1312 Tasting Notes

69
drank Black Frost by The Simple Leaf
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Another Bethany tea. I remember picking this one for my wishlist for her, because I have never had tea from the Nilgiri region before. I have no clue what to expect, but I’m expecting something akin to Ceylon, since that’s relatively close.

It’s got a nice golden colour and a very grassy aroma, almost like a newly mowed lawn. A spicier than that, though. Underneath it I’m picking up a sweet note, almost caramel-like, and all in all, it’s reminding me more of Darjeeling than it does of Ceylon. Or both maybe. Like a middle thing between Darjeeling and Ceylon. I’m not really sure, I change my mind every time I sniff it.

It’s very vegetal in flavour and very sweet in an almost sour-like way. Like citrus-fruit, without actually having even a hint of a citrus flavour. It tastes kind of green the same way that a Darjeeling can taste green and it definitely doesn’t remind me of Ceylon in flavour at all. It’s almost like… like it’s not quite ripe yet.

I’m not sure it’s something I would seek out as a type all that eagerly again, but it’s definitely drinkable.

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77
drank Orange Jasmine by Mighty Leaf Tea
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I found a swap package from Bethany in my letterbox yesterday when I came home from work. I’ve spent the time since at war with myself over which one to try first. Eventually I resorted to Ippy-Dippy and landed on this.

Quite fitting actually since I was wanting something orange-y recently and didn’t really have any.

I forgot to take a look at the dry leaves before brewing, so you’ll have to do with out. After steeping, though, they smell sweetly floral. Like jasmine and just a touch of sweetness from the orange. The tea itself smells pretty much the same way, just stronger and sweeter. It kind of reminds me of orange chocolate. It’s got a nice clear and deep amber colour in the cup.

The taste is like sweet oranges. Almost orange juice-y but with the floral notes of the jasmine just underneath. I like how the jasmine is understated in this one. I’m still holding on to that orange chocolate impression too. I swear I haven’t added any sweetening agent to the cup, but it tastes like there’s something there. Don’t know what it is, but it’s not sugar. I’m leaning sort of towards almonds, which I actually think would fit an orange quite nicely.

If I taste really carefully I can pick up the tea itself underneath too. Sort of nutty and with that special sort of flavour that puts me in mind of an oolong. I like this, but I made a large pot and I’m not entirely certain I’ll like the last cup as much as I liked the first one.

And the best of it all, guess what! I just discovered that Mighty Leaf has a swedish website too that ships to ALL of Scandinavia! I expect it’s probably somewhat smaller than the american site, like the two sites that Adagio has, one for America and one for Europe, but still. For the freaking win! WOOT! I shall decipher the swedish and have a closer look at that later.

ETA: I’ve realised what the sweet stuff in it is. It’s vanilla. And lots of it too. I think I could have lived without the vanilla. At least in this quantity.

Bethany

I had a very similar to reaction to this tea – I was really surprised by how sweet it was, and I couldn’t shake that orange chocolate taste, along with that touch of jasmine. The sweetness was a bit overpowering, but I liked this overall.

Angrboda

It’s helped now that I’ve realised where the sweetness is coming from. It struck me when I read ML’s description of it and they mentioned the vanilla. I’ve saved the bag for a resteep which I’m planning on chilling. I think that would work really well because it’s so sweet and fruity.

Micah

Just the name Orange Jasmine is enough to make me want some of this. And judging from your review it’s definitely worth a try. I hope I can find it as a single tea bag at the on campus grocery!

Angrboda

I quite liked it. A bit cloying towards the bottom of the pot what with the vanilla, so maybe a big pot wasn’t the best way to go. It was really good chilled too though.

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74
drank Oolong tea candy by Unknown
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I may be pushing the limits with this one. I debated whether or not it belonged on the board or in one of my own posts, but eventually I decided that since it’s made of primarily real tea and it’s built pretty much like my other posts so here it is.

Once upon a time I was in a travelling teabox, the very same that inspired the one I’m organising here (note! Sign up for the Travelling Teabox by emailing address and steepster username to me at [email protected] before dec 31st! Guidelines for participation can be found in this thread (http://steepster.com/discuss/102-travelling-teabox) on the board) and someone added these candies that I nabbed a couple of. Two red ginseng candies from Korea, containing sugar, maltose, red korean ginseng chunks, raw honey and peppermint, and two oolong tea candies from god knows where in Asia and containing oolong tea, maltose and sugar. (There were also a couple of maple candies which I’ve eaten long ago)

I’ve never had the guts to try either of these, but tonight I happened across them and I was feeling brave. It’s a sort of greenish dark grey colour and it smells vaguely of tea. It definitely does taste like a sweetened proper oolong tea, though. It’s like a dry cup of tea. It’s like…. sucking on the leaves after brewing. It tastes like the inside of the pot smells after a number of good steeps. I wish I could get my hands on more of these, because they’re really kinda yummy! One is definitely enough, but I could get addicted to these things.

(The ginseng ones didn’t actually have tea in them, smelled rather bad, and tasted worse… it was like sucking on a bit of dry toothpaste. The less said about those the better.)

Carolyn

I came across this today while looking at pu-erhs: http://www.puerhshop.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=105&products_id=725

They’re called pu-erh candies. I’m not certain whether they are actually candy or not. All I know is that they definitely have pu-erh in them.

Cofftea

Oolong and pu erh candies! WOW!!! I’ve only seen green tea ones before! I would agree w/ the “pushing the limits” (at least for current steepster usage, I’m praying we’ll some day be able to offically log tea food items/accessories/wares)- but this is just too cool! This is the very reason I want that idea implemented:)

Cofftea

@Carolyn, it isn’t actual candy. It’s brewed so I’m thinking they use the word candy instead of cake maybe?

takgoti

I can totally see myself becoming addicted to these.

Angrboda

Carolyn, those look awesome. Just right for travel sized. Although I can just see someone getting one and try to eat it. LOL! :D

Takgoti, I am blessed with not knowing how to get more. Really. If I knew, I might get myself in trouble.

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64
drank Raspberry Chocolate by Custom
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Home again! At last! Visiting family is nice and all, but nothing really beats coming home and sitting down in your own furniture with your own door closed behind you and just… breathe… out.

And now I just needed some good honest solid invigorating proper tea. And then I make this mix of Adagio’s Chocolate and Adagio’s Raspberry in more or less equal measure. Yeah, I can’t really see any logic in the choice either, but there you are.

I could have sworn I had tried this mix before, but I couldn’t seem to find it in my logs. I must have been confusing it with something else.

It smells mostly of chocolate. Milk chocolate actually. I think the raspberry is sort of smoothing it out and adding sweetness, although it doesn’t actually smell like actual raspberries the way the dry leaves do.

While the smell is awesome, the taste is kind of watery. With that sort of smell I was expecting something more viscous like milk, so the first mouthful actually seemed kind of watery. It tastes quite nice but just not of chocolate. Or of raspberry, really. It’s like it’s sort of cancelling itself out.

I really can’t understand if I haven’t done this before, though!

takgoti

My mom is obsessed with these chocolate raspberry cremes from Sees and so whenever people come back from out west, they bring her some. We got a box for Christmas this year, and you’ve inspired me to go nom on one.

Also, you can’t underestimate the power of having a space all your own. Especially after a lot of family time!

Hyrulehippie

I always feel like that after a family visit. It’s nice to see them, but it’s seriously draining.

Angrboda

Takgoti, oooooh nummy! Fruity chocolate is so awesome. I’ve been eyeing a blueberry chocolate that I’ve seen when grocery shopping. I haven’t allowed myself one yet, because of and attempt to try and save money, but soon!

And both, as for family time, I totally agree. It’s not relaxing in the same way that being at home by yourself is at all. Even when you find a moment to do something quitely by yourself, you still have one ear out to jump to whenever someone says. Besides, there are other factors (health problems and the like) that make spending extended time with family a little extra stressful, although it wasn’t really that bad this year. I accidentally offended my mother a bit once when I wanted to leave a day earlier than they had expected, and I heard myself saying something about also wanting some ‘time off’ before going back to work. Stupid thing to say, really.

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Also backlog. Had the second bag of this yesterday while waiting for the rest of the guests to arrive. It was of course still very yummy, but somewhat overshadowed by the hope that it would be dinnertime soon because I was starving half to death at the time. It went really well with my mother’s brown biscuits and vanilla hoops, though.

I’ve saved the bag since it was only used once for one cup, so I’m trying out a resteep of it for breakfast this morning.

ETA: Resteep was successful. It could probably have handled one more, but I didn’t want to keep saving the bag. My mother already seemed to think it was slightly odd that I had saved it in the first place.

Jillian

Cool, I’m glad that you liked that tea! :)

takgoti

Must remember to grab a box of this the next time I’m in Whole Foods.

Angrboda

Jillian, I discovered a coffee place in the city where I work recently that actually sell boxes from Numi. Sadly they didn’t have this particular one, and I was only marginally interested in the others they had, but it gave my hopes a boost. If there’s one place, there’s a fair chance that there are other places too.

Takgoti, you totally should! It’s very nummy.

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45
drank Persian Earl Grey by Lipton
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Goodmorning Steepsterites, and merry christmas to those of you who celebrate.

This year I got a tea-related present. A set of a mug, a small box of biscuits, a small tin with five teabags of green tea and a tea measuring spoon. I can’t wait until I get home on sunday so I can try it out. (If I can figure out what brand it’s supposed to be)

Anyway, this is a backlog from last night after the present opening was over. Over here in Denmark we are so backwards and impatient that we open our presents on the 24th in the evening. My parents have a sampler pack and one was just picked at random.

Nothing special really. Lipton’s lemony tasting Earl Grey with some jasmine, I think, thrown in. I can’t check, but it tasted like jasmine to me, so that’s what I think it was. Drinkable although somewhat perfumed.

takgoti

I think a lot of people here are starting to open presents on Christmas Eve, too. We usually do one each, but save the rest for the morning. I think I’d personally feel too deflated if I woke up in the morning without any surprises to be doled out. Color me conditioned.

Angrboda

Ha, so we’re not really backwards, we’re ahead of our time! :D
We have dinner first (traditionally roast duck, goose, turkey or pork roast), then we put the presents under the tree and sing christmas songs while walking several miles around it (we call it ‘dancing’ but it really isn’t) and getting a good look at all the decorations on it and such. After that we unwrap presents, one at a time, and then we have our evening coffee (or tea) and people start to go home. Some people save the dessert for after all the gift unwrapping. Children get all excited for getting their presents in the evening and then they get all frustrated again, because they typically have to wait until the next day to play with most of it, so I suppose you could technically say that we don’t really get anything until the next day. :)

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Slightly backlogged. I had a pot of this while wrapping the last christmas gifts, getting tangled up in the stupid ribbon, hopefully not mislabeling anything and packing and re-packing my suitcase because it didn’t fit. Why did I buy such heavy and large gifts???

Great for an up-and-at-’em tea, though. I probably should have made it earlier, I might have got something done of my todo list…

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36
drank Aniseed by Luka Te m.m.
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All those chores I mentioned this morning? Yeah uh… um…. uh….

In other news, I’ve made me a pot of this aniseed tea that I had nearly forgotten I had. I tried to clean up the table in the kitchen where tins migrate to as I use them, and I got distracted. I tried, though. Isn’t that good enough?

It’s the closest thing I’ve got to the Black Satin from 52teas. Maybe I can make do with this when the Black Satin runs out. Maybe. It’s not as good.

On a whim today I added a pinch of peppermint to the pot. It’s both good and bad. I can’t actually decide if the peppermint taste doesn’t fit in at all, or if I think it’s really nice. I’m leaning towards a nice addition that doesn’t fit in. The aniseed and peppermint are sort of competing for attention on the tongue which brings about a pretty strange result.

Well, we’ve tried that. Next time I think I’ll leave out the peppermint. Strange idea to add it anyway.

Suzi

Might be a strange idea, but I would have thought peppermint and aniseed nice together. I’ve never actually tried it though – I guess it doesn’t work out!

Angrboda

It sort of doesn’t work in a way that kinda works. I really can’t decide! :D
Maybe it’s something to do with the parts of the tongue that register them, if it’s the same area for both. Maybe I used too much or too little. I don’t know. It works very well with the licorice root though.

PeteG

I find any mint type of tea with anise is nice…sometimes even some licorice root…most of the time I enjoy a good strong black tea with the whole lot is a treat too.

Angrboda

I suspect you might have liked this one then, Pete. I found it a little confusing. Can’t decide if it was worth a second try some other time. :)

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Third steep of yesterdays leaves. It’s a mix of one part having tons of pre-christmas stuff to do, one part being lazy and one part wish to wring as much out of these leaves as I can.

First cup is a bit thin. It could have done with a ‘crutch’ or a slightly longer steep. The second cup will invariably get that, given my brewing method of leaving the leaves loose in the pot, so we’ll see if it makes a difference.

I would like to say that the tea had gained a sweet note, but to be honest I think that’s just the after-effects of the piece of chocolate I just ate…

Second cup with a significantly longer steep is better. It still has some of that baked flavour left, but I want to repeat the statement that it tastes like how bees look, because I’m picking up a small note of strong honey underneath.

Okay, that’s the morning tea. I’m going to get started on a to-do list and then my numerous chores.

Meg

granville island as in up in Vancouver? I’m sensing a new place to visit when I run up there next time…

Angrboda

I assume so. I got it in a swap with Jillian and she lives in that general area.

Jillian

Yes I got it from Granville Island in Vancouver. I’ve got family living there so I visit fairly often. Granville Island as a whole is an amazing place to visit if you’re ever in the area, and the tea shop they had in the Marketplace had a very nice slection of loose-leaf.

Meg

Yes, it’s lovely. I’ve been to the model boat museum and ran through the market quickly, but I was only in there for the beeswax/honey shop. Next time I’ll look for the tea, thank you!

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A proper pot of tea now, another Jillian tea.

I suggested this one on my ‘wishlist’ for her not because I was wildly curious about it, but because Tie Kuan Yin (which this is) is my most favourite type of oolong ever. I more or less knew what I would get, but I just couldn’t pass it over without at least asking.

The leaves look a bit darker than I remember of this type of oolong, but then I remembered that when I’ve bought it from Teaspring in the past, I’ve always gone for the jade variety. So the leaf difference is pretty obvious then, isn’t it? They have a slightly smoky note to the smell. Not very much, just a little bit. Apart from that they smell fresh. Leafy. Planty. A living plant, not a dead leaf.

It brews up very light in colour and almost lime-green. I checked Jillians notes briefly and since she seems to have used a shorter steeping time than I normally would I thought it best to follow suit on the first time. There is plenty of aroma though. A lovely, leafy, almost floral smell that makes me think green thoughts. (Not green tea thoughts, just thoughts that are green. This is a very difficult concept to explain. Sometimes it’s just as if thoughts have colours.)

Mmmm yummy! I suddenly understand, I think, what you lot mean when you say something has a baked taste. That’s another one that I’ve seen a lot of people use, and I’ve never been able to put my head around it. I totally get it now, I think. There is a lot of it. It both makes me think of baked goods and it also makes me think of leaves and greenery, and I can’t decide which is more dominant. And bees. This tea tastes sort of like how bees look. Please don’t make me try to explain that.

Yes, it’s summerly and springly and still my favourite type oolong in the whole world.

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Ang lives with Husband and two kitties, Charm and Luna, in a house not too far from Århus. Apart from drinking tea, she enjoys baking, especially biscuits, reading and jigsaw puzzles. She has recently acquired an interest in cross-stitch and started a rather large project. It remains to be seen whether she has actually bitten off more than she can chew…

Ang prefers black teas and the darker sorts of oolongs. She has to be in the mood for green and white, and she enjoys, but knows little to nothing about, pu-erh.

Her preferences with black teas are the Chinese ones, particularly from Fujian, but also Keemun and just about anything smoky. She occasionally enjoys Yunnans but they’re not favourites. She has taken some time to research Ceylon teas, complete with reference map, and has recently developed some interest in teas from Africa.

She is sceptical about Indian blacks as she generally finds them too astringent and too easy to get wrong. She doesn’t really care for Darjeelings at all. Very high-grown teas are often not favoured.

She likes flavoured teas as well, particularly fruit flavoured ones, but also had an obsession with finding the Perfect Vanilla Flavoured Black and can happily report that this reclusive beast has been spotted in a local teashop near where she works. Any and all vanilla flavoured teas are still highly attractive to her, though. Also nuts and caramel or toffee. Not so much chocolate. It’s a texture thing.

However, she thinks Earl Grey is generally kind of boring. Cinnamon and ginger are also not really a hit, and she’s not very fond of chais. Evil hibiscus is evil. Even in small amounts, and yes, Ang can usually detect hibiscus, mostly by way of the metallic flavour of blood it has.

Ang is not super impressed with rooibos or honeybush on their own. She doesn’t care for either, really, but when they are flavoured, they go usually go down a treat.

Ang used to have a Standard Panel of teas that she tried to always have on hand. She put a lot of thought into defining it and decided what should go on it. It was a great idea on paper, but in practise has been discovered to not really work as well.

Ang tries her best to make a post on Steepster several times a week. She tends to write her posts in advance in a word doc (The Queue) and posting from there. This, she feels, helps her to maintain regularity and stops her from making five posts in three days and then going three weeks without posting anything at all.

Angrboda is almost always open to swapping. Just ask her. Due to the nature of the queue, however, and the fact that it’s some 24 pages long at the moment, it may take a good while from she receives your parcel and until she actually posts about it.

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