2765 Tasting Notes

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drank Pot O' Gold by 52teas
2765 tasting notes

I feel bad that the rest of the country is suffering from a heatwave and it’s still foggy and overcast here. The house we were staying at in the Oakland Hills was freezing! The downside of that is I feel tired all the time when the fog is around.

Anyway I am back at home with my massive tea collection and I really need something to perk me up before I go to the movies with a friend. I reached for this again because I was in the mood for something sweet and hoping the black tea will revive me! I liked this one, especially with a bit of soymilk and some sugar, it’s like a decadent dessert without all the calories.

I want to try Frank’s new black tea base soon, but I’m waiting for a flavor to come up that really appeals to me. Meanwhile, this is really tasty!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

Poor cold Amy! Ha! I get it though…having been in that area in the Summer!
Glad I have Air Conditioning! But humidity would kill me! Oh No!

TeaBrat

I used to live in Maryland and I hated the humidity… yuck!

Charles Thomas Draper

We had an incredible storm here the other night. Trees downed power lines and many people are still without electric.

TeaBrat

yeah, my parents live in Maryland and had a terrible storm, I was worried about them as they are getting on in age. Luckily they were only without power for a few hours.

CHAroma

I’m also one of the lucky ones in MD with power. It actually never went out for us. But a lot of my co-workers haven’t had power since Friday, and the electric company says they won’t be able to restore power till the following Friday. The hotels are all booked up because it was 103 degrees over the weekend, and most people couldn’t survive it without A/C.

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I don’t have too much to write about teas today, since I am not at home and the only two teas I have are this and the golden monkey from Aroma Tea Shop. I am actually fairly happy with these two, which makes me wonder why I have so much tea in the first place? Perhaps I should work on paring down my collection to an essential few… (probably won’t happen)

ScottTeaMan

‘Paring down my collection to an essential few’ :)) hahaha…….it seriously made me laugh!…….I’m still smiling. I could never do that!! I’m too addicted to, and obsessed with tea. I just enjoy it too much. :)) I’m to the point now where I do need to shrink my collection, but if I had just an essential few, I’d miss the variety-maybe even get a little bored. I would still enjoy the tea though. :))

TeaBrat

When I mean an essential few, I’m talking 20 or 30 instead of the 100+ I have right now! Think of all the money I would save. :D

ScottTeaMan

Essential few = 20 or 30?!? HEHEHE HaHaHa….I’m still laughing! …so funny. :DD Bua Ha….saving $$$. :D

TeaBrat

I probably have 30 different pu-erhs alone at this point! those are the hardest to stop buying because they don’t get stale…

Kittenna

Hahahaha, I’m trying to get rid of samples right now… I must have 400-500 teas altogether, about 150 of which are in sizes larger than 20g. Lots of paring to do…

CHAroma

I just can’t help myself! I’m like the Cookie Monster but with tea. Me want tea! Me drink tea!! Om nom nom nom!!!

ScottTeaMan

Hahahaha! :D

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I decided to purchase one of these mini sheng bricks recently after Phoenix told me via Twitter that there was not a lot of bitterness in them. When it arrived, I immediately thought I should have purchased two because they are so cute and the packaging is really lovely!

Anyway, I could hardly wait to try it this morning. I attempted to break a piece off but it is compressed very tightly and I ended up with mostly tea dust which is okay. I steeped that up in my yixing.

Steeps #1 and #2 of this tea were about 15 seconds. What I got was a light yellow tea liquor. For a young sheng, it is fairly mellow with a nice sweetness and a definite acidity, but not one that I am finding terribly bitter. After the first two steeps, it is starting to quiet down a bit more and is becoming mostly pleasant and mild.

I steeped this tea 10 times and after the first 3 infusions, I was enjoying it a lot more.

This is my first Douji sheng tea, but I spent a little time this morning looking up Douji on the ‘net. They certainly seem to have a good reputation and they have these bricks made from different source materials, I’m just not sure which this one is because the label is written in Chinese. I can see more experiments will be required in the future. I think perhaps sheng is an acquired taste, and one I am still getting used to. I think this will be excellent with a few more years of aging.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Azzrian

Already on my shopping list! :)

TeaBrat

China cha dao also has these….

Azzrian

Is that the ebay seller?

Azzrian

Thank you!

TeaBrat

I ordered one from them today!

Azzrian

Ohhh Congrats! I wonder why they don’t have a web business – good to find a great tea place on ebay though.

CHAroma

Buying food on Ebay makes me nervous. :/

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – me too… but I have read other positive reviews of China Cha Dao on Steepster, so I feel more comfortable.

CHAroma

Reading good reviews on Steepster would definitely make me feel better too. I’m glad you’ve had good experiences and enjoyed this tea!

ScottTeaMan

I believe Fong Mong Tea sells their tea on Ebay, & I would buy from them.

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79
drank Silver Needle by The Tao of Tea
2765 tasting notes

I really like tinkering around with my own blends, I think it’s the artist/creative weirdo in me that can’t always leave well enough alone.

I thought I’d try this tea steeped today along with some dried ginger root; I was feeling a bit queasy and thought the ginger would help. The result is delicious, like a sweet ginger candy! A great experiment which I will be repeating again soon. I find ginger root goes well with many teas, I’ve also tried it in green, black and rooibos, but the white tea and ginger might be my favorite yet. Fun and healthy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Hhhmmmm, that’s interesting. I would think the ginger would overpower the white tea.

Anny Oxidant & the Tea Bullie

I love to play around with the teas also. Besides mixing different teas together to see how well they blend, I take things from my flower gardens to try such as cilantro, dill, or rosemary.

TeaBrat

@Scott – there was definitely more ginger than white tea flavor but it was really good!

ScottTeaMan

I’m with you though. When it comes to ginger, it’s all good! :))

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This is a very lovely green tea, which is full of surprises. The long, needle like leaves are very green and smell delightfully fresh when you open the package.

I’m not enamored of too many Chinese green teas, but I did like this one. I steeped it for 3 minutes Western style and got a very light colored infusion. I’d say I used 4 grams of tea in an 8 oz glass cup.

The aroma of the tea is vegetal and almost floral like in nature. It has a very mild flavor like sugar snap peas, with a touch of orchid-sweetness and almost seems to posses a kind of rare purity. It’s very refreshing and smooth and has a slight sweet aftertaste that has a bit of macadamia nut yumminess mingling on my tongue. Makes me feel relaxed and delighted at the same time.

According to RateTea, this green has a high percentage of theanine which is likely responsible for the relaxing feeling.

http://ratetea.com/style/anji-bai-cha/110/

I would definitely get this one again and I’m not the biggest fan of Chinese greens – on the list it goes since all I got was a 10g sample, yummy yum yum!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Roughage

The An Ji Bai Cha that I got from Canton Tea is probably my most favouritest tea ever for all the reasons you cite above.

TeaBrat

I was surprised at how flavorful it was for such a light tea.

ScottTeaMan

This tea looks so delicious. :P

CHAroma

Yum indeed! Adding it to the shopping list!

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92
drank Hu Kwa by Mark T. Wendell
2765 tasting notes

I took a hint from Bonnie and steamed my brussels sprouts with a little of this smoky tea, then tossed them with a simple black fig vinegar and olive oil dressing. Topped with toasted almonds – very tasty!

Now that lunch is over I have homework to do, so I’ll be back later. :)

Kittenna

Lunch! You are clearly in quite a different time zone from me, hahaha… it’s 5pm here!

TeaBrat

It was a late lunch, but yes I’m Pacific standard time!

Bonnie

Sounds good Amy! I just went to buy more LS and the guys brewed up a pot for me. I’m smoked!

Scott B

You steamed it with brewed tea? Or you just had the tea leaves in the steamer basket with the sprouts?

TeaBrat

I put the tea leaves in the steamer basket, but perhaps I should try the other way too…

Bonnie

I initially made a mess and threw them in, then I put them under in the water, now I use a tea sac. CLEAN FREAK!

Scott B

I think whatever way works for you. One of these days I’d like to incorporate Hu Kwa into a homemade bbq sauce.

Joshua Smith

Mm, that sounds delicious! If you ever do try it, post the recipe or leave a few pointers.

Bonnie

I tried honey, vinegar, put a tea sac with some in pasta water, you can do sooo many things. Just strain it after or use a sac or metal basket for infusion.

Azzrian

Oh yummy!

Scott B

I have a good recipe for bbq sauce that I have used before. I could replace the liquid smoke with Hu Kwa in some fashion.

Charles Thomas Draper

Very creative recipe

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90

Thanks to Garret and Krystaleyn I decided I needed to have one of these this morning. It happens to go very well with the vegan chickpea mini quiches I made for brunch. I steeped one toucha in an 8 oz cup with my Finum filter for about 60 seconds and this was perfect for me. Looking forward to more steeps!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

Vegan chickpea mini quiches?! That sounds very tasty!

TeaBrat

Yes, here is the recipe, next time I will try adding olives to mine, I think. http://www.limetreelife.com/2012/01/04/easy-breakfast-vegan-gluten-free-mini-quiches/

Kittenna

Those look fabulous! Love that they’re gluten-free; when my roomie is back in the fall, I bet she’d be thrilled to make some of these up with me! She’s gluten-free/vegetarian, so I can see us adding some cheese. Thanks!

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I was really looking forward to trying this sample today, but also unsure of how to steep it. Norbu’s instructions recommend the gong fu method so I thought I would try it that way.

My first steep was for a 1 minute infusion in the Jingdezhen gaiwan pictured here: http://www.redblossomtea.com/teaware/gaiwan/gaiwan-spring.html

I got a nice organish-brown infusion which smells faintly of malt. Now that I’ve had a few dan cong oolongs I am really picking out that flavor in this tea, but this is darker, more robust. Really not sure about it, a bit on the side of bitterness for me.

2nd steep: 30 seconds. To me it smells a bit malty, I can’t find the honey flavors that others have described. It’s woody, sour & astringent. the other reviewers loved this tea but it’s leaving a bad feeling in my stomach, so out it goes.

Sorry Norbu, this one is not for me… evidently I am really picky about all things dan cong related :(

Please let me know if anyone wants the remaining 5g of this sample, the other reviewers loved it. I hate giving a bad review to a tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Dorothy

Oooh me! I’d love to try the 5g and send you a few samples in exchange. :) Shoot me a PM when you’re available.

TeaBrat

It’s yours!

teaddict

He does class this one as a black tea, noting the Dan Cong as the varietal tea plant it comes from. I would not expect it to be very like an oolong based on Greg’s description, and would not judge it like one.

TeaBrat

@teaddict – I know it’s a black tea, I wasn’t expecting it to be like an oolong. :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I guess I won’t order this one

TeaBrat

@Charles, well you should read the other reviews as well. :)

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65
drank Red Chai Masala by Organic India
2765 tasting notes

Some days I seem more sensitive to caffeine than others. Okay, I’ve had 6 cups of tea today already but some of them were re-steeps. :-P

Anyway it’s time to go for something herbal for a while. I’ve gotten a bit enamored of tulsi lately but this is really not the best blend. It doesn’t taste too chai like to me, more like a mix of straight rooibos and tulsi. It’s a little bit better with some soymilk but not my favorite from this company, oh well. I’m drinking it anyway!

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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

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