2337 Tasting Notes

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Thanks so much to Indigobloom for sending me a generous sample of this tea.

I like cinnamon and almonds so I was pretty sure I’d like this too. It smells incredibly like a cookie! It’s sweet and nutty and even a little bit fruity, not sure where that’s coming from but I like it. I’m having this as my after lunch treat with a bit of soymilk and it’s yummy for a dessert tea. It looks like this was discontinued, too bad it is kinda tasty. Like I need more tea! Well of course I do!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

hehehehe….More tea is always nice. Computer’s been slow….pages not even loading sometimes. Might post my Zhen Qu review later….after my Steelers wipe the Browns! :))

Indigobloom

hehe I’m so glad you like it! and that it found a good home :P
funny, I thought it was a bit fruity too!!! but I thought I was imagining that…

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drank Sencha "Chiran" by Lupicia
2337 tasting notes

I am drinking this again today. I’m so glad I finally found a sencha which I really enjoy. I’ve almost finished the bag already! I upped the rating a wee bit too.

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Thank you Charles for sending me a sample of this tea. I wanted to comment on it this morning while I was drinking it but my computer at home is acting funny.

I don’t believe I’ve had a Kemmun before. I brewed this in the tetsubin which I am using for mostly black tea these days. I think I erred a little too much on the side of caution and did not add enough leaf. I liked this though. It was a light brown, woody and smooth tea with some smoke in the aftertaste. I’m not a huge fan of smoke but I didn’t mind it here it seemed very unobtrusive. I tried adding soymilk and that was not a good idea, I preferred the taste of it plain.

Charles Thomas Draper

Thank you too. Add more leaf and steep it for 6 minutes

TeaBrat

sadly I don’t have much more left so maybe i’ll try the lil’ elf teapot…

ScottTeaMan

Info on website recommends a steep time of 5 to 8 minutes.

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drank Hand Picked Bao Zhong by Samovar
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I steeped some of this in my tiny little xiying teapot which seems like it was made for an elf. It is adorable. I hope it is seasoned well enough. I am drinking this tea out of a shotglass… ha ha

I think I can taste the clay a bit which is giving the tea an extra dimension. It still seems as delicious as I remember it.

ScottTeaMan

REALLY!…..A shot glass? Just how small is that teapot? Lay off the bourbon! :))

TeaBrat

Most of my glass teacups are mugs. this seemed like better size somehow. :)

ScottTeaMan

hahahahaha

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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2337 tasting notes

I made this as a cold brew tea and I liked it this way… very refreshing. I upped the rating some today

ScottTeaMan

I’m not a fan of Red Rooibos either. Can drink it, but choose not too.

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99

I’m finishing off the rest of my sample today, I am going to order more. yummy yum yum

ScottTeaMan

I was just on Arbor Teas site and saw a recipe for Kombucha. I remember my mom made some ONCE, many years ago, and we hated the taste. I’ll bet I’d like it now. My tastes have changed so much in the last 10-15 years.

TeaBrat

I like kombucha but i’ve been into weird health food for as long as I can remember…

Mercuryhime

Sounds tasty!

ScottTeaMan

What does…..the tisane or the kombucha??

Mercuryhime

The tusane sounds tasty. :) I’m not a fan if kombucha. Too fizzy and funky.

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Lately I’ve learned that almost all milk oolongs are flavor enchanced which diminishes my appreciation of them a bit but this is still very fun to drink.

This one is light, brothy, flavors like popcorn. Has a very interesting thicker aftertaste that lingers for a while, reminded me of peaches a bit. Certainly it is delicious but I’m not sure I’m a huge fan of the milk oolong. What is it flavored with?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

Good question?!

Indigobloom

blech! not the one I sent you… to my knowledge :)
(ie not infused with lactose, it’s natural, I think)

ScottTeaMan

Here’s another natural Zhu Shan Jin Xuan :

http://www.teacuppa.com/Milk-Oolong-Tea.asp

TeaBrat

Indigobloom – no it isn’t the one you sent me

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drank Fukamushi Karigane by Miroku
2337 tasting notes

An impulse buy in Japantown. I don’t know that much about Fukamushis but did a little research on the internet that it is a type of sencha that is deep steamed and this removes a lot of the bitterness. Sounds ok to me, so far so good.

I admit I feel I am getting a cold today and my taste buds are off. In addition, with the first steep my water was too hot and this made the tea kind of unpleasant although beautiful to look at. It is a vivid beautiful deep neon green.

The second cup, with water temp around 160 and steeped for 45 seconds or so is quite lovely. I am getting a lot of flavors here, grass, seaweed, a slight tartness, very full-bodied with a lingering aftertaste. Not very buttery but definitely vegetal. I will try to update my notes when I am feeling healthier.

I have been loving japanese green tea lately, they seem like the elixir of Gods.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec
CHAroma

Feel better soon!

TeaBrat

thanks! :)

ScottTeaMan

Get well…..I don’t drink as much high end greens when I have a cold (I should), but I can’t smell/taste it much. I feel like I’m wasting the tea experience.

I’ve only had Fukamushi a couple times, and it is lighter and not as tempermental as “normal” Senchas. I really enjoyed it. :))

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94

I’ve had this for a year or more and hope to keep it for a while to see how it evolves over time.

It’s been a process of trial and error for me as I have grown with this tea over the last few months. When I brew it Western style I get a very malty and pungent white tea which always intrigued me but left me wondering.

When I keep the infusions short and sweet (30-60 seconds) and the temp lower, to about 160 f is when this tea really starts to shine. I am getting a lot of sweetness with a tiny note of malt and fermentation. This is where I start to notice more of the floral type notes. Watching my evolution along with this tea is like watching a flower grow. It seems like there is vanilla in the finish. It is a great tea for multiple infusions as well and I look forward to seeing how it evolves over time.

I should also mention from the few white pu-erhs I have tried I seem to like them better than straight white tea. Perhaps it gives me the extra edge I need.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Spoonvonstup

Hey! I am also becoming a fan of white-tea-based pu’ers. They’re an interesting thing to learn about. Have you tried any of the ones from Mandala Tea? They’ve been some of my favorites so far. I’ll have to revisit this Rishi offering some time.

TeaBrat

Thanks for the recommendation of Mandala, do you have any suggestions of what I should try from there? Do you have this Rishi cake? The last time I looked at their website I did not see it there.

Spoonvonstup

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).As for Mandala, I have this brick:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandalawinona-silver-buds-raw-2008.html
But I hear Garret is also really happy about his new pressing:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html
Haven’t gotten to try it yet, but how could a white tea pu’er really go wrong?

Aw.. you’re so right! I see the brick is sold out on Rishi’s website. I don’t have any of this one; I’d tried it a year or so ago at a local tea shop (now out of business!! so sad..).As for Mandala, I have this brick:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandalawinona-silver-buds-raw-2008.html
But I hear Garret is also really happy about his new pressing:
http://shopmandalatea.com/raw-pu-er-tea/250-gram-mandala-silver-buds-raw-2011.html
Haven’t gotten to try it yet, but how could a white tea pu’er really go wrong?I’d also recommend this cool looking green:
http://shopmandalatea.com/green-tea/dragon-s-tail.html
It’s got a similar yunnan sweetness like Verdant’s Jing Shan, and they’re cool spirals (always a plus).

Spoonvonstup

woah- I have no idea why that comment is so funky and redundant. Sorry! I did not type it that way..

TeaBrat

Hey – that’s ok. thanks for the recommendations I may have to get them. :)

ScottTeaMan

One of my New Year resolutions is to delve into Puerh cakes-blacks, whites, and greens. I’ve actually been looking at them for several yrs, just never ordered any. The whites really interest me, so any other recommendations would be great.

ScottTeaMan

I just realized I have some loose leaf Moonlight White! I’ll have to have some & post soon.

TeaBrat

so many teas, so little time…

ScottTeaMan

True! I mean…there’s only so much time. What if there is a really great tea I miss….just never have the opportunity to try? Will I really miss it? YES I will.

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This is a new shipment direct from Taiwan of a bunch of oolong samples. I like Taiwanese oolongs but I don’t know if I know enough about them to rate them all differently or even tell them apart. I suppose only time will tell. I also got a cute little black xi ying teapot which I am eager to try out but not until I season it first and learn how I am supposed to brew with the thing. So this was brewed western style in an infuser mug with 180 degree water.

This tea is very charming. It’s a light yellow infusion with the usual buttery notes, has a very nice mouthfeel and smooth aftertaste. It is slightly grassy but not like eating grass. More like lying in a meadow of grass and watching the clouds go by. Some teas get me pretty wired but this is not one of them. It’s actually very relaxing and peaceful.

I am looking forward to getting more experiments going!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

what a great site which teapot did you get? I like TP15.

Jessie

Yeah, I love Tea From Taiwan!

TeaBrat

Scott – the one I bought is TP20 – I don’t see it anymore, maybe I got the last one?
Jessie – which ones do you like?

ScottTeaMan

What does it look like?

TeaBrat

It looks like the other ones, it’s just plain and black

ScottTeaMan

straight spout or curved?

Jessie

I think their samplers were an awesome value to find out what I like. My fave full size I’ve bought from them has been the Four Seasons Oolong (I still have the spring 2011). It’s an amazing value too. Really delicious and really well-priced.

TeaBrat

The teapot has a straight spout. Animals teapots look like fun.

ScottTeaMan

Steeping tea…I’ll check back later :))

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