1890 Tasting Notes

A green tea. Why do many green teas MissB? :) Ahh, well I guess it’s broadening my horizons or something.

This tea. It is SO FLORAL WOW. It does smell really good though. Like a garden or bouquet. And the flavour doesn’t move beyond floral to soapy for me.

Interestingly the tea went from meh, to weirdly grainy (texture) to thick and smooth and syrupy. I might have to try this again.

Thanks so much for sharing MissB!

1.5-ish tsp in 8 oz, 2 min at 175F.

Preparation
1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Thank you MissB and Sil!

There aren’t a lot of teas left I’m super keen on trying, although I’ll be packing up one serving of each for myself as I divide the remainder. So many greens! :P

Anyways, this is a decent peach tea. I think I prefer peach and ginger, but you know. Plain peach works as well. The base is not bad at all either, and it goes well with milk. It’s a sort of candy-sweet peach flavour. Sort of. Not quite like Fuzzy Peaches, but not quite like a fresh ripe peach or a peach pie, either.

Thanks for sharing! :)

(2 tea bags, 2 minutes, 16oz, 195F.)

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This is the DCTea shou coin thing from O5 Tea.

And… I am not a fan. Nopers. I’m on the 4th “rinse” and it’s finally not too bitter, but it tastes ultra musty and damp earthy. And it is still somewhat bitter.

I did one LONG rinse, to mostly break up the coin. It sat for about 10 minutes. Then 3 flash steeps in my glass pot from DavidsTea. It doesn’t pour super fast, but this is a shou. It should be fine.

I guess I’ll keep steeping and trying. But this cup is going down the sink. :/

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 OZ / 177 ML
Dexter

Boooooooo!!!!! I was hoping these were going to be REALLY good. :((

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah. But your experience could be totally different. I’m using more water than usual with it, which could be why I’m not loving it.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had 4 more steeps, and it’s finally starting to become more what I like. Smooth. Less of that musty fermenty taste. Still not really sweet, but it does go well with the treacle toffee I’m nomming on.

Sil

dope

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I have the Double Ginger, from Amariel, which is just this plus dried ginger bits.

It’s really strong. Super spicy. I steeped it 5 minutes then pulled out the ginger chunks – she warned me it wouldn’t all dissolve, so I did use a basket.

I really like this, but don’t see that it’s much different from the ginger packets I get at the Asian market. I’m not sure that the dried ginger pieces really add a lot of extra flavour… not like grating fresh ginger into it does. (Yes, I’ve done that…)

So while I do like this and will no doubt finish it all rapidly, I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get it.

The caramel houjicha, however. I’m really looking forward to a cup of that one. Mmm, caramel tea. AND I have whipping cream. And maple syrup. :D :D

Thanks so much for sharing, Amariel!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh I lied. As this is sitting here it has reached BURNING FORCE levels of ginger. So amazing.

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Yep, eg from sbux.

I got on the wrong bus and it’s pouring and I’m wearing sandals and a sweatshirt and so so cold and sore and tired.

So I went the long way around so I could transfer to a bus without standing in the rain. And got sbux. The line was huge so tea it was. And she gave me two tea bags for the price of one, so I guess I look kinda crappy. :)

It’s not perfect, but it’s hot and flavoured and comforting.

boychik

I hope you home now. Stay warm

Maddy Barone

Man, how miserable, especially when you’ve been sick.

OMGsrsly

I got home and ate “real food” instead of coffee and tea, then borrowed a friends car to do ALL the grocery shopping (yay Costco?) and now I’m finally home and the frogs are cleaned and all the animals are fed and wow I did a lot. :) Blasting heat in the car was DIVINE.

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Sample from Amariel – thank you!

This tea had a bit of an accident, in that it was involved in a water spill on my counter. I tried drying it out, but decided to steep it up ASAP just in case it was still damp.

It smells fruity and floral. Kind of generic fruity I think, and I can see jasmine blossoms in the dry leaves. Now, I just had some chocolate covered espresso beans, but the tea tastes fruity-floral. I’m not really getting any rhubarb out of it… maybe hints of rhubarb (What does rhubarb taste like other than itself?) but I’m not sure. And I think the reason it’s creamy is because I put cream in it and also the jasmine.

It’s nice, and definitely springy. But it doesn’t have that punch of rhubarb flavour that I was looking for. Not necessarily sour, but that fresh fruity creamy flavour you get in a pie filling.

I will have to pick up a sample of this for Sil when I go to Victoria. See what she thinks. :)

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

rooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo barb!

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Of course there are two listings for this tea. It wouldn’t be Steepster without excessive duplications! :P

This sample is from Dexter, thank you! I have enough for one more pot, or a “terrible treatment” in my thermos. Haha.

I really like this one. Especially in later steeps when it starts getting so fruity. It’s still steeping up pretty dark although I’ve done 7 or 8 steeps already. Every time I go into the kitchen I flick the kettle on and do another cup. :) The only downside, and I think this is because it’s such a tightly packed puerh, is that there are lots of “bits” that need to be strained out. The Huron I had yesterday didn’t need to be strained at all, but then again it was a loose tea.

And I think I might prefer this one.

Thanks so much for sharing! Hopefully I’ll be able to come off hiatus at some point this year so I can pick up a cake. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
Sil

haha that’s why i used the ebay one – there were a few more listings from a tea perspective from this store.

OMGsrsly

This is the one I used last time so I’m sticking with it!

Sil

neener neener!

OMGsrsly

Besides! You have a note on this one too. :P http://steepster.com/Silaena/posts/287127

Dexter

I don’t want it alphabetically by company under "e"bay – I want it "S"treetshop…

OMGsrsly

YES! That is very true.

Sil

haha i wish we had it as streetshop-ebay

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
1890 tasting notes

With milk today!

Totally over steeped but I don’t caaaare! It’s delicious and getting me going.

I have to sand down the spackle I applied yesterday, wipe it all down, and slap on some primer. I’ve been SO SLOW with redoing my bathroom and the landlordy people are all, “Can you give us back the spackle? And the paint? And the rollers?” Never mind that they never gave me any sand paper or primer or putty knives or anything like that. Just paint, roller, tray, putty. Hmm..

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

I have no energy anymore for renovation type projects, so I totally applaud you! YAY for new bathrooms! :D
(and, Praline Horizon is amazing….)

OMGsrsly

I have no energy for it either but I wanted a good job done so I’m doing it myself. I’m just repainting, but the paint is completely lifting because they didn’t use primer. lol. Much eye rolling here.

Sil

we finally finished the kitchen/couunter tops and tiles… so nice.

OMGsrsly

Yay!!!

I’m thinking of finding new kitchen cabinets on Craigslist and telling them I’m redoing my kitchen. Haha. New sink and faucet too. That would be so nice.

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
1890 tasting notes

I made a huge pot of this last night, and stuck half of it in the fridge for an iced tea. It was actually excellent this “morning” when I finally rolled my butt out of bed.

And I’m having the last of my Christmas purchase tonight!

This tea really is best oversteeped. 2 tbsp per 16 oz for maximum pleasure, or 3 tbsp for a 1 litre tea pot. I had about 1.5 tbsp left and I brewed it in a not-quite-16-oz mason jar.

The downsides to this tea are 1) needing to use paper because of those insidious chamomile bits, 2) the weight per cup, 3) the artificialness of the flavour. Still. If I could get it 50% off again, I’d get it. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Ost

Definitely will be 50% off again. Teavana does sales all the time!

OMGsrsly

I thought they just did 50% off after Christmas.

Ost

That’s their biggest sale, but they do sales quite a lot througout the year and random teas are discounted. I have seen that one discounted quite a few times last year.
Yeah…I happen to check their website a lot xD

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I really really like this one! Steeped, ahem, overnight and stuck in the fridge. It made SUCH an excellent iced tea! I’ll finish the rest tomorrow as I’m now moving on to less caffeinated options seeing as it’s 11:30 pm. :)

1/2 tsp or so in 13 oz. (More like half of what I’d normally use for 13 oz, I’d guess about 1-1.5g.)

Yeah, I think this one is a favourite. I treat it terribly but it’s SO tasty.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
TeaBrat

Did this come from ali express??

OMGsrsly

Yes. Dexter sent me a sample. I totally forgot to thank her too. Sorry Dexter! And thank you!

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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.

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