1691 Tasting Notes

94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1691 tasting notes

My order came in! I’ve got 2 oz! :O

I only steeped it for a minute and it’s a pale yellow colour. Nothing to be afraid of here – this is delicious, and there’s so much left in the leaves that I can resteep to my heart’s content!

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74

Sipdown!

Sil was nice enough to send me a little bit of this! And I could tell by looking at it that it was a Yunnan tea! I get points for that!

As expected, this is a nice light tea, with bright honeyed notes. I can’t really tell the difference between this and other Yunnan’s though. I guess I need to work on that!

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

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75
drank Yunnan Pine Needle by Tealux
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It’s a Yunnan! I like Yunnan teas! I like THIS Yunnan!

Not sure what to say besides that. It’s slightly sweet and very smooth. No bitter aftertaste. Golden orange colour. Each sip savoured.

I needed this tea. I’m stressing out about having to find a new job in Toronto in Sept. :| I really like the benefits I have with this job! I’m my own boss, basically. I can manage my time – come and go as I please. I can wear jeans and a t-shirt to work, and sit cross-legged at my computer. I can surf the net while I work. And I get paid a pretty decent amount. How the hell am I going to manage to find something like this again? :O Trial and error I suppose…

I guess I should probably update my LinkedIn profile, in case that is a thing that actually helps you find work for people who aren’t programmers etc.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
TheTeaFairy

Good luck, hard to beat what you just described, I really hope you get to find your dream job again :-)

Cavocorax

Thanks! :-)

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74
drank Pu-erh Berries Delight by Tealux
1691 tasting notes

Strange. I’m getting a lot of mint this time around – almost in a mouthwash sorta way. :| But then I DID oversteep it, so I suppose that’s all my fault. Tea abuse is a bad way to achieve a sipdown. I’m sorry Pu-erh Berries!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec
Nxtdoor

You gave mouthwash a 76? Geez. I want to see who you give less than 30 to.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Only because if I steep it properly it’s pretty nice. But if you forget about it, the mint takes over.

Cavocorax

There – I knocked the rating down 2 points to remind that it’s good, but not essential to my cupboard!

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94

It’s another sad sipdown as I will definitely miss this tea! It’s great warm, but I’ve mostly had it cooled and it doesn’t last long that way.

Looks like whenever I’m ready to place my next order, I’ll have to pick more of this up with Vicki’s Sponge Cake!

Preparation
Iced
Tea Sipper

Yeah, I was planning an order for those two as well (and a couple others) but the shipping is so expensive for me to the US!

Cavocorax

Yeah it’s totally pricey. I think I paid $21.50 (cdn) for two packs of tea, so that’s $11 each for 65-80g. I really liked it though…

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75

So, I definitely need more black teas at the office, apparently. Good thing my H&S order is being shipped directly here! (Not that I’m trying to hide it from my bf per se…. but more variety here will be nice!)

This is an interesting tea. It almost reminds me of a green with some of the notes. Odd! And it’s slightly bitter, but I guess that’s the muscatel notes you would expect from a Darjeeling? It’s a little grassy, but I’m getting honey too. Very pleasant, but not for daily consumption.

Oh and this is 1 cup away from a sipdown! I’m at 124 now, (assuming nothing arrived in the mail today), so I’m pretty happy about that! :) Of course I’ve got 10 from Butiki and 8 from Harney&Sons coming, as well as a bunch from Terri. My work is never done! Bwahahah

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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74
drank Fantasy by Lupicia
1691 tasting notes

Another sample from Sil!

I’m not sure what to say about this as I’m drinking it and wishing I had other teas at the office to drink instead. And it’s not this tea’s fault – I just saw that A&D have free shipping to Canada for Father’s Day and it reminds me I need to get the bf something for Sunday, and that I’d really really like to be drinking some Tiger Assam. And maybe my Tiger Assam tin could use a companion? Except it shouldn’t. :| I’m just looking at the website longingly just to tortue myself. (I’m supposed to be on a hiatus because I went a little overboard, and I don’t even know what the other A&D teas taste like but I sorta want the tins! Can you see how I went overboard before? Ha!)

This tea seems sorta mellow – it’s barely fruity and barely caramel-y and these additions don’t overwhelm the base which is also mild. It’s pleasant but I need something stronger right now.

(It’s not you it’s me)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

i totally want to order another can…

Cavocorax

:| Meet you in the hiatus thread?
Hopefully this is a sale they will keep offering – maybe we can jump aboard then? I just realized that I’ll need to save up for Black Friday FAR in advance too…

Sil

my ultimate goal is getting to 150 by black friday. So that i can order 50 teas and not feel bad.

Cavocorax

That would be pretty good! I’m more worried about the money when it comes to all my tea buying, so my goal is to have $150-200 set aside for all the sales and then I won’t feel guilty!

Sil

…think of all the tea 200$ could buy if we do shared orders…

Cavocorax

I think you might have just made my head explode!

Nxtdoor

Hahahaha. Yesterday my partner said to me: “if you manage to do this one thing every month, I will tie you and buy you all the tea you want. Every month” . I gave her a look that said “you’re crazy, you have no idea what you just promised!” But yeah, $200 on shared teas is flipping awesome. I could be persuaded,

Nxtdoor

Except she didn’t say “tie”, she said “take”. Sorry, the S&M thread is on a different forum :)

Cavocorax

Hahaha.

And yes – we will have ALL the purchasing power! :O

Sil

boxing day sales are awesome…at least they were last year. And i have my tea mule who could likely be persuaded to carry copious amounts of tea across the border for us for a small cut of the tea for her time/work effort lol

Cavocorax

Oh yeah – I have no problem cutting your tea mule in if she’s doing the hard part!

I forgot about the Boxing Day sales too – all I remember was everyone freaking out about Black Friday.

Cavocorax

Did you cave yet on the A&D sale yet, Sil? :P Not knowing if I want Russian Caravan or Double Knit blend is the biggest thing stopping me. ;p

Sil

haha i passed on a few boxing day sale last year, expecting there to be christmas sales. yeah. not so much.

I have not yet caved on the A&D – i am trying really hard to stick to my no purchases until July. Also, since this is the second time in a couple months that they’ve done this, i will hold out hope that they will have another one.
Neither of the two are overly smokey IMO, but i like the double knit blend followed by the russian caravan….if i recall my tasting notes properly lol both are excellent though!

Cavocorax

Yeah that seems really reasonable! Maybe for July 4th? Do US company’s have patriotic tea sales? Because I’d take advantage of that (hello July5th bday!)

I think I was leaning that way based purely on the labels and the description! :P It’s already June 10th though and I didn’t buy tea! I’m pretty happy about that!

Sil

I’m guessing there will be a few Independence Day sales. If not, there’s always another time!

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78
drank Northern Berry Kyss by Zen Tea
1691 tasting notes

This was very fruity and very good.
Backlog from yesterday.

I would buy this again.

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71

I drank this again and I liked it. I didn’t expect to either, especially after I smelled it. Thankfully it’s not as strong as it smells.

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81
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
1691 tasting notes

Thanks Sil for the surprise sample!

I really enjoy the tart cranberries and the sweet pears, but I don’t really taste the black teas. I… I guess I’ll take their word on it! It’s pretty tasty as an herbal though!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
Fiddling

I had a similar experience with this one. It made for a tasty herbal, but I prefer my black teas to taste like there’s some tea in there!

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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.

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