472 Tasting Notes

85

Strange. . . I used same brewing parameters as last time, but I don’t detect the same bitterness. Maybe because its still pretty hot? Sometimes I notice bitter more as tea cools.

Some random comments about the “new” Steepster:
*I can’t put in decimal amounts for teaspoons. My “teaspoon” is one of those perfect cup kind that holds slightly more than your every-day kitchen teaspoon, so I like to say 1.5. . but I can’t. oh well.

*I noticed in the list of tasting note quotes that show up on a tea page, the name displayed below my note is my facebook username, not the one I use for this site (which is my real name). Not that I particularly care, but this may confuse some people who don’t recognize the different names. Anyway, that is all :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

Good tea. And I agree about the tsp thing being weird.

Terri HarpLady

I avoid things like the tsp issue by not using that feature, LOL.

As for the FB names, I was wondering why some people had different names posted. I never linked my FB to steepster.

Shelley_Lorraine

but i wanna use the feature!! im too OCD not to and too annoyed that I can’t use it to perfection, :( lol

Shelley_Lorraine

you know im going to start measuring all my tea in grams now, right?

Terri HarpLady

Of course! It’s the only logical solution! ;}

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75

I got a sample of this with my order-before-last but have been putting off drinking it. I requested different samples but mine must have gotten mixed up with someone else’s. I had this puerh before, having requested a sample last year when my family still lived near by. I brought it over to their house and we all sampled a tiny 2oz cup of the tea. My parents liked it, I remember. I wasn’t too impressed, but I never logged it. having this tea in my cupboard again, I wasn’t motivated to brew it. But today, I decided to give it another try. It isn’t so bad really. I don’t love it, but I like it better than I did the first time. It’s very very different from most (shu) puerh. Not as “heavy” to me. Not has fishy either. A lot of puerh-haters might even like it. It’s still earthy, like fresh soil and also has a sweet fruitiness (other reviews suggest plum or prune. . I guess that could be it). I would definitely drink it again, but probably won’t order it for myself.

Flavors: Earth, Stonefruits

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Butiki Teas

Oh no, so sorry to hear that you got someone’s samples. If you order from us again (don’t like to be presumptuous), remind me and we will give you 4 samples next time.

Shelley_Lorraine

oh, thats ok! I went ahead and ordered the two teas I wanted to sample when I ordered just before your office closed last time, so Im all set!

Butiki Teas

Glad you were able to try the teas you wanted but still feel free to add extra samples. :)

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95

You know one thing I love about tea? If I get too distracted to drink it right away, I can microwave it and it doesn’t come out all nasty the way coffee does. I can’t stand a cup of microwaved coffee. yuck!

I brewed this tea and proceeded to prepare my mother’s bday gift (inclusive of tea, of course! among other things). I get the package all ready to go and found a box to ship it in and then I take a sip of my tea that was siting nearby, neglected and found it barely warm. So in the microwave it went and it came out good as new! woohoo!
٩(^ᴗ^)۶

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

So true! Tea always tastes good whether you drink it cold or re-heat it!

Terri HarpLady

yeah, even I occasionally reheat mine…if you must know…lol

Shelley_Lorraine

yes, Terri, I definitely needed to know. How did you know?? :)

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85

I had to get this tea to try it. And I can dig it. I don’t regret that I bought a bag rather than requesting a sample. I’m undecided about repurchasing though.

The leaves are black and the brew is a murky prune color as expected of purple tea. The flavor is vegetal, but not like my most favorite greens. It also has a slight bitterness that could likely get out of control with the wrong parameters. Asparagus is the flavor I pick up the most.

Flavors: Asparagus

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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85

My Butiki order came in yesterday and this was one of my free samples (though mine is labeled golden paw, not golden lion. . .?.?). I also got a sample of a new oolong (baked anxi something. . .I forgot and I threw out the baggy already), but its not in steepster yet so I’ll review that one later.

This is a pretty good cozy cup of black tea. Not my favorite assam, but still pleasant. I seem to be out of touch with my taste descriptors today, so I can’t describe it very well. Sorry folks
¯\(ツ)

K S

Shelly_Lorraine how did you type the hands in the air face at the end of the note? That’s kinda cool.

Shelley_Lorraine

i have all my favorite japanese emoticons saved in notes file to copy and paste. Or I could take a long time putting all the japanese characters together. . . lol

And give me back my “e” in my name :p

K S

Glasses, where are my glasses? lol For the longest time when your name popped up I read it as Sweet Lorraine – a 70’s classic from Uriah Heep. So I should get a little pass this once… maybe?

Shelley_Lorraine

haha. I’ve had all sorts of interesting nicknames, but I still want that “e” back, its very important to me :p My littlest sister used to think my name was “Shelley in-the-rain” because I like rainy days, so that made sense to her. My brother, he just called me “Howie” short and sweet and a dude’s name no less. lol.

Butiki Teas

Shelley-The one you had is the latest harvest and its not on our website yet.

Shelley_Lorraine

oh, thanks Stacy! I guess that would explain the name discrepancy. :)

Butiki Teas

You’re welcome. We just go with whatever the estate is calling the tea, to make it easier. With only one exception since one estate had chosen a name that isn’t very good. :)

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100

This tea makes me happy. If I ever can’t get this tea anymore, I would be very very sad. It’s one of my comfort teas. I can’t explain exactly why, it just is. I love the way it looks, with the little twigs mixed in and it tastes so yummy. That is all. Now Im going to go enjoy my tea in a comfortable location. Bye now :)

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100

This new Steepster setup has me feeling all disoriented. lol

As I said before, I don’t have any new teas to review, but sometimes its good to check in, say hello (I still exist!) and to confirm my like of a particular tea. And, yep, I still like this one. :)

I heard that Stacy will be gone for a couple weeks, so I had to get a Butiki order in this weekend. I have two new teas on the way so I’ll have something new to review. yay.

I really am quite set in my preferences now, and this is good for my budget. I’m hoping to spend half as much as I did last year on tea. I’m keeping track in the thread for tea spending here.

My new fun for this year is hanging out at Webkinztown.com because I love Webkinz! (yes Im a grown up, no I don’t have kids, don’t look at me like that! :p)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TheTeaFairy

Yay for new teas coming your way!!
Lol, had no clue what webkinz were, had to look it up…they’re so cute, haha!!!

Shelley_Lorraine

My little sister sent me one a few years ago and I thought it was silly, but I registered it online so that I could play games with her and I think I am more addicted to it now than she is, its terrible! But hey, no one say I really have to grow up. Webkinztown is just an online forum where I can find other addicts and not feel so crazy. lol.

Terri HarpLady

Glad you’re still around! :)

Shelley_Lorraine

Im always around, lurking in a shady corner. :) I read everyone’s notes even when I’m not posting any, but Im not so dutiful about “liking” them.

cryptickoi

Shelley_Lorraine-I’m the same way,I read most stuff but don’t always “like” or comment…lurking…

Shelley_Lorraine

I feel so important that you make an exception here for me :) lol

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I received a free sample of this tea after my last tasting note, though I was and am still certain that the problem is me and not the tea. There have been a few teas I loved at first and then the second time around, not so much. Maybe the flavor of this one was affected by something I ate the first time I had it or maybe I brewed it ‘just right.’

There are at least three black teas I can think of that I liked originally, but then all of a sudden I noticed a woody flavor that my palate was previously oblivious to. I recognize this as a flavor profile that many people enjoy, so it’s certainly not a bad quality for the tea.

To be certain and fair I brewed a cup of the new sample. I can say that this tea is definitely affected by time and water temperature. I find it the least woody with a 2 min steep (at 195F), but if you like the stronger woodiness or a bolder flavor in general, 3+ minutes is best.

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95

Mantra Tea offered me a free monthly sample of the Ruby Black because in my last tasting note, I said that I didn’t like it as much as the first time and they thought it might have been that particular batch. Anyway, I also ordered more of this Ti Kuan Yin. If a package was going to be shipped overseas, I’d feel bad if it was only a free sample.

I like this tea. It’s not one I’ll buy often because it is slightly over my budget, but I am happy to have it on hand once in a while.

cryptickoi

I’ve been curious about that tea…I may have to order a bit..

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85

Sorry for the lack of notes recently. I’m always here reading everyone else’s notes, but I don’t have so many new teas to review myself anymore. Last year was my tea-discovery year. I had to try everything. Now I’ve mostly narrowed down what I like and don’t like. I don’t need to add 20 new teas to every order anymore. I’ll always have to occasional free sample and I might add one or few new teas that look particularly interesting. I guess I’ll just have to start writing random “Hi! Im drinking tea today” notes for all the oldies, like this one. (^.^)

This tea comes and goes from my favorite list. I always like it, but sometimes its not my favorite green and sometimes I can’t get enough of it. Right now I tend to crave kukicha more often, but Im almost out of kukicha again, so I made a cup of the five peaks.

TheTeaFairy

Haha, welcome to the oldies click!
Congrats on making up your mind after only one year!!! It’s been 3 years in the making for me, still can’t seem to control myself on the «don’t need to add 20 new teas» part, haha! I have no excuses, I do know what my staples are, I’just can’t help it. But if you could do it, so can I right?? …eventually :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, those if us that have written about almost every tea in our cupboards several times end up having to write about what we’re doing while drinking tea, our latest tea ware, or something! :D

Shelley_Lorraine

Im sure Ill have periodic phases here and there, especially during sales. :)

Terri HarpLady

There is no escape, Shelley!

Terri HarpLady

Meanwhile, I could always send you a box of samples :)

Shelley_Lorraine

really, is the next installment of my riveting tasting notes worth such generosity. . .or are you just trying to get rid of tea? 〈(゜。゜)

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 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 >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Greek) – Update: I’m going to the University of Colorado in Fall 2014!! yay me!

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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Wyoming

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