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Steep Information: Prepared as part of the Steepster meetup and tea tasting

This was a 2009 dragon well tea
The older the dragon well the more yellow the liquor
2010 would appear mostly clear as it would be so fresh and new

The tea appeared cloudy with particulate
It smelled nutty, it has a light body, The flavor was sweet

The tea should always have a bud and one to two leaves

To me the leaves appeared as if rolled into little toothpicks

The steeped leaves should always appear very green

Sorry my notes are so short and cryptic but it was a whirlwind tasting of so much information and flavor!

I am intentionally not rating these teas as I didn’t really have a chance to sit there and sip on them and think whether I would by them again, like to play with them more, although none were awful (1 leaf) or fabulous (4 leaves)

images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/radiance-tea-house-and-books-loose-leaf_05.html

Cofftea

I know you stated reasons why you didn’t rate these teas, but being such a flippin type A person when it comes to my steeping parameters, I’m always interested in the ratings of teas that you didn’t have control over a single parameter.

AmazonV

it was like 2-3 sips of each, and they were all enjoyable, but not OMG WANT – so i’d say between 50 and 75
so in order of like, least to best, lapsang souchong, dragonwell, keemun, sencha, silver needle, apricot rooibos, golden lilly, pheonix

Cofftea

Thanks, I think ratings on these teas are actually more important cuz you have to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into where as if you make it yourself you can always change something.

AmazonV

I would agree if I had been in Radiance getting a full little pot to myself or to share, and I usually do rate those – but multi-tasking (pictures, notes, conversation) with only a few sips leaves me barely remembering the tea before i’m sipping the next one…so it would be unfair to the teas to rely on my memory in that state IMO

Cofftea

Haha true. If I’m going to a place like that I take a small notebook w/ me. That way I can capture 1st impressions.

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Cofftea

I know you stated reasons why you didn’t rate these teas, but being such a flippin type A person when it comes to my steeping parameters, I’m always interested in the ratings of teas that you didn’t have control over a single parameter.

AmazonV

it was like 2-3 sips of each, and they were all enjoyable, but not OMG WANT – so i’d say between 50 and 75
so in order of like, least to best, lapsang souchong, dragonwell, keemun, sencha, silver needle, apricot rooibos, golden lilly, pheonix

Cofftea

Thanks, I think ratings on these teas are actually more important cuz you have to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into where as if you make it yourself you can always change something.

AmazonV

I would agree if I had been in Radiance getting a full little pot to myself or to share, and I usually do rate those – but multi-tasking (pictures, notes, conversation) with only a few sips leaves me barely remembering the tea before i’m sipping the next one…so it would be unfair to the teas to rely on my memory in that state IMO

Cofftea

Haha true. If I’m going to a place like that I take a small notebook w/ me. That way I can capture 1st impressions.

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I love caffeine! I prefer tea to coffee. I prefer my flavors to be in your face, not subtle. I plan to use this blog to keep track of the teas I have tried.

I get my daily dose of caffeine from Starbucks (Grande soy no water chai latte).

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0-25=Bleh! not again if it were free
25-50=Acceptable, if it were free or there were limited other tea options
50-75=I might purchase this tea from time to time, or select it while out
75-100=A staple in our cupboard from now on, I will purchase and keep purchasing

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