1696 Tasting Notes

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1696 tasting notes

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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91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1696 tasting notes

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
1696 tasting notes

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
1696 tasting notes

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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83

Mmmm… This was supposed to be my breakfast, instead of the Tim Hortons. I love it. I had to pull it out and see that I had enough to share with Roswell Strange, and I do! But since I had it out, why not make some cold brewed with milk for the morning.

Why not indeed. Yum.
I’m not sure I’d want it without milk though. It’s just so good with it.

Courtney

This one has been intriguing me. It may go into my next Red Leaf order.

Sil

Courtney – i can send you some of mine as well if you’d like to try it first. it’s one of the many i have that are currently unopened :)

Courtney

That’s so generous. :) Maybe check my cupboard to see if there’s something I can send in return Sil!

Cavocorax

:P You guys are awesome. I was just gonna volunteer to send you a few scoops while I pack up Roswell’s but Sil was ALL OVER this.

Sil

Haha ill take a look later on Courtney :)

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80

Time for French Breakfast!
I’m not really good at actual breakfast – I had a danish, and a medium double-double from Tim Hortons. Sugar, yes?

So I don’t need any additives to this. Just pure black tea.

Yvonne

Tim Hortons is the breakfast of champions :)

OMGsrsly

I used to do that kind of thing all the time. On campus, there are often leftover donuts and cookies from meetings! The last breakfast thing we had, I stole a tray of strawberries because they were the only thing I could eat. I got some funny looks. :)

Cavocorax

It is! I can’t believe how long Tim Hortons has been a staple for me. A very unhealthy staple.

Man, I remmeber that they were THE LAST COMPANY to embrace debit machines. OMG YOU GUYS. #shakesfist

Sil

gross.

Cavocorax

Are you anti-coffee or anti-Tim Hortons?
Or anti-danish?

Sil

anti tim horton’s. SOOOOOO much sugar in everything they make…including the water. ;)

keychange

Sugar=tasty deliciousness mmm!

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71

And that’s goodbye to this. (162)

It smells so amazing, like a strawberry milkshake, but the flavouring is just too weak. I steeped for 10 minutes and then added a little bit of I’ll after a few sips, but I still wanted more. Hmmm. I keep feeling like I need to fiddle with it more, but I did get a few cups of it to play with…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec
Courtney

Boo. I’m thrilled you sent me this one though, I didn’t have the highest hopes and it turned out great for me.

VariaTEA

This smells so appealing to me but I can’t get past the cacao. One day I will have my strawberry milkshake tea!

Courtney

And by you, I meant VariaTEA hah!

VariaTEA

haha. I was confused but its okay. I am glad it worked out for you.

Courtney

Sorry VariaTEA! I think I just see this tea and associate it with you now hah.

VariaTEA

Well I am glad that you associate me with a tea you like. It would be a bit sad if you thought of me every time you saw a tea you hated.

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70
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

And that’s enough of this one! (163)

It’s time too, because I bought it in February last year, as part of the 2/$5 promotion of winter teas. I basically held onto it until Fall and now it’s gone! Yes. Now I just need to finish Alpine Punch and then the oldest teas I have will be from April. Gotta push that gap back!

I dropped the rating on this. The artificial flavouring in here is sorta blegh. DNW.

TastyBrew

I actually really like this one. It always fills that need for dessert at the end of the night. Definitely filled with artificial flavor, though, but it’s the rare tea that can get away with that for me. I’ll be sad when I run out.

Cavocorax

I really liked it, but I guess I moved on?
I’m happy you’re into it though. :D

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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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