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drank Orange Brulee by Della Terra Teas
4026 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! and i’m behind on those now i’m sad to say. I’m back up to 235 after a couple of 52 teas showed up today via my tea mule. An order from the end of May so i can’t much complain but i was making such good progress! Actually i’m mostly just bummed because most of my sipdowns will take a few days to get through. So no quick sipdowns here, though it also means i get to have fun trying some of my samples that have been hanging around waiting on me.

This one? Smells better than it tastes, but is better than the initial taste of this blend that i had. So either they changed things up or my tastes have changed. I don’t get a lot of caramel – it’s mostly an orange oolong..but i like orange so yay for that! thanks again tattoed_tea!

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drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
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mmmmmm another tea from this morning. Sadly i couldn’t decide what i wanted to drink so i opted for this one, if for no reason than a) i know it’s delicious and wonderful and b) i know it’s on sale now and i can order more in july lol yep.. drinking by “easy to replace” logic :)

Hallieod

Hey, it’s a smart logic. :)

Kittenna

I keep forgetting to drink this one…

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drank Grandpa's Anytime Tea by Butiki Teas
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had this in the morning and now it’s afternoon. I’m so ready for vacation since this is how most of my days go :) Still enjoy this one, though this will likely be a circulate through my cupboard every now and then sort of tea rather than a staple. Still pretty darn delicious though.

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Didn’t get too far with the sipdowns today but i DID manage my one for the day and get some quality time in the sun, so i can’t really complain :) Still really enjoy this one from The Persimmon Tree – though it’s not a hell of a lot of “berry.” it’s more of a vanilla creamy chocolate (white) tea with a hint of berry. But i’m ok with that, because i like it. :)

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by Tea Guys
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SIPDOWN! 233! I had the last of this sample from shmiracles cold brewed to see how it fared and man it’s pretty darn delicious. Maybe it’s because we were out in the sun this afternoon but it’s tyeh perfect tea after spending the afternoon out. Sweet without sweetner and just a little tartness to eek through. Again. not so much with the kiwi but the strawberry taste is yummy!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Smaug by Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee
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sipdown! (234) OH my dear shmiracles I’m so sorry that i can’t get on board with this tea. i do love lapsang…but opening this i was blasted by an all too familiar smell from my childhood – vick’s vaporub. I thought for sure i was off my rocker and imagining things. So i brewed it up. While there is a smokey undertone to the scent upon brewing it, it still smells like vick’s. My first hesitant sip… yup! this tastes like i imagine liquid vick’s vapo rub would taste like. I let it cool a bit to see if that would help to let the smokiness come to the forefront…it did but now all i can think of is vick’s. bah! Oh well, at least it’s another one i can cross off my list. lol

Ysaurella

I imagine the face of the marketing product Manager at adagio searching for a way to promote a vick’s vaporub’s tea ;)

Shmiracles

well. i GUESS you are entitled to your opinion. EVEN if it IS WRONG. hahahee i joke i joke! i know this tea is extreme. i know. thanks for trying it anyways!

Sil

shmiracles – that’s part of the fun of sharing i think! I’m only sad because i know you love this one…and i do like a good lapsang. but man…vaporub….sooo much vaporub lol

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Inspired by my modicum of success with the puerh that grace sent me, i opted to also try one of the teas that i picked up from the verdant rewards. This was the 2007 Henan Heichan. I wish there was a way to get more information on the teas in the rewards package but sadly the only thing that accompanied them was a note from verdant :)

Sadly i was distracted (or is that focused) and didn’t take notes on my mini session. I do remember finding the tea enjoyable but in comparison to the tea from grace, it wasn’t quite as satisfying.

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I received this sample from gracebtlb a while back and i’ve eben waiting to have some time to sit and enjoy it. I don’t have a lot of practice with gongfu style brewing but i welcome an opportunity to try and improve my skills. I’m finding pu-erh is the way that i can do this. I lined up a couple of my cups from China so that I could pour a few infusions to try them against one another a little better.

First off, the colour of this one brewed is a beautiful reddish hue. Sitting in the white porcelain of the cups made me smile just looking at it. I wasn’t very good at detecting the subtle nuances of each steep but over all, this is a VERY nice puerh (keep in mind i have very limited experience with puerh). There is a deep, rich flavour to this blend and while i don’t get the chocolate that mandala speaks of, i do get hints of the burnt caramel and what i would describe more as an earthier sort of taste.

Here’s hoping my vocabulary improves along with my skills at gongfu :) Thank you grace for sharing your tea with me! I really liked this one, and i’m looking forward to trying the other bit of it that i saved in case i screwed things up lol

graceatblb

Yay! I am so happy you liked it. If you liked this one, you’re going to love the Yong De I sent and the Special Dark that I am going to send. The chocolate is kind of Hershey Park in both of them :)

Sil

Neat! You know me, always up for trying new things and I for sure need more puerh experience :)

Garret

I’ve been into pu’er for years and years and I always need more pu’er experience, Sil!!!! Grace, thanks for sharing. I just did a 2 hour session with the Noble Mark cake that I had pressed last year and thought of you so it’s funny to have seen your reply just now!

Sil

Grace sent me a few of your teas for me to try before i get around to placing my own order. She was awesome enough to share some of her favourites with me. Shipping to canada is a pain, so i wanted to try a few before getting my tea mule to bring them across the border for me :)

Garret

Shipping to Canada is something we do alot of. If you decide to make an order, just be in touch with me at [email protected] and we can take care of your order together, figure out the freight price, pay via Paypal and package and ship to your groovy self. Not a problem. Matter of fact, I appreciate the opportunity to be of service.

Sil

Garret – i appreciate that! I do have a friend in the us who crosses the border every week so she often helps that way :)

Mostly i just need to get around to trying the last few samples that Grace sent me so that i can plan my july birthday order! :)

Cavocorax

(Woo! July birthday orders!)

Sil

oh god. i’ll need to make sure i reign myself in… i’m already looking at butiki; verdant; mandala; american tea shop; tea spot…

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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another backlog from yesterday!

Every now and then i just really want this tea. Stacy was out of it for a while so i’ve been hoarding it. Now that everything’s back up and in stock i feel justified in drinking it when i really want it. And last night was one of those nights! :)

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drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
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backlogging from yesterday – had this while out visiting friends. I’ve been hording it a bit but that’s going to stop since i have every intention of ordering more with a larger order in July. so HA! I really love the way that stacy has blended the flavours on this one. paired with one of my favourite black teas from her and we have a winner. :)

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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