1108 Tasting Notes

I need some “cosmic” sheng to cheer me up!

Took my bird to the vet this afternoon. She has a tumor on her tummy :( Anyway, it is growing, and there is nothing they can do for her. Luckily for now she is maintaining her weight (which means she is feeling well enough to eat properly.) She’s getting to be an older birdie, so I am trying to take solace in the fact that up until this point she has had a very pleasant life, and trying to wrap my head around the fact that sometime in the not too distant future I will have to deal with her slow (hopefully not painful) death and all I can do is comfort her as best as I can!

Sorry to be a downer…ANYWAY, I got new birthday present TeaUrchin sheng samples! YAY! So far everything I’ve tried from TeaUrchin has been top notch. This one is pleasant. I think there is something extra special about Autumn harvests, as much as I have raved about a few first flush green teas in the past, heh. My vocabulary for describing sheng flavors is still in its infancy, but this one is rich and somewhat herbal/floral tasting. It has a nice balanced pleasant bitterness/astringency. When I inhale as I am sipping I feel the camphor-like vapors seem to permeate my entire being. Good sheng. Sheng good.

boychik

so sorry…

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear about your bird :(
What kind?
I used to have a lot of birds, but now I only have the ones that frequent my garden :)

Cheri

I’m so sorry to hear about your birdie. Pets are such an important part of our lives.

Stephanie

She is a Pacific Parrotlet, and she likes head scratches http://twitpic.com/d3dr7p What kinds did you have, Terri?

TeaBrat

Aww. Sorry to hear that. I had a pet rat that got a tumor once and we ended up putting her to sleep.

Ubacat

I’m so sorry to hear about your bird. She’s such a little cutie too.

whatshesaid

Sorry to hear about your bird :(

TheTeaFairy

So sorry …she looks beautiful.

Terri HarpLady

Awww, she’s beautiful!!
I had parakeets, a pair of love birds, a cockatiel, & I raised canaries for a number of years. I love birds, & have successfully raised & released several wild baby birds, my favorite one being a sparrow I named Captain Jack :D

MzPriss

She’s a pretty girl

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WHOA. I feel like I must’ve tried this one at some point…but I sure don’t remember this taste.

I did NOT expect it to be so fruity! It is REALLY fruity and REALLY malty. Very enjoyable and complex. Lots going on here to keep my interest.

I am pretty sure this sample was from Terri…if so, thank you Terri! :)

MzPriss

I’m deeply in love with this tea.

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Another tea from Terri HarpLady :D

This sheng brings to mind fresh cut wood, as well as slight hints of golden raisins. Strong aftertaste on my tongue. Decent enough sheng but as I’ve been drinking a lot of different ones lately I can tell you this is NOT one of my favorites… but it is hard to pinpoint why exactly. Perhaps the woodier ones are not for me? Still totally drinkable though and I will steep the heck out of these leaves :)

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Another lovely tea from Terri :D

Had another crazy busy weekend! Back at work now and very glad for strong teas to drink…

This one I did a real long steep on…OMG SO rich and dark and cocoa-licious. No astringency. It reminds me of Laoshan Black without the creamy/beany element. Very tasty! Hoping I can get a 2nd and maybe 3rd steep despite my long first steep :)

Thanks Terri!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh, I got some of this from Terri as well, now I can’t wait to try!

Terri HarpLady

I just ordered some more of this for me & Sil. Totally hoard worthy.

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Another one from the group TeaUrchin order.

I have been drinking the same leaves all day, but didn’t have time at work to take detailed notes on each steep. The steeps did get progressively sweeter and more honey-like. There is some slight tongue tingle, but not much. A little tiny bit of woodiness, with some crisp vegetal flavors. When I did a long steep I got a pleasant, light sort of bitterness. I’m excited to explore this one further :)

MzPriss

I don’t know how I missed the Tea Urchin order – I quit seeing messages :(

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried anything from tea urchin yet.

mrmopar

Yum Yum!!

Cameron B.

Your tea photography poster is being featured by Butiki on Facebook! :D Congrats!

Stephanie

Stacy from Butiki teas is so awesome!

Cameron B.

Hah. I clicked the link and saw the evil ducky! :P I really love your fox print!

Stephanie

Aww, thanks!!

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drank Mint Verbena by Harney & Sons
1108 tasting notes

A single serve sachet of this was tucked into one of my birthday gifts. Not a bad minty herbal. I’m just never going to be that impressed with an herbal tea, so no rating on this one. Though tonight I did enjoy it :)

Cameron B.

I agree, I never even browse the herbal section of tea websites. The only exception is Butiki’s Birthday Cake – I want to try it!

Terri HarpLady

Is it your birthday? If so, Happy Birthday! If it’s not today, Happy Late Birthday! :)

Stephanie

Thanks! It was last Saturday :)

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Time for some creamy rich delicious shu! This one was from boychik. I have one more serving left. Woot. Good stuff! Just looked it up, not too expensive on ebay. Might get a little some day if I run out of my other tasty shu puerhs. Pleasantly earthy. If I am bad at picking out flavor notes in sheng I am even worse with shu, sorry!

boychik

lots of them ahead…Glad you liked it;)

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drank Yi Bang 2012 Spring by Teaurchin
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This is a cake I would definitely not have been able to afford on my own. Luckily this was part of a group TeaUrchin order I took part in. Thanks Yang-Chu and all the other Steepsterites who let me in on it!

Anyway, this might be my new favorite sheng! gasp! I’m not sure what a rockmelon tastes like, but I do get some fruity notes, as well as floral. Great energy and a tangy sweetness. I regret that I lack the proper words to describe this one. So much flavor!

Good shengs are magical though. That’s all I know :)

Stephanie

The aftertaste on this one lingers for EVER!

boychik

sounds amazing

SWApilot

Sounds great. You are correct, a good sheng is very magical.

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I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my green tea sampler from TeaVivre! It has been fun to taste each one and compare and contrast them. Thanks again Angel for the samples!

This one seems very well balanced. It has many elements but none are shouting louder than the others and throwing it off. It is sweet but vegetal, creamy, a little tangy and crisp. It has a mellow vibe about it. The aftertaste is divine. I love how it lingers on my palate.

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
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Had this as a special treat last night since Stacy included some in my husband’s birthday order for me :D

Cheri

Stacy is awesome like that.

Cameron B.

I think I need to grab some of this when I order from Butiki. I’m not sure that I’ll love it but it’s so inexpensive! :3

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