401 Tasting Notes

98

I know this is a long review. Sorry but I still think you should read all of it. Just saying.

So. Shou. I kind of have a thing for it.

I drink it everyday and have lots of favourites. I have been known to have shou boxes in the house. (See what I did?) That was before I copied MzPriss and make my own “pumidrawer”. Cause you know…who doesn’t want to be like the fabulous MzPriss?

So it is established that I have a huge amount of shou in da house. But. As you probably know, I can’t resist many of the WP teas. I just go where quality is.

And I had yet to try this one. MzPriss recently reviewed it, and I was kind of envious. She got a real shou buzz out of it. I wanted that too!! But hey, you just don’t order a shoubuzz like you order a pizza.

I had already gotten a nice buzz from a sheng earlier. Pinky cheeks and all. Very nice qi. But not over the top.

There was still room for more. So…could I get lucky twice in the same evening?

Well. That is an understatement folks. This stuff should be illegal.

First I will describe the taste, then the qi. (Cause really, I could devote an entire page to it)

The dry leaves look like “chocolat au lait” shavings, so pretty.

I’m using 7g for 5oz shou yixing (shouxing?)

First steep, and wow. I mean this is as soft and smooth as angel wings. Makes me regret wasting the rinse.

No trace of earthiness or even leather in this. It’s all nuts and creamy vanilla. At first, I thought roasted pecans. When I later read the description, it said walnuts and I think it’s more accurate.

It’s sweet, in a dark brown sugar kind of way. It also provides that fresh mouthfeel of camphor that coats your entire mouth and lingers on your lips.

The third steep was probably the best. A little powdery, still very nutty and creamy.

I stopped at around steep seven, and I can tell you that by then, all I could do was lay on my back and enjoy the feeling.

The qi. It made my body twinkle all over. This tea is pure warm energy. I could feel my blood circulate. It made me tea drunk in a way I have never experienced before. Oh, I have felt this way before, but I promise you it wasn’t from tea leaves. (O.O)

And I kept thinking how nice this feeling will be on upcoming lazy rainy days. I’m gonna need
a lot more of this.

If you already like shou, this will only make you like it even more. And to all non shou lovers, please hurry and give this a try.

P.S. There should be a warning on the pouch: don’t shou and drive.

Sil

Uh oh….. Want!

AllanK

I will have to try that one when they get the Rivendell in stock.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, sil, you shall get then :-)

Allan, you can wait for our swap, but I have a feeling you of all people will want a much larger quantitity of this ;-)

MzPriss

I love this shou and I love this note and I love my Fairy

Cheri

This sounds good. I just need to get over this weird thing I have going on and try shou.

mrmopar

I am going to have to get into this one day. Cheri “Good” shou will surprise you.

Parsifal

Sounds fantastic! I adore shou as well :) . . . Actually I like Sheng a lot too. I will look for this tea… This intrigued me: “No trace of earthiness or even leather in this. It’s all nuts and creamy vanilla”. That sounds delightful. Thanks for the review!

mrmopar

Parsifal we have a “puerh of the day” post you may like on the discussions page.

Parsifal

I will check that out, thank you :)

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91

This is a sheng I bought cause i saw Scott posting pics of it on Instagram and it being a yin and yang design, well, I knew I just had to have it!

It’s like when I sometimes buy a bottle of wine just for the label, hoping To get lucky.

Well I just got lucky!

This is quite a deal. Young sheng yes, but it tastes a lot more mature than its age.

And I’m sure it will only get better with time.

I get close to zero astringency.

It’s super mellow, all sweet and honey.

I get hints of apple pie, feels like autumn tea to me.

It’s also a bit grapey. Definitely fruity.

Tonight I’m having it with the TEAplets, but I had it for the first time last night, and it gave me pinky cheeks. And a nice buzz.

Hey, I never wear much makeup, so a nice natural blush sheng glow is always welcome ;-)

The qi is kicking and I almost feel like I stole this cake, having spent a ridiculous amount of $15 on it.

People. Get this, it’s a bargain!!

MzPriss

Pink cheeks!

Sarsonator

Gettin’ lucky!!!! :p

Sarsonator

Dr. Sheng approves!

TheTeaFairy

Lolol!! You little dirty teaplets!!

MzPriss

WE weren’t the ones talking about pink cheeks O.O

Sarsonator

OR getting lucky! :p

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! I love you teaplets!!

Kirkoneill1988

i will get one next time hopefully

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89

I can’t really sleep tonight so might as well drink good tea, right?

I had this tea twice today. Such a lovely shou.

I like how sweet and smooth it is. I find myself craving it.

It’s not overly complicated and complex, but sometimes, that’s just what I’m seeking.

I have mentioned that this tea was like a hug on my last review and I stand by it. Definitely a hugger!

At this rate, the little cake won’t last very long.

Sorry Mandala for not being more eloquent tonight…

Pic from earlier:

http://instagram.com/p/slg21QQh7c/

Sarsonator

Yummmy! Maybe I will use this for the Goldie test later!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Great idea!!

looseTman

Goldie test?

AllanK

I think I will break in my new teapot with this next week when it comes. Bought an incredible pot from purepuer.com.

Sarsonator

looseTman – We are experimenting with my gold-lined cup to see if tea tastes different than with a regular teacup. So far, it does

looseTman

A gold-lined cup, wow! Pic?

Terri HarpLady

Different in a good way?

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100

Having GO at the end of the day is as satisfying as having GO in the morning.

I wasn’t planning on having it now, but a tea friend invited me to have a cup with her, so I did :-)

And let me tell you that it made a very satisfied fairy out of me.

It’s such a comfort tea, no matter what the season is. I drank it all summer long, and we’re about to spend our first autumn season together.

A pure vanilla dream it is, with plenty of chocolate gooeyness. If someone can’t get the chocolate in this well…sorry but I am totally judging you!!!

My pic:

http://instagram.com/p/slJDrDQh3p/

pyarkaaloo

i recently placed an order for this & a few other WP teas….woohoo!

Lariel of Lórien

This is what I was drinking while watching Lord of the Rings the other day. It was nice.

Terri HarpLady

I took a large mug of this one to work with me today. :)

mj

LOL @ the judging comment

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95

So I’m a little late to the party on this review.

I had this earlier today with the TEAplets. But I was unable to focus on writing my review. Now is a better time.

I was lucky enough to receive the gift of tea from Sarsonator: this beautiful Mandala cake. She made this very special for myself and MzPriss (who was also given the same cake) as it wasn’t even available yet on Mandala’s website. That’s what I call a REAL surprise!

Now how thoughtful and generous was that? Thank you so much Sarsy, I am so grateful!

Right from the get go, I had a feeling it would be a good one. The cake looks amazing, as if every single leaf was placed strategically to create a little work of art.

It broke very easily, no need to fight it, loosely compressed.

I used 8g for a 5oz yixing clay pot.

First, I love the golden liquor it produces. It’s thick and almost oily as I pour the first steep in the pitcher.

The leaves are barely awake, and already they render a taste that completely seduces me. We all agree: it’s remarkable.

Stone fruits, mostly soft and ripe apricot. Super sweet and silky, heavy mouthfeel of honey.

In later steeps, that sweetness turns into maple water. I also get juicy apple notes. It’s not smokey at all, and that astringency normally present in young sheng is nowhere to be found.

Around steep seven, I get a certain acidity, but i think I just let it steep too long. It’s very potent.

I had dinner, and went back to it. It kept giving and giving.

Thank you so much again Sarsy, and thanks to Garret who helped make this surprise happened, you are such a classy guy!

As usual, for those who love to watch:

http://instagram.com/p/sieu8HQhy4/

http://instagram.com/p/sid0Ccwhxw/

http://instagram.com/p/sjB3-oQh6e/

MzPriss

This was so good and I loved being able to share it with my TFFs!

boychik

apricots are my fav. glad you enjoyed it

Stephanie

wishlisted

Garret

Yay! Here’s to hoping that I am able to get some more of this! Working on that today. It is selling fast and I want some, too! Great pics!

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss : likewise :-)

Boychik and Stephanie: it is very likely that you will love this one

Garret: thank you! And so glad I have a whole cake of this!!

Sarsonator

I just got two more cakes of this one in the mail today. Thanks, G!

I couldn’t risk it selling out. I’m so glad you love it, TTF! It makes me happy when you are happy!!! <3

Garret

:) This could be a great supplier to keep working with. Will soon be getting some samples of some of their other new offerings. If the quality keeps up with what I’ve tasted of their teas so far, I will be a happy tea seller.

Sarsonator

Totally, G-Mac. And we will all be happy tea drinkers! Keep us posted on the other offerings, please. :)

mrmopar

Lucky rascals….

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90

This was pretty tasty this morning.

Toasty chocolate cereals. Oh, yum. I mean, this is really chocolaty and nutty.

You know me right? I kind of get very “enteasiast” when I like something.

If I like, I like…A LOT.

And I kind of like this blend…a lot…so I kinda ordered…a lot.

So this morning, I told myself I’d better start drinking the life out of it…cause really, did I mention I have a lot?

Get this, it’s really worth it…

Cavocorax

It’s SO worth it.

Sil

except verdant’s stock is kinda limited atm lol

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95

Only september 3rd and we can already tell fall is in the air here. It was a little chilly today.

So I made a GIANT mug of almond milk chai latté of El Dorado.

This is my favourite chai.

It is classic and perfectly balanced, I can taste all the spices individually without having one that stands out too much and overshadows the others.

The snaily yums base paired with the magic WP vanilla makes it so naturally sweet… But I admit that by adding just a drop of maple in it, it brings me to heaven on a wednesday!!!

I can see myself drinking loads of this in the months to come…in my super large latté mug!

Here’s a pic (Note to self: that mug is way to heavy to hold in one hand)

http://instagram.com/p/sf1k-Owh5p/

Sarsonator

Sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try this!

boychik

Lucky! It’s sauna in Brooklyn. I need some air….gasp…

Amy Herbal Mama

Oh my god that mug is ginormous.
Also, when I stepped outside this morning, taking a breath was like sipping on hot bath water. I am waiting for that chilly air to get here…count me as super jealous…

TheTeaFairy

Sarsy, you shall receive some

Boychik, at least you are back home!!! :-)

Amy, I dig that, the next few months will be my favourite of the year…and then, harsh cold and long winter!!

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90

Oh look! Steepster is behaving :-)

Let’s post a review!!

This was one of very few teas I hadn’t tried yet from WP.

I was curious, cause although Keemun are sometimes not my favourite teas to drink when too heavy on the smoke, the taste profile of Pine Peak seemed very different.

Well I agree: definitely not your usual full bodied keemun.

It’s much lighter, and I had to steep longer (for my tastes) and add a bit more leaves to achieve a satisfying cup. Once I did that, it was super tasty.

No trace of smoke or strong earthy notes here.

This is the fruit and grain keemun type. I get raisins and barley mostly. It is sweet and a little malty.

There is some kind of light pine taste to it, a little woodsy especially as it cools down.

I see myself drinking this on a regular basis, as a very nice everyday cup.

It’s raining this afternoon, took out my happy ladybug teapot, girly tea time!

“Peak” of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/sdQTcIwh7e/

mj

Steepster isn’t behaving anymore :(. I had to fish for this review by going to the “discover” tab

Cameron B.

Wow, I didn’t know that you hadn’t tried this. I love this one, possibly the most of any of their teas! Unsung hero. ;)

TheTeaFairy

Oh! But steepster IS back again!! Thanks for “fishing” me out though mj :-)

Cameron, I agree, it is kind of an unsung hero ;-)

Ubacat

That teapot is adorable!

boychik

Love this tea. I double recommended amount of leaves.
Teapot is adorable !

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is my comfort tea :-)

Lariel of Lórien

Is sounds so good.

TheTeaFairy

It is Lariel

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100

It’s 2 am and I just spent the last four hours going back and forth inside/outside the house. There were possibilities of auroras tonight, that’s why. I feel very lucky to have witnessed them more than once in my life…

I was telling friends earlier that auroras had been life changing for me… totally worth being patient for. I wish for everyone to witness them at least once in their lives.

Unfortunately, they didn’t happen tonight.

Oh well…another night hopefully.

Now I’m drinking this tea and shockers! It’s good.

This is a mouthful of fresh evergreens and creamy buttery oolong.

Dame Vanilla adds all kinds of velvety and fruity notes to the blend.

Just wow.

I don’t have a bunch to say, see previous review.

I will just nom it till it can give no more.

And that’s all.

K S

My dad recalls seeing the aurora this far south when he was young. I have heard some of my astronomy friends say they have seen them in recent years. Sadly I have not. I imagine it to be freaky awesome.

Cheri

I tried posting this earlier, and just noticed that it never posted (still said POSTING…)

I remember the first time I really saw an aurora. I’d seen them in the distance when I was a kid once that I vaguely remember, but when I was living in the UP of Michigan, there was one night where it felt like we were surrounded by the aurora. Everything was green and beautiful for quite a while. (I went to bed before it stopped.) It was perhaps one of the most amazing things I have ever seen.

Amy Herbal Mama

I really, really want to see an aurora sometime before I die! I am rather far south (Pennsylvania, USA), but they have on occasion made their way down here.

I just ordered a few teas today from Whispering Pine (Cedar Ridge and Clari Tea). Your reviews make me excited to get them in the mail!

Lariel of Lórien

Lucky. I’m too far south to view auroras.

TheTeaFairy

KS, “freaky awesome” is such a good way to describe them!!

Cheri, so glad you got to see them once. Now you must experience the multi-coloured ones!!

Amy, i think it’s on many peoples bucket list!
I’m glad you like my WP reviews, their teas are among my favourites!! And I love Cedar Ridge, good choice, can’t wait to read your review :-)

Lariel, maybe someday you will happen to travel North and see them :-)

AllanK

Tea Fairy, how do you suggest brewing this tea? I have a sample on the way from Sarsonator and only enough for one brew. Did you use very short steeps?

TheTeaFairy

Allan, i did what I would have done with a regular TGY, I did short steeps, using a gaiwan. But most people here did it western style so I guess it’s up to you :-)
But short steeps worked really well for me.

AllanK

I think I will try it in that blue teapot you loved.

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100

Day 10 of Steepster’s disaster…

I know not many will read this. But I still have to give some love to my favourite teas.

This is one of them.

Drinking this makes all the wrongs right.

Ok…it won’t fix Steepster. But that’s about the only thing it won’t fix!

Mmmm….salty caramel. I don’t really like you for real, you’re too sweet and sticky. But in my cup of tea? Yes please!

Can’t believe how a straight tea can render such decadent notes.

Aila and I… Foreverrr!

Terri HarpLady

I’m reading… :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Hi terri, I miss ya :-)

Cheri

Steepster will be back…eventually…and in the mean time, we’ll get it in little spurts.

boychik

Me too;)

TheTeaFairy

Hello friends :-)

Stephanie

Yay dashboard updated today

KiwiDelight

Has it already been 10 days…?

AllanK

This tea sounds good.

Tea Sipper

Get better soon, Steepster!

MzPriss

Magic! It’s Hobbit Magic

TheTeaFairy

It’s totally magi!!

MzPriss

Magi could have brought the Magic I suppose. I also missed you Terri <3

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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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