1045 Tasting Notes

My afternoon tea was half Mandala Special Dark with a bagged Traditional Medicinals organic ginger thrown it. Quite a nice combo! Helped with my belly after too much Indian food as well ;)

Good idea Boychik

TheTeaFairy

Pu-pu to the rescue!

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I had Indian buffet for lunch and ordered a chai with it. Not the best tea ever but it went really nicely with the meal. SO FULL NOW! Buffets are dangerous!

boychik

hehehe, but so good ;)

Terri HarpLady

probably a good time for a nap ;)

Stephanie

Now I am back at work and you’re right Terri, all I want is a nap. Buffet was a BAD PLAN! :P

boychik

You got some mint tea around?

Stephanie

I just dug through my tea desk. No mint…I’ve got straight ginger tea, or some shu. Those are my best bets I think!

boychik

you can even mix them up

Stephanie

Yeah, I think I might try that :)

Butiki Teas

Indian buffets are the best! The hubby and I are meeting some friends out for Dosa night tonight. For $12 you get all you can eat dosas, with 25 varieties. I’m going to be feeling like you soon. Hahaha.

Stephanie

I love Dosas! My husband and I made them once. They were trickier than most Indian dishes :) But so good and thin and crispy once we finally got it right!

TheTeaFairy

Oh you gals made me hungry…now all I can think about is eating Naan bread dipped in Dal!!!

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-Nice! I’ve always wanted to make dosas but they look tricky and we don’t have a great flat grill.

Stephanie

TheTeaFairy I think lentils are my favorite part of Indian food. I love beans and lentils and Indian dishes are the BEST.

Stacy, my husband has a cast iron pizza “stone” (our ceramic ones kept breaking) and it worked perfectly for dosas.

Marzipan

Was it the place by the mall?

Stephanie

Nope, Marzipan that one is no longer a buffet :)

Butiki Teas

Stephanie-That sounds like it would work perfectly.

mrmopar

Buffets are the best way to go in my opinion! Love the choices.

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Hmm, I must have screwed this one up. Tastes very bland to me. According to other people’s notes it sounds like maybe I need to try again. Oh well.

Thanks Terri!

boychik

what temps and how long were your steeps?

Stephanie

Probably 180ish and a couple minute long steep. I will try again at home with more controlled parameters!

boychik

i would increase to 200F and shorter steeps

Stephanie

Yeah, you’re totally right.

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Smokey and smooooooooth. Thank you Boychik!

Zero bitterness and astringency. Not much going on here beyond the smoke though. I think I might prefer it with a touch of maple. I have none of that here at work though so I’ll have to try it that way at home some time :)

boychik

maple syrup is so good for smoky teas. pair it with cheese. happy you like it;)

Stephanie

That sounds really good. Cheese and smokey tea with maple…I might be a little hungry ;)

boychik

me too. i just got back from Gym…

boychik

Cheddar…

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PURE HEAVEN! Thank you so much Terri HarpLady for letting me try it.

I’m pretty sure this is last year’s, because I just checked on the website and it seems that this year’s harvest is in pre-order mode right now. It is taking all of my willpower not to order some RIGHT NOW. I have a full ounce of summer harvest Laoshan green from last year I haven’t even opened yet…must be strong. This is top notch though. SO SO GOOD! Everything I love about Laoshan green but even more concentrated :)

boychik

I have summer harvest too, unopened :(

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Delicious! Thank you Boychik!

So bold, yet not too astringent or bitter in any way.

I’ve been so impressed with all of the Damn Fine teas so far. It seems you really can’t go wrong with them! Not sure which has been my favorite so far…maybe the Spring Keemun.

boychik

Oh I’m do glad you like them. I’m very happy with A&D. I’d say I drank Caravan the most. Just ordered a new tin;)

boychik

Spring is different fro other Keemans I tried( not too many). I like saltiness in it.

Stephanie

I almost tried Caravan today…it was a toss up between these two!

boychik

It’s excellent breakfast tea. I wouldnt sample it without food.

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Yum yum yum, thank you Boychik

Sorry I am not feeling super verbose today. I am at Real Job but still recovering from all day outdoor vendor fair yesterday selling my fine art. WHEW SO TIRED!

Good shu helps, though :)

Marzipan

How did the sales go?

boychik

You are right, good shu is to the rescue!

Stephanie

Sales were so-so. My first time at this event. Made $100 after booth fees and whatnot. You can never tell what the crowd is after at these mixed events…there were crafts, art, and vintage stuff. Seems like vintage and crafts tended to do a little better. I need to seek out more all fine art related events! I could make a lot more money if I could do out of town shows, probably. Only so much of a market in this small midwest city.

TeaBrat

do you have any pictures of your art?

Stephanie

Yeah, TeaBrat I made this for Stacy’s tea art contest in the fall http://twitpic.com/dgw0vg

I blog my printmaking at littlelemonpress.com and sell on etsy at evilducky77.etsy.com :)

TeaBrat

how cool! I used to do printmaking back in college, that was over 20 years ago. :)

Marzipan

Ever think of etsy?

Stephanie

Nice TeaBrat! I miss the printmaking press I got to use in college. I can’t afford a big press. My college days were over 10 years ago. Time flies!!!! Now I work graphic design full time.

Marzipan check out www.evilducky77.etsy.com

I don’t get many online sales though. Mostly just use it as a portfolio of sorts.

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Another delicious tea from my box from Terri HarpLady :D

This is a nice Jin Jun Mei for sure. I love the honey sweetness and bright sparkling clarity. But it also has enough malt for a well balanced and crave-able flavor.

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1045 tasting notes

Sad sip down!

But I made a huge pitcher of this iced and very lightly sweetened, and it is FANTASTIC!

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