1676 Tasting Notes

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This is one of the more astringent Assam’s. And that’s ok, especially if you like to add a little milk or cream to help tame it, but I like to soldier on and drink it plain. It has a nice bit of malt, and the tiniest hint of sweetness!

I don’t regret drinking this over my Tiger Assam, but it does make me appreciate the Tiger Assam more. Sorry, Beast of the East.

Dag Wedin

Sounds lovely :)

sherapop

I basically always drink assam with cream. It has reached the point where I do not even brew up assam unless I have cream on hand!

Terri HarpLady

I’m glad you sent me a sample of this one, Cavo. I’m looking forward to trying it out soon!

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I chose this as my sample for next month’s Simple Loose Leaf selections because it sounded interesting, but puerh’s make me a little nervous because when I don’t like them, I really don’t like them. Why not find out for sure?

And now that I’ve had some, I think I’ll select this one after all!
It definitely has that smooth earthy taste you would expect from a puerh, but it’s also bright and tropical! I can taste the creamy coconut, and fruity papaya. It’s not a blend I would have thought of, but it works!

So far I’m off to a good start with my subscription!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TheKesser

I don’t like them either. This note gives me hope that maybe someday I’ll like them too!

Cavocorax

I eased into puerhs by trying small samples of flavoured puerhs from DAVIDsTEA like Cinnamon Heart, and when that was acceptable, I ended up ordering a few from Tealux! (Tealux has a lot of interesting flavours and you can buy 1 oz as a minimum for reasonable prices, especially if you hit them during a sale: http://www.tealux.com/flavored_pu_erh_tea). If you wanted to experiment, that’s what I’d recommend. And then once you got used to that earthy taste, you could try some unflavoured ones.

TheKesser

awesome thanks!

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OMG, this tea. O.M.G.

I actually didn’t snack on anything tonight because I drank two cups of this and it satisfied my sweet tooth and made me super happy. It’s like a lemony pastry thing, with butter meltling in my mouth…

Thank you 221B for this and the giant bag of samples that was packed along with it.

(i wonder if i can resteep it a third time?)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Amariel

I cannot wait til I get my hands on some.

KittyLovesTea

Same here, this is now on my wishlist.

Marzipan

This one haunts me, I keep thinking about it after the cup is gone.

Ubacat

It’s on my wishlist too!

whatshesaid

I must have underleafed it because my cup really lacked in flavor :/

Sil

so excited! 10 more days and it will be here for meee to try!

Marzipan

I think I did 2t to 11 oz.

Cavocorax

Sil – 10 more days? :O Excellent I’m hooked and need MOAR!

Cavocorax

Also I hope the rest of you get yours hands on it soon!

Sil

cavo…give or take. it’s been shipped haha

Cavocorax

Woohoo! I can’t wait to get that and all that Hello Sweetie!

221tea

Glad you liked it! It’s a favorite of mine!

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drank Bliss by American Tea Room
1676 tasting notes

Thank you Kat Maria! (187)
I brewed it hot and I’m enjoying this fruity green/white, but it’s just a little bit of strawberries, and oddly, a little bit of butter, and comfort, and it’s nice and all that, but I don’t know that I’d take it home to meet my mother or anything like that.

Speaking of… mother’s day this weekend! :O I have little time to dig up some kind of gift and ensure she gets it in time. #failed I bought her tea before but I don’t know that she’s actually drinking it or would want any more. :| And we rarely speak. Ugh. We did take a mold of my 2yo at work, so maybe I can send her a copy of my daughter’s feet? It’ll be late but something like that might be cool.

Ok, back to work. Back to drinking tea!

ETA So all the new Summer teas are out, so I grabbed the Summer pack and mailed that to her (in BC, so it’ll be late). Even if she doesn’t drink a lot of tea, she DOES like iced tea, especial decaf ones! #patsselfonback I also sent her the bubble pineapple mugs bc they’re cute.

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drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
1676 tasting notes

This is such a sweet, malty, wonderful start to my day!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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drank Orzo - Caramel & Honey by Lupicia
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drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Thanks VariaTEA (188)
So, I’m an idiot. I’m completely exhausted and drank two cups of this tonight and didn’t realize that it was green rooibos. (Uhh… I can haz caffiene?) :P It’s freaking tasty though, and now I can get this AND Melon Oolong because they are actually quite different and good for different times of the day.

ETA: I’m actually REALLY a big idiot because this isn’t the tea I drank. :P Can you believe that? I drank the Ripe Mango Oolong from Kat_Maria and it was delicious and I loved it, and I KNEW that it had big leaves, so why did I think it was a green rooibos?

Anyway… move along… nothing to see here!

Courtney

Is this one available?

Sil

you have to get it IN san Fran i believe… but it’s so damn good.

Cavocorax

Why would they do that to us?

Courtney

Why would they do that to us?! Gasp. I’m planning on visiting LA, not San Fran. Le sigh.

Sil

..to give me an excuse to go back to san fran?

Courtney

Brilliant.

MissB

I think it’s a California-only blend, although I could be wrong. I’m going to grab a whack when I’m there in a few months, and am happy to send some along to anyone else who wants some.

Courtney

YES. Such an awesome enabler.

jump62359

It’s a San Franciscan blend, so you can only get it in their three locations in SF.
I live in SoCal for uni BUT home is in the suburbs around SF so I can easily ask my parents to run into the City and purchase a couple packages of this tea :)

If anyone wants, I’m totally up for sending a wee 4-5g sample of this tea since it is my absolute favourite tea in the entire world :)

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79

It took me a year and a half but I have finally finished all 6 oz of this. It was tasty, but I think i could go years before I ever pick more up. :P (OVERLOAD)
(198)

It feels pretty great to cross off the oldest tea on my list!

Courtney

Whoa 6 oz. haha. Good job!

whatshesaid

whoa is right!

Sil

i think you gave me like half an ounce of that lol

Cavocorax

Whistles innocently
To be fair, I think I warned you before I dumped that on you. Maybe you were supposed to share? Or maybe I’m just an awful tea friend. Haha I can’t remember.

Sil

no no…GOOD tea friend! i used it for cooking if i recall…most of it lol

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drank Cucumber Mango Shou Mei by 52teas
1676 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange for letting me try this tea! I’ve had bad luck with 52 Teas lately but this one is just whammo-perfect!

It tastes really bright and fresh! It’s just… boom! Here’s your cucumber! And then as you’re thinking yeah, this is pretty good, it fades and you can taste the mango as the sip finishes.
Lovely.

TeaTiff

Did you drink this hot? I have this one sitting around. I am a little nervous to try it. It sounded like a good one to make cold. Your description makes me want to go home and make this tonight!

Cavocorax

I did drink it hot, but I can totally see how it would be exceptional iced! I hope you enjoy yours!

Roswell Strange

It’s great both ways :)

Amariel

Wow!! Sounds awesome!

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drank Konami Code Tea by Adagio Teas
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Shadowfall sent me this with our last joint order, and I just polished it off today! (200)
Yum: chocolate. It’s not an exceptional tea so I’m drinking it with milk. Thanks for sharing it!

And I’m at 200 teas! VariaTEA bumped me up but now I’m under my panic level. Now to drink drink drink before my swap from 221B and my teas from Simple Loose Leaf arrive.

I think I’ll aim for 175 for the end of the month!

VariaTEA

I am under 200 but I am fearful of what is arriving so I think I need to get in some sipdowns fast :P.

Roswell Strange

I have impending things from 221Tea, Red Leaf, Courtney, and 52Teas. Right now I have a bit of a cushion before I hit 200 again – but if they all arrive together I’ll definitely exceed it. Sipdown work ahead of me…

Cavocorax

Round and round and round we go!

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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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