1326 Tasting Notes

I know I have posted on this tea before but I don’t feel like digging through the archives to figure out under what listing – anyway, from Starbucks, iced. Not my favorite EG but it is pretty good, especially from the full leaf sachets. For years people rated Tazo EG much higher than I did. I thought they, like Sil, must hate blergamot as she calls it. I never got any wonderful bright citrus notes out of it. All I was getting was wimpy plain tea. Maybe I always got an expired bag or one stored in direct sunlight. Whatever the reason I was not impressed. Same goes for Harney Supreme EG – I did not get bergamot from it so it did not speak to me. Fortuitously, ordering this Tazo EG in house results in a pretty good cup. Makes me happy I did not give up trying.

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I prepared this western mug style. This tea is not even close to what I expected. The dry leaf aroma is freshly dried grass and grain with just a hint of malt. This brews up lighter in color than anticipated. The taste is loaded with hints of fruit and flowers. The malt comes out late in the sip before the sweet fruity aftertaste kicks in. It feels thick and creamy, almost foamy. I found this to be an extremely enjoyable mellow tea. Western mug style did not produce a bold cup to me. I also detect no smoke, and definitely no bitterness. High yum factor.

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I managed to prepare this tea without making a complete mess on the desk. Celebrate good times! Yesterday I spilled everything I touched. Also yesterday I ate like a 20 year old single guy – nuked frozen burritos, refried beans, hot dogs, and Velvetta and macaroni. Today I woke up 57 and realized that was not the best behavior. I’ll be switching to puerh shortly but wanted some octane in the tank first.

I had no idea what to expect from this one. A&D’s description gives no clues. Terri told me to steep this for 4 minutes. That seems like a long time. Many breakfast type black tea gives me stomach burn so I usually go no more than 3 minutes. I went with 4 today and this is not bitter and did not seem to hurt. A light hint of smoke, some briskness, a little malt. On my scale somewhere between English Breakfast and Prince of Wales in intensity. Actually leaning more toward the mellow side.

__Morgana__

Yay for no spillage!

caile

Yay! :-)

Sami Kelsh

Good GOSH, yo, that sounds like my food nightmare! I mean, granted, occasionally all I want is frozen pizza and ramen (and okay, so I eat more ramen than a woman of my age should, owing to the whole unemployment thing) but STILL. Please tell me you’re feeding yourself better today!

K S

Sami Kelsh, today I have had a glass of milk and some dry cereal. Not so hungry today. lol

TheTeaFairy

K S, I’m glad you could indulge yesterday, but you need to get some greens in that body of yours now…want my delicious kale/spinach/avocado green smoothie recipe? It’s so yummy… Uh, what, no? You’re not interrested, really? lol, I know, I know, you’re just not that kind of guy, can’t blame me for trying though :-)

gmathis

The Hubster and I are reaching that screeching-halt realization that we can no longer eat like college students. Rats.

ashmanra

Oooo, BLERG! I need puerh just from reading what you ate! I am in the same boat…lots of things that I wish I could eat, but I know better…most of the time.

K S

I know better and I paid for it. Oh for the good old days when there seemed to be no consequences. I have stayed away from doughnuts for a year and a half now. A local baker makes a cinnamon roll that feels like it weighs 5 pounds. They are so good but I have NOT turned into their parking lot. Why can’t broccoli taste like cinnamon rolls?

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So after the blender mishap you would think I would learn. You would be wrong. I went to fill up my kettle and poured half the water on the table. I guess I am in too big of a hurry to drink tea today.

This one is worth the mess I made. The label says, “Superfine”, why yes, yes it is. Clean and crisp. Much love.

Off to see what I can dump or break next.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Now I have to find out about the blender mishap! On to previous note I’m guessing:-)

caile

At least your desk will be well cleaned by now! ; )

K S

Hey now, that glass half full attitude just gives me more to dump! ;)

gmathis

I’ve had weeks, no, years like that…

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
1326 tasting notes

I will eventually try this as a hot beverage but not today. I finally got proportions worked out for a nice frothy frappuccino type drink. Once I accepted this is not going to taste like Starbucks (because it is not matcha) I liked it fine. The main problem is learning to use less. A 1/2 tsp in a 16 oz drink is plenty. I made a creamy, sweet, green tinted tan concoction. The taste is more brown than green.

Safety tip – when you use a blender make sure the base is screwed on tightly. Yeah, all over the desk top.

__Morgana__

Uh oh… poor desk.

Stephanie

aww, blender FAIL

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
1326 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
1326 tasting notes

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
1326 tasting notes

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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