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drank Velours nacré by Dammann Freres
4034 tasting notes

mmmmm thank you missb! another almond flavoured tea that i quite like, though i’m not sure this surpasses the others from Damman freres that i love. Another smooth tea with a base that i enjoy. I don’t really get the blood orange taste that is supposedly in this one, so maybe thats why it seems similar to the other DF almond teas that i’ve had. However, still a pleasant tea :)

Edit: 163…whee!

Anna

Can’t I just give you my Dammann Frères teas, and you send me an equal amount of Lupicia teas? Everyone happy.

Terri HarpLady

She’ll probably do it, Anna!

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77
drank Ginger Vanilla by Assam Tea Company
4034 tasting notes

i asked missB to send me a couple to teas from the assam tea company as i’d never heard of them before and their website comes across as being quite extensive. This is one i would have picked up for myself so it was nice to receive. The dry aroma of this one is vanilla! and more vanilla! however, upon brewing the tea the ginger makes itself known. the taste of this tea is more like a sweet vanilla with a bit of something that cuts through it. It’s not the kind of ginger that i love – there’s a sweetness here that isn’t not the familiar spicy ginger i adore. However, it’s still a good blend. I’d be interested in seeing how this company does a straight vanilla black! overall a good first tea as an introduction to this company :) thanks missb!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

mmmmm, ginger vanilla… ;)

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drank L'Anniversaire by Fauchon
4034 tasting notes

another tea from MIssB I brewed this without looking at what i was getting into in terms of flavours because i wanted to to be surprised. It smells like a fruity mint….some essence of a black base there.

tasting the tea is like drinking a minty concoction that is tempered by a fruity background. I wouldn’t call it raspberry, though the fruit does sort of pop out at the end of the sip. Mostly though, this is a mint tea. It suits me just fine though as i do not count myself among the haters of mint ;) I for sure could get through a whole tin of this, though it wouldn’t be with any speed as mint is not always the first taste i want. Over all though, quite a nice tea even if it doesn’t remind me of any cake i’ve ever had :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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68
drank Ice Wine by Darlene's Teaport
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soooo i figured while i’m enjoying a puerh, i’d take the opportunity to have a few of the flavoured teas missB sent me as a contrast against the straight puerh deliciousness.

Dry this one smells like grapes…sweet grapes. As it brewed, the scent became more floral, which of course worried me. However, drinking this, there is not floral to be found. It’s not quite a grape tea…i suppose if you used your imagination a bit, this could be like a weak icewine. It’s not a bad little tea and certainly better than the last icewine tea that i tried. This one actually comes closer to feeling like an icewine. My only complaint? Darlene’s teas tend to have a bit of a film to them that rest on top of the water. Thanks for this one missb! i’ll enjoy this cup :)

Bonnie

When I first started Steepster 2 years ago, almost nobody drank puerh. Really. Amy Oh and I did..one other maybe. Then gradually people began to try and liked it. What an amazing turn of events!

Sil

i love puerh! i just don’t always have the time to really sit and enjoy it :)

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drank Golden Gong Ting - 2005 by Mandala Tea
4034 tasting notes

I’m sipping on this one over the course of the morning to give it a full run through of as many steepings as possible. Gracebtlb sent this my way and i’ve been looking forward to trying it.

First couple steeps have been earthy with a hint of almond.

Edit: as this progresses the tea is becoming slightly sweet. I’m not getting the cherry flavours that grace mentioned but i am really enjoying this.

(more to come later)

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77

thank you cavocorax for sending this one my way. I struggle with roasty oolongs. There’s something about SOME of them that i dislike, while others i love. I dislike the aroma from this one in dry form. However, as a brewed tea, the flavour that i don’t like in roasty oolong isn’t present. There’s an earthiness to this that is rather pleasant and if nothing else, this is a smooth brew.

Anna

Okay, I have a very ignorant question – how does a roasty oolong and a houjicha differ in taste?

Sil

i’ve only had a couple houjicha…and it’s terrible since my automatic response would be… roasty oolongs have that oolongy taste and houjicha doesn’t. lol not so helpful. i have consistently enjoyed the houjicha that i’ve had, while oolongs are hit and miss with me.

Hopefully someone else will have a better description than me lol

Anna

Haha, aww, Sil – thanks, though! You should just start calling it Eww-long.

Sil

i usually say it’s oo-wrong for me :) that being said there ARE a few oolongs that i’ve really enjoyed. so i haven’t crossed them off the list entirely :)

Anna

I won’t cross anything off the list until I’ve tried all the teas.

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81
drank Strawberry Oolong Tea by Teavivre
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While it’s well known that i’m not a huge fan of oolongs, this is one that i like a bunch. The strawberry cuts the oolongy taste out of the picture and makes it a refreshingly delicious cup of tea. It’s never something i’ll want all the time, but i for sure want this in my cupboard every now and then. I love that the strawberry isn’t overwhelmingly present and it’s not the least bit artificial. great tea teavivre!

boychik

i like it iced

Sil

i’ll have to try that!

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sipdown! another tasty tea for this morning. I suspect the afternoon will be busy so i want to make sure i get a bunch of liquid in me before that happens. That way i can always toss some water in front of myself if it’s busy as it’s a bit more no fuss than tea haha. I like this one, but it’s not a restock for me. Maybe an occasional purchase as a sample just to rotate it through my cupboard but it just doesn’t wow me like some of the other teas i have. Nothing wrong with it – it’s delicious and i enjoy every last drop that i have but it’s just not a staple :)

TheTeaFairy

Know what you mean. A tea can be absolutely delicious, but doesn’t mean it has what I call the PCF (Permanent Collection Factor ).

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75

pulled this one out this morning for a nice first start to the day. Working from home again, and likely tomorrow just to make sure i don’t over exert myself and land up even more sick. I love the blending of the teas in this one, though likely not a restock since i can just pick up the individual teas :)

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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sipdown! (169) not too shabby for being sick, not concentrating on sipdowns and having awesome tea friends make my cupboard explode on the day before the end of the year. lol 30 more days to see if i can get down at 150 just for fun!

This was another tea from the lovely missB I’m not a huge fan of eggnog – something about the texture makes me NOT want anything to do with it. But i DO like creamy, delicious vanilla type flavours – which this most certainly is. I haven’t had eggnog in years, so i have no clue how close to eggnog taste this is…but it’s what i want eggnog to be like – creamy and delicious with no funny weird textures :) thanks for sending this my way missB! I quite like it, and it’s not necessarily something i’d have picked myself :)

Edit: i Started the year having tried 1398 teas since i joined steepster…total as of the end of today 6 new ones! (1404) Let’s see if i can make it another few hundred by 2015 haha

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
Lala

OK so when I read this I thought you were saying you had 1398 teas is your cupboard. Ha ha. You’re doing good if you down to 169 now. Ha ha.

MissB

Oh gosh. See, this is why I ask if you have dislikes, so I can avoid that kinda stuff. Although… it seems this was a good choice after all! :)

Sil

No way missB! I like trying things…..even if I don’t like something ill still try it. Eggnog I don’t like because of he the texture…the flavour has always been something I could get behind.

Sil

Also lala….if my cupboard was that big I’d have a heart attack….300+ was too much for me haha

Terri HarpLady

Yay for trying so many teas!!! Go girl!
I’m in the process of re-organizing my stash. Once I get it all in order, I’ll do a count. I’m guessing 300+, hahaha

TheTeaFairy

You all make me want to reorganize my stash…My steepster cupboard is so not up to date! I lost control about a year ago when I went over the 300 mark. (Terri I do sympathize!) then, after getting rid of more than half of it (gifts and gifts and more gifts and not ordering for 6 months) made it a lot more manageable. But after a slip through black friday, I feel a little out of control again :-0

Sil

I force myself to keep it organised at least in terms of steepster having the teas that are in my cupboard. It’s a fast way to see if my numbers are creeping up and makes sure i know whats there if i forget something

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