6314 Tasting Notes

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drank Pu'er Tonic by Verdant Tea (Special)
6314 tasting notes

I’m not sure how i feel about this one. I don’t dislike it, but it sort of blends in to a more bland blend than i’d like. and i totally got distracted mid review looking at wedding venues again. Every now and then i feel the urge to at least look at a few things and try to figure all this crap out. But at the end of the day, there’s very much a part of my that kinda wants to keep it small a la city hall wedding with parents and a couple close friends before going out to dinner somewhere with some good music and food. Like 10 ppl max…. sigh decisions, decisions…

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Another tea from this morning. I realised today that I hadn’t had MY blend in a while so i should bust out of that. Made myself a travel mug for work today and was happy for doing so. I really need to drink this more often as i love the tangy pie/rhubarb/strawberry of this one :)

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Anyone else feel like the search functionality was broken or something. Teas just don’t come up for me, even when using my usual tricks. So i have to view all and go find them, or dig through my cupboard. Ah well…

This was a morning tea as i’m trying to work on some of my larger quantities of teas to help trim my cupboard down :) I still enjoy these which is good since my favourites are no longer available. These are a great second choice :) Today was 7 pearls for my large travel mug and it was delicious!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Courtney

I had that problem with White Rhino. White Rhino from Tea Emporium came up as the only hit. Only when I entered “White Rhino Butiki” did the the tea I want come up.

Sil

yeah even that wasn’t working for some of the teas… tried variation on themes and nothing. :(

VariaTEA

Had that issue with DAVIDs Genmaicha. I had to go through my cupboard.

Dinosara

Yeah I’ve noticed that sometimes I will enter a tea name exactly and it won’t come up in the drop down, I have to actually hit enter to search for it. I figure it’s something buggy that will smooth itself out eventually… the search is often one of the buggiest things :P

Dinosara

I think I figured out the search: it is suddenly sensative to work order. Case in point, I just searched for “vietnam tung ting”… no drop down results. I searched for “tung ting vietnam” (actual name of the tea) and it showed up. When working with retailer names, you can put them before but you still have to put the first word of the name in first (I can search for “davidstea tung” and get the tea to appear in the dropdown, but not “davidstea vietnam”)

Oh, quirky code!

Sil

AH! i shall try that tonight dinosara….good catch :)

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Yep…last tea for today as i snack on a tart from the tea festival this weekend (soooo good!) I’m pretty proud of myself. I organised my cupboard this weekend, bought a bunch of teas at the tea festival and still managed to end the weekend at 173. That means i’m only up 2 teas from January 31, despite having picked up a bunch of teas this weekend. What’s also nice is that i have a plan of attack for the next few teas i need to drink up, which is good since i’ll have tea from my dear swedish chef soon, along with the BBB Box, the Canadian Travelling tea box and my Feb Verdant blends box. I think i’ve also got a swap with variaTEA in the mix and a few others that i told to poke me in feb to swap teas with, so it should be a good time this month.

I like this tea a lot because it’s easy. Toss in a couple bags, let is sit for as long as i want and it’s a tasty hot mess of apple cinnamon goodness. DO i want it all the time? No…but on evenings when i’m super tired and lazy, a couple tea bags of tasty tea is a nice thing to have.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Fjellrev

“Plan of attack.” Geez, so violent, Sil!

Rosehips

a tea festival sounds wonderful.

Sil

Rosehips…it’s nice especially because it’s still small enough not to be overwhelming but big enough to not feel like it wasn’t worth it heh

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80
drank Key Lime by Grosche
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shared this with my friend today and she enjoyed it so much that i left her with the rest of it. I enjoyed playing with this one while i had it especially since the flavours in it are so genuine. Thanks from both of us for sharing this with me TeaFairy!

TheTeaFairy

Had no idea this one was going to please, I’m glad cause I also like it a lot :-)

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drank Hazelnut Vanilla by tweed and hickory
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tried this again today and it’s not my favourite. there’s something about this one that is missing the mark by just enough that it seems off. Ah well, can’t win them all and i certainly appreciate the teafairy sharing new teas with me!

__Morgana__

I have this vision of the tea fairy leaving tea under peoples’ pillows while they sleep. LOL

Sil

that would be awesome…

Cavocorax

hahha – I love it Morgana!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Morgana that’s a cute one! Im actually not much of a sleeper, so maybe that’s exactly what I’ve been doing at night :-)
( sounds like a great job, doesn’t it??)

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85
drank Peaches 'n Cream by tweed and hickory
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I had a small cup of this earlier to see if i like this as a hot brew. I’m still sadly, over my peach happy place, but this is just slightly different enough for me to appreciate it and enjoy it. The last little bit is off to terri for her to give this one a try. Thanks again TeaFairy!

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drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
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Cold brew from the tea fairy! thanks for this one madam. I like the black currant flavour in this one and the cold brew is really nice with a little splash of sweetener :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Orange Path by RiverTea
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Ok for the record, teas that have never been reviewed before have weird landing pages since there are no reviews or anything there to be there like teas that have reviews. It’s like bit empty weirdo space etc. I do not like :)

I pulled this one out to drink today and first off, the aroma of this one is utterly omg insane. It’s strong, and seriously orange in your face. I’ve doubled bagged the tea again, and it’s still strong enough to be smelled through both bags.

Brewed, this confuses me a bit more. Gone is the amazing orange smells, and the puerh dominates. While not a problem for me, I can see some folks not liking this as much because the aroma doesn’t translate in to what you expect the tea to taste like. Instead it becomes more puerh + orange, rather than orange puerh. On the whole i enjoyed this a bunch. I’ll have to see what playing with the steeping times does, and see what resteeps offer in future.

JustJames

hmmmm =0)

Sil

Miranda, ok good to know.

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90
drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
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I so need a few more people to drink this in the near future. The first time i had this, it was all sweet potato sort of flavours and now it’s lightly smokey, making it a delicious, delicious tea for a splash of maple syrup. Verdant is almost out of this, so i’m trying to decide whether to pick up some more, since i seem to be really enjoying it as of late.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Terri HarpLady

I’ll try to remember to drink some tomorrow, and report my findings.

Courtney

I’ll happily send you mine! Smoke and I don’t play nice.

Bonnie

I just bought 4 ounces and would have bought all of it if I could afford to!

Nicole

I loved the sample I got, then when I ordered it, it wasn’t the same. Like Courtney, it was much smokier than my sample had been and I don’t care much for it. I keep meaning to try it again, steeping differently, etc. but I always find something else to drink instead…:)

Sil

yeah the sample was WAY different, but i like this version as well since i don’t mind a little smoke :)

Bonnie

Huh? Mine isn’t smoky. I taste cocoa and potato with some honey. Strange. Even my friends say this is like chocolate milk shake and fries so I just don’t get it.

Sil

Bonnie – my first taste of this was exactly like yours…but the recent bag i picked up is for sure more like a keemun…it’s weird…good but not the same tea i had haha

cryptickoi

that’s not really acceptable in my book…ALL of the tea should be the same or at least tell people it’s not…

Sil

yeah, i guess i haven’t asked verdant about it because i don’t mind the light smokiness…

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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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