2743 Tasting Notes

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drank Jogmaya Pearls by Harney & Sons
2743 tasting notes

I tried steeping this tea for 5 minutes today, it is a bit better but I was definitely hoping for more, considering the price I paid for it. I was hoping for something with a bit more floral darjeeling essence. It is light but without the sweetness in most white teas I’ve had. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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I decided to use this tea to anoint my new YiXing teapot, I blogged about it over here if you want to see the photos.

http://sanfrantea.teatra.de/2012/06/10/YiXing-teapot-a-new-addition-to-the-family/

After 5 steeps of this I am feeling quite caffeinated so I think I’ll need to stop drinking tea for a while. :) See previous notes for more info.

Roughage

Heh, I just realised I am following your blog without realising it was you. Doh! :)

TeaBrat

ha! how funny. :)

Garret

Hey Amy!! I noticed you had said you were having a hard time removing the leaf from the bamboo. What I do is peel back the bamboo lengthwise on one side. Then the tea can easily be taken out. Like in the pic on this link:http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/150-gram-fragrant-bamboo-ripe-pu-er-2006.html I hope that helps!!!!

TeaBrat

Thanks Garret!

Garret

One is glad to be of service :)

CHAroma

Wow!! What a gorgeous teapot! I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it!

TeaBrat

@CHAroma – thank you, I was quite taken with it myself.

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Yesterday I found myself in the neighborhood of Rainbow Grocery, which is a huge worker owned co-op grocery store. It’s an all vegetarian place and one of the things they are noted for is their large bulk food selection. I have not been there in years. I was happy to find they have quite a large selection of tea in bulk from Silk Road and some other companies. I’ve always wanted to try this one but didn’t want to fork over the price for 1/4 lb. that Silk Road has it for on their website.

Anyway on to the tea…

This was prepared in a glass teapot and I steeped it for 175F at 3 minutes. Based on my experience with Chinese greens I felt it was a safe assumption.

The tea liquor is a medium yellow in color. The first thing I notice about it is how very vegetal it is. The flavor reminds me a bit of artichokes and cooked peas. After sipping it has a nice sweet aftertaste without a lot of astringency. I am not terribly thrilled by it, but it would make a good everyday tea and I will certainly finish off what I have.

Now I need to stop posting tasting notes and do something productive for a while! :-P

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

Oh wow! I would be so excited to go to a grocery like that! Is that pitiful? LOL! I have to drive over an hour to get neat grocery stores, and we still don’t have one that sells bulk tea, not even Whole Foods up there!

TeaBrat

Yeah, that is one benefit to living in San Francisco, you can find pretty much everything here, all kinds of neat stores I can walk to or take the bus. :)

Roughage

Umm, posting tasting notes is productive, isn’t it? ;)

TeaBrat

Yeah, tell that to this giant pile of laundry I’m ignoring!

Missy

Clothes are over rated. ;)

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I forgot I had this sample until I went digging around in my stash the other day – anyway thanks for this one Garret!

I don’t believe I’ve ever had a light roast red robe before so I was eager to try this one out this morning. I used my xiying teapot that I have reserved especially for wuyi oolongs. This is how you know you have fully entered the realm of tea nerd-dom! lol.

My first two steeps of this were very light. I only used a pinch of tea but the teapot is pretty small, about 6 oz. After a quick rinse, My first two steeps were around 30 seconds. I got a very light yellow colored infusion. The flavor of the tea reminds me of peaches, with a light mineral quality and just a tinge of roastyness from the charcoal. It is very delicate compared to the darker roasted red robes (or da hong pao).

Steep #3. I have noticed now that the wet leaves smell absolutely incredible, like roasted fruit. I decided to go for a steep of 1 minute. The infusion is still very light but the longer steep seems to have brought out a sweeter, thicker flavor in the tea. Compared to the photo on Mandala’s website my tea liquor is still fairly light and does have a bit more of a floral quality than a darker red robe. Still not sure I used enough leaf.

Steep #4 – 3 minutes. This is my favorite infusion so far. More fruit notes coming up in the tea. Lots of minerality in this one which seems a bit earthy and almost sparkling.

This is a really nice tea, I think I may prefer the darker red robes, or maybe that is just what I am used to? I will definitely use more leaf the next time I try the experiment. This was neat, I’m glad I got to expand my horizons a bit. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec
ScottTeaMan

I’ve never tasted peach notes with Da Hong Pao, but mine were darker roasted. OK, seriously…….another tea to go on my Mandala list!

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drank Golden Monkey by Vital Tea Leaf
2743 tasting notes

I’m having this tea again at the BF’s house. Makes me want to go to the Vital Tea Leaf again but I must resist as my tea budget has already been spent for this month!

Anyway we brewed this western style in a teapot, the color is a dark yellow and the flavor is very smooth, sweet like caramel and baked yams. See previous notes for more info. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Bonnie

I love tea that tastes like that in the morning! Right now theres a big forest fire again so you open your mouth and get LS! Can hardly see the hills down the street!

Hesper June

Mmmm, it sounds yummy!

TeaBrat

@Bonnie – oh no.. that sounds awful

ScottTeaMan

But can you resist the leaf? Especially if it is vital :))…….

TeaBrat

I can’t resist anything related to tea!

ScottTeaMan

Me either {Sigh}…….I mean…WOOO HAAAAAA!

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Decupboarding, I sent the remainder of this to Tommy, but Tao of Tea is out of this one currently. So sad! This is a yummy oolong, I hope it comes back soon. I would certainly buy a tin of it.

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drank Brigitte's Blend by Harney & Sons
2743 tasting notes

Harney & Sons has such nice black tea blends. I got this as a sample and was looking forward to trying it this morning. I may have used a tiny bit more leaf than usual because I wanted something to wake me up!

What I got was a very dark cup that is smooth and rich. The assam lends a malty and stout note while the ceylon seems to have a fruity, chocolate and sweetish note. Well, I liked it, really works for me! I did try sipping on it plain just to get the mix of flavors. but then added soymilk to it because that’s normally how I would take this type of tea, it’s such a great breakfast blend. I will be tempted to get more the next time I order something from Harney. It would certainly be good to have around for the every day and the BF would like it too…

But then I also like the Palm Court and there’s a few others I haven’t even tried. Such difficult decisions. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Vortegne

Sounds good, I wanted to find a good breakfast-wake-up tea for a long time. Can you recommend me some more please?

Scatterbrain

Have you had the Anniversary Blend? I’m really curious to know how that one is, it’s very cheap.

TeaBrat

I have not had the anniversary blend. For a wake up tea, I also like their Organic Assam and the Russian Country (though that has some Lapsang in it).

ashmanra

I also have been wanting to try Anniversary Blend and it just never seems to make it in my cart as I out things in and take them out. I loved the silver plated caddy you could buy as well.

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drank Coconut Pouchong by Golden Moon Tea
2743 tasting notes

This has been cold brewing in my fridge for 18 hours and I finally decided to try it. I might have made it a little strong but when I added soymilk to it, it’s really very tasty. Like a big glass of coconut milk but at a fraction of the calories.

I am having this with a seaweed salad for lunch and the two go pretty well together. I might be weird for eating seaweed but I kinda like it. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Invader Zim

I didn’t even think of adding milk to it! Darn it now I have to redo it! And seaweed is quite delicious!

Infusin_Susan

I love this tea with any type of Asian food, but especially Thai. It really complements the flavors. Never thought of trying it with seaweed, but I see how that could work.

TeaBrat

@Invader Zim – you need to try it!
@Susan – this tea would go so well with Thai food, need to try that too!

Kittenna

I love seaweed :) And seaweed salad is delicious!

Tamm

This sounds so so good! This tea is just amazing.

Scott B

I bet that would be good with a little chili powder in it.

CHAroma

Who said weird is a bad thing? ;)

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I haven’t had this one in a while but thought I’d check it out again this morning, ooh, I love this one. Sweet and mild with a floral aroma and light fruity flavors. See previous notes for more info. I hope they still have this at Whole Foods for a while. :)

I got 4 very good steeps out of it.

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

Did you get a sample??

ScottTeaMan

Amy, is your Tasting Notes problem fixed?

TeaBrat

@Scott, I got it at Whole Foods, it came in their bulk tea section. Notices are fixed as far as I can tell.

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Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample, I just read her tasting note and I’m already a bit nervous because bitterness is not something I enjoy in tea at all, but here goes. :)

I used the whole sample I got, which was around 2 teaspoons, in my 18 oz glass teapot. Brewed western style ’cause I am still sleepy!

This cup got dark fairly quickly and is a dark reddish brown. I decided to only steep for 2.5 minutes. The tea smells very malty so far and at first sips seems kind of smooth and sweet. I will need to let it cool off to drink more of it.

As the cup cools off I am not getting bitterness here so far – yay! I have a malty, sort of molasses-y flavor which seems more on the sweet side and almost creamy. To me this tea has a slight “yammy” quality. I am sipping on it plain and finding it to be fairly mild. When I added some soymilk to it, it got transformed into something more sweet and creamy.

It’s funny how different people’s tastes are because I rather liked this one. I’m still not finding much bitterness but if anything it has a tobacco-y note in the finish for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

I’ve always found yunnan to be a hit or miss for me. Maybe that is how I perceive “tobacco”? *shrugs

TeaBrat

What should I send you in return?! Should I just pick something? Let me know. :-D

Indigobloom

Hrm. Do you have anything left from Arbor Teas? I’m easy… whatever you choose will be perfect (no earl grey or jasmine but I think we are on the same page there lol)

Indigobloom

oh… and maybe Scottish Breakfast? :P

TeaBrat

I have one or two things left from Arbor I can send – no worries on the Earl Grey or the jasmine. Definitely yes on the Scottish breakfast!

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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!

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