4726 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
4726 tasting notes

soooo i’ve had that awful song by uh… those girls… stuck in my head all day… “i don’t caaaare…….. i love it!” irritating at best. Work is killing me, i never see my other half except for scarfing down food when i get home late…and uh i’m still behind in catching up with the FIVE projects that got put on me when someone else “quit.” On the plus side i have about 3 more weeks to try and get caught up before anyone notices that I haven’t got a sweet mother loving clue what’s going on haha. In between that i’m also apparently the one who is responsible for all customer facing presentations, being the go to person for all other areas we work with, and they put me in charge of all “migrations” for the year…while also being on other ppl’s projects and being the us and canada sales and marketing person and the small business segment lead…

anyone wanna talk banking? no really..if you’re in the chicago area…looking for a job…pm me…have i got a deal for you! giggling

sooo anyway…on days like today, before days like tomorrow, i need good tea. So today i pulled out this one..i’m on my last few cups and it’s scary…. it was exactly what i needed this morning when the subway decided it was not having anything of getting me to work on time..which meant of course i missed out on my hour of productivity before people come in to the office lol. GOOD TIMES!….

…but i don’t caaaare..i love it!

Christina

Aw, too bad that job isn’t in Toronto. I’ve worked with banks doing content mgmt stuff.

yyz

Sil,I certainly hope that they appreciate you! I have had jobs with really crazy work hours and commitments, but at least I would usually have a month or two to sleep it off during shoulder season. Hope that the staffing situation improves and you get some time to yourself soon.

Sil

oh man….a month off… that would be amaaazing!

Christina…If i could moev to chicago and give you my position here i would hahaha

Kaylee

Huh. For some reason I thought you were a computer programmer.

Hope the workload lightens up soon!

Sil

Haha it’s ok kaylee…im on he the business side of things but I work a lot with technology…and have to participate in technology implementations and do testing and stuff so not weird you thought that :)

TheTeaFairy

Somehow, I can so relate to your job situation, lol. Hope things go back to normal for you soon, (whatever normal means…I know for me, normal isn’t normal at all!!!)

whatshesaid

Ohhhh I like what you did there, ending with that song you mentioned at the start of your review….clever ;)

Sil

haha more like spazzy – what she said :)

teafairy…someday. and as much as i complain, i’m also one of those people that THRIVES on crazy insanity…sooo it’s sometimes fun too especially when you kick ass, take names, and get shit done that other ppl couldn’t!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, no wonder we both work in the banking industry!!

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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nomity, nom nom…had a cup of this tonight and i am sooo happy with the dark, deep, roasty, caramel, delicious notes that it’s ALMOST enough to make up for the extended week i’m going to have, as if last week wasn’t bad enough…RELEASE WEEKEND! woot woot! incoming full day saturday of “suck.” and 4 more days to “enjoy” before we get there lol. good times!

Amariel

These orzo teas have me intrigued…

Cavocorax

Release weekend? :O You need to head back to BC and hide!

Sil

yeah… last one for a bit until July…but it’s going to be a long one. Plus testing tonight, and trying to catch up on things so i’m organised. 18+ hrs last week in OT….this week will be closer to 25 wheeeeeeeee!

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jump62359 sent this one my way and to be honest, i wasn’t sure what to expect. I brewed this one up tonight because gosh darnit, i’m having at least ONE cup of tea after i get home from work if it kills me…otherwise there’s no way i’m going to make my May goal! This one tastes sort of generically bland. If i concentrate hard i can sense that there is both oolong and puerh in here, but as far as flavour goes…it’s mostly “tea” flavoured. that being said, maybe that’s what grumy wizards are made of. On the whole, an average cup of tea. Glad i’ve tried it but no need to order :)

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drank Flowery Pineapple Oolong by Butiki Teas
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i wanted something light and delicious to go with my other teas today so i picked this one! I think i’m also subconsciously trying to work my way through the last of my Butiki teas (i say that like i only have a couple….NOT) before i place a wee small order with Cavo and Variatea…. i brewed this up this morning, and had the pineapple chunks for breakfast…so there. i still love this one…pineapple flavouring spot on.

Kaylee

I have a fantasy of getting through my Butiki teas so I can order more, but most of them hold up to at least 3 steeps so it takes forever to finish off a bag. (This is a fantastically non-problem problem)

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i feel like an addict…i had to have this again…and i just had it yesterday..but it’s SO TASTY! seriously…it’s like delicious chocolatey goodness…i just want cavo and variatea to come visit and have some… (and others, but in reality those two are the closest…oh and yyz…and nxtdoor…and… so anyway..you get the picture.. WANT TO SHARE!..but share in that let’s drink this together so i can oogle your oogling sort of way. ) that’s a thing. true story.

sooooo yeah. I have to make sure i save some to share with with the BBB in case i don’t have time to place an order but maaaan i just want to drink more! MORE!

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I finally got around to being able to drink this one from the last round of the BBB! I am a fan! I’m actually really glad that Terri has Yunnan sourcing figured out since i barely have time to explore new companies lately. Of course that means i want the box to take a really long time to get to me so i have time to figure out what i’m putting in it! lol This tea is pretty tasty…there’s a little bit of maltiness with a side of chocolate, but mildly so…it’s not in your face. The brew is smooth and i love the little snail like leaves :) but that’s just me haha thanks terr!

Terri HarpLady

Glad you like it! The BBBBox arrived today! You & TastyBrew did a good job of loading it up, & TB really piled on the Grab Bag Teas. I think I want to keep them all, but I’ll probably split them with you, hahaha!

Terri HarpLady

Oh, & I still haven’t placed that new YS order yet, but some people downloaded some of my CDs lately, so I have Playpal money to burn :)

Sil

Woohohoo!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll hang on to the BBBBox for awhile. I gotta get through my sipdown extravaganza, & figure out what I haven’t sent to you girls yet.

Sil

oh goodie :) that makes me happy. i have a ton of things to do..and i’m sadly nowhere near finishing up last rounds teas!

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CharlotteZero sent this one my way. ….and let me tell you about how this was my favourite cup of tea today. Seriously. This had ZERO smoke in it, which was a little disappointing in my books, but then the caramel, chocolatey DECLICIOUSNESS hit me and i was log zomg, must drink…and then the cup was all done and i was boiling water to make a second cup. Seriously….this could probably rival my love for LB. Also…it’s slightly more expensive but it makes me sad i never got to this shop when i was in San Fran. I think even courtney would like this one… no smoke! I have a sneaking suspicion that there will be an aroma tea order in my future.. ..maybe this one can join the BBB Box as my tea next round if i get some. :)

Final Count: 150 which is the suck as i wanted at least 5 more sipdowns this weekend but that just means more tea drinking should be had this week! :) Still aiming for 130 by the end of next weekend, though i think that’s highly unlikely at this point so maaaybe 140 would be more doable lol.

Terri HarpLady

not smoky? is it more like the Zheng Shan xiao zhong from YS that we loved so much? (also not smokey)

Sil

it’s more like the YS one…though this one seemed stupidly chocolatey…like that first time i ever had LB. I’ll add some to your box or the BB from the samples that CZ sent me as i’ve got enough…but i suspect i’ll be purchasing some of this at some point. i really loved it.

yyz

I love these versions of LS. I still want to find the one I had that tasted like a chocolate, caramel oolong.

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drank Yume by Lupicia
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jump62359 sent this one my way…. I actually thought this would be one that i would really not like…because flowers? rosebuds? uuuhhhhhhhh floral? blaaah! However, i’m pleased to say that this is not one of those overpowering floral teas of doom that make me sneeze and want it AWAY! Admittedly though, i did pull the couple of rose buds OUT of my tea before brewing heh. Instead this is a slightly sweet, vanilla like tea with a hint of rose. It’s not super floral but it is distinctly “rose.” This is the sort of tea that i would serve to someone i was trying to convince that flowers in teas are not all bad lol. On the whole, it will never be a favourite of mine given my preferences, but i could drink a whole cup..or two..and did :) thanks for making me stretch jump62359!

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This is another tea that charlotteZero sent my way, that haven’t had a moment to drink. On the whole, this is a nice roasty sort of oolong. I can see why it might be an enjoyable cup of tea for those that enjoy that sort of oolong. I of course, had it in my head that this was a black tea when i brewed it, and so it was mostly a lot of aaaaaah! ZOMG oolong! aaaaah. once i adjusted my thinking, it was a nice enough cup of tea, though obviously, not my favourite given the oolongy-ness of this one. It might be one for Terri though… ponders

Terri HarpLady

I’ve got my eyes on you!
(although yeah, I’d probably love it ;)

Sil

Theres enough left for a sil sized cup so I’ll add it to your box/BBB extras. I know I haven’t sent enough unflavoured your way recently.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I’m pretty overwhelmed with that last box of mostly Adagio fan-teas :)

Sil

Lol you said you wanted to try them! And I only gave you half of the them LOL

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drank Ripe Mango Oolong by Lupicia
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blech. this is NOT a tea for making iced if you don’t like “oolong” taste. i thought i’d try it out since i was enjoying the mango flavouring and the sorts of reminding flavour of melon. turns out, that just makes it not so much drinkable for me, since i’m not a fan of that green oolong sort of taste. But at least this way i know lol

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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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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