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163 Tasting Notes

90

I have been drinking a lot of this lately.
Which is why I have not been seen on here as much.
I like this tea, but I have to admit, I have been drinking it a bit more for the health and diet benefits.
I actually have been seeing some weight loss due to drinking this tea.(by this tea, I mean Pu-erh itself, just not this particular tea by S&V)
I have missed drinking other teas,but I am loving that the waist line on my jeans are lose!
Upping the rating because of this new development,plus the taste is growing on me more and more:)
See previous note for more.

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90

My amount of knowledge on Pu-erh is about as big as one of these cute little buttons of tea.
The only true way to learn what I like and don’t like is to drink more of this type of tea.
So, I bought some of this in my recent S&V order.
I am glad I did.
I think this would have been a good Pu-erh for me to start with.
It has all the typical characteristic pu-erh flavors but muted.
It would have helped me ease into the flavor, I think.
But, thats all water under the bridge, or water poured out of the teakettle.Whatever:)
This tea is earthy with notes of fruit and mushrooms.
It reminds me of firewood in the woodshed, not fresh cut firewood, but the firewood that has been in the shed about a year.
I know that might not be the most flattering description and one that a lot of you might not get.
But, I like that smell.
It reminds me of home.
I consistently get about 4 steeps out of this, with the flavor going from mushroomy wood down to more wood and a bit of fruit, but like a dried fruit.
The fifth steep is extremely soft and light, I usually do not go beyond that.
Pu-erh is a adventure, It is a tea that keeps surprising me.
I am not sure what an experienced Pu-erh drinker would think of this tea, it might be a little to light on flavor for them.
But, for now, in this part of my Pu-erh journey, I am immensely enjoying it.

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85

Another tea from the gracious Ashmanra
My oh my!
This is on the totally opposite side from my first taste of Puerh tea.
Obviously, this is flavored so it should be in a different category, however the Puerh is still present in this tea.
But, I just want to talk about the smell of this tea for a minute.
It is incredible.
I mean, if I could I would walk around with two mugs of this all day, one to drink and one to make any area that I am currently occupying smell utterly divine.
The strawberry in this tea literally smells like a French Strawberry Cream Tart I had one time.
So fresh, and so creamy!
I only get a little chocolate, which I am totally okay with, since I am not huge into chocolate tea.
More like a chocolate drizzle over the creamy tart.
The puerh in the background is bringing a bit of earthiness to the whole mix.
Taste is a little different.
It moves from Strawberry Tart to Strawberry Field.
Strawberries warmed from the sun with a bit of field dust on them.
Thats what this tea tastes like to me.
Which as I sit, looking out my icy window at the frozen landscape, this tea feels a little like a promise.
Thank you, Ashmanra, for giving me a bit of summer in the middle of January.

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Sil

mmm i need to try this at some point in my puerh adventure

ashmanra

So glad you like it! I think it is divine!

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88

I like black tea.
I like oolong tea.
So, when I saw this tea, I thought I couldn’t go wrong with it.
I am so happy when I am right:)
For some reason, I was afraid that the black tea would overwhelm the oolong, but it does not.
The Oolong is very much a part of this lovely cuppa.
Malty and Nutty.
Fruity and Savory.
The tea makes me think of chocolate (dessert) yet a like it would be tasty with a Dinner.
Very yummy.
Well Done, Brendan!
Another winner in my book.

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Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! Thanks! :)

This one is really good chilled as well!

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80

I acquired this tea in a swap with Amy Oh
Technically, this is a sachet not a bag, but I thought it would be the perfect way to finish up my day of bagged teas.
Mmmmm…Rose and Orchid teas? I am spoiling myself today:)
This brews up to a lovely golden tea, with a creamy floral and oolong odor.
What I love is that the floral does not overpower the oolong, it is still very present and hits the tongue first before the orchid makes itself known.
A lovely tea from a lovely person, Thank you Amy Oh!

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79
drank Rose Garden by Twinings
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Another sample from the lovely Ashmanra
I think I was besotted from the first moment I tore open its little packet.
I realized that this is the first Rose tea I have ever tasted (I have had floral teas with rose in them but never just a Rose and Black tea)
I love the name Rose Garden, for that is exactly what it smells like, a whole garden full of those pink English Roses.
As I was sipping this, I literally caught myself with my pinky raised, HA!
But, it just feels like that kind of tea.
Taste is sweet, lightly floral and very proper.
If you don’t like roses, do not even try this tea.
But, for me, I am thinking a Rose Tea is needed for my permanent collection.
As I was sipping this tea, I was looking through Pinterest and bumped into this, which made the whole Rose experience even more British:
http://pinterest.com/pin/79376012154322878/
(beware: Only those who love the Doctor might get this;)

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ashmanra

I love the Doctor! Ad I am glad you liked this tea! If you liked this one, it is very much like Rose Scented from Harney and Sons. If you want a really rosy tea with a little more heft to the base, try Upton Rose Congou. Or just keep getting this one! :)

Hesper June

Well, I just ordered some Upton Rose Congou. I am glad to hear it is a good one:)
I might have to try H&S’s sometime too.
I was not able to find this one online anywhere. Is it another one you get from your SIL or how do you get it?

gmathis

I liked the Rose Congou a lot, and I’m a little picky about how much floral I let filter into my cup. Ashmanra’s right; it has a punch behind the elegance. (Like Violet Crawley!)

ashmanra

Indeed, he brought it from Ireland but is happy to bring or ship anything we want! I could have sworn I had seen it at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. I will check next time I am there.

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79
drank Blossom Earl Grey by Twinings
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Continuing my bagged tea day.
This is a sample from the wonderful Ashmanra in the awesome package she sent me just before Christmas.
I hear that there might be a discussion on if Twinings in America are different than European Twinings.
Well, I do not know if I have much to say either way on that, I simply have not had enough of either to know for sure.
But, the one thing I have noticed is the difference between the leaf in the European and the US.
When I opened the samples from Twinings US, a poof of powder would always fly out of the packet.
The European samples are certainly chopped leaf but not anywhere as fine as the US ones.
The US ones were literally a powder.
Now, on to this tea.
Odor is a bright, sugary orange bergamot.
Taste. Mmmm, I like this tea.
I love the juicy sweet orange bergamot flavor!
I am a bergamot lover and I despise when its weak in the tea.
This tea does not disappoint.

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Hesper June

I even got a re-steep out of the bag, It was weaker in flavor but still tasty.

ashmanra

Yay! Glad you like it! This is done my future son-in-law keeps on hand, and he brought a box for me from Ireland.

Hesper June

What a Sweetie he is!

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61
drank Prince of Wales by Twinings
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This is my last sample from the great Twinings sample giveaway.
I have heard good things about this tea, so I have looked forward to giving it a try.
Odor of the tea is softly malty and a bit fruity.
Taste is not real strong and I can taste a little bit of the paper bag.
Not a terrible a cup of tea,just a little light on taste for me.

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80
drank Dublin Morning by Bewley's
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The land of the living.
Toward the middle of the night on Saturday it hit me like a Semi Truck.
This started my nearly 48 hour migraine.
I have not had one this bad in awhile.
My darling sweet husband took care of me the entire time.
I lay in the dark bedroom.
Husband quietly bringing in cups of tea, water, juice and bits of food and pills, leaving them on the bed table where they sat barely touched.
My pets never left my side.
Last night, when I finally ventured out of my cave and husband promptly asked me what I wanted.
I said “A cup of tea”
He made me a cup of this.
I have had this tea for awhile, but have not logged it, because it is the tea that I grab when we are up long before normal people should arise and are out the door into the cold.
I bought this initially because Husband said he was interested in drinking more tea, but there was no way that he could make himself a cup of loose leaf tea at the shop.
So, I got this and I have ended up drinking most of it, because it surprised me with its delightful full flavored malty-ness and bracing spirit yet convenience of a quick cuppa.
It also is one of the only teas I have tried with a bit of milk and sugar, it seems to bring the malty-ness out even more.
They come in a cellophane wrapped box of 80 bags.
Have a tin ready to place the bags into, because they are not individually
wrapped.
Husband has made himself a cuppa of this and also when he makes me a cup of tea he grabs this, because its right by the kettle in a large tin that reads “Tea Bags”
So, last night when he handed me a mug of this, you would have thought he gave me a million bucks, I snatched it from him and inhaled while wrapping my hands firmly around the mug.
After I had nearly finished the mug of tea and he coaxed some peanut butter toast down me, he looked at me and said “there you go, looking better babe”
Then he went on to tell me how these last couple of days I looked like something that crawled off the Walking Dead filming set.
A little later catching my image in the mirror, I saw what he meant.
But, this morning, I am among the living and having another cuppa of this tea.
I am weak today, as I usually am after one of these episodes.
I want tea, but want it easily without thinking, so I think today, I will go through some of the bagged tea samples I have.
Maybe you will see more of me on here today.

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gmathis

Welcome back! The Bewley’s Clipper Gold loose leaf ashmanra sent me some time ago is also a kick-you-in-the-backside strong black tea that I really like. When it doesn’t pucker your head to remember things, where did you buy the bagged?

Hesper June

I did not know they even made a loose leaf version.
It is fairly bracing yet it does not seem to upset my stomach.
I got this off of Amazon, I do not remember the seller nor exact price, but I do remember it was under 10 bucks for a box of 80 bags.

Serenity

I am so sorry you had such a horrible migraine. I’ve experienced them, too, and know the utter euphoric relief when you feel better and have that first cup of tea. It’s as if you’ve been someplace horrible and you are back, restored. You described it so well. Top o’ the morning to you, Hesper June!

Hesper June

Thank you! Yes, it does feel like you just took the ring to Mordor or something.
Sitting up and looking around feels like such a treat!

ashmanra

Hesper June: I can have Gav pick you some loose leaf Bewleys in Dublin in a couple of months! Just let me know what you want to try! It might be March or it could be May, but he always calls and asks what tea I want. They have a Gurmans, too, and it is yum yum yum tea!

Hesper June

Wow! What a treat.
I would happily pay for some tea fresh from the old country!
I have not heard of Gurmans. (teeters off to google Gurman Tea)

Claire

Glad to read that you’re feeling better! Yorkshire Gold is my go to kick-in-the-pants tea. I might have to try this one now!

ashmanra

Gurman’s has such great service! There was a tea we wanted to order and they didn’t have it n the website, just in the store in Ireland. We emailed, they put it up just for us! Madame Butterfly is sooo good, I think sme of their teas might be sourced from Teageschwender.

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So, my first taste of Pu-erh reminded me of mucking out the stables.
This Pu-erh gives me a horse-y memory too, but thankfully a more pleasant one.
Hubby gets fish from Pu-erh, and I get horses, so odd how one tea can appear so very different to each person.
I use one of these little cups for a 2 1/2 cup pot instead of for a 8 oz serving (as suggested) I also start with very short steeps.
I am finding with Pu-erh if I can let it sneak up on my taste buds, I enjoy the whole experience a lot more.
The smell of these tea reminds me of horseback riding with my big red Tennessee Walker,named Star, up on the mountain behind the farm where I grew up.
There is a tiny stable smell, but the good kind (if any of you have been around horses you know what I mean) that good, healthy horse smell.
That smell is mixed with a few other memories, like riding over the soft damp earth under the trees, some patches of the earth covered in a thick dark green moss, the horses hooves would be so muffled on the moss that sometimes we would come upon a deer and her fawn grazing or napping in the filtered sunshine.
Then, maybe we would ride around the other side of the mountain next to the creek where there was a beaver slide and in a small hollow in the shade, there would be a patch of wild mushrooms growing.
Woody,damp earth, moss, mushrooms and horses.
With the taste I get small amount of horse, moss and a lot of mushrooms with a tinge of forest.
It’s very interesting, and although to the new comer to Pu-erh, all of this sounds completely nuts.
But, This tea has fetched a memory from back in the dusty corners of my mind.
I am grateful for that.

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K S

What a beautiful descriptive review. I felt like I was riding along and experiencing this tea myself. Sounds awesome.

Serenity

Yeah, same as K S! I had such a memory of resting my face on a sun-warmed pony’s back after grooming him.

gmathis

ooh, ooh, take me with you1

Hesper June

Thanks, KS and Serenity!
Gmathis, I would love too, but my two horses went to the big green pasture in the sky a couple of years ago already, I miss them lots.

gmathis

Friend, I haven’t been on a horse since the mid-80’s. The only thing I’d be good for is comic relief!

Hesper June

:) LOL, well, we all need comic relief.

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A Farmer’s Wife who drinks her tea to forget the din of the world.
Love all tea, from black to herbal concoctions.
Usually start my day with black tea and then move on to Oolong or Green in the afternoon, then finish the day with a tisane.
Loose Leaf teas are my preference, I say “Free the Leaves!” :)
When I am not drinking tea, I enjoy knitting, baking, reading, playing with one of our rescue animals or working along side my husband on our farm.

My rating system is rather relaxed:
50’s or under- Um, is this tea or did I get this from the slop bucket?
60’s- Not really my thing, certainly will not be purchasing again.
70’s- I will give this tea a few more tries to see if it grows on me , right now it is okay but not thrilling me.
80’s- Like this tea a lot. It might be a tea that I have to be in a certain mood for and therefore not a daily drinker, but try to have on hand for those “moods”
90’s and higher- ADORE! Will never be without!

I most always drink my tea plain.
No sweeteners or milk/cream.

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