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This month I’m going to start doing something that I have been thinking about doing for a quit some time. I’m going to pick all the teas I have from one vicinity & drink them on alternating days. I’m starting with this nan nuo mountain gu she, which I got from Sil, because I will also be accomplishing a sip down simultaneously, & that’s good too!
I have 4 other Nan Nuos in my collection, 3 from Jalam (from separate years, & maybe separate villages) & a 2006 from Life in Teacup. This one is from 2011.
So, mild, green, vegetal. It tastes kind of like a Kombu broth, with a pale hint of citrus in the aroma, not in the taste. It’s a nice follow up to the matcha I was drinking earlier.
However, it’s a little rough on my stomach, so I’m taking a break for now, and will revisit for more steeping action after lunch.
Hmmmm….nobody has reviewed this?
Well, this is one of the teas Sil sent to me awhile back, & the main feature is the aroma of Kombu. I mean it really smells like seaweed to me, and even tastes like it. Not necessarily a bad thing, just a different thing. Anyway, not really a taste I’m attracted to today, and it’s a little rough on my tummy. I only made it through 2 steeps so far, & will try for a few more after lunch. I have enough left for one more session, so the last of it goes into my sip down box, unless somebody on here wants me to send it to them?
Thanks to Sil for this “Congrats on finishing your thesis!” tea! I believe I drank some of it prior, during the Great Unlogged Period (but I can’t remember, because I did actually drink quite a lot, including samples :/), but it appears this is my first tasting note on it. Anyhow, I think my take on it similar to hers – a decent cup of pear tea, no real problems with astringency or anything, but nothing mind-blowing. I believe I understeeped a touch (I was at work), so would like to give it another, better shot at home, and maybe coax out a bit more flavour. Certainly on the higher end of the pear tea spectrum, but not The One. I have hopes for DavidsTea’s October 2014 tea (although it also has ginger, so is a bit of a different animal).
someone edited this tea in between me adding it and getting around to finally writing a review. Not sure what they did but it manage to break my ipad everyone i access it, so i had to come play on the big computer lol. this isn’t a bad darjeeling but it isn’t one that screams out to come be my new favourite. on the whole darjeelings mostly confuse me and taste strange. this one isn’t bad, but again, give me a solid cup of black any day!
sooo i have to say, i’m a little happy to see that the teafairy enjoyed this tea…which gives me hope that maybe the BBB ladies will also enjoy it. I opted to include this in the BBB this round along with another Darjeeling since i’m trying to expand my horizons and try new things. what better way to try things than to force other ppl to do it with you? haha this one was ok when it was hot, but as it cooled, it turned into something i didn’t want to drink. sooo ladies, i won’t be offended if you don’t like this! haha
Another one from Sil! (241)
(Yes, I do have other teas, but right now 1/3 of them are from her….)
And so this is a nice Assam. It’s a little richer than I expected, almost like it’s begging for a little cream to tone it down. But bold is good. I could use more energy! (And this is my 4th cup of tea, followed after my coffee – maybe I’ll never have energy? Maybe I’m just drained by the idea of how much left there is to clean in the shop. It’s chaos. Rubber gloves and silicone and glue and paint sticks scattered on every surface! It’s Friday though…. friday…. And I have three weeks worth of cheques in my purse to cash!)
I received a sample of this one when i picked up a few teas from World of Tea when i was in ottawa. It’s not a tea i would have picked myself since i’m not a HUGE fan of oolongs but i’ll try anything! ;) This is overall a pleasant roasted oolong. I chose to brew this western style but it comes across as the sort of oolong that might be best tasted using a gaiwan. I’d call this your average middle of the road oolong..nothing to knock your socks off but still pleasant!
Once upon a time, we used to cherish a month called March. After a long and cold winter, we’d get all excited to see March arrive and bring along the promise that spring was well on its way.
Yes, spring, remember that? Used to be one of our four seasons…but nowadays, winter seems to be the only season left…On March 4th today, it’s freakin MINUS 20 CELSIUS!!!
Thank god I have this tea to remind me what spring season is like.
Mmmm, Darjeeling, with its fresh citrusy notes. A beautiful first flush this tea. Sweet but slightly astringent and very juicy. It’s what I call a sunny tea :-)
Thank you so much for sharing this “sunshine in a cup” with me Sil. Such a good pick me up on this cold winter day!
strangely i haven’t logged this before now, though i have had it before. Overall this is a pretty average every day sort of tea. It’s nothing to knock my socks off but it’s nothing i’d turn down either. I really should try this gaiwan style though to see if that will coax anything else out of this one. hmmm…
Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me!
A really pretty tea, with pieces of what looks like pear and some orangish flower petals and other small flowers inside. Brewed up, it smells like pear, and has the taste of a very ripe pear… it reminds me of pear-picking on Salt Spring Island at the yoga centre, where we took oodles of pears, peeled them, and made pear-sauce out of half of them, juicing the rest in this huge hand-cranked contraption bolted to the back of a truck. Anyway. This reminds me of those pears – almost overripe, and very juicy.
I have to say that I wihs there was a better base here though, as I think this tea could really shine with something crisper.
sipdown! (180) my other morning tea while i run around panicked that i’ve forgotten something :) This morning this is malty with an edge to it that i don’t love. I don’t think i’d restock this tea even though it’s not a bad tea. just not one of my favourites. I’m happy to have been able to pick up a few teas from world of tea while in ottawa though and it looks like my dad has found it as well, since he bought be two more for christmas heh