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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
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finished this one over the weekend – super fun time tea from tastybrew! thanks again darling!

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
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Another from tastybrew that i’ve had before and really i’m just trying to drink up since i know there is another round of the BBB Box on it’s way in a week or so when ipick things up from Terri. yes, that’s right TEA SISTERS UNITE! I get to visit with my dearest tea sister in a couple weeks. We won’t have a lot of time, but it makes this stupid work travelling worth it. I will get to play in the garden! And see terri’s sun room…and the porch and it’s going to be awesomesauce!

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82
drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
5357 tasting notes

Another selection from the BBB Box from tastybrew! This is an interesting tea – the leaves are all over the place and dry, they small slightly sweet. brewed, this makes for a cup of tea that reminds me more of a juicy green, sweet tea than a black tea. It was an intersting cup for the morning. Glad i have more to play with and enjoy! :)

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Awesome Cheri sent me a sample of this tea. I’ve been super curious about it but not willing to pay $$$ for shipping on only an ounce without trying it first. I really enjoy beer aged in bourbon barrels!

So anyway, this puerh. The bourbon barrel flavor is actually quite distinct! The shu is dark and rich and sweet. There is some astringency not normally present in shu, perhaps from the barrel? I actually quite enjoy this though! Still not sure if I’ll ever purchase it since there are so many shu puerhs I like, but I am SO glad I got to try it!

Cheri

So glad you liked it!

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
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finished this one up on the weekend as well. It was delicious and fruity and tasty. Another great tea from the BBB Box – thanks again for the journey tastybrew

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
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mmmmmm thank you tastybrew! i am really loving this today! it’s a great cup to get me moving and out the door…i hope haha

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drank Li Shan Black Tea Summer '09 by J-TEA
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i think my taste buds are off this morning as both cups of tea that i’ve had so far, seem rather bitter. I’m going to hold off rating this one for now until i can have it again.

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79
drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
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i swear steepster is just eating notes randomly. i’ve had this a bunch of times but i don’t see any tasting notes from me on it, and i know that i’ve done notes…several. sigh

Angrboda

Sorry this is not a real comment. I just need to test if I can make one. I seem to be blocked on the boards for some reason and keep getting terms of service warnings. Hope you’re well. :)

Sarsonator

This is a real comment. What kind of magic is BOURBON BARREL tea?!?!?!!!? Sounds like it should be amazing!

Cameron B.

Sil, I can see another tasting note from you for this one when I look at the tea’s page. :)

tantonino

Does steepster really eat notes?! The Horror, The Horror. Does anyone back up their notes/maybe own their own tea blog?

Also, agreeing with Sarsonator, what the seabuckthorn is Bourbon Barrel Tea? Is it a Pu-erh?

Sil

same thing was happening to my angrboda

sars – it’s really interesting. not my favourite, but not a bad puerh and i like that it’s a little different :)

cameron – weird… my rating was gone and i couldn’t find any.
tantonino…hard to say lol

Angrboda

Jason is looking into it at the moment. I’ll let him now others are having the problem as well.

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79
drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
5357 tasting notes

this was one of the teas in the BBB Box from the most recent round…sadly i still have some teas from the round before that to get cracking on! Thankfully, i can get back to that after my sample insanity from the past few months lol. This is a decent puerh. I’m going to have to go through a few more steepings today after i get back from the mall ugh but so far this is shaping up to be quite tasty! there’s a sweetness here, but also an earthy quality to it. Mostly though, this is smooth and really quite tasty. I’ll see how it holds up once i get home :)

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87
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
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Sipdown on this one. Thanks again tastybrew! this has been a lovely tea to enjoy :) I would be inclined to get this one again in the future :)

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87
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
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backlog from yesterday. I’ve been really happy with this tea. I’m also super glad that my sipdowns are basically over so i can focus back on my BBB Box teas that i’ve been neglecting, especially if they are like this one! thanks again TB :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
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this tea comes to me via the BBB Box and specifically from tastybrew. let me tell you, since having this earlier, i’ve been kicking myself for not having it sooner. this tea is a smokey tea for sure. It’s not overly so, but i have been known on occasion to tolerate more smoke than your average person :) What i really like about this one is that there’s also a sweetness here that reminds me of honey, without being exactly like honey. I’m going to enjoy drinking this one while i’ve got it! thanks ladies! always a fun time trying new things :)

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80
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
268 tasting notes

I tried this for my first tea of the day and as the name suggests, it’s a good fit for breakfast. It comes to me via Miss B :-). It is a full bodied tea and the first smoky tea I’ve actually liked. The smoke is extremely subtle, so it doesn’t make me feel like I’m drinking a camp fire. I would say more than anything that it just lends a rough, husky quality to the taste, if that makes any sense at all. As the tea cooled, the orange and the sweetness of the tea really came out more. All in all, it was a pleasant cup. Not too complicated and bold enough to wake me up, but it’s not something that I would need to keep around.

Flavors: Honey, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This is one of Tasty Brew’s offerings for the Spring round of the BBBB.
It’s certainly an interesting idea, & I approached it with a mixture of fascination & reluctancy, if that makes sense to anybody. For those who know my history (a grand tale of addiction, an intensive wild youth filled with various substances, & although I wouldn’t change it, it definitely included some very low points), I tend to not care for most alcohol-like things, not because I’m afraid that they’ll send me into a relapse after 30 years clean & serene, (there is no actual alcohol in the tea), but really just because I don’t care for the taste. Or the smell.
But I was still fascinated. I mean, this was aged in a Bourbon barrel! It’s got to be interesting, right?
I wasn’t sure how much tea to use, or for how long, so for the first cup I went with:
1.5 tsp + 8oz X 3min/5min
Too weak :p
I should have gone with a full Tb. We live, we learn.
Initial perceptions? meh…I really want to be amazed by this, but I wasn’t.
Call it ‘user error’. I’ve made a note on the package to up the dose next time, & I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

TheTeaFairy

It does sound intriguing though…

inranger

Too bad, being an occasional bourbon drinker it sounded like a wonderful marriage.

Terri HarpLady

Tea fairy, I’ll set aside some for your next box ;)
Inranger, after sampling it, I read all the reviews, including the back story. Everybody else loves it, so next time hopefully I will too.

TheTeaFairy

Dunno what you mean Lady :-/

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82
drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
1157 tasting notes

Interestingly, this tastes almost ridiculously similar to the Bourbon barrel aged puer I grabbed from these guys in the same order. It’s thick and sweet, almost crunchy sweet if that makes any sense, with a smokey orange in there as well. I can tell this is a really great tea, and will rate it accordingly, however it’s just… something I think others will enjoy more.

Flavors: Honey, Malt, Orange, Smoke

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

I still need to get my hands on that Bourbon barrel puerh!

whatshesaid

Interesting!!

TeaBrat

I just want some bourbon, let’s skip the tea. ;)

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I think it’s been about a year since Sil & I first started talking about the BBBB.
We wanted a TTB that was small – 4 people. Each person would add an oz of tea for the other 3 people. It could be one single tea, or half an oz of 2 teas, or whatever. We wanted it to be mostly black tea though, cuz that’s what we love the most. It would give us the freedom to sample teas that normally didn’t come in sample sizes.

The first round started in Oregon, came to St. Louis, went to Toronto & Thunder Bay, Ontario. It moved faster than any TTB I’ve ever been part of, because it was simple. Just take out your bag of teas, add in what you’re sharing, & drop it off at the PO. It was awesome! We were all giddy as school girls when the box came. We still are!

The first couple of rounds moved fast. We had SO MUCH TEA! LOL! We lost one member, but Tasty Brew added a grab-bag, & gradually we calmed down, so that the box is moving a little slower now, which is really good, because we all have plenty of tea to drink anyway, & the slower pace gives each of us more time to find interesting things to share! I never know what I’ll find when the box comes: random tea samples, puer, a card…this is our 7th round, & it always makes me smile.

BBBB sisters, you are awesome!! This has been so much fun. I’ve calculated our 1 year anniversary to be July 27th! Let’s party on!

Regarding this tea, from the BBBB, provided by Tasty Brew in our most recent round, it is delicious! Perhaps not as bold as some, but it’s not boring either. Not every black tea needs to slap me into awareness! A little fruity, & kind of spicy in a sweet way. It has a really nice chocolate layer to it as well, & the flavors build nicely together with each sip.

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
372 tasting notes

I picked this one up after reading reviews from TastyBrew and Geoffrey Norman.

While I probably wouldn’t buy any more of this batch, it was very fun to try. I would probably buy a sample of this year’s production (if there is one) just because of the novelty and to see how things develop. This tea smelled and tasted like watery honey and freshly chopped dandelions to me (the latter being not a good thing). Still appreciate that there is someone is growing tea in the US!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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80
drank Chai Chai by J-TEA
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Weird, I thought I’d had this already, as the package was open. Yet… this is my first tasting note. Well, enjoy it, whomever I sent some to! :) This is a basic chai, nothing really stands out other than some sweetness from the cardamom. Tasty!

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
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Grabbed a small pouch of this to try, along with some others in J-Tea’s lineup. This tea was the main reason I made an order, and so it made sense it’s also the first I’m trying.

And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.

And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Berries, Honey, Tannin, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Stephanie

oh man, I want it!!!

MissB

Shipping was a bit … interesting. $7.50 I think for $20 worth of tea, and then he contacted me asking for another $7.50 – which I paid yet complained about, then was refunded that amount. I can send you some if you’d like, although they do sell it in sample sizes.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

ooh that sounds interesting. I’ll have to check this place out.

Sami Kelsh

Wowzers, that sounds cool! I’m suitably intrigued :)

Stephanie

Whew, yeah I just checked it out on their website. $16 for one ounce of tea because of shipping?? That’s a bit too rich for my blood. I appreciate the offer to send me some to try, but I’ll probably just pass and not pursue this one. Shame though because I tend to love anything bourbon barrel aged! (Beer, etc)

Cheri

I may have to look into getting this one, too. Bourbon barrel anything is awesome.

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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
3071 tasting notes

This sipdown is courtesy of TastyBrew, who included in the BBBBox.
This really reminds me alot of the Luku Hong Cha Taiwanese Black that I drank a few days ago. Not really something that appeals to me, but it is cool to know that it was grown in the US.
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drank Minto Oregon Grown by J-TEA
3071 tasting notes

Thanks to TastyBrew for including this one in the BBBBox!
The leaves aren’t pretty, they are fragile looking & a little clumpy & irregular.
The tea itself is very gentle, it kind of reminds me of a very light Ceylon with that kind of ‘even’ taste, combined with a little of the fruitiness of a Taiwanese black.
It is, of course, neither tea, but it’s own product of the terroire from whence it came. I’ll use more leaf next time, to see if I can get more flavor, as it was a little bland, at least for my palate. Still, nice to sample it! Thanks TB!

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drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
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I… wow… I really like this.

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I haven’t so much been in a tea funk, but a steepster funk. I’ve still been trolling around in the background, but since we got back from vacation, and I got out of the steepster habit, I haven’t been motivated enough to actually write anything.

Until I had this tea. YUM!!! This tastes like a super rich version a TTC black 4 seasons tea, or maybe a cross between the 4 seasons and the golden dragon. Regardless, it’s amazing. Sweet, cinnamony, jammy, delicious. Super stoked by J-Tea. One of these days I’ll have to drive the 1.5 hours down to Eugene and check out his shop. I just joined his tea club too. Very excited!

BBB ladies, I bought enough of this to share with you and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. It’s not a bold chinese tea, but still….

Flavors: Cinnamon, Honey, Jam

Sil

YAAAAAY!!!

Terri HarpLady

Glad to see you, TB, I’ve been wondering where you were! :)

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drank Eugene Breakfast by J-TEA
3071 tasting notes

I’m starting the day off with a sipdown of one of the BBBB teas, compliments of Tasty Brew. A nice smooth cup, rich & mouth filling, with a pleasantly deep sweetness, & a bright fruity finish. So often tea companies have descriptions for their teas that are way over the top, but this company seems pretty down to earth, using words like molasses & mango, & I taste where they are coming from.

Sil

oooh i need to try this soon!

Terri HarpLady

In my opinion, it likes a long steep, like 5min…just sayin’!

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