545 Tasting Notes

74

Friday morning, I need the caffeine but don’t want to put the overly strong caffeine of moka pot coffee into my still feeling overly full tummy. So I reach for this for a less stronger punch. Two steeps.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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50

I had a cup of this late Thursday night after a slightly too large pile of nachos too late at night. They were so good though. I am finding a lot of things to love about my broiler lol. Though I may not love this tea, it is soothing. And at 30 seconds less, there is a bit less mint and maybe some green tea taste. As with last time, I didn’t temp the water, just eyed it, but it was less than boiling both times.

Preparation
1 min, 30 sec

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74

I drink this Wednesday afternoon and even though it’s my first time logging it, it is not my first time drinking this. I believe it is my third. I remember the first two times this coming off like a creamy (from the marshmallow root) mint tea. Since I’m not the biggest mint fan, I thought this was a nicely done tea but wasn’t fond of it. This time however amp up the marshmallow/creaminess of it and liked it more. Think I may find myself reaching for this again soon.

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

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70

Yesterday morning, I had a single cup of this with honey because I still had the stomach blahs. I’ll confess that it was reheated twice and I didn’t entirely finish it.

In other news, I got a moka coffee pot and I am loving it! Yes, I am one of those people who loves both coffee (Counter Culture coffee!) and tea. I’m unsure how this will effect my tea drinking as I’m finding I really need to caffeine buzz that coffee gives me this winter.

Also, who is our pickling Steepsterian? I’ve wracked my brain, I know I follow her.

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

Ohhh I LOVE my moka pot! If and when I have coffee it is either good moka or turkish! Go bold or go home!

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50

I’ve given up completely The February Backlog which had leached into becoming The March Backlog.

I drank this tea Sunday night after a weekend of too much food and sweets, which I normally don’t eat very much, for general stomach blahs feeling. I see I haven’t logged it yet though I’ve already drank over half the box. This tea was my replacement for Red Wellness which was always very soothing to me. It’s a nice minty tea. I cannot taste the green tea. I think at this point I’ve concluded that I don’t really like plain mint tasting teas themselves. I do not mind it in some blends though. So, for me, this tea does not make an adequate replacement for Red Wellness. Though it is a decent mint tea if that is what you are looking for.

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Black & Blue by 52teas
545 tasting notes

Backlogging. 10 days ago. Thursday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

This one was my original smokey fruity black tea idea. And boy, did it live up to my expectations! I can’t decide if I like this one or the smokey peach black tea from yesterday better. Two steeps.

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

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74

Backlogging. 10 days ago. Thursday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

Valentine’s Day with the Captain. Two steeps.

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

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78
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
545 tasting notes

Backlogging. 10 days ago. Wednesday afternoon.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

My second time having this, my first time logging this. First time I had it I liked it so much. I got root beer, cream soda, and buttery. This time I got more black tea taste with those flavors. This tea is sooo good.

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

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68

Backlogging. 10 days ago. Wednesday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

The night before I had been thinking it was time to try the smokey earl grey again. But then I thought why not smokey with other fruits. My initial thought was smokey Black & Blue but I went with smokey peach first. Omg it came out really good. Both steeps. Some slight ash tasting at points when cooled too much. But so good overall. I used normal amount of leaf to make a mug of this and 1/4 that amount of Caravan.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec

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74

Backlogging. 5 days ago. Tuesday morning.

The February Backlog: From the 1st to today.

Since I removed Jackee from my steepster cupboard, I figured it was time to add The Captain to it. The first steep was watery tasting as I started to sip with the hearty strength I wanted at the end of each sip. As it cooled some and I sipped more slowly, I began to get that taste throughout the sip. Second steep was lighter though flavorful throughout. I like him, this Captain, and I think I will have more to say about him after I have him another time or two. I’m rating him a 74 to begin with, solidly in the middle of my good range 70-80.

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

I had three visits from the Captain. Sadly, I will never see him again. Enjoy him while you can.

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I’m 33 years old, studying pharmacy, and have a surly cat named Bin. I love tea, coffee, beer, wine, and most things food and beverage related. I also love music, movies, reading, writing, and learning new things.

I’ve drank tea all my life but about five to six years ago, my close friend Spautz got into tea and got me more into tea. I drink black teas and tisanes/herbals most. Since receiving a variable temperature kettle from my parents for Xmas this past year, I’ve been drinking more greens, oolongs, and whites. I’m very very new to puerh. That is, I’ve had only one.

Ratings scale:
90-100 Awesome
80-90 Great
70-80 Good
60-70 Nice
50-60 Decent
40-50 Drinkable
30-40 Meh
0-30 Awful

Would I order this again ranking:
5 – definitely
4 – likely
3 – maybe
2 – neutral
1 – no

Location

Charleston, SC

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