1700 Tasting Notes

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I haven’t had this in awhile, so I needed to remedy that. It’s nice to have a straight black tea, without all the crazy flavours and just get back to basics. This one is so dark and rich. I may have over-steeped it, but I am still enjoying it.

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95
drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1700 tasting notes

This is amazing! Thank you so much OMGSrsly for sending me a little bit of this! I think this is possibly THE BEST coconut oolong tea I’ve ever had the pleasure to drink.

It’s creamy, almost buttery, with lots of coconut notes on a backdrop of fresh oolong.

Wow.

Thank you. I love how freakin’ generous people on Steepster are!
And now I’m at 149. :( But I will be sure to re-steep this baby!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

WOW. oh man

Sil

also. you suck. I will get down to your numbers someday.

Cavocorax

I wish I could have shared it with you. It’s just so amazing!

Also, if my Teavana order ever shows up, as well as everything else, I’ll be at 197? So much incoming…. Also, I’m so excited!

Sil

i may try to hit adagio on the weekend. Will let you know

keychange

What’d you order from teavana, cavo?

OMGsrsly

LOL. This one is just AMAZING, I know. Maybe I’ll send some to Sil, she’s been pretty nice to me. :)

Cavocorax

I ordered during the heavenly sale – grabbed some mint cacao, two different white teas that were $2 each, and the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler. A lot of it is backordered though, and there’s no record on the site of the 12 Day sampler. :( I emailed them with my receipt to ask what’s up because I want it. I thought it’d be a super cheap way to try a bunch of Teavana teas! (It was $17?)

I’m really disappointed by the lack of communication though. Also, when I filed a ticket for support, they reply was covered in ads. Not classy.

Sil

ew. not cool.

OMGsrsly

Aww, geez. That’s horrible, Cavo! I tried calling tonight and their hours are awful (for me). 8:30am to 8pm your time, I think. Is that an option for you?

Cavocorax

Well I’ve already got the support email in, so I’ll wait the 2-3 days they estimate it’ll take for a resolution. LOL. Well I was warned about Teavana.

keychange

Wow, that’s not good. But sounds consistent with their reputation, sadly.

Terri HarpLady

I’m afraid to do a tea count…I’m guessing I’ve reached an all time high, & I’m still aching to place another ‘birthday’ order, LOL

Amariel

Wow. I’ve been toying with making some coconut oolong lately. Maybe I will soon.

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73
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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I needed this sipdown! Now I’m at 150! :D (Until the rest of my teas arrive… dunn duhn DUHNNNN)

Thank you Sil for topping me up on this. I like it. I may actually get more at some point. Maybe.

Fjellrev

Ha, I’m desperately try to get down to s are always the easiest to sip down.

Cavocorax

Eeek- steepster ate your reply I think? I’m missing the middle!

Fjellrev

WTF! More words were definitely there when I hit reply haha. Yeah, I’ve been working on trying to get down to 100, and then mentioned how David’s are easy to sip down.

Cavocorax

Weird. Maybe you had some weird emoticon in it that Steepster thought meant a formatting thing? I’ve had that before!

But congrats on (temporarily) hitting 100!

Fjellrev

I’m sure getting down to 150 was an even bigger event for you, so congratulations back! Herbal Infusions will be another +12 or so whenever they send that. :/

Cavocorax

Thanks!
“whenever they send that” – yeah…. I just got a shipping confirmation for an order I placed on the weekend. Hope yours is on it’s way too?

Sil

you didn’t take all of this from me did you? if you didn’t…come get the rest lol

Sil

also… i WILL be at 150 soon..sort of.. just watch me! i have been tearing through things today, just haven’t caught up on my notes…

Fjellrev

Hmm, I placed mine on the 14th, when the Snowflake EG was remade, and haven’t heard anything yet.

Cavocorax

Sil – I didn’t bc I didn’t want to be greedy. :p

Fjellrev – that’s… huh. :(

Sil

cavo..oh jeez… if it’s in my “swap box” you can take all of anything!

Cavocorax

Lol. Well now I know!

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Ruby pie yesterday, and Rhubarb Vanilla Ale today. I wanted more Butiki, and so here we are!

I get a little vanilla, and a little bit of ale-like bubbles or something. I don’t get much for rhubarb. Maybe I should have over-steeped this too?

Or, maybe I expect too much when I’m sick. AND because I’m sick I’m entitled to listen to this insane crack music list dedicated to Tumblr; http://8tracks.com/jazzyjanine/tumblr-anthems. It’s so bad it’s good. That’s what I need right now.

Some fic would be nice too. I just dl’d a Kirk/Khan story because we’ve watched Star Trek: Into Darkness several times in the past few days as J is using elements of it for this role-playing game he created and we will be playing on the weekend, and I’m just all…. Khaaaaaan!

I also found a crossover story with Sherlock/John and Star Trek that I’m also more excited about.

But. I’m at work. Drinking tea and reading Hannibal scripts, and listening to ridic music. So, no real complaints. This cold will not beat me!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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83
drank Opposites Attract by DAVIDsTEA
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And that’s it for this tea! (151)
Good thing too as Shadowfall rec’d our Adagio order and in a few weeks it’ll be in my hands. If I had it today, with all my other incoming teas/samples, I’d be at 200. (OMG).

Exciting times!

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79
drank Velours Nacré by Dammann Freres
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And this is a sipdown! Somehow the almond flavours seem warmer and more comforting today than before. It’s almost thick in my mouth with all that flavour. Very nice! Definitely beats Boston Blend (H&S), although I don’t know that I would order any.

(152)

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Ok, confession time! I’ve always enjoyed this tea, but it’s never been a knock me off my socks sorta tea. You know what I mean, right? But I wanted to really like it because I like Sil and ButikiTeas.

Anywyas,this has gone from a 78 to an 88. I figured out what I needed – a longer steep time. Maybe 5 minutes? I want MORE flavour and this is just great now. Lovely rhubarb, slightly tart, slightly sweet and a bit of graham in there to weigh it down. YES. FINALLY I GET IT NOW.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

I’ve heard so much about this tea – wish I could try it!

Cavocorax

If you ever place an order with Butiki, she will throw in a few samples and you can request which ones. Her teas rarely disappoint.

keychange

That’s so funny-a longer steep time pretty much ruined this tea for me yesterday! Although I’m guessing it was steeping for more than five minutes, but still. Funny what works.

Terri HarpLady

It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I picked up an oz with my last butiki order, just for fun. :)

Sil

haha a 78 is a perfectly reasonable score for a tea :)

Cavocorax

:) Well 78 means I like it, but not that it’s completely irreplacable. :P Anything over 85 means I need to buy at least 2oz of it when I order.

Cavocorax

Keychange – yeah there’s probably a very narrow margin where oversteeping makes the flavours better before it makes it infinitely worse. I didn’t mean to steep it so long but my cat wanted some attention before I left the house.

keychange

Oh yeah, cats can do that to your tea anyday!

Terri HarpLady

and they do it on purpose!

Fjellrev

NIce, maybe that was the “problem” I had with this tea too. I was afraid of steeping it too long because I thought the base would only get stronger and cover up the other flavours even more.

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80
drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
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So I’m currently drinking more Muharajah/Samurai Chai from Teavana, but I don’t want to log it two days in a row – it’s just great for getting past my sinues and this stupid cold.

Because of Steepster issues yesterday I couldn’t log this tea from VariaTEA. It’s a good thing I like it because she sent me A LOT of it. But with just a tiny dash of sugar to mellow out the hibiscus, this is really nice. Also soothing on a poor throat. So thank you!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 45 sec
OMGsrsly

Also no artificial flavours! :) I love this one. So orangey.

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s pretty great! I will have to try this iced some time too….

OMGsrsly

I have to wait for another sale before I order more to try iced. :)

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Thanks to VariaTEA for the generous bag of this tea. It’s quite zippy and very good, especially as this doesn’t have the rock sugar in it. Or if it does, I can’t tell – unlike the premixed sample Teavana likes to ship out (and which is nauseatingly sweet).

Thank you! This is just what I needed at 6 AM to get me going!

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

Yvonne

Hmm, I’m gonna have to try this one one day!

Cavocorax

Yeah it’s really strong!I was surprised because the sample pack from Teavana is close to 1 oz, but it has so much sugar in it, that the sample doesn’t go far. This is MUCH better.

OMGsrsly

I will be posting an analysis on the contents of my sample pack. Heh. Should be entertaining. My parcel is supposed to be in on Wednesday.

VariaTEA

I think they put something insane like 1-2 tsps of sugar per cup. I mean, if you are proud of your tea, why do you feel the need to sugar it?

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – are you going to do a chemical test of it? I’d love to see yoru results. :P

And you would think it wouldn’t need sugar if it was good. It’s strong and spicy enough – there’s already a lot going on in this cup!

Cavocorax

Yvonne – if you do get a sample of it in store, ask for it without sugar – it makes a big difference. (Unless of course you LIKE super super sweet drinks, but I swear it was worse than a pop!).

Yvonne

I will, Cavo – thank you! It actually appalls me that they’d add sugar to it without specifying…I can’t have sugar, especially not at the levels they add, and the fact that they dictate how to sweeten tea is rather rude in my eyes. I can have my tea however sweet I want, thank you Teavana.

Cavocorax

That is one of (unfortunately) MANY reasons that people here dislike Teavana. I just thought I’d give them a try after I’d prepared myself for what I’d find, but usually their teas are more expensive than what you would find elsewhere, and the ratio of flavourings/tea is too high. (There’s not enough actual tea in some of these blends!) There are so many alternatives out there though.

OMGsrsly

Haha. No chemical analysis. We don’t have the equipment for it. I’ll just count and sort and weigh and do some stats. :) Might use a dissecting microscope to help my eyes.

VariaTEA

Haha OMGsrsly, I will look forward to reading your analysis :)

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I thought I would try this again and steep for 7 minutes, but that only improved the flavour slightly. I guess I just want more peanut butter in it. But I have my matcha, so I’m happy!

Also, this is an easy sipdown! (152/201-with all incoming incl)

VariaTEA

Haha, so much for this one. Hopefully the others were better. At least I didn’t send an excessive amount though.

Cavocorax

I was hopeful, but not terribly disappointed! You sent me a lot that I’m really excited about! I just realized half of it was decaf so I’ll have so many evening options now! :D thanks again!

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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!

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