471 Tasting Notes

I have one more sample left from Shmiracles after this one and only a few more from other people after that. The never ending box of samples is nearing it’s end. It’s almost time for more swapping! (^.^)
I’ve said before that although I like pu-erh, I find it an awful base for most sweet flavors. That being said, this is one of the better sweet flavored pu-erh blends that I’ve had, and from DavidsTea no less. If you are into flavored pu-erhs, I hight recommend this one. As for me, I’ll take my strawberries and blackberries with a black tea, thank you :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Tea Sipper

Well, you could always mix this blend with a black tea…

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65

One of my last few samples from Shmiracles

The leaves smell like fruity and alcoholic. Not a winning scent for me. But the tea tastes quite different than it smells. I can’t figure out how to describe it accurately. The best I can come up with is spices, possibly clove among them. But not spicy like a chai, it’s more delicate than that. The alcoholic scent that I detected before lingers slightly in the flavor. The rest I cannot describe. I can’t say that I am a fan, but is an intriguing flavor nonetheless.

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

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85

Hmm, I thought I’ve logged this one before. Guess not. Well, this isn’t the first time that I’ve had this tea. I like it more this time than before. Sometimes teas need time to grow on me. It’s smooth, slightly malty, and fruity. A very good every day black when you don’t want something too bold.

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

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85

Having a glum day and I thought this tea might make it better. It’s not quite as sweet as last time, but I think that’s just my mood getting too it. I have a piano recital tomorrow and I really hope it goes well and puts an end to my glumy spell.

For the time being, ordering some more of this tea might help, since my sample from Shmiracles has not quite enough left for another cup.

ETA: Oh hey, there it is! there’s the sweet that I was missing. It all fell to the bottom :p

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Shmiracles

hahah it DOES fall to the bottom doesn’t it.
surprise ending!

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45

Backlog:

I got this as a free sample when I ordered tins from Annie’s Tea Time. I knew I wouldn’t like it, so it sat around in my cupboard until I decided to give it to my mother. She likes flowers in her tea :)

I was with her when she brewed a pot of it and she offered my some. I figured, might as well try it since it’s already brewed. It wasn’t so bad, but definitely tasted like roses, fruity roses, reminiscent of a dainty lady’s hand lotion.

Flowers or not, I prefer not to consume hand lotion. (^^)

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85

Enjoying the last of my Autumn Laoshan Green this morning.

I finally got to place a new Verdant Order. Yay! I made it a whole month without new tea orders (swapping helped me through it :p )

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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75

My last mystery swap sample from BrewTEAlly Sweet and it’s a good one!

The flavors are nicely balanced, nothing tastes artificial. I was worried about the rose petals, because I generally don’t like flowers in my tea, but they don’t come through in the flavor. It tastes like pomegranate and green tea :)

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

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75

Thank you for the sample GiggleGoddess

I’m now discovering that white teas can have quite a range of flavor profiles. This one is quite nice, but not my favorite. It is similar to White Symphony from Adagio, having obvious hay and barley notes. I like this one better than White Symphony though as that one took the horse-food flavors a bit too far. This one also has a sweeter aroma (like honey), but it doesn’t come out in the flavor much.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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85

Sipping the last of my sample of this tea from Shmiracles. It’s all gone and I can’t buy any more just yet. Money is not showing up according to schedule.
(´A`。)

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

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65

Another steal from my mothers RoT stash. I drink mate blends when I happen to have easy access to one, but it’s not a tisane I’ll actively seek out.

The can doesn’t have all the powdery cocoa that it warns about on the outside. I think they may have changed the formula a bit as older reviews on the RoT website describe it as being more powdery in the can.

I used just one bag and didn’t fill my mug all the way, but I probably should have used two bags. I steeped it for 7 minutes and it is a bit watery. The flavor, albeit weak, is alright: like un-sweeteened chocolate and roasted mate. It’s not a replacement for hot cocoa. If you need a serious chocolate fix, look elsewhere.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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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?. . .).

Location

Wyoming

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