592 Tasting Notes

70
drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
592 tasting notes

Got this from the Steepster Select December package. Dude. I need to get through those teas. I think I have just a single serving for 4 of the 5. The Roasted Dong Ding I left for my roommate since she loved it so much :)
This smells like a typical black tea. Assam? Ceylon? It didn’t have any defining features right when I ripped open the package, and as it was steeping, it still smelt like a typical black tea.
Tasting it, it tastes a bit weaker than other black teas that I’ve had, but I do get bits of that “sour cherry” that is written on the package.
Overall, an okay cup of tea. The other package has been placed in my sipdown pile already and I’d happily rid this tea from my stash :)


Slept at 1:30 last night and I’m actually really surprised that I was able to whip out my paper in 2 hours. HA. I legit started it at 11pm and finished at 1. But I had a pretty nice outline, I just didn’t add this company in the outline so I had to tweak a while bunch of things.
Now with a full night’s rest, it is 11 am, I’m drinking this tea to wake me up! Paper is due at 1:30 tonight and now I’m just editing all the mistakes that my 12am brain made haha.

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75
drank Imperial Label by Kusmi Tea
592 tasting notes

I got this from MissB pretty recently!
I got some teas from her that were good for only one serving and I weighed them, and they were 4g samples. This one looks like it’s only good for one serving so I’m hoping that it’s 4g as well! I’m attempting to split this into 2 cups. This cup only has 1g of leaves and it’s in a 5oz teacup but I only filled it halfway so I’m hoping this’ll be enough!

Dude. It smells really nice thought. I was on the Kusmi site earlier (explanation down below) and this seems like it’s a fairly popular blend. This is the first time I’ve had Kusmi before, and right now they seem pretty amazing since this tea smells SOO GOOOD.
I’m not the biggest fan of ginger teas, but this one actually smells appetizing. It smells so bright and the ginger enhances the tea, rather than covers it up.
Drinking it, the ginger is definitely present, but it’s not the main focus. WAIT. I LOOKED AT INGREDIENTS AND THERE’S NO GINGER IN THIS. REWIND. So the stuff that I see is most likely licorice root. No wonder it had a sweeter taste :) I actually kinda like this. It has a bit of a bite, but this blend makes a great cuppa :) It just has a weird aftertaste that I can’t quite pinpoint. Ahh well. I’ve got probably 3g of this left so I’ll figure it out during my sipdown!


Okay you have no idea how excited I am for my trip to SF at the end of the month okay. So I’m totally going to San Francisco with my cousin and it’s going to be a massive Tea trip. We’re going to go to the Bloomingdales mall and visit DAVIDs and Lupicia and I’m obviously going to spend a whole lot of money there HA. And I’m treating her to Samovar near the Metreon.
I should be writing my paper right now buuut… I kinda got distracted and looked at tea and now I’m on the Kusmi site and THEY SELL KUSMI TEAS AT THAT EXACT BLOOMINGDALES!?!??!?! Yeah I totally can’t afford Bloomingdales, but I’ll visit just for Kusmi :))

((I was totally going to drink another tea from my aunt’s pantry, but as I was looking for the caffeine content of that tea, I saw the expiration date and it was good till 2009… umm yeah, I’d rather not drink expired tea and die right before finals, thank you very much.))

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
boychik

Kusmi has free shipping on any order till Wednesday;)

jump62359

Ugh, I know! I need to stop spending money on tea though since that SF trip is… I already know I’m going to spend a lot of money in the city so I’ll save my online Kusmi order for their next sale or something :)

Angrboda

Hah! That tin is getting around! :D

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I’M GUNNA SCREAM. AS I WAS WALKING OVER TO THE COUNTER TO SCOOP THE TEA INTO MY CUP, I DROPPED IT AND LIKE A THIRD OF THE PACKAGE IS GONE NO NO NO NO NO THIS IS NOT OKAY.

I definitely ended up with a smaller cup than I wanted :(
This tea, it’s Jasmine and I love it, but because I had DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine not too long ago and I still remember how great that tea was, this tea can’t compare. This tea is an average Jasmine tea, much like other Jasmine teas I’ve had. It’s not scream about it good, but a good tea to have on hand :)
I probably won’t be super upset if I run out of this tea (I have enough for a small cup left, thanks to earlier events). I’ll probably just run off and trying other teas from other companies.

Right now, this one, Harney’s, Lupicia’s and Teavana’s jasmine teas are on the same level, while DAVIDs Butterfly Jasmine remains at the top.

Cheri

I enjoy a nice jasmine tea. I’m sorry you dropped it. That bites.

jump62359

Dude. You have to try the Butterfly Jasmine! That was the best I’ve found so far :)
I’ll be grabbing a bit of the other Jasmine that DT carries in a couple weeks, but oh dang was the Butterfly Jasmine so great :))

Cheri

I’ll add it to my wishlist. Thanks for the suggestion.

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I think this might be a sipdown… I’m not actually sure.
But yeah. Red rooibos tea. Just your average rooibos sooo.. ehh there’s no caffeine and it’s late so it’s rooibos time :)
This is actually the one and only caffeine-free tea I brought with me ahhaha

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Another fairly fruity tea for the day!
I seriously just packed a whole lot of teas that I’ve never had or only had once and I’m drinking just a small cup as I study.

This one doesn’t smell like cranberries, but cherries instead. I’m feeling more adventurous today to try a whole lot of black tea blends where the dry leaf smell doesn’t smell like a me-tea.
This tea has that mediciney black tea smell again, from the dry leaves to steeping.
Oh gosh no no. Not again :/ It’s definitely not a good tea when you drink it and your cousins see you make a face! The flavour of the cranberry is fairly weak while the base became bitter.
I’ll drink the rest of this cup. See if any additions of milk or sugar will do anything to it, but right now it’s just.. no.

Going to brew a cup I KNOW I love after this because two not-so-good cups of tea in a row is my limit.

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55
drank Tourbillon by Dammann Freres
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This tea is.. quite interesting. It doesn’t smell like the tea that I would pick up. It smells very fruity and fruity black teas just.. don’t sit well in my stomach.
Steeping and it still has that weird medicine-y smell that I associate all fruity black blends with.
Oh. Not good. It just tastes like a weak black tea with weak flavours of weak fruits. I decided to re-add my leaves for just a couple more seconds to see if I could pull a bit more flavour, but it’s just starting to go bitter. I’ll probably just use the rest of the leaves as a cold brew or sipdown and share them with my roommates.

JustJames

tis one was not for me either, sadly. and i felt horrible about it because my sample came from a friend in paris =0(

jump62359

I know, I got this tea from shmiracles last month and I loooove trying new teas! But with that, you’ll also try teas that just aren’t for you.
This tea was good enough to finish the cup, but now I have leaves that I’ll just give to friends. At least it’s going to a better home :)

JustJames

true… it is the responsible thing to do, to rehouse an unwanted tea =0)

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The only reason why I am at my cousins this morning is because my aunt and uncle had to go to a conference this weekend and IT’S FINALS NEXT WEEK AND I’M TAKING CARE OF MY COUSINS.
But it’s all good. I love them, but I never get anything done at their house.

This morning, I had to bring my cousin to school because she’s going to a music festival/fair so I made my cousins walk with me to bring her. On our walk back, I could smell the Sampaguita and I was all I NEED THIS TEA IN MY BELLY.
I think one of the reasons why I love Jasmine teas so much is because we’d always have Sampaguita flowers growing in the backyard. We needed Sampaguitas and Calamansi trees in our garden, no matter how many times we moved :) So yes. Jasmine is like… my life :)

Dude. So I just looked it up on wikipedia, and Sampaguita is the national flower of the Philippines! Being born in the Philippines, one should know, but I was raised in America so my knowledge of the Philippines is very… minimal..

Flavors: Flowers

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 45 sec 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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Another one from my swap with shmiracles from last month!

I’m a lazy butt and I don’t want to look up what is in this tea, so I’m just going to say that it smells a whole lot like coconut and… nuttiness? Like Almonds. Just from the name, I’m assuming that it has Almonds and amaretto. What exactly is amaretto? I’ve had it in 2 teas already and my roommate last year was freaking out like crazy over my Apricot Amaretto from way long ago.
*to google I go!!
OH IT’S A TYPE OF ALCOHOL. NO WONDER WHY I’VE NEVER HEARD OF IT BEFORE.

Ahh well. This tea is interesting. I put boiling water in for 3 minutes, like I do for all black teas, and this ended up a bit sour? Not bitter, but sour. I’ve never had that happen to me before, but it’s interesting.
Definitely not a go-to tea for me, and not something I’d throw into my shopping cart, but it’s a nice tea to have if I’m ever craving these flavours :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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I got this from shmiracles like… last month? Ahh so many teas to drink, so little time!
Spending the weekend with my cousins because I have to bring my younger cousin to school tomorrow for a field trip and her parents are gone sooo PARTY AT THEIR HOUSE!!! **Tea party, that is :)

I brought a whole lot of teas with me, and I just brought my wee little teacup with the infuser because they do not drink tea at all and they don’t have tea equipment, so gotta bring my own stuff with me! All the teas I brought with me either has never been drunk before, or has only been drank once.

So today, I’m drinking this very chocolatey tea WHICH I FORGOT TO TIME SO I THINK IT’S DONE AHH Darn. I think it was getting a smidge bitter ahh well, it’s all good. It smells fine! If it’s bitter, then I’ll just think it’s dark chocolate, not sweet like milk :) I wasn’t the biggest fan of chocolate teas before, but now I’m starting to love them! I freakin love my toffee and marshmallow and cream and caramel teas though. Those are so good.

At first I thought this was going to be a nice cup from the smell, but I just tried it and yep, it got bitter aww :( Aww well. Maybe the second steeping might be better, and I’ll remember it this time!

Preparation
Boiling 2 g 5 OZ / 147 ML

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77
drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
592 tasting notes

Sipdown (114)

Cold steep from last night!
Tasted a wee bit bitter with nothing, but I added a bit of honey and now it tastes like magic :) Kinda like it a bit more cold than hot :)
Not a tea that I love, but definitely a nice tea to have on hand. Now that I have no more of it, it’s time to try some other herbals from DAVIDs!


So I’m like super crazy excited for my trip to DAVIDs okay. Is it so weird to be excited to go to a tea place? I literally haven’t been to a tea store since last summer and I’m just so excited and I’m totally going to splurge and I don’t even care right now because I just can’t wait to go to San Francisco and BE BACK HOOOOME.
First I gotta finish my two finals and two essays though. Yeah that still needs to get done.

keychange

I also get unusually excited and crazy when I have a chance to go to any teastore (and David’s tea is only a few blocks away from me) so I totally get it!!

boychik

i really like Butiki Mango Lassi, but havent tried DT

jump62359

THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE CANADIAN AND I’M JELOUS OF MY BEST FRIEND WHO JUST LEAVES SCHOOL FOR LUNCH TO GO TO DAVIDS.
I am oh so very lucky to live in a state where DAVIDs exists, even if it’s however many hundred miles away. But I’ve been buying tea blind online for so long, it’s just going to be so nice to actually SMELL it before buying!

How busy/big are the stores in Canada? I’ve only been to one location in San Francisco since it’s the easiest to get to, and it’s actually fairly tiny. It’s definitely super busy all the time, while the Teavana and Lupicia in the same mall is fairly empty.
You can literally walk into any mall and expect a Teavana there, Lupicia is a bit more spread out, but DAVIDs, there’s only about 5 in the western side of the US (all in California!) So like I’m definitely making a trip out of it :)

jump62359

boychik, it’s pretty good! It’s tart in some places, but decent :)
I’ve only had one of Butiki’s teas, but that’s definitely a company that I want to try more of :)

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Kyra.
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Tea lover.
Chef in training.
Hospitality Management major.
DCP Alumni/Participant (starting June)
(jump62359 is my everything okay)

Teas in my cupboard are in my personal collection.
I’m always looking forward to reducing my stash so swappable teas are listed here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/tea
(last updated: 11 Apr 2014)
Likes/dislikes here:
http://odetopotato.tumblr.com/teaprofile

Tea rating guide:
100-90: Best thing to ever touch my mouth and I want more. Restocking is a must
89-80: Love this tea. Restock if I can
79-70: Decent tea. Neither love nor hate.
69-60: I won’t be upset when it runs out. I’ll drink it but won’t restock.
59-30: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea and I’ll finish the cup.
29-10: I’ve done whatever I can to like this tea. It may or may not have gone down the sink…
9-below: Let’s not even hide it. This definitely went down the drain.

I love tea.
I drink it.
I log it.
I have a good time.
Lather, rinse, repeat.

I first discovered my love for tea with Jasmine because that’s all my mother would buy, so for the longest time, I thought that all teas were jasmine! And then in 4th grade, I watched the tea episode of Good Eats and that’s when the education started! I’d like to blame Alton Brown for starting this obsession because now I only like loose leaf tea.
It wasn’t until my second year of college that I actually expanded my tea taste buds. Special shout out to Cara McGee, Queen Tea for her Adagio Fandom blends. Because of Cara, I actually started drinking blacks, herbals and whites and pretty much everything else in between. I still have a special love for my jasmine though :)
I drink tea daily. Usually just straight up, no sugar or milk with the exception of chai. I like chai with just a wee dash of milk and a sprinkle of sugar! This little obsession started young and just… kept going, I guess. I have friends who think I have a problem with tea, but I really don’t. Everything is good in moderation.
I also have a mug buying problem and I’ve got Disney to blame for that. At least all my mugs are being put to good use!

also I apologize in advance for lazy tasting notes and horrible grammar in everything I write. I’m an avid fandom blogger on tumblr we have some weird way of talking to each other and sometimes I forget that this isn’t tumblr oops

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