1673 Tasting Notes

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Ozli sent me this as a surprise tea package! Surprise tea packages are sort of the best, even if it knocked my tea count up to 115 (after a few silent sipdowns). :P

I only had a sample of this one so I was really happy to get more. OH MAN. This is so great. I’m not sure if I like this more than the lime one, but with DTT’s constant sales I don’t know that I should ever have to choose.

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

Hahaha! Good point. Next time I’m definitely getting the lime. These citrus creams are such good evening teas. :D

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drank Terry's Tea by Bluebird Tea Co.
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I tried this the same time as Lupicia’s Chcoolate Orange, but I find I prefer this one. The chocolate tastes like dark chocolate which is nice, and it’s slightly bitter which is reminiscent of dark chocolate as well! It was overall an enjoyable tea, but not my favourite dessert tea. I’ll play around with it a bit before I rate it, but it’s at least 70.

I’m not a huge fan of hibiscus in my teas, so I think I’ll try steeping this for 3 minutes next time.

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

I really don’t like lupicia s orange chocolat. Stacy’s the only tea place that has done chocolate and orange together properly for me heh

Cavocorax

It’s a hard one to do right! I’m picky about chocolate in teas, but from what I recall I did like the Butiki version (which isn’t a surprise – I think the pineapple one is the only one I was meh about).

Terri HarpLady

This one sounds interesting!

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drank Orange Chocolat by Lupicia
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Thanks Sil for the sample!

I tried it side by side with Bluebird’s Terry’s Tea to see which was the best chocolate orange tea. The answer: Not this one.

I steeped it for 3 minutes and the result was very bitter. Each sip left a tacky aftertaste, and it felt like my teeth were coated in… something? Not pleasant. It was simliar to that feeling you get when you eat super cheap chocolate and it’s waxy.

After the first few sips it got a bit better, but not enough for me to bother finishing the cup. Guess I’m not the only one indifferent to this one, so no hard feelings!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Kittenna

If you have more of this, it’s fairly tasty with a short infusion. I found out the hard way as well that this one is very finicky.

Cavocorax

Thanks, but I only had enough for the one cup. But after seeing how bitter it was at 3min, that totally makes sense.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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My samples came in! I ended up resteeping this 5 times today! That’s a record. I wasn’t sure how much to use but I took a perfect teaspoon and a 12 oz tumbler. I steeped it for 30 seconds, 40, 50, one minute, and two minutes.

It was really good. I think honey was the strongest note, but I noticed each steeping favored different flavors. I’ll have to pick some up!

After sleeping it for 30s, I’m not sure I’d want to try it at 3 minutes+; that might just be crazy strong

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Sil

Haha I only drink this western style for the most part. But instead of a tablespoon as per davids instructions I use 1-1.5 tsp for the three minutes

Fuzzy_Peachkin

This one was so good, but definitely strong. I don’t think I could handle a three minute steep!

Uniquity

Hmm, maybe my taste buds finally demand stronger tastes as I steep this one in my Perfect mug (12 oz) for three minutes. I will try it less sometime and see if I get more nuances or if it is just too weak for me.

Terri HarpLady

I go for the gusto of 1 Tbl x 3min. I love it that way. I’ve only done the short steeps worth this a time or 2, & just didn’t feel satisfied.

Cavocorax

I love that everyone has their own way to do it. I’m pretty sure I’ll end up buying 1 or 2 oz of this, so I’ll experiment more, but at least I know that I like it the way I’ve done it so far!

Terri HarpLady

Yup! Like all things in life, tea is meant to be enjoyed anyway you like it, with as much creativity as you want! All paths lead to the same place: Pleasure! :D

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Thanks whatshesaid for the sample!

This tastes like actual coconut flakes, but like whatshesaid (ahem) said, it’s also a bit soapy too. Odd! Also, not my thing. This makes me want to drink some Pom Tango instead!

I agree – Coconut Oolong is probably the best use of coconut in a tea!

…sipdown!

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I bought this one on impulse, along with Terry’s Orange. No regrets so far. I needed another rooibos because my sleepy-time tin had room in it! And we can’t have that! I want 20-30 types of non-caffeinated tea to choose from in the evenings so I don’t get bored!

It’s actually a little tart like real rhubarb! It’s very good. And I don’t really get custard but it does seem to be creamy, much like the mint chocolate that I’m sipping away from in my other Timolino, so I’m happy.

I’m not really sure what calendula is though, but I’ve seen that Bluebird used this in a few teas. I wonder if it’s related to marigold petals?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Mike Turner

Spot on with the calendula

whatshesaid

Sleepytime tin,I like that!! This one as definitely rhubarby!

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Sipdown!

I’m not too sure what to say about this. It’s a mint chocolate rooibos? (i.e., it tastes like mint, chocolate and rooibos in that order!)

I think this is a bit creamier than other ones that I’ve tried, and it’s very delicious and sweet without being overpowering.

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

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Not sure what happened today but I only filled my 4 timolino’s worth of tea, and two of those were of this tea. Just a slow day for sipping I guess.

I made the first cup around 9 AM, and I’m sipping on the last of it now. It’s really tasty, but this resteep is a bit weak. Next time I’ll steep it longer – I forgot to add an extra minute.

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drank Monkey Chops by Bluebird Tea Co.
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Uh-oh. My cupboard is suddenly up around 115 teas now! I went outside looking for my $5 Verdant sampler and found my order from Bluebird Tea (my last since I joined the ordering hiatus group) and two packs of swaps!

I’m not really that upset though. :P I have high hopes for the Bluebird teas (Rhubarb & Custard rooibos, and Terry’s Orange), and the rest are smallish samples!

I didn’t expect to get 3 more samples from Bluebird with my order though. This is one of them, which is fantastic because when I saw they had a sale on for 15%, I nearly bought this just to give it a try. (The coupon was invalid by the time I saw it which is probably for the best. Now I can wait until I’m under 100 teas, and make sure I like it.).

Surprise? I like it!

The tea is very subtle but I can taste the Ceylon, bananas and more creaminess. I was worried that maybe I’d contaminated this sample with the Creme de la Creme Oolong I’d just finished (in the same cup), but I’m on the second cup now and it’s still creamy.

I’m so used to banana and chocolate, but this is really nice as it is. And it tastes like REAL banana. I want MOAR. #someday

ETA: I bumped the rating up a bit more because I wish I had more in my cupboad. I hope I left the leaves on the counter so I can try to resteep it… Too bad Bluebird didn’t have a distribution office in Canada for cheap shipping. Hey… too bad that imaginary person wasn’t me! :P

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

bwahahahahahahaha 115 teas… mmm hmmmm

Cavocorax

:P 8 of those are from you! I better get that box out to you now so I can boost your numbers! I think there are at least 10 teas in there? Hahahah

Sil

hahaha like i need your help boosting my numbers. I’ve placed 2 mini orders this week, i’m looking at a third tonight from redleaf and there will be a 4th from steap shoppe just as soon as janet figures things out. plus two shared orders are sitting with kittenna and raritea lol and i have about 6-7 incoming swaps lol

Cavocorax

Hahah. You are your own worst enemy!
I forgot about the Steap Shoppe – so that’ll boost my numbers. And I’ll get my red leaf matchacinno in soon, and my Verdant sampler, which will just spur a Verdant order… :P

Also, there’s a Butiki order in the works with the BC Steepsterites. Maybe I’ll be under 105 before that arrives!

Cavocorax

Of course, when the box arrives you could just sit it on a shelf and stare at it.

Sil

i could… lol and yes…yes i am. But i’m feeling good. 7 packages went out today full of swaping goodness!

Cavocorax

7! That’s pretty impressive! Seems like the number of samples doesn’t matter so much if the total oz of tea is the same!

Oh, I like how you label all the bags with your name so I remember who I swapped with! I learn a bit more with each swap.

Sil

Yeah. I used to also put all the brewing parameters on the bags but when i couldn’t find the bigger labels i said to heck with that and just made sure my name was on them. Mostly since learning that there are people out there who shall remain nameless that have say 500 samples…i figure there’s no way that some people will keep that straight hahaha

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Fancy!

I had this today, and even managed to re-steep it! (Which I should do more often I know!) Based on the flavour categories, I’d say that this is… scratch that. It’s all butter. Just soft, melty butter. And cream. Did I just pay a ton of money for buttery cream tea?

Now I understand the fuss about milk oolongs. I wouldn’t want to drink this all the time, but it’s a good one for special moments. Maybe I should have bought more than 1oz, but it was $8. Now that I know it’s good maybe I’ll snap it up during a sale! And I’ll try and resteep it at least one more time before I go to bed.

Wow though. Five minutes after my last sip, and I can still taste butter… <3 What if I drank this while I ate popcorn?

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec
TastyBrew

Haha. Totally. This one is melted (salted) butter in a cup. But I love it!

Amariel

I have this on m DT wishlist.

Cavocorax

It’s excellent! I just wish I had more of it. 1 oz doesn’t look like it’ll get me far so I’ll have to make sure I resteep it like crazy…

Amariel

Do you know how it compares to DAVIDs Milk Oolong?

Cavocorax

I don’t know. I have some but haven’t tried it yet!

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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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