2966 Tasting Notes

drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
2966 tasting notes

Tart & tangy. I’m a little nervous, because the last time I drank a strawberry tea, I think I had an allergic reaction to it. I’m not positive it was the tea, & even if it was, I’m not positive it was the strawberries, as I’ve never had a reaction to strawberries before, but I definitely had a reaction to something, in the form of a terrible rash.

More will be revealed…

Edit: I’m happy to report that I didn’t have a reaction, so at least I know it wasn’t the strawberries in that other tea. And of course it might not have been the other tea even…allergies suck!

Stephanie

Allergies do suck! Glad this one was ok!

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
2966 tasting notes

I really do love this tea! First off, just looking at the leaf is mood enhancing, as it is a beautiful reddish black, with some orangish tips here & there. The warmed aroma is heavenly. The tea itself is so mouth filling & satisfying, with a long linger.
Today I went with 4 minutes, with a 6 minute resteep. Usually I go with 3 min with a 5 minute resteep, which I like better. Next time I need to try 1, 2 & 4 minute steeps, which is actually what Garret recommends. I’ll need to get more of this…again! :)

MzPriss

I had it for breakfast myself – sitting out on my porch swing with my dogs. I really, really love this tea.

Terri HarpLady

That sounds like my kind of breakfast setting! :)

MzPriss

It was perfect – the mornings are getting warming but not hot yet and my porch swing is my happy place and it was just dawn. That tea made it PERFECT

MzPriss

warmER* (bless my heart)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, terri, it seems that every time I read one of your notes, I run to my stash to see if it’s in the cupboard…luckily, this one is, yay!

Terri HarpLady

Yay! :)
That just shows we both have good taste, right?

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This morning’s black tea gongfu session was with this one.
5G + 4oz X 15/30/45 sec/1min/2min/1min…

This started out lovely – a warm crusty bread, honey, malt, bee pollen…
But I increased the steeping time to quickly & it became bitter. When I backed it off, it was more enjoyable. In previous gongfu sessions with this tea I went with shorter steeps of 15 second intervals, & I’ll hopefully remember to keep it that way in the future, with this one!
A lesson learned :)

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Final tea of the day, I reached in the sheng box, & this one came out!
The initial aroma of the warmed leaf was sweet & a little fruity. It brought nectarines to mind for me, although I can’t say that it actually smelled like nectarines.
I didn’t actually document my steepings on this, but I started with 4G, rinsed, & kept it short for awhile. The primary taste I’m getting is Grape peels, with a little bitterness, but as I said before, my allergies are horrendous right now, so I can’t really tell you if it is bitter or not, & my guess is that it is not. But it does have a bright grape/citrus edge to it. Otherwise, it’s smooth & a little sweet, kind of spring like, if that makes sense.
I’m several steeps in now, & picking up on a floral quality that reminds me of Lavender, kind of. And also apricot – kind of tangy!
This is from a sample that our awesome friend Garret sent to me awhile back. I have just enough for one more session, so I’m putting it in the official sipdown cannister, where I’m collecting teas for my upcoming Sipdown Extravaganza!.

Add on: The energy of this tea is very ‘open’, as in opening of the chakras & such. I can feel my energy field clearing, something I really need today. Gratitude. Breathing deep.

Day 2: Revisiting this yixing somemore today, after a quick rinse. It’s light & fruity & I love it.

Stephanie

Yum! Want!

TeaExplorer

Added to my list!

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I made a pot of this one to share with my first student of the day. That was hours ago, but it was delicious & satisfying: Croissant, sweet potato, rose. Smooth, sweet, delicious.

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It’s been a long busy day, with students, rehearsals, more students, & it’s time to post about the teas I drank.
This morning I continued my new gongfu protocol, of starting the day with a gongfu sessions, & this was the tea for it.
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 15/35/45sec/1min/2/3/4/5

So, the earliest steepings started out as toast & honey, with a little bit of a creamy vanilla mouth, but this quickly began to morph into a grapey bright oral sensation.

At 1 minute I was drinking a mix of Dark Ale & Dark Bittersweet choclate, with an almost coffee-like quality.
At 2min the bitterness faded a bit, but there was a tangy grapiness to the tongue, & kind of Hoppy Spiciness.
3min – Wood, grape peel, I didn’t care much for the direction thing were going.
I sipped a bit of the other cups, but honestly had lost interest at this point.
To be fair, I have enjoyed this tea before, & some of my loss of interest might be due to allergies & the effect that they have on my tastebuds. My favorite steeps were at 30 & 45 seconds, & maybe next time I should continue with 15 second intervals.

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I just realized that I never got around to mentioning that I drank this Shu earlier today. I have really enjoyed the Xingyang workshop teas that I got from Verdant awhile back, & this is one of them. I went with the xingyang workshop steeping suggestions:
5G + 4oz (rinse) X 2min
This makes for a potent cup!
The first steep is bold with an almost coffee-like bitterness, but it is also sweet, & reminds me of boston brown bread. I can’t really think of anything else to say about it right now, but I’ve reviewed it several times before.

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Tieguanyin’s remind me more of spring than green teas do. With their golden liquor & light florals, they are like springtime in a cup. This one is no exception, but it also has a sweet buttery quality & a rich corn-like aroma.
5G + 4oz Gaiwan X 3rounds of 3 sec, 3 rounds of 6 sec, 3 rounds of 12 sec

I love how each of us can have our own tea esthetics, & my current setup for tieguantin includes 3 of these cups & the matching Gaiwan.
http://verdanttea.com/teas/jingdezhen-red-lotus-tea-cup/
I steep the tea in rounds of 3 sets, pouring a little of each steep into one of the 3 cups, & the remainder into a pitcher. Then I drink from each cup (they are tiny, like 1 nice sip each), so that I can taste how the tea changes without having to drink an entire cup. Once I’ve enjoyed all three, I go sit somewhere with the pitcher & sip their combined remainders. Then I come back for the next round. I didn’t used to do it this way, but I really enjoy this process.

So this tea is recommended for 18 steeps. I have to admit, I got bored after 6, lol

Courtney

Wow, 18 steeps. I don’t know how I feel about that sort of commitment haha!

TeaExplorer

Terri – I like your approach to steeping this and will give it a try to see how it compares to the more traditional method – Thanks!

BigDaddy

I do the same for TGY, maybe adding a few grams more, piggy me. I steep the 3 rounds but use a hand made cup to drink all 3 steeps at once. The honeysuckle yellow liquor is so inviting and definitely reminds of a spring morning. Thanks for sharing your process.

Terri HarpLady

Courtney, I only made it through 9 steeps, lol.

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Just polishing off the last cup of a pot of this one, which I’ve been enjoying while working with a student. Today I swear I taste a hint of cinnamon, plus sweet potato, & cream.

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My green tea of the day. I used to drink a lot of this one, & actually I still like it. It’s the best tasting cherry tea that I know of, as most of them tend to taste like cough syrup.
My cherry tree is blooming, but in reality most of that tree is dead, & I plan to have it cut down, probably this weekend. It’s a very tall & old tree, & when I first bought this house I had no idea that I had fruit trees in the yard. When that first spring came, I looked out my kitchen window, & saw red cherries on the tree! I ran out there & picked a bunch of them, brought them in & was SO excited, until I started cutting them open & realized that there was a worm in every one :p

The following spring was the beginning of one of my gardening rituals (yes I am a weirdo). When the tree bloomed, I had a picnic under it with a plate of sushi & a pot of this this tea. Afterwards, I made a declaration to the tree, the local bugs, & birds, expressing my gratitude & good wishes for a bountiful harvest, welcoming all to enjoy the wondrous fruit, & a request that the lower branches of fruit be reserved for myself & my family.
I swear to you that this actually worked, & we were able to harvest fruits that were mostly free of worms for several years. Then the tree started dying. This year there is only one flowering branch, the lowest one, & the rest of the tree is dead, with branches falling off.
I may plant a couple of dwarf cherries in the next week. I just have to figure out where.

Christina

What a lovely story! I’m sorry that your tree will be cut down, thougn.

Terri HarpLady

I had 2 apple trees when I moved here too. They were really old, & one of them died a few years ago, along with a really ancient white oak (that cost me $3000 to have cut down). I cried the summer the oak tree died, it was so magestic. I have 3 other oaks, & they all seem happy & healthy though :)

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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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