1696 Tasting Notes

LOL. Janet’s Special Orange.

Creamy orange julius/creamsicle tea in my mug. I added a lot of cream, and it’s so good. Vanilla, jasmine, orange. :D

Sadly the curry dip I had for my veg has drowned some of my taste buds so I can’t appreciate the tea as much as I usually do.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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From Dexter, so I can decide if I want to buy a cake or not. :) Thank you!

I have an online meeting this morning, and a tea setup on my desk. So of course I had to take advantage and try to gongfu a tea while taking minutes. :D

1 quick rinse, because it was pretty compact. Then it rested FOREVER while my fancy kettle boiled.

1 steep, IDK about 5 seconds. Maybe I’ll drink this. Hmm. Oh hey that’s pretty good. I have coffee lingering still, but the tea is pretty sweet. There’s a bit of that musty-fishy smell in this rinse/steep still, but it’s super mild.

2 steep, whoops I got distracted. BLACK TEA. Smells yummy though. Kinda fruity. There’s a bright bitterness at the end of the sip.

3 steep, distracted again. I accidentally mixed 2 and 3 in my milk jug.

4 steep, … I got busy with typing. But I’m drinking all the tea! Yum yum yum.

? ? ? How many steeps did I get? I honestly have no idea. But so far, so good.

(CRACKLES! http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/ )

Preparation
5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

CRACKLES!!!!!! They’re so beautiful. :D

OMGsrsly

So many crackles!!!

Sil

oh shit… i was supposed to try this one…

OMGsrsly

Do it! Doooooo it! :D

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

It’s late enough that I don’t want caffeine, so I’m christening my new eensy easy gaiwan with this tea! 1 tsp tea, ~70ml water (ha!), shorter brews.

It’s delicious. Buttery. Light. Delicate. I’m actually getting a lot of the ginger today, which is showing as a warmth on the tongue.

http://instagram.com/p/yWCJhqR5OB/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 2 OZ / 70 ML
Sil

technically this has caffeine…it’s not a herbal :P

OMGsrsly

Geez, I was wondering if you’d get technical on me! My other option was a black. :P

Lindsay

That’s an adorable gaiswan. :)

Lindsay

*gaiwan :p

OMGsrsly

:D I am SO PLEASED with it. And the cup has crackled this morning with a puerh session! EEE!!!

Lindsay

yay! :D
(need pics!)

OMGsrsly

I have one in my new “review”. :D The one that is basically “I got distracted but I like the tea”.
http://steepster.com/OMGsrsly/posts/285887

OMGsrsly

But it looks like Instagram is having problems again BOO. http://instagram.com/p/yXXRHbR5A9/

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Yes, another assam.

It’s assam-like. I need to steep 2 min instead of 3, or use a lower temp. Plain, it’s too bitter. With milk, it’s great, but I don’t want to use milk in my travel mugs because it makes them get grosser faster.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lindsay

“Assam-like” :) I guess that’s still a step up from my classic “it tastes like tea”.

OMGsrsly

Lol. Too true! I mean, Assam is narrowing it down, and I do find them pretty identifiable. Malt, cardboard-ish, this ones pretty fruity even though it’s bitter.

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drank Tokio by Lupicia
1696 tasting notes

Perhaps noshing on a gingerbread star while trying this tea wasn’t the best idea. :)

Thank you for the sample, MissB!

It smells fruity. Intensely candy fruity. Mmm. I didn’t look up the steeping instructions, and chose to steep this low and short due to the sencha base – I don’t want seaweed, thank you.

Brewed this way, it’s pretty much FRUIT. There’s a hint of fresh grass and some marine breeze in the background, but mostly fruit. It’s quite lovely.

And (bonus!) it was in a tea bag which made it super easy.

It’s pretty good, but for someone who doesn’t love green teas, it’s a touch lost on me. I guess… really lovely to try, but I wouldn’t purchase it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1696 tasting notes

I received this sample from Kittenna. Thank you!

First I noticed that the leaves have that “chocolate dirt” scent to them. Uh oh. Thankfully that’s not too apparently once steeped. It’s more sweet potato or roasted squash in flavour. A little malty.

Not bad (actually pretty good) but not flavours that I think I’d find myself craving.

I’ll probably steep this a couple more times today, just to get the most out of the leaves.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This was delicious in my travel mug this afternoon. I pretty much guzzled it, and was so sad my thermos wasn’t magically refilling.

Amariel

I want a magically refilling mug too! :P

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drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
1696 tasting notes

Ooo. Lots of honey. LOTS of honey. Some fruitiness, stone fruits mostly I think. Apricots and golden plums. Very rich, as well. Hints of pie crust. :)

I haven’t steeped this tea quite this way before, and I think I like it more now that I’ve used more leaf.

And yes, ANOTHER assam. I’ll probably pack up a resteep of this and some Tiger Assam to bring with me for this afternoon. Now to go finish getting ready!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Om nom nom nom LOVE Taiwanese blacks! :D

OMGsrsly

This is no where near as good as Butiki’s PTA! It’s not as rich or flavourful, and has more of that cardboard flavour so common in assams. Haha.

Cameron B.

I dunno, PTA has never been my favorite just because I prefer the ones with strong honey notes (like her TWMB).

OMGsrsly

Isn’t the TWMB a leafhopper tea though? This one isn’t. The honey isn’t as strong as that. But it is a lot more present than the last 2 assams I’ve had this morning. :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, I believe it is. I was very pleased to find strong and yummy honey notes in the one TTC tea I’ve tried so far. :D

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This assam is a lot more sweet-honey-malt than the last. Practically no bitterness, although I put milk in it again. What can I say, but that I like my teas with milk!

I agree with Sil that it’s juicy. Perhaps a bit of spice lingering at the end of a sniff as well.

I really like this one. In fact, I think my mom would really like it as well so I’m going to save most of the rest of the package for her!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Mmm, this is pretty good. I swear I’ve had it before, but there’s no note from me.

I added some milk, as usual. It’s a little fruity, and bitter. Really strong, even though I only steeped for 2:30.

Still – yay tea! I didn’t have any tea yesterday and that was sad. And now I’m lazing about in my PJs instead of heading to my volunteer gig for the weekend, because my neck is borked and I have a migraine from the muscle spasms. I’ll probably head out for a bit after I’ve been tea’d and fooded. Wearing my, uhh, retro tshirt I won at one of the clubs.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
AllanK

I hope you feel better.

OMGsrsly

Thanks! Just doing too much and sitting in uncomfortable chairs. It’ll be OK. :)

Sil

well you gave me some… lol

OMGsrsly

I did! And I saw YOUR note…

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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