886 Tasting Notes

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Merry Christmas! So I found a tea my dad likes, Yay! This one :) he added a ton of honey, but it made it really quite tasty actually! Ooh and i got a brewt steeper today as a gift! So I had to try it out tonight with this, I love it! I’ve seen them used at davidstea, and i can’t wait to make iced tea with it!

Oh and I don’t know if I mentioned, a few days ago I got my present from the boy, a breville variable temp :D i should have brought it to my parents over Christmas but i thought it’d take up too much space, love it too tho! Especially the hold temp :)

So I hope everyone had a spectacular, tea filled Christmas with family and friends!

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97

Happy Christmas Eve steepsters! My mom surprised me today by getting a water filter!! Now I’m disappointed I didn’t bring more of my Verdant teas home haha, I might have to make a run to the city to grab them this week :) anyways, I had a cup of this goodness this afternoon, sweetened with REAL honey that we made this past summer. SO. GOOD. :D Now off to get ready for church and the evening with family.

MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL if I’m not back on here before then!!

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84

Had a cup of this with mom before bed, this tea is a hit for my whole family! Love it so much, I’m starting to like this tea even more, if that is possible.

Now, not really related to the tasting note, but tea related nonetheless..

Before I wander off to sleep, just had to make a quick update about other teas. So I gave my aunty and cousin matcha for Christmas today, and they were pleased with it! I gave them directions on how to brew it, so I hope they enjoy it! Made me feel good to give them something unique that they liked :) oh and my aunty served DavidsTea Cream of Earl Grey tonight with dinner! I would make a tasting note on it, but it wouldn’t be too accurate because I don’t know how much leaf she used and my cup was the last one of the pot, so it definitely was the most potent. It was pretty tasty though. So yay! Successful tea day all around! And introducing my family to matcha was pretty awesome!

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Bonnie

Sounds like you had some fun!

MissLena

Yeah it was a pretty good day! Got to see a lot of family, and the FOOD…mmmmm, I’ve never had such a good figgy pudding (I didn’t know good ones could exist LOL) so yes, quite a successful Christmas :)

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84

Mmm this is my tea of tonight, made a cup for myself and my dad, as I let him smell mine and he said it smelled good! Hopefully he likes the taste!

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drank Blueberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
886 tasting notes

Backlog from yesterday afternoon – ah, my updating might be a bit sporadic for a bit, I’m at my parents for Christmas and there’s a lot to do and people to visit with. This matcha was tasty yesterday, made it with hot milk and sugar again, yummy! I think I will finally give this a rating :)

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So, haha, if it actually is the end of the world tomorrow, at 4 am in the morning, this will be the last cup of tea I drink before it ends! Lol, a disclaimer, I don’t believe that nonsense. But anyways, this tea is smelling as delicious as always, it’s still too hot to drink at the moment, but it will be excellent :)

Talk to you steepsters another day! And if not, enjoy your last teas! Lol

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Cavocorax

It’s so funny how people latch onto that sort of thing,eh? It’s fun to joke about at least.

Mmmmm. That’s a good tea. I might need some for tonight. I might need to grab more too. Last time I grabbed some, there was an incident when opening the tin and I lost a good oz or more to the floor. :/

MissLena

Haha yeah oh well it makes for a bit of excitement I suppose haha, the gullible people.

Oh no about your tea! I hope you still have some left! I am at my parents, so I get to dip into my mom’s tin all holiday and save mine until I’m back at my place :D I love MLH, it’s making me all sleepy now though, as it should, it’s pretty late here.

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drank Laoshan Genmaicha by Verdant Tea
886 tasting notes

I am done finals for this term! This is my celebratory cup of choice – my first genmaicha! Also I haven’t eaten much today, and this is supposed to be a decently filling tea, so that was definitely a factor in selecting it. Yay for tea!

The dry smell was very Laoshan green, but with a hint of puffed wheat smell from the rice. When steeped, the puffed wheat smell intensified! Mmmm this is making me hungry! It’s now a perfect mix of Laoshan Green (which I LOVE, btw) and a hint of the puffy rice. Yum yum! I steeped for 2 mins with a bit over a teaspoon in my cup.

This is pretty darn good. It’s Laoshan green but with a sweetness, a nice puffiness, I definitely agree with the kettle corn taste here. A bit of butter too, but not overwhelming. Perfect kettle corn popcorn, in a cup. With some green tea for salt. Oh, and the saltiness seems to be increasing a bit as the tea cools, turning more into butter, homemade popcorn. Homemade popcorn is my favorite!

Overall, quite yummy. For my first genmaicha, it is rather tasty! I will go through my little 7 g sample pretty fast I think! I have yet to find a Verdant tea I don’t like…lol

Oh, and hehe, I held off logging some other teas so that a new tea could be my 100th tasting note :P

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

Congratulations on your 100th tasting note and getting through your finals! :)

MissLena

Thanks! It’s a good feeling, both of them (although being done finals a little bit more haha).

TheTeaFairy

Yay for finals and 100th! Very good tea to review on such occasion!

MissLena

Thanks! I definitely agree, it was a very delicious cup :)

Bonnie

Happy end of finals and 100th!!!!!

MissLena

Thank you Bonnie! :)

Invader Zim

Congrats on 100 and finishing your finals!

MissLena

Thanks Zim!!

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Last exam tomorrow!! Woot! Then I can focus on tea for a bit, and finish Christmas shopping and go see the Hobbit :) so I will crack down to studying after this tasting note. Yummy creamy lemon, I saw a big chunk of lemon in here today! Mmmm :) Please see previous notes on this tea.

Oh, and my brick of pu (lol) from Verdant has arrived! I am not sure how to deal with it really, so I am going to let it sit until I figure out how to break into it and how to go about aging it. Oh, and my boyfriend’s Christmas presents came today as well! Thought I’d post pics as they are sooo cute, and I want them for me. He loves them, he is drinking tea out of the mug right now until we figure out how to brew in the teapot, it is too small for the brew baskets, so might have to use a t-sac.
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Cavocorax

Awww. I LOVE that teapot. Hope you get through your last exam all right and are able to actually enjoy your winter break! I’m hoping to see the Hobbit too! I’m nervous about it, but hope it’s good. (But seriously… WHY 3 MOVIES? It’s the frakking Hobbit!)

MissLena

I love the teapot too! Might have to get one for me :) I’m hoping the last one goes ok, have had a few rougher ones so this one could even those out haha. I don’t understand the 3 movie thing..seriously, the one book is shorter than all the other LOTR books! I’ve heard good things about the movie at least, I’m hoping it’s good, been waiting a while for it!

Sil

Omg I want that mug!

MissLena

Hehe its so cute, I custom made it on Zazzle for him :)

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97

Having a cup of this as I study for my second last final, accounting. Numbers are almost coming out of my ears! Can’t wait to be finished then I can actually get in the spirit of the holidays a bit! See previous notes on this tea.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
886 tasting notes

Trying another new tea today! This one intrigued me, as I haven’t ever had frankincense or saffron in a tea. I will try to accurately describe everything, although the descriptions might not be quite right as I don’t have experience with those ingredients.

So the dry smell is so intense! I get quite a bit of citrusy Bergamot, very bright. There’s also something else, definitely some floral notes, not sue if that’s the goji and jasmine, and I don’t really know what frankincense smells like, but I’m sure it’s in there!

Wet leaves are more familiar Tieguanyin, very creamy and green (haha, I wrote greamy instead of creamy and green first time I typed!). But there’s an extra note, something fruity and intriguing, mixed in. As it cools, I get a bit of the Bergamot, and then it seems kind of weird, like Earl Grey with Tieguanyin? It is intensifying slightly too I think. Interesting! Also, I steeped a tsp for 2 mins.

Now for the taste, this is spot on. I am very impressed. It is very much like Earl Grey to me, but with Tieguanyin. It’s creamy, bright, and delicious. I am not sure if there is much in the way of floral in this steep, or the frankincense, but that may be because I don’t know what it tastes like! Ooh, I got an interesting pop of an aftertaste! That could be the jasmine!

Overall, very nice. I’m not sure if I did a good job summing up what I tasted, but I like it, and that’s the main thing. :) very interesting, I love interesting teas! Excellent blend with Tieguanyin, first blend I’ve had with this tea in it! Not really sure what to rate yet, maybe need a few more cups worth to fully decide. Luckily my 7g sample will go for at least a few more :)

ETA: It’s doing a good job of making me feel uplifted. With finals and the depressing news in the States today, this is a welcome friend. Prayers out to those affected by the Connecticut shooting, sending <3 and support from Canada.

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

I turned to tea as well for comfort today…so sad…

MissLena

I can’t believe the terrible things that have happened this past year :( and children :( makes me feel so horrible..also puts a lot of things into perspective, a bad exam can’t even compare to something like that

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Hello all, I’m a newly graduated electrical engineer as of 2013 (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’s excellent to take to class in the morning and because I can’t handle coffee! (unless it’s a really good cappuccino or latte haha)

I enjoy a variety of herbal, white, green, oolong and black teas. I have also tried a few pu’erhs and matcha I am a bit sensitive to caffeine, but I find that in moderation I can still indulge in black teas and matcha.

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 recently 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.

I am happy to say that my caffeine intolerance seems to be subsiding! This is allowing me to try a wider variety of teas :)

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