2859 Tasting Notes

Sun Moon Lake Tea comparisons – Part 1
I made back to back cups of this one & the lot 269 version that CharlotteZero graciously sent to me, using the same amount of water & tea.
Both are fruity & wonderful, & although it was my intention to compare them, I was also working on my taxes, so although I enjoyed both cups, I can’t say that I really noticed a lot of difference, at least not in the first steepings.
In the bag, the 269 has a fuller aroma (although that may be because it is fresher?)
On to the 2nd round, which will be reported upon under the review for #269 later.

Dag Wedin

I so want to try this out. I´ve been stalking their website… ;)

Terri HarpLady

I still have some left, if you’d like me to send a sample :)

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Monday is maintainance day at my house. I just finished breakfast & watered ALL the houseplants, accompanied by this tea. It is not particularly special, but it is tasty, with notes of malt, fruit, & a touch floral.
Next maintainance activity: a shower (don’t worry, I do that more than once a week, LOL).
The main maintainance activity of the day is….you guessed it…
“Quit screwing around & finish those damn TAXES!”
yes…that was Ms Theresa…

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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Another tea that Sil included in the BBBB. I drank this hours ago, & as I was steeping it I saw little rosebuds & was thinking to myself, “Sil likes this?”
LOL, I didn’t hate it, it was ok, but I think it would have been better if I’d used more leaf. Kind of bland.

Sil

hahaha i pick the flowers out… and it beomces a stronger almondy sort of tea that i like..not my favourite but not bad

Stephanie

I loooove this one!

Amariel

I’d have liked it more had it not included rose buds.

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drank African Chai by Justea
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Here’s another sipdown from my *Sil*box.
This is actually quite tasty! Thanks to Robert the Devotea, my homemade chai making will never be the same. I used the whole sample with 16oz of vanilla almond milk, letting it warm up slowly in a pan for quite some time. After about 20 minutes I started bringing up the temp, until it was nice & hot (but not boiling).
It took a lot longer to make than it is taking to drink, LOL.
The blend of spices is very nice with this cup, with ginger & a molasses taste being up front.

Sil

i quite liked the justea teas, though this one would have to be made traditional style for me to get behind it

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Another contribution from Sil in the BBBB, this one is more to my liking, at least in this moment. It’s deep & bold, with a slightly bitter edge. Just what the Doctor ordered (if I were to ever go to a doctor, which I don’t…)

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This is one of Sil’s contributions to the most recent round of the BBBB, & my cup to enjoy with breakfast. It’s a decent blend.

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Taiwan Tea Crafts has some lovely & interesting teas, & this is another one of them.
If you’re looking for a knock your sox off bold tea, this is NOT it. But if you want something subtle & soothing, but still within the black tea genre, this might be the tea for you :)
There is a creamy quality, a honey & cream of wheat thing, a little pumpkin.
It kind of reminds me of Butiki’s wild mountain black, kind of.
Thanks to TastyBrew for including this in our latest BBBB!

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I still love this tea, & I’m gonna be really sad when I’ve polished it off.
That’s all!

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
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Thanks to TastyBrew for including this one in the BBBBox!
The leaves aren’t pretty, they are fragile looking & a little clumpy & irregular.
The tea itself is very gentle, it kind of reminds me of a very light Ceylon with that kind of ‘even’ taste, combined with a little of the fruitiness of a Taiwanese black.
It is, of course, neither tea, but it’s own product of the terroire from whence it came. I’ll use more leaf next time, to see if I can get more flavor, as it was a little bland, at least for my palate. Still, nice to sample it! Thanks TB!

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No new notes about this, but I am enjoying it. It’s a nice smooth cup, zero astringency. The sun is out, it’s in the 60’s, & trees are starting to bloom. I hate having allergies. I need to start drinking my Nettles again.

MissLena

I’ve noticed my allergies starting here too, mostly from the snow mould that is surfacing..not fun!

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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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