382 Tasting Notes

89

does anyone know if it’s possible to ‘hit a wall’ with essay writing? i mean, i know you can do it with jogging and jumping jacks…. but i have all of my very sensible data sitting in front of me, but that’s it. it’s like a paper weight. with eyes. blinking at me. sigh. c’mon!

this tea makes me smile though…. the rude data that was never taught that staring is impolite can watch me as i sip. yyz, my awesome friend, chased all over toronto to get this elusive tea for me! (ahem, and possibly discovered a few things she’d been looking for? lol)

i love this tea. light and fruity, but in a summer way versus the screaming ‘i actually want to be a caffeine free herbal!!’ the way some can be.

possibly my essay will make more sense after i run my whipped cream experiment…. i plan on playing with matcha and strawberries. i may take pictures and post them on FB. if it’s an abysmal failure i make no promises that i won’t gripe! =0)

thank you yyz!

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

Your welcome James! Yes it’s entirely possible to hit a wall while writing an essay. Been there done that. I either was trying to condense a books worth of research into essay form, or most likely over thinking and planning the whole thing. My advice walk a way from it, make your fancy drink, which sounds fun by the way, then just allow it to tumble out of your head. Don’t worry about phrasing or making it perfect, that’s what writings for. Don’t over think it. Enjoy the tea!

yyz

Yes, I did discover some things I had been looking for (Turkish glasses, some other teas:)) and discovered some new stores!

Skye Comstock

Can you post the pictures on here? It sounds amazing! :)

Mikumofu

I know that exact same “paper weight with eyes” feeling, good luck!

JustJames

i can post links! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1436302663296028&set=ms.1436302663296028.1436302353296059.bps.a.1421235654802729.1073741833.100007489238123&type=1&theater

only thing is, my profile is pretty locked up…. if you CAN’T see this let me know and we’ll just be friends on FB if you want?

JustJames

i think i’m just at the stage where i’m done….. of course NOT being able to stop is less helpful. i am being evaluated for a scholarship. so i can’t even throw caution to the wind and say f*** it, lol!

Skye Comstock

yeah….i can’t see it. :(

Skye Comstock

you can friend me on fb

JustJames

will do! sorry…. i keep my profile decently private =0/

Skye Comstock

no problem. It’s really safer that way these days. I want to know more about matcha tho. I’m very interested in the whole matcha ceremony, but not sure if i will like it so if i should bother buying all the equipment and stuff-or even the tea itself, but I’m intrigued by these flavored ones that you posted about. I looked at Red Leaf tea’s website after you posted about the black current matcha and i think i ordered something off there(sometimes i forget what i order…lol).

MissB

I hit a wall all the time with my writing. I either do what yyz suggested, or I just write until something useful comes out — and it always does, eventually, just takes a few hundred more words to get there. ;)

JustJames

that does work, absolutely…… i just have a deadline. which isn’t helping. lmao!

OMGsrsly

You can do it, James! :) (Also, matcha whipped cream? Genius. Doing that in the morning!)

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95

this flavour is truly incredible. it boosts my entire smoothie to an aromatic, fruity, aristocratic work of art!

truly brilliant. no time to review….. homework, homework. RED LEAF…… i am sharing with fellow students, who are also amazed by you!!!!

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
sherapop

“aromatic, fruity, aristocratic work of art”—whoa!

JustJames

=0) it’s awesome! it totally trumps the belgian chocolate or any other flavour i’ve had YET! (keyword, lol)

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77

kaylee sent me a lovely sample of this tea… my first dammann freres green!

a fresh, sweet tasting dragonwell with hints of spiced orange? but not strongly orange… and not a spice i recognize! what am i tasting? almost a brandied orange without the bitterness of alcohol.

quite unique- lovely! thank you so much for such a graceful surprise, kaylee……

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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95

this + super fruit greens + raspberries + 1 banana + fresh coconut/mango/banana juice + 1/4 cup light cream. blend. held me for 6 hours AND (tah dah!!!!!) my red leaf smoothie trend must be working because i’ve lost 5 inches!!!

just the right amount of tang, lovely smooth long term caffeine punch. this is awesome!

yippee! this was my favourite smoothie thus far. i feel so bad for booster juice….. they’ve got nothing on my blender =0)

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
MissB

Congrats!

JustJames

TY! i stopped by winners to grab a pair of shorts, grabbed my regular size… they fell down, and just kept dropping sizes! i’m thinking i must have looked like quite a slob these last few months. (i grabbed 3 new pairs of shorts =0) i feel very streamlined, lol.

looseTman

Way to go!

JustJames

=0) i’m quite pleased. i spend a decent amount of time at the gym and scale wise there’s been a change, but the inches are more significant. the key for me seems to be NOT to cut out fat. so chucking in avocado or cream holds me for longer but also seems to encourage me to lose….. through some amazing fact of counterintuitiveness. just keep doing what i’m doing! and yay red leaf!

TeaBrat

yay for you!

JustJames

=0)))) thank you

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93

one of the greatest things about swaps is that things arrive on your doorstep that you may never have chosen. thanks so much to kaylee for this!!! i really never would have chosen it and it’s outstanding….

the risk with pine is it can punch you in the nose while it’s going down. is there even a hint of that in this blend? nope!

this really is a masterpiece, brendan. very, very fine. the lightest hints of pine that behave as mint with an essence of eucalyptus, but mostly a very sweet green. no vegetal tone. no seaweed. not nuts…. a pure, light chlorophyll element, as though the components were freshly gathered.

sprightly, subtle, anything but boring…. i foresee an order in future…. thank you so much kaylee!

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
TheTeaFairy

I also fell in love with this blend, so delicate, so perfect!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Always a favorite of mine. :) I love how different processing brings out different flavors in the pine. I processed this last batch similar to a jade oolong, which brought out really beautiful notes, buttery, lightly minty, VERY sweet. Glad you enjoyed it!

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90
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
382 tasting notes

funny…. i know i’ve already reviewed this tea, but poof! it’s gone. maybe the steepster renovations ate it?

this is a lovely blend. it was a surprise gift from MissB. months ago that i save.

an almost bitter black with a smooth almond rise that doesn’t run you over. i love the whole rosebuds in the blend… i don’t get a lot of floral notes, but they buds are lovely to look at.

i enjoyed it tonight with turbinado and cream. i think my initial problems negotiating with this tea may actually have been the sweetener i was using? it’s much more settling with turbinado than agave. interesting.

i do love this tea.

thank you again for this present B. even though it was months ago now. =0) still makes me smile!

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Stephanie

This one is so wonderful :)

JustJames

it is… and it’s a lovely thing when something beautiful reminds you of a friend. =0)

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85

This was decadent! i had this in with an avocado, banana/coconut cream/pineapple juice, fresh raspberries, a scoop of greens and a dragonfruit i had kicking around. i headed to the gym, got some instructions from a brazilian guy who is so fit (without trying) that i even if i had every part of me stuffed with implants i couldn’t look like him! lmao!!!

HOWEVER- i learned spiffy new lifts! and learned fantastic new swear words in a ton of languages (the exchanges you never expect to have in random conversation!), and all the while was listening to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28HYsul40D4

=0)

here’s to hoping a random student doesn’t call my geo prof out in front of the class as a racist tomorrow (because he really isn’t and we were all miserable while the ass carried on).

hope you like the song!

Preparation
2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
keychange

learning how to swear in several languages is actually very important-never know when it’ll come in handy, I say!

boychik

the song is awesome. i think it would be great in some movie about bank robbery

CelebriTEA

lol@ Eugene the Cat…hahaha….love this matcha.

JustJames

=0) class went well today too! phew!

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92
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
382 tasting notes

this tea…. completes me. jerry mcguire can bite me =0).

TeaExplorer

Sheer poetry :D

MissB

Ha! What if McGuire leaves marks? :P

JustJames

if we were on facebook i could respond more candidly… however, i’m fairly certain he’d be too afraid >=0}

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95

this came to me by way of a lovely surprise gift from CelebriTEA. a note in my inbox queried whether her package had arrived…? (what package? i wondered) steepster is a brilliant community and CelebriTEA decided a tea surprise was in order!

i’ve never had any shanti teas before. erring on the side of caution (stupid allergies) CelebriTEA chose a selection of unflavoured brilliance to arrive on my doorstep. this was the first i tried.

confession: often even with tea swaps even if i’m hugely looking forward to a sample i’ll drink it once and wait a bit. even if i buy it myself…. i don’t do back to back servings (i’m a terrible resteeper). i did with this tea!

hint of malt, hint of chocolate, very smooth caffeine kick. ‘refined’ is the word i would choose. a natural sweetness, though i do enjoy a bit of turbinado and cream. if i think really hard possibly light elements akin to citrus? making me think it may be fijian in origin? possibly?

lovely. thank you so much CelebriTEA for thinking of me as i knuckle down in my studies =0).

xoxoxox.

how can there be so few reviews for this tea? it’s awesome? if you enjoy straight black teas, folks- this is one i would recommend for sure!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

I mostly despise shanti tea’s website….i dislike having to sign in too build a cart and there’s something else about not being able to see if it’s sold out or something easily…..I don’t remember since it’s been a while since I went back to try and build a cart before being annoyed….lol

JustJames

ah! this is something i have no experience with! the tea is nice.. =0). i can see how that would be frustrating.

looseTman

I definitely enjoyed AFB!

CelebriTEA

So happy to know you love it

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100

this is awesome. i snagged this with the redleaf 5 for 7 deal.

with summer compressed classes i start my day with a smoothie…. this morning i broke into this bag of matcha. it was great! frozen fruit, aloe juice (unsweetened), scoop of greens powder, 1/4 of a cucumber, coffee cream (instead of yogurt), scoop of this (or other red leaf matcha). i’m good for the day!

9 hours of classes, hitting the gym bulkier with muscle but leaner in the gut- happy day!

if you want a real brain breaker do this but chuck in half an avocado. so awesome! redleaf- i’m a huge fan, and i really don’t see that changing =0) (you’re very, very good with or without the smoothie).

Preparation
2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Stephanie

I love avocado in my matcha smoothies :)

CelebriTEA

Sounds delish :-)

JustJames

tasty and good for you…. ;0)

CelebriTEA

I am getting hooked on matcha….just got in a huge order…
the 10/5 deal~ yee ha!

JustJames

10/5? what?!! must go look now, lol.

CelebriTEA

Yup!!!
Hopefully it will last me a while….hahaha

CelebriTEA

By the way, I didn’t know you had an auto immune disease…
I have four~Lupus, Diabetes, Sjogren’s and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
I also have Sarcoidosis…I think that is auto immune,but unsure…

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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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