881 Tasting Notes

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Day off to-go tea! I just dropped off the dog at the groomers and now I’m waiting while my car gets it’s oil changed. Woot for to-go tea and to-go internet! Happy sipping times :)

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Sample sipdown! This one must have been hiding in my desk at work for a LONG time!

I had a bunch of leftover Indian food for lunch and now I’ve got curry breath! Ack! I’m leaving work early to get my tattoo touched up so I need something minty and refreshing to fix me up. This is perfect! Super GREEN tasting between the mint and the gunpowder tea :)

Courtney

Yay for tattoo touch-up and minty breath!

Stephanie

Yay indeed :)

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86

Enjoying this one again this morning. I will definitely enjoy every cup I have but this one will not be a “rush out and restock as soon as I run out” type of tea.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
881 tasting notes

Sample sipdown! I believe Dr. Dinosara sent me this one ages ago. I hoarded it because it was so tasty! All gone now though :)

I love how juicy and natural the pineapple flavor is…pairs really well with the bright green tangy oolong!

Dinosara

I actually got a new stash of this in my happy bag this year! Yay for pineapple oolong!

Stephanie

Sweet! I will have to make due with just my pineapple Sencha for a while :)

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Man, I don’t know if I did something wrong with this tea, or if it is really THAT different tasting than the Wild Monk cake I’ve got at home… I brewed it up and treated it just like I would my cake, and I’m getting hardly any smoke or sweetness or delicous shengy tang. Mostly I’m getting a weird bitterness…I’m on steep #2 and I’m going to keep going for a couple more steeps and see what kind of flavors I can pull from it. Any suggestions are welcome!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

Hmm, I think the issue might be since the leaves are LOOSE it is steeping up a lot QUICKER than I’m used to! I think I’ll be able to tweak this one and figure it out at some point…

boychik

Stephanie, when I got it in the note Garrett wrote to treat it like green, so my temp was like 175 and very short steeps like 5 and 10 sec . No bitterness detected

Stephanie

Yeah, I’m used to having to steep the cake up quite a bit to get it loose enough to brew…I think I just WAY oversteeped this.

Garret

Hello, everyone!! So good to see you here!! This crop of wild monk mao cha is now autumn 2013. The wild monk cake is spring 2012. That explains some of the differences as the newest mao cha will be less oxidized than the 2012 pu’er which has undergone more oxidation and “fermentation”. We do have a lot of customers brewing up the mao cha at temps less than boiling (175 or so) and enjoy it very much that way. In China, mao cha is typically brewed with boiling water, bringing out alot of the tongue watering sort of effects and stronger flavors. The first time I tasted it like that, I was blown away and wasn’t sure if I liked mao cha brewed like that. Now, I really like it. But still, I brew this up as a green tea at times, as well.

Have fun with it. The Wild Monk has a been a great tea for us. The autumn 2013 tea was just pressed into 100gram cakes, too!! It’ll be a while before we see it, though.

Stephanie

I’m definitely going to have to pick up another 2012 cake before they’re gone :) I just tried steeping these leaves a 3rd time and they’re spent, so I guess I did way over do it on those first 2 steeps. I’ll adjust next time and see if I can get some different flavors out of it!

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Thank you Starfevre for this sample sachet! I really appreciate it :D

WOW this is a really good black tea! Super malty and rich. I totally dig the farmer direct/ fair trade model, too. Looking at the prices on their website, this is a very affordable tea, as well! So basically it is a win/win/win!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

this one is a great tea!

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Yay new Pu-erh!

This is a very enjoyable shu. It has the classic earthy shu flavor, but is a little creamier and nuttier than most! I look forward to exploring it further :)

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

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Another to-go tea today. Still loving this one very much :)

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drank Magicienne by Nina's Paris
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I woke up late and I had to work today, so I brewed up a quick cup of this to take with me to work! Thanks so much for sending me some Courtney! :D

Pineapple and coconut is one of my favorite fruit flavor combinations of all time.

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I’m actually having some straight matcha, prepared the traditional way, for once!

It is intensely vegetal, and a little bitter, though it might be my fault. It is probably getting pretty old, and I may have scorched it with too hot water.

Oh well, hurrying to sip up this cup so I can make some of my new Mandala teas that just came in the mail!!!!! What do I try first?? :)

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