1289 Tasting Notes

I could look at the dry leaf all day long. Beautiful and interesting. This is topped only by the aroma out of the bag. Just Wow! honey drenched burnt caramel. Again, just Wow! I steeped one minute per directions. I think two would be more to my personal tastes. It is a little lighter than the scent suggests. But man is it tasty. White, puerh, black, oolong – its all in there. It tastes mostly of Yunnan black and dark Wuyi. Malty, light cocoa, burnt caramel, light hints of cinnamon. As usual I liked it best as it approaches room temperature. Thanks Terri for sharing this jewel.

TastyBrew

I love this one. I didn’t at first, but by the time I finished my bag and wanted to buy some more, it was gone. sigh

BrewTEAlly Sweet

(Clicks wishlist) how have I not seen this one?!

gmathis

(mouth watering)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Cherry Green by Simple Loose Leaf
1289 tasting notes

I have enjoyed all the teas I have had from Simple Loose Leaf. They even made me respect chai – not an easy feat. I love the bags they use with the vent to help remove air from the bag. That said, I am not sure what I think of this tea. I picked it because I have never had a cherry tea before. I used to think strawberry and tea sounded awful together until I had one, now I think it is a great idea. Cherry though, I mean what is cherry supposed to taste like? Cherry pie? I wish, but no. Maraschino cherries? Thankfully no. I hate them. Cherry Kool-aid or cherry pop tarts? It is quite sweet. Hmmm. Yes, I think that flavor neighborhood describes this. Is that good or bad? I have no idea. As the cup cools I can taste the hyson. It is nice enough. Reserving judgment for now.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

Cup from last night. Not sure how any one can hate on this one. Much love from me. I do always sweeten this because, hey, its sugar cookie.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

The picture looks lighter and greener than this did in my spoon. Maybe I should add more light. OK, so my first unflavored bao zhong. I never know how I am going to respond to an oolong. There is no pattern to my likes and dislikes that I can figure out. This one I really liked. Sweet, floral (but not in your face floral) like lilac or light rose, and unexpected melon notes. It becomes more creamy as it cools . Something I didn’t note on my blog, as I just caught it while typing this – there is a darker earthy flavor that pop up as it cools even further, it is like a hint of roasted flavor. This is a really nice cup of yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
The Persimmon Tree

We’re happy that you like it! :)

gmathis

I like the roastier oolongs better than the floralier ones.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Criss Cross by RiverTea
1289 tasting notes

158 F is a little tough to do for me, so I am pretty sure I just used the lowest setting on my kettle previously (175 F). Today I stood by the kettle and watched as the temperature gauge started to rise. Just before it read 158 I turned it off and poured. I really did not think it would make much difference as I really liked this before. It definitely did make a difference. The wet leaf has the typical steamed spinach aroma at first then suddenly blossoms with a very green vine like scent. I inhaled twice. It is an instantly recognizable smell but one I can’t place. Whatever it is it translate wonderfully into the cup. Really enjoying this one on a snowy day.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank English Breakfast by Twinings
1289 tasting notes

We had yet another winter storm warning for last night and this morning. Yawn. I am so over winter. Ended up only getting a couple inches of snow/sleet/ice mix. Makes me very happy I no longer have to force myself out the door in the morning. It is officially a house pants day. Saw Gmathis started her day with Ahmad English Breakfast. This is as close as I have to that one. It is bagged and still very satisfying. I did have to fix a multi-grain bagel with it as it gave me just a little stomach burn. Very nice combo. Now I am off to rescue Kerbals. This time I trapped then on planet Duna without enough fuel to return. I am on my fifth attempt to design an unkerbaled craft capable of a return flight. The landing site is starting to look like a used spacecraft lot. Low mileage. Only flown once. :)

gmathis

Did a TJ Maxx flyby over the weekend—-they’ve restocked with a few Ahmad bagged teas, but I couldn’t justify the $$. Tea packets are creeping out of their designated hidey-holes and taking over the kitchen tables…a little like The Man Eater of Surrey Green (Avengers, UK production, circa Emma Peel, 1965).

K S

Our TJ Maxx never has anything fun. We have a world food market 30 miles up the road that carries a good selection. I just have to make sure I check the expiration dates. Doesn’t matter, right now I am getting that look. You know the one. Unless it just shows up on my doorstep no more tea for a while. Tea-Rex sad.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Started this one yesterday and just continued on into this morning. I am used to shou being very dark. This one was clear and the color of sun tea – light orange. The wet leaf is very dark and musty/earthy smelling but the brew is extreme mellow horse tack. Very, very easy to drink. I started with a 30s steep and the last I let steep about 4 minutes to see if it would turn inky. The answer is nope. A very nice poo-air.

__Morgana__

Poo-air. ;-)

boychik

I like it a lot

mrmopar

poo-air is good!

K S

It’s funny, it is hard enough to find agreement on how to spell it puer – puerh, much less how it is properly pronounced. Poo-air is my best guess. Here locally IF they have even heard of it they are more likely to pronounce it pure-ray (yeah, we’re hicks) or less likely pew-err.

gmathis

…and then they snicker about poo in tea. I live among barbarians.

boychik

My hubby jokes that I’m drinking compost. Sometimes he steals a cup from me

TeaExplorer

Funny … my wife refers to it as compost as well :/
The barbarians are at our very gates!

K S

The first puerh I bought was not a good one. I recorded it as smelling like fish wrapped in newspaper and stored in a damp cellar. I drank it anyway. Fortunately, this one has no fish heads. The compost smell does tend to keep the barbarians out of my cup. Apparently boychik isn’t as lucky, or her husband is a closet one of us. Gabba gabba hey! (obscure Ramones reference)

mrmopar

We don’t like fish heads much. I saw Andrew Zimmerman eat some “stinkheads” in Alaska I think. One taste and he was done.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

My instead of lunch tea today. A bit nutty and sweet. A little more boisterous than white tea but not too much. A good solid clean cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

88
drank Winter White Chai by Simple Loose Leaf
1289 tasting notes

I had plans to drink all kinds of tea today. I have only had two cups today. I also had plans to eat lunch but here it is 4:00 and all I have had today is a bagel. Funny thing about plans. Strangely – because it never happens – I woke up craving chai. This one has a white tea base. The spices are pleasant and not all Grrr in your face. It is a little peppery, cinnamon and cardamom. Very nice on the extremely rare occasion when I crave chai. I have enjoyed all the Simple Loose Leaf teas I have tried.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
seule771

Lovely review. I have tried Chai teas and always return to green teas. Of late I am withdrawing. I visited Tower Hill Botanic Garden and found that they have a line of tisane teas and one is name Cedarwood Chai; and another one that you might like is call Dream Catcher and their Twilight Morning might make for a good cup. I know tisane is completely not tea at all; although some might argue otherwise. Thank you for sharing.

K S

Hi Seule771. Thanks for the suggestions. I am definitely not anti-tisane. I’ll have to look into these.

seule771

When I submit my blog I hope to include photo image for the teas at their gift shop. Price for a canister of their tisane ran about $9; not at all bad and a flat petry dish like tin cost $4.50. I over did with my tea consumption last year; so I am abstaining as best as I can. I can only have matcha teas but they can be costly. I had KaiMatcha just end of last year.
Thank you for replying. Take care in Kansas and Happy New Year. It is stormy weather here in New England. Very white and beautiful; I made the mistake of accepting a ride home from the library instead of walking home; so I feel that I lost something somehow. I mean something has been taken away from me by not walking home myself. Society has ways of punishing folks. You are expected to soldier on while others slide bye the way side. I trust your insurance and health care is in order now; as last year this was a concern for you. If I am speaking to the right reviewer. I read post from times and don’t always comment. In viewing your bio,you are in Indiana, I thought you were in Kansas? I am confuse and speaking/thinking of another reviewer. Indiana gets lost of snow as well. Enough, have a good day. Sorry for being confuse.

K S

Yep, I’m in Indiana where we will have another seemingly never ending winter storm warning tomorrow followed by another arctic blast. I’m sure it is headed your way. Stay safe.

Thank you for remembering my struggle. Life has gotten a lot easier in the last year but my health is not going to allow me to return to the workforce. I stay busy but I do miss work – except when it snows and the temperature is below zero. :)

I have just added your blog to my list. I did not realize you had followed the advice to blog. Looking forward to the pictures.

seule771

It is not a good blog at all; when you have seen what the experienced folks can do. I am just letting you know, not to expect greatness or wanderfullness. It is mediocre.

I could say that I was at library and some person made mentioning of photos or such and now reading of this from days ago I am connecting the two. How to disassociate so as not to be bothered by what others do that is hurtful to me.

Blizzard here; snow is not quite up to my knees but close enough.

I have quite a lot of things bothering me; living in general. Bye.

gmathis

Hope you have the opportunity for a sweet and peaceful walk in new snow, seule! Out here in the country a fat blanket of snow muffles all the sound—like being surrounded by cold cotton!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

My first note in the new format. I like it but I would move the company description above the community comments – but that is a little thing.

This one is archived on Verdant’s site . So this is like reviewing an extinct species. This did not evoke images of dragonwell tea other than the flat leaf appearance. It was slightly bitter but very easy to sip. It reminded me more of Tai Ping Hou Kui. Beyond that comparison, I also thought it was a bit bean like and nutty.

I also noticed it disappeared really fast. There must be a hole in my cup. lol

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

haha, teas have a tendency to do that in my cup too!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

My Rating System

90-100 Love it enough to keep around
80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it

Location

Indiana, USA

Website

http://theeverdayteablog.blog...

Following These People