1680 Tasting Notes

86
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
1680 tasting notes

After drinking that marvelous Dian Hong Yunnan from Whispering Pines yesterday, I was craving something similarly good today. And this is it. Less honey and more malt; all good.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90

This was a sample I rec’d from my first Whispering Pines order, and the only pure tea in the batch! I got sucked in by all the interesting blends, and can’t wait to try them out! Thank you for letting me try this!

But this is such a beautiful Yunnan tea. I had to drink it first. I love the golden and black leaves – it’s so pretty. And this tea is really wonderful. I was surprised that it only has a few reviews, but the when I looked it up on the site I saw it was $11.75/oz. I guess that might explain it. It does taste quite fancy though.

I get cocoa and honey, and a little malt. It’s rich and complex and not at all bitter, even though I steeped it for 5 minutes by mistake! Like a lot of the Yunnan teas I’ve had, this one is quite smooth too. I get a little bit of fruitiness at the end of each sip, but I can’t quite place my finger on it!

I wanted to try another of my Whispering Pines teas but I am going to re-steep this first!
(175) The other half is going to Sil so she can try it too!

I wish I could remember how this compares to other Dian Hong teas, but I do know this one is great.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86

Drinking this again because Hannibal is on tonight. I’m also listening to an 8tracks playlist of all the music from Hannibal: http://8tracks.com/rickonstarks/music-of-hannibal It’s quite fancy.

I hope we find out if the show is renewed or not soon!

Marzipan

I read that if the network cancels it, it’s likely that a cable station or Netflix would pick it up.

oddree

Me too! I was just thinking of that this morning… I’m hoping for the best! I downloaded that playlist from your post last night and I’m looking forward to listening. I won’t be able to watch until tomorrow, so I’m banned from the internet from tonight until then ;)

Cavocorax

I’ve heard rumours like that as well, but nothing solid. Fingers are crossed. From what I can gather, Bryan has been meeting with NBC this week and they are trying to make a decision. #fingerscrossed

Lala

I would be so sad if it was cancelled :( We need to start a petition. Ha ha

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
1680 tasting notes

Interesting! Not one I would have bought directly but it’s good. It’s only partially an EG with subtle bergamot notes and creamy caramel and rooibos woodiness. I think of creamy lemon custard even though that may all just be in my head!

It’s Friday, you guys! Friday!
(170)

Sil

Friday makes me sad…..

Cavocorax

Awww. No more vacation?

Sil

Last day, but man it was effing amazing!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
drank Duchess' First Love by Tay Tea
1680 tasting notes

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

80

Not sure if I’m grumpy or what, but I don’t feel like talking about tea today. Too bad because this one is great. SO great. I’ll just sip it in silence.

(unrelated: I’m at home today and after cleaning the house all morning, I’m now relaxing in a sundress because I want to enjoy spring, and sweat pants, because i’m cold!)

ashmanra

Lol! Love the combination!

Terri HarpLady

That’s my kind of wardrobe :)

Cavocorax

hehe. It’s so comfy. :D

OMGsrsly

In all honesty, your outfit combo is making me want to wear a dress today, but I’d probably pair it with wooly socks, a scarf, and maybe a toque. ;)

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81
drank Té de Frutas by Lupicia
1680 tasting notes

Thank you Kat Maria! I cold-brewed this overnight and am enjoying it right now. I just took a bit as the rest will go to TK. (yay! decaf!) It’s really good. Naturally sweet without being crazy about it, and I can taste the fruit. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this to taste as good as it does, but I’m very pleasantly surprised.

Sil

This one is pretty tasty for a lychee tea….and I always forget it’s decaf lol

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

drank Orange Spice by The Devotea
1680 tasting notes

Y’know what? Just because it’s highly unlikely I’ll hit 150 this month doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try. So I will. I am. (174)

Thanks to Sil for passing this one on to me. It’s a nice orangy-chai that’s quite good! I like orange, and it matches well with all these spices. It makes me think of holidays!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

76
drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
1680 tasting notes

Another sipdown! (175)
I don’t think I’ll hit 150 this month. I ended up doing more swaps than I had planned, but it’s cool. I’m cool with that. :D

This is a nice green. I can definitely taste the strawberry and vanilla. I don’t think I’d purchase it – I don’t drink many greens to begin with – but it IS nice.

donkeytiara

this tea reminds me of cap’n crunch….with a kick of matcha!

Ozli

Interesting!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

79

I’m drinking this today instead of A&D’s Assam because I’m trying to rotate it out before it hits the 1 year mark. I’ve had it 9 months now and I don’t think it’s lost any flavour at all, but sadly, it just can’t compete with my Tiger Assam. It has a Tiger on the tin! I’m suggestible and that gives it extra BAM for that.

Still this is a nice cup, and doesn’t require anything to enjoy it!

221tea

I am a former design student and I am also a sucker for packaging. I want to collect all of the labels for the Sherlock teas even if I don’t drink them. I want to wallpaper my tea cabinet with them.

Cavocorax

Glad I’m not the only one! I’m happy I kept my old Tiger Assam tin – I divided my new order between the two tins nad now I have one Tiger for work and one for home. :D

I love the Adagio tins too, but I don’t know what to do with mine once they’re empty… :|

donkeytiara

can you still get tiger assam? if so, from where?

Cavocorax

You can! A&D sell it here: http://damnfinetea.com/
It’s a little expensive, but it’s good.

looseTman

The Zen Tea Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 is an excellent Assam and a terrific value compared to A&D at $80/LB!

Cavocorax

Yeah, there’s nothing wrong with it. It was an excellent introduction to Assam teas when I first starting drinking loose leaf. I just don’t enjoy it as much as I do the A&D one. (and not just bc of the pretty tin)

looseTman

What do you like most about the flavor of the A&D compared with Zen Tea?

Cavocorax

It’s been a while since I had them back to back, but I did a comparison earlier and this is what I wrote:

“So in summary, I think the Tiger Assam is preferable. Although I said I expected it to be stronger in my other post, it does taste stronger than the Zen Assam, while being slightly less astringent – both good things. Zen’s Assam is still good though – I’ll drink it on days where I don’t need quite as much kick.”

looseTman

Cavocorax, Thanks for your comparison!

Cavocorax

You’re welcome :D I should probably do an updated one sometime before I finish the Zen Assa, but that might not be fair since the A&D tea is brand new, and the Zen has been around for 9 months (sealed, but still?). Zen Tea is nice because they offer some really great sales so you can pick up a lot for a really good price.

donkeytiara

thanks for the above discussion….I’ve ordered the tiger (as I got free shipping) and will find a reason to order from Zen as soon as I have a bit of spare change for tea again. Can’t wait to compare!

Cavocorax

I hope you enjoy it! It seems to be a popular one so I’m sure I didn’t steer you wrong. :D

donkeytiara

As long as it takes milk well, I doubt it will go to waste! I also ordered the ltd. spring Keemun from them…. Here’s hoping it’s interesting!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

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)

Location

Markham, ON

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer