606 Tasting Notes

Have you ever made a cup of a tea you really liked, but this particular cup sucks? I just did. I made some of that dragonwell tea from some unknown tea plantation in China, and it tasted awful. Perhaps my steeper still had residual from my steeping of Aztec Spice, even though I washed it? Perhaps my mug had residual, even though I rinsed it? Maybe my honey is getting too old? Maybe my taste buds are off? OR, maybe I subconsciously didn’t want that tea at the moment? Anyway, it was gross. So sad.

In other news, I created a spreadsheet of my tea inventory! Yay! I was worried that I was starting to lose track of some teas, and I was right! I have A LOT of little amounts of different teas. So, it’s pretty cool because I can sort by company, by type of tea (black, oolong, etc), by amount, and by a rating. I created a new rating system for the spreadsheet: Favorite, Good, Okay, and Yuck! Lol! Favorite and Yuck pretty much speak for themselves. The difference between Good and Okay is whether I might buy it again. Now I just need to organize my physical cupboard better!

TastyBrew

Awesome. I’m a spreadsheet junkie too. Was all I did in my previous life.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, i need to add a ratings column to mine. I’m just starting my spreadsheet, and it’s kinda scary. I missed adding a bunch of teas to steepster so my total is higher…

Rachel J

Haha… Tea nerds unite! I love spreadsheets.

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Holy sweet spice! As TastyBrew said in her note to me on this tea, it’s kinda strange! Thanks, TastyBrew for the surprise sample! I kind of like this strange tea! I didn’t realize it was a puerh until I looked it up. The first spice that hits you is the cinnamon, but this tea has a whole lot more going on. It’s definitely spicy, but kind of in a chai sort of way, with a little heat. I think the chocolate rounds it out. It is not a subtle tea. Best when you need a little punch!!

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drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
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Stacy generously provided a sample of this tea in my last order. I was excited to try another Butiki black tea. Unfortunately, it was not the tea for me. It tasted kind of fruity and sweet. Fruity black teas are usually not winners for me unless they are more of a dark berry fruit flavor. The description describes a peachy note, and after I thought about it, I could discern it. The tea does have a nice creamy feel, but the fruitiness didn’t work for me. It was fun to try though!!

Chizakura

Ordinarily I totally agree with you. I’m not super into fruity blacks — though I’ll try them if I have them — but something about this one is just magical. xD I wish I agreed with you though, ‘cause it’s the most expensive tea I like. I bought some up since it’s on sale, but otherwise this’ll be a once in a blue moon purchase, ‘cause although I LOVE it, I couldn’t afford to drink it every day.

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Stacy gave me a sample of this tea in my last order. It seems to be the base for the caramel vanilla assam. It reminded me a lot of laoshan black from Verdant, but I think I like this one better. It has malty cocoa notes, and a little raisin sweetness. The second steep included more of a honey note, similar to laoshan black. I think I like this one better because it seemed to be more smooth, especially if you compare the first steeps of each tea. I’m a little surprised that such a bold malty flavor is the base for the caramel vanilla assam, because you’d think that the flavor would overpower the very natural-tasting flavor of the caramel and vanilla. I added a little sugar, but no milk. Really good morning cup!

TastyBrew

Funny, I just made this one too! About to have my second steep.

Tealizzy

Great minds think alike! Haha!!

Chizakura

Welcome to the Taiwanese Assam party :D Hope you loved it as much as I do. xD I know what you mean about the Laoshan Black, but it’s definitely smoother and less roasty. This is my favorite tea. :)

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This is the one tea I took a chance on and outright bought a package of it. I’ve had it a few times now, and didn’t log it, because I couldn’t decide what I thought of it. This morning’s cup was the best I’ve had it. Steeped it for the recommended 4 minutes, with soy milk and sugar. Delicious! I still think the raspberry flavor is too pointed, like not as rounded out with the vanilla as I was hoping. I don’t really get a cake quality from it, but it is supposed to be sponge cake, which is light and airy, instead of buttery and rich. I’m just really glad that I found a way to like it, especially since I have so much. It would have been a serious bummer if I didn’t!!

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
606 tasting notes

Enjoyed this tea more yesterday. I think I was expecting it to taste like Nutella, and was disappointed when it didn’t. However, I am comparing it to the Nutella available in the U.S., which I think may be different than the Nutella I became acquainted with when I visited Europe. That was more than 10 years ago, so I can’t remember, but it’s probably less sugared-up than the U.S. version, which, btw, I eat frequently. ;) So now that I’ve changed my expectations, I like this tea. It’s really good with milk and sugar and steeped 4 minutes. I think steeping it at 5 minutes, as directed by the label, makes it too bitter, astringent.

whatshesaid

Agreed! I did not enjoy this the first time and was sorely disappointed because I expected more of a dessert taste. Steeped at 3.5 minutes vs 5 made me really appreciate it!

Dinosara

Yeah, I find European nutella to be better than its American counterpart, but I prefer “off-brand” European hazelnut-chocolate spreads even more… Like Nutkao, or the Greek version Merenda. A lot of them have more hazelnut flavor and are divine.

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Had this sample from bluebird last night. It was pretty good. It kind of reminded me of mother’s little helper. The peppermint definitely dominated, but it was also soothing (maybe due to the chamomile?) I haven’t had straight chamomile tea, so I’m not sure. I would have liked a little more liquorice flavor, though. Overall, It’s a good night-time tea.

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This is quite good. Definitely on the sugary side though. I really liked the blend between chocolate and pumpkin pie. Nice and complex. I gave a cup to my coworker, who also liked it and said it gave her the idea of drizzling chocolate over an actual pumpkin pie. I then thought of the idea of making pumpkin pie with a chocolate graham cracker crust! Yum! We both agreed that it was good with or without milk, although I think I prefer it with milk. ;) I’m so happy I got some of this!

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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So, I think this is the one TastyBrew sent me as a surprise, especially since she’s reviewed it. This is really good. Great chocolate flavor!! A little thinner than I would like, but delicious! And a great herbal to have later in the day! Thanks, TastyBrew!!!

TastyBrew

Glad you liked it! I make this super strong and let it steep forever. It’s also a great thing to add to other teas you want chocolatey. I added some to a later steeping of cinnamon swirl bread one time and it was super yummy. it’s a fun one to play with.

Tealizzy

Ooh, that sounds yummy!!

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Enjoyed this in my timolino during my training class today. I felt kind of bad drinking this awesome tea in a travel mug…I like to give my favorite teas special treatment, but I do have a whole new 4 oz. bag! So, this tea is delicious in the travel mug! The flavor stayed robust! Why am I surprised though…quality tea should taste great no matter what, right? ;)

Stephanie

Jealous of your 4oz :)

Chizakura

This one IS good. :) I need to get more some time!

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)

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