556 Tasting Notes

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Roswell Strange sent me a bit of this in trade and I have to say that it is pretty amazing. There’s a bit of a bite to the end of the sip that I can’t quite track down the reason for but the tropical feeling of coconut and pineapple are very delicious together. I added milk and sugar because I do that for black tea and it’s become a sweet dessert.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Roswell Strange

Hooray! Rio deserves all the love!

Cheri

I love the name.

Starfevre

And then I burned my mouth and can’t taste the second cup :(

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88

I have no idea if this is my first tasting note for this tea and I can’t be bothered to look through the more than 200 notes on this already. So. Here we go.

This is the base of my delicious Golden Earl that I’m getting more of (whoo) so I am pre-disposed to liking it but it’s actually more bready and spicy than I expected, like there’s a hint of cinnamon in the brew.

I am enjoying this, at least. I think this is the 2013 harvest rather than 2014 because it came from an old old order that got lost and I just opened recently (and was very confused about). Still, quite good.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cinnamon

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 7 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Ever Spring 2014 by Tearroir
556 tasting notes

Forgot and oversteeped this but I think what this experience has reminded me is that if I’m not in the exact mood for oolong, I shouldn’t drink any. And I am very rarely in the mood for oolong. :(

Sil

I second that!

Cheri

:( Sorry. I feel like it’s my fault since I picked this one.

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70

I managed to pick some of the full leaf sachets up before they disappeared. Put 2 into a large mug and steeped this morning.

Refreshingly minty and nice. I enjoy the little bit that the tarragon puts in the flavour though I couldn’t describe it.

I don’t like Mondays.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Cheri

Mondays suck.

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81

This actually does taste like pear to me! Not my favourite pear tea, I think that would be the Fauchon one, but this one is infinitely more accessible to me.

It’s definitely a fruity pear and tastes like a soft green tea. The leaves looked green to me when I was steeping and I don’t know where the white tea is going into unless it’s just softening the green tea up for me. The dry smell out of the bag was so very strong and the tea itself is very very nice.

And now back to binders. Binders binders binders. And sitting on the floor at work.

Flavors: Pear

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1000 ML
Sil

sitting on the floor at work is fun sometimes…

Starfevre

eeeh, I prefer a chair. An ergonomic chair. And multiple monitors.

Sil

hahahaha

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73

Thanks for uploading the photo, Cameron! For some reason, I can’t.

This tea is very very appley. I’m kind of amazed, actually. The white notes come out for me more as it cools, when it was hot and I just had a sip before I forgot about it and buried myself in the work binder shelves, it was very appley. The aftertaste is interesting. Apple to some extent, though I can’t tell what type. Also a bit of something else that doesn’t quite sit right on my tongue. Not quite sure what it is.

In other news, overtime during a normal workday while surrounded by engineers that seem to think that they’re above this type of work and like to make snotty comments as they walk by is not as fun as overtime on Saturday by myself. It’s work. You get paid. If the company wants and is actually completely thrilled to pay me for putting binders in boxes and documenting it in a spreadsheet, who am I to argue?

Flavors: Apple

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML
Cameron B.

You’re welcome! Ponies for all!

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77

Second time trying this, I believe. Quite old now. I haven’t read my previous note so I don’t remember what I thought.

This is tasty while I am drinking it. Sweet and definitely candy. The aftertaste, however, is strongly chemical. I do not like it very much.

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drank Candy Cane by Adagio Teas
556 tasting notes

I know I had this yesterday, but I had it again today because it’s something that somehow coordinates well with eating smoked cheddar cheese. Since I was eating more of that, I went with this rather than try to experiment and possibly get something awful.

Minty and nice.

Cheri

I’m not sure about mint with smoked cheddar, but I’m willing to go with it.

albertocanfly

I agree with Cheri..it must be good!

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drank Sun Princess by Yokotea
556 tasting notes

I think I"m the only person on Steepster who has even tried this company and I’m terribly sorry to say, that it is probably for a good reason. I babied this tea and it still turned out very very not good. Astringent and bitter and not fruity at all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 25 OZ / 750 ML

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96

This tea is really old so I put 3 bags in my mug and hot water and then let it sit for…a while. A long while. I wasn’t checking the time but it was a really long while and the water was only a bit warm when I finally got around to drinking it. The combination of these 2 factors meant that there was actually taste to this old old tea and while it wasn’t what I remembered, it wasn’t terrible either. Still want some new bags though.

Cheri

It’s almost the season….

albertocanfly

When does this come to stores???

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Single, vegetarian, asexual, 5 cats. Airplane Engineer. I drink most of my tea with a bit of sugar and all the ones with a black tea base with a little bit of milk too. I’m super sensitive to bitterness and spiciness so I tend to avoid those.

I am also a flavoured matcha latte fanatic.

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