379 Tasting Notes

drank White Tropics by Adagio Teas
379 tasting notes

first of all… thank you ShortSorceress for this sample!

it smells good… just the right tangy ping from the pineapple, a lovely warmth from the coconut… … and then i added water. as soon as it moved from a dry blend and started billowing steam i started to smell a dog trying to pull a little girl’s bathing suit off in the old coppertone commercials.

this one was just wrong for me, though i have no clue why. instead a sunset over the water and relaxation i got ancient commercials and the recalled crunch of sand in my tuna sandwich. the weighted blend of the ingredients was off for this tea fan =0(

no numerical rating.

signing off from bc ferries… we’ll reach the mainland and our hotel soon. yay! a kettle and a nice cup of tea after crazy traffic.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec
caile

Your descriptive images are great! :-)

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THIRD TIME HAS TO BE THE CHARM, SORRY FOLKS! TOO MANY PEACH TEAS TOO FEW BRAIN CELLSSORRY FOR HOGGING THE TEA LIGHT IN YOUR FEEDS…. THIS IS ME WHEN IT GETS TOO HOT.

this tea was very well done! my experience with peach teas have not been abundantly successful— most of them have tasted like the peaches you accidentally drop kicked at the grocery store (fermented) or like tobacco (i don’t smoke and even if i did i don’t want it in tea). i was also dubious that peach and oolong would pair well… but ShortSorceress and i have similar tastes and this was a sample she included in our mammoth swap recently, so of course i was going to try it!

what i didn’t know was that ShortSorceress has friends in high places… see she called the people at della terra and told them about our awesome exchange. della terra were very sporting.. they explained that they had a store of peaches that they stashed in sawdust in boxes that they kept on the top shelf of their most protected vault (the one with the 200 alpha-numeric access code) for just such auspicious occasions.

this tea is the perfect peach. it is precisely ripened from inside the confines of the super secret della terra vault, it is beautifully balanced with the oolong (neither overpowering the other), and it is confident in its presence with strength in subtlety… like bruce lee and his one inch punch. i never would have bought it for myself… that ShortSorceress is one savvy lady!!!

everything i have said tea-wise is absolutely true, and all the rest? you’ll have to find the della terra vault and climb up to the top shelf to prove me a story teller.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

I wonder why they do that. It is a known fact that peaches in fact do not ripen off the tree, like avocados and banana. They soften but they do not ripen.

Short Sorceress

haha, glad to see you finally got the review in the right place.

JustJames

bah. it’s hot. =0)

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drank Peach Oolong by Rishi Tea
379 tasting notes

PLEASE NOTE: NO, YOU ARE NOT READING DOUBLE… I POSTED THIS UNDER DELLA TERRA ORIGINALLY BECAUSE I WAS EXHAUSTED. SORRY FOLKS!

this tea was very well done! my experience with peach teas have not been abundantly successful— most of them have tasted like the peaches you accidentally drop kicked at the grocery store (fermented) or like tobacco (i don’t smoke and even if i did i don’t want it in tea). i was also dubious that peach and oolong would pair well… but ShortSorceress and i have similar tastes and this was a sample she included in our mammoth swap recently, so of course i was going to try it!

what i didn’t know was that ShortSorceress has friends in high places… see she called the people at rishi and told them about our awesome exchange. rishi were very sporting.. they explained that they had a store of peaches that they stashed in sawdust in boxes that they kept on the top shelf of their most protected vault (the one with the 200 alpha-numeric access code) for just such auspicious occasions.

this tea is the perfect peach. it is precisely ripened from inside the confines of the super secret rishi vault, it is beautifully balanced with the oolong (neither overpowering the other), and it is confident in its presence with strength in subtlety… like bruce lee and his one inch punch. i never would have bought it for myself… that ShortSorceress is one savvy lady!!!

everything i have said tea-wise is absolutely true, and all the rest? you’ll have to find the rishi vault and climb up to the top shelf to prove me a story teller.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Short Sorceress

You’ve still got this posted in the wrong place, because this isn’t what I sent you. I sent you rishi’s peach blossom (which is amazing) and della terra’s peach oolong. I haven’t had a chance to even try this one yet, it’s still on my shopping list. I did get a good chuckle out of reading your post though :)

JustJames

and this is what my illness does when i’m hot…. sheesh!!!

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if you don’t like raisins, don’t drink this tea.

an odd compliment to pay? not at all. della terra nailed this one! i have warm, soft, cinamonny, raisiny oatmeal cookies in my tea cup. the cookie is SO tangible that if you cannot abide raisins, then don’t order the tea.

it’s fantastic.

and while i really doubt the tea would have the same cholesterol reduction qualities that i tell myself an oatmeal cookie has (we all need our justifications), it also has virtually none of the calories (another justification right there, lol).

i’ll buy this one for sure. thank you to ShortSorceress for the sample!!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Ooh, I love this one. Need to make a fall tea order from Della Terra for sure.

JustJames

our eldest has a shirt that says ‘stupid raisins, stay out of my cookies’… this really wouldn’t be a tea for her, lol!

OMGsrsly

More cookies (and tea) for us raisin-likers, then!

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hmmm. bluberries i get, and a warm something….. is it cake though? no, not in this steep. i will try again, i do have enough in my lovely sample thanks to ShortSorceress.

this is definitely not the worst tea i’ve had. it’s not even bad…. i’m finding myself wishing for more commitment to the blend. i have the blueberries, but not strongly enough. and i’m not getting any of the spices incorporated for the crumb cake at all. blueberry-ish + a vague warmth does not a blueberry crumble make.

i will resteep. maybe a cold steep? however, i will at this point admit something uncomfortable: david’s teas ‘blueberry jam’ was infinitely better right out of the starting gate. i’m not a fan of david’s for the most part— i have food allergies and i don’t find them trustworthy. but ‘blueberry jam’ is a tea that i adore and that this one doesn’t even compare to.

i will review my number after another steep, but at the moment it reflects the fact that i had expected a great deal more than i got.

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

It must be hard picking out teas sometimes while having allergies. Do you worry of cross-contamination of teas or just the additions/flavouring of the teas themselves?

JustJames

i don’t buy unless i trust the company to list ingredients consistently (which david’s does not which is why i don’t buy there anymore). this issue is how steepster came to my attention, actually! i began looking for reviews /ingredients list and i kept getting routed here, lol. i made friends, whom i trust, i became friends with some vendore on here, whom i also trust… now if i have an ingredients problem i have recourse and am not quiet about it (ask anyone, lol). i trust the information i find on here.

caile

That’s interesting about davids. I found steepster in a similar way although it was researching teavana, and found most links came to here as well! This really seems like the best place to be for all tea lovers.

Short Sorceress

It reminds me more of blueberry pancakes than blueberry crumble, but thats ok with me. This is my new go-to tea for our pancake breakfast every other week. I haven’t tried cold steeping this yet, but I should, I don’t know why I never thought about it.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
379 tasting notes

this was a sample stacy included in my order… and i find myself wondering (not for the first time) whether or not she keeps a spreadsheet on her customers, lol! i imagine her perched late at night, working on excel!!!

tamarind… what was a tamarind anyway? i envisioned something citrusey, something with a rind as in the name. NOPE! it was actually named for the monkey the tamarin. (seems kindof obvious now)… i don’t know what i was expecting. i mean the name was weird, i sniffed it— meh? so left it for last. i swear, this is how it goes every single time.

aside from a funky indian date pod from a leguminous tree originating in africa (so says dr. wikipedia) what would this blend be? incredible.

i try really hard not to read about what i’m drinking beforehand, but honestly i don’t think i would have believed it as i sipped. caramel (which i only ever seem to detect when it’s butiki) pears? with an echo of orange. very smooth… not pears. an asian pear? fried?a fried asian pear that had been lightly brushed with orange. no kumkuat. no mango. what the hell! stacy does this to me ALL THE TIME! lol.

never tasted anything like it. added a tiny amount of agave syrup, but i didn’t really need to. i will definitely buy more…. very decadent, very smooth, truly exotic. inspired by tamarins and an african date tree with pods…. excellent.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

I guess I’m gonna have to give this one a try, lol.

Bonnie

If you like the flavor of tamarind,you can find the paste in Asian markets and tamarind sweets and soda pop in Hispanic Markets. Used in Indian recipes. Very common in cuisine in the diverse San Francisco Bay Area where I used to live.

OMGsrsly

Tamarind candies are awesome. If you make it to Granville Island, the Asian foods shop across the aisle from the tea ship sometimes has fresh tamarind. :)

JustJames

…tea.ship… across from…. sorry OMGsrsly you lost me at tea ship. tamarind is awesome. will have to look into it further!

OMGsrsly

Haha! Tea shOp, not ship! Oops. :)

Bonnie

Let’s all take a cruise on the Tea Ship! Who’s Gilligan?

JustJames

i could be gilligan! =0)

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i don’t mind clove, quite like it actually… but for me it boiled down to too many acid ingredients without complimentary agents: orange, cranberry, hibiscus… and the clove doesn’t tone it down, if anything it boosts it.

i’d like a stronger tea component which ideally plays the part of a non acid baseline for all of the acids. maybe not a darjeeling because they can have acid flavours, maybe not a keemun because they can overpower. not a puerh (even though it’s my favourite)…. i don’t know what baseline changes need to be made… beyond my skill sets!

too much acid, not enough complimentary base. that’s my two cents worth. it does have potential though!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

Eew. Even the name sounds like I wouldn’t dig it.

JustJames

i think it just needs a solid non acid balancing ingredient, my guess is probably the tea? again, that’s a guess… i’m sure there are other ways. i think with a bit of balance it would be awesome opposite oatmeal or french toast in the morning.

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drank Warm Apple Pie by sTEAp Shoppe
379 tasting notes

there are all kinds of apple pies. the kind you buy at walmart, the kind you get at a restaurant with a crumble topping, the kind you buy in a fancy bakery that’s teeny and costs more than a month of groceries… this blend actually reminds me of a tarte tatin that i make: light and fresh, a strong apple flavour, a light caramel.

however, that’s where the comparison ends. i think this tea has significant potential. it’s ALMOST there. i don’t get as much of a commitment from the spices as i’d like. the ingredient list says there’s allspice in there, but it’s a very hesitant component.

nitty gritty: do i like this tea? sortof. i really like what it could become. the apple component is strong and light. granny smith in its brightness. there is an element of caramel. so the pie filling is there… the spices could be stronger which would, in my opinion, improve the blend.

flip side: i don’t get any elements of pastry, and i do get an odd mottled element that i’m having a hard time identifying which i feel challenges the accomplishments of the blend. i really do think this tea could be brilliant, it just needs a bit more work.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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how could this not be in the database? i am dumbstruck.

i got a great tea of the month club coupon which gave me 15% off anything i ordered. happy day! and this was one of the new teas i chose.

surprise, surprise— it’s great! i don’t think i’ve ever had holy basil before, but this is a light cinnamon medium bodied puerh that has beautifully balanced fruit and spice notes worked in. while it is a cinnamon puerh, it’s nothing at all like steap shoppe’s cinnamon swirl bread. puerh fills in the bread role in steap shoppe’s blend, whereas in this one it is a pure puerh note (i’m not being critical of either… i think both are awesome!) the goji gives the fruit note a very original berry taste… not one i’ve ever found before. it also adds to the colour lent to the steep by all the cinnamon. looks beautiful and smells great dry.

affiliated words: comforting, soothing, energizing (the caffeine), balanced, light.

my only sad note is that it doesn’t resteep particularly well unlike the rest of verdant teas, but still well worth it. lovely!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Good job on the savings!

JustJames

i felt it justified the expenditure, lol!

Stephanie

Holy basil definitely would add a spicy note …cool!

Terri HarpLady

I also took advantage of the coupon, & I have a sample of this & a few other things on the way.

JustJames

i grabbed the 2002 puerh, the laoshan chai and the bergamot laoshan rose along with this blend….

OMGsrsly

I really want to try this one. :)

JustJames

i’m willing to share. didn’t i have another tea you wanted? the scottish toffee something or other? lol.

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, I think so! I’m working on getting enough Verdant points to get $10 off an order. heh. Looks like people aren’t making it to and from Victoria as often as planned, so tea swapping is taking a while.

JustJames

i’m willing to mail, and i have no problem with a one way… tea is like happiness… you share it. =0)

OMGsrsly

Well, if there’s anything I have you’d like to try, let me know. :) I’ve been trying to save tiny boxes for mailing and swapping.

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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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