309 Tasting Notes

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Inspired by TheTeaFairy I was happily sipping this tea. I have to agree its manly tea. Dark,rich. My absolute favorite notes of leather and prunes. Usual parameters 5g 130 ml gaiwan 212F
Rinse/ pause/5/10/10/10/15/20 etc

MzPriss

It’s very manly and leathery my yixing twin

apt

im a guy and cant stand shu pu

you ladies are officially manlier than me.

boychik

All I can say we have different taste buds ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Glad I could inspire you to drink some pupu goodness!!

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Cup of the morning. Generous sample from Stephanie – thank you so much.
This is my first guayusa tea. The smell is incredible. It’s like blackberries and citrus. Stacy is famous with her flavorings. I do like it on a hot and humid morning when you don’t want anything heavy but need some boost. I added tiny bit of maple syrup and it made it shine. I wouldn’t mind a little more of lime. Prepared according to Butiki parameters.
Thank you Stephanie, it was fun

Stephanie

How did I miss this? Glad you enjoyed

boychik

The amazing part is its not only smell great. It tastes like blackberries and lime. And I’m picky about flav teas. Excellent, thanks for sharing with me( and the idea is great;)

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This tea is delicious . I have to admit I’m partial to Yunnan blacks. Very rich and satisfying. Malty, creamy, some chestnuts. As cooled I’ve got some slight spice which was welcoming. It’s fun tea and I’m glad I picked it with my recent order. Made it western according to WP parameters. I have to try it gongfu , my usual style of brewing Yunnan blacks.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yummy snaily tea :-)

boychik

Tiny :)
Resteep @ 6 min was great, rich, spicier, roasty and some minty notes showed up

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Finally I got my WP. I was so excited to try this particular blend. It’s new and sounded dreamy from the description. And it is . This chai is very smooth, spices are balanced and so fresh. It is strong. After few sips I decided to add some milk and touch of maple syrup. Delicious. Second resteep@ 4 min as good as first one. What makes this chai special is wonderful Bi Luo Chun base which never gets astringent or bitter.
I prefer it with some maple syrup, no milk needed.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

Yum! I’m also glad you got your teas!

Cameron B.

Yum, I love the bi luo chun. :D

boychik

Thank you. Me too. But it’s difficult to find the time to try them all. I had Sleeping Bear last night. So good especially because Im not huge fan of jasmine. But jasmine in SB is magical, faint but there… Oh well I have to write a note instead of writing here

TheTeaFairy

So glad you got your order!! Can’t wait to try this one, sounds so good :-)
(Also, I’m happy you found “the magic” in SB…)

boychik

Oh, I’m so happy that I got SB. I slept like a baby. Soothing…

yyz

Jasmine is about the only thing that works as a sedative for me.

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drank Yi Bang 2012 Spring by Teaurchin
309 tasting notes

This is a sample from Stephanie – thank you so much
5g 100 ml gaiwan 200F
Rinse/pause/5/5/10/10/10/15/20sec etc
I’m going to continue later. I love it. It’s nice, sweet, juicy bell peppers. There is slight cooling sensation in after sip in earlier steeps. I wonder if it continues later on. Enjoyed it a lot.
Thank you Stephanie for the great experience. I would buy it if it would be some specials

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML

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Bad Steepster, just ate my note :(((
Ok, this tea is a free sample with the purchase – thank you Scott
5g 100 ml 212F
Rinse/pause/10/10/15/15/15/20/20sec etc
This tea is very rich. Dark burgundy color and very thick, almost viscous.
Woody and sweet but not overly. Some plum and cherries detected. Very strong sweet aftertaste
I had a very nice gongfu session and will continue tomorrow .

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Cheri

It’s so frustrating when notes get eaten!

Stephanie

I hate when that happens. Tea sounds good though!

boychik

I’m beginning to think that Steepster is annoyed with me haha
It happened again. And I’ve noticed some of my older notes disappeared :(

JC

That sucks! It happened to me several times so I started writing them in wordpad and just copy/pasting into steepstes… you know just in case :P

boychik

JC, it’s a great idea except I’m on vacation and I only have iPhone :(
When I come back I will write in word pad. I have to survive somehow another month. Thanks for recommending ;)

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This tea was kinda disappointment . I probably didn’t brew it right. 195F 5 min produced slightly chocolate flavored water. I just couldn’t figure out parameters fr my Steepster fellows. I had such high hopes. Oh well…
I have 1 tsp left to experiment.
Thank you so much CharlotteZero for sending me many amazing samples. I don’t see your notes lately, but I hope you will come back. Miss you <3

Stephanie

This reminds me I need more Chocolate Eclair from Fauchon. Hurry up Vente Privee! ;)

boychik

Chocolate Eclair is delish. Maybe they will have it for Labor Day?

boychik

Stephanie, I got some Fauchon one Peach and one Pear in Marshall’s . Will send you when I will get back home

Stephanie

I need to visit Marshall’s more often… You know, just in case.

Stephanie

And boychik I have a couple of new things you might like to try :)

boychik

It’s 9.99 a tin. Not bad. I tried them and I liked them. Not perfume , fruity, not extremely bold, but true to taste. Kinda naturally tasting

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This tea is a super generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you .
OMG. This tea is something I experienced only in some sheng. Besides being sweet and fruity ( I pick plums mostly), some nuts, it’s rich with eucalyptus notes. What it did to me is I have cooling sensation in my stomach. This is nice feeling on a hot day. I feel very peaceful that even my kids don’t bug me. Prepared gongfu 4g 100 ml 205F
Rinse/10/15/15/20/20sec etc
Wonderful tea, I think I want to buy it right now.
Thank you so much Terri for giving me a chance to try it.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh yum!!!

boychik

Do you have a sample? Cause I just ordered ….

mrmopar

Glad you posted this. Got some with the last order forgot to add it in. It’s a good one.

MzPriss

I have avoided YS because I’m scared of yet another addiction – between Mandala and Whispering Pines. But I keep seeing y’all mention all these yummy things. I’ve been to the site and it’s overwhelming. At some point, I’m going to post a “school me on YS” thread so I can get some guidance about what I NEED from them. This sounds lovely.

mrmopar

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boychik

I still keep sipping, it’s so giving. And totally like that menthol sensation

MzPriss

mrmopar – you’re a Temptor (which is like a Dementor – but nice)

boychik

MzPriss, I can send you samples but only in Sept. I’m away for the summer. If you can wait… I bought today this tea and super cute Yixing( not expensive and only 120 ml)

TheTeaFairy

Nope, i don’t have that one. I still have a gazillion others from lovely terri though!!

MzPriss

Awww that is sweet boychik. Let’s talk in Sept. I hope you’re away for fun!

boychik

Lots of fun with 3 kids.

Terri HarpLady

If you don’t want to wait until Sept, I can drop some samples in the mail to you :)

MzPriss

@Terri Woo! I would like that. We need to do our swap as I have some Golden Monkey with your name on it :)

Terri HarpLady

I know, I didn’t mean to put you off on it. Just got super busy with that porch. :)

MzPriss

Oh no! You didn’t! I’ve been intensely busy myself. Friends were here from Dallas all weekend and I’ve had this de-clutterong/re-homing a bunch of my possessions weekend and then right back to work. I’m also trying to re-configure my meditation space. We will totally get around to it and it doesn’t have to be this minute. Besides, that porch needs to be all spiffy when TeaF and I move in visit :)

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Sample size. This is nice, especially after heavy lunch. Roasted oolong, chestnuts, subtle sweetness. Would be perfect if they serve it in Chinese restaurant, many times tea is just gross there. I liked it.
Resteep was good and I decided to add tiny amt of maple syrup. Worked perfectly taming charcoal flavor.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Cup from last night. Made it latte style with tiny bit of maple syrup. While it was good I probably had craved something else. If only I knew…

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Hate when that happens

boychik

Right. Also my water is different now since I’m in PA. Nothing beats NYC tap water.

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