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428 Tasting Notes

Beautiful dry leaves. So pretty. The leaves are huge when they unfurl. This is nicely vegetal but not in a spinachy way, just in an oolongy way. It is mild and buttery, though not as much so as the oolongs that have made me love them for their texture. I did look this up before steeping and tried to pay attention. I did 4 steeps, 15 seconds, 30 seconds & 40 seconds. Then the last one I just left the leaves in the cup until I was finished drinking. At the last it was a little sweeter than it started out.

I understand why people say they just get amazing flavors that develop out of these small steepings – it seems like if you only steep for 15 seconds at a time then it’s only common sense that you aren’t getting all the flavors possible out of the tea at once. Maybe that makes it easier to isolate the flavors. Dunno. It isn’t my favorite way to steep. No patience for it I guess. Maybe that means I’m not fully experiencing the tea but honestly, as long as I come up with something I like to drink it doesn’t matter to me. :)

It was a good tea and I’m glad Sil shared some with me!

Sil

:) glad it was enjoyable. NOthing to keep around all the time but still worth an experience heh

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Ah yisssss!!!! This is what I have been chasing ever since more than a year ago when I had my introduction to Yunnans by chance in a random coffee shop. Dense and chewy, mildly sweet, leathery, thick and wonderful. I do get what my tastebuds identify as “smoke” but it lingers politely in the background, coming out more in the second steep but still as an aftertaste more than anything else. The first steep is best but the second is okay if you are trying to stretch your supply.

I’m starting to think what I taste as smoke is something else since so many others don’t notice smoke in teas that I do notice it in. Still makes my brain say “smoke” but maybe it isn’t what other people would think is “smoke” – and that probably makes very little sense. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

Cinder? Charcoal? Sometimes I taste a burnt flavor like the caramelized outside bits on toast beef. It’s a great burnt taste but not smoke. Sometimes black tea has that roast beefy burned bits savory side.

Sil

remind me to get you to send a sample of this one my way eventually…i haven’t had much luck with most yunnans in that they’re tasty but nothing i LOVE.

Nicole

I’ll put it on the list for when there are enough to send a package :)

Sil

thanks lady!

TeaBrat

Nice. I might need to try this one.

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98

Oh, this is wonderful. And I can honestly say that I get the bread and the caramel and the unsweetened chocolate. Not a bit of astringency. This is a whole lot like a combination of a darjeeling and an assam. Yum!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
tigress_al

Ooh, this sounds like something I need….but I have recently made 2 orders! Lol….tea dilemmas

Sil

man today is supposed to be work on sipdowns…i think it’s going to end up being a try everything day…

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drank Qing Pin by Yezi Tea
428 tasting notes

Now this is a lightly smoky tea that I do like. It is sweet, honey-ish, bready and very midly smoky. This one was nice.

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
428 tasting notes

Unique. Not Scotchy, but unique. It’s certainly spent time over a fire. It’s smokier than I like. To me, this is like inhaling charcoal. As it cooled, it got even harsher. Glad I tried it, but wow, this one isn’t my thing at all. I can’t taste anything beyond the smoke. Of course, I may not have steeped this properly, either. Always room for that possibility. :)

Sil

i don’t remember getting any smoke at all from this one haha of course it also didn’t taste like scotch either

Nicole

It is highly possible that I didn’t steep correctly. I tend to a one-size-fits-all steep method and some teas likely don’t respond well to that approach. :)

TastyBrew

Yeah, i don’t remember smoke either. But I do remember burnt toast. So maybe when you really burn toast it turns smoky :-)

Amanda Wilson

I am excited to try this tea since I love smokey teas, and…if the article I am groggily skimming is correct Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong is basically higher quality Lapsang Souchong. So that is awesome.

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Thanks to Sil I can finally try a Sun Moon Lake Assam. I have been dying to try one for ages and could never find anywhere with shipping and tea prices and enough other things to justify an order.

This is mighty tasty. Smooth, thick, fruity and slightly yeasty. If the other samples Sil was kind enough to share with me are as good, I can definitely see an order in my future!

Oh and I steeped this for-absolutely-ever and it wasn’t even a tiny bit bitter or harsh. I mean, we are talking like 10 minutes while I made the husband pancakes for dinner and completely forgot about my cup!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Sil

YAY! so glad you liked it :)

Sil

their teawares are kinda nice too heh if you place an order if you stick to sample sizes, which are still 25g you can get free shipping at 25$

Nicole

LALALALA… not listening… :)

ifjuly

enabler! (:

Sil

ifjuly…i have to. it’s the only way i can keep my cupboard looking reasonable lol get other ppl to increase theirs!

TastyBrew

Ha ha. This one should be a staple in all cupboards… just saying… or the premium version, which is even yummier.

Sil

if by premium you mean lot 154…yes.. yes it’s delicious!

Amanda Wilson

I am so glad I am not the only person that talks people into buying tea so that I look less obsessed :P

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Well, this is better made with my water at home, slightly higher water temp as well. Maybe I need to try a lower temp than what I had a work instead of higher… I still don’t get cheesecake. I added a tiny spot of cream (talking less than a teaspoon for 6 ounces) and while it is cheesecakier, it’s still neither Irish cream nor cheesecake. I do get a hint of coconut? It’s nice enough, but nothing I’ll get again once this is gone. I think maybe my palate just isn’t tuned for extremely subtle flavors.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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100

Ah, now this is the payoff for doing all the standing in the kitchen the last two mornings – a ginormous cup of this heavenly tea, cats fighting for a spot on the lap after being ignored all morning and finally getting to watch Nightmare Before Christmas this year. :)

This is still one of my desert island teas, despite changing tastes over the last year or so. So amazingly smooth and different. Yeasty, bready, raisiny, sweet without being sweet.

Ysaurella

soooo agree this tea is kind of heaven

gmathis

We’re all cuddled up watching “A Wish for Wings That Work.” Tazo is not particularly amused with Bill the Cat.

Nicole

I need to get that one watched as well. Rhinoceros!

gmathis

She left me for an ALBATROSS!

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81

My first Nepali Tea Traders courtesy of TeaBrat! Yay! I have been wanting to sample some of the NTT stuff for awhile now and this one does not disappoint. Smooth and reminiscent of a darjeeling without most of the dryness. Subtle and mellow – this is a perfect wrap up to this morning’s cookie & candy marathon. Finally sitting down with a nice cup is wonderful. :)

Yesterday morning was cinnamon cookies & chocolate covered peanut butter cookies, truffles, Mexican wedding cookies and fudge with hickory nuts and this morning was pumpkin caramels with pepitas, molasses cookies and sugared bread twists as well as a cherry coconut cheesecake dessert for tonight! Hey, if the oven is on, may as well use it, right? :) Only thing left before tomorrow morning is to frost the cranberry shortbread cookies and thaw the other cookies that have been waiting in the freezer till I got everything else done. Then get them all put on trays and ready to take to work with me & with the husband tomorrow.

Oh, as this tea cools I’m finding maybe a bit of light smokiness hiding in there? And if I swish it around in my mouth, the dryness becomes more pronounced. Thanks, TeaBrat!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I am in culinary awe! It almost did me in figuring out one pecan pie yesterday ;)

Bonnie

My local shop was the first to carry these tea’s (they’re located in Denver) so we got to do a lot if tasting of Nepali Tea Trader’s tea’s. Biggest discovery was the range of temperatures required for these tea’s. If your tea tastes eh…lower the temperature. (I’m hoping that you have more than one of their tea’s to try.)

Nicole

TeaBrat was kind enough to send a few along, yes. Thanks for the tip!

TeaBrat

lol- I still love that my name is TeaBrat. :)

Tea Sipper

That is a lot of oven using! :D

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Hm. It smelled good dry. But I honestly got nothing but tea taste. No cream, no cheesecake, nada. I tried adding a bit of sugar but that just made it sweet tea. I need to try this at home. I had this at work with filtered water and sometimes I find I like teas better and notice more flavors with my tap water at home, as weird as that sounds. So no rating for now.

And I now have to make a cheesecake this weekend.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

hmmm this one is on it’s way to me…thankfully!

Terri HarpLady

I didn’t order any of this one. Honestly, I can’t remember what I ordered! LOL!

Sil

i have um 16? teas on the way from stacy….

Terri HarpLady

Thanks to recent sales of my Christmas CD, I am amassing a favorable balance in my Playpal account, which I use to get teas from Stacy, Garret, & my new friend Erik (A&D Damn Fine teas!).

Nicole

16 beats my order and it makes me feel better about my shameful Black Friday buying. :)

Sil

Hahaha in total I think I bought about 49 teas….

ifjuly

i tend to see this one as more of a breakfast treat, when you want nice black tea first thing in the morning, with just a whisper of treatiness.

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