145 Tasting Notes

97

Tea of the morning. This is newly formulated version and it’s even sweeter and more chocolatey. So rich and delicious. I like this version even better and am bumping up my rating accordingly. This is a must have for me.

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100

OMG I love Rivendell. I really loved it before. I loved it so much it was taking me forever to figure out how to write about it. And what did The Hobbit do? He went and made it BETTER with the anxi ben shan oolong base. This one of the very, very few teas I rate at 100. I require this tea.

It is ethereally beautiful – green, creamy, floral-fruity.

I love it so much I gave it TWO songs on my blog:

https://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/rivendell-whispering-pines-tea-company/

Flavors: Flowers, Green, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec 3 g 100 OZ / 2957 ML
Nightshifter

Sounds fantastic! It’s been out of stock with my last two orders.. maybe next time!

MzPriss

You need it.

Veronica

It’s out of stock every time I’m making an order, too. Someday…. :)

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My, my, my – ain’t this fine? A very generous Steepsterite provided me with a sample of this delightful sheng. Sarsonator and I were saying this morning we were going to search out teas with great cha qi and from now on and just buy those. Sarsita! Here’s one!!!

This is nicely sweet and delicious with a velvety qi that makes me hum. More (and the song!) on my blog at: https://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/2014/12/06/2006-fall-lao-ban-zhang-ancient-tree-raw-pu-erh-yunnan-sourcing/

Thank you so much awesome Steepster friend.

boychik

Steepster friends are awesome people.

MzPriss

@boychik & looseTman – and y’all are two fine examples!

looseTman

And so are you MzPriss!

Sarsonator

I want this tea. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.

Someone call the waaaaaaaaahmbulance.

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97

This was another North Winds morning. Fudgy and perfect. I’m blazing through my most recent order of this and will likely have to re-stock on Monday. The Hobbit convinced me to gong fu this one and wow – it’s really good.

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After I finished my mad rush of Thanksgiving preparations, I had a little time to sit down with some tea before my guests arrived and I chose this. Fruity, fruity fruity. A little bit of bitterness, especially if you go a little long on the steeps but really nice. I very much got a lot of the apricot others have mentioned. A cake of this on my wishlist and I will scoop one up soon.

Flavors: Apricot

Stephanie

I had some sheng on Thanksgiving too! It just felt right :)

Fruity shengs are the best! I always giggle when I read “Bang Dong” though, because I’m 12 apparently :P

MzPriss

Ah Stephanie welcome to my world. I have an adolescent sense of humor too :D

Stephanie

high fives! hehehe :)

Marzipan

Bang a dong, get it on?

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Sarsita (Sarsonator) has been kind enough to share her fungus with us. Which admittedly, doesn’t SOUND like a good thing, but in this case it so IS. Along with Sarsy and the Lovely Tea Fairy, The Teaplets had a Sunday morning fungus party. This is our third round of fungus – we started with the 2010 and the 2011 and today was the 2013. Sarsy and I like this one best, while LTF prefers 2010.

This was delicious with a really sweet, earthy-mushroomy taste that I enjoyed quite a lot. The body feel was all relaxation with a slight head buzz. A most enjoyable way to start Sunday – great friends and great tea.

Marzipan

Where has Sarsy been? I miss her sparkle.

MzPriss

She has been around – I promise she’s drinking tea!

TeaBrat

maybe she got frustrated with Steepster. There seems to be a lot of that going around.

Kittenna

And it’s pretty understandable too. I see the dashboard is frozen AGAIN.

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98

I’m cold. I’m not a huge fan of winter. I like Autumn. When I get cold, I want chai. I don’t want bad chai. MOST chai is bad chai. I usually make my own. Fortunately for me, now I don’t have to as the HaikuHobbit has me covered.

The base of this spectacular chai is my beloved Wee Snaily Yums. Anything that starts with Snaily is pretty much gonna have to be great. And it is. Perfectly spiced, smooth and creamy dreamy.

Review and the song on my blog at: https://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/el-dorado-chai-whispering-pines-tea-company/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
boychik

its perfect! so is FoxFire Chai.

MzPriss

I haven’t had the FoxFire yet – but I adore this. Stay warm!

boychik

You too. FoxFire is smoky, i dont remember if you like smoke in teas.

julesbean

I just ordered this and can’t wait to try it!

MzPriss

@julesbean – you will LOVE it
@boychik – I do NOT love the smoke. I’m ok with the smokey parts of sheng but not a fan of regular smokey tea.

boychik

Then foxFire is not for ya, but that OK. Plenty of others are awaiting :-)

MzPriss

@boychik – Do you like December from WP? And if so, do you want mine?

boychik

i’d love to try because i dont have it. So far everything i tried fr WP i really liked.

MzPriss

I love almost all WP except the smoke things. I will send it to you.

boychik

thank you. we need to swap ;)

MzPriss

we do indeed. I need put all the things I have into my cupboard

boychik

me too :)

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97

It is still ass-freezing cold here in Central Texas. I don’t know how y’all who live where it’s cold a LOT stand it. I am enjoying a cup of the re-formulated North Winds. I have to say, The Haiku Hobbit knows what he’s doing. I love this even more than “old” NW and I loved that a lot. Chocolatey-bready sweet goodness for me to nom on.

Ubacat

Fall to winter is always tough but once you’re braced for the cold, it’s not so bad. Best part is warming up with a cup of hot tea.

MzPriss

I keep thinking I would like to live somewhere that has actual seasons. Then it’s cold for a little while here and I’m like “nah.” Then it becomes June and over 100 and I’m like “I need seasons that don’t feel like living on the face of the sun.”

But the warming up with tea thing is awesome. I’m about to have some chai.

Ubacat

I hope this winter isn’t as cold as the last one. It stayed around -20C for MONTHS! Enjoy your chai.

MzPriss

OMG – that is just too cold and for far too long. I whine about 3 days at 35F

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100

May I just whine again about the fact that it is COLD here?! It’s COLD! But I had a great large cup of this chocolatey goodness – this tastes like a bowl of chocolate MaltOMeal and then picked all the cocoa nibs out of the strainer basket and ate them. I got a LOT of this last time Verdant had it. I am prepared for Winter.

boychik

define cold pls ;) is it 32F?

Dustin

37F :( I’m going to die.

boychik

thats cold for Texas, right? we will have 28F over the weekend. but yesterday was 65F.

MzPriss

It’s cold for Central Texas this esrly yes. North Texas gets colder sooner than we do down here

julesbean

This sounds divine!

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97

It’s cold outside today. Well cold for central Texas anyway. I wanted warm, sweet, snuggly tea. And this is it. And I’m glad I have a shitload.

Cameron B.

Welcome back! Haven’t seen anything from you in a while. :D

MzPriss

Hi cuteness! I have been working insane amounts of hours. Yesterday was a 14 hour day. I’m sneaking in when I can. Today I have off cause of Veteran’s Day (though am working some from home). How are you?

Cameron B.

Drowning in tea, as per usual. Couldn’t be happier about it, hah! ;)

I hope your work schedule quiets down soon.

MzPriss

I’ll get a little break around Thanksgiving and one around Christmas and then it’s balls to the wall until June 1. But after that – it will get a LOT better :D

Terri HarpLady

Good to see your face! :)

MzPriss

Hi Terri!!!

Terri HarpLady

I think a lot of us have been really busy lately :)

MzPriss

Yeah it’s been crazy. Are you still teaching? And did I see an alarming photo with a hand injury?

Dustin

I don’t think Austin believes in Fall as a season. Straight from summer to winter in a week. So little perfect outdoor weather. :(

MzPriss

@Dustin – yeah we usually get a week and half to two weeks in the Fall and then again in the Spring and that’s about it for perfect outdoor weather. Bless our hearts.

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Love that I’m living in beautiful Central Texas – land of good fun, good friends, good food, good music and good tea (Zhi – word.) Tasting great tea makes me hear music. Very often you will see a link to the song I hear for a particular tea.

I’m now blogging about tea and food at: http://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/atasteofmzpriss

Black/red Chinese teas and pu-erh hold the key to my heart.

I don’t care much for flavored teas, especially the fruity varieties. My exceptions are chai and Earl Grey, and apparently now vanilla. Not much love for lapsang souchong either.

I sit squarely on fence with green and white teas.

If I end up in hell, my punishment will be to drink rooibos.

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