1282 Tasting Notes

67
drank Strawberry Tea by Lipton
1282 tasting notes

Oh my god, I was with my boyfriend yesterday after work so I didn’t have a chance to check Steepster at all. I just curiously peeked in at the forum last night when I was checking email and replied to a couple of topics, but I haven’t read most of them yet and I haven’t read any of my dashboard pages at all since… tuesday morning, I think. And this last week I’ve been on a rather an enormous adding spree for no other reason than clicking the ‘follow’ button is way more fun than it logically ought to be. I just like adding new people, it makes me feel social. Probably a subconscious response to being such an anti-social person in real life.

I’ll just do my backlogs while gathering courage for tackling the rest.

First up, a backlog from yesterday. I was at a course and this was the tea served. Or rather, it was the topmost teabag in the pile provided to choose from. I wasn’t feeling picky and I’ve always liked strawberry tea.

It did definitely taste of strawberries, but it was fairly synthetic in flavour. Had a LOT of equally synthetic aroma too.

Actually, it had so much aroma that (and I swear this is absolutely true) I accidentally dipped one sleeve of my cardigan in the cup and got a little stain there, and hours later the boyfriend sniffed at my other arm and stated, “you smell like strawberries today.” He didn’t know at the time that I’d had strawberry tea. I suppose it could be a coincidence, but what are the odds?

So, it was a pretty mediocre cup of tea, but I’m inclined to be generous on the rating. Even the most mediocre tea wins in flavour when you get to drink it from a proper cup instead of those cheap plastic cups that you just burn your fingers on.

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91
drank Vanilla Caramel by Custom
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Because this was such a success the other day, I’ve tried to reconstruct it today. I needs it. I need something that is so good that it can take away the sneaking girl-stomach issues and the general pouting that the fact that my presence has been requested at work on wednesday, which because I work part-time is normally my day off, has brought on. I think I’ve mentioned it before, but I hate, abhor and just generally dislike meetings. Especially those I can’t get out of.

So something sweet and distracting, yes please.

When I tried this the other day, it was the second steep of the caramel, and this is the first steep all round, so it’s intersting to see if it’ll turn out the same success or if I’m in for a bit of a disappointment.

Nope. Still good. Still sweet. What girl-stomach? What meeting?

Carolyn

I bring teas into meetings and fiddle with my strainer. It keeps me from saying things I will regret.

Angrboda

I don’t really have that opportunity. Luckily our meetings aren’t usually that long, just boring. Boring boring boring.

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67
drank Puritea by Pickwick
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Backlogged from this morning’s travel mug. My, my. I do believe the Drama Llama visited Steepster last night. Complete with Martyrian Exit and everything. I will outright admit that I might not have handled it too well. Wank makes nobody look good, and I’m no exception. A better approach would probably have been to show them how to write a discussion prompt without being hurtful in the process, but I was too angry at the time to realise that. Again, my apologies to the admins for not having managed to contribute in a constructive way, but it doesn’t change the fact that I stand 100% by every single word I said. Or wrote, if you prefer.

One good thing did come of it, though. This morning I enjoyed my cheap-as-dirt and supposedly-white bagged tea IMMENSELY. Spite can make the mediocre occasionally exceptionally awesome.

Cheers, all!

Auggy

LOL @ the Drama Llama.

Is that anything like the Alpaca of Unhappiness? :)

Carolyn

That really sounds like something Neil Gaiman would come up with. If I were in Denmark, I think I would dare Angrboda to include the Alpaca of Unhappiness in her NaNo Novel. ;)

Cofftea

You handled it perfectly:)

teaplz

Drama Llama and Alpaca of Unhappiness! Classic! I love you guys.

Angrboda

I’ve never heard of the Alpaca of Unhappiness, but I’ve learned about the Drama Llama over LJ way.

Carolyn: I ain’t making no promises. But I’ll see if I can give it a go in the 5K I have left. Yeah, there is NO WAY I can round this story off before I’ve hit 50K.

Auggy

I just like alpacas… I figure if there is a Drama Llama, there can be an Alpaca of something, right?

Jillian

Sooo can I still call you ‘the Angry Dane’? ;p

Angrboda

As long as you don’t expect me to start speaking Dutch. :p (Dutch?? Where did he get THAT from? O.o)

Cofftea

It could be worse, instead of " cheap-as-dirt and supposedly-white bagged tea" you could have had no tea at all.:)

Angrboda

Indeed. :)

Jillian, check my bio update. LOL! I couldn’t resist. :p

Jillian

LOL! XDD

I agree with you on the Dutch thing, maybe he thought that since they both start with “D” they mean the same thing. GeographyFAIL. rolls eyes

Angrboda

So…. in Canada you speak Chinese? And in India they speak Italian? :D Geographail indeed. I was pissed off to high heaven last night, but now I’m just way too amused by it.

Jillian

Well actually a fair number of people in Canada do speak Chinese, due to our large immigrant population. ⌐_⌐

But no I agree, complete and utter Geographail.

Angrboda

… Hadn’t thought of that. Apparently I also need to get my geography sorted out. (Or whichever subject that would fall under.) I should have thought of a more obscure language.

Jillian

S’okay, lol. I think that would fall under linguistics or maybe cultural anthropology, not geography. :D

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75
drank Raspberry by Adagio Teas
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I saw two raspberry tea posts in a row and I got inspired. So Raspberry Rampage, oh yes!

(I’m a widdle wabbit wot can’t type!)

Having this now as an after-after-dinner tea, and it’s nice and semi-sweet.

There’s lots of raspberry in the aroma and something fruity in the flavour although I still don’t really think it tastes very raspberry-ish.

I give up, I can’t think of anything else to say about it. Dreadfully short post from me, I’m so sorry. Forgive me.

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36
drank Aniseed by Luka Te m.m.
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A setting is being demanded of me, so here I am (I quote) with my delightful boyfriend (who’s really putting up nicely with all this abuse) on a sunday afternoon. I had some of this this morning and discovered that I liked it a lot cold too, so I made a pitcher of it and put it in the fridge for later. It is now later.

For experimental reasons I added just a pinch of peppermint to it, because I was reminded of that peppermint/liquorice root herbal stuff that two of my colleagues favour. That one is I think about two thirds peppermint and one third liquorice root, and I find it far too pepperminty for me, which is why I only added a pinch of it to this.

I think it turned out very nice. It’s like it’s sweet, but it’s not sugar-sweet. Another time though I think I’ll add a little more peppermint to the mix because I can’t really pick up what I added to this one. Obviously I haven’t found the golden middle road yet.

Preparation
Iced

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36
drank Aniseed by Luka Te m.m.
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When one of the first things you see after having woken up is annoying, then you need a tea to match. Not an annoying tea, just one that matches. This is mine. It’s my “HA! IN YOUR FACE, ANNOYANCE!”-tea. Which I suppose is interesting considering I gave it a mediocre rating the first time around. But there you are.

Ah yes, that’s better. The aniseed first and then the liquoriceroot at the back of the mouth after. A sweet tea that makes me feel like my mouth is turning black. It reminds me of the strong liquorice that we like here in Scandinavia but which my boyfriend, who’s english, claims is nearly inedible and at the very least shouldn’t be sold as ‘sweets’.

There might be a yo-yo rating on this one. For a first sip, I feel like it’s set really low, but that might change later on.

ETA:
I forgot half a cup and it got cold. Hey, this is almost better when cold. Rating is going up a notch.

Jillian

Dare I ask what was so annoying?

Angrboda

Take a wild guess. :p See LJ for further details.

Angrboda

Or… details and details. Hints rather, I suppose.

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83
drank Nepal Top Oolong by A C Perch's
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Fourth steep while watching Midsomer Murders. Only ten minutes left of the episode and I STILL think they ALL did it. Gah!

It’s hard to believe that this is the tea that initially disappointed me with lack of flavour. I must definitely have brewed it wrong the first time, because today I’m founding an astounding amount of flavour. It’s a bit weakened but not that much. Yes, I added a few fresh leaves to the third steep, but not remotely enough that they could carry two whole steeps all on their lonesome.

I’m beginning to change my stance about how much I think it lives up to the high price. Tastewise, not really, but… I can’t think of the right word. Like… the endurance of the leaves? How many times they can be used successfully? In that regard, it is definitely worth a purchase. I still think it’s very expensive, but it gained a little more worth in my eyes.

(OMG the vicar did it??? But but but but but he was the nicest person around! I did NOT see that one coming.)

takgoti

Can’t trust those vicars.

Angrboda

Obviously not. I would have thought I’d watched enough episodes of this show to know that there is ALWAYS an enormous plot twist when the time comes for Barnaby to figure out who the killer was, but it gets me every single week. I’m so glad I started watching this by coincidence :D

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83
drank Nepal Top Oolong by A C Perch's
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I’m having a resteep of this with my dinner, so it’s the third steep. I added a pinch of fresh leaves to the pot to give it a little extra kick.

I know I said the aftertaste gets cancelled out when you’re eating something too, but there you are are. The leaves and the pot were already there and I was feeling lazy.

Inspired by the post about it earlier today though I also boiled some broccoli in salted water with butter, and I smelled the steam as it boiled. I was right. That was EXACTLY the note I found in the tea this morning. I feel all satisfied with myself for having noticed that.

It seems very similar to the first two steeps, but I think if I hadn’t added a few fresh leaves it tastes sort of like it might have been a bit faded. I probably ought to not have added it in order to get a ‘clean’ third steep, but I thought it might just get weak. I’d rather have an inaccurate third steep than a weak clean one.

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83
drank Nepal Top Oolong by A C Perch's
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I was so disappointed by this the first time I had it. It was really expensive, nearly 100 kr for 100 g, which is a price you normally see in white teas and flowering display teas. And then it had so little flavour. It was almost unbearable.

Today has continued to suck, involving the local tax authorities who are trying to trick me into paying the same bill twice. I wouldn’t be so irritated by this if it hadn’t been for the fact that paying this bill last month is a major contributing factor to november having to be stingy-month. growl

I needed something soothing and I haven’t had a pure oolong in ages, so I’m going to revisit this one. My expectations of it aren’t quite as high this time, so I’m going to be starting over. Hopefully I can shift the rating up a bit too, because ‘30’ is just… I feel really bad about having rated such an expensive tea so low. So let’s pretend that this is the first post I make about it.

The leaves are large and twirly. They’re a bit on the darker side, although not as dark as a black tea. Some of them have that golden in-between colour. Pretty in the in. They have plenty of aroma. Sweet and with a note of tobacco.

(so far so good)

Once they have been steeped, the leaves turn a nice light green again. I’ve never noticed that before. I’ve given it a good long steep to get as much flavour out of them as possible. A C Perch’s recommend eight minutes, so that’s what they got. Actually they got nearly 15 minutes because I forgot to pay attention. In the cup it has a nice golden-ish red colour, like autumn leaves just before they fall off the tree. I’m using a fairly tall mug and I can just exactly see the bottom of it. The aroma of the brew is sort of reminding me of broccoli that has been boiled in lightly salted water with a small lump of butter in it. I wouldn’t say it’s a broccoli note, but when I smell something vegetal with a weak butter note and a weak salt note, broccoli is the thing that first comes to mind.

The first sip of the first steep was primarily bitter. This, obviously, has to do with oversteeping. As mentioned I was aiming for 8 minutes and forgot to pay attention so it got nearly 15 instead. They don’t say anything about recommended temperature other than ‘freshly boiled water’. I can taste very little else than the beginning bitterness, so I think it’s safe to say that pretty much ruined this. How annoying. But on a day like today, hands up everybody who’s surprised. Anybody? No?

Dumping the first steep then, and going straight to the second. In my opinion any proper oolong should be able to handle at least one resteep, so I’m not too concerned about it shifting the review. The second steep involves a kitchen timer, so as not to make the same mistake again. It’s much much lighter this time around. A more orange-y golden, but the aroma is exactly the same.

No bitterness this time. I’m thinking I must have made it up too weak that first disappointing time. It has a nutty note, some astringency if you really search for it, and a clear leafy primary flavour. Well, I say ‘primary’, but the thing is it only really comes through if you get a large enough sip. If you just take tiny little nips, all you get is the nuttiness. It’s especially brought out if you slurp a bit and get it nicely mixed with air while tasting. A very very VERY small barely there flowery note too. I can’t even find it in every sip.

To begin with this doesn’t have much in the way of after taste, but as you take a few sips, it starts to build up. If you’re eating anything with the tea though, you’ll ruin it. Every time you take a bite, you have to start over.

All in all, I’m feeling much more happy about this tea now than I was before, and I’ve shifted the rating up considerably. Is it worth the high price though? No, not really. You can get lots of similar or better oolongs at half the price this one cost.

Preparation
8 min or more
takgoti

Well, at least that’s a step up from soul-crashing disappointment. Did you steep it any more after cup two? I’m curious to see how this one plays out on subsequent trials.

takgoti

Inquiry written before reading your second and third posts. Don’t mind me.

Angrboda

Doesn’t mind But yes, it has redeemed itself.

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91
drank Vanilla Caramel by Custom
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Okay, I’ve got some tea in me now and some other cool stuff has happened and I’ve listened to a cool song, so I’m feeling a bit more optimistic about the rest of the day now.

Still, I do have domestic chores to ignore, and what better way to do it than having another cup of tea.

This is a Sudden Inspiration blend. Kind of brave actually because it consists of my Caramel tea from Luka with half a teaspoon of Vanilla from Adagio in it. The brave thing about it is that the Caramel is a resteep of the cup I had a couple of hours ago, and I haven’t got the foggiest clue as to how well that tea handles resteeps… I may have just made myself something that will be rather weak and taste slighly of vanilla.

The aroma is quite nice. There are definite vanilla and caramel notes in it. A bit fleeting which I imagine must have something to do with most of it being a resteep.

Oh my GOD! This is… I can’t even… I just…!!! The caramel SO didn’t get hurt in the resteep and the vanilla is really bringing out the sweetness in it. Like a bit of sugar can bring out the sweetness more, but this is just without that side-flavour of sugar. I will totally have to try this again except without the caramel being a resteep. The whole thing is rounded off by the astringency of the tea, so it doesn’t get cloying.

I had expected it would be nice, but I’m surprised that it was THIS nice. It reminds me a bit of the Elephant Vanilla Chai that I had yesterday. Only sad thing is that I’m running very low on the vanilla sample from Adagio. I should be able to get a vanilla black from my local shop, though, so I just hope that it’s as good as Adagio’s.

Luthien

Sounds fabulous! I’ve been on the hunt for a really good sweet vanilla type tea for ages, and it sounds like you’ve found it.

Angrboda

I wouldn’t say it’s really sweet-sweet. It’s not something you get in your mouth and think ‘oh, this is sweet’. I could have wished for a bit more of that actually. The aroma of it is sweet but the flavour is more sort of rough. Like a proper vanilla pod as opposed to that powdered vanilla sugar stuff. Kind of hard to explain. But it underlines the sweetness of the caramel. I don’t really think I’ve been drinking this vanilla on it’s own as much as I’ve used it in blending experiments.

takgoti

“Oh my GOD! This is… I can’t even… I just…!!!”

Hehe, I think we just saw your head asplode. Love it.

Angrboda

I know, I was SHOCKED at how good it was. :)

Marie

This might be out of the norm. But if you’re having a hard time finding a good vanilla tea. You might just want to purchase some vanilla pods, and then while the water is coming to a boil, scrap the vanilla from one pod into a pot with your favorite black tea and see how the oils from both blend once you pour the boiling water over it. You can’t go wrong with pure vanilla. Let me know how it goes because I haven’t tried something like that. It was just a thought I had while reading your comments.

gmathis

I like the vanilla pod idea … a lot of the flavored vanilla teas I’ve tried taste a little chemically to me.

Angrboda

Amy, I’ll try my local shop for a vanilla tea first. I know they’ve got one (I looked). Adagio’s is the only vanilla tea I’ve ever tried, so I don’t have anything to compare it with. I like it as it is, but I have no clue how it holds up to other brands.

I’ve tried sweetening with that vanilla sugar powder stuff, though, and it didn’t really work like I had imagined.

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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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