4669 Tasting Notes

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Terri sent this one my way in the BBB Box and i figured i’d pull it out today in an effort to work through some of my teas and not just samples :) I quite like this one – it’s not “anxi fo shu” but it is a really nice light, sweet and slightly malty tea. It’s not a thick tea though, feeling a little thin. I’d like it to be just a little more OOMPH-Y, but on the whole i quite like this one :) thanks terri!

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it! I also had a cup of this, my last cup of tea of the day. How much did you use? I went with 1 Tb to 12 oz for 4 minutes (I think…lol…something like that). Of course, I bought it because the name reminded me of Anxi Fo Shou, & of course, it’s not the same tea at all, but at least it’s tasty! :)

Sil

i think it was my usual 2 tsp for 12ish oz

Terri HarpLady

Happy Dance! :)

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Cards and tea Travelling tea box

I tried this one out today since i am always on the hunt for new straight blacks. However, colour me unimpressed. this has a bitterness and an astringency that i wasn’t a fan of. Mostly just, an average sort of tea, that i can live without. so BOOOO on that!

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83

Another tea to explore from YYZ and the last of the “fruity” teas that she sent. I have to say it’s been nice trying out these different teas and i’m looking forward to the rizhao journey i have in store from her as well. I had this alongside the other my recollection is that i prefered the other to this one, while this was still a really nice cup. I’m at that point in my cupboard where i need to decide how many fruitier blacks i want since they are not usually my preferred go to blacks. I’m much more a fan of the malty, cocoa-y sort of tea, with a little smoke thrown in maybe. :) still though, fun to have and explore! thanks again yyz!

yyz

This ones’s mellowed a bit with time. I set it way for a while because it can be quite tart. Glad you enjoyed it!

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87

Another sample from YYZ Again, i didn’t get nearly as much tea drinking in today as i’d hoped but some is better than none! I had this earlier this afternoon and it was a very pleasant cup of tea. It’s nice to find a ceylon that isn’t “red rose” like. This is a malty, fruity cup of delicious. I might need to pick some up to share with the BBB ladies in the future :)

yyz

This is pretty well my favourite Ceylon right now. I love the flavour notes in it.

Sil

yeah it’s really nice!

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88

Another offering from the BBB Box from Terri I wanted to try this one along side the other from Yunnan sourcing to see how it compares. This one? I love even more. it’s cocoa-y and malty and sweet and delicious. oh happy day..it’s friday. thank god.

Terri HarpLady

Glad you liked them both!

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83

Another tea from Terri via our BBB Box. I really do love that we’re still managing to do this even after nearly a year :) its nice having friends to share in new tea experiences :) I like this one, though it falls into that generic category of teas that i will enjoy while i have them, but not feel the need to restock or make permanent in my cupboard. it’s a smooth brew, i love these leaves and the taste is really nice. just not knock your socks off :)

Terri HarpLady

This one is especially for a gongfu sitting. I don’t think I’ve tried it ‘western’ yet.

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80

cold brewed this one overnight to see if it would work over the summer. While it’s a tasty enough cup, i think i prefer hot brew, so next up will be hot brew then cooled to see if that works. I’m always looking for things that are close to water that we can take biking with us as needed. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Marzipan

Ginger pear sounds good!

Sil

it’s not bad. it’s not as ginger-y as i want it to be, but then most things aren’t haha

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drank Bailin Kungfu by Trust to Trade Ltd.
4669 tasting notes

mmmm… this was another sample from YYZ and one off of my wishlist, so thank you for that! I really liked this one! of course the downside being that work caught up with me and i don’t have a very good memory of this one from eaaaarly this morning, beyond the fact that i drank it up and had to make a second resteep while on a call with people lol My kettle is noisy haha. I am a fan! it was smooth and delicious and slightly chocolately while also having a slight fruity hint to it in the background. thanks YYZ!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
yyz

I love this one as well!

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drank Breakfast in Paris by Tea Squared
4669 tasting notes

YYZ sent this one my way, along with a few others marked “fruity blacks” I am doing my best to work through some of my samples and it’s nice to have a few straight teas in with all my flavoured samples heh

However, this one was a little too bitter for me. I thought it might be, given the smell of the dry leaf but wanted to try it out anyway – i’m still curious how close i’ll get to 2k teas tried before my steepsterversay heh. I can see why YYZ put this one in the fruity black category but i just cannot get past the bitterness. Oh well, it was nice to try :) thanks YYZ!

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drank Blueberry Creme by Della Terra Teas
4669 tasting notes

Another one from the Cards and Tea travelling tea box. I didn’t realise that i had tasted this one before or i’d have left it for someone else to try – so apologies to the folks after me! I was just hoping for a delicious blueberry tea…which this is not. It’s not a bad tea but it’s much more CREAM to me, with the blueberry hanging out in the aftertaste. Not a bad cup of tea and thankfully NO SPRINKLES, but there are better blueberry teas out there :)

Final Count: 179 [ Fake Cupboard at 110 teas with 69 Samples]

Cavocorax

That’s freaking AWESOME. You can totally blitz through 69 samples in… a weekend? Ok, well a week? :D

Sil

riiight yeah not going to happen… but it’s nice seeing 110 there, since if you guys hadn’t blown out my cupboard i would have made it lol

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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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