4923 Tasting Notes

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drank The au Chocolat by Lupicia
4923 tasting notes

Another tea from this morning…bought myself a little time before having to head in for work, so i’m enjoying the ability to have a few more cups of good tea before i’m stuck with just my travel mugs and anything i can make between testing. :) i quite enjoy this one, though it’s not as delicious as my mousse au chocolat. but where that one is a blissfully delicious dark chocolate, this one is closer to a milk chocolate for me. :)

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drank English Caramel by Lupicia
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Going to have to play with this one a little. It’s not a bad tea but it’s a little bitter and not as creamy caramel like that i want in a caramel tea. I’ll see what i can do though as i play with this a little more.

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mmmm thanks for sharing this one with us Terri! I’m trying to kick my morning off right and get in a few delicious cups of tea before i’m stuck with trying to find a few mins tonight to brew up more. I’m onsite at work from 10am to 5am so i need my good tea vibes. While i’ve enjoyed this one a bunch, i’m not sure it’s something i need to keep in stock in my cupboard. there are a few other from YS that i’ve enjoyed a lot more via my tea sister. that being said, this is still a really enjoyable cup of tea!

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drank Queen Anne by Fortnum & Mason
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farewell queen anne! Likely never to return to my cupboard since, while you’re a decent enough queen, you’re not amazing enough to reign for long in my cupboard :)

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Needed something simple to finish the evening off with and figured this would be a good one. I’ve got to get to sleep soon as tomorrow is going to be the start of some serious suckage. Release weekend means 10am to 5am working, which means up earlier than that to get ready/have tea and then home later than that…since we never ever ever make it within the time we plan for. Soooo there goes my weekend. On the upside? I can spend some time working on crap i haven’t had time to do..like my mid year review lol. Downside? grumpy sil with not enough sleep tomorrow haha.

FInal Count: 145 ( 22 days to drink 30 + 15 teas….ignoring the fact that a few ppl have teas that they plan on giving me… haha)

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thanks again for sharing these MF teas with me CharlotteZero I had a really enjoyable time drinking and sampling the non Mousse au Chocolat ones. It’s still my favourite, but these were very much an enjoyable journey through some of MF’s other flavours. If they weren’t sold as part of these tins dealio’s, there would be more of these in my cupboard!

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I have a few more packets of these that i should enjoy and love! I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, and i have other teavivre teas to drink first lol (i know first world problems, right?) lol I haven’t had this one in a while so it was a refreshing reminder of why i love these. rich, dark and malty – soooo good.

looseTman

“I am trying to hold off opening my large bag of keemun from teavivre since when that’s open, i tend to gravitate to drinking that first, …”

I know exactly what you mean! What times of the year do they typically have their most significant sales other than Black Friday / Cyber Monday?

Amariel

This is one I really like. It was one of the first I ever had.

Sil

looseTman – not sure, i don’t track teavivrew sales as much as other companies since i’m comfortable buying from them at regular prices

boychik

It’s July. Their Anniversary . I think deals were even better than BF

Sil

there you go… butiki and teavivre seem to line up then haha does not bode well for my wallet!

looseTman

Thanks Sil & boychik! I missed the Cyber Monday sales. I was out of town assisting with my elderly father’s medical needs. Suddenly, July is such an excellent month!

Boychik, How about: Hugo, Joseph Wesley Black, Mandala, Shang, The Tao of Tea, Yunnan Sourcing, Zhi?

boychik

Hugo , I haven’t noticed any deals. I asked Tyler. His response was their teas already priced lower than it should be. I was really hoping for Mother’s Day promo, even free ship. I don’t want to spend $40 to get it
YS just recently had it. First on black, white, green 12% off. The. It was ripe puerh. I always post it or sansnipple under Miscel. Sales thread. Follow them on FB and Twitter. You will know first
Mandala has sales fr time to time. I love Mandala puerh.
Joseph Wesley I got on NYC tea Fest so I dunno. He gave me very good deal I didn’t even asked. I read somewhere you can call them up and ask if they can give you discount. I suggest to try samples first. I may like something you don’t ;)
Shang tea is exceptionally good. I only didn’t like jasmine or orange blossom(bitter). I just not into florals much. I enjoyed Tangerine blossom a lot. Would be great for hot summer
The rest you mention I didn’t order yet
Sil I’m very sorry I didn’t want to hijack your note. After looseTman reads it I’ll remove it;-)

Sil

no no…it’s good info for anyone wondering. I am all for the hijacking! :)

looseTman

boychik, Thanks for all the great info!
It would be great if there was a Steepster master calendar showing all the annual sales (e.g. Anniversary sales) for the many popular Steepster tea suppliers.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Another tea from today…and another tea that i’m very nearly done. On the upside i DO have LB genmaicha to get my through until my preorder of LB shows up. I can’t really complain since i have so many delicious teas at home, but i DO hate it when i don’t have this one in my cupboard lol still though, i have a feeling that in terms of this tea i prefer the later harvests…though i’ll make do with a spring harvest lol

Courtney

I agree. I drink this one so much, it is a staple I can’t be without.

whatshesaid

What would the flavour differences be between the harvests?

Sil

i suspect it will change year over year based on water/temps etc… but spring seemed to be a little less chocolatey last year than the fall harvest…that being said i still go through 6-20oz a year lol so it’s not that different for me…but others have cared/not liked the differences

Courtney

I did notice the difference when I ordered a new batch a while back, not realizing it was a different harvests, though I still loved them both.

whatshesaid

I guess those are the breaks when it’s a natural substance you’re dealing with….a certain degree of unpredictability!

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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I’m getting down to the last little bit of this one. Apparently i should have just ordered 100g but on the flip side, now when i order more it will be fresh? haha I haven’t even started the other two teas from Nina’s that i purchased at the same time. This has been a great tea to have at work today as i’ve been in meeting hell and my weekend will be filled with work from 10am sat to 5am sunday….UUUUUGH. ah well, i’ll bring some tea and maybe a board game to teach ppl lol

VariaTEA

When I bring you the box, I can include some of this to hold you over :)

Sil

No no no no no box! Noooooo

VariaTEA

Don’t worry. I am still working on it. You still have time to get in sipdowns

Sil

NO BOX.

Sil

can’t make me

VariaTEA

I actually have two boxes for you :)

Sil

no. no. no. STTB is not coming to live with me! no! i said nooooooooo lol

Amariel

It’s sooooo goooood!

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drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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last tea of the evening! (i so had a bath) . Getting down to the last few cups of this one, BUT that’s ok because there will be another order in July…at least lol. I still really like the fact that this is a herbal! it’s delicious, mint chocolate and it’s a herbal. I still haven’t found my perfect favourite mint chocolate BLACK tea…but this is almost enough to make me not care :)

Final Count: 146 (3 more weeks to get 31 teas down + 15 incoming in orders)

Courtney

Maybe I will have this one next.

Suziqzer

One I need to try so I can have my chocolate peppermint in the evenings. Going on my list as possible order/sample when I finally place an order w/them.

Courtney

I can always send a sample along Suziqzer. I have a bunch.

Suziqzer

I wasn’t expecting an offer of a sample, I should expect that here shouldn’t I? Lol… If you have some to spare, that would be great.. I’ve enjoyed the Butiki blends I’ve had a chance to try so far. Maybe I can send you something too? PM me and we can work out any details.

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