1672 Tasting Notes

91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1672 tasting notes

I’ve only got one bag of this left. :O

I’m almost tempted to buy more while they’re 15% off but it’s not worth $15 in shipping. It’s not. It’s… not. I’ll stay strong! (But people sell it and Florence in Canada, right? Cuz I’m hooked now!)

I better not impulse buy though because KittyLovesTea just sent me a huge package with 12 samples in it, ranging from just 2-3 tea bags, all the way up to 50g! Yep. That’ll take a while to get to!

And Sil just sent me an extra generous package today. Also, TerriHarpLady did too (although I think hers will be more reasonable in size! Haha). And I think I’ve still got one more swap coming in after that.

And my Verdant tea order should ship this week. And my Butiki order will also ship this week.

OH GAWD. WHAT HAVE I DONE. :P
(I’m at 125 teas now. Let’s see if I can creep that down a bit before the rest trickle in). I’m making a noob intro pack to loose leaf tea for my sister and we’re both so psyched. I bought her the yellow peacock Perfect Mug and a Perfect Spoon. Now I’m going to choose 20+ teas to give her samples of to show her the best that loose leaf tea has to offer (that I have), and send her a cheat sheet on how to steep them for best results! #oneofus #oneofus

Sil

YAY!

Terri HarpLady

Chanting
“One of us! One of us!
Let’s all slide down the slippery slope!
Buy more tea! Addicts are we!
We can’t stop, not never, NOPE!”

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I keep telling myself that I’m not going to order more too. Lol! It’s such a slippery slope being on steepster!

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71
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Yes! So good! I added a touch of cream and that was pretty awesome too.

My birthday isn’t until July but I’m already trying to decide what company I want to splurge on with birthday money (my bf doesn’t like gift shopping so I might just buy my own present – bwahaha). Debating on a H&S order, Red Leaf matcha order, or renewing my Amoda boxes for 4-12 months. (Or a combo? IDK).

Now that I’m back to work and my income etc seems to be fairly regular, I’ll be tracking my expenses on a spreadsheet again, so I have a feeling my tea purchases will decline as I have a visible papertrail to shame me. :P

Fjellrev

Deciding over those companies is tough! Have you been enjoying your Amoda boxes? I was fortunate enough to try a few of their selections at the Vic tea fest and it was too hit or miss for me to justify throwing money at you-never-know-what. If I were you I’d go with either H&S or Red Leaf.

PacifiCHA Faction ought to get together and split a selection of matcha too. That would help with all our expenses, I’m sure.

Cavocorax

Yeah I might let the Amoda box lapse for a bit. It’s a nice novelty, but unreliable. I guess this last box will be the deciding one as it’s led me to try teas (like Lord Petersham) that I wouldn’t have found otherwise.

Cavocorax

Splitting on a Matcha order might be a good idea, especially if we do the buy 5 +2 option or something like that. I just am hesitant to jump on more orders as I get so busy it’s hard to meet up with people and pick/hand-out the tea. This butiki order is my experiment to see how well it works!

Sil

I really liked the amoda box just to try new things when i wasn’t feeling adventurous AND when i was just trying to get a handle on the things i like/don’t like. Now i prefer not having it since i’m getting good at finding companies that do sample sizes so i try things that way :)

OMGsrsly

Sadly the Butiki order still hasn’t shipped. I’ll be sure to let you know when it does though! i’m getting so impatient for my teas. :) I’d love to do a matcha order, but not for a couple months at this point sadly.

Cavocorax

She said on Facebook that it should ship Thursday! I hope the shipping is fairly quick!

And I’ll probably be headi.g to Toronto before we get a matcha order together. :/. Not that you can’t do it without me!

Sil

cavo is all mine! MINE! She’s MINE! bwahahahahahahahahahaha

Cavocorax

(oh wait I said Lolz is that lame does that mean no one wants me now)

Fjellrev

I’m in noooo rush to get on a Red Leaf order. Srsly ladies, I have four (?) flavours to get through yet.

Butiki will soon be ours! It’s going to be like Christmas in Australia for us.

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80
drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
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Annnnd, another sipdown!

I probably shouldn’t have had three cups of matcha because I feel a bit outta it now. Too much, man, that was too much!

This was a lovely tea that I’ll miss. I added a bit more leaf and steeped it a bit longer and it tastes more like pastry than it did before. And it’s almost like baked goods cinnamon (instead of fake cinnamon). Very nice!

I’m also a bit wigged out atm because we have movers in our office and they seem like idiots. They’re complaining a lot, and looking around at everything. I was pouring hot water into my timolino from the fancy coffee machine and the one guy just stared at it, and flicked my mug with his finger as he appreciated the machine. NO TOUCHING! :O Bah. Time to go home soon anyway or I’ll get trapped on the stairs while they move stuff around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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So I measured out a perfect matcha scoop of this, put it in a cup and swirled it around with a coffee stirrer. Then I added 4 oz of hot water, and 2 oz of warmish milk from our fancy coffee machine thingy at work. Now: Enjoyed!

I totally butchered it though, didn’t I? I feel like a Matcha Barbarian. This is so good though! I wonder how it’d be if I took better care of it! :P

I also had a scoop of this, mixed with 1oz of hot water, then I poured it into a water bottle with ice and shook it around and drank it that way too. Also tasty, but more like a milk shake.

I can’t wait to learn more about matcha! Thank you Sil for the sample. This is pretty great stuff.

Maybe someday I’ll invest in a matcha whisk so I don’t get sediment at the bottom of my cup.

How do you guys make matcha when you’re at work by the way?

Fjellrev

You so did NOT butcher it! Hey, if it tastes great, then it’s all good. :)

I never make matcha at work/school. Just not worth the hassle.

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80
drank Himalayan Blend by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!

Ok, I’ll miss this but I don’t need to replace it as there are so many other blacks teas out there that I enjoy more. I have a soft spot for it because it was my first non-flavoured black that I bought a tin of. Now that tin will go to my 2oz of Laoshan Black. How things have changed…

I wish I hadn’t got the labels from DavidsTea on the tins when I bought them, but that was back in the day when I thought OMG I’d love this tea forevers! Maybe I can make my own labels to hide the old one. :)

Dropping the rating a little bit so I don’t get tricked into buying more.

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

Haha how times change indeed. I luckily only have one DT tin, for Toasted Marshmallow, which I’ve gotten ridiculously tired of halfway through now. Can’t wait to finish it, and let’s hope those labels they slap on aren’t too sticky.

Cavocorax

Just one tin? Wow. I think I bought… 9? :O And I’m only going to refill 2 of them. At best. I’m definiately keeping Mother’s Little Helper on hand, but I don’t really drink it often enough that I need so much on hand all the time. It’s better to buy more often and fresher. Ah well.

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Oh why would I do this to myself? I accidentally steeped this for 10 minutes while doing work, and now this is awful. It tastes like soggy bitter seaweed.

I had a feeling it would, and yet, like a hardcore tea addict, I tried it anyway.

Terri HarpLady

LOL, been there, done that! I always have to taste it, just to see if it’s drinkable…

CrowKettle

Before Steepster that’s how I assumed green tea was supposed to taste. 100g of Korean Sejak did not deserve that kind of treatment.

Cavocorax

That says something about you that you didn’t give up!

Kittenna

CrowKettle – I thought that same thing! Imagine my surprise when I read the brewing directions for a green, and realized that five minutes in boiling water is, uh, less than optimal…

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74
drank Pu-erh Berries Delight by Tealux
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I thought this had cinnamon in it when I smelled it, but I guess it was the licorice root that gave it that something extra.

This is my second berry puerh, but there are huge differences between this and the one from DavidsTea. This one tastes more like puerh – there’s a heavy earthiness to it, while the other one was much heavier on the berry notes. I’ll have to try the DavidsTea one soon to get a better idea of which I prefer!

I’m also going to the mall on my way home tonight. I need to grab other things but I’m hoping to find some metal tins, or something that I can store my tea in to organize it better! I’m sure you guys have similiar problems with your stashes! It just seems like mine is 70% foil bags, so it’d be nice to sort them better. It’ll be fun looking for options.

ETA: The vanilla and licorice are pretty interesting in this. They linger long after each sip, and they do sorta wake me up a bit. Not bad for an after lunch tea (that will won’t magically help me lose weight!)

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

i like the bags…but then i also have giant containers that i toss all of those in when it’s the smaller sizes lol

Cavocorax

I have cookie tins that I throw my bags into right now, but they’re… getting a little squished. :P And I don’t have enough of them. I’ve got one for black tea, one for herbal/rooibos, and then two boxes that I throw everything else in.

I’m just thinking when I move more containers will be nice.

Terri HarpLady

My tea shelves are a mixture of recycled tea canisters that are reserved for teas I’m in love with & willing to order a fair amount of (like Premium Taiwanese Assam, Laoshan Black, etc), bags, & samples. Some of the bags are sorted into boxes that tea came in, others are squished together into shelves. It’s organized chaos, if you know what I mean!

OMGsrsly

Organized chaos describes my disaster perfectly. :) Cookie tins are a good idea that I might steal. Or I might end up making a tea cart.

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84
drank Black Currant by Harney & Sons
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Thank you JosieJade for this sample! I think it’s been in my box for a while, but I’m hapy to finally give it a proper review!

I love the fresh fruity aroma, with a very smoooooth black base. I wouldn’t want to drink this every day but I could see it quickly becoming a regular.

It reminds me a bit of Tardis! I guess I do like berry teas, especially when they’re subtle.

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67
drank Cactus Flower by Della Terra Teas
1672 tasting notes

I had to drink this one because the chocolate rocket gives me too much of a boost at times and I don’t want to get dizzy! This is very mild in comparison. I think I like green rooibos, although I haven’t run into it much.

I accidentally steeped this for about 8 minutes (or maybe more?) because Work got in the way of Tea, but that might have been for the best. The peach and fruit flavours are more pronounced than I remember, and it’s a pretty enjoyable cup. Would I get it again? Probably not. I think Rabbit’s Garden was a bit better for when I’m feeling peachy.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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74
drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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So this isn’t my favourite tea by any means, but it’s not bad. Drinking the last of it won’t be a chore, even though it was hidden for nearly two years! Doesn’t seem to have lost much flavour because it was sealed fairly tightly. I get chocolate notes and raspberry, but for some reason I always associate this tea with coffee. And some days, I’d rather just have the coffee. Most days I’d rather just have an Assam.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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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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