Featured & New Tasting Notes

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Very heavy on the tulsi flavour, which, combined with the other notes, came across as quite herbal and medicinal.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Medicinal, Mint, Tulsi

Mike

Not your favorite, huh?

donkeytiara

I had trouble even SMELLING this one! It was WAY heavy on the holy basil for me!

Anlina

Teabox stuff has been hit or miss for me, but I guess that’s to be expected when you’re sampling a company’s entire selection.

Mike

Very true. I am glad that I’ve started out with the Beginner’s Collection. I think the Kangra Green has been my favorite so far…I may get that and the Assam you drank earlier next time. :)

Ubacat

Tulsi doesn’t have the greatest flavour but it has a wonderful relaxing effect when you’re feeling stressed.

Mike

I liked this one…first time trying tulsi. A black chai with tulsi was included in the variety pack…maybe I’ll try that one tomorrow.

Mike

Oh, my bad, I was talking about the green tulsi chai, I’m trying this one right now…you’re right, heavy on the basil, but, not bad. :)

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100

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Not that I celebrate it as such since you should celebrate love to your partner every day…but I understand the sentiment. Planned for today is to play Borderlands The Pre Sequal pretty much non stop on split screen, drink lots of tea and cook a diet friendly 3 course meal. Such a thing is possible I found.

This morning I started with English Rose black tea from Whittard of Chelsea, the most romantic tea I could think of this morning, and now I’ve gone for this Gianfranco’s Earl Grey which is still simply amazing. Full of flavour without being overly strong due to the Darjeeling base but keeping fresh and pleasant through storage. Almost out of this one one but I will definitely be re-stocking it.

Hope you all have a nice day!

DeliriumsFrogs

I know I already said this to you…but, Borderlands is Love. lol
(You know it’s true, when your partner lets you pick up the amazing gun out of the loot chest… that’s better than flowers. haha)

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I really love this tea blend! When I ordered this, I knew I would probably enjoy it; I was absolutely right, and have been drinking it a lot!
This has everything I love in a tea. Not fussy, good anytime of day, resteeps wonderfully for another cup, and most important – so delicious!
Beautiful dry leaf that brews a fulfilling, smooth and and perfectly balanced cup of tea, with notes of honeyed malt, cocoa, pastries and a hint of fruitiness.
This is my perfect anytime tea, and I actually wish I bought more than just one tin!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

yeah… i agree.

Mike

Now I’m sold…I think this is the next tea on my list to order! :)

Sil

it’s not available anymore mike

Mike

Wow, that’s too bad! Thanks for letting me know! I’ll have to go for their Tiger Assam instead…that sounds good as well.

whatshesaid

guhhh i should have bought some. so bloody expensive for one tin :/

Sil

tiger assam and red tailed hawk are both excellent imo.

whatshesaid

have and love both!
are they comparable to this one?

Mike

Niiiiice. Ooh, I just took a look at the Red Tailed Hawk, looks great…Assam/Darjeeling combination?

Mike

By the way, you have the best Steepster name ever, whatshesaid…love it! :P

whatshesaid

thanks :)

Mike

Haha, no problem.

Sil

so tiger assam i’m very partial to so i just take that out of the running lol but this one is better than red tailed…and i do love red tailed as well

Mike

Tiger Assam moves to the top of the list then. :P

caile

Sil, I ordered a tin of this with one of the tiger assam after seeing the shipping deal you got for us in Canada last month. I had been waiting for a deal so I could order more of the tiger and thought I may as well try this one too. Glad I did, though yeah, getting a second tin would have been better!

Mike, the tiger Assam is great too! I have only tried these two but love them both. I’m sure you will like the assam one :)

whatshesaid, it is darn expensive, but the tea is good…and the tins are so cute too! When I ordered I told myself at least I was saving a few dollars on shipping :)

Mike

Cool, I’ll splurge for the Tiger Assam after I clear my cupboard a little bit. :)

whatshesaid

yeah, i regret not ordering this one. ah well!

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86

dexter is awesome and portioned out a little of this one from her stash for me to have again. I have the 2014 version but it’s got nothing on the 2013 version. Sadly i missed my chance to pick up more of the 2013 version :(

Alongside this one, i’m also drinking a tea of the same name from dexter’s tea pusher. Both have that deliciously chocolatey taste…i think i like dexter’s tea pusher just slightly but both are different enough that i could drink both all day….every day lol. so good. i just hope 2015 version from YS will be more like 2013. :(

thank you so much dexter!

JC

I love this tea. I haven’t tried YS version but I have from other vendors and it is pretty damn good.

Sil

they’re all so different i find…i have like 4 that i love….for different reasons haha

JC

Yeah, I had two from a different vendor. One was extremely chocolatey and thick the other one was heavier but didn’t have as much chocolate. I wish I could get more info on the flush used and firing. I would buy KGs of it if I’m sure it is the one I love. lol

Sil

yes! haha

yyz

Understand the problem JC. I’m still looking for one that’s similar to a sample I had that tasted like a chocolate caramel oolong. It was amazing. To add to the confusion I noticed that some sellers have been experimenting with aging and this tends to result in a tea where the fruity/malty tones are toned down emphasising the chocolate notes so I don’t know if the tea I liked tasted that way cue to the harvest, handling or aging.

Sil

and that’s why i’m just waiting for YYZ to find the perfect one ;)

Dexter

I think 2013 was just a good year for ZSXZ – I like both the YS and my tea guy’s 2013 version better than the 2014. Here’s hoping for 2015….

yyz

I think the dry spring kind of intensified the grainy/malty notes in the tea at the expense of the honeyed/caramel, cocoa notes.

JC

That makes sense. I feel your pain guys. I’ll be on the look out for 2015 as well. I feel like I also went through this with Imperial Gold Buds. lol

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95
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
611 tasting notes

Sipdown! 2/6 tins. 4 more to go. And might be getting more on Thursday if they are still in stock at the Lupicia store! :D
I seriously drink this tea so much. It never gets old. One of the best teas I’ve ever had. I can’t imagine not having this again. It’s the perfect tea for when I can’t drink caffeine! :D
Also the second tin of this went super fast. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a 50g bag THAT fast before. This is why I need more haha

Maddy Barone

That certainly sounds good! I’m looking for teas that I can drink in the evening without feeling too wired for sleep. maybe I should try this one.

Maddy Barone

Holy crap. I just went and ordered a tin of this. Crap. I wasn’t going to buy any more tea. Bad Maddy. Bad girl!

VariaTEA

Haha Maddy. You won’t regret the purchase so don’t worry.

Ost

Yeah you definitely will not regret, Maddy!! If anything you’ll get as hooked as me :P

Maddy Barone

Thanks VariaTea and Ost! I’m looking forward to getting it. I also ordered Orange Kidd. I’ve never had green rooibos. I can;’t wait to try these!

Sil

so jealous of your ability to just go get this ost!

rosebudmelissa

I didn’t realize this was a green rooibos blend. I really need to get some of this now.

Ost

Aha, well not sure why they have it since it’s the store in LA, Sil. The first couple times I came it wasn’t in stock but all of a sudden last time I went it was there, so I am hoping they still have some left. But yeah, thought it was only the SF stores that are supposed to have it. So no idea haha!

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95

Breaking out the 2007 Xiaguan flame to try it again. According to my tasting notes I got this 3 years ago (from mandala). I remember being so impressed that I went back and bought another cake. My plan for the second cake is to let it age for 20 years so I can drink the first cake in the meantime. :)

This seems to be aging ok in my closet. It seems slightly more mellow than I remember it, however it is still potent. Definitely a smoky aftertaste but sweet also. Xiaguans can be really bitter if you use boiling water and steep them for too long. I usually give mine very short steeps and use water around 200F. Doing that I get a sweetish/honey aftertaste for the most part.

I love the energy this cake gives me, and the aroma is like a smoky forest. Somehow it is meditative and energizing at the same time. This is one sheng that gets me kind of tea drunk. I think I need to get another one of these… ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Sil

saved to the wishlist haha

TeaBrat

I don’t think Mandala has them anymore but you can probably find elsewhere…

Sil

doh lol

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97

Omg guys. If anyone has this and doesn’t like it PLEASE I WILL BUY IT OR SWAP OR ANYTHING. Ahem.

Basically, this tea is amazing, and it’s the closest I will ever probably taste to my beloved Banana Oolong from DavidsTea (although I am going to petition hard for the new 52teas to replicate this, if I remember). It’s a bit different, of course – I can distinctly taste the walnut in here – but the rest is much the same. Delicious oolong base (it works SO well with these flavours), natural banana flavour (no runts!), butterscotch to give the bananas a bit of a caramelized flavour, which is amazing. I am so glad I bought a second pouch of this… but 1 ounce is not enough of this tea. Not even close. Had I the opportunity, I would probably pick up at least 4 ounces of this (probably more). I miss you Butiki :(

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
kimquat

D’oh. I missed this one. Sounds amaaaaaaazing though.

Butiki Teas

Kittenna-You may want to check with Sil. I don’t think she liked it that much. Maybe she would be willing to part with her portion?

Zack S.

I have 1/2oz minus a serving. Really want your Smoked Banana from Butiki!

Kittenna

Yes. Yes. Yes.

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87
drank Kenya Premium White by What-Cha
761 tasting notes

Excellent cup. Malty, light and delicious.

One week till we move, so my giant pile of tea has been moved into a box (well, soon to be two boxes – one medium moving box cannot contain it all.) So for the next week I’ll probably just be grabbing whatever is near the top to drink.

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Last of my ESGreen samples – I saved this one for last because this was the one I was most looking forward to trying.
This isn’t really doing it for me tonight. It’s a bit too finicky, some astringent, and not at all in my preferred flavor profile. If you get the steep just right it is fruity, but it also has some bitter cocoa notes, maybe even a hint of molasses. Just a little oversteeped and it turns really aggressive on the bitter notes, maybe a hint of smoke.
I’m sure this is a quality tea it’s just not for me.
All in all though I’ve been really happy with the samples I got from them. Really liked 3 of the 4 and would consider ordering from them again. LOL I have a BUNCH of loyalty points so I SHOULD order from them again.

OMGsrsly

I keep looking at their tea pots…

OMGsrsly

I posted a couple on FB. I really like the bamboo one, it looks like a local mountain. :D

DeliriumsFrogs

Oh, that teapot, Dexter! So, so beautiful.

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77
drank Nannuoshan 2013 by Nannuoshan
5772 tasting notes

Another sample from nannuoshan. The directions on this one warn not to steep for longer than 5 secs unless you can handle the intensity. This is probably what i’m least a fan of with this one :) I accidentally steeped this one for about 10 sec and it was too bitter for me. While i didn’t mind the taste of this one…it’s a little finicky for me as far as a puerh goes. that being said, if you DO steep this one with the short steeps, it’s a pretty smooth puerh and worth the time spent enjoying it. it’s refreshing, slightly sweet and enjoyable! thank you again gabriel!

Ysaurella

I loved this one very much

Sil

i saw that. it was a little too finicky for me, but was good.

OMGsrsly

So… it’s a sheng?

Sil

that would be my guess…

Ysaurella

tastes more like a sheng sure but technicaly it is a Mao Cha

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96

Sweet baby Jesus…this might be the best Da Hong Pao I have ever had.

This lovely tea came as a gift from the wonderful boychik.

Looking at the beautifully crafted leaves, I had a feeling I was in for a treat.

So I packed my little 70ml DHP yixing pot with a shitload of tea, cause that’s the way I like it :-)

Very short steeps are required for rock oolong, a few seconds is sufficient.

My first steep was whoa!! A burst a flavor!!

In a nutshell: juicy, toasty, nutty, sharp, mineral, sweet, with big notes of stone fruits and cocoa…yes, this tea has it all!!

It’s complex, it keeps changing, adding different layers and subtleties to each steep.

It’s simply stunning, in every possible ways.

It was such a privilege to get the chance to try it, and thanks to boychik’s generosity, I have plenty left for a few more sessions. Thank you :-)

On a side note, I want to mention that after sampling a few of their teas, I was impressed enough to place my first order with Joseph Wesley. Well I was even more impressed with the service that I received! I want to thank you Joseph for your impeccable customer service, you made all the difference… I already know I will be a returning customer.

Pics:

http://instagram.com/p/y1GEv-Qh9W/

http://instagram.com/p/y1HE_SQh-w/

http://instagram.com/p/y1ICu_wh_-/

LiberTEAS

I absolutely love Joseph Wesley. They have some of the most awesome teas I’ve ever had.

Sil

they are great teas! I just wish ordering to canada was easier heh or not….lol

Ysaurella

seems they are not shipping to international :(

Sil

ysaurella – you’d have to email joseph and see what he can do.

donkeytiara

what did you order? I’ve been pondering, but just didn’t know what I needed a full canister of before I tasted it….

boychik

Donkeytiara you can buy samples sizes . I believe Joe offers a Valentines special

boychik

TheTeaFairy, I’m so glad you like this tea. It’s beautiful excellent quality. Joe, if you read this please please source some more for us. These DHP and QL are amazing. Even though I think I got some hmm, never enough ;)))

Ysaurella

@Sil thank you :)

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

thank you everyone for your nice comments. It’s touching to read that these teas are speaking to you as much as they speak to me. Our next shipment of limited release teas will be available sometime in May after this year’s harvest. Because the weather will be warmer we were planning sourcing a lightly oxidized Oolong (such as Tieguanyin from Anxi or Dong Ding from an old friend’s tea farm in Taiwan). Would you rather have the more traditional, highly oxidized, and roasted WuYi Oolong for the summer or a lighter oxidized Oolong? We’ll also have a couple of other teas that I will not share with you until they arrive!

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Breaking this one out from a a swap with a tea-friend.
I got 10 grams of this in the Gaiwan and went to town with it.
The wet leaf gave an almost cinnamon aroma to it. Quite an alluring aroma for a puerh.
I started the steeps at about 3 seconds ,3 times for my big “western” cup.
This tea has a light orange color to it. Since it was stored in Kunming it hasn’t aged as much as a wetter stored one. This is very interesting, smoke is definitely present in this brew. It is a bit strong in the early steeps. I read some reviews on Yunnan Sourcings site and only 1 other person noted this. This tea has nice notes of cinnamon , nutmeg and camphor in its notes. It is a very engaging and active tea in the mouth. It lingers on a while after you finish the cup. The resteeps seem to be going well and the flavor profile has not diminished much at all. I will continue on with this tonight. This is campfire, nutmeg ,cinnamon and camphor fighting for their taste note.
Note to smoky notes, if you don’t like them I would not tell you to try this. If you don’t mind this may be an older sheng to relish as it progresses.

Flavors: Camphor, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Smoke

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

I cannot drink sheng late in the day. it gets me so wired!

PuerhCollector

Hello Mr Mopar,

Very nicely described. I felt like I just drank the tea myself from reading your notes.

Teas that have been processed using dried wood as fuel will retain that smoky fragrance for a long, long time (decades long). Luckily I don’t mind the smoke and it helps me reflect on how things were done in the past.

Best, VP

cookies

Yum, that sounds so good. I’ll definitely be putting a cake in my next YS order.

tea123

Any bitterness or sweetness mrmopar?

mrmopar

tea123 more bitterness is what I noticed. It is a bit punchy at the early stages of brewing.

mrmopar

tea123 I pushed this a bit more and the camphor notes amp up and it does have some sweetness in there. Camphor is way more pronounced.

sansnipple

the one on the us site is a smaller cake than the one on the .com site, 100g vs 200g. I nearly bought one of these last year, really wish i had now, before the price went up, when i first saw them they were like half the current price.

mrmopar

Sansnipple you are correcy!! I didn’t pay attention to that .Thanks for seeing my error. I did go get one from the US site and now I am off tot the other site.

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85
drank Grasshopper Cheesecake by Butiki Teas
5772 tasting notes

I will happily take this off anyone who doesn’t love theirs. For me, this is the right blend of a strong base, mixed with just the right amount of mint and cheesecake flavouring. This is NOT a travel mug tea. This is a sit at home and enjoy the aroma and the deliciousness of this tea while the outside world goes by. A little bit of sugar added to this, just makes everything pop while still allowing me to enjoy the deliciousness of the suncha base.

Stephanie

I am drinking it right now too :D I will try it sweetened next time!

DeliriumsFrogs

I didn’t order any of this, and now you’re making me wish I did. lol

Sil

Steph – i loved it plain but just a teeeeny bit of sugar made it pop a little more

Sil

DF – nope you don’t want this… hahaha

Lariel of Lórien

I missed out on it.

Cavocorax

Sweet! That makes me want to pick up my damn teas just a little bit more!

Sil

I TOLD YOU! COME GET THEM!

Sil

..or wait until the next box shows up…. do you have things in that box…no maybe you don’t…i dunno..

Cavocorax

I don’t think I do? I think I’m waiting to see what A&D does for the year of the sheep/goat bc we might want to get something together.

Sil

gawd i want them to go up already..

Cavocorax

Looks like it was Feb 11 last year! So we must be getting close.

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91

(Backlog from 2 days ago)

If you are Canadian like me, you know it’s no fun to shop for tea from our dear American neighbors at the moment. Our dollar is sinking and the exchange is terrible.

I have turned to Tao Tea Leaf recently, they are based in Ontario. My love has grown so much for this company. They offer exceptional quality and you can find many different superior oolongs.

This one is no exception. It’s exquisite and sophisticated.

Baozhong is very lightly oxidized. It tastes like a breathe of fresh air.

Very floral, think lilac.

It’s also as buttery and creamy as can be, with a sweet aftertaste.

I could drink this every day that’s how much I like it. And I might just do that :-)

Pics of the session:

http://instagram.com/p/ytFJDKQhzD/

http://instagram.com/p/ytGPmZwh0c/

DeliriumsFrogs

Breathtaking pictures!!
The tea sounds really fantastic, too. Buttery lilac… mmm!

scribbles

So beautiful :)

Fjellrev

I hear you on the exchange rates! I’ll have to check this company out. :)

TheTeaFairy

Thank you DeliriumFrogs, the tea is fantastic indeed!!

Scribbles, thank you :-)

Fjellrev….sigh yes, damn exchange! You can’t go wrong with Toa. Been ordering also from the wonderful Camellia Sinensis in Montreal.

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94

I had some work booked for early this morning, so I made up a cup of tea that I knew would be delicious and reliable, and it was.

Then just after 9am, they started testing the fire alarm. Which has been going off every five minutes for the last two hours. So I’m a bit grumpy and I had to reschedule some of my day.

I’m feeling kind of thrown off, but with moving in a week, I’ve got a whole lot of stuff to do, and I can’t just write off a whole day because of a fire alarm.

Flavors: Malt, Sweet Potatoes

Sil

uuuugh fire alarms going off are so annoying!

Lindsay

ugh, the worst :( hope it stops soon!

Anlina

It seems to have stopped – fingers crossed that it doesn’t start up again. Three hours of it is about all I can take.

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70
drank Gingen 100% Instant Ginger by Gingen
1248 tasting notes

This is one of those messed up (yet always wonderful) purchases that I made in a Brussels-based Asian grocery store called Tinie’s (tiny’s). I wanted an instant ginger tea/drink but without all the extra crud, and found this. Only ingredient? Ginger. Yes! Tricky to discover though, I had to really scour the packaging (it’s all in Thai) and then the ONLY native part of the packaging in English, other htan “Ginger Extract 100%” and a blurb I’ll share on the tea page, was the URL gingen.com. Excellent!

Anyway, to the tea/drink. It’s spicy, it comes in those cute little individual packages, it’s solid, it’s dependable. Is it amazing? No… but it’s instant ginger granules, and I always want some of those on hand in cold weather.

Flavors: Ginger, Spicy

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
rosebudmelissa

I am definitely a fan of ginger. I love the taste (although I usually go for Ginger Lemon tea), and it usually really helps if I’m I’m feeling sick to my stomach. I don’t think I’ve seen instant ginger tea, though. Sounds kind of strange.

MissB

In my experience, instant ginger tea is only (usually) found in Asian grocery stores. It’s basically powdered ginger with some added something or other so that it doesn’t clump into a gooey mess. There’s a ginger lemon version of this (with extra sugar added) and a ginger matcha latte version (which I tried the other day, amazing)… usually really cheap and great to add to things where you want some extra ginger kick, even in your cooking.

rosebudmelissa

Interesting. I use a lot of Ginger in cooking (I love Gingerbread and Stir Fry with Ginger), and drink a fair amount of Ginger tea (Jammin’ Lemon Ginger is my current fave), so I’ll have to keep an eye out for this.

Ubacat

I was buying ginger and lemongrass at the grocery store when the cashier told me someone had told to make a tea out of the two. She said it helped her get over her cold really quick. I did try it and it wasn’t bad but I only did an infusion like regular tea. I think it’s meant to be boiled and simmered for an hour on the stove. If you google it there’s many different ideas on how to prepare it.

AnnaEA

I have a sweet ginger granule from my local Asian place – makes a wicked good hot drink for colds, especially with lemon juice.

OMGsrsly

I like the ginger-and-honey ones. :) Perfect for camping and hiking.

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97
drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
803 tasting notes

I LOVED this tea.
I hoarded this tea.
I drank the last of it at work today.
It had to be done, can’t keep it forever.
I will miss this, but am happy to have fond memories of it.

Sil

i hoarded this as well….finished mine so long agooooo..miss them :(

Dexter

I keep buying pearls from other sources but I haven’t found any that are as good as these… :((

Sil

i think? it was teavivre that was my second choice….but still no comparison to mandala’s if that makes sense

Fjellrev

I hope he will be able to get a hold of them again?

Dexter

Teavivre is my second choice too – but was looking at the ones at What-cha – has anyone tried them?

Sil

yes. the what-cha ones are tasty…but again very different from mandala or teavivre

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85

mmmmmm delicious! working from home today so i’m trying at least a couple of the samples dexter sent my way since i have time to enjoy them…sort of haha

there are malt notes in this tea and some underlying chocolate notes that are very faint i had a couple steeps of this one and it was thoroughly enjoyable. This would be one that i would consider picking up if i place an order through streetshop88 :)

DeliriumsFrogs

I just checked out their ebay store after reading this note. I’ll have to add them to my ‘favourite sellers’ list. All the tea looks so good!

Sil

yeah allank? i think and dexter have ordered from them…i have not, but these samples are tasting delicious!

Dexter

DeliriumsFrogs – I’ve just ordered once – two teas and a teapot – fastest shipping ever from China. Ummmm – I would like to put a little care package together for you. I can include some of this in that. Will talk later…

Dexter

Sil – I found this one changed drastically with different steep parameters – water temp really brought out different flavors. I think boychik has also ordered from Streetshop88 – allank for sure :)

looseTman

“mmmmmm delicious! … thoroughly enjoyable. This would be one that i would consider picking up if i place an order through streetshop88 :)”

Sounds great! So why only an 85?

Sil

honestly? as with all my ratings…because that’s how i felt lol my ratings are a spectrum of the teas i’ve had and i try to drop them in against other teas.

looseTman

Just curious as your description sounded so good. No offense intended.

Cavocorax

Personally, I’m always careful about rating something that I’ve only had once, and only have enough to try once – I wouldn’t want to rate it too high because I’m in a great mood, and then find that the tea itself doesn’t meet my expectations later on if I get more. An 85 still sounds like a should buy though. :P

Sil

yeah no worries loosetman. sometimes i just want to remove my ratings…but then they help me figure out rebuys so i don’t

looseTman

Thanks, whatever works for you.

Since there’s nearly an infinite selection of teas in the world:
When tea reviews include a rating, I tend to focus on those rated 90 and above, like an interviewer faced with hundreds of resumes to consider and a limited amount of time to devote to the task. However, many times the language and tone of the review appears to be more positive than the numerical rating. Thus, sometimes asking clarifying question leads to an enlightening and enjoyable dialog.

Sil

totally get that loosetman! :) sooo many teas…so little time! on that note…highly recommend the puerh i had today. heh

DeliriumsFrogs

oh, wow, Dexter! What can I do for you??!!

Sil

delirium…don’t send her tea LOL

Dexter

LOL Sil is correct – the best thing would be nothing at all. :))

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
5772 tasting notes

this + cacao = best snow day tea ever. Although i DID go in to work, i was the only one who did. But i got a ton of work done and it was nice and relaxing as far as tea drinking and working went…so there!

DeliriumsFrogs

I thought of you the other day while I was eating this really dark chocolate, fudgy brownie, while drinking LB… it was probably the most delicious combo I’ve ever had (I liked it even better than red wine and chocolate! Who knew!?)…. You, dear Lady, are genius. :)

OMGsrsly

Better than wine and chocolate, what?! (More wine for me… :D )

DeliriumsFrogs

It really was…. It was crazy! lol

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74
drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
1010 tasting notes

Cheers to another sip down! I know my Butiki notes must be sounding on the negative side lately, but mostly because I purposely took some of my lesser favourites with me to polish off, leaving all my favourites behind. Those precious favourites.

This last cup, as usual, has the most flavour, almost akin to the apple cider flavouring I detected in the guayusa a couple years ago, but it’s still obscenely faint. Hmm, as I’m sitting here typing whilst my mug sits right in front of me, I can smell for the first time ever a faint butterscotch note, very similar to butterscotch Lifesavers.

But alas, I can’t taste that. Only the apple. Damn, if only it tasted like that. Butterscotch oolong. Sounds wonderful.

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My favorite so far out of the samples I tried from Tea Ave. The oolong looks great with nice delicately large leaf. The flavor is rich, roasty nutty with a strong peach apricot aftertaste. Later infusions got kinda dry, but the after taste was still going.

I really want to get my hands on more of this tea to get a full gong fu experience – it was originally bagged (and whole leaf!) and I gong fu steeped it with the 3 grams I had.

Full review and preview of Tea Ave teas on Oolong Owl http://oolongowl.com/tea-ave-oolong-preview/

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

Wow. Why would they bag up such lovely oolong?

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

They will be selling loose leaf, they just made some bagged teas for those bagged tea drinkers. At the time I got my samples they only had bagged teas available for me to try.

Cwyn

I have a 30 year old oolong tea bag from Origin Tea perfectly preserved in cellophane. Hang onto those bags long enough…

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Mmm fudgey, chocolate, vanilla and malt. A very tasty, smooth way to start my morning.

Thank you so much for sharing, Lindsay! I can see buying some of this someday, when the Canadian dollar is stronger, but I can definitely live without it for now, especially since I have Tippy’s Not So Vanilla.

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt, Vanilla

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
Lindsay

Someday, when the dollar is stronger, you and I should share an order again to save on shipping. :)

Anlina

Sounds like a plan!

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Based on the aroma of the dry and brewed tea, I really wasn’t expecting to like this one much. It just doesn’t have a lot of aroma – kind of like artificial flavouring, and tea. Not really chocolate, not really spice (though perhaps I wouldn’t want to be smelling that anyhow). However, completely different story for the flavour. The first flavour is a distinct honey-sweetness (argh! I bet that’s from the base tea, and now I’m sorely regretting not tasting this sooner and nabbing more of either it or the plain base), followed by a wave of dark chocolate, finishing off with a growing chili heat that prevents me from having more than a couple sips at a time because WOW it’s potent.

So anyways, this is pretty good. Definitely the best chocolate/chili tea I’ve had, because 1) there is actually a good dose of heat, and 2) the base here was a perfect choice. The chocolate here is nothing overly special, but everything works very well together – it was a genius move to use whatever this base is (a leafhopper-bitten tea of some sort, I imagine), because the natural sweetness really melds the flavours. Kind of sad I didn’t get more, but it’s ok, because to be honest, I probably wouldn’t pick out a spicy tea all that often, since spicy kind of screams heartburn to me (hopefully that’s not the end result, but my brain associates the two).

Happy I got a half ounce of this, and looking forward to an embarrassingly large amount of Butiki headed my way… (1 box almost here, 1 box just mailed, 1 box probably being mailed today, a few teas being mailed to Sil, and a few more teas in VariaTea’s possession. Yikes.)

ETA: This tea is so freaking amazingly delicious. So much honey goodness. I’m glad I have some Sansia Black headed my way if it tastes anything like this tea.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah i don’t think i picked up enough of the teas i’m going to love

Kittenna

Me neither. I gambled on a few I hadn’t tried, but still only got maybe 1 oz. instead of a half ounce. Not enough.

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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.
http://instagram.com/p/yf7D7wuE7V/?modal=true

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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