Featured & New Tasting Notes

Went on a bit of a tea/teaware shopping spree last night. Ohhhhh Mandala – I love Mandala Tea, and was spending the evening trying to put together an order – it’s tough when there are so many awesome choices.
Anyway I was drinking the amazing Noble Mark while I was shopping. I love this tea. I don’t drink it often enough and I don’t write enough tasting notes about it. I was using my little yixing shou pot and stopped counting at 9 steeps – but I’m quite sure I got to at least 15. It just keeps getting smoother and more mellow as you go. It starts really nice and doesn’t go through any icky stages. Maybe not as “complex” as some like – but you know what your going to get with this one. It’s always good – it can handle some “oops I let that steep too long”. One of my all time favorite teas.
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Maddy Barone

That does sound good. Complex is sort of wasted on me since I don’t taste much. Give me a decent smooth tea and I’m happy.

MzPriss

:( steepster is eating parts of my notes again

looseTman

Did you tell Jason so they can look into it?

TheTeaFairy

Love this one too, so smooth and warming!

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drank Heaven's Trash by Butiki Teas
5605 tasting notes

thank you Kittenna! This is one of those tasting notes that makes me sad because I was never able to pick this up myself. And it’s good. i very much appreciate the share from Kittenna today and will be resteeping this until the flavour is dead. This is juicy and delicious and everything in between here and there and everywhere. I am a fan! I don’t get a lot of chocolate notes from this one but that’s ok by me. I can mostly smell them versus tasting them. Seriously. delicious! So sad i missed out on this one.. sniffles

adagio breeze

I’m thinking about getting the component teas from other sources and hacking the recipe for some of these breakfast blends.

Sil

yeah that might have to be something we do ugh

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Thank you Angel for this sample.

My hubby has next week off work which he usually does for my birthday (which is also next week). Hopefully that means we will fit in a lot of tea sessions during this time to help me clear some of my stash.

The raw cake contains whole leaves that are a blend of: dark brown, silver, gold and red/brown. Very high gloss/shine is present and lots of furry silver tips.
It has a sweet yet smoky, wood and earth scent.

Steeping: 7g
Water: 100 C
Pot: Yixing 200ml

Rinse 1 – 10 seconds
Rinse 2 – 10 seconds

Steep 1 – 10 seconds
Colour is light yellow and has a gentle, smoky and damp earth scent.
Flavour is subtle with sweet and creamy earth notes with a hint of smoke. The sweet honeysuckle notes linger into the after taste.

Steep 2 – 10 seconds
Colour and flavour are thicker. The smoke has increased though for the most part it is still sweet and creamy. Slightly dry in the after taste now though the honeysuckle still dominates. Also getting some fresh wood tones and an increase in the cream as it cools.

Steep 3 – 15 seconds
Thicker and smokier with some astringency. Also the dryness increases to the point of being perfumed. Very rich and mineral like, sweet grass perhaps or sweetpea.

Steep 4 – 10 seconds
Creamy, sweet, honeysuckle, thick, smoke. All balanced much better in this steep than the previous two. It’s still astringent but toned down. My favourite steep so far.

Steep 5 – 5 seconds
Soft, floral, sweet and slightly smoky. Another well balanced steep. Not as thick and losing strength though the dryness and astringency have also lessened.

I will continue to steep though out the day but will stop my writing for now.
Overall: The Puerh started soft and sweet which increased in strength rather quickly, with it’s later steeps calming down to bring a more balanced tea. The main flavours were honeysuckle, cream, smoke, sweetpea and wood. It’s a very nice raw/sheng that tastes better over time, put simply.

The leaves appeared to be very nice quality both before and after the steeps, as such I will consider buying a cake of this in the future should I get the opportunity.

Flavors: Cream, Drying, Earth, Honeysuckle, Perfume, Smoke, Sweet, Wood

Preparation
Boiling 7 g 7 OZ / 200 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

This sounds like such an interesting tea!

KittyLovesTea

I’ve already added this to my wishlist :)

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89

Yum yum yum. Sweet potato forefront, with a hint of cocoa and a bit boozey today. Delicious.

Flavors: Alcohol, Cocoa, Sweet Potatoes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
donkeytiara

on choosy days i choose this tea!

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My daughters have landed in Toronto and will be attending the Tea Festival on Saturday. Youngest and I were drinking this before they left and I am still drinking it tonight, and it seems so strange to me that they are so quickly so far away!

This is the last of my sample, and it has been a real trial knowing that my tea is in town but didn’t get here in time for today’s mail truck, so I will be out of this tea for twelve hours. TWELVE HOURS. First world problems, lol!

This has an amazingly sweet edge that woos everyone who tries it. I teach voice to four quadruplet siblings, two at a time. They just started this week. Two of them tried this tea today and they have never had any “exotic” teas before. They liked it, and are eager to try more teas.

I will be glad to see the postman tomorrow!

Tealizzy

So jealous of your daughters! I hope they have a great time!

Fjellrev

Niiiice! I hope they enjoy it.

Sil

Kittenna; Cavocorax and myself will be there first thing in the morning. I also think Indigobloom will be working the festival and we’re trying to convince Variatea to come too!

ashmanra

I hope you all run into each other! Anna (Superanna on here) is about 5’2", skinny, with long blonde hair, and looks about 15. Her little sister is 5’7", long brown hair, and sooooper skinny. I will tell them to look for a crowd of tea fanatics who look like they might be looking for them! LOL They have instructions to look for interesting little cups, good Da Hong Pao, and good puerh! :)

Christina

I’ll be there on Saturday afternoon with some friends. Just wish I had a funny hat or scarf or something to wear so that some on here could recognize me!

looseTman

Scribbles may also be at the TTF.

Sil

i am more than happy to walk around with a giant sign over my head that says “if this sign makes sense then it is i you are looking for…” or maybe just carry around a rubber chicken… or… man the possibilities are endless because I am happy to make a fool of myself!

ashmanra

Youngest would totally love the chicken or the sign.mmshe enjoys being…unpredictable…in public. LOL! They will be wearing matching Abercrombie coats, one gray and one black coat, and they will keep an eye out for you. They will be there Saturday!

ashmanra

By the way, the one who looks 15 is 26, youngest is 17 but they will look about the same age. Youngest may look older of the two to you! And eldest has a wee high voice. What were the bulk bin cookies you guys were talking about not long ago? I thought someone said Van Doorts or something but I can’t find any info on them.

Sil

bulk bin cookies? lol wasnt me!

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This sample came from miss cookies. Between looking at the description and the tea itself, I was a bit confused as to whether this is technically a white tea or a sheng. So I ended up just steeping it like I would a regular silver needle. The leaves are similar to other silver needles – they’re long and covered with silver hairs. However, I can definitely tell that they’re been compressed into a cake. They look somewhat flatter than usual and they have an interesting crimpy texture. Dry scent is subtly sweet with hints of stonefruit.

The steeped tea does smell like a combination of white and sheng teas – it has the soft hay notes but there’s also a touch of menthol. Yum, I was afraid this would come out bitter, but it’s not even close. It’s actually very sweet and there’s the most lovely and super creamy grain flavor that reminds me of oatmeal with cream. There’s a bit of apricot that especially comes out near the end, and I also get a tiny hint of sheng-y menthol and a slight cooling sensation on my tongue. I really like this one, and I imagine it would only get more delicious as it ages.

Flavors: Apricot, Cream, Hay, Menthol, Oats, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Red Fennekin

These teas sound so intriguing – I think I’ll have to move some of these white tea cakes up my wishlist…!

rosebudmelissa

that does sound very interesting.

cookies

I’m not sure what classification it falls under either. I think just an aged white?

Dr Jim

I bought a cake but was disappointed. I’ve had older silver needle sheng that was just marvelous. I think this one needs some aging to become more complex. At the moment it just seemed like a silver needle tea.

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93

wow, I haven’t had this tea in a while. I couldn’t get it out of the bamboo tube and ended up pounding it on the counter, which was actually quite therapeutic.

I have decided I hate my local post office. I made an inquiry with the USPS 1-800 number about my lost package from Yunnan Sourcing. The post office claimed they called me and they closed the case but I never got a call! Even worse they don’t answer the phone. I can see I will need to find some kind of a mail service if I want to have any tea packages delivered in the future. It’s just so stressful and annoying to have to deal with this.

Anyway about the tea… my first notes on this were that I thought it was mellow and earthy but today it seems more assertive, smoky and bitter than I remember. It should be mellowing out more over time, I would think? Of course it could be I have just used more tea in my pot than the last time I tried it. I did break off a pretty big hunk and am keeping my steeps very short.

I must say this is a very energizing sheng, it’s uplifting and perking me right up!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec
Fjellrev

Yikes, I’m so sorry about your package. :( So does that mean that you have to just suck it up and accept the loss because they won’t go about trying to track it down anymore? Will Yunnan Sourcing send a replacement package?

TeaBrat

I may go down there in person to see if I can get an answer from the post office but it appears they are not going to do anything. I am getting a replacement package, hopefully I get it SOMEDAY!

Fjellrev

That’s scary how they give up like that, but I’m glad to hear you’re getting a replacement package. Fingers crossed it will actually grace you with its presence!

mrmopar

Hope you get the second in. I would raise a little h—l at the Post Office after all no disrespect to any of them we do pay their salaries and should be able to get a valid answer about any issues.

AllanK

In order to get the tea out of the bamboo tube take a heavy duty chefs knife to the top of the bamboo tube, about 1/6 of the way in. Once you do this put enough pressure on the tube to finish breaking it and it will open right up. I think puerhshop has this technique on their page somewhere, don’t know where though.

TeaBrat

mrmopar – I will go down and talk to them soon. By the way that post office gets bad reviews on Yelp! Other people have also complained that they never answer the phone and lose packages. It seems like an epidemic problem!

boychik

I ordered boots for my daughter before Christmas. I truly believe they delivered to a diff place. I couldn’t find any answers at my local PO . I was nice and then I was mad. Nothing helped. I called the company and they sent replacement overnight by UPS. UPS did it right as usual. I feel bad for the company to replace it though. It’s not their fault

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76

I’m pretty sure I have a straight Earl Grey in mu cupboard, but I couldn’t find it, so I grabbed this to make a latte, and it’s delicious.

2tsp steeped in 8oz of water for 4 minutes, added to maybe 4oz of hot milk, 1.5 tsp of sugar and 1tsp of matcha powder. The flavours of this come through really nicely and are complimented well by the matcha. Nice and decadent.

Flavors: Bergamot, Vanilla

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, does that sound SO incredibly delicious!!!

Anlina

My bag of kitchen grade matcha is very close to its best before date, so I’m looking for stuff I can add it to, to use it up :) I think I’m going to make matcha & white chocolate scones soon. There was a recipe on Yunomi that I will adapt.

Fjellrev

EGC + matcha sounds lovely.

DeliriumsFrogs

Those scones sound wonderful!

Anlina

http://yunomi.us/24858/tea-recipe-matcha-scone-pancake-mix/

I’m going to do them from scratch rather than with a pancake mix, but scones are super easy. I love the idea of matcha and white chocolate.

Leah Naomi

You inspired me to make matcha scones tomorrow. I’ve never made them before!!

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Marzipan sent me this tea. it was a total surprise along with our joint Tao Tea Leaf order.
I love smoky teas. And i love this tea. smells pretty strong but doesnt taste too smoky/ashy to me. in fact, its quite sweet. i didnt need any maple syrup which i usually add to LS.
I really enjoy this tea during our Juno Blizzard all morning. thank you so much Marzi for sending this tea to me. im sure this 50g wont last a long time ;)

http://instagram.com/p/yXOMR-BwiR/

http://instagram.com/p/yXPe46hwkT/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I saw Sil say something about putting maple syrup in LS the other day, and I had never heard of that before! I have some LS from zen tea that I can’t decide if I like or not, and I think that trying it with maple syrup would be delicious. Adding maple syrup to my grocery list….

Also, STAY WARM!! Thinking of you in that blizzard!

Stephanie

Hope you are nice and cozy in the blizzard, boychik!

boychik

DeliriumsFrogs, its Sil’s and Terri’s idea of maple syrup. Zen tea does need some MS, just a bit. this one doesnt. i was surprised. This tea was so comforting. Thankfully its not that bad. Tomorrow – back to school ;)

boychik

Thank you Steph, im drinking tea non stop. very warm. cant wait till tomorrow when my family will go back to work and school, haha

DeliriumsFrogs

Maybe I just don’t like LS, then, if I’m wanting to drown the zen tea LS in maple syrup. haha
Your pictures are lovely, by the way. :)

Cheri

I find that most smokey LS need just a little bit of maple syrup (the real stuff) but there are some that I think need more than others. I have yet to find one that I wouldn’t add MS to.

Kirkoneill1988

i was going to order some but i decided on replacing it with fancy grade dragonwell. (i adore dragonwell). i hope my parcel arrives soon. i spent almost 200$ on it :(

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86

I drank this tea this morning, but even while I was drinking it, I was having a hard time describing it. It’s definitely a Darjeeling, spicy, fruity, tangy? But also unique. Quite light in colour and body. Between sips I kept forgetting what it tasted like, aside from “good”.

I really enjoyed this. The only downside is I was getting a touch of bitterness in the back of my mouth, sometimes noticeable and sometimes barely there. It wasn’t like tea bitterness, but reminded me of when I’ve taken mediation that messes up my tastebuds (except I haven’t recently.)

I’ll have to give this another spin and see if I can describe it better.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Mike

Ooh, I’ve been looking for a nice loose leaf Darjeeling. Let me know how the second time around goes!

Anlina

I literally have all the Darjeelings that Teabox stocks (or that they stocked in October 2014.) I’ll be doing tasting notes on them a bit at a time. If you like muscatel Darjeelings, this one was really good: http://steepster.com/teas/teabox/42861-darjeeling-premium-muscatel-blend-summer-black-tea

Mike

Awesome, thanks! I do like them! I’ll check their teas! Add another to the list! :P

Anlina

If you decide to order, here’s a referral link. If you register through there, I believe we both get a $25 credit in our accounts, which you can use on your first purchase. They’re also having a sale right now, 65% off some teas: http://fbuy.me/bsaIw

Mike

Wow, that’s great, thanks! I’ll sign up right now! :)

Mike

Sooooooo many Darjeelings to choose from, whoa! I’ll get that Premium Muscatel you mentioned. Would you recommend any other one to try? Thanks again!

Mike

I think I’ll start with the Beginners Collection and the Muscatel Collection to try out a bunch of samples, then I"ll order more of the teas I like! I’m excited! :)

Mike

I ended up purchasing 200g of the Seeyok Muscatel, since it was on sale, and the Beginner’s Collection!

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83

Still bitter about DT not letting me have my Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait latte (I am not an uneducated tea drinker; when I say I’m willing to risk it I’m not being ignorant, just stubborn) so I made a cup of this with lots of milk. This has hibiscus in it.

And you know what? It was fine. Rich, silky cup of caramel, raspberry, and cream cheese icing. I still don’t know how they capture the cream cheese flavour so well; but for me it’s essential in a good Red Velvet tea or cake. But yeah; even though hibiscus can curdle milk that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed to; it’s all about how much of it is in the blend…

DeliriumsFrogs

I always look at this box when I’m grocery shopping, wondering if I should give it a try (who doesn’t want a drinkable cupcake?), and it’s an herbal! I think I might grab this next time I go shopping…. :)

whatshesaid

Sounds good!

rosebudmelissa

I wasn’t a fan of this one. The cream cheese tasted too artificial to me.

OMGsrsly

Doesn’t Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait have dairy in it anyways? So weird.

Roswell Strange

Yeah, it has yogurt in it… I don’t know though; I think I’m being a whiny piss baby by not just getting over it – I appreciate their warning, but I don’t like being told I can’t have the tea I want when that’s the only reason. The staff at my usual store and not the one in Regina would have given it to me anyway, although I would have still gotten the warning.

OMGsrsly

I’ve done eggnog lattes with hibiscus fruit teas, and didn’t even think about curdling. Huh.

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Sooo tried this one yesterday, but had to stop drinking it half way through becuase my body decided that I wasn’t already miserable enough pain wise, so I randomly got nauseous. >>
Don’t know how much I qualify for writing a tasting note, but I don’t want to hurry and drink it again because I need to qualify for writing a tasting note. xD I’d rather just save it for a special occasion.
Anyway, the point is, I have to save this tea for special occasions because like the other tea that I ordered, it’s pretty stinkin’ good, and I need to savor it.
The dry leaf aroma is definitely stronger than the steeping aroma. I opened my Butiki box and I was hit by the banana smell. xD It was crazy-haha!
When I was drinking it I mainly tasted bananas and some notes of walnut here and there. Not much butterscotch. But that’s probably because I could only drink half of the mug :( Sad times…. :( Health issues really suck sometimes.
But that half of a mug was still really delicious. And I am sure I will thoroughly enjoy it when I drink it more. This one also makes me wish that Stacey wasn’t leaving. xD
And this definitely helped her go out with a bang too!
This tea is such a win!
Thank you so much for making this-this one is really going to make everyone miss you even more, Stacey! D:

Flavors: banana, Fruity, Sweet, Walnut

Butiki Teas

So glad you enjoyed this. Sorry to hear that your health issues were acting up.

Sil

i have clearly missed something…. qualify for writing a tasting note?

Ost

Well yeah, it just kinda seems lame to be rating an amazing tea when I was only able to drink half a cup. Haha I don’t know, I just feel extra lame when my health issues ruin things like this, Sil! It’s hard to explain haha

Sil

aaah! no i can follow that. it was just you wrote a note like that and then like 3 other ppl had stacy notes and i was like shit? do i have to qualify for the sale by writing a note? what did i miss!!!!!

Ost

Haha oh no! I’m sorry for the confusion, Sil!!!

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Getting this one out as it interested me when I re-read about it.
I think the easy Gaiwan will be the trick for this one. I forgot how tight these XiaGuans can be. I chipped off 10 grams to use, hard to get whole leaf from these. I actually rinsed this last night and I am getting to the brewing today. I noticed when I chipped this off the leaf had a little Huangpin (yellow) leaf if I got that right. The other leaves looked really rolled from what I could tell from the bits I had.
It brews with that XG smoke, almost forgot that aspect. It is smoky with a good hit of the bitter to go with it. The smoke really is the most dominant flavor on this one.
It has a bit thicker mouthfeel than the other XG’s I remember. I gives a bit of broth and smoked meat and bitter but not any sweet or any other notes that stand out. Almost like a beef jerky in a cup. I don’t really turn from smoky teas but you will have to like smoke to enjoy this one. I looked in the filter and sure enough some of those dark burnt bits from the wok cooking on this one.

Flavors: Astringent, Bitter, Meat, Smoke

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 10 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
DigniTea

Nice tea note but the tea itself does not sound very appealing.:-)

tea123

The first raw pu erh I ordered was a Xiaguan tuocha and I remember it had dominant smoke. Unfortunately I never took any notes on it, so I may have to re-order it, especially seeing that it’s one you have reviewed.

Roughage

That actually sounds like just my cup of tea.

Kirkoneill1988

this one confuses me is it ripe or raw? im thinking raw

Cwyn

I think these tuos are meant for incredibly humid climates where the tight compression regulates the effect of the humidity, mold can just brush off. The smoke actually integrates very well eventually but it really must have that humidity to get there. I have a 2005 and also a 2013 someone sent me. I think buying them already aged in Asia is a good idea unless people live in Florida or some such. ;)

mrmopar

Kirk it’s a raw although some of the leaf looks pretty dark.
Cwyn, I hear ya. I think I may move these to a closed container and pump the humidity up for a while and re-taste them.
DigniTea, I will redo this one in about 6 months you will have to remind me.
Roughage, it was an almost very bitter smokiness. I usually can handle a bit but today may have been a un berserker like day for me. Alas I may have to watch the battle from the rear area ;P

TeaBrat

yeah they can be harsh for sure

Cwyn

Let me know what happens, I’m pushing my 2013 right now literally to the edge of mold, already crossed over the line once. I’m using a vintage enamel cup with a lid for the tuo, since I don’t have anything in ceramic or stoneware to fit it. I have to open it daily to air out. This is one smoky son of a gun tea though, I want to see if I can push it.

Roughage

It’s not watching the battle from the rear area, mrmopar, it’s regrouping in preparation for a counter-attack (in 6 months after trying the alternative storage)! :) Anyway, I’ve added this one to the list of teas to buy when I eventually have some spare money now. I do like a tea that gives you a kick in the seat of the pants, and this sounds suitably challenging. :)

mrmopar

Got ya R!

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drank Black Cherry by Tea Forte
2627 tasting notes

Part of the “Noir” gift set by Tea Forte – I think these were just repackaged things from their normal tea line. Nevertheless, if you’re going to try a bunch of new teas I think samples are the way to go. Teas are from the Jamguri tea garden in Northern India.

The dry leaf smells really bad here, medicinal and cough syrup-y. So I wasn’t really looking forward to trying the cup. I am finding this isn’t too bad, though the cherry flavor is pretty light. It’s only slightly cough syrup-y. Also this tea has licorice in it, so take note of that, licorice haters. :) I think this would be a nice one to try as an iced tea. And I do like the black tea base here. So overall it’s not bad.

I wonder if these were reformulated recently, but I am not going to create a new entry.

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

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87

I hate it when reviews disappear. I pulled this one out to be my puerh for today after reading misslena’s tasting note on special dark. :) I haven’t had this one in a long while so i figured it was time to work on my sample of this, especially if i place a mandala order for special dark! I’ll be drinking this most of today and that suits me just fine. My little turtle needs more tea love and this is a great tea. I’d say it’s a toss up on any given day whether i’ll love this or special dark most :)

MissLena

Yay for my note inspiring you to pull this one out! I should today too, but I don’t want to overcaffeinate..having a black tea right now lol. I hate being sensitive :(

MzPriss

I love this one. Also the Temple Stairs mini tous are good

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Today’s tea of choice. I’ve been feeling pretty crappy for a while now, with headaches and nausea, and so today I wanted something straightforward and understandable to round off the week. This fit the bill perfectly. Assam is, and probably always will be, my favourite variety of black tea. Assam is what got me started drinking tea, and it’s what keeps me going when I’m at my lowest. I somehow reassuring and familiar, and I love it.

I used 1 tsp of leaf and gave it 4 minutes in boiling water. The resulting liquor is reddish-brown. I’ve drank this one a couple of times before and noted its tendency to astringency, so I added a splash of milk to smooth things out.

I feel like there isn’t a great deal I can say about this one. It’s deliciously malty, very bold, and makes a great morning or pick-me-up tea. It’s fairly smooth, but with a slight rugged roughness at the end of the sip that sets it apart. It reminds me a little of A&D Tiger Assam in that respect. To my mind, this makes a great everyday tea, albeit a premium choice. There are other Assams I prefer more for their flavour – Taiwanese or Golden Lion varieties tend to tick those boxes for me. This one is just malty awesomeness, which is perhaps a little one-note, but sometimes that’s all I’m really looking for.

This one’s a feel good tea, and as such will be sadly missed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp
donkeytiara

nice to know there’s another assam girl out there!

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Thank you Angel for this sample.

In raw form the leaves are dark brown/red, curly and smell of malt, wood and treacle.

Flavour reveals fruity raisin and date with sweet wood, brown sugar and malt tones. Rather light in strength with no astringency though slightly sour at times. Clean tasting and fresh throughout. Some dryness in the after taste.

Overall: A delicious Dian Hong with clean tasting and pure characteristics. Soft and sweet which balances nicely with the dark and rather rich malt and wood flavours. Personally, I prefer it creamier but this made a very nice drink this morning and it went down a treat. I would consider buying some of this to alternate with my golden tips.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Dates, Malt, Raisins, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 7 g 29 OZ / 850 ML

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Brought some of this tea with me to the office today and it was AWESOME! I got notes of cocoa, bread, malt, and that fresh taste from the Darjeeling! I think Stephanie is right that, even though I have 4.4 ounces, it probably won’t last long! I’ve also decided I love it at 2 minutes steep. I tried their recommended 4 minutes and I think the malt takes over and you lose some of the complexity. 2 minutes is perfect. :)

Pic of the leaf: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15728744884/

boychik

It was great for me @3 min

Stephanie

I love Darjeeling in black blends apparently. Pretty sure it’s why the Black Lotus is my fave

Tealizzy

boychik – I’ll try it at 3 minutes just for kicks!

Stephanie – never tried the black lotus…that was a Butiki tea, huh?

boychik

Black Lotus is amazing. Still hoard some. Time to let go maybe

Stephanie

She might have a few of the blending kits left- it’s the three teas that make up black lotus with mixing recipe each in a tin inside a wooden box…I really shouldn’t but I want it.

Mike

This tea sounds great! I’m looking for a good strong black tea or two. The Tiger Assam from A&D sounds very good also!

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For the last couple of days I’ve been starting my morning with Tibetan Butter tea, only using coconut oil instead of butter. I like it! Actually, I have a few ideas for other substitutions that I want to try: Coconut butter is one obvious one, along with cashew butter, which I think would be decadent. It also occurred to me earlier today that duck fat makes an excellent butter substitute, & I think I have some in my freezer, so maybe I’ll try that one next week.

It makes for a satisfying & substantial cup in the morning, with a foamy head reminiscent of hot chocolate, & I’m thinking I’d like to steep some tisane cacao with the tea, & I bet THAT would be amazing. More to come!

Ubacat

Is this a Tibetan Butter tea? I’ve never tried a Tibetan butter tea.

Sil

huh interesting

Stephanie

Neat idea Terri. I have a little Hei Cha so I ought to try it!

Terri HarpLady

Uba, its a Heicha, & somewhere on the package it says something about making butter tea with it, although previously I just drank it plain

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Dry leaf smells like raisins and maple candy
Wet leaf smells a bit smoky, which I did not expect. There’s also an interesting apricoty scent if I stuff my nose in the gaiwan for a big huff.

I’ve been interested in this one for awhile, and it didn’t disappoint. It feels very soft when sipped. Kind of hard to describe. It’s definitely better on short steeps, IMO.

Next time, I will try it with some maple syrup in there because it seems like it would fit.

If you want to make your house smell amazing, as well as drink great tea, just leave the bag of dried leaves and shrooms open. My whole nook smells like candy. CANDY NOOK!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec
boychik

oh sounds amazing

TheTeaFairy

Awww!! Candy nook!!! Xox

Tealizzy

OMG! Can’t wait to try this! Still not home yet. Aaaahhhh!

Sarsonator

Drink it! yumz!!!!

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I brought a lot of white tea with me for my trip; white teas and black teas are my favourite tea types, but I drink a lot more black tea because of the convenience of brewing it and my white teas usually end up cold brewed or neglected. So they’re gonna get some love this trip; I want to take the time to drink a lot of them, and really enjoy the cups!

This was the other one I made last night; it was so amazing! It had the usual soft, sweet lemon notes but the vanilla “cake”-y aspect of the tea was really strong; I totally tasted vanilla sponge cake and marzipan, and it was easy to get lost in the cup. So delicate and creamy! I’m very happy I stocked up on this one.

My mom tried it though and proclaimed it tasted pretty much just like water; what a shame! Her palate’s just very, very unrefined – it’s sad though. I wish she could taste how amazing this tea is. She’s really missing out on something special.

I’m about to go make more tea now; it’s just me in the house currently so I’m blasting my music while she picks up my brother, and working on tasting notes. Not sure how long until they’re back. Mom has a soda stream, so we’re gonna try making some tea pop later today; and I brought a SBT (my first one!) that we’re gonna brew up since my brother only likes iced tea.

It’s just gonna be a casual, relaxed day.

Nattie

Frank is like your mom. It’s sad that he can’t pick up the nuances I do, I really wish he could enjoy tea more. He basically thinks tea falls into one of two categories – “normal” or “camomile” :/ haha!

DeliriumsFrogs

oooh! Tea pop! :D That sounds really, really fun.

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drank Finbarr's Revenge by The Devotea
423 tasting notes

revisiting. This is a perfect Assam. very smooth. no additions needed. i would call it elegant. it was comforting. no astringency, no bitterness. perfect !

http://instagram.com/p/yM2EDtBwoF/

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, i LOVE your photo! Elegant, indeed! :D

boychik

thank you DeliriumsFrogs. i tried lol

juliebeth

that IS a nice photo! and your description sounds like an impossibiliTEA, i mean, an assam that doesn’t cry out for milk and sugar? hmmmm. i may have to check it out.

boychik

ok juliebeth, the temp was 200F and 3min. it works 99% for all Assams and Darj. This particular is extra smooth.

Mike

A blend of Assam and Ceylon, nice. I’ll have to try this one out! Thanks for the recommendation!

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drank Cool Cucumber by DAVIDsTEA
676 tasting notes

I’ve never really done cold brewing before, but suddenly I have the urge to try cold brewing everything. I blame Roswell Strange and aisling of tea and all their notes about delicious cold brews.

So I have SO MUCH of this tea. I picked up the 250g web specials bag, and I love it, but I’m also never going to get through it all. This also just seemed like the perfect tea for a cold brew. And it is! It’s sweet, with melon, cucumber and mint notes, and is ridiculously refreshing cold brewed. All of the flavours come out wonderfully.

I think I’m going to be drinking this one a lot, come summer.

Flavors: Cucumber, Melon, Mint, Sweet

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 3 tsp 20 OZ / 591 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

that DOES sound good cold… mmmm.

M

This one is amazing. I drank it all through the summer and still have about half a tin left. I think it may have been discontinued, though. Sad..

Maddy Barone

That sounds lovely. Might have to try that myself in a few months.

Roswell Strange

Yeah, it’s not available anymore. It was part of the seasonal Spring collection last year.

Anlina

I am totally up for swapping if anyone wants some.

EmilyGee

Cucumber tea sounds interesting! I’m glad it tastes good, I wouldn’t have thought!

Maddy Barone

I am tempted to make you an offer, but I need to drink down what I have 9and what’s coming from the FOUR tea orders I placed alst week! LOL

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Cold Brew!

This one was a sort of surprise find in December when I was in Regina, and stopped at Cuppa’T to pick some stuff up. I hadn’t expected to see this available for purchase since it’s one of Cuppa’T’s summer blends and last year when I was hunting for it back in January and March I was told it’d be unavailable until the summer – and then I wasn’t back in the summer to look for it!

I’ve had this one once previously, but I adored it. Seeing it again and fearing I wouldn’t see it again anytime soon after I purchased 100g of it hoping that my tastes hadn’t drastically changed in the year since having it, and that I’d still love it.

- As amazing as I remember it being!
- Strong notes of dragonfruit, sweet cranberry, and passion fruit(?)
- Not sure about the passion fruit since it’s not in the blend; that’s what I got though
- Lesser notes of kiwi/pineapple/blueberry
- It’s just so juicy and flavourful with an ALMOST “punch” like quality
- Uber refreshing! Not too juice like or sickly/sticky sweet

The fact this tasted as perfect as I’ve built it up to be in my head was such a big relief!

EDIT: I should note, that because of this tea I’ve started eating actual dragonfruit!

Even though, for a fruit, it’s pretty expensive I’ve been aiming to eat at least one (but usually more) a week! It’s delightful in fruit salad or cut into fine cubes with just a small splash of white rum mixed with it. The fruit itself isn’t super flavourful and there’s a high water content, but what you can taste is phenomenal.

It doesn’t dethrone Pineapple as my favourite fruit – but it’s up there! Top 3 favourite fruits for sure!

Anlina

Omg this sounds AMAZING!

Roswell Strange

For the record, since you have easy access, the closest I’ve ever seen another tea come to this one is the Dragonberry blend from Cornelia Bean!

Roswell Strange

Actually, I just looked up the two and they have identical ingredients – though I’ve had both, and I think the Cuppa’T blend has more dragonfruit in it than the CB one?

Kittenna

I feel like fresh-picked dragon fruit would be amazing. I don’t trust most exotic fruits in stores :P

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