7739 Tasting Notes

drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
7739 tasting notes

Tea guy tea from dexter Jin Jun Mei.

this version of jin jun mei is….different than verdant’s by a lot. It’s smooth and tastes a little like sweet potato…there’s an almost peppery note here that disappears as it cools. I think i prefer the verdant version, but this is still really neat and enjoyable. Glad i have a little more to drink :)

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drank Jin Jun Mei (2015) by Verdant Tea
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noms. Figured i’d pull this one out of my cupboard since i have a jin jun mei from Dexter to try as well. I like comparing jin jun mei’s since i tend to have weird experiences with them lol. I am a fan of this particular one. It’s got that malty, cocoa, sweet potato taste. yep. I’m a fan of this year’s version of this tea.

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drank Pumpkin Irish Cream by Butiki Teas
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Not sure why i don’t drink this one more often. I think it might be the smell, which is really strong, but when brewed doesn’t translate the same way. So when i brew it, i always rather enjoy it. lol. It hasn’t lost it’s flavouring yet so i should work on finishing this up in the near future. I’m nto sure that i’d call this irish cream, but it is a creamier sort of pumpkin…and with the puerh base, i’m a fan :)

Terri HarpLady

I missed out on this one

Sil

do you want me to add some to your new box?

Terri HarpLady

Sure! Maybe double wrap it, lol

Sil

i have a couple bags left that are the foil ziploc ones :)

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drank Golden Monkey by Hediard
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Rental dog leaves tonight but i’m organising my cupboard and tea packages to go out anyway. ie. packing up all the tea that friends are getting and THEN i will re-weigh my cupboard to see where i’m starting 2016 at. I still love this one, and i’m ever so glad that NofarS shared it with terri who shared it with me so that i could buy some in Paris this year. While it’s been a while since i swapped with folks – i really do enjoy swapping. I’ll have to think about starting that again in 2016.

Fjellrev

Weighing is a smart idea. Even though my number is a lot lower than last year, I’m sure I still have way more tea weight-wise. Ugh.

Sil

yeah dexter and omgsrsly made me start doing it – since logically it makes a little more sense than number of teas..

OMGsrsly

“Made”. Hmph.

Fjellrev

Haha, well, you are known for holding people at watergun point.

I’ve been meaning to do the whole weighing thing for so long but I’m just so lazy.

Evol Ving Ness

What now, I need to buy a scale now? What kind of a scale are you using? And now are you dealing with packaging in terms of weight?

Sil

haha i have a kitchen scale that i’ll use to see where a tea is at. so 100g team package after i drink some will be less.

Sil

spreadheet just sums the total for me.. should have it updated tomorrow

Evol Ving Ness

wow. My harmless hobby is now turning into expensive science and math and composition projects. Fab.

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you for indulging me with all of my questions.

Sil

for me it’s just fun. Fun to track things like how many tasting notes i have, which teas i’ve had the most often and if they’re actually my favourites….how heavy my cupboard is, how many teas i have (especially since that one time it was way out of control at 350+)

Evol Ving Ness

It should be fun. I completely get that.

And 350, omglol.

Sil

350 plus… i was….uh overwhelming to say the least.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t got up the nerve to weigh my stash…I’m afraid it will be a rude awaking :)

Terri HarpLady

Are we ready to relaunch our BBBB, dear tea sister?

Sil

maybe wait until you get my box first terri lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, you should email me your spreadsheet so that when I fill your box(es), I won’t duplicate anything you already have…heheh

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I neglected to do this Jan 1, so today its here while i drink an unlabelled sample from someone at work.

Final Count of 2015: 148 (goal was 50 hahaha)
2015 I tried 514 new teas, bringing my total up to 2730 teas tried (roughly) since i joined steepster. That’s less than previous years which i think leads me to believe that i might finally be figuring out what i like/want :)

Nicole

Good grief. That’s a lot of teas tasted!

Sil

actual count is higher given that i’ve had teas not logged…but it’s fun to think about.

Evol Ving Ness

Wow. Iron kidneys indeed.

Are you actually drinking cups of these teas? Or sampling and pouring the rest into a nearby potted plant?

Also, are you keeping excel charts of your tea progress? Or how to you keep order on all this information?

Evol Ving Ness

And how do you keep track of all the teas you currently have on hand? So many questions.

Sil

hahahaha
1) i’m always drinking the teas unless they’re just too terrible to drink, then it’s sample and toss – not may teas are jsut not drinkable for me
2) tea count, i just use steepster tea ratings – it’ tracks unique teas i’ve tried it’s not 100% accurate but close enough. Each year i just go back in my notes and find last years total and subtract it from this years for the difference
3) i use steepster cupboard for # of teas and i have a spreadsheet that has all my teas, when i purchased them (so i drink old stuff first); quantity of the tea, whether i’d reorder it etc.

VariaTEA

I think I may restart my spreadsheet again to help restart my love of tea. Maybe if I see how much I have (and how old some of it is), I may be more inclined to drink it. That will be one of my projects when I get home again.

Also, you may have missed your mark a bit but I would blame Paris and all the sneaky tea surprises you got do recently. So, it’s not your fault lol.

Sil

@variatea….total first world problems. i went to paris and poor me didn’t make my sipdown goal as a result lol hope you figure out your tea when you get home – if you need some new things to try to spark your taste buds, feel free to come shop at my place

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you. This will take me a while to mull over.

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Pulled this one out again today after a long hike in the woods with rental dog and other half. Sadly, i’m not getting the depth of flavour that others are, even though it’s still an enjoyable cup. I’m hoping the second steeping will open things up and make for a tasty treat.

Final Count: 144

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drank Nostalgia by Liquid Proust Teas
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dexter sent this one m way and sadly it falls flat. I followed suggested steeping times and all i’m getting is a sort of black blend. there’s no vanilla or cocoa…just black and oolong hanging out doing weird things together. Oh well, happy i got a chance to try this one a couple times – just couldn’t make it work. thanks for the share dexter! appreciate it!

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Finished this one off this morning. Pretty much the only day off over the past 2 weeks that both me and the other half have been off together with no obligations (christmas was the other day but we had friends and gaming to get off to). So we had a lazy morning, made waffles and bacon, OJ and coffee/tea and just enjoyed the morning. Now it’s off to take rental dog for a very long hike to tire him out. He’s going home tomorrow night so we’re going to get him good and energised for his return home…which means kill him today, let him sleep more tomorrow and by nightfall he’ll be full of energy bwahahahahaha. yeah we’re mean :) Sorry to see this one go, may need to pick up more in uh 2017.

OMGsrsly

GASP. That is mean! Poor rental dog’s people.

Fjellrev

Solid plan, guys.

Sil

ollie loved it… hes passed out on the kitcheb floor now

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drank Pumpkin Ginger Spice by Traveling Tea
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probably the last tea of the year since i’m finding myself more thirsty for water at the moment than anything. Figured i should pull out one of my old favourites in an effort to get closer to a sipdown with one of them instead of hoarding it. Still love this one…ginger and bits of real pumpkin! what’s not to love? now to settle in with a little tv before bed with my other half and rental dog. yay for quiet evenings in for new years.

Final Count:146

Dexter

146 is pretty awesome!!!

Fjellrev

Sounds uber tasty, and I’m uber impressed by your iron kidneys. You’re sure paring down that number.

Nicole

I swear, if I ever get a dog, I’m gonna have to seriously consider calling it Rental Dog.

Evol Ving Ness

Iron kidneys. :)

Sil

you guys are funny. :)

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drank Citrus Grove by Tealish
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sipdown! pretty proud of myself for getting this far down from my mini cupboard explosion without getting another weekend in to drink tea. Gives me hope for my tea weigh in that i’m hoping i can do this weekend -ESPECIALLY if rental dog goes home a day early! enjoyed this one from missb and omgsrsly though not enough to kee it in my cupboard. would be nice to revisit from time to time though :)

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