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4043 Tasting Notes

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Oh man. Thank you terriharplady!
THIS is a black that is not for those who don’t like rich, bold blacks. Now, is there a lot going on with this tea like say a laoshan black? Nope but it’s got a great character to it and a delicious bold black flavour that i really enjoyed this morning. It’s not a malty black or a chocolate black, but it’s smooth, not astringent and most importantly – delicious. Thank you terri!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

You are most welcome! This one is smooth & rich, & it really packs a punch IMO! I’m glad you like it! :)

Sil

I may need to order this at some point unless I find another in the giant box of wonder you sent lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, I aim to please!

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drank Black Cherry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
4043 tasting notes

I have not been having my morning matcha smoothie lately. Not because i haven’t wanted to but because i just haven’t had time recently in the morning AND allergies are killing me, such that i want nothing to do with milk in the morning.

Today though? I felt better, so i made a quick latte this morning with this matcha to see if that helps with the serious sleepies that i’m feeling these days as a result of not sleeping well. See previous tasting notes, but this is still a really enjoyable matcha flavour for me :)

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84
drank Organic Sparrow Tongue by Butiki Teas
4043 tasting notes

Sooooo i think i just went on record (again) that i love this oolong. I really think it’s delicious and wonderful and tasty and THIS is an oolong i would keep in my cupboard. THIS is a non milky oolong that makes me happy that there are oolongs in this world. And it’s GREEN. yeah that’s right. GREEN. So yeah. this is good. drink it. love it.

Edit: sooo many teas. 257…

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Sounds…. green! I got a sample of this with my Butiki order. I mean to try it this week! :-)

Sil

I hate oolongs. Especially green ones. They have this taste to them that makes me want to throw my cup in anger. Roasted oolongs are a bit better but it’s rare for me to find an oolong that I like (SOME milky ones are ok), and rarer still that its a green one. :)

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drank Pineapple Cilantro Cream by Butiki Teas
4043 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! Semi fake sipdown as the rest of this will be going out as a treat in random swaps if people haven’t tried it. Not because it isn’t a lovely tea but because it’s not the tea for me. Something i full expected when i ordered it, but have now confirmed. It’s just too light and i much prefer the more substantial differing tastes between the mango and the cilantro in IB’s custom blend from stacy.

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drank Houjicha by Tsaa
4043 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

You know? this one grew on me the more i had it. Bumping up the rating a little because it’s an interesting tea for sure. I like how it changes through the various resteepings while still remaining close to that sweet earthy taste that the first steep has. While i wouldn’t necessarily keep this in stock all the time, it’s certainly a tea variation i’ll be more aware of now, and may possibly look in to picking up a few more to try.

Edit: Also apparently my 1500th tasting note. woah nelly!

Kittenna

Hmm, was this from Indigobloom? I want to try more Houjicha :P I think I’ve only had one from…. Mercuryhime?

Sil

Raritea actually :)

Indigobloom

I’ve yet to try the tsaa version,it sounds great!

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drank Oriental Spice by Adagio Teas
4043 tasting notes

thanks to terriharplady for another adagio blend. this one is SMEEEELLLLY! I actually don’t mind this one too much, though the tea doesn’t seem to do a really great job blending together. It’s sweet! it’s spicy! it’s cinnamon! it’s tea! However, as this one gets a little cooler, the spices really go heavy and it becomes so much less drinkable :( Good to have tried, but just another to cross off my list so far.

Kittenna

Yuckers. I have such an aversion to cinnamony teas right now…. I’d probably hate it!

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The first of many adagio teas that Terriharplady was kind enough to send my way. I had terrible luck the first few times i tried adagio teas, which soured me against them. Since terri had a bunch in her cupboard i asked if she’d be kind enough to send me some in case there were SOME adagio blends out there that were nice enough for them to redeem themselves.

This one? It tastes pretty bland. I suspect i could have brewed it for a bit longer but i’m always wary of getting that bitter taste from adagio blacks. If i concentrate i can taste the puerh and the chocolate notes. But over all, it’s a fairly lackluster tea. Once again, happy to have the chance to try so many teas :)

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

Agreed, I was also disappointed with this one. It sounded like it would be really interesting, & it didn’t deliver. I even tried doctoring it up with stevia, creamer, & that only made it worse. I guess everything can’t be awesome, right? But we can continue to hope!

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72

I for sure had some of this in the afternoon to try and help me stay awake. Still having trouble sleeping through the night, and my stomach is queasy every day until about 4pm. No. I’m not pregnant.

This is still tasty and delicious, though suffered a bit having to hang out in my travel mug. Things to note for next time :)

TastyBrew

I made this in a travel mug once and it was terrible. Not sure why, but just not good.

Kittenna

You sure? ;)

Sil

Cup is better than a travel mug for this one for some weird reason.

Terri HarpLady

When I finally place a Della Terra order, this will definitely be on it!

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drank La Dame du Lac by Betjeman and Barton
4043 tasting notes

Guessing on the steeping parameters since i made this at work today. This isn’t bad but it’s a bit like the tea doesn’t really know what it wants to be. Lala’s right…it smells like a buttery, caramel green tea…and then when you drink it, it turns into a citrusy carmemlly tea. It’s not a bad tea, but it’s the kind of taste that i’d prefer in a dark bold black tea. Won’t be a repurchase but it’s nice enough that i’ll enjoy drinking the rest of it until it’s gone.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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82

Another tasty tea this morning that i pulled out of my cupboard. I really love the plum taste of this tea. Too crazy busy to write a proper note, but this is delicious! Loving the sweet plum taste.

Stephanie

I’m out of that one right now but I sure enjoyed it, too! :)

Fjellrev

You two have convinced me to try this one out if it’s still available when I order next. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, it’s on the list, Incendiare!

Sil

If you just want a taste, i can likely send you the last bit of mine.

Fjellrev

Sil, thanks for the offer, but I’m sure our Vic/Van group order will catch some. :)

I added in my Butiki stuff to the spreadsheet yesterday and I’m so pumped!

Sil

YAY! nice to see you guys getting in on the group buy action. lol

OMGsrsly

I’m kinda scared. I’ve totally geeked out on automating the spreadsheets…

Sil

heh do you have one yet that zeros out the amounts owed to give the final mount owe if different people are placing orders lol

Kittenna

I passed on a copy of ours :)

OMGsrsly

Yep! :) Plus I’ve automated the ordering sheet, since we have 6 people with varying budgets. Haha. I should send a copy back once it’s done.

Sil

Haha awesome please do

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