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318 Tasting Notes

95

It’s settled.

As soon as I get back to school, as soon as I have money, I’m buying myself a cake of this.

Beautiful Boy messaged me (he NEVER messages me!) and we’re listening to Les Preludes again – he missed it the first time around. I for my part am trying not to be overly depressing in chat… save that for my sourcebook.

It’s a beautiful piece. They pack three orchestras into a concert hall designed for one, and they have dancers that dance all around: in front, in the aisles, and on the roof. It’s always the same but there’s no need to change it.

And this tea compliments it perfectly.

Bonnie

All the above sounds wonderful!!!

Michelle

My night really did get a ton better! :)

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drank Earl Grey Bravo by Adagio Teas
318 tasting notes

Split open my sample of this today to make a few lattes. I don’t make them very often, because I’m lazy, but this is my third today… and I’ve started practicing latte art too! There was a heart in the foam here :)

Not sure if this should go under chance combinations or straight, but I mixed in a bit of lavender. I don’t like Earl Greys plain, but as an ingredient in other things I don’t mind them.

Sad night. Watched Interlochen’s Les Preludes webcast. Cried. Brought back so many memories. I probably go back to that night daily, the last time I was there, but I’ve forgotten what it was like, really.

But tea helps.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
318 tasting notes

Rooibos Lemon Cloud – Adagio; Caramelized Pear – Art of Tea

Steeped the RLC, and decided to add some of the CP in.

It’s actually not bad. I added a bit of milk, and it kind of overpowers the pear, but it’s pretty good iced.

Damn, though, I’m going to need to stock up on that CP. It’s incredible.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Perfect Pear by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Free sample from the last time I ordered. I waited to try it until I could get my camera/computer working together again… the card reader isn’t working anymore, which is annoying, but I suppose I’ll muddle through. Anyone want to chip into the Shell Buys A New Computer fund?

(crickets)

Onto the tea then. It’s a fairly light colored tisane, sort of like the inside of a pear! There’s a tartness to the flavor that I wouldn’t necessarily consider a pear. Looking at the ingredients, I see apple – that’s exactly it. It’s a decently authentic apple tea with pear at the finish of the sip.

I might like this more if it was marketed as apple-pear… when I expect pear, I expect pear. Especially compared with the Caramalized Pear from Art of Tea that recently came in Steepster Select, this just doesn’t cut it for me.

It is a good tea, though.

UPDATE: Oh, this shines on ice. Just noticed that David’s actually recommends it. The apple takes a backseat, and it’s all pear and vanilla. I’m considering buying some now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

I got some in my order that arrived yesterday. So, ice it, got it!

Michelle

Yes! Just go straight for that!

canadianadia

I just drank this hot and wrote my tealog, but now that I read your comments I will have to try it iced. Hopefully I will also see an improvement in the pear taste.

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drank Paradise Found by DAVIDsTEA
318 tasting notes

Bye-bye, Paradise Found. I can’t say I’ll miss you.

I tried this hot. No dice. I brewed it hot, and poured it over ice. Still too sour. Finally, I’m cold-brewing the last of the tea. I used a bit less than I usually would (probably 3-4tsp for 24ish oz), and then steeped for somewhere around 8 hours.

It’s drinkable, actually. It’s sweeter and the hibiscus isn’t as overpowering. It still is overpowering, but it’s not as bad. What I really want to do is add either a touch of agave or simple syrup, but I don’t have agave and I didn’t feel like making any simple syrup, so I just had it straight.

Not one I’d order again, but should it ever cross my path, I’m glad I figured out how to enjoy it.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
TassieTeaGirl

Aww, sorry you didn’t agree with it!

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95

Received this from Invader Zim today! Thanks!

I was really intrigued by the idea of an aged white, and I’ve been contemplating ordering some of this for ages. But fortunately, she said it wasn’t quite to her taste and offered to send me some!

Steeping in a tasting cup, with water that started around 185 and has since cooled (though by how much I can’t say). Steep times follow Verdant’s parameters – 20s, 15s, 25s.

First steep – 20s: crisp and cool and light. My mum saw me, and said “You’re drinking hot tea? You’re crazy.”

Second steep: – 15s – Sweet. I begin to taste a bit of the “age” on it – it’s not heavy like a pu’erh would be, but it doesn’t taste fresh. It’s not stale, it just doesn’t taste new.

Third steep – 25s: I’m beginning to get some of the semolina or wheat notes that Verdant mentions. It’s surprising to get this out of a white, as I’d normally expect it from a black, but it’s not unpleasant. It’s a very dry steep.

Fourth steep – 25s: Smooth, buttery. Verdant mentions honeysuckle, and it does remind me of the flowers (back before our bush got mown over…)

Fifth steep – 25s: The flavor itself is mellow, and we’ve gone back to the heavy dryness of of the third.

I really like this tea. It’s seductive. I look forward to the rest of the (generously large) sample Invader Zim sent me, and I can definitely see this as being a staple in my cupboard!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Kiaharii

I’ve been wanting to try this, I think this has convinced me to put in my first order from Verdant (when I have funds. :( ).

Michelle

It’s fantastic. Definitely recommend.

Invader Zim

I’m glad you like it. It tasted too much like a black tea for me to enjoy.

Michelle

(Not sure if I should be angry with you… I’m seriously considering shelling out for a whole cake of this. But I suppose I’m really happy you didn’t enjoy it? haha) :)

TassieTeaGirl

Dearie me that sounds delightful. Anyone want to smuggle some into Australia for me? It can wait until January when its a bit warmer here if you like… ;)

Michelle

I have your address, yes? :)

TassieTeaGirl

I was kinda joking but ok! I’ll let you know!

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90

Thanks to Teavivre for this free sample!

Rainy day tea! We took the dog to the park and he loved diving in the water and barking at rocks. Why he can’t chase sticks or toys like a normal pup, we’ll never know. And then it started to rain so we packed up and came home.

This is lovely and smoky but somehow clear at the same time – like drinking a summer’s night where the smoke isn’t being blown into your eyes!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93

Mmh, calming tea. Stayed up till 3 am because The Boy was online… bad decisions. I feel like a middle schooler whenever I talk to him… maybe because it’s been that long since I’ve actually liked someone this much! And even though I got a decent amount of sleep, I still had to be at work at 11. And had to be extra-peppy because I was training a new girl, and so of course I can’t just put the cheerful persona away when I’m in between customers – I’ve got to talk to her too. She’s lovely, though, and I like her a lot. It’s just exhausting.

And I came home and locked myself in my room and haven’t really eaten anything outside of tea, a bagel, and some cucumber slices all day.

But this is lovely. Soft, a little bit floral, a little bit lemony. See previous notes for more info.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Hesper June

I hope its not too weird that I just got All Big Sistery in my head and squealed “the boy!?” As well as simultaneously wanting to tell you to “Go eat real food,Now!”. :-)
The tea sounds yummy too.

Michelle

Hehes :)
It’s so weird to be on the receiving end… because I’m usually the Big Sister to my little sister & all of my friends! But I can’t say I mind :)

Hesper June

Lol! Good:-) I think I speak for all us Steepsterites when I say that we are happy for you!

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88
drank Caramelized Pear by Art of Tea
318 tasting notes

Ooh, I love this. The scent of the tisane in the bag is beautiful – like a ripe brown Bartlett pear. I really don’t eat many pears because I can’t stand being messy, and they drip a lot. But we grow them at the apple orchard where I used to work, and they always were fabulous there, right off the tree.

Okay. Boiling water, poured into my TARDIS tea mug (For you DW fans: I realized a bit late that I was drinking pear-flavored tea in the TARDIS. SORRY TEN!) (For you non-DW fans… don’t judge me!) and steeped for approximately, 5-7 minutes? I forgot about it, and stopped steeping when I could smell it from across the room. On the plus side, the little infuser included in the Steepster Select box fits PERFECTLY across the square shape of the mug, which is good, because most mugs aren’t square!

Drinking this, it tastes exactly as it smells. I really love it. There’s just the right hint of caramel to pear to rooibos. The pear comes first, and the rooibos and caramel flavors are intermingled. When it was boiling hot, all I could taste was faint hints of rooibos, but as it cools the sweetness really comes out. This is fantastic. So glad for it to have been included

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
TassieTeaGirl

Only banana oolong and daiquiris from now on Michelle!

Michelle

I’m still only 18… no daquiris for me! :)

TassieTeaGirl

Well then, come visit (me, or the Doctor in Cardiff) and you can have one! ;)

Michelle

Sounds good :)

TassieTeaGirl

“I just snogged Madame de Pompador!” Ah, love that ep!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
318 tasting notes

Spoilers for Steepster Select’s final box… I probably shouldn’t post this yet, but I’m excited.

This is the first SS box I’ve gotten. I was about to brew a cup of Teavivre’s Fengquing Black Dragon Pearls (quickly becoming my favorite black) when the mailman showed up. Okay, I’ll see what’s in the box. I’ve never tried a Verdant tea before, but I’ve been dying to.

So I saw this and immediately decided to brew up a mug. The dry leaves are really soft and smooth, and almost remind me of plastic. And they have a strong, unique scent – sort of like dark chocolate, malt balls and whole wheat bread. It’s enticing.

Steeped, it’s a deep chocolate brown. I’m liking this already. My sister, who’s sitting across the living room, just asked me “Are you making brownies?” No, Jenny, it’s my tea. “Oh. Is it brownie tea?”

First sip: dry astringency and wheat. It’s still a bit hot, so it wasn’t a proper sip. Trying it again: dark, bitter chocolate with wheat in the background. I think I steeped it a bit too strongly, but that’s totally okay. This tea is somehow dry and smooth all at once. Delicious.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
TeaBrat

oooh, I think mine is coming today. :)

Bonnie

If you have a ginger cookie, don’t sweeten the tea and eat the cookie alongside and wow, the blend in the mouth is really good.

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

Haha I am drinking mine right now. So delicious :)

wiicked

what is steepster selectÉ

Michelle

It was for the past year Steepster’s Tea of the Month club. This was its last package in its current incarnation. I believe they are reworking it to be slightly different, and it will hopefully be back soon!

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