6501 Tasting Notes

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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sipdown#3 for me today. I took this one out with me while we went to the hardware store for ideas on the new place and to finalise paint colours together. My other half will likely end up doing most of the heavy lifting with this move but i’m trying to help as much as i can when i have a few spare moments. I’ll likely wait a bit before i restock this one and see if it reverts back to it’s spicy glory that it was. not that this version was bad..just not as good :)

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drank Steamed Purple Green by Butiki Teas
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so many teas to catch up on from earlier today. This one will get a better tasting note later but it’s a green tea and i actually enjoyed it. It’s “fresh” and “green” without being that sort of over the top vegetal taste that i can’t drink a lot of. Glad i picked this one up to play with :)

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86
drank Fresh Bamboo Mint by Steam Tea House
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Sipdown #2 for today. 5 may be pushing it believe it or not. lol This was again from courney and i have to say i really like this one. it’s not one that i could drink every day given it’s a green tea, but when in the mood for a fruity strawberry tea, this one would hit the spot!

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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sipdown#1 for today. I overleafed this one today hoping to bring out more of that caramel flavour. it worked a bit, but i find that i prefer the caramel out of Tea Gschwedlfjklitiu….as the base shines a little more there. Still though, i did enjoy this one while i had it :)

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85
drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
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backlog from yesterday as well – my other tea for shopping. I haven’t had this one in a while and i’m pleased to say that i DO still love this more than pumpkin milkshake. it was nice to have it again even in the heat of the day :)

Final Count yesterday: 120

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backlog from yesterday

this one one of the teas i took with me out to do more wedding dress shopping. We went to the worlds tiniest place that had the worlds biggest selection and seemingly the best prices for a brick and mortar store. Their most expensive dress was 2k, which is still more than i ever want to pay, but at least it gave me reassurance i wouldn’t fall in love with something ridiculous like 10k.

This tea was wonderfully calming – i needed it after dress #15…..and more. lol Glad that LB is almost back…

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drank 1989 Suncha Blend by Butiki Teas
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admittedly i probably should have brewed this gong fu style but i just don’t have the patience today to do so. So i opted for stacy’s other recommendation for a longer steep.

Let me tell you, courtney should stay away from this one. lol while the other stacy tea i had was fruity, this came out of the bag and i was like WOOD! SMOKE! WOOD! forest? lol It has a VERY strong smell but to me, it’s the sort of smell that evokes memories of being up in the mountains, cross country skiing and coming back to the lodge….or camping in the fall. i love it! I also want more. I prefer this one to stacy’s 2009 Banchang that i also tried, though i did enjoy that one. This just screams winter, maple, relaxing in the sun as the day grows longer to me.

This is not an overly in your face tea though. It’s very smooth and mild in it’s deliciousness. I’m not sure i’d call the after taste sweet, but there is no bitterness here or jarring notes to interrupt the flow of this one. i think stephanie’s tastnig note really captures the essence of this tea and i’m looking forward to buying more and having a few gong fu sessions with it…but western brewed? so doable and really a great start to my day. thank you for finding this one Stacy!

Terri HarpLady

I have a bit of this one, which I’m looking forward to sampling once my sipdown extravaganza is over.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmmmm….

Sil

I resteeped the leaves again this morning and it’s still delicious..even as a western brew so i am a huge fan!

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86
drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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hmmm first tasting note and i am SO not in the right frame of mind to be doing this. I wanted to try this one because stacy’s notes mention that “This rare varietal is a cross between wild Assamica and Keemun.” I tend to really enjoy both keemuns and assams so what the heck!

taking this out of the bag it was like WOAH! FRUIT! a sharp contrast to the 1989 Suncha i had just opened as well lol brewing this up, my first sips where very reminiscent of a taiwanese assam but not. There are fruity honey, sweet apricot sort of notes here, but then there’s a secondary taste which keeps this from being too sweet and too much like some of the teas from TTC that i like occasionally. teh after taste in my mouth from this one reminds me a bit of raisins and barley…not really a “malty” tea but there’s a memory there of malt.

over all, i’ll likely pick up more of this in the future to try out some more – maybe a gaiwan session, as today i just went with western brew.

Terri HarpLady

Another one I need to pull out of the ‘new tea’ pile & sample

Sil

cavo and i split a bunch of the .5oz teas just to try them out so we can figure out what we want to order in July…so i’m trying to drink them sooner than i normally would lol

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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couple more evenings of this and it will all be gone! I am loving this one still, which makes me a happy happy camper that i haven’t gotten sick of it. I just wish it worked as well in milk as i wanted it to…lol

Final Count: 122 (maybe i can get to 115 before the mad influx of tea happens! then i could pretend i made it to my goal this month lol)

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farewell delicious tea! thanks again to keychange for sending a bunch of this my way to enjoy. it’s been a great cup to have and enjoy :)

VariaTEA

Do you want me to share? I have about 4 oz

Sil

Lol I can buy some in the future silly goose.

VariaTEA

Just figured I would offer :).

Cavocorax

Ooh – VariaTEA – can I try a cup or so? I wouldn’t ask but if you have 4 oz… :P I’ve got Special Dark to trade for it!

VariaTEA

Of course!! I have a couple of teas to drop off to you anyways so it is no problem to just add some of this to the mix as well :). I was actually thinking of adding some samples to what I was bringing you anyways now that I have little bags and labels again

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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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