2274 Tasting Notes

Yes yes yes!

My tastebuds have been awol due to this bronchitis, but yesterday I bought some nice olives and blue cheese crumbles. I was pretty confident I could taste that. And I made THREE POTS so far off this one basket of leaves, and hubby has been drinking it with me all day. I am about to make yet another pot because it is really good.

I can’t taste everything perfectly yet, but I get a great aftertaste with this one, almost like the finish of a TGY or even a light licorice root note (which I love) so I am pretty tickled that I am tasting something! Hopefully this cold will be kicked to the curb as I continue drinking my elderberry tonic and staying hydrated, but the Bradford pears are in bloom which means the oaks are, too. Here we go again.

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drank Coconut Almond by Paromi
2274 tasting notes

I was excited to review this because I was going to get to de-cupboard it. Turns out it wasn’t in my cupboard. Sigh. Well, it is a sipdown anyway. I am trying to get some older teas off shelf because I have TOO MUCH TEA. Yes, it is possible.

The sad thing is that this is a really good tea, but I couldn’t taste it. I have been sick for a week and nothing tastes quite like it should. I can’t remember the last time I cancelled music lessons but I did cancel the whole week. I didn’t go to the doctor but I think I had a cold that went into bronchitis. Today is my first day really feeling both human and somewhat energetic.

I would definitely purchase this again sometime when I get my cupboard under control, mainly because guests seem to enjoy it and it is a nice blend that goes well with a lot of things.

Indigobloom

Yuck. Feel better soon!

mrmopar

Going around up here as well. Hope you get well soon.

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drank White Tangerine by Revolution Tea
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I rediscovered this tea a few weeks ago after neglecting it for a long time. That happens when you have more tea than you really should have at one time.

When my daughter started college, she mentioned that one of her professors was drinking tea. I got excited and told her to ask their preferences and I sent tea goodie bags to them.

This semester she saw her Trig professor drinking tea, and knew I would want to send him something. She saw that he was using sachets and asked what he liked. He said that his mother-in-law had given him a lot of tea and Revolution was the best he had come across.
I wrote a little note about how to steep it and sent this one along to him. He told her at the next class that it was AMAZING. Next I am hoping to lead him to the loose leaf side.

Now I am trying to drink a lot of this so I can get a fresh batch. It tastes like the spray that hits your face when you peel an orange or tangerine, not like orange candy. The white tea has a decent amount of body to make this enjoyable, and I like to make it the way they do at PF Chang. Leave the sachet in the tetsubin for about three minutes, pour into cups, and immediately add more hot water. That next steep is a little forgiving but I don’t like just leaving it in like they do at the restaurant. The second steep is really quite good.

Fjellrev

I love how you’re getting her professors hooked on good tea!

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drank Tong Lu Black by Harney & Sons
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Since I gave this tea high praise, and it is a rather expensive tea, I am going to elaborate on it today especially for ScottTeaMan.

I received the Harney sample packet of this from a friend. Most of the leaf was used for the pot I made western style on Tuesday. I have one teaspoon left with which to experiment. I put the leaves in an eight ounce porcelain pot. Steeped for five minutes with boiling water, this is equivalent to what I had Tuesday.

I resteep. The kettle is not on, so the water temp has dropped a little. Second steep at five minutes is light in color but still flavorful. I sip just a little and combine.

Third steep – very pale and not much flavor. I combine it with remains of first two steps.

Nice surprise. The combined steeps are probably the best flavor so far! I do not like astringency. Harney does a scale of 1 to 5 to rate the briskness of a tea, and I consistently do not like teas with more than a rating of two. This tea has a rating of two. Briskness always tastes lemony to me. For me, the best cups of all were the combined three steeps, making it a much more economical tea to drink, and easy to do since I have a Kamjove to keep it hassle free.

ScottTeaMan

I appreciate the review Ash! Thank You. :D

ashmanra

You’re welcome!

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drank Tong Lu Black by Harney & Sons
2274 tasting notes

This is a showstopper tea. The description says it is grown by monks who brought Anji tea bushes to Tong Lu. They done good.

I served this for tea party yesterday with a chocolate pound cake with whipped cream and a homemade strawberry purée/sauce on the side for a little sparkle. My guest commented several times – “This is good. This is good tea,” several times while sipping this one. That doesn’t happen often.

But quality shows and you can’t hide it in this tea. This one deserves to be on a desert island list if you like black tea that makes you stop and take notice.

Sil

ooooh wishlist! haha

Amie

Sounds good!

ScottTeaMan

Do you think it is worth the cost? Can you gongfu (multi-steep) this tea? This tea does sound AMAZING!! :D

ashmanra

ScottTeaMan: see new review!

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My youngest daughter loves Lapsang tea, so my eldest daughter always buys new Lapsang for her on trips, for birthdays and Christmas, and just because. This one was for her last birthday and we have been sharing lots of it every night.

If you don’t like smoke at all, this isn’t for you. If you like super heavy smoke, you may want to reconsider. But if you like a really, knee-shakingly good base with medium smoke, here you go. I think every cup has made me moan, even though I try to prepare myself by remembering how good it is. The base is sweet and smooth and round, and the smoke isn’t heavy on the campfire and bacon vibe, just smokey.

Well done, JAS eTea. Well done.

Amie

Lapsang Souchong is one of my favorites, and I’m always on the hunt for good organic & fair trade teas. I’ll have to take a look at this one!

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I feel like I am coming up for air.

For a long time we have been helping to take care of my dear precious mother-in-law. Sometimes this meant 24/7 having someone by her side and sometimes it meant having a meal schedule to help feed her. I was in charge of ordering her medicines and delivering them, helping with the schedule, and all doctor appointments and discussing hospital procedures, along with a sister-in-law who attended part of the appointments and did lots and lots of bedside sitting. Lots.

She passed away last Wednesday and now there is a big hole. All the things that used to be hard to fit into the schedule are gone, but now we are in the phase of getting everything reported which is a little harder because her husband was retired military so there is a bit of government paperwork to do as well.

But for now, I can sit and drink tea and see my best friend for the first time in quite a while.

This tea had gotten lost in the jumble of a big box, but it is going to be a frequent tea for while because I really like it. Easy to steep, adorable gold-wrapped heart-shaped tuo cha, and delicious mushroom and rice flavor.

I raise my cup to Mima, a great mother-in-law, a dream grandmother to my children, and a wonderful woman.

gmathis

Glad you can sit and breathe for a bit! Enjoy a little peace. You’ve had a long journey.

mrmopar

I think she had an exemplary daughter in law as well. I lost a friend and a family member two weeks ago so my prayers are for you.

ScottTeaMan

Sorry for you loss Ash!Peace to you and your Family & Mother In Law! My 94 year old Grandma is still with us, but facing end of life struggles. It is so hard to watch & deal with, I know. Love & prayers to you! :)

S.G. Sanders

My prayers and condolences for you and your family! I recently lost my great aunt in November (87 years old). It was a very rough time for me, but she had been through a lot of rough times ever since my other aunt (her sister) had passed. However, we are fortunate to have those who were dear to us, remain forever in our hearts. Although my heart had broken, I know that she is truly in a better place; therefore, that gives me comfort…and as I said, she’ll always be there with the memories….I hope that you’ll get to relax and look up, too. Enjoy your time to relax and hopefully reflect on those times passed.

Cwyn

My condolences to you and your family.

Evol Ving Ness

So sorry for your loss, Ashmanra.

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This has been on my wishlist for a while, ever since reading mrmopar’s review, I believe. My daughter shopped from my wishlist for Christmas and I am now the proud owner of a cake!

I haven’t had a really special gong fu session in a while and decided to set aside some time tonight. I wanted to try this tea when I could give it my undivided attention.

This is the hardest cake I have had in a long time! All the cakes I have right now can be broken with your fingers, or at least with very little pressure from a pu knife. I was about to lament not owning a pu pick when I finally managed to get off enough for my wee pot.

Since the cake was so hard I decided to do a rinse. Breaking the cake had created some tiny bits of leaf that I wanted to dispose of in the rinse since hubby doesn’t like chunkies, although I don’t mind them at all. I did a five second rinse and the liquor I poured off was fairly light.

First steep was slow to color, so I gave it a few extra seconds. Right off the bat the smell and taste of this tea made me glad I was taking the time to enjoy it properly. I didn’t detect the fishy aroma some reviewers did but this has been aging for a bit longer, so maybe that took care of it. It is quite earthy and has the bolder puerh taste more than the “oiled horse tack” vibe. The texture is really what made this tea for me, though. It is so creamy/silky/oily. It has a great mouthfeel.

Second steep colored very quickly, as did the next four. At steep seven, I had to lengthen the time because the leaves were nearly spent. In spite of the lack of color, it was still an enjoyable cup. Eighth steep was pale even after a lengthy steep and the flavor almost undetectable, so we retired the leaves.

This was a lovely tea to slip back into night time gong fu again. Thank you, SuperAnna, for all the Christmas teas!

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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.

We have learned so much history, geography, and culture in this journey.

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