1708 Tasting Notes

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
1708 tasting notes

This smells like the GREATEST COCONUT TEA EVER.

Update: It tastes like the greatest coconut tea too!

The base is very smooth, but the coconut has a bit of roastiness to it that’s appreciated. The chocolate notes peek out as it cools. I would gush about this more, but I’ve got 20 min of work left before I manage 6 busses/skytrains so I can get the baby from daycare and home. Mondays are not great days in that respect, but the tea has been pretty sublime.

I can’t believe I’m only a few teas into my H&S order and I’m already make notes about my next order. RIDICULOUS. How can it be so good?

I’m listening to Mumford&Sons while I drink this and that’s also making today nice.

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

Mumford and Tea? Now that IS a great way to spend some time!

Fjellrev

Love this one too!

Chelle

Yes! I love both of these…
I christen this Mumford and Tea day!
Of course you have to drink Harney & Sons tea….

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80

This tea is a BEAUTY! And another little sipdown. (155)

I don’t normally care for green teas, and jasmine isn’t really my thing either, but I guess the guys at H&S noticed I’d only ordered blacks and gave me this and a white tea as a sample (possibly in an effort to convert me over).

It’s very grassy and silky and greeeeeen. I like it. I don’t love it though – it’s fantastic for when i’m in the mood for a green, but probably not something I’d stock up on. Maybe my taste preferences will change and I’ll drink less blacks in the future but that’s where I am now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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66
drank Pound Cake by sTEAp Shoppe
1708 tasting notes

Thanks to Sil for the sample, and the easy sipdown! (156)

So I can’t cheat with this and read the description, which is unsettling. What am I drinking? What should I be looking for? Well… it’s a black tea?

It’s also a little heavy, like the cinnamon swirl. I should have checked to see if there was puerh in the leaves, but now I’ll never know. It’s amber coloured and smells slightly sweet too. Hmmm… It’s a bit rich? It’s tasty? It’s MYSTERIOUS. I wouldn’t say no to more of this either, but I think I’d rather just drink the Cinnamon Swirl since it’s incredible!

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71
drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
1708 tasting notes

I decided to try this iced, although I’ve enough left to try it hot later on.

So far it tastes like bark – that special type of bark I associate with white teas, especially DT’s Cookie Dough. It’s a little creamy, and it’s a bit sweet, but I’m not really getting chocolate from it. I’ll try it hot before I rate it.

ETA: I drank the second half of my sample hot. (154) It is MUCH better this way. I still get that barky-white tea taste, but this reminds me much more of white chocolate. This is sweeter, and creamier and very good.

Now if only I were crazy about white chocolate! :P I just had to try it though. Just because.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

Eeee! I’m so excited to try this one after reading Terri HarpLady’s tasting notes! And she sent me some and it’s in my hands and I smelling the wonderful cinnamon and sweet potato aroma wafting from my cup! Thank you!

And it’s every bit as good as I had hoped it would. It’s warm and comforting but with enough of a cinnamonyzing that I don’t want to get too comfortable. So satisfying. And I can really taste the sweet potato! That just seems like such an odd add-in but it’s so great.

Man, but why? Why does Adagio have to be so awesome and let people make all the fandom teas at fairly reasonable prices, and then be so awful when it comes to customer service? Even if the shipping charges weren’t astronomical for us poor Canadians, hearing things like this: http://steepster.com/biancag/posts/179849 makes me not want to give them my money even if I could afford the shipping. :| Seriously – they should just say they don’t ship to Canada if they don’t want to support International customers fairly anyway.

(oh but this tea is so good… why????)

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

I’m glad you like it! :)

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69

This is a strange looking assam – it’s ground completely up into little bits! It makes me think of coffee. I had it before and wasn’t wowed by it, so I thought I’d try cold-steeping it overnight. It wasn’t enough – I needed a touch of agave nectar and now it’s drinkable. Far from amazing, but drinkable! :)

Still it won’t go to waste and I’m happy to have tried it. Thanks KittyLovesTea!

OMGsrsly

Is it powder or tiny balls?

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77

My tealog might not indicate it as I did a lot of re-steeping, but I drank a lot of tea today! I even managed to sneak this one in as a sipdown too. (157)

I have so much honeybush though. I feel like I need to get other bedtime options besides 20-30 honeybush and/or rooibos blends. :P

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73
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1708 tasting notes

So even though I wasn’t super crazy about this tea, I took it off Sil’s hands and am enjoying it now. I definitely notice the heavy puerh earthiness but I like it. It’s great with my bbq dinner.

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80

This is really good. The base is very sweet and fruity and it reminds me of the mouthfeel I got from Tardis. There’s a bit of astringency at the end of each sip, but it’s pleasant. The bergamot is just a touch strong, but it seemed to mellow out as it cooled a bit.

Yes. I think Steven Smith teas are something to keep an eye out for! Hard to say whether I like this more than Tardis, or Mount Gray as they have similiar profiles, yet are still unique. Stock up on all three?

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74

I’m resteeping my second cup of this now. I have so much tea that I’d like to drink and enjoy, but I also don’t want to waste the stuff that I have.

So, I’m going to resteep this at least once!

It tasted much like I expected: warm yunnan notes balanced against a bit of earthiness. And, for some reason, I get a touch of smoke at the end of the sip. I really enjoy Yunnans so it was nice to try this as I’m trying to get used to unflavoured puerh. I’m not sure I would buy more of this as I prefer Yunnans but it’s nice to mix things up, and I wouldn’t say no to a cuppa.

Thanks JustJames for giving me such a generous sample! I’ve got several cups (+resteeps!) of this to look forward to!

JustJames

so glad you’re enjoying!

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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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