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1164 Tasting Notes

drank Mangosteen Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1164 tasting notes

Thanks, CrowKettle!

I had this one in my smoothie, but it just ended up tasting like banana. Oops.

I have plenty left, I’ll probably have it as an iced latte tomorrow.

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Thanks to Cavocorax and, I think, Sil for this sample.

This tea is definitely a puerh. As soon as the hot water hits the leaves, there’s this delightful bready scent.

(Blah blah blah…)

I really like this one. It’s not bread as the texture is liquid, but the flavour is delicious. The rest of the sample is going to Heather, but I kinda wish I could keep it. Anyone with a Tea Mule planning on doing a sTEAp order? :)

(Edit: I’m drinking steep 2 today in my travel mug, and it’s delightful.)

JustJames

this one i love… and i have a sample coming, assuming steap shoppe has actually shipped it!!!

Sil

Omg I don’t need to place an order anytime soon but I will try and keep you in mind when I do refill mine :)

OMGsrsly

Yay! That’d be awesome, Sil. I seem to love cinnamon and puerh together – my other favourite is Silk Road’s Golden Phoenix.

Chizakura

This one seems intriguing (especially since everyone seems to like it so much) but I’m scared of it since it’s pu-erh. xD

JoonSusanna

This tea! This tea keeps popping up everywhere – and with such high reviews, too! I suppose I should cave and just place an order now… :)

OMGsrsly

It’s a bready/yeasty Puerh with cinnamon, though! Really a good combination. :) the shop has been on my radar for a few months, but I have to order through someone in the states, due to shipping. I’m so glad I got to try this one!

Sil

if you’re thinking about ordering other teas from the steap shoppe at the same time as the cinnamon swirl bread i’d read the reviews for the others just to get a sense of whether you’ll like them or not. some of them are very similar from one to the next.

Amariel

I want to try………………….

OMGsrsly

You will, Heather… I don’t want to part with the rest of the sample, but it is going into your bag.

Amariel

OH YAY!

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My browser crashed, and I lost my note. :(

Suffice to say, I wish I was rich and could get 4oz of this tea. It’s SO good. Honey, delicious, amazing goodness.

If it’s still around when I make my next order, I’m getting another sample pack. Because OMG. This is srsly tasty. ;)

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

Hmmm, I have 44 Harney teas on shelf right now. Can I justify making it 45? This is one if the few I have not tried!

OMGsrsly

I would go for it, but it’s $50. :/ Just a little dear for my budget!

OMGsrsly

The second steep (hours later now!) is really good as well. I did 4 minutes.

Fuzzy_Peachkin Had this in-store and it was SO good! It’ms defintely n my shopping list for when I get my Christmas bonus.
ashmanra

Oh dear! And that is probably two ounces, too, isn’t it? Ouch.

OMGsrsly

I think it’s 4 oz, but I don’t need that much! :)

Ceylon Star

nope, definitely $50 for 2oz :( Excuse me while I mourn my lack of tea funds..

OMGsrsly

Boo…. Why do the really delicious plain teas always have to be so expensive? Now, granted, that’s maybe 2 weeks of my former coffee budget…

Ceylon Star

Well, the delicious-but-expensive straights are definitely worth the price tag! haha

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Surprisingly tasty! This is a rich and, yes, malty tea. I like it.

This would probably be DELICIOUS with sweetened condensed milk, but I don’t have any left.

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

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Yum. Although I’ve switched to almond milk from soy or coconut creamer, and I don’t like it in my tea as much. Back to the creamer I go…

I also didn’t grab the dried cherry this morning. I was in too much of a rush.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec
CHAroma

Almond milk took some getting used to for me too, but now I LOVE it!

OMGsrsly

I used to just use almond milk, and never noticed it. Then creamers were on sale for a few months so I used those. Going back to almond milk was a bit of a surprise, but I’m liking it again. Just need to remember to date my containers when I open them. :)

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This one is a hmm, rather than a meh. I steeped my once-used bag overnight to see how it would be. I just added 16 oz cool water and stuck it in the fridge. It’s a little soapy to me right now, which is interesting because the flavour really worked for me hot. I’ll have to revisit this one too.

Oh, and one of my coworkers is on the bus. I should go say hi.

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So far? Meh. I’ll have to try again.

But… even just sniffing the leaves is meh. So I’m no sure how that will go.

I’m making fruits d’alsace instead.

Cavocorax

:( That doesn’t sound so great. I drank Paris last night and it was really amazing. I can’t believe I was meh about it the first time. So, maybe this Assam will be better next time around!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I was hoping for a super strong Assam this morning, but it didn’t happen. So instead of getting a different one from the cupboard, I went with something on the counter. Oh well.

The cafe on campus sells H&S, I can’t believe I hadn’t noticed that. I’m going to try a couple different ones I think. :)

Cavocorax

Oh that’s pretty cool. I never noticed that either!

OMGsrsly

I zoned out and noticed the pretty tins. :D I prefer Paris to the Earl Grey.

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Another tea I have a bunch of thanks to Cavocorax, and another tea I’m GLAD I have a bunch of!

I’m sipping this hot this evening, and put the used bag into the fridge to cold brew overnight. I think I like the H&S tea bags in 16 oz water, but I do a bit more or less depending on which mug I grab.

The leaves didn’t fully unfurl during the hot steep. The scent is sweet berry – my BFF said it was raspberry, but I’d call it raspberry/thimbleberry/currant/pomegranate-ish. You know. Red berry.

It’s a little green tasting, but that’s possibly because I used the wrong temp water. I estimated it to be 180F, but without the thermometer, who knows. The berry flavour is a little sweet, and a lot delicious. It’s almost like the Nana’s Fruit Garden tea I like so much.

And I’ve run out of brain. So I’ll go back to watching the cupcakes cool (I made 2 dozen for work, and have almost a dozen, umm, ‘left over’, for me. Muahahaha.) and thinking about making some fresh cherry frosting. IDK.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

Ok, the cupcakes are awesome. Cherries + icing sugar + a little milky stuff (almond milk today) = awesome frosting. Works well with strawberries if you have them. :)

JustJames

awwww. i have no dessert. maybe it’s time to try my pumpkin creme brulee sample from stacy. hmm, decisions, decisions….

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I liked that one a lot more than the plum pudding. It’s tempting, but it’s late and I still have half a cup of lukewarm this tea. :)

OMGsrsly

I mean, making a cup of each and analyzing them is tempting. Well. Anything tea related (pretty much) is tempting, but… :)

JustJames

i don’t mind a squished cupcake, btw, in the event that are taken by a voracious need to put one in an envelope and mail it. =0D

Sil

Mmmmmmm cupcakes….

OMGsrsly

That would be extremely squished, James!

And Sil, that’s exactly it. Mmm, cupcakes.

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drank Peaches & Ginger by Harney & Sons
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This ginger peach tea is pretty good, but I think I prefer the one from Steam Tea House, “Spiked Ginger Peach”. Something about the flavours just pop a little more.

The ginger in this one isn’t prominent as a biting flavour, more a warming one. I do like the bite of ginger, so I’m missing that here. The peach flavour is pretty good, and the base is good as well. Just something about it isn’t making my tastebuds joyful.

:)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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Yep, I’m drinking this iced. Again.

I ended up going for a walk with a friend, and I got so thirsty I bought something, drank it all, then came home and made a litre of this.

I’m most of the way through and still thirsty. Tomorrow will be an interesting day at work, that’s for sure! I have a feeling I’ll be heading out of the lab for a gulp of iced tea (ooh, which ones should I make!) about every 5 minutes.

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