361 Tasting Notes

79
drank Honeybush Mango by Adagio Teas
361 tasting notes

Since the wonderful Morgana called me out of hiding this morning I felt it imperative that I follow through with my statement that I should have some of this tea tonight. And to also log it. I have no clue how long I let this bad boy steep — I’m thinking that it was less than five minutes. It started off just as I remembered (mango lotion), but then got really weak and more reminiscent of rooibos gone stale and sort of ick. I really need to watch the time. I still find it a pretty decent decaf option. NE

On a personal note: I’ve been on survival mode as I transition from one library to another (which equals 6 day workweeks with long commutes), and getting ready for the GRE (which is now officially scheduled for the first week of September). I’ve been on an emotional/mental rollercoaster and I’m really hoping that things calm down soon. Oh, but at the new library there is a core group of tea-drinkers! Huzzah!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C
__Morgana__

Good luck on the GRE, I actually thought it was sort of a fun test. But that was because I’d already taken the LSAT. And the new library sounds fab!

JacquelineM

Miss you! Good luck studying!! I have to take the PRAXIS tests (teacher tests) soon and am a wreck over them!!

Rabs

I miss “hanging out” with all the awesome Steepsterites as well! Thank you for the well-wishes. :) I would tell you why I’m so utterly terrified of the GRE, but it involves my last epic test that was ::cough-cough:: years ago and it was the PRAXIS PPST.

Er, I’ll tell ya anyway since I think it sounds scarier if I just leave that statement hanging vs. the real story: I missed passing by one point in the math area. (please note that I did absolutely no studying leading up to that particular test).

JacquelineM

That’s painful! I am so bad at math – I am actually going to take two math classes before I take the test because when I took the GRE I bombed the math big time! My graduate program wanted the scores on record, but didn’t count them towards admission so it was no big deal, but my current teacher certification program actually requires our math scores to be even higher than the state requirements so I am, so to speak, up a creek if I don’t know my stuff! I’m going to (hopefully!) be teaching elementary school so I won’t be subjecting poor children to my lack of higher level math knowledge, don’t worry :) :) :) I do know how to add and subtract…if I try really hard and go slow ;)

Rabs

Yeah, it’s the math that’s terrifying me. Good luck on your tests! Plus, remember to be like me and use your fingers to count (toes work too!) ;)

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70
drank Lapsang Souchong by The Mill
361 tasting notes

I met my college advisor/mentor at a local coffee shop yesterday and was floored to discover that they carry loose leaf tea as well. I plan to go back when I don’t have a meeting to ask the friendly baristas more questions. The one thing that I’m very concerned about is that they have their teas in glass jars. Yes, they’re near the back of the shop, but still I’d like to think that they’re UV resistant. I also want to find out if they’d let me bring in a gaiwan to use instead of their cup and strainer-thingy. And water temps, and yeah, I’m trying to spread out my questions over time so I’m not that customer. ;)

Anywho, I was pleased when one of the guys raised his eyebrow and asked “have you had this tea before?” And I got to explain that I’ve had many lapsangs, but not this specific one (I need to find out who their supplier is as well). He laughed and told me some funny stories about customers’ reactions. The tea itself was fine. It wan’t the best and it wasn’t the worst. Not a lot of depth, but I still got the nice “plantiness” that underlies some lapsangs. It did its job and I enjoyed the cup. NE

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec

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100

I decided that I needed a yummy zen-like tea to get me through the day. Ah yes, this one hits the spot. I really noticed the butteriness of this one starting with the second steep — it almost felt like I’d applied lip balm (bizarre, but true). This tea just makes me happy from the aroma to the taste to the warm fuzzies it imparts. I lost count of the infusions, but there were many. TG

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Sweet baby Jesus on a pogostick! I can’t even begin to describe the waking nightmare I had yesterday when I gave my notice to my soon-to-be ex-boss (and it’s continued into today via emails). I’ll leave it at that.

I’m not a chocolate fan, but after the horrendous 48 hours I needed something that felt like a treat (and that wasn’t alcoholic). And here’s my nummy Chocolate Mint tea to the rescue! The mint seems to be almost biting in its aroma today – it could be because my kettle went up to boiling (I’d meant for it to stay just under). And the bonus stress that’s been heaped onto everything else is probably warping my tea experiences again. But lordy, is this hitting the spot. NE

Again, sorry that I’ve been so sporradic in regarding to posting and reading/commenting. Let me assure you that I plan on getting back into the swing of things again — I just need to survive the next several weeks (at least that’s what I’m telling myself). I’ve truly enjoyed escaping into all your notes when I’ve had the time — it’s been a great way to decompress, so thank you all :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Rabs

And sorry about my butchering of the English language!

wombatgirl

hugs – sound awful…thank goodness you won’t have to deal with them much longer.

Kristin

Aww, sorry to hear that. I gave notice 2 weeks ago and was so scared they were going to be really angry. Instead, my manager said “I’m surprised you stuck it out as long as you did”. Keep your head up. The last 2 weeks are hard but you can take refuge in the fact that you are moving on to something better.

sophistre

Like the note, dislike the reason you’re having to flee to chocolate tea to survive. :( I hope you’re able to get through your remaining time without too much more difficulty!

__Morgana__

Awwww. Sorry to hear. Drink more tea. Take more deep breaths. Don’t look at your email. ;-)

mpierce87

Hang in there Rabs!!!

Stephanie

Just think that your new job will be great! :)

Rabs

Thank y’all so very very much! ::hugs::

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90
drank Jasmine Yin Hao (#9) by Adagio Teas
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Hey all — yes, I still exist and haven’t imploded from all the stressors in my life at the moment. Unfortunately, my tea drinking exploration has temporarily come to a screeching halt as I’ve been stuck on Jasmine #9 for at least a week. I typically brew some up in my JOEmo and take it to work where after I almost drink it all I add some cold water and continue doing so throughout the day. And that’s been it. As I type this I’m slightly horrified. Oh well, it’s working for me right now, so I’ll go with it.

One thing that I’ve been meaning to mention is how awesome the JOEmo is at keeping the tea temp. I had filled it with cold water and driven out to my interview the other week where I left it in my car (heat index was above 100 degrees — blech). When I came back out almost 2 hours later my car was an oven. I grabbed the thermos (which was warm to the touch) and then almost did a spit-take when the water inside was as cold as it had been when I originally poured it. It was a super-pleasant surprise. :)

__Morgana__

Yay for non-implosion! Hoping for non-explosion as well!

JacquelineM

If you had to get stuck on a tea, jasmine is a pretty great tea to get stuck on!!!

I am hoping things ease up!

Rabs

Thank you ladies!

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97
drank Thé des Poètes by Dammann Freres
361 tasting notes

I finished up the sample that Doulton sent me in the Shakespeare box. ::Sigh:: I shall miss you lovely tea! I really got the apple and cinnamon this time around, and it’s still very yummy. TG

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

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100
drank Rosy Earl Grey by Teas Etc
361 tasting notes

I’ve got my frou-frou groove back! Awww yeah! TG

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

Weeeeeeeeeeeewt!

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95
drank Magnolia Oolong by Stash Tea Company
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85
drank Maple Sugar by Tea Guys
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There’s more family visiting so things have been hectic (but fun) here. I also potentially may have some extra-good news on the job front, but I don’t wanna jinx it (I should know by the end of the week). So I was feeling pretty upbeat this morning even when the family brought over doughnuts (of which I did not partake). Instead I treated myself to this uber-yummy tea. It’s wonderful in that I’m not experiencing any sort of “doughnut remorse” (which can be caused by either having or not having doughnuts). Hooray for this tea! TG

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cofftea

This tea is AMAZING! If you like black iced tea (I just happen not to unfortunately), you should try this iced. I bet it wouldn’t need any extra sugar- even if you normally sweeten your iced tea.

Rabs

Thanks — I’ll definitely try this iced! :)

Ewa

ahahaha, I love that doughnut remorse will get you regardless of what you do. you’re d0000000000med

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90
drank Colonille by SerendipiTea
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This is the first sample that JacquelineM sent me that I’ve used up :( It was absolutely wonderful this morning — all vanilla-ey and comforting. This definitely will be purchased in the future. TG

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

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Proud all-around nerd, crafter, and brand-new Assistant Library Director. Give me an engrossing book and a wonderful cup of tea and I’m in heaven.

After being a barista for almost a decade it wasn’t until 2010 that I discovered loose leaf tea. Now I’m hooked.

How I use Steepster has been evolving since I joined. Yes, I use it for my personal “to buy or not to buy” info, but I’m enough of a goofball that I hope it can amuse others more often than not.

I’ve also started to become anal about my tea (times and temps). That’s surprised me. I finally realized that I should respect the leaves like I used to respect the beans. I also take my tea plain unless otherwise noted.

There’s really nothing remarkable or noteworthy of how I rate teas. I do take it a tiny further step to help clarify the muddled middle grounds for myself. TG is a definite repurchase. Anything below that is less and less likely.

TG=Teagasm
NE=Nice Enough
M=Meh
GA=Gods-Awful

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