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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
366 tasting notes

They made this when I was at the store for a tea tasting, I might have even suggested it. Smelled very fresh and fruity. The flavour was sweet and did taste nicely like the fruit. Since that is one of my favourite fruits I was glad I got to try the sample.

I also liked watching the store staff brew things by gaiwan.

Flavors: Lychee

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97
drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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This tea is amazing! After about 10 seconds you get a nice honey aftertaste. Great tea to wake up to. And Kenny over at Vital tea is an awesome guy. I highly recommend going in for a tasting if your ever in SF chinatown.

Flavors: Earth, Honey

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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92

Oh this is delicious. This is absolutely what I needed, this afternoon.
Sushi lunch with the standard sushi-house green tea was tasty, but this…this hits the spot.

mj

Haha I am eating sushi as I read this note. It must have been a sushi kind of day.

Spencer

Must have been! Having tea with that?

mj

Naturally :-) Jade Oolong by The Northern Lights Tea Company. I actually shocked myself by wanting something green tea-ish and that’s the closest thing I have other than Moroccan Mint. But mint + sushi? No thanks

mj

Ok, weird question, but I see that you are into fountain pens, inks, and paper. Do you happen to be a forensic document examiner?

Spencer

Mint plus sushi does sound weird. Oolong could be tasty though!

Haha, I am not a forensic document examiner. For that matter, nor do I have the skills for handwriting analysis. I simply enjoy the tactile, analog experience of handwriting, as well as the engineering of fountain pens.

mj

My mom is a forensic document examiner and she restores and collects Sheaffer pens and typewriters. That’s where that weird question came from :)

Spencer

Very cool! I just finished restoring a Sheaffer Balance Slender, myself, though I am quite the amateur at it.

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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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I first tasted this tea in Seattle at Vital Tea Leaf. They have a wonderful sit-down tasting complete with gong fu and you get to try lots of different teas. This one stood out among all the ones I was tasting. I started getting a warmth and a serious high off of it. It is so sweet and fantastic. The qi alone is worth drinking this tea but it is also a fabulous high mountain Oolong that is super sweet. It is blended with high quality ginseng powder.
The lady told me there are different qualities and types of ginseng so you can get different effects from them. I bought some of this to take home and am super pleased that it is brewing up to taste just like her brew did. I love it.
Dry Leaf: smells so good, it is little rolled Oolong nuggets coated in a moss green colored ginseng powder.
Method: 195F – 10 oz ceramic Gong Fu pot 45" steep 1 tsp tea per 8 oz water Steeped 3 times but can go up to 8
Wet Leaf: Large dark green leaves that some have been cut and would appear some have been leaf bitten which might be contributing to the sweet scent and flavor.
Liquor: Light golden color with a sweet scent.
Flavor: Sweet and delicious Oolong. This tea affects you with qi. It has a sweet aftertaste—all the while you are really focusing and getting a bit high lol. I really feel it in my eye area and Crown Chakra area which is really cool.
Definitely going into my cupboard.
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7/17/14
Having some of this today and I needed it after a bad sleepless night!!!! It’s helping big time!!!

Flavors: Honey, Sugar

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
1695 tasting notes

Oh no, the last of my stash of this at the office is gooooone! Thank goodness I have more at home… It was a perfect pot, too, not oversteeped and deliciously juicy.

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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It is a Blue People kind of morning!

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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drank Royal Pu'erh by Vital Tea Leaf
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I am not sure, why I was “saving” this as though for a rainy day. Today is not rainy, but it is windy, so I am having some tasty shou!

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
1695 tasting notes

Sitting in the office on a Saturday morning, enjoying sips of this deliciousness, accompanied by the sounds of Mozart.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds as perfect as being at work can get! :)

Spencer

Agreed! There were also fountain pens in use, which made things all the better.

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
1695 tasting notes

Coming into the office, all I wanted was a big pot of fruity black tea.

I got it.

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Drinking it cold-brewed, again.

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Trying this cold-brewed, this morning. The flavors really are not strong enough to maintain through a cold-brew. Tasty, albeit slightly weak.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Drinking a couple of cups of this, cold-brewed! Quite pleasant.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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92

No better tea with which to start a new month!

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87
drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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For the first time in a while, my first tea of the day was cold-brewed. Breakfast was accompanied by some cold-brewed Lychee Black, and it was delicious. Zero astringency. Wonderful sweetness.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Sipping a mug of this fruity drink, this morning, and looking forward to the weekend, when my mother will be in town, and we will be going tea tasting.

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Sipdown! I have no idea what my tea total is for now, & I’m not even going to try to figure it out until next week. This Shu was sent to me from Spencer, & I’ve been sipping it all afternoon. The main flavor elements were semolina & cedar.
Thanks Spencer!

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Most of my day was spent working in my office, & I’m please to say my tall file cabinet is done! It feels so good to have finished that project. My recycling bin is overflowing!
Initially while I was working I was drinking gongfu sessions of:
Mengku Pure Old Tree Golden Buds Black (2012) from JK Tea Shop. CharlotteZero shared some with me, & although I don’t really have much to say, it’s because I was busy. But it did bring me joy while I worked, & I love the caramel color of the leaves, which are dense & sturdy, & the tea was delicious. I’m sharing it here because I couldn’t find it on JK’s page, & it is a sipdown.

Next up was this Shu, sent to me from Spencer. I usually give shu’s one rinse, & then taste them. If I don’t care for the first pour, I’ll dump it (that counts as a 2nd rinse).
After the first rinse I can only describe what was in my cup as cream of mushroom soup. It had a strong mushroom taste, & also a buttery taste. I took a few sips, & that had to go.
Next cup: A slightly less pronounce cream of mushroom soup with buttered hominy. Yes, it had a very strong hominy taste. I like hominy, although I no longer eat it, but I don’t really want my tea to taste like that.
Next? This is a rich cup, still with the buttery hominy (think grits), but also a deep taste of leather, woods (cedar?), a growing boldness, mushroom, umami almost like a meaty broth.
I feel the beginning of a camphor type sensation as well.
Next?….
Sipdown! (322)

gmathis

Yay for file cabinet organization. My totally organized moments are few and far between these days, but man, do they feel good!

Terri HarpLady

They do! You know, I’ve been complaining lately that no matter how much I accomplish, I always feel like I didn’t accomplish enough each day. I don’t feel that way today. It feels so good to have gotten this done!

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92

One of my favorite pu’erh, this one is going to be the drinker for the morning.

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Enjoying this cup of tea from Spencer. For some reason I thought this would be coconut & rooibos, but it’s actually coconut & black (aka red tea). Anyway, the black tea has a chocolaty quality to it. The coconut is not too far out front, & this is a pleasant cup of tea.
Thanks Spencer!
Sipdown :)

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drank Coconut Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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It feels odd to be waiting until I got to the office in order to make my first cup of tea, but it is going to be delicious! In the meantime, I sit here, watching an epic struggle between sun and dark clouds, outside the window near my desk.

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Well, except for the part, where I accidentally let the water get too hot, first…this worked well!

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