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Silver Tips Tea

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90
drank panda blend by Silver Tips Tea
20 tasting notes

I really enjoy this tea. Nicely scented — mellow and just the right level of smokiness. I brew Western style. The first steep was great, didn’t really work for a second steep. I would buy this tea again.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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95

I am trying as many milk oolong teas as I can get my hands on. This is a lovely tea, buttery and smooth, good for many steeps.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72

While not a black tea fan, I heard good things about 1st flush Darjeeling and decided to take advantage of a sale at SilvertipsTea. I think this tea is best brewed with a gaiwan. I was surprised by how delicate, flowery, and smooth the first steep was. This tea’s fragrance reminds me of Bai Mu Dan. Successive steeps had more typical black tea qualities—a sweet, tangy, and wine-like orange hued liquid with a pleasantly mild astringency. It left a good first impression.

Flavors: Butter, Cinnamon, Flowers, Orange Zest, Tannin

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 5 OZ / 147 ML

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87

This is a nice cup of tea to wake up to. The flavors are complex (my tea language isn’t sufficiently developed in order to describe it). I would call it robust. Not at all floral.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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67

This is my first tasting note! I want so much to like this tea as it was recommended highly to me by another customer at this tea shop. It is a strong tea, and I do detect a cocoa-ish aroma. I am afraid that I will be writing very boring tasting notes, as I am not able to detect any other flavors. That said, this is a nice strong tea.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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96

This is a wonderful cuppa! It’s very smooth and well balanced for a black tea. I detect no astringency. It has a hint of richness that has convinced me to make another cup, lol.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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54

I don’t know if I used too hot of water or steeped for too long (4 min too long?) but this was very astringent while hot and warm but once it cooled down it was decent. It would make a better iced tea in my opinion. I’m normally a fan of Assams and Assam blends but this is a straight Ceylon with no flavoring (like French Breakfast – which I like). Worth a try at least once! I’m glad I was able to get this as a sample (Silver Tips Tea does one free sample with every order:)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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95

This is a nice balanced cup of tea. It’s smooth with just enough umph. I didn’t taste any astringency. I had it this afternoon when I got off work.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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94

This is a very lovely cuppa! At first I was put off by it but once it cooled down I LOVE the strong vanilla that comes through:) It’s smooth and strong. Not as strong as an assam but quite good. I thought being a Ceylon it may be very astringent but not much if at all. I love everything I’ve tried so far from Silver Tips Tea…thanks for this free sample guys! I love your company so far:) Generous sample sizes are great:)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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89

Rich, bold, smooth flavor. I can’t stop drinking this stuff. It would pry taste amazing with a little sweetener but it stands great on it’s own!

Again, it was water straight from the coffee pot…I don’t have a thermometer yet…waiting for my DavidsTea order to get here:)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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89

I received this sample with my recent storage tin purchase from Silver Tips Tea. I didn’t even know they sent samples with purchases, yay!

This is a really good tea (although I haven’t tried very many to compare). It has a rich, creamy taste to it…no bitterness at all when I think of black teas. Very little “dust” left in the cup (compared to my Teavana teas I have). It would pry taste even more amazing with honey or a little sugar. I don’t have a thermometer or fancy kettle to tell me the temperature at the moment so the water I use just comes straight from my “coffee” maker, lol.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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83

So I decided to stop being lazy and add this tea to the steepster database.
This is from my local local tea house that I have been to a few times in Tarrytown NY.
This is my first Organic Assam that I have.
The flavor is rich and bold, nice for breakfast.
It reminds me of a full flavored tea, such as an Irish Breakfast.
Nice hot or iced.
This tea is very similar to East Frisian by Harney & Sons

Bonnie

Sooo glad you added your local tea shop and a picture!!! I’m a big fan of people finding their spot for live tea tasting and also getting to know servers. This helps them be more knowledgeable and helps us learn too. I’ve learned a lot from my local ‘guys’ .

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88

I was craving the berry lovely liciousness of this tea lastnight. So I indulged.. and did again this morning. Angrboda what have you started here?! So good. I am in fear of running out now.

ScottTeaMan

You’re on the path of severe tea obsession like the rest of us…….OK, like me! =))

Lynne-tea

Haha I think I am nearly there already.. though I have had it mentioned to me a few times recently (when the tea stash was discovered.. and after a long intense tea conversation with a non-tea person) =) I love it and wouldn’t trade being a tea obsessed person for the world!

ScottTeaMan

Me either. :))

Angrboda

jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjrrvufu, says Luna the Kitty.

MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! laughs Eebil Ang ebilly! :D (And then she congratulates herself on good decision to pass it on to someone else)

Lynne-tea

great decision to pass it on! I am swooning for the berry in it as you can see. Haha nice work!
I just found out that a great old catfriend of mine is coming to live with me! His name is Lopan and he is the sweetest peach. Luna the Kitty just reminded me of my excitement for this! =)

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88

I received this – my first ever straight Darjeeling – from Angrboda. Thank you so much!
Dry: floral with a little bit of almost juicy red berry. Definitely sweet smelling.
Liquor (3min): Beautiful coloured tea which reminds me of fuzzy peaches for some reason. It smells so good. I can’t even describe it… thoughts of a red gummy bear pop into my head. As for taste – I do not detect any astringency, instead I get a lovely berry.. huckle berry? I think so. It is quite mild with a hint of tang…much like a huckle berry.
This is rather floral though at the same time. It started to develop after the first few sips and now takes residence in the mid/late taste, with initial flavours being berry, then perhaps a lemony citrusy step into the floral.

Interesting and complex tea. I will try a resteep. I am so thankful this wonderful tea was my first introduction to Darjeelings. I may have to try more.. I’m intrigued. Thanks again Angrboda!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

Oh I’m so glad you liked it! I was trying to re-home it when I sent it to you, I don’t care much for Darj myself. :D

Lynne-tea

I do I do! It was very delightful and sent me into a mission to find out more about Darj and what shops to by it from… Sorry homework >.<

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67

I am finally getting around to making another cup of this tea. I still like this tea, and feel it was just what I needed to sip while contemplating the code I am working on.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

The second tea I tried from the August Steepster box. It’s a delicious darjeeling. Slightly green and floral. A little bit astringent. I try to under-steep this one to avoid bitter notes. Very nice overall. I could see drinking this on a regular basis. Not much flavor on the second steep.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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70

Another tea from the Steepster Select August box that dear Ricky sponsored for me.

I was in the mood for this. I’m not sure why, I just was. It’s weird because I’m not actually a Darjeeling fan at all. I tend to find the grassy, spicy notes rather too prickly and sharp. I used to really appreciate it, but things change.

But today this was really nice. Of course I do have that sour aftertaste now which is making me contemplate what tea to have next to make it go away with, but otherwise it just really hit the spot. Possibly because it wasn’t really all that offensively strong on those aforementioned prickly sharp notes of grass and spice.

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78

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Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84

My first tasting of the teas that were sent out in the Steepster Select box this month.

This is a decent Darjeeling. Certainly not the best one I’ve ever tasted, but it’s a good one. It’s a bit different than some Darjeeling teas that I’ve tried, it has a bitter note about mid-sip that then transcends into an astringent tangy note. Not unpleasant, just different. It has a really nice fruit tone, and a beautiful wine-like note toward the tail end of the sip. It is a pleasantly complex Darjeeling. I like.

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57

Second try from the Steepster Select box.

This is my first try at Darjeeling. It’s not bad, but it’s still a tad more bitter than I would have liked. This could be my fault however as I think I miscalculated when I began steeping! I will try this one again though.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
ScottTeaMan

SOME dARJEELINGS NEED A SHORTER BREW TIME-SAY 2.5 MINUTES. i ALSO {caps??!?} use a water temp around 195-205 degrees most of the time. This should help! :))

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91

Fresh out of the Steepster box, this too was the first tea I tried a cup of. I have had dragon pearls before and wasn’t in the mood for ginger.

The color I got was a great light honeyed brown at a steep time of 3m15s. I feel that the brew time is pretty spot on, getting a light tannin on the finish, leaving some nice mouth watering, but not so tannic that it is unpleasant.

As far as smell and sight I’m still learning more about properly evaluating and describing them. I had this with no sugar or additives. It was very mellow on the front and side of the tongue indicating not much sour or sweet tastes to it. There was a brief honey scent on the nose with some grassy and earth aromas.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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67

Like the other notes, this is the first tea I am trying from the August Steepster Select box. I haven’t had many Darjeeling teas, but I am enjoying this tea. There is a slight drying quality mixed with the floral taste that balance each other. At the end there is a slight earthy nature. Definitely a tea I will be making another cup of.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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34

The scent of this is delicious. Honey and something elusive.

The flavor is very, very different from the smell. It is intensely floral almost to the point of tasting like perfume… there’s a slight acrid tone to it. None of the sweetness of the smell transfers over. The finish isn’t particularly pleasant.

It’s one I’m tempted to add Agave Nectar to, to sweeten it, and I rarely ever add anything to my tea. Not big on this one at all.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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