912 Tasting Notes

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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I got a wonderful swap package today from Dexter3657!

This was the first baggie I opened and sniffed…probably because I couldn’t tell from the name what it was going to be like, and I saw almond slivers and that piqued my interest. Anyway, after sniffing I had to steep some up immediately! There was a rose bud and jasmine blossom in my steeper, and the rose unfurled seductively as it steeped. Man, this tea is downright sexy! It tastes like an almond pastry of some kind, with just a hint of floral. Heavenly! I might prefer this one to everyone’s beloved Brioche from American Tea Room, but I’ll have to try them side by side to be sure. I have one cup left of Brioche and 2 or so left of this sample :)

Thanks again, Dex!

Fjellrev

I think I like this one more too, but yet they’re both so different. Hard to choose, really!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I got this one in my HUGE package from dexter too!!! I’ll have to try this tomorrow!

Stephanie

I thought of you when I tried this BrewTEAlly Sweet you will LOVE it.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Awwww now I definitely have to try this!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I just tried it! I just tried it! I just tried it this very second! Oh em gee! Sexy it Tis!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

No rose or lavender buds in mine but I definitely smelt them and tasted them and after reading your note it makes sense!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

You’re right this tea is soooo me! I want more!!

Stephanie

PS you bought the two Fauchon teas today that I almost bought…I would have ordered for sure if this one had been an option!!!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I only bought the raspberry macaron,the chocolate eclair was all sold out! I want it so bad, and I know I looked for this one too!

PS I found a jasmine bud in my tea after all !!

Stephanie

Grr now I wish I had ordered the eclair

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I was going to when I got to work but I thought it would b there after and nope! Just my luck..

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94
drank La Naissance by Fauchon
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81
drank Rum Vanilla by Island Rose
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Swap sample from SkySamurai! Thanks!

Wow this IS extremely rummy! LOL! The hint of vanilla makes me think of rum cake! Generic black fannings base is mediocre but not offensive in this instance…this is actually kind of fun because it tastes like I’m having a tea cocktail at work! TGIF? :)

Anyway not something I’m likely to purchase but certainly is fun to try! So far I find Island Rose to be pretty good for bagged tea.

Fjellrev

Haha that’s awesome.

Skysamurai

They have alot of good stuff but dont ever try the green lime unless you really like lime.

Stephanie

Ha! I think you sent me one! I do like lime ;)

Skysamurai

I probably send it in every trade now because I really can’t drink it. I tried to like it but I couldn’t get a good feel for it. I am sure someone will like it though! If you end up liking it let me know and I’ll send you the rest!

Stephanie

Cool thanks!

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95
drank Special Dark by Mandala Tea
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This is a wonderful tea for a cold, snowy January day. Rich and thick and dark and comforting :)

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92
drank Karigane #22 by Tea Wing
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Tea #3 from my free Steepster Select box!

This is my kinda green! It is like a heartier gyokuro…sweet and intensely GREEN with no bitterness. Very nice. Thanks Steepster!!!

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, sounds like a good one.

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I’m spending today hanging out with my favorite Sheng. I haven’t brought it out to play in a while so I’m really enjoying it! :)

Garret

HI! I’m thrilled that you are enjoying this, my friend! I may not have told you that I had secured a bunch of the autumn 2013 crop of this leaf. 500 – 600 cakes are being pressed with it this week in China! So excited about it as the Wild Monk has been so well-received.

There’s a little bit of nail-biting that happens each time I do a pressing because I never know if people will enjoy it as much as I do and it’s a lot of money to throw down each time. I should stop it with the nail biting because people sure seem to enjoy the product :)

Wishing you all the joy you can stand,
Garret

Stephanie

Oooh, fresh pressing! I will look forward to trying it some day :)

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I FIXED IT! I combined 2/3 these pearls, with 1/3 straight jasmine pearls. PERFECT! Just enough peach and just enough jasmine. Now that I know how delicious these can be I would definitely consider reordering :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I love these pearls!

TheTeaFairy

Great idea Stephanie! I get the peach also, but jasmine is totally absent in this tea for me…will try with teavivre jasmine green, ran out of the pearls.

Kamyria

Uh oh… jasmine and peach… that’s a lovely marriage I never thought of before… I think I can already taste it in my mind and I like it!

Brendan

Sounds like a good combo. Might have to get some!

TeaVivre

What a great idea! In fact, we never try to combine the two teas, and i can’t wait to try it now.

boychik

i do the same. not enough jasmine for me either

Terri HarpLady

I love experiments! These little peach pearls are lovely too.

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90

Sample sipdown! I didn’t quite have a full serving left, so I mixed this in with some ovaltine for breakfast. VERY GOOD COMBO!

Dexter

Pumpkin Pie Matcha and Ovaltine? LOL I thought I was the queen of odd combinations….

Stephanie

Hahaha! I also really love plain white matcha mixed with milk and ice and AVOCADO in the blender with a little sugar or honey!

Dexter

Somehow the white matcha, avocado, milk, honey doesn’t sound to weird to me. I LOVE avocado, and tossing some into a smoothie makes perfect sense – to the point that I will try it. Thanks for the idea. :))
I’m going to pass on the pumpkin pie ovaltine.

Stephanie

Avocado shakes in general are highly recommended :)

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drank Wuyishan Black by Steepster
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Hmm, I dunno about this tea. It is smokey, tart, and a little bitter. I’m not getting much sweetness from it so it seems unbalanced somehow. I can appreciate its uniqueness, but it is definitely not something I would purchase.

TheTeaFairy

Stephanie, who do you like Steepster Select so far, is it worth it? (Not that it matters cause I’m in Canada, but I curious to know!)

TheTeaFairy

I meant «how» do you like, oops.

Stephanie

Well, I was offered a free box, so it was DEFINITELY worth it for me. I’ve only tried this one and one other offering so far. The other tea was a Yunnan black and I preferred it to this one. I think the Select Box would be nice for someone a little earlier in their tea journey than I am, who are still looking to try a whole bunch of different things. (Everything in the box was a straight unflavored tea, BTW) I’m to the point where I kind of know what I like and random boxes where I’m unlikely to actually enjoy all the offerings are losing their appeal to me.

TheTeaFairy

Then we have a similar take on this thing, I too know pretty much where I stand, and although I’m still enjoying trying new stuff, I much prefer choosing on my own. But I totally understand the concept and why it is so popular, this is just my opinion :-)

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Reviewing my first tea from Steepster Select! This is an intense, full bodied Yunnan, for sure. Although it is aggressive with its pipe tobacco earthiness, it has enough sweetness to balance it out nicely. Very enjoyable! I’m honored I was given the opportunity to try the box from December for free!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

You got last months box?!

Stephanie

Yep, for free! :-O

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Shoot! How? I put some of mine in ur box to send ur way after payday

Stephanie

I got an email from steepster offering my first box for free. I assume they had too many made up and didn’t want them to go to waste?

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