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4044 Tasting Notes

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
4044 tasting notes

this was one of my morning teas. I’m trying to rotate some of my older teas as i have a big job ahead of me if i want to get to my “6 month mark” by the end of June haha I still really like this one, including it’s re-steepability, though the original version i had was just slightly tastier :)

CelebriTEA

I love this one ♡

Sil

Spicy and delicious!

Cavocorax

I can respect your 6 month goals but I’m not even close to attempting that! First off, I’m trying to get rid of all my 1+ year teas. Some of that is tea from when I have a cold, and some are tetley tea bags that I really should just get rid of. I only have 6 teas from June 1st and earlier though so that’s encouraging!

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75
drank Spicy Chocolate by Pekoe Tea Lounge
4044 tasting notes

this was another one sent my way by missB Funnily enough the chocolate smell/taste in this one is intense. I have to agree with her, that when something has spicy in the name, you expect it to be spicy…not sweet. This is chocolate rooibos with a hint of something else going on there. it’s still tasty, but it doesn’t have the kick i was expecting it to have. I’ll have to play with the steeping a little to see if there’s anything i can do to make it a littler punchier.

in other news? salted caramel criollo is amaaaaaazing….

Final Count: 149 (19 + 4 to go)

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82
drank Tango Roybos by Busch Tea Company
4044 tasting notes

missB sent this one to me and as i was drinking it..i was trying to figure out what it reminded me of…until i read the description and realised it was the orange that i was thinking of. this is a pretty tasty rooibos actually, and something i’d drink again. I have half a mind to cold brew the last of the sample missb sent, but now i’m not sure. Either way, this is tasty and i’ll enjoy the last cup when i have it. It’s not quite an orange rooibos since the cinnamon added to it, makes for a different taste profile than your typical orange rooibos. :)

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91
drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
4044 tasting notes

since i was all “let’s dig into THE BOX” to celebrate 4k tasting notes, i may have pulled out 2 of my three teas. This being the second one, since if you’re going to go crazy and dig in to THE BOX, you might as well pull out more than 1 tea. haha This tea, in case anyone is wondering, is hands down the best pumpkin tea out there. PLUS it has the added bonus of having ginger in it – which makes all teas better imo (unless they’re dessert teas) AND it’s a rooibos tea.

VariaTEA

What’s the third tea?!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll have to agree, it is the number 1 pumpkin tea, without a doubt. I hope she makes it again when fall comes, & I may plant pumpkins this year, & give her some to make us a bunch of it! :)

Terri HarpLady

I only wish I still had some…sigh…

Sil

that would be awesome Terri.
VariaTEA – mousse au chocolate – hard to get, expensive and probably my favourite chocolate tea. that being said, i also wouldn’t want it in copious quantities either as it would fade..

keychange

mouse au chocolat is where it’s at, for sure.

whatshesaid

What’s “The BOX” ?? :)

whatshesaid

Oh never mind, I see below!

keychange

sil, can mouse au chocolat be purchased from most mf locations? or is it one of those teas that’s like “only available in one store in the world on October 4th at 5 mountain time” offerings?

Sil

It’s available all the time but it’s damn expensive…you can only buy it in ether tin and it’s like 25 euro for 100g? Ie. stupidly priced and not worth it, except as an indulgence heh

keychange

Wow, that’s pretty expensive. Damn. Still worth it on occasion though!

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92
drank Anxi Fo Shou Black Tea by Verdant Tea
4044 tasting notes

I feel sad that there are people out there who will never try this tea. I realised that this marks 4k tasting notes since i started hanging out on steepster. 2 years, 400 pages of tasting notes, 1738 teas tried (give or take a few) and i only just now feel like i’m starting to understand what i love about certain teas. When i realised this was to be 4k…i went into the special box. the box of teas that i hoard because they will either be gone for too long or because i feel like it :P There are 3 teas in there….this is one of them.

This was graciously passed to me by omgsrsly when i bemoaned the fact that i only had one single packet of this tea left. I still only have one package of this left – the other one from my tea sister terri. I really hope that someday verdant is able to get this tea back, or some variation on the theme from the family experimenting more.

Dexter3657

Congrats on 4000!!!
This is how I feel about Mandala Black Pearls…

Sil

yes… i agree with you on those pearls as well..they too were in my box. but then i drank them. and now they’re gone. sad.

Courtney

WOOOOT.

scribbles

Wow!! Impressive…Congrats!! I wanted to try this one, but sadly discovered my passion for tea too late:(

Terri HarpLady

Woo Hoo on 4K!!
I am still hoarding 2 little packets of this tea. I’ll drink them eventually… :)

QueenOfTarts

Yay! Congrats!

caile

Congrats on such an amazing number of notes! Yay!

Christina

Congrats!

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89
drank Hoku by Lupicia
4044 tasting notes

oh dinosara even if i hate all the other teas in our swap…this one makes it worth it. I am loving this tropical taste. Lupicia does flavoured oolongs in such a way that i love them. the pineapple, guava delicious yummy taste to this is everything i wanted it to be. EVERYTHING.

Anna

WANTS.

Dinosara

Haha, yay! I like this one a lot too. I hope Lupicia continues to put the Hawaiian teas randomly up on their site occasionally (otherwise I will be forced to go to Hawaii—such a hardship! :D)

Sil

i was looking today and it bugs me that it’s hard to find things even when they’re advertising it on the main page.

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89
drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
4044 tasting notes

mmmmm thanks again keychange for putting this back in my cupboard. I’m always happt to have this one around, though as we move into summer, it will be put on the back burner for more summer/spring like teas. Maple is my go to winter/fall flavour :)

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dexter sent this one my way and i think it’s because she knows i’ll drink anything even if i don’t wanna! That’s how i feel about yabao…yanaoway is where i land with it. I don’t like the taste, don’t think it’s pretty but still i try…and try again. This one? tastes like every other yabao tea. blechy. BUT thanks for sharing dexter lol

Dexter3657

LOL you sent me blergamont and licorice in the last package you sent me – I thought that meant everything was fair game. ;))
(Also it’s really hard to find things that you HAVEN’T tried….)

Sil

haha everything IS fair game! it’s way more fun that way. :)

Dexter3657

Yep, you never know until you try it and I’ve been surprised on MANY occasions.

CelebriTEA

I am not crazy about yabao, but I will try anything labeled “tea” at least once…lol..

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76
drank Genmai Hojicha by Sara's Tea Caddie
4044 tasting notes

thanks for sharing this one with me dexter this one isn’t too shabby but like most genmaicha’s…it tastes like genmaicha to me. neither better, nor worse than any that i’ve had. So a cup i enjoyed drinking but nothing ZOMG MUST have, since i don’t have a lot of room for genmaicha in my cupboard…ok so i room for two. nina’s and verdant’s black one haha

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90
drank Pure Buds Black by Mandala Tea
4044 tasting notes

nom nom nom nom nom another one from dexter who is one of those awesome swapping tea friends. I hadn’t yet tried this from mandala so she sent me some to nom on. it’s deeeelicious! and also one of those teas that i just want to say YAYAYAYAYAYAY about. lol

scribbles

This is an awesome tea! My fingers are twitching to place an order for this.

Nicole

The list of wants from Mandala keeps growing. As soon as everything I want is in stock, my bank account is in trouble.

Dexter3657

Awesome glad you liked it. :))

Garret

Whenever I break open the crate of this tea to bag up for an order, I get excited. The smell of the dry leaf recreates in my mind all of the best things about my wood shop class in 8th grade. The sweet aroma that certain woods gave out when cut or planed makes me so very happy and this tea has the very best of those aromas in the dry leaf. I’m really happy that are enjoying it.

Garret

Hey Nicole! What have you been waiting for as far as out-of-stocks at our shop? Maybe I can help you with some ETA’s.

Sil

yum!

Nicole

Garret, I was trying to remember – maybe it was the Morning Sun or the Flowering Black Tea Cones? I tried getting to the site to check my wishlist and I can’t get it to come up today.

Nicole

Apparently I just hadn’t checked recently enough. Everything was in stock. And the bank account sighs… :)

Garret

Nicole! New teas are on the way to you, my friend. Wish I could deliver them myself and then sit down for a nice tea session :) Enjoy each of them. Thank you!

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