385 Tasting Notes

100

Today was a good day. I was reunited with my beloved PTA. (Note to self: NEVER RUN OUT OF THIS AGAIN!! )

I received a humongous Butiki order….with other goodies inside.

Yes, I was the winner of the free mug and free tea during the contest, yay, and thanks to Stacy for allowing us Canadians participate :-)

So in her honour, I am having PTA in my new butiki lizard mug tonight!

I was so thrilled about the mug, I wanted it so much cause ya know, I am some kind of teaware freak. Oh, yes I am.

It is one of the most unique mug I have ever seen. I don’t know what kind on ceramic it is made of, but it has a mat finish, almost like a clay…and that mini butiki lizard, how cute!

I vote for it to become Butiki’s official mug!!

And the tea…oh this tea. Sour dough bread and chocolate covered raisins, with cinnamon dust. So good i could eat it!

It’s malty and sweet, with that certain je ne sais quoi those famous taiwanese black teas have.

I just love it. And with 6oz now in the cupboard, I feel more relaxed.

Thanks again Stacy for everything.

That’s what I call a great tea day, y’all. Very good for my inner happiness!!

Pic of the mug and tea:

http://instagram.com/p/ra-UdgwhzV/

mj

So happy for you with your awesome stash and super cute mug :)

TheTeaFairy

Thanks, me tooooo :-)

looseTman

Congrats on being the Butiki winner of the free mug and tea!

TheTeaFairy

Thank you!!!

TheTeaFairy

I should have mentioned though that the 6oz of PTA is NOT the free tea!!
I got 1994 Aged Bai Hao for that , yum!

boychik

Just awesome! Enjoy TTF ! Cute Lizard!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks sweetie.

mj

LOL did you just say 6oz of PTA?? You did stock up!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I do drink a lot of tea ;-)

CK

You are so lucky – The mug looks super cool!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks CK, i was very lucky :-)

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100

The Jabber Wocks…it’s 5am, and I’ve got nothing else to say…except that this cup, twas brillig. That’s all. And that’s enough.

(See previous note for more insight)

MzPriss

The Jabber has become a necessitea

TheTeaFairy

Crap…yep…another one…like I said the first time we drank it remember? Gonna fix myself another cup…and might have to get more cause I’m running low!!!

mj

It’s a total necessitea! (that’s cute, MzPriss:) )

TheTeaFairy

Morning mj :-)
Awwww! Loooove!!!! Omg. For real.

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A few weeks ago, I was invited to a friends birthday party…I brought this tea among others for her to try.

I bought a cute little tea pot for her cause she just started drinking tea. Everyone had to try to come up with the most creative idea to wrap her gifts. My wrapping won, here’s a fun pic of what it looked like:

http://instagram.com/p/rXbVauQh-r/

When she saw this tea, she said the same thing as I always do (Mandy, close your eyes): Spider legs.

http://instagram.com/p/rXvsgEQhw7/

Beautiful long strands of yummy goodness.

She’s not used to this type of straight tea, but she was blown away by it. She said it tasted like baked goods and honey! I praised her for that :-)

It also tastes very fruity to me, like raisins with some kind of boozy notes. (And yes Stacy if you read this, I will submit that!)

Having this tea in the Gaiwan is the best way possible IMHO. I like to brew it “Fairy Style”. But since I have quite a few yixing pots coming my way, I am thinking of dedicating one just for my beloved PTA and TWMB! Cause why shouln’t they have their own brewing vessels?

They certainly deserve it!

Cameron B.

WOW that vegetable wrapping is amazing! I love the radish and grape rosette. And I can’t wait to try this tea, I’m supposed to get my order tomorrow! :D

Cameron B.

And I love the “spider leg” teas… They remind me of the branches of some dark and ancient gnarled tree. :3

TheTeaFairy

Cameron, this tea is REALLY special! So fragrant… And the veggie wrapping was a lot of fun to do :-)

TheTeaFairy

You’re so right about the ancient gnarled tree :-)

Stephanie

veggie wrap? WOW!

mj

How are you so good at EVERYTHING? lol Nice pics, as usual!

MzPriss

“quite a few yixing pots”…

Sarsonator

Just when I think you can’t get any cuter, you wrap a gift. :p

TheTeaFairy

Missy…dunno what hou mean.

Sarsy, eating the grapes was part of the unwrapping :-)

TheTeaFairy

Mj, you should try that some day, the person’s face who you give it to is just priceless :-)

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, all I needed was fresh produces some toothpicks and a glue gun!

Dexter

“quite a few yixing pots”… I have failed miserably at my duties. :((

TheTeaFairy

OMG! Don’t beat yourself over this…dex, if it weren’t from you, things would be so much more out of control!!!
(I may have done “things” since yesterday though)

MzPriss

She didn’t do it alone * blushes *

Dexter

(shaking my head and heading back to my corner to play with my spread sheet – I’m going to be good and not buy more stuff…)

TheTeaFairy

Dexter, i got help from an outsider too, a yixing guru. Oops. i think I may have forgotten to tell you about him.

Dexter

Yixing guru? Can he/she tell me if my mystery pot is safe to drink out of? I see a whole collection of them in your future ;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, send me a picture again. Will ask him. Dunno if he can tell from a picture though :-/

boychik

Dexter, I’m not guru, but I want to see a pic. I’m quite obsessed with yixing lately

boychik

The veggie/fruit wrap is priceless. You are so creative.

Dexter

Fairy – I’ll take some better photos and the stamp on the bottom and send them to you some day soon. I agree not sure how you tell from a photo…

TheTeaFairy

I was must gonna say that, thanks.

TheTeaFairy

And thanks boychik…my imagination runs wild sometimes :-o

boychik

Dexter, I think it’s safe, it’s looks like purple clay, no weird color. Again I dunno. it looks big. What about smell, sound?

Dexter

My Camellia one is HUGE – but I seasoned it with Special Dark so that’s ok.
The one in question is about 200 ml. It looks ok, and smells ok to me. The clerk at the store wouldn’t commit to anything other than “clay” – but there was a language barrier. I know it’s not that well made – the lid doesn’t fit completely tight – can’t stop the pour buy blocking the hole in the lid.
It was cute, I was having a bad day – needed some shopping therapy, and I was just excited to have found one locally – so I bought it…

Terri HarpLady

I have 2 new yixing en route…
I love my tiny teapots!

boychik

Dexter, I’m more concern with quality of clay than craftsmanship. It’s ok if lid is not tight, doesn’t effect

Dexter

I understand that it’s the quality of clay that’s a concern – but I’m thinking crap craftsmanship = crap clay… maybe…? I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet – it’s cute – it sits on a book case… maybe one day I’ll season it and see if it tastes funny…

TheTeaFairy

Dexter, don’t forget to send me the pics. Try to also take a pics of the inside, it can tell a lot. Also, don’t wait too long, i might not be in contact with yixing guru eternally :-) he was so nice with me, I’m sure he might be able to tell us something if the pictures are clear enough.

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92

Never underestimate the power of kindness…I know it doesn’t show much here, but I’ve been struggling with lots of serious issues for over a year now. I had an appointment I wasn’t looking forward to this morning, but I still went cause well, I don’t have much of a choice.

I showed discouragement in front of the person I was seeing…He told me not to worry, and this:

«Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars».

Just a few words, but one of the nicest thing anyone has ever told me…it gave me hope and made me feel special.

Just sharing as a reminder of how important it is to show kindness whenever we can…it’s easy and makes someone’s day look brighter in no time :-)

When I got home, I opened Steepster and had this tea cause someone else was having it and I really love it.

It’s my “cream of mushroom” pu’erh. Yes, big notes of cream and mushrooms.

It provides such a sweet and silky mouthfeel.

Just as I wrote in previous review, it has very distinct taste of turnips. The person who made me think of having this tea said they found ginger. I admit I never would have found ginger on my own, but by being aware of it, I searched for it and found it at the fourth steep. It is a little spicy in that way. Could be the power of suggestion, but I thought it was amusing to experiment.

It’s so very smooth, it’s like velvet for the mouth.

Thank you Mandala for another excellent shou…

I have noticed that lots of pu’erh lovers have a preference between the two. As I’ve been diving into the world of pu’erh, I ask this question: Is it possible to be both a shou and a sheng girl?

Cause as far as I’m concern, I just love them equally!

Pic of the day, Temple Stairs session:

http://instagram.com/p/rU3NQPwh0y/

Cameron B.

I just ordered their new $5 sampler, but I don’t think this one is included. Although there is one called Year of the Dragon that sounds right up my alley and I’ve never seen anyone review in on Steepster. Interesting!

And you’re one of the kindest people around, so I hope you get kindness in return on a regular basis! <3

mj

Oh, TTF. Hugs! You shine so brightly, there’s no chance of you being drowned out by any moon!

boychik

Have I told you I love your pot? It matches to the shou. Perfect combo;)

TheTeaFairy

I love y’all s eas :-)

And boychick, I just adore the pot, thank you!!!

Cameron B.

Don’t be silly mj, TeaFairy is totally the moon! :P

TheTeaFairy

Lol, something wrong with that comment “s eas”? What the hell did I mean? All I wanted to say is thanks and I love y’all!

TheTeaFairy

Awww, you guys…. <3

mj

I see where you’re coming from, but I have to disagree Cameron B. TeaFairy shines with her own light rather than just reflecting the light of another :-P
(Yes, I took it there. I couldn’t help myself. This is why people don’t like hanging out with scientists.)

boychik

Nah, moon is cold and lifeless, she is hot and explosive

Cameron B.

AWWW YEAH? WELLTHEN SHE’S THE SUN! SO THERE! ;)

TheTeaFairy

(Hiding in a corner, watching the battle)

TheTeaFairy

Cameron, forgot to mention, i love your new pic, and your as cute as a button.

boychik

Not fighting. Me fighting? North Star. You can always find your way out with it when you lost.
Cameron is very cute. I told her already. For some reason I had a different image of you. I like the original

TheTeaFairy

And I do live up north :-)

mj

If she’s the sun, she’s still a star :-P. We’re both right?

yyz

Hugs and thanks for people who seem to know exactly what we need and when we need it. I’m sorry for you struggles but I’m glad you have a supportive person helping you through it.

mrmopar

Your light will never be dim as long as you allow it to shine.

TheTeaFairy

Yyz, mrmopar…all of you, thank you, I just adore this place <3

caile

Hugs! And just so you know, reading your words brightens my day as well! :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you so much Caile :-)

Stephanie

How sweet <3 And this tea is wonderful. Also I always enjoy your photos :)

looseTman

25 Likes + 26 Comments = a whole lot of <3!

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, what great compliment coming from the wonderful artist that you are :-)

LooseTman, I’m overwhelmed with <3

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87

New and improved S’mores!!!

So I can’t really handle smoke all that much. Not a Lapsang kinda gal.

But somehow, I enjoy this tea. I have to admit that I even liked the previous version…with its evil red rooibos and its much heavier smoke. (The smoke killed the rooibos though, yay!)

So what’s new? Rooibos: Gone!! Smoke: a lot less.

It’s still got a lot of character, but it’s smoother and more accessible than its precedent version. The light smoke marries really well with the chocolaty base and the cinnamon. This is not a s’mores “flavoured” tea, it’s a blend, so do not expect the taste of real s’mores. It’s more the idea of s’mores…cool summer nights, campfire, good times, good fun, great company.

For me, this represents the outdoors transformed into a comforting beverage. It’s not delicate and girly, but rather manly.

In conclusion, this tea is like a good handyman, something reliable that you can always count on, cause it does the job just right!

http://instagram.com/p/rTZ4HGwhzF/

Mandy

Hmm, I put off getting this one with my first order because the smoke intermediated me, but I think I need to give it a shot when I order next time.

TheTeaFairy

Mandy, it is smokey…but in such a lovely way.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is also available in non-smoked via a checkbox on the product page :)

Stephanie

I love the idea of a smoked smores tea, and I love the idea of not putting rooibos in there, too ;)

boychik

Yay for no rooibos

mj

What?? Non-smoked version? Best news everrrrrr

NofarS

I love handyman teas. They are the best.

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95
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
385 tasting notes

Verdant episode.

Recently I ordered a shitload of Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. 8oz. cause I like it. A lot.

Since I was getting a little insecure about my Laoshan Black supply, I also got 2oz of the new harvest, just to make me feel better.

When the order arrived, in the box I found a huge 8oz pouch of LBCG and also a 2oz pouch of the same. So 10oz total of LBCG!!! But no LB :-(

I emailed Verdant, and in no time, they had this matter resolved. They let me keep the extra LBCG and shipped the LB that was MIA in no time. They were so nice and professional as usual, and I got my LB today! Thank you Verdant for handling this so well, I really appreciate it :-)

Now this tea. I’m having it in my black tetsubin reserved for black tea. I don’t use it as often as the one I keep for green, but for some reason, LB just tastes better in that pot.

Last harvest was missing a little bit of that rich chocolate flavour I thought. (Though always super tasty, LB is not always consistent from one harvest to the next I find)

But chocolate is back in force now!

Oh, it’s so yummy. Crusty sour dough bread notes, honey and dark chocolate. It’s medium bodied, but still super rich and flavourful.

The pot keeps it warm, and similar to a yixing clay pot, you don’t wash tetsubin, you just wipe it or quickly rinse it, so over time, it retains some of the flavour. That’s probably why I get the best results with it for LB. For me, it’s best brewed this way or western style. It’s one the rare tea I find that doesn’t taste as good gongfu style. Go figure, maybe I’m just weird.

Pic of this morning’s session:

http://instagram.com/p/rStNjwwhwm/

boychik

Verdant is awesome as usual
I like it western too. You know me I gongfu everything;)

Sarsonator

Wow, that’s great CS! I love it when mistakes are handled promptly and without argument!

christeana1

Yay! Another picture! The tea sounds delicious:)

Cwyn

Interesting!

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100

I was just gonna sit with this tea , enjoy it and be happy.

But it has put a spell on me and I feel compelled to write another review.

Ever since I’ve been using my Vanilla Dream yixing pot, this tea keeps getting better and better. Having this gives me the same warming feeling a good quality sheng does. Yes, it’s as rewarding. Any sceptical tea purists in the house? Well let me tell you how much you are missing on if you’re a non believer. This tea is a “whoa” inducer, goes straight to your senses.

This blend is innovative and completely unique. It almost creates a new flavour that doesn’t exist, making it almost impossible to describe. Sweet, savoury, salty, spicy, but not quite umami. The vanilla bean renders a rich and heavy mouthfeel. To make things even more complex, a fresh eucalyptus finish emerges at the end of the sip…mix that with the minerals of the clay pot, and you get a taste that lingers in the mouth forever, just like any good oolong or sheng pu’erh would. Complexity at its best…

Although I don’t drink much heavy liquor, I would compare Port to a fine aged whisky…something you can’t put a price on cause every time you drink it, you feel lucky you got the chance to experience such a gem.

MzPriss

The vanilla yixing makes all those Vanilla Dreams teas so much better and they are already amazing to start with. I’m not having vanilla this morning (yet) I’m having an excellent post-Dark Beauty cup of Jabberwocky

mj

Great review! It made me think of this song haha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwXai-sgM-s

TheTeaFairy

The Jabber really “wocks” missy, as I like to say :-)

Lol, Mj, good call and thanks, and I always loooved that song!! Have you ever heard the Nina Simone’s version?

Sarsonator

O. M. G.

Nina Simone is just amazing! I love her so!!!!!!!

TheTeaFairy

That’s right sarsy, Nina simone is a queen and I worship her…

Sarsonator

Just one more reason that you’re so awesome… The list keeps growing…

Cheri

I will have port one of these days. Brenden recommended I not go for port just yet, and thought I’d like cocoa amore better (LOVE IT!) although I did decide to go with jabberwocky this morning when I was debating between the two.

Cheri

Sars, I love that one.

Sarsonator

There’s an amazing remix with Nina’s vocals and an upbeat track. It’s amazeballs. I couldn’t find it on the YouTube. :(

mj

I’d never heard of Nina Simone before today. Thanks for introducing me, ladies :)

christeana1

No picture today!

TheTeaFairy

Cheri, I think I understand why Brenden told you to start with some other VD tea. It’s so different from any other tea I have ever tried, it kind of surprised me the first time I had it.

And yo, cocoa amore!!!

TheTeaFairy

The remix is awesome Sarsy, thanks for sharing!

Mj, So happy this made you discover Nina!

Sinnerman is the most popular remix I think…it played in movies and commercials, maybe you’ve heard it without even knowing it was her voice…

http://youtu.be/0hcEiEyylEA

TheTeaFairy

Lol, Christeana, I thought I’d give you a break of my pics. But I drank some amazing tea this morning and will review with pics later :-)

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This sencha is a such a lovely tea.

It represents everything I love about green tea. It is sweet, a little grassy with a salty marine breeze at the end of the sip. It’s very clean, and if prepared right, brings zero astringency to the cup.

Once wet, the leaves turn into a vibrant emerald green, just stumning!

I’m having it in a tetsubin pot tonight. Beautiful tea, beautiful teaware.

Because I know some of you like to watch, here are my pics:

http://instagram.com/p/rQYu-awh8y/

http://instagram.com/p/rQZ3eUQh-n/

Sarsonator

Drinking grass again, my little croissant?

TheTeaFairy

Yes, sarsy, because green keeps you clean!! Are you shenging tonight?

Sarsonator

I’m not, sadly. Our friends came over for tv night before I could get my pot seasoned and dinner made. We had golden orchid instead. I’m planning to sheng in the AM, though!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, sheng before work, that will get you going!

Krystal

Nice! You take really good pics

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Krystal.

Cwyn

Ooo I love me a salty sencha! Am gonna put this one on my list!

TheTeaFairy

Really Cwyn, on top of being super delicious, this sencha is bargain for the quality that you get.

Cwyn

Definitely will be getting this, on my wish list. I comb the tea reviews looking for that salty flavor ever since I ran out of Leaf and Spoon’s salty sejak, they don’t carry it anymore and I crave marine green.

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100

There’s a saying that goes like this:

«In doubt, go for GO» … That’s what I did. And I did good.

Oh, and since Steepster is on an Instagram craze, here’s this morning’s big mug pic of GO

http://instagram.com/p/rPK-WFQh4K/

MzPriss

I did the same thing at your suggestion – GOOD idea!

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…it always works, I never go like “oh, maybe I was in the mood for something else” when I go with GO.

MzPriss

Nope – that never happens to me either. I love GO the MOST along with Special Dark

TheTeaFairy

I don’t know what I like best anymore, WP got me all confused!!!

MzPriss

Yeah it does that. But GO in my VD pot makes me hear angels singing…

TheTeaFairy

Port is my guy for tiny VD pot…the smell of it makes me weak in the knees.

MzPriss

I know this about you. I need to bust out some Port. Maybe later today.

Charles Thomas Draper

I followed you on instagram. I would love to send you so alishan my friend from Taiwan sent me. Right from the farm….

TheTeaFairy

Oh charles, you make this very hard to resist…

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100

What better tea to drink while writing my love letter to Whispering Pines Tea for the contest?

http://steepster.com/discuss/8397-the-profess-your-love-contest

This tea started it all…my addiction to WP. I remember when I read that description, I knew this it was going to me mine!

I just love it. The taste is perfection. It flows like a silk ribbon in my mouth. Sweet salty caramel, cocoa, dried fruit compote, slightly floral…I can’t get enough of it!

It’s an explosion of liquid happiness.

I never want to be without this. Ever.

mj

This is my absolute favorite tea ever :). I must never be without it. We belong together lol

TheTeaFairy

I know right? And now I’m running low and I’m hopping my order hasn’t shipped yet cause I want to add some!!

mj

I bought 3 oz not too long ago, so I’m sitting pretty for now. I’m sure Brenden can hook you up! He let me change my order from 2oz to 3oz with no problem. It was Monday and I was on the struggle bus hardcore, which he understood.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, as long as it hasn’t shipped yet, I ordered just a few days ago so it should be ok. Lol, for the last few months, I feel like I’ve had an ongoing order that never ends with WP, I always want or need someting else!! I want ALL the TEA!!!

mj

I’ve felt the same way and it’s completely his fault. As soon as I order, he comes up with a new amazing tea that I just have to have!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, EXACTLY!!!

mj

I know this isn’t a snaily yum review, but I couldn’t resist. This snail is like “Oh hey Tea Fairy, thanks for stopping by”
https://www.facebook.com/425528437562422/photos/pcb.626639454117985/626639314117999/?type=1&theater

TheTeaFairy

Awww…ok, I am so angry at people who eat snails right now!!

mj

Gastropods FTW!

MzPriss

Snaily pic!

christeana1

Someone just sent me a sample of this!

MzPriss

@christeana1 – you will love it!

TheTeaFairy

It’s pure awesomeness…

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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

Location

The Laurentians, Canada

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