Bird Pick Tea & Herb

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Sipdown I sent the rest of this to a Steepster pal, but held back a 1/2 tsp for myself since I had forgotten whether or not I wanted to order it. Turns out, yes! I definitely want more of this delightful tea. It’s sweet and mellow with a distinctive honeydew flavor. As it cools off the honeydew slips into cantaloupe which I think is just as delightful. I actually don’t find the sencha too vegetal or savory for the flavorings, but I steep for a very short time which may help with that. Bird Pick offers this up in sachet form which I think would be a good option, as I tend to drink greens around bedtime and don’t love dealing with cleaning up my steeper late at night.
Thanks again to Bird Pick for the free sample of this, I’m excited to try more from the company.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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90

Oh, wow. The flavoring in this one is absolutely spot-on! Another review stated they found it more of a watermelon flavor, but I don’t taste that at all. This tastes like perfectly fresh juicy honeydew. Even hot it’s a match, though I imagine it would be incredible iced. Definitely the best flavored green I’ve yet to try.
It’s a shame Bird Pick only sells 4oz sizes. If it were available to purchase in more reasonable sizes I would snatch it up in a millisecond. But I’ll have to at least sip down a reasonable amount of my existing greens before even considering picking up 4 full ounces.

Flavors: Honeydew, Melon

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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86

I’ve been really impressed with my Bird Pick samples so far. All have been things I can see myself restocking in the future. And I really enjoy ripe pu-erh so I was really looking forward to trying this.

1 heaping tsp, 8oz water, boiling, 2,3,4 minutes.

This is a really good shou. Earthy, sweet, and not super dark, heavy, or intense. This is medium bodied, super smooth, and so easy to drink. All three steeps kept dissapearing on me. This is what I consider a perfect everyday shou pu. Tasty and addictive, without feeling too decadent. I always feel like I need to spend extra time and effort gongfu style steeping most ripe puerhs, but this one is so good western style.

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86

So I took out the package of this to try some earlier. Ate some soup, and then looked all over for the package. I could not find it anywhere, I circled my apartment a dozen times and even went so far as to check the freezer even though I didn’t even go in there today. Finally, I decided to check the box with the rest of the samples. Lo and behold, there it is. I spent 10 minutes making myself crazy, mumbling curses to the thieving gremlins under my breathe, and it was properly put away the whole time.

I sweetened it, like I do almost all of my black teas, and yum. This is malty and fruity. Deep dark dried cherries, craisins, and prunes. Thick sweet seductive and sinful. The flavor coats your mouth and lingers a while, awakening your taste buds and leaving them pleased. There’s a sort of dark brown sugar like taste here, like a thinned out molasses. Yum! I’m not getting much floral from this, which is fine by me. I think the sweetening helped bring out the fruity and dim the floral. And just like that, POOF, the cup is gone.

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86

This is another tea I’ve been sipping on today. This is a nice bold tea. Nice and malty, with a hint of cocoa, and some caramel like sweetness. I can see this being a great breakfast tea. I’m glad that my sample is big enough for a few more cups, because one this is so yummy, and two this is pretty heavy in my stomach. I look forward to drinking more when I’m feeling better.

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88

I’m not sure, but I might have some sort of tea powers. While I was searching for another caramel houjicha, somebody mentioned this company, and I found this tea. It smells nicely nutty and like caramel. The flavour reminds me of this soft serve I got from the Japanese market. This will now be one of my evening teas.

Flavors: Caramel, Nutty

Cheri

Sounds yummy!

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86

Backlog

I drank this one Friday, before going down town for my boyfriend’s birthday. Since I didn’t write up this note up right away, I’m going off of the quick short hand notes I jotted down. I remember thinking that this smelled strongly of baked goods when the water hit it. The first steep was lots of honey, maybe some caramel, and lots of fresh baked bread. Delicious, I recall typing “my name is Mandy and I approve this tea” in the tea chat, so there’s that. I think I did three steeps before heading down town, and the flavor stayed strong through out. This was more light to medium bodied, but I steeped in a mason jar so this might have been due to heat loss. Definitely one that I plan on reordering, because not only does it taste great, its also so pretty and fun.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Caramel, Honey

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Cheri

Sounds YUMMY!

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88

YUM! This is very good! Thank you Ost for the sample :)

It is very vegetal, with a little sweetness to balance it out. It reminds me of a cross between a milk oolong, TGY oolong and dragonwell green. It has a nice full mouthfeel to it. Quite silky indeed! Good stuff!

Cheri

I really liked this when I had it.

ashmanra

This was one of the first teas that win my hubby over. We love it. They list it as a green but it has absolutely got to be a milk oolong.

Cheri

That’s how I felt about it, too.

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95

Soothing floral notes of osmanthus makes this tea comforting. Smooth and creamy, easy to drink.

Flavors: Creamy, Floral, Osmanthus, Smooth

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86

from the (Mostly) Unflavored TTB

This one really does remind me of an oolong. It’s creamy and I bet I could steep it for forever. It’s like a creamy, but still really green, oolong. It’s tasty. (I’m doing this western style, and I’m on my fourth infusion and it’s still going strong.)

I took my car back to the body shop this morning to get them to fix the button for the hatchback that they broke. I thought it would be quick (because that’s what they told me) but I wound up being a couple of hours late to work. Blah.

mj

Like the tea note, not the car drama! Your poor mini :(

Cheri

Well, they fixed my MINI, so that makes me happy. This tea also made me happy.

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Flavors: Butter, Vegetal

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

MzPriss’ Unflavored Tea Box – Tea #9
I could smell this through the baggie and it smells like buttered popcorn. Must. Steep. Now. I would have guessed it’s an oolong since it is rolled up like an oolong, but it is actually a green tea. By the flavor I would have guessed green, so there you go. It’s a mild green flavor. I know some oolongs have that veggie flavor, but not many. Most of the flavor is just like the fragrance: buttered popcorn. So kind of like a milk oolong if the base was green. The second cup has the same level of buttered popcorn but it seems like the base is more like oolong now rather than green tea. Sheesh, most of these teas in the teabox have a high 80 rating on Steepster. I hope what I add to the tea box does it justice! One teaspoon left of this one for someone to try!
Steep #1 // 1 tsp // 25 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min
Steep #2 // 20 min after boiling // 2 1/2 min

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61

Sipdown (141/148)!

Thanks VariaTEA and by extension Amariel for the small sample. I have to say, I’m really not sure how I feel about this one though. Taste wise I’m getting some really weird stuff from it.

I definitely pick up on a vegetal roastyness characteristic of a Houjicha, but on top of that is a really intense metallic taste and zero caramel notes. I also really vaguely, under all the metallic taste, get a sort of coffee like flavour which I have seen a few people mention in tasting notes so maybe I’m not totally crazy.

But overall I’m not really enjoying this one.

Flavors: Coffee, Metallic, Roasted, Toasty

Sil

i still need to try this one… and also, i AM catching up to you..slowly!

VariaTEA

I didn’t get caramel either. I was hoping for much more than what I got with this :(

Roswell Strange

I’m running out of sample sizes to sipdown ;) Soon I’ll just have stuff in quantity.

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I don’t know what I am doing wrong because I have had this twice now and both times I couldn’t find the caramel. The houjicha was just too strong for my tastes. Thank you Amariel for the opportunity to try this tea but I just don’ think its for me. I will try the last of this cold brewed and see how that goes.

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