155 Tasting Notes

95
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
155 tasting notes

I woke with a headache and having finished a big mug of Dark Beauty, I am having some Black Beauty for my second round of tea this morning. I have the Dark Beauty mixture so often and I frequently forget how gorgeous the BB is all on its own. Chocolaty, malty, keemuny and a sweet nectar on top that is helping chase away my headache.

TeaBrat

Good luck… I went straight for the coffee! :)

MzPriss

Yeah that may be next.

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92

I really, really, really, really loved this sheng. I can’t EVEN believe this is 2014 tea. It does not taste like baby sheng at ALL (and I

Sarsonator

I’m excited to try it, but I’m glad we already ordered! HA! Now I cannot be tempted too much :)

MzPriss

Nope. I want it, but not as much as other things.

TheTeaFairy

Lol at baby sheng ;-)

Terri HarpLady

and now it looks like the yellow mark is no longer available…

MzPriss

Wow they only had ONE cake of that? We bought one to share. I will send you some when I get it Terri.

Sarsonator

Are you looking at this one, Terri? It doesn’t show out of stock yet.

http://www.white2tea.com/tea-shop/2002-little-yellow-mark-private-order/

Terri HarpLady

cool! I opened their webpage on my iPad earlier & it wasn’t listed.
Thanks! :)

Cheri

This sounds really good. More disposable income…we can dream, right?

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84

I did Sary’s combo method for this. The liquor is pale yellow and the aroma to me is almost completely tobacco. Not a strong overwhelming tobacco, but that is the main aroma to me. This is quite sweet and fairly smooth, especially for its age, but I also taste tobacco with a very slight bitterness and no astringency.

It will interesting to see how this turns out in a few years. Just for fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oVBvxA0mm0

Flavors: Tobacco

Veronica

Ha! Love the video. Haven’t seen that one in quite some time. :)

Sarsonator

LOL! I love your video notes :)

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I like this! I’m not finding it quite as punchy as some – it’s definitely in your face and all over the place. Yeah, it’s bitterish at first but not in a bad way and I LOVE the sweetness. Love it. It’s a baby now, but I think this is gonna be a badass in a few years.

There is an almost grapey flavor, but not quite. There is very little smoke, but some nice tobacco and it keeps getting sweeter.

I’m having a good time with this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBShN8qT4lk

Sarsonator

So glad you like it! I think it has a ton of potential!

MzPriss

I do too. Sarsy. We needs pumidors now.

Sarsonator

Oh jeez. I wonder what the usual humidity in my house is

MzPriss

I have no idea either. We need to huddle up with the puru and get some advice

Sarsonator

Good idea!

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95

Well dadgummit! OF COURSE I like $150 a cake tea. There is astringency and a not unpleasant bitterness in the first few steeps, but it mellows into sweetness. There is very little smoke and around steeps 5-6 it becomes very charming. Still a little astringency, but a sweet smoothness as well.

I have a little catch at the back of my throat and a very, very nice chi buzz. A fabulous all over body hum that is making me very, very happy. Happy to the point I may have to figure out how to afford this. Maybe split a cake Sarsy? I’m Smokey Robinson happy: y’all: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KI_0tQdEA5k

Holy moley, I may just go lay down and enjoy this. Happy Sheng. Of Happiness!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C
Terri HarpLady

Sounds right up my alley :)

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99

My tea of the morning for the first morning of my much needed vacation. This chocolate-cherry cup of delicious is the perfect way to start my day and is brought to be my well-seasoned Vanilla Dreams yixing pot. The extra vanilla bean seasoning day was a brilliant idea Tea Hobbit.

http://instagram.com/p/sARwTtwx0I/?modal=true

Sarsonator

OMG! I am drinking this too! LOL

MzPriss

This surprises me not at all x

Sil

another one on my list… sigh

MzPriss

Sil you need this one.

Sil

i need a bunch…trying to get through some of the samples i have, so that i can figure out what to place as an order when september hits and sleeping bear is back. Just wish i had them NAAAO

Cheri

This tea is dreamy.

TheTeaFairy

Cherry bomb :-)

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
155 tasting notes

I’ve written rapturous notes about this tea before. It was my first “OMG this is so freaking good I must have so much of it that I never ever run out” (or just OMG for short) tea. I’ve neglected it as of late because I have MANY of those OMG teas now: Special Dark, Golden Orchid, Cocoa Amore, Bailin Gongfu, Wild Monk, etc. And I have a staggering amount of this. I’m so glad.

I read Dexter’s note on this when I woke up far too early this morning and craved the thick honey sweet malty bready slightly spicy flavor that is this cup of love. Usually when I’m this groggy and half-awake, I do something simple: make water hot, dump tea, drink tea.

It’s been too long for this tea, so I got out my beautiful pink flowered pot and its matching cup. I pre-heated the pot and the cup and overleafed the pot and brewed up 16 ounces of pure golden delight: http://instagram.com/p/r1cWGsQx61/?modal=true

I’m sitting here sipping and mmmm-ing. Blissful! And this is playing in my head as I sip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EgB__YratE

Thank you Dexter for reminding me how much I love this.

Updated to note that I went through those 16 ounces of love so quickly and loved it so much I’m making another pot.

Cheri

I have no heard that song in ages. Thank you. :) And I love the teapot and cup.

Dexter

Yay!!! Sometimes you need to pull out an old favorite and be reminded why you love it so much. :))

Stephanie

Love that flowered pot

MzPriss

@Cheri I love that song too and it was just playing in my head as I drank this

Dexter – I’m so glad yuo had this and wrote that note. I may have it for breakfast again tomorrow

Stephanie – isn’t it pretty?? I love on it all the time

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Totally not a fan of this harvest. Will send you my leftover 1.5oz :)

MzPriss

@Brenden – I haven’t opened my bag of this harvest yet – this is older

MzPriss

But I wouldn’t turn down GF

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Well, I don’t think I’ll be drinking any more of it, so I’ll toss it in with your next order in exchange for the Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong :)

MzPriss

OK, I think I’m sending you some other sutff too

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:D yay! i’ll see if ive got anything laying around for you too

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It is completely my fault that I don’t love this tea. I saw the word “smoked” in the name. I got some anyway. Not. My. Thing. The rest of this ounce will now be Brenden’s. Thing.

Flavors: Smoke

Cheri

It’s nice to try something and then just give it away. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Lame, I wrote like 10 hearts and it only posted one. Whatevz. All the hearts :P

Cheri

Hahahah! I wonder why you only got one heart?

Cheri

(I also only got one heart. :( )

MzPriss

I’m pretending there are 10 hearts Brenden

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Steepster is limiting the love :(

MzPriss

Steepster has a love-limiter :( bummer

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95

Second tea of the morning. Enjoying with the LTF.

I love how reliably comforting and delicious this tea is. Sweet and malty and cuddly.

I am so very glad I got a shitload during the recent Teavivre sale. I never want to run out of this.

Sarsonator

Oh my. Sounds yumz

MzPriss

SO yumz!

Sarsonator

Added to my wishlist!!!!

MzPriss

Sars! I will put some in your box I have a shitload!

Sarsonator

Thank you, dearest! I would love to try it!

mj

I just got some yesterday. I can’t wait to try it!

ashmanra

I don’t know if I have had this one! I think I will put at least a sample on my next order,

donkeyteaarrrraugh

do you get the cannabis note from this tea like I do? does anyone? :/

MzPriss

I don’t really get that from it, I get a lot of malt and sweet potatoey taste though. This makes me happy.

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t get a shitload, but I did get some :)
It’s been missing from my cupboard for awhile.

MzPriss

It’s a necessary one

TheTeaFairy

Always a pleasure sharing a shitload worthy tea with you missy :-)

MzPriss

Let’s do it again this morning. I just made a cup of GO…

TheTeaFairy

And i did too, I did it!!

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Having an EARLY morning cup of this with my dogs curled up beside me and chatting with the LTF is a good way to start the day

TheTeaFairy

Haha! We both wrote a note at the same time :-)

MzPriss

This does not surprise me

Sarsonator

Y’all share the same brain!

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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.

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Black/red Chinese teas, pu-erh and oolong hold the keys 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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