139 Tasting Notes

97

Somewhere out in the Wild Piney Woods dwells a Tea Hobbit, Brendenol PinePeaker. He spends his days in his wild piney woods collecting pine needles to roast, picking mushrooms and dreaming up dreamy teas.

One recent morning, he chortled to himself as he mixed:

“O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

I was chortling the same thing as I sipped this tea. The very first thing you notice as you sip is the sweetness. The honey-nectary sweetness rolls around with the warm bready bottom while a wee bit of minty freshness breezes through at the end. The sweet fruity-floral to me is very slightly reminiscent of that bug-bitten/Oriental Beauty sort of flavor. My beloved malt makes an appearance to keep everything reassuringly grounded.

The Lovely Tea Fairy (LTF) and I were given this tea to preview. As is usual for our first try, we followed the steeping instructions Brenden provided to the letter: ½ tablespoon of tea to 8 ounces of 205 degree water , steeped for 3 minutes – no more, no less. LTF and I are both what I call “heapers and steepers” in that we generally use more tea than called for and we frequently steep for a longer bit of time. We agreed Brenden’s parameters for this were perfect. On the first sip, the following conversation ensued:

LTF: “Oh crap, not another one.”
MzP: “yep.”

I don’t know how The Tea Whiz of the Woods keeps dreaming up these amazing teas that demand a permanent place in my cupboard. But he does. When he says he is a Tea Mixologist, he speaks the truth.

I know the base of Jabberwocky is Fujian Black and I know some of the high mountain wild picked purple leaf tea that is in Port is in there as well. This is not a big chocolate fudge bomb – there might be a very light waft of chocolate here and there, but you don’t immediately think chocolate. This is a medium bodied tea that will serve multiple purposes for me – a sweet comfort after a hard work day, a sprightly little wake up or a nice afternoon treat. This could easily be a daily drinker.

As I write this, I’m sipping on my last little bit, but I know I have more on the way (maybe even today or tomorrow) so I’m not sad, but I am savoring every mouthful, rolling it around my tongue and inhaling the malty-sweet updraft and enjoying that fresh little breeze at the end. It makes me hear this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFvXvfUF-Co&feature=kp

And because I think everyone should read The Jabberwocky as often as possible:
http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html

This tea? ‘Tis brillig.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Eucalyptus, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 0 OZ / 0 ML
TheTeaFairy

Haha!! Oh crap is right :-) you crack me up!!!!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, and you have all my admiration for doing this on tiny wee iphone!!!

MzPriss

My darling LTF – it was a mofo! And I have to fix stuff when I get home :)

whatshesaid

Another great WP review!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Such a lovely review :)

Sarsonator

Wonderful, as always. You both get to keep your Teacret Agent titles :p

Roughage

Thanks for a superb and entertaining review. You really make me want to try this.

MzPriss

Awwww thanks y’all so much. I love this tea

@Roughage – I’m glad to entertain and I think you will like it very much if you try it. It’s happy face tea for me and Pudding Mouth for the Fairy :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Did I say you crack me up?

Roughage

Happy face and Pudding Mouth? Most excellent. :)

MzPriss

No YOU crack ME up schmoopie!

Sarsonator

Schmoopie is one of my fave pet names LOL. That and PookiePie

TheTeaFairy

Oh! I love being called schmoopie :-)

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99

I’m drinking the last of my preview sample which would be sad except I know Brenden mailed my new supply yesterday so it will be here soon and I can have all the chocolate covered cherry tea I want. I think this one will also do that thing Golden Orchid does: it starts out incredibly awesome and then it sits around with that vanilla bean and it gets better and better ad better. This will be a chocolate morning as I have (FINALLY!) Laoshan Black Chocolate Genmaicha. Hopefully all this chocolate will compensate for not enough sleep. I’m really about to lick my cup on this one

TheTeaFairy

Hey, it was officially declared “cuplicker” by you after all…so don’t be shy, go ahead!
(Not enough sleep sucks!)

MzPriss

Yes, but at least I got some. It was in pieces, but I got some. I’m staring at this empty cup and thinking LBCG!!!!!

MzPriss

I even really like CA as it cools down.

TeaTiff

How did I miss this one. Chocolate and cherries. Sounds yummy. I think my next WP order will have to involved a few of the blends. Sorry about not enough sleep. I hope you are able to catch some down time today.

MzPriss

It’s brand new and just came out – go check out TTF’s and my notes on it

TeaTiff

Oh man, I just read through them all. You guys are like WP ultimate sales team:) It makes me want to go order this right now!

TeaTiff

Oh man, I just read through them all. You guys are like WP ultimate sales team:) It makes me want to go order this right now!

MzPriss

I promise that you want some. When my box gets here, I can send you some

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95

This is one of my go-to morning teas and right now I’m going to it. And it is good. See previous notes for more.

Cheri

While I want to try all the teas, I also just love having teas that are my go to for whatever teas. I have go to comfort teas and sleepy time teas, but I am still really looking for a go to morning tea.

boychik

Cheri, I absolutely adore this tea. When in doubt, sad or happy always delivers. I HEART Yunnan everything.

MzPriss

I have several go-tos, including this and Special Dark and quite a few others. I also have a deep live for the Yunnans

MzPriss

Love. Not live.

TeaTiff

I love this tea! Cheri did I send you a sample with the milk oolongs? I usually send this to everyone, but I think at the time I noticed you weren’t digging blacks. Let me know if you are interested in a sample and I can send some your way.

MzPriss

It really helps if you have any tiger-taming you need to do

Cheri

TeaTiff You didn’t send this one to me. I’m trying black teas now, and I’ve found a few I like. Slowly….

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95

I am sincerely hoping that my local herb shop does not run out of dried elderberries because I will be drinking this bad boy ALL SUMMER LONG – and kats and kitties – summer lasts a LONG time in Central Texas.

I make a quart of this a day and I drink it all and then hold the jar upside down so every drop goes on my tongue. I do not share.

This combination of my very favorite tea blend, the much-beloved Golden Orchid, maple syrup and dried elderberries is just the smoothest most lovely and satisfying thirst quencher I can imagine.

The vanilla fudge bomb of the Golden Orchid with the concentrated fruit of the elderberries is already amazing and the maple syrup makes it hum. Perhaps I should note that I never drink sweetener in iced tea. Yes, I’m southern but I dislike sweet tea. This is so beyond tooth-achingly sweet Lipton. This is ambrosia.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I also dislike sweet tea…but this really is SO much different :)

Cheri

This sounds amazingly good. I will have to see if I can get elderberries….and Golden Orchid.

Sarsonator

Driving to the hiking location now. Well, the boyfriend is driving actually. And there’s 48 ounces of this cooling in the fridge for when we get home! I’m excited to try it!!! :)

MzPriss

You will do the dance of joy when you do.

TheTeaFairy

This is amazing. Never had real sweet tea, cause I can’t have anything overly sweet and I have a feeling it must have a ton of white sugar!

MzPriss

It does and it is GODAWFUL! For iced tea – I drink really strong Luzianne unsweeted with a big fat lemon or lime slice and sometimes a mint sprig. Hate sweet tea.

MzPriss

I have to go get a birthday card and run to a birthday lunch. I’m taking my Dark Beauty with me. I’ll check in later

Terri HarpLady

I need to restock on elderberries, or else I’d be drinking this today. Luckily he herb shop is 5 minutes from my house…

MzPriss

Having this right now.

Sarsonator

I am doing the happy dance….

MzPriss

Tole ya….

Sarsonator

I never doubted you for a minute!

Nightshifter

Any suggestions for where to get elderberries without an herb shop nearby? Want to try this. :)

Nightshifter

Woo, thanks ladies! :)

MzPriss

I would buy the one that wasn’t Amamzon.

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95

I need Sheng! This and Wild Monk are my default shengs and there is a reason for that. Hot damn this is wonderful!

I put 7 grams in my awesome red gaiwan, 212 water, rinse followed by two infusions of 30 seconds, then five 1 minute infusions

1st steep green and shengy with that little bit of pucker and the tinest hint of grape

2nd getting the green floral with a slight bitterness and a touch of camphor

3rd Oh hello darling – Ive missed you! Opening up into that sublime deliciousness

4th There’s the grapey lovliness I adore so much with this tea

5th – 7th Still the grapes with a stronger camphor note and the most pleasant bitterness ever. I’ve got the tongue tingle, the chi buzz, the warm feeling all through my body and THIS
is the way to start a Sunday morning y’all. I will likely sip on this alllllll day!
Garret – I appreciate you for many reasons – this sheng is most definitely one of them :)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/125488674@N02/14663283253/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125488674@N02/14620394036/

OMG I forgot a song! How about the Zydeco Boogaloo? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZHnu_mgQBs

Flavors: Floral, Grapes

TheTeaFairy

So cute! Happy Mandala sheng day :-) I had mine yesterday pretty much all day too!!!

Sarsonator

More grapey flavors in a pu’erh! I will note this one to try next!!! Wishlist! Wooo!

MzPriss

@Sars – this was first sheng and still one of my very favorite. I LOVE this one

MzPriss

LTF – you did the Autumn Song right? I may have to have some that later

Sarsonator

Well I have to order from Mandala again soon b/c I have decided that I simply cannot live without the Heart of the Old Tree. I am really taking a liking to pu’erhs because I feel like I can buy them, and not drink them all right away, and that’s totally ok because of the aging!!!!

MzPriss

I need some of that Heart of the Old Trees. I can’t believe I don’t have any. Right now I have buzzy sheng head and seriously – better than a lot of drugs I may or may not have tried.

Roughage

This sounds superb. I need to add this to my want list.

MzPriss

The Wild Mountain Roughage? If so, YES you need this. It’s delightful. I’m ordering the Old Trees as well :)

Sarsonator

Love this: “better than a lot of drugs I may or may not have tried”

Yeah, I am going to order more Mandala soon. Before I do, are there any other pu’erhs that you think I simply can’t live without, HoneyBelle? I want the Wild Mtn and more Heart of the Old Tree.

How about you, TTF? Let me know!

MzPriss

What I love: Special Dark of course, Imperial Bulang, Noble Mark(!), the Lincang. I have more but haven’t spent time with them – just got the Old nuggets. Shengs I love: THIS ONE!, Wild Monk(!), I’ve only done one roung with the Silver Needle – but I liked it, and I’m looking forward to the Autumn Song

Sarsonator

Thanks so much! I did get special dark. Loved it. I also just received the wild monk, but I did not try it yet. I need to get over my desire to keep it in it’s beautiful wrapper. LOL.

I will check out the other suggestions!!! <3

TheTeaFairy

Sarsonator, I loved all the ones MzPriss just mentioned…but I also loved Imperial Dark and Temple Stairs shou pu’erh which I only got to try lately. Yesterday’s session with autumn song was also unbelievable!

MzPriss

Sars – you wrap it back up in that beautiful wrapper so you get to keep looking at it :)

Sarsonator

OK… I got temple stairs, but I’ll add some imperial dark, too. Thank you both!

And MzP… I know. I just think it’s so pretty that I don’t want to mess it up! I’ll work carefully. :)

MzPriss

Yes you have to be sweet with it, but you can do it!

TheTeaFairy

Oh! I forgot about Lincang and phatty cake!! They are a little bolder though, having lincang right now…whoa!!!

MzPriss

OMG – Phatty Cake! How could I forget phatty caek? Probably because my cakes are in a box and I didn’t see them…

MzPriss

I need to quit typing because I am not good at it.

Sarsonator

Typing is overrated. You’re good at tea. :p

MzPriss

I <3 you Sars

TheTeaFairy

I will review lincang again shortly….YOU HAVE TO ADD THAT ONE Sars!

MzPriss

I’m about tmake my Dark Beauty cocktail. I told someone I would make a listing on here with instructions. I should do that today too.

Sarsonator

Steepster ate my comment!!!

I heart you, HoneyBelle!

Lincang was added! Can’t wait!!!!

What is Dark Beauty??? Sounds deeeeelish!!!

MzPriss

OH well now. Don’t know about my Dark Beauty cocktail? I will (very carefully this time) tell you:

16 oz boiling water
1 TBSP Special Dark
Big ass pinch of Black Beauty (Mandala)
Steep that bad boy for a while 5-7 minutes

Hellllllllo happiness. I have it every, single. morning. Makes the world turn right.

MzPriss

I would like to the clarify the above statement. It makes the world turn correctly not right.

Hillel

What a lovely picture of a perfect Sunday morning! I’m saving this for future use as a background on my computer. For the next couple of weeks, that place of honor goes to images of the Tour de France.

MzPriss

AWWWWWWW thanks Hillel – it was for Science!

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85
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
139 tasting notes

Someone mentioned sugar cane for this tea and I have to agree. It does have a really mellow sugar cane, malt and fruity waft up the nose. Still REALLY like this tea!

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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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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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