1633 Tasting Notes

77

Another sipdown for today – just making room for all my new teas! (77)
This one was tasty, but not one I craved very often.

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88

Well, this has been in my cupboard since April and has barely been touched. :( I need to stop being afraid of fancy tea.

This is a really good one. It’s not as amazing as the descriptions lead it to be, which makes me feel like a tea failure, and that I shouldn’t be drinking Verdant in the first place, BUT it is good so who cares if I don’t get creamy custard and lingering dark elderberries. >:|

This tastes green and fresh, and slightly creamy, and it makes me think that the impending snowstorm we were warned about might just turn into spring rains and leaves blooming and sunshine on a coolish day. It’s darker than other oolongs I’ve had, which is a good thing too. I’ve got enough left for one more cup, but this type of oolong seems like pure win. Even without the “vegetal creamy green bean flavor with a lingering honeydew melon sweet orchid finish.”

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Fjellrev

Drool, creamy custard and lingering dark elderberries. Yeah, if only a tea tasted like that.

Shadowfall

I’m the same way about fancy-er tea. Especially about Verdant. Lol. I feel like my palate hasn’t become tuned enough to enjoy their teas like they should be enjoyed. So the samples I have just sit there even though I know I should just drink them so they don’t go ‘bad’. (Actually at this point it seems like my palate is devolving horribly which makes me feel worse about trying them. /cry/) Lol.

Cavocorax

Sometimes it feels like my palate is devolving too. /criestogether

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75
drank Caramel Toffee by CaesarsTea
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Backlog & Sipdown (78)

I forgot to log this when I drank it yesterday. I was completely distracted by the fact that this was puerh. I didn’t read the description well enough I guess. So, my mind basically went. Wait, puerh? Puerh? Hmm, still puerh. I was stuck in a loop. And that was my first cup.

Happily the second cup was much better as I was able to actually think about it. And it was pretty tasty. It was dark and woodsy/earthy like a puerh with the caramel notes mixed with it – it wasn’t like a puerh from Davidstea where the flavouring is so strong you wonder what the base is. Instead this is fully in your face puerh, with flavouing to ENHANCE those notes. It was really quite good, and (as VariaTEA) had hoped, makes me curious about trying more from CaesarsTea.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Yay! I liked the second steep of this better as well. I am glad you enjoyed it once you got past the shocking taste of pu’erh.

Cavocorax

Hahah. I can’t believe how much it confused me. I was pretty sleepy that night, but … still? :p

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drank Peach Apricot by CaesarsTea
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Looks like I’m in agreement with VariaTea. This one smells good, but it just falls flat when it comes to flavour. It’s just meh.

So, sipdown, (79) but I’m happy I got to try it at least.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I was sad too because it really did smell amazing. Unfortunately I packaged it up just before tasting it because that scent tricked me into believing it would be good. It was not. I am sorry that was your introduction to CaesarsTea.

VariaTEA

At least I sent you some better flavors to try as well – at least I think they are better.

Cavocorax

Well as you can see, I did like the other flavors more! :D And you can’t win every cup.

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88

I haven’t had this in a month so I was having a strong craving for it! Sadly, I’ve only got enough left for 3-4 more cups. :O And I can’t really justify buying more right now as my tea money is going to DTT, Butiki and somewhere else.

Sad, sadness. ILU Tiger tea! ILU Tiger Tin for my Tiger Tea!

Indigobloom

This reminds me of The Mentalist, since PJ loves tea so much. Tiger tiger! lol I know I am being cryptic, but I didn’t want to post any spoilers and yet just had to say it!!!

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63
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
1633 tasting notes

And another sipdown! (80) This one was easy because it’s not that special. It’s ok. I enjoy it. But I won’t miss it.

Unless I had Malibu in it? That might help.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Malibu always helps. :)

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87

I think this is the last sample I have from JustJames, and it is just PERFECT for winter. The oolong is dark (and possibly roasted), while the chestnut flavours swirl around. It makes me imagine sitting curled up next to a roaring fireplace, with a cat purring on my lap and a book nearby. It’s a cup of liquid comfort.

It’s just, really good. Can’t wait to re-steep this!
(sipdown 82)

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74

It’s late and I should be proof-reading my bf’s essay but I’m too sleepy and my head hurts so instead I’m drinking this tea and talking about the Doctor Who special with a friend of mine. It was pretty great. And now my headache is gone and I’m off to bed. :D

Yay for painkillers, good tea, good friends and Doctor Who!
(I wouldn’t be in the mood for this all the time though. Very rarely in fact. But when I want it, I want it)

Em

Watching the special tomorrow night at a Doctor Who party with some friends who were too busy Saturday to watch :) So excited!

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97
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Sigh. Another sipdown (84). And unless Stacy decides to release this as a permanent blend, I may never have it again.

I drank it after watching the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. It seemed like the appropriate time to finish this off. And without spoiling anything, I will say that I am happy with the episode and the tea. Both do well multiple times. (And now I can scour the net for reactions/reviews and madcap theories!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha i just finished off my sample too!

JustJames

i know!!!!! the episode was awesome! (shamefaced) i was so transfixed that it never even occurred to me to steep up my blend. dammit. i can do it now though. i wonder what the budget was for that episode? wow.

so hard to spoil anything….. i’ll shut up now.

Sil

i will hurt you….no spoilers!

Nxtdoor

I must be the only person on the planet not watching this. Ditto for coronation street, not that we’re talking about it. Dude, I wasn’t even conceived when this show first came on, and I am not what one would consider young.

Cavocorax

I didn’t get into Doctor Who until 2 years ago, and I started with the 2005 reboot as it was (apparently) a nice easy way to jump into the series. Now I look back at those and cringe a little. :P They’re great fun though if you ever decide to give them a try – it’s on Canadian Netflix!

Cavocorax

Series 5, Episode 1 (The Eleventh Hour) is also a great starting place. #nudge

Sil

no no no no no…best intro to dr who is blink.

JustJames

ooooooooooooooooooh. and i couldn’t pick. 2005 absolutely. earlier? gak!!!! i do not understand the obsession with coronation street. not at all.

Sil

I don’t understand coronation street obsession either..though i also didn’t get downton abbey…and then i watched a few episodes. happy sigh

Cavocorax

Yeah Blink is pretty awesome as well, but then I’d skip to Series 5. :P 2005 had a lot of silly fart jokes and characters who I’m not quite as fond of when I see them again :P I worry that people who start there might not keep going! Haha. Of course my friend told me to start at Series 5 and I ignored her and went to S1 and I stuck around. So, I’m just being a hypocrite.

I really want to watch more of the old ones though. I’ve only seen 2 or 3 of them and I get all my old Doctors mixed up.

Sil

haha i make all my friends start with the reboot and tell them it’s a little like the harry potter series…first one was totally childish and then they get progressively darker. I can’t imagine not having watched everything unfold with rose and david tennant…

Nxtdoor

Downtown Abbey is good now but for the first couple of episodes, I was only watching because I knew it was good. My idea of good. Awarded, critically acclaimed and liked by those with tastes similar to mine. Until all of you steepster peeps I have never even heard of dr. who! More like… Dr who?!?

Nxtdoor

Downton.

Cavocorax

I totally get that! That’s a great way to describe it to people. And I really, really liked Ten. So it would be a shame to miss him and all his companions.

(NXTDOORSPOILERS)
I started rewatching DW a month ago and it was just painful to watch Rose/Mickey and her family drama stuff. Mickey wasn’t actually a bad guy at the end of it, and everyone sorta trampled on him. I guess that made me a little uncomfortable, although the first time through I was totally shipping Rose/Ten.

Sil

yeah took me about 3 episodes to fall in love with downton…

Cavocorax

I really like Downton too! I need to catch up – it’s been a few weeks! :O Are you guys all in the current season? Who’s your fav char? :P

Cavocorax

Whoops. I killed this convo.
Cavo strikes again!

Sil

I’m on episode 5? Of this season…. There are a bunch of ppl I hate. Lol. I love the old bat. Not sure how I feel about poor Anna this season….

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1633 tasting notes

Backlog: I had this last night and wanted to note it because I’ve had trouble with this tea. It’s fallen flat a few times, and other times it’s just wonderful. I guess I really need to be careful to use 1 bag for 8 oz, and not under leaf it. It’s also much creamier with a little bit of milk.

VariaTEA

Completely agree! Milk enhances it a lot. Thanks again for sending me some to try :)

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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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65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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