Featured & New Tasting Notes

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My WPT package came in today and the first thing I did was open and smell EVERYTHING. I probably looked like a crazy person, huffing tea. I have a keen sense of smell and I swear I caught a buzz haha. After a moment’s deliberation this is the one I chose to try first.

It is smooth, smooth, silky smooth. It opens with notes of sweet vanilla and evergreen trees. There’s the gentle touch of warm spices, like a lover’s fingers on the back of your hand. It’s light and soothing; perfectly balanced. The texture of the liquid is velvety. After the spice I notice a buttery, honeyed flavor coming from the base tea. (I think the comparison to chocolate-filled croissants is appropriate here.) It’s like flaky, buttery croissants kissed by chocolate malt! It’s not an overwhelming flavor—it melds with everything else very nicely—but it washes over your tongue with honey, malt and baked goodness. Seriously, soooo good. I rushed to make another cup as soon as the first was empty. For me, resteep value is a good indicator of quality chai. (If the second steep of any tea doesn’t compare to the first, it seems a waste.)

Aaaand it’s still as good as the first cup! I’m in HEAVEN! Melting butter, stronger chocolate notes, vanilla and honey, spice still there! I love this! It’s wonderfully balanced. It’s everything I want, everything I need in a chai. This is perfection.

Brenden you are seriously awesome.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cedar, Chocolate, Creamy, Honey, Pine, Smooth, Spices, Sweet, Vanilla

kimquat

I leave for work in fifteen minutes, and I literally walked over to my housemate’s front door JUST to make her try this tea. She wasn’t there. So I made her husband try this tea.

And he liked it.
:D

Marzipan

Do you make yours with milk on the stove?

kimquat

No. I drink my chai straight without milk.
I prefer it that way, unless it’s not that good..then I use the stovetop method and sweeten it a LOT.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Hahaha, I love those times where you just MUST share tea with someone :D

Cameron B.

I always open and smell everything when I get a tea order! :D We’re huffers!

kimquat

Me too! She missed out. (:

If you can’t try EVERYTHING in one day, might as well smell all of it, right? It’s all in the nose! Third steep STILL delicious, by the way. This is the best day ever.

MzPriss

Cries because mine isn’t here yet…

boychik

I cannot wait
Excellent review!

TheTeaFairy

This sounds amazing…I join MzPriss for the cry of the century…

MzPriss

Right???? I NEEEEED it

Dexter

(Mine isn’t here either – oh wait I didn’t order this one, but I did get the chocolate chai – does that count?)

MzPriss

totally counts

TheTeaFairy

… And you know I’ll put some in your next box :-)

Dexter

LOL of course you will – did I not JUST get a box from you with a bunch of WP samples….

TheTeaFairy

Yes, but this one is a must,..I can feel it. (From afar at Customs)

cathy-zheng

Now I definitely have to try WP

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This tea was my companion in the garden this morning. The task at hand was to water the Northwest Quadrant & dig up the rest of the garlic. While doing so, I came across a burrow of baby bunnies, in a little hollowed out place under the straw. I admire their cuteness, but didn’t touch them, & gently layer the straw back over them & went on with my work.
https://www.facebook.com/terri.langerak
I grew 6 kinds of garlic this year! My whole house reeks of freshly dug garlic, & that is awesome! There’s lots of hanging & braiding to do, & hopefully I’ll never have to buy garlic again!
Lovely tea, by the way. I’ve reviewed it plenty of times, so that’s all I’m saying.

boychik

So cute! What’s your secret of keeping garlic ! Mine stunk the house and hubby said its either him or garlic. I bought a lot on farmers market

mj

Those bunnies are so adorable :-)

K S

Just read your Golden Monkey/breakfast post, now this one – I’m jealous of both.

Ubacat

Oh, those bunnies are so cute.

Terri HarpLady

Boychik, I’m hanging it from the pipes in the basement, at least for now. There are photos somewhere in my FB page of the first garlics & shallots I harvested this year & braided. So the soft neck garlics are being braided, & the hard neck ones are just being hung up from string until they dry out, & then I’ll cut the stems off & put them in a basket, I guess.

boychik

Ok I have to put them in a basement otherwise … I don’t mind the smell actually but I have allergies. I should look up pics on FB

Terri HarpLady

While you’re there, friend me!

MzPriss

BABY BUNNIES!

Terri HarpLady

We have so many rabbits in my neighborhood already, it’s ridiculous. They aren’t even hardly afraid of people, they are out all day, but at night it’s like they are taking over the place, they are everywhere.

OMGsrsly

Makes me think of my time at UVic. It got to the point where the university set up a spay/neuter plan for the rabbits. Catch, fix, release. They were burrowing under a couple of the old buildings, but people got so upset with the idea of a cull.

Terri HarpLady

We also have foxes, hawks, owls, raccoons, & coyotes in the area, & although a lot of people are freaked out about that, I personally love having so much wildlife around, & of course rabbits are food for all those other creatures.

OMGsrsly

We ended up with one or two cougars living on campus, which was a little worrisome because they can be large and dangerous cats. Puma. Those things. :)

Terri HarpLady

We get reports of mountain lions in St Louis county every so often. :)

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95

I haven’t had this in a while because I couldn’t get my tin open. I finally exerted the full force of my will and viola! The question I have for myself is why in the hell did I only rate this at 89? I LOVE this tea. Love love love it.

TheTeaFairy

Viola…so cute. Makes me think of purple.

Love this tea! Well deserves a ninety something!!

MzPriss

I don’t know how to make the little French accent symbols. And right? I have no idea why it was in the 80s. Silly MzPriss.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, it’s “voila” but I’m now saying only vi-ola, so much cutter :-)

MzPriss

Oh hell! Sorry to murder your language :(

TheTeaFairy

Nooo! That was such a cute mistake :-) lol, you should see how French themselves murder our language, a real butchery!!!

Marzipan

At least you didn’t type “walla” – that makes me crazy.

MzPriss

It makes me crazy too

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! Marzipan, is that for real??? Voilà as walla? Ok. That is hilarious!!!!

Ubacat

Try this link to get those symbols for French:
http://www.squidoo.com/keyboardsymbols#module3131640

Marzipan

If you are on a Mac, just hold down the letter and a menu pops up with all of the variations.

MzPriss

Oh! I am on a Mac -thanks!

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88

I got my free samples this week and why not start sampling tonight!

Using the full sample in a 6oz gaiwan.

Well…hello beautiful.

Talk about a full cup of yum.

This is everything I like about a high mountain oolong…and more.

The elements I’m really digging are usually the floral, spicy and minty aspects, and I get them all here. Nice florals that might be a little more perfumed then what I’m used to, but really, I can’t name the flowers cause it’s none of the ones I’m used to find in greener oolongs, which are orchids and lilacs.

The usual spiciness which translates into nutmeg for me is also there, and so is that fresh mouthfeel I get at the end of the sip.

What’s really different about this oolong is its fruitiness. It so full of fruits, it almost tastes tropical to me. The fact that it’s also creamy makes me think of Pina Colada. I also get grapes and apple notes.

There’s a certain bite to it also, a briskness. I wouldn’t say it’s bitter, but it’s a tad astringent. Nothing offensive though, makes the flavours pop even more.

I have many more steeps to come, and might finish it with a cold brew.

I am very impressed with this first sample.

Thank you so much Green Terrace Teas for this opportunity.

yyz

I know, at one point I really tasted pins colada. I normally get gardenia, in green Oolong’s. A scent I only know well, because we used to have a lovely mature bush at a house we had when I lived further south from here. The scent is spicy and intoxicating. I got lilac on this one ironically as it reminded me of this huge bush around the corner from me. I loved the fruit notes in this one.

TheTeaFairy

It really is interesting, I like it a lot! I don’t even think I know what gardenias smell like, but I envy you for having had some near by :-)
I can’t find the thread, but I remember reading something about getting 20% off for reviewing their teas, do you know how it works, do I just send an email when my three reviews are done?

yyz

The instructions were on the card the sent. I think they want us to post our reviews on their site.

TheTeaFairy

Ahhh! That’s it!!! Thanks, it must still be in the envelope, silly me :-)

TeaTiff

I need to write about this one yet, but this was so nice! I couldn’t believe how smooth and strong the flavors were.

MzPriss

I just ordered my samples – I don’t know why I didn’t see it earlier.

TheTeaFairy

Teatiff, I drink loads of green oolong and this one is truly different…can’t wait to read your review.

MzPriss, I will let you know when I see promo stuff from now on :-)

Have you guys requested your $6 gift card from Teavivre?

MzPriss

I did not know about Teavivre – I can always use some more Bailin GF. I will go check their site

MzPriss

Apparently I was not quick enough and the gift cards are all gone – oh well, they are doing other stuff later

TheTeaFairy

Shout, so sorry you missed it :-(

Dexter

HHHHMMMmmmmmmmm……

TheTeaFairy

Did you miss it also DEX? If so, I haven’t been a good tea friend, so sorry :-(

Dexter

No I got one – I got an email about it from them (I seem to be signed up to a gazillion newslwtters). I was just pondering a comment here.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Think I know which one…oops.

Ost

I got this one too! Can’t wait to try it. ^^

Dexter

(I thought we weren’t ordering more tea….)

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90

So, although I haven’t been on steepster much the past few weeks, I fortunately happened to have the time and focus to check on the day it was announced that A&D were having free shipping to Canada – yay! So I decided to try a couple thing I have been wanting; this being one of them.

I made a cup of this shortly after my package arrived, and was quite pleased with this tasty keemun. Earthy, floral and fruity, with perhaps the lightest hint of smoke. Delicious and flavourful!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

YAY!

Stephanie

Can’t wait till mine gets here :)

caile

:) Shipping was surprisingly quick!!

OMGsrsly

Nice! Mine should be here soon then. :)

caile

It will probably be there tomorrow! I ordered on the 1st, it shipped on the 2nd, and then arrived yesterday. :)

boychik

It’s very good and different from other Keemuns I tried( not that I tried many)

boychik

I went back to my notes. You should try it @ 5 min. If doesn’t get bitter or astringent

caile

I will try longer next time. It might have been more like 3 minutes this cup as sometimes I don’t pay attention.. :)

boychik

If you try longer steep can you tell me if you noticed this tea gets slightly salty? It really bugs me that nobody mentioned it in their tastings. Am I the only one who got it ?

caile

I remember reading that note about it being salty! I’ll try and have some tomorrow with a longer steep.

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85

Method: 1 tbsp, 8 oz, 200 degrees, 3 minutes, Forlife brew in mug strainer

Dry Leaf Aroma: malty and sweet

Flavor: Oh my. Something seems amiss because this is very bitter! This was the sample I was most looking forward to, but I had to add sugar to drink it. I know the temp was exact, and I also have a separate tea timer. I tried this at 2 min, 30 sec and it already had a tinge of bitterness, so I stopped it at 3 min, instead of the 4 I had originally intended. It’s good with sugar, but it lost the maltiness from the dry leaf aroma.

I appreciate the sample, but this one just wasn’t for me.

Update: it seems the brewing instructions on the website were more general, and not specific to this tea. GTT has offered to send me another sample, so I’ll try again. I’ve removed my numerical rating for now. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Wow, I wonder what happened. :( Everyone has been having such good experiences with Green Terrace’s teas…

Sarsonator

I know! I tried an oolong yesterday. It was lovely. I still have the Eastern Beauty to try. I have high hopes for that one!

Cwyn

Maybe it should be a short steep black, I have a few that must be brewed like that.

Sarsonator

I think you’re probably right, but I don’t have any more. :(

I did check the website for instructions, but I think this may have been better with only 1-2 minutes.

Cameron B.

Don’t have any more, what? I have enough for like two more cups and I’ve already had two!

boychik

I went and looked at other ppl parameters . 1 tsp for 8 oz. if you were using 1 tbsp it had to be less than 3 min

boychik

I wouldn’t rate it.

Cameron B.

boychik I wasn’t really able to measure this one since the leaves are big and fluffy. I don’t think a teaspoon would be enough with the amount of air in there…

boychik

Don’t want to scream at ya but 1 tbsp is gongfu method haha
And you should get scale, it’s not expensive and you don’t have to guess
Just my 2c

Sarsonator

Not sure where you’re looking, but it says right here
http://www.greenterraceteas.com/pages/brewing-guide

Western Style, black tea, 3 grams (1 tbsp) 200 degrees, 3-4 min.

That’s what I did, and the review stands. :)

Sarsonator

Oh and Cameron: They were very generous samples, but I brewed 2 cups for me and my BF this AM (actually I let it go the full 4 min). I was having such a terrible morning and I left the mug at home! I was so upset. So I only had enough to make one cup when I got home. :(

boychik

I’m sorry you are having a bad day. I said I looked at other people tasting notes. I rarely trust generic parameters fr companies. Sorry if my comment made you more upset

Sarsonator

I’m not upset, that’s why I added a smiley face, so you’d know there aren’t any hard feelings, Boychik. I prefer when steeping parameters are on the package, but they weren’t here. So I went to the specific page for this tea on the GTT website. I didn’t see any info there, other than temp. So then I saw the link for their brewing parameters, and I went there for instructions.

I feel like a tea company SHOULD know the best way to steep all of their own teas. And to be honest, I don’t always have time or the inclination to check a bunch of different places for instructions, you know? If it’s not on the package, it should be on the tea page. I did the best I could with their instructions, and the tea was bitter. It is what it is.

boychik

That comment about scale was for Cameron. But I’m sending fr iphone so many times my reviews or comments are crooked. I only trust Stacy with her instructions. If you look at H&S website everything should be brewed 205F for 5 min.

sherapop

A good scale cost me $8 at Amazon.com. Just do it! lol

green-terrace-teas

Sarsonator – thanks for your honest feedback. It sounds like you definitely used too much leaf and oversteeped the tea. The samples sent were a total of 10g, so if you used all of the leaves for 2 cups, the recommended steeping time would only be 40-60 seconds. The brewing instructions on our website are general guidelines for steeping loose tea, and we take the blame for not being more specific. Generally, we always recommend our tea be brewed Gongfu style for the best taste. Per your feedback and the feedback of others, we will definitely work on providing more detailed brewing instructions for each tea and include it directly on the product page. Your review has been very helpful to us, but we don’t think a good tea should take the fall for our misguidance (we are sending you another sample as an apology). We hope you can try steeping this one Gongfu style for about 40 seconds, and adjust your review accordingly. Have a great day, and sorry you had a “bitter” morning!

boychik

That’s so nice Green Terrace Teas. Maybe it’s better not to have that general steeping page at all

Sarsonator

Thanks, GTT! It was actually 3 cups from one sample. 2 cups in the AM, and one cup that I tried after work. I used 1tbsp for each cup. I’ll absolutely try again. Thanks for the offer! How much tea should I use in the Gaiwan?

TheTeaFairy

Sorry you had a bad morning Sarsonator :-(
But very happy about GTT’S response, that’s great customer service! I will start tasting and reviewing my samples tomorrow, can’t wait.

green-terrace-teas

Brewing gongfu-style, you typically want to fill up about 1/3 of the gaiwan with larger, strip-style leaves (this applies to our black, green, and eastern beauty teas). If you brew our oolong tea, which is semiball-rolled style, you will only need to add tea until you can’t see the bottom of the gaiwan (about 1/4 or less). For our Honey Black, try about 40 seconds for your first steeping, and then add 10-15 seconds to each subsequent steeping. You can of course add/subtract leaves or brewing time to suit your tastes. Our general brewing table is coming down, and we are adding specific brewing guidelines to each tea. Thanks again for all the great feedback!

Sarsonator

TTF: thanks! I agree, GTT has been very helpful. I’m really looking forward to trying this tea again. :)

GTT: thanks so much for the additional tea and the instructions. I’ll update when I get the tea and try again. I am drinking your Eastern Beauty now. It’s really lovely, and I’ll be reviewing that soon. :)

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I don’t have time for a long review here, where I wax poetic about the glories of this tea.
Let’s just jump to the chase & say that everything you’ve heard about this tea is spot on. The initial aroma reminds me of a really high quality vanilla pipe tobacco (although I don’t know for sure if I’ve ever actually smelled one), & then you start drinking it, & it’s awesomely wonderful, vanilla ice cream with dark chocolate sauce drizzled over the top, the kind that hardens into a shell. What I love about it most is that the black tea underneath isn’t some woosie generic, it’s bold & thick chinese blacks. And yeah, it resteeps like a dream, & I’m taking all those resteeps for once. And the sweet aftertaste lingers…sigh…
I’ve said enough!

TheTeaFairy

Yay!! That’s EXACTLY what it is!!!

Welcome to the GO Cult :-)

Lariel of Lórien

There’s a tea cult? I’ve already exchanged some of my possessions for tea.

Sarsonator

This one is so yum!!!!

Cameron B.

I’m so sad that my Whispering Pines order didn’t come today. D:

bizbee1

I want to try mine but I can’t drink a black tea this late in the day.. tomorrow for sure!
You can make the chocolate sauce you describe by melting and combining coconut oil and chocolate chips (I do that from time to time)

TheTeaFairy

Well…I kind of just decided that there was a GO Cult….cause ya know, it’s getting more and more followers. The Guru is Tea Whiz Of The Woods (Brenden). It’s VERY hard to resist all his charismatic teas…

Cameron B.

Golden Orchid is the Kool-Aid of the Whispering Pines cult…

Terri HarpLady

Tea Cults Are Us…just sayin’

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Is wit a requirement to be a Steepster member? Cause I don’t know where else you can get as much for free!!!

TheTeaFairy

And in this case cameron… DO DRINK THE KOOL-AID!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Drink all the kool-aid! :D

Sarsonator

The Illustrious Cult of the Golden Orchid
Guru: Tea Whiz of the Woods
Official Organizer & Cheerleader: TheTeaFairy
Meetings: Monthly, in the Steepster basement
Please bring a snack to share.

TheTeaFairy

I’ll bring CHERRIES!!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ll bring mushrooms! ;)

Lariel of Lórien

I’ll bring tea flavoured bread.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! And we can ask mj to bring her communal fridge!

Lol, Sarsonator, “The Illustrious Cult of the Golden Orchid” makes an awesome cult name!!!

Cameron B.

I’ll make petit fours! With little pine trees on them!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll bring almond flour scones! :)

Sarsonator

I’ll sit in the back and drink all your tea! :p

And thanks, TTF! Glad you like the name!

Frolic

I want to join the cult! But no more tea for me till black friday. I tried telling myself that buying samples didn’t count and I may cave there because the WP cult is ever so persuasive.

GO just sounds so decadent.

Sarsonator

You’re not buying any tea until NOVEMBER?!?!?! Wow. I really envy your willpower.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

There will be no black friday sale at WP. I am strongly against black friday. There will be a cyber monday sale though :)

MzPriss

I want to be the Court Jester for the cult. I’m trying to decide if I need to give in to my sudden GO craving or actualy sleep again tonight

Sarsonator

I also dislike Black Friday. I refuse to leave my house. This year, though, maybe I will host an online Steepster Sipdown Fest!

HoneyBelle a.k.a MzPriss: You are now the official Cult Jester :p

MzPriss

Woo! I’m so like that HoneyBelle name as well I reeeeeeeeeely want some GO now

TheTeaFairy

Hmmm…Sudden GO cravings are hard to resist….Court Jester, that’s exactly what we were missing :-)

(Oh, may I reserve my Fest tickets now Sarsonator?)

MzPriss

liking not like

MzPriss

You know – Steepster needs a chat

Sarsonator

I am going to have to veto the idea of a Steepster Chat. If there was a Steepster Chat, I would never get anything done!!!! :p

MzPriss

I haven’t ever done one, but a friend of mine does some gaming chat and she loves it. But yeah, time sucker I bet

Frolic

Well the tea buying may start on black friday but that doesn’t mean it’ll stop then…

boychik

It’s chat already ;)

TheTeaFairy

Lol, boychik,I was just going to say that ;-)

Terri HarpLady

I was also gonna say what boychik said. It’s kind of like a slow moving chat.

MzPriss

So we’re doing it? Cool.

Lariel of Lórien

I think people who go out shopping on Black Friday should get their heads examined. Pro Cyber Monday though.

Terri HarpLady

I don’t go anywhere near any stores on Black Friday, but I definitely participate in the cyber monday tea sales!

Nattie

This is going to sound super ignorant, but… What is Black Friday??

MzPriss

@Nattie – Black Friday is an unfortunate USA custom where all the retailers have these giant sales (allegedly) the day after Thanksgiving. It has gotten earlier and earlier to where now it starts on Thanksgiving. People trample each other and have fights over cheap TVs. It is an ugly custom in the stores. Cyber Monday, while sort-of the same thing – is online and much more civilized and NOT on a holiday you should be spending with your people instead of being in line for 12 hours to fight over stuff you can usually get just as good a deal on later.

Nattie

Ahh okay, thanks! We have a similar thing over here with the Boxing Day sales, but at least it doesn’t start until after Christmas! Cyber Monday sounds much better (:

Sarsonator

MzPriss, you slay me: “Black Friday is an unfortunate USA custom”

Could not agree more!

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I’m liking Temple Stairs more and more…I find myself longing for it. Could it be addictive?

It fills me with positive energy in the morning. What a great warming feeling it provides.

I think it’s my most “elegant” shou pu’erh, not as bold and strong as some others, but still imposing its presence in a sophisticated way.

I love how the steeps evolve, and contrary to Special Dark, I prefer drinking this one Gongfu style. (Special Dark is my Big Mug guy!)

It’s got a light brothy mushroom flavour or “dampness” if the word mushroom in tea scares some of you.

There’s faint bittersweetness about it, hard to describe. Cooked turnips come to mind.

I love how creamy this is. I also detect notes of cocoa, but they aren’t prominent in this tea.

(Now, something I read put the thought of fresh cherries in my head early on this morning.
I think I have enough Temple Stairs energy stocked in me now to jog to the market and get me some!)

Have a great Wednesday dear Steepster friends!

Stephanie

You are right, Special Dark is great for “big mug” type steeping. I haven’t tried Temple Stairs yet but I hope to sometime soon! Also I too think puerh can be addictive :)

whatshesaid

Mushrooms….you’re making me nervous about my Temple Stairs purchase, haha

Garret

Yay! I had Temple Stairs this morning! I am really excited about this tea. The 100 gram cakes will begin arriving in a few weeks and while I don’t want to wish time away, these cakes will be cha-mazing in 2 to 3 years. I hope I had enough of them pressed (500 cakes, 10,000 mini-tuochas) cause I’m gonna hog a few of them for myself :) Happy wednesday to each of you.

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, don’t we looove our big mug of special dark!!

Whatshesaid, I was actually thinking about you, lol!! It’s nothing offensive really, no worries :-)

Garret, i just love ALL your pu’erh!! Cha-mazing sounds just perfect :-)
I am having Imperial Dark for the first time and now I just don’t know which is my favourite anymore, so good!!

Sarsonator

Your reviews are so seriously adorable. You make me want to do nothing but drink tea all day long.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, Sarsonator, that’s because I haven’t been working for the first time in my life. I usually work 50 to 60 hours a week, so I actually DO take advantage and drink tea all day :-) life will take its course eventually, work madness will pick up where I left it and you won’t be seeing these notes quite as often, that’s for sure!

Sarsonator

Then I will enjoy them while I can. :)

looseTman

“Your reviews are so seriously adorable.” +1

TheTeaFairy

You guys are very good for my self esteem :-) :-) :-)

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89

This is mighty good.

I’m inaugurating a new bright yellow and blue Gaiwan, I love it!

I don’t drink Dancong as much as I should. I like them only Gongfu style. They are so full of nuances and surprises, I find it all gets lost in a large cup.

This one is super fruity. Roasted bittersweet citrus notes are the stars here, at least during the first 3 steeps.

Have you ever grilled Ruby Red grapefruits on the BBQ? You caramelize them slowly and brush them with honey. They get sweeter, but they remain bitter at the same time. This is what is tastes like.

The taste lingers and lingers…

Then it gets more roasty and woodsy, I get incense and sandalwood notes, that’s even more present in the scent than in the taste itself. It also becomes spicier and richer, but the finish is a nice floral. Told you it was full of surprises!

It also gets sweeter, my lips tastes like honey after each sips…(it’s not my lip gloss, not wearing any!)

I made up my mind, this is the dark oolong I’m choosing to season one of my yixing pots this week end…

It is totally worthy!

boychik

Nice! Have fun with seasoning!

Marzipan

This sounds lovely.

Stephanie

Mmmmm Dancong my fave

Cheri

This sounds good…as does the grapefruit on the grill. Just honey? Direct or indirect heat?

TheTeaFairy

Thanks boychik, I’m sure it’ll be fun :-)

The tea is really good, and it steeps forever!!

TheTeaFairy

Cheri, I cut them in half, and brush them with just a little coconut oil, then I put them face down on the grill, indirect heat. When they are well caramelized, I glaze them with honey face up otherwise it would stick all over your grill. It’s a quick dessert when you have people over during summer and it makes you look really smart even though it’s so easy! I serve them now with Terri’s coconut whipped cream instead of vanilla ice cream. yum, I think I’m gonna make some now, lol!

Cheri

TTF, that sounds amazing and pretty easy. Thanks!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, and the same with pineapples, also delish!!

Sarsonator

I need some pics of this new gaiwan :)

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful description, & so spot on! I need to have a session with this tea, it’s been awhile.

I almost made coconut whip cream today. I picked blackberries, & really wanted to use my almond flour pancake recipe to make little shortcakes, with the berries & whipped cream, but I didn’t really have time to do all that, so I ended up just eating them instead.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks Terri..and that cream is so NOM!!! My CocoTerriWhip :-)

Haha! Here it is just for you Sarsonator…

https://www.flickr.com/photos/laafeevertee/14322089098/in/photostream

Sarsonator

Lovely!!!! It’s so pretty!

Stephanie

I would like to add that I discovered grilled watermelon this year and it is fabulous as well. Especially if you use it in a caprese salad with mozzarella basil and a little balsamic omg!!

mrmopar

Grilled peaches sprinkled with brown sugar and apples the same way are nice too.

MzPriss

And figs! Grilled figs – also with the coconut whip or with vanilla ice cream.

New gaiwan??? Oh! Pretty! It’s other Mandala one besides the pink one right? I oogled it too :)

I have some of this tea too. Maybe tomorrow morning. I had kind if forgotten about it.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, i love how these threads turn into food fest! Great suggestions everyone :-)

mzPriss, I came so close to buy the pink one!

Terri HarpLady

Beautiful Gaiwan!
Grilled watermelon…never even considered that! I have several sugar babies in my garden, so I might have to give it a try, although I can’t have the mozzarella, but I have some kickass balsamic!

yyz

Stephanie, that sounds amazing.

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Darjeelings are not always my favorite. I’m extraordinarily picky about them. For the last two years, my absolute favorite has been from Giddapahar. While, this estate seems to be a tad greener with their processing, the flavor is just outstanding. The tea is very complex and has wonderful sweet almond notes with peach and blackberry notes. There is just so much going on and quite a variety of flavors, including wood, lemon, hay, earth, and jasmine notes. When I heard that Giddapahar was making a special limited handrolled 2nd flush, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity, especially because they only made 11 kilos worth of this tea. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I was so excited when it arrived, I tore open the package. Wow, the scent was so amazing! The taste profile is very similar to the first flush, except that there is a muscatel flavor and the green-ness is much more toned down. It’s also a much fuller body and the astringency is gone. I’m really enjoying this tea quite a bit. It has a wonderful juicy flavor. Almond, peach, jasmine, and hay notes are the most prominent. There is something else present but I can’t put my finger on it right now. Will definitely have to experiment more on this one. Since this is so limited, when it’s gone it’s gone.

In other news, I’m working on 2 new teas today, a caramel apple Gui Fei and a mimosa puerh (this may or may not be a chai). Normally, I come up with flavors then find a tea for them and modify them from there but these guys I’m working with teas that I really want to flavor and trying to develop flavors for them specifically. I have done this with our Champagne & Rose Cream but it’s not typically how I work.

Stephanie

Oh yum. You sure make this one sound tempting! I am super intrigued by your caramel apple and mimosa ideas, too :)

Cameron B.

Caramel apple anything would be fantastic. ;)

Cheri

You make this second flush sound good. A little greener is more to my liking.

And since Champagne & Rose is one of my favorites that you do, I’d really like to see what you come up with on these other two. :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-This new Giddapahar is soooo delicious! I’m trying to figure out how much to save for myself.

I hope they come out good. I love working with the flavors in the tea and trying to bring them out a little more. crosses fingers

Butiki Teas

Cameron B-Indeed!

Cheri-It’s so yummy! I just flew through my first cup.

I’m excited to be working with these two teas. The Gui Fei is so unique and it was just calling to be paired with apple. The loose puerh was really begging for some citrus. So glad you like the Champagne & Rose Cream! That is probably the flavored tea I drink the most right now.

Excelsior

It seems as though Specialty Darjeelings are on the rise. Ambootia and Moondakotee are making fairly expensive Haute Couture Darjeelings for Mariage Freres. I’ve been meaning to try your teas and maybe I’ll get around to it in the near future.

Butiki Teas

Excelsior-they really are, especially in the last two years. It seems they are feeling the pressure to make teas that can compete with other countries luxury teas.

Kaylee

Caramel apple and mimosa chai both sound awesome. I’m going to have to revisit the gui fei oolong now so I can decide whether to get the caramel apple…

Butiki Teas

The caramel apple Gui Fei came out amazing! Needs some tweaking but I love it!

Cheri

How much of this tea did you decide to sell? Do I need to place an order immediately, or can I wait until next week, do you think?

Butiki Teas

Cheri-You should have no problem waiting. Since it is a more expensive tea and a Darjeeling (Darjeelings don’t sell fast for us), it should be available for a few months.

Cheri

Thanks! I’m trying to force myself to reorganize my tea pantry before I order more teas. It’s a mess and I don’t even know what all is in there anymore.

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I love everything evergreen in my tea, and this one fully delivers. I’d previously pegged down White Wolf, from Bellocq, as my quintessential, super-expensive, cedar-vanilla tea but this one is really good too.

Port has a nice balance of flavours: cedar, smooth vanilla bean, and accents of salt and of something “nippy” that is distinctly eucalyptus. It’s a nice level of eucalyptus, and not at all like the time that I put a little too much eucalyptus oil on my hot hand towel and inhaled deeply- when hot, that stuff burns with righteous intensity. I probably won a Darwinian award somewhere in that story.

This is a “darker” tea than my other cedar-vanilla option, which has a white tea base. However, it also isn’t as cold, and so set in the dead of winter, as my other one. I can drink this at the lake camp in the midst of a broiling summer too, or on a foggy autumnal day.

I haven’t had a lot of exposure to saffron and I’m going to have to carefully budget it out, but I love this tea and I want it to be a part of my life! Also, the dry blend reminds me ever so slightly of marzipan. It also resteeps well, although the cedar is more pronounced in the second steep.

Flavors: Cedar, Eucalyptus, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

It is expensive, but it is so worth it, I love Port. Have you tried cold steeping the used leaves? I put them in a mason jar for 24 hours and I get so much vanilla goodness!

CrowKettle

I haven’t yet, but I’m planning too; my other cedar-vanilla tea cold steeped really well too. Do you think I’d get any flavour out of leaves I’ve already steeped three times?

TheTeaFairy

Yes!!! I did mine after 3 steeps!! i figured I pay big bucks for this baby, might as well get the best out of it…minimum 24h or more…it tastes like vanilla water, subtle but very yummy.

Cavocorax

Guess this is going onto my shopping list! :P

CrowKettle

Ok, I’m looking forward to revisiting that jar in a 24h time period. Fingers crossed!

I can send you a sample, Cavo! It’s so expensive, I’d rather you tried it that way, especially if you’re not a crazy cedar fan like I am. :)

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
950 tasting notes

I tossed the last of the Caramel Corn into my wine bottle to cold steep (will it be better cold?) and moved onto this.
I really think this should be cold steeped, but am drinking it hot tonight just to try it.
HHHhhhhmmmmm when I think cherry snowcone I think overly sweet, completely artificial, dyed red flavored ice. This isn’t it. This is barely cherry – and while it is BRIGHT FAKE RED, the flavor just doesn’t come through. Weak cherry, a little tart (but not over the top hibiscus), and not much else. This isn’t even that good of a cherry tisane, much less snowcone. Oh well, again – I only got a little and maybe tomorrow will toss the rest in to cold steep – this one should be better cold.

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This tea is a super generous sample from Terri HarpLady – thank you .
OMG. This tea is something I experienced only in some sheng. Besides being sweet and fruity ( I pick plums mostly), some nuts, it’s rich with eucalyptus notes. What it did to me is I have cooling sensation in my stomach. This is nice feeling on a hot day. I feel very peaceful that even my kids don’t bug me. Prepared gongfu 4g 100 ml 205F
Rinse/10/15/15/20/20sec etc
Wonderful tea, I think I want to buy it right now.
Thank you so much Terri for giving me a chance to try it.

Preparation
0 min, 15 sec 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
TheTeaFairy

Oh yum!!!

boychik

Do you have a sample? Cause I just ordered ….

mrmopar

Glad you posted this. Got some with the last order forgot to add it in. It’s a good one.

MzPriss

I have avoided YS because I’m scared of yet another addiction – between Mandala and Whispering Pines. But I keep seeing y’all mention all these yummy things. I’ve been to the site and it’s overwhelming. At some point, I’m going to post a “school me on YS” thread so I can get some guidance about what I NEED from them. This sounds lovely.

mrmopar

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boychik

I still keep sipping, it’s so giving. And totally like that menthol sensation

MzPriss

mrmopar – you’re a Temptor (which is like a Dementor – but nice)

boychik

MzPriss, I can send you samples but only in Sept. I’m away for the summer. If you can wait… I bought today this tea and super cute Yixing( not expensive and only 120 ml)

TheTeaFairy

Nope, i don’t have that one. I still have a gazillion others from lovely terri though!!

MzPriss

Awww that is sweet boychik. Let’s talk in Sept. I hope you’re away for fun!

boychik

Lots of fun with 3 kids.

Terri HarpLady

If you don’t want to wait until Sept, I can drop some samples in the mail to you :)

MzPriss

@Terri Woo! I would like that. We need to do our swap as I have some Golden Monkey with your name on it :)

Terri HarpLady

I know, I didn’t mean to put you off on it. Just got super busy with that porch. :)

MzPriss

Oh no! You didn’t! I’ve been intensely busy myself. Friends were here from Dallas all weekend and I’ve had this de-clutterong/re-homing a bunch of my possessions weekend and then right back to work. I’m also trying to re-configure my meditation space. We will totally get around to it and it doesn’t have to be this minute. Besides, that porch needs to be all spiffy when TeaF and I move in visit :)

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I’m jumping on the MzPriss and TheTeaFairy bandwagon this morning with this tea. This is one of my free samples from TeaVivre that I hadn’t tried yet and I figured now’s as good a time as any! This is my first time trying a Fujian black tea. The leaves look very different than the other blacks I’ve been having lately – they’re very thin and extremely dark with a few scattered golden tips. The smell is quite unusual, it’s quite musty and earthy with dark bread and malt notes. I decided to be brave and steep it for 3 minutes! :P

Wow, the brewed aroma is very different from the dry! It smells like a completely different tea. Very sweet honey or caramel over baked bread with raisins, mmm… This would definitely be a breakfast tea for me, as the overall taste is quite bold and strong. It has a grain-like malty quality about it without quite tasting like bread. I seem to get a little tiny bit of smokey savoriness at the beginning of the sip. I was surprised to not taste the caramel or honey sweetness that a lot of others mentioned… Then I added a touch of sugar to the second half of my cup and a lovely dark honey or molasses flavor came out. I wouldn’t necessarily call it caramel because I don’t get any butter. This tea leaves an aftertaste on my tongue that reminds me of strong coffee!

Overall, quite good and a nice bold tea to take for breakfast. Would definitely stand up to some milk, although that’s not something I generally add to tea. Thanks again to Angel at TeaVivre!

Flavors: Coffee, Grain, Honey, Malt, Molasses

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

Cameron – you will fall in love with Fujians

Cameron B.

I included the Fujian Black Tea in my Whispering Pines order, so I’m excited to try that one, too. :)

MzPriss

That is a good one :)

Cameron B.

Oh please, everything from Whispering Pines is a good one! :P

But yes, I am very impatient to get that order… I chose several straight blacks than I’m anxious to try!

boychik

Gongfu !

Nicole

Has anyone sent you any Bai Lin Kung Fu from Shang? Like all their teas, it’s made from fermented white. I really like Teavivre’s but I may prefer Shang, I can’t decide.

Cameron B.

Nicole, I think the only Shang tea I’ve tried is the Golden Needle King, and I just tried it today. :P But I really don’t need any more samples right now! I blame you! Lol.

Nicole

LOL… I’d highly recommend getting Shang’s sampler when you decide you need some more to try. :)

MzPriss

@Nicole teaTiff sent me some Shangs and I’ve loved what I’ve tried. There is a Shang order in my future

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Sooo…I could reach for the cognac bottle early in the day, but I don’t do hard liquor much. If you guys want to know why, just read passed the line.

I really need something powerful. Wicked good. Must also smell heavenly. Please.

Golden Orchid, sorry to pick you at such an irreverent moment, but I need you.

This tea…please, really? I dare anyone not to like this. For real, if you don’t like this tea, I’ll take it personal.

Don’t be fooled by the fact that this has vanilla. This is not just vanilla. Nope.

This is high end vanilla and fudge ice cream mixed together. It’s creamy velvety and gooey fudgy.

This is vanilla/chocolate perfected to the 10th power with soft notes of cherries and honey.

Can I be more clear? I don’t think so.

Have this and be happy. Life will be good again.
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So this was my 5:00am ordeal:

Doggy needs walking, it’s early morning.

Leash unnecessary, obedient doggy.

Beautiful day, forest is calm.

On our way back, dog takes the lead.

See from afar, black and white critter.

Is it a cat? No time to think.

Dog is now running, I stand there frozen.

Eww, I can smell it, this was no kitty.

Sprayed by a skunk, doggy now crying.

The end.

That’s what people. This was his second time. You’d think they’d learn, but noooo, doesn’t work like that apparently.

Good thing I now keep a few litres of peroxide around. After spending nearly one hour washing him, the smell is now all over ME!

Beautiful fragrance, really. I call it “Skunky Fairy Funk”, a mysterious and pungent musty-earthy-woodsy scent that lingers and lasts for-everrrr…we guarantee it.

mj

Oh noooooooo! 5:00am is way too early for most things, but especially for getting skunked :-(

MzPriss

OMG – poor Dexter! Poor Fairy! Maybe Dexter needs glasses so he can SEE what’s chasing. That is not the way to start the morning. You might night to drink the GO ALL DAY LONG! And I’m with you – I defy anyone not to adore the GO – the vanilla fudge bomb.

MzPriss

@TeaF just keep your snoot in the GO tin til the bad smell goes away – then you will be high on vanilla fudge smell and it will be all better…

Roughage

Ew, skunk smell! You definitely need something good and comforting.

boychik

So sorry . Big hug

TheTeaFairy

Thanks you guys, feeling much better already…scrubbed myself to death with my best shower gel and drowned myself in lotion. Hope I smell better now :-)

MzPriss

I’m having my GO right now. Damn this is good!

TheTeaFairy

Isn’t it? And that new vanilla makes it even more decadent if that’s possible. I couldn’t do a side by side cause I was out when the new version arrived, but do you see the difference or is it in my head?

MzPriss

NO I totally can tell a difference. This cup is among the last little bit of my “old” vanilla and I still love it a LOT, but I love the new one a little bit more. I just called the vet – we got an early appointment – in a HOUR from now, so that’s good as it won’t take a chunk out of the day later.

TheTeaFairy

Yay! Seems like both our dogs need lots of attention today….just wish they could have found a better way!!

MzPriss

Yeah. Sigh. At least she LIKES going to the vet. My older dog hated it and I mean HATED. He shook and shivered from the minute we got in the car of he thought we were going that way. Bess his little soul. These girls LOVE the vet. I need to finish up this cup of GO and then get them ready to go.

Ubacat

Oh no! That happened to me with my cat. Couldn’t wash him outside. Washed him in the bathroom and it took a week and 20+ cleans of the bathroom. He ended up with 4 or 5 baths and he’s a persian that hates baths and grooming. My nerves were frazzled that week. My heart goes out to you. Nobody else except those who’ve gone through this know what it’s really like.

TheTeaFairy

Oh, so sorry you had to go through that with your cat Ubacat. You are right, it’s such an awful experience. Thank god for the peroxide/baking soda solution though, it really helps. At least, I was able to wash him outside, but yes, it will take some days and a few more baths before it’s completely gone!

looseTman

Oh NO Mr. Bill! Skunky Dexter & “Skunky Fairy Funk”!
Perhaps these links may offer some additional ideas:
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=skunk+smell+removal+peroxide
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=skunk+smell+removal

TeaTiff

Oh my! That does not sound like fun. I hope you two start to have a better day!

Cheri

At least the tea was amazing. Hopefully the skunk smell dissipates quickly.

TheTeaFairy

Lol, looseTman :-) and thanks for the links, will check them out.

Thanks TeaTiff and Cheri, we feel better already :-)

bizbee1

I fad animal problems today yet I have no cat and no dog and an SO who is very Very allergic. SO this am I was rushing out (for an extra workout long swim before starting the week) I opened the door an a cat ran in the house. Its a beautiful looking orange cat with cheetah like spots that kept jumping on things a yowling at me. Eventually I got it out of the house with a tuna bribe (which means it will come back no doubt) then had to vacuum everything before rushing off! Not as bad as your black and white kitty but I share some of your pain!

whatshesaid

Oh noooo!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, my poor Tea Fairy! At least your sense of humor is intact, & there is tea!

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
726 tasting notes

First off, this tea smells amazing! It totally smells like one of those strawberry wafers.
As for the flavor it’s rich and full. Now this one is cake-y! I taste a lot of strawberry and mild hints of espresso and chocolate. It’s not too overpowering. Just the perfect amount of every flavor.
Overall it really reminds me of those strawberry wafers that I used to eat all the time growing up. So this tea is definitely a win! :D

Flavors: Cake, Chocolate, Espresso, Strawberry

Cameron B.

I actually wasn’t interested in this one initially, but it seems the espresso flavor is quite mild. I may have to try it when I finally do a Butiki order. :)

Ost

You definitely should! :D

kimquat

Ugh, I want this so bad!

Ost

It’s amazing, you gotta try at some point!!

Lariel of Lórien

I read strawberry wafers as ‘waffles’, so now I’m a little hungry. The tea does awesome though… it’ll be part of a future Butiki order for sure.

Ost

xD wow haha I’ve never had a strawberry waffle. Maybe it tastes like this tea? XD

Lariel of Lórien

Probably not, they were Eggo waffles. And they didn’t really taste like chocolate or espresso.

Ost

Nevermind then xD

Lariel of Lórien

Maybe try the tea with waffles? For research? ;)

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One of my requested free samples from Angel at Teavivre. I was very surprised when I saw this tea. Usually when a tea is called golden tips it means there are golden tips included. This one looks like it’s almost all golden tips! It smells malty and there is a strong apricot scent along with some honey.

First time, I did a 4 minute steep at about 190 degrees. The aroma is very malty with honey and a light stonefruit note along with some raisin. It tastes like yummy toasty bread with some honey over the top. Maybe a tiny bit of peach or apricot jam. Very tasty!

I saw that a lot of people had mentioned sweet potato so I tried a 3 minute steep. The flavor is definitely lighter, but it’s still primarily malt. I can see how it might be a little sweet potatoey. The honey is still there but I don’t really taste fruit anymore. Overall, I think I preferred the longer steep, especially with a touch of sugar. And it doesn’t seem to be astringent in the least.

Thanks again TeaVivre!

Edit: I forgot to mention that I also received a sample of this from TeaTiff! Thanks lady! :)

Flavors: Baked Bread, Honey, Malt, Raisins, Stonefruits

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Marzipan

Teavivre does free samples?

KiwiDelight

I just requested samples to review as well: http://www.teavivre.com/contacts/free_tea_tasting/

Cameron B.

Marzipan, yes they allow you to pick five teas to try, and the only stipulation is that you post reviews for them. They send super generous samples too! I was shocked!

KiwiDelight

I didn’t expect 3 packets of each :O

Cameron B.

No kidding! And some of the black teas I ordered were fluffy, so it ended up looking like a giant amount when I emptied it into a tin!

Marzipan

Oh but you have to have a blog =\

KiwiDelight

lol fluffy tea! Did you get black teas mostly?

I’ve only opened the larger packet. I can’t drink any of them for the next day or so because my nose is stuffed xP Aroma is one of the best parts and I hate missing it.

KiwiDelight

Marzipan, Steepster counts!! :D

Marzipan

Thanks, here goes!

KiwiDelight

Yay! Which are you requesting?

Cameron B.

I actually got all black teas. :) I opened them all and transferred them into tins since the packages aren’t resealable.

Marzipan I hope you enjoy them! :)

Mandy

Funnily enough I saw someone mention that Teavivre does samples but didn’t link that link so I just contacted them separately asking to receive samples in exchange for reviews, and they responded back with 5 teas they said they could send me. I didn’t even think of picking out the specific ones I wanted. They should be here soon and hopefully they’re all good anyway (:

Cameron B.

Mandy, I don’t think I’ve seen a negative review for any of their teas, so I’m sure they’ll all be good quality. I just hope they’re all types of teas that you enjoy. :)

Mandy

Cameron B That’s what I meant, good tasting to me, haha. They’re sending me an assortment of greens and oolongs since I mentioned in my email that that’s what I prefer. Wish I would have requested some black now though, since in the last couple of weeks I’ve been starting to fall for them too.
This is what they’re sending me:
Premium Tai Ping Hou Kui Green Tea
Lu Shan Yun Wu Green Tea
Huang Shan Mao Feng Green Tea
Anxi Monkey King (Ma Liu Mie) Tie Guan Yin Oolong Tea
Taiwan Oriental Beauty (Bai Hao) Oolong Tea

Marzipan

I offered to let them pick which they want reviewed.

Cameron B.

Marzipan, that’s so nice of you! I was like GIMME THESE ONES NAOOOOO! :P

Marzipan

Well I said non smoky blacks or very oxidized oolongs, so it wasn’t wide open.

Mandy

I’m sure they’ll do a great job picking out. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t pick mine because I would have gotten over whelmed by all the choices, and the ones they picked all sound like something I’d like! (;

boychik

If you have enough left pls do gongfu. You don’t need gaiwan. 1 tbsp 4 oz rinse 5/5/10/15sec etc. you will notice more flavors including sweet potatoes ;)

Cameron B.

boychik I have a ton! Ha ha. I was planning on trying some pseudo-gong fu this week with a couple milk oolongs and I’ll be sure to try some of these blacks as well, especially this one and the Fengqing pearls. I’ll jot down your parameters. How long of a rinse would you recommend?

KiwiDelight

The gongfu process is magical.

boychik

Rinse just few secs to awaken leaves. 2-5 sec

Cameron B.

Oh boychik, always so helpful. :) I’ll make sure to try gong fu this week.

Nicole

I have only gotten sweet potato a couple of times from Yunnans/Dian Hongs. Everyone else seems to get it a lot more than I do. I usually get a lot of malt in the ones I like and not as much malt but added smoke in the ones I don’t care for as much. :) Everyone’s taste buds are different!

Marzipan

Hah Kiwi, I got my first tea drunk experience today from gongfu!

Cameron B.

Nicole I’ve only gotten smoke from one Yunnan so far, and it was extremely mild smoke. Enjoyable smoke! :)

KiwiDelight

Marzipan It’s such a euphoric experience, no? :D

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I’ve been looking forward to making cornmeal pancakes with fruit (started out thinking about ripe Texas peaches) and cottage cheese all week. One of my favorite breakfasts. I decided to use a different cornmeal pancake recipe this morning. And who better to go to for a good recipe than Mark Bittman? Apparently, in the case of cornmeal pancakes – almost anyone. I have no pancakes. I have a bowl of fried-ish polenta-ish cripsy globs with some AMAZING cherry compote I made from frozen organic cherries, some lemon zest, freshly ground cardamom and little maple syrup. I knew better than to attempt pancakes with no leavening. I started in my extremely well seasoned cast iron skillet that is basically non-stick because it’s been cooked in for well over 50 years as it belonged to my grandmother. I used a little oil to ensure success. My poor skillet has crunchy chunks of polenta-ish stuff clinging to it like I would be to George Clooney’s leg if he showed up. I decided to try in the non-stick skillet which I almost never use. I have chunks of crunchy polenta-ish stuff which was scooped into a bowl along with the yummy cherry stuff and some cottage cheese.

In need of comfort and reassurance and inspired by TheTeaFairy, I turned to this tea. Chocolaty, chocolaty goodness. It goes really well with my cherries (also inspired by TTF this morning), and I am getting less hostile toward Mark Bittman by the minute. A big chocolate bomb that is smooth and delicious with zero bitterness or astringency even when steeped around 5 minutes is something that makes my semi-broken heart happier.

Flavors: Chocolate

mj

I’m sorry for your epic pancake fail but this made me laugh so hard!

Cameron B.

Pancakes with no leavening…? How bizarre. Imagining the clinging to George Clooney’s leg… Priceless. :)

MzPriss

The recipe ingredients:

1 1/2 cups fine or medium cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk, or more as needed
2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil, plus more for frying
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup pine nuts
Honey, for serving

The recipe: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/19/dining/19minirex2.html

Sil

oh god, i’m so hungry…. this sounds soo good.

MzPriss

@Sil – it does until you try to MAKE it. I still kind of have a heart ful of hate for ol Mark Bittman at the moment. I wanted pancakes

Sil

LOL we love bittman – have 3 cookbooks in our kitchen haha

MzPriss

I do too! Who would have thought he would try to pass off fried polenta as pancakes????

mrmopar

I got one of those skillets, over 100 now belonged to my great grandmother. And I miss her so and how she taught me to cook.

TheTeaFairy

How did I ever miss this note this moning? Omg my spleen hurts that how much I laughed!
(Being attached to George Clooney’s leg brings all kind of images…)

And really, homemade cherry compote? Let me book a flight to Texas…

And count me in! I also have my grandma’s cast iron skillet…with a wooden handle. Almost as heavy as I am, but everything tastes better in it!!

Mrmopar, this is so priceless that your grandmother taught you how to cook…how precious that skillet must be.

MzPriss

@mrmopar – I learned to cook from my grandmother and great grandmother as well and I miss them both. My cast iron skillets are priceless to me

@TTF – LOL I’m feeling better about the whole thing now (except for the having to clean my skillet part) but I was grumpy this morning. The cherry compote was easy-peasy, just simmered the cherries and lemon zest and cardamom and some maple down until it thickened up some. I have some left for later.

Terri HarpLady

Poor girl! I hate when something like that happens.
I’m thinking this recipe needs to have eggs in it, or egg replacer. Or ground flax seeds would probably work. Something that would bind things together.
I have one of mark’s books, in my crazy who’s who collection of vegan & vegetarian cookbooks from my 30+ some odd years of non-meat eating. Lately I’ve been feeling really nostalgic about all those tasty grain & bean based dishes, I really miss that stuff.
Side note…I use to love polenta, especially Fried polenta!
Maybe you were suppose to refrigerate the recipe in a loaf pan & slice it before cooking it? :)
At least the cherry compote was good, & thank god for tea!

MzPriss

Well if I had thought it through, I would have realized how it would turn out. I did briefly think about no leavening or egg – but Mark Bittman! They really are polenta cakes and not pancakes – but he calls them pancakes and they look like them in the recipe photo. I’m mostly over it now because I had great tea and I hsve some of the cherry stuff left over

Terri HarpLady

You could spread it on toast (another food I REALLY miss).
Or layer it in a fancy wine glass with coconut whipped cream & other yummy stuff…

MzPriss

It JUST so happens I have some coconut whip and that had occurred to me :)

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Chocola-TEA covered cherry recipe:

1 strong cup of Fujian Black
1 cup of fresh and crunchy cherries

Take a sip, bite into a cherry. Mmmmmm.

Oh yeah! This is making my morning.

MzPriss

I want cherries

TheTeaFairy

Lol, wish I could share them with you…I have to admit these are so good, I just don’t care where they came from!!

MzPriss

We have them in the stores now. I always get some every summer – but I dream of what they would be like if they didn’t travel so far.

TheTeaFairy

Well I must say the ones I’m having now are pretty darn close of “bing” prefect!!

MzPriss

Did you see the snail pictures mj found to go with the Bi Luo Chun? They are amazing and adoreable!

Sarsonator

This sounds amazing. I want a black cherry tea! But one without artificial flavors. Does that exist?

Christina / BooksandTea

Tealux does have a black tea with whole cherries and fig pieces in it, but the ingredients list also includes “flavouring” – http://steepster.com/teas/tealux/33776-cherry-fantasy

TheTeaFairy

MzPriss, those snails, OMG!! Did you see the cherry kiss?

Sarsonator, I gave up on finding a good flavoured cherry tea…I really don’t think it exists… I think my version of it this morning is much better :-)

MzPriss

YES @ the cherry kiss! Those pics make me want to have pet snails :D

TheTeaFairy

Lol, pet snails ;-)

Christina, thank you…unfortunately, I have tried that tea and did not like it. Cherry flavoured teas always end up tasting weird for my own personal taste.

Sarsonator

I’ll give it a try Christina!

Maybe I can use dried cherries and make my own cherry tea. I like your method, TTF, but I can’t always get fresh cherries here. So I’d like to find something for the winter months, too.

mj

I’m glad you liked the snails MzPriss! I’m a little obsessed with those snail pics. They’re just so stinking cute

mj

Also, I have a samples of this and now I’m going to have to bust it out this morning! Sans cherries though, although I don’t really mind. Cherries are ok, but aren’t a favorite of mine

MzPriss

I’m having this tea next and looking at the snails some more. But :O cherries aren’t a favorite???

mj

I’ll make some now and we can be tea twins :-). MzPriss, moment of inspiration brought on by madametj’s recent turtle tea pet acquisition: you could get a snail tea pet?
Yeah, I mean I like cherries but berries are more my thing. Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries….mmmm. The best I ever had were in Germany, of all places, last summer

Cameron B.

Firm, crunchy cherries are the best kind!

mj

Also, fair warning: If you look up the photographer that took those snail pics, he has some other very cute insect pics on his site, but also some total boob pics which I discovered AT WORK. Total panic! I haven’t been fired yet though. Such a weird combination of subjects

Dexter

I pretty much love all things cherry, and I’ve found a few that are pretty good (obviously have different tastes than TTF) – this is my favorite cherry tisane, but it’s showing out of stock. :((
http://www.nmteaco.com/Pondi-Cherry_p_404.html

MzPriss

LOL @ boob pics with the adorable snails

Skulleigh

Oh man, I wish I had some cherries now! And those snails are the cutest thing! It’s like he has permission to go to fairyland and take photos!

MzPriss

That is exactly right – they look like snails in fairyland!

TheTeaFairy

Skulleigh, that’s EXACTLY what fairyland looks like!!!

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drank Pu-Erh Blue Lemon by T2
7131 tasting notes

Another one from MissB this is apparently all the joy and fun i get today since once again i am stuck at home with work while my other half gets to go out with friends. I’m so upset i could just sit and cry. I spent all of today working so that i could go out this afternoon and tomorrow and now, thanks to work, i’m now here while our friends have picked up my other half and left. Even if i get away from this testing with technology, it’ll take me 90 mins just to join them so there’s hardly a point at this rate.

This tea is quite nice, though i’m not sure where the blueberry taste it. There’s a lovely lemon taste here, but if i hadn’t read memily’s review i wouldn’t have even known there was supposed to be blueberry here. This is just coming across as a REALLY earthy puerh with lemon flavouring in the background. I really wish the lemon were stronger here, and i can see this being really offputting for anyone who doesn’t like puerh. Thanksfully, though i enjoy puerh and i’m still enjoying this cup, though i wish it was more lemoney…and uh i guess blueberry too since i can’t taste any of that lol

MissB

You got more out of it than I did! :)

Nicole

Aw. That’s awful about work. I hope it gets better.

Bear With Me

Ditch work and teleport over here for cuddles, silly movies, and tea. If I had company I might even find motivation to make cookies or something.

Sil

MissB – hope you’re feeling better :(

So not even worth the overtime guys…. this is the suck.

Sami Kelsh

Aww man. So sorry about work being a butt. kicks work

Marzipan

Sil what do you do?

Sil

marzipan… “whatever they make me” :) lol uh easiest way to describe it is that i’m part of the group that looks after our business banking platform @ a bank.

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
517 tasting notes

I so love this tea. It’s just comforting and delicious. Creamy and nutty.

I have a touch of a headache this morning. I guess since I spent several hours drinking last night, and all I have is a touch of a headache, it’s not too bad.

It’s our anniversary today. 12 years. It seems like just yesterday we were married, and yet, it feels like we’ve always been together. We’re trying to figure out what to do to celebrate.

mj

Congrats!!

Butiki Teas

I hope you have a wonderful anniversary! :)

yyz

Congrats! Wishing you many more great years together in the future.

boychik

Congrats!!!

Cheri

Thanks!

christeana1

Happy anniversary!

Ost

Happy Anniversary! :D

Arshness

Are you serious?? July 3rd is my anniversary. We’ve been together for 14 years this year. ^^

Mandy

Happy Anniversary Cheri
And Happy Belated Anniversary Arshness

Arshness

Thanks Mandy. :)

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This was generously included as a surprise sample in my Whispering Pines order. Thank you!

I can see why this tea gets a lot of love. Not only does this have that delightful cocoa note that I adore, but the texture is also thick with a milk-like quality.

Although I drank the first steep too quickly to discern any other qualities past “creamy”, I’ve had more time with this second steep. The cocoa and milk are still present, but there is also a distinctive fruity note, like sweet, tangy plums.

It’s a delicious cup, and I think I’ll appreciate its profile even more in the fall or winter. As it was, it turned out to be an awesome rainy evening tea.

Flavors: Cocoa, Cream, Malt, Plums, Stonefruits

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Sounds like pure yummy awesomeness…thank goodness I have some on the way. I was always forgetting to order that one!

CrowKettle

I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did! I think it may have made my evening.. receiving the parcel and finding this sample definitely made my morning. :)

TheTeaFairy

Aww, so happy it made your evening CrowKettle :-) and yes, receiving a tea parcel is a great way to start your day :-)

Nightshifter

I don’t remember hearing about this tea company even a couple of years ago, but some of their stuff sounds really good. Will have to try! :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

@Nightshifter, I started the business in 2012 :)

Glad you like this one, CrowKettle! :D

TTF, I think you’ll enjoy this one, too :)

Nightshifter

Ah that explains it. Sounds like you are off to a great start though! I have already started making a little list of teas I want to try. :)

tea-sipper

Oh my gosh, this tea has the best flavors!

TheTeaFairy

@WP: I know I will…i’ve already tasted what it’s made of ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Nightshifter, you know I’ve been on Steepster for a while…believe me when I tell you, this company has some of the best teas I have ever tried, and I’m not that easy to please!!

Nightshifter

Awesome! Will be ordering for sure. :)

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Ok, you know by now I’m a notorious insomniac.

Been drinking this tea every night this week and it has helped a lot sending me into Morphée’s arms. (Morpheus in English?)

I’m not saying I sleep all night, but it induces a certain sense of euphoria, calmness.

This tea was meant for me… I am the restless type, always doing something. I exercised today and did too much. Overachiever, I do pretty much everything “too much”.

This whispers “STOP” to me. Forces me to pay attention and let it invade me with its soothing effect.

It’s a a tea that says “relax, everything is going to be ok”, and I just let go…

It’s jasmine but with such a twist…who knew pine tasted so good. Now I want to go outside and hug all my pine trees to say thank you! Have you ever hugged a tree? If not, I strongly suggest you do.

I lost count of how much I ordered recently…did I get enough? Hope I did, cause I now NEED this, powerful stuff, really…

If you read my profil, you’ll see that music is one of the most important thing in my life with tea and art. Listening tonight to the beautiful music of Black Dub…that voice, instant shivers. (MzPriss, hope you enjoy ;-))

http://youtu.be/F13vy1fT870

mj

So notorious ;-)

TheTeaFairy

Lol….that’s how we meet at night :-)

Mandy

Can’t wait for mine to get here!

TheTeaFairy

Mandy, you’re lucky, you’re in the States, it’ll get there in no time!! I have to patiently wait for Canada post to move their butts :-)

mj

Good thing I’m a night owl then :-). Totally love to stay up late, but we can’t all be fairies so I also need my beauty sleep

TheTeaFairy

Lol, I need it too, believe me, not such a glorious fairy after all!!

mj

That sounds exactly like what a glorious fairy would say….your “hiding in plain sight” strategy does not fool me at all!

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! you are just adorable mj :-)

boychik

I got me an oz of Sleeping Bear yesterday. Lets see if it will work on me. Good night ladies;)

TheTeaFairy

Hope it does boychik :-)

Kaylee

Go to bed!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Kaylee, doesn’t work like that!! How bout yourself?

Kaylee

Well, it’s 3:25am and I’m checking my dashboard every 5 minutes, so it’s possible that I have a bit of a sleeping problem myself.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Well, I feel less lonely already…although the tea did relax me a lot, it did not send me to bed tonight :-\

Kaylee

Aww, sorry to hear that. But hey, relaxed and not-so-lonely is good too! We should start a Steepster Insomnia Support Group. It will probably have some overlap with the Late Eating and Impulse Purchasing support groups.

Marzipan

Reddit is good when you have insomnia, it goes all night.

MzPriss

(I LOVE that song!!) I did actually go to sleep for a change. I’m hoping all y’all are still sleeping

TheTeaFairy

Good to know Marzipan, thanks..but I usually devour books during the night… And wander around Steepster a little :-)

MzPriss, So happy you got your beauty rest for a change!

MzPriss,

TheTeaFairy

(Now it typed your name twice? What’s wrong with my posts lately? Steepster keeps playing trick on me!!)

MzPriss

my dogs are rioting all over the bed. I’m not all the way awake- only had two sips of tea and they’re play-growling and barking

MzPriss

Oh wow, Black Dub is Daniel Lanois and has Brian Blade in it too. This is good!

TheTeaFairy

Black dub was kind of Daniel Lanois’s music project…The signer is Chris Whitley’s daughter. Im glad you know Lanois, not everybody does.

Lol, it must be quite a riot indeed with two dogs in the morning!

MzPriss

Oh yeah, I love Daniel Lanois’ Acadie record – his song The Maker is so beautiful. I love Emmylou Harris’ version and Willie Nelson’s but I love Daniel Lanois’ the very most. I really did like Chris Whitley as well.

Wild dogs.

Sil

thanks for sharing music teafairy. really enjoying this, this morning

TheTeaFairy

Happy to give you some of my music vibes with Sil :-) nothing like dancing with a cup of tea in hand early in the morning!!

mj

TheTeaFairy, thanks for the compliment of eight hours ago :-). I went to sleep and just saw it lol

TheTeaFairy

That’s because you ARE adorable mj :-)

Ubacat

Oh wow, sounds like an amazing tea. I wonder if the pine needles open up the lungs. I have asthma and been looking around for alternative supplements and teas.

boychik

Ubacat, I don’t have asthma but I have severe year round allergies. I will let you know when I get it if it helps open up your air passages. You know also when I tried some sheng with camphor menthol notes, I felt so much better. White2tea White Whale was unbelievable. I need to write a note for it

Sil

boychik – really… hmmmm

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“Hello old friend! Would you like to take a walk in my garden with me?”
And so I brewed a cup. It’s been awhile since I ran out of this tea.
We watered the Northern Quadrants, picked some dill & cukes,
ate some berries & sungold cherries, & harvested some zukes,
We gathered some greens, asparagus, onions & garlic. And then I weeded.
This lovely cup of tea was exactly what I needed.

MzPriss

How big is your yard Terri?

gmathis

We need to start a compendium of Steepster poetry. There’s some good stuff buried in all these tasting notes!

gmathis

(I’ll get right on that, after …. )

Veronica

This made me smile.

Cameron B.

When you talk about watering, I keep picturing you pouring a little tea on them… Because you said “we watered”… Hah. So cute.

Terri HarpLady

My backyard is pretty huge…maybe a quarter acre? I guess the dimensions are on my property documents…wherever they are :)

Stephanie

Sounds lovely

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