300 Tasting Notes

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Oh, and 300 notes—whooop!

Goodness gracious. I’ve been hanging out listening to the blues this morning and sipping on this loveliness. Such complexity that I wasn’t expecting. There’s walnut and then there’s chocolate and then there’s caramel. And that’s just straight up and unsweetened. Delicious.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Walnut

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Inkling

Ooo, sounds amazing!

Fjellrev

Yay, happy 300th tasting note! I miss having this one in my cupboard. So delicious!

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks. And yes, this could well be a newfound favourite.

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drank White Angel by Tea Desire
300 tasting notes

A friend and I went out for Korean bbq at lunch today and then we ended up sitting in a park sipping bitter delicious Americanos. That, in addition to my morning tea was enough of the hardcore boom caffeine for me.

This tea is the perfect antidote to the strong flavours of the day. So gentle. The predominant flavour here is coconut with the slightest bit of vanilla mellowing out the pineapple apricot gently floating over the white and sencha base.

Flavors: Coconut, Fruity, Pineapple, Vanilla

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

That sounds like an awesome time!

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90
drank White Angel by Tea Desire
300 tasting notes

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I have been moving through the last of this as a refreshing cold steep in between things of my day. The gentle soft flavours of cotton candy, a bit of marshmallow, and the beautiful buttery white tea base come out far more as a cold steep. The added flavours truly complement and highlight the base, so the base is the superstar here. To me, the citrus bits are unnecessary as they don’t add much beyond cutting the sweetness—perhaps that is their purpose. Though the blueberry is present in dry leaf, I am not detecting it as a flavour, nor did I when the tea was fresher. Enjoyable and refreshing as a cold steep, but not necessarily a blend that I would feel the need to restock. I say this now, but let’s see how I feel after my sip down happens and a bit of time goes by. It is delicious and it is refreshing and it is a lovely thing to have handy when thirst urges you towards something just like this.

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Sil was kind enough to include a sample of this in our tea festival swap. Yum, it’s got that bready-chocolatey Laoshan black-like thing going on, but I may have steeped it too briefly to experience the full flavour components.

Thanks for this, Sil. Enjoyable on this lovely slow morning.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Chocolate

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Indigobloom

Can it be resteeped? sounds yummy

Evol Ving Ness

Yes, the second steep was really good, but I was in motion, so my attention wasn’t all there. Tried a third steep, but nope not happening. Thankfully, I have enough for another cup or so. More later.

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90

This really really nice milk oolong with cream and lovely floral notes is taking me now into a still very flavourful fifth steeping. Perfect tea to be drinking on a sunny warm day. The weather seems to think it is spring here. I’m certain it’ll snap to its senses soon and plunge us directly into the deepfreeze we in February deserve and look forward to.

Flavors: Cream, Flowers, Sugarcane

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Daylon R Thomas

The weather is doing the same thing in Michigan.

Indigobloom

It was so nice out, I just had to go for a walk!! :)

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85

Oooo, yum, yes for chocolatey puerh. Steeped this multiple times throughout the day and it was very delicious. Occasionally, the fishy notes of the shou peeked through. The vanilla for me though was absent.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Fishy

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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Mostly, but not always, Toronto, Canada.

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