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Yes please!! wow. It’s been a loooong time since I liked a Sheng. Uncooked is usually too light for me. I prefer the heavy stuff!
But this… was so good! The first infusion was amazing, with so many notes to it I know I’ll miss some.
First off, it was very sweet, and bready. but not like any bread I can name. Something about it was familiar, I just cannot pinpoint how!! agh, drives me nuts. I’ve been trying to figure it out all day. It had a certain depth to it as well, that I really enjoyed.
My fave part though, was the menthol. Oh yes, it was very refreshing and yet mild. Highly enjoyable.
Tao tells me that this is a limited edition, aged since 2007 so I feel very lucky to have tried it. Esp since I almost put it back when I saw that it was uncooked!
Thank you Tao for sharing your favourite tea!!
Anyhow, I must try the last of this in a Gawain. It deserves a Gawain. Seriously folks.
Rating: 96

On a side note, I’m still grinning from my tea date with fellow Steepsters yesterday… but I’m also a little freaked out by the motorcycle accident that happened right in front of us. Spun out swerving to avoid a turning car maybe fifteen feet from us and bounced on the pavement like a rag doll. The rider was ok, he got up and walked around, nothing broken and only a scraped knee. Still, my heart was on overdrive for almost an hr after. See, 20+ years ago, my cousin, passed away because of just such an accident and ever since, those machines have given me the creeps. Even now, I can’t shake the feeling that it could have been SO much worse. The motorcyclist had excellent reflexes and did just what he was supposed to do based on what friends who drive have told me… and yet here I am imagining all sorts of terrible scenarios. and today… I am missing my cousin.
Sorry for the essay. I just had to get that off my chest. Anyone who drives, please be careful!!

Daniel Scott

So sorry for your cousin! My uncle used to ride a motorcycle, but he finally had to give it up when he developed MS. Kind of a silver lining to the Dx, if you ask me…he does have a wife and a son…

Question, why are so many people now writing the rating into their reviews? Are the rating scales not working for some people, or is this a mass revolt against Steepster?

Indigobloom

thanks Daniel. I’m so glad your Uncle gave up the motorcycle. I’m sad to hear he’s got MS though. I hope he finds some meds that staves it off for a long time.
For some reason my browser doesn’t allow me to rate anymore. There is no happy face to drag across!

Bonnie

Oh dear! Poor Bloom! And yes…what’s with the rating being hidden?

Indigobloom

thx Bonnie. if I ever figure it out I’ll let you know! but I’ll tell ya one thing… my ratings have been more honest this way. I don’t feel any remorse over rating a tea I shouldn’t this way! (ie if I dislike it for reasons other than tea quality) it doesn’t lower the rating.

Daniel Scott

Thanks, Indigo. He seems to be doing pretty good. Apparently, California weather helps him a lot, so that’s where his family moved! We don’t see them in person much anymore, and it’s usually only his wife that comes up to Canada to visit, but we see a lot of their “backyard pool party” pictures on Facebook. You almost end up jealous, really. LOL.

Indigobloom

that makes sense! if I ever get MS, I’ll be sure to move to Cali :)
I love pool parties :P

TheTeaFairy

I can just imagine the trauma of witnessing that accident, knowing you lost a family member this way… I lost a dear friend this summer to a motorcycle accident, luck was not on his side. Glad the guy you saw was ok…

ashmanra

Oh, so sorry you saw that! When I see a motorcycle, I position my car to “protect” them from people who may not see them! Usually they take off and weave in and out of traffic, being smaller and more agile than most cars, but when I am near them I keep my eyes glued to them and do what I can! I guess it is partly because my hubby loves long distance road bicycling and i feel like he is vulnerable on those country roads that are 55 miles an hour!

Indigobloom

TeaFairy: I’m so sorry you lost your friend. That is so sad :(
Ashmanra: thanks, it was not something I’d want to relive. Tell hubby to stay safe!

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Daniel Scott

So sorry for your cousin! My uncle used to ride a motorcycle, but he finally had to give it up when he developed MS. Kind of a silver lining to the Dx, if you ask me…he does have a wife and a son…

Question, why are so many people now writing the rating into their reviews? Are the rating scales not working for some people, or is this a mass revolt against Steepster?

Indigobloom

thanks Daniel. I’m so glad your Uncle gave up the motorcycle. I’m sad to hear he’s got MS though. I hope he finds some meds that staves it off for a long time.
For some reason my browser doesn’t allow me to rate anymore. There is no happy face to drag across!

Bonnie

Oh dear! Poor Bloom! And yes…what’s with the rating being hidden?

Indigobloom

thx Bonnie. if I ever figure it out I’ll let you know! but I’ll tell ya one thing… my ratings have been more honest this way. I don’t feel any remorse over rating a tea I shouldn’t this way! (ie if I dislike it for reasons other than tea quality) it doesn’t lower the rating.

Daniel Scott

Thanks, Indigo. He seems to be doing pretty good. Apparently, California weather helps him a lot, so that’s where his family moved! We don’t see them in person much anymore, and it’s usually only his wife that comes up to Canada to visit, but we see a lot of their “backyard pool party” pictures on Facebook. You almost end up jealous, really. LOL.

Indigobloom

that makes sense! if I ever get MS, I’ll be sure to move to Cali :)
I love pool parties :P

TheTeaFairy

I can just imagine the trauma of witnessing that accident, knowing you lost a family member this way… I lost a dear friend this summer to a motorcycle accident, luck was not on his side. Glad the guy you saw was ok…

ashmanra

Oh, so sorry you saw that! When I see a motorcycle, I position my car to “protect” them from people who may not see them! Usually they take off and weave in and out of traffic, being smaller and more agile than most cars, but when I am near them I keep my eyes glued to them and do what I can! I guess it is partly because my hubby loves long distance road bicycling and i feel like he is vulnerable on those country roads that are 55 miles an hour!

Indigobloom

TeaFairy: I’m so sorry you lost your friend. That is so sad :(
Ashmanra: thanks, it was not something I’d want to relive. Tell hubby to stay safe!

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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