471 Tasting Notes

85

Happy New Year everyone!

This is my first cup of tea this year. It’s a pinch more bitter than usual, but getting Senchas just right is a tricky thing. Still tasty though!

Stephanie

I miss this one. Need to re-order!

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85
drank Falling Water by Teaposy
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I had this tea a few days ago. My husband got me a Daydream glass pot from tea posy and got the flower teas too, even though I don’t usually like florals. I was curious to see a blooming tea in action anyway, so I brewed one. It really is quite neat. It smells strong like a bouquet of flowers (I didn’t recognize jasmine alone, just a general floral shop smell). However, the taste wasn’t bad at all. I actually enjoyed it. I want to say that I’ve completely changed my mind about floral flavors, having begun my tea journey with a strong dislike even for green oolongs (which I now love), but sometimes I get a flower in a cup that really is too much or just the wrong flower, I don’t know.

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95

I really should get a mug warmer. I like my tea hot! and this tea is especially good while its hot. But alas, my current cup is tepid. I do all the after dinner chores and I think its safe to make tea. But then one of my seven pets gets into trouble, makes a mess, vomits, it’s always something. If its not the pets then its my husband, asking me to make him tea after I already made mine. Then I have to go to the bathroom. And of course, there will always be some chore that I forgot that I can’t leave undone. Same thing every night. About the only time I get hot tea is in the morning before school when I’m in such a hurry that I sip it carefully while too hot and end up not having time to finish the cup before I have to go.

TheTeaFairy

Shelley, I feel exhausted after reading this, lol! YOU DESERVE HOT TEA!
Have you thought about double walled ceramic travel mugs? I use them at home when I know I’ll be having a situation similar as yours… I like them cause they don’t hold the aftertaste that most travel mugs retain.

Shelley_Lorraine

i don’t have any travel mugs yet because I haven’t found one that really speaks to me. Do the ceramic ones come in smaller “normal” mug sizes? I know larger size means hotter for longer, but I just don’t enjoy tea as much out of a super-size mug. :)

TheTeaFairy

Mine is 16oz, and I never saw a small one, you’re right, but I’m pretty sure the standard is more like 12oz, mine is really big…keep looking, ya never know :-)

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll get a tall travel mug for traveling sometime, but at home I prefer the feel of a 10-12oz mug with a normal mug shape and handle. its cozier. :) It’s ironic that my husband likes really huge and heavy mugs, but he doesn’t like his drinks as hot as I like mine. Those giant mugs of his keep his drinks hot for so long though! lol.

Dr Jim

One trick to try is to just put a piece of paper on the top of the mug while you are busy. Something like half of the heat loss is due to evaporation and this will stop when the vapor under the paper reaches equilibrium.

Shelley_Lorraine

I’ll have to try that next time. Thanks :)

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15

Yuck! This is some nasty tea. It’s Keemun? really? I don’t like Keemun, but this doesn’t even taste like that. It has a strange sickly-sweet flavor and a pasty mouth feel.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
Dustin

Ew. Did it go bad perhaps?

Shelley_Lorraine

I ordered this sampler cube a month ago, I certainly hope it didn’t go bad. I’d like to believe that H&S doesn’t sell stale tea O.O

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I’m with BrewTEAlly Sweet about the “no kidding theres tobacco in this!!” thought. Amazing the variation possible even within the same type of tea. I’ve always thought of Yunnans as a delicate, sometimes sweet black. This one is far from delicate, but don’t mistake with for being Assam-like. Its not bold and brisk. It’s a serious flavor profile with a manly vibe to it. I totally respect this tea for what it is, but it’s not my cuppa. I intend to send my second sample to my father, who will likely appreciate it better than I.

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85

Green Oolongs have become my favorite teas recently. I remember the very first time I had one (an Iron Goddess, I think) I didn’t like it at all!. Strange how preference changes. My perfect oolong is a balanced blend of creamy and floral. This Nantou Four seasons is perfectly creamy, but I wish it was more floral. It hints at wanting to be more, but didn’t quite make it. Still a lovely cup of tea and one that I would drink often if I had more.

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95
drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
471 tasting notes

hmm, I seem to be the first and only one reviewing all the Steepster Select teas. :D

The dry leaves of this tea smell so fresh and grassy, almost like a fresh batch of Laoshan Green. I love the smell of fresh green tea. The taste of this one doesn’t disappoint either. It is creamy and vegetal and not wimpy about its flavor at all. Just the way I like my green teas.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I should have signed up…le sigh. This one sounds good :)

Shelley_Lorraine

I figured the first month promotional price was worth it, at least. Don’t know if I can afford the membership indefinitely, but if the teas are always this good I might figure out a way ;) Of course, then it will get me hooked on too many premium and costly teas that I can’t afford more of. Such a dilemma :)

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I am hesitant to try Chinese blacks anymore, except yunnan. Others usually taste like veggies that have been steamed in a dry pot. yuck! But the description of this one made it sound much different: fruit, cherry, caramel. . I almost detected the fruit at first, but then I lost the detection. This tea, to me, has that smokey undertone that I can’t appreciate, like a keemun. These type of teas literally taste all identical to me. I can’t get past the smoky to notice other flavors. I am leaving this tea unrated since I cannot be a fair judge here.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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85

Yay, my very first steepster select box arrived today! I love the packaging and the helpful extras like the filters and tea-info card.

This roasted dong ding is quite tasty. Roasty at the top of the sip with a sweet finish. I can’t say that its significantly better than any other roasted dong ding that I’ve had, but it does have a place amongst the rest of the “winners” :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

Did I tell you all how much I love this tea last time I logged it? I think I was too distracted with intense studies at the time to give proper attention to the tasting note.

So, just so you know, I most definitely love this tea!

I worry that my meager supply will run out before I have money to afford more. Xmas shopping really drained my already meager funds. I only ordered a small bit during the black Friday sale because I didn’t know if I would like it. I have maybe 5 servings left. I will definitely be getting the most out of each teaspoon with re-steeps (which I am usually pretty lazy about).

TheTeaFairy

That’s exactly what I was telling myself about Lychee oolong tonight!

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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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