1252 Tasting Notes

91

This is the third day in a row with this neat puerh. Today only one cup with yesterday’s leaf to see if it could handle it. This is the 4th cup from the leaf and I steeped about 6 minutes. It looked a bit weak but was still quite chocolate and puerh flavored. If you can’t tell I like this one a lot.

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91

Zenjala is a new company to me. This one sounded so good I had to try it. I have added chocolate mint to puerh for over a year and like it. This one has real curls of dark chocolate mixed in with the puerh. It smells so good in the pouch. I am putting together a longer review for the blog but for now let me say this is awesome. Spearmint makes me nervous but in this one it is light and well blended with the peppermint, chocolate, and puerh. The longer you steep the more present the chocolate becomes and the less pronounced the mints. The puerh base adds a pleasant taste and shu aroma. I used sweetener as I think chocolate and puerh both beg for it. High yum factor. I steeped 3 times and I am pretty sure it would go more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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90
drank Dong Ding Oolong by Peony Tea S.
1252 tasting notes

Sipped on this all day. Today I got something a bit different than last time. The charcoal smoke flavoring is the most obvious flavor. Beyond the obvious is a grainy bread flavor. This may be what the description is calling caramel. Occasionally I got hints of cinnamon. At one point and ever so briefly, there was a fruity flavor that immediately made me think peach. It didn’t last long and did not repeat. This never develops anything approaching a tiguanyin oolong taste or bright floral notes like the alishan oolongs. It does have a lingering sweet aftertaste and offers a nice cooling sensation on the breath. A nice Dongding.

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91
drank Earl White by Empire Tea Services
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So on top of everything else, went to heat up water in the micronuker and after 3 seconds it went Zzzzzzzt and quit. So a quick trip to ‘The Wal-mart’ and I now I have hot water for this mug-o-delight. (One of these days I need a kettle for home) While I enjoy this, it almost seems wrong to add flavors to a delicate white. The bergamot is not heavy and peppery like the green version. It is just a relaxing light cup.

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90
drank Dong Ding Oolong by Peony Tea S.
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I apologize Derek and Peony Tea S for not getting a review up on this one yet. I have been beyond stressed. I went over my notes and can’t make heads or tails of them. Luckily I have more tea to sample and will have another go at it hopfully this week.

What I do know is this was lightly charcoal flavored in a good way with darker floral notes in the first cup that get brighter and sweeter as it is re-steeped. This makes for an abundant amount of leaf in the press. Do not attempt to use a tea ball with this one. Way too much leaf expansion for brewing in that manner. It is one of only a couple I have steeped in my French press that I did not push the plunger all the way down before pouring so as not to stress the leaf.

Ok, so I had more to work with from my notes than I thought. Not giving this a number until further study but I did love it.

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70
drank Darjeeling by Mother Parkers
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2 cups of my favorite fannings in a paper bag. I know, it sounds so appetizing when you say it that way. lol But it is a nice wake me up on a RAINY! Saturday morning. Ok, its really a drizzle but it has been so long I had almost forgotten what it felt like to stand out in it.

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90
drank Super Fruit Sencha by Fusion Teas
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I thought I was finally coming to grips with this horrible week. I made a cup of this and was thoroughly enjoying it. Then the owner of the company came in and told me he had just let go one of my friends. We have worked together for over 31 years. They started with the oldest with most senority. Guess I will be next. Very sad day. Glad I had a brief moment of peace today with this cup.

ashmanra

Like that you had a good cup of tea. Dislike that you had a bad week! May things be brighter soon!

SimplyJenW

Oh, KS. So sorry about the bad week.

Azzrian

That sounds slightly illegal for them to do – letting people go before they have their full investment in their retirement perhaps?

Bonnie

This oldie says grrrrrr! And I’m sorry for you too! 31years is like family!

gmathis

We’ve been through the “living under the guillotine” thing with my husband’s job. Hurting with you and praying.

Hesper June

I agree with Bonnie….Grrrrrrrrr!

Missy

D’oh! I hope things get better for you. Sounds like a really rough time.

Cheryl

Yikes! Hoping for best for you.

K S

Thanks all. I have been hearing from some of the others from the office. They are in total shock as well.

Scott B

sorry to hear about this. very sad.

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93

Needed a great multi-steeper to sip rather than opening my mouth again today. I really need a break. Anyway, enough whining – this is still so very good.

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90
drank Xinyang Green Tips by Peony Tea S.
1252 tasting notes

Sweet buttery goodness. Maybe the naturally sweetest tea I have ever sampled. The brew is so pale yellow it is almost clear. Really nice. Thank you Peony Tea S for the sample.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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88

Upping the rating. Steeped 2 minutes. The green base was so sweet and fresh. The rice is less pronounced the way I brewed it today but still adds a wonderful flavor to the cup. Got me through a really bad attitude this afternoon. Every time I started to say things I shouldn’t I took a sip. Unfortunately, I ran out of sip before I ran out of time at work. sigh. Good tea.

gmathis

Will keep that strategy in mind when I have to go back to work next week among cranky adults after a week with adorable kids.

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