1997 Tasting Notes

I was going to review this Saturday with the reactions of the birthday crowd, but unfortunately they had colds and could say nothing more than that they thought it was a good one! No other nuance could be detected through the haze of Cool Menthol salve under their noses.

Hubby and I had it again tonight. When the water hit the dry leaves, and even as I doled them out, I thought it had the horsey aroma pretty strong, that didn’t come through in the steep. The most surprising thing to me was that I smelled melted milk chocolate in the aroma cup, which I am using frequently with puerh now, and when I sipped. I checked my hands for any residue from the single square of Bissinger’s salted Dulce de Leche I had eaten, but there was nothing. It was definitely coming from the tea, light but there.

I am not really timing this in my Kamjove, just watching the color. It is gorgeous color, too. The clear, sparkling fresh orange red of sweet iced tea in summer. Smooth and sweet, not drying, perhaps even one of the “wetter” teas I have drunk lately.

Hubby doesn’t go into detail. He says his palate isn’t refined enough yet. He will tell me when something isn’t a favorite. With this tea, he asked me several times what I thought of it, and told me several times that he thought it was really good. That is the highest compliment he pays.

Six steeps.

Thank you, Wymm Tea, for sending these samples! I am looking forward to the rest!

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Chocolate

Tealizzy

I’m going to have to try the aroma cup with Puerh!

WYMMTEA|惟餘莽莽

Thanks for the review ashmanra! We are glad that both you and your husband enjoyed it:)

ashmanra

Tealizzy – I am LOVING the aroma cup for puerh!

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I got tea for my birthday Saturday. Lots and lots of tea. One of them was this one!

I had this for breakfast, steeped it at full temp and for the maximum recommended time and was surprised at how light the color was. I didn’t worry because the aroma told me it was plenty strong enough.

This won’t kick your backside like a morning Assam, but I never go for that anyway. You don’t need it when you know you have to get outside and feed the chickens before they wake the whole neighborhood moo-ing for their breakfast. I don’t consider myself a morning person, but I have never wanted strong morning tea.

Though it isn’t a cup to slap you awake, it is one to pique your interest so that you find yourself fully awake to delve into the mysteries of the cup. It is nice and complex without being super strong. I noted a fruity, muscatel scent and flavor like Winey Keemun from Grace Rare Tea, but the classic keemun light smoke was on the end of the sip, too. This is nice for morning or afternoon.

You will get a hint of all those flavors listed in the main description, incredible as that sounds.

gmathis

Belated birthday twinkles and sparkles!

ashmanra

Thank you! :)

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reviewed Tea Ave Aroma Cup Set by Tea Ave
1997 tasting notes

Adding this here to make sure the review is seen by anyone interested. This is also listed under the heading Aroma Cup Set.

We have listed tea ware in the past and I think this deserves a review!

I had fondled a set like this at a store about two hours from my home, and thought about getting it. Then Teaave sent one for reviewers to use with their teas. Their price is almost identical to the one I looked at, and it appears to be the very same set.

Using the aroma cup makes such a difference in your tea tasting experience. A lot of people drink tea at my house, and they are often tea newbies who are wanting to learn more, to experience something new and special. This set really makes it a “Wow” experience. People love watching the ceremony of pouring, capping, then flipping the cups, rolling the tall scent cup in their hands and wafting in some air, and then passing it around and sharing what nuances and notes they find.

I started out using it with the oolongs they sent to me, and then started using it for…puerh! Yes, it is fabulous with many types and tea and SO MUCH FUN. We tea lovers don’t just drink tea, we experience it as fully as possible – color, taste, aroma. This set adds a whole new dimension to the enjoyment and the friendly sharing and ceremony.

The tray is such a nice touch, and I love that they had their name put on the bottom instead of the top. It seems more tasteful to me. I actually used the tray yesterday to hold some small serving utensils when we were tasting cheese. I plan to add their Al Fresco Tray to my tea ware collection soon.

E Alexander Gerster

This is such a wonderful cup set! The Al Fresco Tray looks great as well.

Lion

I agree that this is a lovely set. I was really surprised when Tea Ave sent it to me. I now use this cup daily to drink tea from when I’m brewing Gongfu style. I don’t use the aroma cup every time, but I do love both cups, and the tray is definitely a nice touch, and like you said, can serve many purposes. I use it with other cup sets I have as well. :3

Teaave

Thank you so much ashmanra for your love and support of Tea Ave, and also for posting reviews on our website to share with the people who visit our site!!

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drank Ginger Lily Oolong by Tea Ave
1997 tasting notes

I served this to a tea newbie guest last night. I like sharing tea samples because I want to increase the exposure of products for the tea companies who share with us, and I don’t try to influence anyone, nor will I claim to like something I don’t.

We used the aroma cup set and my friend said she thought the tea was delicate and tasty, and she could detect the floral notes but couldn’t specify exactly what flowers it reminded her of. Neither of us are familiar with ginger lily, but I would love to find one someday and see how the scent compares with the scent of the tea.

I would love for her to try their Dong Ding someday, because she seems to be a roasted oolong kind of gal! She did like this one, though.

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drank Le Chat Noir by Leland Tea Co
1997 tasting notes

I had heard about it. I have read about it. I have seen some of your reviews when you were “under the influence.” But last night was the first time it actually happened to me.

I often feel very peaceful, happy, calm, contented, or otherwise positive when drinking tea. Jasmine and such make me relaxed. Tea with friends makes me happy. But last night I had my first tea drunk.

We had a lot of tea, sort of by accident. Someone came to Writers’ Group and stayed and then someone else came in, and I offered tea and…well, tea happened. We had jasmine green going for the young folks but the more seasoned ladies were in the kitchen with the aroma cup and a gong fu and that’s where it all began.

We started with Ginger Lily Oolong from Teaave. We went to Rishi Wuyi Oolong so they could see the difference between the two types. Then we had Bogart, to see how the flavorings in the black somewhat mimic the flavor of a roasted oolong.

Then this. And next thing I knew I was a little giggly and had a goofy smile on my face (I could feel it) and some things that sounded really hysterical in my brain but at the same time were not really sensible to say at the time were trying to get out of my mouth. Fortunately, I thought, “Wow, so this is what tea drunk feels like or else it is late and I am super sleepy and I am going to crash in a few minutes.”

And then it was over. I was still happy and having fun, but my brain was no longer going, “HEY! DO YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE REALLY FUNNY RIGHT NOW?”

What can I say? They loved the puerh, made MY WAY and not by the horrible instructions on the website that resulted in a cup of nunchucks. One TEASPOON per 8 ounces for me, please. And a short steep. Then you have a lovely, earthy, possibly high-inducing cup.

Maddy Barone

Sounds like you had a great time!

K S

We were warned about this decades ago in health class. It begins with an innocent sounding tsp. Next thing you know you move on to the hard stuff – 1 tablespoon!

gmathis

Oh, what fun I am having imagining this!

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drank Aroma Cup Set by Tea Ave
1997 tasting notes

We have listed tea ware in the past and I think this deserves a review!

I had fondled a set like this at a store about two hours from my home, and thought about getting it. Then Teaave sent one for reviewers to use with their teas. Their price is almost identical to the one I looked at, and it appears to be the very same set.

Using the aroma cup makes such a difference in your tea tasting experience. A lot of people drink tea at my house, and they are often tea newbies who are wanting to learn more, to experience something new and special. This set really makes it a “Wow” experience. People love watching the ceremony of pouring, capping, then flipping the cups, rolling the tall scent cup in their hands and wafting in some air, and then passing it around and sharing what nuances and notes they find.

I started out using it with the oolongs they sent to me, and then started using it for…puerh! Yes, it is fabulous with many types and tea and SO MUCH FUN. We tea lovers don’t just drink tea, we experience it as fully as possible – color, taste, aroma. This set adds a whole new dimension to the enjoyment and the friendly sharing and ceremony.

The tray is such a nice touch, and I love that they had their name put on the bottom instead of the top. It seems more tasteful to me. I actually used the tray yesterday to hold some small serving utensils when we were tasting cheese. I plan to add their Al Fresco Tray to my tea ware collection soon.

Spencer

Pu’erh is exactly for what I want to use these! (As soon as I finish reviewing the oolongs that came from Tea Ave.)

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This morning I got a call from a friend who lives in Charleston. She was here in town and wanted to meet for lunch. I wanted our time together to be special since it is not often that we see one another in person.

We had lunch at my house and I had youngest make some muffins for our dessert. I got out the aroma cup set that Teaave sent. Seriously, you would really enjoy one so order it ASAP!

My friend drinks coffee in the mornings and sweet tea in the afternoons but doesn’t really like hot tea. She had tea with me once and said she was amazed at the difference in taste when you have “the good stuff.”

This tea didn’t disappoint me using the aroma cup set. We smelled the dry leaves – faint, vegetal, a hint of sharp. We smelled the dry leaves in the warmed pot – more intense sharp and vegetal aroma, root vegetable. Then the steeped tea scent from the aroma cup – magnolias and a tiny hint of gardenia!

She loved the experience and the tea! We made six steeps in all, one liter, and each steep was so sweet and floral. She couldn’t believe it didn’t need milk or sugar. The golden color persisted and leaves were expanded impressively by the time we had to say good-bye.

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
1997 tasting notes

This tea has been on my wish list for years. My daughter, Superanna, was super sneaky and used my wish list to birthday shop for me, and she is letting me have one tea each time we see each other even though my birthday isn’t here yet.

Doulton’s and other’s reviews made me want this. All I can say is…they were right.

Daughter smelled it and it smells like Christmas without smelling like Christmas flavors or Christmas trees. I see another review with Christmas sentiments on here, so she got that pretty much dead on.

But I don’t think of Christmas with this tea myself. I think of…Bogart, and his ilk. Youngest is in love with the 40’s and a few weeks ago we listened to The Friends of Mr. Cairo by Jon and Vangelis and then watched The Maltese Falcon.

When I drink this tea, I can smell Bogart’s cologne, and feel the stubble of his five o’clock shadow on my cheek. There is a hint of a pipe that had cherry tobacco in it – maybe he was smoking before I arrived.

Daughter says, “Tastes like cigarellos, trench coats, and subtle sexism.” And she hasn’t
even tried it yet! She did like the smell, though.

Something about it reminds me of roasted oolong, like a Da Hong Pao. I know that is the touch of Lapsang with the hazelnut. This is a blend that everyone who likes light smoke or roasted flavors should try at some time.

Thank you, Superanna!

Fjellrev

That was so sneaky of her! And happy (belated) birthday!

Starfevre

What a thoughtful present(s)!

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drank Le Chat Noir by Leland Tea Co
1997 tasting notes

Made this by the pot today using their recommendations. Not doing that again. This was great last night – five or six steeps, in an eight ounce pot with one tablespoon of leaf and eyeballing the color for time.

I used two tablespoons for my 18 ounce Stump pot, which is less leaf than they called for. I steeped four minutes and I am left with a bitter black puerh. I don’t think I have ever had a puerh get too bitter to enjoy, or too dark, as I have some that I like inky black. This one I can’t handle, though. I am going back to my own steeping parameters where this tea is very enjoyable! This pot will easily be saved by putting it in a different container and diluting it by about half. Resteeps will be kept extremely short.

Cwyn

I just don’t understand where the horrible brewing parameters come from and so many tea sellers have them! Occasionally I will western-steep a bit of shou, and I use not much more than a pinch of leaf in a mug of water. Otherwise, every tea I drink will be flash-brewed and poured.

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How embarrassing. I cleaned my closet yesterday and found four ounces of this tea. I am sure I bought it for my daughter for Christmas…2013. It must have slipped behind some things in my hiding spot for gifts because I know I didn’t buy any this past year.

So, having not had it in a while, we served it at tea time yesterday with Apple Pecan Crisps and homemade vanilla ice cream. When we sipped, everyone agreed that this is what we think of when we think of TEA. You know, classic, all purpose, bracing morning beverage.

It has a lot of flavor, great body, and just a touch of dryness. It is just mild enough for me to drink plain but takes milk and sugar very well. It is a little fruity and bright, with good malt notes. It would also make an excellent iced tea, I think. Since it is already over a year old (my bad) I think I will try that to get it used up before it gets too stale.

gmathis

Elderly tea is great for icing down when it’s hot.

kristinalee

So… Did you buy this online? I was just at the Chapel Hill store on Monday, and I looked all over the tea section… Found all kinds of teaware and tea brands I don’t normally find in stores, but I couldn’t find their house teas. Years ago, they kept it all at the front of the store near their house coffees. Where do they keep them now? I felt silly asking this question because I looked around a LONG time.

kristinalee

Ah… You may not remember if it was from 2013, but… That would be more recently than I’ve been to the store until now.

ashmanra

I can see how you might miss it! If you call the mall entrance the front of the store, then the tea and coffee is on a side “dog-leg” hall by the cafe entrance, near the door that comes in from the parking lot. That’s where it was when I first started going there about five years, and where it was when I was there about a month ago. They have a new puerh that is very expensive on their Fine Tea wall that I want to try, and since you can buy as little as one ounce, I think I will get it next time I go! Their Ruby 18 is great, and if you can get Wild Forest Oolong, buy an ounce. Very expensive but worth every penny. They run out of it and it takes forever to come back in, though.

ashmanra

Kristinalee, we should try to meet up for tea sometime when I am back in Chapel Hill!

kristinalee

That’s a good idea! I looked at the wall I think you’re talking about and it was all Mariage Frères teas. I think this is where I was. Do they still keep their teas in clear plastic bags? They have pretty good teaware, I noticed — all very reasonably priced.

ashmanra

No, the tea is by the coffee and they have a pretty big counter. The daily tea is still in plastic bags, and the house Fine Teas are in big canisters on the wall behind the counter. They measure those out into foil lined bags for you. If you walk in at the mall entrance, where the chocolates are, turn right. You will go past the deli and cheese counters. There will be some tables of teas and shelves of teas there but keep going and round the corner making a left. There is a narrow “hall” there and the cafe is on the right side of the hall along with some teaware and Mariages Freres. On the left will be the tea with the Fine Tea behind the counter. Next is the coffee, then the entry door from the parking lot at the S. Estes Street entrance. So if you come in that entrance near the al fresco dining for the cafe, you will be right there with the coffee and tea!

kristinalee

Ah, k, I managed to miss all this somehow. I came in through the restaurant at the narrow hall area. I just didn’t really bother to look at the coffee since there was so much tea all together — I assumed it must be there. Oh, well… Next time.

kristinalee

I must not have looked to the right, thinking all the tea was…not behind the counter or something, I have no idea.

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I am a music teacher and homeschooling mom who started drinking loose leaf tea about five 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 and oolongs.

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