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1409 Tasting Notes

Time for another oolong sample!

Now this is what I think of when I think of oolong – very green, light, slightly buttery and very floral. It’s bright and refreshing. I usually start with a black tea in the morning but this is very good. It’s much like a gentle wake-up, a tingling on my tastebuds, instead of the usual slap-to-my-face from the stronger alternatives. (Bolder Black & Tiger Assam to name a few!)

I think I prefer roastier oolongs over floral ones, but there is a time to appreciate these ones too. And I think the Iron Goddess variety is one of the most popular? I’ve had a few versions of this, and I think I’m happiest with this one from Teavivre!

There’s a slight seaweed aftertaste here – I think I may have oversteeped it just a tad, so next time I’ll try 2, or 2.5 minutes.

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

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Ugh. I feel super-sinusy today and groggy and the baby has a bit of a cold. Good thing I don’t have to work? I guess?

I wanted something to cheer me up and this is it. I love it. I also made a bottle of Mother’s Little Helper (DAVIDsTEA) for the baby and I’m crossing my fingers that she’ll enjoy it. Then we can both have a nap. :D

ETA:I really need to teach her to drink from a proper cup instead of a baby cup. Then I can give her herbal tea more often as it’s easier to wash a regular cup instead of the straw/bottle.

keychange

This tea could cheer me up anyday!

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86
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1409 tasting notes

This probably isn’t a great evening tea but it was 7 pm and my eyes were drooping and I wanted a break from the Anxi Fo Shou for something that was chocolatey. This is great. I’m still sleepy but I’m also quite happy.

Sil

need to let you try the one from tealux that i love.. no atrificial flavouring and possibly more chocolatey than this one.. i need to do a comparison once i get around to placing my tealux order heh

Cavocorax

Oooh – sounds interesting!

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
1409 tasting notes

This tea seems appropriate for today as I reflect on my tea journey! This was my favourite oolong for the longest time.

It still might be. It’s one of the few that I’d buy a tin of!

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I only had a sample of this, so I decided to save it for my 1-Year Steepster Anniversary: THAT’S TODAY! :O

I can’t believe it’s only been a year – this site, and the people on it, have become such a big part of my life. I’ve said this before, but I’m generally on here before facebook or twitter and I try to constantly stay up to date with it. I’ve learned so much, met a lot of great people and tasted roughly 480 teas. Wow. That’s… more than one a day. :O

So I thought I would take the time to do this one properly, and steep the entire pack in my little gongfu for 10 seconds as advised.

It smells amazing. Rich cocoa notes, malt and a bit of caramel sweetness. It tastes pretty similar as well! I’ll see how many steeps I can go through of this throughout the day and add to this as I go.

1-3: Very strong cocoa notes, with malt and caramel. It dominates my mouth – almost makes me think I’m eating something instead of just drinking.

4-6: Still good, but far less cocoa with each steep.

Preparation
Boiling 0 min, 15 sec
caile

Happy Steepster anniversary!

Sil

YAY! Happy Anniversary!

Indigobloom

Congrats on 1 yr! happy anniversary :D

Rosehips

Happy Steepster anniversary!

TeaBrat

Happy anniversary!

Tea Sipper

Happy anniversary!

OMGsrsly

Woo! Happy anniversary! :)

Cavocorax

Thanks! :) You guys make this place worth coming back to. (multiple times a day)

MissLena

Happy one year! :D

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This is so perfect today with a dash if milk and sugar. So warm and comforting! I thought I had a lifetime supply of this, but it might not last the winter.

I’m having such an awesome weekend too. Today we are relaxing by reading and computer games. We’re totally dystopian with Prison Architect and Papers Please on the computer, while I read some angsty fic.

TeaBrat

I want a Murchie’s in San Francisco ;)

Cavocorax

I think you could order direct from them for $10 shipping? I don’t know if it’s worth it though. Frankly, I’ve been disappointed with a lot of their teas as they seem to get astringent easily (unless you like adding milk – then you’d be fine!)

Sil

agreed. they’re a milk sort of tea company.

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This was supposed to be my homesick blend, but I’m not actually homesick – I just left it out of my storage so it was easy to grab and I wanted to get closer to sip-down because the type of bag it’s in doesn’t fit in as well with the foil zips everything else is in.

I oversteeped it. It’s not my fault. (Well… it is) I was looking at a Pride&Prejudice card game kickstarter that is super adorable. Even if I never play it, it’s totally worth $5 for the digital version that I can look at. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1898617831/marrying-mr-darcy-the-pride-and-prejudice-card-gam

Also, this Werewolf card game looks really awesome too: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680252891/werewolf?ref=thanks

Man, I can see how people can get sucked into so many awesome projects…

oh! And this tea still tastes ok! WIN! I have no idea how long I steeped it but it was definitely over 5 minutes!

Preparation
8 min or more
Sil

damn you woman! i really like the artwork on the werewolf cards

Cavocorax

I know! I really like them too! I bought the P&P game for $5. I’m tempted to do the same for the werewolf one too. But… 7 people? That’s hard to arrange! Still, I could buy it for the cool art…

Sil

given the price i don’t mind, even if there aren’t a ton fo times we have 7+. Sadly i need more 6 player games as every month we get together with 2 other couples and most of my games are up to 5…SO ANNOYING lol

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78
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1409 tasting notes

This is awesome with brown sugar – it absolutely makes the flavours pop!

caile

I just had some of this tea but with cream. I never use sugar in tea but I bet it would be good in this – more like sweet pumpkin pie.

JustJames

maple syrup could work. maybe. or the awesome chinese brown sugar bars……

caile

brown sugar bars! : )
I’ve seen them but never bought one.

Cavocorax

Mmmm. Yeah maple would probably be awesome. I don’t know if I’ve seen brown sugar bars before though.

caile

The ones I have seen were at Chinese grocery stores. I think it is probably just hardened brown sugar and I imagine you just break off a piece to use.

OMGsrsly

It might actually be palm sugar, which has quite a different flavour yet again. :) Tasty, though. And excellent in sticky rice pudding.

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1409 tasting notes

So we’re awake and the heat isn’t running yet and I’m being a baby and feeling cold. I think the people upstairs turned it off when they were gone for a week and I have no idea how to turn it back on. Hopefully now that they’re back they figure it out?

Either way, as soon as I woke up I needed tea – ANY tea – just to feel warm. :) The fruit in this one is just perfect actually with what I was craving, even though I didn’t know it!

It’s turkey day today and we’re having two people over, with a Skype conversation to a third. I’m looking forward to it. It’s funny because I never would have thought that I’d grow up to like doing the cooking etc, but I do. Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving!

I think I’m going to fire up Little Inferno on Steam and throw things into a fireplace. That’ll warm me up too?

ashmanra

Have a wonderful, fun day!

Indigobloom

Happy gobble gobble day! :D
hope they get the durned heat on soon

JustJames

happy turkey day…. i don’t do much until i have a cup of tea either. i like the cold though, but i carry on a bit about the heat. lol

Cavocorax

Thanks! :)
And JustJames – I guess the advantage of being cold is that it makes it EASIER to drink tea, as opposed to too much heat…

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This isn’t so great with milk and sugar. It’s best on its own.

JustJames

i beg to differ!! sugar, yes…. cream, yes….. 7 minute steep and a wide awake james in class? absolutely!

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never had it any way except plain!

JustJames

i consider cream sugar as plain… plain old comfort! =0P like when it’s cold, and rainy and you’re studying for midterms that you’re afraid you may flop.

OMGsrsly

7 minutes!!!! I’ll have to try that. :)

JustJames

i was amazed. the first time was by accident. it doesn’t go bitter! i use a heaping tablespoon for a 16 ounce tea cup. (exceptionally robust no matter how you look at it!!!)

Amariel

I beg to differ too. I definitely preferred it with milk and sugar.

JustJames

yay! a second vote!

Terri HarpLady

2 to 2, lol

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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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