339 Tasting Notes

95

As I’m having a sleepless night, might as well drink something spectacular.

Using my newly green oolong seasoned yixing pot.

This tea…oh my, this tea.

It’s beautiful. Long twisted strands of jade tentacles. From the most luxuriant tea plantations, one of the greenest oolong there is.

The ultimate refinement. A gleaming Rolls Royce.

Creamy and buttery mouthfeel, French pastries with lingering lilacs in bloom. The taste creates an imprint in my mouth that stays forever. Angel breath…

Needless to say, this is a staple. Been restocking on this for a good two years now, I don’t plan on stopping.

This gets the Fairy stamp of approval!

Sarsonator

Well good morning, early bird!

This sounds really lovely. TeaLux sent me a sample of something. Now I really hope it’s this!!!!

MzPriss

So now I need to try Tealux too?

Sarsonator

Well apparently. :p

I got their Dragon Pearls along with my houhin. I really hope this is my sample, but I’m not ready to get out of bed to go look….

Sarsonator

Oh guess what… When I do make it out of bed, I’ll be making some cocoa Amore in my new vanilla pot!!!! Eeeeeeee!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Well good morning to you too lovely ladies…this tea is really something. Missy Prissy, we talked about this one a little while ago, it’s in your box…I’ve been sending so many Tealux teas, I ran out of most of them, but some are just stunning. But now with WP and Mandala madness, I don’t think I will restock them all. If ever you girls want to place an order, let me know first, I have tried almost all of them, lol. I can give you good recommendations. Their assam #8 is stunning, and so is Da Yu Ling oolong…

TheTeaFairy

Awww, sars, vaniila pot is going to knock your socks off!!

Sarsonator

This one is not my sample. The sample is Feury Doux Champagne. Tried that one?

MzPriss

Does that translate to “Fairy Dew?”

MzPriss

I’m in bed ignoring my dogs and drinking Fujian Black. Sars you will LOVE CA in the vanilla pot. I’m going to do my purple pot for oolong this evening.

Sarsonator

It’s actually Fleury Doux Chanpagne, but I like your translation better

MzPriss

I think my translation is best! Fairy Dew Champagne!

Sarsonator

I had to get up b/c my kitty overlord wanted breakfast. But now I’m back in bed.

MzPriss

My dogs want to get in the bed which usually I let them, but yesterday morning they made me spill my tea and I had to change my sheets and get them in the wash before it stained and it was a LOT of trouble for a Monday morning. So they are looking at me with the BSEs cause I won’t let them up right now.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! You crack me up you two…Fairy Dew? So cute, I want that!!!

Fleury Doux means soft floral…and it’s not even on their website, so it must be something new…sounds really good though.

TheTeaFairy

Oh no! Not bed change again???

And BSEs??? No human can resist canine BSEs…

Sarsonator

Mine get in bed whether I let them or not. Me, Brian, 3 dogs, and Chairman Meow. It’s only a queen sized bed!!!!

It’s a white tea, TTF. I’ll try and report back!!!!

MzPriss

Yes, wicked doggies. Good thing they are adorable. I know, I feel like I;’m giving into the BSEs

MzPriss

3 dogs???? Awesome!

TheTeaFairy

Happy 4 legged family you have there sars :-)

Sarsonator

Try saying that when they have you sardined into your own bed, and you can’t turn over, AND the little monsters have stolen all the covers!!!!!

And the Chairman sits on my head and meows for breakfast!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Love that you have a chaiman to control the madness…

MzPriss

Oh mine lay on the covers really HARD so you can’t pull the covers out from under them and cover yourself up. They make themselves HEAVIER somehow

Sarsonator

The chairman incites the madness!

And yeah, that’s what I mean! They lay on the covers and weigh them down then you are left with none!!!

MzPriss

But then they snuggles up all around me and I melt into a pile of puppy-love

TheTeaFairy

EXACTLY!! I have only one dog (and cats) but he makes himself so heavy (well he is over 100 pounds) that I can’t move a god damn thing from underneath him. Oh, and he snores…not doggy snore…big fat beer belly lumberjack snore!

MzPriss

One of mine snores hard

Sarsonator

LOL!!!! Abby snores, too. Neither of the other dogs do, though.

MzPriss

nother cup of tea. I think it might be CA time

TheTeaFairy

I.cannot.wait.to.get.CA.over.here. In the mean time, I’m getting some snaily. Have I told you gals that WP and Mandala are making almost all my other teas taste bland? It’s a curse.

Sarsonator

Yes. Brewing mine now… Join me.

MzPriss

I have mine. Holy shit it’s good in the vanilla pot LTF!!!! I want yours to get there!

MzPriss

I’m taking my new wee tray to work today and I’m gonna do some WMG. Work sheng!

TheTeaFairy

Enjoy some CA for me ladies…Snaily Yums isn’t a bad replacement though…and I just smelled my little VD pot and it’s full of Port smell and that made me happy.

MzPriss

MMMMMM nose tea is sometimes almost as good as mouth tea

MzPriss

LTF – when I’m done with this cup of GO – I’m going to RE-STEEP! Vanilla Dreams in a yixing is turning us into re-steepers

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Nose tea :-)

And yes…re-steeping is a must in the little pot. I had Port gongfu yesterday and it rendered so many steeps I was amazed!

MzPriss

Oh I should try gongfuing my Port

MzPriss

Nose tea is totally a thing. It doesn;t even have to be brewed – sticking your nose in the bag of GO or Golden Fleece or CA is nose tea!

TheTeaFairy

So true!!

MzPriss

OK lovlies – I need to get in the shower and get to work. I will check in with y’all later.

TheTeaFairy

Have a great day missy :-)

Sarsonator

And my work day begins… I’d rather drink tea with you two all day!

MzPriss

Me too Sars. I’m out the door. Toodles!

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90

Another quick note…

Having this with virtual friends tonight, long distance sheng party!

It’s sweet, peachy, clean and fresh with a nice light astringent citrusy finish.

Love this tea! It’s fun “shenging” with friends :-)

(mzPriss, we’ll do this again when your taste buds behave!! )

Sarsonator

Shengtastic!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

They will be back missy, don’t worry!

MzPriss

I wanted to fall immediately and directly in love with Hot Cowboy

TheTeaFairy

Oh, you know cowboys are trouble…he’s just playing hard to get!!

Sarsonator

Sometimes love grows slowly!

MzPriss

Cowboys are definitely trouble

Sarsonator

Ooooh yeah

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87

Short review, but so worth it.

Oh, this is honey sweet and so good. Bug bitten oolong goodness, rendering liquified pastries.

Cookie dough.

Floral mouthfeel, with a touch of spice, clove mostly.

I’m using a GIGANTIC 320ml yixing clay pot, so I went all in with the large sample I got from Green Terrace.

Zero astringency, so smooth and delicious.

I am impressed, thank you Green Terrace!

Sami Kelsh

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.

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100

Whoa! Port in a little pot.

Ambrosia, liquid gold for the gods.

So I now have this little yixing clay pot seasoned especially for Whispering Pines’s Vanilla Dreams collection.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14709714692/

Though it is hard to decide, Port is probably my favourite in that collection.

It’s got such distinctive notes of eucalyptus and camphor that marry so well with the saffron and the vanilla. I love that you can definitely pick up the saffron, it brings the flavour to another level, hard to describe…almost savoury, umami…

Not easy to go back to regular stuff once you’ve experienced that. This tea is like no other, and though it might not be for every palate, it’s a must try.

Every time I have it, I’m loving it a little more.

(I’m at infusion six right now, and it keeps on giving…)

boychik

The pot is gorgeous!!! Enjoy this special tea in a special pot!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks boychik, it’s my smallest one at a130ml!!

Sami Kelsh

Wowzers, lovely!

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90

It was hooooot in here today folks!

I had cold brewed a 3 litre pitcher of this baby and it’s almost gone.

Best cinnaNOM treat ever… (Yes, Sarsonator, we call it cinnaNOM ’round here!!)

There’s a such a smooth cinnamon balance in this blend. You also get a nice earthy fruitiness from the elderberries. It taste so naturally sweet, and a little roasty and chocolaty, probably from the chicory.

What makes it such a lovely cold brew is the lemon balm. It just adds that little je ne sais quoi that makes it perfect. So good!!

Also, I know it’s getting late…but I’m listening to the Black Keys’s new album full blast, and it makes me happy :-)

Thank you friend who gave me an iTunes gift card a little while ago ;-)

Cameron B.

Ooh, how did you cold brew it? :3

TheTeaFairy

Yes, cinnaNOM makes everything taste better!!

Cameron, I did about 1 full tbs per litre of water for 18 hours, it was perfect :-)

Cameron B.

Will definitely try that! :D Thanks dear!

Sarsonator

I came by to say cinnaBLARGH!!!!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

You cannot say that here Sars….you kinda like this tea…just saying.

Sarsonator

I liked this one hot because I didn’t feel like the cinnaBLARGH was kicking me in the shin. I’ll try it as a cold brew, too

But you’ll never get me to love cinnaBLARGHS! I only like it when it’s part of a nice medley, not when it’s waving it’s arms around yelling: “ooooh look at me!!!!”

Dexter

Why did no one tell me to add this to my order? How did I miss this? Why didn’t I order it?

TheTeaFairy

(Sars, me think you are slowly becoming a victim of irresistible sneaky cinnaNOM!!)

Haha! Dexter, no worries, I’ll put some in your box :-) in the mean time…..drink some or your EXISTING WP tea!! I can’t wait to find out what you think!!!

Sarsonator

I’ll concede this battle to you in the following way, Foxy

The following are cinnaNOMs: pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, spiced apple cider, any spiced teas where cinnamon isn’t the main event.

If cinnamon is the star of the show, it will be referred to as cinnaBLARGH and I’ll run screaming for the hills. :p

TheTeaFairy

Awww, Thanks for meeting me half way Sars :-)

Sarsonator

Anything for you, sweet pea!

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88

Good morning Steepster!

When I woke up earlier, I had a lychee craving. I happen to have some in the fridge. And I happen to have these delicious lychee pearls, so why not create a lychee feast?

This tea is very unusual. I personally don’t know any other lychee Dragon Pearls.

They are big and fragrant, but not soapy. The taste is so juicy, just like plump lychee. I get this lovely chocolaty smooth and malty Yunnan taste which makes this lychee tea so different than all others out there. I get none of that heavy perfumed lychee after taste you get in most black lychee flavoured teas.

It’s like drinking chocolate lychees. Not that I ever had any, but I’m sure there must exist some chocolate lychees somewhere. After having this tea, I can totally see their sweet floral taste work perfectly well with dark slightly bitter chocolate.

(And I just realized I wrote the word lychee way to many times in this review)

I other news, today I’m seasoning another one of my Yixing clay pots. Fun times!

MzPriss

I LOVE lychees. I wish I had some in my fridge right now. I haven’t had any lychee tea yet, but I did recently acquire some Lychee Oolong from Butiki I need to try. I’m going to season a Special Dark pot and I think maybe do my other pot for shous that are not SD today and when my purple pot comes, have it for my straight blacks. The SD pot will be that new Mandala one with the bamboo design.

CK

Chocolate lychee sounds really good!

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, Butuki is my favourite lychee tea ever! That oolong she’s using is spectacular on its own…and yay! You seem to have a good plan fir your pots :-)

Ck, I guess having this tea is the closest I can get to chocolate lychees for now!

MzPriss

I don’t think you wrote “lychee” too much – it’s a word I love to SAY leeeeeecheeee

TheTeaFairy

Lol, it’s one of those words that will have me make funny noises too ;-)

Sarsonator

Lycheeeeeeeeeeeee! Yum!

Which pot are you seasoning, TTF?

Also, good morning, my lovelies!!!!! I am making Alia for breakfast in my new black tea pot wheeeeeeee!!!!

MzPriss

I just finished some Snaily. I think I’m going to give the Dragon Balls another chance and try them the Stephanie way to see if I like them better

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmm, will most certainly catch a cup of Aila soon as well! Let me how it turns out in your newly seasoned pot!!

I will season my green oolong pot. It’s much larger than my other pots, that’s why I chose it for oolongs.

TheTeaFairy

Which ones MzPriss?

MzPriss

The Teavivre ones

Marzipan

We call those dragon poop.

Sarsonator

It’s deeeeeeelish in the new pot, but was there a doubt that Alia would be good? :p

MzPriss

I’m trying to learn to love this dragon poop – but I’m not there yet. And of course there was no doubt the Alia would be good :D

MzPriss

OK the dragon poop is tasting a little fruity to me at the moment – I’m getting zero chocolate and zero malt. Maybe zero chocolate because I’m eating toast with chocolate almond butter?

MzPriss

Sars – does it taste different to you in the pot? And if so, how?

Sarsonator

Well HoneyBelle, I’m not sure. I got enough for two cups from Cam, and I tried the first round in the new pot, yesterday. I liked them! I am really starting to think that there’s something to this whole thing about the clay influence. It was very smooth. I definitely found malt and cocoa.

Mmmmmmmmm choco almond butter!

MzPriss

The choco almond butter is new obsession. I was in my little hippie co-op grocery and you know those machines they have that are full of peanuts or almonds and you grind your own nut butter? They had one with chunks of roasted almonds and dark chocolate chunks. OMG – blissful. I’m having it on my Canadian Squirrely Bread – it’s full of nuts and seeds and is so good toasted. It’s in the frozen section at the co-op.

Sarsonator

Squirrelly bread??? OMG. I want a hippie co-op.

Speaking of squirrels and Canada… Have you ever been and seen those huge black squirrels they have? The first time I was there, I saw one near the water out if the corner of my eye and couldn’t tell if it was a squirrel or a beaver. So I decided it must be a hybrid: The elusive Canadian Squeaver.

TTF: do they have these in your area?

MzPriss

I have never been to Canada. Yet.

Sarsonator

Well when you go… Beware the Squeaver!!!!!

MzPriss

LOL I will be on the lookout

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Sorry I was off the computer for a bit…dragon poop. And Squeavers!!!

Lol, yes, we have huge squirrels! And I have a thing for them. I even name them. This is the most special one. Mr. White. Very rare. Been around for the last four years.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/11969474573/lightbox/

Sarsonator

WHITE SQUEAVER!!!!!

this is especially awesome, Foxy, b/c the unofficial mascot of my mom’s town (Palmyra, PA) is an albino squirrel. They call him whitey and it’s quite the honor to see him frolicking in your yard. I see you’ve met his cousin. :p

TheTeaFairy

Haha! So awesome :-)

hippiechick 42

What does lychee taste like?

TheTeaFairy

Very hard to describe hippiechick. It’s very sweet and juicy, a bit like grapes can be, but a lot more perfumed.

Terri HarpLady

Dragon Lychee Pearls…this sounds amazing!
I have to agree, Butiki’s lychee oolong is the best lychee tea I’ve had so far.

mj

SQUEAVERS!! ROFL

Marzipan

It makes me think of the Anthony Bourdain episode in the bayou where they ate “sqweazel”.

Dexter

(just for the record – considering some of you think I eat eat weird – or least unheard of things – squeever and sqweazel are not on the menu in my house)

hippiechick 42

Thanks teafairy, for the description. :)

Marzipan

Dex you can cover anything in yumyum sauce and make it good. :)

Sarsonator

Squeavers are no laughing matter! They’re bloodthirsty beasts! They’ll bite your ankles off!!!! :p

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100

Sorry, but skip this note if you’re looking for some insightful adjectives on how good this tea tastes.

I’ve been a sleepy head all day…just can’t shake the blues and the tiredness.

Just wanted something magical, that might chase those feelings away. Think I may have found it.

Wild Monk is one of those tea I keep in case of emergency.

Thank you Garret for making this so special, it nearly brings me to tears…good tears that is.

I just got “shengged” by The Monk, and I liked it…a lot.

Sarsonator

hugs

Sorry you’re being chased by the blues. But I’m glad this helped! I haven’t tried my wild monk yet. Sounds like I need to do that tomorrow. :)

apt

i need to buy this

TheTeaFairy

Thank you sweet girl..I will get by. This tea is just fantastic, and I need some time alone when I have it, it’s just that good. I’ve had that now and feel much better :-)

TheTeaFairy

Apt, this one is a no brainer…and I believe there’s only a few 2012 cakes left…

Sarsonator

Hey! I put way more hearts on that comment! Steepster ate my hearts!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

No worries, one heart from you is already full of special meaning :-)

Dexter

This is one of those teas that makes me feel better too – glad that it’s working for you – enjoy your time with it and feel better. :))

__Morgana__

Feel better dear TF!

boychik

Wild Monk to the rescue! Hope you feel better!

Sarsonator

Sounds like this will end up on my list of Magic Mood Teas, but I won’t know for sure til tomorrow. :)

MzPriss

Seepster has been eating my characters all day. This sheng s awesomely good.

TheTeaFairy

Thank you deaf friends <3

Sars, I cannot wait for you to try it…

TheTeaFairy

(“deaf” friends??? I OBVIOUSLY DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE!!)

MzPriss

I don’t hear that well…

MzPriss

But I DO have some badass tea!

TheTeaFairy

Same here…shitloads of badass…

Sarsonator

You win the typo of the day award, Foxy!

Whaaaaat? I can’t hear youse!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW????

mj

Hugs, TTF! I hope tomorrow is a better day :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you sweet mj, feeling much better this morning :-)

mj

Excellent :)

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I had a nice oolong afternoon with this baby. All gone now, I had just a enough left to make a Gaiwan session.

This baby is a decadent one.

Floral notes of lilacs, creamy and buttery, with a minty fresh finish.

Love that thick texture, a total PUDDING MOUTH!!

It’s from the highest plantations in the world, maybe that’s why it tastes like the sky…

I’ve reviewed it a few times before, this resteeps for a while, and though it looses its floral notes, it remains creamy and buttery all “oolong”…

Just yum.

MzPriss

I don’t think I got that oolong. I got a couple of their others which I need to try. I hear rumors of a sale though.

Sarsonator

Oh lovely! I haven’t tried Butiki’s DYL, but I have Yezi’s and this style is definitely yumz. :)

MzPriss

I got the Da Ye Aged and the Reserve Four Season – LTF made them sound good – I’m gonna break into them and the blue tea tomorrow :D

TheTeaFairy

I love butiki’s oolongs!! Are you planning to try the aged ones this week end Honeybelle?

Sars, I haven’t had Yezi so I can’t compare…but this one is more than lovely!

Sarsonator

LTF makes everything sound good! Luckily she always seems to be right! :p

Yes, blue tea!!! Drink it and report back!!! It’s such a party tea. It’s kinda hard not to smile when you drink it. I recommend white tea ware. :)

TTF… You should let me send you some. Seems like the perfect thing for a tea fairy.

MzPriss

Yes I’m gonna try the aged ones and a little TGY and the blue tea. OH and my taster is back and I’m enjoying the SB

TheTeaFairy

Oh, missed the comment where you said “I’m gonna try them tomorrow” lol.

Loke Sars said, can’t wait to find out what you think of them!

Cameron B.

TeaFairy, which of the oxidized oolongs would you recommend? I’ve been looking at them and trying to decide! Between the two aged ones, the four season, Doke rolling thunder, and the Gui Fei. I know I’m getting Oriental Beauty! But any suggestions would be awesome. :P

TheTeaFairy

(“Like”, damn typos)

MzPriss

Oh, I got the OB too – I got the leafhopper thingie and got a cute bug magnet.
Dang. Now I want OB

Sarsonator

OMG. I got the magnet too, but I swear I’m not tea gear stalking you. It was weeks ago. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever!?!?!

TheTeaFairy

I was not crazy about doke rolling…but Gui Fei is bug bitten, just like OB and they are both fantastic and super honey like!

MzPriss

It is very cute!!! I like bug-bited teas!

MzPriss

I ordered a wee bamboo tea tray for my office today.

TheTeaFairy

With the crazy shipping?

TheTeaFairy

Did you see the cute little cups I got today Missy?

MzPriss

No, with Amamzon even though I’m wanting to quit doing anything with them. I got my assistant to try sheng the other day and it was messy- water and tea on my desk – so I just ordered it. The are a shitload of things I want on that site though

Sarsonator

Pics or it never happened. :p

And OMG I totally forgot to show you two!!! I finally found the tea tray of my dreams after weeks of searching.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350896243321

MzPriss

I did! they were adorable!!! I have that Buddha Hand holding a lotus one coming and the purple one and the crackly one from the other day. I LOVE that earth and stars one you’re getting! All of them are cute

MzPriss

OH that’s PRETTY Sars!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Wow, very nice sars, and it’s darker like you want!

Sarsonator

I’m pretty excited. It was so hard to find a larger tray with the dark finish for a reasonable price. Every time I would find one in my price range, they were sold out. I’m really happy with this one.

TheTeaFairy

That is just the cutest thing ever!!!

mj

Cameron, I just tried a bunch of oolongs in the Education TTB 2; four seasons and oriental beauty were my favorites!

Sarsonator

I love that set! Which tray did you end up with, MzP?

MzPriss

I’m excited to try them.

@LTF – RIGHT????

Cameron B.

Thanks mj, I did read your notes! :) I’m so jealous, I want to do a Butiki educational box! I’m thinking I’ll definitely get Oriental Beauty and Gui Fei, I may choose another depending on how many things I end up getting… ;)

TheTeaFairy

I,m pretty sure you’ll like them cameron!

TheTeaFairy

Ok…wasn’t going to say anything but….i just got the last cherries of the season. 6 pounds. All to myself…and now, I feel like drinking you know what.

MzPriss

I’m glad you found a beautiful one that makes you happy!

MzPriss

Of course you do – I will drink some with you

TheTeaFairy

Love the tiny tray, just perfect for the office :-)

And thanks for drinking with meeeee!

MzPriss

Kettle just beeped

Sarsonator

That little tray is so cute!!!!

MzPriss

I really like that little set with the bamboo cut-out in the top and all the stuff to with it and easily packable though. What is this “Best offer available” thing and how do I do it?

TheTeaFairy

I’m pm-ing you missy!

MzPriss

Because I can return the amazon thing

Sarsonator

Make an offer! Woo! Haggling is kinda fun, IMO. :)

MzPriss

It’s not fun so far

Sarsonator

Oh. Well poo. :(

yyz

MzPrizz that’s a pretty good price for that one. The store where I first saw that type wanted 4-6 dollars more. If you do buy from Shanghai story, I’ve heard that their jinjunmei is pretty good.:)

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I wish I had the fairy powers (and the money), to travel all around and drop a sample of this marvel of tea in each of your mailboxes, Steepster friends…

For real…

Sweet goodness coming from what seems to be a Vanilla Tee Tree.

It’s just blissful in my newly seasoned VANILLA DREAMS yixing clay pot.

Upping the rating, it’s just perfection!

(See previous note for more details)

Marzipan

We should start a Kickstarter for that purpose.

TeaterTotter

I really like the name of that tea haha. It feels all ancient and mystical.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! That would be an awesome Kickstarter Marzi, you always have the best ideas!!

TeaterTotter, funny you say that…it does feel ancient and mystical when you drink it also :-)

TeaterTotter

I love vanilla flavored teas with a fiery passion. I’ll have to try this one out eventually. Also, you can fund anything on kickstarter these days, just look up the potato salad guy.

TheTeaFairy

Then you will not regret trying this TeaterTotter. But please note that this is blended, not flavoured. REAL hand cut vanilla beans :-)
I personally don’t like vanilla flavoured teas much… this is something completely superior and different!!

Dexter

?? I thought you had Fairy Power? Stuff magically appears in my mailbox….

TheTeaFairy

Some powers…. :-)

TheTeaFairy

When are you trying this one Dex? Did I mention I overleaf it to get even more goodness?

Sarsonator

You’ve inspired me to make this one tonight!!!!

Dexter

I don’t have a tin available for it…. :((

TheTeaFairy

Sars, aren’t you supposed to play “pupu destroyer” tonight?

(dex, me think we both need more black tins…)

Dexter

I am not allowed to buy more tins….. :((

TheTeaFairy

( I think I’m lifting the tin restriction rule. This tea is tin worthy. I’d be very surprised if you don’t repurchase it. But you must TRY it in order to know that!!!)

Sarsonator

I played pupu destroyer this AM, pookie. There’s a note on your Taiwanese Wild Mtn Black review. :)

I need time to recover before the pick comes out again!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Aaaah! I was on the go this morning, I missed some comments, will go read about it :-)

Ubacat

I’m not really a black tea lover but that sounds so good!

Terri HarpLady

Teatertotter, although this one has vanilla beans in it, the vanilla flavor is not as strong in this tea as it is in the Golden Orchid, which is very vanilla!

Sarsonator

I picked out a pot to be my vanilla dreams teapot!!!! So exciting!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Yay! Sars that’s great! I’m planning to try PORT in mine today…should be epic!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, and Which one did you choose?

MzPriss

I’m seasoning my vanilla pot right now

Sarsonator

Well MzP suggested the lotus gaiwan, but I really want to use that for one of my pu’erhs, and I was reading that banko clay gives teas a sweeter, smoother finish over time, and that sounds perfect for vanilla, so I picked this one:

http://www.tealux.ca/hakucho_banko_houhin_teapot

MzPriss

That is cute!

Sarsonator

It’s hard to see in that pic, but the knob on top is a cute little flower. :)

MzPriss

It’s precious!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, that is lovely. And I love Tealux, just wish they had tinier yixing pots.

Sarsonator

Thanks! I never ordered from them before, but they seem to have some great stuff! Hopefully my little teapot gets here soon! Vanillaaaaaaaaaa!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Let me know when you order. I have tried almost every tea (unflavoured) they have, I can give you great recommendations. Their oolongs are fantastic.

Sarsonator

Oh pookie pie! You know I have no self-control! I ordered that days ago. :)

I got a bunch of tins because I need some so badly! I didn’t get tea this time because I’m living in pu’erh city over here….

MzPriss

I need (* hides LTF’s eyes *) more tins

Sarsonator

Tinzzzzzzz. Give us all the tinzzzzzzz!!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Hurry up Missy. I need more tins also. Y’all know what it means.

MzPriss

We do know. How did I use up that many already?? And someone got more than me and you need more???? Laughs. We need an intervention. And I need some organization. I got a decent grip on it, but alas – out of control again.

MzPriss

I went to Harney for tins this time since I wanted some soba and they will stack and they are $1.75 for a 4 oz BLACK tin. I may spend some of today figuring out where all this tea is going to live permanently

Sarsonator

Oh that’s a great price, LHBQotTFRotCT. Now that I am getting my collection of pots curated and housed (my shelf is on the way), I need to figure out a plan for ALL THIS TEA. I have some preliminary ideas, but I’m still working out the details.

Not sure if I showed you guys the shelf I picked out. If not, here it is. I think it will be great for little gaiwans and houhins and teapots :)

http://www.amazon.com/Intersecting-Squares-Decorative-White-Shelf/dp/B00GOFZ7B2

MzPriss

Oh that shelf is way cute.

Sarsonator

It seemed perfect because it has so many little “cubbies”. I can fit 8 different teawares, and I think I could even go up to 11 if needed. I just have to make sure it’s hung VERY securely.

MzPriss

A stud-finder is your friend

Sarsonator

I don’t have studs :(

Don’t tell my BF I said that :p

I live in an older house, so it has lath and plaster walls. I like them because they aren’t “perfect” and they have some visual interest, but I also hate them because it is such a PITA to hang heavier things.

MzPriss

OMG how will you DO that with those walls?

Sarsonator

There are special support thingies you can buy. That’s the technical name: “support thingies”

You drill small holes and insert them. They expand inside the wall and keep your nails or screws from just falling out. It’s going to be a project, but I think it’ll be worth it :)

And I guess I should say that I DO have studs, but they are spaced much further apart, which is why it’s so hard to do this stuff.

MzPriss

toggle bolts

Sarsonator

Well fine, if you want to get all specific about it. You are correct :p

Terri HarpLady

Sars, I love that teapot & the shelf! I am now fantasizing about buying the swan yixing…OMG, it’s adorable!!

I also live in an OLD house, with lathe & plaster walls. When I was painting one of the bedrooms on the 2nd floor I accidentally bumped the wall inside the closet, & pretty much watched all the plaster disintegrate before my eyes. What followed was a crash course in ‘this old house’ style fly by set of your pants wall repair.
Even worse was when we had to run new wiring for a ceiling light…we finally cut some holes in the ceiling, which I later went back & patched with my now amazing speckling skills. LOL

Sarsonator

Thanks, Terri!

Hahaha. You know exactly what I am dealing with then. I love my old house, but on the other hand, certain things are a pain. I will find a way to make the shelf work, but it will probably involve cursing, alcohol, unintentional holes, and yelling. :p

TheTeaFairy

Haha! This is amusing..also an old house owner here! We disagree at times, but I love most of its imperfections. Also, I like the way it cracks and makes funny noises sometimes, as if there were ghosts in here :-o

Sarsonator

Maybe there are :)

Terri HarpLady

There are :)

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…I’d love me some ghosts friends :-)

Sarsonator

I dont think I would mind a friendly ghost.

MzPriss

My house is old-ish but not the kind of old y’all are talking about – mine is from the 1940s and it has its own problems – like zero insulation :(

No ghosts though my house also makes creaky noises

Marzipan

Mz were the $1.75 tins online?

Shelley_Lorraine

I have a ghost, but my house isn’t old (built 2004). I also had a ghost in my previous apartment, I think its the same one. takes all the cheese and candy foods, sometimes leaves pennies. . Im really not kidding that I think I have a ghost that follows me! at least it doesn’t take my tea. Because then I would be prompted to call in the professionals. (^o^)

Marzipan

Takes the cheese and candy? We would be fighting. It is obviously a very old ghost if it only compensates you with pennies.

MzPriss

@ Marizpan – yes. I had to google empty harney tins to find them – the website didn’t make it easy

TheTeaFairy

No ghost of mine will ever touch the cheese. Ever. There would be an epic battle…and I promise the fairy would win.

MzPriss

I would help you fight that battle. Cheese is serious business

Sarsonator

I wonder if that’s why I don’t have a ghost… No cheese!!!!!! Maybe my house had a ghost but the poor thing ran away!!!

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I’ve had a discussion recently about bread notes in tea, and it made me think about which tea in my collection was the “breadiest”.

This won my vote.

To me, it smells and tastes like dark crispy sourdough bread crust.

I also have some Yunnan blacks in my collection that have yeasty notes, but nothing feels as baked goods as this tea.

It’s pastry like, with a very distinctive fruity taste, a little boozy also. Makes me think of raisins soaked in rum for some reason.

Also, it’s bug bitten. So yeah, welcome honey sweet tastes, with zero astringency.

I’ve reviewed it many times, not much else to say…it’s already a fact that this tea is spectacular.

A must try.

Butiki Teas

Oooh, love that ‘raisins soaked in rum’ description. Yum!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm….Now I’m thinking of a “raisins soaked in rum” tea with TWMB as a base. Haha! Wouldn’t that be glorious!

Butiki Teas

Well, that would be entirely doable. I think you should submit that as a suggestion for our next custom blend contest. Just saying!

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…might just do that Stacy :-)

Isn,t it in the fall?

Butiki Teas

Yep, it’s in the fall. :)

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Goodness, you gave me the best laugh I have had today Stacy, love ya <3

Butiki Teas

Excellent, love making people laugh! :) hugs

Sarsonator

This sounds Deelish! And you know that I’m all about teas which have the TTF seal of approval!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And I’ve got my own personal stamp now, thanks to Stacy!

Sars, I promised this tea to a few people already and don’t have enough to send you until I restock. But really, it is like nothing else I’ve ever tried, completely in a category of its own!

MzPriss

I just got a little bit and I want to try it, but apparently I’ve forgotten how to make tea. Both of the cups I’ve made this morning taste bland and underleafed even though I made them the same way I always make them. My allergies are raging so maybe it’s that – but I hate to waste my tea if it’s going to taste so blah to me :(

TheTeaFairy

Lol…you are one of the “person” I have mentioned. This tea is so light, it takes tons of leaves, and since we are both “over-leafer”, I understand why you got a bland cup. I’m sending you enough for a gongfu session, this one is much better for me in the gaiwan :-)

MzPriss

I have some of this LTF – I just got some in a Butiki order. I got the Leafhopper Sampler – cause I love my bug bitten tea and I also got two kinds of oolong. I’ll try it in my gaiwan when I’m tasting right. The other cups I made this morning weren;t this one. I’m looking forward to this one, but not today since my taster is apparently off. I made a cup of Zhu Rong and a cup of the yezi tea that I love and nothing tastes right to me. I’m gonna do a big fat cup of Special Dark and lay off tea for the morning until my taster gets right. You are a sweetie for putting me some back, but I have this :)

Sarsonator

TTF: that’s ok. I was planning a Butiki order for the near furure. I’ll add it to my wishlist. :)

Also, good morning lovely tea ladies!!!!

Sarsonator

Also, this is a pre-approved Butiki order. :p

MzPriss

Good morning Sars – how are you today??

TeaTiff

I love this one. This is one I tend to keep hidden and not drink b/c I do love it so. I need to just drink it:) I have never actually had this one gong fu style before. I will have to do that in the near future. Love the description! You are so good with describing flavors.

TheTeaFairy

And yes, good morning, all the lovely ladies!

Gotta run, hope to catch y’all later!!

Yes, Totally pre-approved, thanks SARS!!

Sorry for bad taste buds MzPriss, I hope they start behaving soon :-)

Thank you Teatiff, let me know what you think after trying it with short steeps, so GOOD!! And don’t save it, DRINK IT :-)

Sarsonator

Well HoneyBelle, it’s Friday, so woo! I’m also drinking some Butiki (peach hoppitea). The boss started her vacation today. I broke into my 1st pu’erh cake this AM ( ), I have zero meetings scheduled for today, AND I’m going to happy hour with my friend after work. So I’m freakin’ fantastic!!!! How are you????

TeaTiff

How is peach hoppitea? That is one I have been iffy to order. Glad to hear you are having a great day Sarsonator. MzPriss sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well. I hope your taste buds hurry up and get back to normal.

MzPriss

@Sars – THAT is a good Friday!!! We got some rain which we needed. How was breaking your first cake?

Hey Tiff – I feel fine other than sneezing – but I HATE it when my taster is off – because i WANT tea, but I feel like I’m wasting it :(

Y’all have a good day – I’m out the door for work

Sarsonator

Foxy- I meant MY future Butiki purchase was approved. I won’t police you b/c Dex seems to have everything under control LOL

Tiff- it’s ok. Not my fave, but my boyfriend is crazy about it and he picked the tea this AM. Hope you are having a great day, too!!!!

MzP- I was a little sad about the cake, but it workd out just fine. I broke off a small piece from the back, at the indentation. I wrapped it back up carefully and you can’t even tell it was violated! I hope your taster gets back to normal ASAP!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, so happy that you’re having such an awesome friday Sars, and WOOT for breaking Pu’erh!! (And don’t worry, you’re cake won’t even notice you cruelly poked it with a knife)

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect!

My relationship with tea in a nut shell:

I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I party with Flavored!

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others…

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who and what they want to be and expect the same in return.

Books! I love French and classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

As tea and books, music is something I can’t live without! From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Art is food for the soul…I consume lots of it.

Animal and nature lover, I will never let a fury friend in needs.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. But since I’v joined Steepster, my tea knowledge has emancipated exponentially.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

As for my rating system, well it’s pretty much inexistent…Since I don’t write many reviews, I try to focus on the good stuff and will usually review teas that left a big impression on me.

Not a big «swapper» but if we do get to swap together, you’ll remember me, I live up to my Fairy reputation :-)

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