512 Tasting Notes

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I felt the need to have something wonderful this morning. So I put all that I had left of this fantastic tea in my steeper and brewed up a full 6 cup pot. So smooth, so deep, caramely golden and malty. /contented sigh

I’ve been sipping on it all morning along with some sharp aged cheddar and some garlic-feta dip with crackers. It is hefty and full enough to stand up to strongly flavored food without being overshadowed. And this is the last of this tea in my stash. :( But that means I’ll need to order more once I finish up another couple of Mandala’s teas! Sometimes I think I love to order tea almost as much as I love to drink it. ;)

TheTeaFairy

Yummy snack :-)

Garret

Thank you for sipping and reviewing! Thanks, too, for reminding me that I’m hungry. Lots of tea at the tea shop today and no food makes for a famished man!

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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Another that was used in food today. I made moraiwe’s Cranberry Earl Grey bread recipe and used this instead of normal EG. It was really good. I think it adds another layer of citrus to the bread and it was tasty!

We also steeped this up for the tea party. I still like it a lot but if you are in the blergamot camp this isn’t gonna be your thing, most likely. The additional citrus both enhances and complements the bergamot. Need to work my way through this so I can justify taking the empty tin with me to NY next week. :)

boychik

You coming next week?

Nicole

Yup! 11th-17th. Woot, woot! :)

boychik

Good to know. I wanted to send you smth. I’ll do it after 17th

boychik

Have a great time!

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drank Jasmine Snow Dragon by Shang Tea
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Used this in some truffles for the tea party today. They tasted really strongly of jasmine and it was a nice addition to the dark chocolate. I steeped about 2 tablespoons in 1/2 cup of cream for about 6 minutes. This is a very strong jasmine and I could see it giving a good jasmine flavor to anything you might want to put it in.

Pictures from tea party: http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/library/Tea%20Parties?sort=3&page=1

TheTeaFairy

Nicole, your tea party looks awesome, Ritz Carlton has nothing on you :-)

Nicole

Aw, that’s very nice of you to say. :)

carol who

Beautiful!

Jennkay

Wow, everything looks so pretty and delicious! I still need to find time to make those truffles

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drank Milk Oolong by Gong Fu Tea Shop
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This was a gorgeous light buttercup color. It smelled wonderful – creamy and mildly vegetal. And it tasted even better. It lived up to all the promises the smell made – buttery, smooth, creamy, lightly vegetal, mildly sweet.

Thanks, TeaTiff for sharing this at the tea this afternoon! It definitely goes on my list to pick up from Gong Fu!

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90

I had the opportunity to taste this in the store on Thursday. We went through about 4 steeps I think and while I preferred the 1st steep, the subsequent ones were also excellent.

It was buttery, smooth, and woodsy. Another excellent offering from Shang Tea. We also tried the White Tea Wu-Long Premium which, IIRC, has been aged longer than this. Both were great but both my mother & I preferred this one. The longer aged one had a somewhat sharper quality. Not putting this in my cupboard since I wasn’t the one who actually bought it, but I can snag some from Mom anytime so it is still available for swap. :)

boychik

You are so lucky !

Lion Repshire

So awesome you got to try them both! I am going to write a review of the Special Reserve one very soon, as I have some on hand and have been trying to get more Shang Tea reviews written lately.

I tried the regular Wulong and the Special Reserve Wulong on separate occasions and I thought I had preferred the regular as well. I wanted to find the specific differences in taste so I asked the folks at the shop if we could brew them both and do a blind taste-test. We did that and after a few steepings, the one I consistently liked the most was the Special Reserve, so that’s the one I came home with.

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100

Thick, honey, malty, smooth, cocoa-ey, molasses-y… good for 2.5 steeps of long length. I seriously regret not buying a larger amount.

This. Is. Freakin. Good. Tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmmmm

whatshesaid

This review singlehandedly made me add this tea to my wish list. Lol

Virginia

What whatshesaid…said. Well that was awkward lol

Sil

That’s what sometimes I call her whatsherface giggling

Sil

Er…why not what

whatshesaid

I’m ready to change my name but fear no one would know who I was, haha

boychik

dont change, its fun
im not happy with mine, what the hell i was thinking…

Sil

as long as you keep the picture the same for a while, name changes are doable. i think

boychik

Sil you’ve changed pic several times. When notifications come its by name. And I like her name;).

Nicole

I think it still keeps people following you. I know I’ve had “new” people show up in my dashboard and had no idea who they were until I figured out that they had changed their name. :) But I like everyone’s names. :)

Sil

haha yes, i change pics instead of names :)

Terri HarpLady

boychik, I love your name!

boychik

Terri, that’s how my late grandpa called my son. I dunno why I picked it. I just miss him a lot

boychik

Lets just keep it the way it is, I think I’ll start freaking out;)

TheTeaFairy

I think boychik is adorable, and that explanation is so worth keeping it :-)

Angrboda

You can always change the display name but keep the url name the same. Like how Sil’s or Nicole’s display names are different from their urls. :)

whatshesaid

Never noticed that before!

Sil

shhhhhh angrboda!
i agree…boychik cannot change names! :)

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drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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Not even really sure what to say about this one. It’s the only pu-erh I can say at this point that I can drink more than one cup of. :) It’s very interesting but I’m not sure I can pick out any specific flavors, it’s just very unique. Not what I associate with pu-erh, which is good. Thanks for the sample, boychik!

boychik

I’m glad you like it. You can make a latte with some maple syrup. It just soo good, like hot chocolate.

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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This smells much more vanilla than it tastes, which doesn’t much surprise me about a white tea. But yes, I can taste a light vanilla and a little lemon. It smells sweeter than it tastes. I don’t think I’d reach for this white over some others, but it was nice to try. Thanks, Sil!

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Found this in a stash I took to work to try. Initial scent of the dry leaf was very Darjeelingy. I suspect my temp was a bit too high for this but I didn’t have a way to measure at work. To me, this tasted very much like a Darj as well. Dry, bit of muscatel notes, hint of sweetness and light fruit. It was a little bitter though and that’s why I suspect my water was too hot. I wouldn’t turn this down but I haven’t decided yet if I need to order some to have on hand.

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drank Mandarin Silk by Art of Tea
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I’m pretty sure this one came my way from ifjuly! I’ve had it at work forever and lost track of it. Found it today and steeped it up. It’s a nice, smooth oolong with vanilla and a bit of citrus to it. I think I prefer Tea Merchant’s Silk Dragon but this is a pretty nice option and I wouldn’t turn down a cup. :)

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