2952 Tasting Notes

I’ve decided monday is my day to sample white teas. I don’t have very many of them, mostly in ‘sample’ size, so once a week seems good to me.

I’ve had this sample for quite some time, & it’s about time I drink it!
I’m not an expert or even a huge fan of white teas. For the most part, they tend to be kind of boring & lame to my tastes, but in an effort to be open minded, I will continue to sample one every week & try to develop more of a sense for what they offer.

I’ve also come to the conclusion that white teas are not always so much about taste, as about sensations. The earliest steepings had a lovely floral sense about them, with a hint of allspice I think. This developed into a crisp & slightly tart mouth, with a bit of a lemony taste. Later there is also an almost chalky sensation as well, which I think, if it were processed as a black tea, would become that resinous & malty tongue thickening bit that many of us love so much in our yunnan teas.

This tea also packs a decent ‘third eye’ energy. :)
Sipdown!
The boys informed me that they polished of ‘Eleven’ as well, so I’m officially at 288 teas!

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I was going to have a cup of Premium Taiwanese Assam this morning. I sleepily measured out the tea, the water was hot, the tea was steeped, then I sat down to drink. I was thinking to myself, “Something is different. This seems to have lost something.” It wasn’t as sweet. It wasn’t as chocolatey. It wasn’t bad, it was nicely bold & deep, but not what I was expecting. Then I realized I’d made a cup of the ‘upgrade’ by accident. Nothing wrong with it, nothing missing, it’s just not the same tea.

This is a sipdown!

Cavocorax

Whoops!
It seems like a lot of people prefer the original Assam over the upgrade – I think I’ll just stick with that one too as I enjoy it so much!

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I’ve really enjoyed this Brew, & sadly, there is only enough for one more pot of it…sigh…to be shared with good company in the form of my sons.

Irish breakfast, green vanilla (the only flaw in this recipe, IMO. When I experiment with my own version, the green will be left out), sweet potato, & cinnamon. Yum!

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Sipdown from this sample from TastyBrew.
I have to admit, this really is a good representation of a rich brioche, with almonds & just the right amount of cinnamon. You can even taste the crust. I dunno how they did it, but I like it. :)

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Another sample, care of TastyBrew. Thanks! :)
A mild green tea with Spearmint & Lemon Myrtle. I’m not always a huge mint fan, & I much prefer peppermint over spearmint, but this tea is a pleasant after-breakfast cup. This isn’t bitter at all, & is even mildly sweet. The sip starts out a little creamy, followed by a refreshing sensation, but ends somewhat astringent, & that’s the only thing I don’t care for about it.

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I decided to have a cup of this chai with my breakfast with a little stevia. It’s a nice spicy one, & the only thing that would have made it better would have been some canned coconut milk, or actually the cream off the top of a can of coconut milk, or maybe some french vanilla coconut creamer. Thanks to Tasty Brew for this sample!

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
2952 tasting notes

First tea of the day!
I steeped at 3 min, & then re-steeped at 5.
This is a rich & resinous cup with a nice bass note.
The flavor is savory & rustic, & still reminds me of masa harina & roasted poblano chili’s, maybe some roasted carrots too.
Nice & thick in the mouth, smooth & bold.

Garret

HI!! A few of the coffeehouses and teahouses we supply to go through this tea like wild! I am really happy that you like it, too! Thank you, again, for taking the time, my friend, to write down your impressions!

Terri HarpLady

My pleasure! I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve tried so far! :)

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Sipdown!
My final tea of the day is a mystery shu puer tuocha, wrapped in gold foil with tiny red writing on it. This was sent to me from Sil, & was a decent little Shu. Thanks!

Sil

yay! i really need to try this one soooooon…

Terri HarpLady

I dropped both of them into a 16oz mug, 3 min. Resteeped at 5. Nice dark rich brew. Nothing fancy, but satisfying :)

Sil

that was a grocery store buy in china lol so i’m ok with satisfying heh

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Sipdown, this is a sample from Sil. Thanks!
It is a tasty cup, not something I’d buy, but a tasty treat on a saturday afternoon.

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The was sent to me from IndigoBloom via Sil, thanks girls!
This is also a sipdown, uh….298 I think.
A rather unusual blend of Cilantro, White tea, & Mango with a pinch of Hibiscus, the vision of Indigo. And a lovely vision it is!

Chelle

This one sound like a very interesting blend. Love mango…love cilantro!

Sil

i like this one a bit better than the pineapple cilantro blend stacy has…

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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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