1013 Tasting Notes
First sipdown of 2015! I very much enjoyed the samples sent of this tuocha by Angel at Teavivre, thank you kindly! This is my second favorite of the sheng samples, but it still doesn’t quite top the Ancient Tree sheng I finished previously. However, I do like the flavor and convenience that these tuochas offer, so when I get around to placing that Teavivre order (it is growing and becoming more concrete, definitely this year, probably this winter!) I will probably add some of these in. This is a nice inoffensive sheng, light flavor with some sweetness and a little bit of cha qi going on tonight. Again helping with my allergies, which seem to be acting up again. Ugh haha. Anyways, I will continue with my gongfu session of this final tuocha (oh yeah, I did two rinses, one 20s and one 15s, and have been doing short steeps with 200 degree water) and enjoy the of my sample! See previous notes on this tea :)
I shoveled for at least an hour in -25 celsius temps this afternoon lol uncovered my driveway and moved my vehicle back there to plug it in haha. Man oh man I came in frozen, so I am sipping away on this treasure of a tea to warm up. And warming it is, as well as a treasure! I had been hoarding this, but I need to drink this, as well as other teas, instead of hoarding them. That is one of my tea resolutions this year – don’t hoard, drink up, and restock if required! A few others:
-No ordering tea until cupboard is under 100 teas (so currently not until I finish/get rid of 42 teas)
-Keep cupboard level at 100 maximum
-make list of favorites to keep in cupboard and try to eventually just have favorites in cupboard
-CUT DOWN ON IMPULSE BUYING. Haha this is a big one, I am notorious for buying a large bunch of tea because it looks good. I need to further research and contemplate if I need the tea before I order a ton (possible exceptions being a highly reviewed pu’erh cake, such as the one from WP that I nearly ordered this past week :P).
-Have a more organized tea cupboard. This will be a work in progress.
Anyways, this tea looks like it will be one that will be restocked :P it’s still ridiculously delicious. But I will drink up what I have first before placing an order! See previous notes on this tea :)
I am stuffed up to the nines from something, either cat litter or dog hair up at the lake..whatever it is, I don’t feel good. So out comes a favorite i brought with me, full of spicy peppercorns and ginger to help my sinuses. And the puerh helps with everything haha. Also added some honey so hopefully i feel better soon. See previous notes on this tea.
Happy New Year!! And happy 1000th tasting note to me! I waited until this first day of 2015 to log this monumental note :) start the year off on a good footing!
I am out at the lake and my mom has this tea out here. It is as delicious and cleansing as it was the last time I had it, mmmm. I feel like I should buy more of this at some point as it’s very good for the stomach and sinuses with the ginger and spices. No hangover today haha so I don’t need it for my tummy but it is helping my breathing a bit.
Here’s to a wonderful new year hopefully full of great goals, great tea and great accomplishments!
Oops i haven’t logged this and I’m sipping it down today lol my bad! In a nutshell, this was a delicious mint tea, very smooth from the licorice and a bit sweet. Easy to drink and a very nice herbal. I and many others that I shared this tea with (the boyfriend’s mom, my mom) enjoyed this a lot! Might reorder at some point, but I enjoyed it while I had it :)
This is a sad sipdown this morning. I will definitely be ordering more of this sheng
It is the best tea for my sinuses, tastes wonderful and provides an amazing calming energy. So good! The last of my sample has a fresh slightly vegetal flavor and honey notes. I will miss this tea until I order more. Thank you again Angel at Teavivre for introducing me to this favorite sheng! Upping rating too.
I have been drinking this tea all day and finished off the rest of my sample in the gaiwan. I had it in the morning, went shopping for a ton of house things (boxing day sales, hurrah!) had some in the afternoon, before dinner, and now I combined 3 steepings for a mug before bed. This tea has staying power! It is also delicious, woody and fresh, calming and good. Most pronounced is a woody flavor to me, with a tiny bit of caramel sweet coming out. Just a bit though. Mostly fresh, wet wood after the rain. I am digging this, and am very happy I still have some mini tu’s of this tea! Oh, and these last 3 steepings combined have led to a much more pronounced sweet flavor, smooth, mmmmm perfect for before bed.
Loving Mandala’s puerhs! If I ever let myself buy tea again (still working on sipping down teas/samples for the new year) I might add a bit of this to my order. Thanks Garret, for the free sample!!
Flavors: Caramel, Wet Wood, Wood
Another sipdown in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This was a delicious, summery floral tea that I have thoroughly enjoyed for the whole bag. This final cup still has that lovely linen flavor from the Yunnan White Jasmine that I really like, and the florals are atill light and good, even with all the dust that accumulates at the bottom of tea bags. I’d love to see this available next summer at Verdant! See previous notes on this yummy tea :)
Another tea in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This is a sipdown – it is also one of the two teas I had yesterday for Christmas Day :) – this tea served me well! Nicely spiced, and the vanilla really adds a sweetness and smooths everything out. This final cup is quite spicy from the bottom of the bag, but it is still very good! This tea lasted me two holiday seasons – I will probably look into getting a bit more December of next year! See previous notes :)
Ugh, I had a big long note written on this and my browser crashed. Le sigh. So I will quickly reiterate – this is citrusy, and the white tea base is quite present and good. The cedar, juniper and birch add a woodsyness reminiscent of the forest, but not of gin in my opinion (which I am okay with lol). Slightly alcoholic like after taste. It is making me sneeze a bit, possibly due to the leaves being a bit dusty. Overall, pretty good. I like the flavor, but not the sneezing haha!
Flavors: Cedar, Citrus, Wood