1692 Tasting Notes
This is one of the many teas sent by Bonnie in the amazing package she sent to me!
This was the final tea of tea party today! I even changed where I sat so that I could make it just as they suggest. My guest and I thought it was GREAT!
It is hard to believe this is a white tea! The first steep was spinach, and we both like spinach! The second steep was buttered squash and more vegetal than the first. The third steep is still going strong. These steeps are short, too. The first ones – 25 seconds. Three and four – 35 seconds. Who could believe that this much flavor would come from tea leaves in such a short time?
Thank you, Bonnie! This was a fun treat for tea party day and I am saving the Laoshan Black tea for next week so we can all enjoy it together!
I reviewed this yesterday and it showed up on my tea log but never went to the dashboard as far as I could tell. I am drinking it again today, so I will try again!
This tea was sent by Azzrian and there was so much of it that I had a bit hot and then had enough to chill for three lunch time iced teas! This is fresh and fruity and the green tea has nice presence without being harsh. This is only the second I can remember having from English Tea Store, put the other is one I definitely want to order and I was hoping to find more because that’s how I roll! I like to order more than one tea per company. This one is an excellent candidate for that list!
Thank you, Azzrian! :)
This is a gift from sweet Azzrian. Thank you!
As soon as I smelled this one, I knew I had to try it iced as well as hot! The strawberry scent is so fresh and mouth watering. I did sip a bit hot and it was quite good, but I poured most of it into a pitcher for this afternoon.
Mmmm! This really delivers on the strawberry aroma! It is right there in flavor just as I hoped it would be. No sweetening needed, this is a great iced green, and I am glad to find another tea from ETS since I have been wanting to get some of their Lady Londonderry and needed other tea to add to the order!
I love the description! Bonnie, did you write that?
This is a gift from Bonnie to help get youngest through geometry! I had ordered her sme from Teavivre but it will be about seven days before it gets here and she said she needed lapsang NOW! Bonnie was so sweet to send this, and it got here in just a couple of days!
I had a small cup, not wanting to deplete her pot of tea too much. It is very smoky, but it is not at all offensive. The cup is a very clear orange and the smoke remains strong after steeping. The Lion and The Lamb left a pleasant ash smoke flavor after the sip, but this one has a little less aftertaste I think.
The smoke is certainly strong enough, and youngest says she will be making it again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next!
I just received a package from Bonnie and OH MY! There is so much tea, so many gifts! Thank you!
My youngest daughter has dreamily inhaled the Lapsang and put it in her stash. She refuses to try it until school tomorrow! I was going to be good and not have caffeine tonight, but this one was calling my name and I didn’t try to resist very hard.
Lapsang with jasmine and orange? You don’t mean it! But opening the pouch an exotic scent wafts out and I bury my face in the bag to sniff. I may be showing myself to be a country bumpkin, but this smells exotic through and through. The combination of flavors and smoke here is so unique as to make it all seem like a totally new thing, and at the same time, as old as antiquity itself! I can picture sipping this on some foreign shore and I swear Bogart is there.
The taste does not let me down, either. This tastes the way it smells. Lapsang, good and strong. Smoke and ash on the tongue. Jasmine, teasing in the background. Orange, a flirty top note. What a cool tea!
I can’t wait to try more from Happy Lucky, and I hear they are going to be selling online soon!
Thank you, Bonnie! This will be an adventure!
I almost forgot to add today’s dramatic doodle. It is the weeping angel, only the angel is youngest, she is sobbing on the geometry book, and her pencil dangles limply from her hand. This kid really has GOT to do theater. http://www.flickr.com/photos/24998856@N06/7873206326/
I think my tea died. Honestly, this tin is about two years old and it just tastes like meh. I have heard that some oolongs age well, like puerh, but this isn’t one of them. I don’t know if my tastes have evolved that much or if I made it badly today or if it is just too old to have much flavor left, but there really isn’t a whole lot going on here. I don’t taste any fruitiness or the stone flavor that grabs you with a hard hug that I get from good, dark oolongs. There really isnt a nutty taste anymore. This is so light in flavor.
I guess if I wanted something really subtle this would be fine, but we are doing geometry for Pete’s sake and I need something stronger!
Teavivre’s Monkey Picked would be heavenly right about now.
This is a free sample provided by Angel and Teavivre for review. Thank you!
Opening the little sample pouch, I was greeted by an exquisite aroma almost too fresh to believe. How can the camellia sinensis plant produce such diversity? I used the whole sample in my 22 oz. pot since the instructions recommend 1-2 teaspoons per cup. I steeped for two minutes and when I removed the infuser basket the leaves looked so tasty I wanted to eat them! They are dark green, swirled, and soft, looking very much liked cooked spinach. And the smell of the liquor is so very vegetal that you know this has to be good for you!
There is not a trace of bitterness or sour taste. The tea has good strength and is not so delicate as to get lost with a meal. (I am having my tea with some Chinese takeout leftovers.) This reminds me very much of a DragonWell. Delicious!
Thank you again, Angel and Teavivre, for the opportunity to try your excellent teas.
I should be asleep but I napped off and on all day because of the muscle relaxant I took. Now I want to go to bed but I just feel too restless. I have two bags left of this one that my friend sent, and they are awfully old but I decided to go ahead and steep one and see if it helps.
It has been a very long time since I had Celestial Seasonings Chamomile, but if I remember it correctly this one is a bit better. There is still a minty taste, and it is surprisingly sweet and honeyed when I sip it. I haven’t had much chamomile of any kind but I am enjoying this.
My back is still sore and I am a little flighty from the two Flexiril I took last night. Youngest made a pot of this lovely oolong for me so I could enjoy it on my heating pad!
This is such a good tea, and I am still drinking that sample from SimplyJenW. it was a BIG sample. Thank you!
The aroma is fruity leaning toward a minty scent rather than a candied scent. It is described as softly flavored, and it is. There is enough flavoring, but it does not interfere with your tasting the oolong base. Very good!
Yesterday I did a wee bit of shoveling-up some grass that had overgrown one of my beds outside while it was over 100 degrees for about a month and I couldn’t take the heat to work in the yard. Last night, my back told me it wasn’t very happy with me. Today when I turned to take the kettle off the burner for geometry tea, my back said NO! And I screamed! Lots of time on the heating pad, lots of ibuprofen.
There is a good part – a silver lining to this cloud. We have always had a tight budget because we made the choice for me to stay home with the kids. My income is tiny. Whisper “tiny” to see how small it is! :) For many years we literally only ate at a restaurant twice a year…our anniversary and my birthday. But last month, we started a little tradition of just hubby and me going to the Chinese buffet. The food was plentiful and good, but they only have cheap black tea, so I just made green tea when we got home and we drank it together. (The kids are old enough to stay home alone and don’t Like Chinese food.)
Tonight I told hubby that I just didn’t think I could go. My back is tight and not hurting quite as much, but sometimes when I stand, I scream. I didn’t really want to do that in a big restaurant. Hubby said he would go and get take out. They weigh the boxes. And guess what? It was cheaper to bring it home than to eat there plus you save the tip money AND I made two pots of this great jasmine tea to enjoy WHILE we ate, not just after! I had been worried about whether our budget would allow us to continue our Chinese food night tradition, but this is very do-able! Plus we have leftovers for tomorrow! Hooray!
I had my tea buying ban in effect, but then youngest needed Lapsang so she can do school, and I NEEDED to hit the free shipping mark, so I ordered some of the newer Extra Fine Downy Jasmine Pearls. :) They are on the way.
Oh, and here is today’s geometry doodle. Maybe I should tell her to be a drama major! :D