996 Tasting Notes

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Another sipdown in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This was a delicious, summery floral tea that I have thoroughly enjoyed for the whole bag. This final cup still has that lovely linen flavor from the Yunnan White Jasmine that I really like, and the florals are atill light and good, even with all the dust that accumulates at the bottom of tea bags. I’d love to see this available next summer at Verdant! See previous notes on this yummy tea :)

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Another tea in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014! This is a sipdown – it is also one of the two teas I had yesterday for Christmas Day :) – this tea served me well! Nicely spiced, and the vanilla really adds a sweetness and smooths everything out. This final cup is quite spicy from the bottom of the bag, but it is still very good! This tea lasted me two holiday seasons – I will probably look into getting a bit more December of next year! See previous notes :)

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78

Ugh, I had a big long note written on this and my browser crashed. Le sigh. So I will quickly reiterate – this is citrusy, and the white tea base is quite present and good. The cedar, juniper and birch add a woodsyness reminiscent of the forest, but not of gin in my opinion (which I am okay with lol). Slightly alcoholic like after taste. It is making me sneeze a bit, possibly due to the leaves being a bit dusty. Overall, pretty good. I like the flavor, but not the sneezing haha!

Flavors: Cedar, Citrus, Wood

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Another tea in The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014. I am trying as many untried teas as I can before the new year, and trying to figure out which ones to rehome/purge from my cupboard. This is next on the list, not really sure why I haven’t tried this one yet, but I know that it looks similar to the previous blends club one that I loved! Jingshan Earl Green!

The dry smell is very lavender, also smells a bit citrusy, so that must be from the fresh green base used in this tea. It smells very calming, I enjoy lavender. It’s not as enjoyable of a scent as the Jingshan Earl Green, as there is a woody note from the birch in the scent of this one. I steeped for 2 minutes with 175 degree water and the steeped smell is lavender, toasty coriander and crisp green tea.

As for the flavor, this is mostly a lavender green tea, with a bit of a toasty note from the coriander. It’s okay, but I found the other lavender green blend more flavorful and interesting. It’s pretty easy to drink, but does get a bit soapy near the end of the sip. The base is not overly present here either, mostly lavender, don’t get much of the other ingredients either unfortunately.

Overall, this is a decent tea that I will probably be able to sip down, as long as I remember to drink it. It’s not a favorite, but it is easy drinking. I might drink up half the bag and give the rest to a friend with similar tastes to me, she also loves lavender. Happy to finally have tried this tea!

Flavors: Floral, Lavender, Toasty

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72

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas Day yesterday :) I didn’t have time for much tea yesterday, so I didn’t log any notes. But today, after a disastrously messy opening of my tea drawer with company there, I decided I am cleaning house today, and hopefully before the new year. I am trying as many untried teas I have, and making decisions on whether I like them or not. Also purged the final few cups of some that I just couldn’t get down or finish the bag, no matter how I tried. Time for a cleaner cupboard in the new year!

The first teas under fire are all my untried teas in the blends club. As I have mentioned previously, I really dislike the scent of sarsaparilla, and as this tea has it in it, I put off having it. Also, to me the dry smell is strongly of pickles haha! There is a sharp, salty, and slightly sour scent to this one haha. Definitely some spice in there too, as my nose gets a bit tingly. It’s also a good day to try new teas, as I have an allergy pill in my system from yesterday so I shouldn’t react to any haha :)

So yes, finally I brewed up a cup of this after the offputting pickle scent. The steeped tea, after about 2 mins with 195 degree water, thankfully does not smell like pickles :D it is quite nice now, an oolong scent with a toasty, spicy smell. I think it is the schisandra and tulsi contributing. Not much in the way of sarsaparilla either, thank goodness. No idea what Blue Lotus contributes or tastes like, so I cannot comment on that.

As for the flavor, this is kind of a weird one to me. It’s like a very herbal chai. I get the green flavor from the laoshan oolong, which has some of the attributes of Laoshan green to me, a bit beany and vegetal ( I haven’t tried Laoshan Oolong by itself, so just guessing from the flavor). The tulsi is present, which I enjoy, it adds a nice spiciness. There is a faint woodiness from the sarsaparilla, but this is one blend I can tolerate better as it’s muted by the tulsi.

Overall, this is an interesting tea, once I get past the dry scent. It is very savoury, and not one I would drink every day, but it would be good for a salt craving. I am unsure if I will keep this one or re-home it, will have to think it over. Happy I finally got over the smell and tried it though, as it’s not nearly as scary as it smells!

Oh, and I will henceforth refer to my new tastings/cleaning cupboard as The Great Tea Purge/Sampling of 2014. Lol.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Spices, Tulsi, Vegetal

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88

Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays!!

I just got my Verdant BF and Cyber Monday orders as a before Christmas treat to me lol. Unfortunately the stockings I ordered on Etsy are a no show for Christmas lol, next year! This is the first of my new puerhs I am trying out on this blustery Christmas Eve.

I will do a more detailed note later, but the first steep of this western style did not do much for me. Luckily the next steep is a more savory corn tea, much smoothed out and not as much of a drying sensation as the first. Next time I will do 2 longer rinses and shorter steeps :) but I’m happily enjoying this now! It’s so relaxing on my stomach wow I haven’t found this stomach calming of a puerh yet I don’t think! Yum, will keep steeping until i switch to rum amd eggnog :p

If I don’t write a note tomorrow, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone on Steepster! Enjoy the holidays to the fullest :)

boychik

I was curious abt this . Is it sweet, savory ? Happy holidays to you too!

MissLena

This one is definitely more on the savory side, I enjoyed it, but yes first steep was quite dry on the mouth unfortunately. It’s very interesting, smells very much like hay and corn! :)

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91

Having an amazingly delicious cup of this tonight with milk and honey. So good and cozy in my mug. See previous notes on this tea!

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89

I was out far too late last night than my body is used to at a Christmas party, and got up very late this morning..so this is my first cup of the day haha. I also have a slight headache, not from indulging last night I don’t think as I barely had any drinks (stupid stomach was cranky), but more from sleeping for too long and too late. So I’m hoping this caffeine will jolt it away. And it’s an amazing cup that I don’t have nearly as often as I should – malty, clean, sweet honey, grainy..mmm. Liking this! See previous notes on this tea :)

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Sipdown in my travel mug of this this morning! This tea was very good while it lasted, and now it’s gone. I am okay with this, as it definitely is an early summer blend and I haven’t been feeling it around this time of year, but this last cup was still tasty, lots of cocoa notes and a shadow of the grape/raisin flavor I enjoyed. Sadly this is suffering from Travel Mug Syndrome, so it is not nearly as flavorful as usual, which is disappointing since I also slightly overleafed to sip down the final bit of this tea. Nevertheless, it was good and I am very happy this one was included in the blends club! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
996 tasting notes

And time to finally review another Teafarm tea I picked up on my trip! This one sounded very interesting to me, a herbal chai without rooibos, instead, the base is nettle leaves! Definitely couldn’t pass this one up :)

The dry smell is quite chai like, with the cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and peppercorns bringing a spicy scent, and the nettle and lemon components bringing a herbiness. I steeped for around 2-3 mins, not sure of the parameters so I just guess haha. The brewed liquor is very herbal smelling with an afterscent of pepper. Yum! Should help my allergies too!

As for the flavor, this is a very interesting combo! It definitely has chai flavors from all the spices, with cardamom and the peppercorns ruling, but the nettle keeps its herbal flavor and really makes this into a unique, not-your-usual chai tea. I think the lemon verbena and peel add a refreshing note to the nettle, it’s not drying from the spices either.

Overall, a super unique tea I am very pleased to have bought! Unfortunately I didn’t see this one online – if this continues to please me, I will probably have to look into emailing them to see if I can order more :) happy I picked this one up!

Sil

Interesting!

Fjellrev

I was just thinking about them a while ago and how I should just eventually order since I won’t be able to drive down there haha. Glad they’re working out really well for you!

MissLena

Yes this is a very different take on chai :) and @Fjellrev, do it! They have quite a few interesting blends that I wanted to buy, but needed to be reasonable lol

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Hello all, I am an electrical engineer (read:NERD :D), who is a bit obsessed with tea! I discovered loose tea in 2011, DAVIDsTEA in 2012 and it took off from there. I really started drinking/enjoying tea because it was excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte, or decent decaf haha)

I enjoy a variety of teas – current favorites being ripe and raw pu’erhs, chinese black teas and herbal/green rooibos blends. I also enjoy white, green, and oolong teas, although I tend to drink them more in the warmer months. I have also tried matcha and guayusa, but I don’t drink them too often as I am a bit sensitive to caffeine. As a result I don’t drink black teas as often as I used to, but in moderation I can still enjoy a wide variety of teas.

Oh, and I have a severe peanut allergy and try to avoid most other nuts, just to be safe. Limits my tea choices a bit, but that’s ok. However I have tried almonds and found out I can eat them, so I have been trying a few teas with them in them.

MissLena’s rating system
(as of 04/19/13)

95+: Absolute favorite, will try to always have it in stock, and when I don’t I pine over it!
90-94: Awesome teas, will probably purchase again a few times
80-89: Very good tea, may restock at some point
70-79: happy to have tried and will gladly finish, but not restock
60-69: not horrible, but not the best, will finish if I have some though
50-59: not a favorite, probably will have a tough time finishing the bag
-50: yuck. I don’t want to have it ever again.

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