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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
689 tasting notes

This tea, again. This is all I drink lately. I don’t even contemplate other teas, just go to the cupboard and get this one out. I’m enjoying a cup of this before I take the furbaby for his morning walk then head off to school.

I have my first exam of the term today – embryology. And so it begins. :P

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
689 tasting notes

Just steeped up a cup of this tea. Everything I could say about this delight, I’ve already said. This note is more of a life update. :)

I’m sitting myself down at my desk and not moving unless it means steeping another cuppa. Rescuing our new furbaby completely unexpectedly means my studying has been significantly set back. Tonight I’m rectifying that.

Here’s a picture of our boy taken two nights ago: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/229FBE5B-FCC8-49B2-8ECA-CA54EE94F3F2_zpscmalz2gw.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Another awesome upside, is that a Steepsterite I became really close with in the last year and a half has moved close to me, which means I have not only another friend here, but a tea friend! Woot.

MissLena

Beautiful dog! So happy you rescued him! :)

darby

Oh wow! What is he? Really looks like the new baby wolves at our zoo. I have a husky but he doesn’t quite look husky lol.

Veronica

He’s so handsome!

Cameron B.

Aww, I would rescue him anyday! <3

Courtney

Thanks guys!

Jennkay

Yay for beautiful pets and Steepster friends! :)

Nicole

Ooo… he’s very pretty!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
689 tasting notes

This tea never gets old. It’s essentially all I’ve been drinking, when I get the opportunity. So delicious every single time. I just finished up my last batch the other day (fall 2013?), and this is the first cup of my newest batch (spring 2014 I believe).

We rescued a furbaby a few days ago, and we’re all learning a new routine, which means less time for tea drinking, but it’s definitely worth it.

sundaysipping

Congrats on the furbaby!

TeaBrat

Let’s see some pics :)

yyz

Awe, enjoy your new pet.

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I’ve been a bit off since I got back from my visit home, and I’m really over it. Tonight I threw all caution to the winds and decided to brew up Brioche.

Surprisingly, this tea is hitting the spot. The flavours are coming together in a great way to make this the delicious tea I enjoy.

P.S. One of my genetics profs sent out an email offering free tickets to whoever could tell him about a certain biologist that will be speaking at a conference tomorrow evening and I won the tickets to see him. Thrilled!

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drank Cookie by Lupicia
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This tea smells caramel-like when dry, and there is a somewhat caramel flavour there steeped too. Caramel, yet cookie. I’ve had to finangle with all the steeping parameters to finally get a cup I’m nearly fully enjoying though.

This cup had 2.8g of dry tea/14 oz. of just under boiling water. Not actually 205 degrees, I only waited a few moments until the majority of steam was gone from the open kettle. Then a quick steep of 2.5 minutes.

I’m finding I want just a little bit more of something. Maybe adding milk would bring something out, though I’m not one for adding milk. Maybe my next cup I’ll be brave enough.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
TeaBrat

This is pretty good with milk (I use soymilk personally)

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drank Lattakoojan Assam by Butiki Teas
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I can’t quite seem to make this tea work. I get a deep, smooth taste, and it’s tasty overall, but the astringency is a just too bit much for my liking. Perhaps I’ll try a slightly shorter steep?

I have to remember to do a comparison with Dinjoye before I drink this one up.

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, this one shouldn’t be astringent. Maybe less tea and slightly cooler water would help?

Courtney

I’ll try that :)

Butiki Teas

Good luck!

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drank Sansia Black by Butiki Teas
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I whipped this one up this morning, then nearly forgot about it as I cleaned the house. However, it had cooled to just the right temperature by the time I remembered.

This one is tasty, but I don’t think I need it permanently. With each sip, I just want TWMB instead. I’m getting a great bready taste, but not enough of the honey-like sweetness I love.

Cameron B.

This is exactly how I felt when I had it, teehee! TWMB has ruined me, clearly. :P

Cameron B.

Taiwanese Wild Mountain BLack, also from Butiki. AKA Waffle Tea!

Stephanie

‘waffle tea’ is the bestest

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drank Red Queen Cupcake by Butiki Teas
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I made this one quickly when I was home and it didn’t turn as well as it could’ve, so now that I’m back across the country, I’m trying again.

This steep was much better. All the elements are subtle, yet apparent. The espresso is not overwhelming, which was my main concern. And the strawberry and dark chocolate are evenly taste-able with the espresso.

Definitely a tasty tea.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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Well, J is across the country, and I don’t return until mid-week, so I’m enjoying my Lupicia teas with his mom. We began with Melon Oolong and have now moved onto Pineapple.

The pineapple tastes just as it smells, well, slightly more subtle. There is a buttery hint that’s borderline butterscotch. Quite fascinating. The pineapple isn’t artificial at all, which is lovely.

It’s taken me quite some time to get over my first disastrous pineapple oolong experience, and I’m happy to say this one went over much better.

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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The weather has cooled a bit at home now, and J flew back today, so it’s time for trying some of these new teas I’ve picked up in my travels.

First, I love that this steeps at boiling. Low maintenance for the win! The mango scent was very strong from the package, but mellowed out once steeped, thank goodness. The green oolong base is apparent, but not offensive. Green oolong is not my favourite, but I’m enjoying this cup of tea, and I could see myself perhaps replacing this oolong.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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