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2485 Tasting Notes

drank Plum Oolong by Zhi Tea
2485 tasting notes

Here’s another sample from Lee, Thanks!
This is also a pleasant afternoon tea, similar to the Peach oolong, somewhat, but with a different bass, & this one is a little more on the tart side, much improved with a pinch of sweet added. Tony adores plum oolongs, but the one he tends to have around is much too tart for my tastes. So as Plum oolongs go, this one is pretty nice, but not as nice as the Ginger Peach was. :)

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I’ve always adored peach teas, if they are actually made with real peach, that is. I don’t drink them often now, because I’m rarely happy with them, but when you find a good one, it’s great hot or iced. In my opinion, the best peach teas require the following:

First, REAL peach. Granted, I understand that dried fruits don’t always add a lot of flavor, so you’re never going to get a super peachy tasting tea. I can complain, or I can practice acceptance. Please don’t add a bunch of phony flavoring to my peach tea. That sucks.

Second, the bass should be a Wuyi Oolong. Their roasty & natural stone fruit qualities enhance the peachiness. That’s that. (although secretly lately I’ve wondered if some of the Taiwanese tres 18 sun moon lake Black teas might be good with peach, due to their fruity qualities).

Third, include ginger, because ginger & peach is awesome.

Fourth, if you really want to bring the peachiness out, add a pinch of sweetness to your cup. You’ll be glad you did.

So this one, which is a sample sent to me from Lee, is nice! Real peach chunks, Shui Xian oolong, ginger! I drank the first cup straight, & it was tasty. I drank the resteep with a pinch of sweet, & it’s dessert. Thanks Lee!
Sipdown!

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Yes, I’m still hoarding a few packets of this…this amazing tea.
I’ve reviewed it way too many times, but I will never have enjoyed it too many times.
When Verdant first offered this one, there were implications that this experimental project might be repeated & refined, although in my opinion no refinement is needed!
I hope that we see this tea again…soon! I’m almost out!

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I drank this yesterday & forgot to log it.
I love Big Red Robe types, & this was my last tea of the day…yesterday…

Amariel

BRR is awesome stuff. Not sure if I like it more or less than OB though.

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A sipdown on this tea, sent to me from Sil, who got it from Dexter. Thanks ladies!

I drank this earlier this morning, & I’m gonna confess right now that I over-tea-ed it. I’m at Tony’s. No scale, larger cups, also the leaves are kind of big & wild, so I went for it, just dumping the sample in there. I should have gone with shorter steeps, but it got 3 min.
The resulting cup was drinkable, but not my favorite taste combo, if you know what I mean. It was kind of astringent, with an acidity to it that some people might translate as cherry or plum. I get the biscuit taste, especially as it cooled, but didn’t really get any chocolate.
In retrospect, I wish I’d gone with a gongfu setup for this one.

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I really thought I’d already written a review of this one, but I guess not!
This cup is a sample sent to me by Sil, but I can’t claim a sipdown because I actually have quite a bit of this tea in my collection.

It’s lightly roasty, woody, a little sweet, & spicy. I wish I had some macaroons.

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The final selection from this month’s Steepster Select box.
I used to drink a lot of jasmine pearl teas, & I find them adorable, & generally tasty. I don’t drink them often now, as I have to be in the mood for such a thing. So today we’re just sitting around in our PJs, watching back to back episodes of various shows we’ve gotten behind on (while we were watching every single episode of Supernatural except the current season), & drinking tea. I’ve been perusing tea sites & almost talked myself into buying another yixing, but I just closed the page…sigh…

This is a pleasant afternoon tea, lightly vegetal, gently mineral, & judiciously jasmine.
Here’s a youtube video showing somebody making jasmine pearls, for those who might be interested…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpikEvEZd5A

cryptickoi

where do you typically find your yixing pots?

Terri HarpLady

I bought the 3 I have from Mandala. They are basic, nothing fancy. Lately I’ve been looking at some other sites…really just daydreaming, if you know what I mean.

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I have no idea what to say about this tea.
There was immediately a flavor that I didn’t care for, but can’t quite place.
I kept sipping.
Then there was roasted barley, reminding me of some of the herbal teas I used to enjoy.
Then it was almost as if I was drinking a Dancong: roasted florals & grapefruit.
I’m still sipping re-steeps of this interesting tea, sent to me from Sil who got it from Dexter I think. It’s almost like a houjicha now, only tangier, like apricot. Thanks girls!
Now I’m sitting on the camellia sinensis website…just looking around…

__Morgana__

Shapeshifter tea!

Dexter3657

The Camellia Sinensis website is a hard place to be “just looking around”. I really like all the teas of theirs that I ordered. :))

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The first thing I noticed about this tea is the appearance: it reminds me of Oatstraw, all chopped up & fluffy. The aroma is awesome, at least to me. It’s roasty, toasty, inviting.

When I got my first steepster select box, I scoffed at the brew bags they include. I’ve used some of them for brewing the occasional rooibos, & I have to admit I haven’t had any pieces of rooibos stuck to my tonsils lately, so I guess those bags have a place in this world.
So I’m actually using one of the bags this time. I have no idea why, I just decided to.

And I am really enjoying this tea. I used to drink a lot of Houjicha, years ago. I’d say it was a big part of my transition from green to oolong & black teas. I love the roastiness. I’m a big fan of roasted walnuts, & it tastes a lot like them. There is a light charcoal bitterness, but it is off-set by a sweet caramel. This would make a great genmaicha.

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Another tea from Sil, I made a cup of this to enjoy with my breakfast: homemade suasage patties, greens, eggs, & almond flour pancakes topped with sauteed peaches, heavily spiked with cinnamon, nutmeg, & ginger. This breakfast required a potent tea, & this assam fit the bill. It’s a little on the astringent side, but nice & bassy.

Ysaurella

I struggled with this one to brew it correctly. It can be an hit & miss depending on the steeping parameters. When it is correct it’s a pleasant tea.

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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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