1980 Tasting Notes

I did it again. I was looking for a tea to go with our take-out tonight and gleefully pulled this out. “I thought I was out of this!” said brain, reading Chun Mei and thinking very clearly Pi Luo Chun. One of hubby’s favorites and I thought we were out! (Again, this would be Pi Luo Chun not Chun Mei.)

The instructions were way too conservative (for PLC) so I steeped it extra for that lovely oat taste. I had made two steeps and combined them in a large tetsubin.

Halfway through the meal I notice that this is rather strong, and suddenly my brain, which has been running pretty slow all day, went DING! DING! DING! THIS ISN’T PI LUO CHUN IT IS CHUN MEI! ONE OF YOUR DAUGHTER’S FAVORITES AND NOW WAY TOO STRONG!"

Sigh. Hot water to the rescue. I added about 12 ounces of hot water to the remaining 24-ish ounces of tea left and we were left with a delightful pot of Chun Mei!

This really is a great tea to go with a meal or for cleansing the palate after a meal. It has that little bite, that briskness, with green green flavor to move aside any heaviness of the meal. And I am delighted that it is so easily salvageable when I make a mistake like I did tonight.

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I love this tea, so how do I have so much of it left? Overfull cupboard, that’s how. Despite the age this is still an excellent tea.

In my last review of this tea, I spoke of my bestie being reluctant to try it since she was a black tea and puerh fan. She has done a 180 and now prefers white and green teas, but usually drinks flavored varieties. As the mother of an autistic child with dietary issues, she is keen on organics. Tonight when I suggested this one, she was pleased. She didn’t remember having it before and wondered if she would really enjoy an unflavored white, but she liked it a lot and said that she was surprised at how much flavor it had.

This is probably my favorite of the four Hugo Teas I have tried.

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drank Madame Butterfly by Gurman's
1980 tasting notes

Full of peachy flavor, good hot or iced. This was tea #2 of tea party and was served hot, but I have been drinking the remainder at room temperature all day. I need to make some big pitchers of it iced this summer.

Even the little kids who come here for tea love this one WITHOUT sugar! It is sold by lots of companies and usually under this name, though Tin Roof Teas used to carry it under the name Fuzzy Navel.

Gurman’s has given great customer service, too, and I don’t think I have ever had a tea from them that I didn’t like. I particularly love Palace of Roses.

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Almost all gone! NOOOOOOOO!

We served this as the first tea of tea party today. It was paired with a homemade whole wheat Devil’s Food cake with cream cheese frosting – the one in the new Penzey’s catalog for those who get that. They were scrumptious together. I told my daughter, “Save those leaves!” on this one because after these are done, I only have enough for one more pot!

Thank goodness, I will probably be placing another order soon and these are back in stock last time I checked. As I get my stash whittled down, I might buy a few staples.

The sad thing is I have a whole bunch of tea that isn’t even listed on here because I can’t read the labels! They were purchased in Brussels or Amsterdam and the names were handwritten on stickers on the bottom of a collection of cute little sample tins, and some of them I can not read at all!

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Finished this today. It was on my list of teas that are getting some age on them and need to be cleared out. I didn’t look at what was in it, but we really thought we were having a tea with anise when we were drinking it at tea party today. I like anise so that wasn’t a problem, but I think we were supposed to be getting cherry from the flavor.

Nice tea, better than most Christmas blends I have tried which make me wrinkle my nose at their orange/clove/cinnamon sameness, with the orange usually being bitter to me. Beautifully packaged, I will be keeping the tins and box and repurposing them.

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I saved the leaves from late last night and made two steeps to go with my breakfast with morning. These two were still plenty strong enough to enjoy – I am not a fan of washed out tasting tea. And today I feel more like I am drinking green tea when I taste this. I don’t mean green oolong, I mean actual green tea.

It was tasty enough that these leaves are still on hold for some resteeping later today.

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We are on another campaign to clean out samples and odds and ends. My daughter was going through the ones I have sorted and said she had planned to drink some of the meh teas to get rid of them, but found that everything we had set out was really good stuff. That’s a great problem to have.

This was the last of a sample and there was very little left in the bag. There was so little that I used my small Kamjove and didn’t fill the 7 ounce steeping cup all the way. I released the liquid and resteeped twice more but filled all the way since the color was so strong. The leaves had expanded well, and all three steeps looked rich and dark.

The wet leaves of this tea have a deceptive aroma to me. The scent seems hard-edged and cutting, like you are about to take a sip of something astringent or sour. But instead it is such a sweet and lovely tea. It just blooms with such a pleasant, round flavor when you sip. I paired it with the last few Marcolini chocolates. It made a really pampering late night snack.

Thank you, Garret, for the lovely sample!

sren

That is a great problem to have!

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Thank you, Wymm Tea, for this sample! I saved it for a late night Gongfu session with hubby and we finally got that opportunity tonight!

The first sheng I gave hubby was from an unknown company, and he pronounced it “not his favorite.” A few weeks ago I gave him a Wymm sheng and he liked it, so I thought he would enjoy this, too, and I was right,

The first steeps were kept short, and the tea was surprisingly smooth and sweet for a fairly young sheng. Something about the flavor begged to be paired with something, so I fetched the box of Pierre Marcolini chocolates that my daughter bought for me when she was traveling and had a couple of those. They are very fancy – I believe some of them have flecks of actual, real gold. Yes, gold. The flavors are unusual and the chocolate intense. Good stuff, and a great pairing with the tea for the middle steeps.

One steep apparently sat longer than I realized and when I took a sip….WOW. It was strong! Then I realized that though it was oversteeped and had a bit of astringency, that faded really fast into a minty, camphor freshness that I actually loved!

This is grassy, but also has a nice sweetness like honey rather than sugar. This translates to a nice, round bottom note to the tea for me. After almost a liter of water, which is cooling appreciably now, hubby has departed for bed and I am drinking alone. One last steep, and I will save the leaves for tomorrow elevenses.

Very good sheng. It will be an interesting one to experience as it matures.

WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Glad the pu-erh went well with the pierre marcolini chocolates!:) Those chocolates are exquisite, have to try it again someday.

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drank Pu-erh Vanilla Mint by Zen Tea
1980 tasting notes

This is really good. I know a number of companies distribute this very same tea, but I got the best price from Zen. I ordered it because my daughter tried it from another company when she was in Toronto and loved it, had to have it. I told her I could get it cheaper for her than the company she bought it from there and here we are.

This is so good. A friend had it with me and had trouble figuring out the flavors. When I told her there was fresh ground cinnamon in it, the light bulb went off. The licorice root is nice in this, subtle and sweet. Mint is the main flavor up front, but I had one from another company called Vanilla Mint that just tasted like mint, no puerh at all.

This one has a much better balance, with the puerh serving as a good base holding up the mint, and the cinnamon sparkling as little hints here and there, with licorice root adding that sweet aftertaste.

We got so many steeps, too. This was a good buy.

It was served with some delectable cookies my youngest daughter made called “Will You Marry Me?” cookies. Oh my, they were good. I think I may not let anyone marry that kid, so I can have the cookies for myself.

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drank Da Hong Pao by Tao Tea Leaf
1980 tasting notes

I got a new teapot! Squeeeee! And I have to give kudos to zentealife.com for the great price and great service and fast shipping.

To try out my new teapot, the 16 oz. dragonfly tetsubin in black and gold by Iwachu, I made several steeps of this. I wanted to see how far I could take it, but three steeps in even a tiny pot is a lot of tea. In this case, it was 48 ounces before I quit. Hubby and daughter drank some of it but I think most of it went in my cup! It was really good and I am pretty sure there were more steeps to be had, but I was sloshy!

Great tea, and a good tea day all in all!

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