4942 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Kiwi by Tea Guys
4942 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! 233! I had the last of this sample from shmiracles cold brewed to see how it fared and man it’s pretty darn delicious. Maybe it’s because we were out in the sun this afternoon but it’s tyeh perfect tea after spending the afternoon out. Sweet without sweetner and just a little tartness to eek through. Again. not so much with the kiwi but the strawberry taste is yummy!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Smaug by Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee
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sipdown! (234) OH my dear shmiracles I’m so sorry that i can’t get on board with this tea. i do love lapsang…but opening this i was blasted by an all too familiar smell from my childhood – vick’s vaporub. I thought for sure i was off my rocker and imagining things. So i brewed it up. While there is a smokey undertone to the scent upon brewing it, it still smells like vick’s. My first hesitant sip… yup! this tastes like i imagine liquid vick’s vapo rub would taste like. I let it cool a bit to see if that would help to let the smokiness come to the forefront…it did but now all i can think of is vick’s. bah! Oh well, at least it’s another one i can cross off my list. lol

Ysaurella

I imagine the face of the marketing product Manager at adagio searching for a way to promote a vick’s vaporub’s tea ;)

Shmiracles

well. i GUESS you are entitled to your opinion. EVEN if it IS WRONG. hahahee i joke i joke! i know this tea is extreme. i know. thanks for trying it anyways!

Sil

shmiracles – that’s part of the fun of sharing i think! I’m only sad because i know you love this one…and i do like a good lapsang. but man…vaporub….sooo much vaporub lol

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Inspired by my modicum of success with the puerh that grace sent me, i opted to also try one of the teas that i picked up from the verdant rewards. This was the 2007 Henan Heichan. I wish there was a way to get more information on the teas in the rewards package but sadly the only thing that accompanied them was a note from verdant :)

Sadly i was distracted (or is that focused) and didn’t take notes on my mini session. I do remember finding the tea enjoyable but in comparison to the tea from grace, it wasn’t quite as satisfying.

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I received this sample from gracebtlb a while back and i’ve eben waiting to have some time to sit and enjoy it. I don’t have a lot of practice with gongfu style brewing but i welcome an opportunity to try and improve my skills. I’m finding pu-erh is the way that i can do this. I lined up a couple of my cups from China so that I could pour a few infusions to try them against one another a little better.

First off, the colour of this one brewed is a beautiful reddish hue. Sitting in the white porcelain of the cups made me smile just looking at it. I wasn’t very good at detecting the subtle nuances of each steep but over all, this is a VERY nice puerh (keep in mind i have very limited experience with puerh). There is a deep, rich flavour to this blend and while i don’t get the chocolate that mandala speaks of, i do get hints of the burnt caramel and what i would describe more as an earthier sort of taste.

Here’s hoping my vocabulary improves along with my skills at gongfu :) Thank you grace for sharing your tea with me! I really liked this one, and i’m looking forward to trying the other bit of it that i saved in case i screwed things up lol

graceatblb

Yay! I am so happy you liked it. If you liked this one, you’re going to love the Yong De I sent and the Special Dark that I am going to send. The chocolate is kind of Hershey Park in both of them :)

Sil

Neat! You know me, always up for trying new things and I for sure need more puerh experience :)

Garret

I’ve been into pu’er for years and years and I always need more pu’er experience, Sil!!!! Grace, thanks for sharing. I just did a 2 hour session with the Noble Mark cake that I had pressed last year and thought of you so it’s funny to have seen your reply just now!

Sil

Grace sent me a few of your teas for me to try before i get around to placing my own order. She was awesome enough to share some of her favourites with me. Shipping to canada is a pain, so i wanted to try a few before getting my tea mule to bring them across the border for me :)

Garret

Shipping to Canada is something we do alot of. If you decide to make an order, just be in touch with me at [email protected] and we can take care of your order together, figure out the freight price, pay via Paypal and package and ship to your groovy self. Not a problem. Matter of fact, I appreciate the opportunity to be of service.

Sil

Garret – i appreciate that! I do have a friend in the us who crosses the border every week so she often helps that way :)

Mostly i just need to get around to trying the last few samples that Grace sent me so that i can plan my july birthday order! :)

Cavocorax

(Woo! July birthday orders!)

Sil

oh god. i’ll need to make sure i reign myself in… i’m already looking at butiki; verdant; mandala; american tea shop; tea spot…

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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another backlog from yesterday!

Every now and then i just really want this tea. Stacy was out of it for a while so i’ve been hoarding it. Now that everything’s back up and in stock i feel justified in drinking it when i really want it. And last night was one of those nights! :)

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drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
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backlogging from yesterday – had this while out visiting friends. I’ve been hording it a bit but that’s going to stop since i have every intention of ordering more with a larger order in July. so HA! I really love the way that stacy has blended the flavours on this one. paired with one of my favourite black teas from her and we have a winner. :)

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SIPDOWN! made a latte of this one before leaving the house this afternoon. I really like how the strawberry and champagne mix together to make it feel like i really am drinking a creamy champagne. I suspect this would have been pretty good with just water but i couldn’t bring myself to make it that way today. Thanks again Azzrian for this great combination!

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mmmmm so it’s fairly late in the day and i really need to get moving. All i really want to do today is sit around the house drinking tea and watching tv but we promised to go hang out with friends. I’ll have to pack some tea to take along with me so that i get at least a couple more cups in. I enjoy this one from butiki though it will likely be one of the teas that rotates through my cupboard rather than being a staple. It’s got some interesting notes to it that i enjoy.

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drank Mango by Harney & Sons
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thank you fiddling for this sample! I am a fan of mangos so i am always interested in trying out mango teas. There’s a bit of floral-ness to this tea which had me a bit wary but the mango taste of this one far outpowers the subtle floral notes. As this cools it becomes even more deliciously mango-y. I think this might warrant a try at a cold brew just to see how it fares. Or maybe this is hot brew, cool down worthy lol either way, thank you fiddling!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown! I might actually have a few less teas in my cupboard than i thought since i did a quick glance at some of the samples that i apparently didn’t take out of my cupboard yet though they’re gone. That makes me happy since i might very well be able to get to 235 this weekend, which even when i get my teas from my friend this weekend, will still leave me with enough time to get to 200 before the end of june…i think. I haven’t yet run out of smaller sizes so i think it’s manageable haha.

This tea is one that i shared with cavo and the last bit i have i’ve set aside for Terri. I suppose it’s cheating a little but i can do what i want! haha This is a very mild tea. It’s a very smooth – i like my teas a little bolder but this is a nice every day sort of tea, more of an afternoon tea than a morning one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Oh yay! I haven’t tried anything from sTEAp Shoppe yet!

Sil

did i add some of the cinnamon swirl bread in the random teas i sent?

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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.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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