681 Tasting Notes

Another awesome sample from caile! I may have been excited about receiving this swap today in the mail haha.

This tea is fascinating! The smell is that typical comforting black tea scent, but the taste is different altogether. Is that a berry taste? Berries? Fascinating. It’s also a bit woodsy. Not like the forest, like wood hah. I’m quite enjoying it, and the different taste for each sip is keeping me on my toes.

I’ve been researching all night, attempting to narrow down a topic for a proposal due Friday, and rather than narrow anything down, I’ve managed to expand my topic choices. Why must everything sound so interesting? Sigh.

Thanks caile :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
caile

Glad you tried this!

Terri HarpLady

This is one of. My favorites :)

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Another sample from caile :)

Ahh black teas. They are my weakness. I must have them all.

Oh dear. I just brought this up to take a whiff and I smell smoke. I know it’s there! It’s still cooling, so hopefully it won’t come through in the taste.

Okay so that smokiness certainly isn’t strong at all, but it’s there. Subtle, yes, but still too much for me. It’s not actually in the taste, but seeing as my nose has to come pretty close to the cup to take a sip, I don’t think I can quite handle it. Thank you for letting me try this one out caile!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
caile

aww, that’s too bad you got too much smokiness in this one. Glad you were able to try it out though! :)

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Mmm, this one has that natural honey-like sweetness going on. I love that flavour. It’s the very reason straight black teas are my favourite. The scent is intoxicating.

The taste isn’t overwhelming, but still a lovely subtly strong black tea. Subtly strong sounds like an oxymoron, but I’ll have to come up with a better way of illustrating it if something else strikes me.

My one wee pet peeve is when black teas have a lower steeping time (though that isn’t a reflection solely on this tea). It really shouldn’t bother me at all, but I’m so often in a rush and teas that steep at boiling are such a delight in those moments.

Thanks for sharing caile! I’m thrilled I have some of this en route.

Update: The second steep of this is delightful with plenty of flavour. (1.5 tsp/14 oz.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
caile

I’m glad you like it!! :-)
I know what you mean by lower steep temperature being more trouble than just letting the water boil – do you have a variable temp kettle?

Courtney

I don’t! Pout. I do love my kettle though, perhaps my next one will be a variable temperature.

caile

I recently received one and really like it! Before that I used a stove top kettle with a whistling spout.

Courtney

That was my one before the current one. Now I have this one: http://instagram.com/p/YBKG2SuZB9/

OMGsrsly

Now that I have a variable temp, I don’t steep anything but herbals at boiling. :) I find the black teas so much nicer plain with 195-200F water..

Courtney

Neat OMGsrsly! I’ll have to try a few of my favourites at lower temperatures now. :)

Dexter

Agreed – I steep most blacks at 90-95C

caile

I just noticed that this is listed as the organic version; the one I sent was the regular one. ;-) I was interested in trying the organic version but it was out of stock.

Courtney

Whoops!

caile

Lol Sorry I didn’t notice it until now for some reason.

Courtney

I did the same thing for the note I did when I got my TeaVivre order. Wow, fail haha.

caile

Haha! They are almost the same, so easy to do. :-)

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If I remember correctly the one and only tasting note I did for this one just said it was amazing, and that I’d add more. The time has come.

I didn’t realize this wasn’t in my cupboard, though I have only one cup left until it’s gone. It wasn’t in my Butiki order that’s en route, but perhaps the next one.

This one is sweet, and I can get the baked bread notes. And a touch of hazelnut. All very subtle of course. Butiki teas really are a work of art.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
681 tasting notes

A couple months ago I made the ill-considered decision to eat one of the animal crackers from my dry tea leaves. Obviously, it wasn’t just the animal cracker, but also residue from the actual tea. Well, this tea in dry form was not my friend. A part of me feared I would never love this tea again, but this morning I took the bold step of brewing this up, and yes I am enjoying as I once did, before the fateful cracker tasting.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

Haha yay!

VariaTEA

Haha this is why I LOVE their company!!

Sil

that’s awesome… I’m so tempted to just say the hell with it and order through amazon even if i’ll likely be there soon haha

Courtney

Well, as I have no plans to go to Miami anytime soon, I couldn’t help myself. :P I’m happy to send anything I got your way Sil.

keychange

Ooohoh oh oh!! what’d you get? what’d you get? (can’t see your pic for obvious reasons lol)

Courtney

keychange I placed a Nina’s order yesterday for 4 teas and they emailed me this morning saying they were throwing in an extra 1.6oz. of 4 fruits rouges as a gift for me and my Steepster friends. :)

keychange

oh wow, how very kind of them!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
681 tasting notes

I’m on my second steep of this and it’s just as delicious as the first time. Yes, that was two days ago. VariaTEA sent this sample my way and we were just chatting about how I definitely have the control to wait until February to place a Nina’s order. I mean, it’s only a week away.

I was taking a break from studying/assignments this afternoon and where do I find myself but on Amazon. Sigh. I’m sure you know the rest of the story.

Yay for new teas!

Also, I’m trying out a new recipe now for moist coconut loaf while I sip away of this treat.

Update: You guys, the coconut loaf is amazing!

Yet another update: I got an email regarding my order this morning!

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/IMG_4266copy_zps0e618a95.png.html?sort=3&o=0

(I may have specifically set up Photobucket to share this, and other photos with you guys. I was using J’s but I may as well have my own.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

hahahahahaha so should I take the sample of Japon out of our swap or leave it in?

VariaTEA

Also, did you end up getting anything other than Japon?

Courtney

Feel free to take that sample back. :P Yes! I also got Je t’aime, Magicienne, and Grand Amour. Would you like some in the swap? They’ve already shipped (gasp!), so they’ll be here before the S&V we’re waiting on. :)

VariaTEA

haha I tried Grand Amour and it was good but not for me. I would be happy to try some Magicienne though. I got a sample when I saw them and stupidly made it before realizing I was sick and couldn’t taste anything.

Courtney

Of course! I will definitely add that one in. Eee! New teas!

VariaTEA

Yay! Does it make you happy knowing that you have Japon on the way and you no longer need to hoard the sample??

Stephanie

Magicienne is my fave! Japon is a close 2nd .

VariaTEA

I have a feeling it is really good but I could not taste the sample for the life of me. I was so mad.

Nicole

Coconut loaf? Share recipe if it turns out well? :) It sounds tasty.

Courtney

VariaTEA I am thrilled I no longer have to hoard haha! I ordered the 2×1.6oz option on amazon since it ended up being $5 less than the option with the tin. I was also thrilled about that haha. Also, now you will have another chance to taste it!

Stephanie Thanks! As if I could be more excited haha.

Nicole I definitely will!

Fjellrev

Coconut loaf sounds exquisite.

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s awesome! Was the shipping costs reasonable?

Courtney

Cavo the shipping was just over $10 for 5 packages of tea at 1.6oz. each. The tins were slightly more to ship so I opted for the packages of Japon since I have an abundance of tins.

Sil

Want.

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This is a delightful oolong. I’ve tried a fair few from Verdant, but without having them side by side I don’t really feel qualified to say which is better. They all taste like lovely oolongs. There is none of the mineral like taste here that I’m not overly fond of, but there is a delightful, extremely subtle hint of sweetness. We shall see what resteeps bring.

Thanks for sharing KiwiDelight!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 45 sec
KiwiDelight

Yay! Glad you like this one :)

Courtney

Thanks :)

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Sipping on this while working on a sustainability assignment, watching Friends, and preparing a few swaps. Multitasking at it’s finest.

This tea is so amazing. I’m a cup away from a sipdown, but there’s more en route. This will hopefully never be a permanent sipdown because I require this in my life. At all times. The natural honey-like sweetness is irresistible.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
__Morgana__

Shopping list!

Courtney

Good call! It is amazing.

caile

ooh, nice!

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drank Oolong Ti Dung by Ronnefeldt Tea
681 tasting notes

I’m not the biggest fan when oolongs don’t have specific steeping instructions, since in my experience, I’ve found them to be somewhat finicky. I went in the middle and steeped this for 2.5 minutes, and just let the water cool while I put dishes away.

It did turn out just fine. It’s a green oolong, so it has that familiar slightly vegetal flavour, but with an added sweetness at the end of the sip. The sweetness is interesting. I generally prefer darker oolongs but I am impressed with this one.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec
teabro

Ti Dong by Ronnefeldt is not the best Taiwanese oolong out there but is fine all the same. Judging by your likes, you should try the Cream Assam by Ronnefeldt. It may be your new favorite tea.

Courtney

Thanks for the suggestion!

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I have now finished my updated bio. Woot!

This tea I picked up a while ago, from the London Drugs handy my house, when there was an extensive discussion on someone’s review of it. I must say, although I’m not really a chai person this one is tasty. I do have to steep it for quite a while, but that could be because it’s a bagged tea. I love that the coconut makes it creamier and it’s a subtle chai overall.

I’m not always in the mood for it, but it’s tasty when I am, and it is such a delight I can get this at London Drugs.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Yvonne

I have a London Drugs near me…I need to look out for this.

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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.

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