306 Tasting Notes

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This is a generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
Gongfu method
5g 150ml gaiwan 200F
Rinse/3/5/5/7/10 sec etc
This is a wonderful tea. Very chocolaty bready with some toasty notes. I really like that slight smoke roast, it makes it more interesting . It may be similar to Lapsang Sauchong + maple syrup – Best combination (learned it from Sil and Terry). You don’t need to add any sweetener because it is so sweet. I do see similarities with Laoshan Black. I enjoyed it a lot.
Thank you so much Terri. It’s another winner and definite purchase .

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 5 g 5 OZ / 150 ML

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Free sample with the order – thank you Yunnan Sourcing
5g 100ml gaiwan 195F
Rinse/3/3/3/5/5/10/10 sec to be cont
With my later steeps I increased the temp to 200F
I’m pleasantly surprised that I didn’t detect any harsh bitterness or astringency . It’s smooth tea with nice sweet aftertaste lingering in my mouth. Some warmth inside of me. I don’t feel super energetic or sluggish. Very nice feeling overall. I may pick up this sheng in a future.

sherapop

I need to place an order there. I almost did today, but deus ex machina: the promo code did not work!

sherapop

I must say that I was impressed by the offerings—even at regular price… but now I’ll make myself wait until the next sale so that I can finish my personal challenge of reviewing every tea in my house! ;-)

boychik

Shhhh don’t let anybody know;)

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Every Saturday we have Chinese take out. I made a family pot. I poured in cups immediately to avoid any bitterness( kids are picky ). Resteeped several times. The color progressed from very pale to more yellow green. Perfect. From now on if we go to Chinese or Japanese restaurant I take my tea with me. They don’t mind.

Cheri

We had Chinese take out today, too. Well, okay, it was delivery since I was still in my jammies at lunch time.

boychik

Our favorite reastaurant is just 4 blocks away. I refused to wait since I had very light breakfast, practically nothing.

TheTeaFairy

Great that you can bring your own, I wished all restaurant could serve decent tea though…

boychik

I think they are even happy that they dont waste tea on us. Boiling water has no extra charge;)

SimpliciTEA

Interesting, I never considered bringing my one tea. I will have to try that sometime.

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drank China Keemun by Nina's Paris
306 tasting notes

This is a sample from Stephanie – thank you.
1tsp 8 oz. 205F 3min
Very dark rich tea. It has smoke but different fr Lapsang Souchong. Cup is pleasant, some pine notes coming thru. I divided cup in half. The other half had some tiny amount of Maple syrup (thank you Terri and Sil for suggestion of adding it to smoky teas). I prefer the sweetened cup, ms round out all the flavors. It’s pretty good. I can see myself drinking it from time to time. I didn’t have enough Keemun tea experience to rate this tea. On a scale of enjoyment it’s 8/10
Thank you Stephanie for this tea and learning curve. I got some Keemun samples fr Upton some time ago. Should start my journey.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cheri

I was pleasantly surprised at what just a teeny tiny touch of real maple syrup does to a smoky tea. Wonderful!

boychik

It’s was a surprising transformation

TheTeaFairy

Haha! So funny, I just posted a note on Keemun and also mentioned Sil’s maple syrup :-)

boychik

What a coincidence , we drank Keemun at the same time, thought of Sil and added Maple Syrup.

looseTman

I look forward to reading about your Upton Keemun samples.

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Generous sample from Teatiff – thank you.
i have Premium Taiwanese Assam and I love it. this tea I always wanted to try. it has PTA base which shines thru vanilla caramel toffee flavoring. Nothing overdone, just right. perfection in a cup. No sugar for me, but i can see that some could really accent and round the flavors. As cools i picked some dried cherry and bread notes which are probably come thru Assam. Zero astringency or bitterness. Goes on my shopping list.

Resteep was very good, PTA minus vanilla caramel

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Cherry, Toffee, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Terri HarpLady

Definitely my favorite vanilla tea, & although I don’t sweeten teas often, this one sometimes gets a little maple syrup or stevia :)

boychik

Agree. while i was drinking Maple Syrup was calling me but i didnt have time.

whatshesaid

Yummmmm, I love this one :)

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Steeped for 2 days. Started with 195F just to be safe. I’m just trying shengs and really dont like excessive bitterness. This one is very mellow and smooth. Smells of roasted green peppers. i think i should increase the temp to see how it will turn out. Ready(i think)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec
mrmopar

I think you will like this one!

boychik

I do like it and I think if I increase temp I may get more flavors. I think it’s great for someone like me. For now Haiwan shou is love of my life. I may change of heart…

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drank Tangerine Blossom by Shang Tea
306 tasting notes

This is a sample from TeaTiff – thank you
Today i made it western
1tsp 8oz 200F
30/30/45/45/45sec
i combined it into one Timolino and went to Kickboxing class with my son. i used to be a soccer mom, now I’m kickass mom
i really like this way because tangerine blossoms are so gentle and not overpowering. i have a problem with floral/jasmine teas. They are too perfume for me. this time its just right. Base is chocolatey bready, soo good. My son gulped 1/3 of Timolino and liked it as well (and he is very picky with food or drinks)
I started watching “Orange is The New Black” on Netflix. its hilarious. i love it. Never thought I would be interested.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

haha! I much prefer kick ass mom :-)

Tea Pet

Tangerine Blossom and Orange is the New Black… I see a theme here… :p (ps. That show is amazing!)

Stephanie

Tea sounds wonderful! I like that show too but Piper is my least favorite character, lol

boychik

Agree. My fav are Ms Claudette and Red. I also like Crazy Eyes.

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I got this sample from ifjuly – thank you.
She supplied me with some awesome samples some time ago. I haven’t finish her sample box, lotsa tea samples left. Feel guilty.
This tea is very good. I didnt read a description or reviews before I brew it(i do normally). my son had Field trip today, i left my house earlier without breakfast. As soon as i got home i had it, it was almost lunch time. i just couldnt figure out the flavor. its smooth malty creamy sweet (black tea sweet) and something. Well when i read its pine needles. Oh, its so good, who could imagine i would love some pine notes in my tea. Anyway, its a Christmas season tea, its not available right now. I can wait. My stash is huge anyway.
Btw, today is Steven Smith Bday, they offer 15% off(doesnt happen often) the code is Happy Birthday Steve
resteep was surprisingly good. More pine came thru. at 4 min

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This is a sample which came to me from Terri HarpLady – thank you
Gongfu style
4g 150ml gaiwan 205F
rinse 1/3/3/5/5/10/15/15/15/20sec etc
I like this tea a lot. it starts like pale and floral. Later steeps introduce Lychee, grape, nuts and some floral in the background. its sweet and malty but delicate. even kinda Darjeeling type with some slight citrus. im not done, lots of life left in this tea. some steeps i combined in one cup, but tried them first. very nice and light. i think its easy to drink in Summer, its not heavy with honey and malt ( could be too much in hot weather).
Thank you so much Terri for letting me enjoy this wonderful tea. Sadly, Verdant doesn’t have in stock but i can totally see myself buying it

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 4 g 5 OZ / 150 ML
Terri HarpLady

Yay! Another Win! I’ll be glad when my sipdown extravaganza is over, because I haven’t drank this one, or so many of my other teas, for awhile!

boychik

All the teas you sent me are fabulous. I need sipdown extravaganza. I should stop hoarding.

whatshesaid

I have to get some sort of gaiwan or something someday so I can really try tea gongfu style.

I just tend to not want to drink the same thing so many times in a row!

boychik

You can combine steeps in one cup as I did. But did taste each time. It’s just different. I tried teas western and gong flu methods. 99% gong flu wins. I do it only with Chinese and Taiwanese teas. In other words, more leaves less time is not equal to less leaves more time

boychik

Gong flu ;) autocorrect

whatshesaid

Good to know! I will have to look into getting something. Is a gaiwan the best option?

Hehe gong flu

boychik

I think glass gongfu pot is the best
http://www.dragonteahouse.biz/chinese-clear-glass-tea-pot-200ml-b-204.html
It’s the best price free ship . DTH is very good company and I got it under10 days

boychik

I have several and use it everyday. SS spring filter is the best removable and easy to clean.
2 nd option is easy gaiwan
http://m.ebay.com/itm/350927580204?nav=SEARCH
I have the same. Daily use. Good seller.
You don’t need a set of tiny cups. Useless.
Lastly, you need strainer. I absolutely hate dregs

Terri HarpLady

I really like this earthen Gaiwan too. I have it in green & in brown, LOL
http://butikiteas.com/Teawares.html

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, both of those links you shared are really nice too!

Stephanie

Gaiwans…pretties!!!

whatshesaid

Ohhhh that little glass teapot has a filter?! I might need to buy one of those!

boychik

Terri, I love that gaiwan fr Butiki. I probably will get it with my next order on Stacy’s Bday.

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Generous sample Stacy included with my surprise package from TeaTiff – thank you.
190F 8oz 3:30 min ( according to Stacy)
I love it. It tastes like a blend of Assam, Darjeeling and Fujian, but in reality it single origin tea. Malty, some florals, some slight citrus and bready chocolate. Amazing that one tea could combine all those flavors and be a little bit of all. If you a fan of Assam/Darjeeling teas I highly recommend you to try this great tea

Preparation
8 OZ / 236 ML

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