1326 Tasting Notes

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drank Lotus by The Persimmon Tree Tea Company
1326 tasting notes

This is my favorite tea from The Persimmon Tree. If you have had the nice little decaf version from Tazo – this is nothing like that. Tazo is a light delicate little flowery tea. This one is bold and rich. The tea base is Vietnamese green tea which along with the lotus scent creates a star anise boldness with velvety vanilla and nutty undertones along with vegetal notes. It is just so good. It is more than making up for my earlier morning cups of meh.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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I have had this one often when we go out for breakfast. For a cheap bagged tea I used to really enjoy it. Lately it has become so meh. That is probably the worst thing that you can say about a tea. It doesn’t offend. It doesn’t satisfy. It’s just meh. I hate it when that happens.

Sami Kelsh

Yeah. I’m sure I’ve had this one loads of times, and it’s just… not memorable. Like, I can’t remember anything about it.

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Same as many of you – yesterday it was sunny and near 70 F. This morning woke up to a rumbling rainy day. Now its below freezing and spitting white crap. I hate winter. Go away!

Also yesterday I spent most of the day researching, organizing, then actually preparing my taxes. So many new and unique things happened last year with our finances that it was a challenge. But its done. Today I had to calculate Estimated Taxes so I don’t get a penalty like the state is trying to charge me now. How are mere mortals supposed to know this stuff?

Basically what I am saying is I need a simple moment of relaxing and refreshing. That is where the last of this tea comes in. It isn’t pretentious. It is just simple green tea done right. It has enough depth to be interesting along with a bit of bite. Floral and green and just what I needed today. Inexpensively delicious.

Stephanie

Ditto on the weather woes sigh

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I am in the middle of the other reviewers with my opinion of this one. The dry smell is kind of like musty fish. Verdant calls it raisin aromatics with forest moss undertones or something like that. I get fishy. The dry scent reminds me of a not so good puer I bought in a can some years back. I know the dry aroma is usually misleading so I carry on. Once steeped the wet leaf aroma is still a bit harsh to me but it adds dark notes like cocoa and bread or grain. The taste is old dusty book leather (Oooh I like that) and wheat – like the shredded cereal (I like that too). As it cools I do get some notes I will agree are raisin like. The aftertaste is nutty and fruity. Mid sip the flavor gets real pronounced but not harsh or bitter. All in all, I like this fine but it is not one of my favorite shu. If I change my opinion with more steeps I’ll update. Thanks Terri.

mrmopar

Yeah I try to make an effort not to inhale the aroma of shu. Sheng a different story, the aromas of it are very diverse compared to shu.

K S

Yeah, given our descriptions of the smells it is a wonder any one new ever gives it a try. Almost never is the aroma anything like the taste.

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A sample of this was included with my black Friday order. I am just getting around to opening it. I had this a long time ago and recall liking it but not being as wowed by it as others at the time. One thing I notice today is the recommended steep time for western brewing is 5 – 10 minutes. That sounds excessive but maybe it needs it?

I first catch a spicy note like cinnamon that melts into malt. Just past the malt it becomes nutty/woodsy then gets a brisk little bite. The aftertaste has just enough astringent briskness to catch my interest. I can’t think of another Chinese black that has this element. Better than I remember.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
K S

I looked back at one of my previous notes and it appears Teavivre revised the western steeping recommendation. So it is much longer now.

caile

Yeah, I don’t recall that long of a steeping time before, but perhaps it is so the leaves can open up more.

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85

Interesting. When labeled Earl Grey Creme this received an 84 average rating. As Earl Grey Heaven it has a 71. Hmmm.

OK, I love bergamot. Earl Grey is not just a tea, it is an addiction. If you mess with it you better change the name – blue cornflowers are an exception, they add nothing to the flavor and are just too cute to dislike. I hate surprises when it comes to EG. The Persimmon Tree clues me in advance that this is not simply black tea and bergamot by adding Heaven to the name. So I will not be taking off points just because there is added vanilla.

The dry scent was almost alcoholic in nature so I wasn’t sure what I was in for here. The wet leaf had a similar aroma. The cup though is very nice. It is very balanced. I know this because if you read all the reviews under both listings there are an equal number saying the vanilla is heavier than the bergamot and vice versa. How you judge it depends on which flavor you want most to taste or which you dislike the most. For me personally, the vanilla could be tuned down a notch but then it would not be balanced.

This not at all bitter. It is slightly drying. As the vanilla/bergamot fade I can briefly taste the tea base before the vanilla bean aftertaste kicks in. I thought this was one of the better EGC’s I have tried. The closest comparison is The Tea Merchant’s French Earl Grey. I recall that one leaning a little heavier on the vanilla.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Lala

+1. Well said!

keychange

Yes, the Tea merchant’s EGC is pretty vanilla-heavy.

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I am slow at getting back to this one. I took my wife to the doctor (nothing serious) and am just now getting back to trying to get this one right. So rebooting, I used 1 1/2 tsp and 12 oz of just off boiling water and steeped for one minute. Yeah, this is much improved with no bitterness. I do think 2 minutes might bring out a little more of the flavors. I expected cocoa based on the wet leaf scent, instead I got nice notes of leather wrapped in light smoke. It is slightly spicy with some pepperiness. There is also some earthy/woodsy hints mingled in. Based on the cost – just under $10/3 oz, this has way more depth than expected. This is not Zhu Rhong or Golden Tips but it isn’t competing with the big dogs. I feel comfortable recommending it as a really good value everyday Yunnan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I could not find this on the website. I have contacted Simple Loose Leaf to see if this is still available. So no picture and no product detail. Actually no real review yet. This is more about being consistent. I normally use a 10-12 oz mug. I had the bright idea this morning I would use a 5-6 oz cup instead. That would be fine had I adjusted the amount of leaf and/or the steeping time. So one scoop of leaf equivalent to about 2 tsp and a 3 minute steep is way too much for this little cup. So its dark, strong, and bitter. I can tell it had some nice smoky/chocolate notes but they are overcome. A packet of Splenda in such a tiny cup is just as bad of an idea. Sure it softens the bitterness but now it tastes like bottled tea. Who needs it that sweet? Time to reboot my day. I owe this tea a better review. I mean its Yunnan tea!

Sami Kelsh

I know this feel. Sometimes things just don’t go right and it’s no fault of the tea. Next time, it will be beautiful!

K S

Well that was really fast! Simple Loose Leaf got back to me almost instantly. So I have updated the product info and included a pic.

Sami Kelsh, I am just happy to know we have enough experience to understand when its our fault.

TeaBrat

Splenda is tricky, a little bit goes a long way

boychik

i love any Yunnan black. i stick to gongfu treatment. Long steeps for me are exactly what you described above

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drank Zhu Rong Yunnan Black by Verdant Tea
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Oooh a Yunnan red tea. I have seen this reviewed many times and knew it would be interesting. This one comes from Terri. Thanks for being awesome.

The dry leaf is gorgeous but scent wise didn’t give up much information. Add 205 F water for 45 S and that all changes. Baby is that a dark aroma. It is like dark chocolate and slightly overdone brownies. It is slightly malty and a little spicy.

The sip is honey and rich browned cocoa. Throw in some fruit and spice notes. Feels thick on the tongue. You can catch the roasting at various times through the sip. Very good!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Sil

love this one!

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it, bro!
I’m having a cup right now :)

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My earlier Tazo EG post was from yesterday. I am sitting at Starbucks again today downloading a cad program so I can draw up a porch for our home. We hope to finally build it this summer after 23 years.

The kind folks behind the counter are new and they don’t seem to get tea – imagine that at a coffee shop. I asked for iced, I am pretty sure they forgot and just prepared it as a hot tea as they gave me a leftover cup. The iced cup has no ice – it melted, so they gave me a cup of ice. This is very bitter. I kind of get the whole blergamot thing. What a difference a day makes. I took it in stride. It amused me and it is my fault for expecting s small town coffee shop to get tea right.

TeaBrat

blergamot? lol!

gmathis

When you get finished, we desperately need a bathroom overhaul and I want a sun room…

K S

Hey, I just draw them. If I could build it, the porch would have been done years ago.

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