1570 Tasting Notes

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I did not know what to expect with this one. The dry leaf looks more like black tea than oolong. The dry scent is kind of grape/malt/cocoa with very mild roasted hints. When I put the leaf in my freshly washed and still wet press, the aroma became like the leaves of a tomato plant. Brewed up the golden liquor scent was mildly roasted tomato leaves.

I was apparently not awake enough to leaf this properly so I added a bit of sweetener to compensate. The front of the sip reminds me of the Formosa oolong I had a couple days ago. The late sip and aftertaste are tiguanyin. While floral it is not overly so. It is fruity and sweet (not just from my additive). This is much more subdued than I expected. By the look of the leaf I thought it would be very strong. I am going to add more leaf now that I am awake and see what happens.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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Yesterday I managed to get several good cups in. Today not one until bedtime. I have got to get back in the tea groove. This is pretty good for helping me relax. Just wish it had less or no spearmint. Drop the mint and make it apple flavor – that would be nice.

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I am finishing my tea drinking today with this one. It is a really nice cup. This version is my first experience with this type oolong. It is highly oxidized – almost to the point of being a black tea. It is not smoky or heavily roasted tasting. At first it reminded me of Darjeeling but the more I think about it, this is kind of like the Nepal black Nicole gave me. Probably if I had them side by side I wouldn’t think so but I can’t compare it to anything else. No bitterness, astringency, or bite. Smooth and fruity. Yum.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Mother Parkers
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Well look at me having three cups of tea already and its not even noon. Yeah, this is cheap bagged stuff but its pretty tasty.

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85
drank Irish Breakfast by A Southern Season
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This is so much more aromatic than the Harney version I started the day with. So nicely fruity. It does not have the face jolt astringency either. Just a beautiful fully developed cup. I imagine A Southern Season is a reseller of this tea. I wonder who actually blends it. Very nice.

ashmanra

This is my favorite Irish Breakfast – my youngest daughter’s, too. She is the real IB connoisseur.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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No way have I had this sample for 5 months! Retirement is killing my tea drinking. At the office I had a mug in my hand all day long. In the last two days I have had exactly one cup. I’m retired, shouldn’t I get to sit home and sip tea all day? Apparently not.

Woke up at 5:00 a.m. tried to go back to sleep but gave up. Bagel/cream cheese and Irish Breakfast. I am going to get some tea in me right from the start. I wish I had a camera this morning filming my sleepyhead trying to fix this. I made me laugh I was so out of it.

The cup turned out great despite me. This was full of cheek numbing in a good way. Strong enough to get me moving without the horrible nasty taste of coffee. Off to the farmer’s market.

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90
drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
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This tin is way over a year old and it shows it. Makes me sad. I used to buy Earl Grey green by the pound. Now I have so many choices I find 4 ounces is a lot of tea. I’ll need to use this up soon.

My favorite cheap EG.

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95
reviewed Brewing Basket by Finum
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I bought this for rooibos and herbals. It does an excellent job of keeping fine particles out of my cup. This is the medium sized Finum. It fits perfectly in my 12oz mug. Clean up is easy.

When I discovered it also fits well in my 6oz cup, I started using it when doing small quick steeps of 3-4oz in a quasi-gong fu style. I don’t own a gaiwan so this does a good job as a substitute.

This works so well we bought another. One or both are full of leaf all the time. I can think of nothing that needs changed unless it would be to make the plastic parts out of stainless, but then it would probably be a lot more expensive.

TheTeaFairy

I also use brewing baskets sometimes in replacement of the gaiwan when I need a quick Gongfu fix! It does work pretty well…

Tea_is_wisdom

Bought one of these for my mother and she just loves it. Great review.

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88
drank Silver Jade by The Tea Merchant
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I was looking at my teas thinking I want earl grey. No, I want something more gentle – like white or green tea. Enter Silver Jade. I can have it all, well sort of. This is NOT Earl Grey. The bergamot is so light even you bergamot haters (you know who you are) could not complain. It adds only a hint of citrus to the white tea. The green also has a supporting role giving the tea more heft. This is really hitting the spot.

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86
drank Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea by Teavivre
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I just got back from the new Star Trek movie. I loved it. Lots of classic cliche lines. Lots of cowboy type action. A good follow up to the reboot of the franchise.

The tea – I am writing a separate note for the second cup. This one was delightful. Sweeter than the first, greener, creamy and mineral at the same time. The bite is mostly gone and the aftertaste really lingers.

mrmopar

Oh I am a Trekkie from way back!

K S

Then you will enjoy the movie.

mrmopar

No doubt. I have all of the first set of star trek movies on vhs. Oh no now I am telling my age.

mrmopar

Btw we have an old drive in that will have it play this summer.

K S

Then I won’t admit the tapes form a picture of the enterprise when you put them all together. Shhhh.

The last time I went to the drive in – I think I took my dad to see Star Wars IV. He didn’t get it.

mrmopar

How about ncc 1701 I think. And the old question Kirk or Picard?

K S

“No bloody A, B, C, or D”
No question – Kirk. TNG never grabbed my imagination. Of course Picard did have good taste in tea.

mrmopar

Earl grey hot I believe, and yes Kirk by all means.

ashmanra

Star Trek after school. Every day. Kirk, a peanut butter sandwich, and soup. I am going Friday with hubby to see the new movie. Everyone knows where to stop their DVD of the last one to see R2D2 floating in the space wreckage, right?

K S

DVD? What is this new technology of which you speak? Actually I had not heard about seeing R2D2 but guess what I am going to be doing now?

ashmanra

C3PO and R2D2 are also depicted as hieroglyphs on the wall in Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark in the scene where Indy and Marion get dropped in with all the snakes.

gmathis

DS9 here. Back when our son was a baby and we had control over Halloween costumes, he was a Bajoran for his first trick-or-treat.
Darth Vader is also a gargoyle at the National Cathedral in DC: http://www.nationalcathedral.org/about/darthVader.shtml

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