376 Tasting Notes

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hey, WOW! first off, thanks to ifjuly for the ninja tea delivery today! it was totally unexpected and wound up being very funny…. ifjuly, in an effort to protect the tea from the elements and ghastly weather, taped everything up to a point where my wrecked hand just wouldn’t do it, lmao!!! i wound up shredding the packaging because i wanted to know what was in there!!!!

the brilliant ifjuly taught me something new about my personal preferences (not something easily fit inside a parcel!) apricot in a tea is fine by me, but peach tends to come off as annoying! NOTE TO SELF!!!!!

the dry blend is bright and colourful. it has a lovely deep smell of dry stewed apricots. i’ve never had saffron, so i can’t say how it affects the blend, but there is an element in this tea that is unfamiliar but not unpleasant.

light, sweet, smooth, deeply apricot….. i haven’t had an abundance of good experiences with american tea room— this improves my opinion!!

thank you so much, ifjuly!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
ifjuly

glad you like it! sorry for my HULK TAPE approach to that weirdly shaped box, ha. and i agree; i’ve had some decent peach teas (i’m a big fan of lupicia’s momo oolong supergrade) but i definitely prefer apricot in tea. IIRC Sil likes it too.

(trying to put a heart but only messing up the code, whoops!)

JustJames

peach tends to tag team as tobacco with me, which sometimes works, but often times does not….. apricot i get not tobacco at all. this was grand. thank you!!!

Amariel

I like this too, but I am reserving the last of my sample for a cold steep, I think. Maybe.

JustJames

i tell myself these things also. and then a day is challenging or i don’t get enough sleep and good intentions vanish, lol.

Sil

i love that this one is so dead on apricot. nothing peach about it

JustJames

agreed. it wasn’t so clear to me until this blend how clear the ‘yes’ versus ‘meh’ values for apricot and peach were. i think i shall not dally with peach anymore….. =0)

ifjuly

Amariel, I loved this one coldsteeped last summer, yum. Hope you enjoy it.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
376 tasting notes

this came to me thanks to ifjuly. much thanks!

i don’t get notes of cranberry or of almond, though i do get some tones of strawberry and an element of cream (but not like the donut, lol). smells fruitier than it tastes, but still tastes quite decadent…. would i buy it myself? in the shadow of fruits d’alsace and the black lotus and any other number drop kick blends i’ve had lately (many but not all from europe) no. however, still makes a very nice cup and if i were in ifjuly’s living room i wouldn’t say ‘no’.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Bamboo-Pomelo by TeaGschwendner
376 tasting notes

i do love this tea.

no sugar…. lovely and refreshing, right before bed.

the world is unsettled these days. i have no explanations. some say astrology predicts it, others say there are periods of time where this is just how it goes…. i just wish i could help more.

in the meantime, this tea settles.

Indigobloom

That was me through all of October. Coincided with astrology as well.

Terri HarpLady

I think that was me the entire year of 2013…
A month from now I’ll be 55, my 5th palindrome birthday!
I have a good feeling…

JustJames

ahhhh, you guys are great! =0)

MissB

Sooo glad I sent you some of this! Seems like a long time ago now. I’m almost at the point of reordering from my first 100g bag.

JustJames

this is the first review from MY bag! lol…. i bought because of the sample you sent me!

MissB

Heh. I know. Just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy that I’ve helped you find some new tea to love.

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hey! i think i’ve finally nailed this one!!! 2 minute steep (not 4), oolong setting vs full boil, cream, no sugar.

this is my progress so far! although…. jardin bleu is still my fave =0)

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
376 tasting notes

hmm, brief view of the other reviews of this blend and those are not the experience i have had!

reading their reviews i overleafed and extended the steep time….whew! strongly marzipan!!! no problem!!! makes me wonder if they revamped the blend since then?

added a half teaspoon of agave syrup… noooooooot necessary, lol. a bit of cream with it was very nice.

smooth, not astringent. naturally sweet…. i think it might make a nice latte, and might be even nicer with a bit of contrasting spice added— nutmeg? i seem to be on a nutmeg kick!

Fjellrev

It’s definitely nutmeg season!

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drank Marzipan by TeaGschwendner
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drank Autumn Spice by TeaGschwendner
376 tasting notes

so far this one is my least favourite TG tea…. not bad, just not as remarkable as the others i’ve tried. this also doesn’t follow my definition of a chai.

impressions: a vanilla tea. quite subtle. fruit tones that are very mild… some orange, less apple. some spice, but again not strong.

i do find this vendor impressive… i won’t ascribe numbers yet. i need to play with methods, timing and temperature.

=0) we will come to an understanding…. i am certain of it.

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drank Mango Indica by TeaGschwendner
376 tasting notes

WOW!

i taste ripe, golden orange mangoes sliced and adorning the tea cup my son served me with….

i didn’t think i would get to try this one. i bought it for him (he likes all things mango and i don’t expect this bag of tea to last long, lol).

this blend is happily rooiboos free (!!!), light, fresh, i get an aroma of mangoes on the tree, of rind, but within the taste fruit and texture are the only layers. the mild fibrous tissue, juice spilling over my fingers and getting under my nails, the mild piquant but not spicy aspect of mango…. absolutely brilliant!

the very best tea blenders give spielberg and houdini…. they are illusionists and absolutely persuade me to suspend my disbelief. TGTeas…. you are among them. wow oh wow.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
CelebriTEA

Sounds delish

MissB

They really are magic-makers. I think everything I’d enjoyed so far, I’ve really loved.

JustJames

there is only a single regret affiliated with my EU tea addiction (seeing as i have now officially branched out from france) is that i am also roped into SHIPPING charges. sigh.

MissB

Was shipping yuck? I found mine reasonable when I grabbed my first order.

JustJames

no, it was totally fine actually! under 10$ =0)

and just so you know, there appears to be no shipping charge with zen tea at the moment?

MissB

I’ve yet to ever pay shipping with Zen. :) They’re wonderful!

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smells divine…. absolutely, evilly, amazingly, calorie carryingly like a chocolate mousse with a perfectly ripened raspberry reduction decadently dripped over top. i’ve never smelled the like.

but the taste has a curl. no. no no no no. maybe if i say it backwards: ON ON ON ON!

rooiboos!

dammit. literacy only works if you use it =0(

MissB

Oh crappy. I hope someone else in the house can enjoy this instead.

JustJames

i was going to offer it to you, actually.

MissB

Jeepers, how did I miss this? I’m just having my first cup now. Feel free to send it along if you’re still wanting to get rid of the rest!

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
376 tasting notes

this one is just not working for me tonight. hmmm.

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Time For A ReWrite!

A good friend of mine on here kindly asked me to do the Steepster world a favour and list my allergies front and center (fair enough, lol):

-COFFEE … rare, nasty, not even a bit funny if i’m exposed. (call me original)

-ROOIBOOS … is a new appearance. under certain circumstances i’m okay with it (ie if it’s GREEN and paired with mate) but because i have an auto immune disease i try not to poke at things.

*NOT an allergy, but an abnormality that drives my tea buddies bananas, i AM INCAPABLE OF TASTING CARAMEL AND TOFFEE. so i thought i’d list it at the top too. it’s very annoying. they smell great!!?

Hi! I’m James!

I’m a student: double major of human geography and psychology with the intention of chasing a double doctorate. (reading that over it occurs to me again that i must be crazy).

i’m a live and let live sort. i look and see alot of silver linings. my discovery of tea has only served to further that viewpoint. for me tea is art and nuance, watercolours and bold brushstrokes….

swaps are grand things! the element of surprise in a tea swap completely trumps forrest gump’s chocolate box life metaphor, lol.

favourites: french teas dammann freres, mariage freres and nina’s paris especially.

i have recently discovered a german tea company that has romanced me: tea gschwendner (sp?)

mandala teas is brilliant and a company i count on.

justea and tealet are companies i study because of both their exceptional products and and business models, as well as their work with farmers who are TOO POOR for fair trade certification. this is highly relevant to my studies.

90-100 i need more
80-90 i might need more, or it might be a respect vote
below 75? it was likely an oops buy. my evolution into french teas has vastly focused what i like!!

however, i’m always open to trying things.

dislikes so far: guayasa, darjeeling, most peach teas.

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