1199 Tasting Notes

Today is not going my way right now. I was doing a nail polish inventory and discovered my favorite polish has dried up! But on the plus side, there is a polish that looks JUST like it that’s only $2! So I’m going to go try to find it tomorrow. And then I wanted to make pretzel bites, but I don’t have enough flour! (now I could make cheese sauce..muahahaha)

And then this tea. I bought a tin of this thinking I’d give it to my friend for her birthday. Of course, she bought it for herself on Black Friday too. Thankfully I too am a Sagittarius so I was just like alright, keeping it. She ended up giving me a sample of it, so this is from that sample.

Not a fan as of right now, I think I need to add milk to it. It’s just WAY too floral, and there is absolutely no raspberry or vanilla. I doubt there would ever be raspberry if it’s just the pieces in the tea, so it’s pretty much over the top earl grey.

Trying it cooled off now and it’s far more subdued, maybe I can taste vanilla. It does seem far creamier now, but there is still no raspberry. I do not find this tea to represent me as a Sagittarius at this time.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Tamm

I’m a Sagittarius too and I really don’t like earl grey, so this won’t be one I’m interested in.

Helena

I’m a Sagittarius too!! ;)I was also born in the year of the Tiger :D

Tamm

:O I’m a tiger too!

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Well I wish I had known this would be so smoky. In the bag it smelled kind of spicy, which was exciting because it is a Szechuan grown tea, so now I’m imagining everything grows into spiciness.

It tastes great at first, it’s the mellow taste that got me in the description on Upton, but then it gets smoky and to me it doesn’t match the rest of the tea, and so it’s kind of gross. It’s not like lapsang smoky but it’s enough to make me surrender drinking after three sips.

TeaBrat

If you want to swap for the remainder of it, let me know. I’d be interested in trying it.

momo

Definitely, I’ll send you a PM later!

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Today I went a bit paint crazy. I loaded up on nail polish, and then I found out you can get colored chalkboard paint! So I got bright red. I want to paint my tins and jars with it so then I can just write what tea’s in there, no more labels. Also, bright red everything.
I just eventually have to buy a bunch of tins. I’ve been meaning to do that for ages now. Oops.

I haven’t had this one in what feels like ever, and I still love it so so so so so much. I love that it’s sweet and I don’t have to add anything. Maybe one day a touch of milk might make it interesting but it’s so good how it is!

This one is definitely the most pumpkin tasting of the pumpkin teas I’ve tried, and today the tea itself smells a lot like pie crust too.

The only thing I question and probably have mentioned before, my bag says 2-3 minutes for a steep and here on Steepster it says 5 minutes. That’s quite the difference…I only steeped it for 2.5 (not sure about last time, sigh) and while it is good I am wondering if I am maybe somehow missing out on more? Like maybe the black tea itself?

Fixing it on the package to try a longer steep next time though. Now that it’s cooled a bit I can tell 2.5 minutes was way too short.

Shmiracles

I just got this tea in the mail yesterday!
I am excited for your paint and tea organizing enthusiasm!

Cavocorax

Me too! I love the chalkboard paint idea, although with my current setup I’d just accidentally wipe the chalk off.

If you find cheap tins, please post where you got them. I’m relying on DavidsTea tins atm, but it’d be nice to have more.

momo

I’ve heard about this, so I was thinking about using them: http://www.specialtybottle.com/teatincontainersmi.aspx but they only ship to Canada via UPS and that sounds expensive. (Also they claim you can’t place an order online but you can email them your order, haha like that isn’t still online?)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the link. And yeaaah, that sounds complicated. I guess I could email for a shipping estimate as Seattle isn’t too far from me.

Kittenna

In my experience, Della Terra flavoured blacks typically need 4-5 minutes. (Except for Saveur de Paris and Earl Grey Cream).

Shmiracles

i did place an order from the specialtybottle website this weekend (it’s like your reading my mind), almost 2 dozen 8oz tins. but i’m in the states.
also, thanks Kittenna for the steep time tip, cuz i’m gonna make my first Della Terra cup this morning.

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drank Yerba Maté Chocolatté by Guayaki
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I didn’t fall asleep till late and my boyfriend of course wakes up at 8:30 and makes me eat breakfast. Then I discover the world juniors gold medal game is on. I fall asleep during the end, but wake up in time to hear bad anthem singing. USA!

And now I am still not awake. This was the only mate I brought over with me I think, and it is a teabag, so I cannot remember who gave me this because I never put them in my spreadsheet if there’s just one.

I put milk in the mug first then added enough hot water for a cup total, and let it steep probably 10 minutes.

This definitely isn’t how I thought it would taste. I was expecting just chocolate but there’s spices in here that make it seem more like chai. It’s also disgustingly sweet, and I see on their website that is thanks to stevia. Glad they could make that clear anywhere, I was looking all over the place and finally realized the ingredients are in a fake looking nutritional facts chart.

I’d probably really like this if it wasn’t for that stevia. It just ruins it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove wouldn’t be something I’d match with chocolate, but it seems to work until the sweetness hits.

Indigobloom

Stevia! kills everything :/

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I had this iced earlier. I finally went through nearly all my tea, there’s still a ton with no place. But I went to Lowes tonight and loaded up on organizing stuff (but mainly for my lip balm stuff) so maybe that’ll be better!

I’ve also started plans for my patio garden this year. I’m starting pretty much everything from seeds, except strawberries (unless I can find a container blueberry plant around here, all the ones online can’t be shipped to Georgia). So far I have arugula, mixed greens, spearmint, rosemary, basil, jalapenos, dwarf snapdragons, a variety of poppies called California twisted (they look so neat – http://www.burpee.com/images/product/prod000344/prod000344_lg.jpg), and dill. Then I am thinking baby carrots for containers!, beets, eggplant or tomatoes, cucumbers, and lavender.

I saw that to make the most of space, plant lettuces around the perimeter of a pot and then plant something else in the middle later! So is what I am going to try.

Anyway, I haven’t had this tea in awhile. I completely mixed up what I was doing but managed to save this tea. I really should try it hot one day, but I really think this is only the second time I’ve had this one.

It wasn’t as flavorful as last time but that’s because I completely forgot I only should have put 4 oz of water in the jar. Instead I filled it, so I doubled the tea but I probably should have made it 2.5×. Oh well. Still tasted like guava overall.

Shmiracles

tell me about your organizing stuff from lowes! maybe it’s stuff I need too!

momo

They had these shoebox-ish style plastic containers with rainbow stripes, so I got one of those which may or may not be for tea yet, I’d keep that in my pantry if it is for tea because it’s not light tight at all. There were some nice baskets/boxes too. I was looking for something I can stick mail/papers in on the counter around my kitchen because it always gets clogged up with stuff, and there were some maybe 12" long baskets that are maybe 4" wide, so one of those will be perfect on the edge, and it was a set of 3. So the other two I’m going to put on top of the drawer cart full of tea I have, and maybe put tins in there so there aren’t all these tins on the counters.

Shmiracles

I obviously need to go to lowes!! Like today!
Also it feels WAY too early for me to start thinking about my garden! But I am excited for the growing season indeed.

momo

I think next month is lettuce planting time! Also I really just didn’t want to stand around while my boyfriend was getting whatever he needed, so staring down vegetable seeds seemed good. Next thing I knew I had like 8 packets of seeds.

TheTeaFairy

Wow, what an ambitious gardner you are! Wish I had more gardening skills myself…I always end up killing half of my creations :-(

JacquelineM

Yay gardening! I love the planning just as much as the growing :) Right now I am overwintering shallots, but will be starting the lettuce soon! I usually start my seeds in March and plant out in May.

momo

I just realized the rosemary and snapdragon seeds say to start them inside. I was trying to avoid that, because I didn’t think I really have space but I guess why not!
I’ve got an amaryllis about to bloom that started from a bulb so I think I won’t kill everything inside. Hopefully.

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drank Ever Green (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Finishing up this sample…about to move on to organizing the big cart of tea.

I meant to drink this last night but it smelled horribly like burning plastic/a candle just burned out in my apartment, and I swear it was smoky to the point my eyes itched. It was probably someone using their fireplace but it was like 12:30am so it was not appreciated.

I don’t really like this. It’s mostly blueberry but the ocean water-ish tinge just doesn’t match blueberries to me.

I guess I drank it cold before. Welp, I don’t get salt water, just like the way the beach smells has been turned into a taste.

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I accidentally oversteeped this just slightly because I was distracted by some weird scratch on a tin of oolong.

Really exciting, I finished my sample of this too! I was about to pour it into a tiny bag when I realized it said 2-3 tsp per 8 oz of water, so I used the rest up for my 12 oz mug, yay!

Today to me this tastes like lemon and jasmine, and almost tastes more like a white tea than it does a black tea. If it wasn’t for that end note that screams Darjeeling black tea, I’d be fooled.

It’s nice but like I’ve probably said 283759 other times on notes, second flushes are my thing.

I am currently going through all my tea trying to figure out where all of it is. Right now I have no idea where a $20 bag of oolong is so that’s fun. But I haven’t gone to my rolly drawer cart yet so I’m thinking it’s in there. Yay.

Sil

Lol it amuses me when people can’t find their tea…. You don’t wanna know how I picture kittenna and indigoblooms houses lol

Tina S.

I love a fellow person who doesn’t freak at paying 20 bucks for a bag of oolong! :D

Cavocorax

I never thought I’d be that person, but I’d happily pay $20 for 50g of my favorite oolong.

Kittenna

Sil – consider that it’s not my house, it’s my ROOM… hahahaha. It looks a little crazy, to be honest! I stash it all in cardboard boxes under my desk… :D

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Yaaaaaay finishing this up.

I made a loaf of “Russian” rye bread in my bread maker and I can’t stop eating it. You put in a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and I swear this seriously did something, because I made rye bread before and it was a recipe with honey and this is like, incredible.

I’m also trying to organize my tea so I can find what more of containers I need (like I have a place for them), because I am nearly done cleaning up my kitchen today! So now I’m finding things that I could easily finish, I just wish I started this earlier because it’s almost 10 now.

I am so cold so I am just sipping this down. It’s definitely lost flavor, but it’s still pretty pineapple-y.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
ashmanra

I bought this one at Tin Roof Teas as part of a sampler for my future sn-in-law. He liked it a lot, though Bon Bon was his favorite! I plan to buy another sampler pack to greet him when he gets to America for good! :)

Cavocorax

Yay for organizing! I was pleased as punch sorting out my teas and putting them in storage tins by type, but that’s me. :)

momo

I have all my tins out on the counter, an entire cabinet filled with predominantly 52teas with some DavidsTea and others mixed in, 5 containers each with a specific tea in it, and a 3 drawer cart with tea. And that still isn’t enough room ._.

momo

Oh yeah and ones in jars are in a drawer but there’s maybe 15 teas in there max.

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drank Blueberry Black Tea by TeaFuse
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I’ve had this over a year, sealed away. But it still tastes terrible. Then again, it might have tasted terrible to begin with since I never actually wrote a note on it, but did log it.

Oh well I still would feel like a jerk trying to swap it away so I guess it’s time to let it go.

I think I’ll make it like a potpourri thing because dry, it smells good. But other than that, bleh.

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drank Strawberry Pie Honeybush by 52teas
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From last night but I was too lazy to post.

Ok so the first time I’d ordered this for myself, I was not really a fan because it tasted mostly like cinnamon. But I got some again now from KeenTeaThyme and I think the problem was not using enough tea. BECAUSE THIS IS SO GOOD.

It’s really sweet, which I think I’d expect with strawberry pie (also honeybush). The strawberry flavor I can actually get this time, almost like a strawberry jam flavor. It’s creamy and the spices are more under control. I need to remind myself to use 2 tsp for honeybush.

Uniquity

Good to know, will try mine again at some point with 2 tsp!

Sil

you can also steep this for a long time to bring out the strawberry. I still only use about 1.5 tsp but i’ll steep it and leave it forever sometimes lol just gets strawberrier the longer it sits.

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