520 Tasting Notes

89

Another great one, courtesy of boychik. Bready at 1 minute, deeply bready and yeasty as the strength increases at 1:30. There will be an order with YS… Oh, yes. There will be an order.

boychik

Happy you liked it. It’s one of my many faves;)

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89

This very hay-smelling when dry. Steeped, this is just plain yum. I did it for 1 minute, 1:30 and 2 minutes. Then I left it in the cup for about 5 minutes. All steeps were deep and rich and malty with cocoa. Thanks for sharing boychik!

boychik

YS teas are fun. If only I could convert you to Puerh…

Nicole

I still have some from you. I try them little bits at a time when I find a lot of time to concentrate on them. :)

boychik

Maybe you will find more time in Fall/Winter. You don’t have to have a full session. Very often I make 3 steeps, then walk away because I have to do smth. Then brew next day, etc

boychik

Or sometimes I combine several steeps in one huge mug

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93

I fished in and got one of the tea shakers (supposedly for my mom but I can’t get it to work very well yet) and while I was at it, I picked up some of this. This is super good. Full bodied, malty and dark with no discernible smoke. I can’t say that I’ll order again without a sale but if a sale were to come around… The sales experience was super, though. Chris was very responsive and exceedingly fast with his emails.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

I had this at the shop today, iced. I was trying to decide if I needed to buy some of it to take home. I ended up deciding not to. It was good, but I wasn’t sure if I loved it 2 ounces and $20 worth.

It was more fermented tasting than most teas I’ve had. Not malty so much as fermented. It wasn’t a bad thing by far. It gave the tea a sweetness and mellowed it out. I didn’t pick up any smoke, which was good. :) It was rich and thick feeling, even iced. If it had been available in 1 ounce or less expensive, I might well have come home with some.

Preparation
5 min, 0 sec

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85
drank Blueberry Coconut by Løv Organic
520 tasting notes

Cold steep for about 20 hours. Blueberry very pronounced, coconut in the aftertaste. Very good. A bit of bitter but probably oversteeped by a few hours. I think I do prefer this cold.

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85
drank Blueberry Coconut by Løv Organic
520 tasting notes

I picked this one up at the Palais des Thes store. I didn’t even realize at the time that it was not their tea but another company. No matter – this smelled soooo good.

It was very tasty hot, but even better cold. Blueberry with mild coconut hot but as it cools off a buttery note sneaks in. I think this is one to be careful with as it could be bitter if not handled with attention. But I will enjoy this tin, I think. Trying a cold steep of the used leaves tonight.

Oh, and here’s a picture of how bad I was on my trip…http://s1165.photobucket.com/user/dagony/media/Tea%20collection/IMG_3464_zpsed958e8c.jpg.html?filters[user]=131747557&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
(oh, and I should note that the tiny adorable little pot there is not my doing…someone sneaky and exceedingly generous gave that to me while I was there…:)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

neat

Nicole

Not sure – there might be too much coconut here for you… but some may make its way north someday… :)

Sil

but i do love me some blueberry…

Cameron B.

I’ve browsed Lov Organic’s website before and they have some very interesting and tasty-sounding blends. :)

carol who

Bad… bad… Nicole! :-) Buying so much lovely tea! None of the rest of us would evvver do that! We all have wonderful self control! Looks good!

Marzipan

Did you hear that Mr. Harney died yesterday?

Nicole

I didn’t! That’s sad. They just started a 30th anniversary promotion, too. :(

gmathis

Blueberry coconut—never would have thought of the combo, but it sounds tasty.

Marzipan

They have a pineapple mint green rooibos!

TeaTiff

Oh wow! Nice haul. So did you get your Kusmi tins refilled too or are these brand new ones?

yyz

Hmm I’ll have to check that out. One of the local grocery stores has/had a lot of Love organic teas. I’ll have to see if they have that one.

Nicole

I ended up taking 2 tins to refill. The others are new.

Marzipan

Funny aside: I was looking at the Løv site and they said in Scandinavian countries it means leaf so that’s why they chose the name. I asked my husband (he is Danish) and he said Løv technically means leaf, but not like a tea leaf. It means the kind of leaf a deciduous tree has. Hah.

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I didn’t buy any of this to take home but this is the pot I had with lunch. It was well steeped and the leaves were not left in the pot, which is probably a good thing as this seemed like it could get very bitter. It was a nice light golden color and was slightly astringent with a sharp taste. It was a good Ceylon, and for me, that’s saying something unusual. :)

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92

You guys! So. Much. Tea. I’m going to be glad I brought just enough clothes and I can wad them up on the way back along with a spare empty bag to use as a carry on.

I must not have done my homework well enough because I completely missed that there was a Palais des Thes store in NYC. I stumbled across it completely by accident. We had just had lunch on 71st & Columbus after leaving Central Park. Decided to walk a bit south on Columbus since there was a Magnolia Bakery location within a couple of blocks. Couldn’t find a cab right off so went ahead and walked down a little further and there it was!!

They were sampling this one. It was really, really good. Steeped very well, not bitter at all, medium bergamot with a really nice base. The ladies in the store were super nice as well. This is their smaller boutique store. Apparently there is a larger store in Soho. So happy to have stumbled across this one. I almost bought some of this but decided at the last minute to go with the Blue of London – an Earl with Yunnan. And a couple of other things… My husband is being so patient with all of my tea, chocolate, bakery obsessions… :)

Cameron B.

I only live a couple of hours from NYC and still haven’t gone! XD I’ll definitely need to look up all the tea stores ahead of time.

jeweledthumb

Oh no… I’m going to New York this coming weekend and fear for my wallet and cupboard!

TeaTiff

I hope you are enjoying your trip! Enjoy a cup for me.

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90

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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95
drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
520 tasting notes

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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