392 Tasting Notes

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This note is a major backlog. On Christmas morning, I had just enough of it left for a good cup. It was a sample from dear Steepster friend Ysaurella.

You know when a blend is created without any pretension and that its sole purpose is to offer you a special moment?

This is what Noël is all about.

Solid base, subtle spice blend, well balanced, not too much of it, just enough of that … I love cinnamon, but it’s not a shy ingredient… unless it’s on a bun, I do not like when it takes over everything else. In this case, it’s there to support all the other components. Lovely scent of orange and vanilla that you can really taste, so good!

It’s such a perfect tea to drink during the Holidays, i could have drank it during the whole season! If I had more…but it came to an end after one cup sadly :-(

I should probably mention that it’s good for all year around. Ysaurella’s first note about this tea was beautiful and very touching…I think she should always drink it in July instead, and create good happy summer memories with it :-)

Thank you so much for another delicious French tea, my dear Ysaurella :-)

Ysaurella

you’re very welcome, I am very glad you enjoyed drinking Noël (the real name is Esprit de Noël but everybody calls it Noël) Thank you for the note, I know you don’t have so much time to write :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, it was not a chore my dear, and I have more time now, lots of things have happened and changed for me in the last months… The morning I drank it, I knew I was not gonna have time though, so I scribbled my notes on a piece of paper in order to post it later on…Then of course I lost the paper but just found it yesterday :-)

Terri HarpLady

I had to laugh. I came across one of my ‘pieces of paper’ just the other day :)

TheTeaFairy

Ah! Thanks for that Terri, I always imagine Steepster people being so organized with their tasting notes, lol! The worst part is that I bought a note book dedicated for Steepster…but somehow, the pages are still blank…and I go on, scribbling my notes on paper towels, or whatever is near me. Hey, I’ve been doing that all my life with my writing, when inspiration passes me by, I must grab it, no time to search for that fancy note book :-)

Charles Thomas Draper

You are still following me :}

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Charles, haha! Wouldn’t want to “loose” any friends here :-)

Terri HarpLady

I have a tea journal as well, & I do sometimes write in it, but I’m also a ‘scribble on any random scrap’ person :)

Sil

haha this IS a tasty tea :)

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I’m back, I’ve missed you dear Steepster friends this week :-)

I’d like to thank Sil for incuding such a good one for me…This is right up my alley, beloved Taiwanese blacks!

I did many infusions this morning, using the new glass yixing pot I got on boxing day for peanuts…

The tea is gorgeous, it rendered a relatively light colour compared to other taiwanese black. It feels round in the mouth, like most teas with hints of honey do.

It has a very distinct smell and taste, if I can pin point properly that very faint sourness I get, I’d compare it to rye bread to give you an idea, that’s very pronounced when you smell the wet leaf and easier to identify. That’s what I do when I’m trying to get notes in the tea, smelling the wet leaf gives me a much better idea and helps me define the taste. But it is so relative and personal, what feels like rye bread to me, might feel like almond to someone else. That’s why I find reading about tea somewhat poetic…

All in all, this tea is superb and gave me great joy this morning,

Thank you so much Sil for knowing I would aporeciate this!

__Morgana__

Yay! So glad you’re back!

TheTeaFairy

Awww, Me too morgana…lots of catching up to do, hope all is well with the kids and their tea drinking experiences :-)

Yvonne

Welcome back, we missed you! ♥

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Yvonne, love you guys :-)

caile

Welcome back! : )

keychange

Yaaaay! I was wondering where my co-revolutionary was!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks caile!
Keychange, Revolution is an ongoing process, and I will never abandon you, you have a serious and dedicated warrior beside you!!

Terri HarpLady

Warriors of Tea! :)

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Another cupboard staple.

I tell you, this tea is so refined…

If tea had a gender, this would be a beautiful sophisticated mature woman. She would wear couture and just a drop of channel no.5. She would also cary along the scent of buttery French pastries that she would have picked up on her way home at a famous bakery.

Therefore, her «sillage» would present itself as slightly and delicately flowery, with big notes of decadent rich creamy butter and cookie dough.

That’s the imprint this tea leaves in my mouth.

Just nothing else to add.

gmathis

Dear Gussie, you are making my mouth water!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

My goodness that tea sounds delightful!

Fjellrev

Haha I think that is where I differ. To me, anyone wearing Chanel no. 5 would not smell delicately flowery to me. That stuff is so heady.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, Fjellrev, it was only to illustrate the high end side of this tea! That’s why I wrote a drop !! I know, way to strong for me also :-)

Fjellrev

Yeah yeah, I know haha. Just teasing. ;)

TheTeaFairy

Gmatis and Amanda, I have sampled a few other Baozhong before. This one is the best so far for me. I have received some in a swap that can’t wait to try and compare :-)

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Tonight I’ve decided to treat myself with some pizza. I ordered a vegetarian, with extra, extra, extra olives.

When the delivery guy handed me the box, first I thought, hmmm, good looking dude. Then, I smelled the culprit: pepperoni.

I don’t do pepperoni. Haven’t eaten pepperoni on pizza in ages. The guy apologies and offers to bring another one. I see that I got my extra, extra, extra olives and decide I don’t feel like waiting another hour. I say, nah, forget about it, guess it won’t kill me for this one time only.

I tried to remove them, but not such a good idea when you want your cheese to remain on the pizza. So I ended up eating most of the pepperonis. Now I have a funny belly feeling (remember my KD binge last week? Very reminiscent of that!)

So pu-pu is in order! I go through Sil ‘s package and fetch this. I’m so happy she threw it in our recent swap.

I’m salivating once the hot water hits the leaves. The aroma. Yum.

This tastes as if caramel and vanilla happened to grow on the tea, as if they’re not an addition to it, but part of it. that’s how natural it feels…I get no almond, but it’s ok, I don’t want it.

It provides a round and a full mouthfeel. Sweet but not overly.

I’m drinking it au naturel, but I can understand how well it could sustain milk or creamer.

The perfect tea to end a meal and make the belly happy!

Thanks for another hit, Sil :-)

P.S. How sweet, as I was writing this, cute delivery pizza guy came back…he brought another pizza for free, extra-extra-extra olives, no pepperoni!! Lol, who’s hungry???

__Morgana__

Awww, that’s so nice! Too bad you’d already eaten the pepperoni!

TheTeaFairy

I know right? I gave him a very generous tip, will eat cold pizza tomorrow :-)

OMGsrsly

I vote for pizza for breakfast. :)

TheTeaFairy

Ok, but I’ll have to make a large pot of pu-pu and run on the treadmill for two hours!!!

Stephanie

This tea sounds good :)

Fjellrev

Awesome customer service!

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, this is good quality stuff.

Fjellrev, it’s just a small joint, but they’re so nice and they make the best pizza ever. It goes to show that small is BETTER sometimes, lol!

Sil

yay! so glad you liked this one :)

TheTeaFairy

So happy I got to try it, but so sad it is a sipdown :-(

Sil

this is one that can be easily ordered from the cadeau vendommes site, so when you get your cupboard back in order it will be there…waiting :)

TheTeaFairy

I will regret asking this but…can you give me the link? Never heard of them ( sigh…regrets)

Sil

http://www.cadeau-deco-vendome.com/

it’s relatively inexpensive for shipping compared to a number of places in france :)

OMGsrsly

I even refreshed before I pasted the link and clicked “add comment”!

Sil

hahaha

TheTeaFairy

Aww, thanks to both of you…will sure bookmark and check them out…when the cup-hoard is down that is…

TheTeaFairy

But, but…there was only 3 pu’erh gourmand left in stock…but, but…I had a 16$ credit on paypal account…but, but…it costed me only the equivalent 21$ Can after credit was applied…for 3 different 100g Dammann teas!!! I feel so good…(and bad) right now. I was a naughty fairy today. Major cupboard explosion ahead.

yyz

They offer a pretty good service. I’ve ordered from them twice and got my teas within a week each time enjoy!

TheTeaFairy

Yyz, now I’m gonna dream about getting my order within a week, thanks for letting me know!!

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I’m no «math-magician», but here’s some full proof equation:

Assam + Taiwan
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Sil (swap) = Love

Thank you so much Sil for this one, whoa! Fruity, raisiny, bready, almost boozy assam, perfection in a cup! It does resemble Taiwanese Assam from Butiki a lot, though I find Butiki’s a bit fruitier.

It’s a homerun, thank you Sil for giving me the chance to try this amazing tea:-)

Sil

haha YAAAAAY!!!! I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one. I am a fan and i LOVE that i can get 25g samples from TTC, only spend 25$ and still get free shipping!

TheTeaFairy

Hey, thanks for the info, but a $100 order is sufficient for one day!!! (It’s on my shopping list now, silly!)

Sil

holy crap! 100$ from River tea? hahaha

TheTeaFairy

not.THAT.funny.

Fjellrev

First off, I appreciate the maths. It’s perfectly logical.

Secondly, holy crap. I’m going to ignore River Tea for quite a while.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Fjellrev, don’t worry, I will not be an enabler and tell you how Rivertea is the most happy and exquisite website I have ever seen, and that I haven’t been that excited about a new company in ages, no. I won’t do that to you. Not gonna be that person.

Fjellrev

Haha well it is a pretty website. But is it just me, or do the pictures of some of the teas kind of remind you a bit of Teavana? I have faith that their tea is a lot better though.

OMGsrsly

That was exactly my thought, Fjellrev! But I still managed to fill a cart to $80. Not that I’m buying, but window shopping can be fun.

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I love florals… but Jasmine is a hit or miss depending on how well it’s balanced, a bit like how overwhelming bergamot can be to earl greys.

When I discovered Jasmine Dragon pearls from Teavivre, it was a no brainer, favourite jasmine ever! Then later, this silver green became slightly superior for my own personal likings.

I had to play a lot with it in order to find my sweet spot. 85c, no more than 1.5 min on first steep. That’s how my cup gets filled with sweet jasmine blossoms just in the right amount, not soapy or too perfume like. When I close my eyes and let it invade me, Jasmine’s scent really fills my head with spring and summer thoughts…

Then I open my eyes, and realize how winter has invaded me instead! Not complaining, still beautiful, even though it’s such a looong season here!

This week, the mild weather brought Mr. Huge Raccoon around. He stayed as a tolerated guest for a few days, feeding himself on bird’s seeds before probably going back to sleep until spring.

And this morning, looking outside sipping on this tea, I was amazingly surprised by a new comer, Mr. Squirrel. Now why would I be amazed by a vulgar and common squirrel you ask? Well this Mr. Squirrel should be renamed Mr. White… Yes, a white squirrel. Don’t know about your part of the world, but we don’t see white squirrels around here. And it’s not of a whitish kind a grey, try a stunning beautiful winter white furry ball!

The strangest thing is, I don’t think it’s albinos, cause the eyes are not red, which correct me if I’m wrong, is one of the criteria.

You know how I love to post pictures and links, so here it is, not my greatest shot, but it was early and I zoomed in a rush, before I scare him away:

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

He escaped in the woods not long after that. Hope he will return…but maybe tomorrow will be Mrs. Deer’s turn, lol!

Love my country life!

Stephanie

What a fancy tea! And what a fancy squirrel!

cryptickoi

good pic…rare find…its wonderful to able to see all of the different critters…

__Morgana__

Wow, that’s some squirrel. Clearly adapted for snowy climes. :-)

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, fancy is correct!

Cryptickoi, wonderful yes, most of the time…last year, I had an encounter with 2 coyotes…impressive but just a tad scary! Luckily, they didn’t attempt anything and just walk though the backyard…

Haha, Morgana, very clever, maybe that’s all there is to it :-)

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

That is a beautiful squirrel! Also what a yummy looking tea, I need to add it to my ‘must try’ list.

Nxtdoor

Holy crap, I’ve never seen a white squirrel. I admit I didn’t even know they come in white :)

seule771

I shan’t look, thanks for sharing.

caile

What a gorgeous and unusual squirrel!!

Tuscanteal

Strange beautiful white Squirrel. I do enjoy your tasting notes. You have a flare for writing :)

I also love Jasmine, but feel that if it’s done wrong it can be soapy and perfume-y as well.

TheTeaFairy

Amanda: it’s a hit in terms of yumminess!

Nxtdoor: I didn’t know either!!!

Seule771: where have been? We’ve missed you :-)

Caile: that’s why I felt like sharing it :-)

Tuscantel: thank you, it means a lot…I hope to take some real English lessons someday to fix my second language flaws, lol :-)

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This was my tea of the morning (no incident today, y’all, smooth easy going morning…)

I probably like Darjeeling as much as I do Assam. Some of them are as effective in the morning as any bold Assams.

This is another one I purchase by the tin (when I say by the tin, I mean 100g or more).

I only slightly prefer SF to FF cause they usually hold more of that fruity muscatel taste I like so much. I also love the fresh citrusy astringency this one offers (not bitter) that activates my tastebuds. That feature is usually more present in the FF I own. So this tea makes the Dajeeling worlds collide!

I’ve said in previous note on this tea that it feels like my favourite pair of denim: it hugs me in all the right places. Well nothing has changed.

I’m in love with this tea and always surprised it hasn’t received more reviews.

(See previous note)


Today was a very good day, I was at home with the cats and dog. I watched some old Seinfeld episodes and laugh really hard. «Master of your domain» and «Goerge’s world collides» for those familiar with the show…OMG, a gem.

Laughter is the best therapy. If your a cat lover like I am please don’t hesitate and click this link. If you’re not a cat lover, don’t click cause it will make you hate them even more. I don’t want that!
A special friend sent it to me 2 days ago, and i can’t explain how much it amused me. Still does. Thanks, you know who you are :-)

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s13dLaTIHSg

cryptickoi

my cats would never do anything like that ;)

TheTeaFairy

Mine doooo!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Cryptickoi, were you being sarcastic, or are your cars really well behaved, lol, just curious :-)

cryptickoi

haha…i’m glad you had no mishaps trying to get to your tea today…

TheTeaFairy

Damn typos, I meant cats, of course your cars are well behaved!

TheTeaFairy

They are all at eye level now…you live and learn!

cryptickoi

haha…yes i’m being sarcastic…its their house,they just let me stay here….

cryptickoi

luckily my car does behave…

Dexter

“its their house,they just let me stay here….” That’s pretty much how it is, and mine has me really well trained

TheTeaFairy

I’m with you, we live in their houses, but I like all opinionated living things, so it’s all good!

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Good to know you can be tamed after all, Dex!

cryptickoi

yeah,mine typically get what they want….

keychange

I’ve added this to my shopping list! let the revolution begin!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Keychange, you are putting much pressure on me, my dear partner in crime!

TeaExplorer

Thank you for the YouTube link. I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. Our cats have done all those things except intentionally turn off the TV :)
And your tasting note on the Darjeeling sounds interesting. I have added it to my shopping list – Thanks!

TheTeaFairy

TeaExplorer, I know, right? I also thanked the person who sent it my way :-)
My cats have turn on/off/change the channel of the tv, more than once, stepping on the remote controL ACCIDENTALLY, I’m hoping, lol…(though after watching this, I’m not quite sure!!!)
This tea is good but can’t be compared to the complexity of the finest spring Darjeeling you’ll ever taste, but I just love how it suits me as a good morning companion:-)

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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 :-)

I love taking tea pics, here’s my Instagram:

http://instagram.com/theteafairy

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The Laurentians, Canada

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