2955 Tasting Notes

It’s time to start drinking some of the teas I received in trades last month, right?
This one came from Stephanie.
I haven’t been a huge fan or Ruby Blacks, & realized recently that although I enjoy Taiwanese blacks in general, & definitely like them better than ceylon & darjeeling teas, I don’t really love them, at least not as much as I love a good Assam or pretty tea from Yunnan or Fujian.
My first cup of this was tart & tangy plums, kind of sour & fruity. If I were to pick a musical instrument, it would be a bright silver flute, & a brass section. There’s also some wood in there somewhere, but not a mellow woodwind section, more like an edgy upright bass player.
And toothpaste…yes…an underlying taste of toothpaste.
I made a 2nd cup, using a lower temp, & for me, it was pretty much the same.
I don’t hate it, and as the cup cools the tartness mellows a bit & I like it better,
except for the toothpaste.
Time to whip up a quick breakfast, I have a rehearsal in half an hour!
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Sil

is it silly that sometimes i forget you do swaps with ppl who AREN’T ME!

Terri HarpLady

Ha!!
I do occasionally swap with other people down here in the States,and occasionally abroad, LOL, but most of my Canadian swaps come through you, since you swap with everybody! It saves on postage though! :)

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First off, thanks to Brett for sharing a sample of this tea with me.
The leaves are rolled up tightly & are of a chocolate brown, with a warm honey aroma that is very enticing. After steeping, the tea reminded me of honey nut cherrios, creating a mildly sweet & comforting cup, with a hint of cinnamon. The leaves are slow to unfurl, & resteep on & on. Once they open, they are beautiful, dark, & their aroma is like cinnamon & vanilla, &…well…honey nut cherrios!

Sarsonator

Sounds amazing. I am adding this one to my wishlist. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yummy! So funny, I drank butiki’s gui fei yesterday, and all I could think of was burnt toasts dripping with honey!

Brett

Thanks Terri, always interesting to hear what different people are tasting… I think I’ll have some for breakfast tomorrow and see if I’m tasting the cheerios as well! Usually in my head I’m thinking about pecan pie, but either way, it’s a fun leaf..

Terri HarpLady

oohhh…toast dripping with honey…
ooohhh, pecan pie!
:)

Terri HarpLady

It really is fun how everyone tastes things a little differently, but then we’ll all notice the same one thing (like honey).

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Thank you to Angel & Teavivre for this sample!
4G + test tube steeper (5 – 6oz) @ 185F X 30/60/90/120seconds
Rich & green, with butter & chestnut. Each successive steep became a little greener, a little thicker, with a slight growing bitterness, but not in a bad way.
A lovely Dragon well!

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This is my favorite ‘Caravan’ type tea. There is just enough smoke from the lapsang, just enough sweetness from the dark oolong, just enough punch from the Assam, & just enough earthiness from the shu puerh, to make a nicely blend that was the perfect savory side to my ridiculously decadent breakfast. If you want to see what I had:
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lapsang souchong, dark oolong, assam, & puerh
Stephanie

I have breakfast jealousy!

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
2955 tasting notes

Thank you Sil for including this tea in the BBBBox!
This is a tasty tea, with a richness to it that I really enjoyed while putting together breakfast.
1 T + 8oz X 3/5min.
Both the steep & the resteep were very satisfying, & have that Yunnan mouth thickness, & I can drink them on an empty stomach without getting sick. Yay!

Sil

Awesome! If you ever want sit more to drink just let me know :)

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I drank a cup of this a few hours ago, along with the resteep.
Now I think I’ll have another cup for dessert, with Maple, of course!

TeaBrat

hmm. I was just eyeing this on Verdant’s site. It looks good!

Terri HarpLady

It’s tasty!

Sil

I heart vanilla citrus spice more. But this one is a herbal….and also tasty

Skulleigh

Oh, that blend sounds so interesting! I hope they still have it when my spending fast ends!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to agree, vanilla citrus spice is preferred, but when I want more tea without additional caffeine, this one is pretty nice.

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Bold, bright, tart, & shiny!

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This is such a lovely tea.
1T + 8oz X 3/5min
I do believe I like it better following Verdant’s suggested western parameters, but I wanted to try it this way as well. It is still wonderful, although the 5 min steep was a little weak.
Next time I’ll go back to the more leaf, less time mode, because that’s where this tea really shines.

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It’s not fair for me to be reviewing this tea now, at 9pm, when I drank it 12 hours ago.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/30/45/60/75/90 seconds, then 2/3/4/5 minutes.
Some of the steeps were drank on their own, others were combined in a larger cup.
All in all, it is a delicious tea, richly flavored with Malty goodness.
That’s all I got!

K S

40 oz is a lot of tea – especially seeing you reviewed three other teas. Jealous? Yes. ;)

Terri HarpLady

A lot tea, drank over the course of the entire morning…does that help? ;)

K S

I’d like to say yes, but I feel lucky when I get a total of 40 oz over the entire day. Most days it is half that. I thought being retired meant I got to sit around all day drinking tea. Turns out, not so much. Sad Tea-Rex.

Terri HarpLady

Some days I drink more than others :\

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Meh…
Thanks to Sil for sharing anyway.
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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.

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