1251 Tasting Notes

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From last night. After only getting at most 4 hours sleep prior, I am stopping all caffeine really early. This was my first late evening cup. Wonderful as always.

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I have been awake since 3:00 am. I wanted, no I need, black tea this morning but I didn’t want to open a new package. I have a zillion open right now. Couldn’t find a straight black open. So I decided Earl Grey. I have at least 6 Earl Greys including green, white, creme, mint, etc, but I don’t seem to have a single straight EG. How did that happen? I can’t justify another purchase right now. Well, I could but the wife would give me the look – you all know what I’m talking about, you’ve seen it from your loved ones. So I’m having Lady Earl Grey today. Wonderfully smooth Nilgiri base and creamy vanilla. I do wish the bergamot was a little more front and center and the vanilla less so. A good cup none the less.

My 1000 tasting note! It took me three years. I think Sil and Terri did it in 6 months :)

Lala

Congrats on hitting the 1000 mark!!

Veronica

Congrats on 1000! That’s a lot of tea. :)

Sil

WOOHOO!!! congrats on reaching 1000 – that’s rock solid! :)

Rosehips

Congrats on 1000 notes! Wow, I am in awe.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah!!! You rock K!!

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, we know «the look»…
CONGRATS, 1000 is quite an accomplishment, it shows real dedication to this place!
(Don’t worry about how long it took you, After 3 years, I’m at a fat 90, yay, go me! Lol)

Tea Sipper

Happy 1,000!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Discovered the last of this from Nicole. Offered it to my wife who doesn’t do caffeine. She sipped it quietly. I finally said, “Well?” She replied, “I’m not getting much vanilla from it.” sigh. All was not lost. The instant her cup was empty she steeped another. That’s code for she liked it.

TheTeaFairy

So you have a wife code detector, that’s a good tool, keep on using it :-)

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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I kind of forgot I had this one. It’s been so long I forgot that I wanted to rip the sachet open and free the leaf. It swells to the limit when steeped. Smells really good in the cup. I used 175F water and steep I’ll call 2 minutes even though after tasting I left the sachet in for another 3 minutes. Tastes as fruity and delicious as it smells. I am still baffled why others don’t seem to like this very much.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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So I’m sitting here typing notes to put in packages I will be sending out in a day or two (if I promised you one – its coming soon) and waiting for this cup to cool enough to sip. Forgetting what I’m doing with the tea while thinking on the notes, I reach over and pop a couple spice drop candies in my mouth. Tasting tip: don’t eat spice drops when drinking white tea. Good grief. I really need to move the candy dish out of temptations way.

Normally a good white tea will have fresh hay, cucumber, and melon notes. Looking at my previous notes on this one it was a fine example. It is still scented of hay but the taste is decidedly pickle. Not that I mind pickles but it is not what I was going for this morning. Amateur. Oh well, in the time it took me to complain my taster has mostly calmed down and this is once again a lovely tea with earthy notes. I will continue to sip it today and then I have enough for one more session another day.

FYI: I have read up on white teas and it seems a good one if well stored will remain tasty for 6 years or more. Knowing you don’t have to drink it right away makes an expensive tea seem a little more worth it.

Shelley_Lorraine

lol. I have to keep the candy out of the way too when I have tea. I got all these German bonbons per BrewTEAlly Sweet’s recommendation, and now I occasionally find myself drinking tea with candy still in my mouth!

K S

I usually try to keep some neutral snacks handy – like dry cereal – oh well at this rate the spice drops will be gone soon.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, you cannot be a morning pickle person unless you are pregnant!!!
And yes, the shell life of white peony is definitely a plus.

K S

lol, where is the like button on comments?

Shelley_Lorraine

LOL tea fairy. It may not have been what he was going for, and yet, there he was having sweets with his pickle tea. . . I don’t know about you, but I don’t like my pickles with dessert any time of day ;)

K S

O My! Maybe I am pregnant. :)

TheTeaFairy

This thread is making my spleen hurt, lol! shelly, yeah, adding the sweet factor makes it even worst for him, doesn’t it???

K S, no worries, don’t know you that well but «tea belly» is more likely…Just saying…
K S

Hey, I resemble that remark!

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drank Bohea Tea Da Chi Gan by Vicony Teas
1251 tasting notes

Another oldie in my collection becomes but a pleasant memory. This is grown and produced in Guadun, Tongmu Guan home of LS teas. However this one is not smoky and tastewise is midpoint between Nature’s Tea Leaf Fujian Congou black tea and Teavivre’s Yun Nan Dian Hong black tea. An exceptionally good cup for those who enjoy the type.

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90

Sitting in a warm house while rain is causing some grassy spots to emerge beneath the snow cover. I’m practicing Christmas songs on guitar for church tomorrow, checking Steepster, and sipping a very pleasant tea. Feeling blessed.

Terri HarpLady

My xmas gig season is starting to draw to a close. I’ve gotta see if I can find some scottish xmas tunes, for one of the xmas eve services I’m doing.

K S

From a quick search you aren’t going to find any. If my search is correct Christmas Day was a normal working day in Scotland until the 1960s and even into the 1970s in some areas.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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The gloom and doom forecast was four to six inches of white stuff. Instead we woke to a light rain. For fear that it could all ice over tonight we decided to head out in the rain for breakfast and mostly for our sanity.

The first cup was meh. About what you expect from bagged tea in a restaurant. The problem is the water. I asked Andy our waiter why the water was sometimes only warm. He said it depends on how many pots of coffee they made – as in the water is just being used to quickly to get hot. He promised the next silver tea pot would be hot. It was, and the second cup was once again the delight I expect.

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drank Organic Green Tea Powder by Teavivre
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Bought a bag of this powder in the Black Friday sale. This is my first attempt using it. I have a Hamilton Beach Freeze Fountain which is an ice shaver. I used a small tray of ice cubes. After shaving the ice, I put it in my blender and added about 10 oz of milk (Yes my den is better equipped than our first kitchen). Then I opened the tea pouch and watched a green powdery fog come out it. My desk is a mess. Took out a half scoop which is a healthy tsp of leaf. Kicked on the blender which created a clay colored (not green) thick foam. Poured into a tall glass and then remembered I did not add sweetener. Had to stir it in with a spoon. Everything mixed well even if I should have reversed the order a bit.

I learned several things –
1. Obviously, Starbucks is not using China green tea powder (as I had hoped) in their green tea frappachino. :(
2. I need to use a little less tea and a lot more sweetener next time.
3. Tea powder is messy and clean up will take a little effort.
4. The ice shaver/blender combo works great. I want to try this with a strong black tea, maybe an Earl Grey.

As for the taste, it is different. Good different – bad different I haven’t decided. I think I’ll add either a touch of vanilla or a little vanilla yogurt and see what happens. Plain it tastes kind of generic green tea with an earthy quality. I drank it all pretty quickly but still don’t know what I think. I do know I have a lot of it and I am not afraid to experiment.

Ideas?

Lala

I like mixing my matcha with plain yogurt and sugar = green tea yogurt. I would suggest adding something like coconut milk or cream which would add sweetness as well as “mix” (or almond milk, etc.). Matcha in any kind of homemade fruit smoothie as well. Matcha, milk, ice, fruit, vanilla yogurt and blend. Usually there is enough sweetener in the fruit and yogurt. I look forward to reading about your experiments :)

mrmopar

Vacuum up any remaining dust and proceed back to step one! LOL!

ashmanra

I probably use only 1/2 tsp of matcha powder, milk, and no shaved ice. I add about one tablespoon sugar for a 14 to 16 ounce glass. I froth it with an aerolatte or just shake it up in a cocktail shaker.

Luciana Russo Vichino

I am about to prepare my first matcha. Took it with milk on a trip to Asia and simply loved it!
To have it iced you can also try Darjeeling tea with milk. Add some sugar and enjoy. It tastes great!

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drank Decaffeinated Iced Tea by Lipton
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Last night at mom & dad’s. We were playing cards, when mom suddenly exclaimed, “Oh, I forgot to pour up the tea.”
“Uhm, how long has it been steeping?” I asked.
“Not long, I put it on just before you got here.”

Yeah, we had been there like an hour and a half. Typical glass of mom’s iced tea. Is it any wonder I seldom notice astringency?

Sil

haha

Terri HarpLady

Steeped with a mother’s love! :)

Veronica

Sounds like the tea my grandma used to make. She’d steep it for hours so it’d have more flavor. :)

K S

The funny thing is this doesn’t taste a whole lot different when steeped correctly, but its home.

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