1307 Tasting Notes

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I have three main decaf bagged ‘teas’ in my nightly rotation along with 6 or 8 other less frequent. This may well be my favorite. Last night I could almost feel the cookie crumbs dissolve on my lips. The orange rind is subtle but gives a nice depth. Needs sweetened for full affect.

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drank Golden Yunnan by RiverTea
1307 tasting notes

Remember RiverTea’s contest “What would you do for the last 100 g of your favorite tea on earth?” Well, this is the last of my prize winning samples to try and Yunnan blacks are one of my three most favorite teas. The other two being Fujian black, and Earl Grey.

With Golden Tips and Golden Monkey being two of my highest rated teas, I wasn’t sure how this would stack up against the competition. When I inhaled the aroma of the first cup I literally went, “Whoa!” Then I sipped it and was just as impressed. This has more than a casual amount of sweet smoke. Not LS level smoke. More of a Keemun level but unmistakably smoky none-the-less. It is accompanied by honey and light malt. Beneath it lies woodsy/nutty tinged cocoa.

This is seriously good. I haven’t given a rating to a new tea in a while but I will this one. Bravo!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Winter White Chai by Simple Loose Leaf
1307 tasting notes

My first experience with Shou Mei. The leaf looks like the picture and is interesting to look at and festive in aroma. I am not a particular fan of chai – which strangely is exactly why I chose this one. This is not any of the things I dislike in chai. It is not overwhelmingly spiced. The pepper is held down to a very mild level. Though the list of ingredients is long, they all make sense. (Are you listening Yogi and Stash?) In the taste it is clove and cardamom. Originally I thought ginger and cinnamon, which are also present. I don’t taste lemongrass or vanilla but assume they are filling in the flavors of the cup.

This reminds me of Mystic Chai, which is a powdered chai mix I used to buy at Sam’s Club. I liked it but it was pre-sweetened, which meant three times too sweet for human consumption. This is not sweetened so I get to control how sweet I want it. What a novel idea!

For chai, I like this one.

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drank Green Tea with Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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Feeling super lazy today. This is the only tea I have steeped. Trying to decide if I have the ambition to refill the pot. Did I mention I’m feeling lazy?

Anna

Yes, yes, that’s all good and well, but how is Captain Jebediah’s successor coming along? We must consider his legacy.

K S

Ha ha, well I guess the good news is everyone survived. The bad news is the next generation prototype craft exploded on the launch pad. The credentials of our engineers are currently under review.

Anna

Hehehe. Well, you must keep us posted. Especially if there are HEARINGS.

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drank English Breakfast by Twinings
1307 tasting notes

I’m not English and it is not breakfast. I’m a mad man! Even so, I was pleasantly surprised by this. I always (and apparently wrongly) associate EB with extremely strong, brisk, bitter, and often harsh. Generally I consider EB near the bottom of my tea preferences. This is the bagged version so it is a little less flavorful than it might otherwise be but I enjoyed it. Smooth, malty, and fruity. The only negative, if it offends you, is it is a tad drying. I used sweetener. I seldom use milk – that might cover the dryness. Anyway, way better than I remember.

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drank Coconut Almond by Zenjala Tea Company
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This is very tasty. The almond and coconut just seem made for each other. This is a year old and I was a little concerned as someone here on Steepster said coconut can turn rancid after a while. I guess my storage was sufficient as this is still very fresh. I do notice the sencha base today which is something I missed previously. All in all a good cup of summer… I can dream.

In other news, sadly I marooned three Kerbal astronauts in orbit around Mun (Kerbal’s moon) yesterday. I ran out of fuel before escape velocity was reached. They will be missed but another launch is scheduled for minutes from now. Jebediah, Captain of the Orbitor 2 would want it that way. If only we had installed a docking port we might have been able to launch a rescue mission.

Anna

(You cannot possibly comprehend how much I love you right now.)

Meeka

KSP! I just discovered that game :)

gmathis

(in space, no one can hear you steep……?)

K S

Meeka I am obviously not good at it yet (ask Jebediah) but it’s great fun. I do wish there were better instructions.

Meeka

Yeah, the tutorials are pretty lacking – I found some YouTube tutorials that helped but I still haven’t gotten into orbit yet (although that might be user error at this point :P).

K S

I’ve blown up on the launchpad and a few hundred feet in the air. My son told me to go to YouTube but I haven’t figured out what would be helpful yet.

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Another one I kind of forgot I had. I think I under steeped. Not a lot going on. A little rose, a little rooibos. The aroma is distinctly peach and apple. I need to play with this some and see what I can get out of it.

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Today I over leafed a little (for me), used water at about 175 F and steeped was about 2 minutes. Prepared this was I have to agree with Tea Sipper – creamed corn. I was trying to find the words when I read his review and yes, creamed corn.

Cooler water temp made for a more green vegetal aroma. While the color was green until it cooled slightly then it turned amber. That always seems weird.

I always enjoy white monkey and this is a good one.

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For part of my Christmas my son put a program on my computer called Kerbal Space Program. You design and launch spacecraft. So far I been able to attain a good circular orbit and today I even made it to the planet’s moon and returned safely. The learning curve is very steep. I have blown several craft up while launching. I have much to learn. I think my son is almost tired of answering questions.

Any way I thought this flavorful tea would go well with amateur rocket science. I brewed 4oz for the first cup. It was light and sweet. The next three steeps I have dumped together and it is much darker and leather. A nice enjoyable toucha.

Anna

Haha, this post cracked me up – I was skimming my way down the dash, and my eyes landed on, “So far I been able to attain a good circular orbit…” and I was just… Wait, WHAT?

K S

:) Except for solitaire type games I haven’t played a computer game in ever – I’m a little hooked on this at the moment.

Anna

As a not-so-reformed born gamer, I am so excited to hear that! There are so, so many good ones to be had now, too.

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Using up the last of this wonder white peony today. Not enough leaf for two and a little much for one. In it goes. The room is filled with a fresh grassy hay scent. I over steeped on purpose to amp up the flavor as I have been sipping brisk teas all morning. This is hanging right in there. Not so much melon/cucumber steeped long as it is earthy hay. A great finish to a great tea.

I stayed away from the spice drop candies today to avoid pickle tea :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! So relieved to know your pickle phase is over!!!

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