4923 Tasting Notes

76
drank Caramel Creme by Della Terra Teas
4923 tasting notes

Oh man it’s late… Tracking this so I remember to write something tomorrow.

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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More of this tonight…which thankfully caffeine doesn’t really affect me cause I’m drop dead tired. I could pretty mucho to sleep right now. Got my haircut tonight..let me tell you how good THATfeels after 8 months of damage to my hair. Soooo nice!

Time to have a relaxing evening with some tea and Warcraft heh. Tomorrow is going to be a long night of testing!

Helena

matcha goes great with gaming :D or at least it does when I play GW2 :D probably because I don’t have to worry about steeping times hehe

Sil

Helena – matcha will be with me tonight….testing tonight from 7:30-2:30am so I’m letting myself drink more matcha tonight heh looking forward to maybe trying my english toffee in a latte…

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76
drank Caramel Cheesecake Black Tea by 52teas
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Another black to keep me going today. I’m sure i’ll switch off to something else if i get a chance to have any other tea at work today but this is doing the trick. Just a bit of flavour and sweetness to wrap up my lunch :)

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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ooooh yeah baby! Time to have this one again since it’s been a while. I needed a nice wonderful black cup of goodness this morning so this is what i reached for. Sadly other steepsings of it will need to wait until i get some. Work just isn’t condusive for doing that. Anyway, there is a reason i picked up 4? ounces of this on my last order. it’s is wonderful! i love the malty chocolatey goodness that is this tea and the subtlties that come out as later steeps happen. mmmmmmmm!

Donna A

Curious how you prefer to steep this. I keep experimenting with it. Do you do it Western or Gong fu? Would appreciate details. Thanks.

Sil

Donna – I’m a western kinda brew person. Mostly because i haven’t had a chance to find a gaiwan i love. It’s also more difficult for me to manage brewing things gong fu style unless i’m at home.

Bonnie

Donna, another opinion from someone who has had this a long time…I usually drink a pot, western style…or in a rush I use my finum infuser. I mix it into the newest alchemy blend too (Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend).

Uniquity

I get totally different flavours from it depending on which method I take. I think of it as a very special tea that I like to savour in a gong-fu session but I rarely have the time so I occasionally do it Western style. I recommend trying both and having whichever you want whenever you want it! : )

Donna A

Thanks for your perspectives. Western 1 T/cup for 3 min. is slightly bitter for me. I use a make shift Gaiwan-it’s a 5 oz china creamer with a lid and a handle. Works really well so I don’t burn my hand. I may prefer this tea gong fu, but it is more time consuming. I’m going to try Western again, but with less tea, slightly lower temp, and maybe a 2 min. steep.

Sil

that sounds like a plan donna. I think that’s similar to what i do. I know i don’t use a tablespoon of tea when i brew it western.

Donna A

Sil, the only reason I used 1 T is that is what the Verdant website suggested for Western. It’s a bit much for my taste. With Western, for most black teas, I use 1 tsp, but sometimes 2 tsp with a Chinese black.

Uniquity

I use a teaspoon as well, typically for me 12 ounce Perfect Tea Mug. Works for me with a three minute steep in those proportions. :)

Sil

Donna – yeah I took one look at the tablespoon recommendation and went uh….I don’t think so! :) usually it’s about 1.5 for me for the 8oz mug

Donna A

Thanks Uniquity and Sil. I’m going to try those suggestions. Sometimes a little tweaking can make all the difference. I usually start with what the tea company recommends, and if that doesn’t do it for me, then I start trying other temps, quantities and times.

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82
drank Black Cherry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I totally woke up today convinced it was saturday…snuggled down into my blankets hearing my other half get up to go to work. 15 mins later my alarm went off. UGH. Only thing to really look forward to today is that i’m finally gett my haircut! It’s been about 8 months so it’s um a little worse for wear.

On that note i needed a good strong smoothie this morning. Doubled up on my matcha and made a black cherry caramel (50/50) smoothie with extra matcha. soooo good! It’s going nicely with my other tea as i try to focus on work today.

BoxerMama

I haven’t cut my hair in just as long it’s a mess that hangs to my belt!

Sil

heh mine’s not that long – just halfway down my back but my split ends are a mess!

BoxerMama

I have a tendency to wear my hair in a sock bun ALL the time. I doubt if my husband even knows how long my hair is.

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73
drank The Black Cat by Della Terra Teas
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I’m not sure i can get over the colour of this tea…greeny, black “swampwater.” It tastes decent enough but the colur is a little much for me i think. This is a fruity tea, and nice enough though it doesn’t knock my socks off.

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75
drank S'mores by Della Terra Teas
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so this one’s not too bad. I’m pretty sure it’s the chocolate factor with Della Terra that throws me off. Still, not too shabby a tea if you’re looking for a good time ha! sorry..for something a little fun and different. Totally not an every day tea though. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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So with my samples I may be able to figure out what sort of Della Terra Teas i’m less a fan of. In this case I’m beginning to think it’s the chocolate teas. This tea smells AMAAAAZING. It’s exactly like a chocolate orange chocolate. However, after brewing it and tasting it..it’s a chocolate tea…with a hint of orange spice at the end of it. I’ve got more of this sample left to try so we’ll see if i can figure out how to improve on the brewing paramters.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
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This is a fantastic caramel marshmallow tea! Now, marshmallow tea isn’t something I’d always want, but as a dessert tea this is pretty delicious. It’s also renewed my hope in Della Terra – in that they’ve modified their teas since I first tried them. The aroma of this tea is straight up marshmallow deliciousness. Drinking it…you get marshmallow goodness followed by the sweet caramel. Mmmmm this is pretty spiffy!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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80
drank Strawberry Zabaglione by 52teas
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see previous tasting notes. just logging to track. head is pounding so I can’t write much

Nik

=( Hope your head is feeling better!

Sil

it is! finally! just needed some sleep :)

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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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