1673 Tasting Notes

drank Da Yu Ling Oolong by Butiki Teas
1673 tasting notes

This tea was part of Operation:Backlog. After being inspired by Sil I’ve decided to try and drink my older teas up so I can rotate everything better. I think this one has been in a plastic ziplock for 6 months now? Whoops.

I dove in and gave it my best. And I have to say this was an unusual oolong from the brief experience I’ve had with them. I got a lot of floral notes, as well as some fruit – either a peach or an apricot. Each sip left off with a strange aftertaste that wasn’t unpleasant, but hard to identify.

Interesting! I can’t wait to investigate further with the 2nd half of my sample.

Thanks CrowKettle! (I’m assuming it was from you? :( I rec’d this before I started logging who gave me what)

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown!
This was much needed to as I had 9 samples come in from Teavivre and my total tea count is at 130. I still think I can get to 100 for Black Friday though. I’m more worried about getting a good job first! :P (Otherwise I will be very sad as you all place huge orders for awesome prices and I avoid the internet for a few days! Hahah.) I just had an interview yesterday, and I applied at an interesting place today so I’m not discouraged yet!

Anyway, thank you CrowKettle for this! Took me long enough to drink it all, eh? But I enjoyed it.

Also I’ve now organized ALL my teas in my spreadsheet so that if I don’t have the exact date, I have an estimate of when I bought it – time to sip down those old teas!

Preparation
Iced
Indigobloom

I’ve been meaning to make an “old tea” bucket for sipdowns. Too many! Oy.

Terri HarpLady

I managed to eliminate most of my old teas during mine & Sil’s sipdown showdown, which really was the best part of it.
For some reason I always feel a little guilty about leaving teas sitting there forever in limbo…except for puerh’s, of course.

Indigobloom

Ah yah watching those between Steepsterites are fun. I can’t seem to get to enough sipdowns myself. Thinking about doing some tomorrow since I’ll be up all night for an arts fest in the city!
and Puerh, I keep forgetting that they don’t “need” to be sipped down! lol

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Thanks Incendiare for the sample!
I was a bit nervous about trying it because I’d never had tuocha, but after reading what everyone else did, I feel fairly confident I’m doing this ok.

And wow – it really smells like sticky rice! It does taste as deliver, with the slightest tackiest mouthfeel and a slightly sour aftertaste. This is… unusual? I’m happy I tried it but I don’t know that it’s for me. :P

OMGsrsly

Mine’s sitting out on my counter, waiting for me to try! Kind of excited now that I’ve read how to steep it. :)

Amariel

I liked mine.

Cavocorax

It was interesting! But I don’t know that I’d crave it. :)

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I drank this this morning, along with a cup of Bolder Breakfast. You can see the comparison here: http://steepster.com/cavocorax/posts/195610

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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In my mind I can’t really remember the differences between Tea Spot’s Bolder Breakfast, and Chocolate “O”. Both are strong rich blends with chocolaty notes, but if I could only order one, which would I have? :O

I steeped both at boiling for 5 minutes, and poured a little of each into bubble cups for easy comparison.

Bolder Breakfast:
-smells like: earth, rich flavours, chocolate, honey
tastes: very warm, rich, chocolatey, lots of earthy depth, sweet honey – very complex!

Chocolate O:
-smells like: malt, chocolate, honey
-tastes: malty, honeyed, slightly gritty/earthy, lots of chocolate and a hint of caramel

Conclusion: Both are very good teas but I’m happy that I have a tin of the Bolder Breakfast and only 1 oz of the Chocolate O as the BB seems to be more complex and rich than the Chocolate O. I guess the puerh makes the biggest difference here!

Thanks to Terri HarpLady and Sil for the joint order on these. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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I’m getting close to the end of my sample so I thought I’d do a quick note.
This does taste a bit like chocolate and orange but it’s not really my thing. Not enough chocolate? (Is there ever enough?) Ah well. I might give up on Chocolate Orange teas – I think I’m expecting actual chocolate orange. :P

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Me too! I’m starting to think a Terry’s chocolate orange tea is never going to happen.

JustJames

oooh! an opportunity to sow seeds of budgetary insurrection: you could always ask stacy at butiki to create the blend for you… and you could be really smarty pants about it and suggest it for the custom blend contest and then maybe you don’t even have to pay for it. =0P

Fjellrev

I’m sorry she’d say that Three Friends would be too close, though. :/

Sil

Two friends is better than three friends lol for me :)

Cavocorax

JustJames – that’s a great idea, but as the others have said, Two Friends is basially that. And it still wasn’t the chocolate-orange I was hoping for. (Well I had Three Friends, but I imagine it was close?)

But I like the idea of suggesting blends to Stacy! I really should come up with something for the contest!

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It’s time for more damn fine tea. As I celebrated my new tin of Mount Grey earlier, I wanted to give Tiger Assam the attention it deserves…

This might be too strong of a tea for this late at night but it’s tasty. And slightly astringent in that Assamy-sorta-way.

Sil

i need to get some of this one from you…er mount grey i mean lol

Cavocorax

Sure! I’ll add it to the list!

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Yay! One week after we were discussing how it’d be nice to have free shipping from A&D, they offered free shipping! (Or, with a $5 discount to Canada!) Mine showed up today, along with a super snazzy dinosaur magnet!

I’m not a huge Earl Gray fan but for some reason I really like this one. The bergamot is very potent but it’s nicely balanced and the basee isn’t at all astringent. I swear I can taste creamy lemon in this as well. So fantastic.

I think that between this and TARDIS I’m well stocked on EG’s. (About 10 oz combined)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Ok, I’ve got enough to be worried about with my interview tomorrow – I’m not going to let this tea get in my way. It’s time for a sipdown and I’m trying this is my little gongfu pot.

Oolongs are difficult for me because they all taste so similar. This one is floral and a little grassy with a very clean/spring-y taste. I don’t get the “intense juiciness” promised in the description, but I am getting a bit of the peppery aftertaste.

I’m not going to rate this because I have a long way to go before I can appreciate oolongs.

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This was tasty but not as cherrylicious as I’d hoped. I think I prefer Chocolate “O” and Bolder Breakfast over this, but I’m still happy I tried it!

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