994 Tasting Notes

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This was my breakfast tea blended with almond milk and ice. I wish I was not burnt out on this flavor cos I’m almost out of my other matchas!

Courtney

Sounds yummy!

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92

I got a sample of this with my recent Mandala order. Thanks Garret!

Man, this is super good smooth shu. I have been drinking on it all day :) Basically, this embodies everything I like about shu!

I sort of wish I had ordered some of this instead of the Bu Lang Gong Ting now!

Stephanie

Apparently it loves me back! http://twitpic.com/dw9gye

Garret

It totally loves you back! So happy you are enjoying this one. I love love love this one, too. The Bulang shan stuff is great, but it is one small grade of leaf, begging for much shorter initial infusions. The Noble Mark is a blend of 4 leaves. I cracked up when I heard someone recently refer to this as a “gentleman shou”. That is fitting. Thanks for taking time to write about it, my friend! Tea ya!

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86

Afternoon pick me up! I’m almost out of this one…only a couple of tsps left! I really enjoyed this flavor though and think I would pick it up again. Not at all artificial tasting. Rich pie-like flavor! Today’s hot latte included 3/4 tsp matcha and 3/4 tsp white sugar whisked in 8oz warm milk. GOOD STUFF. Plotting a matcha order as soon as I have enough money :)

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
Courtney

How did the sugar work out? Matchaccino like?

Stephanie

It was just perfect for me. Just as much flavor as matchaccino but only about half the sweetness! I think about 2 tsp of sugar would be equivalent to the matchaccino sweetness level :)

Courtney

Excellent! It sounds tasty. I think the less sugar version actually sounds great.

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95

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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84

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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97
drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
994 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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94
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
994 tasting notes

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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87

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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