120 Tasting Notes

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drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

This appears to be my 50th note. So for this wee milestone, I chose the Golden Monkey tea of my dreams.

The chocolate malt aroma tendrils are a preview of coming attractions. There is a deep sweetness, almost roasty like brown sugar or really dark caramel (like Fran’s caramel) and a nuanced and perfectly balanced mellow maltiness that sends me straight to purring satisfaction.

It’s like a deep tissue massage with Otis Redding (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIlWjhci01U) playing in the background while I melt into a puddle of blissful contentment.

This is perfect tea. More on my blog:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

I steeped two teaspoons of these cute little curlicues in about 15 ounces of boiling water for four minutes. And then…..Hello great big fat HONEYMOUTH! So sweet and thick tasting. There is a roasty grain bit. There is chocolate and there is malt. All pleasure-buttons for me. There is a little floral waft at the end it’s a sweet floral, like sweet peas. And honey, it is silkysmooth. Like Al Green. How is it possible I only ordered one ounce of this?

More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Malt, Roasted Barley

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
whatshesaid

What’s your fave so far of the WP teas you’ve ordered?

TheTeaFairy

We seem to have pretty much the same impressions on this tea :-)
I placed my second order earlier today and got another ounce of this among other things, oops. I’m way over budget this month, summer will have to be all about sipping and nothing about spending :-(

MzPriss

@whatshesaid – I still have a couple I haven’t tried yet. But so far, I would have to say the Golden Orchid, this one and the Ailaoshan. I’m pretty sure I’m gonna have to suck it up and spend the $ on the Port too.

@TheTeaFairy – I’m so ridiculously far over budget. I was a miserable failure at the Hiatus thread. I need help.

TheTeaFairy

I did it, I ordered the Port actually. Triple oops. I reordered 4oz of Ailaoshan, and could not resist the description of Huang Zhi Xiang Phoenix oolong. Golden orchid was sold out, sigh. I will have to be content with the one ounce I got for now.

MzPriss

I’m probably gonna order the Port. Then I really need to quit. Except for some pu-erh.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, We obviously both need help. Any advice whatshesaid, or are you as hopeless as we are?

mrmopar

We are all hopeless… ;) !

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Oh Yes ma’am! I’m gonna go ahead and put the song first because I’ve listened to it three times in my headphones while drinking this tea and the combination is sending me to the happy place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPP8w0wMRgQ&feature=kp

Silky smooth and sumptuous, there is chocolate way up front. Then gooey melty caramely deliciousness. With a very slight malt toward the back and deep roasty fruit at the end. I also get an almost winey updraft into my nose as I swallow.

This is full of win and I will have some as long Brenden supplies this new habit. Near perfect. As usual, more on my blog:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sarsonator

Oh this sounds amazing! I am adding it to my list for the next order to WP.

whatshesaid

I’m so excited to try these WP teas if only my flippin’ order would get here!

MzPriss

It is so so good. I LOVE this one.

MzPriss

@whatshesaid – you will be soooo happy when it does.
@Sasonator – it’s amazing.

TheTeaFairy

Haha, perfect song as usual MzPriss, glad you liked it as much as I did :-)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
120 tasting notes

Such high hopes I had for this tea. All y’all love it so much. I like it fine. I just don’t love it. It is slightly too bright to be a tea I love and the smokiness to me went a little too far in the creosote direction at the back of the sip. It’s not off-putting, but I like a smoky flavor a bit rounder, more mellow and a bit less sharp.

More about it (and its song) here:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

I’m going wait to rate it because it could grow on me.

whatshesaid

Hmm I took a risk and ordered it, I won’t get it until July though, hopefully I will like it!

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95

First tea of the morning since I got home from NYC yesterday afternoon. The trip home was HELLTRIP. I climbed into bed and stayed there.

I’m having a nice, comforting cup of this. It is making me very happy. It’s also a sipdown. I probably need more.

keychange

I support staying in bed for long periods of time.

Cheri

I agree! I’d love to curl up in bed right now with a book and a mug of tea.

MzPriss

And that’s exactly what I did – got a book and went to bed. It was awesome.

Cheri

Awesome!

Terri HarpLady

I’d love to have a day in bed, only getting up to make tea & snacks, & to relieve myself. Sadly, the only time I never have a day like that is if I’m sick.

MzPriss

It hardly ever happens for me and it was just what I needed to recharge my batteries. My energy level was getting really really low.

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90

Breakfast tea. I’ve already reviewed this and this is the last of my sample and a sip down. I’m sad to see it go and will likely buy more of it. So good.

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100

I have to put the song for Golden Orchid up front for the soundtrack to this review: Miss Etta. At Last: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ45Q7ZuTEs&feature=kp

In the beginning, there was the truly delicious North Winds blend. Mz Priss tasted the North Winds and found that it was good. On the second day, WPTC lofted it to the stratosphere with the addition of a simple vanilla bean. This is one of the most groovealicious blends of tea I have ever tasted. And I mean groovealicious in the George Clinton-One Nation Under A Groove way and not the 60’s hippie way.

Sticking my snoot into the bag is a delight. This is all yummycreamy vanilla cocoa malt. I want to bathe in it. With North Winds as the base it has all the same coca malt notes, but the alchemical addition of the vanilla smooths it out even more than it was already was. It is almost like a vanilla caramel taste – though I don’t really detect a load of caramel. There is a very slight astringency on the tip of my tongue with a faint background of tobacco in the best way.

More on this at: mizzprissy.wordpress.com

Flavors: Cocoa, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
TeaTiff

You make this one sound amazing.

MzPriss

It just IS!!! A tea that can inspire me to mashup the Bible and Funkadelic in one paragraph is a damn good tea :)

keychange

I want this now!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

:) hehe. great song choice for this one!

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90

This is the second tea from Joseph Wesley I’ve tried and it does not disappoint. Beautiful golden and brown/black dry leaf with a medium reddish-amber liquor. Bai Lin is usually a very happy place for me and this one is no exception. Sweet and refined. I will order more.

Further review on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/

It makes me hear Mavis Staples – a nice smooth way to start the morning: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etITOxv9x4w

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Hot damn this tea! For tiger-taming indeed. My tea of the morning (3 cups so far – its EARLY) and I couldn’t be happier. This cup is smooth with lots of toasty grain and malt and honey and just general deliciousness. An excellent morning tea. And in case you haven’t already guessed – you gotta have Buck for this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVYFDNc9CHQ

The rest of my review is on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/full-steam-organic-black-hugo-tea-company/

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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95

Breakfast tea this morning. Trying this one for the first time and it is good! I’m happy to love an affordable tea this much. The song I heard for this one is King Floyd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Lf_1y7rYE&feature=kp

A more complete review is on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/balin-gongfu-black-teavivre/

Flavors: Caramel, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Haha! I really dig your music grooves :-) I pair music and tea all the time and I love when people do some matching!

MzPriss

Thanks! I’m glad you like it :) Its just the songs I hear when I drink it. It happens sometimes with wine, but mostly with tea. But tea and music or tea and books (and my dogs under my feet) make life excellent!

TeaVivre

Always tea and books is a great combination! And nothing makes me feel quite at peace as much as curling up with a cup of tea and a good book.

MzPriss

@TeaVivre – Agreed. I’m pretty sure that whoever invented books was drinking tea when they did it. And I love this tea a lot.

TeaVivre

MzPriss. So glad you love this tea :)

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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/

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I am always up for swaps, so stalk my cupboard and hit me up if you see something you want to try.

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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