4830 Tasting Notes

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drank Fresh Bamboo Mint by Steam Tea House
4830 tasting notes

huh. courtney sent this one my way and as a brand new tea! i figured it was worth the pleasure of being tasting note 4200…which isn’t meant so much as a brag, because we all use steepster differently, but more of a way of checking in with myself on how my tea journey is progressing. It will be interesting to see where i land at my steepsterversary in a few months :) I’ve logged nearly 1800 different teas tried, so i figure i’m a little up on that since there are teas that remain unlogged i’m sure.

This tea? A pleasant surprise from courtney and one that i quite like. I’m not generally a fan of green teas, but this one works for me. It’s not really what i’d call a mint tea….strawberry and fruity yes…but the mint (i assume it’s there..) is seriously muted. I feel like the mint is there, because of the way the strawberry is coming through, but i don’t really feel like there’s enough there for me to call this a mint tea. There’s strawberry and orange and bamboo…and a hint of what i’m guessing is the mint. Overall, i really like this! thanks courtney!

Cavocorax

Wow. Just… wow! :DI wish I had the dedication to log as many teas as you do, but I just have days where I’m like, enh, they’ve read my thoughts on this before, I’m not gonna bother.. Congrats!

Sil

i think it’s mostly because i find it relaxing. it’s not dealing with morons, or fussing with politically correct language…or trying to guess how person z will take something…and all the other bullcrap out there… it’s just hanging out with all the cool tea people, having a good time!

TheTeaFairy

woohoo, that’s a whole lotta notes!!!

Courtney

When I find a tea you haven’t tried I feel like the Tea Master. Also, I completely agree with the mint, and I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

Sil

LOL we still need to swap for steam/bayswater teas courtney so you can try anything you didn’t pick up, that i did…if there are any that is. if not, well that’s cool lol

Sil

OH also have you tried this cold brewed yet C?

Courtney

I haven’t yet. I may put that one in the fridge right now.

mj

I feel the same way about steepster, Sil. I’m new but so far, everyone’s so nice! Probably the nicest bunch of people on the internet.

gmathis

This one sounds refreshing! And ditto. People play nice here. We love that.

boychik

It is very impressive. 4200 congrats!!! I’ve been to diff forums. Steepster is the nicest. I abandoned them. I hate when ppl criticize and pick on each other.

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sipdown! I finished up the last of this today, as i’m still trying my best to get things drunk up before my second cupboard explosion of the year happens. I’ve got plenty of things that are a cup or two away from being finished so i just need to take the time to drink them! :) I still really enjoy this offering from TTC – juicy and fresh and sweet and just a good time in my cup!

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drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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MORNING TEA! i forgot to add a bit of maple today but of course this was still delicious and still ALL MINE! mwahahahahahaha…yeah so i love this tea, and i’m glad i still love it! so there! neener, neener!

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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this was my morning’s “flavoured” tea..though admittedly i DID add a bit of zhu rong to this particular cup, as i find the licorice root at the end of the bag is just too cloyingly sweet if i don’t add a little more something to the blend. This one is nearly done and while satisfying, it wasn’t nearly as amazing as the very first time i had this thanks to my tea sister terri.

(also, be prepared for this sort of thing sprinkled in all my notes for a while..I AM MOVING! SO…. anyone who has swapped with me in the past, i will have a new address soonish so don’t send me anything lol We’ll forward mail but i don’t want to risk anything getting returned!)

Cavocorax

No more surprise teas! :O I am disappoit. How am I supposed to explode your cupboard now?

Sil

not to self. don’t tell cavo where i am moving. don’t let her help. don’t put return address on random packages.

Suziqzer

I’m sure even if you try to avoid it, she’ll find a way tiger your address… Just for te fun of exploding that cabinet even more unexpectedly !

Suziqzer

“to get”. Crazy auto correct.

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…feeling guilty for not working on sipdown tonight, i went with at least one of the teas that i want to work on getting through by July 1st. I’m still hoping that i can work through that part of my goal, even if i’m not likely to meet my cupboard size goal with all the swaps and purchases coming in the next little while. I still really like this one, especially as it’s a decent rooibos option for when i want something a little less black :)

Final Count: 129 (though there are like 6 swaps inbound, the BBB and 4 orders lol)

Terri HarpLady

No Guilt!!!

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
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mmmmm a tasty cup of this one tonight even though i should be workin on sipdowns. lol I really just wanted to have this one again, so i did. ha! For whatever reason, this one seems to do the trick for me, but i couldn’t tell you why. I’m just glad i tried it in store and picked it up :)

Marzipan

I’m so excited, we are going to Chicago in a couple of weeks and their store is near the hotel.

TheTeaFairy

Marzipan, you know you’re addicted to tea when…you book your hotel ONLY if it’s near a tea shop :-)

Marzipan

It was the first thing I looked up!

Suziqzer

Oh! I didn’t know there was a TeaGschwender in Chicago! I haven’t looked too much into what is there because I’m sure it will be a long time before I get to go back there. I will be looking at all the possibilities if/when I do get to go back!

Have fun Marzipan!

Terri HarpLady

So now I have 2 tea shops to visit next time I’m in Chicago: this one & Tribute Tea!

Marzipan

They had some others, David’s, Argo, Teavana, adagio, but Gsch is the one I am excited about.

Sil

marzipan – nice thing was they let me buy 50g when i was @ that location (i bought my tea in chicago) Also…if you’re close to TeaG…you’re close to adagio…which if you’re in to fandom blends, they did actually have some of the sets in the store when i was there…

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
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mmmmm another tea from our shared order that i had apres our bike ride. This is a deliciously wonderful lemon tea. Seriously..it’s fantastic. What i’m missing though? Are the actual pastry notes. It might be because i didn’t have a lot of almond slivers in this cup, so i’ll see how the next cup fares. That being said.. yes please. i love this one!

Cheri

I think the almonds really help the cookie feel. My first mug tasted really cookie, but it had a lot of almonds in it. My second mug was delicious, but not so much cookie, and I don’t recall it having nearly as much almond in it. Either way, it was outstanding.

QueenOfTarts

It IS a fantastic lemon tea, but I wish that I could pick up on the pastry bit, too..

VariaTEA

How does this compare to L’Hiver?

Sil

Two totally different tea IMO. Where l’hiver is a creamy lemon…this is more of a tart lemon…and the base teas are very different. If the almond helps with the cookie part, then for sure just all around different teas. If hath at helps?

VariaTEA

Good to know. Thanks Sil :)

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drank Madras Spice by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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missB sent this one my way and i decided to try it out earlier today. We biked 45KM today and stupid me forgot to put sunscreen on, so my arms are a little burned. It means i haven’t really been in the mood for tea since we got back, but since i have work to do tonight before bed, i wanted to get a few more cups in before i have ice cream and liquor lol

This is a decent enough chai…still not going to beat out my favourite but the notes in this one are closer to what i tend to like in a chai. Thanks so much for sharing missb!

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drank Dinjoye Estate Assam by Butiki Teas
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mmmm delicious malty, tasty tea while doing dishes lol. I am quite teh fan of this one from stacy and it will likely have a permanent place in my cupboard unless some of the new teas we ordered are more to my liking :)

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