103 Tasting Notes

90

My first time for this tea. It’s a rocketship! The mint finish just blows me away and I thought I wasn’t gonna like it. And having it watching the moonrise with tea heads is every bit of the awesome.

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

TheTeaFairy

Lovely :-)

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100

I think this pretty much says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQa0nqI2Hco

Flavors: Chocolate

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Love iggy, he’s the major twitch and shakin’ master!!!!

MzPriss

I <3 him so much, bless his crooked little heart

Sarsonator

Video review. Niiiiice! I’m beyond excited to try this tea! I hope mine arrives quicky!

MzPriss

I hope so too!

TheTeaFairy

(Sarsonator and mzpriss, if ever it doesn’t arrive, you know where to find some..)

Sarsonator

Correct, TTF! I’ll just drive to Canada and pick some up from you. I love Canada!!! :)

MzPriss

I wish mine would come NOW. I’ve only had one cup of it but I still think about that cup!

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99

Ever wonder what sweet chocolate love tastes like? Yes, I said SWEET. CHOCOLATE. LOVE. With a cherry on top? Wonder no more damas y caballeros – Cocoa Amore is here to show you exactly what it tastes like. Actually it tastes like Cherry Whoppers. If Cherry Whoppers actually existed and were made by Godiva out of truly excellent chocolate and with real cherries! Brought to you by Brenden & the Magic Vanilla Beans. I know you’re asking, “What’s that you say Mz HoneyBelle Priss? That’s a bunch of mixed up funky stuff.” It sounds that way, but in reality it’s a chocolate-vanilla Cherry Bomb (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYf_NM_lCLI) y’all:

Hello Daddy, hello Mom
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb
Hello world I’m your wild girl
I’m your ch ch ch ch ch cherry bomb!

First I have to say, I’ve been SMELLING this for a week. OK so huffing it might be slightly more accurate. But it was here and I was waiting for the LovelyTeaFairy’s (LTF) sample to get to Canada. I kept sending her notes saying, “chocolate covered cherries!”

I started out very, very carefully following Brenden’s parameters of ½ tablespoon in 8 ounces of 200 degree water for 3 minutes and zero seconds. We always try to mind him on the first round.

As soon as that timer went off, I poured up a deep amber cup and inhaled a malty chocolate cherry nose-bomb. It’s medium-bodied, but it’s a body that won’t quit (more on that later….foreshadowing!)

Luscious liquid cocoacherrymaltvanilla bliss. All of those elements are very present, with the vanilla the most in the background on the first steep. But I’m not kidding – this is sublime. It is right up close to Golden Orchid for me and that is saying quite a lot. GO is a sweet dream of a tea and so is this. It’s got lots of bottom with the cocoa and the malt with a sprightly cherry bit and that silky smooth vanilla to make it mellow and it is so sweet with a deep caramel note – a real cuplicker.

On the second steep, I went for 4 minutes. There was less cherry, the coca was still definitely there as it mellows out to a less malty cocoa and it still has plenty of body. It is a deep cocoa powdery kind of cocoa and at this point a slight bit of cinnamon starts to peek in.

The third and fourth steeps (yes, it re-steeps awesomely), the malt diminishes but there is still some cocoa and vanilla with the cinnamon waving from a distance. For the last half of the 4th steep, I decided to go Terri-style and added ½ teaspoon of maple syrup to it and that brought the cocoa back. A delicious way to finish this.

Oh! There were still some leaves in the bottom of the teapot that sat there for quite a while – at least 15 minutes – no way was I just pouring that out. I was quite surprised to find there was no bitterness or astringency – just really strong, still delicious tea.

So I will be waiting impatiently with the rest of y’all until I can have a supply of this. This one is very very very near to Golden Orchid awesomeness for me and that is an extremely high bar. And once more LTF – such a delight to get to share this with you!

Flavors: Cherry, Chocolate, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

I am gushing over this review, everything about it rocks, even the song!!!! You are spot on, it is the BOMB!!!!!

MzPriss

So much fun to do this with you and The Magic Tea Whiz

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) Hehe, this review is awesome!

boychik

Omg sounds dreamy
My favorites : chocolate and cherries and vanilla
Mmmmmmmmmmm

MzPriss

boychik so. very. dreamy.

MzPriss

Brenden never gets to see our reviews before we post them so he doesn’t know what they’re going to say. It’s great tea man.

TheTeaFairy

I’m a non believer in re-steeps, but this baby takes it like a champ!!

MzPriss

LTF – did you see the PM I just sent you? Are you in my brain??

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I guess I was!!!

TheTeaFairy

You make me smile with LTF

MzPriss

You ARE the LTF!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is now available! :)

TeaTiff

I miss out when I don’t get on Steepster over the weekend. This is awesome. It makes me want to buy this right now! Great review TTF and MzPriss!

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87

In the gaiwan at 170. Quick rinse and a first steep at 1.5 minutes Nice and vegetal but quite mild. Second steep opens up and I’m getting a little of the juiciness with a little stonefruit. Third – the aroma is getting gorgeous and ok – I’m starting to get the white tea thing. There is a hint of grapey-ness that I love and lots of juice. The fourth steep is my favorite so far, more juicy fruit.

This is a revelation! Who knew I liked white tea this much? Clearly I need to spend more time with my gaiwan:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125488674@N02/14626557522/

But that’s all I have time for this morning. Delicious!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You gotta bump that water to 190! :)

MzPriss

Yes sir! I will do that next time

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
103 tasting notes

Tea of the (actual, yet early) morning. So I got the MOST beautiful little tea set yesterday (thank you for the inspiration TeaFairy!). It is pink-flowered and girly and just lovely. I love the convenience of my brew-in-a-mug thingie. It’s efficient and not fussy.But.

There is something just so civilized and deeply soul-satisyfing about brewing beautiful tea in a beautiful pot and pouring the beautiful tea from the beautiful pot into a beautiful teacup.

This is beautiful tea and I am having it from my beautiful tea set. This tea is everything me (and everyone else) says it is: smooth, caramelhoney sweet, malty and delicious. I am just purring with contentment.

And it’s FRIDAY!

Marzipan

Pictures!

Marzipan

Wow that is gorgeous.

MzPriss

Thank you! TeaFairy pointed it out and I only ordered it after putting two of them in my cart to make sure there would be one left for her and then taking one out (though I see they are sold out now), so I feel slightly guilty about snatching it – but it’s just SO pretty! And it wasn’t expensive. And I love it very very much. Petting it right now :)

MzPriss

OH and thank you Marizpan for the tip on making the letter accents on a mac

MzPriss

And it seems the pot is still available – just not the cup

Marzipan

Yw – hubby is foreign so it’s an everyday thing here.

TheTeaFairy

You must NOT feel guilty you silly!! I was so happy you liked it and bought it it made my day :-)

And it makes my day that you are enjoying you pretty tea in your pretty tea set this morning!!

MzPriss

I’m about to get out my gaiwan and tea try and gong-fuy the Moonlight tea. I will quit feeling guilty and pet my teapot some more.

MzPriss

tea TRAY

TheTeaFairy

And I totally noticed the “voilà” but I miss “viola” a little ;-)

MzPriss

Well I can keep doing it that way :D

TeaTiff

I blame you MzPriss for my Golden Monkey addiction:) I opened my 3oz tin this morning and thought hmmm maybe I should order more already! It is one of my favorites right now. I saw the picture of your teapot. It is really nice! I am glad you are enjoying it.

TeaTiff

I blame you MzPriss for my Golden Monkey addiction:) I opened my 3oz tin this morning and thought hmmm maybe I should order more already! It is one of my favorites right now. I saw the picture of your teapot. It is really nice! I am glad you are enjoying it.

TeaTiff

Haha, I have no idea why that posted twice.

MzPriss

It just does that sometimes. And I’m sorry(?) for your GM addiction – but I shouldn’t be all alone in mine should I?

Frolic

Good tea with beautiful objects is an all around sensory delight.

Cameron B.

WALLA! ;)

Sarsonator

Love the tea set! I am not reading this review because I do not need another tea addiction! I already ordered tea today b/c of you and TheTeaFairy!!!

TeaBrat

Ah I want some Golden Monkey!

MzPriss

And this is the BEST Golden Monkey I’ve tried so far, although Inreally really like Teavivre’s too – this is one of my happy places.

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98

As I suspected, this is a great middle(ish) of the night tea. I’ve been enjoying this propped up with in bed with the dogs snuggled up and a book. This time, I’m definitely getting the cherries I didn’t taste before – they are more subtle, but they are there. I keep thinking the same thing I did when I first sampled it – this is just so lovely.

Sarsonator

Of course I ordered this, too!!! :p

MzPriss

It’s good stuff!

Thomas Edward(Toad)

Very Lovely, Lovely is just the only word to describe it really ;)

Sarsonator

I can’t wait to try this one! It sounds gorgeous! Luckily my WP orders always arrive quickly. Maybe I should knock on wood now, so as not to jinx the trend!

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95

I haven’t had this in a while because I couldn’t get my tin open. I finally exerted the full force of my will and viola! The question I have for myself is why in the hell did I only rate this at 89? I LOVE this tea. Love love love it.

TheTeaFairy

Viola…so cute. Makes me think of purple.

Love this tea! Well deserves a ninety something!!

MzPriss

I don’t know how to make the little French accent symbols. And right? I have no idea why it was in the 80s. Silly MzPriss.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, it’s “voila” but I’m now saying only vi-ola, so much cutter :-)

MzPriss

Oh hell! Sorry to murder your language :(

TheTeaFairy

Nooo! That was such a cute mistake :-) lol, you should see how French themselves murder our language, a real butchery!!!

Marzipan

At least you didn’t type “walla” – that makes me crazy.

MzPriss

It makes me crazy too

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Marzipan, is that for real??? Voilà as walla? Ok. That is hilarious!!!!

Ubacat

Try this link to get those symbols for French:
http://www.squidoo.com/keyboardsymbols#module3131640

Marzipan

If you are on a Mac, just hold down the letter and a menu pops up with all of the variations.

MzPriss

Oh! I am on a Mac -thanks!

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90

First tea of the morning. The smooth sweet caramel is just what I need this morning to ease me awake gently. There is a bit of breadiness, a little bit of malt but the caramel is especially prominent for me this morning. Like all of the other Joseph Wesley teas I have, this is just a classy tea.

Flavors: Caramel

TheTeaFairy

Yum….Have you had Teavivre’s Bailin Gongfu? Same flavour profile, they must be very similar…

MzPriss

Yes they are similar. I almost had the Teavivre one, but I can’t get the lid off the tin :( but I love JW teas so much. Am finished with it now though and am going to make some Golden Orchid since you mentioned it :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Nice review for the beginning of the week. Thanks for your support!

MzPriss

@Joe – you know how much I love your tea! Hope you had a good holiday.

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I’ve been looking forward to making cornmeal pancakes with fruit (started out thinking about ripe Texas peaches) and cottage cheese all week. One of my favorite breakfasts. I decided to use a different cornmeal pancake recipe this morning. And who better to go to for a good recipe than Mark Bittman? Apparently, in the case of cornmeal pancakes – almost anyone. I have no pancakes. I have a bowl of fried-ish polenta-ish cripsy globs with some AMAZING cherry compote I made from frozen organic cherries, some lemon zest, freshly ground cardamom and little maple syrup. I knew better than to attempt pancakes with no leavening. I started in my extremely well seasoned cast iron skillet that is basically non-stick because it’s been cooked in for well over 50 years as it belonged to my grandmother. I used a little oil to ensure success. My poor skillet has crunchy chunks of polenta-ish stuff clinging to it like I would be to George Clooney’s leg if he showed up. I decided to try in the non-stick skillet which I almost never use. I have chunks of crunchy polenta-ish stuff which was scooped into a bowl along with the yummy cherry stuff and some cottage cheese.

In need of comfort and reassurance and inspired by TheTeaFairy, I turned to this tea. Chocolaty, chocolaty goodness. It goes really well with my cherries (also inspired by TTF this morning), and I am getting less hostile toward Mark Bittman by the minute. A big chocolate bomb that is smooth and delicious with zero bitterness or astringency even when steeped around 5 minutes is something that makes my semi-broken heart happier.

Flavors: Chocolate

mj

I’m sorry for your epic pancake fail but this made me laugh so hard!

Cameron B.

Pancakes with no leavening…? How bizarre. Imagining the clinging to George Clooney’s leg… Priceless. :)

MzPriss

The recipe ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fine or medium cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, or more as needed
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, plus more for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pine nuts
Honey, for serving

The recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/dining/19minirex2.html

Sil

oh god, i’m so hungry…. this sounds soo good.

MzPriss

@Sil – it does until you try to MAKE it. I still kind of have a heart ful of hate for ol Mark Bittman at the moment. I wanted pancakes

Sil

LOL we love bittman – have 3 cookbooks in our kitchen haha

MzPriss

I do too! Who would have thought he would try to pass off fried polenta as pancakes????

mrmopar

I got one of those skillets, over 100 now belonged to my great grandmother. And I miss her so and how she taught me to cook.

TheTeaFairy

How did I ever miss this note this moning? Omg my spleen hurts that how much I laughed!
(Being attached to George Clooney’s leg brings all kind of images…)

And really, homemade cherry compote? Let me book a flight to Texas…

And count me in! I also have my grandma’s cast iron skillet…with a wooden handle. Almost as heavy as I am, but everything tastes better in it!!

Mrmopar, this is so priceless that your grandmother taught you how to cook…how precious that skillet must be.

MzPriss

@mrmopar – I learned to cook from my grandmother and great grandmother as well and I miss them both. My cast iron skillets are priceless to me

@TTF – LOL I’m feeling better about the whole thing now (except for the having to clean my skillet part) but I was grumpy this morning. The cherry compote was easy-peasy, just simmered the cherries and lemon zest and cardamom and some maple down until it thickened up some. I have some left for later.

Terri HarpLady

Poor girl! I hate when something like that happens.
I’m thinking this recipe needs to have eggs in it, or egg replacer. Or ground flax seeds would probably work. Something that would bind things together.
I have one of mark’s books, in my crazy who’s who collection of vegan & vegetarian cookbooks from my 30+ some odd years of non-meat eating. Lately I’ve been feeling really nostalgic about all those tasty grain & bean based dishes, I really miss that stuff.
Side note…I use to love polenta, especially Fried polenta!
Maybe you were suppose to refrigerate the recipe in a loaf pan & slice it before cooking it? :)
At least the cherry compote was good, & thank god for tea!

MzPriss

Well if I had thought it through, I would have realized how it would turn out. I did briefly think about no leavening or egg – but Mark Bittman! They really are polenta cakes and not pancakes – but he calls them pancakes and they look like them in the recipe photo. I’m mostly over it now because I had great tea and I hsve some of the cherry stuff left over

Terri HarpLady

You could spread it on toast (another food I REALLY miss).
Or layer it in a fancy wine glass with coconut whipped cream & other yummy stuff…

MzPriss

It JUST so happens I have some coconut whip and that had occurred to me :)

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90

Spring 2014 version

Dear Mr. He:

Thank you so much for picking this tea. Like the dearly beloved “regular” LB, this smells and tastes like like roasty chocloate malto meal. It is a sweet, malty cocoay cup of comfort and I’m very glad that I get to have some.

Having said that, I believe I love my regular LB just a little bit more. There is a little more depth and body to the later pickings I think. I really and truly appreciate having both and the opportunity to compare the nuances and subtleties. I love that Verdant finds and supports the tea farmers to bring us these sips of lusciousness.

This is a perfect cup of tea to have pretty much any time and I’m really enjoying it (much too early) on this Sunday morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Grain, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, glad I just went for my regular LB on last order then.

Sil

regular LB> 1st picking but they’re both pretty good.

MzPriss

Yup. I am enjoying my cup of regular now. So tasty.

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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/

I am always up for swaps, so stalk my cupboard and hit me up if you see something you want to try.

Black/red Chinese teas 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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