408 Tasting Notes

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How bad is it to have caffeinated tea when you can’t sleep? Well that’s exactly what I’m doing, since I know i can’t sleep anyways, why settle for a boring tisane I ask you?

Plus this tea is so malty chocolaty tonight, despite its caffeine content, it might give me enough comfort to put me to sleep. I mean, not forever, just for the night!

I brought a thermos and a mini gaiwan to the bedroom. Dog is snoring. If you don’t know, Dexter snores, yep, he does. I kicked (gently) my significant other for that reason for many years…yet I can’t get myself to kick the dog, go figure…

Anyways, this tea is delicious. I don’t have too much inspiration cause it is 4am after all, but steep after steep, it’s delicious. (I said delicious already, didn’t I?) ok time to stop writing and drinking. Maybe it’s working! Good night…

JC

Oh, you too had a long night. I feel like I did two days worth of errands last night because I didn’t want to sleep for some reason… I don’t want to blame tea… but it may be related lol

tigress_al

I didn’t sleep again either :(

TheTeaFairy

There seem to be quite a few insomniacs on Steepster…Tigress, JC, I sympathize! Being used to it, I can function well with 3 or 4 hours a night. But completely sleepless is a problem. (Of course it is!!!)
I hope we all fall into Morphée’s arms tonight as I like to say :-)

JC

I never went to sleep. I’ve been known to do this once every few months. For some reason one night I feel restless and well, skip on sleeping, but at least I try to be productive about it (I don’t have a perfect record though).

TheTeaFairy

Oh my, that’s terrible, but at least you get something out of it, good on ya!
Not to make my situation sound worst, but at the moment I get one to two completely sleepless nights a week where just like you, I don’t even bother going to bed. That restless feeling. Sometimes I go on the treadmill, lol!
And caffeine has nothing to do with it, I have done the zero caffeine thing and it changes nothing for me…

yyz

My sympathies, I had a job that totally messed up my internal clock, let’s just say it was extreme shift work with no consistent hours. Although I now tend to sleep at least 6 hrs it is often difficult to arrive at it. I no longer go through that period where you’re so overtired you’re freezing. I don’t find that caffeine interferes with my ability to sleep.

Butiki Teas

Ugh, sorry to hear that. I hope you get some good rest tonight. I have some sleeping issues too. Every month or two I have trouble sleeping for about a week then I get all tired and cranky and eventually I get so exhausted that I just pass out. Sorry to hear about the dog snoring. My hubby sometimes goes through terrible snoring fits. I basically have to shake him until he stops but I only get about 10-15 minutes of silence so I have to try fall a sleep between the snoring. I usually end up shaking him 3 or 4 times before passing out.

TheTeaFairy

yyz, yes I can understand how working shifts can mess you up! Sleep depravation is unfortunately a common thing now a days…

Stacy, I’m so sorry to read you are also experiencing this problem…it can be such a discomfort.
On the other hand, I have to laugh at the snoring situation! Now I have a picture of you in my head, savagely and frantically shaking poor defenceless hubby in the middle of the night, lol!

Butiki Teas

Poor? Defenseless? Imagine a train going through a lumber mill. That is what my hubby sounds like. Its almost like he’s intentionally going for a record of loudest snorer ever. I start out gently shaking him but if he doesn’t stop let’s just say he gets a good shaking.

Fjellrev

Aye, sorry to everyone here for experiencing sleeping issues. I’ll join the club. Too bad there isn’t some magical spell that can conk us out, let us get adequate sleep, and not feel groggy/weird all day (as I hear that is what sleeping pills do to a person).

TheTeaFairy

Awwww! Stacy, I tell you, this place is good for the moral! Thanks for making me laugh so hard it hurts..and sorry I was being so inconsiderate towards your own suffering :-(

Fjellrev: sorry to hear about that, welcome to our select club «Sleepless in Steepster» then (lol, any one from Seattle?)
Yes the magic pill…I wont go into details but let’s just say that you can’t go on indefinitely the way I have been…eventually, sleep depravation will play big tricks on you and the doctor will give you sh…t for keep on refusing to take it. Then the dilema. That’s where I’m at…

Butiki Teas

It definitely is! Hahaha. :D

JC

I try to be positive about my lost nights, it doesn’t always work, the worst thing is trying not to succumb to the temptation of going to sleep during the day the next day. And most of you need to get yourself some noise reduction headsets LOL!

@TheTeaFairy, sometimes if you have a routine that would usually make you tired and get you able to rest helps a long way. I go to the gym after work just to make sure I don’t have that extra physical energy that you don’t burn in an office environment. Also, try ASMR if you like soothing sounds.

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Mini tuocha, please help a fairy in needs of relief! I ate too much. When I do, puerh always comes to rescue. I don’t know how it can be so soothing, but it just is. I don’t have digestion problems at all. Usually. But…from time to time, things happen.

Oh, I was a bad, bad, fairy tonight, yes I was…

If you’ve been reading my notes for a while, you know I’m some kind of a health freak. Proud Vitamix owner for many years, name any fruit/veggie combination, I have had it. I don’t care much for sugar, eat lots of fish, love quinoa and leafy greens.

Having said that, I do like me some piece of meat every now and then, and I have been known for eating anything dark chocolate in excess…

But I have another flaw…( wine doesn’t count, it’s a fruit portion, Roughage said it, and he’s very smart and knowlegable) It’s a big flaw…to this day, a secret one. I’m willing to share with you Steepster friends, but husssssh, please keep it quiet: I’m a sucker for boxed KD mac & cheese. I know, I know, its no good…but I like it. There. It’s out.

Today being a migraine day (all gone now, thanks to a friend who kept my mind busy in the right way!), I needed something to indulge for dinner. After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to open THE cupboard, the one locked under a secret code and pulled out an «in case of emergency» KD box.

I crushed some Herbes de Provence and parmesan cheese to make it «gourmet» (yes, there is such a thing as Gourmet KD in my kitchen!) and put the dish under broil for a few minutes. Needless to say, I ate the whole thing. No veggies. Just 100% pure carbs. I’m full. Burp. (Oops!!!)

Thanks mini Tuocha for supporting me.

Steepster fellows, please don’t judge me…

(See previous note)

Nxtdoor

Oh god. This is too funny. I laughed at the Mac & cheese first. Then at the herbs de Provence on it. Not having grown up in North America I don’t get the Mac & cheese. But My common law spouse is born and raised Canadian. I tried making gourmet Mac n cheese from scratch and don’t you know it, it ain’t as good as the boxed shit. I guess unless it’s glowing orange it just don’t cut it.

Fjellrev

Haha way to be making it super gourmet.

TheTeaFairy

Nxdoor, I think KF is engraved in us North Americans, it’s in our DNA, lol!

Fjellrev, it’s still crap, but I’d rather have gourmet crap than just plain crap, don’t you agree?

Fjellrev

You’re right about that! I never thought about sprucing up KD like that.

TheTeaFairy

OMG, just noticed I wrote KF instead of KD, lol! Corrected, must be my dyslexia, KF as in Kraft probably?
I pimp my food all the time, it’s my creative side :-)

cryptickoi

I love my vitamix,it gets used every morning…everyone has a weakness…haha

TheTeaFairy

Aw, thanks cryptickoi, glad to know I’m not the only one enjoying my green morning juice! Isn’t it a life changer? How long have you been using yours?

Kamyria

LOL Oh no! Not boxed KD! I’m not judging, I swear I’m not judging… lol I’m not much better myself lately.. I’m a fellow health freak currently on a massive comfort food binge… I really want to eat more veggies, I really do, it’s just that my hands are doing what they want and not picking them out of the fridge lately!

TheTeaFairy

Kamyria, don’t be too hard on yourself, we all need some comfort binging. Fruits and veggies will still be there when your hands return,haha!

cryptickoi

I’ve only had mine for about 6mos. but I’ve been doing protein/superfood smoothies every morning for 3 years I guess…

ashmanra

LOL! Same dirty secret here, but with Penzey’s Sunny Paris or Ruth Ann’s Muskegon Avenue spices added! The gooier it is, the better it tastes. Al dente, of course!

cryptickoi

I’m sort of a health nut too…I really wish there were a lot more organic choices when it came to teas…

TheTeaFairy

Ashmanra, listen to us, who are we kidding? gourmet al dente KD really? lol, as if it’s some kind of delicatessen. Oh well, I guess it is to us! Thanks for also sharing your secret! (Now gotta look for those spice blends!)

Dexter

Closet KD lover as well. I like garlic sausage, onion, and tomato added. Al dente? sorry nope – over cooked and mushy for me. KD isn’t real pasta. LOL

cryptickoi

now I’m thinking dark chocolate with berries and ripe pu…mmm…

MissLena

Another KD lover here! Only time I got tired of it was when I ate a lot of it as a first year student lol, now I’m back to loving it :) dill, garlic/garlic powder, salt and pepper for me on it, in various combinations of the 4. :)

TheTeaFairy

Cryptickoi, me too for 3 years, but luckily, I started with the Vitamix. Wow, it must have made a huge difference for you, after 2.5 years with a regular blender! It’s a leap of faith financially but it is worth every penny. I don’t always add protein powder (the vegetal kind) cause most of the time I add whole almonds, hemp and chia seeds, and greek yogurt. So delicious!

cryptickoi

yeah,regular blenders suck…haha

TheTeaFairy

OMG, people, I think we all came out at the same time, lol, Dexter, leave the closet open!!!
Had no clue there were so many KD lovers here :-)

Miss Lena, sounds delicious!

TheTeaFairy

Dexter sausages for real??? Not judging, but, you know…

Dexter

LOL garlic sausage isn’t the same as breakfast sausage, but yes I KNOW. It’s ok, ham works well too….

__Morgana__

It’s hard not to love mac and cheese. It’s such a pure comfort food. And the Kraft version is sort of the gold standard. I’m so glad my kids have graduated from mac and cheese every other night or so as it keeps me out of trouble! I like the gussied up versions too, though I can do without the breadcrumbs that seem to be de rigueur for the gourmet types. I have to confess that we like Annie’s shells also, though I try to limit myself to just a taste!

TheTeaFairy

Morgana, yes I can imagine how being exposed to it every other night is a bad, bad thing for mom, lol! Not much of a breadcrumbs fan either…

MissLena

Mmm all this KD talk is making me want to make some..too bad we don’t have any in the house at the moment! Popcorn it is :)

TheTeaFairy

You get my seal of approval, MissLena!

OMGsrsly

I love browning some butter in a pan and adding the cheese sauce mixed with a bit of milk to cook and melt it before adding the noodles back. That’s how I ‘gourmet it up’!

TheTeaFairy

OMGsrsly, welcome to our KD outing then, sounds great :-)

K S

We saw an episode of Diners Driveins and Dives where they made a fancy smancy mac & cheese with a ton of different cheeses. We went to the trouble of finding them all and trying it. Ehh. We are back to the good stuff made with Velveeta instead of water is in that pouch and throw in some hot dogs. I can almost hear my arteries snapping shut.

TheTeaFairy

Yes bad for the arteries, but so good for the soul :-) KS, doesn’t it feel good to embrace this decadent habit of ours?

OMGsrsly

I got a case of Annie’s gluten free. So tempting to go home and make it, but I’m off grains until the end of the month! This is the first time I’ve actually been tempted. KD is miracle comfort food for sure. :)

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect everyday green TGY. By everyday, I don’t mean not as tasty, I mean that I like it so much, I want to find one that is reasonably priced, without compromising the taste.

My luck ran out after trying multiple lower grade samples, I came to the conclusion that I must break the bank if I want to drink on daily basis the type of TGY I’m really fond of.

Well, that was before I tried the King from Teavivre! Regardless of the price, this is one of the best I have tried period, and it’s under 16$ at regular price for 100gr!!!

It is almost at par with another one I bought in a much smaller amount but would have costed me 45$ for same quantity, that’s unbelievable!

It is floral and buttery, with hints of lilac and vanilla. It tastes like the mountains. I just love those floral oolongs, and this tea will allow me to stick to the plan and put to rest those prized Oolongs that cost a little fortune. (I plan on drinking the expensive ones only once or twice a week but I always end up drinking more cause I crave them too much).

I mentioned the prices today to illustrate how expensive this little hobby of ours can be.

Then I think of all the beer I don’t drink and I make my piece with it!

(If you have the beer + the tea, well it means you either have a bigger budget or you have a bigger problem, lol)

Thank you Teavivre for this King of a tea! I will be happy to reorder without having to cry for my wallet!

Fjellrev

I’m glad you found one you love!

keychange

Just added this to my shopping list. I love anything floral and sweet.

TheTeaFairy

Fjellrev, ine must never give up!

Keychange, it is worth ordering!

Nxtdoor

I have wine, food and tea. I need a heck of a budget for sure!

TheTeaFairy

Oh, I didn’t list wine on purpose, lol. I see wine as a necessity just like food and tea as well, beer is just a recreational beverage to me. No offence to the beer lovers, I totally understand their passion :-) Yes, not good for the budget…

Roughage

Wine is a fruit portion. We are supposed to have five portions of fruit and vegetables per day as part of a healthy diet. I always get my five a day! Beer is just empty carbohydrates!! :)

TheTeaFairy

Love you Roughage <3

Dexter

If I pass on the beer and the wine – am I allowed to keep my out of control tea stash?

TheTeaFairy

Oh, Dexter, then you get extra points and you get to increase your stash…I’m currently working on that :-)

mrmopar

What about hard cider? It’s a fruit so it has to be good for a healthy diet also.

TheTeaFairy

mrmopar: DEFINITELY healthy, hey, it’s 100% natural right??? How could it NOT be healthy, lol! Extra points for you also :-)

Roughage

Brandy is made from wine, but in concentrated form. Does that mean that it is even healthier than wine because it has more goodness in every glass? So, that really means that I should drink more brandy, doesn’t it?

TheTeaFairy

Roughage, I am no expert in this matter, I do not drink Brandy, but I have absolute trust in your own expertise…but here’s what know «Research has shown that the famous drink from the south west of France helps prevent heart disease and battles obesity.»
So that makes you a skinny man with a healthy heart!
The fact that it’s more concentrated means you also get extra points :-)
Yeah, Brandy is healthy!
(However, I don’t know if it’s of importance to you, but scientific cirrhosis analyzes show totally different results and conclusions for the liver. Oh well, just saying.)

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77
drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
408 tasting notes

This week, I got the most thoughtful and delightful package form Steepster’s sweet hearth Sil . She carefully chose and selected tons of teas for me try and I so thank her for that ;-)

This one was a special request. I really like French flavoured teas and the only ones I ever got to try were from the lovely Ysaurella last spring.

Now that I get to play with this legend of a tea, I say this: ALL IN!!! Why not? Yep, I put the whole sample in my giant 16oz mug and hoped for the best. And the best it was…What a nice fruity cup this is!

It tastes like creamy strawberries, with strong black tea as a base. I steeped 5 minutes and don’t regret it. I love that it is a tad bitter and assertive.

I know I’ve said it before, the French retailers know how to balance the flavours so that the beverage remains what it is suppose to be: TEA! Not pop or soda, just TEA with a kick, ladies and gentlemen.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, sweet (but evil for the cupboard) SIL :-)

Terri HarpLady

Gotta love Sil’s boxes!!

Ysaurella

I should send you some additional one Mamzelle La Fée :)

Ysaurella

I meant oneS

TheTeaFairy

Terri, yes that was quite a box really :-)

@Ysaurellea: Oh, but you sent me plenty fist time around missy Y. !!! Let me get this stash down a little and we shall make a new transaction, I have full of new exciting straight teas for you to experiment with :-)

Sil

Yay!

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In retrospect, the tea of 2013 for me was this one. I realize that it has made me feel better every time I’ve had it. It commends focus and keeps your mind interested and curious. It fully deserves your attention. And when I drink it, it gets it.

You need to spend some time with it in order to fully appreciate and develop its potential . That’s only my opinion but I have brewed it Western style a few times only and although it is still a terrific cup, I deprived myself of so many subtleties that can only be found and achieved through gungfu brewing.

I don’t think I own one tea (incuding flavourded tea) that has so much true caramel notes to it.

It’s a gem, and as long as it’s being offered by Butiki, it will remain in my cupboard as a staple…

P.S. It well deserves a rating of 100, but Steepsters’ Smileys won’t let me go over 99!!! Bad Smiley :-(

cryptickoi

its a good one…it keeps going and going…

TheTeaFairy

I know, it quite amazing!

Dexter

Your favorite tea of 2013 was an oolong? Really? Interesting – going to add that to the profile – this might change everything…

TheTeaFairy

Hehe, dexter, blacks and oolongs are on top of the list for me! Not necessarily in terms of numbers (though I haven’t counted!) in my cupboard but in terms of most consumed! There’s a couple on heavy rotation I drink almost every day (not this one cause it would be too expensive).
I just found the perfect everyday tie guan yin from teavivre that I will review shortly :-)

cryptickoi

which tgy did you pick?Im kinda partial to the nonpareil organic heavily roasted….

TheTeaFairy

Cryptickoi, it’s a green TGY, Anxi Monkey King. $15 for 100g, the quality is unreal for the price, ridiculous!! Almost as good as a Da Yu Ling I keep that costs me 35$ for 50g!!

cryptickoi

that is a good deal…

TheTeaFairy

Now you know I’m gonna have to look at nonpareil organic heavily roasted and I have a feeling it’s more on the pricey side!

cryptickoi

haha…yeah,its kinda spendy…I liked it most out of all their roasted offerings..

tigress_al

LOVE the anxi monkey king!!
I have not tried this Butiki oolong though…. It is now on my shopping list though!

TheTeaFairy

Yes Tigress, the king is the KING!
And for this tea, add it with confidence :-)

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82
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
408 tasting notes

I’m almost done with my 1oz pouch of this, and I must say it is such a burst of delicious fresh strawberries and rhubarb, I’m so happy Sil won the contest with it!

It was my tea of the afternoon…one thing I really like is the tartness of it without being one of those hibiscus overdose!

The base being Khongea Golden Tippy Assam, it doesn’t get completely erased by the other flavours, you still know you’re having a cup of good quality black tea.

The smell is as wonderful as the taste is, which is pretty rare in terms of flavoured teas. It goes on the shopping list, cause I will reorder, that’s for sure!

cryptickoi

you really do love rhubarb :)

TheTeaFairy

Yeah, lol, what’s up with that today???

keychange

I’m reordering this one also!

TheTeaFairy

Keychange, do you like the smell as much as I do?

keychange

I do. I could get lost in it. It’s also somehow reminiscent of childhood, although I don’t know if that’s due to any particular association or if it’s just that strawberry freshness will always be inextricably linked to unblemished innocence haha

TheTeaFairy

It is for me also, i think it reminds me of those barley sugar lollies:
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Ysaurella

which tea won the BT tea contest this year, do you know ?

TheTeaFairy

Oh, there you are my darling ;-)
I didn’t hear anything about the new winner, guess it’s not out yet…

Sil

the tea isn’t out…but i seem to recall the winner WAS announced…

TheTeaFairy

Oh, than I missed it…I’m guessing you don’t remember who it was?

TheTeaFairy

Oops , we posted at the same time! Sweet, thanks!

Ysaurella

thank you Sil !
TheTeaFairy you changed your pic !!!!! this is a new fairy in town so :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Ysaurella, it’s temporary, I just felt like a darker fairy today, lol!

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80

Like I need another favourite morning tea. Really Stacy, get your act together and stop making my choices so darn difficult. I need a new favourite tea like I need to have my teeth pulled out one by one without anesthesia (ok, I’m pushing the envelope just a little here but you catch my drift).

Lol, no jokes, this is some bold breakfast tea I find myself in love with. It whispers at me «wake up girl, don’t smell the coffee, just sniff me and pouf! all morning laziness will go away, I promise.»

It just works, simple. But I hear you, you want some decent load of tea adjectives, don’t you? How bout malty, earthy, astringent, woodsy, fruity, tobaccowy (?? not sure about that last one but it fits well in my sentence, lol)

More. I want more. Hey, I HAVE more, good for me!

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96

Daba, oh, Daba,

Couple of days ago I thought you and I were done for good, providing you don’t exist anymore and therefore I can’t restock on you :-(

But then, it occurred to me that I should put some order in my cupboard, and surprise! There you were, from the height of your 1/2 once, waiting for us to meet again!

I will cherish the tiny little bits and pieces I have left of you, but tonight, I can’t resist you! Come for a late night swim in the Gaiwan with me :-)

(See previous notes)

Sil

Yay for cupboard organizing lol

TheTeaFairy

Cryptickoi: this tea deserves to be flirted with :-)

Sil: you were my inspiration :-)

Butiki Teas

I was sad to see this tea go. I still have a tiny little bit left that I’m saving for a special occasion. Maybe one day we will be able to bring it back. I think it was just too expensive.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, I remember, quite expensive!!!! But it’s so fun to play with and so energizing too, really provides a good tea buzz…I used the mini gaiwan so I could use less leaves, allowing me to keep a small stash for a few more servings:-)

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84
drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
408 tasting notes

This tea is really amazing…as a blind test, one could never tell 100g sells for under $10! For real, what a bargain ratio.

It’s a sweet Yunnan, full bodied. It offers plenty of cocoa and honey, with earhty undertones, vague smoky notes emerge here and there. It reminds me of a milder keemun from Teavivre.

The leaves are more curls than what we usually call pearls. Cute nuggets that you can steep at least three times Western style. I made a gigantic pot tonight using my new Scandinavian pot and matching cup (Shelley if you’re reading, you know what I mean, lol)

I treated myself with so many good teas today, I feel fully satisfied!

keychange

I’ve added this to my shopping list now!

TheTeaFairy

oh, if you order, I really hope you like it miss Keychange :-)

Dexter

LOL I have this – should move it up the list of teas I should try soon.

TheTeaFairy

Dexter: just open it and have it, what are you waiting for?

Dexter

Ummm I have over a 100 other teas in my house I haven’t tried… can’t get to all of them at once. Like I said should move it up the list. :))

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I am French Canadian, so please forgive me if my English is not always perfect!

My relationship with tea in a nut shell:

I’m married to straight Blacks. I have torrid love affairs with Oolongs. My BFF are Greens. I socialize more and more with Pu’erhs. I have distant White acquaintances that I visit once in a while. I party with Flavored!

Love Steepster, a place for tea lovers, where you learn and share with others…

About me:

I am a free spirit, I let people be who and what they want to be and expect the same in return.

Books! I love French and classic literature, but also modern and pretty much anything that captures my attention.

As tea and books, music is something I can’t live without! From Bach to Nirvana, my ears know no boundaries…

Art is food for the soul…I consume lots of it.

Animal and nature lover, I will never let a fury friend in needs.

I’ve been drinking tea for as long as I can remember. But since I’v joined Steepster, my tea knowledge has emancipated exponentially.

Drinking tea is a sensorial experience. The name in itself “Camellia Sinensis” lingers the promess of an adventure for the senses…

As for my rating system, well it’s pretty much inexistent…Since I don’t write many reviews, I try to focus on the good stuff and will usually review teas that left a big impression on me.

Not a big «swapper» but if we do get to swap together, you’ll remember me, I live up to my Fairy reputation :-)

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