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1405 Tasting Notes

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drank White Chocolate by sTEAp Shoppe
1405 tasting notes

I decided to try this iced, although I’ve enough left to try it hot later on.

So far it tastes like bark – that special type of bark I associate with white teas, especially DT’s Cookie Dough. It’s a little creamy, and it’s a bit sweet, but I’m not really getting chocolate from it. I’ll try it hot before I rate it.

ETA: I drank the second half of my sample hot. (154) It is MUCH better this way. I still get that barky-white tea taste, but this reminds me much more of white chocolate. This is sweeter, and creamier and very good.

Now if only I were crazy about white chocolate! :P I just had to try it though. Just because.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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81

Eeee! I’m so excited to try this one after reading Terri HarpLady’s tasting notes! And she sent me some and it’s in my hands and I smelling the wonderful cinnamon and sweet potato aroma wafting from my cup! Thank you!

And it’s every bit as good as I had hoped it would. It’s warm and comforting but with enough of a cinnamonyzing that I don’t want to get too comfortable. So satisfying. And I can really taste the sweet potato! That just seems like such an odd add-in but it’s so great.

Man, but why? Why does Adagio have to be so awesome and let people make all the fandom teas at fairly reasonable prices, and then be so awful when it comes to customer service? Even if the shipping charges weren’t astronomical for us poor Canadians, hearing things like this: http://steepster.com/biancag/posts/179849 makes me not want to give them my money even if I could afford the shipping. :| Seriously – they should just say they don’t ship to Canada if they don’t want to support International customers fairly anyway.

(oh but this tea is so good… why????)

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

I’m glad you like it! :)

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69

This is a strange looking assam – it’s ground completely up into little bits! It makes me think of coffee. I had it before and wasn’t wowed by it, so I thought I’d try cold-steeping it overnight. It wasn’t enough – I needed a touch of agave nectar and now it’s drinkable. Far from amazing, but drinkable! :)

Still it won’t go to waste and I’m happy to have tried it. Thanks KittyLovesTea!

OMGsrsly

Is it powder or tiny balls?

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77

My tealog might not indicate it as I did a lot of re-steeping, but I drank a lot of tea today! I even managed to sneak this one in as a sipdown too. (157)

I have so much honeybush though. I feel like I need to get other bedtime options besides 20-30 honeybush and/or rooibos blends. :P

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73
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1405 tasting notes

So even though I wasn’t super crazy about this tea, I took it off Sil’s hands and am enjoying it now. I definitely notice the heavy puerh earthiness but I like it. It’s great with my bbq dinner.

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80

This is really good. The base is very sweet and fruity and it reminds me of the mouthfeel I got from Tardis. There’s a bit of astringency at the end of each sip, but it’s pleasant. The bergamot is just a touch strong, but it seemed to mellow out as it cooled a bit.

Yes. I think Steven Smith teas are something to keep an eye out for! Hard to say whether I like this more than Tardis, or Mount Gray as they have similiar profiles, yet are still unique. Stock up on all three?

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

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74

I’m resteeping my second cup of this now. I have so much tea that I’d like to drink and enjoy, but I also don’t want to waste the stuff that I have.

So, I’m going to resteep this at least once!

It tasted much like I expected: warm yunnan notes balanced against a bit of earthiness. And, for some reason, I get a touch of smoke at the end of the sip. I really enjoy Yunnans so it was nice to try this as I’m trying to get used to unflavoured puerh. I’m not sure I would buy more of this as I prefer Yunnans but it’s nice to mix things up, and I wouldn’t say no to a cuppa.

Thanks JustJames for giving me such a generous sample! I’ve got several cups (+resteeps!) of this to look forward to!

JustJames

so glad you’re enjoying!

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92

And there’s my sipdown for today. (159)

I meant to make this last longer but it was just so darned tasty and I said why not have it again. :) I get a sipdown, and a great cuppa! WIN.

ETA: I really really enjoyed A&D’s Mount Gray yesterday, but this one is equally impressive. I practically have blueberry mouthfeel in each sip! And I know it’s not blueberries in this blend, but I don’t care!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, it’s suppose to be blackberry, but your not the first to think blueberry!

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72
drank Tropicalia by DAVIDsTEA
1405 tasting notes

We had company over so there wasn’t anywhere to really hang out once the baby was up, so I took her out for a walk and ended up at the mall. I meant to grab a go-cup of something with caffeine but grabbed this instead. I shared it with the baby and she really seemed to enjoy it, so after wandering around for another hour, I went back and bought 50g of this and agave.

Should this count for breaking my tea buying hiatus? I say…. no. :P Haha. I figure it was for the baby, and the guests we’ll have over tonight and I think 50g will only work for 2 large pitchers anyway. But the point is I didn’t buy it for me. So I’ve been good! Bwahahaha.

ETA: When I was in DavidsTea I was trying to convince the salesperson to join Steepster as it is so amazing and awesome. She said she’d check it out, but if I was thinking I would have told her who I am there too. IF she does join, how will I find her? :P Whoops

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 45 sec
Lilysmom

Definetly does NOT count….in fact since you are sharing tea with baby and guests, you are allowed a bonus Harney and Sons order…..good deeds, and all that….and you introduced a tea person to steepster…..maybe a butiki order too……

Cavocorax

Hahahah. You are awful. :) (Awful good at tempting me)

Kittenna

I say this doesn’t count towards breaking your ban, BUT, no special privileges come along with it! :P

Cavocorax

Haha. That’s perfectly acceptable by me.

Lilysmom

Can I make a butiki order then? I need to try them out and do another harney order and I need DT pink passionfruit…..like 3 orders…..really only 2 since I can get DT in store…..which reminds me, I need tropicalia too…..so 2,3 orders then I would go on a hiatus too….

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha :P

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Another sipdown!

So I came home and had packages from Momo and JustJames! So, with that and this sipdown I’m at 160! Let’s see if I can get that down…

JustJames

double packages! how excellent!

Cavocorax

It was! You were both very generous! Now I’m getting yours out tomorrow! I have the other A+d Caravan so I’m looking forward to comparing them!

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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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1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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