1351 Tasting Notes

88
drank Winter White Chai by Simple Loose Leaf
1351 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!

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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!

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Well this was a surprise. I don’t drink many teas from India. They are often bitter, harsh, and burn in my stomach like crazy. This one though… the wet leaf smells incredible. The orange-red brew is very smooth, and not in the least bitter. Yes it is somewhat drying but not harsh. I steeped it for 3 1/2 minutes – I imagine had I gone 2-2 1/2 a lot of that dryness could be reduced. I found myself really enjoying this bold malty cup and a single cup did not cause stomach burn.

Nicole

Dang. I was waffling on putting this in the cart along with the yunnan last night. Next time, i guess.

Sil

i’m totally thinking about picking up this in the 3 pack + the horse..’cause i ned more tea..NOT!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got plenty of the others, so just getting a tin of the Horse. Which is spurring me onward to place an order with the devotea… I have money burning a hole in my playpal account, thanks to recent CD sales!

Sil

i’m trying hard not to look at the devotea yet… sigh

Terri HarpLady

I’m sending you samples of everything I got…

Sil

i know.. it’s what’s keeping me from ordering any time soon haha. must try first. it’s also what’s keeping me from placing and order with A&D unless it looks like the horse is going to disappear… i’ll be mad if i don’t get that

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I have never seen braided tea before. This is cool even if just for the weirdness factor. The fact that it tastes very nice is also a huge bonus. I used 3 braids for 10 oz. Very clean and crisp. To me there is a light metallic (but pleasant) taste. The other reviewers saw this as citrus. Maybe that is because they used a gaiwan. Slightly creamy. Slightly slick. My favorite part is how it rumbles in my belly. Possibly the best rumbler I have had. Probably because it is attacking the bologna sandwich I had a while ago.

This is very drinkable. It has no bitterness, no barnyard, and no fishiness. This is currently listed for $8.99/50g or $10.99/100g with free shipping. If you even sort of like sheng, this is worth a try even if just for the weirdness factor.

One year ago today I walked out of the workplace for the last time with tools in hand after being downsized. 3 friends also were laid off. One decided to just retire. The other two now have better jobs in the industry working for other companies. I have only occasional residual anger and hurt. As it turns out they did me a huge favor. This year I had to face though my mind is still fairly sharp, physically I can no longer keep up with an 8 hour or longer day. Being disabled is not fun and you often face judgment from healthy people who don’t understand. I’ll gladly go to work in any one’s place on Monday if they trade me bodies for the day. They just think they are glad to see 4:00 now. Anyway thank you Steepsterites for allowing me to vent on occasion so my wife doesn’t have to listen to it.

caile

That tea does sound interesting!
And, you can vent anytime! :-)

ashmanra

Like Pooh Bear, we get rumbly in our tumbly! Maybe the puerh was actually HAVING a rumble with that bologna sandwich. I can see it now, each one tossing a switchblade back and forth…

K S

In the 100 acre woods all things are possible!

gmathis

Time and perspective do smooth out the rough edges eventually. Hope yours are all sanded down real soon.

Separately, rolled and coiled and braided teas are absolutely fascinating—-wouldn’t it be fun to watch the preparation process?

ashmanra

There used to be a YouTube video of dragon pearls being rolled. It is a miracle we don’t pay more when you see them hand rolling the pearls individually,

Terri HarpLady

K, you can unload with us any time. :)

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drank Laoshan Bilochun Green by Verdant Tea
1351 tasting notes

As noted by Terri this version does not look like the picture. It is flat rolled into long dark brittle twists. This tea does some funky stuff. First off, I don’t know why one steeps still boggle my mind but they do. Starts out crisp with a bite and a tingle to the cheeks and sides of the tongue. It is creamy and salty but not buttery when hot. It reminds me of pea pods in taste. As it cools and I continue to steep this becomes incredibly sweet. It also begins to feel like melted butter with out the greasy feel. It really is incredibly good. Thanks Terri.

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This morning it is warmer outside than it has been in forever (a whopping 20 F!), so why can’t I get warm? So what do I do? I reach in the fridge and grab a cold brew. No not that kind, the tea kind. I poured it into my Tupperware glass because I’m a bearded redneck. It turned out well. I don’t notice a lot of difference other than it is cold. My personal sweet spot is just above room temperature with most teas. This is no exception. Call me crazy.

While I’m waiting for this to warm up a little – I mentioned playing guitar with a group of friends who put on a concert at our church Sunday. They put up a video on Youtube of a song they wrote the week of the concert. The audio and a few clips are from our church. I am not playing with them :( but it is an awesome slide blues song. Thought you might enjoy it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgjpRETiIv8&feature=youtu.be

gmathis

Ooh, we could use us some o’dat come Sunday! (I have this crazy hankerin’ for musicians that actually play instruments, not background tracks!)

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I cold brewed this all day in the fridge as others said they liked it that way. In my opinion the flavors meld together more making the sip less complex. I enjoyed this much more hot. This is my first cold brew attempt but I think I got it right. Just like it brewed better. Now I know, and now I have the skills to cold brew puerh.

Ysaurella

this blend is really lovely to see

Yvonne

Yay for new skills!

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Digging through my tea drawers (plural – sad in a super happy sort of way) and what’s this!? How can I possibly still have some of this beauty? Oh WOW! It looks like I still have enough for two sessions of many cups of glorious grapey jasmine awesomeness! I love happy surprises – especially when I give them to myself all unexpected like. OK, really Teavivre made this moment happen. I know that but right now I’m not telling me. My day is complete. Party on Garth. Party on Wayne.

Stephanie

Party on!!! These are delicious!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

This is the one I added to my bf order on accident instead of peach jasmine pearls! Hmmm I must try seeing as I have a WHOLE lot if it!!!

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The reviews on this are kind of all over the place. I thought it was pretty good. I love peppermint in tea blends. I love white tea – though admittedly I normally enjoy them more without additives to better enjoy the subtle flavors. I am learning to appreciate rose when it is handled masterfully. This tea hits hard with initial blast of mint that turns rose quickly. I do taste white tea late in the sip and under the cooling minty aftertaste.

gmathis

Rose and mint sound like a nice combo—-mint slapping down the rose so it doesn’t smell like my grandmothers boudoir.

K S

See, you get it.

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89
drank Russian Caravan by The Tea Spot
1351 tasting notes

Terri warned me some of the teas she sent me, in our totally lopsided in my favor swap, were double bagged. I separated them from the box to protect the innocent. Every time I walk into the room at least one of those double bagged boogers whispers my name. I think it is this one. I love terri’s labels. She tells you how many cups worth are in the bag and how many steeps each will go.

Anyway, so this one – not that long ago it would have made me scream like a little girl and head for cover. Smoky LS and puerh in the same tea! Now I am inhaling this and thinking, Wow that’s awesome! In this first cup I am not able to separate the four different teas. The smoke is highly complex. The mixed base underneath is rich, thick, and almost creamy feeling. As it cools I am detecting the assam in the aftertaste.

If you are a LS fan this is really an excellent blend. Can’t wait to see how later cups develop.

I haven’t been rating teas lately but I am going to rate this since the only numbered review was negative

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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