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85
drank Apricot Chai by Cornelia Bean
230 tasting notes

Hidden Gems TTB #7

Ooo, this is lovely! I didn’t realize it was a green tea and probably over-steeped it, but it came out delicious anyway. I would never have thought of putting apricot flavor and chai spices together, but it works so well…warm and sweet with just a little bit of spicy kick. This got my day off to a great start!

Flavors: Apricot, Cardamon, Cinnamon, Cloves

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Hidden Gems TTB #3

I tend to stay away from red rooibos, because it often has a woody flavor that I don’t enjoy. But this one smelled so delicious, I just had to give it a try! And I’m glad I did. This stuff is non-alcoholic almond amaretto: rich and sweet with a strong (but not too overpowering) almond flavor. Thank you to Analina for sharing all of these wonderful Cornelia Bean teas…I’ve discovered lots of true hidden gems thanks to you!

Flavors: Almond, Sweet

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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85

Thanks to Anlina for this sample. :) This has a lovely, fresh scent – sweet and vegetal. The flavour is rich and full, with a creamy mouthfeel and a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 9 OZ / 266 ML

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80

It’s been a really long time since I’ve had this tea, and I’d finished most of my bag and put a fair bit into a TTB, so this was my last cup.

When I first had this tea it was around last Xmas, and it had been relabelled Vanilla Eggnog. I do remember really liking it and getting the eggnog comparison. Today, it’s all tropical fruity green for me, both in taste and smell, with a touch of a creamy note.

It’s tasty, but my tastes have changed a lot, and I’m currently in a phase of not caring too much for fruit flavoured greens. If I get back to craving them, I would consider restocking it, as it’s lovely and not terribly generic tasting, like many are. But for now, I’m glad to sip this down.

Flavors: Creamy, Fruity, Tropical

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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78
drank Caramel Oolong by Cornelia Bean
5764 tasting notes

Thanks for sharing this one with me dexter i like the caramel flavour of this one and the oolong doesn’t bother me. It’s not a perfect caramel tea but i do like how the tea and the caramel are balanced in this. Neither one over powers so it doesn’t feel like i’m just drinking a flavoured tea. :)

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78
drank Caramel Oolong by Cornelia Bean
5764 tasting notes

Also another from dexter jury is still out on this one. it was interesting to say the least, and for a girl who doesn’t much like oolongs, i wasn’t finding this one as offensive as most oolongs lol. I just need more time with it to really focus on it…i’m just way too exausted tonight. Prbably was a stupid idea to drink it…but at least i have more :) and it was a good cup with dinner!

FInal Count: 126 – i’d like to get to at least 120 this weekend…preferably 115.

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72
drank Jade Dew Gyokuro by Cornelia Bean
197 tasting notes

I asked Anlina to send me some interesting green teas, and gyokuro is definitely different from your average sencha. :) I brewed the whole 8g sample in 8oz of water at 50 degrees C which yielded quite a strong infusion. It’s very savoury and vegetal and a bit bitter, but not in a bad way… maybe a bit more like chard or bok choy than spinach. I’ve steeped it twice so far and I think it will be good for several more.

Update:
After 2 infusions I had to go out to a meeting, and when I got back I wasn’t in the mood for more green tea. So I added room temperature water and cold steeped it overnight. It’s really good cold steeped! Less bitterness, more of the savoury green flavour. Then I had the tea leaves with a little bit of hoisin/soy sauce/sesame oil for breakfast. :)

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec 8 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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80

Cooking TTB #11

Another 5 am conference call means another tasty tea picked from the tea box to help keep my eyelids open and my brain functioning – darn international time zones!!

This is another tasty non overpowering rose tea selection from the TTB only this time there is a pop of peachiness which is a really nice touch to help make this tea stand out from the many rose teas I seem to have inadvertently sampled recently. Another winner for my taste buds!

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85
drank Lapsang Souchong by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

My kitty’s mouth pain has magically (surgically) been transformed into wallet pain. $800 and six extractions later, her mouth is in much better shape than it’s ever been.

She was rescued from a hoarding situation with about 30 other cats, so she’s pretty inbred and had terrible health problems when she was taken out of there.

She’s had mouth surgery in the past to clean and remove teeth, as well as surgery to remove an eye that was too badly damaged by infection to heal, and then a few years ago was hit by a car and broke her pelvis. She’s an amazing, resilient little thing, just the most loving, tiny cat ever, and totally my fluffy orange baby. I’m hoping this will be the last big health thing for her for a very long time, though I would do almost anything for this cat.

So today was getting up super early and then three hours of driving to drop her off at the vet and then pick her up again, and I am dead tired. I’m at my sweetie’s house tonight to keep an eye on kitty post-anaesthesia, and had this tea with a friend who came over to visit.

I always enjoy this one – smokey, sweet and complex. Hints of coconut. Our friend was less impressed and thought it tasted like dirt. Lapsang is definitely an acquired taste for some.

Flavors: Coconut, Smoke, Sweet

Dexter

Awwww – they are amazing creature. Sorry that’s she’s had tough times, but it’s so great that’s you and she found each other…. :))
(“just the most loving” – LOL I always seem to end up with the crazy, keep me up because he’s playing all night type).

Lindsay

Aww, kitty. Hope she feels better and stays out of trouble for a while! :)

carol who

Wow… talk about 9 lives! Hope she’s feeling better soon.

Anlina

Lol. I’ve had some pretty intense cats. One of my sweetie’s cats yells if you touch her. Or don’t touch her. Or make more noise than her in the same room. Or really anything.

And my mum had a pair of brothers who could just not stay off the counter. You could see them trying to resist the temptation and then just caving. We even came home once and found one of them inside the fridge freezer (door open) destroying frozen packages of meat.

Cajun is pretty mellow and is super attached to me. She just prances around and cuddles with me and comes when I call her. I just wish she’d stop fighting with the other cats :P

I have a major soft spot for cats with disabilities or general brokenness. I have always gone for the “less adoptable” ones.

Kirlika

That’s awesome that your both willing and wanting to take in those that might struggle to find a home with others.

Personally I’d be right there with you, except my in-laws (who I actually like!!) are allergic and my partner thinks cats are evil…

Anyways, I’m glad to hear that she’s doing better now!

Maddy Barone

My Dixie kitty came from a very similar situation. She’s only three, and I’ve had for a little over a year, and so far no major health issues. But I expect they’ll come as she ages. Bless you for taking her on and giving her an excellent home.

Anlina

We’ve had some rough patches – my mum died fairly suddenly this summer, and so we had to find homes for most of our cats, as none of us could take all nine, but friends and family gave all of them places. I live with my partner who’s deathly allergic to cats, so Cajun lives with my sweetie. I’m so glad to still have her with me – she’s very precious to me.

I hope your Dixie continues to fare well!

AllanK

Good luck with your cat. I want another cat since mine passed away but don’t know if my landlord will let me get another.

Sami Kelsh

Kittysnuggles!

Anlina

Poor baby’s face was all swollen this morning, but I gave her her pain meds and we had a bit of a snuggle. I’m sure she’ll be fine – even last night as she was coming out of her anaesthesia she was prancing and playing and running around.

OMGsrsly

Aww, kitty. ♥ I got mine a doggy chew toy that you stuff with treats, to help clean his teeth. It actually WORKS, is the weird part.

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85
drank Lapsang Souchong by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

Oh so nice. I’ve had a lot of smokey teas lately, but not a lapsang souchong in quite a while.

The smokey flavour is bold but not overpowering, and there’s space for the complexity of this tea to shine. In addition to the smoke, there’s lovely notes of malt, caramel and coconut. So very tasty.

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Malt, Smoke

leaf in hot water

i love lapsang souchong! mmmm

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Oh I think this tea is not for me. Maybe I oversteeped it – I wanted to give it enough of a steep for the chocolate to melt but maybe that was a bad idea.

It’s incredibly spicy and the chocolate flavour is pretty mild. Even with milk and sugar the intensity of the chili is a bit much for me, and I generally like spicy food a lot.

I don’t think I can finish this cup sadly. I have one teaspoon left of this – I’m not sure if I’ll try it again or just pass it on.

Flavors: Chocolate, Spicy

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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74
drank Dark Horse by Cornelia Bean
587 tasting notes

I received this in the package from my Secret Santa – Anlina – and quite enjoy it.

Definitely intrigued by the name…I’ve had this twice now.

The second time was this morning, so that experience is fresher in my mind. I would say I oversteeped it, because it was VERY bold. I left it for about 5 minutes, not thinking about the CTC aspect.

Though a little stronger than I normally would want, I still enjoyed my cup today. Slightly malty, thick, rich… I added a splash of 10% cream to it, and thought it was very tasty. I’ve been yawning nonstop all morning, so I’d actually consider having another cup right now! It definitely makes for a perfect breakfast tea.

I will try again with a 3 minute steep vs 5. I am going to see how well it resteeps after lunch!

Thanks Anlina :)

(The only downside to this tea is now I have that awful Amanda Marshall song stuck in my head)

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70
drank Toffee Dream by Cornelia Bean
972 tasting notes

This sample came from Roswell Strange. I once tried a tea from Zen Tea Life that had the same name and looked identical to this one, so I’m going to assume they’re the same tea and it’s from some kind of wholesaler. The white tea leaves are fairly broken up and there are tiny blue flower petals mixed in. Dry scent is mild and sweet caramel.

The steeped tea smells quite caramel and toffee-like with a touch of cream. Hmm, this tea is just okay for me. The caramel and/or toffee flavor is much milder than I expected, and it sort of tastes coconut-y for some reason. There’s also a vegetal flavor from the white tea that reminds me of cucumber, and it doesn’t mesh all that well with the sweet flavoring. It’s also a touch musty. Meh!

Flavors: Caramel, Coconut, Cucumber, Hay, Musty, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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62
drank Apple Cranberry by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

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62
drank Apple Cranberry by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

Hmm, there’s cranberry and apple and a lot of tartness, but also a medicinal flavour that’s just not working for me right now. Boo.

I wonder if I’m getting sick – this is the second cup today that’s tasted medicinal. My partner is sick right now, and my sweetie was also sick recently, so between the three of us, it seems unlikely that I will successfully dodge that bullet.

Still drinkable. Maybe if I think of it, I’ll cold brew the rest and see how that works for me.

I made my partner a carrot cake, since he’s feeling crappy and had a sweets craving. It’s pretty delicious.

Edit: Okay, cooled, this is loads better. The medicinal note has faded a lot, and there’s mostly just lots of cranberry now. Bumping up my rating.

Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Medicinal, Tart

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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81
drank Yunnan by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

Adulting is hard sometimes, so today I decided I’m just not going to do it. I got up early to do responsible stuff, then went back to bed till noon. This will be my second cup of tea for the day, and for breakfast I ate half a box of chocolate truffles. I should probably get some real food into me sooner or later, but I dunno. Maybe I’ll just sit around in my robe and have tea and chocolate until I start to regret it.

This dry leaf is much darker and less golden than a lot of the Yunnans I’ve been drinking as of late. It smells less sweet and bready, and more intense. I don’t want to use the word harsh, but there’s a certain rough quality to the fragrance.

Steeping, the cup smells faintly smokey. Under the smokey note there’s molasses. That gets me excited.

This is a nice tasting cup. Definitely a bit smokey, with some sweetness and a nice, full mouth flavour. Slightly meaty, rich, notes of fruit and malt into the finish. Mildly astringent. The smokiness of this reminds me of lapsang souchong.

Not my usual kind of yunnan but I’m really enjoying this.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Malt, Meat, Molasses, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

My vote is for robe, tea and chocolate.

Fjellrev

I’m with OMG on this one.

OMGsrsly

I went back to bed, and now I’m making pasta in my PJs. :)

Nicole

“tea and chocolate till I start to regret it”

This is a perfect statement. I love it!

carol who I absolutely agree. :D And I love the concept of “adulting”. I’ll have to remember to use that with my friends! Oh and you forgot to mention a good book with the tea and chocolates.
Lindsay

I agree so, SO much with both “Adulting is hard” and “Maybe I’ll just sit around in my robe and have tea and chocolate until I start to regret it”. hugs (if you like ’em)

Anlina

OMGsrsly – Go you!

I did hang out for a while longer in my robe, but eventually went out for physio and then came back to my sweetie’s place and made dinner and ate like half a pie.

OMGsrsly

Yum! :D

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85

Wow, such a tasty and unique tea!

This was sent to me by my Secret Santa Anlina – great pick! I’ve had it twice so far and really enjoyed it. It’s sweet and fruity yet also light. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. I am not sure where the Christmas renaming to “Eggnog” comes from, because I wouldn’t compare this to eggnog whatsoever, but it sure is delicious.

Thanks so much for sending it my way, Anlina! I am really happy I got to try it, otherwise I may never have had the opportunity!

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62

This is a sip down, and while it’s better than my previous cup, I’m still okay with it being out of my cupboard. A 2:15 min steep yielded a strong tasting cup with only a hint of astringency, and a good balance of malty and tart fruity flavours, with a touch of cinnamon.

Bumping up my rating a bit, but I probably wouldn’t buy this again, as there are just so many other Nilgiri blacks that are more noteworthy.

Flavors: Astringent, Cinnamon, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mike

I’ll have to find some good Nilgiri teas to try…any recommendations for starters? I was thinking maybe a Harney & Sons bagged tea to start, then a move to a loose leaf tea.

Anlina

Hmm… one of my favourite teas ever is a Nilgiri, but unfortunately it’s not available any more (DAVIDsTEA Blue Mountain Twirl.) I’ve had some other excellent teas from the same estate – Glendale.

I’d say check these out. I really enjoyed all of them.

http://steepster.com/teas/teabox/49373-2014-glendale-twirl-spring-nilgiri-black-tea
http://steepster.com/teas/teabox/55969-adderley-exotic-twirl-autumn-nilgiri-black-tea
http://steepster.com/teas/teabox/54841-glendale-exotic-autumn-nilgiri-green-tea

Mike

Great! Thanks so much! Getting excited about another Teabox order! :)

Mike

I think I might start with that first one!

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This came highly recommended by the owner of Cornelia Bean, but I’m not really feeling it today. It’s got some mild fruity notes and a touch of malt, but those qualities get overpowered a bit by the astringency. It’s not over the top or really unpleasant, just not the flavour to astingency ratio I want from a cup.

1tsp, 96C, 3.5min. I think I will need to try a lower temp for my next cup of this.

Flavors: Astringent, Fruity, Malt

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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87
drank Spring Pouchong by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

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87
drank Spring Pouchong by Cornelia Bean
758 tasting notes

I thought I underleafed this. I steeped one teaspoon in 90C water for three minutes. Then five, then six. I could smell a lovely orchid fragrance, but I couldn’t taste much except hot water.

Well I’m glad I didn’t fiddle with this any more, because all this cup needed was to cool off. Once the heat disappated, the cup was thick and creamy, with a really intense, mouth and throat coating orchid taste, with traces of honey.

Really delicious! The floral in this is very strong, probably cloying for anyone who isn’t a big fan of floral notes.

Flavors: Creamy, Honey, Orchid, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Frisky Rhubarb by Cornelia Bean
333 tasting notes

GCTTB

Dexter had written on this tea that is was good iced. I rarely do iced teas so I brewed it up hot and found it was a bit too much hibiscus for me. Probably the hibiscus is much milder when iced so I should have known better . I did get a bit of rhubarb too.

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drank Toffee Dream by Cornelia Bean
2756 tasting notes

Thanks to Roswell Strange for passing some of this on to me! It was pretty tasty (although to be honest, I’m not sure whether I was drinking Zhena’s Double Vanilla or this tea). I’ve had Toffee Dream by one or two companies before, and I have a recollection of one tasting/smelling quite playdough-y, which this very nicely did not. I’ll have to rate this once I’m actually certain of which tea I’m drinking :D

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Juicy Peach by Cornelia Bean
333 tasting notes

GCTTB

I loved how this one looked dry but when I brewed it up it was just too much hibiscus for me. Maybe someone who loves hibiscus would enjoy this one. I just couldn’t get past the heavy hibiscus taste.

Dexter

I loved your comment on another tasting note about how we all experience teas different. I don’t think this one is hibiscus at all – I read this and my first thought was – there isn’t any hibiscus in that? The Citrus Hibiscus Herbal for me was WAY MORE hibiscus than this one. That’s what I love about Steepster and swapping is hearing all the other opinions on the same tea. :))

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