309 Tasting Notes

This is generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you.
This tea is bold strong malty with lotsa smoke which is fine . i tamed it with Maple syrup teeny tiny amount. thats the magic (Sil and Terri introduced me to maple syrup style drinking smoky teas) it tastes very good. very pleasant afternoon tea.
Thank you Terri for the opportunity to try this tea.

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

so maple syrup takes some of the smokiness out of tea?

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7g 180ml gaiwan 212F
rinse twice/pause/ 10/10/15/15/15/20/20/30/45/45sec
This shou is very pleasant. Sweet woody creamy with some wine notes. The brew is dark burgundy color, so pretty. Its mellow, no off putting smell or taste. very nice and relaxing. first couple steeps numbed my tongue.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 6 OZ / 180 ML
donkeytiara

numbed your tongue because it was too hot or because of the tea? :/

TheTeaFairy

I love that numb feeling you get from pu’erh sometimes…It seems I get that more often with sheng though I have noticed. Do you get it often yourself?

boychik

donkeytiara,its because of a tea. kinda like anesthesia.
TheTeaFairy, Not often, mostly with Menghai. sheng too but not often

Stephanie

tingly tonguely

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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
309 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
309 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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