3051 Tasting Notes

I actually love little cakes like this, enough tea for me to enjoy several times, & if its spectacular, I can get more. If it’s average, that’s ok too, & Im not stuck with 357G, or whatever.

This one is nice enough. A solid little shu that I enjoyed through the middle of the day. Dry the aroma isn’t much, but once you get going it really changes. My community has trucks that come around in the fall, & they gather up all the leaves & make huge piles of compost. They also make shredded tree compost piles. In the spring you can take as much as you like, & I always love the way it smells: sweet & almost syrupy, & also kind of like tobacco,… & stewed dried fruit.
Yup, that’s this tea.

Matt Warren

Sometimes little cakes look so perfect I don’t even want to break them up. But then I do, and then I drink them, and then I’m happy.

Terri HarpLady

Absolutely!
And then we buy more!

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A dark & beautiful dense cake whose appearance reminds me of those dense & dark fruit cakes my mom used to make during the HoliDaze. Sweet & mellow, the flavor is very balanced & makes me smile. Dark fruits, a touch of blackstrap molasses, & a whole wheat kind of breadiness, making me think of the Boston Brown Bread I used to bake.

boychik

NomNomNom

mrmopar

+1 bc…

Stephanie

Sounds yum

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Another tea I picked up yesterday at Traveling tea.
This is a nicely roasty organic Houjicha, with the addition of cacao. It has a pleasant underlying bitter element, nothing like coffee really, but I can see the connection. It’s hearty & satisfying & a pinch of sweet makes it even nicer. I bet you could brew it kind of strong & add cream & sugar, although that’s not my thing.

Sil

Yay you tried it!

Terri HarpLady

want a sample?
:)

Sil

Hahaha I’m afraid to say yes.

Terri HarpLady

I won’t send too much ;)

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I picked up some of this yesterday while I was visiting Traveling Tea. I love the Tisano Cacao tea they carry, it’s really tasty, so I figured I’d try this one, since I like rose sometimes, & it’s nice too, especially lightly sweetened :)

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It’s been a long day, & I’ve screwed up almost every cup of tea I made today: too much leaf, or steeped too long, etc. It’s been that kind of day.
This is a pleasant after dinner cup, & lightly sweetened it is juicy, rich, & satisfying.
Almost like having dessert :)

Fjellrev

Aww, glad you nailed a yummy cup as the day is winding down.

Cheri

How disappointing to have one of those mess up all the teas day. I’m glad this one turned out just right.

Terri HarpLady

Me too! I was on the go all day, teaching in class, trying to brew teas that require time that I didn’have, trying to brew teas in my work gongfu setup, without a scale, etc.
On the other hand, I came home to find my Yunnan Sourcing order, which included a Heicha I wanted tp try, which I did. It was pretty nice, though I didn’t post a review, as that would require me adding it to the database. I’ll do that next week :)

boychik

Heicha? Can’t wait for the review

Terri HarpLady

It’s this one, & the bag is a lot bigger than I imagined it!
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/liuanandotherheicha/3006-hunan-wild-tips-ye-jian-hand-roasted-hei-cha-tea.html
I’ll include some when we do our swap :)
I’ve also got a few others I’ll be glad to share :)

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I’m enjoying a nice quiet vibe this morning. Slept in until my body was ready to wake, about 8am. I knew I wanted a slow gongfu session to start my day, with something exotic, & this tea from Teavivre fits the bill. When I open the bag, it’s immediately spiced sweet stone fruits, & warming the leaf in a small pot, it becomes a rich fruity desert of some kind. I use to cook steel cut oats in the crock pot over night with peach or apple juice, sliced dry apricots & a few cardamom pods. I can’t say it smells like that, but it reminds me of how the house smelled in the morning, & what a wonderful breakfast that was to wake up to.
Sometimes I miss being a vegan…
5G x 100 ml tiny porcelain pot (rinse) 15/30/45sec/1/2/3/4min
Anyway, this is cup after cup of sweet spicy fruitiness, a very juicy mouth, nice tongue tingle, some pastry, instant clear headed buzz, & really its like drinking the sweetest sheng you ever had. It becomes more herbaceous, like maybe eucalyptus, as I go forward, but still sweet. A wonderfully uplifting start to my morning! Here’s some tea porn for ya :)
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This is the August offering from Jalam Teas, & this is my first session with it.

It started out very clean, with instant clarity of mind. It was a quality that reminds me of sage, not so much in the flavor as in the sense of clarity it imparts, & there was also a slight bitter edge, but it was the kind of bitterness that I tend to enjoy.

After a few rounds I had the image of a pine forest after rain…or some kind of evergreen, or maybe eucalyptus…yeah maybe that. Just a real nice aromatic sinus opening feeling.

I was really enjoying this one, when I got sidetracked, & accidentally left it steep for way too long. Drats! That cup was way too bitter. It took a couple steeps to get back on track, I got one that remind me vaguely of an orchid oolong I used to have in my collection, mildly sweet & floral, but otherwise the magic was kind of gone. Luckily, I have plenty of this to enjoy, & hopefully next time I won’t screw it up!

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I went with 9G in a 125ml yixing this afternoon, and as before, the dry aroma was salty, shroomy, with a sweet molasses undertone.
The brewed tea was wonderfully warm & nourishing, & reminded me of a cup of ovaltine.
Anybody remember ovaltine?

Sil

it’s still around! lol go go ovaltine!

Terri HarpLady

Really?
So it stood the test of time, eh?

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Thanks to Nicole for this sample.
I drank this one this morning while fixing breakfast. It was a pleasing first cup of the day.

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I ordered a sample of this one last week during the sale, & this is an interesting tea!
The dry aroma is a little ‘well aged barn’- like, & when I warmed the leaf up & breathed in its essence, I picked up soft notes of tobacco, purple plum, & smoke….well, not really smoke…maybe charcoal?

I steeped in matching rounds of 2, pouring from my yixing into a mug.
The first mug featured a very mild cup with hints of charcoal & slight bitterness, & instant 3rd eye opening vibes. While I was steeping the next 2 rounds, all of my chakras started to open, from root to crown, like the blooming of flowers, in a psychadelic kind of way.
The 2nd cup sent qi rushing throughout my body, making my extremeties giddy, almost as if every cell in my body was laughing. My injured hand was especially lit up, really buzzing with unsummoned reiki, so I went with it, opening to the healing that I feel was being offered. I’ve been doing a lot of Reiki on myself lately, & this evening especially I feel like the nerves in my finger are waking up.

I often wonder if these experiences are as outlandish to others as they seem while I’m experiencing them, or maybe I’m just having flashbacks to my old hallucinogen days, LOL.
Either way, this was a very dynamic session, possibly my most potent tea experience to date.

Flavorwise, this was hard for me to nail down. The best word I can think of is smooth. I used 5 G in a 125ml yixing, & although there was a very slight initial bitterness, the rest of the cups were mellow, with kind of an old fashion white bread & creamy nut butter taste…or maybe sunflower seed butter. Later steepings started getting a sweet aftertaste, but I can’t really identify it with anything, at least not at this moment. I have enough to sample this a few more times, & it will be interesting to see if this experience repeats itself.
Nice clear energy & headspace in the afterglow.

boychik

I didn’t detect any bitterness or charcoal. Should I send you my sample? I got it fr Mandala, could be diff storage.

Terri HarpLady

it might just be my tastebuds tonight. It wasn’t objectionable, in any way. Maybe we should each send to each other, for comparison?

boychik

Deal. But I need some time. Some family matters. In a few days I will let you know. I tried 2010 version, similar but something missing. not there yet. Btw I got me a brick ;)

Terri HarpLady

let me know how much you used, & we’ll swap an equal amount.
No prob on waiting, & congrats on your baby…, I mean tea brick ;)

boychik

Terri, lets not worry abt amount. I got 500g lol

mrmopar

Well 500 grams won’t last but a day or two…………..:)

TeaBrat

Oh my.. u made me go look at the sale :)

boychik

@teabrat, they sold out, i got it fr Mandala.
@mrmopar, always happy to share ;-)

TeaBrat

@boychik – thanks for the info but I need to resist ;)

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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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