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Sipdown! (143) But not for long since there is more on it’s way :) I did a bit of math this morning and with the 45 teas i picked up this weekend i need to do roughly 41 sipdowns by dec 15 for my cupboard to remain under 150. This is really just because orders from the US tend to take 10 business days to arrive. My goal really is to keep my cupboard under 150 through to the end of the year and then, focus on making sure i continue having no tea older than a year in the house. Ideally i’ll work down to a 6 month period now that i’ve landed on what my preferences are and have a better idea of what i like/don’t like. Also, puerhs don’t count haha.
The last of this little bit is off to Nicole since she hasn’t experienced yezi teas yet. :) I quite like this one – malty with cocoa notes :)
This is a very unique flavor. I don’t know what to make of it yet. It reminds me, sort of, of the smell of a musty used-to-be-a-smoking motel room. The kind that is clean and looks comfortable, but it still has that smell, you know? Strangely comforting if only because you are so tired and just grateful that you found a motel room before sunrise. Or maybe this only makes sense to me, having gone on so many family road trips, and my parents never making reservations.. . always an adventure :)
I can also see, unlike many teas with the same description, how this one can compare to a scotch.
I’m not rating this now because I am not sure how I feel about it just yet.
I’m not getting the cocoa notes from this that the rest of you are getting. Just honey. That same honey flavor that I used to describe as mushroom and that I’ve recently discovered morphs into “muscatel” in a darjeeling. Clearly, I have no idea what I am talking about when it comes to describing black teas. But According to my own personal tea descriptors, I dub this mushroom tea and it shall not be my tea.
It tastes similar to Jin Jun Mei also from Yezi, which I compared to Zhen Qu from Butiki. Should I be finding such overlapping characteristics between these teas or am I on my own little tea planet?
(I keep wanting to type random German in the middle of my English. . .this is a good sign. .. well, not for all you reading my notes, probably. haha)
ok, back to the tea: The one thing ‘mushroom’ black teas have going for them is that they do not upset my stomach the way a ‘mushroom’ oolong or a darjeeling does.
Here’s to hoping that the real tea gurus out there don’t make a fuss at me for trying to compare such individual categories of tea, likely deserving of their own unique taste descriptions. :)
I’ve been looking forward to trying out another of the samples from Yezi. 3 out of my 4 samples were oolongs, but I put off sampling them because I haven’t been in an oolong mood lately. I think that is about to change because this tea is wonderful. I just wish I hadn’t been so distracted while I was drinking it, but it is after midnight already and I still have a lot to get ready before my guests arrive later today.
This tea has such a wonderful buttery texture to it. I love to find this texture in a tea, those are the ones that I generally get lost in, although there isn’t time for that tonight. It wasn’t nearly as floral as I expected, instead it had a subtle sweetness to it. Another wonderful sample from Yezi Tea, I can’t wait to try the other two later today.
Tastybrew sent this our way in the BBB Box. Since i may want to place another order with Yezi in a couple of days, I figured i’d better try a few more of their offerings so i can place a larger order.
This is a fruity, almost peachy tea. The aroma has a hint of spice to it, though the tea itself does not. There is maltiness to this brew…along with hints of cocoa that blend with the fruitiness. Overall a really nice tea!
Working from home today to give myself a bit of a break. Still far too many things to finish up this week to warrant an actual day off, but at least this way i get to hang out in my pj’s drinking tea and working. Plus the time i save from not having to travel, i can use to watch a bit of TV haha
I picked this one for my first tea this morning because i had it a couple days ago but hadn’t had a chance to actually get some thoughts down about it.
This is a chocolately, malty brew. It’s neither bitter, nor smokey. My only “complaint” is that it feels thin? still delicious and tasty but i keep wanting it to be more full in my mouth. I’ll likely pick this one up once i’m done with the amount that Tastybrew sent to me :)
Edit: 3000 tasting notes!
I was in the kitchen at 8am cooking and kept at it for nearly 10 hours today all the while sipping on this tea. I didn’t get a chance to take detailed notes on each steep, but I can tell you it did resteep very well. I believe I stopped after 7 steeps just so I could end my day with something herbal.
Each steep rewarded me with something just a little bit different, this was surprisingly complex for a black tea. There were notes of dark chocolate which of course appealed to my sweet tooth, followed up by just a subtle hint of bitterness. Not enough to make the cup unenjoyable, but just enough to make it interesting. Early steeps of this tea resulted in a more malty flavor with a sweetness at the end, whereas the later steeps gave the exact opposite in flavor and yielded a more chocolatey sweetness with hints of malt. Every once in a while I would pick up a somewhat salty note that contrasted with the sweetness. This is a tea that will appeal to all of your cravings and it isn’t often I’ve come across one that is both sweet and salty.
You can read the full review on my blog:
Dry, the White Peony Master Grade Bai Mu Dan gives us sweet trees right off the bat. Maybe it’s the Christmas season getting to us (whatever happened to Thanksgiving?), but you can almost detect a hint of pine.
And then you steep it.
This tea explodes out of the cup. The fragrance is incredible as soon as the hot water hits, suffusing the air with flowers tightly enclosed within their pre-spring buds. Wow. From the eggshell-pale liquor, you get… Full review here: http://snooteablog.com/2013/11/26/snooty-tea-review-yezi-tea-round-1/