246 Tasting Notes

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This morning I was looking for something smooth, flavorful, and delicious- this is it. No hint of astringency or bitterness, but the classic Yunnan Dian Hong flavor brings me to life this morning. I drink this straight with nothing added and it is truly a delight. I’d recommend this one to anyone that enjoys Yunnan types. The deep mahogany color only adds to the beauty in my cup this morning. Happy Thursday!

Nightshifter

I might need to order a bigger size. It is very tasty!

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drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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Another sipdown. I’m so proud of myself for completing so many teas this year so far. Anyhoo, this is another tasty dessert brew that smells very cocoa-marshmallow and is a pleasure to sip with a dash of milk. I’ve had a bit of a sweet tooth lately, but I think I purchased this tea last year and I’ll probably purchase it again this year. It really hits the spot when I am having a S’mores craving. This probably happens more often than I’d like because it is one of my favorite treats on earth. YUM!

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown. This is actually a really tasty minty tea and it is on the unique side with the peppery kick. I prefer it with a dash of milk to add creaminess to the finished tea. I emptied 50g x 2 so I guess I like it well enough, lol. One thing I am not a huge fan of is how the plate holding the infuser turns red from the plastic candies. It does this with Secret Santa, too. The little candies are cute, but I don’t like drinking dyes and would prefer they skip the colouring agents. That said, I haven’t actually found a tea that tastes like this one, so I’ll probably end up snagging it again in the future.

Indigobloom

The candies stick the inside of the infuser too. So annoying!

Nightshifter

Agreed! Honestly, I wish they’d get rid of the little candies. I don’t think they add much to the tea in terms of flavor anyway.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Sweet sipdown. This one was one of the true dessert teas I enjoyed over the past few years. The graham cracker note made it really stand out for me. I added a dash of milk and it came out like a strawberry pie. Probably good this was it though because I think the strawberry note was starting to get a teensy bit artificial as it aged.

This was the very last Butiki tea I had left, so this sipdown may be a little bittersweet when all is said and done. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!

tea-sipper

Oh no! No more Butiki!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I am horrified to have finished off yet another bag of Laoshan Black and I ordered double what I had this time from the order previous. So I guess I need to double it yet again. Seriously, this tea is a staple for me- I would be so jammed up if it were ever discontinued. Well, this one and Yu Lu Yan Cha. And probably Zhu Rong. I am the worst, sorry. Either way, this one is true love forever and needs to stay in my life.

Haveteawilltravel

soooooo good xP

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95

Backlog sipdown. This might be my favorite straight black from WP, so that was a pleasant discovery. Would be glad to enjoy again and again.

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drank Coconut Grove by DAVIDsTEA
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Another backlog sipdown- goodbye Coconut Grove. This is the most straight coconutty white tea I’ve ever had, but it did have something cloying and a bit artificial about it. I never saw it brought back by David’s after their summer release anyway, so won’t be a re-order for sure.

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96

Another backlog and sipdown, but this will be a reorder for sure yet again. I frickin’ love it. I do wish it was less expensive as it is one of my most pricey blends, if you are looking for a naturally delicious cocoa and cherry profile in your cup, this is is the tea for you. Seriously, it is yum without being cloying or artificial in the slightest. I don’t know how Brenden did it, but he did it right.

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85

I ordered a sample of this with our most recent Harney order and while it is tasty for a bold straight black, the TLDR version is that I prefer Scottish Morn still.

In the measuring teaspoon, it looks like CTC black pieces with small greenish flecks. It brews a rich dark brown and the aroma is straight up malt. I don’t look for complexity in teas like this, so I am not at all put off by the simplicity in the scent. Unfortunately, while the addition of Darjeeling to this blend adds depth of flavor in my cup, it does it in a way that takes from the briskness and body of the Assam and Ceylon.

This kind of tea (like Scottish Morn) is meant to be enjoyed with milk and I added a good dash to my cup, which helps to give the tea a creamy balanced profile and highlights a hint of muscatel and citrus. While it is still a decent tea blend and I like what they had in mind for it, my personal preference will forever go to my favorite CTC for when I want a bold wake-up and I will reach for Scottish Morn, not Scottish Afternoon every time.

Flavors: Citrus, Malt, Muscatel

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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99

This is probably my favorite straight black tea, so not a sipdown I was looking forward to. I was especially horrified to note it was out of stock when I tried to re-order. On the bright side, it should be back soon. I can only hope that this harvest is as flavorful and amazing as the last. If Yu Lu Yan Cha was a man, it would be a strange love triangle indeed. :3

looseTman

This is Scribbles favorite too! Yu Lu Yan Cha Black vs. Zhu Rong Yunnan Black? I’ve not yet had the pleasure of ZRYB.

Nightshifter

You simply must try ZRYB also if you get the chance. I am out of both or I’d offer to send some to you! From the last harvest, I would pick Yu Lu Yan Cha as my favorite of the two. I think it is generally less appreciated by the Steepster community, but still delicious all the same. :)

looseTman

Thanks, that’s very kind of you! I appreciate your thoughtfulness. When is their next sale?

Nightshifter

I’m not sure, but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for it, too. :)

Tabby

Oh dang, I just realized you’re a Georgian Steepsterite, too! What part?

Ost

I have a lot of Zhu Rong Yunnan black-I can send you some, looseTman! Let me know if you want some-totally willing to share!

Nightshifter

I’m on the East side of Atlanta. You? :)

looseTman

Ost, Thanks for your very generous offer! The very generous Scribbles sent me some Yu Lu Yan Cha Black. It would be great to compare these two highly-rated Verdant black teas. Steepster people are the BEST!

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