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1392 Tasting Notes

78
drank White Christmas by 52teas
1392 tasting notes

I bought this from Momo for a few dollars – I thought I’d give it a shot at that price, and just opened the bag today.

It’s not bad. It’s completely superfluous with 7 oz of Read My Lips if I’m craving black minty teas, but it’s not bad! It’s bright and slightly cream with the marshamllow. I get a tad bit of chocolate in there too. It shouldn’t be too hard to drink 2 oz of this, but I’m going to have to drink this and RML every day to make a dent! :O

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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83

This is so good! I will need to buy tons of this in the fall. I think I only had a .5 oz bag, and that seems to make 4-5 cups with the way I make tea, so I’ll definitely need to buy more.

And re-steep!

The spices are pretty perfect though. NGL. It has notes that reminds me of the Caramel Assam, but with more earthy pumpkiny notes.

Mah-velous.

Sil

joint order in toronto! :)

Nxtdoor

Does joint mean 3? :)

Sil

As many as it needs to lol

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1392 tasting notes

I only had a sip to make sure it was good for my family before they came to visit but WOW. This is good iced. Thank you everyone for letting me know to try it. I only had a dash of agave syrup too. :)

It’s marvelous. I’m going to run through so much H&S tea now.

Preparation
Iced

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75

I don’t even know what Lychee tastes like, although I should buy one some day and try it! This was one of the samples I scooped for $1 and I’m glad to have tried it. It’s a happy jumble of fruit, and I can definitely recognize the peach and the apricot.

If I didn’t have enough fruity teas at the moment I would definitely consider picking up a bit more of this one. It’s quiet enjoyable, and I suspect it would be tasty iced.

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

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69
drank Organic Assam by Harney & Sons
1392 tasting notes

Ok so I’m up at 115 teas which is good because my number is decreasing, but the average number of oz per tea is going up. :( #whoops Essentially I have more tea then I did before. That 7 oz tin of Read My Lips was a definite mistake, but maybe after I move I’ll put it up on the swap board.

Anyway I’m drinking this because I might as well clean up my little samples. I’m not too crazy about it to be honest. It seems a bit bitter – maybe I steeped it too long? Oh well – on to the next sample.

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

Haha just wait until you have full access to my cupboard to take samples of everything…..ask raritea how her first meet up went lol

Cavocorax

:P I’ll be in trouble then, but I’m more worried about the temptation of ALL THE COMBINED ORDERS.

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69

Total impulse buy. /0\

I went to Granville Island because I hadn’t been there for years and then I thought this would make for a nice souvenir tea to drink when I’m in Ontario and so I scooped it up. The prices for 50g are really reasonable!

(Don’t buy teas based on souvenir value. That’s tea purchasing rule #17.)

So… this tea? Well there’s definitely darjeeling in there – I can tell because it’s bitterish. There’s also some fruity notes too which help to make it more enjoyable. And it is enjoyable, although not necessarily memorable. We’ll see if it grows on me.

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

You might need to get some souvenir tea from Murchie’s. :)

Cavocorax

Haha. If we meet up there maybe I’ll try some, but I’ve been pretty ambivalent about most of their teas. Although I do like the Prince Charles blend – maybe because that was one of the first loose-leaf teas I have ever had. It was a gift!

OMGsrsly

A friend gave me 6 as a gift and they’re all pretty good. :)

Cavocorax

Glad you’re enjoying them! I just found I didn’t care for most of them and that was with trying to under-steep it etc. I do have their Russian Caravan and will enjoy that, but I have too much. Gonna add some to my freebie list for the meet-up. :P

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77
drank Tokyo by Harney & Sons
1392 tasting notes

Mmmmm, yes. I rather like this one. It’s a nice solid green and it almost seems like it’s creamy and coconutty, but it’s actually the caramel and seseame seeds. Oh, I’m bad at this when I don’t cheat and read the desciptions. It’s totally toasty with the seeds, which is probably where I got coconut from. And it’s deliately sweet too, which is how I like my greens.

This might be one I’d want to re-order. I’ll have to narrow it down between Bangkok and this as I might not be able to drink 8 oz of green teas, but can commit to 4…

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

That’s why you split orders silly!

Courtney

I love Bangkok! When I was in NYC I went to H&S and Tokyo and Bangkok were the two I needed to pick up haha!

Cavocorax

Haha. I can see too many split orders I’m the future! Too many! (blackfridaywaitforblackfridaydoit)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Caramel and Sesame? Wow! Need to try that one!

OMGsrsly

Ok, now I’m curious about this one. I’ll have to snag a sample pack (if they have them) with the next order I do.

Nxtdoor

If I can’t get the steeping parameters right, I might give you my tin when you come to Toronto. I have yet to make this work.

Cavocorax

Let me know – maybe we can do a swap of something.

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84
drank Ceylon Spring by DAVIDsTEA
1392 tasting notes

Yikes. Maybe I was supposed to do this at a lower temperature? It just feels thick and grassy and almost like liquid molasses.

It’s much better now that it’s cooled. Now I’m getting some honey notes too.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
1392 tasting notes

Goodbye Chocolate Monkey tea! I wish you were more chocolate, but whaddaya do.

Speaking of monkeys, our little monkey must have gotten cold and woken up, and by the time I woke up and noticed she was too awake to go back to sleep. So, basically I woke up at 3:30, tried to feed/cuddle her and get her back to sleep for more than the next hour, and now at 5:30 I’m drinking tea because that’s much better than throwing pillows in frustration. The little monkey is happily chasing the cat and doesn’t seem to care that she’s had less than 5 hours of sleep.

Good thing I’m off work, I guess! She hasn’t done this in the last 3 months (she’s pretty good normally!) so I haven’t had to deal with going to work on 4 hours sleep. :P

Okay – enough ranting. I do like this tea, and will probably pick some up once I have tea money and there’s a new Tealux sale.

ETA: Sipdown puts me at 111 teas, 43 of which are sample sized!

Also, ETA: The baby is starting to lie down face-down on the floor. I think that’s a good sign she’s ready for bed! \0/ I just finished my cup too, so good timing!

Sil

hahaha
grats on getting so close to 100…maybe i can hit 200 this weekend before packages start arriving lol

Sil

…..or not. Lol they’re here!

Cavocorax

Hahaha.

Well I just checked the “what did I get in the mail” thread, and it shouldn’t be too bad? Lots of samples, so – quick sipdowns, and then the teaspot stuff is big, but only 5 more teas if you just look at the total and not the weight? #justifications

You’ve got until Monday to drink down enough that that Butiki order replaces it – then there’s no change there. And you can probably drink the stuff from your swap during the weekend? :P Maybe? Go! Go! Go!

Sil

…..I should send you a picture lol

Cavocorax

Yes! Sometime in the next few days I’m going to get all my tea out and take a picture (as well as portion out the take it away ones!)

Sil

I’m hanging on to all your tea until you get here right? That’s what we decided? If so, I’m not opening any of the stuff that came that we’re sharing so it stays super fresh :)

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54
drank Korean Sejak by DAVIDsTEA
1392 tasting notes

I’m not sure if it’s because it’s older, or I’ve just had more experience with green teas, but this is so boring. Boring. :(

ETA: Oh, I remembered to lower the rating. :P

Kittenna

Agreed. I wasn’t a fan. Also, IIRC it tasted fishy/seaweedy. I like those things, but apparently not in my tea.

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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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