39 Tasting Notes


Another un-reviewed Rishi tea. As a blossoming fan of Puerh tea’s, I’m down with this keep-you-guessing sweet puerh. Couldn’t quite pin point it at the time, but the description does call for a molasses aftertaste, which might have been what I was after. I just need to try some molasses now.

I prefer cheaper more composted cake puers from youtube * cough * I mean ebay that smell and taste like soil. What can I say, I grew up on an acreage of garden, peat-moss, and rich earthly soil.

Nonetheless, this was a good tea and I would definitely drink it again. Sure picked up some stronger flavours with each steep and it steeped a solid 6+ times, each time enough for two 4oz cups.


Ooh, I love molasses. You should try blackstrap, lots of potassium and iron and a strong red earth taste. Very likely the taste you can’t pinpoint. But do make sure you get unsulphered.

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one of my favourite teas. I prefer it over a tiguanyin, but just barely. A nice commotion of floral aromas, light and crisp tastes, and slightly sweet.

I like to decant the first couple infusions and then sip the sweet nectar right off the naked leaf from ma guywan, ya dig me? It’s pretty rad – traversing each unfurled leaf, knifing along white porcelain, drawing flavours from the tip of the bud spining to the pluck of the stem
Lo, tea.

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Well, I’m surprised no one has rated this cha, people!

I can’t describe the flavour profile in too much detail as I drank like 5 different teas this afternoon thanks to Mr. Cloud Mountain Tea.

I would say, in addition to Rishi’s Jade Oolong profile, you will find grassy and grainy notes. It’s smooth but don’t over steep!

I prefer the Jade Oolong over this varietal. That being said, Jade Oolong is one of my favourite teas.

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Dear Tie Guan Yin from Life in Teacup,

You are a fine grade of tea,
Grade II in fact,
O fare Tea,
Green thumb in picking,
Green tongue in tasting,
Unfurl and steep,
Unfurl and steep,
I got like, 5 infusions

I want to sip you

CMT 雲 山 茶

Not the same batch I think.

Tea Love and Care

well there goes my tea poem RIGHT OUT the window

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After drinking my first few Puerh teas, I now know why flowers love rich healthy soil.

Of the dirt people! This tea smells of soil, peat, damp wood, and all smells alike. And who doesn’t like the smell of peat? It’s like brewing a rich garden in your cup…………… all winter. I’m not sure how to describe the taste, I mean, it doesn’t taste like peat, but then again I’ve never steeped peat in nigh boiling water and drank the infusion? hm…

In any case, the steep time is short and I’ll be getting at least 10 steeps in my 5oz guywan cup/gaiwan cup.

Good times!

195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Alright, rockon. I’ve made a couple posts already but this Chai is so good I’m making another!

I followed rishi’s instructions but found it too strong (1.5 cups water, 1 cup milk, 3 tbsp chai and 3 tbsp sweetner). So I kept the used chai and made another brew (hoping the used chai would brew more mild). I brought it to a slower boil and then filtered it and blended it like I did in my last post; just to froth it up a little. I added some cinnamon on top and voila! perfectly spiced (and very presentable) chai (for me anyways).

Next time, I will use only 2 tbsp chai mix and will probably stick with this method.

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A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

“We can watch our tea, using it as a mirror to reflect the ways in which our every action, in all that we do, is affecting the tea. Any change we make in our daily life will cause ripples across the surface of our tea liquor; and if we just listen carefully, the tea itself will guide us to the balanced place where the times of being an ego and the times of stillness are in harmony. Then we don’t even need to watch or reflect on the ways our lives affect our tea, because at that time our lives will be tea, and tea our lives.”
- Henry Taiki Takahashi

“Nature Does Not Hurry, Yet, Everything Is Accomplished”
- Lao Tse

“You Must Become The Change You Want To See In The World,”
- Mahatma Gandhi

“No Written Word, No Spoken Plea
Can Teach Our Children What They Should Be,
Nor All The Books On All The Shelves, It’s What The Teachers Are Themselves”
- TEDTalk

“We Cannot Do Great Things On This Earth. We Can Only Do Small Things With Great Love.”
- Mother Teresa

“From the moment you enter the dewy path until
it is time to say your goodbye, you should esteem
your host with the utmost respect, in the true
spirit that this very encounter will occur but
once in your lives.”

“Advanced Techniques Are The Basics Mastered”
- Derek Hansen

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”
- Thomas Jefferson

“The ultimate measure of human beings is not where they stand in moments of comfort and convenience, but where they stand at times of challenge and controversy.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everything is unfolding as it has to unfold. We can’t control what is happening but we can choose how we will respond.”
– Kurt Spellmeyer

“Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead

“Wisdom teaches me that I am nothing.
Love teachers me that I am everything.
And between the two, my life flows.
- Gil Fronsdal quoting a Tibetan Buddhist Teacher

What is Zen Anyway?

A Japanese corpse
serving tea
- Poetry by Natalie Goldberg

Like the Earth’s surface
Is willing and ready to receive all leaves that fall

“But let the mind beware that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious!”
- Jack Kerouac (Dharma Bums)

“Creativity is not thought driven. Seeing something free of thought – THAT is a creative moment!”
- Rodney Smith

“Surely everyone is aware of the divine pleasures which attend a wintry fireside: candles at four o’clock, warm hearth rugs, tea, a fair tea-maker, shutters closed, curtains flowing in ample draperies to the floor, whilst the wind and rain are raging audibly without”
- Thomas De Quincey

“If we offer quiet to whatever arises, then whatever arises will not expand beyond what it is.”
- Rodney Smith

“As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man”
- Ernst Fischer

“Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.”
~ Khalil Gibran





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