401 Tasting Notes

100

Shenging with The Monk 2012 again tonight.

I’ve written many reviews, so please see previous notes if you want to know how it tastes like. Tonight, I just want to share some thoughts.

Just love how it makes me feel. L-o-v-e-i-t. It embodies all the reasons why I love sheng.

I covet it. Cause 2012 is no longer available. And the fact that I sit on two cakes doesn’t make me feel any better. The day I run out will be a sad day. Hopefully, I’ll be sitting on a few 2014 cakes by then, and life will be good again :-)

I want to take this opportunity to thank Garret and Mandala for the outstanding quality of their product, but mostly, for the exceptional customer service I receive on every purchase.

It means a lot to me, and they have earned my loyalty. They are at the top with very few other sellers for me. And I don’t say this lightly.

So Garret, if you read this: thank you.

I drink your tea every day, and my life is better because of it.

Pic of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/r3IwTPQh4_/

MzPriss

I <3 the Wild Monk

TeaBrat

Garret is awesome :)

Garret

oh golly… my face hurts from smiling and from being bright red right now. I want you each to know that I find you amazing. This thing I call a tea business would not be possible without each of you being a part of the Mandala. Truly. Your words, your kindnesses, your business too, all keep me going in this. No kidding.

I am so grateful.

TheTeaFairy

:-) the idea of your smiling face makes me even happier!!

looseTman

Congrats Garret! With so many satisfied customers, the future of Mandala Tea looks very bright – another American entrepreneurial success story!

Cheri

I’m drinking Wild Monk now.

TheTeaFairy

Cheri…mmmmmm.

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91

I’ve been exploring my Eco-Cha tea…I must admit I am impressed at the quality so far.

This tea is stunning, in every way possible.

First, it just looks perfect to me. Fifty shades of green.

You can feel the love and care in every single little nugget.

The taste is remarkable. A clean high mountain fresh mouthfeel.

Floral breeze, buttery and creamy. It’s vegetal with a soft mineral rock taste. The wet leaf smells heavily of spinach.

I could drink this forever, just beautiful and so soothing.

The dried and unfurled leaves looked so perfect, they inspired me to photograph them.

I highly recommend this.

Pics of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/r0eC6Twh1I/

http://instagram.com/p/r0t8P3Qhzw/

http://instagram.com/p/r0syJ9Qhxm/

mj

This sounds so good! Wishlisted!!

Veronica

Love the pictures. Those leaves… beautiful!

apt

Eco-Cha is good. I really like their ShanLinXi Concubine Oolong

TheTeaFairy

Mj, This is totally an mj tea :-)

Veronica, thank you, glad you enjoyed!

Apt, sadly I did not order the Concubine, but I do see myself ordering from them again, I will keep it in mind, thank you.

Cheri

I haven’t broken out my Eco-Cha oolongs yet, but I will this week. This one sounds delicious.

TheTeaFairy

Can’t wait to read your thoughts on them cheri.

Parsifal

Love the photos, thank you for sharing I will have to find some! :)

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Parsifal, Glad you liked the pics :-)

I beleive eco-cha ships worldwide, but I’m not sure, here us the website so you can verify:

http://eco-cha.com

Parsifal

Thank you! I am looking at the site now.. I am in Chicago, should be able to get it. The charcoal roasted Oolong also looks very interesting.

TheTeaFairy

I got the award winning Dong Ding Jin Xuan limited edition, it’s fantastic!

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100

Like pretty much every Sunday mornings, I’m drinking GO in bed, “giant mug style”.

That’s right….Sunday mornings are not for tiny Vanilla Dreams pot. No. On Sunday, big is better.

Cause I just can’t get enough of this liquid chocolate tea. Yes, gooey fudgy vanilla tea of my dreams. GIMME MORE!!

Miaow cup for a miaow tea :

http://instagram.com/p/rzQ_x-Qh-N/

mj

The way you spell “miaow” is adorable :)

MzPriss

I enjoyed sharing morning GO with you. I’m seasoning another VD pot RIGHT NOW and I’m also adding my big fat vanilla bean.

Marzipan

MJ, in Denmark the cows say “miav”

Marzipan

The cows say “muh”

Tealizzy

Cute mug!

mj

“Miav” and “muh”, that’s hilarious Mazipan!

TheTeaFairy

Mj, that’s the “fairy way” :-)

Haha! Marzi, that WAS funny!!

Tealizzy, thank you :-)

Brenden, I always wondered if french cats wore a beret… now I know!!!

Cheri

Cute mug. I can’t wait to try this tea. It’ll happen one of these days.

MzPriss, I love that you’re adding a vanilla bean for seasoning your pot. Great idea!

TheTeaFairy

Missy…I ALWAYS enjoy sharing with you…and ALWAYS will <3

Which other pot did you end up choosing for it?

mj

French cats are apparently also existential: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q34z5dCmC4M

Cheri

mj, that’s awesome. Thanks for sharing.

MzPriss

I’m going to use my slightly bigger one with an awesome pour. It’s in one of the pics on my flickr or tumbler or one of those things. It’s the same Eternal Beauty shape but it’s the darkest, biggest one.

MzPriss

@Cheri – that was Brenden’s idea (like a lot of the good ideas are). It’s gonna be amazing. Cheri, didn’t I offer to send you something? I’m packing boxes now so remind me what it was?

Ubacat

Love the French cat video. Thanks mj.

MzPriss

OH wait! It’s GO right??? I will PM

Dexter

Aawww poor kitty – no one loves the poor French kitty… I think that’s how Max feels most of the time…

Marzipan

This is what it’s like to be married to someone with a different mother tongue than you. You spend lots of time lazing around going, “What do you call Tigger? What do cows say? What do you call Canada?” (Tigger is “Tiger Animal”)

Cheri

Thanks MzPriss. It might have been GO. I can’t remember for sure anymore. Hahhaha! But you’re right about Brenden and his good ideas. I look forward to hearing how the pot turns out.

shutao

woow gd

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89

My door is open tonight…it’s raining, there’s a cool breeze coming in, carrying the scent of the forest. Piney, earthy, and mossy.

Perfect night to break a nice chunk of this brick.

Using 8g for 5oz yixing clay pot.

This is my kind of shou. Sweet and syrupy. Rich and dark. Burnt caramel.

I get raisin and mushroom notes. Not overly complex, just smooth and delicious.

It’s really tasty and I get a nice vibe out of it, it’s making me all relaxed and at peace.

On a funny note, when my 4 year old godson asked what I was drinking the other day, I answered pu instead of pu’erh, knowing fully well it would be easier to pronounce for him.

The thing is in French, “pu” means stinky. The little munchkin giggled so hard, he cried. And now his parents just love me…cause he keeps saying over and over again «auntie drinks pu, auntie drinks pu…» and thinks it’s the most hilarious thing ever.

So Pu is not only good for you, it’s makes little children giggle.

Happy Sunday everyone :-)

Pic of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/ryOnqowh5x/

http://instagram.com/p/ryPSViQh7K/

yyz

Mmm, I love that scent. They keep promising us a proper rainfall but it is yet to happen yet.

So cute, your godson. I love that age. Its amazing how much of the core personality is developed even at that age. My cousins kids are now 16 and 18( thebv18 year old sstarts aviation college this fall), but I still remember them at their age, when her daughter was so fearless, and her son was the emotionally aware one. They still approach the world that way.

TheTeaFairy

Yyz, so true what you said, your observation about your cousins children is spot on! we can already see some signs of an artist in my godson. He’s so emotional and aware of his surroundings for his age, and he likes to create things all the time. He draws and he’s a story teller. Just amazing :-)

Tealizzy

Cool teacup…goes well with the color of the pu. :)

Cwyn

That teacup photo is awesome! Wow! I have a sheng Yong Pin Hao cake.

Mandy

Pu sounds like poo which is also a name for feces. It always makes me laugh because I’m immature. I love to tell my boyfriend I’m drinking poo and watching the face he makes.

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100

Early morning or late night with MzPriss…having this tea.

So how can this be my night cap AND my morning tea?

Oh, that’s right…I haven’t slept yet!!!

Oh well, thank you Aila for being there for me just the same. You make everything better.

Saltines and caramel…malty yum.

Life is too short, sleep is overrated!

Thanks for having a cup with me missy :-)

MzPriss

Laughs!

Sarsonator

You guys are too cute!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, we do have an acceptable cuteness level, you included sarsy :-)

Cameron B.

Yum, saltines! :D

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Look who just joined the cutness club! It’s cammeron :-)

Cameron B.

Thank you, thank you very much. takes a bow

donkeytiara

are y’all in the same time zone? I can barely coordinate my feet, let alone a virtual tea party!

MzPriss

And Cameron IS adorable.

@donkeytiara – we are an hour apart – but neither of us sleeps much so we are usually awake at ridiculous hours

Terri HarpLady

I still want to have a virtual tea party on google or something :)

MzPriss

Terri – YES we have to!!!!

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91

First, I’d like to thank Eco-Cha for giving me the opportunity to be one of the 10 lucky people to get a free yixing clay pot on their recent giveaway. I got my order today with such a lovely little pot! Came in a nice box, all wrapped in a pretty asian style red towel.

I am already brewing one of their tea in it tonight.

I did not know what to expect from this award winning Dong Ding. If anything, award winning won’t necessarily make me like a tea.

I do a quick rinse. This is heavily roasted so I’m expecting some big char notes, and this is pretty much what I get on steep one. Nothing special, just very roasted.

Then…vavavoom! Whoa, fruit! I get a mango mouthful. Yes I know, it’s not really supposed to be there, but that’s what I get! And it’s not subtle, I get that even from the wet leaf.

But that’s not it, this tea is kind sweet and savoury. It’s paired with creamy butternut squash…and roasted root vegetables.

Wow, it is so fragrant, every time I open the pot, I get tropical mango wafts.

As expected, it produced many steeps, but of course, I never count when I get caught up in the moment.

This tea was expensive, but totally worth the bucks.

My first Eco-Cha experience, and I am quite impressed. Quality in every possible way, with an impeccable presentation.

Thank you!

Pics of the order and session:

http://instagram.com/p/ru67ULwh_J/

http://instagram.com/p/rvjrjTQhwr/

Flavors: Butternut Squash, Mango, Roasted

MzPriss

That pot is precious

TheTeaFairy

Isn’t it? I’m very pleased!

Sarsonator

Sounds lovely. And where did you get that gorgeous little blue cup, dearest?

TheTeaFairy

Ebay darling. Inexpensive, but it looks like a $50 cup!

Sarsonator

I love it!

MzPriss

Yeah I love that cup way much

TheTeaFairy

You want the link? It’s still available

Marzipan

Thank you for the morn porn.

TheTeaFairy

My pleasure marzi.

Sarsonator

Teaware porn in the AM!

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, that makes me a teaware porn star…

Ysaurella

I am so jealous for the teapot ! :)

Saradiann

Wow I will look for mango in my next cup :-). I think the tea is soooo worth the money. Enjoy your baby teapot!

Cheri

Lovely!

Sarsonator

Mmmmmm mango

mj

LOL TTF, you are totally a teaware porn star. Sarsonator too ;)

donkeytiara

this makes me wish that I drank oolong…..

Cheri

I used mine this morning. :)

Terri HarpLady

Yay for a free yixing, & it’s adorable, as they always are! I also love the cup :)

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100

Ya, ya, I’m drinking and reviewing Port again.

What can I say? I have become a total Port-head.

Not my fault…it’s highly addictive. I don’t even think about stoping, that’s how hooked I am.

I continuously think about how good my next fix will me. I can smell it even when it’s not around.

I get tremors of anticipation as I prepare it in my little clay pot.

The taste is so complex, I don’t even know how to describe it anymore…see pervious notes!

Never thought I’d say this, but I love being a Port-head!!

As Amy Winehouse’s song goes…«they tried to make me go to tea-hab, but I said no, no, no!!»

Whispering Pines Tea Company

lol, you’re cute :P

AllanK

Tea Fairy, your reviews make me want to buy the tea. Port Head is a good comment, very amusing.

TheTeaFairy

Hehe…just try it allan, you’ll see what I mean :-)

Blodeuyn

Totally have that song in my head now! Can’t wait to try this one for myself. :)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I love that song :-)

You just got Port in your order right?

Blodeuyn

Yup I did!

yyz

Just for fun if you liked Amy Winehouse you might like this singer. She’s Italian.
Giusy Ferreri – Novembre: http://youtu.be/orVIoKcJcvU
Passione Positiva – Giusy Ferreri (Intera più Tes…: http://youtu.be/eSYeZQotC68
Non Ti Scordar Mai Di Me: http://youtu.be/d5CFNgqdy5I

TheTeaFairy

She sounds great, thanks yyz :-)

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98

A friend of mine just came back from Peru and visited me this afternoon. He’s not really a tea drinker, but he loves when I prepare it for him. He likes the set ups, the teaware, and thinks I’m some king of tea prodigy, haha!

He doesn’t always like the tea though…especially when I try so desperately to make him like pu’erh, telling him it tastes like forest and chocolate. It always ends up tasting like “pu poo” to him. Oops. Sorry friend. I get over enthusiastic sometimes.

Today, I took it easy on him and prepared my favourite high mountain green oolong. To me, this tea is better than any Ali Shan or Tie Guan Yin I’ve had.

It’s beautifully crafted, and the leaves unfurl to perfection, looking like seaweeds.

The taste is ethereal. Floral, but not in a flower bomb mouth kind of way. It has a buttery creaminess to it that creates a sweet and silky mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced.

The minerals are intensified by the clay pot. It’s just such a lovely tea.

It’s spicy and minty at the same time. Nutmeg and spearmint.

He loved it, yay, victory!

Before leaving, he presented a gift to me. Said he was sorry not to have searched for tea to bring back for me. Instead, he brought a very special present that symbolizes friendship. A Peruvian sterling silver ring. It took my breath away. I will wear that ring with so much pride. Friendship is so precious…

Pics of the tea session…(and the ring)

http://instagram.com/p/rsWU_Qwh16/

http://instagram.com/p/rsXEsZwh3C/

Cameron B.

Oooh, that ring is gorgeous! :D

Cheri

I love it!

mj

Oh that was so sweet of him!

TheTeaFairy

Thank you…I really like it :-)

Stephanie

super ring!

boychik

Cool. Love pics as usual;)

Dexter

That’s awesome. Happy that you had a nice afternoon with your friend.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks guys…I feel very lucky.

Cwyn

You are a tea king prodigy, rather accurate!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Cwyn, I just noticed my typo! Lol, I make quite a girly king :-)

Cwyn

Well I interpreted it as a double pun on Tea King puerh cakes! :) rather clever!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Totally unintentional so I won’t take any credit for it :-)

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91

Oh my, this tea…

Ok, I have to admit: this is hands down one of the best friggin Dancong I have had to date.

It’s all citrus essential oils. Orange and clementine’s breeze, rounded by a roasted nutty cashew creaminess.

There’s a peppery finish, the way a good olive oil can be. I also get cilantro notes.

(Ok, note to self: make an orange, cashew, cilantro olive oil salad and drink this tea next time)

The citrus lingers forever and ever. Amen. Get this.

In other news, it’s that time of year here when tons of dragonflies gather above my rooftop, forming a big cloud. There’s literarily hundreds of them. It’s quite a phenomenon. They are so beautiful and whimsical. Iridescent blues and greens…just stunning.

This will last for about a week, every evening just before it gets dark.

You’ll guess, I have a thing for dragonflies. There’s just a mystic aura about them, so intriguing and fascinating.

I’m not superstitious, but I’d like to think they bring good luck. If not, at least I know for sure they bring me joy and happiness, just like this tea does :-)

Pic:

http://instagram.com/p/rqMh2mwh8R/

Cheri

I really liked this tea. A lot.

Sarsonator

I love this review! Any chance we could get a pic of the dragonflies? They sound amazing!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Thanks sarsy. I tried. Its does’t come out nice at all, looks more like a blur. But it was very dark due to clouds tonight, will try again :-)

boychik

sounds amazing, i hope its not floral.

TheTeaFairy

No, this one isn’t boychik, all roasted, nutty and citrus :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I remember the first time I made this…I was in my living room and had all the doors open…brewed it and then went outside for a few minutes and was really confused when I came back in because I knew I had forgotten to buy oranges but smelled them. The citrus notes are fantastic. :)

TheTeaFairy

Yes, it’s unmistakably orange…what’s so amazing is how long the taste stays with you… Like I’m done drinking for a good 15 minutes now and the citrus is sill in my mouth.

boychik

Oh I should get it. Especially with free ship I don’t have to think what to include in my order;)

Dexter

Citrus? UhOh…. I’m not going to like this.
Really happy that you do!!!!

Stephanie

OMG want

TheTeaFairy

Did you buy this one? It’s not lemony though, just very orangey dex…but I know you’re not a fan of anything citrus :-o

Stephanie, it’s really worth trying :-)

TheTeaFairy

Boychik, don’t rub it in please….I’m in Canada, remember? :-(

Stephanie

I need to start saving for a WP order

apt

I’ve heard good things about the Huang Zhi Xiang from Seven Cups

TheTeaFairy

Your first order Stephanie?

boychik

But you have awesome Tao Tea Leaf. If not Marzipan I would have to pay &14 in ship ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I did pay $13!!!! It wasn’t free due to the sale and shipping here was almost as expensive as for you guys,,,,find another argument haha!
No kidding, I don’t pay shipping with WP anyways cause my orders always go over $75 …sigh. Too many good teas!

Marzipan

You had me until cilantro.

TheTeaFairy

Don’t let that stop you marzi, it’s just a very subjective note that someone else would not necessarily find. If you like citrus, chances are you would love this.

boychik

TTF, really? but you are in Canada. i didnt know that. I thought those rate for US customers. I know, we have much better ship option almost always. Cilantro? i hate it. its like soap to me. just tell me no cilantro. i dont mind cilantro seed

TheTeaFairy

Lol, cilantro totally tastes like citrus to me, so maybe that’s what my reference is :-) and like I just mentioned ^ ^
, it’s just a subtle note I got, not a “flavour”.

Marzipan

Disliking cilantro is genetic, I just learned that not long ago.

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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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