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Took 6 serving scoops of matcha and whisked the hell out of it. A little chalky, but I need to wake up!!!

Here’s to something new, maybe silly, but still enjoyable.

Kirkoneill1988

6 scoops?! i use a quarter of a teaspoon :D lmao

Darren Adams

That much would make me feel a little sick in the morning… on an empty stomach anyway. I did have 3 scoops this morning though and I thought that was way-out-there craziness!

Dr Jim

Yikes. Like a triple espresso

kristinalee

Whoa, that would make me very sick…

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Coolest shou pu! The ginseng is to be understood as cooling, not the licorice ginseng tea taste.

This ripe pu’er starts rich, earthy, nutty and sweet. No funk, bitter or dryness so it is really easy to drink. With each steeping the cooling sensation takes over. It’s not camphor in flavor, so it’s not minty per say, but the sensation of the aftertaste leaves your mouth feeling cold.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2005-denong-ginseng-scent-shou-puer-from-bana-tea-company-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 6 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
Sil

oh nice…esp as it’s not licorice ginseng!

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ew. ok so i don’t love darjeelings much in the first place…but this, with the added flavouring is just ick. it’s got a nice aroma brewed, but taste wise this just isn’t for me, even brewed at a very low temp. it’s got a weird almost bitterness to it that makes for a rather jarring taste experience. Happy to try new teas but this one is NOT for me either. Sorry MissB/omgsrsly!

Rasseru

First flush, right? I always find them pretty tricky, Ive never had one that really wows me

Rasseru

Or rather, I probably dont know how to brew them correctly

Sil

i treat most darjeelings like green teas…this one is just…not a nice blend lol

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it was weird. Glad I got to try it though. I think I prefer specific floral green darjeelings, not flavoured ones…

Rasseru

Ha sorry if I came across in any way patronising, I was talking about my failure to get first flush up to my standards of chinese & Taiwanese. I’m going to get very anal with the temperatures to try to see what I can get. In fact im going to try now

Sil

rasseru – didn’t come across that way at all :)

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
603 tasting notes

Happy birthday to me! I’m celebrating by only drinking teas I love. This was one of my favorite Butikis (I miss you, Stacy!). The flavor is starting to fade so I overleaf to compensate. It’s still creamy, sweet, pumpkiny goodness. I have one cup’s worth after this, but I feel like it’s time to make some sipdown progress on these teas while they’re still tasty.

Also, I haven’t posted in a while so Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a joyous holiday season and wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous year.

Sil

welcome back! :)

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

Inkling

Happy birthday, Kaylee! Here’s to another year of great tea. :)

Lariel of Lórien

Happy Birthday!

Stephanie

Have a good birthday!! :)

KiwiDelight

Happy Birthday, Kaylee! :D And Happy New Year!

__Morgana__

Happy birthday!

Kaylee

Thanks for the well wishes everyone!

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Well, I’m still alive. I was so sick over Christmas, with proper fully-signed-up flu. I had 10 days off work, which I’d been looking forward to all year, and I spent most of them either in bed or staggering around the house like a zombie looking for tissues and more medicine. I think I only drank one “proper” tea – this, which I took with me in my timolino on the one day I did feel well enough to venture out. It was a very sorry state of affairs. Now I’m back at work (of course I’d be well enough in time, because that’s how it works), not feeling very rested, but at least I can make up for some lost time in tea terms.

I started the morning with another cup of this one. My pouch is actually from the year before last (2014), but it hadn’t been opened before December this year so it was still fine. I’m really enjoying this one as a Christmas Cake tea. It’s got strong dried fruit flavours, a touch of nutmeg spiciness, and a good dose of vanilla to sweeten things up and add a deliciously creamy overtone. I adore the snowflake sprinkles even though they stick fast to the bottom of my infuser, and the glitter adds a little festive sparkle too. The pine needles are an inspired touch – this really is the best of Christmas in a cup. All the better for those of us who feel like they didn’t really have a Christmas this year, I guess! Maybe next year.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
teaqueen

I’m glad you’re feeling better. The flu is the worst and its timing is always impeccable… for messing up fun plans.

Christina / BooksandTea

That sounds awful. I’m glad that you’re on the mend. (Impeccable timing regarding your holiday, huh?)

tigress_al

Glad you are feeling better!

__Morgana__

Glad you’re better!

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Yum. But it’s gone now.

That’s OK. I enjoyed it, and might revisit in the future if the CAD ever recovers against the USD.

kristinalee

What was the cause of the deflation? Was it the collapse of the Euro and the fact that the USD got closer than it’s been in the past to that?

kristinalee

Er, inflation, I mean.

kristinalee

I’m just curious because during my year in Montreal (about 9 years ago), the difference was only about 10 or 12 cents, and I was astounded when I looked it up recently. Hadn’t realized things had changed that much.

Roswell Strange

There are a few things that play into it, but it kind of boils down to being because of the collapse of oil prices.

OMGsrsly

I have no idea.

kristinalee

Yeah, I just looked it up and found the oil answer.

kristinalee

Does it have to do with the Keystone Pipeline?

kristinalee

Okay, it looks like it has more to do with Canada’s economy being more dependent on oil exports. I hadn’t realized that.

OMGsrsly

Facebook is telling me: “Canadian Dollar: Value of National Currency Decreases Following Decline in US Stock Market”

That is as much as I know.

kristinalee

USD should fall in that case, though, and it’s gone up in value against other international currencies (which I had not realized until just now). Has something to do with OPEC loosening quotas and the fall of oil prices.

kristinalee

And apparently the US economy is less dependent on oil exports than a lot of other countries.

Lindsay

Yeah, the price of oil dropped dramatically and the CAD followed it. Oil isn’t actually as big a part of our economy as some politicians would have you believe, but the oil we do sell (especially the stuff extracted from the tar sands) is more expensive to produce than the stuff that just comes out of the ground in other places, so the price drop hits our industry particularly hard. I think the idea is that OPEC is deliberately setting the price of oil low, so that the smaller/more expensive operations like those in Canada will go out of business, and then once they’ve eliminated a good bunch of the competition they’ll hike the prices up again.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

About the dollar and cross-border tea shopping.

I think the sad state of the Canadian dollar might also have something to do with the sad state of manufacturing in this country as well.

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Sipdown no. 5 of 2016 (no. 226 total).

We drank this one in quantity during the BF’s evil grippe as well. He found it sufficiently gentle and sufficiently hot that it had medicinal value for him. Because it was being drunk in quantity, I mostly prepared it Western style, and I have to say that although I could discern a flavor some of the time, it was pretty much too subtle for me most of the time.

In the gaiwan, which I just tried again with the last little bit, I get more flavor. There’s a sweetness and a grassy/hay-like flavor. With a little bit of wood and something slightly (and oddly) marine-like as well.

I like the idea of white teas, and I think they look pretty, but I am not sure they are for me. I’ve had some really good flavored ones, but the plain ones often either have an eau de dead plant thing going on, or are just so subtle I’m not sure I’m tasting the tea to its full potential.

Perhaps I should have someone who knows how to make a good cup of white tea make one for me. My kids always say the bread and butter tastes better when I spread it than when they do.

Rasseru

3g 3mins 175-180f?

Rasseru

maybe even more, 185f/80c would be fine

__Morgana__

I used 5g for 1 min at 175 and then for 1.5 min at 180 this time per *yyz*’s advice on steeping silver needle.

Rasseru

I always wonder if theres a scientific approach to less leaf & more time vs Less time & more leaf.

I might have to experiment with an excel graph handy one day

__Morgana__

There probably is. If I’m not getting a lot of flavor out of something, I usually bump the leaf up instead of increasing the time first. If that doesn’t solve it, I keep the greater amount of leaf and bump up the time (except with greens, where I’m always worried I’m going to end up with bitterness if I go for more than a minute and a half).

Rasseru

I just did your way, and it is very similar to my way. Its still very much in the nose and subtle in the mouth. Reminds me of a white wine that has been really chilled where the flavour is less prominent the colder it gets.

I dont get the ‘eau de dead plant’ thing, I get dry wine, flowers, soft headfeel, maybe even citrus & bananas. But very much needing to sniff it while drinking

Rasseru

oh and sweetness, a bit of sugar or maybe caramel

Rasseru

I would try doubling the time to see if that helps. You can steep white tea at this temp for a while

__Morgana__

The dead plant is more with white peony than with silver needle. Haven’t had it with silver needle.

Rasseru

Ah ok, i get you now :)

Nicole/Tea-Historic

Not that you’ve had bad white teas by any means, but for me, pretty much the only ones that don’t taste like water to me are from Shang. I could send you some samples if you wanted.

__Morgana__

Nicole, that’s a lovely offer but I have many more to try and I’ll be disowned if I allow more tea in the house. :-)

Dexter

I’m not a huge white tea (or green or green oolong for that matter) fan. Then I discovered moonlight which led me to aged whites….. moonlight and aged whites are “light” but really flavorful – yeah I like them. If you are wanting to like white tea, I would take a look into them. Shang has a really good aged white brick…. just saying…(Nicole has recommended a good one).
Once you’re allowed more tea in the house of course….

OMGsrsly

Mariage Freres says… 5 g / 200 ml – 85°C – 15 min. It actually does work for some silver needle. Might be worth a try?

__Morgana__

Thanks! Will try the steeping tips with the next silver needle and will keep the recommendations on file for 2018 when I come out of lockdown. lol

Rasseru

Is the shang silver needle really that good? I am down to my last 10g, and wanted to by a decent amount of fresh spring flush when it comes around in a few months

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drank Gingerbread Houjicha by 52teas
7981 tasting notes

Another one i’m drinking tonight – not in the mood for samples tonight as i’m sick and in case my taste buds aren’t quite right, i don’t want to risk it. it’s not bad, but it doesn’t really scream gingerbread to me. I’ll keep trying and playing with steeping.

Tea In Spoons

I’m sorry to hear you’re feeling sick! kristinalee suggested I follow you because she said you liked a lot of blended teas. I’m excited to read your 52tea reviews since I want to grab a few teas. Feel better!

Sil

Thanks! I pretty much drink puerh, flavoured blends (mostly black/herbal) and black straight teas. I tend not to spend much time on greens, whites, oolongs :)

Tea In Spoons

I’m finding myself favouring black/herbal and sometimes greens. So, I’m sure I’ll see lots of reviews for teas I’ll like! I also I noticed you lived in TO; I’ll be going to visit in Feb. Any good suggestion on tea places (aside from DavidsTea) to visit?

Sil

Tao Leaf Tea; Majesteas; Capital teas; Tealish; Tsaa; House of tea; Tea Emporium; Say Tea….there are a bunch :) You could also go for tea at the king edward.

Sil

Kitten and the Bear is a teeny tiny shop that does small batch jam and scones with Sloane teas as well…

Nicole/Tea-Historic

I am totally jelly of your tea options. :)

Tea In Spoons

I gave them all a quick look; I mostly want tea sampler sizes. It seems like Tao Leaf Tea, Tsaa and Tealish have samplers. If you think of more places, feel free to tell me!

Tea In Spoons

Thanks for the suggestions!

Sil

not sure that any of them really offer samplers. the downside to a lot of canadian companies.

Tea In Spoons

Tao Leaf Tea has a lot of 5g sizes for their teas. I gave Tssa a call and they had “2 cup” samplers. Tealish has prepackaged ones so, I think I will hit Tao Leaf first.

Dexter

(If I were going to Toronto – Tao Tea Leaf would be at the top of my “must go to list”)

OMGsrsly

I definitely didn’t make it to Tao Tea Leaf. Instead we went to Niagara so I could ooh and ahh about the falls and get a mug!

Dexter

@OMG – yeah but you live in a VERY good tea town – for those of us in the tea desert, making it to fun shops might have a higher priority. ;))

OMGsrsly

Heh. True! Still, we randomly walked past Tealish which was lovely. I was on a no-tea-buying spree, which didn’t really last.

Dexter

LOL It’s the no-tea-buying spree thing. That’s the danger of travel to good tea towns. If I made it to Toronto, I would also like to check out some of the Chinese Markets that yyz finds fun stuff in. We don’t even have fun markets…. :(

OMGsrsly

I needed more time! Getting sick really killed my energy. I’d definitely go back. :)

Sil

We have a spare room with a queen in it now and the computer with the single….so room for everyone!

OMGsrsly

Maybe. One day. :)

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Thanks to Zennenn, I am able to try one of the teas from this company finally :)

Tea Truth from Andrew:
Drinking tea has cycles about it just like the seasons in the year. During the winter one drinks a strong cup of shou or a yancha to keep warm, while in the spring a cup of sencha or dragonwell makes the grass seem vibrant even though taste does no such thing. While these seasons are not needed to enjoy the tea that they compliment so well, it is nice to pair tea with the seasons.

This winter I have been drinking a lot of yancha and drinking a cup of this reminded me of how happy I was when Beautiful Taiwan Tea finally sent out the packages from their Kickstarter. This tea took me back in time a bit and reminded me that there is only a few more months until I am back to drinking my favorite tea from the newer harvest; green oolongs :)

This was a pleasant tea with a tad of cream mixed with the buttery texture. The tea is tightly rolled so it needs time to unravel, gongfu was a bit of a trick with this one. With six steeps out of this, it was rather enjoyable.

Rasseru

Me as well.

March – Yin Zhen
April – Feng Huang
May – Tie Guan Yin

Its a good thing, I’m going to finish off all my Yinzhen which is running out & not buy any more. I’m hoping its a good season & no drought

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drank Buttery Rum by Tealish
2196 tasting notes

NOM. Eggnog latte. IDC what Sil says, this is tasty with eggnogs.

(SIPDOWN! Woo! 260. LOL.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

won’t be a sipdown for long bwahahahahaha

Sil

oh yes…yes i did.

OMGsrsly

Did you SEND IT BACK?!

OMGsrsly

YOU GOON.

Sil

i disliked it that much and you liked it that much…there was lots left after i tried it haha

OMGsrsly

Ahahahahaha. :D

Dexter

(thinks makes me chuckle…..)

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drank Jin Jun Mei (2015) by Verdant Tea
7981 tasting notes

so apparently this works really well in a travel mug for work as well, so YAY for that! picked this one today because i needed a good solid tea to get my through the day – something warm and comforting as i’m fighting sick but needed to last today because it was date night today! The abominable bride in theatres because ian is awesome and bought tickets early so we wouldn’t miss out. this was a fantastic malty, delicious start to my day.

OMGsrsly

Abominable Bride just makes me think of the Abominable Snowman from the Rudolph movie, with a bouquet (of rocks?) and a veil.

Marzipan

The Sherlock episode? Why not watch it on TV?

Sil

1) we don’t have cable and 2) the episodes are like mini movies so it was fun to see it in theatres. :)

Liquid Proust

It was kind of odd… however, I did watch it as if it was the new season which I found out was wrong.

Marzipan

We don’t have cable either, we pulled it off of BBC.

Cavocorax

Aaaahh. I’m so jealous you got to see it in theatre! I dl’d it but that’s totally not as good as seeing them blown up on a big screen, while you nom on amazing popcorn. :D

(I’m just picturing how good they would have looked…. :P Sorry. Totes distracted now)

Sil

it was a god date night. happy we did it, esp as i missed out on the anniversary dr who stuff in theatres. Plus extra special bonus stuff for theatre only.

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drank Peppermint Bark by Bigelow
1696 tasting notes

O Ggmathis, why didn’t I remember your review before I brewed this one? On its own this is tasty but lacks a certain wow factor. Had I remembered her comments, I have a whole box of cacao nibs I could have added. Primarily, this is a light peppermint tea. It doesn’t beat you up with mint yet is obviously mint. A good balance in that respect. It is just the chocolate doesn’t reach that decadent level I crave. I added Splenda and it brightened the cup but didn’t really fix it. I may have to try this again with some Charlie Brown love added. Thanks ggmathis.
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Dad – there was no infection and no clear idea what was going on. One of his nurses told him she laid awake all night trying to figure out what to do for him. She told his family doctor her idea, who agreed to let her try. They treated his leg as if it were a severe burn. He immediately began to respond. After just a couple days the leg has gone from black and blue to nice and pink. Still looks kind of gross but nothing like it was before she treated him. He is walking all over the hospital wing now and making plans to come home. Truly miraculous.

Sil

that is AMAZING news…how incredible to have someone there helping your father out. So glad to hear the good news

mrmopar

Yay for the good news.

__Morgana__

Great news!

Evol Ving Ness

How wonderful to have especially caring medical staff engaged in promoting his recovery! Hurray! Happy for you and yours.

gmathis

Let me know if you want me to mail another bag :) I bought more. And thanks for sharing the good grandpa news! What an awesome nursing staff!

K S

So where did those extra G’s come from. LOL I’m going to look when I go to the big city later this week and see if I can find this one but thanks.

ashmanra

Wow, that is awesome news! Glad to hear your dad is getting better, and God bless that nurse.

tigress_al

That’s great news!

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I thought I would carry on my habit lately of drinking some greens – so i’m trying this gift from Haveteawilltravel in the oolong group buy. Thanks!

OK. Lots of broken twigs! grandpa-style minefield – unless you like twigs going up your nose :D I followed others recommendations of just under 80c. I did also hear you can hit it with boiling and get a really wonderful chocolate hit but as this was a sampler I didnt want to mess it up.

Taste-wise, its nice savoury – nuts, chocolate with just a hint of fruity aroma. At one point it reminded me of food, and I couldn’t work out what it was. Then I realised toasted rice, and so probably something related from the leaf or toasting method in Genmaicha had made me think of toasted rice in this.

Before this sencha & genmaicha were my only japanese teas ive tried. I enjoyed this, albeit being maybe a tad not to my tastes. Its certainly piqued my interest to try some more japanese greens at some point.

And thanks to LiquidProust for doing his organising of these group buys.

Flavors: Chocolate, Fruity, Nuts, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 30 sec 2 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
kristinalee

As a mostly-black-and-oolong drinker, I like hojicha a lot, as long as I get a good one that doesn’t taste like an ash tray. I get one of the middle-range cost ones from Yunomi, and it’s like roasted almonds.

kristinalee

I did have a bad experience with hojicha from O-cha, so I’m careful where I buy it now. Pretty much only Yunomi.

Rasseru

I’ve had young Cheap Da Hong Pao that tasted like I was drinking water mixed with ash, this was a pleasant walk in the park compared :)

kristinalee

Heh, yeah. What I have is made from roasted sencha leaves. I’m not generally a fan of Japanese green teas, but this one has made it into my regular rotation. I can drink it late at night — so far it’s the only tea that I don’t really get any caffeine buzz from.

Rasseru

Even Bai Mu Dan or Yin Zhen white teas? Thats what I drink if I dont want so much of a buzz (or roobois but we are talking tea tea arent we)

kristinalee

Ah, yeah, I don’t really like white teas, so no, not those. Or at least I have’t had any that I like so far. I do like rooibos sometimes.

kristinalee

But yeah, mainly I’ve been just drinking tea leaves lately, haven’t had a lot of rooibos. Maybe none at all for the past several months.

Rasseru

even yin zhen/ silver needle?

Rasseru

I think that stuff is heaven in a cup

kristinalee

Really? I’ve got some samples I should really try. I probably haven’t really tried any good quality white teas yet, but I have some on hand. Teas with no oxidation usually make me feel kind of nauseous, but I’ll definitely try what I have.

Rasseru

If you can try a yinzhen/silver needle which is fresh, green with fluffy white hairs I would. Theres a sweetness & taste that sometimes goes into the realms of exquisite (for me anyway)

kristinalee

I think I’ve got one from The Finest Brew — it’s probably the most promising. How long do you steep and at what temperature?

Rasseru

I like ~3g in a 10/12oz cup western style. and 75-80c for about 3 minutes

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Well, it seems I did steep this at boiling last time, unless I misrecorded the temperature. Don’t know why I thought I hadn’t.

I know that I definitely steeped it a boiling today and it was very enjoyable. The English Breakfast may be more to my taste, but today, a rainy cold day and the first day back after a mini-vacation, this is hitting the spot.

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This is a tasty cup for sure. I ended up having a session of this with my mom while my niece was over.
The peppermint isn’t full leaf so it’s hard to measure it out to have what 52Teas intended a serving to have in it. I believe I had a decent portion in everything that I used to steep with. The chocolate and malt notes compliment each other as they should, while the peppermint is the background noise of the conversation. While I don’t see any sweetness to associate with marshmallow, I’ll the name of the tea and acknowledge that this is something I enjoyed drinking.
This can be resteeped for a lightly malted black tea with a nice finish for your less than boiled water that has been set aside; thus, you can compare the fully blended cup to a partial for the base within the blend.

tea123

Is this black tea?

Liquid Proust

The base is a black tea mixture, yes.

tea123

Thanks. That last sentence had me really confused.

Liquid Proust

I was just saying the first steep is more of a blended tea while the second steep is more of a straight (as in the items used in the blend start to vanish in regards to their added tasting notes)

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Happy Birthday to Professor Tolkien!

This tea seems like something Hobbits might have. Had some with first breakfast (oatmeal and fruit). It has a nice malty scent and flavour. Has a somewhat bold taste too.

Flavors: Malt

Teatotaler

And I have a strong notion that the Hobbits would add a bit of wildflower honey to it like I would. :)

Lariel of Lórien

I do have tea honey.

Teatotaler

I must give tea honey a try. I normally use orange blossom, clover or wildflower honey depending on the tea. Could you recommend a good tea honey and where I might purchase some? I’ll take honey every time over sugar to sweeten my tea!

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I forgot about this tea, so it’s now out where I will see it and drink it.

Still not my favourite, but it gave a good caffeine hit this morning. I’m weaning off coffee, you see.

(It’s not going so great.)

(I might be heading out to buy coffee shortly.)

Maddy Barone

LOL!
Nothing wrong with coffee. In fact, it has health benefits. I almost always start my day with coffee. Of course, I then brew a pot of tea about mid morning.

kristinalee

I drink coffee regularly, but sometimes it causes me to have ulcers so I’ll go off it for a little while until I get better.

OMGsrsly

Have not found coffee. Need moar tea. OMG. (My area has a lot of Italian specialty stores, so I got cheese and olives and prosciutto and bacon ends for good prices. Coffee? $$$.)

Maddy, I like to bring tea to work with me, but I generally drink a cup in the morning as well. I’ve just been having LOTS of coffee with the new temporary office always having a pot brewing. So I was trying to wean off. I’ll have to bring some pre-filled tea bags to work with me.

OMGsrsly

Whoa. A cup of COFFEE in the morning as well. Like you. Hahaha. So not with it. :D

I couldn’t have coffee for over a year, after I got a real bad GI bug. :( That was super sad, but also when I started getting more into tea again. I still should be careful with the coffee though.

Dustin

Kristinalee, that sounds like me with hot sauce! I’ll put it on everything until my gums are raw, then have to go off it for a while so my mouth can heal. I’m currently back on the sauce!

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Thanks for sending this as a sample, Lala!

I took the entire sample that she sent me and made a pot to drink this morning. This is rich and malty, and I can see why people like this blend, but I prefer to have blacks that are a bit sweeter/fruitier. This is definitely a good breakfast tea, though.

Lala

You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy the rest of the samples.

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Oh. My god.

I’ve had these samples for TWO YEARS.

I’m so sorry, fuzzypeachkin and CrowKettle. I’m drinking them today I swear. O.o

Anyways, this Assam is a decent Assam? It’s a little sweet. Malty with that typical Assam flavour. I’m actually drinking it WITHOUT milk, which is almost unheard of, but it’s nice. I haven’t had a straight Assam for a while, so I’ll just sit here and enjoy the cup.

OMGsrsly

In other news, the orange part is chipping off my DavidsTea Halloween mug. The colour change parts are fine, but the surrounding colour is leaving. WTF. :/

Sil

i didn’t pick up more of this one as it was nice, but not as nice as the price heh

OMGsrsly

Yeah, some of their prices are a little… high. :)

Fjellrev

So strange about the mug! Is the paint chipping off or wearing off?

I know you said yours doesn’t have this problem, but t almost bought that colour-changing candy cane mug on sale the other day but remembered how previous versions’ colour-changing stuff would peel off.

OMGsrsly

It’s chipping off. :( They did change their colour changing stuff though, no problems with that. But I’m a little disappointed in the other part. It’s not happening on my octo-mug, just this one. Maybe because the decal is so big?

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I just created this listing. The tea is already listed under Jas eTea, but they note that they buy it wholesale from JK Tea Shop, so I’m listing it here.

It’s brighter in appearance and flavor than I expected for a darker oolong. The tea soup is dark yellow. It tastes floral and seems like it would be most appropriate for drinking in the Spring. I pick up hints of pine as well.

I put “high caffeine” in the listing without any scientific evidence. So please please take the caffeine level with a grain of salt. I am experiencing more caffeine effects than I normally do with oolong teas, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything.

I steeped 7 g. in 200 ml. water at 205 degrees Fahrenheit. 5 second rinse, 15 seconds, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, etc. The tea is at its best for 5 steeps after the rinse, but really not bad for a couple more rounds.

At 205 degrees, there’s a hint of bitterness that isn’t very pleasant. I have another 7 g. left, and I think I’ll steep at 195 with that.

All in all, I enjoyed this tea. I’d buy it again if on sale, but don’t really feel the need to own more of it.

Edit: I should mention that I’m not sure I understand the relationship between JK Tea Shop and JAs eTea. Does anyone reading this know? JAs seems to sell most of their teas, and often at what appears to be a markup. But they’re also straightforward about these being JK’s teas and not theirs, and their websites are very similar. So I keep wondering if they have the same owners or something or if it’s just a wholesale relationship. I’m leaving this here as a reminder to myself to always check JK’s prices before placing an order with the other company.

Flavors: Bitter, Floral, Fruity, Oak wood, Pine

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 7 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
mrmopar

They sell some stuff stateside for them. They, JAs eTea, are located in North Carolina if I recall correctly. JK is in Kunming I think. Same teas just differences in shipping I am sure.

kristinalee

Oh really? Huh, I just moved where I am now from North Carolina — I had no idea they were there. But yeah, they do seem to be the same teas.

kristinalee

You’re right — Hendersonville. That’s rural NC, sort of a surprising location.

mrmopar

Ha, I am from West Jefferson/Crumpler?Boone area.

kristinalee

Hey! I’m from Raleigh.

mrmopar

DigniTea and Ashmara are near you as well. I think there is a tea shop near you. Angelina’s , does that sound right?

kristinalee

I’m sure you’re right. I mean, I grew up in and recently moved away from the area. Now I live in Connecticut.

mrmopar

Look through some of my puerhs. I can send you some samples if you want.

kristinalee

Thanks. I’ll definitely check them out, but honestly… I probably don’t have anything you’d want to swap, especially since you mostly drink pu’erh.

mrmopar

Not worried about that. Start a wishlist of puerh and I will message you about it in the future. You will have to just pay it forward to a new person joining the site one day. Have you seen my cupboard… I am in a bit of trouble about it….

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
7981 tasting notes

Rental dog leaves tonight but i’m organising my cupboard and tea packages to go out anyway. ie. packing up all the tea that friends are getting and THEN i will re-weigh my cupboard to see where i’m starting 2016 at. I still love this one, and i’m ever so glad that NofarS shared it with terri who shared it with me so that i could buy some in Paris this year. While it’s been a while since i swapped with folks – i really do enjoy swapping. I’ll have to think about starting that again in 2016.

Fjellrev

Weighing is a smart idea. Even though my number is a lot lower than last year, I’m sure I still have way more tea weight-wise. Ugh.

Sil

yeah dexter and omgsrsly made me start doing it – since logically it makes a little more sense than number of teas..

OMGsrsly

“Made”. Hmph.

Fjellrev

Haha, well, you are known for holding people at watergun point.

I’ve been meaning to do the whole weighing thing for so long but I’m just so lazy.

Evol Ving Ness

What now, I need to buy a scale now? What kind of a scale are you using? And now are you dealing with packaging in terms of weight?

Sil

haha i have a kitchen scale that i’ll use to see where a tea is at. so 100g team package after i drink some will be less.

Sil

spreadheet just sums the total for me.. should have it updated tomorrow

Evol Ving Ness

wow. My harmless hobby is now turning into expensive science and math and composition projects. Fab.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for indulging me with all of my questions.

Sil

for me it’s just fun. Fun to track things like how many tasting notes i have, which teas i’ve had the most often and if they’re actually my favourites….how heavy my cupboard is, how many teas i have (especially since that one time it was way out of control at 350+)

Evol Ving Ness

It should be fun. I completely get that.

And 350, omglol.

Sil

350 plus… i was….uh overwhelming to say the least.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t got up the nerve to weigh my stash…I’m afraid it will be a rude awaking :)

Terri HarpLady

Are we ready to relaunch our BBBB, dear tea sister?

Sil

maybe wait until you get my box first terri lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, you should email me your spreadsheet so that when I fill your box(es), I won’t duplicate anything you already have…heheh

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Nope. I am not tasting chocolate. Or marshmallow. Or spices, though I see them.

It tastes like the tea base. That’s pretty much it.

I am not having a good tea day.

This cup is from the BF order which I asked to have postponed because I was to be away, which means that the teas spent more time marinating together in a sealed up box. So far, I have been disappointed with three of the teas from that particular order: lack of flavour beyond that of the tea base. Though I haven’t tried all of the rest of the teas yet as I just recently got back home. I have another packet of this tea which I haven’t tried yet from a couple of weeks earlier, from a separate order. I will sample the other packet to compare.

So I sit here pouting. I had such high hopes for this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

dope. i have some coming in my order, so here’s hoping it’s more delicious

Evol Ving Ness

I adore QTT. I suspect the quality of (some?) of my teas may have been compromised if/because they spent all that time together in the box in less than airtight packaging if that is what had happened. Which is my doing in that I had requested a delay in shipping. I am just now beginning to sample teas from that order as I have been all over the place AND I had placed a previous order in November. Yikes, I am rambling. Anyway, the point here is that very likely yours is going to be divinely delicious.

Evol Ving Ness

Oh, and I also placed the teeniest QTT order yesterday before my cc reminded me to stop the insanity. And before the not-buying-tea-savings-plan began. Teeny tiny.

Sil

hahahaha it was 2015! go you! what did you get?

Evol Ving Ness

Caramel Apple Oolong
Gingerbread Pancakes Yunnan
Chestnut Caramel Cream Keemun
Vanilla Pears Cardamon Butter Black

My cart was far fuller before I began whittling things down.

Sil

Mmmm I almost picked up more of the caramel apple one, but I have a few Apple teas to work on first.

Evol Ving Ness

Because the Vanilla Apple Cider Panna Cotta Oolong blew me away, truly, truly, I thought this may be a good bet. However, in that one, the apple was nominal, or so it seemed to me. I’ve only had it that once so far, but the memory of it is luxurious. And this one, of course, who knows. Anyway, we’ll see. I think this one comes in a teeny tiny amount.

Evol Ving Ness

That is to say that if the apple part of the caramel apple one is comparable to the apple part of the panna cotta one, I wouldn’t count it as an apple tea. If you were looking forward to apple, you’d be disappointed.

Sil

i’ve had the apple caramel one before – was going to pick up a bit more. The apple is subdued, but it’s still an apple tea and was decent. if i can get through more of my other apple teas, i may pick up more eventually heh

Evol Ving Ness

Good news then for me and my upcoming teeny tiny order. Good thing I managed to sneak it in before the not-buying-tea-unless-it-is-40%-off-Canadian-and-no-shipping-savings-plan began.

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Derp, I put my note in the spring 2015, moving it over to Autumn 2015

Alright. This review took awhile. Lots of hype on this tea (so many fellow bloggers love it) and some weird “how’d this come out so soon?” drama, but I finally drank this tea. Twice. (only twice, I only had enough for 2 sessions).

Using a standard ratio I use, and temp I like for young sheng, 1g to 15ml 200F, this is super light. Lightest sheng I’ve had so far in my tea drinking days. The texture is very nice and thick, with nice floral cherry notes, wood, vegetal, avocado and butter – but super delicate light notes. I only got 10 steepings. I was unhappy.

So I came back to this tea and went insane. 1g to 10ml, so 9 grams to a 90ml teapot. Boiling water. I dumped all the leaf I had left and steeped it like IDGAF. Much better – the intensity is ballzy, an excellent sweet bitterness, nice avocado notes, and it melted my brain in 7 cups. I got 16 infusions, probably could of gotten 18 or so, but I got hungry for burritos. It’s nice, but expensive.

Full review on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/2015-autumn-misty-peak-sheng-puer-tea-review/

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec 9 g 3 OZ / 90 ML
kristinalee

So, in your scientific opinion, is it the greatest pu’er the world has ever seen? Does it beat out the tens of thousands of other varieties out there on the market? Will it change my life?

And it’s a bit expensive, but how is it that the world’s greatest tea doesn’t cost a billion dollars?

Or is it the 2014 they’re touting that way…? I’m confused. Think I’ll stick with YS while getting to know pu’er.

Oolong Owl

Everyone has lots of personal taste in pu’er. There’s stuff I like that people hate and vice versa. People chase certain tastes or some just want to get messed up on qi. Also people cut themselves up at a certain price range. I think you’d need to try a bunch first to figure out what to like, what’s good and what’s crap at various price points. I’m lucky (or unlucky as I spent a lot) in trying a bunch so I got a decent range of things. People also make their tea differently, I know some that claim one I said is not bitter to be hella bitter – they made it differently or haven’t gotten the taste for bitter, if that makes sense.

However, I’d say the best pu’er I had this year was 2015 Last Thoughts for sheng. Almost ruined it for me, haha! Maybe need to blindfold me as price obviously will screw with our brains, but I thought it was noticably different in quality than others i’ve tried.

I would personally put w2t 2late/poundcake over the 2015 fall MP – and those both are cheaper teas. I like a stronger, fruity, qi fuckery and with the price being cheaper I’d rather throw money that way.

I’ve also got bitched at already from MP darlings saying this was a pretty damn perfect tea. I dunno, that’s totally personal. If it was my own tea I would think it’s pretty good. But yeah, just keep getting lots of samples, maybe sign up for a couple tea clubs (YS/Jalam/W2T) get all the samplers (CLT/W2T) and try everything. Pu’er is pretty insanely huge.

kristinalee

Of course, lots of samples is very good advice. Also, I hope it was clear I was being sarcastic, mainly out of annoyance at this company’s marketing tactics. I’d have a hard time reviewing them objectively in light of their grand claims.

Oolong Owl

Understandable. I feel right now everyone’s hypervigilant on the transparency thing. I had my eyes opened in 2015 when a tea vendor asked me if I truely knew where my pu’er was from. He had his expensive pu’er material being pressed, left the factory to make a phone call and they switched it for cheap shit.

you either gotta “well if it tastes good that’s all that matters” and suspend disbelief (and some ethics depending). Or fangirl some reliable dealors. Maybe a balance of the two.

jschergen

Lots of food for thought here.. Here’s where I’m at..

I find it interesting that Verdant got hammered so hard much moreso than Misty Peaks.

By now, it’s clear from the multitude of reviews that Misty Peaks has tea that’s plenty good enough for most people. I’ve had a couple of their teas and found them alright at best.. Like Oolong Owl, I think there’s better options in the market but it’s not as if the tea is obviously crap.. That being said, I cannot bring myself to recommend or support Misty Peaks. I find their marketing (&marketing copy) to be highly troubling and their claims about tea to be just as bad as Verdant. They’ve never even responded to the criticisms laid out, which more or less puts them in the same boat as Verdant as far as I’m concerned.

kristinalee

@jschergen: YES, me too. As I mentioned on the thread I started, I think this is arguably worse than Verdant because it’s pretty much their entire marketing strategy. At minimum, I’d say they’re in the same boat.

Myssy

+1 @jschergen

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Happy New Year! I hope everyone has a happy and healthy 2016. As for 2015, I am glad to see it go. Good riddance.

We decided at the last minute to go away for a few days so I’m getting ready for a short trip and don’t have a lot of time to do a proper note here. Fortunately, I have more of this so can give a more detailed account at another time.

I will say that this was quite yum today. Very smooth, very hearty, sweet yet perky, malty yet clean. Great with scrambled eggs and toast.

I am going to try the Irish version at boiling next time because I think it may need it. This would probably have seemed a bit washed out at a lower temp.

Anyway, I may not be on for a few days as I don’t know what the tea situation will be where I’m going, and I also will only have my phone and tablet which isn’t a fun way to write tea notes.

Have fun and play nice. I’ll see you when I get back. :-)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
OMGsrsly

Have a great trip! :)

__Morgana__

Thanks! I just got back from a massage where they offered me http://steepster.com/teas/the-republic-of-tea/793-ginger-peach-green

Jim Marks

Yeah, I’m tired of years I’m glad to see the back of. Let’s make 2016 one worth clinging til the very end.

__Morgana__

Me too, Jim!

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