563 Tasting Notes

Well, the teas went over swimmingly at the work tea party! Honey Black by Green Terrace Teas was practically an empty pot – which rarely happens! Strawberry Green by Kusmi was much praised for being able to actually identify strawberry in the flavor. Hawaiian Paradise by Zen Zeu was remarked upon for the lovely deep pink color but thought it might benefit from being chilled. Least popular was Earl Grey Baroness by Annabelle’s – a random tea brought back to me by a friend.

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Cameron B.

I am so jealous! I want to come to your tea parties! :D

Did you make all of the food or did other people bring some? Looks amazing.

boychik

im about to eat my monitor :)

Nicole

I usually let people bring something if they want, but I made all of this one since I had recipes I wanted to test out. And all anyone has to do is be in KC and have time – I’ll whip up tea parties with any excuse. :)

Terri HarpLady

That crow is an especially nice touch!

Sil

i’m still bummed we didn’t get a chance to meet up!

MissLena

I have the same kitty tea pot as you!! It’s so cute :D

Ysaurella

awesome, I love both Kitty tea pot and the crow!

Amanda 'SoggyEnderman' Wilson

OOh I love that pumpkin teapot!

yyz

Loved the fun teapots. Looks like you had fun putting everything together.

Lion

Aaaah that all looks tantalizing.

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I think from looking on Perennial’s website that this is actually from Silk Road but since my tasting experience was so different from the one I had with the Silk Road sample I thought maybe I should enter it is another tea.

The first thing I thought of when smelling this freshly steeped brew was “funnel cake.” It smells like a county fair – hot oil and fried dough. There is a dryness at the tail end of the sip but the overall flavor is very mild. It’s buttery fried dough until the dry hits. A nice tea, but not one that I’d keep around. My tasting of this was so different from my Silk Road sample tasting I’d wonder if they were the same batch of tea. At least I have a good bit of it to experiment with steeping parameters. :)

I have been so busy that while I have been drinking plenty of tea I haven’t been logging much of it. Plus, a lot of what I’m drinking is simply repeats of things I’ve logged before. So I’m still here and reading all your notes – sometimes the likes stick and sometimes they don’t. Still working on some tea news for you – should be after mid-November and it will be ready for public announcement. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
boychik

Are you on Instagram? I think I spend more time there. I love teaporn

Nicole

LOL… no, I’m not very social media active, I’m afraid. And it’s probably good. I don’t need any more temptation than Steepster provides! :)

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This is a lovely tea! Huge, wiry leaves.

It smells very strongly of wild rice! But the flavor is very light with honey notes. It’s actually very unusual. Very good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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This is toasty, caramelly and sweet but the tea base is still discernable. I don’t think it has sugar in it but since there are no ingredients listed I can’t say for sure. It’s a nice blend.

I unpacked this after the trip and couldn’t remember why I picked it up. I don’t look specifically for decaf teas nor do I look much for flavored teas these days. Occasionally I get a craving for flavored tea but not so often that I’d go out of my way to buy some sight untasted so to speak. I remembered after steeping it and sitting here for awhile with it – they were sampling shortbread cookies made with this tea and they were awesome! It wasn’t steeped in the liquid, but ground up tea leaves mixed in with the butter. That will be a project this week – trying to duplicate those cookies!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was one of two samples given out by Silk Road at their fantastic tasting session at the Northwest Tea Festival. This and a Dragonwell sample. I let Mom have the Dragonwell since that is one of her favorite greens and chances are good that with my black balanced palate these days it would just be wasted on me. :)

Hay, malt, dust, scent like smoke in the bag but cocoa once steeped. Lightly sweet. Not as over the top malty as some GM I’ve had. This is a more subtle cup with just a tail end hint of dryness – which could well be due to my Western style steeping. It is priced in the same range as Harney’s GM and even just a tad cheaper. I’m not sure it would replace Harney’s or Teavivre’s but if I were dedicated to getting the free shipping at Silk Road I’d certainly put this on the order!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Ysaurella

sounds lovely but your Mom is right too because dragonwell is kind of green heaven even if i am a “black palate” like you.

Nicole

Well, she has more from another source so I’ll have to be sure to try it. :)

boychik

Hope you enjoyed the Festival.

Nicole

It was very enjoyable, packed to the rafters and very instructive, thanks, boychik. Now I need to get to one in NY someday… :)

boychik

Next year, please. Oh it was so much fun. I think I will get VIP ticket to get earlier. The line was like all around the block and I came 1hr before reg ppl could get in. Was it crowded too?

Nicole

The line was out the door and while we waited only about 15 minutes right at the opening, the organizers said some people were waiting up to 1.5 hours. They really exceeded all their expectations this year, getting their anticipated entire weekend attendance on Saturday alone. I haven’t heard back about what the attendance actually was but when visiting one of the exhibitor’s shops on Sunday evening she said they gave out 1400 samples of cake!

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Of all the teas we were able to try at Vital Tea Leaf, this was my favorite. The gentleman who was steeping for us said that this wasn’t really a “yellow” tea but rather a red (black) but their website says it is a yellow so…

This was sweet, malty and dusty. Very unusual to me and I gravitate towards malty teas these days. This stands out. This is the one I chose to buy some of to bring home and I think I will want more sooner rather than later. :)

boychik

from the pic looks like Yunnan?

Nicole

That’s what I would have thought both from look and taste.

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drank Siberian Rose by Vital Tea Leaf
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This was a beautiful tea! Nothing but rose buds. The scent was heavenly and the flavor was very light. I am not sure how quickly I would drink this one if I bought any but having it on hand for frou-frou tea parties would be nice. The dry “leaf” would definitely have to be on the table to admire!

boychik

so pretty

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drank Lychee Black by Vital Tea Leaf
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This was my least favorite from our tasting session at Vital Tea Leaf. It was too sweet, almost in a saccharine way. I don’t think it has any sweetener – it’s just the lychee. Having tried a few lychee teas I am coming to the conclusion that lychee isn’t going to be a flavor I like much. :)

boychik

have you tried real fruit?

Nicole

I haven’t. I don’t think I have ever seen it in stores around here. I’ll have to keep an eye out when traveling. :)

boychik

for me its like if you take of grape skins and eat, slippery, juicy and nutty.

Ag

Try getting the fresh ones if possible, not the canned ones (which are incredibly sweet). Just beware of the pit inside after peeling. I like them (juicy, floral, kinda nutty), but find longan (“dragon eye” because it’s round, translucent, and you can sort of see the pit after peeling, unlike lychees which are opaque white) to be much tastier and complex in flavour.

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drank Blue People by Vital Tea Leaf
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This was another from the tasting session at Vital Tea Leaf. I have only had Blue People one other time from another company and I didn’t care much for it. This still would not be one I would pick out to take home. I know it is the ginseng that I’m not liking. The quality of the tea seemed high and the ginseng was not overwhelming but could definitely be picked out from the flavors. My mother really liked it though and bought some to take home. So while it isn’t my thing, if you like ginseng oolong, this may be one for you!

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drank Jasmine Pearl by Vital Tea Leaf
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Had this one in a tasting session at Vital Tea Leaf. It was an excellent jasmine pearl. Floral and jasminey but not overwhelmingly so. Good scent that was just a little stronger than the flavor.

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