137 Tasting Notes

100

Am enjoying a cup of this right now and just mmmmmmm.

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92

Just read Brenden’s note about getting to go home to Michigan and it inspired me to make a big ole cup of this. I thought it was gonna be a sipdown, but it looks like I have one more big cup left to enjoy. I love this tea MUCH!

So Brenden, in your honor, here’s some Johnny Horton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkrfvjrr1Yk

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Just put that song on my roadtrip music list! :)

MzPriss

It’s an old favorite of mine and has been on my ipod since they started making ipods :)

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89
drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
137 tasting notes

This is Butiki’s version of an English Breakfast tea. EB is generally not the sweet spot for me but this tea is. It has far more complexity than your usual EB. It is more medium-bodied and something I believe I prefer in the afternoon rather than as a morning tea. There is a bit of malt from the assam, a bit of sparkle mid-tongue from the darj and a nice, grounded bottom from the keemun to balance it all out. Overall, this tea is about balance to me. As it cools, there is a delicate, pretty floral waft up into my nose and really pleasant sweetness. My overall impression is that this tea is sweet and lovely with a bit of bottom and a bit of sparkle. Like LaVern Baker: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-s_TTKlIGE
This is happy tea.
More on my blog : http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/the-black-lotus-butiki-teas/

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Butiki Teas

Hi There-Would you mind PMing me? I can’t seem to message you.

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
137 tasting notes

For my second round of Sunday morning tea. This. Still magnificent.

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

I fell in love with this recently

MzPriss

It’s so good.

sherapop

I am obsessed with Golden Monkey. My supply is from Tazo, but now that they are about to be shut down, I’ll try the Harney & Sons!

MzPriss

The Harney is the best one I’ve come across so far. Love it a lot.

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90

I’m not generally a lapsang souchong fan. At all. Says so right there on my profile. But this one. The usual Joseph Wesley excellence.

First sip was a revelation. A lapsang exists that I like!! This does not taste like I just licked an ashtray. It is full and complex with my favorite malty note at the front. There is cocoa midsip with a deep fruit, plums? toward the back. All the way back is the roasty barley bit that I love, all with an underlying but subtle tobacco bite that makes this really interesting.
More on my blog: http://mizzprissy.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/lapsang-souchong-joseph-wesley-black-tea/

And here is its song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeyL1yVY_6Q&feature=kp

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaKlutz

Ooo, that sounds wonderful! Lapsangs are an interesting lot: they’re SO good when done artfully, but so easy to get wrong!

MzPriss

I don’t generally like them. This one is great.

whatshesaid

I like that you include songs :)

MzPriss

Tea almost always makes me hear a song. Not every single time, but most of the time. Some people taste colors. I taste music. I’m glad you like it :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

The Blackbyrds? Very cool! I’m sitting with a buddy in Detroit who loves that song and now can be found with a very large smile after listening to your musical selection. However, he calls your Walking in Rhythm, and raises you a: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5J54RVZjYs (appropriate on this Memorial Day, no?)

MzPriss

HA! Awesome :) Don’t get me started….but here’s some Curtis Mayfielfd just because: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVANQheoRUw

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100
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
137 tasting notes

A LONG hot steep of my beloved Special Dark is assisting with my recovery from that fuzzy-headed-not-quite-a-hangover feeling brought on by one too many lemon drops last night. I’m starting to feel a little more human.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Garret

oh, those lemon drops! This is the tea to help clear that right outta ya!!

TeaBrat

I hope you had fun ;-)

MzPriss

@TeaBrat – I did have fun :) I hope your shoulder is feeling better.

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95

There are many tigers in need of taming today and I am up so much earlier than I want to be. Luckily, I have this to drink. Previous note says it all. I still love it very much.

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100
drank Golden Monkey by Harney & Sons
137 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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98

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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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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