955 Tasting Notes

OK so I got suckered into buying tea at Davids today. Sale + a bunch of favorites about to be discontinued = Dex coming home with more tea than she should have…..

I love this. It’s just so yummy. It’s exactly as advertised – Cranberry orange cinnamon baked goods. Light delicate – nothing out of balance. It just makes me happy…..

(I didn’t buy any Cranberry Pear and it’s on the discontinued list too – I might have to go back tomorrow and pick some of that up…..)

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drank Low Country by August Uncommon Tea
955 tasting notes

Yet another one that Sil shared with me.

I had a cup of this a few days ago and wasn’t quite sure what I thought about it. It was nice and really caramel – but wasn’t getting the burnt bourbon notes that are mentioned.
Not sure what I did different tonight – but wow – boozy. More leaf longer steep is what I think. Really like how it is tonight. A little smokey – a little caramel – a lot of bourbon (sweet booze). I’m going to get more of this one too – I will need to play with it. Me thinks a little maple syrup would go well in here (or even a little bourbon on those crazy nights)….

Just for the record – yes I"m drinking all three of these August Uncommon teas while I’m putting together a shopping cart – this is going to be my first purchase of 2016…..

Thanks so much Sil for introducing me to these amazing teas….. :))

Sil

yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed them. It was well worth the risk i took in purchasing them and being able to share :)

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OMG!!!!! This is the most amazing chocolate nut tea. WOW!!! Fantastic. It’s chocolate chestnut and just screams hot chocolate by the fire. Mmmmmmmmmm
I don’t have much more to say – other than 200g of this is in a shopping cart right now. Sooooo gooood.
Thank you Sil for sharing.

Sil

hahaha this and mousse au chocolate are probably my fav. This one goes away forever and Mousse is out of reach :(

VariaTEA

I have some Mousse I can share with you, Sil! If you don’t mind that it’s a little bit older

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Drinking though a few of the August Uncommon teas that Sil sent to me.
Wow – this is really fun. A little unusual but really interesting. It’s just a really nice molasses, chocolate, bready black tea – and then there is this something in the background – if you don’t read the ingredient list it’s hard to put your finger on it. But then yep – that’s it – caraway – that’s why it’s a little pumpernickel bread ish. Awesome – in a strange kind of way.
I need more of this in my life – even though I don’t think it’s the kind of tea that I would drink everyday (that’s probably a good thing – it’s pretty expensive) – but on those days you need something special – this would totally fit the bill.
Thank you so much Sil for sharing.

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I’d been drinking this all week at work and while it’s a really good everyday black – I didn’t think it was anything special. (What I was drinking I bought Nov15)
And then there was a sample of it in the box that Sil sent to me. That’s what I’m drinking today. Not sure when she picked it up – but this is totally different than my package – or it’s totally different steeped at home vs work.
I just find it interesting that this is really good – nice and dark, malty, bready. Could be the love from a friend theory – it could be home vs work – it could be a different harvest. What ever it is – I’m very happy to be drinking this today. Thanks Sil for sharing. :)

Sil

hahaha i was totally thinking that when you sent me “extra” because i missed mine.

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Definitely an interesting Ceylon – not really what I was expected. Not even sure how to describe it. Yes light, yes a little brassy – but it’s deeper than that. Was really happy to have had the opportunity to try it.
Thanks so much Sil for sharing.

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Was drinking this earlier today and thought that it was a pretty solid Keemun. A little malty, a little fruity. Didn’t really get any roast or smoke so that worked for me.
Pleasant enough tea – I would drink this again.

Thanks Sil for sharing. :))

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This is why you have to try everything. This is why I’m always excited to see things in a swap/care package that I would never choose for myself.
This is totally different from the other Assam I was drinking earlier. This is a beautiful tea – not at all what I would expect from an Assam. Still not in my preferred flavor profile for black but really interesting.
It’s a little fruity and and light. Some wine/grape notes while it’s really hot. As it cools those notes deepen and it becomes a little bitter – but in a good way – almost sweet bitter chocolate. Very interesting.
Thanks so much Sil for sending this my way.

Sil

i picked up a few random teas while in paris. Ie. told the shop keeper to randomly pick a straight tea for for or X tea for me. and just bought it. this was one of those lol.

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drank Assam by Joseph Wesley Black Tea
955 tasting notes

I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. I am always happy to try tea that my friends generously send me, but in general I don’t really like Indian black teas.

This is light with some high notes. It’s not as acidic/astringent as I normally find Assam teas. The fact that I’ve drank three cups of it tonight must mean that it’s not that far out of my comfort zone. I guess that also means that this is not a typical Assam. I’m sure this is a quality tea – JW has great teas, but it’s just not to my tastes/preferences.

Thanks Sil for the opportunity to try it. :))

Sil

haha no problem – better that you get a chance to try it before you buy it! :)

Dexter

I agree – I would never buy Assam for myself. Is nice to get to revisit it from time to time. You never know when your tastes change.
Best part of getting random samples is that you get to try stuff you would never chose for yourself. Always a fun adventure

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Thank you Sil for sending a sample of this my way. :)

I’ve western steeped the whole sample three times and it held up really well to that.
This isn’t my favorite style of black tea, but it certainly is a decent cup. It’s really smooth and gentle. A little starchy, quite sweet, a bit fruity. I’m not getting any malt or chocolate.
Happy to be drinking it today, but this wouldn’t have a permanent place in my cupboard.

Sil

best part about sharing things. great to try, now i don’t have to buy hahaha

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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