1341 Tasting Notes

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Tea klutz strikes again. I was spooning this into my steeper and somehow my hip bumped against the open cupboard door and POOF! tea everywhere :(

I am SO glad I have a bit more of this one on the way.

Kittenna

I’ve been lucky enough lately to only have tea-spilling incidents with infusers that contain already-steeped tea waiting for additional infusions. So it’s not quite so bad, because I got the first (best) infusion already. Knock on wood, though!

Indigobloom

I wouldn’t wish spilled (dry) tea leaves on anyone! Fingers crossed it never happens to either of us again :D

Indigobloom

Wet, like you said… not so bad. I can forgive myself that one lol

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87

In a latte, me no likey. The licorice fades into something vaguely lemonish and I ended up adding more sugar than I’d have liked to try and coax out the licorice… I’ll stick with my regular dose of milk. Ah well

Kirkoneill1988

ewww licorice. :( how does it taste like lemons?

Indigobloom

I normally love it in this blend. You know that vague lemon like taste that you get from pound cake sometimes? Like lemon if it wasn’t sour, but milder.

Kirkoneill1988

i think i understand :)

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86
drank Kukicha by Tsaa Tea Shop
1341 tasting notes

I bought this the other day at our board meeting. Oh man it is so tasty. Warm and nutty. Macadamia? Otherwise very similar in profile to a Sencha, but less harsh and cutting. There is also a hint of butter. This is definitely a comfort tea. Now, I only grabbed 25g, since it was pretty expensive, but yeah, that was very much worth it!
Also, I am getting a rather pleasant buzz. There must be a decent amount of theanine in here hehe. Another few cups and I’d be tea high :D

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Nuts

TeaBrat

I also dig the theanine buzz and this sounds lovely!

Indigobloom

Right?! Much better than alcohol haha.
Sadly, the second steep didn’t hold up as well.

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93
drank Mangalam Assam by Tsaa Tea Shop
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Naooooooooo! I wrote a note, and a good one! Aghhhhhh. I don’t know what happened. I was typing and then all of a sudden I was on the previous screen. But my fingers were nowhere near the tab or F5/6 etc buttons. GAH! way to ruin my vibe Steepster. I was on SUCH a role.
Anyhow, I am in love with this tea. At first I was not feeling it without any milk, but after correcting that, I started swooning immediately.
My first impression was honey, or maybe burnt honey…. which led me to think of molasses. And then it was cocoa. But roasted cocoa, the dark kind with just a bit of milk in it. Very decadent!! It’s almost like a hybrid between hot chocolate and tea.
I feel like I’ve indulged in a special(the tooth rot kind) treat, only I added just half a teaspoon of sugar and two splashes of milk!
I need to get me some more. Thank you for the sample Tsaa!!!

Cameron B.

That dastardly backspace… :(

Indigobloom

I wondered about that, but no the backspace is on the other side of my keyboard. Almost two inches from where my pinky was. I’ll figure it out one day heh

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82

Nomnomnom!
I didn’t buy much of this. Kinda wishing I’d had my cupboard under control when I made this order so I could have justified a bigger purchase, cuz oh man this will be gone soon, and for good!!! Sad sad sad.
Where will I go for my gourmet tea after Stacy closes shop??? Hmmm. I have some scouting to do it seems

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75
drank Green Tea by Chaday
1341 tasting notes

I’ve run out of loose green tea but this really hit the spot anyhow. I needed this!

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85

I had given up on this one because the last few times I had some all I got was a mild floral taste blended with a bit of butter and my paranoia was telling me… a moldy sort of flavour (we had a leak in the kitchen… we’re doing endless renos in an old house!)
Anyhow, I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out and I’m glad I didn’t! This time I got TWO good steeps, not just one, and really rich layered ones too.
I’m almost at the end of the tin. If I ever get it again, it’ll have to be when my cupboard is down to a manageable level and I can reasonably drink it fast enough to not let much of it go stale. Hah! First world problems much????

Sil

Endless renos is right. It’s been like two years so far!

Indigobloom

haha three!! there is SO much to be done. and the roof is flat, the company that fixed it before disappeared (who had great recs)but then it was leaking again… I could go on for awhile :/

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76

Ugh. I had eggs for breakfast. And being in a rush, I didn’t have time to pair it with toast or anything… so I was feeling a bit queasy after. Why do eggs do that to me?! Every time. Sighs.
Anyhow, this really hit the spot for me about an hour later. I oversteeped it, by about twenty seconds but it was still minty good, just not as sweet as I like this brew. Anyhow, it made me feel better and that’s what I wanted! :)
Also, now that I’ve recovered from “too much food at Thanksgiving Dinner syndrome” I seem to be wide awake and can’t sleep… hmmm. Haven’t had caffeine since about 2pm!

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85

Doh! I had planned to make myself a peanut butter sandwich later today… so without realizing it my brain went “peanut butter tea!” when I was choosing what to have today.
Huh. Funny how my brain tricks me…
I guess I’ll have to find something else for lunch, because I’d really like to savour the memory of this cuppa. It’s lost some intensity in flavour, but it was still quite delish.
This time, I let it steep an extra minute or two so that I could add a few drops of milk and it turned out just like a reeses pieces. I’m bumping the rating a few points, it was so yummy.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peanut

Cameron B.

I’ve been having a peanut butter and honey sandwich for lunch almost every day. Can’t beat it! :D

Indigobloom

Oh yeh love pb and honey, maybe with some banana!

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92

Once again I drank’er down without pausing to review before it was finished. So I can’t give an accurate account of my cuppa, but I can say that it was glorious. There was definitely some tart plum in there, and a creamy element though I wouldn’t say that it was cakey per se. All I know is that with the mug in my hand, I was in a trance.
Now on to the sad part….
Stacy, what will we ever do without you and your mindblowing creations?!? Sighs. I’m gutted to see this era end. Especially when the creator is such a lovely and warm person. It’s been an absolute pleasure knowing you through tea as a vendor. I know it will be equally so with you as a fellow tea drinker! As much as I’ll mourn the end of Butiki, I’m thrilled to see you doing what is best for you. Just please don’t ever leave us as a tea drinker k? :)

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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