59 Tasting Notes

Received this from MissB (Thank you!!), and it’s absolutely perfect for today.
The leaf is all rock sugar/vegetal yumminess, and the tea, once steeped, carries on from where the dry leaf left off. Really lovely, with apple and cucumber notes, while continuing with the spinach and curly endive base, yet finishing sweet.
This one is really nice.

Flavors: Spinach, Sugar

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I had this tea on my wishlist, and TeaTiff sent it my way in our hepatite swap!
Thanks so much, TeaTiff!!
This tea is everything I thought it would be and more…. it’s fruity, with honey goodness…and I can even taste the almond that’s mentioned in the description. The spun sugar aftertaste is beyond delightful.
I’m only on my second steep and I’m sure I’ll get a few more out of this one….
So, so yummy!!

TeaTiff

Yay, glad you like this one!

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I received this sample from the incomparable MissB. Thank you so much for sending this, because I’m in love with this one!
I used 5 pieces in my gaiwan, and followed the directions from the website (rinse 10 sec, then 30 sec infusion, adding 20 sec after for each infusion).
The dry tea itself smelled so lovely….chocolate and malty and utterly delightful.
Smooth mouth feel with such balanced notes.
As I progressed through infusions, the taste would shift (the chocolate sometimes being right there in the front, other times hanging back…), but each one so intriguing, fascinating my taste buds (seriously, this was a GREAT tea experience).
Definitely will add this one to my ‘must buy’ list.

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It’s drizzly and cool outside today (and, I’m going to get slapped for saying this, but I sorta like it… that ‘is this Fall, or Spring’ type weather that has me thinking of crunchy leaves and colour…..and Anna with her talk of Fall and beautiful places…. ).
This tea is from my ‘tea from ifjuly’ drawer…. and I absolutely love it. I can’t thank her enough for sending this exquisitely elegant tea my way.
I’m head over heels for this one….
It’s got the signature Earl Grey berg (I’m a berg lover…), but it’s smoky and spicy…. refined and opulent.
This is a definite must buy for me, when I finally get around to a Lupicia order sometime. I think this may be my favourite Earl Grey so far….

whatshesaid

I’m a berg lover too :)
I don’t get the haters! Haha

ifjuly

yay! and “opulent” is the perfect word, yes!

Dexter

I love that you have an “ifjuly drawer” – I think that’s awesome. :))

boychik

i have ifjuly box. i dont mix her samples with any others.

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Out of my MissB box of insanely awesome tea, I chose this for my mid-afternoon cup (THANK YOU, MissB!!!). I didn’t make a true chai with it, but instead just added milk and sugar…and holy moley was it delicious.
I’m sure you could fancy it up, steaming your milk and all that (and maybe I’ll do that next time, since ifjuly taught me that neato frothed milk in a jar trick…), but this was so good.
I found that I had downed my first cup before I knew it, unable to hold back from the deliciousness. I guess I was in a chocolate chai mood…. So, I resteeped, and got to do it all over again. :)
Speaking of chocolate—the chocolate is really nice in this. I love how it’s balanced with the spice…nothing fighting, or arguing for center stage..everything just getting along swimmingly in your tea cup, to the delight of my taste buds.
Thank you so much for sending this my way, MissB!

Suziqzer

I haven’t got this one on my list for when I order from them. Sounds like it should be!

DeliriumsFrogs

It was really yummy. Admittedly, I’m not an expert on chais, but I loved the balance of this…the spices were strong enough without being too overpowering, and the added chocolate note was really nice. I’m going to have to add this to my ‘to buy’ list. :)

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I drank this tea while waiting for the plumber to arrive this morning…
feeling anxious that it wouldn’t be a simple fix.
This tea (from my swap with TeaTiff-THANK YOU!!), immediately stopped my mind from swirling with worry…
How can you worry when you’re sipping something like this?!
Malty, with chocolate notes…and so, so smooth.
I love teas with this sort of mouth feel and deep aroma.

The fix was a simple one. The plumber was in and out in no time…and after he left, I looked at my tea cup and said, “You knew, didn’t you? You were trying to tell me to calm down.” Tea is so smart.

boychik

This tea is truly something. TeaTiff got me hooked on it too

DeliriumsFrogs

It’s so lovely! I reached into my tea drawer and just sort of picked it out, and I’m so very happy I chose it this morning, and felt so fortunate that TeaTiff sent me some! Yummy!

TeaTiff

Yay! I am glad you guys like this one. It is one of my favorite morning cups.

ifjuly

ugh i am the same way when the plumber comes! i’m glad it wasn’t too bad, and also selfishly relieved i’m not the only one who freaks a bit at that.

Hugo Tea Company

@DeliriumsFrogs I hope that you are implying that Full-Steam will solve all of your problems. Because I would agree. :-)

I am sincerely happy that you enjoy it.

Cheers,

Tyler
Hugo Tea Company

DeliriumsFrogs

Tyler, that is most definitely what I was implying. :)
(I had it this morning, and it was just as good as I remembered….What an amazing tea!)

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It was so hard to pick which tea to try first out of the insane box from MissB that I found on my doorstep today (This box is tea heaven, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world….), but I decided to go for this one. I’ve been wanting to try a caramel pu-erh, since I always read such great reviews for them on here, and I’m so excited that I finally got to…
This tea was absolutely delicious…
Buttery and rich upon sipping, but ending with this light, clean finish… so interesting!
As it cooled slightly in my cup, the tea became so creamy and decadent.
The caramel is right there, bordering on butterscotch to me, with the richer, more brown sugar notes…. mmmmm!
Off to resteep for a third time :)
(Thanks again, MissB !!)

MissB

Woohoo! This is my favorite puerh right now, and has been for a bit. I’d love to hear how your third re-steep goes!

Roswell Strange

Also loving this!

Suziqzer

Boxes/pkgs from MissB are always wonderful!

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, the third resteep was delightful! We had some unexpected plumbing issues pop up, so I didn’t get around to my third cup until later that night (10pm, actually)… The caramel became the finish, with the earthy pu erh in the front (I’m still a complete pu erh newb, so I’m not good at describing it)… I loved it! Also, it was great to know that I could have a cup of this that late and sleep fine. :)

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I received a sample of this tea from TeaTiff. Thank you so much!!
The smell of this in my mug is so great…really round and nutty. I’m really loving the coconut and raisins in there mingling with the brazil nuts.
Such a comfy, yummy mug of tea. :)
I’m going to take this outside and try to find a spot of sunshine to sit in.

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Another tea from the lovely ifjuly (she really is so lovely….) – I made a big mug of this last night while watching the 4th episode of “The Returned” (that cast is brilliant, by the way…)…
After reading on Butiki’s website that the addition of sugar is recommended, and the fact that I was looking for something a little sweeter, I decided to toss in a bit of raw sugar.
Oh, rooibos, you did this on purpose, right? You knew I wasn’t in love with you, and then you had to go and dance around with some mangos, completely changing my view.
I loved this. Absolutely loved it. Would most definitely order this. :)

boychik

i liked it iced.

Marzipan

What channel is that on, or is it online?

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, boychik, I’m going to have to try that! I bet it’s fantastic!
Marzipan, I think it might be on the Sundance channel, but we’ve been watching it on Netflix. It’s intense at times, but the cast is amazing… It’s one of the best things I’ve seen on tv in awhile.

ifjuly

i really liked the returned too!

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It’s humid and warm, and I’m not quite ready for that (actually, I’m never ready for that, but…..). This weather has pushed me towards flavoured oolongs the past few days, though, and that’s made my tea cup quite happy.
This morning, I decided to try the Tigre Blanc from Nina’s Paris that Laurent so kindly sent. THANK YOU, Laurent!
My daughter Lily enjoys reading manga out loud to me, so while she was reading Yotsuba (I love Yotsuba….), I sipped this lovely tea…. The flavour reminds me of peach hard candy, like the Jolly Rancher’s I’d pick out of the multiflavour packs as a kid, often not leaving any for the next person. The brightness of the tangerine note is really nice, with no bitterness or strange flavours.
I really liked this oolong, with its forward peach notes.

keychange

This weather has been pushing me towards flavoured oolongs as well! (although it’s been kind of rainy all week, but I mean the shift from winter to springish)

Cheri

How peachy would you say this is? I got a sample of this as well (not one I requested) and I’m trying to decide if I should go ahead and try it anyway, or if I should just pass it along to someone else.

DeliriumsFrogs

It’s pretty peachy, but not peachy like the momo oolong from lupicia…. This is more of a candy peach, if that makes sense. I wouldn’t say it tastes artificial, but it definitely reminds me more of ‘peach flavoured things’ than straight out peaches. The peachyness of it is right in the front—really nice aroma.
I really liked it, but if I had to pick between this or the lupicia, I’d choose the lupicia.

Cheri

Sounds like it would be better for me to share it with someone else. I’m not a peachy kind of person, generally.

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Oh, tea….
you’ve taken over my life, but I’m ok with that.

I’m pretty new to the tea scene, only drinking tea bags most of my life, but my friend ifjuly really got me into it (that sounds bad…). Butiki, Harney, and Verdant seem to be my ‘go to’ places to order from, but I LOVE trying new teas and companies. The variety is partly why I love tea so much…you can’t possibly get sick of it.
Well, that, and the transporting aroma of each cup…. I love that. It’s why I love wine, and tea does it just was well.

Really want to learn about different tea vendors out there, and about tea in general… it’s all so interesting to me.
I’m really excited to be part of this community and learn from all of you.

I don’t usually sweeten or add milk to my teas, so my notes are based on that….also, the rating system kind of throws me—I’ve always been horrible with giving number ratings to things, so don’t take those as set in stone.

random info: music and art are pretty important in my life… i also thoroughly enjoy nerdy things like video games, anime, Doctor Who (the 10th is my favourite…), A Song of Ice and Fire, and random cartoons and such…. and i love, love, love to read. :)

I’m married to my best friend (I’ve known him since I was 15….we were totally going to be in a band together. It was going to be HUGE…), and we’ve got three kiddos. They’re pretty neat, too, even if they try to put sugar in my Verdant tea when they drink it….

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