147 Tasting Notes

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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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100

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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100

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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95
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
147 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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100
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
147 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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I am up far, far too early. I started off this morning (at 3 am) on a sweet cloud of Shang’s Golden Needle (thoughtfuly provided by TeaTiff) and then decided since I have all this morning time, I would dive into my Upton Keemun samples. I wish I had picked a different one to start with.

This is aggressively smokey- almost acrid. I don’t mind some smoke, but this is unpleasant to me – leaning toward tar/creosote. I might not finish this cup.

Flavors: Smoke, Tar

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

Yikes. Not sure I’d want that much smoke in the wee hours of the morning either!

MzPriss

I almost never pour out a cup of tea, but that was more than I was willing to suffer through this morning

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drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
147 tasting notes

I received this in a swap from TeaTiff. Thanks so much for introducing me to Shang! This is a really interesting tea. According to Shang this is made from a white tea bush, which likely explains the “difference” I taste in this. It’s a bit hard for me to describe that difference, but it is so very good. It brews up a reddish amber cup with with a bready, sugary aroma. The first sip is sweet. Brown sugar sweet with a pleasant malty note that becomes a bit more prominent as it cools. This is pretty tea. It tastes pretty and it is starting my stupidly early morning in a lovely way – letting me coast into full consciousness on a sweet note. Thanks so much TeaTiff. This goes on the shopping list.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Brown Sugar, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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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