1296 Tasting Notes

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
1296 tasting notes

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The last couple weeks have been so hectic and stressful. Been at the doctor’s office more than we have been home. My wife has been in severe pain with acid reflux. They eliminated everything else before treating her. Thankful, but that was crazy. Then we have the building projects underway. Reroofing the mobile home should be done Monday then they start the porch on my house.

Point is, neither of us have been sleeping well. Last night we each had a mug of this at bed time. The next thing we know the puppy is fussing to be let out at 7:00 AM. Yeah Sleep!

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Every review I have read on this one has been positive. This is another one. The leaf smells of fall leaves to me. It looks like bark flakes rather than white tea. The brew is dark honey almost ale. The taste is like sweet hay with grassy notes. Crisp and clean with a mineral fresh spring water taste under the hay. Fruity late in the sip. The taste is definite white tea though everything else about it keeps you guessing. Where silver needle and white peony to some extent are subtle and lean towards cucumber/melon, this one is bigger flavored and leans toward leaf and fruit. A nice peaceful treat on this hectic day.

Sil

i was going to pull this one out today but didn’t have a chance!

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drank Blue Mist by Simpson & Vail
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Found this in the drawer in a baggie. I didn’t even remember it. Read my tasting note from two years ago. Apparently it didn’t impress me back then. Today, the base tea is a really nice black with some good malt notes. The fruit smells tropical but light. Tastes even lighter which I am OK with as I’m not much on tropical flavors. The real problem is it leaves a taste in your mouth. Maybe because its old. Maybe because I just don’t like it. Two years ago when it was fresher I gave it an 80. Today, it wouldn’t be fair to give it a number.

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I was talked into this one by my wife and son. They loved it. Me not so much. I could not taste tea at all. The mint didn’t jump out but that was fine with me. The lemonade was the strongest flavor and it is tart. To me the other ingredients just reinforce the tart and it comes off as almost hibiscus like. Makes sense though as my wife likes hibiscus flavored herbals. Not for me.

Cheri

It sounds like it could be so good.

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The first cup is so intensely malt I was inclined to think the second was nearly malt free. Turns out there is still plenty. The secret is to put some distance between the first and second. The second does have a slight edge and tastes a little mineral, but the malt is still quite good in this one.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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I am wondering if Teavivre found a new supplier for this. This is a brighter green and has a lighter flavor than my last batch. I like this better.

Today the hammers and saws are supposed to start on my property. Reroofing our mobile home next door first, then I finally get my porch. May get loud around here for a while so I am enjoying the quiet peaceful morning with green tea powder and milk.

Cheri

I would love to have a nice porch. My dream dream house has a wrap around porch.

ashmanra

Mine, too, Cheri! Down here in the South EVERY house ought to have one, but not many do. What a dream that would be, a nice, deep wraparound porch!

K S

I agree about the wraparound, nice dream. Doesn’t fit our house or my wallet but I’d like to have it. When we lived in the mobile home we had a 10′ × 20′ porch built. I lived on it. The house is getting a 10′ × 38′ – the width of the house. Can hardly wait. I’ve always loved sitting on a porch when it storms.

Cheri

The cottage I spent all of my summers at had a screened in porch. It was perfect for watching storms from (unless it was really blowing) or sleeping on. One just had to be careful for drips. (This cottage was literally a tiny log cabin, and everything leaked.)

K S

Cheri, sounds like heaven… except for the drips.

mrmopar

We sit on the porch also during the storms.

gmathis

That’s the one thing I miss from our Shabby House summer—the deep front porch with a rocking chair and the way it sounded in the rain.

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This…Tea…Is…Awesome! I know I tend to love just about everything I try. But really almost everything I have tried of late has been really good. Admitting that – This one may well hold the record for the most malt I have ever smelled in a sample pouch. The leaf is gorgeous. I think it is better looking than the picture. Less orange, more tan, than Teavivre’s Golden Tips but every bit as beautiful. It tastes like liquid malted milk balls. I can’t decide if I am really tasting the chocolate coating or if the mental image is just too hard to shake. The first cup is super smooth with zero bitterness and zero astringency. The second cup is far less malt. It has a slight edge with a mineral note and a fruitiness in the aftertaste.

Stephanie

mmmm…tips

donkeytiara

you just cost me $38. drats….. :)

What-Cha

Thanks once again for another brilliant review Kevin. Thanks for the order donkeytiara, I’ll be sure to include some free samples of black tea.

K S

donkeytiara – Pretty sure this wasn’t that expensive ;)

What-Cha – my wife who seldom tastes tea (because of caffeine) took a sip of this and went, “Whoa!”

Stephanie – I’ll try and set a little back. Just don’t bank on it ;)

What-Cha

Wow, great to hear it induced such a reaction from your wife who isn’t a tea drinker. Although I don’t like to play favourites with my tea, I have to admit that it really is my favourite black.

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The spammer seems to have caused Steepster to lose my Candy Cane Lane note I posted early today. Let’s see if Sugar Cookie posts. I have maybe 4-6 bags left. Note to self buy extra this winter.

gmathis

We start seeing it on shelves around early October.

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When I removed the toucha from the sealed bag, the aroma was incredibly bread. Smells so good. I started with a 40 s steep. The first cup was light and tasted like hazelnut. No bitterness and no astringency that I noticed. Second cup at 30 s was darker and more complex. It started more like a raw pu-erh without the harsh bitterness. It is thick and syrupy with a sweet fruity aftertaste and leaves a sticky lip feel. With the 3rd cup at 30 s, I got a stronger cup, cheek tingle, and a bitterness that I like – not the nasty harsh kind. When it was hot, I thought I briefly tasted leather. As it cooled it became more mineral and almost cave like. In each cup the cooler it got the more I caught the hazelnut flavor.

I did not notice anything I would consider floral and certainly not like any lotus I’ve tried. That doesn’t surprise me. The ripe rose toucha has no rose taste but is one of my favorite ripe touchas. This is definitely a more complex tea than I was expecting. I am looking forward to several more cups – the toucha is loose but largely still intact.

Stephanie

Nice, do you still want to try some of the Chrysanthemum? Or the raw jasmine?

K S

I bought some of the jasmine when I ordered this one. I’ll PM you on the chrysanthemum.

Stephanie

Cool no biggie :)

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