1700 Tasting Notes

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1700 tasting notes

Sil passed this on to me and I am quite grateful. The flavouring in this is great. It’s not too strong, but mixed with cold milk I get that familiar eggnog flavouring that I crave.

I think if I bought it I’d probably do 30g instead of 60 because it’s one I would crave more in the winter months…

Thank you!

Sil

glad you liked it!

VariaTEA

I have a sample of this both in my order which is somewhere in the world and trapped in my fridge in Florida. It is the one matcha with no information on my spreadsheet because it is the only one I own that I haven’t tried. Actually, I should go have some matcha now…

Roswell Strange

Call me crazy, but I like this as tea soda…

Fjellrev

Is it really heavy on the nutmeg?

Cavocorax

I didn’t think so? I’ll try to pay more attention next time I drink it, but OTOH I really do like nutmeg.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I really like nutmeg too. I’ve just noticed that most perfumes/beverage interpretations tend to be NUTMEG and nothing much more haha.

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drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
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Ok, lets see if I can give this a proper review.

I thought since I was home it’d be a good time to have a green and brew it properly with my kettle. I love how it smells – very simply I can smell cherry and grapefruit.

When I sip it I get blasted with the grapefruit, which is followed up by the cherry to sweeten things up, and a touch of rose at the end. I think that’s different than what I said before, but this is what I taste now.

It’s cooled a bit by this point bc the baby distracted me for about half an hour, but it’s still tolerably warm and very tasty. I would say it’s more cherry and rose than grapefruit once it’s cooled.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmm “blasted with grapefruit” – not sure that’s going to make me happy, but if that goes away as it cools. Need to find time to try these for myself. Glad you are exploring yours.

Sil

MINE ARE HERE!!!!! NOM NOM NOM
orange puerh; tropical dream are the two teas i don’t think you have and i have samples of pret a portea; granny’s cake and golden himalaya…any of those something you want to try cavo?

Cavocorax

Dexter – ok, blasted might have been a little exaggerated. I was just caught off guard :P I hope yours doesn’t disappoint!.

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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I thought I’d have this, but I should have added a bit of brown sugar to it. It was ok, but sorta muted flavour-wise. And I know Butiki teas are flavoured more naturally than say, Della Terra, so I shouldn’t expect it to punch me in the face, but it was a little milder than I prefer.

I wonder how 2.0 compares?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Roswell Strange

I’ll save some of 2.0 to send to you when I get more money, and you can try it out for comparison :)

Courtney

I personally prefer this one. :)

Yvonne

Was it at least creamy?

Sil

I’ve got 2.0 at my place as well

Cavocorax

It was a little creamy? IDk, maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace to fully enjoy this one, or maybe it’s just not for me. I already have enough Butiki teas on my always-restock lists that I’m not too fussed either way. :P

Yvonne

Aw. :( That’s disappointing.

Fjellrev

I also find the 2.0 quite muted (well, it was ginger-heavy). I’ll have to try again.

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drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
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I’m drinking this again! It’s so great. Just make sure you have at least one mulberry before you steep it or it loses all the magic.

This has lots of magic. It smells delicious from across the room, but didn’t stay that far for long as I’m happily sipping away.

It’s so cool and refreshing (while hot) that I strongly suspect it would be nice iced.

Sil

i’m still so jealous… stupid tea. never going to get here..

Roswell Strange

Mmmmm, I like this one cold. Still waiting for mine too, Sil! We can be impatient together ;P

VariaTEA

This tea is calling to me. I may have to place a RiverTea order soon. Hopefully my purchases today will hold me over for a little while at least. I got Gold Rush so that should help.

Roswell Strange

I was gonna send you more of that one once I had money for another swap, heh :P

Sil

haaaai! i wanna swap with R.Strange toooooooooooo

VariaTEA

Haha I like how we are already planning our next swap :P. I swear we are going to get to a point where we just know what to send the other and have packages ready to go for when we decide it’s time. And Sil, she is a pretty great swap partner :)

Roswell Strange

I wanna swap with you too, Sil! When I have money! @VariaTEA – I had a list on my laptop of things on your shopping list I own/have similar to that I was gonna send you as add ins if you didn’t request them (which I guess I’ll now have to remake because of the lack of a laptop). I don’t think the loss of my master spreadsheet has really hit me yet…

Cavocorax

Oh me too! I want to do a trade someday too! :P
(No rush though)

And yikes. The loss of your spreadsheet is rough! There’s no way to salvage any of your date? And keep it on dropbox?? :(

Roswell Strange

I can’t even get my computer to boot up – let alone access the documents on it. I haven’t brought it in though to be professionally evaluated because I don’t have the money – but my technologically minded friend from Regina says that if the hard drive is salvageable, it’ll likely cost more than getting a new one and since there’s only a couple word documents that I’m missing having, it’s likely not worth the extra cost. I definitely want to do a proper swap with you too, though!

Sil

VariaTEA – it’s funny you talk about you and RS getting so you’re ready to go right away. Sounds like you two might be tea sisters! Terri and i both have standing boxes at our respective houses that get filled with anything we think the other should try, might want to try etc… when it’s full, it goes out. so it’s less a swap at this point than just a standing agreement to share tea whenever. heh

Roswell Strange

Tea Sisters indeed. We’ve found a couple of near scary similarities outside of tea, though :P

VariaTEA

Haha. We are kindred spirits in tea and life :P

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Oh man, I haven’t had this in TOO LONG. I’m on my second cup now and it’s great. So great.

I just posted a rant about my teavana online ordering experience here (http://steepster.com/discuss/6267-my-teavana-experience?post_id=118682#) and it’s ok actually because I have this lovely tea. I don’t need Teavana tea. Their blends are mostly additives anyway – there’s not much actual tea there. I just wanted to try them out so that I could say for sure how I felt, but NO THX.

But hey, how do you know? Some people don’t like Adagio tea as they’re too entry level or whatever (like DAVIDs and Teavana) but I’m happy with them! So I have no regrets.

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Ok, so everyone has been posting this one lately and it reminded me I was due for a cup. I think I still have about 2 oz of this left in my pretty, keep me forever TARDIS tin! But I bought this in April, so I had better get sipping!

It was a great cup, as always. 2 min is enough to bring out the flavours so they can dance in my mouth and take me to different places through time and space… Now if only I could land in August 2014 to see the new Doctor Who Season. Or, Christmas next year for more Sherlock! :O

(I guess to be specific, they were talking about THIS Tardis tea: http://steepster.com/teas/custom-adagio-teas/42029-tardis but I don’t have it and never have. So, it’s time for this one! Some day I will switch from Cara McG teas over to Aun Juli Riddle. I’ve heard good things and for some fandoms I like the art far more!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Haha. They’re both good, but I like the other one better. :) Although, knowing Adiago fills tins by volume, and the fact it has white tea in it… I’m not sure I want to buy more. IDK.

MissB

I like the other one better too, although they’re both tasty. I should send you some!

Cavocorax

If you’d like to, I’d be curious to try it! But no rush. :D

Cavocorax

And that’s a very good point OMGsrsly! I hope they change the wording on their site.

OMGsrsly

At least it looks like most fandom blends are 4oz. Or the Tardis ones are.

MissB

Heh. Consider it added to a bag for you. :)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome – thank you!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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So, the verdict is that tere IS hope for this one. Mewakeling suggested I steep it for at least 20 minutes, so I left it in for 30, and it was still warm enough that my mug (colour-changing) hadn’t faded yet. Excellent!

It tasted a little ‘barky’ but still with a lot of chocolate. :D

I added a little milk to it too. Yep. This is much better. It’d almost make a hot chocolate substitute, if only I could get more chocolate in here. :P
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Yvonne

Woohoo!!

Cavocorax

It’s not easy to leave a tea that long! Good thing I had another to keep me occupied.

Courtney

Haha I was going to say, I’d go crazy with impatience.

Fjellrev

Talk about a good way to practice patience!

mewakeling

I am so glad it worked!! Time really does bring this tea a lot closer to the hot chocolate we are all looking for from it, doesn’t it. It is hard to leave that long, but really worth it in the end.

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81
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown! (158)

I’m especially happy to finish this one as I bought it last February and it’s time to clear it out. Sure, I didn’t open the bag up until a month or so again so it was fresh but I’m pretty happy with my recent efforts to keep my tea rotated! So when I log a tea that I already have in stock, it gets a seperate entry on my sheet so I know how old the oldest stuff is and how new the newest. (Thanks Sil for that tip)

We were talking about tea earlier (right? who does that?) and I realized that 90% of my teas were purchased AFTER July 2013. So, that’s damn fresh.

Damn fresh.

Courtney

Fresh to death.

Sil

…so what you’re saying is..you really became an addict in july

Cavocorax

Define: addict

Yvonne

Phresh.

Sil

Addict – someone who uncontrollably buys tea and considers themselves a heffalump. A-D-D-I-C-T Addict.

VariaTEA

Haha. My earliest teas are August, Cavo. Now I just need to drink them up soon (or send them away, that also has helped) to ensure my stash remains at maximum freshness.

Cavocorax

I’m not addicted! I can stop ANY TIME!!!

Cavocorax

I just don’t want to! And you can’t make meeeeeeee!

What if you’re a woozle?

Yvonne

That’s what they all say. :P

Cavocorax

VariaTEA – that’s pretty awesome too! I try to rotate between my newest exciting tea, and my oldest nearly forgotten stuff.

The spreadhseet makes it so easy to track though. I love sort. (excelnerd)

VariaTEA

I think I will have to add a column to my spreadsheet to mark when I got things. Typically I drink swaps first though and then go back to my own tea. Though I do make exceptions for cravings and for sipdowns.

Sil

I do he the same variatea….try to get to sample swaps first, then on to my teas. My oldest tea is from march at the moment but there’s only 1 and then it jumps to May….not too shabby, and of course I don’t count puerhs

Isaila

Hi I really love the Winnie-the-Pooh reference undercurrent to these comments. Okay. Izzy out.

Cavocorax

I should probably try to drink my sample sizes down. Usually I rush through as many as I can when I first get them, but if I get a lot of new teas at once it’s hard to do it, and then some end up getting pushed to the back. I don’t like to let them sit more than a month. Maybe two?

Sil – You not counting puerhs makes more sense than me not counting my ‘guest’ Tetley Orange Pekoe box that just won’t go away (for ppl who don’t want loose tea), and my eucalyptus/mint/ginger blend for colds that I only drink 2-3 times a year if I’m lucky! At least puerh ages nicely.

You changed your picture!!!

Sil

shhhhhh don’t tell the woozles!

Dexter

“Addict – someone who uncontrollably buys tea and considers themselves a heffalump”
I’m not a heffalump……does that mean I can buy tea….?

Sil

uh oh… i think i found a woozle!

Cavocorax

Heee. slightly tempted to change my pic to a woozle, but…
I’m a sucker for this cat. And this is my fav pic of her.

Amariel

You guys…sheesh! Lol!

Isaila

A heffalump or woozle
Is very
Confuzle:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLnADKgurvc

OMGsrsly

Geez. Between that, Fantasia, and some of the super weird cartoons on TV when I was a kid, it’s amazing I didn’t turn out weirder.

Sil

Isaila! yay!

Amariel

I have a lot of this tea, and the last time I had it, my throat prickled. I had a different rooibos and no prickly issues from it, so maybe it is from a spice in this that I got too much of in that steep? I hope it was a fluke, cuz this one is sooo good, and one of the few rooibos I like.

Cavocorax

Hmmm. Did you buy any this year? From what I hear this blend is slightly different than the one from last year, so that might be part of it.

That sucks though. I get that once in awhile with rooibos, and I don’t know what it is, aside from the rooibos that triggers it because it’s not consistent.

Amariel

I’m not sure. Miss B sent me a packet, I think, and I had some from before. It may be that it happened with the tea from her packet.

Isaila

OMGsrsly: Kids shows are weird. I remember being super freaked out by many Winnie the Pooh movies. And I cried when I saw Finding Nemo in theaters…

OMGsrsly

I freaked out with ET and Snow White… just to show my age. :D

Isaila

I love that we can date people by movies now… I guess I showed my hand there a bit too.

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This was a surprise form OMGSrsly!
And yay! Numi Teas! Yes, they’re bagged, but they seem to pack a lot of flavour in each bag. This one delivers exactly what was promised – dark chocolatey notes mixed with earthen wonder. I like it!

Also, I missed removing an earlier sipdown so I’m actually at 159 now! WOO. I won’t hit 150 by February though. I could push it, but I won’t.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

sooo we aim for 150 by the end of Feb?

Cavocorax

Of course! How hard could that be?
giggling

OMGsrsly

I have both your addresses! So it could be very hard. plotting

Cavocorax

Nooooooo
(although to be fair I have the same reaction to these posts when it’s other people)

Amariel

LOLOMGSRLY

OMGsrsly

I have little piles of tea all over my bookshelves. Tea for swapping! Makes it hard to find things when people ask, though. I SO need to organize my stash!

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78
drank Jin Pin by Yezi Tea
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Ok, so Yezi Tea has a sale going on and then reminded me that I have 3 lovely samples that have slowly made their way over to me and that I should have sampled a month ago. But I grabbed them when I grabbed like 30 other teas from Sil (swaps/split purchases/freebies) and it sorta got lost in t he shuffle.

Poor Yezi tea.

I like this. It’s a nice rich black. It’s malty and it has depth. Sadly I feel like I haven’t had enough straight teas lately and I’ve lost all my vocabulary to describe it. And to taste the nuances. I like this, but I’m not sure what to say about it.

It’s a little like Laoshan Black. Not as much cocoa notes though. I’d recommend it though to anyone interested in trying Yezi Teas.

Sipdown (161) (after I resteep it)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sil

this was not my favourite of the bunch i’ve tried but still delicious and yummy! i tihnk it was Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong that i liked hte best.. but they’re all in close range heh

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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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