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428 Tasting Notes

80

Okay. Again with this one tonight after dinner. I would say definitely spearmint but surprisingly decent despite that. I upped the temp but kept the steep time the same. The tea itself is still pretty light, but still good. The mint is stronger but the tea isn’t bitter yet or dry.

I’ll try the final bit I have left as recommended. :)

1.5 tsp

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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80

This is interesting. Definitely a Darjeeling, definitely mint. Possibly spearmint… which is not usually anything I like. But this is not a bad after dinner cup. It’s very light and you can definitely taste mint but not in an herbal way, there is tea here, too. I would not pick this out as a 2nd flush, but that could either be to hesitant steeping or due to the fact that my palate just can’t pick out the differences unless I have them side by side. I wasn’t really confident in the boiling for a 5 minute steep instructions so I went with less than boiling for about 3 minutes. Luckily, ifjuly sent along enough of this that I can try another cup or two and play with it a bit!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ifjuly

ooh, thanks for this note—i haven’t tried this one yet actually. i’m crossing my fingers it will make excellent coldsteeped tea once it warms up (which it seems to be beginning to this week!), since traditionally i love both mint tea and darjeeling separately coldsteeped.

Nicole

It might be a very good cold tea.

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94

Wow, this is a way bergamotty EG. A really good tea. Strong and in your face but not harsh. Thanks, ifjuly!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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96
drank Jasmine Snow Dragon by Shang Tea
428 tasting notes

When I went to Shang today to pick up some samples to send along I asked Nick which of their 3 jasmines he would recommend. He said this had the strongest jasmine of the 3 and wow, this is indeed a strong jasmine! I’m not entirely sure I’d had this one before he kindly steeped a sample for me. I may have had the regular jasmine instead.

Be careful on the steeping. The longer you go the stronger the jasmine gets! I let it go a little long, even at 160, and it is pretty powerful. It still went very well with dinner but steeped this strong it overshadows the tea too much.

If you lurve jasmine, this is a tea for you. If you are lukewarm on jasmine, this is probably going to be way too jasminey for you. As for me, this is the jasmine I’ve been hankering for for months now!

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Shang Tea

It was great to see you today Nicole! Thank you for you passion for tea and your kindness in sharing our tea with the members of Steepster. It is deeply appreciated!

Sil

blech :) on another random note… need to teach you to play in fields haha

Nicole

Yeah, Sil, this is so not gonna be your thing. :) And I feel like I’ve been paying half the attention I should to our game. That and I am not very good at it to begin with. :)

Sil

no way! who cares! i’ve just missed playing with someone

Nicole

At least now I can lose to a real person instead of a computer! :)

Sil

haha yeah…those computer players are the suck

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96

This is another mucho nummy tea from ifjuly

It’s one of the only teas I’ve had that I’d describe as savory. It even smells savory, like a soup broth of some kind. Maybe there is a little smoke lending to that impression, but if there is, it isn’t a harsh smoke or something that sets off my smoke alarm. It’s thick and hefty and serious. Yes, this is a serious tea. And of course I like it a lot – I have expensive tastes. I wish I had the funding for all of my expensive tastes. :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Kaylee

amen sister

yyz

So true. I really got the savoury notes with this one as well. Remember that they do sell this tea in 20g packets.

Nicole

I’ve been avoiding looking too much at yet another tea company. But I resign myself that it will have to happen eventually so it is good to know they sell small sizes.

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60

A sample from ifjuly! (She sent a really good collection of teas!)

This one was fine. Nothing special about it, but tea enough. Better than some, worse than others. :) Little bit of hay as it cools. Not sure what makes something Irish Breakfast as opposed to English Breakfast or any other Breakfast.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
CharlotteZero

Irish Breakfast is usually more Assam-heavy and English Breakfast sometimes includes Keemun…I think!

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100

Thanks to ifjuly, I am tasting my first Teavivre tea and I think my first tan yang (unless it has been masquerading under other names).

Oh so sweet and caramely and bready. It was awesome and then I started eating some sharp cheese. Suddenly it was like this tea had cream added to it. I have never had that happen before. Food that enhances a flavor already noticed, yes. But adds a flavor not dreamed of previously? Not until now.

And the second steep, while not as deep in flavor, was still eminently drinkable.

Damn. Now I have to make a Teavivre order soon.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
ifjuly

yay, glad you’re digging it! and as far as i know, tanyang sometimes is called panyang, the way congou is related to gongfu and kungfu.

i have a feeling you’d like a bunch of the teavivre black teas, like their dian hong golden tip and bailin gongfu. they’re often rich and sweet and bready too. and they’re pretty reasonably priced, which is nice.

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80
drank Blue Lady by Single Origin Teas
428 tasting notes

Not sure why I haven’t reviewed this one yet. It is a nice, fruity tea. Not sure I could pick out a passionfruit from a blind fruit taste test, but this is fruity. :) There are other fruity teas I prefer, but this one is nicely balanced.

My mother quite enjoys it. It was one of the teas I served at her surprise 65th birthday tea party this past weekend and we went through 2 pots of it (along with 4 other teas). It seemed to resteep well. She’s had friends ask her about it who seem to be interested in getting some. So, while it is nothing I’ll go out of my way to keep on hand, it was popular.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 40 OZ / 1182 ML

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92
drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
428 tasting notes

There is no way this is a white tea!

Lightly malty, mildly sweet, hefty, chewy, just lovely. This was a sample and I’d certainly think about keeping some of it on hand.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
MissB

Third review of this I’ve run into today, including mine. This is a White Rhino day!

Courtney

This tea is amazing!

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92
drank Coconut Almond by Paromi
428 tasting notes

This is what I was remembering when I accidentally put part of this review on another tea!

I really enjoyed this sachet. Definitely coconut and definitely almond, neither fakey. I put a tiny dab of half and half into the last half of the cup and it made it just luscious. I also left the bag in the cup through the whole time and it never got bitter. Always a plus!

Thanks, ifjuly!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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