1072 Tasting Notes

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THIS TEA!! It’s been far too long since I’ve had this amazing tea. It is still pouring rain here today (hooray!!) so I broke out my chai this morning for working at 7 am. I brewed this up for 2 mins and added some milk and honey and put it in my travel mug. And OMG it is still freaking delicious. Best chai ever!! Spicy yet smooth, sweet, luscious chocolate and honey, ginger, and the lovely slightly smoky flavor of the Yu Lu Yan Cha base. I doubt this chai will ever be beat (in my opinion). Yummy and warming! See previous notes on this tea!

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92

After days upon days of barely any rain (most farmers considering declaring emergencies due to drought) we are in for some rain!! Already had probably 5-10 mm last night, and a special weather advisory for rainfall amounts is in place today! Bring on the rain!! We need the water levels up!

Since it’s rainy today, my immediate thought for my tea in my travel mug was oolong (as puerh is just not the same in a travel mug, although it is my number 1 rainy day choice). This tea is ridiculously good for being in the travel mug!! It’s sweet and minerally and burnt sugar and cream…everything I want right now. The caffeine is doing weird things as usual (oolongs are the worst for my caffeine intolerance lol) but it’s worth it for this flavor. Some fruitiness in there too. I can’t believe how complex this brewed up considering it was a 2 min steep in my Brewt right into my travel mug! So good. Perfect for the day. Happy it’s raining, just hope we don’t flood now with the influx. See previous notes on this delicious tea!

Oh and in other news – my office is freaking Antarctica…so cold in here, yesterday I wore long sleeves and it was +25 outside…today, I am bundled up in 2 sweaters, a scarf, my autumn boots and socks. And I brought my coat, which I think I will need to put on in another hour or so. Everyone else also is freezing. Gotta love the HVAC system! ___ thank goodness for tea.

Doug F

Doesn’t it stink to have a caffeine intolerance and be a tea lover at the same time?! It’s bizarre how different teas affect me differently. Pu ers never bother me, but Lapsang Suchong does.

MissLena

I am better than I used to be with caffeine intolerance, well actually I used to be great, then bad, now so-so haha. It is quite unfortunate! Puerh is also pretty good for me, except some shengs and some stronger shus. Black teas are usually not the best, and oolongs seem to be one of the worst offenders :(

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83

Ah, rain!!! I so wish I was at home today enjoying a tea session in my yixing or gaiwan with the cat, reading a good book, enjoying the overcast day wrapped in a blanket, but alas, I am at work. Hooray Monday!! (sigh) so I have this tea to keep me going through the morning. I wanted a caffeine pick me up but I thought I’d take a break since I had a shu session until quite late last night, so out comes my trusty decaf! With a bit of sugar today to tone down the lavender a bit, this is quite enjoyable. It’s helping me though the morning as it is supposed to at least. See previous notes on this tea :)

Fjellrev

I am so glad it rained too!

MissLena

I went for a walk at lunch and it was sprinkling :) so refreshing and helping to dampen the smoke and fires I hope!

Fjellrev

Haha yeah I got totally drenched. I’m in town visiting and was walking up and down Sask Dr. when the downpour came. But the air definitely feels and looks cleaner today.

MissLena

Haha I would suggest staying indoors for the next couple of days..rainfall advisories! Much needed rain though :) and perfect for drinking tea!

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86

First of all, a huge thank you to Crimson Lotus Tea for the opportunity to try this tea as a free sample! I am so sorry that I am so late reviewing this tea, but I am finally getting to it now!! Very excited as I’m craving a shu today, even though it’s ridiculously hot outside again.

I am also doing this with my gaiwan, which I haven’t used in AGES!! So nice to have a gongfu session again! I used the large piece from the sample pack and still have a bit left, as my gaiwan only holds about 4 or 5 oz.

The dry smell is deep and rich, a bit fermented, some wet wood and earthy notes. I did two short rinses of about 5s each and then first steep was about 5s as well. The cake piece started breaking up on the second rinse, so the first steep is quite dark!

The steeped smell has a caramel note to me, along with damp wood in the rain. Rich and yummy smelling. Also heady, it could be the heat, but my head spun a bit from just smelling it :P

As for the taste, mmmmmm shou, it’s been far too long. The flavor is thick and rich and grounding. Not too much fermentation to me, just smooth, with some dark wood notes. The aftertaste is sweet, a brown sugar melding into burnt caramel flavor. It’s cozy and warming haha, not that I need that today, but it’s just the flavor I was craving, even on this hot day.

The second steep is even darker than the first, and also smells thick and luscious. Tastes very good as well, maybe a bit mellowed but still very deep and delicious.

Overall, this is a great shou, not too strong and not weak, just right for me! I will continue steeping this throughout the afternoon, I wanted to try a sheng but this one might go for too long for me to try that today :P thanks again to Crimson Lotus Tea for the free sample! This is a great tea, and I definitely will consider it for purchase in the future, it’s just so mellow, rich, and delicious. Oh, and so far, a more calming chi than energizing. I like that :D

scribbles

I LOOOVE the forest notes in this one! So good! I didn’t want to place an order til October, but I dunno….may place order soon for this one

Crimson Lotus Tea

Glad you’re liking it!

MissLena

@scribbles – yess it is tasty! It’s so easy to drink :) and the forest notes are quite lovely!

@looseTman – agreed!

@Crimson Lotus Tea – I am enjoying it so much! Thanks again!

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85

Backlog – I sipped this down last night when it was soo hot in my house lol, about 29.5 C according to the T-stat. Gahh it was much too hot for hot tea, but I had this anyways, mostly to help with my heartburn that randomly showed up last night. And it did help a bit :) and it was a tasty sipdown too! I will consider getting a bit more of this at some point, as it’s a nice not-too-floral tasting herbal, and it was a good choice for guests that come over and want a relaxing herbal that also looks nice. See previous notes on this tea!

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drank Shirley Temple by DAVIDsTEA
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I picked up a couple new teas on Canada Day and haven’t logged them on here yet, although I have had them both a few times haha. So I will log this one today, although I found it to be very hibiscus-y for me today unfortunately, I steeped it a bit too long I think. Sticking with about a 2-3 min steep worked best for me, and I do recall the first cup as tasting much more Shirley Temple like (well, grenadine like anyway, not sure if I’ve had a Shirley Temple lol). Today’s cup could have also failed due to the fact I only got 25g of this, so maybe a poor mixture of ingredients as it is a heavier blend with the large orange chunks. Ah well, maybe I’ll get some more once I run out and try it again, I do like cherry teas and herbals, so it is a win in theory, just have to perfect brewing it. Happy to have tried it! No rating for now as I feel like today’s cup would not do it justice lol.

Kristal

Have you tried this one iced? Ironically, I also just did a tasting note for this tea. I mixed this tea with a weaker herbal and iced it and the hibiscus tartness wasn’t too bad :)

MissLena

I still have to try this iced, I imagine it will be amazing and that’s probably how they intended it be brewed lol but I have to try them hot first :D I should see if I have a weaker herbal to help it a bit if I encounter this again!

Kristal

Sounds great :)

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84

I haven’t had this tea in ages. It is hitting the spot today, although I think the caffeine might smack me in the face shortly and I will have to slow up drinking it lol. Today I have also noticed a stronger flavor with a bit more malt and some raw cacao. Yummy!

So we went from like +32 C this weekend with no relief in site to 2 days of rain and temps around +20 C. A welcome change, although the humidity is pretty weird after such a dry weekend. I’ve been coughing and feeling kinda ick from the weather, but I do love the rain, and so does my garden and lawn lol. Weird weather. At least I can drink hot tea again, and caffeinated ones at that! See previous notes on this tea :)

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
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So most of the province is under a heat advisory…with temps soaring up to above 30 C…and I am going to one of the FIFA games tomorrow HAHA. That might not end up going well. I’m kind of hoping the person I’m going with decides we should not go and then we can just go somewhere with AC out of the sun haha. Ugh.

I made a minty hot tea this morning, but I think this weekend I will bust out my iced tea pitcher for the first time this year and make a few (dozen) batches of non-caffeinated teas. I feel like I shall melt haha. Oh, and this tea is minty and good as usual. See previous notes!

Uniquity

Are you in BC? Stay cool! Spring has hardly hit here on the East Coast, let alone summer. Low 20s, but forecast of 14 this Sunday! Climate change is feeling pretty real this year.

MissLena

Haha no in AB! We rarely get heat like this, I guess usually one week of summer, I’m hoping this is the last one! I prefer it a bit cooler. I would love to be where you are! I’m good with low 20s :) climate change is definitely having a impact, both with winter and summer. Kind of scary!

Uniquity

I enjoy the low 20s as well BUT it hasn’t been consistent so the lakes are still cold and I haven’t been swimming yet this year. Which I do NOT appreciate! Our winter was horrible, the worst one in my (shortish) lifetime. It was comparable to winters 50+ years ago..and the one before was no picnic either. :(

Eat lots of cool things and remember to stay hydrated. Good luck!

ashmanra

We have been around 40C here in the south but we are more used to it. That sounds really high for up there and I hear that a lot people don’t have air conditioning. Stay safe! I actually have gotten dizzy twice lately – once working in the yard and once while out running errands.

mrmopar

I need to move up your way.

MissLena

@Uniquity – yeah your winter was horrible! Ours was surprisingly mild and not as prolonged as other years. We really need rain here or there will be a drought this year though! I survived the soccer game though! Lots of water and a giant sun hat :D

@ashmanra – ugh we only get 40C here rarely and those days I can’t even leave the house, no idea how you guys deal with it! Don’t get too warm, heat exhaustion is the worst :(

@mrmopar – haha for the one week of hot weather or the usual lack of it? :)

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86

Drinking a fine cup of this tea while at work this morning! Trying to have hot tea a few times this week as we are expecting a massive heat wave this weekend, +33 C!!!! Gahhh! I will melt! And I will be outside probably fishing this weekend….bring on the sunscreen and water!

Anyways, this tea is delicious this morning. So bright and tasty. I was craving this last night at like 10 at night lol so I made sure to wait until today. Now back to work! See previous notes on this tea :)

Tabby

I really need to place an order with these guys. Been meaning to for years!

MissLena

You definitely should! I love the majority of their teas, all that I’ve tried anyways haha :)

Nichole

Me too! I always seem to find something else to get instead. I need to make this a priority!

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drank Mint Earl Grey by Thay Tea
1072 tasting notes

It’s been a long time Steepster..I have been pretty busy with life, had a work conference in Toronto last week, lots of events, not much time to have tea, except for a bunch of bagged peppermint last week lol. But I thought I’d log this tea this morning because it’s FRIDAY and I can finally (hopefully) go home and nap and catch up on sleep before my brother’s birthday celebration tonight. This tea is minty and fresh citrus, as usual. Tasty and happy to not have caffeine today, my digestion has been on a rollercoaster from too much eating out the past week and a half…need to eat veggies and avoid tannins for a bit! See previous notes on this tea :)

Christina

This work conference in Toronto last week…it wouldn’t happen to have been a conference for professional editors, would it? From the 12th to the 14th?

MissLena

No it wasn’t that one! It was on lighting controls haha probably much less exciting :P

Christina

Darn. Because I live in Toronto I think it would have been amazing if we had been at the same conference.

MissLena

That would have been so cool! :)

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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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