1364 Tasting Notes

Sipdown (258)!

This is a really decent spiced white bagged tea. I’m glad I got it whenever it was I picked it up, but I don’t think I need to get it again. Today it’s mostly chicory and white tea that I’m tasting, with a few spices and a little sweetness.

And I’m still under 260 even with the new teas, which is nice. I might drink a few more easy sipdowns tonight, or maybe not. :)

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Amariel

It is still pretty nice though. I remember having some that you sent.

OMGsrsly

I don’t regret it at all, I’m just closer to figuring out what I drink in quantity, and white teas aren’t it. :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Yum! Toasted rice and caramelly goodness.

Thanks so much for the sample, VariaTEA. :)

(Sipdown! But IDK how much tea I have because I haven’t finished adding what I bought on the weekend. Actually, I haven’t started. :) )

Amariel

It is really tasty stuff!

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drank Tea Star by Justea
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I picked this up on the weekend to share with my parents. It’s super cute! As it brews the star POOFS up and becomes huge.

Sadly, the flavour was not for any of us. I would say “strong marine notes” but it tasted like kelp. So seaweedy.

Still, I’m glad I had a chance to try it. Such a neat idea, and I’m sure that people who like darker oolongs would like this a lot more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

“strong marine notes” hehe.

OMGsrsly

IDK, it just feels more professional somehow. :)

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drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
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3 steeps later and I’m neither tea drunk nor awake. Is it bed time yet. Mom says it isn’t, which makes me sad.

This tea is delightful. I haven’t had another sun moon lake before but I couldn’t resist because of the name. Nice and sweet assamy malty flavours. Sil and MissB will definitely be getting some of this.

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I gave the last bit of this to my BFF this evening, and the summary of her thoughts was, “This is really good. You need to buy more.”

So, onto her birthday shopping list it goes!

(I really liked it as well, but I don’t drink white teas too often.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I love how “Chicken Soup” is one of the flavours listed for the tea. :D :D

This is my favourite of the fandom blends, I think. So tasty. Blueberry caramel! Yum yum yum.

Flavors: Blueberry, Caramel

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cavocorax

LOL. Chicken soup?

OMGsrsly

Yeah. :) Roswell Strange definitely gets some interesting flavours!

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
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Finishing this sample up tonight while I 20/10 my house into submission. I’m going to Nanaimo tomorrow, and will pester my friends until they take me past the Tea Desire! So I’ll soon have lots of this tea. :D :D :D

A nice introductory flavoured puerh, this is mostly caramel and there is no mushroomy fishy weirdness that seems to put people off this general type of tea.

So if you like caramel and are starting to investigate puerh, try this one! So good. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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Not bad, not bad. A little weak this morning (yes, it’s still morning!) but nicely strawberry-y. Not nearly as much pure strawberry as the one from Herbal Infusions, though.

I forgot I had this tea until I was poking around for something that wasn’t “the usual” this morning. So I probably wouldn’t get it again, even though it is a pretty good strawberry tea. :)

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry

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

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I got more of this tea, because I remember liking it so much.

And it doesn’t disappoint. Cold brewed 1 tbsp in a canning jar (4 cups? 1L or so) for 24 hours. Yummy. A pinch of sugar brightens it up a lot. It is quite tart, with a chili kick at the end. The chili does come out a bit more when iced, but it’s good this way too.

Sil

This one makes me happy too

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drank Classic Big Red Robe by Silk Road
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I made this to bring to work this morning.

Ugh.

Objectively I do like the smell and the flavour of these roasted oolongs, but it was just too much. Which is interesting because a lapsang souchong is generally fine in the morning.

I think this one needs to be relegated to shorter steeps at home and not in a travel mug. I also think I should focus on the super green and floral oolongs, as I seem to like them a lot more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

I like BRR.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had others that were better. This is a very light, very roasted tea. If it had more body, or gave me less of an oolong-drunk, I might appreciate it more. :)

Amariel

I prefer Oriental Beauty of BRR, to be honest.

OMGsrsly

(I did a second steep and tried adding cream. Nope. That was a bad idea.)

Amariel

Boo to bad ideas. They often start out as good ideas in disguise.

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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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