2895 Tasting Notes

Enjoying a cup of this after dinner. I probably don’t need any more caffeine tonight, but I really wanted a dessert, & here it is.

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thanks to Sil for the chance to sample some teas from Sloan, including this one.

Admittedly, this one isn’t doing it for me.its ok, but there’s an odd aftertaste I just don’t care for.
Oh we’ll, I guess you can’t like everything! Still worth trying, & I still have a bag left, so I’ll try again another day.

NEXT!

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Yum!
I’ll say it again, with a little more enthusiasm, “Yum!”
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to like this, much less to love it. I’ve never been a big fan of flavored green teas, & without sweetener it’s just ok. Add a little bit of sweetness & the deliciousness of strawberry & buttery toffee step up. I didn’t taste the ginger at all.
Thanks for the tasty sample Stacy!

Nxtdoor

I guess there’s hope. Maybe I should order Stacy’s green teas to restore faith in the variety.

Sil

Green teas aren’t much up my alley but Stacy does have a couple that are pretty good

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to get my Butiki order from OMGSrsly
Stacy gave us a few extra samples of her new tea, and this might be one!!!

Butiki Teas

Cavocorax-It is but it isn’t the final version, though it is very close to the final version.

Shelley_Lorraine

that’s funny that you say you don’t notice the ginger. It was the strongest flavor to me :) But I didn’t notice the toffee at all!

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WOWZA!
This is one potent cup of tea!
So, admittedly, this is one of those teas I probably would never have ordered. It’s so finely chopped it looks like coffee grounds!
Stacy sent me a sample, so here it is. It’s really intensely good!
I haven’t drank for 30 years, but it reminds me of one of those really dark thick beers. It’s malty, fruity, a little edgy. This is what I expect an Irish breakfast tea to be like, really In Your Face!

Not something I’d want to drink every day, but I might add a little to my cupboard from time to time.
Thanks Stacy!

Sil

haha you really do only want to steep this one for a minute…maybe less lol

Terri HarpLady

The instructions on the sample packet said 2 minutes!
:D

Sil

oh! on the package you buy i could swear it says one minute…as do the instructions on steepster lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL, oh well. I was still drowsy, so who knows. I’m AWAKE now! :)

Butiki Teas

1 minute is the time we recommend but 2 minutes is what was recommended to us. I just find 2 minutes to be a little too strong, though some days I need a full 2 minutes.

Terri HarpLady

It was bold & beautiful at 2 min for sure, but next time I try it I’ll most likely tone it down a bit.

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Sipdown!
Thank you, Cavocorax, for sharing your sample of this tasty blend of teas with me! I had breakfast with his lordship, while Tony invited the Earl of Grey.
Petersham is a fine fellow, & I’d be glad to take tea with him anytime!

gmathis

You’ve been entertaining all kinds of dignitaries this weekend!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, who would have thought it. Me, just a musician trying to get by, & all of a sudden I got Lords & Earls coming for breakfast, Friends visiting me in the tub, the Vicar…the damn Vicar, I tell you!

gmathis

Did he get his clerical collar wet? ;)

Terri HarpLady

Not sayin"n

Robert Godden

There’s also one named after Lord Petersham’s sister: The Duchess. But not available in the USA yet.

Terri HarpLady

Have you sampled it Robert?

Robert Godden

I’ve sampled them all! I’m the co-owner of The Devotea.

Terri HarpLady

Cool! Why isn’t it available in the US? It seems like there was another one on the site that was also only available in Australia…Aussie Chai (I just looked, LOL)

Robert Godden

We started in Australia, where we have 21 blends. Many of them are based around teas readily available here. As we have expanded to the the US and the UK, we have found that some ingredients are impossible to get for very expensive. As an example, we had real trouble getting lemon myrtle, which you can buy at most supermarkets here. The USA is doing very well and currently has more than half the blends available. There are also two USA-only blends – Star Spangled Chai and a new one about to be announced. With regard to Aussie Ginger Chai, which is our biggest seller in Australia, it is entirely made from Australian-Grown tea which is quite expensive in the US. Nevertheless, following a few well-known US tea bloggers falling in love with it after we toured the USA handing out packets of it last month, I rather suspect there might be good news on that one in the coming months.

Terri HarpLady

Awesome! Keep me posted, I love a good gingery chai! :)

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I came home from my gig yesterday in the mood for a sipdown. Michelle sent me teas months ago, & I still haven’t drank some of them, so I randomly reached into the envelope & pulled out…this?
Egads, I’ve been avoiding this one…it’s creepy looking…it has silver candy balls &…sparkles, for heaven sakes…just the idea of having things like that I my tea kind of freaks me out.

Oh well…might as well get it over with.
So I did.
Actually, it was much better than expected, with a believable apricot flavor to it even. Not something I’ll ever buy, but I’m glad I faced my fears & survived.
Thanks Michelle

Lariel

You most try it as a cold brew, so much better.

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The instructions for this tea call for “a level Tb” of tea. If you’ve seen this tea, you know that it is wild & crazy looking, & there is no way you can measure a level anything, so for me, it’s a slightly heaping Tb, & it’s perfect.
This is a very tasty tea, as long as you don’t compare it to the regular Premium Taiwanese Assam, which I’m pretty sure everyone likes better.
Left to stand on it’s own, however, it is very smooth & tasty!
The perfect accompaniment to the bowl of Roasted Beef & Parsnips stew with caramelized onions & carrots that I’m having right now. A black tea that is bold enough to stand up to a meal like this is bold enough for me!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

The description of your stew has me drooling!

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This was the other bubble bath tea, & it was so nice. Richly flavored with black currants & vanilla, I like to add a little stevia. Very intoxicating & relaxing brew to soak in the tub with. Now it’s time to load up to go play a wedding, then I have the weekend off!

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I’m taking a cup of this, & a cup of the Naughty Vicar (The London Tearoom) to the bubble bath. I’ve been taking short showers lately, I miss my bubbles. Nothing like a sweet cup of tea to soak with, & 2 cups are even better than one.

I already took a sip, & this is the best cup of this yet, just right. Maybe it’s because I actually followed the steeping parameters? LOL.

JustJames

my spaces are all filled up with either tea or bath stuff. enjoy your steep in the tub!

ashmanra

Terri’s in the tub with the naughty vicar!!!

ashmanra

Oh, and two friends, too!

gmathis

Hope it’s jacuzzi sized!

Terri HarpLady

I love you guys!

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I just realized there is a crack in my glass 12 oz little teapot, which I mostly use as a pitcher during gongfu brewings.
…sigh… the crack is by the handle, & it also leaks, a drop at a time. I have really enjoyed this little one. I always feel sad when it’s time to say goodbye to good teaware, but of course this also means I get to look around for a replacement…

This lovely tea is a sample sent to me from Angel @ TeaVivre Thanks so much!
The aroma of the leave is green, of course, but also buttery & rich.
I steeped the whole sample packet in my 12 oz (cracked) glass pot, at 185 for 2 minutes. It’s a delicate, sweet & rich little tea with a light fragrance. It reminds me of eating sunflower sprouts. I haven’t grown those in awhile, & they are just SO good, kind of nutty & buttery & freshly green. This tea reminds me of those, & it is a very nice delicate fresh lightly vegetal cup. Very lovely.
Thanks again Angel :)

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I’m so excited to have found this community! I’m a self-employed Harpist (acoustic & electric – Originals, Classical, Rock, Jazz, etc) & Singer/Songwriter. My days & nights revolve around teaching at home, playing gigs, gardening,& fixing awesome food to eat. My schedule is different everyday, but I just go with the flow, & I sip a lot of tea!

My love of Tea began with Herbals back in the 70’s. One of my favorites was a licorice blend from House of Hezekiah, an old tea shop in Kansas City. There was also a tea with mint, rose petals, chamomile, etc called Nuclear Casual Tea.
In the 80’s I gave up caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, (& a few illicit substances…), and brewed medicinal blends & tinctures to support 4 pregnancies (all children born at home). In the 90’s my love affair with green teas began when I discovered ‘The Republic of Tea’. Their beautiful teas & packaging inspired my original song, “TeaMind”, from my CD “Zen Breakfast”. If you’d like to hear the song for free, drop by my website.

In general, I drink my teas straight, but occasionally I add a pinch of Stevia & maybe some coconut or almond milk (I’m allergic to dairy, gluten, & various other things & avoid most sweets.)

I’ve explored a variety of teas:
Whites tend to be a little bland…sorry
Oolongs – wonderfully sensual
Roobios – I’m not a fan in general
Puehr – a fairly new direction for me
I’m not a huge fan of flavored teas, but I do make exceptions, & I’ll try just about anything once.

And Black Tea, Oh how I love thee!!
I am on a quest for the most wonderful breakfast cup! I will find you, my Love!

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