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1157 Tasting Notes

This is my week for the weird and unique.

I used my press to brew this up with 5 oz of boiling water, steeping 45 seconds. The cake came apart easily and filled the water with camellia flowers. If you have had Teavivre’s dehydrated camellia flowers then you have some idea what this is made from. The processing changes the taste. The cloudy apricot brew tastes like a good horse smell combined with pinewood. I catch glimpses of apple or chamomile. It has a sharpness to it like a young sheng. Drying on the front of the tongue. The aftertaste is sweet and lingers.

The second cup at 1 minute is darker and more robust. The horse is more leathery and the pinewood is replaced by something more like a green oolong. The aftertaste is still sweet but more like biting into a plant.

Very hard to describe and very different. Halfway through the second cup I decided to add a small amount of sweetener. It did knock the young bite out of the cup but even sweet tooth me thought it was more of a distraction than a help. Overall I thought this was a fun cup.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

This does sound fun.

Bonnie

I wonder what a cold brew would taste like.

K S

Ashmanra has mentioned cold brewing poo with great success. I have never attempted it. If I get brave enough to try – how do I go about it? Today I was steeping about 5 oz at a time. How much water do I use for the same amount of leaf for cold brewed? I think Ashmanra hot steeps hers a few times then finishes with cold brew but I may be wrong.

Starfevre

I am curious too. I have various sized steeping vessels but have only had success in SBT premade bags in my 2 quart.

Bonnie

Since puerh is so resteepable that I often do several steeps and I get interrupted in some way. I take the still good leaves and toss them in my filter top bottle with some Spring water. Into the frig it goes. (If you use fresh puerh you have to break it up.)
Iced puerh, especially in the Summertime, is very refreshing. Quells your appetite.

Bonnie Oh…don’t need much…same as for maybe 4-5 grams (roughly a teaspoon dry).
Starfevre

How much water is that, Bonnie?

Bonnie

Oh, I have a bottle that’s…um…18oz. And the top I use is a steepware (filters the leaves and fits many bottle brands). You can mix…a little ginger or oolong…pinch of laoshan black…or anything that doesn’t get bitter cold.

Starfevre

5 grams per 18 oz. Okay, got it. I will have to note that somewhere.

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
1157 tasting notes

Just when I think I have a handle on the boundaries of the tea world this happens. Completely unlike anything I have experienced. It defies description but I’ll try. Marshmallows sprinkled with stone dust. Yep. I worked in the stone fabrication industry 31 years. That is what this reminds me of. Yet not. I’ll try again. The taste is like the scent of a newly pulled tree root with fresh damp earth still attached. While that sounds like a puerh description this is completely different. I also catch very light cinnamon and apple with a herbal note – maybe basil. I liked how different this is. Thanks Terri. I took a trip and never left the farm with this one.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

This one is extra special and unique, I agree!

caile

It does sound very unique!

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drank Earl Grey by Twinings
1157 tasting notes

I have one more bag of this. I used to drink this often and loved it. Now I am finding it kind of meh. I hate it when the classics don’t quite live up to the memory.

Suziqzer

I’m afraid too that the more teas I try that the old favs will not be as great. I guess it’s something we all risk by trying so many new things.

Yvonne

My dad said he used to drink this exact tea growing up all the time – it was his favourite. Earl Grey is wonderful.

K S

On the bright side I am enjoying the English Breakfast bags. It never used to appeal to me.

K S

Yvonne EG is and always shall be my favorite flavored type tea.

Sil

…because you’re crazy KS :) BLEEEERG on BERG! :)

K S

Come on Sil, join us on the BERG side. Room for one more. Bwahahaha!

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drank Rose Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
1157 tasting notes

Waking up so early is starting to take its toll on me. I drank green tea all morning because I was awake. Chugged a Mtn Dew with lunch but it has since faded. I need go-go juice. Reached in the drawer for a Yunnan, came out with this one. Finished off the sample. I leafed a little heavier than my normal. The result is a little more rose than I noted the first time. As soon as the cup cooled the rose faded some allowing the glorious Dian Hong to rise up and give me the boost I needed to make it through the afternoon. A very nice rose black tea.

Stephanie

Heh, Mountain Dew. Do you have Ski in your area of Indiana?

K S

I have seen it but not tried it. Mellow Yellow is OK but its too easy to chug.

Lala

You could do what Honey Boo Boo does and mix pixie stix in red bull and chug that! Ha ha. (I take no responsibility for you actions after you drink that though) :P

K S

Showing my age but… Red Bull – Eeewww. Think I’ll just turn in early :D

Stephanie

Ski is like a THING in my corner of Indiana for some reason. And Grippos, ha!

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drank Sun Dried Jingshan Green by Verdant Tea
1157 tasting notes

I have been awake since 3:00 AM. My grandmother used to tell me she couldn’t sleep. I told her to quit taking naps which she swore she wasn’t napping. I now understand. You would think I would want a big bold in your face mug-o-black tea, but I am already awake. So, I chose this one to start my day and I’m really glad I did. After one cup (it should go three) I really like this. When I inhaled the aroma of the wet leaf I immediately thought citrus. That is something new. The taste is different from the scent, at least for me. It is clean with no bitterness. Very creamy, almost buttery. The taste is vegetal but not grassy, though Verdant calls it sweetgrass. It is very fresh tasting. The aftertaste is sweet. There is a feeling of dryness but that doesn’t describe it well. I see others called it savory. That works. However you choose to describe this it is mouthwateringly good. Thanks Terri for another excellent tea.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1157 tasting notes

I finally changed the name of this to match the packaging.

Oh Green Tea with Earl Grey why do I love you so? Others don’t see it but I just can’t quit you. You are my addiction. Someday I am going to run away. But not today.

Just a light bergamot with a strong slightly bitter green base. Less than $10 a pound. A Cheapster Steepster delight.

Terri HarpLady

I think you love it because it reminds you of someone special ;)

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I cannot use Verdant’s steeping method. I tried but I just can’t drink tea when it is that hot. So I had maybe a 30 second steep before realizing I had to pour into a drinking vessel. Even with botched methodology and a pretty short steep, this turned out very nice. This is an excellent version of the type. Clean, crisp, fresh and green. The aftertaste is sweet. I am on my first cup but expect to enjoy several more.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’m so glad you’re enjoying these teas! :)

K S

I’m so glad you shared them! I had three 12oz mugs out of this before I ran out of time.

K S

I’m so glad you shared them! I had three 12oz mugs out of this before I ran out of time.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
1157 tasting notes

Tea of the morning. From a bag. I’m OK with that. I had more pressing matters.

This morning at 6:15 AM the unmanned Mun Rescue II vehicle was launched in an effort to rescue the crew of the Alice K (to the moon Alice) who have been stranded on the moon since losing fuel. Thanks to warp technology, within minutes the unmmanned lander sat down within 3 meters of the crippled ship. The stranded crew EVA’d into the lander and proceeded its return to the Kerbal Space Center. Everything was going textbook perfect when the chutes deployed 500 meters above the landing sight. Then tragedy struck as the chute and remote unit were ripped from the top of the crew cab. The crew were blown to bits and bytes (thanks TeaExplorer for the pun). Our engineers are looking into strengthening the connection for future missions.

On the bright side the tea was brisk and went exceptionally well with the honey multi-grained bagel with cream cheese schmear.

Suziqzer

I like this one too when I want something just plain & good. Great compliment to breakfast!

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