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1770 Tasting Notes

drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
1770 tasting notes

Another great tea from K S! Thank you!

I saved the leaves last night because I really wanted to know if this flavored green resteeps well. It does! It does! This is still delicious, and since it resteeps it just became economical enough for iced tea.

I just told my girls that I want them to help me. I am not allowed to buy any more tea until Christmas. Of course, as soon as the words were out of my mouth, I started outlining the exceptions, one of which was I can spend ten dollars on each trip to Tin Roof Teas. Then I changed it to twenty just in case. Some intervention this is gonna be, they don’t even go with us when we go to Raleigh!

How serendipitous that we will be up there today! We are returning a box turtle (Fluffy) to her home territory. Yes, we are spending all that money on gas for a box turtle. I hope she appreciates it. My daughter found her at the foot of the stairs at her apartment and thought she should bring said turtle to us. That is great, but we don’t want to put her in with our rescue turtles and turtles need to be in their home territory, which is very small, and with their slow metabolic rate they have little exposure to each other’s diseases. A new turtle coming into an established population can wipe out almost the whole population, so back home she goes. We will find some woods near where she was found and release her there. She was probably run out of her home by new construction.

Azzrian

What a big heart! I love people who do things like this. <3

K S

First, this tea makes great iced tea according to a coworker. I haven’t tried it myself. Fusion had a good percentage off for first orders – when you are allowed to order. ha.

Second – where did you learn so much about turtles. Consider me impressed.

ashmanra

I am almost embarrassed to admit that for years we were part of a box turtle/tortoise discussion group online. We learned a lot, but seriously, how geeky can we get? LOL! We hatched a couple of nests of turtles, Eastern and three toed western, in the kitchen. The curator at the Asheboro zoo was who we had to call for help and advice because none of the vets around here treat turtles. My kids’ pediatrician wrote their prescriptions. LOL! We still have several. My hubby rescued one that was so covered in fire ants we didn’t know it was a turtle at first. He grabbed her and ran to the lake and swished all the ants off. It took three days for her nictating membrane to open, her eyes were so swollen. She is happy now, though! And Sam was taught to respect them right away…they have a large, natural enclosure outside and he doesn’t bother them at all! :) My two oldest kids were volunteers at the state aquarium and got to handle baby sea turtles.

Alphakitty

I love turtles! I have one of my own, a red eared slider named Dr. Turtle. It’s so sweet that you do turtle rescue. And they all live outside, they must love that!

Rellybob

That’s great how you have an outdoor enclosure for them! Do you have tortoises as well? I love those guys. :)

ashmanra

I saw an African tortoise who was soooo adorable, but technically he was in the country illegally! We just have Eastern box turtles and Western three-toed or triungus turtles. They live under a dogwood tree and they have large patches of liriope. It looks like a tiny Jurassic Park when we go out to feed them and they all start stomping through the tall monkey grass to get to us. These turtles are considered tortoises by some because they don’t require bodies of water, but turtles by others because they do like water and love to sit in a pan of water just up to an inch or so above their shells. I told hubby he was lucky he had married someone who didn’t mind going out in the dark with a flashlight to catch a jar of slugs and crickets! I had no idea I would be doing that, but I am glad! Youngest daughter once got to lead baby sea turtles out to sea with a lantern. She was so small (only about 8 or 9) that I stood behind her to break the force of the waves hitting her. She was the only person who had brought a lantern instead of a flashlight to the nest excavation, so the tea turtle patrol said she should be the one to lead them out! It was an amazing experience.

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drank White Bud Puerh by Vicony Teas
1770 tasting notes

I made the fourth steep as soon as I got up this morning. There is still so much flavor, and I think I may like this cup best! I don’t know if it is because I am having it with my English muffin or some other reason, but this is really hitting the spot.

This fourth cup is tasting more like a white tea, but after the sip I am getting that little tingle of sheng.
This is quite a tea you have discovered, K S – thank you for sharing!

K S

Vicony Teas is a wholesaler. I need to find out who they wholesale to. This is a keeper.

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drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
1770 tasting notes

Oh my! This is such a treat! And it ceases from the generous K S. Many thanks!

It is after two a.m., I can’t sleep, and I can’t put down the book I am reading. (The Art of Racing in the Rain, gmathis!) Since I can’t sleep, most likely because of all the caffeine I imbibed earlier, isn’t it a great idea to get up and make MORE TEA?

This one has been teasing me, though, so I had to have it. I was determined to try the white buds puerh first, and I did that, but I sniffed this one you see and it started tantalizing me. This is amazingly sweet and good.

I don’t think I have ever had a berry flavored Sencha, so I am thrilled with this one. Smooth, sweet, and fruity fruity fruity. And I am finally getting sleepy, so maybe the L- theanine is kicking in. Sam and I will head off to bed now. :) Right after I check Tin Roof Teas website to see if they have this…

gmathis

I thought of you after the first couple of chapters!

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drank White Bud Puerh by Vicony Teas
1770 tasting notes

At last, the moment I have been waiting for! I wanted to taste this one when I could concentrate on it, treat it with careful attention, and squeeze every last possible steep out of it. This is a gift from K S. Thank you!

The leaves seemed to have a sweet, fruity smell. Either that is the melon K S was referring to, or the bag picked up a little of the scent of the Superfruit Sencha. If the latter is the case, I am pleased to say that I believe the taste is unadulterated. As I pour the hot water over the leaves, there is foam, like suds, but I didn’t use soap on this pot and as usual I rinsed it several times before using it tonight. Each steep got a new little froth at the top of the pot. Odd thing to happen, but this doesn’t taste soapy at all, so I have no idea what it is doing.

I have only had one or two shengs. This one is smoother than Ziyun Puerh Maocha, but has that same top note of brash youth one finds in shengs. It is in the aroma only, not in the taste. It really looks and almost smells like a sturdy white tea, but the sheng flavor is there for certain. My first impression was that this isn’t quite like anything I have tried before. As I tried to come up with descriptors, broth came to mind. I could really see using this a soup base and adding some spring onions and chives and soft wonton wrappers and sweet crunchy vegetables. Yes, it would make a wonderful spring soup base!

There is a strong grain flavor, too. I think it is oats that I taste most here. I am not getting cucumber right now. We’ll see if that comes up in later steeps!

Steep two: this is heartier, and I taste the maltiness more. The tea seems dark (in character, weightiness) and oaty as I sip. Now in the aroma, if I Inhale really deeply, there is a fruitiness. That must be the cucumber. They always seem so fresh and crisp and that is mixed with the salty oat flavor.

Steep three: The color remains strong, this tastes salty! Lovely oats and broth, warm white bud or silver needle flavor, mixed with sheng.

Thank you, K S, for a really neat tea experience and for the opportunity to taste such an unusual tea! When I stop sloshing, I may go for another steep!

Azzrian

What an interesting tea!

K S

Glad you enjoyed this. One of the most interesting teas I have had the pleasure of sampling, but then I love white and sheng.

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I saved the leaves late last night for resteeping today, because you just shouldn’t waste good leaves. Youngest made these two steeps for me as I took pooch across the street for a playdate and to have a nice break from cleaning out all the school cabinets and getting our books ready for the new homeschooling year.

The second steep is still rich and tasty. Who would have believed that a delicate white tea could have such presence? I found it to be a little nuttier than the first steep. The third steep is especially nutty – definitely walnuts, now. This is pairing nicely with our Kerrygold Dubliner cheese.

On a side note, my friend Marsha just joined steepster and I gave her a big box of tea to start reviewing! I am luring her to the loose (leaf) side. If you have a moment, find her and follow her! Her username is The Marshain!

gmathis

Followed. You might warn her about me … :)

ashmanra

Thanks! I actually sent her a note to look for you and follow you before I posted this review! :)

Azzrian

Found her and followed – :)

ashmanra

Oh boy! Thanks! :)

JacquelineM

Followed!

TheMarshain

Thank you! Thank you! And yummy!

Missy

Followed :D

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I found another sample packet of this from Teavivre and chucked the whole thing in to steep since my daughter visited tonight and wanted to have tea together. This was refreshing and lovely. The most memorable part of this tea to me was how it seemed to dance over my tongue, like it was washing over but not really touching. It was an interesting and very enjoyable sensation, and there was such a freshness to the cup. Sweet, sweet grass or hay, fresh snowmelt, the barest hint of nut…

In the past I have noted a slight drying sensation or astringency as the tea cooled, but I didn’t pick that up at all tonight. (Maybe we drank it too quickly for it to cool to that point.) Just refreshing, clean, pure white tea.

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This was the final tea served at tea party yesterday, and while I love it, I was too busy downing that huge pot of Formosa Oolong and didn’t get around to drinking this! My guest had one cup of it, then went back to drinking Anna’s by Tin Roof Tea because she was really in love with it.

I had planned to make some of my new samples today when I remembered the leftover pot of tea. I didn’t want to be wasteful so I reheated this and have been sipping away at it all morning.

When I heated it and the aroma began to float from the cup, I thought, now THAT is tea. This is a good quality cup of what you expect tea to be. This Keemun isn’t chocolate-y, I don’t pick up lots of cocoa, and it really isn’t smoky. It does have a Winey tang to it that is very pleasant, but it is not astringent or drying. I take it without milk and sugar.

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I made an extra large pot of this today because I remembered that my guest loved it last time. Today, however, she loved the Anna’s tea so much that I drank mostly this so she could have more of her favorite! I have really been craving oolongs lately, so I didn’t mind!

It was no sacrifice. This is a lovely Formosa oolong and as usual, GRT does it right. My tin is almost empty, but I will keep it because the labels are so cool!

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
1770 tasting notes

This was the first tea of tea party today and it was my guest’s favorite tea of the bunch! We served it with home made pound cake made from freshly ground soft white wheat and topped with sugared strawberries.

The aroma of this tea is lovely, and the neatest thing about it is how the yogurt aspect of it comes across. When you sniff the tea, there is a nice black tea base well-balanced with the raspberry flavor, and then the yogurt adds this creamy tang, even in the scent. It is smooth and good! Definitely a keeper.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
1770 tasting notes

This is one of the first Harney and Sons loose leaf teas I ever bought. My youngest daughter was really hooked on IB from A Southern Season so I wanted to try this. Foolish little tea baby that I was, I thought it was too strong, and we were drinking it with milk and sugar! Oh, how we grow and change! It turns out the SS one was weak.

I ground a batch of wheat today and made a pound cake (still in oven) and then we started experimenting with a single serving deep dish instant chocolate chip cookie recipe I had found. I wanted a tea that would stand up to the ncredible sweetness of this and offset it.

This is fantastic with it! The pure Assam is somewhat fruity and nicely malty. I am drinking mine without milk or sugar. The sweetness of the cookie would be far too much for me with a sweetened tea. This cuppa has good heft but isn’t brutal, just bracing. It is a very nice choice to pair with sweets in addition to being a very good breakfast milk and sugar cuppa.

gmathis

Just the name of the cookie recipe is breaking me out in a cold sweets sweat!

ashmanra

Just sent you the recipe in an email – enjoy! Don’t forget to buy ice cream! :)

tigress_al

That sounds amazing!!!

ashmanra

Melt one tablespoon butter in a bowl or very small casserole dish. Add one tablespoon white sugar and one of brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, one egg yolk, five drops vanilla, and I found I liked it best with 1/2 to one teaspoon milk stirred in. The recipe didn’t call for milk but the first try was a little dry and adding me whole egg was a disaster!

Stir in two tablespoons chocolate chips and/or chopped nuts, M&M’s, whatever you like!

Microwave 50 seconds. Great with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top! And for me, enough for two people if you have had a meal and just want a light dessert.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about four years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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