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I am finding myself somewhere in the middle with this tea. It didn’t have any terrible notes, but it also did not have a really positive note to my taste buds, at least not early on. I did put it through twelve steeps. It was noticeably better by the twelfth steep. It had developed something of a sweet note. There was also a background note that I took to be a storage note. It was not prominent but behind the main flavors of the tea. This was also a very thick tea, thicker that most others I have drank. I did not get any qi off of this tea. I think this is an average wet stored semi aged tea. In my understanding it was wet stored although I didn’t find prominent wet storage flavors. Then again I think what Yunnan Sourcing describes as wet stored is only partially wet stored. I don’t think they buy extremely wet stored teas. In the end I neither liked or disliked this tea. I can neither recommend it or not recommend it. It was ok but was not great. Maybe it will age into something better. I let this tea rest for about two months before trying it. Could wet stored flavors have dissipated in my dry storage conditions?
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 8g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
Needed a quick fix of caffeine today. Found this at Giant Eagle while searching for bottled water. After drinking this an hour, I’m hyped up and full of energy. I could’ve handled the 40 kids for the field trip to the zoo today; unfortunately, I was sent home 7 hours early and now have to make my time useful at home. Therefore, I’m cleaning the house from top to bottom for the first of four home studies tomorrow night.
Broad, course leaves loosely compressed. Strongly mineral and earthy taste with raisin, cocoa, and petrichor notes. No noticeable fermentation flavor left. The taste is thin and clean, not a thick and creamy sort of shou. Slight sweet/tart ginseng/dried cherry note. A really nice pu for the price!
Flavors: Cherry, Cocoa, Mineral, petrichor, Raisins
The leaves on this tea are a pale spring green with some white fuzzy tips. Overall, they’re beautiful, picture-perfect spring buds. The aroma is sweet but vegetal, like spring peas — somewhat nutty, like a very light dragonwell tea, but also somewhat floral.
I took the entire packet and cold steeped it in 2 litres of water in the fridge for 2 days. The resulting brew was a pale clear yellow, lighter than straw, and very refreshing: it tasted nutty, like the aroma of the dry leaf, but there was also a vegetal note underneath. It was very soft and clean in my mouth, and went down smoothly — no astringency or strong aftertaste.
Full review at http://booksandtea.ca/2016/06/iced-tea-nepali-tea-traders/
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An excellent white! This white tea has an excellent thick body and sweet notes of green grape skin, linen, and lilac. Final steepings I got must, floral, pepper with a bit of dryness, likely from my aggressive steeping method. I got 6 resteeps, which is pretty good for a young white.
The fragrance on this tea is excellent, if you love oolong you will enjoy this white.
Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/kumaon-white-young-mountain-tea-tea-review/
This is a queued tasting note.
Hot cuppa on the way to work; I’ll start with the tea things but then I have some very different work news to talk about!
This was really nice with some sweet, natural and bright fruit notes. Overall, it definitely came off as very tropical tasting but breaking down the fruit notes I’d say there was actually more peach than papaya. Also, the somewhat mossy, earthy flavour of the guayusa was delightful and the sweet, unrefined honey notes that were cropping up from wherever they were coming from was a nice addition as well.
Moving on to the new and exciting work developments…
Currently I work in the donation center in Value Village but yesterday my management pulled me aside for a meeting and offered me a new position in the production department, which is the area of the store where all donations are sorted, categorized and priced to be sold. Specifically I was offered a position in the miscel department of Production as a bagger. Miscel is the area of production where “hard” items such as dishware, small appliances, electrical items, toys and basically anything that isn’t cloth, books or jewelry is sorted. In my opinion it’s definitely the better of the two major production departments (clothing/miscel). Both jewelry and books are smaller departments run by a single person. And as a bagger I would sort the very small sort of “bulk” items that hang on bags along the store walls.
The reason for the offer of this new position is because CDC
the Customer Donation Center, where I work is having its hours trimmed in half by head office and management was so determined to retain me as a full time employee that they expanded the bagging department, which is currently only run by one very over worked person, into a two person department. I actually started training in bagging last week but that was because Deb, the woman who runs the bagging station, has a week long vacation coming up and they needed someone to run her department while she’s gone (since she’s the only one in it) and no one else was trained to do so. Out of everyone in the store, she asked specifically to train me in her department. So, it’s VERY nice to feel both appreciated, valued, and needed at work and to hear that I’m so valued as an employee that they’ve created a spot for me to work in. And even though she’s on vacation now, I know that Deb is gonna be thrilled to hear I’m joining her permanently. She’s worked at the store for a little over twenty five years now, and she’s in her late seventies: with the daily quota for bagging and how much pressure they’ve been putting on her department in the last few years she’s been overworked for a long time now. And we just get along so well!
And, one thing that’s REALLY nice about working in production is that I’m always going to have a consistent schedule now as well as a guaranteed 40 hours a week, where as currently my schedule is ALL OVER the place and I get anywhere from 30 to 40 hours weekly. Typically, production works 7:30-4:00 every week day with guaranteed weekends off. Now, I have a Tuesday class which means I can’t work on Tuesdays, but they so badly wanted me in this new spot that they’ve made an exception to the normal production hours and I’ll be working typically production weekday hours, with Tuesday off, and then coming in to work on Saturdays instead, independently running my department.
So, lots of changes but exciting ones!
Steeps has 20% off bulk tea until Canada Day so I thought I’d swing by and pick up some Chocolate Dipped Strawberry and whatever else looked really good. They’ve changed ownership or something so their site is down, hence the information on here is a little bare.
Turns out they also have Orangecicle, like the Tea Girl, which I enjoyed in the past, and was going back and forth between these two, but this one actually won out because I wanted to try something new, and also, the scent of Orangecicle’s dry leaf is slightly more artificial than I remember. However, I did go back and read my thoughts on it and apparently it smells like that a lot more than it tastes, so maybe I’ll go back and pick up some of that too. We’ll see.
This isn’t overly unique by any means. Smells a lot like fruit leather. It has that typical hibiscus, rosehip, and apple base. As a cold brew, it tastes a lot like many other berry-flavoured fruit blends from other companies, however, I can’t taste a trace of kiwi. Even the strawberry is vague. It’s good with club soda, but nothing special. Just something to keep me company over the summer months.
The first steep was really lovely with all parts accounted for in perfect balance : coconut, pineapple, bao zhong oolong. The second steep was ok, and the party was totally over on the third. DT’s Coconut Oolong has spoiled me with its eight or more steeps of coconut flavour. Still, the first one was really really good.
Flavors: Coconut, Mineral, Pineapple
Continuing my extensive (two stop) tour of cheap 2005 sheng this weekend, we come to this tea from PuerhShop. My worry, after my previous Puerhshop experience, is that this tea will have had storage inside a bucket of DampRid and essentially turned into a pile of dust.
Fortunately, this was not the case. The storage was dry, but only in a clean and still punchy sense. This may have been a blessing after yesterday, lest my GI tract suspect I have been plotting to murder it. The tastes were rather variant, which made sense when turning out the pot post-session, as there were green leaves, red leaves, big leaves, small leaves, stems, and a partridge in a pear tree included. As befits an old recipe.
I oversteeped it once, which rewarded me with a harsh brew, but it recovered well. I got spiced plum flavors once, when I slurped vigorously. I recommend slurping therefore, especially if you’re around people who be highly affronted. Viva le slurp revolution!
Of the 4 PuerhShop teas I tried this was definitely my fave. Worth a sample if you like ‘em dry. Bang for the buck, I preferred yesterday’s, but I could easily see others feeling differently.
Malt, dark raisins, and just enough oomph to make it good for mornings. The taste of this just lingers…it’s a bit incredible.
I absolutely loved every infusion of this amazing tea, though I am a bit biased due to my undying love of ginseng. Five beautiful infusions of honey sweet and earthy forest floor medicinal goodness and three more subtle but still enjoyable steeps. The happy feels after this session were unbelievable. I seriously feel like listening to the dead the rest of the night and just chilling out into outer space.
4.5g, 100ml Purion, 200F 60s, 10s, 20s, 30s, 45s, 60s, 120s.
I’m not sure what to think of this. Small story. When I was at the mall, I wanted to check out the new teas at a store I don’t frequent. Checking for that Lemon Pound Cake since I was told that they had like 200g left according to their system, the SA said they didn’t, but proceeded to try to sell me a gift that had some in it, then when I politely declined, she started pulling down all these other permanent teas to try to sell to me. I politely declined and said I tried them, then said I was interested in just smelling the new ones. When I mentioned this one, she said I could try it since it was the TOTD.
Prepared their way, probably with agave, it was incredibly sweet, but I thought it could be better prepared at home. She didn’t bother bringing the new teas to me, but I did see the Caramel Corn at the side of my eye and asked to see it. She popped open the canister, I smelled it, and thought I’d get some. Since it is a heavier tea, and since on numerous occasions in the past, I’ve gotten attitude about wanting 10-14g of a heavier tea, I asked for 20g, thinking that would keep the ‘tude at bay. Sure enough, she gave me the “If you get 100g, you get a free tin” spiel. Yeah, thanks, but a) I have so many already and b) I just want to try this and if I like it, I’ll come back and get more? She continued to push it and say that it’s cheaper that way because you get coupons (?) if you buy that much at a time. Kept politely declining and she got annoyed. “So, do you still want only 20g?” “Yes please!” Then I got a muchly deserved eyeroll and she gingerly reached over to grab the tin. That’s when I decided no, I’m leaving. I smiled and said in the nicest way, something like, “Actually, I’m ok, I’ll come back another time.” She was semi-shocked and I left.
Now finally a week-and-a-half later, I’m trying this at home without any added sweetener. I picked it up from the store I usually frequent and all was well. Sigh. Seriously getting tired of the attitude at many of their locations. Why allow 10g purchases if you have to breathlessly justify why you only want to try a bit first?
This is better but only marginally so. My mom thought this had stevia in it and I can see why since it has this artificial, sweet undertone floating amongst the chocolate banana notes. The maté is undetectable, which is a plus for me. Chocolate Covered Banana had great potential if they dialled it back on the sweetness and artificial flavour. Banana Split still has my vote for best chocolate banana tea.
As much as I hate ctc teas… I had to figure out a way to play with one to get it to be acceptable. Eventually I learned that there was semi golden dianhong that was made into ctc which drew me in. I decided that since it was already a dry like tea, why not add some more to that aspect. Well… this happened: https://liquidproust.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/unusual-approaches/
and in 10 days the leaf had taken on the smallest amount of smoke which comes off like a semi smoked chocolate you would taste from a bar that has smoked taste to it; but this is quite dry so it’s more of a cocoa.
It took awhile to figure out how to get this to brew correctly to taste the way I want others to taste it as. Turns out that this is quite strong so 3 grams is plenty and 45 seconds to 60 seconds is the time to keep it at; used a teapot for this brewing. Came out quite smooth, but dry like I described. Being that I’m not a fan of ctc, Assam, or Ceylon, this tea is getting a harsh review from me but it passes. I’m going suspect that someone else will find it much better than I do.
I’m hoping this slight smoke doesn’t completely fade within 3 months; that will be something I test out.
This is without a doubt one of the best green teas I have ever had. Global Tea Hut doesn’t send much but what they send is good. I figure I have enough for one more pot of tea. This tea was sweet and creamy in nature with vegetal flavors strictly in the background. It was good. I am not a big drinker of green tea but I would buy this if it were available that is certain. This was just fantastic tea. I didn’t gongfu this I was being lazy. Instead a brewed it twice in a 300ml Kyusu that I got from Japan. I only used 5g of leaf and probably should have used seven. It was a bit weak in the first steep. But I wanted to leave enough tea for another session of this sometime.
I brewed this twice in a 300ml Kyusu Teapot with 5g leaf and 175 degree water. I steeped it for 2 min and 4 min.
Flavors: Creamy, Sweet, Vegetal
I started drinking this late last night. I was in the mood to actually sit and watch a movie (it usually takes me a few sittings to watch a movie….my ADHD kicks in after 45 minutes).
Anyway, this was pretty solid. I turned this into a latte. It helped bring that caramel out with the “hot movie butter” flavor. Quite unique. No artificial flavors, which is nice.
Thank you, Liquid Proust, for adding this to the box.
Flavors: Butter, Popcorn
This tasting note is for the maocha version which was available for purchase in a beautifully made Jianshui Zitao Storage Jar. I will review the cake once it has been released.
Aromatics of apricot as well as similar flavor notes along with sweet nectar and a slight vanilla buttercream that fades after a few steeps and becomes vegetal wherein the youth of the leaf shows itself. So much smoother than I expected this would be and a luscious creamy soup with a bright yellow hue. Takes multiple infusions well without fading quickly and I expect to continue to enjoy this session right on through to late evening as I enjoy the happy feels.
10g of absolutely gorgeous looking leaf strands in about 180ml at 200F with one 20s wash, a 30s rest and followed by a 15-20s first and increasing in 5s increments from there.
I’m absolutely loving this sheng and expect it to be even more amazing with age. I will definitely get it in cake form as well.
Update: I managed to seriously oversteep this one infusion midway through which produced this beautiful golden hue. Major bitterness definitely present but with it a heavy sweetness and overly ripe peach quality not present in the shorter steeps. Sometimes distractions leading to mistakes/accidents lead to pleasant results. Though this led to lesser infusions it did not affect later infusions in terms of flavor and bitterness.
*Note: After two days the leaf finally waned. Huge leaf without tears, holes or in pieces.
This is a queued tasting note.
Another victim of the great “Roasty Tea Craving” of 2016! I did a pretty damn good job of purging my cupboard of all things toasty. Though to be honest, I definitely didn’t expect the same of this one that Lala added into the GCTTB V2 for me to last long anyway.
Toasty, peanut/nutty in general, honey, cocoa…
All good, tasty things!
Overall this was a nice tea. It had a lot of fermentation flavor to it and that flavor was somewhat unpleasant but not fishy. There was a little initial bitterness. There was a sweet note that developed and became dominant. Overall this was very good. This came in a Jian Shui tea jar so I wonder how this will effect the tea aging.
I steeped this twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 10g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min.
Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Sweet
So… catch 20/20 here… this was in the TTB so I should review it, but it was so ‘eh’ that I have had nothing to say for the last week about it. I thought to myself, ‘just let it pass and don’t review’ but then I realized I got to do what I got to do.
With so many different sheng out there and what not, and being that I’ve had a ton: Either this is something that isn’t very noteworthy or it needs time?
I followed the steeping instructions from Yunomi for this one and it tastes like crap to me. First sencha I’ve not liked. It’s not grassy and fresh like most sencha’s. Just tastes old and astringent with a bit of bitterness. I’ve got some sencha’s a year old that tastes better than this. This is supposed to be a 2016 tea. Glad I only got a sample. Most others on here left a good review so I’ll try some different brewing of this tea before rating.
Overall this was a good tea. That is not to say it had zero negative notes. The initial note of this tea was a sweet fruity note, perhaps apricots or stonefruits, perhaps something else like nectarines. Starting around steep three I also noticed a subdued sour note to the tea. It only lasted a couple of steeps and was not very strong. With a sour note there is always the possibility that it was my taste buds. There was very little real bitterness to this tea. A little crept in after the leaves had opened up around the third steep but it was never very strong. I have generally had good results from the Puerhshop house labels and this is no exception. I liked it overall. The Puerhshop website also says pesticide detection on this tea was negative so that is a good point. Puerhshop tests most or all of their teas for pesticides not sure which. I think they test the finished product where I believe Yunnan Sourcing tests the maocha before it is pressed.
I steeped this tea twelve times in a 120ml gaiwan with 7.2g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rest. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec , 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min, 1.5 min, and 2 min. The tea leaves were not particularly watery at twelve steeps. I could have gotten a few more steeps out of them but I had had enough caffeine for today. In the end there was good and bad to this tea, but the good I think outweighed the bad. All twelve steeps were sweet in nature. Only a couple had that sour taste and it was not very strong, I had to really think about it to determine it was a sour note.
Flavors: Apricot, Bitter, Sour, Stonefruits, Sweet
I really don’t remember just what the Verdant version of this tasted like. This is tasty. I seem to be getting a note I would describe as burnt sugar. The chocolate is there too. This is quite good. I would definitely buy more when I run out of this, which even though I didn’t buy a lot will probably take a while at the rate I go through individual teas.
I steeped this one time in a 16oz Teavana Glass Perfect Tea Maker/Gravity Steeper with 3 tsp leaf and 200 degree water for 3 min.
This is really good cold, but I’m finding that with a lot of white tea blends recently. I went with my standard preparation method – 2 tbsp in 2 litres of cold water, into the fridge for around 10 hours overnight. The flavour of the orange is more prominent that it is in the hot cup, the cinnamon less so. Running right through the middle of the whole thing is the sweet, slightly thick, frangipane-esque taste of almonds. Delicious!