487 Tasting Notes

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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85

I used a smidgin more leaf and brewed for less time than before. The resulting flavor: #2 pencil. Not sure how that happened, but I’ll know to keep the steeps longer on this one in the future.

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95

Yay, another yummy oolong to add to my list of favorites. Ive probably said it before, but I can’t believe I ever didn’t like green oolongs. It wasn’t because I had bad ones, I just had a complete change of taste preference a couple months into tea drinking (In February, it’ll be a year since I started loose leaf and steepster, yay!).

I wanted to sample the Anxi Tie juan yin also, but it appears that I got someone else’s samples. Oh well. Ill probably just order it next time anyway, which will be soon since I need a bigger bag of this now than the little 1/2oz that I got :p

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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95

I was worried about not having ordered more Dinjoye Estate, relying on this new blend to fill its spot, but my worries were unnecessary. I love this new Irish breakfast blend. yay! Bold and malty. yummy :)

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

Awesome that it’s doing a bang up job filling in for a favourite!

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100

I bought a box of this tea in sachets after sampling it some time ago and it has become my most favorite after-dinner tea. So simple, yet so perfect.

TheTeaFairy

Mint lover here, I hear ya!

TeaBrat

I bet this would be good as an iced tea too,. mmm. I love verbena.

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95

Sipdown.

Good news is that the heat is working quite nicely on the second floor of the gym today. It’s the first day of classes and I was even more pleased to find it not as crowded as usual (I guess the students finally realized that new years resolutions aren’t going to work out, lol).

I debated ordering more of this tea last time I was ordering from Butiki, but I decided to go with the new Irish Breakfast blend instead. I haven’t received it yet, but I sure hope it is a suitable replacement until my next Butiki order.

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Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: 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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