2859 Tasting Notes

This tea came to me from Sil, who got it from Cavocorax. Thanks girls. I drank a cup of this while teaching, & although it was ok, it’s not really memorable. Although I enjoy green tea & black tea, I don’t generally want them mixed together. I feel like it throws off the steeping parameters. The exception to this is Bilbo Brew, but I think even that one would benefit from switching the vanilla green to a vanilla black or vanilla Oolong. Anyway, this isn’t terrible, & at some point I’d probably enjoy trying some of Murchie’s other teas.
NEXT!

Sil

i picked up 1-2 from murchie’s i’ll share with you. they’re a decent enough tea in a milk and sugar kinda way

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I’m starting the morning with a tea from Sil.
This is a gentle Assam, with long twisted leaves like an Oolong. The flavor & aroma is fruity & sweet, with an undertone of toast maybe? If the more robust Assams were bold & studly guys, with one would be more like a strong but somewhat refined Chic. It’s not as bold of a brew, but the flavor is rich & I really like these Sun Moon Lake teas.
By the way, the packaging on these teas is absolutely beautiful! If you want to see the pic of the box Sil sent me, here it is:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201069287589748&set=pb.1095023403.-2207520000.1375451395.&type=3&theater
The tea I’m drinking now is in the wrapper with purple on it.

Sil

i have to get through these soon…making myself drink older teas first. Looking forward to seeing how this one is different from lot 154 or whatever the other number we have is

Terri HarpLady

LOL! One of them is fruitier, but they were both nice!

Sil

did i tell you i need to sipdown 8-9 teas (if i don’t count the stuff that’s incoming to me) every week if i’m going to make it to 150 by November 1st lol

Terri HarpLady

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!
OK, sorry, maybe that was a little too much laughing…You just made me think of all our schemes to make our tea collections more manageable. :D
Really, this is a manageable plan. It’s just 1 – 2 sipdowns a day. You can do that! I actually managed 4 yesterday, although I’m not sure that any will happen today. Sometimes if I want to sip something down, I’ll pull out the big teapot, use the tea up, drink a cup or 2 & try to get the boys to drink some, offer it to students, etc, then refrigerate the rest to drink cold. I haven’t done that lately, but maybe I should!

Sil

1-2 a day is only doable if i have little bits of tea to finish. work has been hard to find time to have “extra” teas. but yes…we are a pair of silly fools :)

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Another Sipdown, this one is from my Cavocorax Collection.
I think previously I added stevia to this one, but tonight I drank it plain, & it was delicious. Thanks again, Cavo.
My end of the day total is 339 teas in the house!

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
2859 tasting notes

Thanks to Cavocorax for this generous sample of tea!
Initially I was surprised, because I was expecting marble sized pearls, like the red & black dragon pearls from other companies that I’ve tried.
As it turns out, this is more like Adagio’s Yunnan Noir or Mandala’s Morning Sun. The pearls are each individual leaves, twirled into a small pearl shape. (Cavo, when you finally get my package, you’ll understand my momentary confusion).

Anyway, this is a very tasty tea! Malty with a light cocoa sweetness. I’m glad to say that there is enough in the bag for probably 2 more cups at least! Thanks Cavo, you rock!

Cavocorax

Glad you liked it. Also, I’m excited to see what you mean – maybe I don’t even know what real pearls are like? :O

Sil

LOL well they’re these round things…

JustJames

not sire these kind would stand up to the tooth scratching test though ;-)

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Hmmmmm….am I the only member of the Verdant Reserve TOMC?
Somebody else write a review, please!

This is one of the selections for July, which I’m just now getting around to trying. I concluded awhile back that although I enjoy all oolongs, even the floral ones, my favorites are without a doubt the roasted Wuyi varieties. There is just something very sensual about them. I love them so much that I recently got a Yixing just for them.

However, this Wuyi is not roasted, so I’m steeping it in my blue lotus porcelain pot, which is a teeny tiny bit bigger than my yixing, but still tiny & adorable. More & more I find myself wanting to drink certain kinds of teas from specific vessels. It just seems to enhance the whole experience (or maybe it’s just my obsessive compulsive nature?).

So…the dry leaf is twisted & lovely & long, like the roasted wuyis that I swoon over, but the coloring is lighter, without the deep reds & blacks that roasted leaves have. The aroma is a gently sweet & floral incense.

The tea brews to a lovely honey colored cup. It’s sweet, with layers of flavors: honey, some kind of greens (I want to say edible chrysanthemums, but I’ve never actually eaten them), & there is a floral taste & aroma that rise into the sinuses like a fine incense. That’s one of the things I love about Wuyi’s…that incense-like sensation. At first it freaked me out a little, but now I love it.

I’ve been sipping cup after cup of this, while cutting & filing my nails in preparation to practice for a few hours. I have no idea how many cups I’ve drank…maybe 6? The taste is still sweet, not as floral, & my tongue is tingling as if I were drinking a lightly peach flavored sparkling mineral water, making me think of a really fresh & pure artesian spring, bubbling up through the rocky earth, somewhere in the Wuyi Mountains. Now I want to go there, to sit & drink from this spring & just breath. I think I’m tea-drunk, LOL.

Dinosara

Haha, I am still getting them but I haven’t been able to get around to them lately! I think this one will be on the docket for this weekend.

Terri HarpLady

Final note: I stepped out back, wandered around my garden, picked a few perfectly ripe peaches from Ellie (my peach tree, named after my Great Dane who passed from this world 4 years ago). The peaches aren’t always pretty, & you have to sometimes carve around some funky spots, but the reward is SO worth it. There is nothing like a homegrown tree ripened peach! The final cup of this tea, after eating the peaches, is mineral with an bit of a cooked grain like taste.

Bonnie

My memory is shot! I had company too which threw me off. Now I’ll have to go back and see what I’ve logged and what’s missing. Hate when I do that!

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I stumbled upon steepster almost a year ago. It was Labor Day weekend. Tony & I were talking about going to the London Tea Room (founded by a couple of chics from London that were nostalgic for a proper cup of english tea). I did a search on one of their teas, to see if they still had it on their menu, but the search led me to a review of that tea, written by our lovely Azzrian! I had never heard of steepster, & although I was drinking large quantities of tea every day & have for years, they were from a fairly small number of vendors. I had no idea there were online tea communities, & I was instantly in love love love!
Within a week I had placed my first order from Verdant, & it was more love love love. My tea collection, which seemed pretty large at 30 or so teas, has blossomed forth each month, as I continue to discover new (to me) companies, make friends with like minded tea freaks, participate in trades, joint purchases, TOMC, teaboxes, etc.

I received this sample in my first Verdant order, or maybe one of the first orders. I can’t believe I haven’t drank it yet! I had a couple of porcelain jars with lids that most of my samples end up in, & this one was in there (with 4 samples of Verdant’s flowering green jasmine…if anybody wants one, please let me know! I’ve already drank several).

Anyway, finally I’m drinking it! Even though it’s a year old, it was well preserved in its foil pouch & it is as tasty as ever. As far as Green teas are concerned, I don’t think anybody can compete with the amazing fresh flavor of these Laoshan greens.

We’re talking freshly steamed edamame…fresh creamy soymilk (I used to make my own), buttery green beans, fresh picked from the garden & steamed. The fresh green taste is so good, & in the 4th steeping my mouth took on a mintiness, a tingling sensation. I’ve now had my green tea for the day, & it’s also a sipdown! 340!

TheTeaFairy

I love this post! Terri, that’s also how I discovered Steepster, by looking up a tea…when I realized that an actual tea community existed, entirely devoted to the experience of sharing knowledge and new discoveries, I was ecstatic ! Still am :-) I remember it felt like I had found a secret society almost, as if one needed special skills to become a member. Then I realized the only requirement is to be what we all are here: tea fanatics!
I’m on the spring Laoshan green at the moment, and this tea is everything you are describing, just beautiful…

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Now that I have steepster, & all my awesome friends here, I can’t imagine how I got by without it! LOL, it’s like a 12 step group, a group hug, an ongoing tea drinking convention/frenzy, & several other things, all rolled into one! :D

Dinosara

Harney actually used to have links to the Steepster pages of their teas on their website! That’s how I found Steepster.

Cavocorax

That’s pretty cool. I found Steepster by doing searches for DavidsTea reviews while I was standing in their store. :P I’d been burned before and wanted to get something that was great!

Bonnie

I bought some tea in Canada on a cruise and didn’t know how to brew it so I googled information on the tea and found steepster!

Terri HarpLady

And here we all are! Yay!

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Second cup of the day, though not a sipdown.
This is a decent Keemun, but there are so many others that I enjoy more. I think I have enough to drink this one more time…next month!

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drank Golden Yunnan by thepuriTea
2859 tasting notes

It’s August!
Last night I did my monthly tea inventory. I’m starting the month at 343 teas, a nice palindrome number. This includes samples, trades, & teas I’ve ordered recently…tea hiatus group, I think I need an intervention. You may all have to come to st louis & babysit me for a week to keep me from ordering anything else!

So, I’m starting the month with a plan for many many sipdowns! My son Leif started the ball rolling by polishing off the last of the Earl Gray Moonlight from Adagio. I continued the trend with this Golden Yunnan, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I’ve already reviewed it a few times, & although it may not be as awesome as the Golden Fleece, & it doesn’t really look like the photo, it is still a very drinkable & tasty cup of tea!

Teacount 341.

Sil

Soooo begins the count. And we were doing so well for a few months there…

Terri HarpLady

I know! I think you & I are really good for each other, but I think maybe we’re also really bad for each other, LOL.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
2859 tasting notes

I had tea guests for awhile this afternoon, & they like black tea so I served them a pot of this, because it’s just so awesome. Everyone enjoyed it, & I’m finishing of the last cup of the resteep pot.

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The month is over, & nobody has reviewed this tea yet? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only actual member of the TOMC. This is one of the Reserve TOMC selections for July.

When I initially opened the packet, there was initially a stale aroma, like grains that have been sealed in a jar for awhile, but that quickly subsided & was replaced by the smell of sweet lightly roasted stone fruit & a light incense.

Following the suggested steeping parameters, I put 4 Grams in my porcelain jingdezhen wide lotus Gaiwan,
com/teas/jingdezhen-wide-lotus-gaiwan/
steeped it 5 seconds & strained it into my glass test tube steeper (because my Rishi glass pitcher has a crack in it, whine),
and I’m sipping the tea from a Jingdeshen Red Lotus cup
http://verdanttea.com/teas/jingdezhen-red-lotus-tea-cup/
BTW, verdant has their teaware on sale this week, for those who are interested.

Since this Gaiwan & cup are porcelain, I can drink any teas from them, but I’ve officially dedicated them to Tieguanyins because… well… because I can! It just seems right. The shorter wide Gaiwan gives lots of room for the leaves to expand & they look so pretty & happy swimming around in there.

So this tea is a little incense-like, very savory, but also a little sweet & slightly roasty. There is a fruitiness to it of dried peaches, a little bit of a grassiness to it, & a nice tongue tingling sensation as well. After several steepings the incense taste became a gentle floral, & the sweetness continued, with a creamy texture.

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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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