1251 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
1251 tasting notes

One of those mornings. The body is trying to do one thing and the brain is trying to remain in a sleep induced coma. Wow. Everything is taking so such effort. Standing at my tea wanting to get that first cup down me. Craving black pearls but using scissors is too technical. My hand grabbed this one. It is open and the ‘tin’ is cardboard. I probably can’t get hurt on that. Over leafed on purpose. Boiling water and anywhere between 1 and 5 minutes steeping. Seriously, I say it again, wow! Probably 3 minutes on the steep. Wonderfully lightly smoky with rich honey caramel. Just what I needed. Tea do your magic. This really is a great Yunnan.

Tasting note 1111 for the number amused among us.

K S

Ooh, just noticed under the honey caramel are some nice horse tack leather notes. Scrumpdillyicious.

Anna

You get extra Tea Rex points for ‘1111’ and ‘scrumpdillyicious’.

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
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I upped the temperature to 200 F and steeped for two minutes. This greatly improved the cup. It is now feels creamy and vanilla like and tastes strongly of almond. Not my favorite Bai Mu Dan but much improved with different parameters.

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drank Bai Mu Dan White Tea by Verdant Tea
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Hmmm. Reserving final judgment for later cups. I am generally very impressed with white tea. Yeah its often subtle but it has great depth. I have generally had great experience with Verdant Tea so far. They have all been high quality and interesting. This one just isn’t grabbing me. The leaf is beautiful. You can tell by looking it has silver needle mixed in. The wet leaf scent is melon and some other fruit. Why am I not amazed? The taste so far just isn’t living up to my expectation. I used 175 F water and a little over a minute steep. I am going to check how I brewed Concept Teas version (my favorite Bai Mu Dan ever) and go from there.

gmathis

No wonder I don’t get white tea. I’m about as deep as a wading pool.

K S

You can have a lot of fun in a wading pool. Just have to release the inner kid. Try a little sugar or sweetener. It brings out the hidden flavors in white, at least for me.

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It was 50+ F today – Yeah! In the morning we are expecting to wake up to Ice + sleet + snow, BOO! So we ran around today. Judging by the roads apparently everybody around here did the same thing.

So this evening I had my first cup of tea. I didn’t even remember having this one. I reached to the bottom and grabbed. I really have got to organize. It is so out of hand.

Moderately roasted. It was not bad, but I have learned I just prefer unroasted greener oolongs.

Nxtdoor

Uugh, so jealous of your weather. We are still in the deep freeze here. 7F, and feels like -9F with the windchill factor. Waaaah!

gmathis

Weather prayers answered here as well, still 12 and sleety enough to make driving hazardous, but not the knee-deep blizzard ominously predicted all week.

K S

gmathis we have ice, ice, and more ice. Very treacherous at the moment. Fortunately I do not have to get out in it. The snow went north. At least the power has remained on and it is sort of warm (in the 20’s). This is the winter that never ends.

gmathis

Forecast “improved” since earlier comment…sleet and up to 6" due tonight. My work will be closed—one less thing to worry about while juggling other crises.

gmathis

(edit) 6" of snow

K S

Yeah for getting out of work and Boo for snow and crises. Prayers lifted for better days.

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It was only a couple years ago that I had my first taste of puerh. A lot of people seem a little freaked by the experience but I found it instantly accessible. At first I could only tell by taste if it was raw or ripe. Slowly I am beginning to grasp the wide range of flavor of each. This one gets my award as the best aroma ever from the dry leaf. It is hay, green tea, and citrus. Really nice. The steeped leaf is minty, anise, citrus, and deep green steamed vegetal. Again, really nice. The sip reveals the youth of this cake. It is not the bright metallic taste I usually expect. This is dusty and musty. The taste is very earthy like fresh clean damp soil. It reminds me of digging potatoes as a kid with my dad. So mega-points for memory association. I very much enjoyed this cup and look forward to seeing how it changes with age.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

I reaaallly enjoyed this one as well :)

Terri HarpLady

I think I may have a sample of this waiting to be sampled. :)

K S

If you don’t let me know. I think I have more.

Stephanie

Looking forward to your notes on it Terri. I wish I could afford a cake!

TheTeaFairy

I loved reading this note..,

Terri HarpLady

That’s cuz you’re awesome, KS!

ashmanra

I am getting low on puerh. I might need to put this one on my next order. Sounds excellent.

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Feb 27 and its 20 F outside with strong winds making it feel much MUCH colder than it already is, so what do I order today during our shopping trip? An icy cold beverage. I haven’t had one of these in weeks.

The guy behind the counter had to be a first day confused fellow. Had to stop him from using whole milk as I wanted fat free – apparently he didn’t know the caps are color coded. I wanted it with Splenda not the classic syrup. He started to use the pink stuff affectionately known as rat killer. And he used two scoops of matcha instead of one – I kept quiet on that one. :)

The difference between their matcha and the two I own is extremely obvious. This tastes like sencha and it is bright green. Mine are kind of lime greenish brown and taste much darker. One by Teavivre is not matcha and they don’t call it such. It is green tea powder. The Persimmon Tree Matcha Grade A, tastes halfway between Starbucks and Teavivre. It is very drinkable but not even close to Starbucks in flavor.

Anyway, I’ve had my fix and now maybe I will make it until (if) we get warm weather.

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Yesterday my grown sons put up a ceiling fan with light kit in my den. My golden fleece was is in the den. So I never got to fully exhaust the leaf. This morning I put it aside for later today and grabbed this one for blurry eyes first tea. I am having again at lunch with a peanut butter and apple butter sandwich – thanks whoever suggested it. The PBAB and EG went well together. This is essentially a earl grey creme. Vanilla almost always seems to dominate the cup to me unless it is paired with mint. So to my tastes this is a vanilla black tea with light hints of bergamot. Good choice first thing and with lunch.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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Another one of those teas I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try. I mean almost everybody raves on it and I am never sure if it is really that good or if it is a peer pressure kind of thing. Well, I don’t think I succumb to peer pressure easily but I love, hear me, I LOVE this tea. Dian Hong is always at or near the top of my favorite list. So no surprise I took to this before it was even steeped. The wet leaf announces malt as soon as the brew is poured. Sipping, I thought honey, brown sugar, and fresh baked bread. It heads towards sweet potato but makes a turn in a different direction. A really satisfying cup. Thanks Terri.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Kat_Maria

I do not succumb to peer pressure easily, in general, but when it comes to fellow Steepsterites and their recommedations… That’s a different story!

I ridiculously want to try this tea but I have a feeling they will be out of it once I actually decide to order from Verdant. I think it is the fleetingness of Golden Fleece that makes me want it so much ;D

K S

peer pressure… yeah poor choice of words.

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Finishing off the sample while taking a break. Tonight is band practice and the singers want me to learn three new songs (only one of which do I have a CD to listen while working it out) nothing like pressure. Last Sunday was the first time ever that while we were leading song worship that I wondered how much longer I could keep playing. I love it but I am on oxygen and this last week was not a good week for breathing. I have always had restrictive lung function but as I get older, well… I have never smoked but if you do please stop. I have the equivalent of severe COPD and it is not fun to have blue fingers just going from one room to the other. Take care of your lungs and your body.

Anyway this tea actually reminds me a lot of sheng puerh. It is a green tea but it has that bright mineral/metallic taste I associate with sheng. I have enjoyed it.

Terri HarpLady

Hang in there!

K S

As typical, I worked all day on the 3 songs. We tried exactly one – and they didn’t know it. Singers. ;)

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drank 2003 Red Crane by Xiaguan Tea Factory
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This is the oldest sheng I have ever tasted. It held many surprises. The leaf is loose and looks like crumbled autumn leaves. It is mostly dark brown with some green and even fewer gold streaks. The dry leaf has traces of light smoke. I have read this in reviews before but it is the first time I have been able to detect it in a sheng.

My first steep was 30s with boiling water. It produced a golden amber liquor. I had imagined given its age it would be darker. The wet leaf has an aroma of smoky moss.

The taste has only hints of smoke and is probably more smell than taste. This is brighter than I expected. It is not metallic over bright like a young raw puerh. It is a mellow brightness if that makes sense. There is no bitterness. It is slightly drying. I have trouble coming up with descriptors for sheng. I can better tell you what it is not. It is not harsh, brassy, coppery, fishy, pond, barnyard, or any of the nasties. I guess woodsy best describes it. Later cups develop a sticky lip feel as it becomes more creamy and slightly mushroom. It holds on to the hints of smoke.

This was definitely my best sheng experience to date.

Stephanie

I’ve never tried an older sheng! Very intriguing!!!

gmathis

This sounds so classy!

mrmopar

Yeah the older stuff can be very intriguing. I have been on a 98 sheng 5 days now and still going. It amazes me how it retains the strength and flavor profiles.

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