2198 Tasting Notes

93

2 tsp in 16 oz, steeped for “a while”.

Added honey.

So amazing. So, so good. This is a fantabulous tea to have when sick, if you like all the ingredients. :) I love sage tea with honey, so the savoury-ness doesn’t bother me at all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JustJames

feel better!

OMGsrsly

Thanks!

Fjellrev

I echo the sentiment!

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drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
2198 tasting notes

OM NOM NOM.

I steeped this (possibly) forever. Even having the lid on, it’s down to guzzling temperature. Oops? Oh well. It is DELICIOUS.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

I am so jealous you get to have this!! I can’t wait for the reblend :)

OMGsrsly

I got a lot during the summer sale. :) I want more, though. I’m keeping an eye on MissB. Maybe we can all do a big order!

VariaTEA

That is definitely a great plan. I only got a sample and when I fell in love I learned I could buy no more :(

OMGsrsly

I heard she’s doing a black tea version, but I might be wrong. I might need both versions in my life, if it’s a base I like. :)

VariaTEA

I just love the Marshmallow leaf but I wouldn’t turn away a black tea version

Fjellrev

I feel like my taste buds are broke because this was one WEIRD for me.

OMGsrsly

It reminds me of vanilla marshmallows. The expensive hand made ones. :)

Fjellrev

See, and I got edamame beans. Either my taste buds are broken or I lost my mind.

OMGsrsly

LOL! For me, the laoshan green is like edamame beans and seaweed. :)

MissB

Oh, we can definitely do a large order. ;) It’ll just have to wait until Stacy is back from holidays to discuss the details. I’ll order whatever quantity she needs to reblend it, so that everyone who wants some can enjoy it.

Chizakura

I wish I loved this one too. I bought a bunch months ago and haven’t really been drinking it.

VariaTEA

@Chizakura – there are definitely a bunch of people on here who would happily swap for it :)

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92

:( Now I’m sick! I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet! (Actually, I’m blaming my brother.)

This is delightful, and my throat isn’t sore enough yet for the acid to hurt it yet. Yay! Next up I’m having a hot honey and lemon. When it hurts to breathe and swallow, the honey definitely makes its way back into my food repertoire.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
VariaTEA

Feel better soon!!

OMGsrsly

My boss sent me home from work today with a bag of paperwork, but I got home, had food, and slept! Oops. There’s a bunch of stuff due tomorrow, too.

Veronica

So sorry you’re sick. Get well soon!

caile

Hoping you feel well soon! Honey is always good!

TheTeaFairy

So sorry you got sick…
Lol at «I could have sworn that people couldn’t be infected through the internet!» …those darn Internet viruses!!!! Feel better soon :-)

NofarS

Hope you feel better soon

OMGsrsly

It seems like everyone on Steepster is recovering from some illness! :)

MissB

Feel better soon! Grapefruit seed oil is what got me through my last nasty cold…

TheTeaFairy

You’re right OMGsrsly, we’re a bunch of sickos! I can just imagine the high energy level if we’d arrange for a meat up right now, lol!

TeaBrat

there are a lot of things going around at my office too, feel better soon!

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
2198 tasting notes

Tea of my heart, you are so tasty.

I love this. The jasmine and frankincense are amazing together. The super floral oolong is just amazing with it. I definitely get how people can say oolongs can taste like lilacs – no doubt that is enhanced by the jasmine. I keep thinking I should drink what I have, but then I never do because the idea that I need to wait and save it for something special overpowers. Hah. That’s ridiculous.

So I’m enjoying it now. I hope the incense is easier to get out of the glass steeper than it is the metal ones…

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Chizakura

Going on my shopping list :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. Definitely a good one if you like floral. :)

Fjellrev

I’m glad you’re in love with this one haha.

OMGsrsly

Crowkettle gave me some in the initial meetup we had in Victoria, and I also ordered more. I can totally see this as a love-it-or-hate-it tea. :)

OMGsrsly

I should note that this is a well-aged sample, too!

Sil

note the “…if you like floral…” bleeeeeeeeechhhhhh haha

Dinosara

Florals yummm! I do love this one.

TheTeaFairy

Florals, yeeeeeeeeeeesssss, lol

OMGsrsly

LOL! Sil, you are in the minority here. :)

TheTeaFairy

Omgsrsly, It’s ok, she is uniquely awesome :-)

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I kinda like this one. It would be (much) better without the coriander, but the toasted rice kind of overpowers it while hot. I LOVE the toasted rice Verdant uses. So strong and toasty. :D

The Oolong is super duper floral. The floral is coming through the toasted rice, soap, and cinnamon. And sadly as it cools, the coriander is getting soapier. This would be SO good without the excess amount of coriander. Just a little would be fine, but in my bag it looks like at least 1/3 of it is coriander seeds.

Another tea I’m glad I’ve tried, but will probably be relegated to the swap pile. Between the coriander and the mint, I wasn’t super happy with the Blends Club. There are some Verdant blends that I like that I will probably purchase again soon (Sweet Cinnamon Pu’er!), and one I LOVE but just haven’t had the time to sit down and do justice (Earl of Anxi).

Fjellrev

I love their toasted rice too, come to think of it. Boo-urns on the coriander! Blech.

OMGsrsly

I KNOW, right? So strong. And with the floral oolong, it just got soapier and soapier.

TheTeaFairy

Blahh, ditto, don’t mind coriander but not in my tea!

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drank Royal Tajiri by Tea Centre
2198 tasting notes

Having this again at my parents. They have hid all their full bags of tea so we’re drinking up leftovers. Heh. Normally they have ~20-25 varieties of black tea to choose from, but I only see 7. Boo!

Oh well. It’s a nice strong delicious tea. I’m having it with almond milk because I steeped it for 3 min and the tannins were a little strong. Mmm.

Instead of waking me up like usual they let me sleep in. So I’ve made my breakfast and some tea, and as soon as I’m done we’re gearing up for a walk in the mud and ridiculous pouring rain.

Fjellrev

Damn, your parents are disciplined. But I try to do the same.

OMGsrsly

I know, right? :) They get 100g-250g at a time, too.

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drank Mate Lemon by Numi Organic Tea
2198 tasting notes

Had a bag of this on the ferry today. A bag I brought myself. :) The ferry only has Lipton, which I didn’t want to deal with.

I really enjoyed this! Loads of lemony herbal green flavours, a nice kick of caffeine, really easy to make. Definitely something I will have if I’m out and Numi teas are the only thing available.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
sherapop

I tried this blend a few weeks ago and christened it “Mate for Gringos”. It has a good, very accessible flavor—unlike straight mate, which can be bitter and grassy to a fault… I agree that the caffeine content is not at all negligible!

OMGsrsly

Lol! Sounds like me. :) I haven’t had traditionally prepared mate yet. One day, though. One day. :)

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drank Imperial Keemun by SOKO Tea House
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Gave this to my parents today and made a pot for the family to share. It was quite tasty. It says 2 tsp per cup, but I used 4 tsp for a 3 mug tea pot, and it was good. Steeped twice. Left the second steep for about 20 minutes before I finished it, even. Still good.

I prefer teavivre’s keemuns, but this is pretty darn tasty! Mom likes it too. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So I’ve opened this to try it, because I feel it’s important to try things.

Meh. It’s minty. It’s rooibos-y. It’s going onto my swap shelf.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

I now have an entire swap giant-plastic-container since I thought I was buying one and it turns out I bought 4 (giant-plastic-containers that is). Good luck with your swaps!

OMGsrsly

Thanks. :) I might do a “Take it away!” post in a couple months, once I’ve drunk through my stash a bit more and have settled on my must-haves.

Starfevre

I’m waiting for a tea box to come my way and then I will start swapping seriously.

OMGsrsly

Swapping is fun, but omg does it over expand the cupboard. I am not a master of sipdowns, so I’ve put all tea acquisitions on hold for a bit. :)

Sil

i have a ton of teas that need to find good homes but i haven’t had the energy yet to try and swap/send them away.

Cavocorax

Selling seems to be a decent option too – at least I know I’ve gotten sucked into a few tea sales, and I have no issue with them as both parties win. :)

OMGsrsly

Hmm. You have a point, Cavo.

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
2198 tasting notes

Hot damn. I love this.

That is something I never thought I’d say about a mint tea.

But this is superb.

I get mint-chocolate, with lavender. It smells in the order of chocolate-lavender-mint, though. The mint is SO fresh. I definitely have different taste buds from MissB, and I do love lavender.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
MissB

I did grossly oversteep this, however lavender really does make me feel like I’m breaking out into hives when it’s as strong as it is in that brew. I’m so glad you love it!!

OMGsrsly

I think I want more, MissB. Could I buy half the packet off you? It can wait till after your rush at work. :) And if no one else wants it by that point, I might take it all. I’m falling asleep in my chair here! This might be a new favourite night time tea.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I see someone else grabbed it. Boo. Now the hunt begins! :)

oddree

Mint chocolate and lavender sounds AMAZING to me – I’ll have to keep an eye out for that combo, or something similar.

OMGsrsly

If you can get your hands on this one, definitely try it!

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(I’ve mostly stopped reviewing teas here, and also mostly stopped drinking tea. :( )

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.

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