1349 Tasting Notes

I am not entirely sure I am reviewing this in the correct place. This was given to me and mine has “Love of Dayi” on the bag in addition to 2010 Menghai Brick.

I love little brickettes and touchas. I don’t have to figure out how much to use. This one is quite solid. Even after steeping for 45 seconds. I’ll be spending a lot of time with it tomorrow. After steeping the aroma is kind of 4-H barn. But the taste is really nice. It is horse tack and cedar. Smooth as silk. There are no rough edges that need tamed here. Very easy to sip of chug if you are so inclined. Kind of sweet. Me and my Splenda monkey like that. A very enjoyable pu’erh.

Christina

Which vendors do you prefer buying pu’erh from? I had a pu’erh tea earlier this week that I really enjoyed, but have so little knowledge that I don’t know where to go next. I took a look at the Yunnan Sourcing site but they have so many options that it’s overwhelming.

gmathis

Nice to have a fellow Steepie who knows what a 4H barn smells like! Had to run farm errands for my Dad today and got nostalgic whiffs at the MFA grain elevator and Orscheln Farm Supply. Can’t replicate those smells anywhere. (And they had baby bunnies and chicks!)

K S

Christina – head over to the discussion forum and ask the bunch in the “Puerh of the day: Sheng or Shou” thread. They know what they are talking about. I just get lucky.

Gmathis – would miss the 4-H barn, its accompanied by elephant ears and pork burgers. Orscheln – I didn’t realize it was a chain (there is one just a couple miles from my house, but yes to bunnies and chicks!

boychik

Christina, YS is amazing. So is Puerhshop.com. But you should do some hw. I suggest you to follow mrmopar notes. I learned a lot fr his notes.

TeaExplorer

Christina, I agree with boychik in that YS and PuerhShop.com are reputable vendors with a wide selection. Sifting through their offerings can be daunting, so following mrmopar and the “pu-erh of the day. Sheng or Shou” discussion can prove enlightening. In the beginning I ordered a ton of samples just to start making sense of the array of choices before committing to a lot of full amounts, which helped. Also, the Steepster community is a great group in which to ask questions. They’ve always been patient and helpful to me.

mrmopar

Christina, just followed you. Glad to help. KS I think this was a 2010 7562 brick . You got it right probably a mislabel. Also I recommend the Mandala site also. If you need sellers from abroad contact me before you get anything.

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I received this yesterday from Angel and Teavivre. I quickly pushed it to the top of my must sample today list. This is a very rare and extremely early first flush dragon well, picked before March 26, 2014 . It makes me a little nervous tasting such a rare tea.

The leaf is much smaller than I expected. My guess is this is due to the very young age of the bud and leaf. Very flat. Pretty color. It has a faint aroma that is distinctly dragon well.

I steeped in 185 F water for 4 minutes per the label instructions. I would have only gone two minutes without the label. The liquor is extremely clear and almost colorless with only the slightest green tint. The wet leaf aroma is steamed spinach and cream corn. I really liked the scent.

Sipping I get brisk, almost bitter but in the good green tea way. It is very crisp. The aftertaste fades very quickly but (and this is my first such experience) it leaves behind a warm inner glow. I am not talking about the tea. I mean me. It filled me with a warm glowing feeling. Unique and beautiful.

Also thank you to Angel for including the beautiful silk scarf. My wife saw it in the box and said, “Oh pretty!” She grabbed it, put it around her neck, and it is still there today. Your kindness and generosity do not go unnoticed.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
gmathis

Any idea as to proper pronunciation of She Quian?

K S

From Teavivre website:
She is 社 (shè) and Qian is 前 (qián).

TeaVivre

In the early Spring, when the tea buds just appeared their face on the trees, the harvest of She Qian Dragon Well is ready to begin. The fresh leaves are all in one bud with one leaf shape, so the leaf is stubby. And so glad your wife like our silk scarf.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds like good tea energy to me!!

K S

I think you are correct!

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I seldom brew blooming teas. They are pretty but seldom tasty. That said, I liked this one a lot. It tastes of cantaloupe melon and what my brain detected as flowers with something like very light clove or clover. Is that what lychee tastes like? I have no idea.

My wife and I drank the first 16 oz pot straight down and agreed we needed another. I am pretty sure it would have gone a third pot.

If you are going to prepare a blooming tea for display, it should be something you would actually want to drink. I think this is – and my wife agrees.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Criss Cross by RiverTea
1349 tasting notes

Steepster freaked out on me, so I am trying this again. I have logged this a couple times before with different results based on temp. Today I used hotter water than suggested. I used 185 F and 2 minute steep. The tea is green. The aroma as I poured was very asparagus / spinach. This was very good once again. This time it is buttery. There is no bitterness. Next time maybe I’ll go even hotter until I find its breaking point. What a nice tea.

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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This has a lot of reviews and I am not sure I can add anything new but that won’t stop me from trying. I opened this expecting a basic black breakfast so imagine my surprise at the pretty yellow petals, whatever they are, and CHOCOLATE! I wrote on my blog this must be the breakfast tea dad would serve ‘cause mom wouldn’t let me have chocolate first thing in the morning. This is more of a grown up take on the flavoring. It is well behaved. The brew is not messy or cloudy as chocolate teas tend to be. The chocolate flavor is light and melts into the tea blend. The pu’erh is the only one I can single out as it has a mild earthy taste. Not bitter or astringent. Half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. That I can’t single the other teas out is as close to a complaint as I have – it is almost too perfectly blended. But for too perfect it is darn tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
ifjuly

this sounds really nice. chocolate for breakfast makes me feel like a spoiled special kid at my aunt’s house ’cause my mom never let me have sweet stuff for breakfast either, ha.

gmathis

My mom’s theory was that eating SOMETHING before I left for school, regardless, was preferable to running off on an empty stomach. I had Chef Boy R Dee ravioli for breakfast a lot.

K S

I never really understood the candy restriction. I mean we ate super frosted sugar bombs cereal and doughnuts so what is the difference? Never tried ravioli for breakfast. Sounds…. different. :)

Cheri

I love soup for breakfast

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
1349 tasting notes

Yesterday’s only cup of tea. At least it was one I like. I need a vacation from being retired. Kidding.

kOmpir

I like this one more than Twinigs’. It’s more full and complex.

K S

Twinings base is too wallflower for an Earl Grey. Give me some guts in the mug.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
1349 tasting notes

I have reviewed this cheapster steepster many times. Today’s experience was interesting. I caught hints of leather. I have no idea what was different. Nothing on my end that I am aware. No matters, I enjoyed 1 1/2 cups. The waitress was talking with my wife and kind of poured decaf into my first cup. She was embarrassed. I was amused. It made my morning seeing how quickly she scrambled to get another cup on the table.

gmathis

Hubby and I have decided that becoming recognizable “regulars” at plain ol’ diners is a sign of middle-agedness.

K S

I think it is worse than middle-agedness. Of course the bright side is you don’t have to order, they just bring it to you. I kind of feel like Norm. Everybody knows my name.

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I spent so many years avoiding Assam because of bad experiences with poor quality grocery store teas. I still brace myself and flinch with the first sip. Even though I know better I am still amazed every time I find myself enjoying the whole cup. This one smells delicately of malt and grain when dry. The leaf is much more robust after steeping. The mug is brisk and has a good astringent bite but to me that is how a morning cup should behave. Will stand up to milk but doesn’t need it. Not as malty as expected, it is more of a fruity woodsy taste. I found myself enjoying the whole cup. Still amazed.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
1349 tasting notes

I received a sample of this from Terri (thanks). She wasn’t crazy about it. When I opened the bag and sniffed all I could think was WOW! Smells so chocolaty. Steeped the aroma is roasted and grain. Sipping I get honey and roasted grain. Underneath and very late in the sip I occasionally picked up floral notes that my senses detected as rose. I don’t recall anyone else getting rose. It only hints at chocolate, malt, and sweet potato. It is thick and silky feeling. I quite liked it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 5 g 10 OZ / 295 ML
Lala

This is one of my favs from verdant.

gmathis

I can’t say the name out loud without tangling my tongue. Sounds wonderful!

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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As I have commented before, I know if I were trying this tea for the first time my rating would be a lot lower but it is inexpensive and it is an old friend. I was talking with an old friend yesterday who was excited about opening a new can of Twinings Earl Grey and Lady Grey. It made me realize I do not have a single straight black Earl Grey in my collection anywhere. He shamed me for getting so far from my roots. I repented and bought a 200 g tin of this today for $8.

I have been exceedingly busy since Friday. Hardly even had time for tea. I helped my wife with her craft show booth (American Girl type clothes). I helped with a concert at church on Sunday. Monday was a sad day – we had our 16 year old cat Lucky euthanized. What a hard drive to town. He had feline aids and was wasting away. He was down to 5 pounds. Watching him suffering just got too hard. Of course my wife started second guessing her decision afterwards so I tried keeping her busy so she wouldn’t dwell on the decision. I had more band stuff on Tuesday, and today it was gorgeous outside so I took my wife shopping (so I could buy tea – see full circle).

Got home moments ago and immediately made a cup of Earl Grey. I am home and in my happy place.

Stephanie

Sorry about your cat…that is rough :(

ifjuly

so sorry about Lucky. the cat i grew up with was named Lucky and when she passed away a few years after i graduated from college i was devastated.

and i so know what you mean about old friend teas you know you wouldn’t rate the way you do if not for nostalgia! i have a bunch like that. love ’em.

__Morgana__

Sorry to hear about your kitty. :-(

caile

So sorry to hear about your cat.

Sami Kelsh

Condolences about Lucky – it’s one of the hardest things to do, isn’t it? But he had a good, long life and I’m sure he was very well-loved by you, and that’s something to treasure. hugs

gmathis

Comfort tea couldn’t be more appropriate right now.

K S

Thank you all for the comments. Lucky was rescued at just a few weeks of age by a kind vet worker who saw him being tossed in the air by a dog. The name stuck.

ashmanra

I am four days late seeing this but give your wife a hug from me and tell her to stop second guessing. You guys gave your sweet kitty a good life, love, and a peaceful end and I believe with all my heart you did exactly the right and loving thing. Hugs.

K S

Thanks Ashmanra. We appreciate it.

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