1672 Tasting Notes

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drank Bangkok Blend by Harney & Sons
1672 tasting notes

The smell of this is intoxicating. It immediately reminds me of DT’s Coco-Lemon Thai, except this is green instead of white (and presumably cheaper too – bonus).

Mmmm. This is really good. I forget how much I enjoy non-black teas, and I really should try more. This might be one that I need to stock up on. It’s so creamy and bright, lemony and vitalizing.

I also am REALLY craving Thai food because of this.

I love the the ingredients are simple, and there’s no artificial flavouring either. I’m not opposed to artificial flavouring per se, because I know that some times that just means you have one flavour that is supposed to mimic another but it’s still “from nature” or whatever – but either way this doesn’t take fake in any way.

I’ll have to cold-brew it some time too with the remainder of my sample.

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So sad! I removed this from my cupboard!

Should I buy some now, while it’s still on sale? Should I wait until next week to see what Stacy offers on her birthday for a sale? Or should I just be a responsible grown-up and not buy any (considering I’m quitting my job in two weeks and will unemployed a minimum of one month!).

Being a grown up sucks!

Speaking of being grown up, I physically counted ALL my tea and added it to a spreadsheet so I can see how much of my tea is black/white etc and to keep track of the ones I really want to re-order. I love being able to sort.

Currently I have 114 teas, and 39% of them are Black! Aside from my 43 samples, the tea weighs roughly 105 oz and nearly half of that is Black tea. Yep – that’s the one I like the most of. I’m pretty happy I took the time to enter them all in.

Now I’m going to calculate (roughly) how much I drink in a day, and how long my current stash should last me. :P I can probably create a formula for that. Gotta love quiet days at work. #teanerrrd

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
Stephanie

WOW you have a lot of tea! I feel like I probably have too much and I am certain I have less than that…I also only drink 2 cups a day though. A lot of people on here seem to drink WAY more than that.

And yeah, being a grown up sucks sometimes!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

The scary thing is is that I’m starting to get toward that amount of tea too! It’s so easy!

Considering your circumstances, you might want to hold off. It doesn’t look like Stacy will be discontinuing this one any time soon! Everyone loves it so much! :-)

Cavocorax

I do, but it’s going down at least? I think I topped out in the 150’s and then just did massive sip-downs! (Well, to be fair, I just slowed down on my ordering and things worked out).

And you’re right Fuzzy – the responsible thing is to just hold off! I do have some tea monies saved up that I can use guilt free, but… no need to zip through all that in one month! (It’s supposed to be for Black Friday!)

Cavocorax

And I’m lucky – I can drink 6-8 teas in a day with most of it happening at work.

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83

I was just saying yesterday how I wish it was Fall already so I could get the best tea sales (and drinking teas in the fall has its own charm). Today I remembered that I have this tea! That’s pretty reminiscent of Fall! I had to try it.

I was, frankly, a touch disappointed. I was hoping for more pumpkin and spice, but then I added in one cube of brown sugar, and the flavours just “popped”. Sweet pumpkin essence, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom…. Yeah, this is very relaxing and tasty. It’s also comforting on what feels to be a cooler summer day.

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81

And goodbye Autumn Tieguanyin!

Thank you Verdant for the lovely sample. I had several cups of this and I can tell it is one that I enjoy. Now, is it one I’d re-order, or do I prefer other oolongs? That’s where things get difficult! There’s only one Verdant tea I’ve been disappointed with – the rest are just bad for my pocketbook.

ETA: This is REALLY SO GOOD. Can’t wait to re-steep it for the rest of the day.

CrowKettle

I finished this up yesterday too and I miss it already. Do you know how this compares to the early spring harvest yet?

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78
drank Caramel Cocoa Loco by Kally Tea
1672 tasting notes

It’s roasty!

Also, green. And the swirls of cocoa and caramel are present without being obvious. They’re sitting in the back, chatting about the rooibos.

This is very good! I’ve been happy with all the Kally Tea samples I’ve tried. Thank you Sil!

CHAroma

I love this tea’s name!

Cavocorax

Haha. Yeah, it’s fun to say.

Sil

Yay!

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1672 tasting notes

Oh, this is really amazing. I’m happy I ACTUALLY didn’t oversteep this. I’ve just had bad luck with teas lately and I didn’t want to ruin this one. I’m training someone to take over my post too so it’s going to be harder to log notes as well as time steep times. :|

I bought it because the community was pretty much raving about it, and it was on sale. Boy, am I happy I did. First sip is bright and golden – sweet with notes of hay. And that something else lurking in the background must be the peach – I couldn’t put a name on that flavour, but when I read the description that just felt right. :)

I can’t wait to finish this cup, and the 6 oz still in my tumbler, because as soon as I pour that into my cup, I will start re-steeping the leaves to prep for round two!

As much as I love the Taiwainese Premium Assam, I think I’d like this one on hand all the time too!

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

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
1672 tasting notes

I drank this hot yesterday and was disappointed, even though I used more leaf than normal to help bring out the taste.

I cold-steeped it overnight and was much happier with the result, but I still feel like I’m missing something based on everyone’s reviews. Oh well.

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So, even though I have a lot more matcha out there to experiment with, I think this one is a winner! Added to shopping list!

Q: What’s better than a raspberry truffle matcha latte?

A: A raspbery truffle matcha latte WITH a white chocolate macadamia cookie.

Thanks Sil for the generous sample. :)

Sil

i’m glad you liked this one. it’s a bit artificial tasting for me to love, love it but happy it’s got a good home. Also when you make it out here you need to come over and raid my cupboard…there are um a ton of unopened flavours hanging out here

Cavocorax

Sounds good. :D

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79

This is a damn fine timolino mug tea. It’s always hit or miss when you drink from a tumbler, but this one shines. It’s almost creamier this way. I’ll have to remember that!

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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!

Ratings:
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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