556 Tasting Notes

79

Since I can’t do scroll bars on the iPad, which is what I have when I travel so my parameters were 2 teaspoons in the big mug with boiling water and 3 minutes steep time. I also made a cup for my mother and she likes it a lot.

It smells really nice. I don’t remember drinking it the last time although I obviously did since I have a tasting note from a year ago but a year ago I would have just been starting out at steepster. I think my tastes have changed since then. So let’s see.

This definitely tastes like caramel. Enough so that it wish it were thicker so that I could chew on it. Not much aftertaste at all besides what I burp up because drinking from my mom’s oddly shaped mugs tends to involve a lot of slurping. A little drying after the fact. It still smells so nice. I’m not going to change the rating because without the tea of the month sample pack I would not have ordered this again and I stand by that statement. Still, a nice sweet little interlude to an otherwise not very good day.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

It took me a while to figure this out on my ipad (someone else on steepster made a comment about it), you can’t “slide” the slider bar but you can just tap the spot and the slider will move to it. It is hard to be exact with this method, but that is how you can do it.

Starfevre

Tried that. It worked before I upgraded to iOS 7 but not after. Stupid apple.

Dinosara

I still use that method with iOS 7, no problem. Make sure you are not trying to tap too close to where the marker is already located.

Starfevre

Alright it worked but it was very frustrating and took at least 20 taps to get it right. Bleh.

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88

First steep was very nice though my bitterness conversation earlier made me paranoid and I over sugared it. I’ll try better next steep. It’s very chocolatey and it tasted malty to me and I definitely can taste the sweet potato.

2nd steep was also very tasty but I couldn’t pick up much to differentiate from the first steep. I like this tea a lot.

Sil

you can’t go wrong with zhu rong..it’s zhu right!

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54

I usually hate tea with cinnamon in it but I put in 2 full spoonfuls of sugar to make it not awful so this is not awful. I can’t say I like it very much but I will give it that it is tolerable which is more than I can say for most cinnamon teas. The fennel is very strong as well and the mint is faintly present, also briefly in the aftertaste.

My mother said it tasted like cinnamon gum to her but my cup was steeped and sugared to my taste and not hers. I have more of a sweet tooth.

I have seen reviews that say the second steeping is stronger cinnamon so I might skip that. If I don’t, I’ll come back and edit.

Bonnie

Put a tea with it to tone it down if the spice is too much…
I use puer or black tea and half the amount of an herbal many times.

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63

Tried this this midnight. It was generously included with my order so thanks guys.

Can’t say I love it though. I’m not a huge fan of ‘tropical’ black teas because they all taste very similar to me and it’s just not a flavour I particularly enjoy but this one was as good as any and better than some because the base tea didn’t act up at all and ruin the blend so that is something. A lot of flecks escaped my tea ball though so that was a bit disappointing.

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89

I’ve apparently had this before but I don’t remember it and I kinda liked it and I made it 3 times tonight because the first time I gave it to my mother (who really loved it especially the aroma and the finish, and told me as I asked her that she felt a lot like she was doing a wine tasting since I asked her a bunch of questions about this). (She just reminded me to not forget to mention the turkey poop). After I made it, I went to empty the no-name gravity infuser outside since they do not have a functional garbage disposal and it fell to pieces, one of which I did not realize had come off.

So when I made myself some of this, it did not hold the water and made a huge mess. While we were trying to find the piece that I don’t even know what it looks like, outside, in the dark, I definitely touched a piece of turkey poop, which is just as disgusting as it sounds. And we did not find it.

Thankfully I had left behind a large teaball when I visited last time so I was able to make this for myself with the 3rd set of leaves and yes it tastes very good. I over leafed a bit I think which meant it had almost the perfect amount of vanilla flavour for me. The tea itself was pretty light and definitely smooth as anything and the immediate aftertaste was really nice though not so much now so I should go eat or drink something else soon.

Maybe it was the thrill of victory of overcoming all of the obstacles to drink this tea but it was pretty damn good.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
Indigobloom

Oh no, glad you finally got your cuppa!!

keychange

The lengths we’ll go to for our tea eh?

Starfevre

Yes. I saw some of the actual turkeys this morning. They are enormous and fearless.

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60

I think I’m done with this tea. I don’t know what it is, but blech. I tried it without any milk this time and the bergamot is soooo strong and bitter. I just can’t deal. So yeah, I have a lot and I’d like to get rid of it. January will see it on the Get Rid Of It thread, I think.

Dustin

I found that to be the case with this one too. I was hoping it would mellow with age or I’d get the hang of brewing it, but no. :(

Starfevre

Well, it’s been months and it definitely hasn’t. If anything I like it less. Oh well, can’t like everything. I just wish I didn’t have so very much of it.

Dustin

Oh no, did you buy a pound of it too?! I have also had a difficult time with the chocolate orange of theirs. I know other folks who have really enjoyed it tho. I was happy with their vanilla chai.
Time to take a bath in tea and use the rest of the pound in one go?

Starfevre

I loved the Caramel Vanilla, but the rest…not so much.

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60

I definitely did something wrong to this. It’s almost tasteless. I can smell and barely taste the bergamot as well as some sort of generic black tea flavour but everything else is lost. Too little tea? (It is old) or possibly too short a steeping time? Too much milk? Too little sugar? Hard to say. I have one more cup to try to get this right today then I am moving on to something else.

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Kenyan Black by Justea
556 tasting notes

After receiving this in the mail from the crowd funding campaign (I don’t remember which one, kickstarter? indiegogo?), I finally opened this and made myself a cup (at…2am, yay!).

Added milk and sugar as is my wont with black tea. A bit more of each because I’ve heard that good Kenyan tea can be a bit strong on the astringency and needs a bit extra and I’m glad that I did because this is simply a very very good cup of tea. Probably not the best it could be because I reheated it in the microwave once because I forgot I was drinking tea but otherwise it’s very very malty and a bit chocolatey and it tastes a bit fruity to me too, though I couldn’t tell you which fruit, other than not the more acidic citrus fruits. Very subtle to me though. The malt flavour comes through the most. I have another cup of this to go tonight and probably resteep the leaves tomorrow. I’ll add anything if something is different between now and then.

ETA: And apparently this is tasting note #400. Woo!

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Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Also, I really like the word ‘wont’

Starfevre

Despite my education being MATH MATH MATH, I really like words. Especially unusual words.

Sil

grats on 400 tasting notes!! woot woot!

Starfevre

Haha, not even in the same universe as you, Sil, but I’m pretty happy about it since that’s only about a half a year of active drinking (and the other half not so much).

Sil

whatever! have to celebrate those goals when you hit them!

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95

This tea was very much on the more hibiscusy side of life today. More sour than I like it. Made it to share with my new(ish) friend who was helping me clean today. She said she liked it.

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drank Raspberry Vanilla by Zen Tea
556 tasting notes

Drinking this again after forever. One of my friend’s friends (who is becoming my friend) is helping me clean my place and she can’t have caffeine so I made this and it’s still really good. I put in a bit extra because it is so old at this point.

A bit too much milk in it, I think, but it did bring out the cream flavour very nicely. I still love this combination of flavours.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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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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