1690 Tasting Notes

drank Fujian Silver Needle by teasenz
1690 tasting notes

This is very nice. The dry scent is typical of silver needle yet the taste is a little different. It is clean and crisp. It is sweet. Not at all bitter. Instead of a hay and cucumber profile, this one leans a little more towards green. It has floral/fruity notes. I also catch fast and light hints of minty. I steeped for the recommended 4 minutes at 175F. Had I gone short steeps at slightly higher temp, it would almost certainly turn out differently. As prepared the flavor is bold for a white tea and has plenty of depth. I feel refreshed and relaxed after sipping. Teasenz sells some pretty good tea.

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Celebrating national coffee day with my Earl Grey of choice. I’m sure you understand. Don’t even care that none go with me, this still speaks to me after all these years. My yardstick earl.

On a side note, I am so stiff today I can barely maneuver. Went out on the porch Sunday night around 11 pm to get a look at the super blood moon. Of course didn’t turn on a light and didn’t have my cane. Tripped on the mat at the steps. Fell on my face (on the porch). I might add, I was in my underwear as I live out in the boonies. So here is this fat boy sprawled out on the porch and after realizing I wasn’t broken, found myself thinking next time I wear pants! Saddest part is I couldn’t really see the moon through the trees.

keychange

Yikes! At least there’s good tea :).

cookies

Bummer all around :(

gmathis

Will you forgive me if I chuckle a little bit at this one? (I gave my husband a t-shirt that says ‘I DO ALL MY OWN STUNTS’. Mercy is not one of my spiritual gifts.) Glad you could live to sip tea another day!

K S

I wouldn’t have told this one on myself if I wasn’t chuckling myself. Stupid is as stupid does. Oh, and we share a similar lack of a certain spiritual gift, though I have an abundance of sarcasm.

gmathis

Yeah, wouldn’t it be lovely if sarcasm was right up there with charity, mercy, teaching, hospitality….

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drank Pumpkin Pie Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I read through some of the reviews on this one. The majority seemed to think this captured the essence of pumpkin pie. I had it as a cold milk latte. My opinion is it gets pumpkin spice but does not capture the pie filling or crust. It more reminds me of a powdered chai mix a friend and I use to buy. Really sweet and heavy on the spice. Liked it fine but it is not pie. I will try Sil’s suggestion of adding French Vanilla matcha.

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It is fall already. Where did summer go? We are getting some really cool nights and some awesome warm days with very low humidity. The leaves are turning. This made me crave white peony. I don’t know if others feel this way but white peony just feels fall to me. It tastes dark but feels light. The leaf on this one is very lovely and smells like fall with touches of honey and melon thrown in. The brew is honey colored and just goes with the sunshine. The taste is pronounced for a white tea. Of course light by assam standards. It is deep woods leafy with honey drizzled lightly on top. While it has a natural sweetness it isn’t overly sweet. A really nice example of the type.

keychange

You make this sound lovely

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drank Peppermint Hot Chocolate by 3 Leaf Tea
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I know this is not tea but it is blended by a tea company and hey, it’s hot chocolate! This morning started out at 45 F. The beginning of the month it thought it was July. Now it thinks it is October first thing in the morning. Perfect weather for this one.

Frothed this up in a mug of micronuked milk. I am in love. I am used to the grocery store variety of peppermint cocoa powder. They sort of work. This is a way better. The first sip is so rich, creamy, and chocolaty. Mom use to mix hot cocoa on the stove in the winter. This brings those old memories to mind, however this is like an adult version.

It is sweet but not overly so. I probably notice the sweetness of the pure cane sugar more because I never use real sugar. As I am indulging myself in this decadent mug, I suddenly think where is the peppermint. No sooner does that enter my head, my mouth is filled with the wonderful cooling sensation of the mint. To me that shows great restraint.

When I drink flavored tea, I want to taste the tea first then the flavor. That is exactly what 3 Leaf has done with this hot chocolate. First, deep rich chocolate and then a little something extra to add to it, not distract or take away.

Very nice job!

Nichole/CuppaGeek

Sounds yummy!!

Helena

mmm… peppermint hot chocolate…mmm…

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drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I got this because it sounded fun. Using my frother turned this into a foam filled buttery and creamy sweet delight. I followed the directions on the product page and used only 1/2 tsp for 8 oz of cold milk. That’s it. Normally I use 2 tsp in 12 oz and add a packet of Splenda and a splash of vanilla and caramel syrups. None of that is needed here. To me, the taste bounces between actual cheesecake and Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. OK, you know I stockpile Sleigh Ride so I have a year round supply, so I am more than good with this taste. In fact, my occasional nighttime Sleigh Ride may now have a morning companion. Cheesecake Matcha makes this dinosaur happy.

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drank Baozhong Oolong Tea by Oollo Tea
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So it is upper 70’s today and will top out around 80 F. It has been 90+ all month until today. We could really use rain but it keeps passing us by. But it is beautiful outside, so cause for celebration and some of the first hot tea I have prepared this month! Yes I’ve been living off a combination of cold milk/matcha lattes, Diet Mt Dew (purely for the caffeine rush), and Lipton Diet Citrus Green Tea. Don’t judge.

I’ve had Baozhong before. That’s what I told myself, until I opened this sample. I literally said, “Oh, Wow!” when the aroma hit me. I can’t paint a word picture as beautifully as Amanda, but this smells so wonderful. Lilacs! After reading Amanda’s review, I agree on peonies as well. Really, I could almost use this as potpourri and be happy. I brewed it instead.

The cup looks like liquid gold. It glimmers in the light.

The taste is softer than I expected. Once I tuned in to it this really opened up. The front of the taste is very much like the aroma. The mid sip I get what to me is a spice quality about it that reminds me of very mild custard and nutmeg. At least that is how my brain interprets it. The aftertaste is a classic Taiwan green oolong vegetal.

A wonderful light cup.

gmathis

Local forecast for Saturday - 69!

K S

Same here. July yesterday, September today, October Saturday. Someone put the brakes on!

mrmopar

You are having Winter already…. :P

Helena

We have had a lot of thunderstorms over here and it has been very hot until this week. I’m hoping the rain will go away.

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reviewed Matcha DNA Milk Frother by Matcha DNA
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I can’t figure out how to upload a full picture of the thing. Sorry.

Whisking matcha is labor intensive. I personally don’t enjoy it, especially first thing in the morning. Saw this and thought it was worth a shot.

When it arrived I thought, man that’s tiny. The housing is silver plastic. I know they were going for a metal look but honestly it looks cheap. I think some cool colors would look much more appealing. The batteries (2 AA) are not included. That is the bad stuff. Now on to the good.

I bought it from Amazon for less than $8. It came with a five dollar off coupon for the next Matcha DNA order (if that interests you). Installing batteries is easy. You can kind of feather the on off button to work the speed. It is not a speed control but I still found I could make it behave like one. Once up to speed, the button locks in place. It’s deceptively powerful. Make sure the wand is fully submerged and the cup is not over full before switching this on.

So how well does it work? Excellent. I could not achieve the level of foam this generates with my little kitchen whisk. Maybe with time and skill a bamboo whisk works as well (can’t imagine much better) but bamboo is more expensive and clean up sounds like work. I have found that by pulling the wand up towards the surface, I can make a cold milk latte half foam – even with cheaper matcha.

I have no idea how long this will last but I am very pleased with it so far.

Cwyn

I like the picture!

Terri HarpLady

Interesting! I like the bamboo whisk, but have toyed with the idea of using my stick blender…

Terri HarpLady

Now I think I want a cup of Matcha ;)

Helena

I always use a mechanical whisk because it is faster and it foams nicely. It’s just getting a good once can sometimes be a hassle.

ashmanra

Sounds a lot like my Aerolatte, bought with a coupon from BB&B. I love using it for matcha!

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drank MerriMint by Teapots & Treasures
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Tea Pots n Treasures is in Indianapolis Indiana. The owner blends the teas. She has over 900 blends! Of course not all are available at once. This particular tea is about a year old. I put it in in a drawer, got very ill, and forgot it. That said, it is still pretty tasty. I added sweetener to revitalize the old leaf. That mostly worked. The aroma is complex. There is a lot going on but no one flavor really dominates. You do notice the peppermint first because, well, peppermint. Then the orange and rose hips mingle about. The vanilla is the weakest flavor but seems about right to me. The taste shows the age as the green tea really doesn’t jump out. It is there but not. You know? The mint is nicely cooling. The blood orange and rose hips mix into their own flavor thing. Kind of floral sort of. Kind of fruity, sort of. A touch earthy and dark. I finally decided it is like a tangy cranberry, plum, and orange. Finally, the vanilla brings it all together in a neat and creamy way. Despite the age and poor storage this was pleasantly enjoyable.

mrmopar

Hope you are feeling better!

K S

Every day is a blessing. Sometimes I get a bonus and get to drink tea. Life is good.

mrmopar

We still have that puerh kicking around. Are you still in contact with the lady you were helping?
I agree, each day is a blessing not only with tea but the friends as well.

K S

mrmopar sadly she seems to have fallen off the face of the earth. I saw one of her teas (the dragon one I think) on ebay a good while back. I’ll see if I can find her email and touch base. One good thing, forgetting about a puerh for long periods is not such a bad thing.

mrmopar

Agreed, let me know if you find her. I have been holding the samples.

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drank Peach Matcha by 3 Leaf Tea
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So, flavored matcha. Besides the green tea Frappe addiction and my own vanilla or caramel syrup creations, I haven’t had any experience. You have to start somewhere, right? Turns out I didn’t need to be apprehensive. This matcha base is from Japan. It is bright spring green. Using my new milk frother (that I am now totally sold on) this mixed super easy and created a super foamy drink. I used Splenda instead of sugar because the monkey misses me. My first impression was this tasted somewhere between the old Stash peach I used to love and actual peach. Then I read Oolong Owl’s excellent review. Of course – peaches and cream, how did I miss that? Smooth and creamy without a hint of bitterness. Definitely a refreshing afternoon sip for me.

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