120 Tasting Notes

You know those wee little packets of enough black Chinese tea to make a big cup that only have Chinese writing on them so you have NO idea what they are? I’m having one of those now. I really wish I knew what it was. It’s nice and chocolaty with lots of body. I got a shitload of these little bags one day and I’m glad I did as they will be good for my travel bag and the tea stick.

I still have some sheng leaves left from yesterday that I will likely be getting back to today. Right now, I’m being MzMicrobe. Terri has inspired my microbiologist side. I’m working on: Root Kimchi (recipe by Terri), milk kefir and water kefir using my new kefir grains. After lunch I’ll be making some blackberry cobbler with the blackberries from my garden with a batter using almond flour and a recipe thoughtfully provided by Terri. In between I’m trying to organize my tea.

whatshesaid

Yummy day!

Terri HarpLady

So glad to inspire!!
I have milk kefir granules in my frig, if they are still alive. My son Leif was making & drinking a lot of Kefir for awhile. I used them with coconut milk to make Coco-Keifer, which is awesome, but in spite of giving them a good rinse before putting them in the coconut milk, I still seemed to have a dairy allergy reaction. I’ll probably give it a try again, because I’m a scientist at heart. I did have a successful water kefir thing going for awhile, & they work good in coconut milk too, but it’s a completely different drink :) The only thing I don’t like about water Kefir granules is they seem to have a tendency to start making ‘hooch’, if you know what I mean.

MzPriss

I do know. I’m wondering if I can shorten the time it ferments and avoid that. Did you ever do the water grains in coconut water?

MzPriss

Oh and my kimchi is in the jar. I’m about to put together the batter for the cobbler. My berries are all washed and ready. I’m probably not going to cook them first like the recipe does with the peaches

Terri HarpLady

Good plan with the cobbler, I think. I need to make berry cobbler this week.
I have also made water kefir with coconut water, & it’s a lovely fuzzy drink, especially if you include a couple of slices of ginger in the fermentation! The Granules love it it & grow like crazy, but THAT one really has a strong tendency to turn into Hooch! LOL

MzPriss

Oh I want that though – with the ginger and coconut water, I’ll just try to watch the time. This is giving me all kinds of ideas though.

Terri HarpLady

Now I’m thinking I need to get new water kefir grains & give it another try :)

MzPriss

YES! We can be Mad Kefir Scientists!

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drank Constant Comment by Bigelow
120 tasting notes

So. I am in a hotel, traveling for business. I had a really nice tea set up all packed in a zippered bag that has: a wee little stainless electric kettle, a tea stick (http://www.crateandbarrel.com/gamila-tea-infuser-stick/s132094?a=1552&device=c&network=g&matchtype=&gclid=CLGWqtfchb8CFSJo7AodYxEAlA ), and sevral kinds of awesome tea. I was willing to live with the little glasses they have in the room to brew in. I’m guessing the little tea things bag looks really cute sitting on my kitchen table where I left it.

The hotel lobby has a coffee set up and has some boxes of tea beside it. No hot water at 4:30 am, but there is a teeny coffeemaker in my room. So I am drinking two bags of this infused into one cup of whatever temperature of water comes out of the in-room coffeemaker.

And you know what? It’s not that bad. Except for the clove explosion which is a bit much and kind of overwhelms everything else, but I think I stepped it a little too long.

It reminds me of what my parents used to make for us when we went camping as kids. It was called Spiced Tea. It included: Nestea Instant Tea, Tang, cloves, cinnamon. It was all mixed together in a tupperware container and we would spoon the mix into cups and fill with hot water from the camp stove. We LOVED that stuff. And this reminds me of that, so I’m enjoying this.

Flavors: Clove, Orange

Veronica

Oh, bummer! I hate when I forget the things that make me comfortable when I travel. :( On a different note, I loved spiced tea as a kid!

TheTeaFairy

Darn…you must have been so bummed out. Glad you were able to find something that wasn’t too awful though :-)

Marzipan

I like Constant Comment as a nostalgia thing, for the same reasons I like Ragu and Kraft mac & cheese, even though I know there are “better” ones out there.

MzPriss

Yes but I’m home now and having H&S Golden Monkey. Life is good!

Hillel

Ah yes, good old Constant Comment. We had it a lot when I was a kid and I drink it a couple of times a year just for the nostalgia. What is it about odors that stimulate memory so sharply? Sometimes when I’m traveling, I deliberately leave my teas behind so I can appreciate them that much more when I return.
How’s the H&S Golden Monkey? I’ve had a few other versions and love it. It’s the closest thing we have to a “house tea” because everyone in my family favors it. When I first got it, my then-adolescent son immediately dubbed it “Monkey Butt” and so it has been known in our house ever since.

Marzipan

That’s funny. Adagio has those dragon pearls, and we call the “dragon poop” here.

Veronica

My son likes to pronounce Assam ass-am. Drives me crazy. :)

MzPriss

@Hillel – I LOVE the Harney Golden Monkey very very much. Its a little pricey but it is delicious. Teavivre’s is also very nice and more affordable

sherapop

A nostalgic tea for me, for sure. I drank tons of it while growing up.

sherapop

And also the same spiced tea recipe as yours, MzPriss! ;-)

MzPriss

You know I don’t know if I would still love that spiced tea anymore – or for that matter, if you can still even get Tang – but I would try it again

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Weekday mornings around my house are fairly frantic. Even though I wake up really early (translation: I don’t sleep much), I wait until pretty much the last possible second to get dressed, feed critters, etc. I also need a low-stress, low-key way to start my day. I have lots and lots (and lots) of teaware. I’ve been trying figure out the easiest weekday morning tea system. Pretty sure I’ve found it.

This mug holds a perfect-for-me 16 ounces. It comes with a nice large stainless steel infuser basket and a lid that doubles as a basket trivet. I measure the tea into the basket, pour in water of the correct temperature, set my steep timer (aka – my iphone) and when it’s done, I remove the basket, shake it into the cup to let it drain, set the basket on the lid where it waits patiently for a re-steep and I have easy morning tea.

More on my blog at:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/uni-brew-in-mug-with-infuser-and-lid-forlife/

TheTeaFairy

Teaware addict here too… I never seem to have enough!! The tea just tastes better in proper teaware, don’t you find?

MzPriss

I totally agree. I WILL drink tea out if styrofoam if I HAVE to, but I really like a proper cup and a decent way to brew. This set up is pretty nice for western style.

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BOOM BOOM! I’m gonna shoot you right down. Right off your feet. Take you home with me. PUT YOU IN MY HOUSE! Haw Haw Haw. Sorry. I can’t stop John Lee Hooker-ing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSnQ0bdHW0s) over this tea. Boy howdee this is good. There are many teas out there that I like a lot. But I have a pantheon of tea. Mandala’s Special Dark, my necessary shu pu-er, Verdant’s Golden Fleece – the best golden tip black, Whispering Pines Golden Orchid, my favorite black blend, and now – this. It is a genuine pleasure just to stick your nose in the bag and inhale (a quality it shares with Golden Fleece). Deep, rich luscious chocolate. Dark, creamy chocolate.

More on my blog:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/zhu-rong-yunnan-black-verdant-tea/

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sarsonator

Oh my. Well I need to put this on my wish list, it seems. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Nommmmmy :) I’ve been wanting to try this for a while!

MzPriss

@Brenden – I will send you some to taste…

inranger

Love the musical links Mz

MzPriss

Thanks inranger! This song is an especially good one to wake up to :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

MzPriss – that would be lovely! :D

Whispering Pines Tea Company

And in that case, I have just switched your sample out to a very very special new tea… :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Look what’s ready to ship with your order: http://oi61.tinypic.com/2pobqtv.jpg :)

donkeytiara

oooooh!!! makes me want to order from your company! I love Galdalf…..

Cheri

Ooooh! I wonder what it is. I’m somewhat jealous. I got a pre release version of a tea from Butiki to taste, and that was awesome. I’ll have to be on the lookout for this one, as I’m still on a self imposed tea buying hiatus until the end of the month, at least.

Sarsonator

I came back to check your review after I drank this one, and we totally agree on the chocolate! This tea is amazeballs!

MzPriss

Yes ma’am – this one is extra dreamy. I love the chocolate. I especially love this in the morning after my Special Dark. So glad you liked it :)

Sarsonator

I got excited and wrote my review on the 1st cup. I’m on the 3rd steeping now. Still going strong!

MzPriss

Yeah it’s got nice stamina

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Round three of the MzPriss Mood Adjustment Project of the morning (after Special Dark and Jun Chiyabari). I brewed this cup from my “oldest” bit of Golden Orchid – which doesn’t last long around here. It’s interesting to see the way it changes over time. The vanilla becomes more pronounced and opening the beautiful little jar I have it stored in releases an aroma of vanilla fudge. It is so very smooth and silky and lovely. This tea makes me very happy. Maybe one more cup of this and some Golden Fleece and I’ll be ready to face the world with some grace today.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

You’re going to wish you could still bump your rating up when the new batch arrives ;-)

MzPriss

I can’t wait :D

TheTeaFairy

I think this one can fix any “mood disorder” :-)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Especially when followed up with Golden Fleece! :) I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the spring harvest of that stuff…can’t get here fast enough!

MzPriss

I’m having the Golden Fleece now. I’m waiting for my Verdant Spring shipment too. I have to say though – I have an absolutely PIGGISH amount of Golden Fleece – which suits me just fine.
@TeaFairy – yup – I’m happier already :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This time last year I bought an ounce of it…sadly it pretty much went on un-touched for about 6 months because my palette wasn’t refined enough to do it justice :/

Whispering Pines Tea Company

It’s actually crazy what your sense of taste can do in just one year when you spend every day refining it :)

TheTeaFairy

So true, taste buds are like little puppies, they need proper training ;-)

MzPriss

I fell madly in love with it (much like the Golden Orchid and my beloved Special Dark) immediately and I hoarded it shamelessly. And yeah, I feel like I’m able to pick out more things now than I was when I started.
@TeaFairy – I WISH my puppies were as well trained as my tastebuds

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I bet puppy owners everywhere wish that! ;)

Terri HarpLady

being a wallflower, enjoying eavesdropping…

Terri HarpLady

I need a mood adjustment…
I need a bitchface mug… ;)

MzPriss

@Terri – isn’t that bitchface mug awesome???? I neeeeed it!

MzPriss

My attitude DID get better after all that awesome teaness yesterday.

Terri HarpLady

I want a mug like that! :)

MzPriss

The ONLY reason I don’t already have it is that its for decorative use only. You can’t drink tea out of it :(

Terri HarpLady

oh…in that case, never mind…lol

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I’m all grumbly/grumpy and am attempting to adjust my mood with tea. Yesterday was a fairly craptacular day, including among other things: my debit card quit working (for some reason it decided it wasn’t “activated” anymore), I thought I left my wallet in my shopping cart, went running back through the parking lot to retrieve it and I broke my baby toe by hitting it on the concrete parking bump thingie. Right now my baby toe is the color of 7 minute steeped Special Dark (which I had a cup of as soon as I woke myself up by getting my broken toe caught in the covers and which hurt like howling HELL). And also? It’s Monday.

So today I get to look forward to: going in late to work because I have to go to my bank and straighten out my debit card and hobbling around on my hurty toe without vicodin because I can’t take vicodin and drive/work and a crappy meeting that I’ve been not looking forward to.

Soooooo that is a lot of grumpiness right there. I’m trying to adjust my attitude. I had my big cup of comforting Special Dark, have now started on a cup of this delicious Jun Chiyabari from our Unflavored TTB and have Golden Fleece and Golden Orchid waiting in the wings.

I really like this tea and need to do a real note on it. I have enough left for one small cup after this and will do an actual note on it then. But right now I’m enjoying the floral, muscaty, lychyeeness of this. I plan on ordering some because this is happy tea. It’s all sparkly and lovely and I’m happy drinking it. It’s different from anything I’ve tasted before and I’m enjoying it very much. Another happy thing is that my dahlias are starting to bloom and they make me smile. Maybe today will get better.

Veronica

I’m sorry yesterday was so awful. Your list of mood adjusting teas is really awesome though! The Jun Chiyabari is fabulous. I think I said “yes!” out loud when I read your line about it being sparkly.

MzPriss

:) it is all sparkly. And I just finished an extra nice cuppa Golden Orchid – things are looking up

TheTeaFairy

Ok, now i get it! I read your other note before this one, now I understand why you need some mood adjusting teas, poor thing! Really hope today is holding better things for you :-)

MzPriss

Already getting better – thank you :)

Cheri

I’m glad to hear your day is already getting better. Broken toes are awful. There generally isn’t anything they can do about them, unless you really do a number on it, and feet just take forever to heal. Try to keep it elevated as much as you possibly can. Sending lots of positive and pain free vibes your way.

MzPriss

@Cheri – thank you so much. Toe still hurts but my mood is better :)

TeaBrat

Broken anything sucks!

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drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
120 tasting notes
Garret

Happy tea vendor :) Got your order today and I’m a gonna package that up myself tomorrow morning and get it on its way to you. Thank you, my friend!

MzPriss

I’m glad to know it’s coming cause I only have enough BB left for ONE cup

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
120 tasting notes

Since I woke up insanely early this morning, I got all experimenty and tried lots of things with extremely mixed results. Then I decided it was time to just go to my happy place. And it is a happy place indeed.

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This is a more like it. After an unfortunate bout with the Z11 Keemun this morning, I chose this one next. This is kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from the Z11. There is a barely-detectable smoke note, way way back – a nice antidote to the intense smoke/creosote of the Z11. This is far more delicate and well mannered. There is a hint of cocoa, a slight whiff of malt and a little yeasty graininess. I like the little floral, winey waft in the aftertaste. This is nice enough, but not very distinguished.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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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 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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