117 Tasting Notes

Grabbed this out of my tea drawer, as I was just looking for something quick while I made dinner…. It’s not really my thing, but it’s ok for right now.
It feels more like the type of tea I’d drink when I felt sick…so maybe I should add this to a ‘buy this tea next time you’re all ill and gross’ list…
There’s nothing wrong with it, it just doesn’t float my boat like a gently flavoured or straight green does…
Off to prep my asparagus and listen to more of this week’s Bombcast podcast. :)

Flavors: Citrus, Mint

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I just shoveled my driveway, and my arms feel like wet noodles. The snow itself is as high as my waist, while the areas I’m having to throw the snow up into are almost above my head… Winter, the Starks can have you!
I had leaves of this in my gaiwan from last night, and since I made it while cooking dinner, I didn’t get all the life out of this tea… So, easy morning tea for me. It’s all ready to go! :)
This infusion (can’t remember if it’s the 4th or 5th…..) is roasty and floral with hints of spun sugar on the nose…It’s exactly what I was looking for, and my wet noodle arms are happy now.


Good job on the snow! That must have been quite the job.

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drank Pu-erh by Blue Quill
117 tasting notes

This is from MissB (thank you!), and I hadn’t tried it until right now. I’m having this shou craving that’s driving me mad… MAD FOR SHOU! :)
Anyway, this is so good.
It falls apart (tuo cha form) very quickly, with a lot of sediment. I improvised and used a small tea basket to pour through into my tea cup, which resulted in a bit on my counter, because I’m pouring out of gaiwan through a tea basket, and it just didn’t want to work….but I persevered!
I do definitely get the ‘crunchy sugar’ thing that MissB talked about in her review for this tea (ha!…crunch…)… it’s malty and sweet, but earthy and round.
I’ve got a few more of these, and I’m so glad that I do! :))

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Ok, so my late night puerh drinking experiment took a sour turn.
I found myself staring at the clock, feeling like electricity was flying through my limbs, at 3:30am (I headed up to bed around 1am)… haha!
BUT… This puerh was SO good! I kind of don’t regret drinking it last night…
I wonder if you can build up a resistance to caffeine, because I would like to do that if it meant I could keep drinking teas like this at night and not just during the day.
The sweet rice scent, the warm smoothness…. aw, it’s just awesome. :D


Some people drink shou as their before bed tea! I couldn’t, either. Way too sensitive to caffeine.


sounds delish!


Aw, too bad….shou gives me rubber legs and relaxes me, haha :-)

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Found a sample of this at the back of my tea drawer, and admittedly, this has got to be old…like, real old, since I haven’t ordered from Den’s tea in quite some time (not because I don’t like their tea…I just don’t have enough money to order all the tea I want to. haha).
Anyway, even being old, I really like this. It’s bright, with that vegetal bitter note I was expecting. I don’t think I’ll rush to buy it (again…in my dream world, my tea budge would be HUGE….), but it’s definitely a nice cup.
I wonder what it would taste like if it hadn’t been hiding in my tea drawer for such a long time….

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Normally my pu notes consist of steeping details and observances…
I have a specific purpose for this note, though, and it’s that I drank this late (I mean LATE) at night after remembering boychik saying she can drink pu and still sleep… well, by golly, she is totally correct! I am so excited that I have more options for night time! And pu-erh, which is so meditative and relaxing, is such a wonderful choice to have. W00T!
Anyway, I love this one. It’s all warm cinnamon raisin bread with this effervescent mineral thing that dances on my tongue…. oh, it’s mighty delicious! I drank this while playing the second episode of Telltale Games’ “Game of Thrones” last night, and if it wasn’t so glitchy (knew I should’ve waited for a patch… I play on the PS3), it would’ve been a downright fantastic experience. Game of Thrones and this Puerh = heaven.

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I’m enjoying infusion after infusion of this tea today, after listening to the third episode of Laszlo Montgomery’s History of Tea podcast (was tipped off to that by ifjuly, and it’s utterly fantastic…), which is going into incredible detail on the history of tea in China.
So, listening to that, while sipping this, is an absolute pleasure. :)
It’s fruity finish, led into by it’s chocolatey first note, I find to be so lovely.
This is one of those teas I just always want to go back to.

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I got this as a sample with my rooibos order and decided to try it today. I love that there are corn pieces, and little popcorns, and caramel balls in the tea, and the dry leaf did smell like caramel popcorn. Once steeped, though, I could tell that the black base wasn’t really going to do it for me. It really reminded me of Adagio’s black base, and for some reason, I have trouble liking it (I have no idea why, because I know some people love it)… So, I’m sure if you like Adagio teas and you like caramel popcorn, then this tea is going to be awesome for you. It just was not for me.
Their rooibos, though…now, that’s something I can get behind. :)


adagio black base is yuck


So it’s not just me? I thought I was crazy… haha


naw there are a few of us not a fan…

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I had to kick my daughter off the computer (she was editing a wiki), just so that I could log this tea quick…
This was a sample that MissB sent me in a box of awesomeness… I was honestly a little hesitant in trying it because I didn’t think that I liked milk oolongs. I’ve tried only one, admittedly, but it just was not my thing…
Well, here is an example of tea being fantastically unpredictable at times, because I absolutely love this tea. love it.
I’m using a porcelain gaiwan and doing short steeps, and am loving each and every cup I’m getting.
I’ve never had a tea like this before, where the leaves were rolled up into little balls, but with this sort of powdery exterior… really looking more like pellets than rolled tea.
The tea is quite sweet…very sweet finish. And, I do get a hint of stone fruit there…
So glad I tried this today!

Ok….letting my daughter back on the computer now. :D

ETA: In my hurry, I forgot to say THANK YOU to MissB (geesh! how rude of me!).
Also, I read the other note for this tea, and I am picking up on a ‘licorice root’ sort of sweetness… hmmm.. I wonder if that’s actually added to this tea?


I’ve read that the ginseng can have that sweetness as well. I find ginseng tastes like dirt, though, so I’m not entirely sure about it. :)


Oh, I though it was a ginseng oolong from your description of a powdery exterior. Interesting.


It probably totally was a ginseng oolong! lol It says “milk oolong”, but if you go to the website, it says ginseng… and i have no experience with ginseng.
So, that’s what the powdery exterior was?!?


Yeah! I haven’t tried one, but I’m curious. :) They do look really neat.


I googled, and the tea most definitely looked like a ‘ginseng oolong’. How fun! Thank you so much, OMGsrsly! I had no idea that’s what I was drinking. I definitely did like it…and it gave infusion after infusion. Actually, I’m going to set my gaiwan aside and try to get more out of the leaves tomorrow. :)

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It’s Saturday, and that, in itself, is quite wonderful.
But, on top of that, I’ve got a cup of this right now. :D
ifjuly sent me some of this (she supplies me with the most wonderful teas… That woman, I tell you…), and I’ve been loving every cup of it that I’ve had.
It’s sweet, and bright, with notes of honey and fruit. This is definitely one I’d like to have around…
Seriously…I can’t stop sipping to type. ;)


(and yes…that is a Santa mug… still. lol)


Oh this is soooo good! I hope H&S has this as their loose leaf assam again sometime soon. My tin will have to last until then.


I love your photos. :) (And I’m still using my Halloween mug, so Santa is fine!)

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Oh, tea….
you’ve taken over my life, but I’m ok with that.

I’m pretty new to the tea scene, only drinking tea bags most of my life, but my friend ifjuly really got me into it (that sounds bad…). Butiki, Harney, and Verdant seem to be my ‘go to’ places to order from, but I LOVE trying new teas and companies. The variety is partly why I love tea so much…you can’t possibly get sick of it.
Well, that, and the transporting aroma of each cup…. I love that. It’s why I love wine, and tea does it just was well.

Really want to learn about different tea vendors out there, and about tea in general… it’s all so interesting to me.
I’m really excited to be part of this community and learn from all of you.

I don’t usually sweeten or add milk to my teas, so my notes are based on that….also, the rating system kind of throws me—I’ve always been horrible with giving number ratings to things, so don’t take those as set in stone (Honestly, I usually don’t even use the numbers…).

Everything in my cupboard has at least one serving left in it…I try to keep it updated. :) (I actually just added all my sample sizes to my cupboard, so MOST of the tea in my cupboard is of that ‘sample’ size…)

random info: music and art are pretty important in my life… i also thoroughly enjoy nerdy things like video games, anime, knitting, Doctor Who (the 10th is my favourite…), A Song of Ice and Fire, and random cartoons and such…. and i love, love, love to read. :)

I’m married to my best friend (I’ve known him since I was 15….we were totally going to be in a band together. It was going to be HUGE…), and we’ve got three kiddos. They’re pretty neat, too, even if they try to put sugar in my Verdant tea when they drink it….


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