483 Tasting Notes

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i have various travel mugs, cheap and expensive, original Timolino I got fr Davids Tea, but i find I use this particular one daily. The main reason is slide-tab closure. i dont have to open it in order to drink. its especially useful in a car. It doesn’t retain flavors fr previous teas, i try not to forget and clean it every time. My cheap mugs tend to smell no matter what. i use baking soda or Efferdent, but they still smell.

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I received my order today. i was so excited to try this tea. its the most popular fr Whispering Pines and i was curious to try. prepared according to the WP instructions. this blend is unbelievable, i didnt imagine how amazing could that be . its chocolaty smooth, bready, vanilla, in other words, perfection in a cup. Nothing artificial. its notes remind me Verdant’s Laoshan Black on steroids. bold and smooth. i made 3 steeps. 2nd and 3rd were pretty good, maybe a little less vanilla, but still were close to the original. I’d say more bread came out. I kept sniffing my empty cup, it smelled like handmade fudge.
i’m very happy that i ordered from Whispering Pines. i placed an order last Friday, got on Monday. And i really love to get handwritten notes. Thank you Brenden

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cocoa, Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
whatshesaid

Oh man the anticipationis killing me! Maybe mine will come tomorrow :)

Marzipan

Is it similar to brioche?

boychik

Nope. i think its similar to Laoshan Black. Bread notes not like pastry,but more like rye bread. but again, its how i taste it.

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drank Bohea by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

this is a sample with my recent purchase.
205F 3g 8oz 3.5min
the brew is light golden brown. its malty rye bread,some stone fruits, cherry, but its not over the top. dont get me wrong, its very flavorful but delicate at the same time. has some muscatel notes, some sips had sour note. No smoke detected.
in a blind test i probably wouldn’t recognize this tea as Chinese, more Darj/Nepal type. Very pleasant. i love it. but its soo expensive. $45 for 2oz. i’m glad I picked this sample. i would buy it only if some crazy BF sale 40% off would happen on H&S which i doubt.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
boychik

I think I liked resteep even more. It was bolder and smoother. Glad I tried.

Nicole

I have the same want for a sale on their Panyang Golden.

boychik

Now I have to try Panyang Golden;)

Nicole

Sample size. I hoard them. :)

boychik

Too bad they don’t sell samples in store. You have to buy 2oz min. On the other hand, last time I went there I asked if they can fix me a cup to try and they did. You know in this white tasting cup covered. It wasn’t busy they just opened the shop. So they didn’t force me to buy a cup in cafe area. It’s cheaper to buy 2 oz than a cup.

Nicole

It’s cheaper long term to buy the 2 oz of Panyang than the samples, but I just can’t make myself do it all at once. :) And good to know about the 2 oz min. in store. I am planning to visit there on my trip in June and I’ve offered to bring tea back for people. That’s a helpful piece of information to know!

Nicole

And I only see the Panyang Congou on their site at the moment. So that means I’m really hoarding the samples I have!

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drank Lychee Oolong by Butiki Teas
483 tasting notes

This is a surprise tea from TeaTiff – thank you. It’s been on my wish list and my wishes came true. This tea is soo good. Bursting with flavors, makes my mouth watery. The Lychee flavor is true. Last night when I had Lychee tea fr H&S I wasn’t sure I remember that flavor . Butiki version is true to its name, nothing artificial. Brewed according to Butiki’s directions 1 tsp 180F 4 min
I split the cup in half and added 1/2 tsp of maple syrup. I like them both sweetened and unsweetened . Maybe sweetened a little more because its just like real lychee, juicy and sweet. I bet it would be great chilled.
Thank you so much TeaTiff, it was a great experience.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

This one is soooo juicy :)

boychik

I just love it. I’m on my second steep. The base is stronger. I kinda miss oolong. All fall and winter I had blacks and puerh. Nice for hot weather. It was so humid and hot today.

Stephanie

Hot and humid here too. Woohoo air conditioning is back on :D

TeaTiff

You make this one sound really yummy!

boychik

It is yummy. I think hot and humid weather we had last few days demands something light and juicy. Thank you again!

boychik

I was browsing Lupicia . Their exclusive to SF Golden Honey Dew is on website. Tempting

TeaTiff

Uh oh. I have seen that one blowing up my dashboard lately….

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drank Capri by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

Made a pot of it with breakfast. It’s nice lemony some fig, but nothing over the top. Went well with croissant egg and cheese. I bet some little sugar would round all the flavors. Nice.

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I just received more of it. Brew a cup. I love it. So many flavors. As it cooled it didn’t become bitter. 205F 1 tsp 8oz 3.5 min. Perfect.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lychee by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

This tea was such a relief after my disaster with Tippy Yunnan by H&S
I don’t remember how lychee tastes, it’s been awhile. All I can say it was pleasant cup fruity floral( maybe like rose). Delightful.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tippy Yunnan by Harney & Sons
483 tasting notes

i ordered few samples with my recent order. i love Yunnan teas. i decided to brew gongfu style
205F 100ml gaiwan 1 TBS
rinse 5/5/7/7/10 seconds etc
wet leaves smell of chestnuts and earth
my first 5 sec produced very potent brew. it is earthy and strong. has some tobacco notes.
2nd steep was a little better. some faint leather notes, tobacco, not much sweetness.
3rd steep i took some leaves out. its incredibly strong and i dont like the taste. i also feel something in my tea even though it went thru very fine mesh strainer i use for puerh.
I think i should stop. its not working today
Maybe i should brew it western style lower temp less leaves and 1 min top

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 3 OZ / 100 ML
Sil

So sorry it didn’t work out :(

boychik

I was surprised be because Yunnan is my fav. TeaPet asked me to try it, she bought 2oz in store. She said it was weird so it’s probably not me, it’s the tea. My main issue fuzz in my mouth. I’m not sure I want to play with the rest of it

boychik

Sorry for typos, using iPhone

mrmopar

I think you are hooked on puerh….

Tea Pet

Mrmopar and boychik, speaking of pu-erh, did you guys see the 80s Da Ye Qing on EoT??? http://www.essenceoftea.com/tea/puerh-tea/aged-puerh/1980-s-early-da-ye-qing-bing.html

I’m so tempted…

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This is a sample and sip down
I brew the whole sample in 8 oz mug 205F
The taste was interesting but not something I like. I added splash of milk and spoon of maple syrup. It was very tasty spicy chai. I felt that I was missing some coconut and added tiny amount of coconut oil. I was very happy with the result. It was comforting.

sherapop

Interesting idea, to add coconut oil. I’m thinking about steeping some chai directly in almond-coconut milk…

boychik

If I had almond or coconut milk on hand … Now I’m thinking it wasn’t bad at all, even kinda savory. I love coconut oil for its taste and multipurpose.

Terri HarpLady

Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll start a small crockpot of almond milk & Chai, for an afternoon treat!

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