150 Tasting Notes

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drank Dark Beauty by Mandala Tea
150 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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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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Wow! This is one of the most uniquely flavored teas I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. The dry leaf is tightly curled and dark as the best kind of sin.

I followed the directions of 1 tsp (ok mayble a little more than 1 tsp) for 8 ounces of 180 water for 4 minutes and was rewarded with a deeply colored brew with a woody and slightly vegetal aroma.

First sip was sweet and fruity and nectary, almost a bug bitten flavor to me. There is a lot going on with this tea. There is the lovely roastiness, a woody bottom and that lilt of fruity, floral sweetness at the top that makes this tea sing. It’s bold and beautiful like Tina Turner:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj0wPrN_Y_4

I wish I had started on this gong fu style, but I have more and I will spend plenty of time with this.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sarsonator

Well someone was up bright and early! Good morning, sunshine!

TheTeaFairy

This is my beloved aged oolong. So glad you liked it!! Gongfu it, you will enter the twilight zone…

Sarsonator

I still don’t know how I missed this one at the sale. I’m such a goober sometimes!

MzPriss

I was up at 3 drank a shitload of tea, bought a minor shitload of tea (and a yixing) and then went back to sleep.

TheTeaFairy

You rock missy :-)

Sarsonator

LOL Friday night tea party!!!!

Cameron B.

Sars, I missed this one too! Waaaaaah.

donkeytiara

oooooh……one day i will oolong….

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100

My middle of the night tea again. Made in my Vanilla Dreams seasoned yixing. Sipping and shopping the Teavivre sale.

As much as I already loved this tea, I love it so so much more having it from this yixing, it makes more happiness.

Sarsonator

And what, my dearest, did you get from TeaVivre?

TheTeaFairy

(i might have placed a middle of the night Teavivre sale order myself..oops…)

TheTeaFairy

And yo, little VD pot!!! Do you have yours yet sarsy? Any of your 100 clay gaiwan dedicated for it?

Sarsonator

I am using one of my banko houhins as my vanilla teapot. I’ll snap a pic for you. :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh, yes please!

Cheri

TTF you might be in so much trouble.

MzPriss I love that you have a Vanilla Dreams yixing. YUMMY!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, cheri, I’ve been in trouble pretty much all my life, so bring it :-)

MzPriss

I got some Bailin Gongfu (a LOT) because I

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After my really EXCELLENT experience with the Li Shan Black from Green Terrance, I was really looking forward to this tea. Sadly, I did not have a good experience. I tried it first gong fu @ 200F 30/30/1:00/1:30/2 and at first thought I would really enjoy it as it had a gorgeous peach-apricot aroma. Sadly, on tasting each steep was really bitter until the 5th when there wasn’t much left but a hay flavor.

I had enough (the samples are REALLY generous) to do a western style cup, so I tried a tablespoon in 10 ounces of 200F water. It wasn’t bitter this way, but tasted odd and I didn’t finish the cup.

I’m wondering if I got a flawed sample. I’m going to refrain from giving this a numerical rating.

Sarsonator

Oh that’s interesting. I had a bad first experience, but it was because I oversteeped it. I had no problems with gongfu. I did a 20 and 40 with 200 degrees. I’m sorry yours didn’t turn out well. It doesn’t sound oversteeped. :(

boychik

i always do shorter steeps starting 5/10/15 etc

MzPriss

I have a wee little bit left and can try shorter steeps, but 30 isn’t a really long time. It was way bitter until the last steep. I wanted peachy apricots like it smelled.

Sarsonator

Or maybe you could put it in your beautiful tea cabinet and tell it to calm WAY down.

boychik

what about leaves/water ratio? i do find this tea sensitive, thats why i think shorter steeps would do the trick. just my 2c ;)

MzPriss

I will try it with way shorter steeps and less leaf. Thanks y’all.

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After a hectic 4 hour drive home (with my new tea cabinet loaded in my vehicle and stupid traffic, I am home, I am showered and I’m relaxing with my dogs and a cup of these chocolate covered cherries and contemplating the arrangement of my new cabinet. I’m about to crack open a book. Life is good.

boychik

pics pleeasee!

boychik

OMG, I’m speechless. this is so my style. Where did you get it?

MzPriss

I went to the Crate & Barrel outlet in Dallas. It was on final markdown for some unfathomable reason. There is not a scratch, nothing wobbles, the latch it perfect. It’s well made and not too huge and it was a screaming deal. So I rode home with all my things in the front of the car with the back seats down in the back and managed to fit it in. Barely.

Sarsonator

So pretty!!!! I can’t wait to see it all filled up with tea!!!!!!

MzPriss

I know!?! I need a plan I think. I did already put a box of pu on the bottom shelf

Sarsonator

Good. At least the cabinet won’t be lonely while you plan out your tea storage. :)

MzPriss

The pu is snuggling it while it adjusts to it’s new home. I wanted to avoid separation anxiety

boychik

this is awesome cabinet. you got teapots and gaiwans to decorate it with. i really like that side are glass too. enjoy!!!

Terri HarpLady

Love it! And looking forward to see it filled!

ashmanra

Oooooooooh my! Beautiful, you lucky duck!

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh! Gorgeous cabinet! You must show a picture when it’s filled! Books & tea cabinets… fun day. :D

MzPriss

Thanks y’all. I’m trying to work out a plan for how I will put things in it. I think I need some shelving accessories.

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Li Shan Black is the first of three samples I received from Green Terrace Teas to review. I am out of town visiting my sisters this weekend and while I had tea, I didn’t have the hardware to brew gong fu style as recommended by Green Terrace. So I improvised.

Using a Fiesta Ware cream pitcher, a strainer and some custard cups, my sisters and I had an impromptu session with this tea.

A sniff of the dry leaf in the bag is a big malty, fruity nose-bomb. As these are two of my favorite things in a tea, I was hopeful the brewed tea would taste the way it smells and it did not disappoint.

Using just-off boiling water, we started with 1 minute steeps increasing 30 seconds and went through 5 steeps.

The first steep was malty, with honey-rose scent and a flavor we all likened to apricots. Subsequent steeps continued to provide a sweet, smooth ride. There is no astringency here, just an extremely balanced sweet and fruity medium-bodied cup.

More (including the song) on my blog at: http://atasteofmzpriss.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/li-shan-black-tea-green-terrace-teas/

Marzipan

I have been really impressed with their teas.

MzPriss

I really liked this [articular one a lot and I’m looking forward to the others.

Sarsonator

This sounds so good!!! Hope you’re having a great Sunday, my lovely!

MzPriss

I am! We are having kind of a mini family reunion with some cousins I haven’t seen in a really long time. I bought a new cabinet for my tea yesterday and stopping on the way home to pick it up

Sarsonator

Fun! And I trust that you already know that I’ll be wanting pics of this new item!!!! :)

apt

i liked this one too

TheTeaFairy

Yes, pic please. And so happy you’re having fun!
(Fruity nose-bomb…hehe)

MzPriss

Here you go girlies – on final markdown at the Crate & Barrel outlet – in perfect condition – not a scratch – it’s BEAUTIFUL in person:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125488674@N02/14728159926/

mj

That is beautiful!! I LOVE it

MzPriss

:D thank you! At first I thought I might paint the gray bead-board back, but I decided if I do that all my black tines will just blend in and make it hard to find things – so I’ve decided it’s completely perfect.

mj

It is completely perfect. What a find!

MzPriss

Thank you!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh my, your teas are going to be so happy, the cabinet is absolutely perfect!!

Sarsonator

I’m more than a little jelly about this cabinet. Now I need to make a trip to Ikea

MzPriss

Thanks y’all! I was planning on IKEA myself. But then I saw this and it was marked down so much. I guess they just wanted the space in the outlet store because there is not one flaw. I need a cute box for my pu. Right now they’re in cardboard. Or I just need a pumidor.

Sarsonator

Mmmmmm pumidor. I have a handy step father. That may be in my future.. hopefully anyway!

mj

Handy step dads are the best :). I love mine!

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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/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/atasteofmzpriss

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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