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I’ve been drinking a lot of puerhs and darker teas recently as well as soup and warming things, but energetically, I feel kind of blah (and the weather is totally blah) so I thought it might be nice to lighten up a bit and see how I feel…
This is a tea I got the last time I was at Aroma Tea Shop. It’s fun to get teas in the mail, but on the other hand, a bummer when you get a bunch of teas you don’t care for. It’s nice to be able to sample teas like you can at Aroma.
This is a lovely green tea I tried in the shop. It smells very vegetal and buttery. The tea liquor itself is vegetal, with sweeter notes of peas and corn. It’s slightly on the delicate side for Chinese green teas with only the tiniest hint of pungency if you steep it for more than 2 minutes.
I only got 1 oz. of this but I will need to be getting more at some point. Rarely do green teas really blow my mind (usually Japanese ones) but this is a beauty and gives a peaceful, happy feeling. This needs a permanent place in my cupboard. very nice for chasing the blahs away…
I got this tea after being at the Aroma Tea Shop on Friday with my Living Social deal… I tried some in the store. It is really delicious!
This is the black tea that lapsang is made with, before it’s been smoked. So, this tea isn’t really smoky in any way… but it is beautiful. I love the fine, black wiry leaves. The flavor of this tea is wonderful and unlike any I currently have. It’s silky and almost creamy, with strong notes of chocolate and some malt. It isn’t strong and overpowering though, the overall effect is very relaxing and on the light side. This is a very easy one to drink plain since it’s devoid of astringency or any bitter notes. I could easily see it becoming one of my favorites.
This stuff is like a dessert tea without even trying to be. Sweet and natural — yum yum!
Just sipping on this tea while I tried to break inertia and get a new blog post down today:
I got this puerh from Aroma Tea maybe 2 years ago? It isn’t on their website but they have a 2010 version that looks kind of similar. I was sold a piece of the cake that has long, pressed white tea leaves. It will be interesting to see how this ages. Right now it reminds me of a yao bo, with some hay like qualities and a nice sweetness that is reminiscent of peaches. When steeped for longer periods it also has a nutty quality which is very nice. So far, 3 steeps and counting. Now I really need to go do something productive today.
I bought this quite some time ago and I’m getting a little worried about the shelf life of my teas with coconut. I have one that is questionable at the moment, so I’m rushing to get through them before they go bad!
I cold steeped this in the fridge overnight and it turned out pretty good. I can taste a hint of the green tea in the beginning of the sip, but coconut dominates all other aspects. The coconut has a nice buttery aftertaste that I enjoy. It’s a nice cup, but not something I will restock.
Good morning Steepster!
This is a sipdown for me and I am just getting around to reviewing it now. I like the elegant snail shape of this tea and this is a lovely and tasty yunnan. It has a very smooth finish and a honey-like flavor. It’s good with soymilk and it’s also good without. This morning I am drinking it Western style and it’s very tasty! I was near Aroma Tea Shop yesterday and really had to resist going in there. I just don’t have a lot of money for tea right now and meanwhile, I have lots of tea in my stash. The one thing I am really missing is a nice Golden Monkey.
I’m not looking forward to the rest of my day, since I was just prescribed an antibiotic that has a reputation for causing massive stomach upset. I guess I will try taking it at lunch time along with some Pepto Bismol. Something tells me I will be drinking a lot of chamomile and/or ginger tea later. :)
This is a wonderful oolong! The honey notes are very strong, and there’s a fruity undertone and aftertaste—while I wasn’t able to identify it myself, I see the official description mentions lychee. That seems about right. There’s a little bit of astringency, which is a plus as far as I’m concerned. It’s not super roasty, but it doesn’t have that leafy green oolong flavor I dislike either. This is something I’d definitely be interested in picking up more of at some point. Thanks for sharing, CharlotteZero!
Although I usually love dark oolongs, I find that some have a certain flavor—I’ve never been able to pinpoint just what it is, frustratingly—that I don’t really care for. This, unfortunately, is one of them. I can tell it’s a quality oolong, and it’s delightfully roasty and sweet, but it’s just not the one for me. I’m glad to have had the chance to try it, though. Thanks for the sample, CharlotteZero!
…and this is a sipdown. Well the rest of it is going in a box to terri. BUT it’s a small amount haha. It wasn’t as delicious or chocolatey this time around but i also wasn’t paying as much attention to it as i should have been. Work got out of hand today so i was distracted. Thanks you so much charlottezero for sending this my way. i am a fan!
i feel like an addict…i had to have this again…and i just had it yesterday..but it’s SO TASTY! seriously…it’s like delicious chocolatey goodness…i just want cavo and variatea to come visit and have some… (and others, but in reality those two are the closest…oh and yyz…and nxtdoor…and… so anyway..you get the picture.. WANT TO SHARE!..but share in that let’s drink this together so i can oogle your oogling sort of way. ) that’s a thing. true story.
sooooo yeah. I have to make sure i save some to share with with the BBB in case i don’t have time to place an order but maaaan i just want to drink more! MORE!
CharlotteZero sent this one my way. ….and let me tell you about how this was my favourite cup of tea today. Seriously. This had ZERO smoke in it, which was a little disappointing in my books, but then the caramel, chocolatey DECLICIOUSNESS hit me and i was log zomg, must drink…and then the cup was all done and i was boiling water to make a second cup. Seriously….this could probably rival my love for LB. Also…it’s slightly more expensive but it makes me sad i never got to this shop when i was in San Fran. I think even courtney would like this one… no smoke! I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be an aroma tea order in my future.. ..maybe this one can join the BBB Box as my tea next round if i get some. :)
Final Count: 150 which is the suck as i wanted at least 5 more sipdowns this weekend but that just means more tea drinking should be had this week! :) Still aiming for 130 by the end of next weekend, though i think that’s highly unlikely at this point so maaaybe 140 would be more doable lol.
This is another tea that charlotteZero sent my way, that haven’t had a moment to drink. On the whole, this is a nice roasty sort of oolong. I can see why it might be an enjoyable cup of tea for those that enjoy that sort of oolong. I of course, had it in my head that this was a black tea when i brewed it, and so it was mostly a lot of aaaaaah! ZOMG oolong! aaaaah. once i adjusted my thinking, it was a nice enough cup of tea, though obviously, not my favourite given the oolongy-ness of this one. It might be one for Terri though… ponders
Yesterday I was cleaning up my tea stash and I found these black dragon pearls which I forgot I had. Even worse I never reviewed them on Steepster, how irresponsible of me. ;-)
I decided to steep this Western style in my stump teapot for 3 minutes. I notice this has a slight floral aroma which is really interesting. I definitely get a lot of cocoa notes as well as the sweet honey aftertaste. A very mellow and mild tea, I think this would be a good one for the afternoon too. This is a great one to drink plain if you like your black teas without additions. The Aroma Tea Shop has such great stuff, definitely a good place to visit if you’re in S.F. and you like tea.
Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Malt
Another great morning tea for me. I love how the wirey leaves smell like dark chocolate in the tin and this is one yummy, chocolatey tea.
This morning I was thinking I could probably pare down my tea collection to no more than 25 teas, lately I’m finding it ridiculous that I have so many when I really love only a fraction of what’s in my current collection. Live and learn! I think I will be working on paring things down this year while I’m looking for work = not a lot of money for buying tea anyway.
One of two teas I purchased at the Aroma Tea Shop last week. I think the golden monkey is quickly becoming one of my favorite tea types.
Yesterday I had brewed this Western style but this morning I’m using my gaiwan. It seems like 60 seconds is about all I really need in steeping this one. The dry leaves are slender and curved and the aroma is exactly that of chocolate. The tea is a dark reddish orange and is BOLDER than some other golden monkeys I’ve tried.
At 60 seconds, the first steep is very chocolate-y with a slight bitterness in the finish but nothing that puts me off of the flavor too much. I thought maybe I had steeped this one slightly too long.
At 45 seconds, the 2nd steep has mellowed out considerably and still has cocoa notes but with a smoother finish and now I am getting more of the honey sweet aftertaste that the description has. This is an easy tea to sip on plain but is also nice with a bit of soymilk added because then it becomes more of a creamy cocoa.
At 30 seconds, the 3rd steep is definitely lighter and I think I might have preferred the 45 second steep, but it’s always good to play around with your parameters a bit. Here I’m getting a bit more of the sweeter notes I’d associate with a golden monkey.
I will easily be able to get 4 or 5 steeps out of this tea so while it isn’t the cheapest tea I’ve ever bought, it is definitely a good value.
another one from terri, though indirectly from Charlotte zero. THIS is fantastic. Golden Needle tend to be hit or miss with me and this is a hit! I am a fan of this..i ended up drinking the cup up and hitting the bottom of it without even realising it. Thanks so much for sharing this with me terri. i think it might need to go on the list for a future order :)
From CharlotteZero! thanks so much! I’ve only got one serving left of Verdant’s Golden Fleece and maybe a few teaspoons of this one will fit that spot in my cupboard. I LOVE the description (it sounded like my very favorite- Butiki’s Hattialli Golden Lion Assam). It sounds like all the flavors I love in a tea. Unfortunately, not quite the same as either tea…
Steep #1 // 15 minutes after cooling // 3 1/2 min
This blend seems to be darker than Golden Fleece. The flavor is light but not as light as GF. Less honey, more sweet potato. Also a hint of tobacco. It’s difficult to describe this one actually. It might have a bit of chocolate when it cools. I’m not really getting any chocolate or apricots as the description mentions.
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 1/2 min
Another nice cup… this one would be in the middle of the Hattialli and the Golden Fleece, flavor-wise. Tasty, but the other two do their thing better than this one.
And so the new month begins!
I’m starting the month with 312 teas (which includes the ones I ordered from Verdant that aren’t here yet). That’s 18 less than I started last month with. Somebody asked me why I have so many teas (my overall high was something above 450 a few months ago). The truth is, life is all about art & creativity, theme & variation, at least for me. The pitch of the timer on my stove is ‘B’, the key of the current timer song on my iphone (‘silk’) is ‘c minor’. I know the pitch/key of pretty much everything in & around my home. I like to think of each day as a work of art, in a tapestry that is part of an even larger tapestry, etc. So why would I drink the same tea every day? :)
Tea is also a break, for me, of the constant absorption of sound, & the analysis of that sound. Tea is not silent: there are bubblings, timers, pourings…
But tea is another form of art for me, beautifully complex.
I also have a lot of teas thanks to my many wonderful & generous tea friends, such as Charlotte Zero, who sent this one to me. To honor those friends, I’m gonna start this month by drinking the many teas they have shared. This one is delicious!