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drank Genmaicha by Joy's Teaspoon
342 tasting notes

Taquitos and genmaicha don’t mix. xD
I don’t know why I thought it would…I tried though.
I’ll have to try this another time because it’s just weird right now-haha!

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drank Khongea Assam by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I actually drank this and wrote a note a while ago, but I can’t find the note, so I’m thinking Steepster ate it during one of its tantrums. So let’s try again.

I don’t remember what I used last time, but this time I did 1teaspoon, 8 oz water, 200F, 2 minutes. Sweetened.

Unlike some teas that develop most of it’s flavor in the middle to end of the sip, this tea seems to lay all it’s card on the table, so to speak. Front of the sip presents malt, a dark fruity note, cherry, maybe craisins, and some dark honey like flavors. The mid to end of the sip is a dark bread like taste. A very smooth tea.

As it cools, the flavors seem to spread out a bit, still the same notes, but spread out throughout the sip. I liked this steep a little but better than the first time, so 2 minutes seems to be my sweet spot.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cherry, Honey, Malt, Raisins

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drank Hu Hong by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

The dry leaf of this smells fantastic. Like cocoa and malt. The flavor is malty and sweet. And there’s a dark earthy almost smokey background. There’s also a sweet, almost molasses note.

The second steep gets more earthy and less sweet. And the third becomes sort of honeyed. This steep is simple, but sweet.

This is a nice companion for my Doctor Who marathon.

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drank Genmaicha by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I’ve been drifting away for green teas lately, which is a shame because I used to love them so much. I decided to try a genmaicha to see if they too are in that same predicament.

Good news! They’re not. This is an exceptionally good contender because there’s quite the abundance of genmai in here. Roasty toasty comfy goodness in a cup. The toastiness holds up to 3 steepings before fading out. Yum! I’m really glad I haven’t drifted from genmaichas.

Preparation
1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Cheri

I love genmaicha. I almost bought some today.

Cameron B.

I agree, long live genmaicha! :D

Mandy

It tastes like comfort!

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drank Milk Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
294 tasting notes

I have to say, even though for the most part I’ve been drifting away from flavored teas, I seem to prefer flavored milk oolong over unflavored. I’ve found that unflavored milk oolongs can be a bit too floral for my taste, and the added cream flavors help mask that in the flavored versions.

This is no exception. Sweet, creamy, buttery, almost candy like, without too much floral notes. And the cream flavors hold up and keep going strong through the 3rd steep and beyond.

If you like creamy, milky, buttery teas, then this is worth a try.

Cheri

I’m the opposite.

Mandy

It seems most people are, and I’m surprised that I like flavored better, but it seems like I just do. Could also be because I’ve been drifting away from green oolongs, and flavored milk oolongs have less green oolong taste.

Cheri

Could be. I think the flavor just tastes funny to me. Off. Some more so than others.

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drank Lemon Zest by Joy's Teaspoon
458 tasting notes

From my July Tea Sparrow box.

I was not expecting to like this tisane as much as I am. It’s what I wanted Lemon Chiffon to be and wasn’t. It’s the perfect amount of lemon, creamy and sweet. I think the rooibos is the perfect background for the flavors. (I like rooibos. I know not everyone does.)

I’m definitely glad I got to try this one.

I’m posting this from my phone and it really doesn’t like the Steepster site at all, especially not the tasting not pop-up screen, so please excuse any typos I missed.

Cheri

I forgot to post an update about my cat. Nothing showed up on the X-ray except for the thing in his lung we already knew about, but that hasn’t changed. So we’re trying antibiotics. This meant I had to cancel my weekend travel so we can be home to pill the cat. Thankfully, Mr. Penny loves to take pills if they are put in a soft treat. That boy will do anything for a treat.

Veronica

Hope the antibiotics do the trick! Tell Mr. Penny I’m sending him happy kitty thoughts. :)

TeaBrat

So am I!

MissLena

Hope Mr. Penny gets better fast!

Cheri

Penny Penster seems to be about the same this morning, but he came out from behind the couch and was begging for treats. I wish I could have worked from home again today to keep an eye on things, but I know he’ll be fine. Last time he did something like this he started responding to the antibiotics quite quickly – about 36 hours.

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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

dexter sent this one my way and i made sure to try it before reading any notes on it or figuring out what was in it. For me – this is a REALLY cherry green tea. I’m not getting much in the way of almonds but this is refreshing and very much a cherry cup of tea heh. On the whole not a bad cup of tea, especially since i am a fan of cherries! :) thanks dex!

NofarS

I love this tea’s name!

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drank Almond Cookie by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

dexter sent this one my way and i am a fan. I was thinking this would be very similar to the roasted nut tea i have from tea gscheweriweprwem….but it’s different. this one is a little sweeter but still that same weirdly pink brew. i am a fan of this! if i was in the mood for a nutty, sweet tea, i’d be sure to pick this one up again. thanks dexter!

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drank Enchanted Forest by Joy's Teaspoon
740 tasting notes

It is officially enjoy your teaware day in my house, so I’m drinking this tea out of my new octo travel mug from Davids…

I’m not so sure about Black Forest Cherry Cake – but is a really nice cherry, almond, green tea. I really, really like it. It’s on the mild side, but the cherry and almond shine right through. Really happy to be drinking this right now, and my new mug is fun. Good experience all the way around.
(loved both the Joy’s teas I’ve tried – still have two that I haven’t – really happy I ordered from them)

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This was from the BBBB grab bag, courtesy of Tasty Brew.
It’s got a nice tart quality to it, as well as a little shiny kind of taste.
Sipdown – 360

Cameron B.

What’s the BBBB grab bag? :o

Sil

the BBB box is a box that tastybrew, terri and i share. it’s a travelling teabox between the three of us. we each buy two teas to share in the box and put in half an ounce of each tea for the two other ppl..it’s been going around now for over a year. Only unflavoured black teas are allowed (with the occasional puerh)….and every now and then we’ll toss in random “grab bag teas” that are outside of what we’re actually sharing that month :)

Cameron B.

That’s a cool idea, sounds fun. :D

Sil

it’s nice because we get to share in trying out new black teas together and with companies that force you to buy 2oz, still only leaves you with an ounce for yourself. haha

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Another tea from the BBBB, uh…from Sil? Or TB?
Oh well…either way, it’s an Assam, & I have to confess, after eating breakfast I ate a piece of crystalized ginger, thinking it would make a good palate cleanser. Actually, it didn’t.
I’m not really tasting the tea much, other than the bold tart shiny quality, typical of Assams.

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drank Mangalam Assam TGFOP1 by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

another one that came my way via the BBB Ladies. sadly it wasn’t much to write home about. it’s a sweet sort of assam and not at all what i wanted today. that being said it wasn’t a BAD cup of tea, just…boring? uneventful?

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drank Plum Crazy by Joy's Teaspoon
296 tasting notes

Well shoot. I steeped what was left of the sample. Mostly broken tea leaves. Even with the brokenness i can still tell this is a good tea. Mine just lacks some of the plum.

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Tea #16 from Considering a new TTB
I was so busy today making Lemon Meringue pie for my blog that I didn’t even have my first cup of tea until after 5pm today. Normally I would have had something left in the fridge just for such an emergency, but I needed room for the pie to cool which means there’s just no room for my usual pitcher of tea. This ended up being a nice choice for my first cup of the day. I really enjoy plum tea and it’s nice to see one that isn’t loaded down with spices and lets the plum shine. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much more than that, I’m in the middle of scarfing down a well deserved piece of pie and can’t taste the subtle flavors of the tea.

Happy Pi Day! If my earlier mention of pie got your craving some you can check out my Pi Day recipe for Lemon Meringue Pie: http://www.notstarvingyet.com/index/2014/3/14/lemon-meringue-pie.html

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

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Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Italian Dream by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

As rooibos and marzipan/amaretto-based blends go, this takes the cake! I really enjoyed it last night. I often find that while I like that marzipan/amaretto flavor/smell, I want it in controlled amounts and most blends with that make it way overpowering to the point it starts to smell like plastic. Not so much an issue here somehow, possibly because the tanginess (Yes! This week I have been winning when it comes to finding teas that delivery that tangy dairy note!) cuts it off. I really liked this. Yes you can taste the rooibos, but it doesn’t take over the way it so often can. It’s there but not out of control. Would drink again.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Milk Oolong by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

Also good, milky of course but different from Jin Xuan. Drank it last night and didn’t keep notes, just remember I liked both and they did taste different but equally milk powerful. IIRC this one had an extra vaguely floral-sweet aspect. Sorry I’m not more detailed right now! As flavored Milk Oolongs go, this one was fine but I think I like Teavivre’s a smidge more (I’m way into the way that one smells). On the other hand, Teavivre’s tends to make me jittery and this one was the opposite; it calmed me and didn’t feel very high in caffeine. Not sure why the difference. Both resteep well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Jin Xuan by Joy's Teaspoon
613 tasting notes

If this is truly unflavored—supposedly there’s still some deception about that in the milk oolong marketplace (and I don’t mean to potentially libel Joy’s AT ALL either; it’s altogether possible often resellers aren’t aware)—I’m quite impressed. This is the milkiest natural/unflavored milk oolong I’ve tried. I did 3x resteep side-by-sides of this and their (flavored) Milk Oolong and they had equal levels of milk flavor, just different overall profiles (IIRC one was more floral, letting the oolong’s greenness shine through). So far, this is my favorite unflavored Milk Oolong. Yep.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec
Flowery

Wow, that’s saying a lot. Do you mind sharing your runners up? Just curious what else you’ve compared, as I’m always on the hunt for the world’s best milk oolong and haven’t tried this yet – it’s going on the list though!

ifjuly

As far as unflavored goes, I’ve tried Teavivre’s and Mandala’s. I’ve still got Yezi’s and Eco Cha’s to try. And I’ve had a couple Jin Xuans that weren’t light oolong or milky, which until recently I didn’t even know existed.

Flowery

Thanks! I’ve never tried a flavored one, but Mandala’s is one of my top two along with Capital right now (haven’t tried Teavivre, Yezi or Eco Cha’s either). Most aren’t even worth drinking, but those two and also SerendipiTea (for the price) are great. Will definitely have to give this a try.

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

love getting to stay home to be productive with work. We got a note from the apartment ppl yesterday saying contractors would be propping our door open for 30 mins today as they paint our doors. Um…say what? i don’t think so..not if i’m not home! Best thing ever since the last time the same contractors were here, they did the work and then left our apartment unlocked. great cool..love that.. NOT. On the plus side? taking this time today to get through a few more teas before the weekend rolls around. I figure even though i KNOW i’m getting teas in florida, since they won’t be back until march they hardly count towards my february total…riiight? :)

This is a relatively tasty tea from tastybrew and our BBB Box. Happy to have had the chance to try at least one of joy’s teaspoons straight teas since i’ve only really had her flavoured teas. :)

TheTeaFairy

It.doesn’t.count. Love the way you think.
Now, can you help me figure out how to not count the three orders that are currently coming my way???

Sil

um… sorry.. i’m not help there. You just need to start a travelling tea box that doesn’t come back to you LOL

Courtney

I love the logic.

Sil

i actually think i’m on to something with this travelling teabox thing.. maybe something like.. it starts out with 20 teas/20 oz.. first person to get the box can take out/put in whatever they want but the box has to go down by at least one tea/oz? that way by the time i gets back to the person who started it..there’s for sure LESS tea than it started with haha

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

I figured with the obscene amount of tea i keep picking up, I should get cracking on the teas from the BBB Box today since life is conspiring against me getting enough work done.

This is a decent enough tea, though i’m not in love with it due to the dryness that is left in my mouth while drinking it. I brewed this western and didn’t get any of the notes that Tastybrew did, so I’m going to hold off on this one until i have a chance to brew it gaiwan style since this particular tea might be best suited for that. Either way, still an enjoyable cup, but left me with a dry mouth. :)

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
740 tasting notes

I received my Joy’s Teaspoon order today. I placed that order because of this tea. I LOVE this – it’s easily my favorite pear tea.
Anyone who knows me understands that I NEVER drink new order teas as soon as I get them. I have teas here that I received months ago that I haven’t tried. This one I ripped right open and made a cup (also put some into the fridge to cold steep).
Yep this is still wonderful. Beginning to regret ordering ONLY 4oz….
(Thank you so much ifjuly for introducing me to this FANTASTIC tea).

TheTeaFairy

So happy you are enjoying it, and we all know that a good pear tea is hard to find! The fact that you ripped it open speaks volume :-)

Dexter

Once my life get under control, I’ll send you some of this and the others that I got. Smell really good!!!

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drank Spicy Pear by Joy's Teaspoon
740 tasting notes

Yummmmm Pear. I love pear, I don’t eat enough pears. It’s also one of the fruits that don’t always translate well into “flavor”. Black tea, spices, pear – hmmmm me thinks the pear is going to get lost under the spice and black tea. I’m a little apprehensive about this, but ifjuly gives it a glowing recommendation and was kind enough to share a sample.

I’m Wrong. Not sure how they did it, but this is pear, sweet juicy pear – just a hint of spice – smells like Christmas, I’m not getting any black tea.
This is fantastic, everything it promises – totally exceeded my expectations.

Pandeme

This is one of the many teas that I ordered the other day, and now I’m excited to try it!

TheTeaFairy

I do love me some juicy pear…pear is so underrated. Sometimes, I cut them in half, slowly cook them in organic virgin coconut oil, and melt some 70% dark Lindt dark chocolate in the pan. Delish…like a non hassle chocolate fondue in one dish! my kind of dessert!

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drank Khumbu by Joy's Teaspoon
3046 tasting notes

I’m are Tony’s & it’s snowing!!!! It’s really snowing!!!
I predict a full day of tea drinking, supernatural watching, pajama wearing, logs in the fire, & food!
Yesterday they were predicting up to a foot of snow, so I came well stocked with tea, in fact, as usual I brought more tea than I could possibly drink. I brought the BBBB, the Steepster select samples I still haven’t drank, & a few other random things. Silly me!
I’m starting off with this one, TastyBrew’s offering from the BBBBox. I love the name of it, I love it’s backstory. I want to love the tea, & although I don’t hate it & it’s far from boring, it’s not something I will ever love. It strikes me as a Darjeeling type. The leaf is more of a green color, the sip starts out kind of cream of wheat like, but then a spicy lemon takes over the back & sides of my tongue. There are floral elements to the taste, & it does have other layers in there as well. Definitely not a morning tea for me, as it hits my empty stomach with the queasy effect slightly. It might make a nice afternoon pick me up & palate cleanser though. Still glad to give it a try!

Rosehips

Stay warm!

TheTeaFairy

Welcome to my world! Enjoy you pj day, but you should also go play in the snow if it’s not too hazardous outside to do so, it’s so much fun :-)

Terri HarpLady

I’m not much for playing in it, & just like watching it fall :)

JustJames

i love snow.

TheTeaFairy

terri, watching it fall is truly the best part :-)
James, though I have more snow than I can handle at the moment, i just can’t help loving it too :-)

gmathis

Hard to get a fair measurement because it’s drifting so bad; I’d say 6 inches here down in our holler. I am done with winter, thanks.

tigress_al

Falling snow just calls for a full day of tea drinking!

Terri HarpLady

It used to snow here a lot more than it does now. When I was a High school Senior (class of 77, Ava High), we got off for winter break a week early due to a scabies outbreak at our school (never heard of scabies until I moved to the Ozarks). The day before we were suppose to go back to school in January it snowed a foot or so, & school was cancelled. After that, it snowed about every 3rd day. We didn’t go back to school until February. THAT was a long winter! We lived 15 miles from town, & all we did every day was get up, feed & water the livestock, milk the goats, gather eggs, & sit around drinking coffee & watching daytime television, crowded around the woodstove. Then we’d eat lunch, watch more tv…etc.
We don’t hardly ever get an awesome snow like this anymore, if we get anything in st louis it’s usually ice storms & a little snow dust, so Yay! I don’t have anywhere to go, let it snow!

Sil

we got home today just in time for it to really start snowing but it was great walking around in it while it was lightly snowing. now i get to sit by the window and watch it all come down…so nice. i dunno how my florida friends do christmas without snow.

Terri HarpLady

I heard we’re up to 11". I’m not sure if that’s true, but it looks like it!

K S

Terri, I remember the blizzard of 77 well. It hit while I was in college. So much snow. It took military trucks to clear the country roads. It was like driving through a white canyon. It was so cold then just like we are supposed to get tonight. It stayed that way for so long. Classes were cancelled for a day or two until (supposedly) someone hit the Dean with a snowball. Who knows if it were true. There was an energy crises going on at the time. We weren’t allowed to dry our mullets :) I remember on one of the coldest days my hand literally froze up around my books. No permanent damage but I was nervous. Personally, I don’t miss it.

Terri HarpLady

yeah, but once in awhile… :)

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drank Cinnamon Roll by Joy's Teaspoon
5237 tasting notes

this is exactly what i needed today. The perfect blend of cinnamon and warm and yes….yes! yes! it’s also a sipdown (188) It’s a cold cold windy day and i’m drinking a bunch of tea today though i’m behind with all my tasting notes heh soooo good!

TheTeaFairy

You might have been cold but you were on fire today girl with your tea drinking!!!

Sil

i’ll be paying for that tonight hahaha

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