1700 Tasting Notes

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drank Pu-erh by Harney & Sons
1700 tasting notes

Woah! I can’t believe it: it’s a pu-erh and I like it! I gave it a quick 10 second rinse because I heard that was a thing to do, and then I steeped it for 2 minutes.

Yes, it tastes dark and earthy but it’s good. It’s slightly smokey and sweet which add a bit of depth to the flavour. Excellent! I don’t really feel qualified to judge this because I couldn’t tell you if this was a good puerh or not, or if it’s raw or whatever the other one is, but now I can venture out and explore more puerh.

I’ve got 2 samples coming from Teavivre so this is excellent news.
I’m no longer afraid of Puerh!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha just wait until you get out here! (can you tell i’m excited?!)

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Yeah I have an idea that you want a joint Mandala order in the future. :D

Sil

yeah unless i get suckered in to cakes… EEP!

ashmanra

Good to know! I have 48 Harney teas on shelf right now but I have never tried their shu puerh. I do have a raw Ziyun Mao Cha that they haven’t carried in years but it is aging nicely, and I had their green tea cake, which is a puerh type tea but could not be labeled puerh because it wasn’t grown in Yunnan. I need to try this one!

Cavocorax

Are all puerh’s from Yunnan? Because I do like black Yunnan teas!
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Sil

…going to have to put together a poo package for you cavo…or when you come here we can get together once a week for puerh together! (poo in the park with the little one?) haha

Cavocorax

Haha. Poo in the park sounds fun. :P

Amariel

Poo in the park…lol

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Yep! This one again! I’m not sick of it yet. :D

ETA: Apparently this was my 600th tasting note. What a waste?

Fjellrev

Not a waste at all. Congratulations!

CHAroma

Congrats!

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76

I can’t remember what peach cobble tastes like, but I can say that this is pretty good. It’s mild, and fruity, with warm peach notes and something buttery/pastry-like hovering in the back. It’s slightly sweet and slightly comforting too for this frazzled Monday morning.

There’s a lot of sediment at the bottom of this cup though. This was a pretty good $1 sample though!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Aargh. I had caramel matchacinno for breakfast and now that I’m drinking this it just tastes like sour milk. :| And I’ve had food to eat since then, and drank lots of water and all of that, but I can’t shake it.

And I really wanted some tiger time too. Baah.

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So I was trying to do 5 things at once on the internet, as I usually do, and then I took a sip of this and had to DROP EVERYTHING.

This tea is just great. It’s sweet, slightly tart with the blackberries and oh so creamy. And I was wrong – it’s different enough from the TARDIS blend so I’m very happy I have both.

I don’t know how I’ll ever get sick of either of them, but I’ve got 3 oz of this and 6 of the other so, who knows?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Josie Jade

Yay! Glad you liked it too!

Amariel

I have some of this but am nervous to try because it smells a bit strong. I gave my TARDIS blend away because it was too floral.

Cavocorax

I find the trick with Adagio blends is to steep for 2.5 min or less at less than boiling. I don’t find it too strong that way.

Sil

Imma have to steal some of your adagio teas when you get here lol

Cavocorax

I’ve made a note on my spreadsheet!

Sil

Tardis too! Terri likely didn’t send me any ‘cause of the earl grey factor but i’ll give it a shot since you like it haha

Cavocorax

Done! It’s on the list. No guarantee you’ll like them, but if you do short steep times it’s pretty good. I could see it getting too perfumy at longer times, but I’m pretty sensitive to that too.

Fandoms go a bit of a way towards making me like teas though – sadly. :P

Sil

i just want dr who tins… it’s terrible.. i just want them all.

Sil

OH! can you post a picture of what the tin looks like in RL? on FB? :)

Cavocorax

I did – it’s on my wall! (not in the group)

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Backlog: I’ve had this every morning ever since my tin came in last week. I didn’t add it each time because that’d be boring, but I should do it once in a while so that the # of tasting notes help reflect how much I like drinking it.

Sil

You can add it without commenting. Then only you see it.

Cavocorax

Excellent advice!

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This is pretty tasty, and if I weren’t mentally exhausted I would be able to describe it. It’s not the best black blend I’ve had but it’s enjoyable. A bit astringent, a bit sweet, as well as strong.

I’m playing Doodle or Die right now: http://doodleordie.com/profile/cavocorax It’s fun if you guys haven’t tried it. It’s “telephone” with drawings – you draw it, someone else describes it, and a third person has to draw whatever the 2nd person said. So you can see how the pictures evolve.

My drawings are pretty out there, but some people make ART out of theirs.

JustJames

cool! haven’t heard of that game!

Fjellrev

Doodle or Die looks dangerously addictive. I love the hat one! Such a crazy evolution.

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This was a sample from Shadowfall and now it’s gone! :O

This one is a blueberry tea – very creamy and light – it makes me think of a scone! But I can’t really taste the oolong in there. Oolong be gone? IDK.

It’s really tasty though. I’m enjoying this cup, and will see if it’ll handle a re-steep too!

ETA: There wasn’t enough for a re-steep, but I suspect that I would have enjoyed this more if I’d steeped it for just a little longer. I"ll have to try it again someday!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Shadowfall

Well, I didn’t pick it out. Lol!
And I don’t think I ever got a successful resteep when I made it. Kinda a one hit wonder, but tasty nonetheless.

Cavocorax

I find a lot of the Adagio teas are like that – well a lot of cheaper teas are like that so that’s just how it goes. I don’t even try to re-steep TARDIS most of the time, but with 6 oz I’m well stocked.

Shadowfall

True. You’re paying for the art and idea of drinking the fandom (which sounds really weird to say the more I think about it) more than for a tea that’ll resteep. Lol.

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81

Oh yeah! My TARDIS tin came in, along with some Jane Austen Mafia (which.. truth be told is VERY similiar-I think one has an EG base while the other has a black cream base), and a few other samples via Shadowfall who was kind enough to ship it over the border for me.

And if it wasn’t for Shadowfall I would never have had my order because I’m not going to pay $27+for shipping. I’m hard-pressed to pay $15 for other companies but I’ll do it occasionally if I’m ordering enough tea, but $27? No way.

I’m so happy though – I really do love this tea even though it’s probably not the highest quality and a good chunk of my enjoyment comes from the fandom. I’m very, very happy. :D

I have the prettiest tin! (http://s12.postimg.org/4bcrc9jf1/971554_499524890127459_553092188_n.jpg)
Happy Friday!

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1700 tasting notes

It’s a sample sipdown!
For some reason this is really reminding me of the dark grassy notes from DT’s Ceylon Spring, instead of a warm golden yunnan. Maybe I didn’t rinse my timolino well enough last time? Will update this note later if I get a chance when I resteep it!

ETA: Ok, this is much better. Must have had some residue because this cup is much brighter and cleaner than the other one. Less grassy notes – more honey. It’s a really enjoyable tea, but as I’d said before, too expensive for me to restock when I don’t think I’m quite at the point where I’ll appreciate the beauty of this one.

Sometimes I’m happy enough with the McDonald’s version.

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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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