1774 Tasting Notes

65
drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
1774 tasting notes

I have a terrible track record for this tea. I think I am under-leafing and under-steeping it because it’s mostly just water. It’s such a pretty tea to waste.

I steeped it a second time for 10 minutes!, and now I’m getting that familiar peppery marshmallow blend that I expected. Phew. At least I salvaged this one.

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86
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1774 tasting notes

Ooooh, thank you Terri HarpLady. This is a very nice and rich. I’m getting lots of dark chocolatey notes, back by a bit of pu-er earthiness.

This is a deeply satisfying cup.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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69
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
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3rd time’s a charm? My first cup of the day was coffee because I wanted something STRONG to wake me up, but when I went to take a sip, the milk had curdled or something. It looked awful and I dumped it. Stupid fancy coffee machine. It requires so much maintenance and doesn’t really do a good job.

My second cup was a sipdown of Zen Tea’s Phoenix Pearls which are normally amazing, but was also undrinkable as I sat down in a stupor at my desk and zoned out for 15 minutes while the tea was steeping. Such horrible abuse for such brilliant leaves.

Now I’m very much in need of caffeine and so I had to keep trying. I decided to stick with the basics – a sachet of H&S’s Assam with a timer on my phone so I don’t forget.

SUCCESS.

Well…. this is a bit more tannic than I’d prefer, but… at this point I’ll take anything. And the added astringency just goes to wake me up further, right? Yeah, I’ll take it.

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I pulled this out because OMGSrsly and Heather Martin wanted to try it and I figured I’d better have more before I sent half of it on. :P

It’s really pu-erhish today. There’s no hiding that. But it’s also warm and cinnamony and heavy in my stomach. I might not even need a real cinnamon bun with this around. I probably wouldn’t say no if you offered one though.

OMGsrsly

Thanks! :D

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76
drank Chinese Flower by Harney & Sons
1774 tasting notes

My co-worker has recently discovered Harney&Sons tea thanks to previous tea order that I hid at work to… spread my collection around a bit? Anyway we placed a joint order and grabbed this, and I jumped at the chance to try it.

It’s not something I would order as I’m not keen on green tea. (see what I did there? Bwahaha). Anyway, it’s very bright, citrusy and floral and I think it’s quite enjoyable. I over-steeped it a bit but I can see how a shorter steep would lead to a more balanced blend, and I suspect this would be even better cold-brewed.

I’m happy I was able to try it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

So I drank the last of this yesterday, and then put the used leaves in my timolino all night for cold-brewed ice tea and I think it’s even better this way. I get lots of cinnamon and sweetness and it’s fantastic.

Sil

i need to try this cold brewed!!!!

Cavocorax

Wait, what? You haven’t? :O
psshaw… Some tea blending expert you are.

Sil

haha sooooooo many teas….

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79

It’s slightly smokey and sweet and just a touch astringent, and it’s just what I want this morning.

I might need to make a coffee before I jump to my next cup of tea though because I’m sleepy and I need a jolt. I stayed up too late watching Hannah and it was an awful movie that I had high hopes for. It was just weird.

I also just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s new book, and I absolutely loved this quote: “I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?” It’s basically what I felt about his book.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

Oh yay! I’m going to see Neil Gaiman in Nashville tomorrow and will be getting a copy his new book and waiting in line to have him sign it. I can’t wait! :D he is one of my favorite authors!

Cavocorax

That’s awesome! I hope you have a good time. I follow him on twitter and I think it’d be amazing to meet him. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

My friend is always trying to get me to read Neil Gaiman. That quote just might get me to!

mpierce87

I completely know what you mean about Hannah. I saw it awhile back and I still feel disappointed every time I think about it.

Cavocorax

I hope you enjoy it if you try it! I think it has a bit of a different tone than his other works, but then I’ve only read this, Coralline, and American Gods.

And mrawlins – so disappointed! There were sone nuts that were ok, but most of it was a wreck. We couldn’t stop watching though!

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I bought this because Sil was so excited about it that I was curious to try it as well. Also, I needed to spend $40 for the free shipping to Canada! (I love this policy by the way.)

So this tea seems to be the lovechild of Verdant’s Laoshan Black and DAVIDsTEA’s Ceylon Spring. It has honey and chocolate and oats like the LB, yet there’s also CS’s grassy notes present too. It’s almost like a burnt grass, but without being unpleasantly so.

Hmm. I love that we can describe things as burnt grass, or earthy, or fishy and in this sense it’s a good thing, but if it were something else I consumed a lot of like steak or cake or carrots, it would be very disappointing.

This is good. I’ll keep resteeping is at I’d like to get a better idea of which one I like better – this, or either of its “parents.”

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Sil

lol this review cracked me up yesterday :)

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

Yes! Much better than the last time I had it. Now I’m getting warm cinnamon-y pie and a slightly tart rhubarb taste in my cup.

MUCH approved. Tea blahs are over I guess!

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74
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t had this in awhile. The orange, ginger and puerh combo have grown on me, but this will never be a tea that I need to steep and resteep all day.

MooKiwi

It has grown on me too but I still haven’t been able to finish a full cup!

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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.

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