150 Tasting Notes

95

My amazing Teaplet Sarsita provided me with a sample of this. I knew it was her favorite shou and now I see why. It’s DELICIOUS! There is absolutely no fermentation taste left, just a smooth sweetness with a nice wintergreen breeze blowing through it. It’s nice and relaxed and I’m enjoying it very much. Thank you Sarsy xo!

Cwyn

Noticing many folks going more aged on shou and finding some great choices.

MzPriss

Yeah I’ve noticed that too. This one is really nice and I’m sad I can’t buy any.

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99

Well allrighty. The Hobbit has been talking about this one for a while now and I have been very impatient to try it. Is it worth the wait? Oh my yes. It is. There is a distinctly malty aroma to the dry leaf. As that is one of my favorite notes in a black tea I am very happy.

The dry leaf is full of gold tips and when you open the bag it smells JUST like a chocolate malt. Not dark chocolate, a powdery chocolate and I want to just climb inside that bag and hang out a while.

I brewed it according to the bossy Hobbit’s very STRICT instructions. 2.5 grams at 200 in 8 ounces of water for exactly 3 minutes. I behaved and I was rewarded with a delightfully malty cup. Lots of bottom here. This is one of the Vanilla Dreams teas and so the vanilla is present. It is the lovely Tahitian vanilla so there is a cherry element, but it’s at the back after a wee bit of a cool down. It isn’t an in-your-face cherry like Cocoa Amore but it is lurking.

It is somewhat widely known that Golden Orchid is pretty much my favorite. This comes really, really, really close to GO for me. Less chocolate fudge and more chocolate malt. It’s got a nice creamy thing going too.

It sings and it has a really nice bass note that makes my bottom wiggle in the chair while I drink it and I hear this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn2PNlhvy8E

Flavors: Malt

Sil

nice!

Nightshifter

I think you and I have very similar preferences (including a love affair with GO).. so obviously I’ll need to order this. :P

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90

This was a lovely gift from my lovely TheTeaFairy – thank you darling for sharing this! I really enjoyed this. It was sweet and dreamy with a nice relaxing, yet not too heavy qi. It seems to be steeping forever. It is sweet and smooth and with slight notes of caramel and dried fruit – the deep kind, raisins or prunes and I like this very very much. I’m very sad it has sold out.

http://instagram.com/p/y2A9hLwx25/?modal=true

Flavors: Caramel, Raisins

TheTeaFairy

You are welcome darling, so happy you like it as much as I do!

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93

Ah, The Mirk. I love this so very much. It is rich and deep and savory. As others have noted, its tastes brothy/soupy. It is definitely reminiscent of mushroom soup, slightly salty and very earthy. But not earthy in a dirty way (although I also enjoy that nice dirt taste as well – but then I’m a gardener).

There is a wee bit of tongue tingle and a nice bit of relaxation, but for me this one is all about the taste. This is perfect for sleety cold day going on outside my house right now. I’m oh so happy to be snuggled in my nook with The Mirk – pure comfort.

Edited to add:

http://instagram.com/p/xrYjVzQx-w/?modal=true

Flavors: Broth, Mushrooms, Wet Earth

Sarsonator

I’m glad you’re indoors for Saturday AM tea parties!!!

MzPriss

Yes!!!! I am anti-sleet.

TheTeaFairy

Yay!! Tea Mirk party!!

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85
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
150 tasting notes

Early morning tea nook party with my Teaplets. I still really love this cup of malty sweetness.

http://instagram.com/p/xrB5Aywx6R/?modal=true

mrmopar

yall are a trip!!!

Sarsonator

We are nookin’ it, mrmo!!!

MzPriss

tea from bed with your friends is awesome mrmo

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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.

http://instagram.com/p/v0sbaDQx0x/?modal=true

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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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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/

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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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