1761 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!

Okay so this is pretty good too. I noticed these Adagio teas have a certain… je ne sais quoi… smoothness or mellowness. I like it. I still like the TARDIS blend better. (I still dream of that blackberry mouthfeel.)

This is nice and creamy and enjoyable. My only complaint is that I would expect more attitude/zing from River.

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

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Sipdown!

This is a great blend. I made it extra strong because I was feeling it. This is smooth, smoky and the rose is a nice touch.

Regarding Anna Karenina, the smoke and rose suggest passion and femininity, but they also push the boundaries a little. Is it too much? What will others say? I suppose it could be a cup of sorrow or regret, but if you live in the moment nothing going can stop you from surrendering to each sip…

Thanks again to Josie Jade for the sample. The Steepster book club will discuss AK on the 25th and I’m looking forward to it. I hope we continue with this!

ashmanra

And the smokiness is reminiscent of Russian Caravan and other such blends that would be geographically and historically fitting to the book! My daughter is named Anna, and we pronounce it ah-nah. When she was very small we introduced to a group of Russian people we met at the funeral of a Russian friend. One lady sighed dreamily and told us that when she came to the United States she could bring very little with her, but that one book made it in, and she treasured it always.

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t tried any of the teas that were picked out to go with the book! I’m also still only at 64%…

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82

Potato tea whut?

I was curious about this so I requested this as a free sample with my last order. I’m so happy I did. It really smells of applesauce, and each sip is fantastic. I’m getting potato (but not starchy terrible potato), and apple and butter and it feels full-bodied. I was going to drink this with lunch but it almost feels like I just had lunch.

This wouldn’t be an everyday tea, but I’d love to keep an ounce of it around when I’m craving something savory and sweet. Idek what a potato pancake is, but I’d like to try that too!

#sipdown!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
KittyLovesTea

This blend has caught my eye quiet a few times. It seems to be a winner for the most part. Nice notes :)

Ozli

latke = potato pancakes??

Butiki Teas

Ozli-Yes, potato pancakes = latkes.

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drank Butterbeer by 52teas
1761 tasting notes

It’s here! And I’ve already set some aside for ozli as I’m sure she’ll want some too.

It does taste root beer-ish, and there are some odd flavours lurking underneath. I guess that’s the licorice etc. But it works! And there’s something sweet – vanilla, maybe?

Yep, while I wouldn’t want this all the time, I’d sneak out of Hogwarts for this. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Ozli

yesssss! meet you at zonko’s!!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1761 tasting notes

So I have no self control, you guys. I grabbed DavidsTea gongfu pot today and am experimenting with it. Instead of wasting a sample from CrowKettle, I went with a favourite that I’ve enjoyed many times.

I have no idea how to do this so I tried 30 seconds at 80C for my first steep. The water is only slightly yellowish so I was worried I understeeped it, but the taste is perfect. It’s very fresh and green and full of buttery, buttery creaminess. I love coconut, you guys!

Okay, second steep actually took hours to finish because of the crazy baby and housework and general life-things getting in the way. I think this was more floral and greener, but also sweeter. I steeped it for 40 seconds.

The third steep is nice and greenish-yellow, but I’m losing the flavour here. It’s more oolongy than it is coconutty. Still enjoyable but this’ll be the end of it for me. (50 seconds)

Results: this isn’t so hard! I didn’t realize you could steep, empty the pot and then wait awhile before doing it again. I had this impression that you had to do all the infusions at once and I didn’t know how you could dedicate all that time to do (although that would be great).

CrowKettle

Thank you for sending me some of this! I love it :)

Cavocorax

That’s great! I’m happy someone else appreciates it like I do! I’m so happy I grabbed 100g of it when it was 50% off, but I’ll still buy more at the full price.

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75

Wow. It really is pancake-y. After having that maple tea a few days ago I thought I knew what I was in for with this, but I was SO WRONG.

It has a maple flavour but a lot of what I’m getting is butter and pancake/pastry. How do they do this?

My bf walked by so I got him to take a sip and asked if he thought it was pancake-y. NOPE, he says, but he also said that if I want he’ll take me out for pancakes somewhere. So… YES PLEASE. Off we go!

(And maybe if we hit a mall I will buy that gongfu pot from DavidsTea? Maybe? IDK. Gaiwans can be so pretty too though, but if I get the little glass pot I can look at the leaves…)

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

And the glass pot will also serve well for those blooming flower teas if you ever end up with some. :)

ne14t

I have said Gung Fu pot from DavidsTea, and its a nice little unit, I got it with a set of the compass cups as they didn’t have the bubble ones I was looking for. It’s certainly a nice way to have a different flavor experience, especially with Oolongs.

Cavocorax

Cool! I ended up picking one up so I could play around with it. It’s adorable.

ashmanra

Buy ALL the things! :)

Cavocorax

Yep. Steeperites are a BAD influence when it come to money/self-control.

Shmiracles

goddamnit you said it!

ifjuly

Haha. I want tea to make my husband feel compelled to do my bidding. (:

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drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
1761 tasting notes

So I’ve had genmaicha before, but it was only the grocery store variety and it was super nutty. Almost TOO nutty. I had to be in the right mood before I could enjoy it.

This was a nice treat though – thank you again to crowkettle for the sample! Oh man – Steepster is GREAT for swaps. Everyone is so generous. I think I’m over 100 teas now because of all the swaps I’ve been doing. (At least they don’t take up too much room because most of them are samples… :P)

Anyways this is much milder than I expected genmaicha to be. It’s nicely chocolately, nutty and green. I really love this combination. I ended up resteeping it, and I may just try it again in the morning to see if there’s any more life in it.

If Frank ever reblends this, I’ll be sure to pick some up!
(Another note – I love how Steepster allows us to get on a first name basis with the people we buy tea from!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec
CrowKettle

I really want a reblend of this.

Cavocorax

Totally. I really appreciate you sending me some. If I ever manage to get my hands on more (outside of a reblend), I’ll be sure to send you some.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
1761 tasting notes

I was out today at SFU with my bf, and getting my hair cut so I filled my travel mug with this tea. It was moderately successful. I drank it but it’s really not the same. I wonder if I’d be better using an unflavoured black in my mug?

It was funny at SFU because it was club days and there was a tea club looking for people to sign up. They sound pretty awesome and it would be really fun hanging out with tea people, swapping things and experimenting with blends. I told them I wasn’t a student but they said I could sign up anyways. WOO! :D I’m super shy so I don’t know if I’d actually show up to a meeting, but… I’d like to? They probably wouldn’t mind if I brought the baby either.

I told them about Steepster too, and put my Steepster name on the sign up sheet. Hopefully some of them will check us out as this community ROCKS. ILU GUYS. Also, Hello SFU Tea Club People! If you make it here and find me! :D :D :D

I drank bubble tea while I was out as I was disappointed with the Ceylon Star but I’m not going to log it. It was a milk coconut mix with bubbles and it was sugary and milky and great.

And that was my afternoon in tea!

Note: Seven hours after steeping and my tea is still warmish. The bad news? I know this because I couldn’t make myself drink it all. :| Stupid travel mug.

CrowKettle

Now I know I picked the wrong university. UVic needs a tea club. Also, babies are cute and almost always a wonderful addition to any relaxed cool club. :)

Cavocorax

Hahah. Well are you going to be at UVic for a few more years? There’s a slight chance we’ll be heading that way as that’s an option for my bf’s grad school. :P

Courtney

I drive out to Van usually a couple of times every summer. I wonder if I could just attend one or two meetings per year haha :)

CrowKettle

I’ll definitely be there for a few more years; I’ve been stingy on the amount of courses I take per semester. ;)

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75
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1761 tasting notes

Thanks to CrowKettle for the sample!

When I first smelled it, I thought of a smooth Ceylon black, but there was also something else in the scent. Interesting.

Now that I’m sipping away, I’m reminded of DavidsTea Himalayan Blend, but this is a little danker and maltier – in a good way! I think there are also some honey notes slipping in too.

I’m happy I was able to try this but I don’t think I’d buy it at $10/50g.

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

…and I didn’t realize it was that expensive. Eek! This is one of those teas that I would be delighted to be served but wouldn’t go out of my way to obtain.

Cavocorax

I was very happy to be served a sample of it. :P

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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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!

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