346 Tasting Notes

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Where to start…

Oh yes.

Today was a far busier day than anticipated. I was up far too late the night before catching up on reruns of Once Upon a Time. (Seriously, that show’s amazing.) I mean to roust by 10AM, but that turned into more like…after noon. The final wake-up call was a literal call from my mother informing me of a job fair.

I did that, I applied for food stamps, I went to a work resource center. And I did all with little or no caffeine. I didn’t have my first cup of tea until the end of my poor-man errands – a meager teabagged Ceylon in a travel mug. (It was okay…but lukewarm by the time I got to it.)

When I came home, feeling like the poverty-stricken, out-of-work schmo that I was…I decided it was time for something highbrow. Ain’t nothing more highbrow than a Darjeeling white – let alone a Darj-white from Arya’s “jewel tea” collection. Lucky for me, it was perfect…and…

I felt like a raj.

If only for an afternoon.

In a sweater and khaki pants.

Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Today is a day for mustering courage in applying for writing jobs…which requires more writing. There’s only one type of tea I turn to when I need a jolt, but not a “big” jolt – oolong. As if by serentipi"tea", my Canton Tea Club delivery arrived.

Granted, I’d already reviewed it and done a write up for this offering, but it was one I couldn’t help tearing open again. It was almost as perfect as her older sister. That and it was as tart and buttery as I remembered the first time.

If you would like to learn more (as well as see my personal history with Dan Congs), go here: http://www.cantonteaco.com/blog/2012/10/canton-tea-club-week-3-xing-ren-dan-cong/

In the meantime, I’ve got a rant about steampunk to write, and jobs to apply for.

Yay.

Update: The steampunk blog in question, if you want: http://www.lazyliteratus.com/1834

I should…uh…probably apply for jobs now.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Much courage to you! (My perpetual whine is that it’s not fair being a writer in a world that no longer reads.)

KittyLovesTea

Good luck with the job applications :) I believe that writers are important people even in this day and age, if you can write something that inspires even just one person then it’s all been worth while.

Geoffrey Norman

@gmathis – Actually, that’s not quite true. Children these days are reading at a far greater level that most adults over 30. Problem is, I don’t know how to write for young adults…er…yet.

@ch3rryprinc3ss – Thankee, dear. I believe so as well. Or at least, I have to believe it for my own sanity. Heh.

Azzrian

Wishing you all the best on the hunt!

Geoffrey Norman

Thank ya, dear.

gmathis

Good point. Thanks to a librarian buddy, I’m rediscovering YA literature and enjoying it immensely.

Geoffrey Norman

@Gmathis – Anything by John Green is magical.

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I brewed a very indelicate pot of this in the late morning to get started on things. Perhaps a pot was too much. I was bouncing off the walls. But on the bright side, I did get several social media things done today. (Except a LinkedIn profile. Curse you, LinkedIn!) Still, quite productive regardless.

Oh yeah…taster notes.

Um…

I like it a lot.

There.

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200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I love having a cup o’ perfect in the morning. I tore open the back..and smelled cocoa. I tasted it…and sipped cocoa. I’m just…floored by this. It was like a Yunnan Jin Cha and a Taiwanese Ruby 18 made sweet-sweet love and popped out a Himalayan lovechild.

Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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90

The Darjeeling kick continues. This time, I had my second 2012 from the Sungma estate. Loved their other first flush I had, and this one was almost just as great. It didn’t taste like an OP at all. It was so fresh-seeming, it came across more like a Darjeeling green tea than a black. Spicy as all heck, though, which I like from a good first flush.

I brewed a pot of this, and practically forgot about the last (over-)steep. It tasted like grapefruit. That’s okay, I like grapefruit. I liked this. Eh, ’nuff said. Good way to start (late) on a Saturday.

Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93

Aaaand the Darjeeling binge continues, but this time with an offering courtesy of LibreTEAS. She passed on this little beauty in a care package, given my ravings for all things Giddapahar. After all, the estate was the first in Darjeeling I ever fell in lust over – thanks to their Musk. (That sentence does NOT sound right.)

This time it was a Darjeeling white! One of my favorite types of whites. This differed from the usual Darj fair because aromatically (at least dry) it smelled like a Bai Mu Dan – floral, grapy, and full-bodied.

On taste, it was even more compelling. It, honestly, tasted like a whiter version of their Giddapahar Musk, only not as perfect. It is a great tea from that estate but not the absolute best they’ve made. Still, for a late-night, last-minute, lighter-than-usual caffeine kick, it’s a tasty treat.

UPDATE And I just learned you can boil the BLEEP out of it, forget about it, and it will still turn out good. Hurray for steep negligence!

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175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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98

Weird…Steepster doesn’t seem to like the picture of this particular second flush Darjeeling. Oh well…(le shrug)

Took me awhile to get up and moving today, even after feeding the pets. As I write this, I’m still in my pajamas. (I know, shocker.) I decided to notch off one of the new Arya estate teas I received from Thunderbolt. This one wasn’t a part of their coveted “Jewel” series, but that was no matter.

It certainly was jewel-worthy, though, imparting (or rather, throwing) everything it possibly could at my tongue: toastiness, nutmeg, buckwheat, malt, cocoa, caramel, muscatel, rose wine, nut-sweetness, kitchen sinks, unicorns, et al.

It’s funny that I’m on a Darjeeling kick in the Fall, but I ain’t turnin’ back.

Full review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I gotta get me some of these magical unicorn and moonbeam teas :)

Geoffrey Norman

Arya – any Arya – is a good way to go.

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98

Everyone and their kitchen sink was singing the praises of this one. It was getting mildly frustrating, especially since I hadn’t even heard of the Turzum estate before. This was the first invoice of Turzum’s first flush crop. And it shows.

If there’s one thing that can be said for the aroma and appearance, it’s that it screams, “FRESH!!!” Like a good first flush should, it brewed light, tasted light, but carried with it so many flavor sensations – some requisite for a Darjeeling, others new. A damn fine first of the first.

Full Review: Pending on www.teaviews.com

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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100

I have had good masala chai. I have had bad masala chai. I have never had perfect masala chai…especially in latte form. I notched off this new little gelato/espresso place called Affogato in the St. John’s neighborhood of North Portland. It was adorable, the gelato was delicious, but their chai…dear God…their chai!!!

It was perfectly balanced. I’m one of those that doesn’t like a masala chai to be too spicy or too sweet. Call me crazy. This was a very even keel blend. It was a ginger-dominant blend, but that was in no way a detraction. Call me a convert. Wow. Too bad it’s quite a distance from my side of town.

My full review of the shop can be found here: http://lazyliteratus.teatra.de/2012/10/18/late-night-lattes-and-gelato/

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drank Pouchong by Canton Tea Co
346 tasting notes

I got this at the end of last week via the Canton Tea Club, and I’d completely forgotten that I had tried it before. In fact, it was the very first pouchong/baozhong/whatever I ever sipped. I actually had to refer back to my old review to recall what I thought of it. (HERE: http://www.teaviews.com/2011/01/20/review-canton-tea-co-pouchong-4/)

This time around, I actually opted to treat it more like an oolong and gaiwan it. It was a far more floral and buttery drink when done with short, successive steeps. Far more preferable to the toasty profile of a western approach. As a result, I’m boosting the rating up.

There’s a lively discussion going on as to whether it’s a green tea or oolong on the Canton blog: http://www.cantonteaco.com/blog/2012/10/canton-tea-club-week-2-that-pouchong/

I’m firmly in the oolong camp…but I will settle for “groolong” as a sub-category.

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175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 45 sec
tunes&tea

“groolong”, I like it…witty as well.

Geoffrey Norman

Groolong – The tea after a hard day’s work!

tunes&tea

Equally witty! Maybe a job in advertising is in your future.

Geoffrey Norman

I wish! Someone help me pitch this! heh

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