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1413 Tasting Notes

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange. Thank you.

I forget how much I love this tea because I drink it so rarely but it’s… amazing. It’s just what I needed after a stressful day at work. I’m on my second steep and I’m getting ready to pick the mulberries out so I can eat them.

And I take it back – Rivertea’s Mulberry White is good, but it’s not creamy coconutty like this. It’s good but it’s a different animal. I probably want both around.

VariaTEA

After getting 10 grams multiple times when I went into DAVIDs, I finally caved and just bought 50 g

Cavocorax

Makes sense! I’m hoping to get enough points with their loyalty program that I can redeem it on this one.

Amariel

It is soo good, and I just know I’m gonna need to get more soon.

Roswell Strange

I’m almost out too :P Of this and Mulberrry White – and I need both around! Saw this on your shopping list though, and I didn’t mind sharing what I do have :)

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96
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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It’s been too long since I had it and now that my samples are getting sipped down sorta nicely, I’m ready to enjoy my newest teas.

Yes. OMG. This is as good as I remembered.

Amariel

SO GOOD

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I’m not going to lie. I chose this tea because I was thinking about Dean, and then realized I had a SPN tea for Dean! (Well for Destiel, but… but… what’s Dean without Cas? :O Let’s hope I never find out).

Anyway, I watched Catching Fire on Monday and it made me think that about how Dean and Katniss are both stubborn pigheaded dicks who are determined to die so that their siblings can live. Or others who work their way into that ‘honoroured’ position like Peeta did. (And probably Cas). Anyway, could you imagine if Dean and Katniss existed in an AU and were each others codependent weakness?

They’d be pushing each other out of the way so they could jump directly into whatever possible danger there was. They’d probably do more damage to each other with all the pushing than the actual thread could have.

And that’s my tea note for today. :P (so far at least)

Anna

Oh, Dean. I Understand you, I really do. True Understand. So let’s be really thankful I have no siblings.

221tea

I would read it. LOL

Cavocorax

I wonder if it already exists?
/dashes off to AO3/

And note to self – do not mess with anything Anna holds dearly…

Cavocorax

This isn’t quite what I meant, but it does have Katniss AND Dean facing off in the Hunger Games: https://archiveofourown.org/works/1085422. Too bad it’s a WIP.

221tea

LOLOL. I try to avoid WIP’s…been burned too many times.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I hear you. I’ve slowly learned that lesson! But I’m happy that someone else took the Dean/Katniss comparison and ran with it, at least for a bit.

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82

I opened this up so I could send a bit on to 221Tea so I could introduce her to the dark/addictive side of adagio fandom teas, and realized I should have a cup too because I couldn’t remember it. I like it. It’s still good!

It’s a complicated mess of flavours that work out well, much like the complicated mess of feelings of Sherlock returning to John. Oh, but there’s something about Mary…

221tea

I have received so much tea generosity in the past two days it is almost overwhelming! Kinda like this tea apparently! I can’t wait to try it! You rock my socks off.

Roswell Strange

Steepster people are overwhelmingly generous! Maybe even too generous ;) For a while I was unemployed and had dollars to my name (like literally, I think three bucks at the lowest point) and all the awesome people here shared samples with me when there was no way I could possibly return the favour (Cavo included). Now that I’m working full time, I’m just now starting to swap again – and I’m trying to start with all the amazing people who were so generous with me!

221tea

Cavo has been so encouraging since the beginning and she is taking a chance on a noob with a tea swap, I am SO freakin’ excited!!! Roswell, your “likes” mean the world to me…it helps to know someone is checking out my reviews! I am interested in exploring Matcha…you make it seem fun…when I get home tonight I’ll send you a private message if that’s ok? I have some questions!

Roswell Strange

Sorry that I’m just now seeing this – I only got home from work a little while ago. But absolutely feel free to message me – I’ll try to answer things as best I can!

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74
drank Boatsman by RiverTea
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Just finished this tea today and sadly, dropped my rating a bit.
It’s a good tea, but it’s inconsistent. The flavouring chunks are so big they don’t disperse evenly so some cups are amazeballs and others are just ok.

221tea

lovely use of the word “amazeballs” ;)

juliebeth

amazeballs. :)

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79
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
1413 tasting notes

Thank you Kat_Maria for this sample! I drank one bag last night and couldn’t stop myself from drinking the other today. It was that good.

It’s a smooth black cherry tea with a little bit of creaminess and lots of bright cherry notes. It’s a really cheerful tea for such a dismal snowy spring day. It almost makes me think of vanilla as well. I’m going to resteep this when I’m done to make sure I enjoy it to the MAX.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
donkeytiara

i was so surprised that I like this tea…that I LOVED this tea! I loved the pepper in it.

TeaBrat

the decaf version of this is pretty good as well

Kat_Maria

Lupicia knows how to flavor their teas so they taste like the Real Thing! No medicinal-cherry aftertaste to this one :D

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86
drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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OMG. This is freaking AMAZING. I don’t think I’d ever had this before but I added it to my wishlist after reading some reviews, and then I snapped it up when Shadowfall sold some of her stash. YES!

It’s very mellow black that’s almost creamy, and tastes like honey and malt, and I feel like I should just keep sipping it instead of typing up my note because it’s cooling as I write!

But no worries folks, this is a re-steeper!
I may, and I’m not sure yet, but I MAY like this more than the PTA! :O

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

:D I love happy tea tasting notes :)

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94

Only one sipdown today, and it was for this. :O (175)
I love it. It was so good and I will get more with my next order.

scribbles

I love this one so much….I never wanna run out.

Sil

in forever from now….maaaay is so far away, for preorders only!

Cavocorax

I tried to make it last, but couldn’t. At least I have 3oz of LB stockpiled and regular Laoshan Green Genmaicha. Maybe I could add chocolate?

Sil

I feel like LB chocolate genmaicha is a side step from LB + cocoa :) so theres that….I, on het he other hand have about .75 ounces of LB left, 2oz of LB choc genmaicha only

Dexter3657

I’ve heard – that LB with H&S Soba Buckwheat is really good – maybe try something like as a replacement for Chocolate Genmaicha.

Cavocorax

I’ve never had Soba Buckwheat but I’ve seen a lot of reviews for it. I think I’ll try mixing with LB.

Also, Sil I could swap LB for LBCG if you get desperate or LB.

Sil

We’ll see how it goes..not having it would also force me to drink myother teas lol

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This tea smells like chocolate strawberry. It’s so good I don’t ever want to drink it; I could stand there and huff the bag all day. I couldn’t do that though. That’s just silly.

So I steeped it for 2 minutes. It smells so strongly of chocolate strawberry that the first few sips were disappointing! It tasted like muted strawberry chocolate with earthy puerh… But a few sips after that I paid more attention to the flavour and I feel like this is a flavourful blend I will want to resteep later this afternoon. And probably re-stock when I do my eventual order… The puerh is noticable but not overwhelmingly earthy/dirty etc and it goes well with the sweetness of the chocolate strawberry.

This was part of the shared order with Sil and Kittenna and I have to say that whoever picked this one did a good job! Thanks! I didn’t really pick much out myself but I’m happy with the Lupicia teas that we decided to share.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec
Dustin

I really like this tea! Now I want a cup after reading about it!

Cavocorax

I hope you have some near by?

Dustin

I do! :)

Stephanie

I wanna try it!

donkeytiara

I agree with your review. I think this tea is a good way to try pu’er for the first time, so the “barn floor” taste doesn’t take a new pu’er-er down for the count. :)

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79
drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
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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.
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