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I have to say that lately I’ve been thinking about the psychology of tea cups and this has led me to an interesting observation with this tea today.

Side by side I am comparing the taste in a glass mug vs. a japanese cast iron teacup. The tea I am drinking out of the tea cup (it’s black) tasted darker than the tea I’m drinking out of the glass mug. I am a kook.

Anyway it is back to the glass mug for now. This is a lovely light amber color now. I don’t believe I have ever had a golden leaf shu before and I am in for a real treat. This is another tea which is nothing like the traditonal pu-erhs I’ve had in the past. It is much lighter in color and has quite a delicate flavor. I feel I need to sit down and really appreciate it rather than just slopping some tea in a mug.

This reminds me ever so slightly of kombucha or cider which I attribute to the fermentation (and kombucha is made from tea, after all). But no sourness is present here, just a nice minerality combined with a rich beautifully aged tea. I am getting sandalwood and earth. I kind of wish I had not read Verdant’s notes on this tea before drinking it but I am reminded also of a swimming hole deep in the woods somewhere but with natural and clean water. Very surprising for a pu-erh. I will be eager and happy to try anything else that comes out of the Xingyang workshop!

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Ninavampi

Psychology of tea… I love the way tastes and enjoyment can be influenced so much by external and internal factors. I feel that my mood also influences how much I like or dislike a tea. I am going to have to dry a dark colored tea cup to see what happens… : )

TeaBrat

Lately I have been very fond of the glass mug, I like to see the color of the tea I am drinking. :)

Ninavampi

Same! I love my glass teacup! Yay for double walled bodum!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve been enjoying glass as well, but I can’t seem to find my Jenaer Glass cup/saucer. I love it. Very high quality German glass company. Mine is older and was manufactured in Germany, but now the glass is made in Germany & molded in Romania I think. So it is not 100% German crafted unless you buy older pieces.

I hope I can find it. it just feels so perfect in my hand. You may be able to find older pieces online. Another good german Company is Finum:

http://www.finum.com/company.htm

I’m stuck on german glass, Tetsubin teapots-real Tetsubin, made in Japan. Yixing clay teapots. USA or English bone china. I think I’m the kook! :))

TeaBrat

Those Finum cups look beautiful! I need some – lol!

ScottTeaMan

I guess I’m tired of buying “Made in China” everything. If I can’t find anymore Jenaer glass, I’ll buy Finum, or from this French glass company Rochelle glass. Amazon used to stock it.GGGRRR!!

Charles Thomas Draper

All of my tea is from China. I can’t help that. i must admit I try to buy American whenever possible….

TeaBrat

those La Roche cups are cute – believe it or not I have some goblets I use for wine glasses that must be from the same company, they also have bees on them!

ScottTeaMan

Hhahaha….do you like the quality?
Where did you get them?

ScottTeaMan

Target carries La Rochere.

TeaBrat

They came from a french store in SF

ScottTeaMan

How’s the quality?….I’m still searching for Jenaer cups and smaller glass teapot. I think they made a 20 oz teapot.

ScottTeaMan

I hope the Finum teapot infuser is removable. I would like to brew some larger leaf teas & display teas without it.

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Ninavampi

Psychology of tea… I love the way tastes and enjoyment can be influenced so much by external and internal factors. I feel that my mood also influences how much I like or dislike a tea. I am going to have to dry a dark colored tea cup to see what happens… : )

TeaBrat

Lately I have been very fond of the glass mug, I like to see the color of the tea I am drinking. :)

Ninavampi

Same! I love my glass teacup! Yay for double walled bodum!

ScottTeaMan

I’ve been enjoying glass as well, but I can’t seem to find my Jenaer Glass cup/saucer. I love it. Very high quality German glass company. Mine is older and was manufactured in Germany, but now the glass is made in Germany & molded in Romania I think. So it is not 100% German crafted unless you buy older pieces.

I hope I can find it. it just feels so perfect in my hand. You may be able to find older pieces online. Another good german Company is Finum:

http://www.finum.com/company.htm

I’m stuck on german glass, Tetsubin teapots-real Tetsubin, made in Japan. Yixing clay teapots. USA or English bone china. I think I’m the kook! :))

TeaBrat

Those Finum cups look beautiful! I need some – lol!

ScottTeaMan

I guess I’m tired of buying “Made in China” everything. If I can’t find anymore Jenaer glass, I’ll buy Finum, or from this French glass company Rochelle glass. Amazon used to stock it.GGGRRR!!

Charles Thomas Draper

All of my tea is from China. I can’t help that. i must admit I try to buy American whenever possible….

TeaBrat

those La Roche cups are cute – believe it or not I have some goblets I use for wine glasses that must be from the same company, they also have bees on them!

ScottTeaMan

Hhahaha….do you like the quality?
Where did you get them?

ScottTeaMan

Target carries La Rochere.

TeaBrat

They came from a french store in SF

ScottTeaMan

How’s the quality?….I’m still searching for Jenaer cups and smaller glass teapot. I think they made a 20 oz teapot.

ScottTeaMan

I hope the Finum teapot infuser is removable. I would like to brew some larger leaf teas & display teas without it.

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Hobbies include: tea, making art, animals, vegan things, buddhism, nature, creativity, books, writing, cooking, meditation, yoga.

I am a fan of many different teas but my favorites are blacks and oolongs, chai, also like darjeeling and pu-erh. I’n always learning and expanding my horizons!

Dislikes include: bergamot, jasmine, highly tannic or bitter teas, overly judgmental and bitter people. :)

Live in San Francisco, I’m a SINK (single income, no kids) and love the urban life, but traveling out to the middle of nowhere is always fun too.

I tend to not drink things I know I will hate so a lot of my tea ratings are on the higher side. Here’s my rating system, sorta

95-100 I love this tea and would like to keep it around

94-90 An excellent tea which I may or may not repurchase

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

69-60 Mundane – Will probably drink it if I have it

59-50 Ick

49 and below Nasty

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