359 Tasting Notes
For different reasons, I waited a long time to get this blend home. I already knew I was going to at least like it, cause it’s made of three ingredients I love: TGY, cedar leaves and some mighty vanilla bean.
In my mind, if you’re going to name a tea Rivendell, you better deliver…cause you know, we’re talking about the epic world here, full of magic, mystery and unusualness.
I’m using a small gaiwan.
As soon as the water hits the leaves, I feel transported. Sweet Jesus. I can’t really come up with words to describe the scent, hard to do it justice. I’d say it smells like a delicate vanilla flower that has grown in a luxuriant forest. The best I can come up with.
The first sip and I’m thinking nooooo!!!! Tea Whiz of the Woods, what have you done? Giving me another addiction, really? I can’t take this anymore. My monthly order keeps growing and growing!
I completely got lost in the session and forgot to take notes. Suspended in time, I just enjoyed the moment. But it’s easy to remember what it tastes like. Not so easy to attempt a description. It confuses me. TGY, check, I like it on its own. But how could the addition of only two other ingredients morphs it into something so different?
First thing that hit me was how creamy it was. I mean there’s creamy and creamy. This is intense creamy. Vanilla pudding mouth.
Then, nice subtle florals are flirting with that fresh menthol mouthfeel that I get from good TGY, amplified by the cedar leaves.
Some fruit notes also join the party. To me, they taste like pineapple and dehydrated apples. I picked that up cause I eat lots of dried apples, I love them. That gongfu session produced many steeps, all better than one another
This tea delivers. It breathes magic, it’s mysterious and unusual. So yeah, it totally deserves to be called Rivendell.
(I can even picture Hobbits, serving this tea to their guests in their Hobbit houses!)
I have no choice but to give the highest rate.
Tea Hobbit, giving it 100 is like giving you a “Tolkien” of my appreciation, hehe. Love it!
Thank you Oh! Mighty creator of this blend.
My lullaby tea.
I was thinking today about choosing ONE favourite tea from WP… And the winner is…….at least 10 of them!!!
I just can’t make up my mind…but this sleeping beauty is certainly one of them.
It smells like a forest, tastes like the rain, feels like a cloud. It’s a hugger.
That’s why I like to drink it at night, so calming and soothing.
This tea is a light in the dark…
Here’s a pic:
This came as an offering from Angel and Teavivre.
One thing I love about Teavivre is when they say sample, they really mean it…VERY generous size, they allow you to have a real gongfu session.
I’m using one full sachet for a 5oz yixing pot. The cake chunks are always separated with care.
After a quick rinse, steep one is a little shy it seems. A bit sweet, slightly fuity with hints of astringency.
It gets interesting at steep three. Nice body and texture to this tea. To me, it’s really fruity.
Like a blend of grape and apple juice…sweet and tart at the same time. The typical young sheng astringency is building up, and that’s something I appreciate.
There’s also a certain woodsy finish to the sip.
I lost count of how many steeps I had, but there were many.
I really enjoyed this one.
Thank you so much Teavivre for the oppotunity.
Shenging with The Monk 2012 again tonight.
I’ve written many reviews, so please see previous notes if you want to know how it tastes like. Tonight, I just want to share some thoughts.
Just love how it makes me feel. L-o-v-e-i-t. It embodies all the reasons why I love sheng.
I covet it. Cause 2012 is no longer available. And the fact that I sit on two cakes doesn’t make me feel any better. The day I run out will be a sad day. Hopefully, I’ll be sitting on a few 2014 cakes by then, and life will be good again :-)
I want to take this opportunity to thank Garret and Mandala for the outstanding quality of their product, but mostly, for the exceptional customer service I receive on every purchase.
It means a lot to me, and they have earned my loyalty. They are at the top with very few other sellers for me. And I don’t say this lightly.
So Garret, if you read this: thank you.
I drink your tea every day, and my life is better because of it.
Pic of the session:
I’ve been exploring my Eco-Cha tea…I must admit I am impressed at the quality so far.
This tea is stunning, in every way possible.
First, it just looks perfect to me. Fifty shades of green.
You can feel the love and care in every single little nugget.
The taste is remarkable. A clean high mountain fresh mouthfeel.
Floral breeze, buttery and creamy. It’s vegetal with a soft mineral rock taste. The wet leaf smells heavily of spinach.
I could drink this forever, just beautiful and so soothing.
The dried and unfurled leaves looked so perfect, they inspired me to photograph them.
I highly recommend this.
Pics of the session:
Like pretty much every Sunday mornings, I’m drinking GO in bed, “giant mug style”.
That’s right….Sunday mornings are not for tiny Vanilla Dreams pot. No. On Sunday, big is better.
Cause I just can’t get enough of this liquid chocolate tea. Yes, gooey fudgy vanilla tea of my dreams. GIMME MORE!!
Miaow cup for a miaow tea :
My door is open tonight…it’s raining, there’s a cool breeze coming in, carrying the scent of the forest. Piney, earthy, and mossy.
Perfect night to break a nice chunk of this brick.
Using 8g for 5oz yixing clay pot.
This is my kind of shou. Sweet and syrupy. Rich and dark. Burnt caramel.
I get raisin and mushroom notes. Not overly complex, just smooth and delicious.
It’s really tasty and I get a nice vibe out of it, it’s making me all relaxed and at peace.
On a funny note, when my 4 year old godson asked what I was drinking the other day, I answered pu instead of pu’erh, knowing fully well it would be easier to pronounce for him.
The thing is in French, “pu” means stinky. The little munchkin giggled so hard, he cried. And now his parents just love me…cause he keeps saying over and over again «auntie drinks pu, auntie drinks pu…» and thinks it’s the most hilarious thing ever.
So Pu is not only good for you, it’s makes little children giggle.
Happy Sunday everyone :-)
Pic of the session:
Early morning or late night with MzPriss…having this tea.
So how can this be my night cap AND my morning tea?
Oh, that’s right…I haven’t slept yet!!!
Oh well, thank you Aila for being there for me just the same. You make everything better.
Saltines and caramel…malty yum.
Life is too short, sleep is overrated!
Thanks for having a cup with me missy :-)
First, I’d like to thank Eco-Cha for giving me the opportunity to be one of the 10 lucky people to get a free yixing clay pot on their recent giveaway. I got my order today with such a lovely little pot! Came in a nice box, all wrapped in a pretty asian style red towel.
I am already brewing one of their tea in it tonight.
I did not know what to expect from this award winning Dong Ding. If anything, award winning won’t necessarily make me like a tea.
I do a quick rinse. This is heavily roasted so I’m expecting some big char notes, and this is pretty much what I get on steep one. Nothing special, just very roasted.
Then…vavavoom! Whoa, fruit! I get a mango mouthful. Yes I know, it’s not really supposed to be there, but that’s what I get! And it’s not subtle, I get that even from the wet leaf.
But that’s not it, this tea is kind sweet and savoury. It’s paired with creamy butternut squash…and roasted root vegetables.
Wow, it is so fragrant, every time I open the pot, I get tropical mango wafts.
As expected, it produced many steeps, but of course, I never count when I get caught up in the moment.
This tea was expensive, but totally worth the bucks.
My first Eco-Cha experience, and I am quite impressed. Quality in every possible way, with an impeccable presentation.
Pics of the order and session:
Flavors: Butternut Squash, Mango, Roasted