1672 Tasting Notes

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And here’s another sample from Dexter3657! This sipdown puts me back at 199. #cackles. :P I keep hovering around that number. I’ll probably be at 200 a month from now!

But this was a really lovely Assam. I drank a cup this morning, and enjoyed it so much I made it again for the afternoon. Sadly I oversteeped it (10 minute? Or more? Whoops) but it still tastes good. I just diluted it a little bit to fix it. It’s really malty and bold and deep. I had RiverTea’s assam just yesterday so I think that helps make this one stand out in comparison.

(Sorry RiverTea. I love your fruit teas, but your unflavoured ones are not as good. But I totally rec your fruit ones. ILU. :P)

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drank L'Abricot by Fauchon
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Thank you Dexter3657! I’m happy I got to experiment more with Fauchon, but I found that this didn’t have enough fruit for me. It was barely apricot? I still enjoyed trying it; I just wouldn’t buy any.

I bet Lupicia would have an amazing apricot tea! :D
(200)

Dustin

There are a lot of flavors I think about and think that Lupicia would do an amazing version of.

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Time to be brave and drink another puerh!

I didn’t know how to steep it so I gave it a 10 second rinse, after bringing it to boiling. Then I steeped it for 1 minute because I’m too much of a coward to go for longer. :P

I really could have gone longer. This cup is really light and mild. It’s earthy but good earthy? As it cools I detect a little bit of honeyed sweetness. Lovely! :D I’m going to have to steep this a few more times to get a better idea of this tea but I am enjoying it so far.

Thank you TerriHarpLady and Sil for passing this on to me. :)
Sipdown: 187 (which is good timing as I have a pkg from Dexter arriving today!)

TheKesser

That sounds good! And I’m not really a pu’erh person. :)

Amariel

I do long steeps and treat them like coffee and add milk.

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Thank you Angel for sending me this (and other ) samples! (192)

I haven’t had a lot of experience drinking pure puerh so I was hesitant to try this, yet excited. It’s complicated. I steeped it for 3 minutes as a play-it-safe way to start. I figure I can always re-steep it for longer if I get brave enough!

And so I sip! And it’s quite nice! It’s not OMG It’s lightly earthy and slightly sweet and there’s just a little bit of smoke too. Am I imagining that? Interesting! I’m starting to get used to puerhs!

Stephanie

This is a great into to sheng!

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Thank you 221Tea! I actually quite adore this one and I don’t care that it’s just a ‘bagged tea’.

The coconut adds a buttery quality to the blend, while the cocoa, dates and chicory add to the flavour. It’s quite amazing. The barley adds a bit of weight to it. It almost makes me think of chocolate macaroons! And the fact that this is an herbal makes it more interesting.

Sipdown (195!)

mj

I love this one too!

Terri HarpLady

At least R of T’s bags aren’t made of plastic!

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drank Lychee by Lupicia
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Another sipdown! (198)
(and that’s good bc I sorta grabbed 3 more samples today from a Farmer’s Market!)

But I’mstill under 200! Maybe I can hit 190 before the Silpocalypse returns…

Thanks Sil for this one! It’s an ok tea but I’m not really sure what lychee is supposed to taste like, but this is a decent black with fruit. And possibly some creaminess that I may or may not be imagining!

Anna

I feel a little conflicted when it comes to lychee. Do I really need lychee tea? Still undecided.

Courtney

I’m with you Anna.

Sil

i love lychee as a fruit…but this one is gross. i prefer the de frutas.

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Thank you 221tea! (199)

I really enjoyed this sample. I’ve had yabao before but was a little indifferent because it’s an expensive tea, and it doesn’t always ‘pop’ for me. Sometimes it just tastes like slightly sweetened waterl

Not this time. This is nice, and light but flavourful. I taste wind in the evergreens, cinnamon and something silky and smooth. It’s gentle and refreshing, and I’m off to resteep another cup!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec

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drank Shooting Starfruit by DAVIDsTEA
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I was bad today and bought this, chocolate macaroon and hot mama! Only 25g each but still – now I’m back at 200 with an uncertain amount soon to be incoming.

No real regrets though! Chocolate macaroon sounded good, I had try hot mama as a belated mother’s day (ok, that’s a stretch?) and this one just sounded good! I bought the kids iced tea tumblr for my daughter, and made some of this for her and she just loved it. It totally blew her little mind! Hahah. I wasn’t worried about the white tea component because it’s just mosty all fruit anyway.

I tried some after and I really enjoyed it too. It’s very tropical without being citrusy. I can taste the mango, and while I can’t recognize the other fruits, they all mix together quite nicely! I think I should keep this one in the fridge all the time for her (us) this summer. The only downside is that it’s a little expensive at $19 for 100g. But I’ll have earned enough points for free tea soon enough!

It totally doesn’t need sugar as the fruit makes it sweet enough on its own!

Tabby

Ooh, I love starfruit! I should try this one.

Virginia

I’m glad I read your note because I bought this one today without smelling it (!) and it smells like soap. Glad to know it doesn’t taste like it :D

Cavocorax

Weird! I hope yours doesn’t taste like soap! I added 2x the leaf, steeped it with the parameters on the bag, and then added it to a jug full of ice!

Roswell Strange

I got soap with my cold brew, but no soapiness hot…

Cavocorax

Odd! Maybe I got lucky?

keychange

Am drinking this iced now and am also loving it!

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I finished this up today while listening to the latest Night Vale podcast. What a great episode!!!

Sadly, this tea, like the thing it was named for, causes memory loss (i.e., is completely forgettable). SIPDOWN.

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Sencha!
Ooof! And wow. It’s so buttery. It’s so, SO, vegetal. And spinach-y.

It’s an interesting tea to experiment with but it’s just SO GREEN. I’ll try it again later and steep it less to see that allows me to enjoy it more.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 15 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.

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65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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