501 Tasting Notes

85

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This has been such a lovely breakfast tea. I like the new version too, but not as a breakfast tea. The new one is more mellow, more like an afternoon tea. I am shopping around again to find good breakfast teas. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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95

This has been my go-to black tea recently, whenever I can’t decide what to brew. But, alas, I’ve finally used it all up. I have several new black teas on their way to me, so I won’t be re-ordering this one for a while, but that will make it all the more special when it makes it back to my cupboard again in the future :)

Farewell for now, yummy tea, until we meet again (^.^)

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75

I’ve had this tea several times since I last logged it. I don’t know why, but it tastes so much more bitter than the first few cups I had. I don’t know if its just the current batch that I have or if I’m preparing it differently or if my tastebuds simply changed gears (happens surprisingly frequently)

I still like it and I reach for it when I want a dunking tea for my biscuits, but I am not as in love with it as I was in the beginning.

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85

It’s finally cold enough to use my heater. I love autumn! It’s supposed to warm up a bit next week, but not too much.

I completely forgot that I had this tea, a small sample from my last Verdant order. I haven’t been too impressed with dragonwell teas in the past, so I was in no hurry to try this sample when I first got it.

I’m enjoying my second cup of it now and must say that it is the best dragonwell tea that I have tried. It hints at wanting to be a japanese green, but maintains a non-astringent sort of nutty and fruity dragonwell characteristic too.

And now I’ve finished my cup and must get ready for class :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
K S

Send some cool this way 90+ again today.

Shelley_Lorraine

oooh, I can almost feel your pain. I’d be eternally happy if it was 55deg and overcast every single day (unless I was in Florida, where 50 feels like 10 and the humidity freezes in my hair :p)

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95

I haven’t been much in the mood for puerh lately (been in a black tea phase) but decided to kick myself back into eclectic variety.

These really are very good Tuo Chas. I don’t care if the puerh nerds say that mini cakes are sub-par (could’ve fooled me). They try to tell me that sheng is better too, but nothing has yet compared to the rich full-bodied flavor of a cup of shu for me :)

On a side note: sorry guys if I don’t log as often as I used to. I still check in with steepster everyday, but I don’t have any new teas atm (just sipping through the oldies but goodies) and school work is consuming my time. I’m also stressed about applying for graduate school this year. If I don’t get into my preferred school, there will be complications. But besides that, applying at all has me a trifle stressed.

greenteafairy

Good luck with the applications!

moraiwe

School definitely comes first :) Good luck with your applications!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, good luck with school, & with the application too!

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95

OMG soooo much homework! Today was the third day of classes and I had to stay up so late last night for all the reading. I only have 12 credits (and 2 of them are my piano lessons) and I feel like the work load is heavier than when I was taking 21 credits the last few semesters of my english degree AND working part time. So what the big idea here?! Have I just forgotten how to manage?? Times like these I really miss when all my homework was just math. I am not such a fast reader. On top of that, most of the texts are in German and most of my classmates have more years of German study behind them than me. I am not used to being the one lagging behind.

So anyway, I brewed this tea trying to take a quick breather before I prepare dinner. I put some rock sugar (4 pieces) in this time and it came out so good. Or maybe its one of those times when any hot and comforting drink would seem good just because I am so stressed (that does happen. . and then I brew it again later and think “This isn’t the same thing!” lol)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Fuzzy_Peachkin

Yikes! It sounded like you really needed a tea break! I’m sure things will balance out as the semester progresses. Take care!

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85

I will miss this tea so much when I run out :(

First day of the semester today. I made it the the gym and dropped off a cat at the vet. It’s been such a productive morning. I even have time left to enjoy a cup of tea. yay! It’s going to be a heavy semester and I have to start getting things in order for my grad school application. I’m going to need a lot of tea to make it through :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

I still have some of the Organic Irish breakfast left and I had it yesterday. Today I am drinking this one and I think I might like the original slightly better after. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good cup, but the other seemed bolder and stronger, more like a breakfast tea. I’ll have to be frugal with what’s left of my supply :(

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Meeka picked up this tea while traveling and sent me a sample in a swap. Her note to me indicated that the company might be Homewood teas, but she wasn’t certain. I’m finishing off the last of the sample now (didn’t log it before). It’s a good every day white tea, not too heavy on the hay and barley notes (but these are the only notes that I detect).

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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65

Both this tea and the huckleberry tea from NM Tea Co. have Blackberry leaves and cornflower petals in a black base, so I wondered how different they would really be. I liked the Huckleberry tea, but this tea seems a lot more bitter and astringent than the other (much like my husband thought of the huckleberry tea. . see that tasting note too). I think it may be that I just liked the Huckleberry flavor better so it compensated for otherwise unpleasant bitterness.

Both teas have a better flavor while they are hot, but the bitterness sets in as they cool.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Thornton, Colorado
Occupation: Graduate Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.

Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)

Future plans: World domination >-)

Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam . . .

Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine), most della derra and adagio teas. . .

My Rating System

100 My happiness absolutely depends on it

95 Will definitely repurchase

85: Might repurchase (teas that depend on my mood)

75 Won’t repurchase (but I would drink it again if offered).

65: meh

45: I reluctantly finished a cup.

15: Couldn’t finish a cup.

I simplified my ratings to single numbers rather than ranges because I can’t precisely compare so many teas with a system more detailed than this.

An unrated tea is most often one that I recognize as having significant notable quality, but that does not suit me personally. Sometimes, I leave teas unrated for other reasons, such as I am undecided or I brewed it wrong, etc.

Note: Boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it sticks at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .aliens?. . .).

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