Saturday, Mandatory TeaDay, 3.08.08

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Galileo's Daughter was wondering, "What is the NATURAL flavor aspect/quality you most enjoy/look for in a TEA?

Smoothness
17
35%
Boldness
9
19%
Astringency
3
6%
Smokiness
1
2%
Floral
1
2%
Vegetal
4
8%
Grassiness
2
4%
Sweetness
5
10%
Fruitiness
1
2%
Nuttiness
1
2%
Spiciness
0
No votes
Cocoa
0
No votes
Other
4
8%
 
Total votes: 48

Postby JM » Mar 8th, '08, 18:07

I like mine barky! If you pick up a cup of tea and you see bark floating in it, it's mine...hands off.

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Postby Chip » Mar 8th, '08, 18:45

...mmmmm...shi feng xi hu long jing. This is a remarkable session of this today. Started off spicy nutty. Where did that come from? Usually this LJ seems more vegetal.
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Postby tseirPsaduJ » Mar 8th, '08, 19:59

Woodsy/Foresty. Anything within those lines, brings intense enjoyment. Though I like many qualities.
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Postby Victoria » Mar 8th, '08, 20:24

Hey Mil, where are you? Having some of that stinky stuff you love. I'm feeling a little stuffed up so I thought now would be a good time. <ducking>

The label on this lapsong says mildy smoky, egads!
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Postby Mil » Mar 8th, '08, 20:45

Lapsang + mildly smoky? Does not compute! Russian Caravan might be a better choice for you, since it's a blend of lapsang and keemun (I think), but even then the smokiness tends to dominate.

I had some lapsang this afternoon. Lovely stuff, but it's not exactly subtle.
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Postby Warden Andy » Mar 8th, '08, 20:49

Not all lapsang souchong is overwhelmingly smoky. I have some that taste more like keemun than lapsang.
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Postby Chip » Mar 8th, '08, 20:51

Having some fun...

I heated up a pristine skillet and threw some Daily Sencha in for around 15 seconds moving it the whole time. I was NOT trying to make houjicha, and the leaf was still green at the conclusion. I quickly removed the leaf from the skillet still moving the leaf around to prevent over cooking or browning.

...wow...I love this, sweet barley, ever so slightly toasty.
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Postby Victoria » Mar 8th, '08, 20:53

I did try Russian Caravan recently thanks to Ladytiger. :o)
Seemed nothing like this.

I really enjoy the flavor of this tea, it is very unique. I get a strong licorice note.

But honestly the smell; I'm just having trouble getting past it. I try to hold my breath as I take a sip. You have to give me credit for hanging it there though, right?
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Postby Mil » Mar 8th, '08, 21:05

Victoria wrote:You have to give me credit for hanging it there though, right?


I guess. But, uh, really, why bother? The smell is what I love; if you hate it, what's the point in trying to get through it? There's loads of great tea out there, and I don't think any less of you for just not liking one particular sort.

I mean, I tried that perfume you sent me once and then gave it away. Having spent a good hour holding my breath, I established that it wasn't for me and moved on. :P We may be twins in some respects, but there's no shame in having different responses to smells.
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Postby RussianSoul » Mar 8th, '08, 21:40

Victoria wrote:... Russian Caravan...

But honestly the smell; I'm just having trouble getting past it. I try to hold my breath as I take a sip. You have to give me credit for hanging it there though, right?

I am with you about the smell, Victoria! I gave up on this tea because the smell makes me think of shoe polish and a great number of army boots. I think they were trying to recreate the Russian "Railroad" tea I was describing a few days ago. But obviously more progress is needed, as they say in elementary school.
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Postby Victoria » Mar 8th, '08, 21:54

Mil, I think you took me the wrong way.

I love the taste. I am really enjoying it. And I will continue to drink it and get more if I can get my friend to send me some from Amsterdam. Trying to get two bags so I can send you one too.

I just meant, I will have to learn to love the aroma as much as the brew. I believe you can learn to love different scents, and I'm just saying I'm trying. Hopefully I will get there and then I will enjoy it even more.

I never mean to offend in anyway. I was just teasing. Really sorry if you took me wrong. :O(
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Postby Mil » Mar 8th, '08, 22:00

Ack! No, I'm not offended. I just got the sense you were suffering on my behalf and wanted to, you know, give you permission to hate lapsang if you wanted to. Heh. Obviously if you like it, keep drinking it.

There. That's my tea philosophy in a nutshell. If you like it, keep drinking it. :D
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Postby daughteroftheKing » Mar 8th, '08, 22:16

Smoothness in a tea is what I look for.
Guess that's why I loved the Jasmine 12 today. Tonight drinking only mint -- with the time change it's going to be a short night so no caffeine for me.
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Postby TaiPing Hou Kui » Mar 9th, '08, 00:02

It is now 12am and I am on my third steep of Wu's 2006 Ripe Pu-Erh from my 120ml yixing.....brews a very sweet cup! Saturday, another great tea day it has been! I look forward to hearing from all of you tomorrow! Have a great night!
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Postby Space Samurai » Mar 9th, '08, 00:39

What do I look for...? someone who enjoys going out and having a good time, but isn't afraid to just kick back at home. But mostly I want a tea that will see and love the real me.
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