992 Tasting Notes

Smokey and smooooooooth. Thank you Boychik!

Zero bitterness and astringency. Not much going on here beyond the smoke though. I think I might prefer it with a touch of maple. I have none of that here at work though so I’ll have to try it that way at home some time :)

boychik

maple syrup is so good for smoky teas. pair it with cheese. happy you like it;)

Stephanie

That sounds really good. Cheese and smokey tea with maple…I might be a little hungry ;)

boychik

me too. i just got back from Gym…

boychik

Cheddar…

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100

PURE HEAVEN! Thank you so much Terri HarpLady for letting me try it.

I’m pretty sure this is last year’s, because I just checked on the website and it seems that this year’s harvest is in pre-order mode right now. It is taking all of my willpower not to order some RIGHT NOW. I have a full ounce of summer harvest Laoshan green from last year I haven’t even opened yet…must be strong. This is top notch though. SO SO GOOD! Everything I love about Laoshan green but even more concentrated :)

boychik

I have summer harvest too, unopened :(

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Delicious! Thank you Boychik!

So bold, yet not too astringent or bitter in any way.

I’ve been so impressed with all of the Damn Fine teas so far. It seems you really can’t go wrong with them! Not sure which has been my favorite so far…maybe the Spring Keemun.

boychik

Oh I’m do glad you like them. I’m very happy with A&D. I’d say I drank Caravan the most. Just ordered a new tin;)

boychik

Spring is different fro other Keemans I tried( not too many). I like saltiness in it.

Stephanie

I almost tried Caravan today…it was a toss up between these two!

boychik

It’s excellent breakfast tea. I wouldnt sample it without food.

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91

Yum yum yum, thank you Boychik

Sorry I am not feeling super verbose today. I am at Real Job but still recovering from all day outdoor vendor fair yesterday selling my fine art. WHEW SO TIRED!

Good shu helps, though :)

Marzipan

How did the sales go?

boychik

You are right, good shu is to the rescue!

Stephanie

Sales were so-so. My first time at this event. Made $100 after booth fees and whatnot. You can never tell what the crowd is after at these mixed events…there were crafts, art, and vintage stuff. Seems like vintage and crafts tended to do a little better. I need to seek out more all fine art related events! I could make a lot more money if I could do out of town shows, probably. Only so much of a market in this small midwest city.

TeaBrat

do you have any pictures of your art?

Stephanie

Yeah, TeaBrat I made this for Stacy’s tea art contest in the fall http://twitpic.com/dgw0vg

I blog my printmaking at littlelemonpress.com and sell on etsy at evilducky77.etsy.com :)

TeaBrat

how cool! I used to do printmaking back in college, that was over 20 years ago. :)

Marzipan

Ever think of etsy?

Stephanie

Nice TeaBrat! I miss the printmaking press I got to use in college. I can’t afford a big press. My college days were over 10 years ago. Time flies!!!! Now I work graphic design full time.

Marzipan check out www.evilducky77.etsy.com

I don’t get many online sales though. Mostly just use it as a portfolio of sorts.

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92

Another delicious tea from my box from Terri HarpLady :D

This is a nice Jin Jun Mei for sure. I love the honey sweetness and bright sparkling clarity. But it also has enough malt for a well balanced and crave-able flavor.

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90
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
992 tasting notes

Sad sip down!

But I made a huge pitcher of this iced and very lightly sweetened, and it is FANTASTIC!

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My first tea from Whispering Pines Thanks so much Boychik!!!

I can see why everyone is raving about this one. Strong cocoa and fruity notes make this one very appealing. Bold and malty and rich! Nom nom nom…perfect for breakfast, or in my case for an afternoon pick-me-up!

:D

Cheri

I really was surprised by this one. Everyone said great things about it, but it really, truly reminded me of the tasting notes from their website.

boychik

Yes ,its really good. i want your opinion on Golden Orchid.

Stephanie

Golden Orchid…same as this but with Vanilla beans, right? YUM

Cheri

I wish I’d gotten some of this, just to try it.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yay! Good first impressions :) hehe

Cheri

Edit…mine was supposed to say THAT not THIS as in I wanted to try Golden Orchid…. Geeze Louise! It’s been one of those days. Need to go home. Need stronger tea.

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This is a lovely sweet and woody sheng. Lots of pleasant tongue tingling twang. Yiwu shengs seem to be pretty consistently tasty, huh?

Thanks a bunch, Terri

Happy Friday everyone!

boychik

Happy Friday to you too!

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you like it! I’m gonna be drinking a Yiwu here in a little while too! :)

Stephanie

I’m just taking turns randomly grabbing teas out of the boxes I got from both of you :D FUN

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100

I’ve had this kettle for almost exactly a year. I love it! The only complaint is that it doesn’t have any indicator sound to let you know it has arrived at your specified temperature. I love that it will hold it there for up to an hour though! I also really like that only metal touches the water, no plastic. Also the gooseneck makes it prettier than most electric kettles :)

kimquat

I’ve been thinking about getting this one as a second kettle for months! (:

looseTman

Thanks Stephanie!

looseTman

Is the 1-Liter capacity large enough for pu-erh Gongfu sessions?

Stephanie

It is for me and my little 4oz gaiwan :) I can get like 8 or so steeps without refilling. But it heats water so quickly it is no big deal for me to refill it in between steeps, too.

looseTman

Would there be any advantage to the 1.7 liter model?

Cheri

I bought the 1.7L version because it was a little cheaper on Amazon. (I actually wound up being happier with the larger size.) I love it. I have learned that if I’m not paying attention I need to just make sure I hit the hold button when I’m heating up water so it’s not cooled off again before I get back to it. (Mine is at work, so this happens a lot.)

Stephanie

Ooohhhh, I should get one for work!

Cheri

It’s wonderful having one at work. I wish I’d done it sooner.

Skysamurai

that sounds awesome. whats the smallest amount it brews?

Stephanie

Hmm, I’m not sure Skysamurai. I usually just put in a little more than I think I need. I don’t usually measure!

Skysamurai

haha ok. So like enough for one/two cups? The water kettle I have right now has a minimum of 4 cups and I just don’t drink 4 cups in one sitting …ever haha. IF this one does a minimum less then that that would be awesome

Stephanie

I just emptied it out and measured exactly 2 cups and it performed just as usual. Next I’ll leave just 1 cup in there and test it on the resteep!

looseTman

For those who may be considering a 1.7 L model, here’s some news from the World Tea Expo:
http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/47196-1-dot-7-liter-digital-variable-temperature-gooseneck-kettle

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