143 Tasting Notes

95
drank Black Beauty by Mandala Tea
143 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
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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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89
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
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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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89
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
143 tasting notes

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100

I have been wanting to try this tea FOREVER. Thanks to the generosity of TeaTiff, I finally got to. This has a few things I love a lot: Laoshan Black (~sigh~), CHOCOLATE (cacao nibs), some Wuyi oolong and roasty-toasty brown rice. I am both happy and sad about that… I’m happy because this some righteous tea y’all. It’s smooth and warm and cuddlycomforty. I wish it was the depths of “Winter” or what passes for Winter in Central Texas because this is exactly what I would reach for to warm up and purr (I may also wish it was Winter because it’s already hot as hell here and I’m already tired of it, but still.) I’m sad, so sad because this has been out of stock at Verdant since I found Verdant. Thank you SO much TeaTiff!

This is a deep dark cup of sweet yum. More on this (and the song) on my blog at:

http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/laoshan-black-chocolate-genmaicha-verdant-tea/

Flavors: Chocolate, Grain, Toast, Toasted Rice

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaTiff

Oh summers in Austin. By mid June I was ready to get out of the heat, when I lived there. I remember breaking down and crying one October when I called home and my sister was sitting wrapped in a blanket around a fire and I was hiding inside in the air conditioning b/c it was still 100 degrees out. Yeah I ended up moving back to a more north part of the world, but it is still HOT here in MO too. Just not as hot. I am thinking “winter” thoughts for you so you can curl up with this warm cup again! I am glad you enjoy this one.

MzPriss

Thanks for the winter thoughts. If you lived here you already know its only winter a few days at a time. But there are lots of good things too, so I should quit bitching. I really did love this tea and I’m sad I can’t get a stash of it now. I do thank you a lot for sending it. I will be having some Shang tomorrow :)

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85
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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Good (early) morning Steepster. I’ve been a little overwhelmed with work so haven’t been around much. I’ve been drinking tea but not writing much about it. This was a sample I got when I discovered Yezi’s sample promotion (3 free samples if you pay $2.95 shipping!). I went in search of their Jin Jun Mei, and I got it, this one and their Jin Pin.

I don’t get the smoke Yezi mentions for this tea, but I do get a little tobacco bite at the back end of the sip. This won’t be a morning tea for me, but is perfect for the afternoon. What comes through the most for me is sweet harmony. Like the Everly Brothers (and RIP Phil): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTYe9eDqxe8

More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/yi-fu-chun-yezi-tea/#more-552

Marzipan

My mom dated one of the Everly Brothers (she is from Muhlenburg Co).

MzPriss

They sang like naughty angels – that perfect harmony. Love them.

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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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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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