6485 Tasting Notes

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drank Yu Lu Yan Cha Black by Verdant Tea
6485 tasting notes

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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86
drank Wenshan Bao Zhong Reserve by Tealux
6485 tasting notes

I’ve got a bit of catching up to do from this afternoon as i’m finally getting a few moments. I’m doing my best to sipdown as many teas as i can in order to get back on track with my mid year goal for July (100).

The TeaFairy sent this my way and it is delicious! and it’s a green oolong. But it’s refreshing and sweet and juicy and honestly? I’ll probably buy more later on when my cupboard is under control for those times when i really want a lighter tea. I’ve discovered that i often don’t like flavoured greens, but the occasionally straight green or straight oolong is what i want from time to time.

Thank you so much for sharing TeaFairy! The last little bit of this is of course off to Terri :)

Terri HarpLady

Thank you Sil & TeaFairy!

TheTeaFairy

Haha! You are both welcome, this one is outstanding, so glad I get to share it :-)

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86
drank Golden Needle Premium by Mandala Tea
6485 tasting notes

sipdown! I don’t have much time today to get my drink on so i’m trying to get a few sipdowns in this morning while i try and wake up, after being up most of the evening/morning. I have enjoyed this one quite a bit while i’ve had it. It won’t be at the top of my hit list but i can see myself restocking this from time to time in order to visit with it for a while. Overall, i have thoroughly enjoyed the teas that i’ve picked up from Mandala :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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drank Peanut Butter Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Courtney wants to try this, so I figured i should open the package up to try it before sending some off to her. Keeping in mind that this package was opened today, I was slightly disappointed in the whole opening process today. Unlike most Red Leaf Packages, when I open them, i’m usually hit in the face with that particular flavour. I’m not sure if it’s because this is distinctive level or some other reason entirely but i got none of my usual WOW when i opened this.

I made this up as a latte today and while it was decent enough, i never once got the feeling i was drinking peanut butter flavoured anything. I didn’t dislike the drink, but i’m not sure if anything about this screams PB.

So courtney, fair warning, that this is coming your way regardless, but if you also have issues, maybe see if you can steal some of cavo’s to see if it was maybe my batch or flavouring level :)

Courtney

Haha sounds good. Thanks for the heads up. Any matcha sharing is greatly appreciated!

Sil

Since i won’t have time to get to the post office today, I’ll see if there’s another flavour in my unopened packages that you haven’t tried that i can open and send some to you heh

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
6485 tasting notes

I hate overnight testing. It took my forever to fall asleep earlier, and then my other halfs stupid friend started texting him just after i fell asleep..which wouldn’t normally be a problem but his phone sound was on so i got woken up. Just waiting for the go ahead so that i can test and then head back to bed for a few more hours of sleep. One of these weekends i’ll get to actually sleep in both days.

Made a cup of this because my throat wanted tea but i wanted something light that i didn’t have to think to about while brewing. Love the creamy good ness of this one even after several bags :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
keychange

Sleep interuptions are awful. I hope you feel rested soon!

Sil

i’m hoping next weekend i’ll be able to have a lazy, stay at home all weekend…except that my other half is off on saturday so i foresee running errands and getting together with ppl heh

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68
drank Tropical Dream by RiverTea
6485 tasting notes

Another tea from my recent RiverTea order. I have to say, this one is quite nice. The coconut flavouring isn’t overwhelming – instead it’s mostly a juicy sort of “tropical” tasting tea. The rooibos used in this blend isn’t that overly strong woodsy sort of rooibos so that makes me a happy camper. Overall, this is pretty tasty, though next time i think i want to try it as a cold brew!

On a side note, i wish the bags RiverTeas came in were a bit thicker. I’ve had to double bag the flavoured teas i received from them because the smell was seeping out of the bag and the cardboard “tin.”

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec
Roswell Strange

Mmm, sounds nice!

Sil

Hoping to try the orange puerh tomorrow heh it smells AMAZING

Roswell Strange

(Still hasn’t lost her Pu’erh virginity).

Ze_Teamaker

>Pu’er virginity
(X^D)

Terri HarpLady

The orange puer does sound interesting!

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76
drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
6485 tasting notes

Yay for getting used to the new Steepster changes. I think overall, with a few tweaks here and there, the improvements will be well worth the short term pain. It also means i’m likely to become OCD about adding flavours and such to the teas that i log lol Ah well, it’s a good thing, right? :) Still enjoy this one, though i’m fine with only drinking it once a year for a few cups. That’s all i need of this one in the long term.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cavocorax

YES: The OCD will be a hard thing to deal with! :P Every tea I log will have to be updated in the database with ingredients etc now!

Sil

haha yeah

Shmiracles

it’s cuz they KNOW we are THOSE TYPE of ppl! hahah we are all some version of OCD and just nerdy enough and super probably-caffeinated driven to not be able to resist adding ALL the details. and adding all the details of all the details! they slowly stroked their goatees and shifted their eyes saying “they will work for free, they won’t be able to resist! and they will LOVE it bwahaha”

Terri HarpLady

Personally, I’m not into filling out forms, adding little details, etc., & little Terri is more into playing music, coloring pictures, food, & playing in the dirt. Of course we all adore tea, but on the rare day that Ms. Theresa gets ahold of things….well, let’s just say that THAT woman is one OCD, detail driven, perfectionistic, web designing, organizing, form filling out freak. So anything could happen.

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72
drank Nine by Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee
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Ack. New format less iPad friendly. I’ll update this after on the computer lol

Slider bar with numbers is a good time :) well except for not liking iPad lol

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Starfevre

Oh damn, all of my traveling I do with an iPad and I’m frequently drinking tea…

TheTeaFairy

I didn,t have any problems using the ipad except for that darn slider bar!!! Just when I thought it was finally possible to rate with the number I wanted, lol! Well I will continue to try to get as close as possible cause I won’t be using the PC just for that…that’s for sure!

Sil

having trouble hitting the hearts to like things on the ipad and there are just too many slider bars now for ipad land.

AnnaEA

Yeah, slider is painful to use on my android. I’ll just go back and add them later via desktop.

Terri HarpLady

Haven’t tried it out on my iPad yet…guess I’ll see it later…

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Watching fringe, eating butter tarts from the tea festival, trying out a few more of my Dr. Who fan blends so i know what i like and don’t. This one is a bit better than the other two, which is giving me confidence in my order of how i figured i’d like these blends heh. So far, i’ve been pretty spot on in terms of things. Again, not a fan of adagio’s black base but this is a decent enough cinnamon tea with a few other things going on. It’s not IN YOUR FACE cinnamon like i think it was david’s tea – glitter n’ gold…this one is much more subdued and you can still taste the tea.

also…OMG AAAH NEW TEA FORMAT FOR LOGGING JUST MADE MY HEAD EXPLODE WHEN I GOT TO THE DASHBOARD…. i can’t comment on my own tasting note anymore so i’m editing…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Starfevre

You can’t comment on your own tasting note? What if someone says something first?

Courtney

I miss Fringe so much.

Roswell Strange

It startled me too! I’m sure I’ll adjust, but right now not loving it.

Sil

Courtney…you can now. I think it was just a hiccup between the refresh :)

Roswell Strange

I couldn’t figure out how to “add” flavours. Coconut was the only one I wanted that was there. I was also looking for apple and pineapple :/

Roswell Strange

And I posted that on the wrong note…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! My head also exploded Sil!!

Sil

Amariel – huh? I’m lost

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Another from the Doctor Who sampler. This one also has blergamot in it, but it’s presence is subdued by the fruity bits in here that are going on. It makes it a much easier cup to drink for sure. I think this one might be one of those teas that is best brewed cold (or hot then cooled) with a little sweetner added to it to soften the tartness from the fruity bits :)

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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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