1031 Tasting Notes

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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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89

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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90
drank Nettle Chai by Teafarm
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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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86

I thought I had reviewed this, but I guess not! This was a blend of the month tea back this summer. I have since discontinued the club, but I have a giant backlog of teas that I need to finish off from previous months.

I haven’t been paying enough attention to give this a detailed review, but essentially this is floral, jasmine and sweet. My favorite jasmine white tea is the base, and its typical linen and sugared sweetness is present, perhaps even enhanced by the vanilla. I agree that this being a ‘vanilla’ tea is a mismomer, but I do like the mild sweet flavor that smooths and softens the myriad of florals. To me, this reminds me of my beloved Eight Treasures Yabao but with a different base :)

Overall, this is a lovely summery tea if you like florals and jasmine. I love these things when they are done right, and I love how this blend tastes. For me, this is a good one, as it’s to my liking :)

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82
drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
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Second at work sipdown of the day. This one is delicious today, I added in some tasty honey and it is quite sweet and smooth. This actually might be my favorite cup of it so far, and it’s the last one! Unsure if I will re-stock, as some days it seemed very herbal and not very sweet and custard like. See previous notes on this tea!

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82
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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Quick at work sipdown! This one took FOREVER to finish, it is a good tea, but I was getting quite tired of it near the end. However the final cup was quite tasty, even with the under boiling water from the hot water tap at work. See previous notes on this tea!

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89
drank Golden Earl by Verdant Tea
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Happy International Tea Day!

I am drinking this splendid EG on this international tea day. It is bright and fresh and also chocolatey from the base on this bright Monday morning. It’s been a decent day so far, mostly drove around as I had to go to a site visit in the far south end of town. The morning goes by fast when I am out of the office for most of it lol! And now I will finish up this tea and hopefully get in a few sipdowns this afternoon at work!

This one is still awesome. See previous notes!

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drank The Glow (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Unexpected sipdown tonight, as my allergies are acting up horribly so I needed something with nettles haha. I also very nearly overcaffeinated with my yixing session today, so herbal was in order :P here’s hoping I feel better soon! Oh, and this tea will probably make its way into my cupboard again, the rosy herby taste reminds me of summer and I quite like it :) however many more sipdowns to do before I buy anymore tea! See previous notes on this tea!

ETA – figured out why allergies are bad. I had turned the air filter to the ‘germ’ setting to remove some of the cold virus particles floating around (hopefully) but that is the lowest setting and doesn’t do much for allergies. Also, I sprinkled cat litter on the icy sidewalk this morning and the container is chilling upstairs with me, and cat litter is DEATH on the lungs. Gahh.

Miss Starfish

Awr, poor thing! Hope you feel better soon :(

MissLena

I am much better today :) I washed all the bedding so there actually isn’t cat hair on it and I slept wonderfully, and I am going to try to keep the cat out of the bedroom from now on lol. He thinks he owns the place, so that might be difficult…lol, even though he’s hypoallergenic I still get a bit sneezy from him. The bigger culprit was the cat we cat-sat a few weeks ago…I’m sure that hair is still kicking around, and I am very allergic to it :(

madametj

The cheap/generic litter typically has only one ingredient: bentonite clay. Maybe get some one that juts for spreading on the sidewalk. It’s natural and better for the environment too.

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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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