4923 Tasting Notes

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drank Breakfast Blend by Fortnum & Mason
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backlog from yesterday day. I wanted to try this since my mom picked this up without asking me when she was in london haha. I have to say, i can get behind this as an every day morning tea. There isn’t a lot going on with it but it’s bold and black without being too bitter/astringent. I don’t get too much malty, but that’s maybe because i’m used to some of verdant’s malty teas heh. overall not too shabby, but also not a good tea for anyone who doesn’t like robust blacks.

Terri HarpLady

Did somebody say Robust blacks?

Sil

:) we have a swap pending…add it to the list lol i’ve also got a couple MF teas too

Terri HarpLady

:D
Yup, I’m gonna try to get my act together this week…

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drank Black Cherry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Morning smoothie today with a splash of vanilla matcha! I’ve got a long day today followed by a quick check in with the doctor to see how blind i’ve gotten this year lol. Someday my prescription will normalise and i’ll be able to buy multiple pairs of glasses to suit my every mood. someday lol

Kicked off my day with this and so far my mouth is behaving enough to let me have some tea. Here’s hoping that keeps up! Enjoying this one as i haven’t had it in a while. I’m doing my best not to open any new matchas just yet so that i force myself to finish up the older ones that i have on the go. Just a few more left to drink up, then i need to find out if i’m actually supposed to drink my friends matcha that’s staying at my house while she’s pregnant lol.

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Tried to cold brew this the other night because a recent hot brew of this just wasn’t as tasty as i remember it being. I think that i’m over this tea haha. I do really like the strawberry taste but there’s something in the brew that i’m not a fan of anymore. Sweeetned it’s nice and i can see enjoying this in the summer so i may tuck this away until it’s hotter :)

Kittenna

There was something about the strawberry flavour of this one I really liked too, but I was annoyed at the astringency. I do have a cup’s worth left to experiment, though!

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drank Monk's Blend by English Tea Store
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drank Fruity Cherry Banana by Kally Tea
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I had a cold brew of this tonight since i’m not really able to drink much of anything with whatever the heck is going on with my mouth. Once i added some sweetner to this is was good, though the banana part was missing in this brew up of the tea.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Indigobloom

feel better soon Sil!! My Mum has something going on with her tongue to :(

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drank Vanilla Sky by Steep City Teas
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So…i drank this yesterday before my mouth decided it wanted to eat me from the inside out. This was one of the teas i’d really been looking forward to. I suppose i should have paid attention to the fact that Vanilla Sky might as well be monk’s blend. But i didn’t. So i was disappointed. So much so that i logged the tea and didn’t write anything until today. sigh I have 2 other teas to try from Steep City but i’m much less excited about it now. For all i know, i wasn’t paying attention to those teas either and they’ll have something icky i don’t like or be essentially other teas i’ve had before.

Sooo looks like other people get some tea. that makes me sad.

especially since i can’t have any tea today because i need to figure out what’s going on with my mouth/face….and i’m still waiting for the dorcot to get back to me on my high white blood cell count…and i didn’t sleep enough last night because of testing.

sigh I wish it was tomorrow.

Nicole

Oh, no! Good luck with the doctor.

Bonnie

Bah…let us know…and God Bless you Sil!

Sil

thanks you guys. I’m not stressing about anything but man it certainly feels like i’m coming apart at the seams this week lol Mostly i was just really bummed out about this tea being . it’s my own fault for not paying attention but man someday i wish tea companies would stick to the same name haha.

whatshesaid

I’m going to have to go google “monk’s blend” now. Something new everyday!!

Sil

naw don’t bother lol there’s some in your tea box hahahaha

david

Hey Sil, Sorry that you didn’t enjoy the tea. 28 seems like a real buster…

david

we hope you like the other teas better…

Sil

David – Hope so as well. I think it was mostly that although you’ve renamed it “vanilla sky” it’s monk’s blend. Shame on me for not realizing it, but i somehow missed the grenadine. However, had it been “monk’s blend” i would have known right off the bat not to get it.

david

Hey Sil, no intention on our behalf to ‘mislead’ or ‘rename’, we just love grenadine… in any case… sorry for that.

Sil

David – no worries. No harm, no foul Just 2 oz of tea to get rid of lol (well swap hopefully) :) On that note, love the packaging :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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operation drink up the last of my LB so i can order more is in full effect! lol not that i want to get rid of it but i needed a break from my other blacks so today was “much loved LB day” with random new tea in a bag i shouldn’t be opening now but i’m going to pretend it was already open day.

HA! see previous tasting notes. Love this, and glad to be sharing it with new steepster pals in the new future :) YAY for swaps!

Kittenna

LOL random new tea?!

Sil

Yeah…new tea that I didn’t write about because I was so disappointed.

Kittenna

Oh no! What tea was that? Something you picked up in China?

Sil

vanilla sky – steep city. basically monk’s blend.

china teas are all waiting until you guys get here so they stay closed and that way i can pretend they’re as enjoyable as i remember until then lol in case they aern’t….i was really tired when i was in china AND trying to shop fast with my limited time haha

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drank Chai Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Morning matcha smoothie…and i do not like….much. I think that i prefer the pumpkin pie matcha to this one. I tried to cut this one with vanilla matcha, as i have done in the past with the pumpkin pie and it doesn’t seem to have helped. It’s still pretty strong for me and there’s one particular spice that is cutting through the rest instead of blending well. It’s not so much that it makes for a gross, terrible bad, icky smoothie but it’s not going to be a reorder for me. I also hate to think of how strong this would have been if i’d gone with my usual robust! Maybe i’ll try and use the rest in baking or something. that would be nice.

Helena

not my personal favourite although I do love chai. Never tried smoothies but I would mix the chai matcha with an actual chai tea and see if it helps :D

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Having a cup of this tonight to wind things down. I have to stay up a bit later than normal to do some testing for work so I thought that i’d take some time to just enjoy “my” tea. I really am enjoying the strawberry and rhubarb-ness in this blend. There is maybe a bit less of “something” that i can’t quite place my finger on yet. It’s damn close to the small batch that Stacy initially made but missing a little something. Still, no complaints from me (just trying to pinpoint things). I could drink this for a long time…which is great because i have 168 cups of it haha (well had…)

Butiki Teas

Hmmm, missing something from the small batch? Is it the cookies that were added? Maybe it needs a tiny bit more hibiscus to compensate?

Sil

no i think it’s good in the hibiscus department. If you’re good with waiting a bit longer i can make the girls sit down and have some the weekend after next and get their input as well. they may be better at capturing whatever the hell it is i’m thinking haha

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So I’m not rating this tea, given that this is from the perspective of someone who is NOT a fan of jasmine (actually i’m pretty sure it gives me a headache).

That being said, i saw Bonnie’s tasting note tonight and it inspired me to try this for several reasons. 1 – there is someone out there in tea land who would LOVE to try this but couldn’t afford to pick some up and 2 – there’s a pretty good chance id never open it of my own free will if i didn’t just jump at the chance!

So seize it I did. The first thing i have to say, this is a BEAUTIFUL tea. The hand tied little bundles are just beautiful. They remind me of the bundles of herbs that hang to dry in some shops….or when people with wonderfully long hair braid their hair and twist it up into a loop. Really. Just so pretty.

And that’s about where my love for this tea ended. I went through a few steepings to get a sense of the different aromas and tastes (1-2 sips per steeping at most). This might be the one jasmine tea that i could love…if i could ever love jasmine. there is a delicate balance here between the flavour and the tea. There is also a hint of a citrus like taste/flavour that eluded me because of the jasmine. I have trouble getting anything else when jasmine is around, even if i try really hard. So, this is technically a sipdown. I’m hoping that the home this is going to will love and cherish it like i never could :) I’m still happy to have tried it though.

Emilie

This sounds really interesting! And I really liked the imagery of braided hair

Kasumi no Chajin

the citrus and banana notes are what have me on edge about trying this one…LOVE jasmine (was even collecting the flower/plants for a while)

Bonnie

We used a temp of 170 for about 30sec.-1 min. Using 2 tiny pieces.Unbelievable results! How much did you use?

Sil

i did the rinse at 200 degrees and then i sort of let the water start to cool as i did steepings…very unscientific. I kept it to short steeping (10 secs?) I had maybe 2-3 pieces in the gaiwan.

Bonnie

Scientific? Who’s scientific!

Sil

Bonnie – uh…scientists! :)

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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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