300 Tasting Notes

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This was part of my birthday treat to myself. I’ve been very “meh” about certain oolongs in my life so far, but I read the item description of this and thought it sounded quite tasty. Sandalwood? Honey orchid? Juicy? Yum!

Like the leaves. Very long, twisted, green, sweet in a fruity way. The brew is indeed tasty, but… huh. There was that fruity-melony-juicy taste I was expecting, the kind I get a bit of from tieguanyin but I want more of. And then… there’s this taste at the tip of the tongue that is unexpected. What is it, buttery?

This tea deserves a more eloquent review; unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until another tasting (when I’m not having ice cream cake at the same time) to give it what it deserves. But since I can tell it’s an enjoyable and interesting tea, I’m going to go ahead with a number rating since it’s a high one. Yay for oolongs I actually like!

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drank Vanilla black tea by Zen Tea
299 tasting notes

I keep forgetting I have this tea. Whoops, guess I better try it.

Mmm! This is actually quite nice! Maybe a little less assertive in the vanilla than is desirable, but that could be my fault as well. It’s nice to have teas like this that are just all sweet and smooth. I took my second steep to work and I couldn’t stop sipping on it. A lighthearted comfort tea. Yay tasty sample!

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drank Anastasia by Kusmi Tea
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Exactly how do you rinse a tea? I gave it what I thought was a rinse, but I’m not sure I did it right.

At any rate, I still like this tea. Mellow, earthy, oddly spicy, full-bodied. And a needed wake-up.

KittyLovesTea

To rinse a Pu Erh I Pour boiling water into the teapot for roughly 5-10 seconds and discard the water. The idea is to open up the leaves so they steep with more flavour.

TeaVivre

Yes, The rinse step can help washing and waking up your tea leaves. You can put the tea into the Yixing teapot and pour boiling water, it doesn’t need too much water this time, just cover the tea leaves.

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This un’s a sipdown. This time around it came out a bit soapy. Eh. Ah well. I would’ve had more to say about it this morning, but… egh. Monday mornings. Egh.

Thanks to Nicole for the sample!

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Today was my birthday!!! Which meant a self-assigned day of doing whatever I wanted. Well, for the most part. I would have really liked to sit around and chill a bit more, but I wound up going to a concert tonight and did other stuff and it was a bit busier than I’d intended.

But anywho. Had this for a morning cup, which was delicious. Then I made a resteep and put in the thermos to take on the drive to the concert… and then forgot it. Whoops. But that meant I still had it, all nice and warm and everything, for me when I got home to start watching my favorite movie. Shoulda left it in the thermos, that way it wouldn’t have cooled as I drink it oh so slowly. Ah well. Still delicious and masterful.

Also this may have been a sipdown? I’m not sure; I’ll have to tidy up my cupboard to see for sure.

P.S. After a month and a half of not getting any new teas (!!!), I used my coupon to place a Verdant order. So excited! … If only I’d not waited until after the Zhu Rong Yunnan was out of stock; that one has always intrigued me.

OMGsrsly

Happy birthday! :)

TeaKlutz

Thank you! :D

Terri HarpLady

Harpy Birthday!

TeaVivre

Happy Birthday!

ashmanra

I hope it was happy, and that the coming year will be as well!

yyz

Hope you had a good one!

Tea Sipper

I hope it was a great birthday!

Nicole

Happy birthday!

TeaKlutz

Thanks everyone! :D :D :D

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Backlog from this morning and afternoon; this was another one from Teapots & Treasures; I think it was called Art Deco? It was a black tea with Assam and Keemun as well as some flavorings.

Not quite my cup of tea; nonetheless, I was very impressed! It was a satisfying black tea brew, and the flavor was a healthy mix of fruity (which is why it wasn’t quite my thing, I’m not a fruity tea person at all) and nutty. I don’t know if “complex” is the right word, but it was an interesting and quality flavor. I’d recommend it!

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Yet another woefully backfired “early to bed early to rise” plan + stupid allergy season makes my throat scratchy every single morning = mmmmmm black tea. I was generous with the leaves this morning, so it’s pretty mushroomy and “atmospheric.” You know what I’m talking about, right? Atmospheric tea? Oh gods I love this tea.

P.S. Anyone know what’s going on with this Steepster Select? It looks like it’s some kind of tea-of-the-month club. So how do they pick the teas? Do they find them from Steepster reviews? Are they all from different tea companies?

TheTeaFairy

I miss that tea a lot, used to be a staple but until I reduce significantly my cupboard, I’m resisting the usual repurchasing impulse!
There seems to be no info available on Select unless you request the mailing invite…hmmm.

Terri HarpLady

I requested it, mainly just to see what the plan is. I don’t know that I can afford a TOMC right now, but then again…we’ll see. I haven’t gotten any info yet.

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drank Assam GFOP by Kusmi Tea
299 tasting notes

Sipdown of my sample, thanks again Nicole!

Made some of this before work; deliberately made one cup to drink at home and one cup to take in my thermos. Well, I didn’t have a lot of time this morning, so I drank about half my cup, then poured the rest in with the tea to go in the thermos. The tea I tasted was decent, but I knew I’d underleafed a bit and decided to steep it a little longer.

Baaaaaaad plan. That was most definitely NOT Assam flavoring I was sipping on the commute. Whoops.

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I am a baaaaaad trumpet player right now! I’m practicing while drinking tea! And it’s not even a week before I’m leading an instrument care clinic at our store, which will probably include me mentioning that anything you’ve eaten or drank right before playing will go down the trumpet and build up on the inside! Welp, I am planning to get it chem cleaned within the near future. That’s my excuse.

Today’s tea is Guatemalan Black Tea by Teapots & Treasures, a little shop full of tea and knicknacks just off the main circle in downtown Indianapolis. Went there with my friend when I visited her in July; it’s a little bit of a cramped maze, but it has very sweet and personable associates. Also quite the range of medicinal teas… especially for women.

This is infusion #2 of this tea I’m doing today. The first one was okay; I don’t remember thinking a whole lot about it. I think it’s growing on me though. It’s almost malty or something, but there’s a fruity note and a sliver of astringency, possibly from me oversteeping. Not really bitter. Aftertaste is a bit odd. It reminds me of other black teas I’ve had, but I can’t remember which ones. Oh boy this is an eloquent review.

Probably not a restock, but a pleasant little morning cup. I’ve got a few ounces, so this should last me a while.

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Tea is my happy place. I drink tea when I’m at home, when I’m at work, when I’m waking up in the morning or winding down for the night or when I need a little boost in the afternoon. Tea is my official side hobby, and I couldn’t be happier that I’ve discovered such a vast world of flavors, aromas, varieties, and traditions – encapsulated by a beverage that I used to shrug at.

My taste in tea always seems to be changing!

Black teas are far and away my favorite. Great Chinese black teas are one of my weaknesses. I also like a lot of the Earl Grey relatives and I have an affinity for floral teas, especially rose-flavored ones.

I don’t drink green teas as often, but there are a few I quite enjoy.

Same with white teas.

I have some experience with oolongs, but not much. Most of the ones I’ve had taste the same to me, and I’m not huge on the roasty-green flavor. I kinda like the juicy-green ones, though.

I’m exploring pu erhs. I haven’t had many, but the ones I’ve tried have been really intriguing when done right, and it seems like the pu erh universe is a rich and complex one once you get past “IT TASTES LIKE FISH!”

I like rooibos, but I have to be in the mood for it. And it HAS to be in a sachet or a bag. Loose rooibos is more of a pain than it’s worth.

I go through different phases when I’m trying teas. Sometimes, I really want flavored stuff; sometimes I just want to try pu-erhs; sometimes I’m on a rose tea kick, etc. I enjoy building up my base of tea knowledge and even more the experience of finding a new and unexpected thing I love.

I have a tendency to ramble in my tasting notes. Sometimes it’s on topic. Much of the time it’s not. You have been warned.

As for me, I’m 25 years old and I work at a music store and play various instruments. Besides tea, I love bicycling, writing, teaching myself French, watching things from everyone else’s childhood, ASMR, Star Trek, cats, and awful puns. I’m an INFJ and a Libra too, for all it’s worth.

Steepster is absolutely the most positive, kind, and intelligent online community I’ve ever found, and I love meeting fellow tea enthusiasts through here. I look forward to meeting you!

P.S. Any rare soul who recognizes the profile pic gets bonus points forever.

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