2033 Tasting Notes

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.


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
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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
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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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I haven’t been logging this one, but I have been having it in my breakfast smoothie a couple of times a week for a few weeks now, although I have used the French Vanilla once or twice, too.

My smoothie consists of one banana, three strawberries, a splash of my homemade kefir or a spoonful of homemade Viili, ice, and matcha. Whoosh in a blender and enjoy something that tastes too good to be good for you.

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drank Anna's No. 905 by Tin Roof Teas
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Rats. I just finished this and as looking forward to clicking Remove From Cupboard, only to find it wasn’t listed as in my cupboard. How can that be?

It is not a happy sip down though, only a needful one as I am trying to eliminate older teas. I enjoy three marvelous steeps this morning off of a slightly over leafed Kamjove. I like this better than Marco Polo. It isn’t finicky but tastes good even if you aren’t paying close attention to temp and time.

This is the very same tea as Teagschwendner. I hope I spelled that correctly. Tin Roof Teas used to source exclusively from them, but now have a variety and some of their own blends.

For summertime, I highly recommend their Moroccan Mint. It is more faithful to real Moroccan Mint tea with its spearmint and Egyptian mint. Delicious. It is their own in-house blend.

As for Anna’s – I will be buying it again. It is my favorite strawberry tea. But first I need to drink down my cupboard a bit. I don’t have my samples listed nor my Amsterdam teas with the unreadable labels. I have too. much. tea.

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I don’t understand why this wasn’t already in my cupboard! Ah well, I have added it now.
Having recently gone through my stash to pull out the teas that most desperately need to be finished, I got this out since it is often overlooked.

I used it to make almost two gallons of sweet tea. Five tablespoons, steeped twice, about one and a half cups of sugar (this is the South, friends, and that is HALF the amount of sugar my mother used to use for ONE gallon), ice and water added to bring up to nearly the top of my large glass dispenser in the fridge.

And…it is decent as iced tea. One thing I have found is that ALL iced tea tastes better after hours and hours of melding flavors and sugar. A day or more makes it even tastier, pretty much no matter which tea I use.

I have to say, Southern Boy Iced Teas is a big favorite in this house. It is worth it, so if you like iced tea, buy it and steep it twice and combine for a full gallon of utter summer deliciousness.

Would I recommend this tea? Meh. I guess. I won’t miss it when it is gone, but it is a decent cuppa in the traditional morning cuppa kind of way. It’s just that I don’t take milk or sugar so I like something that stands alone better than this one does.

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drank Cherry Almond by Stash Tea Company
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My friend gasped when she saw this flavor listed in the Stash catalog. She and one of my daughters are addicted to their White Christmas tea and buy it in copious quantities. So when they sent me a birthday coupon last month, I made sure to order this for our tea times together.

It has not disappointed her – or me. It is a nice, standard black tea base that does not require pampering. The cherry and almond aroma is thrilling from the moment you open the bag. The flavor is smooth and doesn’t disappoint. We had this today with lemon pound cake. She says she is ordering some of her own very soon.

The Stash catalog is bad news for my paychecks. I almost took it out to look at last night when I couldn’t sleep, but I didn’t dare, because the later it is, the more likely I am heading to a computer and clicking “Add to Cart” over and over…The teaware! The flavors! The teaware!

Nothing competition grade about this, but a really nice flavored black that most people will like, even guests who don’t drink much tea.

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I love Da Hong Pao, LOVE IT. I have finished two tins from different companies and have started this one and there is another one someone in there that I can’t find right now.

And MY BAD but this one got messed up tonight, and it is a testimony to how great this tea is. Hubby and I headed out to pick up Asian buffet takeout and I asked youngest to prepare the tea, as she often does. She makes a couple of steeps while we are gone and pours it in my large tetsubin with the tea light warmer. I shouted as I left that I had put the tin on the counter and the instructions were in it, not realizing that they were gong fu instructions.

I thought the tea was a little weaker than I expected and asked about the steeping and she said she gave it thirty seconds for the first, etc., just like the paper said. Wow. This tea came out tasting “a little weak” when it was less than a third of the way through steeping? And you know, it was still really palatable.

I almost poured out the remainder after supper but decided to have it with my dessert of orange-lemon pound cake that youngest made. And it was really good! It was so good that I can’t wait to have it again, this time made properly, at which time it will no doubt blow my socks off.


I so need to try this one!

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I liked this one a great deal, but youngest and our guest said it was good, but not a stellar favorite for them. I love keemuns, though, so it was delightful for me. It has nice body, malty, smooth, with a hint of smoke and a bit of raisin.

This was the first tea served with tea party today and therefore was served with the dessert, which was fresh whole wheat brownies with strawberries and homemade viili, a type of yogurt-like cultured milk from Finland that goes great with fruit. The black tea was a great pairing because it isn’t overwhelmed by the sweetness of the dessert but rather complements it. It cuts the sweetness, I think, and keeps it from getting too heavy or too rich.


I love your tea and food pairings – they always sound so delicious!


Thank you! I wish you guys could come to tea! We have fun! It is usually just three or four people and a little food and three teas.

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drank Bogart by Leland Tea Co
2033 tasting notes

This tea reminds me of what I like in a really good roasted oolong. The aroma is so rich and masculine that you just have to give an appreciative grunt on the first sip. It was the second tea of tea party today and well-liked.

Meanwhile, youngest daughter wants to ask Leland to make a special Jimmy Stewart blend. I want to see that. (She is obsessed with him.)


(Just make her a cup of warm water and call it Harvey.)


Oh..and then you need to come to our part of the world and see the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Christmas musical at Silver Dollar City. So good!


She laughed and said, “Grace approves.” Meanwhile, we are actually trying to create this blend. She thinks a smooth shu puerh, to show he is “down to earth” and I was thinking some rose petals or flavor for Zuzu’s petals. But I thought white tea for the base because he was so innocent and naive.


While you’re designing celebri-teas, see what you can do with oh, (here comes embarrassing evidence of my elderliness) Yul Brenner, Fred Astaire, Harrison Ford, Hugh Laurie, James Earl Jones…


No evidence there! Youngest is 17 and obsessed with Jimmy Stewart and Fred Astaire, loves Bogart and Cary Grant and Danny Kaye, watches old black and white movies and listens to original, uncleaned recordings from the era all the time. We come home to ’40’s music blasting instead of rock. BTW, I played Princess Tuptim once when I was young, and Brian Dennehy’s brother Ed was the king! He did a pretty good job considering we all think of Yul when we think of that role!


Et cetera, et cetera!

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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.

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

My avatar is a mole in a teacup! Long story…


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