1572 Tasting Notes

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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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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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86
drank Liu An Gua Pian Green Tea by Teavivre
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This is the 2013 version of this tea. I used the whole sample in my Finum and my 6oz cup. That is twice the leaf and half the water I used with last years batch. I notice two big differences right away. To me the late sip reminds me of corn. I have never used that in description before. That’s cool. The other is rather than buttery, this seems thinner and has a fair amount of bite. I like it fine but pretty sure next time I will try it using my frugal method. I think I prefer it that way. Leaving the rating alone.

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91
drank Demain by Nina's Paris
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My evening cup. I used a 6oz Corelle cup and a Finum basket. That seems to work best with their sample sizes. This smells awesome. The strawberry is the strongest scent. The raspberry aroma is easily separated but not as intense. The brew looks like honey. The flavor of the sip is as fruity and natural as the scent but not over the top. You can taste the green tea base – yeah! The base is vegetal with a nice bite at the end. You could probably eliminate the bite with a shorter steep – but why? I used a tiny bit of sweetener to really make the fruit pop. A very nice cup.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

While sipping the third cup I thought the second deserved a comment of its own. My wife made a spinach and strawberry salad with orange poppy seed dressing and a honey chicken Parmesan cheese thing she made up. This tea held up really well against it. The combination brought out some spicey notes that weren’t present before. Yum.

ashmanra

Huang Shan Mao Fengs are our favorites with Asian buffet takeout!

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65
drank Iced Tea by Lipton
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I know I am supposed to hate this. I don’t. It’s family.

Speaking of which – last night I was telling my dad about a particular iced tea I enjoyed at a restaurant. He had it once as well. He said it was too weak for him. Then proceeded to tell me of a local eatery that made the best iced tea ever. Yeah, they brew this. It is cloudy. The water is slightly soured. And they use a plastic glass. Mmmm now that’s tea. :)

My rating is high by most of your standards. By my rating system if fits square in the average range. That is what it is blended to be – beige. On Steepster all teas start at 77 as the middle of the road and our ratings adjust it from there. I figure 77 is for an average loose leaf and around 60-65 is my average for bagged. Included just so you know.

cteresa

I had figured it out about our ratings starting mid70s but I did not know it was 77 – I have wondered about the precise algorithm a number of times! Interesting.

Lala

I’ve always wanted to try this. Ha ha. I love iced tea, and where I am from iced tea is not as huge as it is down in the US. We have that awesome bottled Nestea and such!

gmathis

My standards aren’t as high for ice tea as they are for a nice, warm morning cuppa.

K S

Lala – bottled Nestea???? lol Under those circumstances you would love this stuff.

Gmathis – I can’t stand it hot but cold, yeah, my standards drop significantly.

Ysaurella

agree, I’m less picky with ice teas.
Thanks for letting us know about the rating at 77 for any tea here on steepster ! I was also wondering WHY and HOW it was working

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92

I am generally a pretty easy going guy. Today trying to get everything organized to make a cup of tea proved to be almost too big of a task. I didn’t completely loose my cool to the point of embarrassing myself, but it was close. Didn’t break anything but there are a number of tea puddles that I am attempting to clean up.

This tea. This is my third Huang Shan Mao Feng. It is the first nonpareil. I looked at my reviews of the other versions after I tasted this one. This wins hands down. I used the entire sample, a Finum basket and a mug. It started as like clean mineral water that quickly changes to a smooth creaminess. The flavor begins, to my tastes, as grain (oats) accompanied by more vegetal notes. What I call oats, other reviews refer to as chestnut. Next, a wonderful green astringent bite kicks in. TeaVivre calls it brisk, and it is, but not like the bite I associate with Assam based tea. The aftertaste is fresh and hangs around like it is begging me to take another sip. So of course I must oblige. There is a fair amount of cooling sensation present as well.

As you can tell I really liked this one.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Angrboda

What does nonpareil mean? I’ve seen this tea around lately, but it’s a totally new word to me.

K S

According to Wikipedia it means without equal. This version is also pre-ming – picked very early in the season, before tomb sweeping day (which I don’t know what that means) The Te Gong refers to this being a tribute tea (I think). Mao Feng means a bud and two leaves. Huang Shand means yellow mountain. I love Google.

Angrboda

Oh, sounds very fancy!

ashmanra

I think Ching Ming is a sort of Chinese Spring Festival and they clean their ancestors’ final resting places at that time. Ching Ming is considered premium stuff, pre-Ching Ming even better!

K S

Ashmanra – that’s kind of my understanding as well. From my looking in to this, I think the tomb sweeping day and the spring festival just kind blended together over time. It occurs so many days after the winter solstice.

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I am only six cups into this so far. I will post a better review after I take this several cups further. My notes are so closely paralleling Awkward Soul’s wonderful review on her website, that it amazed me. I do not have a clay pot. I did decide to make-shift gaiwan steep it using a tiny Corelle cup, and a Finum basket with lid. Each steep is between 3-4 ounces.

Young sheng takes some getting used to. I happen to like sheng and found this to be really nice even as young as it is. If I had the self control to age pu’er, I believe this would be a good one.

Awkward Souls’s rating is correct for what this is now. I raised it a bit for potential.
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Edit

I took this on through 10 cups. The leaf still has more to give but I have run out of day. As the flavor starts to diminish and the astringency increases around the 8th cup, adding a tiny amount of sweetener brings this to life in a very good way.

I enjoyed my day with this one. Thanks Misty Peak Teas for the sample.

mrmopar

I have a session due tomorrow with this tea. Sounds very good so far.

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Apparently this is what they serve when you order iced tea at Cheddars. Dopplergaydar was the first to report this is the tea served. It was confirmed by our waitress today. By the lack of information on the S&D website this shouldn’t be any better than Lipton or any other generic tea. It shouldn’t be, but I love this tea. It is very earthy and refreshing. This is my favorite restaurant tea by far. Just don’t order the hot tea there because it IS Lipton :P

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drank Gyokuro by Nina's Paris
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I learned something new with this tea. I love it when that happens. I thought gyokuro was a higher grade of sencha. It can be made of sencha but doesn’t have to be. What makes it gyokuro is that the tea bushes are covered for a few days prior to picking. This does some kind of mojo to the taste.

This is my first of this type tea. I have no idea if it is a good representation of gyokuro. I do know I really liked it. I used a cooler white tea type water temperature. Prepared this way it was not bitter. It was smooth, silky, not grassy, and I was happy to see Nina’s mentions in their description that there is a touch of the sea in the flavor. I picked that up before I read it. I love it when that happens.

Stephanie

Gyokuro! mmmmm :)

Claire

I like to keep the steep time super short with gyokuro too, about 30 to 45 seconds.

K S

I went two minutes because I didn’t know any better. Next time….

Daniel

I love Gyokuro. Using a lower water temperature was definitely the right call.

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