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195 Tasting Notes

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TTB&C #13

Unfortunately this tea is just not for me. The base is a bit astringent and the berry flavor is hidden in the back ground when I would like it to be more present.

NayLaynn, thank you for including this one and allowing me to give it a go!

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hopefully I am really the first to review this and I didn’t just create a new tea page for this one! I received a sample of this from the folks at Temple Road. Thank you so much for the generous sample.

The sample came in a vacuum sealed package with detailed steeping instructions. Very impressive packaging!

I am more of a roasty toasty oolong fan The more green oolongs aren’t as high on my list , but this tea might have me digging into some of my green oolongs again. This is a silky smooth,, creamy mouthful. It has sweet vegetal notes with a hint of mint at the finish of the sip. It reminds me of the milk oolong from Gon Fu tea, but I would have to try them next to each other to be sure since it has been awhile.

I want to make a note that my rating value is based on my preference to purchase/repurchase a tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #12

Holy Root beer! This is LOVE at first sip. I think by the time I finally getting around to putting in a Butiki order again I am going to have to take out a small loan to order all the teas that are gathering on my “wish list”.

This tea is exactly as promised. Delicious root beer and cream mixed with the warm soothing honeybush. I added a bit of sugar and a tad bit of milk. Another huge thanks to NayLynn( for including a sample of this one!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Eve by Nina's Paris
195 tasting notes

TTB&C #11

Yum yum yum yum! I didn’t have expectations for this one. It seems this one is hit or miss on Steepster. I get peachy and apple with the vanilla. The sip is rounded out with a bit of sweetness at the end. I do not get apricot, but it could just be because it has been too long since I have had one. I am a little leery of the black base in Nina’s Paris teas. It seems a bit “smokey” to me. I might have to try the Japon and Eve next to each other. For this it works, but I could see how it might get in the way of some blends. Thank you NayLynn for including this one.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #10

This one jumped out at me tonight. I didn’t read much about this one before brewing a cup and to be honest I am not sure what to think. It is not like any oolong I have had. It has the musky darjeeling taste. It is sweet at the finish of the sip, and there is a hint of oolong. Not a favorite, but not bad.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #9

Raspberry and strawberry with tea for me can be hit or miss. I really like fruity tea done well and this was done really well. The raspberry was the right amount of sweet and tart. The base was a nice black base that didn’t take over the taste of the fruit. I really liked this. The first half of this cup I drank hot. By the time I got back to the cup it had cooled quite a bit and the bottom half of the cup was delicious cold. I think I am going to have to place an order with Assam Tea Company. This is the second tea I have tried from them and both have been a hit. Thank-you NayLynn for including this in the box!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
195 tasting notes

TTB&C #8

This is an epic fail on my part. I am blaming my overworked brain this week. I for some reason had it in my head that this was a Verdant sample. I even searched my cupboard to make sure I didn’t already own THIS verdant tea. As I was tearing open the package and dumping the contents into my steeper I realized that this was not a Verdant tea, this was a Steepster Select tea, which I have tried, haven’t reviewed, and still have one package left of it. So this will just be a swap out. I will enjoy this package and add my sample pack to the box.

This tea is very nice treat tonight. It is earthy/woody with a fruity after taste. It is really really hitting the spot tonight. My first steep of this in December I remember not knowing what to think.

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TTB&C #7

This was the tea from the 11th Day of Christmas this year. I really enjoyed this tea and I was glad to be able to enjoy one more cup. This is a nice vanilla assam, with hints of fruit. This is one of adagio’s blends I have been tempted to order. This one continues to be a hit for me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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TTB&C #6

Adagio and I tend not to get along. I am not sure why. Most teas I have tried are either meh or teas I just really do not want to drink again. I have had more success with the fandom blends and this is one that I have read a lot about that I really wanted to try. This was decent. It was a decent earl grey. I am not sure what to say about it. The flavors baffled me a bit this morning. It was EGC -ish, but there was a hint of something else that I could never put my figure on. If someone gave me more of this tea I would definitely enjoy it. I am not sure I would hunt this out to purchase, but I definitely won’t pass up another cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
195 tasting notes

TTB&C #5

This TTB may end up proving a bad thing for my tea budget. So far I have LOVED every tea i have tried. It will be a struggle to convince myself that I can live without xyz tea for awhile. This is yet another one that I did a very big happy dance when I pulled it out of the box. After I had placed my order with Zen Tea in Feb I saw a discussion mentioning this tea as a must try from Zen, and of course it was not in my order.

This tea is AMZAING! Sweet, rich, chocolaty, malty. It is a cup I could curl up too, but it also tastes like it would rock your socks off iced with lemon. There is quite a bit of this tea left so I think I might indulge in 2 cups! I haven’t looked into the origin of this tea, but Thank you to whoever included it!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
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TeaTiff

I did see their sale today, but I did JUST order from them 2 months ago. When my EGC starts getting low I will definitely be placing another order and this one will be on it for sure.

looseTman

Ooh Aah!

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I started drinking tea while on a 4 month long cycling trip through South America. It seemed to always be a great way to warm up when I was cold and it was always available everywhere. Mate was the big tea of choice down there and it was also a great way to get to know people. When I returned home, my sister introduced me to Teavana and this launched me into the realm of loose leaf tea. I am still new to this wonderful world, but so far I am loving it.

I am open to swapping. If you see something in my cupboard just message me and we can try to work something out!

Rating:
90-100 – love, love, love must have around always or as much as possible
80 – 90 – Like, could restock
70 – 80 – If some happened into my cupboard I would drink it but will probably never seek it out.
60 – 70 – Meh, will finish the sample but don’t need to drink this again.
Below 60 – Nope not for me.

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