1413 Tasting Notes

drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
1413 tasting notes

I had two cups of this bagged tea with my scrambled egg, sausage gravy & biscuit at Steak N Shake. I deeply love and appreciate beautifully complex teas. That said, I have a soft spot for the inexpensive basic comfort tea. This one does a great job in that regard. Today it had a light amount of malt and maybe it was the food combination but I swear I was getting hints of smoke. This has become like family so I’m upping the rating.

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drank Orange Oolong by Christiani-Tea
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Got this one from Tommy The Toad long ago. Went back and read my notes because I thought I had learned something new, only to discover I had just forgotten I already figured it out. Yeah, I’m confused too. Back on point, this is really good if you forget the brewing instructions and just go with a one minute steep. Going longer or using too much leaf results in an overpowering dark oolong cup. Short steep this is balanced. The orange is more of an orange Crush flavor than fresh orange but I like Crush so it works.

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drank Mellow Mango Peach by Della Terra Teas
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I read the reviews before posting. I am sure I had to have done something wrong. This smells really good. The taste was just muted. Like all the flavors cancelled each other out. Shoot. I love peach teas. Long lingering aftertaste so maybe it is just my taste buds today. I will retry. It was much more flavorful once cold. Thanks Nicole I will try this again. No rating yet.

Nicole

I prefer it cold. Hot is okay but to me, now that I’ve had it several times, the flavors pop more when cold.

Alphakitty

I agree, this is best iced, especially if you give it a long cold brew

K S

Good to know. I thought I was missing something.

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drank Yun Nan Dian Hong Black Tea by Teavivre
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I have been up since three. I could barely keep my eyes open at work. A friend battled colon cancer for a year and was declared cancer free. Now they say he has a spot on his lung and we are waiting for results. Two weeks from today I will be laid off forcing me into retirement with no insurance and less than half the income. I have no new job prospects on the horizon so I am having a little trouble with Fear Not. As gmathis said the other day, I know how the story ends, but can’t we just skip a few chapters?

I went to my drawer for a little comfort. I was looking for Golden Monkey black tea. When I saw this one I realized I haven’t had it in a long time. It was a great choice. While waiting for the water to heat I started noticing the leaf smell. It is like wheat and malt. Such a nice scent. The cup is so smooth. It is heavily malted with light cocoa notes. I notice today it is even slightly peppery. The malt and cocoa linger long after the sip is gone. It’s funny, not that long ago I had no idea what people meant when they said a tea was malty. I guess it is because I had never tried a tea like this before.

I am more impressed with this today by far than when I first tried it. This I believe is the least expensive version of Dian Hong that TeaVivre sells. I should check that before I say it I guess. Anyway, I think originally I thought it would taste more sweet potato and honey like Golden Tips. You tone those flavors way down into the background and crank the malt and you have this tea. The slight amount of rough edges at the back of the sip I think would even appeal to coffee drinkers. If you enjoy Chinese black tea and would like an everyday affordable version this would do nicely.

Thank you TeaVivre for helping to take my mind off the troubles of the day. Upping the rating.

gmathis

Swap you prayers.

K S

Ok, but I’m going to step outside because the ceiling kind of feels like its in the way lately.

Miss Starfish

I’m so sorry to hear of your troubles, K S. My thoughts are with you(and I really hope that a great opportunity presents itself soon), and your friend. I have a biopsy scheduled for next month, so will be including him in my thoughts often. I know I’m just a stranger on the other side of the world, but if there’s anything I could do to help, please let me know.

ashmanra

K S and GMathis: praying that things will be brighter and sunnier for you both…and soon! In two weeks I go for my two year post treatment cancer check up. It CAN be beaten! I will be praying for your friend, also!

Claire

Praying for good things for you, KS. I know I am far away and can’t do much, but will happily send tea if it can brighten your day.

K S

Thanks all for the kind words and prayers. Every now and then the world seems a little overwhelming but I realize in the bigger scheme of things I have it a lot better than many folks right now.

canadianadia

Praying that your difficult chapters will be short ones, and that you will turn the page onto new and wonderful things very soon.

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Day two with the same leaf. When I put the chunk in the press yesterday it sure looked like whole leaves. Today I see almost entirely small broken pieces. I steeped cup 4 for a minute and a half. The brew is darker than the first cup but no where near as dark as the 2nd and 3rd. This tastes very bland today. I have to work way to hard to catch much of anything. I have only had three hours sleep. This is not going to do. I am done with it. The rating stands from yesterday’s tasting. On to the next.

Bonnie

Sometimes it is what it is!

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Interesting. When I had this today I did not realize it was the same one Cody had such a foul experience with. I did notice how easily the chunk separated. I used my usual western method – half the sample and 12oz water. I used 1/2oz to wake up the leaf but decided not to pour off. Added the rest of the water and steeped 1 minute. The brew was Tetley tea colored – basically looked like tea. It smelled like shu poo. The taste reminded me first of grape leaves then an old fallen tree in the woods. Then it was like an old leather jacket – not the horse tack I normally notice. It had rough edges like bark in the throat. I liked it.

The second cup at 30 seconds was darker and smoother. More refined leather and some kind of fruity and spicy notes.

Third at 30 seconds continued on even smoother and very sweet.

That’s all I had time for today. Definitely a different (and better) experience than Cody. I thought this was pretty good.

Cody

Well, I’m glad at least you had a pleasant experience. I’ll try the other half of my sample using something like your method and see if I get anything decent. Perhaps this shu just doesn’t play nice with gong fu style.

K S

By the third cup it was a beautiful burgundy. Smelled bad. tasted good. Hope your second attempt is better and foreign object free.

Cody

The liquor color is something I can definitely agree with. That was a huge plus for this shu, when so many others are thick and murky and black. I’m not sure I can count the second attempt as better, but it was certainly much “cleaner” in multiple ways. I’m about to post another tasting note on it.

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I didn’t have time to post yesterday. It’s just as well, I was in a blue mood. The highlight early in the day was this tea. Last time I used waaaayyyy to much leaf. This time I went with the web site directions of 1 tsp per cup. The dark roasted oolong blend most excellently with the white and dark chocolate curls. The second cup was even more chocolaty. I could also taste floral oolong notes in the aftertaste. The third cup had more of a plant taste along with the chocolate. Did I mention the chocolate?

Sil

Oooh this sounds yummy!

gmathis

There was a lot of that going around. Hope the chocolate helped a little.

K S

It didn’t hurt :)

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I am torn on this one. It is very bright metallic (aluminum) tasting at times to the point sweetener barely calms it down. On the other hand it has a smoky layer underneath and is developing leather horsey notes. At times it smells green then it smells barnyard. I think a while longer in storage and this will be a nice one. Of course I don’t have the experience to know that. No rating. I drank on it all day and couldn’t decide.

JC

Since it is a sheng and smells ‘weird’ by your description. If you are going to give it a go at storage make sure that you store it completely separated from others (avoid cross contamination with scent). How was it packed?

K S

Weird isn’t exactly what I meant. It is more like young but starting to age. I like barnyard. This is just a sample packed in a clear baggie. Maybe aging a sample isn’t practical. I don’t know. Is there a type paper I could use to wrap my various samples that I can get at Walmart?

JC

Well, its not very common for a Sheng to smell like barnyard, maybe herbaceous. That’s why I asked. I don’t like to ship Puerh in plastic unless there’s going to be a small frame between the shipping and opening. I would suggest you to let it ‘breath’ for 3-4 days in open air but no direct sunlight. Then retry it.

K S

Am I totally off in my thinking that aged sheng is what shu is trying to emulate? I just assumed this was starting to naturally gain an aged smell and taste.

JC

It is! But it truly never gets there. I guess after maybe 60-70 years? I had 40-45yr old Puerh… you can see where it is going, but you still understand is not really going to get there. (I appreciated the aged tea, I don’t think is worth spending the money in tea that old unless you drink to then boast about it. There’s amazing Puerh out there, and 10-20 years make amazing changes.) Let it air, retry it. It may be also differences in what ‘barnyard’ is to each of us. To me is more of dried hay that was exposed to some mud after a few animals walked by.

JC

Ok, let me take back some of that before I’m ‘attacked’ lol. If you have the money and enjoy really old tea, then it IS worth it. Worthy, is a word of perception and opinion. There :)

K S

:) You’ll not likely ever find one in my tea drawer. I’d rather make the house payment.

JC

hahahaha! Same here. It was an ‘experience’ I feel like I’d rather buy something ‘semi-aged’ (one for drinking and one for storage) and just pray I make it in life long enough to enjoy one extremely well aged.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Maybe the lightest touch of vanilla I have had in a vanilla tea. I liked that – most are overdone. The decaf base is very light bodied. For an evening tea that makes sense. I like it. Thanks Nicole.

gmathis

You’ve probably seen this in other notes, but this is a great blender-inner and stretcher-outer.

ashmanra

K S: I don’t know if you had the sachet or loose, but JacquelineM and I found that the loose seems richer and has caramel notes, and it is important to stir it up because a lot of the goodies settle in the one pound bag.

K S

Thanks, I keep it in mind ladies. This is loose leaf.

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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
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I see cardamom listed as an ingredient every now and then but usually with a bunch of other ingredients so I really had no idea what it tasted like. It is kind of like ginger and clove had a kid and maybe sprinkled it with a hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is sweet. It is not exactly perfumey, but more like soapy. I think I like it. I certainly would not turn down a cup. Not sure I would buy a box. I like the Ceylon base. Thanks Brett.

mrmopar

i have been pondering on a purchase o this one myself.

K S

I should have added I never crave chai and cardamom is kind of chai like.

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