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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
373 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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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
225 tasting notes

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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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
1700 tasting notes

It is a Blue People kind of morning!

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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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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 Blue Tea by Vital Tea Leaf
109 tasting notes

I sampled this while visiting Vital Tea Leaf in San Francisco a few months back. It was not at all what I expected, but not bad. Just not something I’d drink regularly.

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drank Lemon Red by Vital Tea Leaf
109 tasting notes

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drank Rose Puerh by Vital Tea Leaf
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81

We found this wonderful tea at a tasting house in San Francisco. It has an awesome cool note on the back of the throat. It is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up.

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85

You’ll see pieces of ginseng in your cup of brewed tea. I like the fresh, sharp flavor of the 1st steeping.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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This tea is more medicinal than for pleasure though you get used to the bitterness. It can be very strong in the second brewing so I typically drink a little at a time. Not as dry as a traditional green tea because it’s “bitter leaf” and apparently not from camellia sinensis. This is why I put it under both green and herbal. The color is a true, bright green. Definitely not for everyone.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
1700 tasting notes

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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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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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Making tea for my section of the office.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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Drinking this delicious, fruity mix on a pleasant Saturday morning.

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drank Blueberry Red by Vital Tea Leaf
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I wouldn’t describe this one as very vegetal actually, it really has more of a smooth creamy taste with a little tannin bite. I remember the price being quite high, something like $140/160 per pound. It is a very good tea but can probably be found for much less. In the mid-80s, I’d say, not the best oolong I’ve had but not far behind either.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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A nice Shu, sent to me by Spencer, that is earthy & woody, with a little camphor in the later steepings. There were some chocolate notes somewhere in the middle. I gave a quick rinse, then steeped in my yixing: 15 sec/30/45/1min/2min/3min etc.

In these later steepings, it’s mellowed to a nice semolina sweetness, with a creamy texture. Still sipping…

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Had a small cup of this (4oz), so I could sample it one more time before sending the last bit to Lala. It has a very nice lychee flavor too it, not overly done, just right! Thanks again Spencer for sharing a bit of this with me!

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This one is a trade from Spencer. It’s a lightly refreshing gently fruity & sweet one, which was nice to sip on while I was practicing. My daughter, who recently moved back in with me (along with my grandson), woke up, & we ended up visiting for a little while, so my 45 minute practice session ended up starting about 15 minutes late, but I skipped the 15 minute break & played 90 minutes instead. So I’m basically back on track, more or less. My next 45 minute ‘work’ session will be working on my nanowrimo novel, but the truth is, I need a little food first, so that session will probably also last 90 minutes.

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