722 Tasting Notes

Angel at TeaVivre provided this sample. Thank you! I steeped it for 2 minutes. Teavivre recommends 9 minutes, but it got so dark so fast, I was worried! Turns out, I didn’t need to be.

In the first steep, I detected the usual earth notes, but also some caramel and cocoa and a bit of freshness from citrus or wood. There’s not much, if any, fermentation funk. It’s pretty clean tasting.

I decided to go full throttle on the second steep and brew it for 9 minutes to see how dark it would get. It got to pretty much the same level of darkness as the first steep and the flavor level was similar and still clean tasting.

This teabag is super convenient. I usually drink puerh gong fu-style, so it’s one I reserve to drink at home, rather than at work. Since this is a teabag and the tea seems pretty fool-proof, I could definitely bring it to work, which is a plus! This could totally be a daily drinker.

Also, it pairs really well with a piece of dark chocolate :)

gmathis

I have yet to find something that dark chocolate doesn’t enhance :)

Tealizzy

Lol @gmathis!

looseTman

How true!

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drank Early Bird by Tippy's Tea
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I got this tea because I liked Midday Flight and I wanted to try a bit of lapsang. You can definitely smell it, but it’s not overpowering in the taste. It’s like a subtle wood smoke flavor and aroma. I like it. Good with milk and sugar. You notice the lapsang the most, but it’s not harsh. It’s a different kind of smoke than I get from a Keemun…it’s sweeter and it fills up your whole mouth, if you know what I mean. It would be a good tea to introduce someone to lapsang.

The experience of drinking this tea for the first time stuck with me all day. It’s pretty cool that I was finally able to enjoy a tea with lapsang in it. My tea journey has come far! I might even have some tomorrow morning! Now I’m wondering what a full blown lapsang would taste like. Hmmm, may have to explore that. ;)

TheLastDodo

The next step up is def Lumberjack. I really like how much more LS is in that blend!

Tealizzy

Oh, I’ll have to try that one! :)

TippysTea

Just to let you know, there is less than a gram of LS per 25g of our Early Bird tea. Yet the flavour is still there. The LS we use is rather awesomely smoky. Our Lumberjack tea on the other hand is around one fifth LS per 25 g, so much more smoke.

Tealizzy

Thanks, Tippy’s! So, that’s like 5 times more LS! Still, a good next step before going with straight LS. :) I like the idea of a gradual transition!

TippysTea

You’re very welcome! I can’t remember if you got it or not but “The People’s Tea” that we sell, a take on the traditional Russian caravan tea, has LS as well, but in smaller amounts than the Lumberjack tea..

Tealizzy

Good to know! Thanks!

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I had to have all the mushroom teas the minute WP put them out. So unique! This one is completely different from Mirkwood. The minute you open the packet, you smell the super sweet aroma of the dry leaf. I love the look of the dry leaf with the little pieces of mushroom in it!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15742661414/

That sweetness translates into a sweet maple flavor, with notes of malt and wood. I gongfu-steeped this and the flavor transforms from this super sweet maple note into more of the notes of the base tea coming through. The tea tastes more fruity, with notes of cherry and plums.

This tea is ridiculously sweet…no need to sweeten, for sure! Absolutely delicious and unique!

Stephanie

Sounds crazy! I’ll have to try it eventually :)

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Okay all, Mirkwood is finally in my tea cupboard! Woo! I’ve wanted some ever since the teaplets went on and on and on about it! ;)

The dry leaf is pretty cool. Lots of dried morels in there. Smells good.

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I brewed it up gong fu-style because that’s how I like my shou. Right away, I could tell this was going to be more savory, like soup. It tastes slightly salty, like a broth. You can still taste the earthiness of the puerh but the broth flavor blends in over the top. I also noticed spicy notes that appear at the end of the sip. The liquor is smooth and clear with absolutely no funk. The texture/mouthfeel of the tea includes a mushroom creaminess, or slime, whatever you want to call it! In a good way! Ha!

I looked up morels, as I’ve never had one, and supposedly they have a nutty taste. I can see that.

Overall, this is like drinking a super refined and deliciously smooth and clear mushroom broth, but better. It’s really good. Really freaking good.

Thomas Edward(Toad)

hopefully i’ll be able to get some in my cupboard soon :)

TheTeaFairy

I love the Mirk!!

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Brought some of this tea with me to the office today and it was AWESOME! I got notes of cocoa, bread, malt, and that fresh taste from the Darjeeling! I think Stephanie is right that, even though I have 4.4 ounces, it probably won’t last long! I’ve also decided I love it at 2 minutes steep. I tried their recommended 4 minutes and I think the malt takes over and you lose some of the complexity. 2 minutes is perfect. :)

Pic of the leaf: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15728744884/

boychik

It was great for me @3 min

Stephanie

I love Darjeeling in black blends apparently. Pretty sure it’s why the Black Lotus is my fave

Tealizzy

boychik – I’ll try it at 3 minutes just for kicks!

Stephanie – never tried the black lotus…that was a Butiki tea, huh?

boychik

Black Lotus is amazing. Still hoard some. Time to let go maybe

Stephanie

She might have a few of the blending kits left- it’s the three teas that make up black lotus with mixing recipe each in a tin inside a wooden box…I really shouldn’t but I want it.

Mike

This tea sounds great! I’m looking for a good strong black tea or two. The Tiger Assam from A&D sounds very good also!

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I had a fabulous gongfu session with this tea today after working really hard all day. It tasted amazing! I also used one of my really pretty fractal glaze teacups and it was the perfect reward. I think the long day (with no tea since breakfast) made the tea taste even better. So deliciously milky and smooth. Yum!

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drank Sweet Autumn Tea by Lupicia
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Enjoyed a really nice cup of this tea tonight. I’ve decided I enjoy rooibos blends more with honey. I picked up some really nice local honey last weekend, which is supposed to have caramel and nutmeg notes. Added to this tea, it was heavenly! This may become a nightly ritual!

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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As you can see from my previous note, I LOVE this tea! The vanilla bean flavor is amazing! The base tea is also amazing! I drank the rest of the sample from Cameron B today. I got more chocolate notes and it’s so silky smooth. Yum! I’m so glad I have 50g on its way. I have a feeling it won’t last long. ;)

Hillel

So glad to hear it. There is some of this en route from Tippy’s to my mailbox as we speak. I’m looking forward to trying it.

TippysTea

Awesome! We are so glad that people are really enjoying our teas.

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drank Praline Horizon by Butiki Teas
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I made scones this morning. I love scones. These were blueberry buttermilk scones with a sugar glaze. I also made a cup of this tea to enjoy with my scones when they came out of the oven, because hey, you gotta eat them when they’re warm! This tea was nutty and sweet and went well with the scone. The cool thing was, my husband, who doesn’t like tea, tried a sip, and liked it! Woo! I may bring him over to our side yet!

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. Come to the dark side, we have tea. :)

Fjellrev

Sounds like a fantastic combination! I’ve yet to make scones/biscuits with buttermilk since I could never go through a whole carton of the stuff haha.

beelicious

Sounds amazing!!

Sil

want the scones!

boychik

you should include pics here fr IG ;)

Tealizzy

Okay, okay, here’s a pic:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/16134098490/

@boychik – I would but I decided to keep Instagram private so I could filter who follows me, so I put some photos on Flickr.

@Fjellrev – that’s why you make more than one batch! I’ll probably make some more next weekend…my husband wants me to add banana to them. ;)

Fjellrev

Smart! Sounds like something I’d do after I’ve already tried a recipe to see if it’s good enough to make larger batches, though. I need to plan a day where I’d make scones, oatmeal muffins, and pancakes so it won’t sit around haha. And banana would be awesome. :D

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This tea is a very heavy tea, meaning you don’t get much by weight, but I’ve had it a couple of times and it’s very nice. It even stood up in my timolino. You can taste both the raspberry and the cashew, although the raspberry is not that prominent. It’s very buttery, like nut butter, not real butter…makes your tongue feel like it has silky nut butter on it. :) The raspberry has a bit of tartness, not like hibiscus tart, but raspberry tart. I can also see how people might call it floral. As with most of Stacy’s blends, the flavoring is distinct, but not overpowering. I’m going to miss Stacy’s blends.

Fjellrev

Mmm, I like the idea of a tea tasting and feeling like nut butter.

Mikumofu

Love this one!

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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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