Holy Mountain Trading Company

Recent Tasting Notes

76

Nice green tea. Did three short steeps. 3rd was nice and sweet.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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87

Another interesting tea steep tonight. This would be my third time having this tea and so far this is the sweetest the tea has been for me. I’m increasing the rating because the mouth feel is a bit thicker this time and it’s slightly more sweet and very buttery. I’m looking forward to re-steeping these leaves tonight!

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87

Today I’m beginning my long milk oolong train.. in hopes of finding the very best milk oolong. I heard good things about this tea and thought it would be nice as #1. The leaves smell like vegetables with a hint of milk. I’m almost getting a rubbery element (it’s interesting how I’m always getting a rubbery note in some of my teas) that I dislike. Steeping, the scent transforms from rubbery, milky vegetables to that true TEA smell with butter. I’m always amazed at how a tea can smell like a buttery, rich thing.

Steep #1: Sipping, I’m getting a different flavor than expected. I suppose I was expecting something far richer or creamier, but it’s nice. Definitely a milky flavor, but you kind of have to look for it in the sip. There is a nice, smooth transition into the more floral notes of the tea. Not as sweet as I thought it would be.. it’s more savory and buttery. Still very yummy.

Steep #2: A darker yellow this time. The leaves really opened up! I’m sniffing elements of buttered popcorn.. savory things, again. This is pretty good.. not terribly smooth, but not bad either. The floral taste is more present, but it still retains its buttery taste. Not as much like sweet cream as I would have liked.

In my 2-steep experience, I would say that I like this tea. It’s definitely buttery and somewhat milky, but lacks a real sweetness. This isn’t a bad choice for a milk oolong if you’re looking for less sweet cream and more salty butter.

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95

The Final Sipdown: Day 2.2

Today has been one of those days that hasn’t stopped. Hasn’t stopped rushing, hasn’t stopped production, hasn’t stopped to breathe, hasn’t stopped being insane. I arrived home tired, sore, and exhausted, and then I took Tucker on a long walk and made dinner.

The entire day at work, I found myself wanting tea, and when I spent my 15 minutes of break mentally sifting through the samples of tea I could remember receiving, this one popped in and I have been craving it for the nine or so hours since I thought of it.

This is a sample I got from Carolyn almost a year ago [yikes] and I haven’t finished it because whenever I’ve gone to order it, it hasn’t been there. [It is now, I see.]

Not wanting to waste an opportunity, I pulled out Sorabuddy and decided to take some pik-chas. [Do not know why I decided to spell pictures like that, but it’s how it sounded in my head and I think the tired is starting to take over, so bear with me.]

As I waited for it to steep, the anticipation built until it was almost unbearable. But then, as I was pouring it out, I became nervous. Would it be as good as I remembered it being? Had it held up after lying in a box for so long?

Eff it. I’m drinking it anyway.

And I wasn’t disappointed. Creamy and milky, with more of a floral aroma and flavor than I remember there being previously. The milk is predominant, though, and that is why I prefer this one quite a bit more to Serendipitea’s.

At times, I get other flavors sneaking into this tea. A hint of sticky rice, a slice of bread, a few kernals of buttered popcorn, a sweet strain of honey. But mainly, it tastes of sweet cream and milk, and it does so rather gloriously. The floral taste I can’t quite place, but it’s something low and perfumed, like gardenia or maybe plumeria.

Ugh, I don’t know if I can express to y’all exactly how tired I am, but I keep falling asleep as I write this log. I promise to do four tomorrow [this promise is more to myself than you guys since nobody really needs to care about this besides me and my accountability buddy whom I hope will not maim me for this infraction], today was just out of control and I am oh.

So.

Tired.

Combined with my physical and mental exhaustion, this tea is like the equivalent of drinking a glass of warm milk before bed. Speaking of which, holy crap it’s already past 12 AM and I really do need to go to sleep if I’m going to get up on time tomorrow.

Urgh, sorry this log turned so crappy, but I’m going to stop it before it starts to become nonsensical on the cloud bed past quarter of morning. Stretch before you go to the steamer truck stack boat. And in conclusion.

This tea is damn good.

ETA: Unable to finish my cup last night before sleep took over, I drank the remainder of it this morning. It really is much better hot, but retains that buttery, milky quality even significantly cooled down. The floral notes become a little louder and there is a hint of something almost grassy but probably closer to spinach.

Oh, and delayed, but pik-chas. | http://bit.ly/dneRKx + http://bit.ly/df5gkA

Samples Downed: 5

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Auggy

One, that sounds so tasty. Rice, bread, honey, popcorn? Sold! And two, no maiming but only because I see a 2.3 above. Sadly, the devices of torture will stay put away in the closet for now.

Auggy

(Ha, I went to add this one to my Shopping List… already there!)

takgoti

Brilliant! They have it now, I really should buy it while they do…

Next week. If I successfully complete one full week of TFS, I will buy it as a reward. There we go. JUSTIFIED.

Auggy

That’s a brilliant plan! I mean, decupboarding is really its own reward, but to be used as an excuse to buy more tea is genius.

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92

This is the first Oolong I have really liked.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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59

I think I’m coming up against the wall of my own (present) tea unsophistication here. The flavors seem a little too subtle for me to care much about. I do like the taste of it, but whether its aroma is like wild peaches or is elegant and smooth with lingering sweetness—or whether the tea is indeed the transmigration of the body of the lover of a grieving young beauty turned into a tea bush—uhh…I’ll have to pass on that.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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93

This is a a strong, tasty tea and seems to be a great tea for writing

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

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67

Like many of the reviews I’ve been reading, I’m torn on this one. I can’t tell if I liked it or hated it. With it’s piny flavor, it reminds me of the Greek wine Retsina, which I wanted to like but didn’t (I felt like I was betraying the spirit of Dionysus).

I have to be up front that so far I haven’t enjoyed flavored teas, and my taste buds felt offended by my first sip of Lapsang Souchong, but after a while I either got used to or or started to kind of like the flavors assaulting my tongue and my nose as I continued sipping this tea, contemplating a past life as a trader in a Russian caravan trying to stay warm along mountain paths.

The jury is still out on this one, but it’s not yet a big thumbs down for me.

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100

This is a very delicious black tea, and it is pretty dang strong kick-wise. Since this is my first review on Steepster, and I’m relatively new to the ins and outs of tea preparation and drinking, please excuse any newbie gaffes ;-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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91

the word “milk” in there sets you up for a really smooth cup of tea. maybe it is a bit of suggestive powers, but i totally tasted milky hints, and loved it. drank it with a spicy buffalo rendang and it kinda fit just right, oddly enough.

Preparation
Boiling

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A trifle too sweet, but a reasonably good tea. Won’t buy it again, but it’s not bad.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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64

Decent green tea

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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80

This seemed to be a good-ole-standby while it lasted…yup…I ran out of ANOTHER tea…OYE!!!! Thanks again Ashley for the opportunity to try this!

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80

This was my first cuppa the day and for some reason I don’t think I was in the mood for earl grey at all today…oh well…on to the next…

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80

Had a cup of this a bit earlier and a co-worker said it smelled wonderful 2 rooms away!!!!

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80

Quite bergamot-E. Floral, too…hence, the name, I suppose…wanted to continue with the black teas…wasn’t ready to switch over to the Greens, Whites, or Oolongs, yet for the day…maybe this afternoon…

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80

I’m freezing. This helps. I am still pleased with the fact that this company was thinking outside of the box and did RED FLOWERS in addition to the EG. I suppose if you were an EG purist you would be upset but I like DIFFERENT.
:P

Angrboda

Hee! It’s always blue flowers otherwise, isn’t it. :)

TeaEqualsBliss

pretty much :P

Tamara Fox

One of my favorite Earl Grey blends is one called Lady Grey, with bergamot and rose. I wonder, is this similar?

Miss Sweet

Huh, it is curious how earl grey is usually done with blue flowers. What were the red flowers?

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62

This kind of smelled a tad fruity to me – dry leaf wise
Wet leaves are a woodsy smell
Liquid doesn’t smell much if at all

It’s a medium black tea color…nice color!

I can see how some would say this is bitter. I’m thinking it’s a natural bitter and not like an oversteeped bitter type taste. It’s a different-type of bitter if you know what I mean.

The taste grew on me…to where I almost kind of like it.

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80

Received this from Ashley in the mail today along with a slew of other awesome looking and smelling teas! YAY! Thanks Ashley!

This is a light brown in color and smells wonderful dry or as a liquid. Dry it smells like a floral sweet fruit black tea and wet is more of an Earl Grey sniff. Taste is truly lovely! Light on the Earl Grey and an earthy flower taste with a hint of citrus. YUM

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You can also purchase it non organic and from Dragon Water.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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64

This is a black tea. It smells like black tea also. I steeped it up a short time. This is good but, not usually the type of black teas I go for. The taste is different a little bit of something to me.

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