501 Tasting Notes

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So I had this tea last night in the JusTea headquarters made by the JusTea media guy. I put milk and a bit of sugar in them because that’s how I can get around my hatred of the bitterness of black tea and it was quite good. They’re a little low-tech in their office, kettles and thermometers and pouring through a steeping filter into various mugs. Was cool.

This is actually my first time having their earl grey and it’s pretty nice. The flavour of the bergamot is pretty strong and I finally finally tasted the actual citrusiness of the bergamot in the aftertaste. It was quite nice. This is one of their machine processed teas since last year they were still teaching the tea farmers how to process their own and in order to have money to do this they contracted with one of the companies to do this and their other 2 current teas (Kenyan Black and African Chai). This year, later than now obviously, they will start offering their hand-crafted teas by the tea farmers and I had some of those at the tea cupping event last night and there were a couple of oolongs and they were REALLY good. And I don’t even love oolongs all that much normally. Search starfevre on Instagram for some pictures of the whole thing.

MissB

Oh wow, so cool! Had I known this was going on, I’d have attended as well. Or, was it open to the public?

Starfevre

I got it as a perk on their fundrazr campaign. I posted in the discussion section looking to bring a friend but no one seemed to want to on here…

Starfevre

I know they’re thinking about having a regular thing though, so you might want to keep up with their website and facebook.

OMGsrsly

I would have, Starfevre, but I was on my way out to visit family.

Starfevre

I’m not mad or anything, I understand about prior commitments. It just would have been nice to meet some steepster peeps. Maybe we can set up a get together. It’s not more than 3-4 hours of driving depending on the border for me to get to Vancouver.

OMGsrsly

Ooo. Meet-ups are fun!

JusTea

It was great to have you here! So glad you could make it. We’ll be hosting the tastings more often from now on, and we’ll post all about it on www.Facebook.com/justeatea
Happy Steeping!

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My own tea so not rating. Still have quite a bit of it so I made some for my first day back at work.

Unfortunately I got so occupied by emails it’s cold by the time I got around to drinking it, but that’s okay, it’s still good.

Like Tea Sipper said, there aren’t many candy cane parts that I can see, unless they dissolved with age or something. This tea, like most of my original teas, is almost a year old. It hasn’t seemed to have lost it’s tastiness though, it’s just a bit milder than it was.

Tea Sipper

Adding half a candy cane makes it AWESOME.

Starfevre

The only candy cane I’ve been around recently has been sriracha flavoured and I don’t think that would have been awesome..

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Another batch of cold caramel matchaccino latte. This time I added half a package of frozen raspberries and wow, there’s no bitterness at all. Caramel is still the dominant flavour but now there’s no bitterness whatsoever (I’m also drinking a lot of tea again), and I’m getting some fruit in as well. Made a double batch because it’s easier that way. Yum yum.

Preparation
Iced

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
501 tasting notes

Wow, I have no idea how old this tea is, but I just used most of it to make a pot. 6 teaspoons uses a lot when it’s being kept in one of my little papered tins. Only one or two servings left, I think. I probably overleafed it, but I’m sure that this tea is at least a year old. I’m trying to get through some of my opened packages before I open some new packages. I have 4 huge tubs full of tea (2 unopened, 1 opened, 1 trade tub). Going to sort the unopened tubs so they’re more equal in number in each and by company, I think. We’ll see. I need to go through and make sure all my tea is logged in Steepster so I can get a more accurate accounting of how much tea I have.

Added milk and sugar to this. Had a bit of trouble getting it back to the couch. I pulled an all-nighter last night and I’m at the point of awakeness that my hands are shaking. :p That’s REALLY going to impress my therapist that I see in 2 hours.

This tastes like what I think a egc should. Not my favourite flavour though, I’ve grown tired of bergamot in general.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Starfevre

Had some adverse effects, probably from the artificial flavouring. Threw the rest of it out.

keychange

I hope you get some rest and feel better soon.

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I am surprised that I hadn’t logged this yet. I’ve had it for quite a while.

I decided since it’s the crack of not even dawn yet and I have some time before my doctor appointment, I was going to make a pot of tea in my one and only yixing teapot. I’ve dedicated it to yunnan black tea and I’ve decided this counts. This is the first one I’ve made in this pot since I seasoned it last week or so. I haven’t quite gotten cup size yet, and I haven’t found a tea brush to brush the tea onto the pot, but I’ve repurposed an old blush makeup brush to do the job for now. Seems to work. Either the tea dries really quickly on the pot or it really is getting absorbed! Right now it’s cooling down so I don’t burn my tongue.

Definitely brewed this a little weak, but it has that yunnan black taste to it regardless. A little bit tobacco, a little bit leather. Mostly good, although not nearly as good as some of my others. Perhaps I’ll do the second steep a couple of minutes longer.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Well, I think it tastes like pomegranate. This tea is over a year old, though stored in what I assume is an airtight container. At 2 tsp per cup (3 cup pot) this is quite strong actually. It is rather tart, even with milk and sugar, as I usually take my black teas.

I’m not really sure if I like this much at all. I prefer my berry teas to be sweet and while I like actual pomegranates, I tend to mix pomegranate juice with other fruit juices like cherry to ‘water’ it down.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Had to add this, which was surprising. My tea of this is probably more than a year old because I hadn’t progressed out of stash as my go-to tea source online and that was a while ago. The decaf version of this was on Steepster already but not the caffeinated kind. Also there are 3 companies that are Stash and I don’t know how to contact Jason to merge them.

This is not awful. Fairly tasteless unless sugar is added, but that’s to be expected for a tea that’s this damn old. Especially a looseleaf kept in a Stash tea container (the only indication of where I got it from). It’s obviously flavoured by hazelnut oil more than anything else from the sheen and also from the taste. I’m not a fan of nut oils but this is tolerable. I made this cup to evaluate whether or not I should throw this out and repurpose the tin but it looks like I might keep it. It’s not awful.

And I am disappointed that I haven’t heard back from anyone about the Vancouver teacupping class from anyone in that area or the Seattle area which is where I am driving from. Looks like I’ll have to go by myself.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Lala

You can contact Jason at jason at steepster.com

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After reading all the reviews on this tea, I have to say that I’m rather excited to drink it. I really like mint chocolate. Can’t say my palate is clean though, still tastes like the organic from-a-box mac and cheese. Why is it that the crappy for you Kraft stuff always tastes better than the “good” stuff? Because it wasn’t very good.

And this is very very pleasant. The chocolate is clear for once (I don’t taste chocolate very well in tea for some reason) and the mint is present and the sip and really present in the aftertaste. The tea is there but subdued and not really upfront, leaving that for the mint and chocolate. This is really a very good mint chocolate tea.

I have one more cup after this that I’m going to try to drink hotter than this one, which is lukewarm because I was eating. Can’t say I will definitely do it though because I’m at Chapter 5 of the second Dresden Files novel and it might suck me back in again.

I’ve finally become active on Goodreads again, so if anyone is interested in being Friends on there, comment and I’ll follow you (if I’m not already).

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

I am terrible at Goodreads because I go through months of just reading fic, not books. :) I’ll try to remember to look you up when I’m back on a computer.

Starfevre

I’m under my real name so you can PM me when you get around to it.

Starfevre

And I have the same problem with fic but I’ve not been in a fic mood lately.

OMGsrsly

Me too. I think. Gosh, even my Facebook isn’t under my real name..

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Once again, I do not taste chocolate at all in this, although I’m finding that a lot with just cacao nibs in a great many ‘chocolate’ teas.

On the other hand laoshan black genmaicha (without any chocolate) just hits the spot. I love the toasty rice and I love laoshan black and it’s just good. It just is. I added way more tea than normal because I couldn’t remember if this was 1 tsp per ‘cup’ or 2. 6 tsp to about 850ml water. Really strong and roasty toasty. Lovely. Now to scarf it down before I have to run out the door.

Kitten wants some love, he’s trying to type for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chamomile by Stash Tea Company
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I was distracted while drinking this by a good book. It wasn’t awful.

keychange

oooh what book?

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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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