2307 Tasting Notes

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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!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
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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It is shaping up to be a pu-erh kind of a day for me so perhaps I’ll get around to trying most of the things in my Verdant shu sampler pack very soon!

I steeped about 1 tsp of this in 8 oz boiling water in a glass mug

When I smelled this steeping, my first thoughts were: bourbon and cherries! So naturally I was excited to try it… ;)

Upon taking a sip, the word out of my mouth is “wow!” This is a pu-erh? It does not taste like any I have had before. It is exceptionally smooth and clean. I am getting cherrywood mixed with honey with only the tiniest hint of earth. It is a beautiful dark amber color which is almost red. This reminds me a bit of some dark oolongs I have tried.

Later steepings are getting lighter and more sweet with a hint of caramel. It is delicious.

Another fantastic offering from Verdant… this is going on my shopping list now!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Charles Thomas Draper

After the ’98 weakened the other night I added this and it was a treat….

TeaBrat

I love it… :)

Charles Thomas Draper

I am drinking the Purple Pu’er I got from Butiki. I need to tweak it a bit. Still good. I followed her directions and tis a wee bit light for me tastes. Little brogue there….

TeaBrat

I am very curious about http://www.puerhshop.com/

ScottTeaMan

I’ve always wanted to try the Pu erh cakes, someday I will. This looks like a good place to do so. This one intrgues me. :

http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_reviews_info&products_id=62&reviews_id=9&zenid=d9rbrtk3rdsc0m4kc01i317ra0

TeaBrat

I will go to a local tea shop and do some pu-erh tastings soon, better than picking random stuff from a website I think.

ScottTeaMan

Yeah, that’s just one advantage of living in SF! I’ll be looking for your reviews and comments.

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drank Cinnamon Cookie Puer by Lupicia
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wow- when you brew this up it smells exactly like a cinnamon cookie, I wonder how Lupicia does it…

This is kind of a pu-er for people who don’t really like pu-erhs since it is so heavily masked with other things. There is lots of sweet cinnamon here as well as some vanilla-y and coconut-y type notes. I love cinnamon so I enjoyed that aspect of it pretty well. Pu-erh was an interesting choice for the base of this tea – it does add a malty and earthy note here. This would be good with some biscotti to dunk in it. It is a tad bit too sweet for me, especially in the morning. I will need to try this as an after lunch or dessert tea instead.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec

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drank Mango Lassi by Butiki Teas
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Thanks to Butiki , this came as a free sample in my Butiki tea order…

Wow, I am impressed! This does not taste at all like rooibos, I can’t believe it’s not honeybush?? A very faint sweetness here with juicy mango -mango is one of my favorite fruits. I can perhaps taste a tiny bit of cardamom and calendula. A very yummy dessert tea! I put soymilk in mine and it totally hits the spot. Yeah, I would definitely buy this! Its super good!

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drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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It’s very yummy. Makes me want to go put some mittens on and sip tea in front of a fire. :)

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drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
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Many thanks to Jenn for sending me a sample of this to try…

This is a pretty nice option for a dessert tea. It is pumpkin-y, and sweet and tasty. I did add some soymilk which I think pumped up the brulee/cream factor. My only tiny complaint is that is is very heavy on the nutmeg so that seemed to overwhelm the other flavors a bit for me. Still pretty yummy…

Amariel

Sounds Delish!

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I was glad I got the opportunity to try this, for me it is a good solid morning tea.

This is reminiscent of an assam, slightly malty, slightly on the sweet side. It is not very astringent at all which is a bonus for me. Smooth and rich, with just a touch of briskness. I would recommend this as a nice breakfast tea! I steeped mine for 4 minutes with boiling water but I like my tea fairly strong, I think you could get away with 3 minutes for a less potent cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Enchanted Forest by Sereni Tea
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One of the highlights of my recent trip to Mount Shasta was discovering this adorable and incredibly well stocked tea store! Talk about a pleasant surprise, I was not expecting anything like this in such a small town.

Here is the website if you want to check them out:
http://sereni-tea.net/

We did try to limit ourselves to a few small selections and this was one of them. Ordinarilly this is not something I would have picked out for myself but they were giving away free tastings and thus, I became hooked.

This is a blend of green tea (I believe a sencha), mate, coconut, “flavoring” (smells very strongly of almond extract), rose petals and cornflower blossoms.

It is a slightly sweet tea and the coconut and almonds really made it for me. This was a great thing for the cold mountain weather and got me all prepared to brave the snow (kind of). Recommended!

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drank Cinnamon Roll Honeybush by 52teas
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I’m so glad I got more of this, it is very tasty!

Ninavampi

Can’t wait for it to arrive! : )

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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

89-80 Pretty good, above average

79-70 Acceptable

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

59-50 Ick

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