1932 Tasting Notes

When I added this to the database, I clicked pu-erh as the variety because it’s listed on the “Pu-erh and Yunnan White” page, but please correct me if I’m wrong—I still have lots to learn!

Anyway, this is a lot different than I expected from a tea that comes in a sheng—a cake, right? It steeps up a nice golden brown, and does not have a potting-soil taste at all. Has a green tea taste without the spinach. It’s sweeter, even a little floral in the background and dances around on your tongue before and after you swallow.

(Actually, I don’t know that any of the descriptive copy in the previous paragraph are doing it justice, but it’s really, really nice!) Second steep and it’s still going strong. Thanks, Gingko, for the opportunity to experience this one!

gmathis

Interesting development … steep #3 and, unless it’s the light shift in my writing room, the color has turned red-goldier.

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drank Feather Tip by Franklin Tea Company
1932 tasting notes

Nice big leaves; nice sweet taste; first adjective that registered in the brain when I tasted it was “cereal!” (Cereal is a noun, I know…but I wasn’t awake enough to add ly to make it ceareally.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Updating: new review at http://www.itsallabouttheleaf.com/1665/tea-review-golden-moon-tea-english-breakfast/. (If you’ve ever been to Branson, Missouri from October to December you’ll get the reference…I hope….)

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Several ounces of this were in my Valentine treat bag from hubby—he’s started a pattern of getting me several ounces of blendable herbs for special occasions. Very nice and clean and lemon-limey on its own.

However, my first blending experiment wasn’t one I’ll repeat … I paired it with dark Zimbabwe, thinking the light would balance out the heavy. I’m drinking it on principle, but they’re way too different to combine well. (Blending disasters…there’s a discussion thread…hmm….)

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drank Valentines by Adagio Teas
1932 tasting notes

I am certain that the extra strawberry pieces I ladled into my cup, coupled with the “real fruit juice” in the box of Sunkist Fruit Gems my husband got me for Valentines’ Day, constitute a nutritious breakfast.

(However, I’m running out of strawberry pieces—-must ration this carefully so the flavor doesn’t get lopsided. This is still a nice flavored tea!)

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drank Green Kiss by Life In Teacup
1932 tasting notes

Previous descriptions of this one have pretty much summed it up: olive green in color, a little leaf crunch, nicely sweet but it definitely has the green tea thing going for it. Not one I’d consume by the pound (which, left to myself, I can easily do with a Whitman’s Sampler), but definitely a nice little one-square treat to accompany a genteel cuppa.

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Happy to report that this retains a lot of character in subsequent steeps - it’s really too light for an a.m. tea, but I left the leaves overnight and brewed a rerun this morning. Has lost very little of its velvety texture.

gmathis

Steep #3 kinda lost it … we were just down to a whisper of character. I need a cup that shouts.

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My general opinion of white tea has not been very kind in the past—usually I think it’s too insipid. This one (thanks, Gingko from lifeinteacup.com!) was a surprise! The leaves are monster huge and it’s a beautiful golden maple color. Flavor is subtle, which you’d expect from a white tea, but leaves this wonderful sweet, biscuity aftertaste. Like drinking liquid suede.

The lifeinteacup website says I can expect to get seven steeps out of this one … it’s a little late in the evening for me to attempt that feat, but I’m looking forward to seeing what an encore cup is like.

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Savannah Tea Company lists this only by name, so I couldn’t get a product description—looks to be rooibos with a lot of cardamom. A LOT of cardamom, but it mostly hits the nose instead of the taste buds. Otherwise, it was pretty meh on its own. A spot of honey helped it a bit.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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