2859 Tasting Notes

At my desk this morning, I already booked a wedding, fielded a series of emails, while drinking a cup of Organic Superfine Keemun from Teavivre. I don’t have anything new to say about it, so I’m just logging it here. During my breakfast break I drank a pot of Red-Tailed Hawk, & I’m sure I should also give it a separate review, but I really need to stay on track & get somethings (taxes) done!

Now I’m drinking this Hand curled Golden Buds Dianhong.
5G + 4oz blue lotus tiny porcelain teapot X 15/30/45 sec….etc

First off, this tea looks exactly like Yunnan Sourcing’s Pure Bud Bi Luo Chun, with roughly the same ratio of gold & everything. YS’s gold is slightly more golden in color, like just a hint of orange to the coloration. Neither one has much in to offer in the dry aroma department, but the wet aroma of these leaves is distinctly that of honey! That’s all I’m going to give by comparison of these 2 teas today, but I have enough of this one to drink it one more time, & I believe a full on comparison will be happening then! Just sayin’ :)

So, this tea IS delicious. It’s honey & cream, honey wheat toast. I think I’m on the 6th steep, & now back to my taxes.

Stephanie

Sounds lovely :)

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drank Hunan Dark Tea by Tea Source
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Here’s another tea from the Steepster Select box. For some reason I thought this might resemble a sheng puer, but it really doesn’t. I followed the steeping parameters suggested by SS. The initial cup has a grapey brightness, more like grape peels to me, a creamy vanilla taste, & for some reason reminds me of waffles. There is really nice fruity aroma too. The 2nd cup is more ‘dry’, but not in an astringent way, and a little more savory. I’m not done with it, but that’s all I have for now. I’ll try to do a gongfu session with the 2nd serving of this.

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I’m not new to Yabao (anymore), & although I don’t hate it, I admit that it’s not something I will ever crave.

It always brings to mind a bowl of cooked cream of wheat. There is also a mild fruity sweetness, & a pleasant creamy texture.

MzPriss

There was brief segment on The Splendid Table yesterday and they tasted Ya Bao. I was going to look it up.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! It’s been awhile since I listened to that show!

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I get my vanilla from Penzey’s, & when you get to the bottom of the vanilla bottle, there is harp of a vanilla bean in there. The main thing I used vanilla for is almond flour pancakes, so I usually squeeze out the seeds into the batter. Today I dropped the bean into my cup of this tea, just for fun.

At first I thought it might be a fail: I could smell the remaining alcohol from the vanilla, but I let it sit for a few, added a little sweetening, & it was damn right tasty! We had pancakes, so this made for an after breakfast treat.

boychik

i picked a tin yesterday on tea festival. this tea is sooo good!

Sil

i want their keemun to go up on the website

Terri HarpLady

Yes, & YES!

boychik

I got Keemun but didn’t try it yet. Maybe tonight. They didn’t offer it for tasting but dry leaves are perfect gorgeous black curls

Terri HarpLady

I can’t wait!

boychik

I can send you some to try

Sil

they just need to put it on the website. it will be an insta-buy for me

Terri HarpLady

boychik, I’m totally open for that! Feel free to check out my cupboard to see if you’d like something(s) in return :)
On the other hand, when it comes up on their site, it will also be an insta-buy for me, as I can’t resist those damn fine teas!

boychik

I know I bought it without trying. Will message you later.

MzPriss

They do a Keemun?

Sil

mzpriss..they mentioned it at their FB post re: the tea festival this weekend..not up for sale yet on their website

MzPriss

I really really want some

MzPriss

I am not aware of this tea company, but it appears I should be. I’ve been reading about their Double Knit and it looks like I might need some of that too. sigh

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Back in my vegetatian/vegan days, we used to eat a lot of buckwheat at my house: Soba noodles, buckwheat pancakes, & Kasha (not to be confused with Kashi). I have a ton of tasty recipes that I miss, & I might have to try eating some Kasha soon, to see how it digests, since it’s not a true grain. Most buckwheat noodles have gluten in them, although I think Eden (or some other company that’s been around awhile) makes one that is 100% buckwheat.

So this tea was a trip down memory lane for me, like having a bowl of Kasha, without having to chew it. It’s not the first Soba Cha I’ve had, but I haven’t had one in awhile. A pleasant evening tea, roasty & sweet.

VariaTEA

How does this compare to the Harney version?

Terri HarpLady

I dunno, I’ve never had Harney’s. I’d be willing to guess this one might be more roasty? But then again, maybe not.
If you like this tea, you can actually roast your own very easily!

VariaTEA

I suppose so. Also, on a different note, buckwheat pancakes sound pretty tasty. Around the corner from my house there is a crepe place that specializes in buckwheat crepes that are sooo good!

Terri HarpLady

They are especially nice with maple syrup, absolutely perfect! When my kids were young, I made pancakes almost every day: buckwheat, or oatmeal, or blueberry…if we didn’t have pancakes we had muffins or scones, or some quick bread, & whenever it’s owed/sleeted, we had waffles. That was before I realized how crappy gluten & grains make me feel…sigh…

VariaTEA

Sounds delicious! I am sorry to hear about the gluten and grains though. Luckily it seems as though a bunch of gluten free alternatives are popping up everywhere. My roommate is trying a gluten free diet and has found some pretty amazing alternatives to the things she loved. She makes a gluten free carrot cake that is one of the better ones I have had.

Terri HarpLady

oh yeah, lots of amazing recipes out there! I’d like to see that carrot cake recipe (is it also dairy free?)

VariaTEA

The cake part is dairy free but the icing is made with cream cheese. Also, I can ask her for the recipe but she is not one for following a recipe properly – she tends to use wrong measurements and makes substitutions and somehow it works out.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like your room mate & I have similar cooking methods, LOL

Terri HarpLady

I’d probably just ‘ice’ it with some melted coconut butter :)

VariaTEA

Mmmm. I will ask her when I see her (it’s coming close to exams and she is an engineer so she is sort of trapped in her room) and let you know :)

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I originally ordered this tea because it has the words ‘fu shou’ in its name, bringing to mind my beloved Anxi Fo Shou, but it is not that tea, & & I figured that would be the case, but a girl’s gotta try, right?

Regardless, it is still an interesting tea, rich & malty, and a little sweet. I still haven’t got my steeping parameters worked out, but I’ve only drank it a few times. The first time I used a little too much leaf, this time I could have used a bit more, as it’s a little on the thin side. Like Goldilocks, next time it will hopefully be just right :)

Today is day 2 of the fish tank redo. Yesterday we drained & cleaned the tank, moving all the fish to a smaller tank. Today we’ll set it back up. Tony leaves for KC tomorrow, which will give the water a chance to settle & then we’ll start adding fish again.

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drank Laos Black #05 by Steepster
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I’ve been drinking my way through some of the Steepster Select teas today, and at the same time Tony & I have been draining the gigantic fishtank. This has been an ongoing process. Last weekend we set up a smaller tank, & today we had a fish catching contest (I won. I have crazy reflexes that are at times dangerous to me, LOL). Anyway, I’ve also been sipping teas.

This is a really tasty one, nicely malty & honey sweet. I didn’t find it to be overly astringent, but it does have this one taste that I haven’t been able to label. It’s a rustic kind of bitterness that I actually enjoy from time to time, & some of Mandala’s teas share this same feature.

Lion Repshire

I had trouble describing that “rustic bitterness” too! It is not at all astringent, but has this deep, hearty, earthy kind of roasted taste to it that sits on the tongue in such a pleasant way. It is never overpowering. Yeah!

Terri HarpLady

(Waving from St. Louis)
We’re practically neighbors!

Lion Repshire

Ah, indeed we are! I actually lived there from 2004-2009. I sometimes travel there just to take advantage of all the fun free/cheap things to do there. Cheers!

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Years ago, when the internet was young (yes, children, there was such a time), there were only a few tea companies I knew about that actually had real full leaf teas. Republic of Tea was one of them, & for awhile they had a ‘rare teas’ page (or something like that). These were teas that weren’t offered on their displays at the Natural food store. Did I order from there, way back when?
YOU KNOW I DID!
This was my first introduction to Oolong teas, & I ordered them like I do everything else, with wild abandon! I fell in love with Orchid Oolong (& some others).
This is a lovely cup, gently floral, smooth, lightly roasty, with a sweet & slightly nutty taste. I steeped 4/5/& 7 minutes, & I don’t think a 4th cup will be happening. I can’t tell you if this orchid oolong is the same as the one they carried. That really was a long time ago. R of T was amazing to me back in those days, so amazing that I wrote a song & dedicated it to them. Here’s the link, if you’d like to hear the song, called “TeaMind” http://harpsinger.net/Terri_Langerak/My_CDs.html

Ysaurella

love the tea tribute :)

TheTeaFairy

Awesome :-)

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Here is another of the teas I shared with the BBBB. I was gonna try to compare this one to the Pure bud bi Luo, but got sidetracked, so there is not much to say.
This one doesn’t have the buttery aroma of the other, but is, in my opinion, maltier & a little more floral. Both are sweet, but this one is a little deeper.
Both are delicious.
I just noticed that Yunnan Sourcing has their spring 2014 teas up on their website now…sigh…I’ve been very happy with everything I’ve gotten from them.

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This is one of three teas that I sent to my BBBB sisters, which I hope they will both enjoy. Tender buds, hand rolled into the ‘spring snail’ shape, with a sweet aroma & a large ratio of gold. The flavor is heavenly, at least to me, with a thick creamy kind of feel, & a buttery sugarcane taste.

I’m convinced that in some past life I was a high class Chinese concubine to some emperor, laying around dressed in silk, sending some servant to some sacred spring to bring water for my teapot. In some other past life, I was a servant going to fetch that water, sneaking a sip to see if the water was really as wonderful as the legends claimed.

In some other life I was a Shaolin monk…

I feel that these past lives (& others) explain my affinity for Chinese teas over all others, & my need to do Taichi every day (or not feel ‘right’).
Yup, I think that explains it.

looseTman

“… with a sweet aroma & a large ratio of gold. The flavor is heavenly, at least to me, with a thick creamy kind of feel, & a buttery sugarcane taste.” Sounds awesome!

“I’m convinced that in some past life I was a high class Chinese concubine to some emperor, …” At least you weren’t a low-class …. :-)

Terri HarpLady

Oh, I was probably one of those too…somewhere…sometime…

Fjellrev

I wouldn’t put it past you, Terri!

Terri HarpLady

If you only knew! LOL

looseTman

The Motion Picture Assoc. has rated this “short film” PG-13. :-)

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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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