1456 Tasting Notes

Sipdown!

This is kinda meh. It’s really sweet, without a lot of background to back up the sweetness. I had high hopes for this one, and sadly it’s just not working for me.

That’s OK though. The Divine Temptation/Creme Brulee blend is amazingpants enough.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Pineapple Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1456 tasting notes

Sipdown! Thanks, Sil. This was sooooo good!

I’m just having it in water today. I think I prefer it as a latte. I might prefer ALL matcha as lattes.

It’s tart and green and pineappley. It’s nice, but I think I’ll add some warmed milk.

Nightshifter

I prefer ALL matcha as lattes, too. :)

Sil

Matcha = latte or smoothie. Water = not as good

OMGsrsly

The sweetness and texture of the milk really adds something good. :)

TeaBrat

I find that flavored matchas are not very good when you try to drink them plain.

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Uhh, JustJames, I think I have a problem.
https://twitter.com/omgsrslyfolks/status/402152147568975872/photo/1

Thanks for that. It required some negotiating to find this tea in the cupboard.

I actually really like this smokey tea. I didn’t think I would, until Sil suggested maple syrup, and then I ended up with Too Much whipping cream. Maple whipping cream + Russian Caravan tea = match made in heaven.

This tea probably isn’t the best quality out there, but I’m enjoying it and that’s what counts. Right? It will definitely be a void in my cupboard when it’s done, but what to fill it with…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

!!!!!!!! XXXXXXOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!!!!!!!!!

the gobbledygook above? well, you’re too awesome for words. i thought of going with binary or hex, but always takes up a ton of space. SO AWESOME!

OMGsrsly

LOL. I couldn’t resist.

JustJames

you totally made my day. =0)

Amariel

So so funny. Sadly, I’m not a fan of smoky teas.

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
1456 tasting notes

I haven’t had this tea in ages. I think I was trying to save it for something. Well, today can be that something. :)

I do really enjoy these still. If I had more, they would make it into the “every morning” rotation. I had been thinking of purchasing a tin of them, but now I’m not so sure. They’re definitely up there in the ranking, and the price is good enough that I wouldn’t feel bad about having them in a travel mug. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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After the CUP OF COFFEE I had this morning (So there, JustJames.), I used the tea randomizer (yay!) and it pulled up this tea. Miracle of miracles (since my cupboard on Steepster is a mess), I actually still had this in my stash.

Since I only had 2 tsp left, I did 2 steepings in 8 oz and poured them into a bigger mug. This tea also goes well with candy corn. It’s delicious. Light and sweet. Very complex. Doesn’t really need anything added, although some honey might be nice.

This is an “Oops, I sat down to write a note and the tea is gone because I got distracted and drank it all” note.

Definitely worth getting again, even though it’s more of an afternoon tea than a morning tea for me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec
JustJames

xoxoxoxoxoxox

Fjellrev

Ha! All too often the tea’s gone before I had a chance to get to Steepster. Aye.

Amariel

Loving the candy corn, eh? :P

OMGsrsly

I love candy corn, and pretty much only get it 50% off at Purdy’s. I finished my bag today, sadly.

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drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
1456 tasting notes

Sipdown! I cold steeped this overnight, and had some of it today. Sadly, cold steeping brought out a bitter tinge that I really didn’t like. Good thing I didn’t chuck my leaves! Trying another overnight steep to see if that works.

Between this and Watermelon Xylophone, I definitely prefer the watermelon. Probably because I like the base more. Silver needles are just.. more. Thicker, sweeter, better.

Amariel

Really? I prefer this over the watermelon.

OMGsrsly

I don’t like bai mu dan, even if it’s really nice bai mu dan. :) I also don’t really like melons. I might have a couple pieces of watermelon and one cantaloupe a year. Maybe. I think I like Watermelon Xylophone so much just because of the base.

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
1456 tasting notes

1 tbsp, 8 oz, 3 minutes.

I do like this one a fair bit. Steeping longer, and making sure you don’t underleaf it, is important to get all the flavours. I could still do without all that coriander, especially since coriander in all three of this month’s blends. Yikes!

This is similar to the vanilla citrus spice, with a nice toastiness from the rice. The orange and vanilla and ginger are all so good together. It also goes well with the candy corns I have leftover from Halloween. Mmm.

(These are A+ candy corns from a local company. Nice and fresh, not crystallized at all. So good.)

I’ll steep this once or twice more tonight, and maybe try the Elderberry Herbal.

(Sorry about the edits! 2nd steep at 5 minutes is delightful and spicy. Extremely good with a tiny bit of honey. OMG. Ok, I’d get more of this one.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I had this blend this morning. Yes, I added a blend as a tea, seeing as I accidentally have 75g of each, therefore 150g of blend.

I failed at math when I went tea shopping.

Anyways, this was delicious as always. So delicious. Especially with the maple whipped cream on top. It’s not an every day tea for me (despite the 150g!), but it’s soo good with its nougaty coffee hazelnut flavours.

Mmm.

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

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1456 tasting notes

I need to drink this more often. Heck. I need to cycle through ALL the teas more often, instead of just drinking what’s new and shiny.

So. I like this tea. Some people don’t. That’s OK. I’m drinking a large mug with some maple whipped cream on top. Delicious and sweet and desserty (like spiced cake), without being too much like Red Velvet Cake or Coffeecake.

Edit: Also, candy corns are divine.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
keychange

Oh god, I need to stop only drinking the shiny new tea also!

JustJames

aw! what’s wrong with shiney? =0/

OMGsrsly

Nothing’s wrong with shiny! I just don’t want to forget about all the other awesome in my cupboard.

JustJames

everything can be shiny….. there’s enough shiny for everyone. i think the shiny is generous. true shiny isn’t selfish.

OMGsrsly

But I am blind and must rediscover the shiny constantly.

JustJames

then mail me your tea and bit by bit i’ll mail it back to you (mostly intact…. only small bits gone to make sure it hasn’t turned poisonous) and that way it will always be new. and shiny. see?

OMGsrsly

Hmm… Mayb..

No. :D

Although I don’t mind sharing small bits. That’s another good way to rediscover what’s in the cupboard.

JustJames

this is what i come up with as a solution when you declare that teas have become de-shiny-ified. i thought it was exceptionally creative. ;-)

OMGsrsly

Creative, most definitely. :) But asking me to part with all of my teas, even just temporarily?! Blasphemy, James. Pure blasphemy. :D

JustJames

de-shiny-ifying is the blaspheme OMGsrsly! lol. what if your teas heard you and went on strike? what if they with held services? with held flavour? curious minds would like to know what you would do…..?

OMGsrsly

I would be forced to consider drastic measures. Like writing a program to choose random teas…

Dexter

It’s already been done – will randomly choose a tea from your cupboard here…..
http://steepster.com/discuss/223-need-help-picking-a-tea-introducing-the-tea-randomizer
Click on the link, enter your steepster username it spits out a tea for you to drink….
http://www.jaydeee.net/pickatea.php

JustJames

well you forced me to speak for the tea. poor tea. who calls a tea un-shiny? so mean. i should paint tiny little floating strike signs and mail them to your tea…. dexter…. do you know if tea has opposable thumbs by chance? (wow that might be a lot of signs).

MissB

So cool!

Dexter

Ummmmmm………. no?

OMGsrsly

Oh, hey! The randomizer is working again! It was broken after the update, so this is exciting. :)

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I think I need to try this one hot.

I iced it by steeping for 4 minutes then adding some ice and cold water. For me, one bag in the ‘iced tea’ format makes 2 litres, or about 1/2 gallon.

I also added 2 tbsp sugar, which upon reflection, is a bit much for me. Oh well. It’s still tasty. I really like this iced tea, and will definitely pick up some more next summer.

I’ll be bringing this to work in my water bottle. Especially since I sit in front of space heaters all day, I need to remember to hydrate! My skin is so dry…

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

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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)

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