2272 Tasting Notes

I haven’t had this in a while. I go through streaks of drinking certain types of tea. Does anyone else do that? Somehow I never added it to my cupboard and I am about to finish it off, so no need now.

Although this is a black tea, I get the most out of it when I use a lower temperature and a shorter steep time. Today this was 200F and just under four minutes because I was having it with breakfast, but you could go with even more conservative parameters.

The number one word that comes to me with this is…FRUITY. Big time. Darjeeling level fruity. Rich aroma. High notes galore. Somewhat brisk but not nearly enough to make me want to add milk., or maybe the fruitiness just makes it seem lightly brisk. (I almost never never ever add milk or sweetener of any kind to my teas.)

The high fruity notes are followed by a lingering taste of walnut, specifically the papery bit that has a light bitterness that you find on walnuts you have cracked yourself, not the shelled kind in bags. But when I search for it, the high note is still there, a wisp of a ghost at the back of the palate.

Evol Ving Ness

_ I go through streaks of drinking certain types of tea._

Yeah, I do this. That doesn’t seem to stop me from buying all the teas though.

Terri HarpLady

Absolutely!

mrmopar

I am guilty of doing the same tea a week or more.

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We started drinking this late last night. We are moving youngest into her own room this week and it involves painting (including the ceiling – what a pain in the neck!) and finding a home for all my crafting supplies. (Gulp. I buy those like I buy tea.)

Last night’s four steeps were all Western style and combined two at a time. The predominant aroma was mushroom. Or maybe I should say MUSHROOM. I haven’t had a powerfully mushroom pu in a while, so this was a refreshing change.

This morning as we have it with breakfast, i am struck by how creamy this is. This is smooth and mild and has a silky mouth feel.

I need to do a gong fu session with it sometime, but it has been great by the (large) pot. I think six steeps are the limit on this one for me. The final one took a while to color up but had nice flavor when it did.

gmathis

“…but I can’t give that away…I might use that. With my kids.” (The kid thing immediately makes my hoarding sound noble :)

ashmanra

Yes! I sit here right now surrounded by the 48 bottles of glitter THAT I KEPT after making a bag to give away…

Evol Ving Ness

What a happy thing glitter is!

ashmanra

Evol Ving Ness: Twenty-four bottles of the glitter (it was in a boxed set) were purchased while I was high on pain medicine after finding out that my cancer surgery would have to be repeated as I didn’t have clear margins and they wanted to do a mammogram just TWO WEEKS after my segmental mastectomy to see what we were dealing with While I was under the influence of whatever they gave me before the mammogram, my daughter drove me to lunch and then the craft store, where I fortunately used coupons for my purchases. Apparently I made a card when I got home. I was very confused when I found said card because I did not remember buying the dies to cut out hearts and wondered how the heck I cut them out, until it slowly filtered back into my brain that I had gone to a craft store while high. I am grateful that I am thrifty even while under the influence.

gmathis

At least you had something to blame it on. I just have no self-control and I’m on coupon mailing lists for Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Jo-Ann’s. I think we may need a support group.

ashmanra

Definitely a support group and not an intervention!

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This is a great daily drinker and an excellent re-steeper. While it isn’t a puerh that I stop everything for and light candles and put on music, it is really great for gatherings and game nights and parties. And I am almost out of this huge cake! One little chunk still rests in the wrapper.

The dry leaf has a definite barn yard vibe. I like that aroma. It isn’t enough to turn off puerh newbies, though.

I served this a week ago as a cold steeped ice tea, unsweetened. My neighbor isn’t a big tea drinker but I asked her to try it after our walk in the sweltering heat since she didn’t take a water bottle and I wanted her to hydrate before doing yoga with me. She was shocked to find that she liked this even though it was unsweetened. She said she braced herself for the bitterness of unsweetened black tea and was immediately captured by the smooth and refreshing taste. Since she is trying to improve her health – hence the walk – she wants to get some puerh of her own to replace sweet tea and cut sugar in her diet.

I love sharing tea with people. I love watching them discover that there is a lot of tea out there that is nothing like what they have tried before.

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drank Rose Garden Puerh by Tocha Tea
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I am drinking this one with youngest today and marveling at how my family has become hooked on puerh teas. I was afraid to try the stuff in the beginning! Now it is the tea most enjoyed by guests and especially by coffee lovers.

This one is very different from our usual. We stick to mostly unflavored, unadultered shu.

I used two sachets in a 17 ounce pot. I didn’t time it, just kept an eye on it to see when the color looked good. I expect it steeped for about a minute and a half to two minutes.

I taste very little puerh. I can’t say that it is heavily woodsy, mushroomy, or horsey. It is very very fragrant with spices rose, though. I like it as a rose tea more than as a puerh tea. I have had rose scented puerh that was so lightly rose scented as to merely have a whiff and a sweetness. This one is ROSE.

I made a second steep. Now I taste a bit of puerh and still have a really nice level of rose. Nice!

mrmopar

I knew you were a pu head all along……

ashmanra

mrmopar – LOL! Yes! And I have turned my kids and some of my friends into pu heads! When we have a family gathering, I literally have to get out the biggest teapots in the house and keep the kettle boiling! I wish I had even half the pu knowledge that you have!

mrmopar

I love it! I am drinking with my grandson now. He has been a good learner. I have no knowledge as I am still a student of the leaf.

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Here I sit, drinking black tea after 11 pm. Why would anyone do that? Because they are covered in poison ivy and have been for almost three weeks and new patches are still appearing and pretty soon a Benadryl is going to send them to LaLa Land regardless of how much caffeine has been consumed.

I am glad it is a really good black tea. I need something to pay attention to other than the infuriating itching of my arm.

I really get strong honey notes this time. An earlier tasting of a previous harvest (I think it was a different year!) had molasses notes to me, but this is strong honey. There is a high baked fruit flavor that is making me crave some baked peach dumplings right now. I made this western style but I think the rest of the leaves are going to get the grand treatment tomorrow, with a full on gong fu session.

gmathis

Benadryl and ice packs have been my friends for 3 weeks now! Also tried a cold compress with strong steeped calendula…not sure how medicinally effective it was, but boy, did it feel good.

ashmanra

Oh dear! It must be perfect growing conditions this year! I know several people who have it right now, and I haven’t had a bad case in many years! I did get a few little bumps about fifteen years ago when my husband had a terrible case and the oil had transferred from his hands to the steering wheel, seat belt, and door handle after he cleared some land. But they were so minor and I hardly noticed them! I’ve been apologizing to people for having to look at this rash!

Fjellrev

Oh geez, sorry you’re going through that! FWIW, this does sound like a great tea to have, even at 11pm.

Terri HarpLady

I had poison ivy about a month ago. It wasn’t the worse case I’ve ever had, but it was bad enough! You have my sympathy.

ashmanra

Gmathis – I am using calendula salve on part of it. I didn’t know it was poison ivy at first and went to a dermatologist since it was the arm that I am supposed to protect – missing some lymph nodes from cancer surgery. I thought it was an infected bug bite that I had scratched and made the infection spread. He gave me a steroid cream and THAT seemed to be giving me hives,so now I am on prednisone following a prednisone shot. Thankfully, we found the patch of poison ivy and have some of it cleaned out, but there are vines growing on the fence and we do NOT relish clearing those out.

ashmanra

Terri – sounds like we all hit the gardens! I got it in my own backyard and we have never had poison ivy growing here before. I hope we can get it all cleared out! Glad yours is all over with!

Terri HarpLady

There are a few places in my yard where it tends to grow, and I was clearing one of those. I am usually hyper-vigilant about it, and very good at removing it without getting touched, but I never did see any of it. You know Ms Ivy, she is very sneaky!

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I let my cupboard get out of control. It’s great to have a lot of tea, but it isn’t great to have large amounts of really good tea that you can not ossicle drink while it is at its best.

In spite of this one being past its prime, it had good flavor and multiple steeps with each being enjoyable. It is a little bit roasty rather than highly floral and holds up well to sweet snacks. It had great body and showed it’s quality even…get this…three years past it’s recommended ‘use by’ date.

This is the end of this bag, and once I have emptied the cupboard of some of its oldest residents, I will start on the newer ones and tame this monster. I will be buying my teas in smaller amounts in future so that they can be enjoyed at their prime.

Evol Ving Ness

Three years—wow! This one sounds delicious.

Totally get that out of control cupboard feeling. No self-flagellation though as that’s not good for us either.

This year I am making an effort to learn a bit more about balance. And hurray for delicious tea to have along that journey!

ashmanra

Balance – yes! I enjoy my tea and I have something I love and think that I must have lots on hand and I don’t want to have to reorder and pay shipping again and if there is a coupon right now…so much the better! I even have my list of top ten pretty well secured and if I added ten or even twenty more just for fun teas, that would be more than enough.

Evol Ving Ness

Ah yes, the elusive cupboard of thirty. Striving, striving.

Evol Ving Ness

I’m the same way. If I’m going to pay shipping, then I am going to make that extra fee well worth it. And I want a good variety. And that’s how I get overwhelmed with a crazy cupboard.

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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I didn’t realize I had not added this to my cupboard yet. I have taken a lot of teas out but hve failed to get the new ones added. Ah well, I will catch up one day!

This was the second tea of tea party, and I focus on it because one has already been reviewed a lot and the other was detested by my guest!

Zen Tea is taking a year off from selling tea. I remember a note on the discussion board long ago where the owner expressed frustration that he could sell teaware all day long but had trouble moving tea. I did indeed buy a good bit of teaware from them, but also tea.

My favorites from Zen were their Keemun and Vanilla Mint Puerh. My daughter loved their Lapsang. I am pretty sure I bought their matcha a couple of times.

This strawberry cream was a gift from my eldest daughter, purchased right before they announced that would not be selling tea for one year. I wish them the best in finding great new sources, and I do hope to find a great Keemun to buy from them for breakfast again,

This tea has a really nice strawberry flavor and the cream aspect of it takes the edge off so that the strawberry is neither sharp nor candy-like.

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drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
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And it is done! I didn’t have quite enough of this for my two gallon dispenser of iced tea, so I added just a tad of Renegade from the same company. I guess maybe I added a little more sugar than usual, because this is some rockin’ iced tea. I think the Renegade, as little of it as there was, has added something special. We will see soon, because the next two gallon batch will be all Renegade. Sipdown.

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drank Travel to India by THE O DOR
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I now have a whole shelf of tea from this company, and all of it gifts from my kids. My daughter had been ordering it but on a trip to Mexico last week she saw some in a grocery store and brought me two more tins.

Hubby and I had this at breakfast Sunday. It is a pleasant sort of chai, lacking the pepper and heat that I dislike. The ginger and clove are all the heat I require. I drank mine plain, hubby added milk, and I thinking that this would also make an awesome sweet latte for a hot summer afternoon. Clove is the dominant aroma for me but it doesn’t hijack all the taste of the cup as clove can sometimes do.

Evol Ving Ness

Chai without pepper? Bah! Sacrilege!

ashmanra

LOL! I know, right! I actually had one lady from India give me her homemade chai mix which was heavy on pepper and turmeric, and a week later another lady from India was horrified and said that where she is from they only put cinnamon, clove, anise, maybe some ginger…

Evol Ving Ness

It’s good to have a collection of chai. :)

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drank Foggy Morning Brekkie by T-We Tea
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Just okay for me, but summer is brutal here and we drink a lot of iced tea. This one is going fast as I make two gallons at a time. Sweet iced tea is a great way to use up things that don’t float your boat hot. Yep. Two gallons of tea and it will be gone in about six days.

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I am a music teacher, tutor, and former homeschool mom (25 years!) who started drinking loose leaf tea about eight years ago! My daughters and I have tea every day, and we are frequently joined by my students or friends for “tea time.” Now my hubby joins us, too. His tastes have evolved from Tetley with milk and sugar to mostly unadorned greens and oolongs.

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