1696 Tasting Notes

76
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Sil drank this earlier and that reminded me that I still had enough left for a cup. Why not sit and enjoy it now? (Sipdown; 85)

It’s hard for me to rate this because it’s a white tea and I don’t often drink them, and I wouldn’t often be in the mood for this creamy cup of lemon, but it is nice.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been drinking this for hours, although I only re-steeped it once. Part of me feels guilty, like I’m wasting quality tea here, but OTOH, I am drinking 20 oz of it so it’s not like I didn’t get much for that 1 scoop of leaves.

I should try my Amoda teas soon, but I want to add them to my cupboard and log them when I do, so I’ll wait a few ore days to make sure everyone else has had a chance to do so. If it wasn’t for the fact that everyone knows these are Butiki teas that you can ONLY get in the box, I’d just log it and not mention Amoda. :P

Sil

all my tea is on my table at the moment.. so i can figure out how a cupboard half the size as it was takes up more room! 4 oz of LB makes me happy to see haha

Cavocorax

Wait, another 4 oz? Didn’t we both order 4 oz just a few months ago? I think I still have 2oz left. I need to stop treating it as such a rare commodity and enjoy it I guess (multiple resteeps or not!))

I bet it’s the french teas that are taking up all your space. Didn’t they all come in tins? Are you going to post pics?

I can’t wait to grab my pile of tea. :D

Sil

haha you mean your BOX of tea…. i will take pics this weekend..it’s MUCH smaller than normal. i think it’s just all the weird shapped bags or something. I dunno. No not another 4oz.. but somehow in my black friday fog i did pick up 4oz each of verdant’ campfire blend and the vanilla citrus spice lol apparently i really needed 8oz of tea! sad part is…i have a 10$ coupon now and kinda want the elderberry herbal as a non black option.

Fjellrev

Don’t feel bad, I basically did the same thing the other week with LB. Resteeped once but steeped 500ml at a time. It’s just so much easier!

Terri HarpLady

I have some Verdant coupons too! I’m gonna use them to buy my birthday present, although I’m not sure what that will be…yet! But my birthday is next month, so I have time to figure it out :)

Cavocorax

YAY for a BOX of tea. I’m so excited.

And thanks – I’m happy I’m not “wasting” it. :P (I’m not if you’re not)

Amariel

The Amoda Butiki teas are up. Someone put two of the three up, so I finished and added the info that was missing.

Frolic

What steeping perimeters are you guys using for the laoshan black? I just got my Verdant box today and I’m planning on brewing some in the morning. I don’t have much experience with good black teas.

Sil

I prefer western brew for 3 mins, boiling

Cavocorax

That’s how I usually do it too, although occasionally I get ambitious and drink it gongfu style, following the guidelines on Verdant’s site.

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
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Backlog: I’m done with this one. It was an interesting experiment, but it was also so damn difficult to make this one pop they way I’d like.

Rosehips

Yes! My assessment exactly.

VariaTEA

I tried this and it was not very good so I gave up trying and gave it away. Any tea you really need to work at to be tasty is not worth repurchasing IMHO.

Cavocorax

I agree! I’m not a fan of fussy teas. The payoff had better be phenomenal.

Roswell Strange

I had issues with this one at first because it is finicky – but I’ve figured out that it’s much better with a short steep time (like, three minutes), at least imho. Don’t know if you’ve both tried that, but maybe food (or tea) for thought?

Cavocorax

I did, but the results just weren’t consistent for me.
No biggie. I had 30g to play with, and now I can move on to the next tea!

Amariel

Hmmm, I might need to play with my sample some more.

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88

I feel like I needed this tea today.
I feel like nothing else would do.

Thankfully I have it on hand.
Maybe it’ll snap me out of this funk.

ETA: It did. It snapped me out and I feel more like a thinking breathing human being again.

Oh and here’s a trailer for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TWwYLlcPekA

Isaila

Hmmm. Interesting trailer. I really am excited for 12, but I don’t know how the episode’s going to be. I feel like there’s too much pizazz around it.

Cavocorax

Yeah, it does seem all over the place.
To be honest, I’ve never really liked the Christmas episodes. They seem like they’re usually the worst – super cheesy robot Santas etc running around. Sorta cringe-worthy.

My favourite was the Christmas Carol one – was that last year?

I’m excited about 12 too.

Uniquity

I totally can’t watch the trailer. Matt Smith was my first doctor and thinking about the end of him makes me weepy. I’ll be a disaster on Christmas night. I am still excited to see what Capaldi brings to the table, but I have such fondness for Smith.

Cavocorax

Awwwww. :( I get that. I really do. I struggled to finish watching the end of 11 because I just didn’t want to move on. I actually stopped watching DW for 6 months because I didn’t want to watch the last few episodes.

And then I fell in love with Smith.

So I’m hoping this transition won’t be so difficult.

Em

I think I will need a fresh box of tissues for that episode…

Shmiracles

i must have watched last years xmas episode a good 15 times. it was so comforting and fun! and i love matt smith, but hell if i’m not super excited about capaldi. he made me almost cry in torchwood and i haven’t forgotten him since. i think he is gonna be magic. (just like i knew matt would be. those cats can act!)

Fjellrev

Glad this tea made you feel better, Cavo. :)

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75
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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I had a craving for this today, but sadly it was the same time I did the dishes and I ended up steeping this for about 7 minutes.

Huh. I’m sorry Cafe Vanilla. You SMELL wonderful. You’re just a little strong. I’ll have to add a little bit of milk to even it out.

This is a really nice tea though. The vanilla is subtle but not underpowered if that makes sense.

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I’ve had this unopened pack sitting around for a year but I’ve been afraid to try it.

My first sip? It started off flat, but near the end I started to get some orange-pekoe goodness. Followed by coffee grounds.

My cup smells like coffee. I didn’t clean out everything at the top so I probably had a few grounds sneak in. My machine is a few years old so I don’t know if the new ones still have that issue. Either way, I’m not going to completely clean this just because I’m switching between coffee and tea insta-drinks.

I’ll probably stick with coffee drinks in this, but I just wanted to try it and log it.

And an evil part of me wanted to add it to our Steepster database! Go ahead! ADD it to your cupboard!!!

(And I do like my Tassimo. I just don’t think it’s suitable for tea. And I can’t drink the chai latte’s anymore because the ‘milk’ tastes so artificial and weird. But the Tim Hortons coffeee… gimme!)

keychange

No judgement here! Have a Keurig, which is now mostly only used for hot water, but am with you on the Timmy’s k-cups! mmm!

Tuscanteal

I find both make everything taste like coffee, whether its hot water or tea or hot chocolate etc.

Cavocorax

Oh, the hot chocolate is really awful too. I guess they include it for mocha’s only because on it’s own it’s so weak and watery.

But the coffee is good. I’m not a coffee person so I like hitting a button and… whammo!

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Della Terra has a black unflavoured blend? Ok – I’d better snap it up and give it a shot!

And I like it. It’s very English Breakfast-y, with a bit of a sharp note at the end of each sip that is trying to snap me awake. It’s not working, but it’s not the tea’s fault as I barely had any sleep at all last night. I don’t expect miracles.

But I haven’t had an unflavoured tea in too long. This was nice. It’s more complex than I had anticipated and I bet it would be lovely with milk and sugar too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
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This tea is normally pretty amazing, but I think I accidently underleafed it.
Also, it’s a rooibos. I probably should have steeped it longer.

I’m sorry Carrot Cake. I know you can be better than this!
It pairs well with Graham crackers, btw.

Also, I wanted to ask – have you guys had issues with your “likes” disappearing? I read everyone’s notes and like them as I go, and then when I go back I find they aren’t there. :( I think part of it is my phone doesn’t register anything, but I think it does it when I’m on the computer too. (Speak up and lemme know I’m not imagining things!)

MissB

I’m having disappearing likes all over the place – for the past two weeks or so now.

keychange

I’ve had disappearing likes since pretty much the beginning of time. You’re not alone!

JustJames

constantly. nothing changed me more than a swap with a tea buddy from paris though…. everything’s different now.

OMGsrsly

I have that problem too. The first page will usually be OK, but as soon as I load more, the likes seem to disappear. But if I check the note page, my picture is usually there.

Sil

I may sneak a cup of this from you…

Cavocorax

OK, so I’m not the only one!
OMGsrsly – I’ll keep an eye on that! Hopefully they’re actually sticking!

Sil – that can be managed! I guess once your Mandala order comes on, we can arrange a swap?

Sil

yeah..sharon’s back in the country on the 16th so i suspect sometime that week i’ll have everything from her.

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I don’t know what spiced plum is supposed to taste like, but I bought it out of curiosity. To be honest, it’s not my favourite. I do get fruity plum, with that dark, dank note or whatever it is that you get with plums. And I also get cinnamon. Not as much cinnamon as a cinnamon spice spice tea though.

I think my problem is that I’m not that into plums? And I should have known that? Oh well. It’s only an oz. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

Always worth a try! :)

Cavocorax

The price was right!

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79
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
1696 tasting notes

Om nom nom.

This is perfect caramel and marshmallow gooeyness. It’s another top-notch win from Della Terra.

Why did I only buy 1 oz? :O
(Oh, because I was greedy and wanted to try a ton of new teas too!)

Relaxing with this tea is helping to take away some of the stress in my neck from knitting troubles. Just… relax. :P I’ll figure this stupid cast-on eventually! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQOZ8GWM9sE)

OMG – I have 146 new notices since last I checked. Staying up to date on steepster is a lot of work!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Tuscanteal

Would you say based on your response that rating it 79 is low? Or just not as good as some of your favs??

ifjuly

hee, i bet we were drinking this at the same time! (i had mine about 30 minutes ago, had to run an errand before coming back and logging it.) that’s never happened to me on steepster before, neat.

Cavocorax

Actually I guess I’d had a sample of it before and only rated it at 72, so I just bumped it up to 79. I might bump it up further, but don’t want to go overboard in case I’m enjoying it more today than I normally would. (If that makes sense? Mood can be a big part of how I rate things…)

And ifjuly – fistbump on having good taste. :P

keychange

Does dt usually have this year-round? or only around the holiday season?

Cavocorax

I believe it’s a permanent tea!

keychange

This makes me happy! (says the girl who hasn’t tried it yet! haha)

Shmiracles

gawd della terra’s chocolate and desserty teas are gonna kill me. i just bought 1oz more of this and i wanna drink it every day.

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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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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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