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82

bah this one wasn’t in my cupboard, so it’s not a sipdown but it sure was a tasty tea. I grabbed this one because i wanted something that i knew i’d love. Plus that smokey maple tasty on a rainy day is wonderful.

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82

another fantastic tea to kick start the morning.,This + maple really is a great time for me. It’s more smokey than i need it to be, but the smoke is flavourful and certainly not over powering. All in all, love having this one from time to time for a little extra smokey oomph!

looseTman

“another fantastic tea to kick start the morning.” “love having this one”
Only an 82?

teaqueen

I just picked up a box of Russian Caravan myself! I completely agree that it’s a “once and a while” tea, perfect for mornings when you need the extra flavor push!

Sil

Yep. Because a lot is dependant on me being in the mood for it. Higher ranked teas are those that are fantastic and I could drink any and every time :)

OMGsrsly

Now you’re making me crave a smokey tea with maple syrup. :)

Bear With Me

I am somehow really surprised that you, of all people, actually like lapsang. Like, mind blown over here.

but lapsang + maple = godly. so I approve!

Kittenna

I’m not at all surprised, since Sil loves blacks. Also, you are all right. Maple + lapsang = best combo evar.

Sil

This isn’t my favourite smokey tea but it’s a good one :) @ceylon – i still don’t like OMG IN YO FACE smokey teas..but ones that have a smoother sort of interesting smoke, really appeal to me…but i ALWAYS add maple. it’s the only tea always add things too

looseTman

Sil, What are your most favorite morning kick start teas?

Sil

uh..i’d have to look at what i’ve been drinking in the morning, but to be honest if i REALLY need a kick in the pants, i usually grab a puerh and steep it western style :) otherwise my assams are usually what i go for, though i haven’t found my perfect bold cup of that yet…nothing fruity, so i stay away from me taiwanese blacks…

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82

Cup of this first thing this morning while dealing with shit. love this when i’m in the mood for a smokey tea!

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82

Random Teavivre Sample…though there will be more today :)

I haven’t had too many Lapsang Souchong – the last time i had one it was used to cook with :) The aroma of this one isn’t overly strong, it’s a softer smoky scent. This is a really nice tea. I can’t say that I’d drink a Lapsang daily but every now and then, this would be a really great cup to enjoy. I like that with this cup the smoke blends really nicely with the tea.

I took a page out of Bonnie’s notes and added a bit of maple syrup to this tea and it was fantastic! I actually think it would be interesting to make some chicken with the lapsang and a bit of maple. Smokey maple chicken anyone? :)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Alphakitty

We need to have a Steepster potluck where everyone brings the amazing tea/food creations they talk about!

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82

This is my first Da Hong Pao. It brews a nice warm brown-gold color. The taste is bold and dry and reminds me of a dry sack wine. Its mildly sweet and mineral, and the main flavors that I pick up on are apricot, clove, and slightly cooling spearmint-like note.

I don’t think I used quite enough leaf, as only the first infusion really seemed strong enough. I think I’ll be making it again with a bit more tea.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 15 sec

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93

Tried it again today, steeped it only for a minute or 45 seconds, it came out very very silky, super-smooth. I guess I like it this way much more than my usual strong-steeped way.

Interesting, I’ll see what surprises will it bring me next ;) Info about my previous experience is in the previous tasting note about this tea!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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93

I’ve wanted to try these for a long time and now I finally can!

The smell is very gentle and soft, kind of a mix between silkiness and malty tones (if that makes sense).

The taste. on the other hand, ditches the silkiness and dives into the malty-chocolatey-goodness. It vaguely reminds me of Bailin Gonfu black, but I think that’s just me. This tea leaves a nice tingling sensation after every sip, I tried it both with and without sugar – and I suppose I’ll be drinking this one with a tiny bit of sugar in the future, just to bring out the smoothiness a little bit more.

I will be definitely looking forward to adding these to my permanent stock! Also, I’d like to try this one flavored with jasmine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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90

Just got my package (actually, 2 packages!) from TeaVivre! (oh, I love that store so much)

Well, evidently, I’m starting my own little venture into Oolongs, something I’ve never properly done before, because I seem to have a bad luck for picking those. If you’ve got some oolong brewing/drinking tips – please share those with me :)

This tea comes packed in a TeaVivre-style small packages, packaged once again inside. The leaves are super-sticky with honey and give a nice rich smell, though I expected much more honey in it.

I steeped it twice – 1 minute and 2 minutes. Came out very strong and rich, almost no differences between the two steeps, except some subtle changes in taste.

As for the taste, it was honestly not what I expected. I was ready for some in-my-face honey action, but the honey was very subtle, only adding a few touches of sweetness after every sip. I didn’t add any sugar, which is pretty unusual for me and it still was good. I can definitely say that I’m starting to like oolongs and I’m looking forward to drinking this tea again soon!

Booklog:

Though I’m kind of late with this one, but I just started reading The Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones), so far so good, I’ve read about 25% of the book, it’s engaging and interesting, with some really deep characterization.

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 0 sec

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83

Finally got around to getting my Teavivre order from the post office and this was the first tea that the boyfriend wanted to try. I think that the name, and the rolled leaves, had a huge part in his choice. :) Oh, and this is the 3rd round of tea samples from Angel – who I can’t thank enough for her generosity and the education I’m getting!

I really need to learn more about Chinese black teas. Luckily I got a ton of Barnes and Noble gift cards for Christmas so I ordered a few books, but mostly I’m confused about the tea names/places. Clearly I need to research more of Chinese geography to get a better understanding of a teas’ origins, so I’m going to try and make that a goal for all of my pure samples from now on.

Okay, so Fengqing is in western Yunnan, which is a southern province according to the maps. I’ll have to go back and specifically read any Yunnan tasting notes to compare, but what I get from this dry is a very chocolatey, malty smell. It definitely seems like more of a delicate black – what I mean is that it’s not quite as heavy or earthy as an Assam is, which the brewing parameters seem to confirm.

I went for 2 minutes on the steeping because I do like a strong tea, and that was enough time to give it a pretty honeyed brown liquor. I say honeyed specifically because I really think this had a sweet nectary note in the taste and texture. There was the chocolate also, which was more noticeable as the tea cooled. And whenever I get a malty note in the scent I get a chewy texture, so that was wonderful!

This is a solid tea- not super heavy but not as delicate/fussy as a Darjeeling, which are usually a little too light for my tastes. It is quite unassuming, but it grows on you so that when you get to the bottom of your cup you find yourself wanting more.

I’m on a self-imposed tea buying moratorium until February 24 (1.5 months from today, gah!) but once I get through it, and try all of these samples I’ll be making a huge TeaVivre order, I expect!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Bonnie

In case you didn’t read everyone’s notes on this tea… we’ve been drinking the Teavivre samples for a year or so in various stages.. the consensus has been that 4-5 pearls seem to give the best taste. (not sure how many you used)

JoonSusanna

Thanks Bonnie! I should have written that down – I used 4 per cup.

Bonnie

Good…when I read your review I remembered the old discussions on how much to use for the best results.

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85

goodbye January tea! haha I only have 2 more teas to get through in order to be within 6 months of my oldest tea in my cupboard. Of course that means october i have 14 teas to finish up that are nowhere near sipdowns lol. i will likely pick this one up again in thei future. I just wish more of teavivre’s teas where in 50g bags as its challenging to want to pick up 100g of multiple teas at once – same reason i struggle with Norbu tea orders. :(

Shadowfall

You could always find someone to split teas with? Or maybe mention it to the Teavivre folks? Maybe they can work something out.

Sil

Yeah i keep meaning to send something to angel. Generally, that’s how i get around placing orders, split them with the crew here in Toronto. It would just make life easier to be able to order smaller quantites right away :)

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85

steepster is making me mad this morning. It won’t let me comment on people’s tasting notes, but it’s hit or miss…so sometimes i can, othertimes i can’t. I WILL NOT BE SILENCED DAMNIT! lol

i am scrambling around like a madwoman today – need to get some work done, pack AGAIN, get ready to leave the house this afternoon and try to at least help my other half with a few things around the house. I feel terrible that he’s on his own all month.

This tea was pulled out because it’s my oldest tea (january) and because i need to finish something things up soon because Terri and Nicole maaay have exploded my cupboard a little…at least it’s largely samples lol

Sil

up to 134… from 95 thanks to you and nicole lol

Angrboda

I didn’t have this problem, but then I’m not a very good commenter either, so I only tried it out once. :/ At least we can post on the boards now. Are you getting TOSed again?

Sil

Tosed?

Angrboda

Terms of service warned

Sil

Aaaah…. Nope :(

Sil

I can’t navigate to the discussion boards now though….only dashboard

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85

nom nom nom…. are we having fun yet?

mj

LOL…Steepster has been so annoying, I totally get where you’re coming from

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85

shared this one with my parents over the weekend – drank more than a few cups of this and enjoyed them all! :)

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85

poor steepster… borked. drinking tea..not logging much.

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85

This was also one of my teas last night for my overnight. It was a good start to the evening, though i wish i’d been able to bring more than just the 3 teas i brought with me heh must always go for familiarity on release evenings.

Terri HarpLady

There is nothing like familiar teas for comfort, especially in times of uncertainty & stress

Sil

i agree! now…verdant needs to bring LB back… i’m worried i’ll run out lol

Terri HarpLady

I’ll hook you up :)

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85

mmmm love this tea! another favourite, that i don’t have much to add on…today was just a good tea day at work…drinking things i love!

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85

caile had another keemun from teavivre the other night and it reminded me that i should have more of this one – i’ve got lots of this one left :) 100g is a little much for me when it comes to tea purchases even if i love the tea but i know i won’t get tired of this one so i had just done it! :) still one of my favourite keemuns

caile

I’d agree it’s 100 gram worthy! :)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, this is one of my fav Keemuns too :)

Hillel

I was just about to write up some tasting notes on this. I’m a big keemun fan and really like this one. Happy that I got it and happy that I have a good quantity to put in the rotation (although my son recently discovered it so it may not last as long as I thought).

Sil

nice :) glad to hear it!

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85

I’ve been hoarding this one, which is silly because it’s not a limited edition, i can get it anytime and i love it. So i dug it out as a little reward today for finishing off my october teas, and because technically i should be working through my 100g of this anyway haha. Added a little maple syrup as i usually do and loved every last drop of it! yay for being back to work after working from home for 4 days lol

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85

Yep….this one is my favourite of the Teavivre Keemun’s though on the flip side, runner up was the grade 2 version because of the smokier factor of it…so price wise they sort of even each other out haha. Glad i had the chance to try several cups of each and compare the versions. :)

That also gives me sipdowns 5 and 6 for today

VariaTEA

I am also at 6 sipdowns today. Yay for sipdowns!!

Sil

i figure i’ll probably hit 10 today then anything tomorrow is bonus haha

looseTman

Your highest rated TeaVivre tea. Have you had a chance to do a side-by-side comparison with their Premium Keemun Hao Ya?

Sil

I have. I prefer this one by far. I actually don’t mind grade 2 – but it’s smokier than the rest so you have to be in the mood for that, though far less smokier than say their lapsang.

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85

Sipdown! (161) and on to the shopping list is goes. I’m supposed to be drinking down things this week but all i want to do today is look at placing orders. I blame terri – she has me looking at TTC and YS today…and then of course i’m also busy looking at MF, DF and theodor. Not to mention needing to place an order to restock this one…though i may try to hold out for a bit until i’ve got a few more teas to pick up form teavivre.

Lala

Have you made an theodor order yet or just looking at it?

Sil

I haven’t placed it yet…just cart building so that i can haha

Terri HarpLady

I placed my teavivre order, including an actual tin of this, since I love it so much.
I’ll probably do YS this week, if you want me to include anything, let me know!
How’s that for enabling?
And yes, put me down for pleine lune, LOL

Terri HarpLady

& whatever you think I want to share…

keychange

You lot are a bad influence on me—just added this to my shopping list as well!

Sil

keychange..it’s delicious! esp with a splash of maple syrup

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85

I had this yesterday as well. Not quite a sipdown but “today” it will be haha

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85

hello sweetie…

so i likely won’t get any sipdowns in today and my cupboard may likely explode in short order but I don’t care. I’m working from home tomorrow to get my tea drinking on AND next week should be a good one with at least 2 extra days of tea drinking, hanging at home enjoying things days!

I’m nearly done this one, but all that makes me want to do is plan another purchase. or five. that’s ok right? goals are meant to be broken as long as you’re having fun? :)

yyz

Sil, I think you could argue this is a staple in your cupboard. You are allowed to replace staples.

Sil

haha yeah but it’s the other stuff i’d get with it! :)

Nicole

well, you have to justify shipping costs somehow…

Terri HarpLady

I’m almost out of this one AGAIN!

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