805 Tasting Notes

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Steeped 5 g. of this in 9 oz. water (the bag recommended about 2-3 grams per 5 oz. cup) at the below parameters.

The smell of the dry leaf had notes of coffee and cinnamon that were pleasant, and then notes of…something sour or metallic that was really off putting and overtook the good smells. (I’m wondering if it was the pu er since I’ve had problems with pu er’s scent before.)

Once steeped that sour smell goes away, but the resulting liquor was really thin in texture, despite that big amount of leaf I used. I had to add milk and sugar, and that brought out notes of cinnamon, sugar cookies, and the coffee. But still, there’s something lurking underneath that prevents all this from coming together for me. Maybe it is the pu er.

I will probably give this another shot, maybe with more leaf as it was so anemic on my tongue. But if it turns out like this again, I will not hesitate to give it away/get rid of it.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Ninavampi

Cinnamon, cookie and Pu-erh do not add up together very pretty in my brain… But some things work out surprisingly well… Sadly it seems like this isn’t one of those things…

TeaBrat

I think it would be better without the coffee flavor personally…

JoonSusanna

@Ninavampi – no, it definitely didn’t work out well. I actually should probably lower the rating, because I couldn’t finish the cup. I don’t know that I can bring myself to try it again…

@Amy oh – I agree- I think that the coffee flavor really makes a very unbalanced blend. It’s too strong to let anything else share the spotlight, except for that weird, weird smell. Bleh.

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drank Earl Grey Creme by Teavana
805 tasting notes

Compared to the Earl Grey from Lupicia, I think that this one is less well balanced when by itself.

I like to use 2 tsp. of this with 1 tsp. of the French Vanilla Assam (from 52teas) in 500 ml. water to soften the bergamot (which I’m really sensitive to). Prepped this way it doesn’t need milk or sugar – and there’s only a tiny bit of astringency that creeps into the end of the sip as it cools.

I really think I want to try infusing this into some chocolate truffles. I bet it would be amazing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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77
drank Sakurambo by Lupicia
805 tasting notes

This was another of the teas I got in my lucky bag – there will probably be quite a few Lupicia tasting notes from me over the next few days!

I received this in bagged form and was really excited about it because it was one of the teas I most wanted to try. The scent of the leaf once I tore open the package reminded me very much of how grenadine tastes, if that makes any sense. It was syrupy sweet smelling cherry, with some hints at tartness. I had to kind of hold the bag away from me otherwise the scent was overwhelming and hurt my head. The same thing happens when I get a strong scent of bergamot. I guess I’m just really sensitive to smells?

Anyway (thankfully!), like with the Earl Grey last night, the taste of the tea was not as strong as it’s fragrance. I’m drinking this with no additives, and am getting a sort of authentic, but mostly candied cherry taste quickly followed by black tea, before a sweet cherry note swoops in again in the aftertaste. The cherry flavoring also seems to have a vaguely spiced undertone – cinnamony/peppery or something. Interesting, for sure.

I am not as in love with this as I wanted to be, but I am glad I got to try it. Plus the tea bags are quite handy, so I will likely be taking them whenever portability is a must. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Earl Grey by Lupicia
805 tasting notes

I’ve been in the mood for an Earl Grey all day – so it was very fortunate that my Happy Bag from Lupicia decided to come in, because this was inside!

Steeped 2 teabags in 500ml. water in the Breville at below parameters.

The smell of the dry leaf was STRONG bergamot. Like, I held it too close to my nose when I sniffed and was bowled over. It smelled great, though, I just hoped it would not be as strong once steeped because that really would have been too much for me.

Thankfully, the smell mellows out in the steeped tea. This is a fantastic Earl Grey! I’m surprised at the fact this is a Keemun base, because I don’t really get any smokiness – just the strong bergamot and black tea in a great balance with each other. I’m drinking this without additives but I think it wouldn’t be bad with milk and sugar, either – in fact when I make it next I’ll try it that way and compare.

This is the first Lupicia tea I’ve ever tried, and it bodes well for the other teas I recieved in my Happy bag – January is going to be a fun month of new tea!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

I so wish the $50 ones were available by the time I got around to ordering……. They must have gone fast!

JoonSusanna

The only reason I got one is because I stayed awake until 3 AM (since I’m on the East Coast) and refreshed the site a few times. If only I could be so determined in all other areas of my life!

I’ve never tried Lupicia before either, and I wanted to just get a nice sampling (& free shipping… & that monthly magazine) which is the only reason I went with the larger one.

I’m thinking we got a lot of the same teas – but if we didn’t and if I end up posting about something that piques your interest, let me know and I can share. :)

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100
drank Coconut Cream Pie by 52teas
805 tasting notes

It’s the first day back to school for the semester! (BOO!)
But, it’s also the last semester of school before I graduate! (YAY!)
Which means that soon I get to job search in this economy….EEK

So with that in mind, I went with one of my favorite standbys – I kept it in my thermos so that it was warm for most of the day, calming me whenever I started to think about stressing out, and giving me the motivation to listen to my lectures and organize my game plan for the coming months.

Thank goodness for tea and running. These two things keep me sane.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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87

3 heaping tsp. of tea, 500 ml. water in the Breville at below parameters.

There is more smoke than I remember in both the smell and the taste of the steeped tea this time. The smoke is right at the beginning of the sip, and then the vegetal note takes over toward the end. It’s reminding me of smoked meats. I think that this would have been good with a savory meal.

I have enough tea to have a few more cups, so I’m curious to see whether this steep (with the smoky notes) or the previous one (which was much more green/spinachy), was the odd one out.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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100

Without a doubt I think this is the tea that I drink on weekend mornings more than any other. The more I have it, the more I love it!

It is perfect for breakfast because it is so very strong and stands up so well to milk and sugar. I’ve been in the process lately of trying to figure out a list of Tea Staples for my cupboard, and this will 100% for sure be on there.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

I finally broke down and ordered some last week!

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87

I made this as a latte, but since I only had about a tsp. left I had to blend it with another tsp. of some of Yogic Chai’s mix. Milk and brown sugar were added and everything steeped at the below parameters on the stove.

The mixture of the two teas was amazing. The caramel and vanilla were VERY evident here, the first thing I tasted when I took a sip, actually. A smooth, spicy latte and a really positive note to start the weekend out on. :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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95

I’m feeling a little under the weather and needed something strong and comforting.

This fit the bill, like always.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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79

Today’s my one year steepster birthday!!! Whoo hoo!

This tea came in a package of Christmas goodies from the boyfriend’s mom. Mint is more his thing than mine, so they’ll probably be going with him to work, but I wanted to give it a try first.

Preparation notes: Steeped in 500 ml. water in the Breville at the below parameters. No additives used.

Dry leaf: The leaf was relatively small, and packaged in sachets. It smelled like a typical mint tea. It reminded me a lot of a mint gum, actually.

Steeped tea: The steeped tea is yellowish and the mint is as strong as you would expect. Which is to say – STRONG. There’s supposed to be some floral notes in there somewhere too (I think that’s what Tilleul is) but I’m not getting it.

In short, a solid mint tea – but nothing new. The boyfriend will love having it at work, I’m sure.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Uniquity

Oh man, it’s been a year for me as well. Congratulations! : )

JoonSusanna

Thanks! To you, too!

Ninavampi

Happy Steepster Birthday!!!! : )

Ninavampi

To both of you!

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I have come to the point (as of October 2014) where quality in tea is more important than quantity. Especially because I’m a seasonal tea drinker where hot tea is concerned, and a SLOW one to boot. I generally don’t resteep only because I’d be here all day if I did, though I do break out a gaiwan from time to time.

I adore French teas in practically every iteration, Japanese Sencha (specifically from the Uji region, as they offer the most seaweed flavor), and Dan Cong oolongs. I am trying to focus on plain teas and so companies like Verdant, Upton, and Butiki are on my favorites list.

When it comes to tea, I feel like the 10th Doctor says it best:

“Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannin, just the thing for healing the synapses. "

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