5370 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Swirl Bread by sTEAp Shoppe
5370 tasting notes

Thank you tastybrew Seriously..i just need to quit now. I mean when i first started out drinking dessert teas, i thought 52 teas cinnamon roll honeybush was like oh man! it’s a cinnamon roll..fast forward a few months, i for sure don’t love it as much as i once did and now there’s this tea.

This is a cinnamon roll, minus the overly sickly sweet taste that comes from the icing…which is perfect from me because what the puerh DOES bring, is the delicious bread aspect to this tea.

i’m only on my second re-steep of this but it still hasn’t lost any of it’s punch. It’s like WHAM! EAT ME! i mean..drink…drink…but holy moley. Yeah there will be more of this in my cupboard. And the brioche that i had a couple days ago from american tea room? Yeah…this one will be in my cupboard first. Not that there isn’t room for both but this one needs to come home now.

Thank you so much tastybrew

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TastyBrew

Yeah, this one is crazy good! I love the brioche too. I warned you that you were going to be trying my favorites! Luckily American tea room has lots of sales. Haven’t seen steap have any yet, but maybe they have decent shipping rates for you guys. I’m glad you’re liking them!

Sil

they don’t have decent shipping rates but my tea mule will bring tea for me lol. 50$ minimum isn’t too bad to get free shipping with a tea mule hop across the border. I can always thank her with a small sample of this tea haha she’s love it since she’s allergic to the world and could at least drink this for delicious cinnamon bun flavour.

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60
drank Qu Hao Silk by The Tea Spot
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! And thanks again to Terri for sharing this with me. I’m not sure how to rate this one. I’ve got similar feelings as terri on this one. crap busy at work. finish this later.

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Last tea of the night, so i figured I’d bust out my Persimmon Tree rooibos. I finished off the mint chocolate one i had from them a little while back, but this is still my favourite for sure. This is more like a creamy rooibos without being particularly berry but it’s tasty. And i don’t taste the rooibos so no complaints here. Well except for shipping to canada from this company but you know….otherwise it’s all good lol.

Note: if you hold the tea in your mouth the berry flavour comes out to play lol

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Chelle

Rooibos has yet to grow on me too. I might have to give this one a try.

Sil

If you want rooibos that doesn’t taste like rooibos, Della Terra has a lemon chiffon and a lime chiffon that most? people enjoy – the rooibos taste isn’t apparent in those ones either. just depends on whether you want citrus or smoother vanilla cream type. Though the lemon and the lime are creamy, but they are clearly citrusy first.

The Persimmon Tree

Hi Sil, thank you for your review of our Vanilla Berry Truffle tea. I know shipping to Canada has always been an issue but we did lower our starting shipping rate to $8. I know it’s not the best deal but it’s a lot better than what it was before.

Sil

YAY! Thanks for the update :) Might be worth sharing on facebook if you hadn’t already and i missed it. I will for sure keep this in mind for future orders since i really do enjoy a bunch of your teas

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77
drank Mango Tango by The Tea Spot
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SIPDOWN! In case you’re counting that’s 248…finally starting to feel like i’m getting close to 200 again, mostly because unless i place an order tonight, there are no other orders coming my way until May….just lots of swaps. lots of lots of delicious, wonderful, exciting swaps. which will of course temporaily increase my cupboard size with their samples of goodness…and probably get me to place another order when i fall in love with a tea. eesshh…and so the circle of life continues :P

BUT! this tea! Tried it as a cold brew and the word is YES. Not too sweet but just mango-ey enough to delight my senses. I didn’t share any with my other half because i wanted ALL THE TEA. So this is likely going on my shopping list for the summer. whee! Thanks again Terri!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this one as a cold brew. Yet. I think I have just enough left to try it.

Sil

It was pretty nice. :) I forgot to try and sweeten it a little, since most of my friends and peeps like tea sweetened.

Terri HarpLady

I usually drink my teas unsweet, although occasionally a little stevia or maple is nice to bring out flavors :)

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81
drank Cola Chai by Kally Tea
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

The rest of this is on it’s way out the door in a swap and while it’s a little sad to see it go, i’ve also got more than enough tea to survive. I like this much better super hot than as it cools, since the spices come out to play a bit more as it cools, making it a spiced cola. However, there’s a part of me that wishes i thought to steep this in vodka as i think it might make for a pretty decent mixer. Ah well, happy to share this with folks, especially in the event kally does another awesome black friday deal!

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67
drank Wild Berry Plum by The Republic of Tea
5370 tasting notes

Thanks again terri!

As far as bagged fruity teas go? This one isn’t half bad. I sadly, didn’t take notes while drinking it but i have another bag at work I can try. Though I might try this as a cold brew to try it as a potential iced tea. It was pretty good…but then maybe that was in comparison to the mate tea i was drinking. blech.

Sil

i took all the bagged teas that you and whatshesaid sent me and brought them to work so that I can use work tea time for bagged teas. I have a finum at work as well, but i figure the bagged teas give me an excuse to drink them at work…since at home i’ll almost always go for anything BUT a bagged tea lol

Terri HarpLady

My bagged teas, what few I have, end up in my purse, just in case I’m out & about wanting tea, with nothing worthy available. OR I serve them to guests, LOL!

Sil

hahaha

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Sipdown!

And thanks to terri for this tea from our swap. Soooo i’m pretty sure it’s official that i just don’t really like mate. In fact i’m pretty sure i mis logged the tea from the weekend that i said was a mate…and was actually drinking a different tea. Because mate? It’s not pleasant. Doesn’t seem to matter if it’s roasted or not, if it’s flavoured, mixed in with other things….it is just not the tea for me. Nope.

BUT objective me says, this isn’t a terrible bagged chocolate type tea. if you like mate. which i don’t. nuff said lol

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73
drank Khongea's Assam Leaf by Butiki Teas
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! (250)

While this has been an enjoyable tea that was free, i can understand why it’s not regularly stocked at Butiki. It’s just not up to Stacy’s standards. That being said, it’s still a nice bold tea that was enjoyable while i had it..and it was free lol so yay!

Terri HarpLady

I think that’s what m starting the day with tomorrow :D

Sil

i haven’t even been able to plan that yet… parents called, had to organize another couple swap packages going out the door…needed to do a tasting comparison… it’s like 10pm and it’s just about time for bed and i finally have a moment to try and get organized for tomorrow lol

Sil

oh…and did i mention that i’m still being taunted by the american tea room for some brioche tea…

Terri HarpLady

I dont usually plan my teas too much, but I’m staying over at Tony’s tonight, so I had to bring something, otherwise I’d get stuck drinking Ahmad’s breakfast blend…

Terri HarpLady

AND it sounds like you need a 12 step meeting, hahahaha

Sil

lol i pick out 2 teas every night for making in my travel mugs the next day. When i’m doing loose leaf at work i also pack up pre-measured little tins of 3-4 kinds of tea so that i have options at work. heh morning teas are always a straight black + something else.

Terri HarpLady

One of the pleasures of being self-employed is that I usually don’t have to go anywhere in the morning, so I can be more laid back. I’m still using a checklist, which resembles a crazy menu with scribbling comments, check marks, etc. , in an effort to actually drink everything I have, so I pick a black tea that isn’t checked off yet that I’m in the mood for. Then I pick another. Today I cheated & drank a bunch of Keemuns back to back, LOL.

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
5370 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! gasp

Alright…i have a bunch of backlogs to do but first i needed to pay attention to this tea. You see kittylovestea really wanted to try this, so i opened my bag up and realised i had enough to send her a small tasting (usually it would be more) and have a single last cup for myself.

Since the whole point of doing a mini swap with mercuryhime had been to try MY LB with the new LB i knew it was time to check this out.

1. New harvest? Smells funny. I understand now why some folks have recently been off put by the smell. It’s very earthy to me and honestly when it got wet it was sort of wet mud. My other half said it smelled like bread. My old delicious wonderful harvest? It smells like cocoa…delicious cocoa.

2. Western brew since quite frankly that’s my favourite way to brew LB. I must have sat and stared at my two cups, smelling the wet leaves, smelling the cups, looking at the liquor…just waiting…

3. First sips…oh man, it’s been a while since i’ve tasted you my old friend. The new harvest? It’s still chocolately and malty but there’s a bitterness in the back that makes it a little less smooth than my spring harvest. The old harvest is a little sweeter too, though it’s a dark malty chocolate so it’s not “sweet” exactly.

Final Verdict? While the taste of the two isn’t that far off – at least not enough that a black tea lover like myself would strongly object – the SMELL from the wet leaf is really quite off putting. It’s enough to make me hesitant about drinking it until the liquid is actually in my mouth. Will i repurchase this harvest? Maybe. But i’ll likely try and spend some time drinking down other teas in my cupboard first, and grabbing some of this IF the harvest gets low. IE. I don’t want to NOT be able to drink it, but that aroma is killing me.

Thanks again to Mercuryhime for letting me do a comparison. I understand now why people have been confused with the high ratings for this one. Makes me glad i’ve had 6oz of the old harvest to enjoy while it was here lol

Edit: Just have to put out there that this is one of the few teas i’ve ever re-ordered, and certainly the first tea i ever ordered 4oz of. After drinking through my 2 oz lol. So the tea is totally worth exploring when the different harvests come in.

Mercuryhime

David from Verdant is currently doing a Spring tea tour of China. I’m hoping he brings back a spring harvest of Laoshan black. I’m starting to forget why I loved this tea so much to begin with. :(

Mercuryhime

Also, I’m glad you agree that it tastes different than the old batch. I was afraid I was losing my mind. :)

Sil

You haven’t lost your mind. It’s changed but not like ZOMG it’s SOOO different, but enough that today i’d probably only rate it like an 80?

Mercuryhime

It’s true that it isn’t SO different. I can recognize the elements that I loved in the old batch, but it’s different enough that I actually can’t tolerate more than half a cup before I have to toss it. Might also be because my high expectations create extra disappointment. But anyway, I emailed Verdant about it and they told me to let them know next time I plan to order and they’ll let me know if the Spring batch is available. :) I just have to get enough of the spring batch to last all year.

Sil

let me know if you hear about the spring batch. i for sure want another 4 oz since that apparently lasts me 7months or so in between all the other teas i drink lol

Terri HarpLady

The main difference I noticed was that the ‘bean’ flavor has be ome more prominent

Bonnie

I’m one of those who uses a little less leaf than Verdant recommends. I think that adjustments have to be made with each harvest because they’ll never be exactly the same. All the factors of earth and climate is what makes tea do exciting…much like wine and perhaps we’ve yet to taste the best Laoshan Black.

Sil

Bonnie – pretty sure i’m with you on that boat…verdant suggests a tablespoon if i recall. I pretty much treat this like most other teas with a 1-1.5 tsp per cup ratio.

Angrboda

So there is a difference, although a fairly small one taste-wise. Interesting. Well, all years can’t be equally good, I suppose.

OMGsrsly

I did 1 tbsp per 20 oz the other night, and my impression was still chocolate and dirt pies. Nice loamy dirt, but still dirt! I really want to try a different harvest…

Mercuryhime

For me, the worst thing about this current batch is the very roasted, almost burnt flavor. It overwhelms the natural chocolate flavor that I fell in love with. :( OMGsrsly, I’ll send you a bit of the spring batch when I get some, cause I’m sure I will. :) just remind me in case I forget.

Rachel J

I am fascinated by what you just said Mercuryhime. I bought some Laoshan Black for the first time a couple of weeks ago and was so excited to try it. I’m really not sure I like it, though, and it’s specifically because of the roasted, burnt quality you just mentioned. You can see what I said about that in my last tasting note.

Nitoo6of6

Well I am glad to read all the comments here. I just got an oz of this because of the great reviews and although I enjoyed the tea I didn’t quite understand why everyone was describing chocolate as opposed to heavily roasted.

Sil

Yeah – I felt the need to do this comparison because I was seeing so many recent reviews of people saying less than stellar things. Not that i think everyone has to love this tea but some of the comments were confusing me as they didn’t jive with my experiences. So a plot was born by mercuryhime and i! bwahahahahaha Stay tuned for scenes from our next plot – spring harvest – is the chocolate back? :)

Rachel J

Tune in next season for the exciting continuation. ;)

Bonnie

Early Spring harvest is going to be the first oolong from Laoshan and Verdant bought it prior to picking. Laoshan Black would probably come after since the fields will produce the rest of the Spring tea’s we all love. We’ll see.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that would be awesome Mercuryhime. I’m giving the rest of my package to the guy who runs my local tea shop. He likes it, and I don’t want to waste the Autumn Harvest!

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I’ll try to edit and update this more later but i just wanted to track that i DID try this today. Thanks to tastybrew for sending some my way. I got home and i’m apparently sick as i’ve spent the last 4 hours in bed and don’t want to drink any tea. :( but this is good. delicious and i’m glad i have more + the resteeps once i get better. ugh.

Edit: Resteeped this today and it was still delicious. Soooo tempted to pick up a full 2oz of this with the sale.

Lala

Feel better soon!

Tealizzy

Feel better!!

whatshesaid

Get well soon!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

oh man! Feel better!

Terri HarpLady

Bummer that you’re sick :(
Rest & feel better soon!

TheTeaFairy

I trust good tea will make you feel better, hopefully…

TastyBrew

Sorry you’re sick! Feel better soon!

Cavocorax

Oh geez, that’s rough. I hope the sleep helped you get over the worst of it.

Hallieod

Not wanting to drink any tea is the definition of feeling rotten! Hope you feel better.

Sil

apparently it’s going around and seems to last a day of just sleeping, feeling icky. weird. my other half says it’s going around his work too.

whatshesaid

I loved this tea!! Is the shipping to Canada reasonable??

Sil

whatshesaid….no :( sorry to get your hopes up. I was just going to try and order through my tea mule. No idea what shipping would be for ME to ship it from here to there for you, but if you wanted to see if it was worth it, i could add it to my order and send it your way or something… I’m sure we could figure something out.

Terri HarpLady

Sil, are you feeling better today? :)

Sil

yeah…seems like it was a day? thing? everyone who’s gotten it has gone through that. it was weird. just been too busy at work to post actual tasting notes lol

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