Deckan Coffee Co.

Recent Tasting Notes

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I was feeling nostalgic and I wanted a jasmine tea to finish my afternoon. Of course I didn’t have the one that I used to get locally that I quite liked. So I pulled out this one.

I don’t like it as much as I remember liking it. It seems really bitter. Sigh. Disappointing.

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84
drank Silver Needle by Deckan Coffee Co.
344 tasting notes

I love this tea in the afternoon. Nice, delicate, complex, delicious. Easy to drink. I only got a chance to have the original steeping of this one because we then spent quite a while sheltering in place in the hallway on our floor because we were tornado warned. Fun fun. Better than working, because I just wasn’t feeling that today. (I just wanted to get home to my packages. I was stuck at work almost 45 minutes longer than I wanted, and then because everyone was leaving at once, I was stuck in horrible traffic. Sigh.)

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This one is better this time than the last, but it’s still not outstanding. I think it needs honey, which I don’t have in the house.

{ETA} Yes, I have decided that this would be much better with honey. It’s actually tasting like a floral honey to me, just missing the sweetness. Ah well.

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83

Just enough pearls left for one more mug here at work. Hmmmmm…comforting.

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84
drank Silver Needle by Deckan Coffee Co.
344 tasting notes

Because I was a little rushed this morning, I totally forgot to bring any of my teas from the TTBCr2 with me to the office today. My bad. That is the downfall to iced matcha latte, because it takes more actual effort than just throwing some tea in my mug and letting it steep for however long it’s supposed to, because steeping can happen while I’m pilling the cat. Iced lattes cannot just make themselves while I pill the cat.

So the new teas were forgotten at home.

Fortunately, I have teas at work. And this one sounded good. I do quite like it and its simplicity but complexity.

And it can be resteeped, which is an added bonus!!

And a slight whine here while I finish my lunch. I’m obviously distracted today. I went to the salad bar at the place down the street (amazeballs salad bar!) and grabbed the little container for my dressing when I started. I never put dressing in the container. I did put the empty container in the little box with my (beautiful, incredibly colorful) salad, though.

But at least naked salad goes well enough with this tea.

carol who

No iced matcha latte AND no salad dressing! You poor baby! :)

Cheri

I had the iced matcha latte, but I forgot to get the teas I was going to bring with me because I was distracted making that up. (And it was yummy! Amaretto…mmmmm…..)

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I love the tartness of the cranberry taste. Some how, it seems very different from the tartness in hibiscus (which I don’t like). It’s funny that it has hibiscus but not cranberry in the ingredients. It’s very refreshing. I needed a change from some of my other caffeine free teas. They all seemed to be focused on making me sleepy. (But that was obviously my poor choice; I mean if I choose Sleepytime Vanilla and Soothing Caramel Bedtime what do I think they are going to be like!) This tea has a bit of freshness and liveliness that I need in the middle of the afternoon. With some sweetener it tastes almost like a nice cranberry juice. In a good way. I have a feeling that this will be wonderful cold this summer. This tea reminds me of another tea, Warming Crimson Berry from Frontier Natural Products Co-op. Warming Crimson Berry had some peppercorn and red pepper flakes. It was a great cold weather tea. I think I could make this into a spicy winter treat. A tea for all seasons?
BTW, I really don’t like thievery limited pull down list for flavors and scents and that I can’t put in my own flavors and tastes.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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83

Oooh…I’m starting to be able to taste jasmine again. That has been one of the flavors that I haven’t been able to taste for the last few days. It’s just barely there, but I can really smell it. I’m overleafing so maybe I can taste something. So it’s just barely there, but it’s good. I have gotten all this new tea lately and I’m not drinking any of it because it just seems like a waste. I’ve still got some of these local teas that I might as well drink up now, right?

I wish I had something stronger here at work, though, higher in the caffeine. I went to robotics after work, and we didn’t get home until almost midnight. And then the coughing started back up for me, after not much coughing during the day for the first time in a while. Yeah, so not much sleep. I don’t have much hope for the day here at work being an easy one, either, because we’re down half of our team, and we just released a new version of our software.

But I came into work early so I could leave early. I’m headed back out to robotics because it’s the FIRST Robotics Michigan State Championships. I’ve been a key volunteer at four events this season, so I took this one off. I just was asked to come as early as I can today because they need me. I guess it’s good to be wanted, but I was kind of looking forward to not being responsible for anything. Ah well.

But I can taste jasmine!

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70

I have all this wonderful new tea, so why am I drinking this one? Sigh. My antibiotics seem to have impacted my tastebuds. (According to my pharmacist friends this is not common, but not unknown.) But it’s warm and I can smell it, so I’ll use this for a few days. Hopefully it doesn’t last long.

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83

Being all stuffed up and drinking this one out of a travel mug with lid on it just doesn’t work. I took the sip top off and it really helps a lot. I still can’t quite smell it right, but it’s getting there. This tastes fine, but one needs to be able to breathe in the scent to really get the full effect of the jasmine.

keychange

You should get the carry travel mug!

Cheri

I looked at it. Does it have a good sip top? I usually drink tea in the morning while driving to work, so I need something that doesn’t spill. There aren’t any good pictures of the parts….

keychange

Hmmm, if you fill this one too close to the top it might spill as you tip it towards your mouth, although it really shouldn’t. The mesh lid really perfectly mimics drinking from an open top mug so that you can really smell your tea as you drink it. I really used to like the contigo auto-seal mugs, although not being able to smell my tea was such a dealbreaker.

Cheri

Being able to smell the tea is nice. I may have to try it. Plus it’s 16oz, which is really nice. The Thermos one is 12oz. It’s got some air holes, which does help for smelling but not really enough with the stuffed up nose I have from allergies and this awful cold. It keeps things nice and warm, though, which is really nice, and it’s the perfect size for my cupholder. Where’s the travel mug from again??

keychange

This one retains heat unlike any mug I’ve ever tried—definitely for seven hours. You can find it here:
http://www.davidstea.com/ice-blue-carry-mug?&TF=ADA13E5CAE3F&DEID=

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I now have a bunch of new teas in my cupboard, and here I am with an old, familiar friend. I now have an absolutely horrid cough going on; I’m worried it’s pertussis. I just wanted something I know, something warm and comfortable. This tea is it.

keychange

Oh, horrible coughs are the worst. I hope you feel better soon.

Cheri

Thanks, keychange. I am also an asthmatic, so I’m the one who gets all the horrible coughs. This isn’t like my usual horrible coughs, though, so that’s part of why I think it might be different. I’m still holding out hope that it’s allergy related.

keychange

I hope so too, for your sake. Otherwise these coughs can linger for ages and it’s awful.

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83

It’s nice having an old stand by to get me through the day. I think I’m on my fifth infusion of this one for today. I just need enough something – caffeine, comfort, something – to get me through the day. Another conference call, and then I’m off to robots for the weekend.

You should see how much the leaves have grown and expanded in my infusion basket. A small layer of pearls at the bottom of the basket now takes up the whole thing. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy pearls.

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83

I’m drinking this one again. Those other teas better show up soon so I have something different for my tasting notes. My Teavivre order was lost at the post office and when I contacted them, they’re reshipping it. My Yunomi order isn’t here yet. My Tea Company samples aren’t here yet. I keep ordering from Red Leaf Tea because I can get a new matcha delivered in a couple of days. (Seriously, I ordered on Sunday night after resisting the on sale Belgium chocolate all weekend, and it will be delivered today. Yay!)

I drank an iced matcha on my way to work – not the wisest choice with my allergies causing all kinds of throat irritation. When I got here, I immediately made myself a mug of this, and then joined my conference call. It ran over by a lot. 2 mugs of tea and a 16oz iced matcha. Yes, I needed the call to end because I was doing the dance in my desk chair.

This tea did calm my throat nicely, and I love how floral it is. It resteeps very nicely as well, so once I was finished in the ladies’ room, I immediately started on my second mugful.

And this tea is one that I find relaxing. I don’t know why. It definitely is helping me calmly deal with the stress of a major work issue that we identified this morning in our just release product. Oops.

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77

This was the end of the tea I had. Just a little more than what I needed for a mugful, so I added it in. Plus, it was dusty being the end of the packet. I will leave it in my cupboard because I love genmaicha in general, so I’ll probably go get some more of this next time I’m at the grocery.

I love the way genmaicha smells while steeping.

I slept like crud last night, and had an early conference call this morning. Fortunately, I could be on said call in my jammies at home. With a mug of genmaicha. The timer went off while the call was connecting, so I had a mug for the whole conversation. It made that so much easier to deal with.

Toasty rice, grassy green, delicious. Comforting. Warm. Happy thoughts.

There was more sediment in this mug than normal, but it was totally expected being as it was the last of the packet and I was not awake enough to avoid the dust. In fact, I was having trouble getting the rest of the rice, so I just dumped. Yes, I know, I shouldn’t do that, but I needed tea for this call, so dump I did.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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81

I’m having some of this tea this morning, trying to clear my throat and head after allergy and asthma nastiness from cleaning yesterday. I’m also on a conference call, so that doesn’t help either. (I have nothing to add, nothing to gain from this call, but I had to be on it, because my boss might have been on it.)

This is an interesting tea, although I’m betting that it’s actually from last year and therefore old tea, but it still has a nice taste. The description on the company’s website says this is a clear tea. Mine is not. It’s pretty dusty and while it clears up pretty well when it sits, it’s not entirely clear.

It has a “fresh” flavor, even though I said I think it’s old. It is very “Green” tasting, grassy, but still light. There is nothing astringent about this tea at all. It’s quite nice. It tastes like I think spring should taste, if that makes sense.

I need to get moving, but I just don’t want to. I hate Monday mornings.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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75

I just wanted something without caffeine tonight, warm and tasty. I decided to go with this one because tart sounded good. This one is really cranberry. Maybe not the best choice after all because my throat is a little scratchy right now. Oh well. I’m enjoying it.

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70

So I have had this cold steeping since Wednesday. Oops. It’s surprisingly still pretty good. My husband poured himself a glass and declared it tasty.

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78

I wanted something without caffeine mid afternoon. Yes, I was dragging, but I also figured that too much caffeine might not be i my best interest.

I’m really starting to enjoy the flavors on this one. It got me through my conference call and the end of the work day.

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84
drank Silver Needle by Deckan Coffee Co.
344 tasting notes

This is one of my go-to teas. It’s just delicate and nice. I find it comforting.

It’s been a long week, and a long day. I just need something to get me through. I’m having a hard time concentrating on what I should be doing.

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75

Last night – didn’t get a chance to add the tea until this morning, and then I forgot to attach the picture. That’s how my day has been.

But last night…..I had this tea. I definitely taste the cranberry. It’s got that tartness from the cranberry that I love. Of course, I finished what I have of this at the house off. I never did get a chance to try this iced. I guess I’ll have to go to the store and get some more. At least it’s available locally.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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77

I had no time for breakfast as I’m working on a critical client issue (They eff’d up by not following the directions, said issue was a medium, neglected to mention client deliverable, never upped it from a medium, and now the sky is falling and it’s my fault for not jumping on this right away.)

Anyway, this felt like I was getting more than just tea, even though I’m not. Now I think we’ve got things figured out and I might have time for lunch.

I love the toastiness of this one. Yummy.

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78

At first, I thought this wasn’t going to help my stomach. Acid reflux was pretty bad. And then all of a sudden, it was so much better.

I love the color of this tea,

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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83

Nice and jasminey. I enjoyed a couple of infusions, but my tummy is not playing nice. Acid reflux is kicking up again so I stopped drinking this and moved onto something I thought might be a little more soothing….

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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83

I really need the teas I’ve ordered to show up already! I’m drinking the same few over and over and over.

But I really like this one. This is a cold steep again, that I left overnight last night. I meant to pour it into a class this morning and completely spaced on it, so it’s been in the fridge for about 24 hours now. Surprisingly still really good. The jasmine still comes through, not bitter or astringent.

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