145 Tasting Notes

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I ended up in the cowboy boot store on my lunch hour today. I came home to this shoo. The dry leaf had a very slight shoo aroma. I gave it a quick rinse @ 205, let it sit for a bit and started with a 1 minute steep. WHOA – it’s as black as Jerry Jones’ heart.

The first sip took me right back to the cowboy boot store with a nice smooth leather taste – yes, it tasted JUST like the boot store smelled. This is a big-ish leather, but not overwhelming like some. It has had time to age and smooth and it’s just lovely.

Subsequent steeps of 20s, 30s, 45s and then 1 minute and 2 minutes and it is still going. The leather has mellowed though still present. I’m enjoying the mellow body sensation – this was exactly what I needed this afternoon.

I stayed out late seeing one of my favorite musicians, Dave Alvin last night and this tea reminds me a bit of Dave’s voice – well aged, leathery and delicious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSU9vIzFCzk

And here’s a pic: http://instagram.com/p/rvJkVHQx20/?modal=true

Flavors: Leather

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
TheTeaFairy

Can’t wait to try it, love me some leather…

And mr alvin is very talented. Love him.

MzPriss

I love him very much <3

Sarsonator

Boot tea!

MzPriss

Two of my favorite things!!

MzPriss

I need to learn to take better pics

TeaBrat

Did you buy any boots? :)

MzPriss

As a matter of fact I did….http://instagram.com/p/rvNDVGwx8g/?modal=true

I am fortunate that I have really small feet and can wear kid’s sizes. Not all of my boots are kid’s size (in fact most are not), but sometimes I find some I like and they are way way way cheaper – these are kid’s size. Works with running shoes too :)

Cheri

I like the gaiwan a lot. Really pretty. And the boots are cute!

MzPriss

Oh thank you!

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100

So happy to be home. Because the GO lives here. nomnomnomnom

TheTeaFairy

Yay, reunited, at last :-)

MzPriss

Yes! Home is where the noms are.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hahaha, home is where the noms are. So much winning :-)

Cheri

I’m so jealous. This tea did not make it to me in the (M)UTTB.

MzPriss

I can send you a little Cheri

Cheri

Only if you want, and if I have something you’re interested in in exchange.

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90

No I am not drinking this right now and I didn’t just finish any. I’m SQUEEEEEEEEEING because I HAVE some now and will get to have it before bed.

TheTeaFairy

Oh my goodness!! She s back and she’s got the BEAR!!!!!!

MzPriss

YES! She’s back – with very little sleep and I’m about to get all beared-up y’all!

MzPriss

NOW I’m having some. Tastes different his time, but still just so good. LTF – lullaby indeed

MzPriss

I love the way the hand-blending makes it just a little different every time. Soulful.

TheTeaFairy

Me too! I love not knowing who different it will be the next month. So relaxing right? Yay!

MzPriss

Ye I am relaxing with my dogs and my SB. I am NOT: working, flying, sitting in an airport, drinking bad tea.

Sarsonator

Life is too short to drink bad tea. So one your travel set arrives, will you be bringing good shengs on business trips? I feel it’s important for me to ensure that you have appropriate tea experiences while traveling.

Friends don’t let friends drink bad sheng.

MzPriss

Yes! I will taking the good sheng and Golden Orchid. Comfrt zone!
I hated my hotel this time too – smelled like stale cigarettes in my allegedly non smoking hotel. It was icky

Sarsonator

Yuck! Hopefully all your rooms in the future will be wonderful, but if not, at least you’ll have good tea :p

Cheri

Welcome back! We missed you. And Enjoy This Tea!!!!

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95

I love that this tea is so reliably awesome. It’s like a snuggly robe and fuzzy socks – pure comfort.

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100

I am so happy that I have this tea at this moment.

mj

It’s totally a happy tea :) Enjoy!

MzPriss

My face is happy!

mj

LOL good morning!

MzPriss

Good morning cutie pie. Hope you are having a good one.

mj

Eh, it’s alright for a Monday. I hope yours is great! It sounds like it started well anyway :)

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drank Dark Beauty by Mandala Tea
145 tasting notes

After a 14 hour work day and far too little sleep, I’m propped up in my comfy comfy bed with my dogs and my laptop and a big fat cup of this. By the time I finish it and snuggle my dogs for a while I think I might be almost human: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYUR3ec9Pqs

Sarsonator

I am so glad you made it through the day, dearest. You are amazing!

MzPriss

I’m a tough little broad – but it seemed like that day was never gonna end. My boss kept texting me “go home” and I’m all, “um remember we promised to get this out TODAY?” I went and got sandwiches for my staff (because WTF one of them doesn’t eat PIZZA!!) and LOL I made everyone tea. They had big ole cups of Full-Steam (we were taming tigers dammit!) and I shenged with my little work sheng set up. I had a nice YS sheng which I need to write about on the pu page. I am so behind with all of that. How are you this morning sweetest?

MzPriss

Oh, I just finished boiling two of my yixings – my two favorite yixings SO FAR (I have a feeling that carved leafy one may rise quickly to the top once it gets here): my adorable purple YS one and the so cute Tranquil Heart Mandala one. Then I have to make decisions about what to seasons them with and I keep changing my mind.

TheTeaFairy

Perfect song! Perfect tea…

Who doesn’t eat pizza in this world???

Missy, I’m so happy you love your pots, I love mind too, they’re lime little babies, are they not?

TheTeaFairy

(I have to stop with those typos, and look at what I’m typing…)

Sarsonator

Hahahaa!!!! I am the asshole employee who doesn’t eat pizza!!!! No cheese for me LOL

TheTeaFairy

But there ARE pizza with no cheese!!! You just gotta ask :-)

Sarsonator

TTF – I love you, but for realz? You can’t get good pizza around HERE without cheese. At home, I make a bangin’ vegan pizza, but at the pizza shop… well… let’s just say that veggies and sauce just doesn’t cut it :p

TheTeaFairy

Kidding, love you even pizzaless ;-)

Sarsonator

I like to use a tofu peanut sauce for an asian veggie pizza or sometimes I use vegan cheese, but ONLY in case of emergency. Vegan cheese isn’t so good LOL

mrmopar

I want a lime baby…..

TheTeaFairy

Now are you making fun of me mrmopar??? Cause if you are, you’re totally right ;-)

Ubacat

I don’t eat pizza’s either. lol Can’t eat the crust or the cheese. Leaves only sauce, meat & veggies. Believe me, there are loads of people out there that have food allergies or sensitivities. So nice you got sandwiches instead for them.

MzPriss

OK perhaps I should mention that I live in Austin where you can literally get ANYTHING, including pizza: vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and any other -free you can imagine

Terri HarpLady

I’m with Ubacat, I can’t have the crust or the cheese, so I usually layer veggies & meat sauce in a bowl, which is the same thing I have when others are having pasta. Once in awhile I feel left out, so I make Meatsa, yeah, you heard me: mash out seasoned ground meat in the shape of a small crust, bake it until it firms up & starts to brown, top it with sauce & veggies, & bake it a little longer. Slice & enjoy :)

Terri HarpLady

There’s also a crust you can make in the dehydrator from thinly sliced onions & ground flax seed. It tastes like onion rings

Cameron B.

I want a lime baby, too! ;)

MzPriss

Cauliflower pizza crust:
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cauliflower-pizza-crust/

you’re welcome

apt

I don’t know how I’ve never done a cauliflower pizza crust. I’m generally satisfied with just pepperoni and cheese in the microwave for low carb pizza alternatives.

Another easy crust is low-carb tortillas, though those use a small amount of gluten in them, which I don’t personally mind but others will.

Sarsonator

Hmmmm… interesting

ashmanra

LOL! Y’all are too much!

Garret

I want a lime, baby! Then I can make my pure margarita when I get home from the tea shop.

TheTeaFairy

Hahah! Ok, that was a cute one, guess I’ll try to embrace my typos from now on ;-) and yo, margarita = awesome!!

Terri HarpLady

I have a lime baby, LOL, it’s my dwarf key lime tree. I can pick a lime anytime I want.

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99

Dear Wild Monk:

I love you very very much. I love your little whiff of smoke. I love your juicy bits. I love your creamy bits. I love the way you make me feel happy and relaxed. I love you so very much that I can’t believe I’ve never written a note about you. WTH? Also, I love drinking you with the other two Wild Tea Triplets.

PS – I also love that I have a shitload of you.

Sarsonator

Mmmmmmmmm bits…. :p

MzPriss

I have a happy sheng-face

Sarsonator

Totally! I’m feeling all warm and happy

Dexter

I love this tasting note. :))

MzPriss

@Dexter – I am in serious need of a moderator. Serious. Need. Because:
http://yunnansourcing.com/en/qin-zhou-pottery/3019-qin-zhou-teapot-engraved-leaves-180ml.html

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87

Whoa this is GOOD! The LTF advised me to make it in a big mug and I’m so glad I did. If it got cold here, I would have this every single cold morning (and night). Comforting roasty yumminess. I followed LTF’s advice and added a little maple and a little almond milk and this is like drinking breakfast. Love!

Also, is it weird that I dumped the tea into a wee cup and added a little maple syrup and ate it?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, You did good kiddo ;-) It’s all pure goodness.
And it’s dexter who introduced me to this…I am so grateful!

MzPriss

I’m still nomming this – while making my grocery list to go get buckwheat pancake supplies

TheTeaFairy

Bluberry buckwheat pankakes …that’s my favourite.

MzPriss

I will see if they have any organic blueberries at the co-op – which I am off to as I am hungry now.

Holly Faye

This sounds like a great comfort tea!

MzPriss

It really is TK

ashmanra

My son brought me some that his Chinese roommate left behind when he moved back to China. It is good! I drank it plain, but you make me want to try it other ways, too!

Christina

Whenever I make sobacha, I try to save the grains for breakfast the next morning. Put the grains in a little bowl, mix them with yogurt, and you’re good to go.

Ubacat

I like cooked buckwheat cereal but never thought about tea grains.

MzPriss

It’s good!

Sarsonator

Ooooohh lovely! Sounds deeeelish!!!

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100

I was trying to decide what to drink first this morning. TeaFairy said, “when in doubt GO.” As is usual – she was so right.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! We are “review twins” this morning :-)

MzPriss

We might as well be, we are about everything else…

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97

I am cruising through my stash this morning. This one makes me sigh in happiness. Happy enough that I might go back to sleep after I finish it

Sarsonator

Mmmmmm I’m excited to try this one, when it arrives.

I’m shenging this AM. Happppyyyy!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, what a great idea missy :-)

And I’m Ailaoshaning this morning….I’m in a good place.

Sarsy. My little fashengista ;-)

Sarsonator

Good morning, my little croissant! Aila, yums!!! How is Canada looking this beautiful AM?

TheTeaFairy

Canada is humid and grey…hmmmm. I don’t care, I have good company and good tea, weeeheee!!! And how is cha qi this morning, any sheng sweat yet?

Sarsonator

No, but I did just put my review up, and I mentioned that I feel a burn and an elevated heart rate!

When a person has those symptoms, they’re either dying or shenging, I suppose :p

TheTeaFairy

Oh, you are fooooney :-)

Sarsonator

I do try to keep you entertained :p

TheTeaFairy

It’s working!!

MzPriss

I’m back awake now and Sarsy is already shenging. I love y’all

TheTeaFairy

Sarsy Fashengista. That’s a superstar name.

Sarsonator

I love it! Shengtastic!!!!

MzPriss

Total Superstar

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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 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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