2194 Tasting Notes

Brought this to work in my #fancy new sbux mug today.

With some cream.

Delicious. (I didn’t measure OR time it this morning. Neener.)

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This is a Lychee Chinese Black I got from Bear With Me, last time I visited. IDK when that was though. D:

It’s really really good. I’m having it with some cream, because it’s what I had in the fridge. Super fruity and floral, although I’m not sure I’d really pick out lychee flavour. So much of a lychee is the experience peeling it, and then the funny texture of the fruit. :)

Thanks so much! I have enough for another mug, but I think that will go quickly…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I forgot about this tea, so it’s now out where I will see it and drink it.

Still not my favourite, but it gave a good caffeine hit this morning. I’m weaning off coffee, you see.

(It’s not going so great.)

(I might be heading out to buy coffee shortly.)

Maddy Barone

LOL!
Nothing wrong with coffee. In fact, it has health benefits. I almost always start my day with coffee. Of course, I then brew a pot of tea about mid morning.

kristinalee

I drink coffee regularly, but sometimes it causes me to have ulcers so I’ll go off it for a little while until I get better.

OMGsrsly

Have not found coffee. Need moar tea. OMG. (My area has a lot of Italian specialty stores, so I got cheese and olives and prosciutto and bacon ends for good prices. Coffee? $$$.)

Maddy, I like to bring tea to work with me, but I generally drink a cup in the morning as well. I’ve just been having LOTS of coffee with the new temporary office always having a pot brewing. So I was trying to wean off. I’ll have to bring some pre-filled tea bags to work with me.

OMGsrsly

Whoa. A cup of COFFEE in the morning as well. Like you. Hahaha. So not with it. :D

I couldn’t have coffee for over a year, after I got a real bad GI bug. :( That was super sad, but also when I started getting more into tea again. I still should be careful with the coffee though.

Dustin

Kristinalee, that sounds like me with hot sauce! I’ll put it on everything until my gums are raw, then have to go off it for a while so my mouth can heal. I’m currently back on the sauce!

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Yum yum yum. This tea is so neat.

I’m having it with some honey. It’s just so fresh and crisp.

(Not a sipdown though. I still have a little left. :D )

ashmanra

I have been tempted by this one for a while. It looks interesting and unique. Maybe I should bite the bullet and purchase already.

OMGsrsly

I think it’s really neat, although the flavours are fairly mild. I’d definitely buy some but 100g might be too much for me. If you like mint, White Wolf is fantastic. I just can’t drink it often at all because of the mint.

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Drinking this today for a bit. Here’s hoping it goes better than last time! Especially now that I have a bit more experience with sheng.

Now my opinion is that it’s pretty light. There’s a neat thickness to it, and some smoke and leather, but it’s nicely mellowed. Yum. It’s a little bitter, a little sweet. Just what I was wanting, actually!

At this point in my taste evolution, I’d say I’d like more of this tea. LOL. Oh well.

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Oh, this one is interesting. But in a way where I don’t think I want to drink it.

It feels pretty rich. Kind of like a gunpowder in the way that it’s a teensy bit smoky/earthy with some sensations of being in the open air on a mountain side. But the green vegetable notes are really not agreeing with me. :(

Thank you, fuzzypeachkin, but this is so not for me. I’m not sure if it’s the age, but I would think that this tea would age pretty well due to its shape and apparent processing.

Edit: Also marine notes. That might actually be it. Sorry tea, it’s definitely me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

heh this is the one i really like.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, the sample was big so I threw it into your box. You can see if it’s changed a lot in the past couple years. :)

Sil

hahahaha

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Oh. My god.

I’ve had these samples for TWO YEARS.

I’m so sorry, fuzzypeachkin and CrowKettle. I’m drinking them today I swear. O.o

Anyways, this Assam is a decent Assam? It’s a little sweet. Malty with that typical Assam flavour. I’m actually drinking it WITHOUT milk, which is almost unheard of, but it’s nice. I haven’t had a straight Assam for a while, so I’ll just sit here and enjoy the cup.

OMGsrsly

In other news, the orange part is chipping off my DavidsTea Halloween mug. The colour change parts are fine, but the surrounding colour is leaving. WTF. :/

Sil

i didn’t pick up more of this one as it was nice, but not as nice as the price heh

OMGsrsly

Yeah, some of their prices are a little… high. :)

Fjellrev

So strange about the mug! Is the paint chipping off or wearing off?

I know you said yours doesn’t have this problem, but t almost bought that colour-changing candy cane mug on sale the other day but remembered how previous versions’ colour-changing stuff would peel off.

OMGsrsly

It’s chipping off. :( They did change their colour changing stuff though, no problems with that. But I’m a little disappointed in the other part. It’s not happening on my octo-mug, just this one. Maybe because the decal is so big?

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drank Banana Nut Bread by DAVIDsTEA
2194 tasting notes

As a (SURPRISE!) eggnog latte.

I steeped 10 minutes in a preheated mug with a lid, using BOILING water. I wanted AS MUCH FLAVOUR as possible.

And it worked, I think? Still not a lot of banana. Definitely nut and bread tho. And it works well with the creamy nutmeg of the eggnog.

Evol Ving Ness

Well done! It sounds delicious.

OMGsrsly

Yum! Sadly there’s a lot of textural GOO at the bottom of the mug. I noticed it last time, too.

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, this is a particularly mucky one.

OMGsrsly

I’ve moved onto booze. The only drama I have with booze is getting tipsy and declaring my love for everyone. So. Not that bad.

VariaTEA

Haha OMGsrsly, I do the same when drunk except I also text and that makes for awkwardness in the morning :P

OMGsrsly

I should totally start randomly texting people “drunk” messages. Hahaha.

VariaTEA

I once told one of my managers that we should be besties. Luckily he is young and also likes drinking so he was quite entertained by the whole thing. It could have been much worse in retrospect but when I read that I was just like oh no.

OMGsrsly

LOL. Oh dear. Well, I’d probably confine it to friends. And my brother.

VariaTEA

That’s a good idea. As for me, I should probably invest in one of those apps that stops you from texting for a period of time. I can also lock it when I am in class too and thus I shouldn’t get distracted.

Evol Ving Ness

I walked into a local DT today and found out that there are no more eggnog lattes to be had.

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Oh blackcurrant, why you gottta smell so BAD?! D: D: D:

Thankfully I’ve made this in a travel mug, so I can put the lid on it and don’t have to smell it.

Ahh, that’s better. It’s a fairly light tea, I think I could have steeped it a little hotter. But it’s pretty nice! The blackcurrant-peach flavour is really nice, and delicate at this point as it’s in my travel mug. I’m quite enjoying this.

Thanks so much, uhh, tea fren. :) (MissB maybe? I got it when I visited Sil.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 g 15 OZ / 443 ML

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Oh, apparently I’ve tried this one already. So that means I need less water, since I didn’t weigh the sample.

I am sick. Definitely coming down with some sort of terrible cold thing. MEH. And today I do need to go into work, but I think I’ll do that, then come home and get back into pyjamas and drink more tea.

I kinda like this one, even though it’s super green today, and a little watery because I keep mis-judging how much water I need to put in my pot. Haha. Oh well. I haven’t had a sheng in a while, so I’m hoping this gives me some energy to go deal with work stuff for a couple hours.

Fjellrev

Oh no, I hope you fight that bug like a boss.

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