1678 Tasting Notes

69
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
1678 tasting notes

Ok so I’m up at 115 teas which is good because my number is decreasing, but the average number of oz per tea is going up. :( #whoops Essentially I have more tea then I did before. That 7 oz tin of Read My Lips was a definite mistake, but maybe after I move I’ll put it up on the swap board.

Anyway I’m drinking this because I might as well clean up my little samples. I’m not too crazy about it to be honest. It seems a bit bitter – maybe I steeped it too long? Oh well – on to the next sample.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

Haha just wait until you have full access to my cupboard to take samples of everything…..ask raritea how her first meet up went lol

Cavocorax

:P I’ll be in trouble then, but I’m more worried about the temptation of ALL THE COMBINED ORDERS.

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69

Total impulse buy. /0\

I went to Granville Island because I hadn’t been there for years and then I thought this would make for a nice souvenir tea to drink when I’m in Ontario and so I scooped it up. The prices for 50g are really reasonable!

(Don’t buy teas based on souvenir value. That’s tea purchasing rule #17.)

So… this tea? Well there’s definitely darjeeling in there – I can tell because it’s bitterish. There’s also some fruity notes too which help to make it more enjoyable. And it is enjoyable, although not necessarily memorable. We’ll see if it grows on me.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
OMGsrsly

You might need to get some souvenir tea from Murchie’s. :)

Cavocorax

Haha. If we meet up there maybe I’ll try some, but I’ve been pretty ambivalent about most of their teas. Although I do like the Prince Charles blend – maybe because that was one of the first loose-leaf teas I have ever had. It was a gift!

OMGsrsly

A friend gave me 6 as a gift and they’re all pretty good. :)

Cavocorax

Glad you’re enjoying them! I just found I didn’t care for most of them and that was with trying to under-steep it etc. I do have their Russian Caravan and will enjoy that, but I have too much. Gonna add some to my freebie list for the meet-up. :P

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77
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
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Mmmmm, yes. I rather like this one. It’s a nice solid green and it almost seems like it’s creamy and coconutty, but it’s actually the caramel and seseame seeds. Oh, I’m bad at this when I don’t cheat and read the desciptions. It’s totally toasty with the seeds, which is probably where I got coconut from. And it’s deliately sweet too, which is how I like my greens.

This might be one I’d want to re-order. I’ll have to narrow it down between Bangkok and this as I might not be able to drink 8 oz of green teas, but can commit to 4…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

That’s why you split orders silly!

Courtney

I love Bangkok! When I was in NYC I went to H&S and Tokyo and Bangkok were the two I needed to pick up haha!

Cavocorax

Haha. I can see too many split orders I’m the future! Too many! (blackfridaywaitforblackfridaydoit)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Caramel and Sesame? Wow! Need to try that one!

OMGsrsly

Ok, now I’m curious about this one. I’ll have to snag a sample pack (if they have them) with the next order I do.

Nxtdoor

If I can’t get the steeping parameters right, I might give you my tin when you come to Toronto. I have yet to make this work.

Cavocorax

Let me know – maybe we can do a swap of something.

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84
drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
1678 tasting notes

Yikes. Maybe I was supposed to do this at a lower temperature? It just feels thick and grassy and almost like liquid molasses.

It’s much better now that it’s cooled. Now I’m getting some honey notes too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
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Goodbye Chocolate Monkey tea! I wish you were more chocolate, but whaddaya do.

Speaking of monkeys, our little monkey must have gotten cold and woken up, and by the time I woke up and noticed she was too awake to go back to sleep. So, basically I woke up at 3:30, tried to feed/cuddle her and get her back to sleep for more than the next hour, and now at 5:30 I’m drinking tea because that’s much better than throwing pillows in frustration. The little monkey is happily chasing the cat and doesn’t seem to care that she’s had less than 5 hours of sleep.

Good thing I’m off work, I guess! She hasn’t done this in the last 3 months (she’s pretty good normally!) so I haven’t had to deal with going to work on 4 hours sleep. :P

Okay – enough ranting. I do like this tea, and will probably pick some up once I have tea money and there’s a new Tealux sale.

ETA: Sipdown puts me at 111 teas, 43 of which are sample sized!

Also, ETA: The baby is starting to lie down face-down on the floor. I think that’s a good sign she’s ready for bed! \0/ I just finished my cup too, so good timing!

Sil

hahaha
grats on getting so close to 100…maybe i can hit 200 this weekend before packages start arriving lol

Sil

…..or not. Lol they’re here!

Cavocorax

Hahaha.

Well I just checked the “what did I get in the mail” thread, and it shouldn’t be too bad? Lots of samples, so – quick sipdowns, and then the teaspot stuff is big, but only 5 more teas if you just look at the total and not the weight? #justifications

You’ve got until Monday to drink down enough that that Butiki order replaces it – then there’s no change there. And you can probably drink the stuff from your swap during the weekend? :P Maybe? Go! Go! Go!

Sil

…..I should send you a picture lol

Cavocorax

Yes! Sometime in the next few days I’m going to get all my tea out and take a picture (as well as portion out the take it away ones!)

Sil

I’m hanging on to all your tea until you get here right? That’s what we decided? If so, I’m not opening any of the stuff that came that we’re sharing so it stays super fresh :)

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54
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1678 tasting notes

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s older, or I’ve just had more experience with green teas, but this is so boring. Boring. :(

ETA: Oh, I remembered to lower the rating. :P

Kittenna

Agreed. I wasn’t a fan. Also, IIRC it tasted fishy/seaweedy. I like those things, but apparently not in my tea.

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80

First sip: malt. Second? Chocolate?
I’m getting honey too, but I think I taste honey in a lot of teas. :P

I love how each sip starts off strong, but mellows out near the end. This is really tasty, and dark and earthy too, but not like a puerh either. It’s hard to say which I like more – this or the Laoshan Black.

Shadowfall

I got a sample of this with my last order with my new gaiwan. Lol.
Just curious, did you make this Western or Gongfu style?

Sil

glad i tempted you to get it? heh

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93
drank Cantaloupe & Cream by Butiki Teas
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Yay! Tasting notes are back up! This is my light afternoon tea and it’s just awesome. I probably should have iced it, but it’s really good hot too.

I’m packing up boxes and watching Series 1 of Doctor Who. Wow. Some of it is pretty awful. Nine is so angry!

Sil

haha but rose! she teaches him to let go of his anger! and then IT JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER! OMG!

Terri HarpLady

Yay Dr. Who!

Shmiracles

i love angry Nine! heck i’d be angsty too if i was the last of my people and could see all of time forevers and had to run fast all. the. time.
haha
he’s my doctor. alien and hurting and trying hard. i have a flair for the dramatic and we’d totally be friends.

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24

Nope. This isn’t for me. I tied it hot, cold, and as a tea pop and I just couldn’t get it to taste that good.

Sorry.

Sil

i can’t rememebr (and steepster won’t let me check) if kittenna and i bought a bag of this one to share.

OMGsrsly

I have to admit I`m curious. Is it similar to the DavidsTea Cherry Cola? :)

Cavocorax

Yeah, without the terrible artificial sweetness that DT’s version had.

Sil

hmmm this IS in my cupboard. I’ll have to try it sooner rather than later…maybe i’ll love it. I liked cuba libre well enough

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79
drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
1678 tasting notes

So I haven’t posted in a few days or checked the logs, but I’m ok you guys. I’m okay.

Things are crazy getting ready for the move to Toronto. Friday was my last day of work. The weekend was spent moving a good friend/my roommate into her own apartment, and yesterday was a quick trip to the island to visit family. So much traveling!

I’ll catch up when I can.

But on to this tea. It’s so sweet and smooth. I’m really happy I split a tin of this. I couldn’t quite identify the fruit flavours, but then I read the description (i.e. cheated), and I can totally seperate the apricot, plum and cherry flavours in my head. This is delicious. And as I said before, super sweet.

I think there was real dried fruit in there – there’s a bit of sediment left in my cup which is unappetizing but doesn’t change how good the cup is if I don’t look at the tea. :|

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 15 sec
Sil

OMG SHE’S COMING SHE’S COMING! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!! YAY! IT’S ALMOST HERE!

OMGsrsly

I really like this one! I have a couple cherries in my half, but I’m saving them for a day off when I have time to sit and enjoy the tea and then eat the fruits. :)

Cavocorax

One more month!

Sil

maybe… you’ll get here at the same time as my tea from stacy… lesigh

Cavocorax

Awww. Hopefully the tea from Terri comes in before that- then you’ll have something to tide you over!

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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