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drank Pear Oolong by Tealeaves
1725 tasting notes

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Finally trying this one from the 52Teas order I made months ago. It’s the last one I had left to try, and I was really craving fruit tea tonight so it seemed perfect.

Dry this is definitely very, very sweet raspberry! It’s really borderline between candy and realistic raspberries too. It’s supposed to be like Raspberry Poptarts, right? I suppose that would make sense. Raspberry poptarts are like very sugared up raspberry jam infused biscuits. That’s a weird poptart description, but fuck it.

Steeped up; this is pretty damn good! It’s very flavourful and very raspberry, and I do get a glaze/icing vibe from it on top of the honey/hay notes in the base. Anything pastry/bread like is lost on me though. Oh well, it’s still quite tasty! I’m imagining it’d be good iced or cold brewed, so that’s probably how I’ll try it next time.

So concluding thoughts: I think this is yummy and really flavourful with a superb raspberry taste. Having never had Hindbaersnitter I can’t comment with certainty as to the accuracy of the flavour, but I can vaguely see the comparison to Raspberry Poptarts. I think I will happily finish off the rest of the pouch, but if this were to be reblended (and assuming it would taste the same) would I get it again? Probably not; I think I could find better raspberry white tea for a better price, given that a pouch if this is only an ounce of tea.

Still, I’m happy drinking it right now! Thanks Marzipan for suggesting this one to Frank!

Flavors: Raspberry

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drank Honeybush Chocolate by Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

Light and choclate-y! Very nice, but I will probably use more than 1 tsp next time because this was a little too light.

Flavors: Chocolate, Cocoa, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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This tea.

It’s nice enough, but next to the intensity of the Li Shan Black, this tea feels watery and almost bland. It is very gentle and sweet, and would be good for people who aren’t really into black teas. It reminds me of a mild, sweet Yunnan black. Delicious, but totally not my thing.

I… love Assams. Strong, dark, rich, malty Assams. So the Li Shan Black with its intensity and carbiness (ugh, how else to describe?) just works better for me.

Definitely give this one a try, but if you like black teas make sure you try the other one as well. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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I made the last of this and accidentally left it in the fridge for about 36 hours.

O. M. G. My tongue is burning, and I keep sipping thinking it’ll make the burning go away, but it doesn’t stop.

Head. Desk.

OMGsrsly

I can’t stop laughing about it. I mean, really self? It’s CHILI tea! It’s not gonna calm things down!

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So this was the tea that I was craving primarily which inspired me to do one last round of tea for the evening; it was something about the oolong base and the over the top juicy lychee that made me just need to have it, and NOW!

So of course it’s perfect and hitting the spot. I was a little torn between drinking it hot or drinking it cold because both are so very good. So…

I did both. I had half the cup hot, and then half the cup ice cold and it couldn’t have been more perfect if I tried. Lychee perfection! Can you marry a cup of tea? No? Damn.

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drank Yerba Mate by Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

I like it- very earthy, but a little too bitter. Maybe only use 1 tsp next time.

Flavors: Bitter, Earth, Herbaceous

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (132/139)!

I cheated. Oops.

I actually have/had two more teabags of this one, but they were really, really mangled and I’m pretty sick of this one so I decided it was better to just toss them out. I felt bad at first, but now not so much. Tonight this is really sweet but otherwise the “same ol’ same ’ol”. I guess that’s a nice enough way to part with this blend.

Anyway, it’ll be bedtime soon but I wanted to do one last round of teas and get a couple sipdown in, and satisfy some cravings I was having! I ended up pulling way more stuff from my closet/cupboard than I can possibly have tonight, so looks like I have a nearly overwhelming line up of choices to go through this weekend. Welp.

While drinking my evening/bed time teas I decided to update websites and stuff! So, now I have a new theme on Tumblr that links up to my Homestuck rewrites (does anyone here on Steepster read Homestuck? That’d be awesome!) and my new tea blog with an updated little blurb about myself since I retook the Homestuck title test (you can tell how I’ve changed in nearly a year because I went from being a Page of Hope to a Knight of Doom), and updated my Steepster profile picture and linked my Tumblr into my description! Hooray!

It’s weird because they were all really simple changes, but it feels like a really nice clean start. I didn’t realize I was stressed before and I’m still not sure what I was really stressed about, but after I finished updating everything I felt a huge release of tension. I guess I was holding on to past aspects of myself that are no longer accurate?

Lesson of the day: Sometimes change is really good.

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drank Rooibos Earl Grey by Adagio Teas
18 tasting notes

Got this as a sample from Adagio! I like it a lot- I gave up black and green teas for religious reasons, and I’ve missed Earl Grey soooo much- but this is a very good herbal version of it! Very earthy, refreshing, almost a hint of mint- I really love this!

Next time though, I’ll use more tea seeing as 1 tsp was a little too weak for me.

Flavors: Earl Grey, Earth, Herbaceous, Mint

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Refreshing and tasty :)
Both mint and chocolate are noticeable. I enjoyed this more with milk.
Probably couldn’t have this everyday but it’s nice once in a while

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 450 ML

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drank Citrus Dream by Butiki Teas
382 tasting notes

I know I wrote a review for this one before, but it has disappeared. :-(

I mostly drank this one hot. I don’t remember the details now but I do recall it being citrusy and light. I thought it would be really good iced, so I hot brewed and then refrigerated the last bit of this.

I was wrong. This is not good iced. The citrus works really well when this is hot. Cold, the chamomile comes to the fore and just totally overshadows the citrus. Cold chamomile = blegh.

EDIT: I just found this snippet of a note when I went to delete this tea from my chart: “amazing cold – sweet, citrusy, smooth, refreshing”. I must have really enjoyed this blend as an iced tea at some point. I wonder what went wrong this time? Maybe I’ll pick up a sample with my next order just to play around with. Try to solve the mystery.

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Ugh, I need to take a break from writing for a while. I’m sick of it! So… Short and sweet?

- Lots of Tulsi. MUCH Tulsi.
- Also lots of Cinnamon. MUCH cinnamon.
- Not a ton of Pu’Erh. Hmm?
- Good cuppa

Flavors: Cinnamon, Earth, Ginger, Herbs, Mint, Tulsi

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Thank you Courtney for the sample you sent months ago. I’m sorry I’m just now getting to it; I’ve had it before so I felt less pressure to drink it right away, and that resulted in it being put off for a while. A long while. Oops.

So nighttime comfort tea with milk. Very reliably tasty with strong malt and bread notes. I made sure I got every last drop from the mug, too! I have one more cup left, and I’ll cherish it dearly. This isn’t one I’d ever stock for myself – not because it isn’t amazing; ‘cause it is, but because I wouldn’t crave it often enough to make it worthwhile – so I’m gonna be damn sure I enjoy it when I do have it!

Also, I’m talking to Kristina still – and somehow I’ve been talked into going to a Metal concert in September with her when she comes back up to visit. Not quite sure what I’ve agreed to, but I guess the Metal education continues! Gulp.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Cream, Malt

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drank Roasted Fujian Oolong by White2Tea
32 tasting notes

Drank two cups of this brewed 3 grams in a barrel-style zhu-ni for 125 ml cup. Boiling and just under. Fell asleep and dreamed about the tea.

One of the downsides of spending time doing theatre is a lifetime of performance anxiety dreams. Just about to go on stage, and I don’t know what play I am in. I don’t know my lines, I can’t find my script and am buck naked in front of the audience.

This time, however, I brewed this tea is a small vintage brown clay pot I actually bought in real life. From Origin Tea’s remaining stock. Debated between using it for highly aged oolong or very old sheng. I decided to use it with old sheng in real life though. Is this a sign, do you suppose? Should I have used it with oolong like I did in this dream? In a really nice adjoining condo with two cats.

Then I’m on stage at the end of the play for bows, in costume actually. I thanked the audience for attending this wonderful Shakespearean performance and that I would be returning to America after this, our last show. But first, drinks for the cast on me. Audience stares, bows for all, a few claps, off we went. Then the cast reminded me we were gonna do one more show again that night. Oops, inappropriate speech. Then we walked through the mall as I fully intended to get a drink anyway, and isn’t that a really nice t-shirt with belt buckles across the chest? And the store has a gourmet chocolate section with pink wrapped chocolates and I’m asking about a big chocolate covered caramel I can’t seem to find while staring at massively huge chocolate bunnies.

Woke up to dry mouth. But I finished the play!! Okay, one last show still and I don’t know the name of the play or my lines, but I wasn’t nekkid and got through bows! And it was Shakespeare, on an English stage, no less (aka A Cold Day In Hell Before That Ever Happens).

The tea is astringent and still needs time to age, rolled leaf like Tieguanyin, very dark charcoal roast, long steeping, floral in the mouth and long brewing.

Yeah, I write some strange stuff but this actually happened, and it is the first time I’ve dreamt about a tea I am drinking. I need more sessions with this to mess with leaf amount and steep times, had to brew it for a minute or so but it keeps giving. Well-spent cash on 50 grams of this. High score because I finished the show.

Flavors: Chocolate, Floral, Roasted

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec 3 g 4 OZ / 125 ML

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Just spent the last few hours updating my tea blog on Tumblr (I have like four followers – but it’s fun and I’m liking doing it, so whatever) while enjoying some teas! My evening round was pretty much all black tea. Now I’m catching up with my friend Kristina on FB; as some people might remember she tried to introduce me to Metal music, and I in turn tried to show her tea. She moved back to Regina a few months ago.

Anyway; mixed this one with milk and actual Spiced Rum. The result was… Very rummy.

I know, that’s a terrible description but it’s true. There was the sweet butterscotch rumminess from the tea, and then the very intense alcohol-y rum from the, uhh, alcohol. I guess I’m shit at describing things tonight. Anyway, it wasn’t bad it was just strong and concentrated; I only added half a shot of rum to the tea, but I guess that was too much for the flavours to balance out/compliment one another. The milk probably helped keep things from getting too crazy, though.

I was hoping adding rum would be good incentive to finish this one off but I guess not; should have gone for the tried and true Butterscotch Schnapps instead. Live and learn.

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This is the last of the oolongs I needed to try from Teavivre’s oolong pouch. They have all been amazing. I used an entire pouch of these leaves: two flat teaspoons and not even half of another teaspoon. Another gorgeous green leaf color and the fragrance is mostly creamy vegetables with a hint of flowers.

Steep #1 // just boiled // rinse // 1 min
As usual, the flavor is amazing. This one is mostly butter. Not cream or milk… just BUTTER. Hints of floral in the flavor as well. A little savory like the oolong I tried the other day, but not as much. Very delicious.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 1 3/4 min
I was going for one minute on this steep too, but it ended up steeping more than I would have liked. It didn’t ruin the cup though! Another flavorful cup with just a touch of astringency to it. Otherwise, the flavors are identical to the first cup, just stronger. I think I’ll try all of these oolongs again with just one teaspoon, to see if they don’t get just that hint of astringency. They are very flavorful with two teaspoons though. So much oolong flavor!

Steep #3 // just boiled // 1 3/4 min
Another delicious buttery cup… still extreme amounts of flavor! I could probably steep this one 30 more times.

All five of the oolongs in this sampler have been the highest quality, most flavorful oolongs I’ve ever had the honor of steeping up. They are all slightly different and I loved brewing them all with the same parameters to make sure I could tell the differences. I have loved all of the oolongs that I’ve tried in general from Teavivre… except for the Anxi Monkey King for some reason (That one isn’t to my tastes unless I steeped it incorrectly the one time I had it.) My absolute favorite is the Iron Goddess TiGuanYin. Just mentioning it makes me want to steep up a cup right now! I’m so glad I started drinking tea. It’s something small that adds happiness to each and every day. There is always tea!

Flavors: Butter

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I think ginseng gives me an extra brain boost, so I wanted to try Teavivre’s offering. This oolong looks like little jade pebbles: a ginseng and licorice coating that slowly dissolves with each steep. I know I shouldn’t have put a teaspoon of this in my cramped one teaspoon infuser, but I did anyway. I didn’t think I should use more than a teaspoon because of the ginseng. I wouldn’t want too much.

Steep #1 // just boiled // 3 min
Even though the water is at boiling, opening the infuser, it seems like the ginseng as hardly dissolved, yet there is plenty of flavor from the ginseng even if the oolong hasn’t been able to soak up the water yet. Again, I should have used my basket infuser, but I didn’t want all of the ginseng to dissolve into the first cup anyway. This flavor is very intriguing and different to me, so I could sip down the entire mug really fast if I’m not careful. I’m usually not a fan of licorice but this is delicious. Maybe the flavor alone is refreshing enough to wake up my brain.

Steep #2 // just boiled // 3 min
Another cup where the ginseng has barely dissolved, but the color of the cup is a dark gold, so I know something is happening! The flavor is obvious anyway: it tastes grassy, with hints of minerals, the sweet licorice is a nice addition… I think it would be worse without it anyway.

Steep #3 // just boiled // 3 min
I think this could be the tea of a hundred steeps! The ginseng is still mostly there, so I’ll have to try it again in the basket infuser another time. I’m getting hints of the oolong anyway. I’d buy some of this tough ginseng oolong so each steep slowly releases more ginseng for boosts of brain power throughout the day!

Steep #4 // half mug // just boiled // quite a few minutes
This didn’t get too strong at all, even with quite a few minutes. As usual, I think I should have went with Teavivre’s parameters of a few minutes to steep in the first place… they always know how to steep their teas!

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Hmm… Teavivre suggests brewing this at 212º, but after making a pot I’m thinking that was much too high. I can’t detect any creaminess and there is a bitterness that isn’t usually apparent in milk oolongs. It’s nice and floral with a light sweetness, but no milkiness to be found. The bitter hits the back of your tongue and really lingers. It’s not very pleasant.
I’ll hold off rating it until I can try it at a lower temperature.

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Backlog – Self blended genmaicha made from Kurihara heritage gyokuro from yunomi and toasted mochi rice and tokachi black soybean genmaicha ingredients from yamane-en

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