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drank Cardamon Tea by Ahmad Tea
2809 tasting notes

I’m kind of a cardamom freak. I’ve always wanted to try this tea so I ordered some from Amazon when I needed a few other things. This is by far the largest tin of tea I’ve ever had at 17.6 ounces! The tin is HUGE. I recall having an 8 oz. tin of Florence by Harney and Sons that seemed to last forever. I guess I’ll have this stuff for years. Let me know if anyone would like a sample ;)

Now on to the tea tasting notes. I steeped it this morning in my Adagio tea maker for 3 minutes. I didn’t see an cardamom pods or powder in here. I think this is cardamom flavored tea. I’m not sure if the flavoring comes from oil or what. Compared to the cardamom french toast I had from David’s Tea this is much milder. Less cardamom-y. Since I have so much of it I might throw in some cardamom pods or desiccated cardamom into the tin to bump up the flavor a bit.

As for the tea itself, it’s a dark, somewhat standard ceylon. I found it had quite a bit of heft compared to some other ceylons I’ve tried. It has that citrusy, sort of copper-y flavor that’s fairly unique to ceylons. I had a mug of this in the morning with soymilk added. I haven’t tried it with sugar yet, but I imagine that would be good with this particular flavor combo.

Overall I like this stuff but I wish I liked it a bit more, since I definitely have way too much of it. I guess it won’t go stale anytime soon, that’s the good thing about black tea.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Nicole

Wow, that’s a lot. Maybe try it in some recipes?

tea-sipper

whoa. i can’t believe they sell 17.6 ounces at once!

TeaBrat

@ Nicole hmm. I am not sure what I could make with cardamom tea!
@ tea-sipper It’s overkill for sure. oh well

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A non-tea drinker asked to come to tea yesterday! I have found that people who don’t already drink tea seem to very open to puerh, and many get addicted to it. I can name three people who had puerh at my house and now have a large puerh collection, even though they didn’t drink tea before they came. And I serve other teas, but puerh gets the fans!

Anyway, after showing my guest some loose leaf puerh, flavored puerh, coin puerh, and beengs, I chose this one to serve. She really liked it and said it was her favorite of all the tea we drank. (We started with Teavivre Dian Hong – Golden Tip, then had their Anxi Tie Guan Yin) I made a lot of it in resteeps, then cold steeped the leaves overnight and had the cold puerh with my lunch today. Hubby came home from work and we had grilled cheese sandwiches and creamy broccoli soup with a little grated cheese on top.

I would say this is already better tasting than when I got it 14 months ago. I liked it then, but I think I like it even more now. It has not unseated my beloved and now out of stock Mengku Palace Ripened Golden Buds, though.

This has quite an earthy aroma, but she wasn’t frightened away by it. The taste is earthy, too – more farm-fresh soil than barn and horse.

On another note – I DESPERATELY WANT THOSE CHICKEN TEA PETS FOR SALE AT THE TEAHOUSE SHOP!!! I can not believe it. I have too much stuff, too much tea stuff, too many doodads, and don’t need any more kitsch, but they are so adorable! I never thought I would ever buy a tea pet. Yes, I will probably break down and buy them very soon.

Rufus

I started out with a milk oolong. It wasn’t until a couple of years when I started working at a tea shop that I was required to try a pu-erh. I must say I’d decide to drink a pu-erh any day over a lot of other teas! They’re so unique and vastly different than most teas.

Rufus

I splurged today online. I ended up purchasing a huge amount of tea. And afterward, I realized that with my Gaiwan set, I wanted a tea pet. I mean, after watching tea videos all week, I noticed these little clay animals—which at first were peculiar, but interesting…..Anyway, I found the tea pet that’d make my tea drinking….

http://www.umiteasets.com/purple-clay-pig-tea-pet.html

A little pig. My wife bought me a pig mug on our wedding, and I’ve made it my goal to collect all pig things for my tea drinking.

Hopefully you’ll your chicken tea pet!

ashmanra

That pig is adorable! I have never seen such sass!

Indigobloom

Must be the similarity to coffee that garners fans! :)

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drank Aged Beauty 1979 by J-TEA
723 tasting notes

Somehow my review for this didn’t post and I just noticed while updating my cupboard…

Anyways, this is clearly one exceptionally stored tea. Being that I am not a fan of OB, that is some strong words. This taste like a light version of the 90’s red mark sheng from W2T; not even a slight exaggeration. This is just a beautiful tea all around that provides some nice notes that I am unable to describe to anyone who hasn’t drank a 20’year sheng (which I can say this is like the 98 mark as well).
I don’t suggest many teas because I know how important money and spending is, but out of all the aged oolong I’ve had (beside the 89’ from Tea Urchin)…. I highly suggest buying some of this. You won’t find such a beautifully stored and aged OB that brews at such ease with such the flavor profile that this has.
I’d love to be proved wrong as I always love me some new tea :)

Daylon R Thomas

I wish I had the Pu-Erh sampler you gave to remember if I have that or not. I’m still on the border with most Pu-Erh’s so far. Megan’s Gold and Moonlight Sonata are the only ones that are on or past loved, but they are both blends and one is technically considered as a white tea. Perhaps I’ll ask for a sample in the next time I buy from J-Tea…which will be a while. The ounce of Drunken Dragon was the only thing I got from my first order. Should have asked for some samples then. Otherwise, a lot of the teas are outside my price range.

Daylon R Thomas

“in the next time”-Bad editing, but grammatically correct.

Liquid Proust

Next time we swap, I’ll make sure to ruin your taste buds like always and make your wallet look smaller :)

Daylon R Thomas

:) And this time, you’re getting better tea. I was debating if I wanted to throw in the Indian Marigold or not since you would probably have the exact same reaction that I did, and because I vanilla’d the HELL out of it. Anyway, would you be interested in some of the Eco-Cha Dong Ding (which is kinda similar to the Buffalo but more chestnut-y and cashew like) and the WP Moonlight Sonata?

Daylon R Thomas

I probably won’t send it for a little bit because I have a few more teas coming in before I consolidate which ones I’ll keep and which one’s I’ll give out/sample.

Daylon R Thomas

Duh, I did try this one.

Zennenn

LP, what were the flavors you found with this tea? I’m working my way through the aged oolongs you were kind enough to send and I am trying to figure out what I’m tasting. Thanks!

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Jin Jun Mei… Need I say more?

OK, I will. Dry leaf scent is malt and brownies. The steeped leaf aroma is honey and molasses. The brew is a deep reddish brown. It tastes of honey and malt with hints of sweet potato. I notice a crisp briskness running through the sip but it stays out of the limelight. I also thought it neat that the more I sipped, the more I caught a citrus type fruitiness. This is a pretty solid example of the type.

Stephanie

yums, jin jun mei is always nice

Nicole

Hm. This probably needs to go on the list for comparison…

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drank 2013 Tie Luo Han by Tea Yuan
467 tasting notes

This is a sample for review i got from Tea Yuan.

Dry leaves are so pretty, long and full. wet leaves smell of this intoxicating aroma of roasted nuts and cannabis
6g /100ml shiboridashi (gaiwan) 205F
rinse/short steeps 5/7/10 sec
This tea is complex. a lot of flavors come to mind. sweet and mineral, chocolaty and nutty, some floral at the background, thick mouthfeel. responded good to pushing with longer steeps without bitterness or unpleasant soapiness. lasted thru many steeps.
I enjoyed this tea a lot, thank you Tea Yuan for the opportunity to try it

https://instagram.com/p/BBFvR-bBwkY/

https://instagram.com/p/BBFxydxBwpU/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
tea123

Interesting one.

mrmopar

I ordered the Mengsong cake from these guys the other day. Now if they will ship it…

boychik

@*tea123* its a good one. Im thinking picking it up once they restock high roasted TGY
@*mrmopar* was that Mengsong in TTB youve tried? i dont think i did.

mrmopar

It was one I ordered from them Jan 31st. It is from the same producer that W2T got the RuiYan cake from.

mrmopar

TY for the inquiry on my behalf. I guess I don’t always want to bother people.

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drank Cardamom French Toast by DAVIDsTEA
2809 tasting notes

Hi Steepster friends!
I haven’t been here much lately as I am not trying a lot of new things lately, most of the tea I’ve been drinking is stuff I am trying to sip down or old favorites I’ve already written tasting notes for.

I’m not a big David’s tea fan but I do love cardamom so I got some of this the last time I was in the store. I have enjoyed this as a breakfast tea most of the time with soymilk added. It definitely has a strong cardamom flavor, so if you don’t like cardamom I would skip this. I’m not sure I’m getting french toast but there is something buttery and pastry like in the flavor.

The only bad thing about this in my opinion is the very sweet after taste. I definitely don’t mind it as much as some of the other tasters did. I wonder if they could have just made this without the added sweetener, after all it’s easy enough to add your own.

Overall, this is better than I thought it would be but I probably won’t repurchase it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

Wow they added cane and coconut sugar here. Yikes!

Sil

yeah i’m so tired of them adding sugar and stevia to everything

Dustin

You like cardamon? Have you tried the Kashmiri Chai yet? It is one of my favorites!

TeaBrat

@Dustin – who makes the Kashmiri Chai? David’s or someone else?
@Indigobloom @Sil – yeah I mean, why!

Indigobloom

Yup. My thoughts exactly. Whyyyyyy!

Dustin

Oh, I’m sorry! I should have clarified that. It is David’s as well. Zhi Tea used to have once that tastes exactly like David’s, but they discontinued it years ago because they weren’t able to keep getting the ingredients from an organic source. I’m super happy to have it back in my cupboard via David’s!

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2016 Sheng Olympics
After checking on the shipments and seeing they have been scanned, with many already in different states, I decided that I could finally begin. First up was something I knew was going to be light because it had to be able to pair with dinner and continue throughout the night. I had one tight beenghole for this session.
At first I didn’t know if it was going to work out because it wasn’t breaking up, but then I decided that I needed to give it a little help so I did.
The first few steeps had a nice roasted vegetable tone to it like a bang dong. After brewing it out I realized that it wasn’t as light as a bang dong because the beeghold decided to let me in a bit and taste what it was hiding. A little bit of astringency came out but then faded as I continued on. The lightness of this tea was consistent and that is how I like my sheng. There might not have been much texture to the liquid itself, but it has a proper vegetable taste throughout the session.
This is a great raw tea to drink, but the Midas Touch puts it to shame. That being said, damn you Midas Touch for selling out; but also thank you to those who have offered to sell me one, I’m still thinking about it. I’m curious how this one will compare with the other Baiying cake that was in the 2016 Sheng Olympics.
All of this is to say that I don’t have any negative remarks for this tea besides the beenghole being deceptive on its notes from not opening to fully opening. That issue is something that others won’t experience because I am rather confident that I broke all the material up well and for those who got some dust… it had to happen, but I am pretty sure it’ll be good dust :)

Crimson Lotus Tea

Nice writeup. I’ve had more than a few surprise sessions with the beengholes from those cakes. There is a lot of tea in a little space.

Liquid Proust

It’s always interesting how the middle doesn’t get touched after 8 brews and you pry it open with your fingers and find that dark green material just looking at you like: ‘are you ready for more?’

Personally, I believe that the beenghole produces a thinner liquid than the other material but this is something I need to do side by side with a cake I have. It’s possible I’m wrong, but I think all the material having contact with the water provides more texture to the liquid (if any).

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73
drank Apple Strudel by DAVIDsTEA
1400 tasting notes

Shockingly, this is amazing. The staffer told me she too was surprised with it, so I grabbed some to check. No sweetener needed, it’s rich, it actually tastes like a crumbly apple strudel. I’d say this is one of the first apple read teas I’ve really enjoyed.

Flavors: Apple, Cake, Coconut, Creamy, Sweet

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Evol Ving Ness

How did you prepare this tea to find amazing?

MissB

Less than boiling (not sure how much, but it’s the same as every flavored tea I steep), and about 3 minutes. On my phone or I’d have put it in the proper place. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, MissB. I will steep again. So far, it has not been amazing for me. But I haven’t given up completely yet.

TeaBrat

How come you rated it a 73?

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I’m not sure if age affects astringency or not, but holy pucker, this was bitter. So I played around with the parameters a bit but I finally got it right. I don’t remember this tea being bitter (but that was forever ago)!

3/4tsp makes a difference instead of a full tsp.

Now, this Assam is smooth, with notes of stone fruit, citrus, and chocolate. Yum

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I steeped briefly using cooler water to work with the green and black blend.

To my taste, this tea is too perfumey. Not that I dislike floral teas, but this one is redolent of perfume shops in that sort of busy flavour kind of way. Perhaps it didn’t help that I added a big teaspoon of honey. Perhaps that complicates the flavour further.

I like the smell of the tea in my cup very much though.

This reminds me very of Fauchon teas I had a million years ago. Perhaps the base blend is the same or perhaps there is something very French in the way they build their flavoured teas. To be fair though, I have been loving black teas with deep rich dark bases lately. Perhaps this is tampering with my perspective too.

Maybe the second steep will be more of a pleasure

Thankfully, I have enough to try again with less honey if any at all.

Much appreciated, Sil. There’s a lot to enjoy here, but I don’t need to place an order for this immediately. Or ever.

The second steep is lovely. The perfume has calmed down, but the flavour notes are still present in the background. I didn’t add anything to the tea. Much more pleasant this way. Perhaps I need to underleaf next time to make this more to my taste.

Flavors: Citrus, Floral, Vanilla

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

the blergamot like taste to this one is something i don’t love. It’s not my favourite of the “breakfast” teas from MF.

Evol Ving Ness

I am not really getting a sense of bergamot in this one. Just perfume shop.

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95
drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
1441 tasting notes

This, I think, is my final pick from the EU TTB. I knew I wanted to try it, and as I’ve not that much experience with matcha I set it aside for a later date. It turns out today is that later date. There are a couple of reasons for this.
Firstly, it’s no secret that I’ve not been feeling great recently. I’m tired a lot of the time, and I never feel like I have enough energy to do all the things I need to do in a day. My doctor will only recommend vitamins and early nights, both of which I have already. I’ve lost interest in a lot of things, probably because I’m so tired, and I know something’s likely wrong by I don’t know WHAT. I’ve also had what’s becoming a permenant headache for the last week or so, but I’ve been drinking less tea so I’m sort of thinking that might partly be the reason. I do get headaches if I don’t have caffeine. That’s reason one – if I increase my tea intake so it’s near where it used to be, my headaches should clear up a bit. If they don’t, then it’s back to the doctors for me.

Reason two, specific to this tea, is that people tell me matcha has energy-giving properties, and I could seriously use some energy right now. Teapigs have a matcha challenge which I’m going to take – at least one shot of matcha every day for two weeks. I figure it can’t hurt to try, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Today is day one, and I’m starting with a matcha latte. I used 1/2 tsp of matcha whisked into boiling water, topped up with heated, frothed milk. I’m using an aerolatte whisk for now rather than the traditional kit, but if it turns out that matcha is my thing then it’s something I might look into. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m actually really enjoying it. The vanilla flavouring is pretty strong, so it doesn’t taste too much like milky green tea. It’s sweet, creamy, and mostly reminiscent of vanilla milkshake. The powder combined well, with no clumping, which is always a bonus in my book. I’d definitely drink this one again!

Preparation
Boiling 0 tsp
Rasseru

Over the last year or so I’ve been trying zero-carb or low-carb diets. I get tired when eating carbs and I feel better when I dont eat them. Not sure if this is something you have tried. Also – juicing fresh veg (& fruit when i’m allowing myself sugar) and drinking that instead actually gives me energy instead of sapping it.

rosebudmelissa

There are so many possible causes for low energy that it can be really frustrating trying to figure out what to do about it. I know Vitamins B6 and D can help. Making sure you stay hydrated and eating more protein and vegetables sometimes helps. Getting more exercise sometimes helps. I know thyroid issues or sleep disorders can cause it (you could try to see a specialist to rule those out?). I’ve heard that light therapy can sometimes help, especially in the winter. Good luck trying to figure it out.

With regard to caffeine, it is a mild drug that your body gets dependent on. If you have a particular amount of caffeine every day, your body will adjust to that amount after 17 days, and it will no longer give you any extra energy, you will need that amount to maintain your normal energy levels. Caffeine withdrawal takes 10 days. For me the first few are usually accompanied by exhaustion and a headache. I’m especially sensitive to caffeine so I’ve researched it, and mostly stick to herbals.

tigress_al

I hope you figure out what’s wrong

Scheherazade

Thanks for the suggestions. I’m up for trying anything at the moment, but one thing at a time so I know what works and what doesn’t. It’s horrible to feel so tired all the time, and I can’t ignore it any longer.

Fjellrev

I really hope the doctor figures this all out and doesn’t take it lightly. I’ve had similar symptoms for years and after getting off my butt and visiting several doctors, they finally found out that I am/was anemic (again). So you never know.

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Here’s Hoping Traveling Teabox – Round #5 – Tea #1
The teabox is back and signups are available for round six in the forums! Please join up if you’re in the US!
This is the first one I chose with barely a dive into the teas. It’s also the first of the NEW 52Teas blends I get to try! From a glance at the tasting notes, I like this one more than most (probably because of the Lapsang.) I’m not sure if the name is accurate, but this is a mighty tasty cup. It tastes like some sort of dessert (probably the nutmeg or caramel) but with some smokiness along with it. Sweet and cinnamon and thirst quenching. The second cup seems a little weaker though and most of the smoke is gone. Maybe those who don’t like the smoke can try the second steep and like it better?
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug// few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 3-4 minute steep

Sami Kelsh

Mmm, chestnuts.

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78
drank Chocolate Mint by Harney & Sons
1360 tasting notes

Found a tin on clearance on at Marshalls, so score! When I made a Harney & Sons order three years ago, I regretted not picking this up, and was quite surprised I didn’t since I love chocolate mint.

This is a middle-of-the-road chocolate mint black. Nothing special but not bad. This is probably because, in my opinion, Harney’s chocolate note in itself is middle-of-the-road. It’s not waxy or artificial but yet it’s not prominent and rich enough. The peppermint is fresh, and there a whisper of sweetness in the background but ultimately, there isn’t enough oomph. The base is so light, I can barely taste it when I add milk.

For the record, Della Terra made my favourite chocolate mint black teas, while Zen carries my favourite rooibos blend, with Zen’s possibly being my all-time favourite chocolate mint blend regardless of the base.

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I’ve been avoiding steepster for awhile. I’m back.
YS is the company I buy the majority of my teas from, and this one is among my favorites.
Today I’m attempting to compare the Spring and Fall versions of this tea, both from 2015. So far all I can really say is that I enjoy them both, but the Spring rendition is probably preferred over the Fall. Why?
It has a sweeter taste and a creamier mouth.
Also, the Fall version is a little heavier in the kind of grassy hay-like flavor.

Having said that, I will happily drink either one of them on any day of the week!

MissLena

Welcome back! :D

juliebeth

hey me too, on a. being away from steepster and b. loving the IGNYBT! :)

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The leaves of this Mi Lan werent full, it was quite broken, although I had the bottom of the bag, and its over a year old now.

Its really perky! One cup and boing, i can feel it. I am comparing it with my benchmark Mi Lan which is the JingTeaShop one. This one has a bit more of a baked flavour – this is however very subtle, not smoky, and i think i can taste the years age on it – it has that slightly softer taste than fresh. Standard orchid floral aroma, less astringency than others. Probably the age again.

I get some butter, cream & honey. Its very pleasant – a bit like honey on toast. Also a lot of oil was released, with a drying mouth. Not super-fruity, more like some of the oolongs from the #OolongTimeAgo group buy.

Quite a mellow tasting cup but with a perky head – I can feel the caffeine. Recommended if you want something soft tasting but with a bit of punch to wake you up.

Flavors: Butter, Cream, Floral, Honey, Orchid, Toast

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I had a small sample of this at the Toronto Tea Festival yesterday, and it really did taste and smell like fruit loops! There must be some vanilla or pastry seasoning here in the blend in order to accomplish that.

It was tasty, but lord I have way too much tea already! I resisted buying this.

Fjellrev

Sounds awesome! Glad you went. :D

Evol Ving Ness

I enjoyed this one. By the time I sampled it, it was already sold out.

Sil

bought some but haven’t tried anything from the festival yet haha

VariaTEA

This one does sound tasty :)

Indigobloom

I got lucky, this one was sold out by the time I got around to asking :P

Evol Ving Ness

We both got lucky then. :) :)

Sorry I missed you later. I only stayed for a couple of hours today and then quick overwhelm. Left at about 2:30 or so. Hope you enjoyed your afternoon.

Indigobloom

No worries, its easy to get overwhelmed the first year you go especially! I spent the afternoon catching up with people from the Tea Guild that I hadn’t seen in awhile. I love the energy, everyone was so excited :)

Evol Ving Ness

yes, there was a nice buzz in the air. it was good to be a part of that.

Indigobloom

Definitely! Some of our tea guild meetings are like that as well. So much fun.

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Drank this tea today and I drank a lot of it. I used it to do a sis by side comparison of my electric kettle, and my Anta Pottery Clay Boiler. The goal was to see if I could tell a difference in the tea itself. The verdict is out. Without a doubt the clay boiler produced a smoother and even slightly sweeter cup of tea. I did six steeps with each kettle, so it was not just one or two steeps. I ended up doing eight steeps with the clay boiler. As to the tea itself. This is a very nice ripe. While it had a fair amount of fermentation flavor that flavor was not too potent and certainly was not fishy. I found some notes of chocolate in there and a fruity taste in latter steeps. This tea is quite the bargain price for what quality of tea you are getting in my opinion. I steeped the tea in two identical gaiwans each with exactly 8.2g of leaf so there was no one tea that got more or less leaf. This test was about as scientific as I could muster.

I steeped 8.2g leaf each in two identical 100ml gaiwans with boiling water. I can’t be sure that the holding temperature of the clay boiler was not a little cooler than the electric kettle. I gave each tea a 10 second rinse and a 10 minute rest. I steeped each for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, and 20 sec. I kept going with the clay boiler for two more steeps at 25 sec, and 30 sec.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BBNuP67TDRyLyRFKsW8nFM_HkHHjsOfkYCAnxQ0/?taken-by=allanckeanepuerhtea

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 8 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
JC

Nice notes, I’ve been wondering about this one. I have the Old reliable from the tea club but I haven’t tried it yet.

AllanK

I’ve tried the Old reliable too and I liked this one better.

paxl13

@allank: me too.. but the Shroom is more menghai’ey where the Old reliable fell more like a HuangPian blends honestly. They are at very distinct oppsite

AllanK

@paxl13 I did not know the origin of the two teas.

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I’ll make this short: There’s a reason there are not many aged ginseng oolong out there.

kevdog19

Is that a good thing? Or…

Liquid Proust

It’s a good thing that they are not around. This is not something I would recommend someone spending money on.

Haveteawilltravel

hahah same though I had xD

kevdog19

When I first read the tea’s title I didn’t see the ginseng part and I was fascinated by your acquisition of a 1988 oolong. I have to say, any added herbs or flavorings to tea is a turn off for me, but ginseng of all things could be a cool alternative to tea. I see this a waste as well because I would like to go in one direction or the other, while this tea seems to be lying right in between.

Liquid Proust

@kevdog19 I’ve got oolong from the 1960s… they are not hard to find, actually. I ran an aged oolong group buy in 2015 and we all received two from the 70’s, one of which was a oriental beauty; taste like a 90’s sheng to me… frickin’ great stuff.

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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
7154 tasting notes

So i tried this one today to see f i could replicate what we had at the tea festival yesterday. a cup of OJ + 1tsp of vanilla matcha and this is close to what we had on the weekend. There’s a little tweaking to do but it was a really tasty drink this morning :)

Fjellrev

Interesting!

Evol Ving Ness

I went to their booth today and nope, they weren’t doing oj matches today. Sorry I missed it. And no, I didn’t volunteer to host tea parties. :)

Sil

well davids tea vanilla matcha + oj seems to work heh

Evol Ving Ness

Did you use fresh or bottled oj?

Evol Ving Ness

ok, ok, ok, I’ll put it on my list.

Sil

tropicana heh

Sil

i just picked up 20g from Davids to play with.. was less than 2$ so worth it to experiment with.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks. On it.

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Today again, this one is fabulous.

I’m heading out to do a little late shopping (hopefully the mall will be quiet-ish), and needed some tea before I left.

So. Good. Chocolate. Yum.

Thanks so much, Sil!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Zennenn

You are tempting me to order more flavored teas! I don’t tend to like fruity tea, but herbs or chocolate, mmmmm

OMGsrsly

This chocolate is, IMO, way nicer than Harney and Sons Florence. Although that one was good at the beginning. I’m ultra picky about chocolate in my teas… so many are just not good.

Fjellrev

I agree on the chocolate. It seems like a hard flavour to get right. And DF totally does chocolate way better than Harney, for sure.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
7154 tasting notes

So the highlight of the tea festival for me? Vanilla Matcha in….ORANGE JUICE. Yeah, i know. I would never have thought to do that but man it was like drinking and orange creamsicle and made my day. Sadly, i’m not spending 35$ on 100g of flavoured matcha. So i’m going to see what david’s version tastes like tomorrow for breakfast lol

Nicole

Oh, wow. So it was green tea matcha with vanilla made with orange juice? How noticeable was the green tea flavor?

Sil

it was more orange creamsicle than anything lol but it was such a neat idea.

Nicole

That interests me since I am not the biggest fan of the flavor of matcha. :)

OMGsrsly

I think I need to pick up some OJ. I already have matcha. And vanilla powder.

Sil

haha i’ll report back on my experiment tomorrow :)

Evol Ving Ness

Sil, which booth was offering this? Need to know when I limp around tomorrow.

Sil

steeped tea – they were in the corner by the side of the stage on the left side. after majesteas

Nicole

Steeped Tea? The party consultants? Hm. We’ll have one of those at our festival. Maybe I need to make sure she’s bringing vanilla matcha. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Sil. I missed them when I was flitting about today.

Sil

Nicole – yeah, i don’t much love their teas but this was a fantastic idea.

Indigobloom

I hope they have it again tomorrow!

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This is as much a review of the clay boiler I got from Taiwan Sourcing as it is this tea. This was already a really good ripe, one of my absolute favorites. So improving it was setting a high bar. But I have to say, and while this isn’t scientific, the tea just tastes better with water from my Anta Pottery Clay Boiler. The tea itself is sweet with little bitterness, and notes of chocolate and fruity notes in latter steeps. I have to admit I’m not getting much qi off of this tea but then again I usually don’t get qi from ripe tea. I think that this clay boiler was a good investment, even though it was expensive. It was about $100 cheaper than it’s main competition, the Purion Kettle. The Anta Pottery kettle is the same concept as the Purion. Having never used a Purion I couldn’t say the difference. Overall, this tea tastes smoother than with my electric kettle. I definitely notice a difference.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.6g 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, and 1 min.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBLa1jZTDd2Kr8oucQsIOCgxHbYzTYiulGi1o80/?taken-by=allanckeanepuerhtea

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
kevdog19

I just got my own clay boiler from Taiwan Sourcing as well! It is AWESOME… Hope you like it too.

AllanK

So far it is great. I see it getting a lot of use.

curlygc

I did not know I needed a clay boiler until now…

kevdog19

Hahaha. Glad to have helped spur the wallet buster purchase

AllanK

Curlygc, it works really well. The description on the Taiwan Sourcing website is pretty much accurate.

TeaExplorer

I just got one of these from TS as well. Have not yet done a side-by-side.

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
1360 tasting notes

Morning protein smoothie infused with cold brew:

200ml coconut milk
100ml Berry Poppins
40g Syntha-6 Cinnamon Bun protein powder
122g frozen banana

I was worried it was going to be weird but it all worked out. The juicy berries ‘n’ cream from the cold brew pairs so nicely with the cinnamon and vanilla notes in the protein powder, and the banana ties it all together. Next time I’ll toss in 50g of frozen raspberries.

Daylon R Thomas

Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go dooown, medicine-go-down. Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way!

Fjellrev

Haha that’s right!

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Ahh, I’m in a good mood. It was a long and very busy week, but it went off successfully, and today is Saturday! And the best kind of Saturday, where I’m off to something fun! Plus I’m feeling ever so much better, so it is all good.
I’ve decided that now I have working tastebuds and a nose again, its time to drink something lovely.
Oh Tower of London, I do love you. Its like the subtler sister of Paris, with the black tea accented by honeyed stone fruits. Its just lovely.

Shae

That does sound really lovely. :)

Teatotaler

I can never quite decide which one I like better – Tower of London or Paris. I think maybe that I like Tower of London just a wee bit better. Must be the honey flavor. Crazy for honey!

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