1768 Tasting Notes

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Ugh. I’m stressing out today and it’s silly because there’s nothing I can do about anything right now anyway, but I think that’s when a lot of us stress the most. We can’t help it.

So I’m drinking this tea. It’s comfort tea. I’ve never had a bad cup and it’s just good and simple. I might even indulge in a bit of milk and sugar to distract myself!

Also, this is distracting me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaLLUgR32fY (A violin cover of Gangham Style – it sounds so different!)

Kittenna

That’s so cool! I think one of the things on my bucket list would be to take violin lessons. I’m tentatively learning the guitar via Rocksmith with my boyfriend, but I so love the sound of the violin…

Cavocorax

That’s pretty awesome! Guitar is also really good.

And I found this video by listening to Lindsey Stirling – she’s the one who got me listening to violin music in the first place! http://www.youtube.com/user/lindseystomp

Kittenna

Addicted.

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Too much hibiscus. Not enough orange. Weird licorice aftertase.

Pu-erh fail! (148)

I might need to steep more H&S to make up for this one. At least I still have half a cup of Bilbo Brew in my other tumbler!

JustJames

oh dear! i like licorice…. but with orange? thanks for the heads up!

tattooed_tea

Hmmm I didn’t get licorice or hibiscus.
That’s what I love about tea, how everyone experiences something different.

JustJames

@tattooed_tea. true that. still, with this review i wouldn’t buy much more than 10g.

Cavocorax

Well don’t just listen to me! Some people seem to enjoy it, for whatever reason. :) Maybe I just didn’t steep it right.

Shmiracles

just put down all the david’s tea pu’erhs and WALK AWAY (just my opinion)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G7vL-k7DaI

Cavocorax

Hahahaha. I love the IT crowd. Did you see the US pilot version? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNPj3jXhzgw (Definiately WALK AWAY)

I don’t mind some of the DT Pu-erhs but that’s only because I’m afraid to try pu-erh on its own after a disastrous attempt. I’m slowlying trying it mixed with other unflavoured teas though!

Shmiracles

oh gawd don’t make me watch that sad sad pilot again!! gahhh!

every single other puerh i’ve had from every single other company has been better than the DT ones. i tried a cup of a blood orange puerh from a local place here and then became obsessed with it, it was that good. (i do own the chocolate orange puerh though, and though i don’t drink it often and won’t buy more, i don’t regret having that one at least.)

Cavocorax

I liked the berry puerh from DT, but not enough that I need to stock up on it. The ones from Tealux were better, especially the cocoa spice puerh.

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Goodbye Bilbo Brew! (150)

This was so amazing. I’m basically having it for lunch as it’s so rich and wonderful. If I’d had it earlier I could have called it Elevensies.

Also, that’s a real thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elevenses I thought that was just made up for the Hobbit! #themoreyouknow

JustJames

love the alternative name! lol.

Shmiracles

and don’t forget second breakfast!

Shmiracles

(oh i see it is included in the wiki entry) (we refer to elevensies and second breakfast all the time in my house)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome. We don’t, but we should.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I am rather fond of second breakfast! :-)

Terri HarpLady

We’re big fans of 2nd breakfast here. We’re also fans of breakfast for dinner. Every person in my entire family will agree that breakfast is the most awesome meal, any time of day!
I’m glad you enjoyed the Bilbo Brew. It is my favorite adagio blend, even though it’s no longer available. I’ll probably buy the separate ingredients & blend my own.

TeaRunner

Add Poland to the list of countries that officially have second breakfast as a meal.
I so like the idea of a late morning whiskey break that Wikipedia mentions. Just what we need on stressful mornings at work!

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77

Thank you Kittena! This was very tasty sample, and also another sipdown! (151). I’ve been trying a lot of my smaller samples lately it seems. Gotta make room for my Butiki order that OMGSrsly is holding for me.

This is really nice – I keep forgetting how good white teas can be. It’s slightly floral, but the berries are the key players here. It tastes like juice without all of the sugar, and is quite refreshing. It would probably be very good iced!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1768 tasting notes

So I oversteeped this one as well! For 10 minutes? IDEK! /0\ Stupid work getting in the way of tea. :( I thought work was there just to allow me to drink tea all day and not worry about the baby? Ha.

So even though I was awful to this tea, it was very classy and didn’t complain. It’s still very tasty and fruity and a touch creamy. And there’s lemon! Yes. I get it now. I can see what the fuss is all about. It doesn’t hurt that my water is usually a bit under 100.

OMG – am I going to have order tins of EVRYTHING from H&S? Or will I get sick of certain blends? Rating = bumped, and I haven’t even tried it iced yet.

And, as I like to stay about one tea off what I’m posting about, I’m currently reading this neat genderswapped Pride&Prejudice fic: http://archiveofourown.org/works/97016?view_full_work=true

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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81

Oh snap. I think the Jane Austen Mafia is going to come after me.

Everything started out fine. The water was hot. The leaves were carefully measured and placed in the basket. But then…. one coworker and then another came up to me and distracted me with inane questions. And there were issues to deal with. And before I knew it, my tea had been brewing for 8+ minutes. I don’t even know how long.

Maybe the J.A.M should go after my coworkers!

Anyway, thank you Kittena for the sample/sipdown. (152) This tea is only slightly bitter even after I abused it horribly, and I’m enjoying the blackberries and vanilla. I’m certain that if I were to place an order with Adagio, that I would snag some of this. But they’re sorta awful with customer service. So I don’t know if I ever will get my Adagio order in.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
tea-sipper

I have to have a really short steep time with this one too.. or the blackberry leaves are terrible!

Cavocorax

With Adagio teas I prefer to do it at 2.5 minutes. It’s too bad I lost this one, but at least it was still tasty.

Kittenna

I think when I first brewed this one up, I had it at 4 minutes and it was ok, but I’m honestly quite surprised that you still drank if after 8+ minutes!

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77
drank Azteca Fire by Teavana
1768 tasting notes

Thank you JustJames!

I guess it’s a teavana thing, but this Azteca Fire really reminds me of the Cococaramel Sea Salt blend. I guess because both are chocolate and oily? I don’t care that it’s oily though because it’s actually REALLY chocolatey. More than I’ve had in any tea I can remember.

Maybe because I oversteeped it?

But I’m mostly just grateful that I have an herbal tea that isn’t fruity and isn’t rooibos or honeybush like 95% of all my other non-caffenated teas. I’m happy JustJames gave me some to share, and I just remembered that Jackie T was sending me some along with the Cococaramel Sea Salt! So, I will be awash in Teavana chocolate teas. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 15 sec

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79
drank Pony Goal by The Teaologist
1768 tasting notes

This is a backlog and also a forward log and also a sipdown too! (153)

I drank it a week ago, with a bit of vodka and a touch of agave and it was fantastic. Iced too. (In case you thought it was hot).

The rest of it I made popsicles with and I’ll have to try them out tomorrow!

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

i am envious of your small-er tea cupboard!

Cavocorax

Thanks, you’re moving along pretty nicely!

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85
drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
1768 tasting notes

I’m a bit afraid to actually review this. It’s a Verdant Tea, and not only that, it’s super fancy and expensive. And it’s a Yunnan, which I like. :O How can I possibly do it justice?

Here goes….?

Steep One (1 min): It’s silky and sweet. The aroma is warm and welcoming. It’s also very honeyed in note, which is what I associate with Yunnan teas!

Steep Two (1 min): Still silky and sweet. A bit of something stronger in the undercurrent. Still honey – maybe more?

Steep Three (1 min, still): Even after 20oz, I’m still enjoying this. I am however getting bored of trying to analyze every steep. Maybe today wasn’t the day to do that.

I am sitting and enjoying each sip, but sometimes analyzing it takes some of the fun away. (Sometimes it adds to it)

ETA: This was tasty, but at the price I probably wouldn’t stock it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I just western steep it, add milk and sugar, and it is good, but yeah, I could get cheaper teas that are tasty like it…especially if I am not drinking it pure.

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
1768 tasting notes

So I finished up this tea, but I’m still at 155 because a co-worker gave me about 6 cups of Teavana’s Monkey Picked Oolong that she has too much of, and I couldn’t say no.

I was prety blah about finishing the whole thing, especially after it cooled a bit and there was this sour citrusy note that I wasn’t keen on, but then I broke my rules and added a dash of milk and the whole thing transformed into a very pleasant milk chocolate sorta tea. I guess that’s the only way to drink it!

I won’t order any more though. I still haven’t found the best chocolate orange, and maybe I just won’t.

Kittenna

Have you tried Two Friends??

OMGsrsly

It’s not in the order, at least…

Cavocorax

I haven’t. I had a bit of Three Friends, but none of the fable Two. (Which must be bff’s!)

Sil

cavo. 2 friends is where it’s at. When you move here, we can order some in a big batch from Stacy :)

Cavocorax

:) Sounds good!

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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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