after today.

My steeping parameter today is to use my little blue lotus porcelain teapot (roughly 4oz, same size as my yixings, & they all look so nice together on the shelf). This allows me to run 3 full length steepings, but only drink about 12 oz total. As for quantity, I’m treating these teas like I treat Butiki’s Premium Taiwanese Assam, simply because they similar (though the taste is different), with similar leaf size. So I added a slightly heaping tsp to the pot, steeped 3 min at boiling, & then ran 2 more steepings at 4 & then 5min, each into a different cup.

I’m pleased to say that all 3 cups were delicious! This is a refined tea, a lady of Assams if you will. There are no bold bass or high notes here, more like a sweet woodwinds trio: bassoon, oboe, & clarinet. The flavor is rich, gentle, & fruity. Thanks again, Sil, for including me on this order!

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What a wonderful tea to enjoy in my PJs on a saturday afternoon.
I really love this one. Thank you Stacy.

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drank Puerh Tuo Cha by Butiki Teas
3001 tasting notes

We went to breakfast with another couple this morning. My daughter Ari is the chef at the restaurant, & although she makes a special waffle for me (due to my problems with gluten, dairy, etc), I’m wiped out. I haven’t crashed this hard after a meal in a couple of years, & can barely keep my eyes open & type. I can’t stop yawning. I’ll probably have to take a nap.
So I’m drinking this puerh. This is a sample from Stacy, so I get to claim a sipdown! This is a rich, almost coffee like cup of earthiness. It’s a little on the acidic side for me, but otherwise it’s just what I need. The taste reminds me of a really dark & rustic whole grain bread, like a pumpernickel. Near the end of the sip, there is a creamy vanilla sweetness, more a mouthfeel than a taste. Time to resteep.

Butiki Teas

Ugh, sorry. I hate that feeling of exhaustion after a heavy meal. I love this one after heavy meals. I tend to drink this to degrease.

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100

This tea is such a wonderful cup to linger over in bed. That’s just what I did, before we went out out to breakfast this morning. :)

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100

Closer & closer to a sipdown we come.
I hear rumors that Verdant is re-formulating this one, & I will drink up, trusting their instincts & impeccable taste!
I love this tea!

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drank Hong Jing Luo by thepuriTea
3001 tasting notes

I’ve been enjoying a pot of this while teaching my first student of the day, a young lady who just won the “Ms. Metro St. Louis” title, which included here playing a very short 90 seconds piece on Harp.
I, of course, totally detest the beauty pageant scene, LOL, but if that’s what she wants to do, then I’ll do everything I can to help her play well. She’s actually a lovely young lady, taking 18 hours of college, working 3 part time jobs, & doing all kinds of other extra curriculars. In June she’ll go to the miss Missouri pagaent, so today we picked out her piece for that, or a few pieces to consider, but I’m pretty sure we agreed on the one we both like the best. :)

This tea is lovely. It’s a sweet & malty black bi Lou style, rolled up into little snails. I’d describe it more, but Tony is picking me up to take me out to a surprise lunch, then I have to go teach at UMSL, so no time to tarry here!

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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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