137 Tasting Notes

89
drank Golden Needle King by Shang Tea
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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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85
drank Yi Fu Chun Black Tea by Yezi Tea
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100
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Enjoying a great big fat 7-minute-steeped cup of this and wishing I had a great big fat chocolate croissant to go with it.

Terri HarpLady

ooohh….ahhhh….

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100
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
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TheTeaFairy

And that’s all she wrote … :-)

MzPriss

LOL – all I need to write for this one :)

TheTeaFairy

Less is more…it says it all ;-)

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95
drank Gong Fu by Zhi Tea
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Well dadgummit. This was gonna be the ONE. The one to change my mind about flavored/fruity teas. When it appeared in the Teeny Tiny TTB thanks to jump62359, I “jumped” on it (sorry) because: French! Cinnamon! I thought it would be really accessible one for me to try.

Alas, this is just Not. My. Thing. I think it’s the apple. It was nicely balanced and the cinnamon wasn’t overwhelming and I can see how flavored tea lovers would really like this.

I don’t think it would be fair for me to rate this and bring down the rating so I won’t.

jump62359

This was good! But yeah, a bit too much fruit. I couldn’t have it on its own and I tampered with the flavour a lot so the result was something that wasn’t the tea at all.
I have like a wee bit of this tea left. Going to see if having it iced would make any difference :)

MzPriss

I have a wee bit left as well. I can see how it might be better iced. Maybe I’ll try that. But I’m glad you put some in the box, I really wanted to try it.

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95

Sipping on this tea on this RAINY early afternoon. Texas is parched y’all – we needed this rain so very much. I’m grateful to be sitting on my porch swing while it rains and drinking this tea.

looseTman

TX made the nat. PM news last night due the “historic” drout. Is your h20 supply at risk?

MzPriss

Yes it is – not as bad as some places in Texas. The lakes that supply us are really low and the flows into them are historically low. But this has been a nice rain event. Can’t make myself go back in the house. I’ve missed real rain.

looseTman

I bet! Tea w/o h2o is a major problem!

MzPriss

It is indeed. Hopefully it won’t come to that.

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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

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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