141 Tasting Notes

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Breakfast tea this morning. Trying this one for the first time and it is good! I’m happy to love an affordable tea this much. The song I heard for this one is King Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Lf_1y7rYE&feature=kp

A more complete review is on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/balin-gongfu-black-teavivre/

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haha! I really dig your music grooves :-) I pair music and tea all the time and I love when people do some matching!

MzPriss

Thanks! I’m glad you like it :) Its just the songs I hear when I drink it. It happens sometimes with wine, but mostly with tea. But tea and music or tea and books (and my dogs under my feet) make life excellent!

TeaVivre

Always tea and books is a great combination! And nothing makes me feel quite at peace as much as curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

MzPriss

@TeaVivre – Agreed. I’m pretty sure that whoever invented books was drinking tea when they did it. And I love this tea a lot.

TeaVivre

MzPriss. So glad you love this tea :)

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87

My tea-taster appears to be back to normal. After my first cup yesterday everything was just tasting bitter and bad. I gave up on tea for the rest of the day. This tea surprised me a little. It is assam-y in all the good ways. The aroma is very malty. On tasting, it is not quite as malty as the smell led me to believe, but it is there and this also has a nice sweetness to it. Very easy to drink. I was expecting it to be a little more “brisk” than I normally like, but it walks right up to the edge of that and stays politely on the yummy side with little astringency. I think of it as bright. This would be a perfect afternoon tea.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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97

Oh yeah – this tea. What a luscious blend. There is light cocoa and a little malt and a bit of a bright sweetness that is very pleasing. Nice and round with a tiny bit of tingle on the tip of my tongue at the end. This is a bright and happy morning tea to be up with ridiculously early for Easter. It’s smooth and has an entirely different groove from a lot of the black teas I love most. This blend reminds me Sam Cooke – but not Sam Cooke alone – specifically the blend of Sam Cooke’s voice with Lou Rawls on this song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRGRKMWEe-c&feature=kp

I really like this tea and dealing with Brenden is a pleasure.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Love this, and would love to have a tea that grooves the way Sam Cooke’s music does, awesome:-)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, baby!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Haha that’s an awesome comparison…and I can totally see it, too! :) So glad you’re enjoying this one!

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drank Cardamon Tea by American Tea Room
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First of all, thanks to Tea Brat for sending this to me to try. I LOVE cardamom and was looking forward to this tea. Sadly, there is very little cardamom in it. I read a note on this tea by Flowery who called it “undistinguished.” I think that is the perfect description. I’m glad I got to try it – but I made it MUCH better by adding a bunch of my own cardamom to it.

TeaBrat

exactly how I feel about this one!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
141 tasting notes

I got this as a sample with my Lupicia order so I thought why not? Why not is because OMG this is just NOT for me :(

Marzipan

What didn’t you like about it? I have had my eye on that one since I have seen so many good reviews.

MzPriss

OH you should never ever judge a flavored tea by a review from me. I’m not a flavored tea person. Flavored tea people LOVE this tea and if you are one it will probably make you very very happy.

ifjuly

i’m in between with this one. the widespread love for it i don’t really get at all—i don’t think it’s a bad flavored tea, but it’s just kind of meh. it’s funny how much tastes can vary.

jump62359

See for me, I had this tea yesterday and LOVED it.
It tasted a bit like burnt caramel cookies, without the bitterness. Whenever I make cookies, I always leave them in the oven for a little while longer so I think that’s why I really like this tea!

TeaBrat

oooh, I definitely like it :)

ifjuly

i can kind of see that now that you mention it jump62359, the burnt caramel cookie thing! i hadn’t thought of that. huh…

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95

MMMMMMM this tea! Apparently my love for golden tips is deep and meaningful. I STILL haven’t gotten around to doing a proper review of Golden Fleece (although the song for it played in my head immediately), possibly because I just can’t find words for it. But this one is delightful. It’s far too early in the morning for me to be awake and normally I would be pouty about being awake at this ridiculous time on a Saturday morning. Instead I’m purring and mmmmm-ing and happily indulging myself in the smooooth, caramely, buttery, malty deliciousness that is this tea. The song that came to me for this one surprises me just a little – because while Smokey Robinson is ALWAYS appropriate – I would have thought this tea would make me hear a baritone. But nope, I hear this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlzY6cWpoMQ&feature=kp

I immediately heard “we’re gonna fly away, glad you’re goin’ my way…”

Flavors: Caramel, Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Marzipan

This made me think of Ally Mcbeal, where the biscuit always heard Barry White.

MzPriss

Special Dark makes me hear Barry White singing Love Serende. I don’t watch much TV – except Sherlock and Justified so I never saw Ally McBeal. A biscuit heard Barry?

Marzipan

There is a character nicknamed that. It’s a great series, I watched it on netflix not long ago.

looseTman

" Instead I’m purring and mmmmm-ing and happily indulging myself in the smooooth, caramely, buttery, malty deliciousness that is this tea."
Definitely, a great way to wake-up!

MzPriss

It’s good tea!

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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This was a special offering from jump62359 in the Teeny Traveling Tea Box. You will see on my profile that I’m not exactly a rooibos fan. I don’t usually like flavored teas much and I especially don’t usually like fruity tea. I had no idea that I would actually like this. Apparently green rooibos is good. This tastes just exactly like honeydew melon. It is pale and pretty and tastes juicy and just happy. This would be a PERFECT bedtime tea for sweet dreams. It is unfortunate you can only get this by walking into a store in California or I would actually go buy this. I know. I’m as surprised as anyone.

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
141 tasting notes

The dried leaves are soooo pretty! But this tastes nothing like I expected from looking at the leaves. It brews up a deep reddish color. It hits my very happy place of smooth dark maltiness – but there is a roastiness there that I like very much. There is also a slight floral note that is a little elusive. I overleafed it a bit, but even with that there is no astringency (surprised me) but there is a different (and pleasant) little bite at the back of my throat. It is surprisingly complex and absolutely delicious. I realize this is a very obvious song for this tea but it is VERY appropriate and I’m singing it (badly) to myself as I brew my second cup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRdtKUWn_wI&feature=kp

Garret

Had that song on in the sauna this morning while drinking some Noble Mark! Too funny!!

MzPriss

LOL! And even funnier Noble Mark is what I brought to work for my afternoon tea

Garret

Well then, I’ll brew up some Morning Sun!

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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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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