1696 Tasting Notes

96

Yowza! I was starting to think that I wouldn’t need to order any more of this tea because the Caramel Vanilla is so amazing, but this cup convinced me that I need both.

Courtney

I was just trying to determine which of those two to order and ended up deciding on the Caramel Vanilla. Hmm.

Cavocorax

Well if I could only choose one, it’s be the Caramel Vanilla. But I think it’s be nice to have 1 oz of this one kicking around too!

OMGsrsly

I got the Caramel Vanilla, but I think I’ll get both in my next order. :)

JustJames

the caramel vanilla is outstanding. haven’t tried the taiwanese assam….. plotting for december is underway!

Amariel

It’s good, but I do think Caramel Vanilla has a bit of an edge on this one.

Kittenna

Straight PTA wins hands down for me. I really have to wonder if my Caramel Vanilla somehow lost flavour… although Sil got hers from the same bag as mine , and I tried it shortly after receiving the package in the mail. Hrmmm…

Cavocorax

Great! I love the feedback!

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92

My first tea of the day!

Everyone else is sleeping so I’m sitting with the baby watching the LAST episode of Downton Abbey and drinking dragon pearls. I still haven’t had my dragon pearl-off, but someday!

I have a feeling that I’ll need a comfort tea afterwards from what I’ve heard. :( 15 minutes to go, and I’m waiting for hell to break loose.

God, I love some of these characters so much. Even Mary, even though she’s so complicated. And stubborn.

Terri HarpLady

I have yet to watch a single episode of this show. Maybe when winter comes & there is snow I’ll make tony a decadent breakfast & talk him into spending a day on the couch in PJs, watching every episode of the first season. Cuz that’s how we roll!

Sil

yes terri! yes!

Shadowfall

Let me know when you do have a dragon pearl-off since I’d love to follow along. One of these days I want to have one of my own. Lol.

Cavocorax

Terri – that sounds really awesome. :) I love devouring an entire episode at once.

I just realized that Season 4 starts to air today which is a relief because I don’t like how the last ep ended and need something else. But now I’m stuck waiting for each episode like regular people. :P I hate being caught up.

And will do, Shadowfall!

Terri HarpLady

Maybe I’ll join you guys on the pearl-off as well!

sansnipple

Most vendors’ dragon pearls are actually literally the same tea. No matter the retailer, 99% these things on the market are all made by Feng Qing Tea Factory in Yunnan China (the Feng Qing in the name), any minor differences you pick out will just be batch to batch variations, so get them wherever they’re cheapest.

Cavocorax

Really? I didn’t realize that! Maybe I’ll do a visual/smell test first to see if I can see any difference before I brew up a buttload of tea.

Shadowfall

Sansnipple – I didn’t realize that either. Kinda takes the fun out of it. Lol!

Terri HarpLady

I know they aren’t all exactly the same. Mandala’s pearls definitely taste & look different from thepuritea’s, for example.

Dexter

Mandala’s aren’t the same as these either.

Cavocorax

Hmmm… I always thought the Adagio and Zen Tea pearls were not as good quality as the others ones I’ve had too. I should go through and see how many types of pearls I have!

Sil

Cavo – i JUST found out the season started again tonight… heh so excited but yes… waiting sucks..that’s why i have like 10 shows i watch at the same time..gives me time to get a few episodes ready for when i want to do mini sessions of the show haha

Cavocorax

I’m happy you watch it too! I don’t know anyone else that does and I might need to vent or cheer or something!

We usually just blitz through seasons after they’ve all aired but Joe isn’t into this so I can actually keep up.

Amariel

I do love this tea. One of these days I will place an order for some.

Amariel

I watched the first couple of eps at a friend’s house who had netflix, but now I am not sure the best source at home to watch with. I don’t have netflix at home.

Cavocorax

It must have been American Netflix because I don’t see it on mine. I end up downloading the episodes, or borrowing the dvd’s from the library.

Terri HarpLady

Seems like they’d make Netflix the same for everyone… :/

Cavocorax

I think it’s to do with different regulations and licensing. Some of the Canadian broadcasters have rights to show movies/shows in Canada, and don’t want to sell/share it well Netflix. Red tape and bureaucracy are part of the problem, I imagine.

So our selection is much smaller than yours, but for some reason we get the odd show that you guys don’t get in the US. I think we had Walking Dead far sooner than you guys did, as an example. A lot of people I know us IP blockers or something to get US netflix, but I just haven’t bothered to figure it out for my PS3 yet.

Sil

i download my tv shows 100% legally….cough

Amariel

Yes, it was in LA when I was at the Gallifrey One con and I was at my friend’s house alone for a bit.

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1696 tasting notes

I’m so sleepy today – IDK what’s up with that. TK didn’t go to bed until 1:30AM, but then we slept until 11. I should be feeling great!

Instead I’m blinking blearily at the brightness of my laptop screen and clutching tightly to my tea mug.

I love this tea.

We have company coming to visit/BBQ tonight. I might have to switch to coffee soon. AND/OR matcha.

Courtney

This sounds so similar to my week now that I’m back in full-time classes haha. I hope your BBQ goes well :)

Fjellrev

I beat you! I slept in until 12:45 and went to bed at 1am. Granted, I’m sick. But still, talk about sleeping in and still feeling tired, eh?

Hope matcha would help!

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78

Sipdown!

This was tasty, but not as creamy as some of the other milk oolongs I’ve had. I wonder if the flavoured version of this tea would have that creaminess?

TeaVivre

This Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is special for it’s milky aroma is natural, it is not manually added milk when process as other milk teas. The first three infusion of this tea will have slight milky scent. The Flavored Jin Xuan Oolong Tea is produced by adding edible flavoring to accentuate the milk flavor. So the milk aroma of this Flavored Taiwan Jin Xuan Milk Oolong is stronger. It is better for people who like strong milk fragrance.

Cavocorax

Oh That makes sense! Thanks for the detailed explanation. I’ll have to try your flavoured version next time I order, although I did enjoy this one too.

TeaVivre

It’s my pleasure,hope you like the flavoured version :)

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93

Oh, I love this! I don’t want to rate it yet until I’ve had it with hot water too, but I can tell you this makes a great cold latte. Just added powder to hot water, whisked it, then added 5 oz of milk and used my milk frother to make it foamy and delicious.

I think I need to drink at least one cup of matcha per day seeing as I have so much, but I probably should try drinking it with water more instead of using milk. (hint: milk makes you fat. :P) I’m loving that I get to try all this out.

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95

I love, love this tea!

I applied for this kickass job today that I really have high hopes for. Fingers are crosses. As a reward I decided to take the rest of the day to watching Downton Abbey, but I don’t know that that was the right choice either. I’ve almost halfway through Season 3 and there’s just too much to cry about! :O

And I already know about the major spoiler for the end of Season 3 so… I’ve got that to look forward to.

keychange

Yes yes yes great choice of tea. Good luck with the job!

Stephanie

Good luck :D

Terri HarpLady

The luck of the high seas to ya, Cavo!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

May the wind be in your sails, Matey!

OMGsrsly

Forewarned is forearmed? I’ll knock on me wooden leg for ye, my lady. :D

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80

I woke up this morning on auto-pilot and poked through my box of samples to see if I could find one for the morning. And I didn’t want any of them. And suddenly I didn’t want tea at all.

:( That’s the hazard when it comes to focusing on sipdowns and trying unopened samples.

So, I said FORGET IT, and drank this instead and am now happy with tea again. Maybe I’ll update my cupboard and get a better idea of what I have by looking at the physical weight of it all, instead of focusing on the number. :P

Stephanie

Yeah, you gotta drink what you are in the mood for! :)

Sil

i try to alternate…i don’t force myself to drink samples if it’s really not what i’m in the mood for

keychange

Yeah, I go easy on myself in the morning. Just drink whatever it is you want: tea, coffee, nothing, etc. LOL.

Cavocorax

Totally. I’m happy I moved onto something that excited me. Every cup is basically working towards sipdown anyway.

Terri HarpLady

Arrrr, mateys, today I’ll be drinkin’ whatever I wants to drink, says I.

OMGsrsly

Why is there no rum in my tea? :)

Sil

terri – i posted an internal announcement on our “back office” site to that effect… just to try and get people to smile…hopefully i don’t get in trouble for it lol

Cavocorax

Why is there no rum in the house?

OMGsrsly

Aye, Cavo. That is a terrrrrrible thing, no rum. (Which reminds me. I need some ginger beer for a Dark and Stormy tonight.)

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81

And now, time for a tea I’m not looking forward to sipping down at all! Good think I still have 2+ oz of it. :)

Sil

I should sneak some of this from you….

Cavocorax

Yes! I was supposed to give you some. I’ll make sure to grab some next time I know I’ll see you.

Or pay the .50 and mail it to you now. :P

Sil

Lol I can wait. ESP if kitenna is dropping tea off for you at my place haha

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75

Sipdown! (126)

This was good, and would likely be better appreciated by someone who better appreciated green teas. :)

(Speaking of which, why did I order 9 oolong tea samples? I will likely enjoy them, but I’ll have to force myself to drink them. Otherwise I’ll just choose black teas all the time!)

TeaKlutz

You have the exact same thing with teas as I do. There are some green, white, and oolong teas I really like, but by default I always want black teas!

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I’ll have to pay even closer attention to your reviews!

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87
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
1696 tasting notes

I really love this tea. There’s just something about it that’s different than I’m used to, but it’s hard to nail it down exactly.

I steeped it for 3 minutes because I didn’t want to risk it getting too strong for my tastes, and it was probably at less than boiling. The result is very smooth and fresh, with only the slightest astringency in the endnotes. It’s bold, but also slightly sweet. This is a hefty cup – it’s thick and malty. I’m also getting fruity notes in there as well.

For those of you who don’t know Justea is fundraising right now to get their company off the ground and help empower the Kenyan farmers who produce the tea (and cut out the middle-man). I highly recommend you check it out and support them here: http://www.justea.com/

(I wish I could support them again but… I need a job. Hopefully I find one in the next 30 days and then I can throw money at them!)
I’d like to support the campaign because I think this is a cuppa I’d like to keep around

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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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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