1520 Tasting Notes

This really needs to be called “Janet’s Special Orange”. Just saying. It’s what I search for whenever I log this tea.

With milk. So FREAKING good, omg I just can’t describe. The orange is amazing, the vanilla, the base tea is nice and present but not overpowering… LOVE.

And so tonight begins. I am frosting cookies to look like eyeballs, AND I am reorganizing my tea stash. Non-caffeinated, caffeinated with 195F to boiling water, then the rest sorted as per my kettle temperatures. ~160, ~175, ~185. :) I tend to steep cooler then suggested, so yeah. Hopefully this gets me drinking more! (Not necessarily more volume, but more variety.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha SB is supposed to send this to me someday. I’m happy to get to try it eventually. Love me some orange tea!

OMGsrsly

Ooo.. I’ll chat with him. He has some (more) tea for me, so if he wants to save shipping I can repack and send stuff from my place. Or pop over for a day visit. Hmm. Hmmmmm…….

Sil

yeah, you know me…never in a rush for things, i know he wanted to put some teas together eventually from janet as i haven’t tried any of her teas yet haha

OMGsrsly

I think I’m gonna go over for a (long) day in the next couple weeks. Just need to plan out stuff at work so I can take off for a day.

Bear With Me

Remind me what i need to pack up for you guys so i can deal with that this weekend before i forget again ;)

OMGsrsly

Pack pack pack! :D

I’ll start a thread on FB, but did you have any interest in the Box of Ridiculousness?

Bear With Me

I am terrified of, yet curious about, the Box of Ridiculousness, haha!

OMGsrsly

It is indeed terrifying!

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
1520 tasting notes

Pretty good this morning, although what I really really wanted was a giant steaming latte. One made with coffee, not tea.

Nice and blackcurranty, although I think it’s nicer as a latte with a tiny bit of sugar to bring out the fruitiness.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

yes! i like this as a latte

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drank Sweet Apple Cider by DAVIDsTEA
1520 tasting notes

It might be because I’m sick, but I really really like this one. It’s seriously apple+++++. Fresh, ripe apple. Fresh pressed apple juice. Just it’s not thick like juice and it’s hot.

I have too many teas to be fussed about rushing out to get more of this one, but this was a good sample to get in my (sad) order.

Edit: Aww, poo. Is there licorice in this? It’s not listed as an ingredient, but I’m getting that sickly sweet back-of-the-throat business as I’m sipping my way through this cup. So weird.

Flavors: Apple, Sweet

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

I thought the vanilla was a weird addition to this one. Maybe that’s part of the sweet flavor you’re getting?

OMGsrsly

Hmm. Maybe! I drank it all anyways, so it wasn’t that bad. :)

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drank Crimson Horizon by Butiki Teas
1520 tasting notes

Ermahgerd this is amazing.

So malty, so sweet, so perfect. I really love these CTC teas, and this one is delicious. Now I am really super ultra sad!

Not only did I get my (possibly second-to-)last Butiki order ever, but I got my Halloween mug from DavidsTea and the handle is broken.

:(

Oh well. I shall revel in the tealiciousness that I have in front of me, and hope that DavidsTea can find me a new mug. :)

(This is different from Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, which I’ve found another supplier for shhhhh… It’s more sweet, more light, more brisk and almost lemony. Yum yum yum.)

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Butiki Teas

Glad you are enjoying the Crimson Horizon! It’s so tasty! Don’t even get me started on the Grandpa’s Anytime tea. Ugh.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Oh no! Now I’m curious. :) I like this one so much, but I have a couple other CTCs I have easier access to and huge supply of. My mom likes buying me teas, you see. :)

Butiki Teas

I’m really loving CTCs lately. The quality has really gone up.

OMGsrsly

Yes. And they tend to be my favourite types of flavours, which are strong, knock your socks off, malty deliciousness. My mom got me this one, and it’s fantastic.
http://steepster.com/teas/tea-centre/47679-rungagora-bps-ctc-india-assam

If you’re OK with cheezy dollar store packaging, I could send you some. :)

Sami Kelsh

Ok, MAN I need to get a Butiki order in as soon as possible, don’t I? It’s all so beautiful and I’ll hate myself a lot if I miss my chance!

OMGsrsly

Yes you do!

Butiki Teas

OMGsrsly-That would be awesome. I could send some CTCs your way as well.

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90
drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1520 tasting notes

Today this tea was accompanied by chocolate milk (because I’m out of regular) and bat cookies.

http://instagram.com/p/uWjhQ6R5J6/

Om nom nom. Unfortunately the black food colouring is bitter, and that bitterness is hanging around. This means the tea isn’t fabulous, although it usually is.

Oh well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Chocolate milk sounds like a delightful addition. Is this tea company one a regular person can order from? Or do I recall the teas being in massive quantities?

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s 100g for most teas. But you can get 50g if you go to their store!

Sil

Courtney, if I make it back to chicago, I can always go shopping for you if you want the smaller quantities.

Courtney

Thanks for the info and offer. :)

whatshesaid

I wanted to love this one but the sample I tried didn’t really taste like much to me :(

OMGsrsly

I don’t find it strongly flavoured at all. Just a little boozey. In fact, my favourite way to have it is with a little sugar and some whisky added… The chocolate milk didn’t go very well, for all that there are cacao nibs in the tea!

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This is really, really neat. But it’d be a lot better without the spearmint.

It’s definitely a savoury tea, but it takes honey well. Rosemary and thyme are some of my favourite “weird” tea ingredients. Sadly, the mint just kills it for me. Sorry tea, but you’re going to meet Mr. Sink shortly here. (I don’t even mind the teensy amount of licorice root, if there’s even any in here. It’s the sour gross spearmint flavour that’s not working.)

SSTTB2

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Nature’s Tea Leaf does a white rosemary which isn’t bad…

OMGsrsly

I have a few, and as I come across them I’m sure I’ll buy more. :) I drink a lot of “medicinal” style herbal teas, and a lot of them have cooking herbs in them.

Sil

love seeing your notes for the box heh

OMGsrsly

Sadly it’s lookin like a lot of no’s! MissB already shared a bunch with me, and a bunch of the others I’m just not feeling right now.

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drank Sakurambo (cherry) by Lupicia
1520 tasting notes

Uhh. Blech.

This was not good at all. Something about it was just a whole lot of no. I tried adding milk, but no.

Interestingly it reminds me of Fruits d’Alsace by H&S, only Fruits is WAY better. Sakurambo is very cherry. It’s also very floral. With a lot of peach and apricot somehow. But it’s extremely cloying, and the flavour is not a happy one for my mouth.

So, thanks SSTTB2, but no thanks.

I’m leaving this one in there so other people can try it! :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

haaate this tea… even though so many love it..

TeaBrat

I always get pine needles out of this for some strange reason.

OMGsrsly

There’s rosemary (I think) in it, and it’s surprisingly strong. In a bad way. I don’t mind pine needles so much, just whatever it is in this tea doesn’t work.

Kittenna

Rosemary? Odd. I still have some too; I don’t recall my opinion (and it’s probably not recorded on Steepster. Sigh.)

TeaBrat

oh, that explains it, I guess!

OMGsrsly

Rosemary and cherry flavouring IS odd! :)

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1520 tasting notes

Grape candy. The kind you get in Japan, those “champagne grape” jellies.

Yep.

Definitely.

It’s nice, I LOVE that you steep it for a short time at boiling, and it does taste good, but I don’t think I loooooove the tea. I’ll have to wait till I finish the mug. It’s a touch bitter, so I’d steep it again for 1:30 instead of 1:45.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Grapes, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1520 tasting notes

SSTTB2 #2.

This smells SO GOOD dry. So good. Like tropical bodywash or something. Steeped only 2 minutes, it tastes pretty good. I added milk, so it’s a little creamy (Also cooled down because it’s so weird to steep anything at boiling anymore!), and tastes of mixed tropical fruit. I think mango, citrus, pineapple… not sure what else. It is quite floral, but I think that can be from mango and pineapple as they can both be very floral fruits.

The puer is a little musty, but not fishy. It’s a nice backdrop that occasionally comes forward a bit more.

I like it. I’m not getting any soapy flavour, and I think I like the “Berry Bavaria” I have from Cornelia Bean better just because I prefer berry flavours to tropical fruits. But still, it’s quite nice! Back into the box it goes!

Flavors: Citrus, Mango, Musty, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
1520 tasting notes

SSTTB2! WOO, thanks MissB for your distribution of largesse within the community. :)

So yeah. I opened it and went, “OH HOLY &(%%%$#%&$%)%%$#@%$(!!”

This is one of the top teas with no caffeine, so I thought I’d try it.

So far I’m liking it quite a bit. It’s sweet (perhaps due to the bit of honey I added) and cinnamon/fennely, with a bit of herbaceousness from the tulsi.

Not something I’m going to keep (because I’m not head-over-heels for it!), but a nice tea to have this late in the evening.

Thank you! :)

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

ooo, I think I would like this one :)

OMGsrsly

I was hesitant to try spice with tulsi for some reason, but it’s really good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some more local blends. :) Australia is a little far for ordering, I’m afraid.

TeaBrat

True, dat

Cameron B.

They just opened a store in Soho, maybe you could do a phone order from there. :P

OMGsrsly

Maybe, but shipping from the states can be $$ which is only saving one $ from the Australian shipping. :D

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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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