1693 Tasting Notes

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This was from my first Simple Loose Leaf box, purchased as part of the deal!
It’s a nice black, with apricot notes, and a little bit of honeyed sweetness. I’m not generally a huge fan of darjeelings but I like this one. It’s a little tart but not astringent. I find myself reaching for another cup after I’ve finished this one!

So far, it’s a great start to this subscription!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown (213!)
It was so busy with people over last night; two spent the nights it was get up and go, go to breakfast, drop our friends off, run around, visit family and do more stuff. It was a really great day. We went to the garden center and picked up some pots and plants and tomorrow the kiddo and I will mess around and plant them and make a mess. :D I can’t wait.

The only bad part of my day is that I didn’t get my first cup of tea until 9:00pm!!! But I didn’t get a caffeine head-ache until then so that’s maybe a good thing?

This was a nice white tea. Frankly, I’m so exhausted that I can’t really figure out what exactly this tastes like, but it’s nice.

Suziqzer

I love gardening :)

Cavocorax

I’m so new to it, but my mom and I would always do a planter for Mother’s day when I lived with her, and now that I’m across the country, I thought I’d try it with my daughter instead! I’ll just plant, and see how it works out, and then learn for next time. (And keep those tags the plants came with close so I can look at them whenever I forget what’s what and how much sun it needs)

Suziqzer

You’ll probably pick it up fast. I enjoy watching them grow and fill in the planters.

mj

It’s addicting! I’m stuck with only houseplants because I live in an apartment, but once I successfully kept the first plant alive, it escalated. I now have 8 plants in my apartment and 5 at work :-).

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I think Tulsi is a more acquired taste. It’s ok, but I don’t think I’d reach for this one.

sherapop

I agree: definitely an acquired taste!

Shmiracles

i’m not very effected by homeopathic type things. my body’s internal system tends to react better to the freight train approach. and i’m a skeptic of skeptics, …and of skeptic’s skeptics.
but i seriously notice that tulsi totally relaxes me.
taste acquired! hahahah

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Oh, this is a very nice smooth black tea… It’s light and malty. I taste honey, and bread fresh from the oven. Oh man. One cup is really not enough. I almost want to kickstart it just to get 2-4 oz more of this!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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My samples arrived today! Yay!

So this is an interesting orange spice tea. Usually it’s all orange and fake sugar/cinnamon but… believe it or not… I can actually taste the black base in this version.

I think I actually prefer this to other orange teas. I guess there are other orange teas that aren’t orange/cinnamon but I don’t recall any offhand. So I’ll stick with this one.

The base is interesting too. It’s harder to say with a blend, but it seems sorta darker/maltier than I’m used to. Almost reminiscent of some of the Kenyan teas. It’s a little woodsier, and it has a rich aftertaste. It’s still really good after it cools.

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drank Blueberry by Adagio Teas
1693 tasting notes

Sipdown! I finally got a sipdown! Seems like I’m down to one a day but I’m rotating through and trying lots of things. :)

Interesting (to me) factoid:
Last month I had 183 teas that weight 154 oz.
This month I have 214 teas that weigh 149 oz.
Most of it was purchased in the last 9 months so it’s still fresh too!
I’m definitely heading in the right direction!

Oh and this tea: it’s good! I should have known that because Jane Austen Mafia and Tardis both have this (or I’m sure they do) and I really enjoy them. It’s interesting seeing it on it’s own. It’s really quite flavorful without being mixed into a blend!

(I mean it is a blend, but it’s not currently a fandom blend. That’s what I mean) Thanks 221Tea! (I may have called you 221B earlier and I hope you forgive me! Haha)

carol who

I catch myself writing 221B also. But the name 221Tea is so cute! :-)

Dexter

OMG you know how much tea you have in oz? LOL That is just way too organized. Good job bringing your quantity down (which really is more important than number of). I’m just afraid to even think about quantity – I think I’ll just sit here in the corner being in denial. :))

221tea

You did, but I let it slide :) I tried for 221B originally but it was taken, so I’m not upset ;)

Cavocorax

Dexter – it’s on my spreadsheet! I enter how much I bought and then periodically go through and do inventory with rough guesses of how much is left of each tea. It halps remind me which ones need some attention (to bring down huge quantities, or finish off little guys).
:) I spend a lot of time on my spreadsheet, but I like it.

And thanks 221Tea! I actually entered your name as 221B so I’d better change that or I’ll NEVER learn.

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Thank you Brian and 221tea for sending me a sample of this one. It sounded so amazing, but I was hesitant to spend $12.50/oz without know if it was REALLY worth that much.

Yes. Of course it is. It really, really is. Where’s my credit card? :O
(Oh, I’ll wait a little bit. So much to sipdown first, including the rest of the Whispering Pines samples those 2 sent me!)

It’s like decadent fudge – the chocolate notes are just that strong and with a bit of depth/weight to them. So amazing. I also get honeyed vanilla with this as well. I’m going to resteep this for the rest of the afternoon. I WILL!

Thank you, again.

VariaTEA

Yum! This sounds delicious :)

keychange

Everyone is making this sound so good!

Roswell Strange

Eii! Even more excited to try my sample of it now :)

Sil

…yes but would I like it…. cough

Cavocorax

Hahah. I can send you the second half of my sample!

Cavocorax

Corrected: I AM sending you the sample!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

I’ll give you 2% off your next order if you put this review on this tea’s product page at www.whisperingpinestea.com :)

221tea

Glad you liked it! It is currently my favorite morning tea. :)

Cavocorax

I’m happy to spread the love there! I forget about reviewing retailer sites more often than I should. /0\

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Right? There’s such an amazing community here that it’s easy to forget that not every teadrinker reads these reviews :P hehe. Thanks! Sending your code now! :)

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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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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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