6482 Tasting Notes

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comparing this one to LB today just for funsies… dry, it looks VERY similar, curly black leaves with that aroma that says…hey! lookit me!

brewed, the aroma from the leaves takes on a bit of a taiwanese smell to it…slightly fruity but not overly so.

brewed…this time it’s less chocolatey than the first time i had it but it’s still very close to my beloved LB. i’d argue that if you were to add a bit of cacao to this, it would be nearly the same as LB with cacao. on the whole, i still can’t decide which i prefer…i suppose int he end LB would win because it’s a pretty consistent tea, while this has produced two slightly different cups for me – one being deep and dark and deliciously chocolately, and the other, fruitier than i like in an LB sort of tea. I suspect i’ll likely just end up ordering more of this in the future to give it a few more cups worth of playing with it :) thanks again YYZ for sharing this one with me….really enjoyable!

yyz

Thanks, its neat to see the comparison!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
6482 tasting notes

comparison day because, well i wanted to start my day with delicious. so that’s as good a reason as any.

not much to say about this one that hasn’t already been said… i have had this more than any other tea out there, and i keep on ordering it. it’s one of the few teas that i just enjoy. it’s not a blow your mind out of the water sort of tea, but it doesn’t need me to focus on it or pay attention to it…it’s consistently good even if i mess around with the tempaerature and timing, and it’s available…almost all the time. heh add a little cacao to it and it’s fantasticly delicious. it’s just my easy, delicious, tea. are there better out there? yes… but this is like home. that comforting, reliable tea that has always got your back…and i think THAT is why i love it so much.

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drank Orange Blossom by Blue Teapot
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I tried this one last night because i got it in my head that i wanted an orange tea, and i hadn’t cracked this one open yet. This tea makes me sad. It’s not orange, like orange creamsicle…it’s more like blergamot orange…. and weakly so. It doesn’t really taste like rooibos…just sort of blergamot water. i’ll have to give it another shot soon, but if this is how it’s going to be, it can go away! :)

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drank Campfire Blend by Verdant Tea
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nom nom nom nom backlog from yesterday – another tea i am a fan of! I like vanilla citrus spice better but since this is a herbal, i can see both being in my cupboard more often than not. I like the spiciness of this one in the evening..especially when i’m a little sick. :)

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drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
6482 tasting notes

backlog from yesterday! I’m nearly to the bottom of this 100g bag and after all that, i’m almost over this one lol. I am still enjoying it but on the whole, i think i prefer the caramel version from TeaG…. I’ll still keep drinking it to finish it off but if the bag had been any larger, i think it would have become a struggle. dropping the rating a little due to the lack of sustainability for me :)

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another backlog from yesterday – this one came my way via the lovely yyz i nede to have this one again to fully decide how i feel about it, but i’m leaning towards YAY! versus NAY lol My hang up is on the slightly floral note that i was getting in between the chocolatey notes. There is no astringency or bitterness in this cup and on the whole i found myself enjoying it. I just need another cup to fully decide :) thanks again YYZ!

yyz

I’m still trying to figure out what makes my ideal Assam. I pretty well like them all, but I think I prefer the biscuit, chocolatey, sweet ones rather than the fruitier ones. I had kind of forgotten about the floral note, but when I looked back at my notes, it’s there. This ones worth resteeping if your in the mood for it another time, it’s not as chocolatey, but the honey really comes through.

Sil

same… i thought i had it figured out and then i didn’t lol

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backlog from yesterday because it was a blah day and i wanted nothing to do with anything lol Still sick and going in to work over the past couple days has me slipping back a little so it’s a work from home day today…aka drink lots of tea! so apologies to your dashboard :) I had this yesterday and it was delightful as always. I’ll likely be restocking this one as i am a fan. The last little bit of this is off to a friend since i noticed today it is neither in their cupboard, nor have they tried it heh

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drank Hot Tropic by DAVIDsTEA
6482 tasting notes

soooo being the NOT fan of David’s tea that many of you know that i am. Guess what? What this one is pretty tasty hot….as a cold brew i am MUCH happier. maybe it’s just the sick talking but this is really refreshing tonight. the only thing that could make this even more amazing would be the addition of rum… cough now i haven’t gone and figured out how much stupid sugar or other random crap in here that i will grumble about..because i’m just trying to enjoy this…i’ll look at that later…but IF there isn’t any…i COULD consider stocking this for the summer. shhhhh….

Final Count: 231

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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sooooo this one is from YYZ…and i think i might have a problem. I have enough of this to do a comparison on the weekend against LB but this MIGHT be a little more chocolatey and roaster than recent harvest of LB. Why does that scare me? because aliexpress is like walking in to honest ed’s….uh or a giant tiger…or mace’s on balk friday. it’s chaotic and crazy and even though there are good deals to be found, i need someone to make it easy for me. lol soooo there’s a small part of me hoping that this ISN’T as tasty as it was today…and that it’s all in my head hahaha.

But let’s be honest….this was a fabulous cup of tea today. chocolatey and roast and delicious and even though the wet smell reminded me of some of the TTC teas that i’ve had, the taste was NOT that sweet taiwanese sort of taste. this was laoshan black…but more like that first time i died when i had it lol. soooo that’s my story. more to come on the weekend i think if i get a chance to do a comparison of sorts… is it all in my head? or not. we shall see… either way…thanks a bunch for this joy yyz

also..i want it noted that i totally got to 205 today…and then Bonny’s mail showed up lol

yyz

Yay! I’m glad you liked it. This is even Spring harvest which if I remember correctly is usually not your favourite. The good thing is Pens prices usually are pretty steep for the non Laoshan teas so you are not really tempted by something else. The tea I recommended to
Lynne tea comes in packets like the one I sent to you. If you contact Pen you may be able to negotiate on other shipping and packaging. As it is at 24.15 with shipping included it’s cheaper than Verdant’s. I haven’t done the comparison though tasty brew sent me some of verdant to try.

Sil

yeah…going to have to do some digging… once i do a full on compare..but man it was a happy place today

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extra fun tea time from Tastybrew! via the BBB Box. It was nice to visit with this one again, though i’m still not sure i’m truly understanding the amazingness of this tea…for it to be one of the rare sort of teas :) still though, delicious to me and great to have again!

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