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I had this earlier today, and it tasted really good after it had cooled. So I popped a cup of cold brew into the fridge for a few hours. But it wasn’t as good. It was a bit sharp as a cold brew, not as creamy. Definitely more vegetal than floral. I think next time I will brew it hot and just let it cool to room temperature.

__Morgana__

I am afraid of hot yoga, too. Though I really like Iyengar. Unfortunately there’s no Iyengar close enough to me that I could make it to a class regularly. :-(

__Morgana__

Oops, I think I put this comment in the wrong place. Sorry! LOL

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drank Bailin Gongfu Black Tea by Teavivre
814 tasting notes

Another one I received from Angel at Teavivre for the free tasting activity!

This is a great black tea. It is complex, dark, roasty. I always seem to get a different taste every time I try it. It is re-steepable. I brewed this one up my usual western style. I actually used the whole sample to make a pot of tea. Which is unusal for me as I usually go cup by cup because I always want to try something else. But I knew I would enjoy drinking this one today.

The dry tea is small leaves, uniform, quite airy. It smells of roasted potatoes. The brewed tea is dark in colour, reminding me of black coffee.

Today I am getting roasted nuts, potatoe-french fry-carb notes in the brewed tea. There is a slight, natural sweetness to the tea. I feel like there is some dark plum or black current notes hiding in the tea somewhere. I know a lot of people get chocolate or cocoa out of this tea, but I don’t. There may be some slight dark cocoa notes in the aftertaste but I think I am just looking really hard for it. Its still good either way. It is thick and bold with no astringency.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 7 g 24 OZ / 709 ML

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Received this one from Teavivre’s free tasting activity (back in November). Thanks Teavivre for being so awesome!

I have had this one before and quite liked it. The dry tea is varying shades of dark green. The leaves are rolled into small but loose balls. I brewed this one western style, 1 tsp per 8 oz for 1 minute.

The brewed tea smells sweet and floral. There is a dairy-type smell. I associate it with fresh unpasteurized milk. It smells creamy.

The best way I can describe this tea is fresh, bright and sunny. The liquor is thick and creamy. There are definitely sweet, floral notes. But it is not perfumey or bitter floral. It reminds me of edible flowers that you get in baking or salads. There is a very slight vegetal component to this tea but it is very slight and sits underneath the floral flavours. I would not say this tea tastes like milk, but it has the sensation of creaminess in the mouth. It is thick, slightly sticky in the aftertaste.

I took a sip after this one cooled and the first thing that came to my mind was green tea milk shake. I want to drink more of this cold.

The leaves have unfurled but not completely with the first steep. Definitely will be able to get more steeps out of this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I have a lot of green teas in my cupboard. I used to kind of like green tea so I bought a bunch of different kinds of tea, some large amounts, some samples, some straight, some flavoured, a couple bagged, the rest loose. I was just trying things out.

Then I decided I am not the hugest green tea fan. I much prefer dark roasted oolongs and black teas. I don’t mind greens, but I have much more in my cupboard than is feasible to drink. But like any good tea drinker [addict], I will keep them in my cupboard until I drink them, or drink most of them.

In saying that, I do like to have a small cup (4oz) of green tea after lunch at work, I have to a lot (and I mean A LOT) of talking/verbal teaching at work. No matter what I eat for lunch, I always feel bloated and burp-y when I have to immediately launch into a speech after lunch. So I like to have a bit of green tea which seems to help calm my lunch-stomache. Of all green teas, sencha is my all time favorite, dragon well is a close second, but I like to have my sencha. And some of you may or may not agree, but it is hard to find a good sencha.

I picked this one up at my local tea shop. It smells like delicious sencha. Like buttered steamed greens. The taste is a bit bland. Not as strong as the smell. I would like it to be a bit more buttery. But it is smooth and silky. The vegetal part of the green tea is a bit more steamed cabbage than steemed spinach. I will definitely be able to drink this at work. I may try for a bit longer steep next time.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Mint Green Tea by Tetley
814 tasting notes

I had a few bags of this in my cupboard and decided to make it as a cold brew. 4 bags, 1 liter, for about 13 hours. I brewed it for a bit longer than I had originally intended to. I forgot about it… I find for me, with cold brewed greens, I like a much shorter cold brew time.

This one is ok. The mint is kind of refreshing after shovelling snow for the last hour (and I am not even done). The mint though, is bordering almost on toothpast mint. The green tea is light. It didn’t get bitter or astringency which is why I don’t like to cold brew greens for too long.

Definitely will be able to drink the last of this.

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drank Doke Rolling Thunder by The Devotea
814 tasting notes

Received this in a generous swap from Terri HarpLady.

This one is quite a good oolong. To be honest, it doesn’t really even taste like an oolong. The liquor is very thick. There is definitely a fruit juice taste and quality to this tea. It reminds me of a fruit punch type juice- a little bit of everything, some citrus, some berry. There is a slight sweetness that reminds me of brown rock sugar or beet sugar. There is no bitterness or astringency. I was expecting this one to taste more like a dark roasted oolong. But there is no roasty flavour to it. It is also not a green oolong with the vegetal taste.

Quite enjoying this one.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Robert Godden

When I wrote the description on our website, I was skirting with “The best thing is, it doesn’t taste like an oolong!” It has peach tones that are magnificent. This is one of the teas that convinced us to move from just offering our own blends to some top tasting Indian teas. The guys that make this at Doke in Bihar are superstars in our book.

Robert Godden

PS. Also, you can play about with temperature and time and it still tastes good.

Robert Godden

PPS And thanks for your review!

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drank Earl Grey by Ahmad Tea
814 tasting notes

ARGH!!! So I am pretty sure on this new steepster,the save this tasting note and delete this tasting note were switched from the what it was on old steepster. I have pressed delete instead of save from muscle memory. Now I have to re type. GAH!

I came here to write this note for 2 reasons. I have this in a tea bag form. I do not prefer tea bags but that is how this tea came.

1. I oversteeped this tea by 30 minutes at least. When I got to work I made my tea, but forgot to put the timer on, usually for 2 minutes. About 15 minutes later I was in a different room with a client and realized the timer never when off and my tea was still steeping. I couldn’t escape for 15 more minutes to rescue my tea.

It was still drinkable. Definitely strong. The tea base overshadowed anything earl grey. There was some astringency but it was not bitter. I always think it is a good tea when you can steep it forever and it is still drinkable.

2. Why do tea bags come without strings? The whole idea of a tea bag is for it to be easier. Easier to use, easier to dispose of. It is more economical.

But how do you get a tea bag out of the cup if there is no string? You can’t fish it out with your fingers without burning yourself. I have settle for the fork method. While trying not to tear or stab the bag, I get the fork underneath it and lift it out gently. Usually it falls off of the fork at least once, splashing everywhere. Then I try to fling it into the garbage can without dripping tea all over the place. Definitely not easier :P

Courtney

I did the same thing yesterday to the longest note ever. Worst.

keychange

I am totally with you regarding teabags needing strings. without them, I often find they’re more trouble than they’re worth.

K S

I have never seen stringless Ahmad. RoT is the main culprit of this tea blunder that I run into – although not often as I don’t care for RoT in bags. It may be sold as being more environmentally conscious but I think it is a profit thing. Annoying anyway. I had a Twinings EG the other day and was pleased to see the string was long enough to wrap around the cup handle so the tag didn’t go for a swim. That is just as irritating. Anyway Ahmad is my favorite bagged tea company but I prefer their loose.

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67
drank Winterfylleth Brew by Handmade Tea
814 tasting notes

So I made a cup of this cold brew yesterday. And it wasn’t too bad. Kind of like apple cider but a bit flat. So I cold brewed again today, only for about 6 hours, with some white sugar and WOW. Definitely apple cider. Not fake apple cider from a bought carton or from a mix, but real, traditional apple cider. Complete with the bite you get from fermented apples. I am a little disappointed I waited so long to cold brew this one as now I am all done with this tea.

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drank Winterfylleth Brew by Handmade Tea
814 tasting notes

Well the secret to this tea is a super long brew time. But the mystery still remains, how long was that super long time?

I started a cup of this to brew. Then I got busy doing some cold brews, cleaning up the kitchen, flipping through the channels to find Olympic mens hockey (Canada vs. Finland), checking steepster. Then while I was staring at the computer I reached out to grab my cup of tea but I couldn’t find it. Because it was still brewing. How long did I leave it, 10, maybe 15 minutes? Not sure. At least 10. I forgot to push start on the timer so there was no annoying repetitive beep, beep, beep to pull me out of my dead computer stare.

I tried it and it actually wasn’t too bad. The black tea base is quite strong, but the apple is quite strong as well which is good. The cinnamon is also predominate. It is thick and creamy. As the cup cools, it is starting to become more bitter, but I think a loooooonnnnnnnggggg steep suits this tea.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Initially I did not like green tea as iced or cold brewed at all. But the more I try it, the more I start to like it. The key is doing it right (well that is the key to everything, I guess). I find you still have to watch how long you brew it for, because if it is too long, it starts to get bitter.

I cold brewed this one 1.5 tsp in 10 oz for about 13 hours.

This one is heavy, thick, and creamy. I am getting apricot and peach flavours. The hops add a subtle beer type flavour. It is like a light, blonde beer without the bitterness, carbonation, or foam. I never thought I would like beer like that, but I guess I do.

The green tea flavour is light and lingering in the background. It add a slight sweet vegetal flavour.

I think I will finish off the rest of this tea as a cold brew.

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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