337 Tasting Notes

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This sample came to me from caile – thank you so much
The leaves are very thin, slightly curly. i wanted to “pet” them,haha
Western method Teavivre’s parameters
2tsp 8oz 195F 4 min (Teavivre recommends 3-5)
dark, wine notes along with some bread cake, no smoke.
decided to add1tsp of maple syrup to see if it would make it bread cake. and it did. like raisin bread cake. so good. delicious.
Resteep @6min was a little weak. I wouldnt bother. I have enough to try gongfu.
Thank you for sending me sample , i truly enjoyed it. Will pick up on BF sale(OMG i already planning BF sales)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
mrmopar

I just spent my BF money. Guess I will have to sneak the order in.

boychik

If I’m busted than i say its either samples for review from companies, or swaps from tea friends. My hubby cant believe that ppl share tea for free. he thinks I’m crazy. i prefer this way ;)

TheTeaFairy

I love this keemun, one of my favourite,

caile

Yay, I’m glad you enjoyed it!
Hoping for good BF sales too. ;)

Terri HarpLady

One of my fav keemuns too

looseTman

FWIW: Superfine Keemun Mao Feng is a new non-organic TeaVivre Keemun for 2014, not to be confused with the more familiar similar sounding Organic Superfine Keemun Fragrant black tea.

Terri HarpLady

oh…thanks looseTman! I didn’t notice that…so I haven’t tried this one yet!

boychik

i really want to gongfu it, cause resteep was rather meh
Is it normal for Keemun not to have a good resteep? im so spoiled with Yunnan

TheTeaFairy

Lol, +1 terri :-) thanks loosetman, will have to try that…

TheTeaFairy

I don’t resteep keemun…

boychik

the pic on website is not accurate. The brew is brown .

boychik

But Spring Keemun by A&D is very good at resteeps.

looseTman

Many don’t resteep well. However, Premium Keemun Hao Ya will reliably and consistently provide 2 resteeps (3 cups total)Western brewing. These results are based on having enjoyed 1.7 kg to date.

boychik

looseTman, you are Keemun expert, i know;)
i like when tea resteeps well at least once. this s why i probably like gongfu method a lot. some teas are just endless

looseTman

1.7 kg definitely provides familiarity. It’s very hard to beat TeaVivre Keemun.

TheTeaFairy

Nothing beats Gongfu IMHO. But a good mug is something I also need in my tea life :-)

looseTman

Premium Keemun Hao Ya provides 6 Gongfu steeps: 15s,25s,40s,70s,100s,130s – http://www.teavivre.com/keemun-hao-ya/

boychik

i cant say i tried a lot, but now im thinking i really like China Keemun by Nina’s Paris
http://steepster.com/teas/ninas-paris/34952-china-keemun
very rich flavor and I’m not afraid of smoke

boychik

i should try Premium Keemun Hao Ya. i think i ordered a sample

looseTman

I’ll have to try that one.

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drank Dan Cong Red Tea by jing tea shop
337 tasting notes

I got my order today. I was so excited because I got 3 tea packages after “starvation” mode.
This tea. It’s very complex,changing from one steep to another.
Gongfu method
4g 100 ml gaiwan 205F
10/15/20/20/30 etc
The leaves are midnight black, very thin and very long like Daddy long legs. Scale to the rescue.
First steep was pale yellow, longan or grapes, juicy and some raw nuts,maybe cashew?
Second steep was totally different. Smelled like brownie, tasted like brownie with some faint cherry note
Later steeps were more citrusy, like grapefruit, longan came back with more cherry note pronounced. Some steeps were kinda floral in Darjeeling way.
This tea was quite an experience. Rich, multifaceted , satisfying
Thank you apt for suggesting me Jing Tea Shop. I’m very excited to try new teas.

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

wow! sounds like some of this is being added to my next JTS order.

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I enjoyed this sample for 2 days.
I love it. First of all id like to report that i brew sheng with boiling water. yes. its much better because it doesnt taste like mellow smooth green tea anymore. i dont want mellow green tea, i want something special, some punch. it wasnt bitter either because thats the tea or maybe my taste buds changed. either way im happy sheng drinker.
First several steeps were amazing. what would you say to potato chips flavor but without grease? sweet, slightly bitter, delicious. some slight tobacco. those flavors of chips and tobacco were very interesting and made me hungry. Burger would be the best but i had only chicken in my fridge. anyway its too late for after midnight snack. Time to go to bed before i get some other food cravings.

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

I’m so glad you did this note, I was looking at this last night and thinking about it.

Stephanie

Nice to hear other people are creative with their sheng brewing. I’ve never done mine at boiling but I do prefer a longer steep most of the time ;)

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enjoying my night cup of tea
usual gongfu method
leather, cedar, prunes. very rich, dark, calming
So happy I restock this tea on Mandala’s recent legendary sale.

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

Sounds wonderful.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I just love this one! Very rich and leathery…

Dexter

re the leather word, I went to look at my tasting note for this tea – see what I said about it, and I’ve never written one. I don’t think I’ve had this one? Is that possible? (it’s not in my cupboard, and I’ve never logged it…weird) Really happy that you both love it. :))

boychik

Steepster eats my notes sometimes. but do you actually have it?

TheTeaFairy

That’s what Phatty cake is made of dexter…I’ll put some in your box.

Dexter

I"m actually really confused. I don’t actually have any right now, but I don’t think it’s possible that I’ve never tried this. I went looking for a tasting note and couldn’t find any indication that this has ever been in my cupboard. Weird. Fairy it’s fine, you really don’t have to. I’m just really confused….

boychik

Dexter, i think you should try it. 1 tablespoon won’t ruin your numbers

Dexter

It’s not the 1 tbsp it’s the “I’ll put it in your box” that concerns me. :))

TheTeaFairy

Haha! The box is almost empty, don’t you worry ;-)

Dexter

LOL ok. I have some stuff here for you, but was going to wait and include it with the YS once it gets here. :))

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drank Shiva's Breakfast by Butiki Teas
337 tasting notes

Lovely Stephanie sent me a sample. I tried it 3 ways
First – plain. Robust and smooth, some florals and malt. Perfect breakfast tea , not on empty stomach. Egg and cheese on a crossaint.
Second- with condensed milk. While it was yummy I probably overdid it. Because when it cooled became too sweet for my taste. I’m partial to condensed milk and can eat it right out the can. Gross, right?
Third – splash of milk and maple syrup. Dessert in a cup. Let me just say this tea was gorgeous chocolaty color. Not every tea takes milk well. Sometimes it looks murky and disgusting . Not this tea. Fabuloso with milk. Maple syrup just tiny bit rounded out florals and malt.
To conclude, no additions as a breakfast tea and milk + maple syrup as afternoon
I resteep it @5min. Was very satisfying cup, almost like original

Preparation
Boiling 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

No such thing as overdoing it on condensed milk! And I think everyone could eat it out of the can with a spoon, they just don’t admit it. ;)

Sil

mmmm not me! lol

TeaBrat

what a lovely name…

Stephanie

My husband makes a chai mix to add to straight black tea out of sweetened condensed milk. So, you adding it to tea makes perfect sense in my book! Glad you enjoyed :)

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