1315 Tasting Notes

I had my usual green tea powder and milk breakfast. Then started working on music for band practice tonight. I got so involved my wife had to shove lunch under my nose. I decided there was no point in tea if I wasn’t going to give it the proper attention. Now I am sitting back and checking my chord sheets so I had time for this one while making corrections. I had a little more leaf than needed but not enough to make two sessions, so in it all goes. I just reduced the steep time a little to compensate. Wonderful malt, molasses, and baked brown bread flavors today. This is a really nice Yunnan.

Now I’m off to the other room to make corrections on the desk top computer and print.

SFTGFOP

I still can’t get over their use of the word “Non pareil”

mrmopar

I think it translates to “Without Equal” but my skills are ages old..

mrmopar

I think it translates to “Without Equal” but my skills are ages old..

SFTGFOP

haha yep, but it is more commonly used to refer to a chocolate candy.

secondly Teavivre’s claim of “without equal” isn’t that strong in my opinion

K S

I had to look the candy up. I remember them from my childhood. I think they were called sno-caps or something similar.

I also looked up the word a while back when first used by Teavivre. Without equal seems correct. To me they are simply stating this is their top of the line grade of a particular tea. As a purveyor of tea they are hoping to make their offerings sound as appealing as possible. Since Teavivre is my favorite company for jasmine and unscented teas, the use of the word nonpareil works for me. I do tend to compare new teas I try to their tea. Feel free to have a different benchmark.

SFTGFOP

I understand that they want to denote their top tea, but I’m confused about why they use a french word (as they are clearly not a french company)

K S

Ah, this I can help with. From the first line on their About Us page: TeaVivre is a group of tea lovers and aficionados from China, Canada and France…

K S

Did you notice the company’s name is also in part French?

SFTGFOP

ah! That makes a little more sense, I hadn’t noticed that

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drank London Fog by Primula Tea
1315 tasting notes

Primula blooming teas are kind of hit and miss with me. This one I actually enjoyed. The flavor is light and sweet jasmine with the green tea also being soft but pleasant. I cannot single out the nasturtium flower taste wise. The display is not amazing but it is pretty. The tea is lightly tinted green. I don’t care for blooming teas that belt you with flavor because most of them are just barely drinkable. This one, while it was not outstanding, it also had nothing off putting in the taste. Strange as it may sound based on what I wrote, this may be my favorite from Primula.

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I think I have developed a new addiction. I have been starting every morning with this one mixed with milk, caramel, and vanilla syrup. I am also noticing the amount I add to the glass is growing each day. I am up to a lightly heaping tsp. I started with only 1/4 tsp. I have learned to appreciate the taste on its own merits instead of comparing it to my usual Thursday drink. The syrups are sugar free so the only calories are in the 2% milk but with the added bonus of the benefits of tea.

Stephanie

That sounds really good :)

K S

I’ve been offered fancier stuff, but honestly I am not sure I want to know at the moment. I am having fun in my blissful lack of knowing any different.

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drank Vanilla Citrus Spice by Verdant Tea
1315 tasting notes

There is no doubt this is beautiful leaf. The flavors are well blended. I would think with vanilla as the first word in the name that this would be far more vanilla. To me it was only a subtle hint of creaminess. Mainly this is ginger, orange, and cinnamon. The black base peaks out occasionally. I think that is my main complaint. I want less stuff and more tea. Good but not my thing.

Sil

haha and here i am waaaaating for this to come back sigh

boychik

That’s how I felt KS until I brewed it like chai. Milk, maple syrup, and tiny amount of coconut oil(they say its so good for you). It was delicious.

K S

I have never learned to really like chai. That probably explains my lack of enthusiasm for this blend. Weird. I tend to like everything else.

boychik

Chai is not my fav, I don’t even have it. Since I was stuck with this tea I decided to experiment. I gave it to try to my kids and hubby and they loved it. I sent the rest to Terri.

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You remember your first bike? Mine was a red 16" one with training wheels. I remember the day and the hill I was coasting down when the training wheels fell off. It was a glorious moment. I see this little guy the same way. I am having so much fun with it. You guys riding your high quality and equally expensive bikes would know my little red one was little more than a toy. Not me. I thought it was amazing. This teapot was $6.98 plus shipping. Is it machine molded? – of course. Is it real yixing clay? No idea, and wouldn’t know the difference. What I do know is I have had quite a lot of thrills with this.

gmathis

Who says cheap toys aren’t as fun as the pricey ones?

boychik

it is so beautiful! Enjoy!

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drank Ti Kuan Yin by Ocean of Tea
1315 tasting notes

Oh my. I have finally lost my mind. I was looking for my tasting note on this one, only to realize I hadn’t written it yet. Eek.

This is a moderately roasted oolong. The leaf really expands when brewed. The aroma is moderate roasting with light orchid floral notes. The sip is very nicely balanced. The orchid notes rise up and the roasted one drop just a little. No bitterness or bite, but some dryness. This has a good presence of honey like sweetness. It is also nutty.

My own preference is for greener nonroasted oolong but otherwise there is certainly nothing wrong with this cup. Since there are only two ratings at this point, I will rate this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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Mixed 1/2 tsp with 2% milk and added some caramel syrup and a splash of vanilla syrup. Toasted a bagel and smeared with cream cheese and topped with apple butter. What a delightfully tasty and simple brunch. I will be repeating this again another day.

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drank Earl Grey Premium by Ocean of Tea
1315 tasting notes

I have had more tea today than I have had over the last two weeks combined. How I missed it! I let this go the full 4 minutes that is recommended for the steep. Wow, it makes a big difference. I get some bite but not bitterness. Yes it is somewhat drying. It is Earl Grey after all. The base is fuller but remains refined as it supports the blast of glorious bergamot. If you love Earl Grey it is not over the top but it is definitely no wall flower. If you aren’t a fan of bergamot you really aren’t going to try this any way. For those who do, go for the long steep. Respect.

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This one brewed smells kind of like pond water. I don’t mean fishy. I mean the scent of green wet leaves. This is definitely sheng. The taste is mineral and a bit bright. It does not have an astringent bite but is slightly drying. There is a slight sweetness and a hint of fruity or floral late in the sip but not strong enough to identify.

Now the real enjoyment for me with this one comes after sipping. There is a deep inside cooling sensation without any menthol scent that makes my lungs feel fresh, free, and alive. This lingers on and on long after swallowing. There is also the tummy rumble that I love. I find sheng is more likely to have this affect on me than any other type tea. I can literally feel it working its healthy benefits on me. Excellent good tea energy here!

Stephanie

I love sheng. You captured it perfectly in this note!

Terri HarpLady

hey man, could you pass me the pond water? ;)

K S

lol. I know, I know, stop bogarting the pond water man. Uncool! Hoping to sit down and put a box together soon. Just might be some pond water in there… unless I forget. The ’70’s were hard on all of us man.

Terri HarpLady

oh…I had a pretty good time!

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been awake since 5:00. I stood looking at my tea and couldn’t decide. This one happened to be out, so my zombie brain made the decision. I forgot about the recommended brewing parameters and just went with the gut. It’s more awake at this time than the rest of me anyway. My steep was shorter than normal. This smells so good steeping. Cocoa and malt. I think I called it chocolate before but that is not what I’m getting today. Because of the short steep the brew isn’t quite as strong as this time of the morning usually requires but I have no schedule to worry about. This is the strangest tea. This is straight black tea but it tastes like it has hints of rose in it. The shorter steep really brought the malt out that seems to get lost in longer steeps. I should listen to my zombie brain and my gut more often. Good choice guys.

Angrboda

I think I have some of this in my box of things to try, actually… Is it a strong tea?

K S

Not strong by the assam ceylon definition. It’s kind of a cross between Dian Hong and Fujian.

Angrboda

Oh, you said the magic F-word there! I shall make sure to try it tomorrow (it has indeed been located in the box), perhaps in the morning.

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