1690 Tasting Notes

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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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80

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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81

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
1690 tasting notes

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
1690 tasting notes

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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72

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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Surprise! One more Firefly tea! :) I thought I’d lost this but I’d just left it at work. Silly me.

So, this is a peachy oolong, with cream and a little bit of spice. It’s quite calming and relaxing which is awesome because that’s what I need as I’m feeling super anxious at the moment. What gives?

Well, Simon is here to save the day. I’m chilling out a bit.
Thank you VariaTEA! It’s only lightly peachy but the cream is nice. I can go for subtle.

Veronica

This sounds really good!

keychange

Anxiety can feel so consuming. I’m glad the tea is helping.

Cavocorax

Thanks :) Now I just need a nap. haha. #fridays

Shmiracles

not tea related at all…
a Simon/Mal fic was one of the very early first fics i ever read on AO3. my real very first was a the-avengers-make-a-calendar fic idek why. before that Oddree would just send me mobi files of Sherlock fics to read and there were so many that i never needed to look for anything else for well over a year.
this tea sounds really good actually.

Cavocorax

I think my first was probably some Pride & Prejudice fic, but those are fairly common outside of A03. Was Progress of Sherlock Holmes my first? It made the biggest impression… How the hell did I find it? :O (so glad I did – it made me excited about the possibilities out there).

No wait! It was copperbadge’s Harry Potter fic – it finished off book 7 before book 7 was actually published, and in some ways, did a better job. Was my first slash fic: Harry/Sirus

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Last sipdown for today! That’s all the firefly teas!
:D

I think I over-steeped this by 10 minutes but it’s totally forgiving. I’m tasting licorice, and orange and lemongrass and it’s really calming. So relaxing. Time for bed.

Dammit. I could possibly buy some of this too. Guys – this person REALLY knows how to blend tea!

ETA There’s no actual licorice in this so maybe it’s the blueberries steeped to the max that I’m tasting?

ETalsoA I’m at 200 teas!!! Bahahah

Sil

are not! lol my house says otherwise…

Cavocorax

Those don’t count (la la la) and the longer I postpone picking them up, the more time I have to sip these ones down?

Sil

…the longer i have to add more…

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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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