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2479 Tasting Notes

drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
2479 tasting notes

This is one of TastyBrew’s offerings for the most recent BBBBox.
It’s a very forgiving tea, as I oversteeped it & it was still very drinkable. It’s a yunnan type, nice & smooth, but there is also a tart quality to it. Nice before & with breakfast!

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And I get to end the day with a sipdown!
This one is from my steep sister, Sil, & I have no idea what my current tea count is, probably 320 or something absurd like that (better that 400 + that it was a month ago!)
Confession: I really like tuochas. They are adorable & I’m a fan of things that are cute sized/shaped. So there!
Although this is not a bad puerh, as in fishy or ammonia-like, it does have a strong peat moss kind of quality, & is rather woodsy. I’m not complaining, but it’s certainly not as sweet as smooth as some of the Shu’s I’ve tried. The 2nd steeping is definitely nice & more developed than the first, & if I wasn’t heading out the door in a minute, I’d go for a third.
Maybe when I get home…

boychik

i rinse this one twice

Terri HarpLady

I gave it a quick rinse, & went with longer steepings, simply because I knew I wouldn’t have time for a yixing session.

Dag Wedin

I to love the small mini-touchas. Cute and perfect measurement for a gong-fu session. But be careful when ordering, many mini-touchas uses less than good quality… :)

Terri HarpLady

Agreed. Some mini’s can be really nice, but others are probably the stuff they swept up off the floor, steamed & compressed, or something like that. :)

Sil

I miss tea!!!!

mrmopar

Sil, why are you missing tea!

Sil

I’m on vacation…..2 more days until I’m back with my tea cupboard….I tried to bring tea but it didn’t work very well for whatever reason in terms of getting to find time to drink it.

Terri HarpLady

I was wondering how your vacay was going, Sil :)

mrmopar

Well hope you enjoy the break. ……Your tea is lonely and missing you. I know because they called me and told me so….

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I sampled the Songboling Shui Xian Oolong, from TTC, and afterwards I went with this one, to see what happens when you age it. I’d like to preface this by saying that Sil & I have sampled some of the aged black teas from TTC, & they had earthy & musty qualities, that were interesting, but not necessarily desireable. One in particular tasted like beets that have spent the winter in the root cellar, if you know what I mean.

This tea however is not so. I think the aging & occasional re-roasting has done this tea justice, intensifying & deepening the jammy flavors a bit, bringing out a nutty hazelnut quality, & the overall feeling was incredibly smooth. No mustiness, no root veggies, just a lovely Oolong.

I have difficulties with comparing teas. I drank these 2 teas separately, enjoying the first one with resteeps while teaching, and then switching to this one. The problem with this method is I’m terrible about taking any kind of notes. While I’m drinking the cup, I’m loving it & thinking nice things, making note in my head of it’s wonders. Then I switch to a different tea, & all is forgotten, as I am now thinking of THIS cup. I have enough to drink this one more time, & I think that final comparison will be side by side, steep for steep.

Anna

I think it can be hard to compare some teas, too – especially if they’re very similar.

Terri HarpLady

Right! I think when I’m trying to compare the subtle differences, I really need more time to just sit & sip, breath, & enjoy. The truth is, I rarely just sit. I’m cooking, I’m gardening, I’m teaching, I’m computing, I’m playing an instrument. I’m almost always doing something while I’m drinking tea. Except maybe that first cup of the day. :)

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I spent most of the day drinking Teas from Taiwan Tea Crafts. In particular, I wanted to drink this & the aged 2005 songboling, lot 135, back to back, to see what becomes of a tea such as this one when allowed to age.

Of course, I have no idea what to say about it. I enjoyed them both, LOL.
This one is a lovely cup, roasty, creamy, & sweet. There’s a real incense quality to the aroma, & also a fruitiness, maybe apricot?

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I drank some of this earlier in the day, shared with one of my morning students. I’ve reviewed it several times, so I won’t go on & on, but I did enjoy it! All in all, it’s been a wonderful day. I woke up, did my taichi, qigong, yoga mix, made a nice breakfast, & found myself singing throughout. I don’t know for sure, but I think the return of the sun, just a little earlier each day, is responsible. That & good tea ;)

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My first tea of the day, this would be a sipdown, except I’m pretty sure I have a refill bag hidden in the archives of the attic on the 3rd floor, which is my bedroom. No new notes to add about this tea, as I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, but it is quite delicious. A perfect start to my day!

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One more tea from Sil, sent to me awhile back in one of our many trades.
For once I followed the steeping instructions on the package, which are:
1tsp + 8oz X 2min
On a normal day with a shu, I’d either go stronger & longer, or pull out my yixing & keep it short. Oh well…
The results was a gentle & smooth, kind of creamy cup. A little earthy, woody, & sweet. Nothing fancy, but a pleasant cup for the early evening.

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Sil included this one in the BBBBox, I think (or maybe it came out of the other box I have from her?). I was thinking it would be boring, LOL, but it is actually delightful! I drank part of the cup plain, & then added a pinch of stevia & that was best. It reminds me of vanilla wafers, only with a hint of lemon. Very nice, very gentle, kind of a pale treat.

Sil

Yay glad you liked it…as a not fan of white teas I thought this was neat..

Terri HarpLady

yeah, I think this might be my favorite white blend so far, although admittedly, I don’t drink that many white tea blends, or white teas plain, for that matter, although I do have a few around here.

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drank Summer blend by PureAromaTea
2479 tasting notes

This one is from my tea sister, Sil. It’s not a bad blend, a little more floral than I tend to like, but it made for a relaxing light cup this afternoon. I didn’t bother to resteep.

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Oh yum!
I totally disregarded the directions (2tsp) & went with 1Tb + 8oz X 3min.
YUM!!
I have previously not been that impressed by this tea, but I love the way it looks, & because the leaf is so big, I figured why not treat it like I treat Laoshan black? I mean, really, why not?
So I did. Now I’m in love with it, it was so much more rich & delicious, fruity & sweet.
I’ll drink it this way from now on, with a 5 minute resteep as well.

Anna

How do you handle measuring out teaspoons when the leaves are so big? Is there a special trick?

keychange

I just stuff my teaspoon until the leaves are level with the edges (length-wise), and it usually results in a heaping tsp, but that’s fine with me. There will always be some leaves hanging out over the sides, but it’s better than underleafing, as far as I’m concerned.

Dag Wedin

I really do not get how to measure by teaspoon. :) where does it come from? What other ways is there in other cultures?

Anna

Dag, you always weigh out your teas, right? What kind of scales do you use?

Butiki Teas

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Hey Anna, this scale is pretty awesome for measuring out single servings: http://www.oldwillknottscales.com/my-weigh-durascale-d2-300.html

Other than weight, I measure by how much of tea % wise is in the gaiwan. A lot of times I go for about 1/2 full with long leaves.

Anna

Stacy, that store is ridiculously amazing. ALL SCALES. I can’t even. Seriously. I will nerd out over this so hard. Thank you! I’m looking forward to the fall, by the way – I miss your pumpkin tea, and I want to sample some of your unflavoured teas now that I have graduated to those. =) (Sorry for the hijack, Terri!)

Butiki Teas

Anna-Look for a scale that goes 2 decimal places in grams. Those are more accurate. Have fun scale nerding out. The small scales are really affordable too.

Excellent, look forward to hearing from you in the fall. :)

Sorry Terri.

Terri HarpLady

Hahahaha, I don’t mind my post being hijacked at all! I only glanced at the scale page briefly, because I can be very obsessive, & often have to work NOT to be.
Regarding measuring teas, for anything that has wild leaves, like this one, if the instructions say 2 tsp, I’ll try to fit them into a TB & just fill it loosely. This time I heaped it.
More often I’m starting to just weigh things, especially crazy teas, using 4 – 5 grams to make a cup of tea. I’m still figuring that out, but it’s MUCH easier, especially with the crazy (but fun & beautiful) teas.

Terri HarpLady

My current scale:
http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Glass-Digital-Capacity-3831/dp/B00B27H7RE/ref=sr_1_28?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1393528677&sr=1-28&keywords=taylor+kitchen+scale
It’s not fancy, & I got it at Target. On grams, there are no decimal points, & occasionally I have to re-weigh things because it will get a little off, but it suits my needs for now (unless I start perusing that scales page Stacy shared…but I’d rather spend my money on tea).

Dag Wedin

I use a pocket scale. Small and practical.
https://www.teknikmagasinet.se/db.pl?tf=product_link.html&link=&artnr=340145&title=Pocket%20Scale%20500g%2f01&

Im sure pocket scale is availible everywhere.

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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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