2855 Tasting Notes

Final tea of the day.
An earthy grounding tuocha, not as tasty as some of the other shu’s in my collection, but not bad either.

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The month is almost over & I’m finally drinking this one.
The flavor is SO green! I went with the test tube steeper, short steepings, & it’s so rich & full it reminds me of Matcha!

JustJames

i loved this tea…..

Dexter

Pardon my newbie ignorance. Can you please explain to me the “test tube steeper”? I’ve seen it mentioned in tasting notes but haven’t run across one (that I remember) on any of the sites. Where did you get it?

Terri HarpLady

Here’s the link Dexter
http://verdanttea.com/teas/glass-test-tube-steeper/
I love this thing! It is my favorite mode for steeping green teas. They are out of stock right now.

Dexter

Thank you. Will have to keep a watch out to see if they restock. Looks unusual.

yyz

Hi Dexter. If verdant doesn’t restock you might want to check out aliexpress retailers carry something similar starting around 11USD. Just make sure that they are charging per complete set and not per piece and that you check out the shipping costs when comparing retailers.

JustJames

terri! what an awesome link…. that’s a great device!

Dexter

Thanks for the advice yyz. Will take a look.

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I have to confess: I have a tendency to overleaf it with Stacy’s black teas. If she says ‘2 tsp’ I usually go with a loose Tbl, as those teas are so crazy shaped that there really is no way to measure out a tsp with them. If she (or anyone else on any tea…) says ‘a level tsp’, I usually go with a heaping one. On this tea (& the Assam leaf, even more so), I’ve learned to follow instructions, LOL. This is not a wiggly irregular shaped tea, the strands are thinner & shorter, so it is more well behaved.

Anyway, it’s a lovely boldish Assam with a light astringency & a nice malty flavor, with a hint of citrus to it. (Or maybe that came from the lemon pancakes I was eating?). Very rich & delicious. I steeped 4 minutes. Next time I need to remember to go 5, so I can see how it changes.

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I had originally planned to enjoy this yesterday after several steepings of Lao Tong Zhi ‘11 Sheng, but the day got late, dinnertime came, & I decided to wait. So I’m enjoying it now (still listening to the ladies play harp duets). This is a very nice fully flavored Shu, no fish or ammonia, reminding me of vanilla wafers, & also reminding me of the noodle kugle I used to make for my kids a long time ago. That kugel was rich with eggs, vanilla, cinnamon. This Shu has a richness like that, a smooth vanilla mouthfeel, a mouth watering sweetness, & it’s just plain tasty! It’s also rather bold!
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 2min (xingyang workshop method)
Subsequent steeps t 2 min, followed by steeps at 3 mins as needed.

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I haven’t drank this one for awhile.
I have 2 ladies here practicing their Harp duets & I always serve them tea. I served this one, in part because I’m really trying to make it through my entire menu of teas by the end of the month, which won’t actually happen, LOL, but at least I can make it through all the black teas then. Also, I haven’t drank this one for awhile, as ceylon teas tend to not interest me much, they tend to upset my stomach if it’s empty (along with white, green, puers & oolongs), and so I figured it was time to give it a try again. After breakfast!

It is, of course a much more gentle brew that what I tend to go for, very light & ‘clear’, with a taste closer to the ice teas of my youth, but today I’m really noticing a very lovely apricot flavor to it! Perhaps I originally judged this tea unfairly, for today it is quite nice! The ladies are enjoying it too. :)

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First tea of the day! I really enjoyed these pearls this morning, with their essence of malt & chocolate. I needed a black tea that wouldn’t upset my tummy on an empty stomach, because I had a student right away & didn’t have time to eat. This one worked just fine, using 6 pearls & steeped at 4 min, then 5, then 6 minutes. I made it through the first cup during the lesson, drank the 2nd while fixing breakfast, & the 3rd with my meal. A good start to a busy day!

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I feel that I have accomplished very little today, but it’s been a nice relaxing afternoon, just sitting around sipping teas. Sometimes I need a day like this, & it’s been way too long, IMO.

It appears that I’m the only person who has ever reviewed this one, & it’s been quite awhile since I drank it. This is one of those Shengs that is still young, & I always have to remind myself to limit the amount of leaf to 3G, & keep the early steepings short! Otherwise it’s way too intense. I wrote a pretty comprehensive post regarding this Sheng awhile back, so for those who want a full on review, I’ve attached the link.

http://steepster.com/Terri%20HarpLady/posts/143576#comments

High Adventure

I had the same kind of day!

Kittenna

I think I may have purchased this one, but left it with my mom. Hopefully I’ll get around to trying it when I’m visiting her one day!

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Once my daughter & grandson left, I knew I wanted some Shu. It’s been awhile since I drank this one, & I thoroughly enjoyed all the steepings. I went with the Xingyang workshop suggestions of 5G + 4oz x 2 min. It does make for a powerful cup, but I love that. Sweet semolina.

Bonnie

Hum, I know I have this somewhere too. Looking at my cupboard, I have a lot of puerh and lots of verdant don’t I. Haven’t swapped in over a year and don’t buy nearly as much tea as I used to. Can’t afford to anymore. We’ve all tightened our belts. Not complaining, I have lots of tea left!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I’m sure there’s enough tea here to keep me going for a long time!

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
2855 tasting notes

Sipdown!
My daughter Ari came over with her son for lunch. We made deviled eggs, raspberry almond flour muffins (heavenly), & a salad of Mizuna, radishes, & raspberries (all from my garden!) tossed with hazelnut oil & mango vinegar. Ari picked this tea to have with lunch. Perhaps sitting on the shelf for 6 months has done it some good, as it was much better than I remember it being. Ari loved it.

MsWhatsit

Sometimes heat affects my flavor perception and a tea I didn’t much care for in cooler weather is very good in the hot part of summer.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe that it :)
Also my allergies cause my taste & smell capabilities to be mutes, then I miss subtle undertones.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2855 tasting notes

Drinking this tea always makes me happy! Just looking at the beautiful leaves makes me smile. It is beautiful, delicious, & I love it.
(still backtracking)

JustJames

i have some of this on its way…. i am so impatient, lol!

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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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