3015 Tasting Notes

So…this is another part of my secret formula I’m working on (But NO MATTER WHAT, I’m not gonna tell you what ELSE is in it!!!).

My initial response to Lapsang Souchong was not favorable.
“People drink this sh*^?”
I had purchased some to use in a chicken recipe, “Tea-Brined Five Spice Roast Chicken”, from Mindy Fox’s cookbook, “A Bird in the Oven & then Some”. You brine the whole chicken in a mix or orange, lapsang, cloves, cinnamon, star anise, ginger…etc. Then you air dry it, then you bake. What results is a delicious beautifully lacquered looking bird with a subtle smokey spiced exotic flavor. The carcass makes great soup stock too!

So naturally I drank a cup…& it was strange. Interestingly enough, my love of Keemun has led me to realize that I do enjoy a bit of smoke, & I’ve discovered that if you add stevia, smokey flavors can (sometimes) taste like caramel.

My younger sister, Liz, goes by MsWhatsit on steepster. She’s not as out going as I am, so most of you probably don’t know her, but she’s a fun & wonderful writer, so I’ve cut & pasted her review of this Lapsang into my review. I hope you enjoy it!
MsWhatsit:
Some teas evoke images of pagodas and elegant ceremonies. That’s the sort of thing I was imagining at the first whiff of this in the package. I’m still not sure what happened. Perhaps I’m a lousy judge of character where teas are concerned. Or maybe this tea, which rode in with a sample package from Harplady (Thanks Sis!), picked up some of the more refined fragrances from those surrounding it. Or maybe, as when a rugged man tidies himself up like a gentleman to win over the ladies, it just gave me the wrong impression. No matter. The minute the hot water touched it, this teas true nature emerged. The scent did NOT evoke images of pretty ceremonies in little rice paper lined tea rooms at all. No, my imagination told me I was camping out with Genghis Khan and his rowdy entourage. It tastes like…well, tea, but with an interesting smokiness. I have read reviews of smoky teas with some skepticism. I wouldn’t have expected to like a smokey tea but found it surprisingly pleasing. Maybe it has something to do with my love of barbeque. Perhaps it’s the yen I’ve had for seasonal flavors. Pumpkin spices aren’t the only thing you smell in Autumn, it is also the season for smoky bonfires and firing up the wood stove. What better than a smoky blend such as this one to celebrate this time of year? The tea itself is a subtly fragrant presence with no bitterness, just a light familiar background flavor. As a girl with some Southern influences, I thought of barbeque and of sweet tea. I thought, ‘this would make the perfect sweet tea for an event without barbeque.’ Near the end of my cup, I tried it sweet and it was good. Then I added lemon. That was a little strange. I reflected that my husband (resident hillbilly and sweet tea expert) is right, lemon isn’t necessary or helpful. During the unprecedented second steeping I did consider going with the barbeque theme and adding a bit of cider vinegar and molasses. I’ve always been a fan of switchel and suspect this would make a good base. Perhaps when I try this a a cold brew, I will. But that second steeping was as good as the first and I had it all by itself savoring it’s uniqueness. I think I’ve found my new favorite autumn tea.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Tiger Eye by Adagio Teas
3015 tasting notes

I’m experimenting with making my own adagio blend…maybe…
It starts with Tiger Eye, which is actually very good on it’s own.
Then it includes a few secret ingredients…
I was working on it for awhile, then got sidetracked, because, let’s face it, I have tons of other teas to drink!
So today I remembered that I had sort of forgotten all about it, & started experimenting with it again. Basically, I know what I want in it, but I want to get the ratios just right.
Dunno if I’ll ever actually order it, but it’s fun to contemplate…& sip…

Bonnie

Hi Terri…day 6 coming out of this migraine, really wiped out and tired. Thought I’d check in. I’ll be back when this haunting is over. Looks like the weather is going to stabilize.

Sil

oh man i hope you feel better soon Bonnie :(

Bonnie

Thx I’ve been on Steepster sick leave. Can’t even drink anything but agiri tea for the caffeine. Think it’s been 4-5 weeks of migraines and fibromyalgia attacks. Ready for this to end.

Terri HarpLady

I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been suffering, Bonnie. Hang in there & feel better!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is from the Verdant Reserve TOMC. Due to it’s dark color, I originally thought this was going to be a Shu Puer, but all the other Yiwu’s I’ve tried have been Shengs, so I was a little unsure. Reading the tasting notes, there was no indication either. But the steeping instructions make it sounds more like a sheng. So I steeped. It is a Sheng, without a doubt. I’ve been enjoying it all afternoon. Here’s the basics of my tasting notes:
Dry appearance: Dark brown & gold leaf
Dry Aroma: Fresh bale of straw, loaded with mintiness, as if mint were growing in the field when it was mowed.
Wet aroma: Ohh..ahhh…sweet caramel apple!
3G + 4oz X 5 sec (plus 2 per each steep afterwards)

So the early steepings were nice, sweet, & aromatic. Definitely got a eucalyptus thing going on. There’s almost a genmaicha underflavor as well. This is probably the sweetest sheng I’ve tried, with a nice rounded out flavor, & I’m really digging the aromatic quality, which is tingling my tongue & my sinuses, & spreading throughout my system, along with a nice Chaqi feeling. One of the reasons I enjoy Sheng in the late afternoon is the sense of clarity it tends to bring on. Right now I’m feeling very clear headed, very ‘fresh’, revived & focused!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I brewed this yesterday & took it with me to a rehearsal. I was so busy I forgot to drink it, & by the time I got home it was getting late, so I poured it into a jar, added the leaves, added more water & stuck it in the fridge for a cold brew. It is perfect for this afternoon! It is tasty plain. I don’t usually sweeten my cold teas, but just for an experiment I added stevia to the 2nd half of the cup, & that really brings out the chocolate & the rice crispy treat type flavors. Dessert in a cup!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Sipdown!
For some reason I always think this tea has mint in it, but it doesn’t.
It’s white tea, green tea jasmine pearls, & lovely little rosebuds. That’s it. It’s a visually beautiful & serene tea, & I enjoy it from time to time. I bought it several times now, & it was the first tea I purchased from the Tea Spot. Now my canister is empty again.
“Sorry, we’re on an ordering hiatus. Gotta support the thread, you know.” Ms Theresa says, “I’ll put it on the list for our NEXT Tea Spot order girls.”

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

OMG Sil!!!
This tea smells amazing! AND the aroma has that lingering “after aroma”, hanging out in my sinuses like incense, like you get from a really good Big Red Robe.

The flavor reminds me of the leafhopper bug-bite teas, especially Mi Xian Black, with a certain sweetness & a taste profile that I really have trouble defining. It is sweet & honeyesque. It also reminds me a little of Master Han’s wild picked tea, but is also very different.
There’s a spicey flavor that’s been hard to define. I knew I recognized it, but I actually had to open my spice drawer, look around, smell a few things, & then there it was, as plain as day: Coriander! WoW!

So it is a very interesting tea, and very tasty! Thank you, Sil, for sacrificing this sample & giving me the chance to try it out! You are awesome! But then again, we already knew THAT, right? :D

Terri HarpLady

and I claim a sample sipdown too!

Sil

YAY!!!! I’m so glad you got the chance to try it – ie. i was able to save some for you.

Terri HarpLady

Me too! Thanks so much! :)

Bonnie

Terri, it is that leafhopper tea.

Terri HarpLady

ahhhh, well then, that explains it! :)

Bonnie

Cool when you can tell huh.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

I’ve gone through several steepings of this one today, western style.
It’s not the bold & daring type of tea I usually start my day with, but I hadn’t drank it in awhile, so today was the day. This is a tea that is more about effect than flavor, in my opinion. It is a beautiful with beautiful leaves, very rustic looking. The flavor is of olive oil & grape, & it is both mildly sweet & savory.

I’ve enjoyed this both western & gongfu style, with the gongfu brewings being the much more esoteric, but even this morning, after 3 western re-steeps, I have a nice Chaqi feeling, & it’s as if I can hear the voice of Master Han (Solo), “feel the force flowing through you, Child.”
And then Kwai Chang Caine chimes in, “Yes, grass hopper, feel it move through you like music through the wind.”
Which reminds me, I’m suppose to be practicing right now!
:)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

This is the tea I’m taking with me in the thermal 16 oz cup to the rehearsal. I’m actually really tired, & it’s crappy cool & drizzly weather outside. I’d like to crawl off to bed, but my harp is in the car, so I’m gone!

This blend has a satisfying homey taste to me right now, maybe it’s the roastiness? Doesn’t matter, it’s mellow, warm, goodness, & although I’m kind of wishing I’d made a chai for the road, with all those body warming spices, this is also tasty, though not as chocolatey tasting as I’d like.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Thank you, Ms Stacy, for sending me a sample of this tea!
To me, it tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie, with cinnamon, of course.
I’ve had a busy day, practicing for one of 3 gigs this week. Thurs night is a wedding rehearsal dinner, saturday mid-day is a wedding, & sunday morning I’m accompanying a choir at a church. That’s the gig I’ve been practicing for. I’ll be leaving for the rehearsal shortly…

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Pleasant, creamy coconut flavor! Sorry, I can’t really think of anything else to say right now!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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!

Location

St. Louis, MO

Website

http://www.harpsinger.net

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer