4923 Tasting Notes

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Figured i needed a good solid puerh to take a break from some of the other flavoured teas i’ve been drinking today. I thought today might be about getting rid of some of the samples that terri sent my way, but instead i find i’m using today as more of a purge this morning. Going back to the older teas in my cupboard or teas that i haven’t tried yet to see if i want to keep them around or just simply get rid of them.

This isn’t a sipdown and i’ll be drinking this for most of the morning. I’ve been hoarding this one as bakc in the day before i even got into puerh i bought samples of all of verdants offering just so that I could see if when i finally got in to puerh, i could pick up on the notes that have on their website.

So far this one is really easing me into my day, though i’ve been up for a while now. Looking forward to seeing how other steeps go, so there will be more on this one later.

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drank Sakurambo (cherry) by Lupicia
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meh. I can see why this blend appeals to some folks but it is not for me. It hovers on being slightly artificial and then not. Into the swap box it goes as i’m sure there are others out there who would prefer this over me.

Terri HarpLady

Just don’t send any MY way, LOL!

Sil

haha naw – i try not to send flavoured your way unless they are higher up on my list of happy :)

Sil

…though it would serve you right! haha

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drank Golden Orange by Tea Moments
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Received this in a swap with kittylovestea but haven’t had a chance to play with it much. I suspect that it might be a little old, hence the flavours being muted. I can see how this might be a really great black orange tea. I like that this isn’t chocolate orange :) It also smells fantastic! Thanks for sharing this one with me kitty!

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drank Sweet Cinnamon Puerh by Verdant Tea
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Sample sipdown….here’s hoping i can get like 20 done today haha.

This has been an enjoyable cup to drink this morning, but nothing that I feel the need to keep in my cupboard permanently. The cinnamon blends really nicely with the mint but the mint doesn’t overpower. It hangs out in the background adding a bit of depth to the blend. I wish the puerh was a little more present but over all this wasn’t a bad little experience. I’ll stick to sichuan caravan and Laoshan chai though as blends from verdant for now heh

Amariel

When you do so many sip downs, do you use a steeper of sorts or make your own baggies?

Sil

Brew baskets. Always. Regardless. I have 4? Finums, usually two the go at all times

Cavocorax

Wow. That’s crazy! I just have the one, but I wash it out like crazy all the time!

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I have 2 finums, & a variety of other crappy baskets

Sil

don’t ask how many Kittenna has hahaha

Cavo – Upton had a great sale on them so i picked up extra. It means i can always have 2 cups of tea on the go @ home it also saves me time in the morning when i’m brewing tea for two travel mugs.
2 meds, 2 larges haha

Cavocorax

Hahah. Well I don’t have room for that in my new kitchen! :P But I use the brew baskets for my timolino as well if I’m making tea to go. So I can make 3 teas at a time then.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking I should get both of my sons their own finnum for the Holidaze this year. That way my baskets don’t get contaminated with the flavors of their teas.

Sil

I have separate brewbaskets for that reason too terri…one for straight teas and one for flavoured. At least as far as my travel mugs go :) blue for flavoured, black for black haha

OMGsrsly

I have a steeper, 3 baskets, and 2 small tea pots. Right now I have a basket and a tea pot in the fridge for second steeps!

Sil

omg…oh yeah. I have uh cold brewing thingies too lol

Terri HarpLady

Yup…I also have 4 teapots, each with their own basket, I didn’t count those, LOL

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ick. do not like. this was a free sample included in my last upton order and i am not a fan. There’s something about the balance of the spices that just doesn’t work for me. Maybe this would work better brewed in milk, but as a straight tea, i’m not a fan.

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sample sipdown! grrrr terri!

This one is a teabag i’ve been wanting to try for a while now because so many people on steepster seem to be drinking it. This isn’t too bad, though i can see it being a little more creamy and delicious like with a big of milk. Though i’m too lazy to add some tonight haha. There’s a good amount of ginger and spice in this one, and as far as teabags go, not too bad.

Cavocorax

It’s a nice cheap alternative to some of those gingerbread teas out there. I double-bag it and add milk. :P

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Sample sipdown..also known as the many reason i’m going to kill terri lol

My cupboard tonight went from 205 to 273. Of that, 58 are above and beyond the teas i was expecting to receive from verdant and the BBB Box. So expect a hell of a lot of sipdowns from me in the near future as i focus on getting through the two giant ziploc bags of tea samples lol

This one had potential, but then it fell flat. There is too much rooibos taste and not enough pineapple and mango.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Tea tastings @tao leaf tea today

Jin Jun Mei – not worth the price (80$/50g) for my taste buds. I nice tea, but um..yeah no.

Ancient Tree Pu-er – not a bad little puerh but i prefer the ones from mandala that i’ve had. There was a lingering earthy taste to this one. That being said, i would drink this again for sure!

Loose Whitemoon 2010 – Reasonably nice white puerh, though nothing that made me sit up and need it in my cupboard NAO!

En shi yu lu – green tea, slightly astringent but also sweet with a flavour that reminded me of spinach.

Aijiao – oolong and not with the usual roasty type flavour that i find hard to swallow HA! This is an oolong similar to a wuyi without actually being one..so terri you might like this one!

TastyBrew

I was looking at their site earlier and was going to order some samples. Sounds like I might wait since you weren’t blown away. I’ll save my money for Yezi :-)

Sil

I’m going to place a small order with them that i’ll likely add to our BBB Box so yes, save your money and try out a few first. I LOVE the one tea i tried today….but i’ve reviewed it before so it wasn’t in this list haha

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drank Silver Needle by Tao Tea Leaf
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I think? this is one of the teas i tried today at tao’s moon cake festival tea tasting thing. On the whole, while it’s a nice silver needle, there just really isn’t much room in my cupboard for white teas unless they blow my mind. this one did not.

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Another interesting tea from Taiwan tea crafts. This tea still has some of the juiciness as the others I’ve had today but much less so. Instead there’s a more….earthy? Note in here. But yet not. Something about this one leaves a hint of that sort of black base that reminds me of….Ceylon? Or not. I’m having trouble qualifying this one. Hmmmm….

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