5761 Tasting Notes

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drank Pina Colada Honeybush by 52teas
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a cup of tea while watching the doctor; playing Pandemic AND waiting for work to let me go in and finish testing tonight. :) almost done this one – maybe another Sil sized cup or two at most. Not a repurchase for me but enjoyable to drink.

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drank Fleurilège by Dammann Freres
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mmmm had a lovely cup of this tonight while finishing up both Downton abbey AND doctor who (up to the end of the season…still have 50th anniversary to watch for the dr).

just a happy tea to have tonight…

JustJames

can’t wait until you watch the 50th….. then i don’t have to worry about spoilers, lol!

Sil

haha

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
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another tea to say goodbye too. Tea cupboard is organised and i’ve been working for the last little bit while sipping on multiple steeps of this. On the plus side, my cupboard again feels like it’s organised…though that being said, i have another 27 or so teas on the way and no room for them haha

While i’ve enjoyed this a bunch, i think this won’t be a restock for while, or until i’m craving a delicious cinnamon bun type tea in the future!

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I’ve been drinking this over the course of the morning while i putter with my cupboard, sorting teas and packaging up stuff for cavocorax. Inpart because i need to finish up with more of my February teas but also because i was crazing a bit of smoke this morning. Well smoke and maple syrup heh I sort of alternated this one, western brewing and gongfu just to play with is and get the most possible out of the leaves given that this is gone now, with this cup. Bumping the rating up a little because the smoothness in this cup is so delicious.

TastyBrew

so does maple syrup calm down the smoky flavors? I’ve never done maple syrup in tea… interesting.

Sil

yes! oh man smokey + maple syrup = my favourite…. i started doing it with keemuns when they had that subtle smoke and now it’s my favourite way to drink them!

TastyBrew

I have to try that. I have a few keemuns I don’t know what to do with since I don’t love the smoky undertones. Cleaning my kitchen today so I’m on a tea binge.

Terri HarpLady

smoke + maple syrup = a taste like flambe brown sugar & butter, wit a hint of smoke…or something like that. Delicious!

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drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
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soooo omgsrsly sent me a bunch of teas. And knowing that i need to try all the tea, she included this one, even though she knows i am NOT a fan of earl grey. Bergamot is awful.ick.gross. BUT i do like puerh. sooo i figured i should try this today and just be done with it haha. Turns out? this isn’t that bad. I really like the strength that the puerh gives to the brew and the bergamot isn’t terribly intense. That is, unless the cup cools too much…then it’s game over for me. For those who like EG, this is certainly a bit of a different twist on things.

Thanks omgsrsly! :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
turtlebunnie

sorry to be a bit off-topic, but how do you bold names?

Sil

not a problem! happy to help Bold is putting the text inbetween two asterixs. There’s a post in the forums that goes through more formatting that you can do:
http://steepster.com/discuss/1894-how-to-use-text-formatting-symbols-formatting-can-be-fun

turtlebunnie

thank you! :)

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I’m glad this one was OK for you! Definitely a surprise for me. :)

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sample sipdown because i’m going to send the last little bit of this to terri since i think she might enjoy this one. FuzzyPeachkin sent this my way and i am. a. fan! This is bold enough for me while being one of the smoothest cups ever. I didn’t brew this according to the instructions – instead treated it as i usually do most black teas. I can see how adding just a touch of honey/maple syrup to this would make it awesome! This is for sure going on my shopping list as it’s really yummy!
Thanks FuzzyP!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TastyBrew

I’ve never heard of this brand. Where are they from?

Sil

New York – http://www.bellocq.com/ i really like this one..their quantities SUCK (3oz) so i wanted to try a couple since maybe we can try them as a BBB Box sort of thing.

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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Another tea from this morning – this time brewed so that i could compare it against the breakfast blend that FuzzyP sent me. This one is not a repurchase for me. I don’t mind it, but there’s a bitterness to the cup that i prefer not to be drinking :) I like how robust it is but man…compared against the one from fuzzyP…

TastyBrew

I’ve been using the tea you sent from the BBBB as a good base for blending with other teas. I didn’t love it on its own, but it makes a good base!

Sil

i agree with that! I’ve got a few more from F&M i’ll be sharing – i’m hoping one of them will be a good “on it’s own” tea

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another cup this morning, mostly i wanted to be able to compare the assam from bellocq against one of my “staples” It’s nice to not only be able to revisit a favourite but not try to compare against a memory :) I am still a fan of this…there’s something wonderful about how smooth this tea is. Someday maybe a tea will replace it,but so far, it remains a staple :)

Terri HarpLady

I still have some of this one, it really is nice!

TastyBrew

My (step)father in law just made a trip to the downtown pdx shop and picked me up some more of this. He doesn’t even like tea, but worked at Tazo with Steve so he always hooks me up. :-)

Sil

oh that’s awesome!

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sample sipdown! This was sent my way by the lovely fuzzypeachkin and i’m happy that she did. This would have likely been one of my first puchases from Bellocq as i’m always in search of more delicious assams. :)

This one is pretty good. I’m not sure that it ranks high enough to replace tiger assam or 49 but i wouldn’t ever turn my nose up at this one. It’s more what i would rate as an afternoon blend, being not quite as bold as i like with a bit of astringency in the taste. It ends up leaving my mouth a little dry, though i don’t mind that. There’s a nice flavour to this cup and the scent is slightly sweet smelling, though there’s no fruitness to the actual liquor. Overall, a nice introduction to Bellocq! Thanks FuzzyP!

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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sipdown! I have had a few cups of this now and i am loving it – resteeps quite nicely. I’m sending the remaining cup or so off to Missb to try out which makes me giggle a little since this particular tea will be travelling halfway across the country and back.

My only problem with this tea is the name…i have no idea why but after dark makes me think of mint chocolate..like after eights…so i kept expecting mint. However, there is no mint to be found and this is still deliciously tasty! thanks so much for sending this my way omgsrsly

MissB

Ha! So funny, I could have asked OMGsrsly too you know, we’re so close to one another. Still, kinda cool at the same time. Excited about our swap!

OMGsrsly

I need to go to Steam to buy more of this – I could bring it to MissB, you know!

MissB

Wait, Steam is here? Duh, me. Off to look…

OMGsrsly

Steam is HERE! Nanaimo and Hastings, in Donald’s Market! Try to go in when Nolan is working, he’s awesome. The lady is great too, but he is SUCH a tea geek.

MissB

Got the address, will try to stop by this weekend, and make a trip to Baaaad Anna’s too while I’m in the area. ;) Thank you!

OMGsrsly

Oh geez, I need to go into Baaad Anna’s as well. I want to make the cowl I’m working on in a colour way I have enough yarn in. It’s so pretty but too short. :) Too bad I’m working tomorrow.

MissB

It’ll probably be Sunday if I do go… too much to get through tomorrow. Would be fun to run into one another! :)

Sil

I’ll still send it :) I’m sure at this rate i’ll eventually place an order with bayswater and steam once i try a few more through you guys :)

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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.

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