5107 Tasting Notes

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There is something about this tea that reminds me of “red rose.” I picked this one up on a whim when i was in Chicago just to see how one of their assams might taste. The instructions say 5mins brewing, but i have yet to try this @ 5 mins. I can’t imagine how this would taste at 5 mins. At 3 it’s a little strong and edging towards bitter. I’ll be sharing this with a few people though just to see if maybe there will be love for this one at someone else’s hands.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Boisabbasabii from Teagwwwweerccderrr … Sigh, reminds me of our beloved Sweden chef for some reason… is she ok?

Sil

She is! She was lurking on FB with us a day or so Ago :)

TheTeaFairy

Ok, Say hi from me :-)

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91

I won’t finish this up for July 1 but I am only 1 or 2 more sessions away from a sipdown with this one – the oldest tea in my cupboard (oct 2013) ignoring puerhs heh. I am a fan of this one and it’s because of teas like this and others that i’ll continue to pick up teas from TTC to try out. :)

whatshesaid

Tea from the future!! ;)

Sil

Shush you lol

Cavocorax

Holy moley – Oct is your oldest teas? I’m jealous! I have my 3 Justea tins to drink from August, and a bit of matcha from September before I even worry about Black Friday sipdowns!

Wooo! congrats!

Sil

there wil be a final update this morning on my goals once i get 5 mins to make some tea hahaha

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86

SIPDOWN! i feel like i get to celebrate when it’s not a sample sipdown because man i have soooo many of those lol. Last day to try and hit my goal, which i won’t but at least my fake cupboard will be pretty close :) I have stuck myself on buying hiatus after today until i get back on track from all our house puchases (paint, couch, chair) and until my cupboard goal is met. Soooo if i’m going to splurge, today is the day hahaha.

This was from Terri, and there’s not much else to say about it that hasn’t been said already. Really like this one – the honey, malty notes in it are neat and it’s a good cup of smooth tea. :)

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Tea and Card travelling teabox

I wanted to revisit this one as i had it way back when i was first really trying to figure out what i liked and what i didn’t. Dropping the rating on this a few points because after trying so many varieties of black teas in the past year (or two) this one lacks the bolder flavour that i like. This is nice, it’s got a little astringency to it that i don’t mind and overall it’s not a bad cup, i’ve just had better than i love more :)

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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
5107 tasting notes

oh man… cold brewed this today and i am in love. I’m going to have to make more of this for tomorrow when we’re trying to run around and paint and such. Really just a great blend. I’m glad that i was introduced to this blend and then able to purchase more :) mmmmm honey dew…. so much love for this tea.

Final Count: 169 [ Fake Cupboard at 109 teas with 60 Samples]

mj

Painting walls is so fun except for the edges, which are TORTURE lol

OMGsrsly

Get one of these! I used one recently, and WOW it did such a great job. I think it was $5 at home depot, and we washed it and dried it between paint colours instead of using new fuzzy bits.
http://www.amazon.com/Shur-Line-500-Premium-Paint-Edger/dp/B0001MQI9E

mj

Why did I not know that existed?? I just used a regular paint brush and was painting the bathroom. So. Many. Edges. That looks like it would work so much better!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, we had one of those, and 3 people with paint brushes. Ended up that I used that for ALL the edging for ALL the rooms, and other people rollered. :)

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another tea this evening – verdict is that i like this more hot than cold. There’s still not enough ginger in this for my liking, but the pear flavour isn’t half bad. Maybe they should just call this pear tea :) Another green rooibos blend which i can get behind, though i don’t mind red rooibos :)

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Cards and Tea travelling teabox

I pulled this one out because i have no chamomile teas in my cupboard at the moment. I was also intrigued by the use of the world “honey” since i typically add honey to my sleepytime teas :) this smells like honey upon brewing it, and the first sips are distinctively chamomile and honey. I like that this is also green rooibos and not red. this was nice to try, though i think if it was a regular in my cupboard, i’d drink it with just a little lemon added to really get that honey, lemon flavour out of it :)

gmathis

You’ve been sipping on some of my favorite bagged teas. I was surprised at how much I liked this one.

Sil

heh this one wasn’t bagged unless someone went to the trouble of opening bags and putting them in a plastic bag haha

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86

I’m trying to decide whether to bite the bullet and order from Mandala again this weekend. I REALLY don’t have a lot of money to burn these days and i have lots of puerh sitting in my cupboard that needs to be drunk up, but it’s SUCH a good sale. In an effort to convince myself NOT to buy more tea lol I figured i should try this one as Garrett passed it along as a sample in my most recent order.

I’ve been drinking a few steeps of this while i pray for the house to cool down. It’s going to be necessary to cool off under a hose or in the shower soon at this rate! Note, that my gaiwan is still packed up, so i’ve been steeping this psuedo gongfu style using short steeps but in my brew basket heh.

This is a young puerh. I feel like the tastes aren’t quiet fully formed, but there is the hint of what’s to come as this ages. This is, as i’ve come to expect from Mandala, a smooth brew. it’s not an earthy puerh – there are echoes of cedar? leather? Not sure…clearly i’ve been neglecting my puerh for too long and i’ve forgotten what sort of tastes are there lol On the whole though, I am looking forward to possibly ordering some of this and letting is sit for a while. I think it’ll be a really nice blend in the future.

TeaBrat

I feel that I already have enough puerh to last for the rest of my life… lol

Sarsonator

I couldn’t resist and ordered 4 oz. Some for now, some for later!

TheTeaFairy

I loved this one…so smooth.

Cavocorax

I grabbed 1 oz bc it was so cheap it was basically a sample!

Sil

Glad you did cavo. Was going to give you the other half of my sample but I owe Terri some NOT FLAVOURED tea lol

Cavocorax

Haha. So we all win?

boychik

I want to order too. The sale is fabulous. And I’m thinking if I should add some cakes as well. I liked Autumn Song a lot. Temple Staires is nice but too mellow for me. I need a punch in a face…

Stephanie

Argh someone stop me from ordering! Such a good deal….

boychik

Sorry Steph, I need help myself. I also have a coupon fr them on reg price until 7/15 so I need to decide right now what else to get in one order. I’m trying now 2010 nun jian golden buds sample fr Mandala. It is so good…

Sil

i’m hoping the sale will be over before i get 5 mins to look at it again heh

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drank Wedding Tea by Harney & Sons
5107 tasting notes

VariaTEA sent this one my way and i figured since i had the lemon macaron, i could try this one in a continuation of the lemon theme. While i am a fan of the lemon + vanilla, there isn’t enough PUNCH in this tea to really have me loving it. It was really nice to drink though, and i’m happy to have tried it – gotta try all the teas!

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drank Lemon French Macaron by Butiki Teas
5107 tasting notes

Almost a sipdown! and another tea from this afternoon as i needed things that were a little lighter and more refreshing. I quite like this one, though i’d be hard pressed to find the pastry in this one. instead it’s just a really nice lemon tea for me, which suits me fine, though isn’t quite what the name claims :) However as i really like this one, i’m not complaining. Smooth, delicate lemon flavour that blends really nicely with the tea. One of the few teas that i have on the non black side of things that i find really flavourful and enjoyable :)

Marzipan

I saw a tea recently that had little mini meringues in it, I bet if there were a few of those in here it would totally taste like a macaron.

Cavocorax

I’m drinking this right now! It’s so nice and light.

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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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