374 Tasting Notes

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Backlog from yesterday. Sorry for not posting yesterday, but I was super, super tired.
A siren went off at 2 AM, and after that I had a hard time falling asleep. Since I went to sleep late as it is (working on university end of term papers), I had about 3 hours of sleep to sustain me through the day. Rough times.
Brewed this extra strong, since I needed the Caffeine boost. A good breakfast tea, unique enough to merit the buy.
On the bright side I went running in the park yesterday, and there were no sirens or rockets. Yay! :/
Where there is tea there is hope.

DigniTea

Pleasant thoughts for you……

yyz

Thinking of you. Keep safe.

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drank Nilgiri kodanad special by Teabox
374 tasting notes

Sipdown! Tried it strong, with milk and sugar, and it gained a not-so great perfumy flavor profile which I did not enjoy. I was able to finish the cup, but I am not going to buy more.

mrmopar

Good morning to you my friend!

NofarS

Good morning!

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Had another cup of this yesterday. Tried to see what happens if I brew it longer around 7 minutes. It was both sweeter and more flavorful, which makes me think that it would do great with a long cold brew.
Kind of wish that it was part of Verdant’s regular stock.
No rockets on Tel Aviv yesterday. Which is good.

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drank Keemun by Fortnum & Mason
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Haven’t had this in a while, and I’ve missed its slightly smokey presence. F&M teas are overpriced, but they tend to be top notch (some blends are hit and miss, though). My regular tea partners weren’t at work today, so I had to drag newcomers to enjoy tea with me. I prefer sharing tea with other people to drinking it by myself. How about you?

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Had a strong cup of this this morning, with milk and a bit of sugar. I really like this tea, so I’m bumping up it’s score. I need to try in plain.
So we were happy this morning because the ceasefire had been extended by 24 hours, but the Hamas kept shooting rockets, and didn’t accept the humanitarian ceasefire, so now we are back to square one with no end in sight.
Everybody is back on edge, and every motorcycle that wails in the distance has people jump. The sirens on the ambulances werre changed a week and a half ago, since the old ones caused people to needlessly panic.
Drink lovely tea and pray for peace.

TheTeaFairy

It’s early morning, and my first peaceful thought of the day goes to you dear…

NofarS

Thank you very much!

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I was cleaning the house yesterday and I stumbled upon a stray bag of this. It is from Verdant’s now defunct Tea of the Month Club (Reserve). I have about enough for another steeping, which I will probably brew cold.
The leaves of this tea are amazing: huge, plump, silvery green “needles” that smell super sweet, with a hint of the “tea” smell, and a hint of a vegetal scent. I imagine that that is what caramelized green tea leaves must smell like, if such a thing existed.
The itself is as sweet as it promises to be, with a refreshing cucumber base and a toasted wheat aftertaste. Delicious.
Is is unique enough to deserve the “reserve” title? Yes.
Is it the best Silver Needle that I have tasted? Yes.
Will I recommend it to people, if it was readily available? It depends. The price tag is a bit too steep, even for such a good tea. If white tea is your favourite, then you owe it to yourself to try this one out. If you enjoy white teas on occasion, I’m not sure that this is where you’d want your money invested. There are very good and unique white teas to be had at a fraction of the price.

P.S. As of now the 12 hour ceasefire has been thankfully extended until midnight. Praying that it will be extended even more.
Be brave and drink tea…

Flavors: Cucumber, Toasted Rice, Wheat

Sil

i hope that hey extend the ceasefire! i can’t even imagine what things are like for you darling. hug sending all my thoughts and prayers your way

yyz

Hoping that the lull continue as well. Wishing for peace. Glad that you continue to be safe.

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drank Royal Blend by Fortnum & Mason
374 tasting notes

Not one of Fortnum and Mason’s best blends, the Ceylon here does nothing but create a cacophony with the Assam. The result is no more than an OK tea, and if there was something better at my parents’ house, I’d probably reach out for that first.
Bottom line: I need to restock the teas at my parents’ house, for when I visit (they insist on drinking from teabags).

Terri HarpLady

I always bring my own :)

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drank Lao Cong Zi Ya by Norbu Tea
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I tried posting a review to steepster last night, but it just wouldn’t work. I kept getting the “Oops” message. Apparently there was some sort of outage in the servers.
There were two more barrages on Tel Aviv yesterday, even though talks of a ceasefire are still in the air. I was sorry that we didn’t accept the Kerry deal, but as the talks haven’t stopped, I’m still hopeful that there will be a ceasefire.
In tea land, I treated myself to two cups of this wonderful, fruity tea. I found Norbu tea through Teaviews, and the review of this tea was what got me to place my first order with them. Wild black Taiwanese tea? It sounded so interesting and wonderful that I had to try it myself. It is still one of my top 5 teas, years later. So glad that I hoarded it, and I will be really sad to see it go.
Keep calm and drink tea.

DigniTea

And I found Norbu because of your positive tea notes – a fine tea seller. Thank you!
Even those of us who do not know you, follow your notes these anxious days and we are praying for a reasonable resolution. Stay well and safe!

mrmopar

Well said DigniTea.

NofarS

I’m so glad that you liked Norbu, DigniTea! They are one of my favourite sellers. And thank you both for wishes. May they come true.

Terri HarpLady

Add me to the well wishers, & also to the list of people you turned on to norbu. I haven’t ordered from them yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed the teas you sent me last year :)

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Raisins and plums with astringent notes, a delicious afternoon tea. Hoping for a quiet weekend.

sherapop

I hope for peace, too!

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Had another cup of this this morning. A very good Darjeeling, one of the best that I’ve ever tasted.
Finished this cup during our weekly team meeting, and ten minutes later the sirens started blaring again. 5 rocket attacks in 30 minutes.
Where there is tea there is hope.

mrmopar

And where there are friends worries about the safety of their friends :)

NofarS

Thank you very much for your kindness and concern. It means a lot to me :)

mrmopar

Have been praying for your safety since I found out you have been sadly affected by this. Keep safe and when you post we all know you are still safe. Post each day for us if you don’t mind.

TheTeaFairy

NofarS, you’ll be in my prayers as well…keep safe and keep drinking tea.

gmathis

May you be blessed with peace today—inwardly and outwardly both.

yyz

Thinking of you. Hoping for your safety.

Sil

hugs stay safe my friend!

boychik

You are in my prayers

NofarS

Steepsterites are the best people in the world! Thank you, everyone. It really means a lot to me. I pray and wish daily for peace, and hopefully it will come to us some day.

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An Israeli computer programmer with a passion for tea (mostly bought in yearly shopping sprees in the UK), particularly black, oolong and white. I don’t generally enjoy flavoured teas or herbal infusions, but if a tea sounds interesting and smells nice I’ll most definitely try it. I drink several cups of tea a day, usually one or two in the morning, another one after lunch and one or two in the evening. My favourite tea so far is Lao Cong Zi Ya from Norbu Tea, but I’m constantly trying new teas. Only in the past year have I branched into Pu’erh and non-roasted oolongs. Finding good tea in Israel is difficult, so I import most of my teas from yearly visits to London, or from online retailers. If you see something in my cupboard that sparks your interest and you would like to swap with me, then please message me. I’m almost always up for a swap.

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