408 Tasting Notes
Oh, nom, nom, nom….
Stacy, you have ALL the best Taiwanese black teas, what’s up with that????
Oh, little leafhoppers, how I love you. You little bugs, you…. Thanks for making my tea taste so sweet and scrumptious!
This is all malt and honey.
It makes my tastebuds want to party. Some fruit, but not in a PTA kind of way.
It’s creamy and yeasty like sourdough bread.
It’s a little salty and mineral, but maybe that’s coming from my tetsubin pot. I’ve been using it a lot for lately, it’s devoted to black teas only but I’m thinking of using it only for my butiki’s Taiwanese black teas, they taste fabulous in it :-)
I’m so happy I got a decent quantity of this wonderful tea.
Cause I want MORE!!!
Pic of the session:
First, yay, for this new official Whispering Pines Great Lakes Label Shu Pu-erh, what a creative idea!!! It fits so well with WP brand name, great job Brenden :-)
I received this generous sample in my last order, thank you Brenden.
Does pu’erh still scare some of you? Like, it’s been on your mind, but you are still hesitant about it?
The descriptors “fishy, barn, leather, pond water, seaweed” revolt you?
Then give this a try. This is as smooth as can be.
The pu’erh for the non believers.
Cause it is silky and creamy beyond belief.
The dry leaf is quite unusual, all golden, just stunning .
It produces a dark warm copper brew.
First sip and I think, wow…this is so what I need right now.
Silky and velvety, coats my entire mouth with mellow and sweet.
Everything is subtle but far from being boring. I get notes of cereals, like toasted bran.
It’s also a bit fruity, dried fruits, like raisins with a soft cocoa feel.
Yum, chocolate covered raisins. It’s a little earthy and woodsy, but nothing like most shou pu’erh.
The later steeps bring a nice minty finish, that fresh mouthfeel I like so much.
This tea brings me to a tranquil and beautiful place. It warms my heart and fills my head with happy.
And yes…I will need more of this.
Thanks again Brenden for this wonderful offering…And congratulations for the launch of the Great Lakes collection!
Pics of the session:
I am so fond of Purple Zi Juan teas. I find them so intriguing and different.
Beautiful. I mean literally beautiful. I love how sleek this tea looks like. Long dark blueish grey strands with some brown shades in the mix.
The leaves are equally stunning once steeped.
Using 5g in little glass gongfu pot.
This tea has such an attractive taste, full of warmth.
First few steeps produces a rather light brew. It intensifies around steep three, where it reaches a nice medium body.
Hard to describe the taste.
It’s creamy and tart at the same time. Very lightly astringent.
A mellow white grape taste brings a nice fruitiness to it. It’s a bit woodsy, but not smokey at all.
It’s what I call a cleansing tea, you just get a sense of wellness out of it.
It’s late in the night, a nice cha qi feeling going on. All warm and peaceful inside.
This is another high quality tea from Tao Tea Leaf.
I’ve been so impressed by their standards so far.
This is a rock tea from the Wuyi Mountains. Expect greatness from a good quality Da Hong Pao.
And this one is nothing short of greatness.
It’s expensive but totally worth it. I was very lucky to have gotten it during Tao Tea Leaf 50% off sale. Bought 150g cause I knew an award winning Big Red Robe could only mean good news. Now I wish I had bought double!
Using 5g in small yixing clay pot.
The leaf is as dark as night.
The brew has this lovely orangey amber colour.
The scent is very fragrant. The taste is like burnt toasts with honey and molasses. Thick mouthfeel, full bodied. Very rich and tasty.
Someone very knowledgable with rock tea pointed out that I should find bitterness in a good Da Hong Pao.
I don’t get bitterness at all, but I realized that what he referred to as “bitter” is probably the burnt and charred taste I get, my own interpretation of it anyways.
You can actually taste the minerals, it’s even a little salty.
It’s a beautiful tea, worth devoting time to.
I like it so much, I will use it to season a very small 70ml yixing pot I just got.
Pic of the session:
Flavors: Burnt, Char, Honey, Mineral, Molasses, Toast
For different reasons, I waited a long time to get this blend home. I already knew I was going to at least like it, cause it’s made of three ingredients I love: TGY, cedar leaves and some mighty vanilla bean.
In my mind, if you’re going to name a tea Rivendell, you better deliver…cause you know, we’re talking about the epic world here, full of magic, mystery and unusualness.
I’m using a small gaiwan.
As soon as the water hits the leaves, I feel transported. Sweet Jesus. I can’t really come up with words to describe the scent, hard to do it justice. I’d say it smells like a delicate vanilla flower that has grown in a luxuriant forest. The best I can come up with.
The first sip and I’m thinking nooooo!!!! Tea Whiz of the Woods, what have you done? Giving me another addiction, really? I can’t take this anymore. My monthly order keeps growing and growing!
I completely got lost in the session and forgot to take notes. Suspended in time, I just enjoyed the moment. But it’s easy to remember what it tastes like. Not so easy to attempt a description. It confuses me. TGY, check, I like it on its own. But how could the addition of only two other ingredients morphs it into something so different?
First thing that hit me was how creamy it was. I mean there’s creamy and creamy. This is intense creamy. Vanilla pudding mouth.
Then, nice subtle florals are flirting with that fresh menthol mouthfeel that I get from good TGY, amplified by the cedar leaves.
Some fruit notes also join the party. To me, they taste like pineapple and dehydrated apples. I picked that up cause I eat lots of dried apples, I love them. That gongfu session produced many steeps, all better than one another
This tea delivers. It breathes magic, it’s mysterious and unusual. So yeah, it totally deserves to be called Rivendell.
(I can even picture Hobbits, serving this tea to their guests in their Hobbit houses!)
I have no choice but to give the highest rate.
Tea Hobbit, giving it 100 is like giving you a “Tolkien” of my appreciation, hehe. Love it!
Thank you Oh! Mighty creator of this blend.
My lullaby tea.
I was thinking today about choosing ONE favourite tea from WP… And the winner is…….at least 10 of them!!!
I just can’t make up my mind…but this sleeping beauty is certainly one of them.
It smells like a forest, tastes like the rain, feels like a cloud. It’s a hugger.
That’s why I like to drink it at night, so calming and soothing.
This tea is a light in the dark…
Here’s a pic:
This came as an offering from Angel and Teavivre.
One thing I love about Teavivre is when they say sample, they really mean it…VERY generous size, they allow you to have a real gongfu session.
I’m using one full sachet for a 5oz yixing pot. The cake chunks are always separated with care.
After a quick rinse, steep one is a little shy it seems. A bit sweet, slightly fuity with hints of astringency.
It gets interesting at steep three. Nice body and texture to this tea. To me, it’s really fruity.
Like a blend of grape and apple juice…sweet and tart at the same time. The typical young sheng astringency is building up, and that’s something I appreciate.
There’s also a certain woodsy finish to the sip.
I lost count of how many steeps I had, but there were many.
I really enjoyed this one.
Thank you so much Teavivre for the oppotunity.
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:
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:
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 :