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drank Vanilla Matcha by DAVIDsTEA
7171 tasting notes

So i tried this one today to see f i could replicate what we had at the tea festival yesterday. a cup of OJ + 1tsp of vanilla matcha and this is close to what we had on the weekend. There’s a little tweaking to do but it was a really tasty drink this morning :)

Fjellrev

Interesting!

Evol Ving Ness

I went to their booth today and nope, they weren’t doing oj matches today. Sorry I missed it. And no, I didn’t volunteer to host tea parties. :)

Sil

well davids tea vanilla matcha + oj seems to work heh

Evol Ving Ness

Did you use fresh or bottled oj?

Evol Ving Ness

ok, ok, ok, I’ll put it on my list.

Sil

tropicana heh

Sil

i just picked up 20g from Davids to play with.. was less than 2$ so worth it to experiment with.

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks. On it.

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Today again, this one is fabulous.

I’m heading out to do a little late shopping (hopefully the mall will be quiet-ish), and needed some tea before I left.

So. Good. Chocolate. Yum.

Thanks so much, Sil!

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

You are tempting me to order more flavored teas! I don’t tend to like fruity tea, but herbs or chocolate, mmmmm

OMGsrsly

This chocolate is, IMO, way nicer than Harney and Sons Florence. Although that one was good at the beginning. I’m ultra picky about chocolate in my teas… so many are just not good.

Fjellrev

I agree on the chocolate. It seems like a hard flavour to get right. And DF totally does chocolate way better than Harney, for sure.

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
7171 tasting notes

So the highlight of the tea festival for me? Vanilla Matcha in….ORANGE JUICE. Yeah, i know. I would never have thought to do that but man it was like drinking and orange creamsicle and made my day. Sadly, i’m not spending 35$ on 100g of flavoured matcha. So i’m going to see what david’s version tastes like tomorrow for breakfast lol

Nicole

Oh, wow. So it was green tea matcha with vanilla made with orange juice? How noticeable was the green tea flavor?

Sil

it was more orange creamsicle than anything lol but it was such a neat idea.

Nicole

That interests me since I am not the biggest fan of the flavor of matcha. :)

OMGsrsly

I think I need to pick up some OJ. I already have matcha. And vanilla powder.

Sil

haha i’ll report back on my experiment tomorrow :)

Evol Ving Ness

Sil, which booth was offering this? Need to know when I limp around tomorrow.

Sil

steeped tea – they were in the corner by the side of the stage on the left side. after majesteas

Nicole

Steeped Tea? The party consultants? Hm. We’ll have one of those at our festival. Maybe I need to make sure she’s bringing vanilla matcha. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Thank you, Sil. I missed them when I was flitting about today.

Sil

Nicole – yeah, i don’t much love their teas but this was a fantastic idea.

Indigobloom

I hope they have it again tomorrow!

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This is as much a review of the clay boiler I got from Taiwan Sourcing as it is this tea. This was already a really good ripe, one of my absolute favorites. So improving it was setting a high bar. But I have to say, and while this isn’t scientific, the tea just tastes better with water from my Anta Pottery Clay Boiler. The tea itself is sweet with little bitterness, and notes of chocolate and fruity notes in latter steeps. I have to admit I’m not getting much qi off of this tea but then again I usually don’t get qi from ripe tea. I think that this clay boiler was a good investment, even though it was expensive. It was about $100 cheaper than it’s main competition, the Purion Kettle. The Anta Pottery kettle is the same concept as the Purion. Having never used a Purion I couldn’t say the difference. Overall, this tea tastes smoother than with my electric kettle. I definitely notice a difference.

I steeped this tea ten times in a 120ml gaiwan with 9.6g leaf and boiling water. I gave it a 10 second rinse. I steeped it for 5 sec, 5 sec, 7 sec, 10 sec, 15 sec, 20 sec, 25 sec, 30 sec, 45 sec, and 1 min.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBLa1jZTDd2Kr8oucQsIOCgxHbYzTYiulGi1o80/?taken-by=allanckeanepuerhtea

Flavors: Chocolate, Earth, Fruity, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 9 g 4 OZ / 120 ML
kevdog19

I just got my own clay boiler from Taiwan Sourcing as well! It is AWESOME… Hope you like it too.

AllanK

So far it is great. I see it getting a lot of use.

curlygc

I did not know I needed a clay boiler until now…

kevdog19

Hahaha. Glad to have helped spur the wallet buster purchase

AllanK

Curlygc, it works really well. The description on the Taiwan Sourcing website is pretty much accurate.

TeaExplorer

I just got one of these from TS as well. Have not yet done a side-by-side.

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drank Berry Poppins by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

Morning protein smoothie infused with cold brew:

200ml coconut milk
100ml Berry Poppins
40g Syntha-6 Cinnamon Bun protein powder
122g frozen banana

I was worried it was going to be weird but it all worked out. The juicy berries ‘n’ cream from the cold brew pairs so nicely with the cinnamon and vanilla notes in the protein powder, and the banana ties it all together. Next time I’ll toss in 50g of frozen raspberries.

Daylon R Thomas

Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down, the medicine go dooown, medicine-go-down. Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way!

Fjellrev

Haha that’s right!

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Ahh, I’m in a good mood. It was a long and very busy week, but it went off successfully, and today is Saturday! And the best kind of Saturday, where I’m off to something fun! Plus I’m feeling ever so much better, so it is all good.
I’ve decided that now I have working tastebuds and a nose again, its time to drink something lovely.
Oh Tower of London, I do love you. Its like the subtler sister of Paris, with the black tea accented by honeyed stone fruits. Its just lovely.

Shae

That does sound really lovely. :)

Teatotaler

I can never quite decide which one I like better – Tower of London or Paris. I think maybe that I like Tower of London just a wee bit better. Must be the honey flavor. Crazy for honey!

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Had a nice session with this over a couple of nights. I really didn’t take down notes as I just enjoyed it for what it was. A simple tea . Brewed simply and enjoyed greatly. In times of controversy about sources and ages this is still a well sourced one. Hand picked and processed in good order as testament of the spent leaves.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBI_CTMrAye/?taken-by=mrmopar340six

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 15 sec 8 g 3 OZ / 88 ML
Zennenn

Nice lookin’ leaves.

tea123

Nice, whole leaves.

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GCTTB5

Thanks again Liquid Proust for adding this tea to the box!

Blends like this are perfect for pu’erh noobs like me. I want to like pu’erh but for me, it is a bit of an aquired taste. But, I’m definitely getting to like them!

This one is fairly sweet with notes of woody earthiness from the base. I had no idea what steeping parameters to use so I just winged it… I steeped this four times (resteeps at 3.5,4,4.5 min.) and poured them all into my thermos because I was busy reading books with my toddler!. It was delicious.

Non tea related:
I got a new Bonavita kettle last night!!! My trusty old Oster kettle just has too much mineral deposits that have built up over many years of usage. So I thought I would try something different:
https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/B008YE3RNG/ref=ox_sc_act_image_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB
I was so excited to get it ready to brew tea today and learned that it doesn’t even get to 100degrees. It gets up to 99 but won’t get to a full boil. WTF? This isn’t that big of a deal because usually I drink tea at less than a boil, but sometimes I do. And what kind of kettle doesn’t even boil water???? Anyone else have this problem? I should contact the company I guess. Sorry, rant over.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Lala

we have one at work and its boils the water to a full 100C. You can actually see it boil. Not sure if it is the same model as the one you have. Ours is quite a few years old.

tigress_al

Hmm time to give the company a shout then!

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drank Ginger Peach Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
1361 tasting notes

Cold brew sip down. I noticed with this one and Live Wire Lemon that the ginger really comes through when you cold brew them. With both, I barely tasted the ginger hot but preparing it this way? It’s pretty much all I can taste, especially with Ginger Peach Moringa. That artificial peach that took over hot is virtually gone now. It’s much better this way but I still wouldn’t buy more. Ginger Beer exists for a reason!

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this is a delicious cup. It reminds me a little of some of the TTC teas, with that sweet, almost honeylike profile up front….on the tail end i get more of an almost cocoa like, malty goodness. I am a fan of this one. I brewed it western today for a couple cups…next time i’d like to try a gonfu session as i think this one would work really well that way.

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Out of all the teas I could drink when I’m upset, I chose this one. This is one of the teas I bought a sample of for the next group buy; which I am going to make quite special because I’m going to arrange all the taste and quality by testing the products first.
So, the only time I’ve ever had a black TGY was from Verdant when they had the experimental oolongs they sent out for one of the monthly subscriptions. This one, in comparison, is lighter which helps bring out the life of the TGY in it. I brewed this one with 90c instead of 100c because I wanted to pull out the subtle notes; such as floral and sweetness. Thankfully it worked out :)
This tea rebrewed over six times and probably could go more, but I moved on to sheng which had me switch.
Overall: This is a surprising tea with lots of sweet notes at the end of the taste while still having the upfront black tea taste and smell. The look of the leaf isn’t rolled/balled which was odd, but as a black tea I suppose it makes sense. This is something that I will be comparing to three other products that in the same category (it’s actually number 2) and right now I’m unsure of which of the two takes the spot… I’ve got a few months to figure this out :)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BBGYY4LRYDS/

Rasseru

Nice sounding tea. never had a black TGY. Hope things gets better for you :)

cookies

Black TGY? Sounds interesting. TTC has a black Four Seasons that I’ve been thinking of picking up.

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Dear God, in a meeting this morning we were informed that mandatory overtime has been extended through February and increased from 5 hours a week to 7. As soon as that meeting was over I headed to my drawer of tea. If it hadn’t been work hours it might have been something stronger that went into the cup!

This really is a lovely cup. Smooth and strong, just what a morning calls for, especially after getting news you really didn’t want.

I’m going to like that extra money on the check. Say it again: I’m going to like that extra money on the check.

(and just between us, my boss is a jerk. That has nothing to do with the overtime. It’s more about my teensy little raise. My 14.5 years in this position and the experience I bring is worth a he!! of a lot more than 1.2%)

OMGsrsly

:( I wish you the best! That sounds like a frustrating situation.

Maddy Barone

Thanks OMGsrsly. I think if I had a different personality make up I would be happy. I’m off now for drinks with friends and co workers, so I think I’ll be ranted out (that’s like worn out, right?) and happily tipsy soon. Not to worry. I’ve arranged a sober ride home.

OMGsrsly

:) Drinks sound like a good plan.

Inkling

Sorry to hear about the rough day. :( Glad you had an awesome tea to help you through it!

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Sipdown from a swap from Lala.

Maybe I’m not brewing it right, but I’m getting really fruity notes rather than the malty ones I was expecting. Either way, I’m not feeling this, but am glad to have another tea out of the way.

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My first AliExpress order, I thought I would try to find a cheap oolong that I could drink all the time so as not to delve into my good stuff, I thought that while it wont be remarkable it could at least be drinkable. I really wanted to like it and will try to be neutral in my review.

This is (apparently) the Autumn 2015 Mi Lan Xiang, which is a Dan Cong I really like.

I opened the bag to be greeted by a smell which I can only describe as a dusty old sofa. It really does smell like that. Perhaps a hint of pot pourri in there. okayyy.

On to the brew, I tried this twice before deciding I am just going to bin it. It doesnt just smell like an old sofa, it also tastes like one. Like, when you were a kid (or adult) and you ate the cushions of your sofa? it tastes like that. Barely perceptible aroma, and mouthfeel of sofa dust. drying and.. salty? I didnt even get much oily weirdness at the bottom of the cup where the leaves were.

Thoughts of how this stuff was stored, and/or how old it is running through my head. I dont know if im spreading misinformation as I dont have a clue how this is stored or if its old but it doesnt taste fresh and nice to me. It really smells like old dusty furniture, not a pu-warehouse storage smell at all.

I tried to brew my current fave Mi Lan to get the taste out and the damn stuff has stuck to my mouth permeating into my current tea with its pot-pourri & dust-flavour, erm, yuck.

Bin it goes :D

p.s. I could only list ‘dust’ as a flavour because ‘old sofa’ isnt on the list

p.p.s. Also, the bag wasnt vacuum sealed, as you can get with other teas, I dont know if that is ever relevant to freshness.

Flavors: Dust

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 3 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Ubacat

So sorry you had a bad tea for your first Aliexpress order! I’ve gotten some great teas from Han Xiang Ecological Tea Co.

Rasseru

Thanks for the tip :)

Rasseru

Also, im not sure if this needs to air in the same way some puerh does? its been quite a long time in transit.. i’ll try it again in a week or two, maybe saying ‘bin it’ its a bit rushed

boychik

lol on eating old dusty sofa. im done with Aliexpress after they sent my pile of autumn leaves and sticks instead of Da Hong Pao. dont waste your money, even if its cheap.

boychik

you have to ask for the refund since they sold you “old sofa cushion”. im serious, no jokes

Rasseru

bahahaaa apparently is AAAA – one grade higher than jing tea shops mi lan.

As wise man once say ‘True ancient bush taste like ancient sofa’

Zennenn

Wow, at least you got an entertaining review out of it!

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drank Just Peachy by DAVIDsTEA
3372 tasting notes

So, I’m rewatching The 100 right now with a coworker; and drinking herbals like this one while I’m watching it…

Basically, we just sync up Netflix at the same time and then just watch the same episode at the same time and share commentary – I know that’s not a totally ‘out there’ concept or idea, but it’s the first time I’ve ever watched a TV show at the same time as a friend without actually watching in person with them and it’s honestly been SUCH a great and fun experience. It probably helps that The 100 is a phenomenal show, and one I wouldn’t mind watching over and over a dozen times. It’s funny though; we have pretty much opposite views on all the characters for the most part…

Anyway, the point of me sharing this kind of boils down to the point of why I wanted him to watch it in the first place: I desperately need someone to watch Season 3 with/talk to about season 3 because apart from my own family I don’t know anyone actually currently watching the third season and I have SO MANY THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS I NEED TO EXPRESS!! So, Steepster – watch The 100 with me so I can talk to people about the show!

Flavors: Apple, Peach, Pleasantly Sour

Sil

um. I watch it. It’s one of my guilty “yes i’m probably not the show’s demographic but i don’t care” pleasures. I just haven’t watched the first episode yet…but it’s ready to go..

TeaNTees

I have only seen the first season, but I loved it! :)

K S

I have to watch 100, Vikings, and The Expanse by myself. My wife hates them.

azurephoenix

Oooh!!! I didn’t know The 100 starteed up again! Must start watching! :)

tigress_al

Ah crap? When did the 3rd season start? What channel is it on? It’s an interesting show

Sil

started uh last week

azurephoenix

It’s on CW, I watch it through their website. :D That and iZombie

Roswell Strange

Yay! I think I may have known that Sil watches – but it’s awesome there are so many other people! Kyle and I are almost through Season 2 now though; I’m looking forward to having someone to talk to about the show in person as well as online ^^

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drank Connoisseur’s Matcha by Red Leaf
1645 tasting notes

This may turn out to be a mistake but I don’t even care. My wife shared her stomach virus with me and now I am trying very hard to keep lots of fluids in me. Yesterday I was too sick to care but today I need my morning matcha and cold milk. This one has a very unusual flavor that is perfect today. Its almost earthy but probably more nutty and roasted. I read Lion’s review and have to agree it has a stone flavor. Really good this morning.

gmathis

Bleh. Get well soon.

mrmopar

Trade you a virus for a fracture. Hope you feel better soon.

K S

Fracture? What did I miss?

Zennenn

Feel better quickly!

ashmanra

Oh no! Drink up and get better!

mrmopar

KS a little slip off the deck in the snow.

gmathis

Sounds like more than a little slip!

mrmopar

It could have been worse gmathis.

mrmopar

It could have been worse gmathis.

K S

I don’t know, must have been a pretty hard fall. It’s got you talking double ;) … and ouch.

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Still love this one. Pulled this out today in light of the free shipping coupon. On the upside, i can use it until June, so i can save it up for a purchase in the future where maybe i pick up a limited edition tea + black sunshine. AND i can work on drinking up some of my other teas from DFT (red tailed hawk, keemun, double knit, tiger, holiday, oktoberfest…..) heh

(oh yeah, thanks for putting this in my cupboard again nicole/omgsrsly…going to share some with cavocorax this weekend!)

OMGsrsly

OMG. You have… all their teas? Except the EG?

Sil

I don’t have caravan either at the moment…or the EG yeah

OMGsrsly

The only ones I’ve tried are the ones I have. :D

Sil

Used me a Facebook pm of whatever I have that you haven’t tried. I’ll set some aside

Sil

Wow autocorrect. Send me not used me

OMGsrsly

Everything. :D I have Tiger Assam and Black Sunshine.

Sil

SEND ME FACBEBOOK PM. sheesh. like i’ll remember here…over there i’ve got a little red number to annoy me until i pack them up

tigress_al

Which one is your favourite (since you have almost all of them!)? I wanna order but have never tried any…and shouldn’t order ALL of them lol

Sil

if you’re trying to take advantage of the free ship coupon but don’t mind waiting, i can send you samples when i get my bags in the mail…

tigress_al

You are awesome Sil! I would really appreciate that, so I don’t have to buy ALL THE TEA lol. And I can definitely wait.

Sil

can you send me a PM so that i don’t forget?

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Surprise review from someone in hiding for months…

Based on a true story
Why is Pretty Girls a motherfucker? Is it just because of the wrapper (https://www.instagram.com/p/BBAQWzIl_lQ/?taken-by=paxl13)? Let me tell you why.

Take a chunk off of your cake. Don’t even measure it, just eyeball it to about 10g or whatever suits you. Okay, yeah, it’s pricier than your “average” shou, but what is average when you’re only spending $2 for a session of tea? Anyway. it’s not too compressed, so just a quick rinse – or even drink it if you don’t like wasting tea.

Here we go, steeps 1-6 come on strong like a pretty girl. Taste all the rich depth of flavor from the gongting and highest grade leaves. So smooth and creamy at first – notes of earthy wood and hints of chocolate tips. Keep going to later steeps, transitioning to sweetness for the long haul. You think this relationship is meant to last forever, the taste lingering on your tongue.

And then it hits you.

The lower grade leaves try to carry the flavor for a little bit longer. Reminiscent of what once was.. you find yourself on steep 15, struggling to feel the same warmth of your first few steeps of exciting energy. It’s gone. Time to move on to another tea.

And that is why Pretty Girls is a motherfucker.

TeaExplorer

I truly love your write-up of this tea :-D

Haveteawilltravel

uggggh This has been sitting in the doomcart since its release…

curlygc

I was quite enamored of this tea when I first had it, and today I took it out for a spin again, this time paying closer attention to the flavor of each steep. I have to say, your review is pretty much spot on. That tea is absolutely gorgeous in the middle steeps, then she pretty much dumps you without so much as a “I’ll call you….”

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I’ve had a lot of this tea for some time, and I wanted to wait to make it through all of what I had until I reviewed. The tea is beautiful! The dry leaf consists of long whole leaf curls with an array of colors. They range from brilliant green to dusted silver. These gorgeous leaves give off an intoxicating scent of daisies and winter honey. They are just sweet and flowery. I usually drink this every morning before work, and I pack my tetsubin full of this beautiful Darjeeling. This morning I did just the same. I brewed up a pot and took in the scent of the steeped leaves. They still carry that floral scent, but it’s mixed with some burnt sugar and other tannic sweetness. The cuppa is perfect. This by far one of my favorite Darjeelings to date. The brew is much darker and carries thicker tones than most First Flushes, for the tea is more oxidized. This difference in processing makes the tea a rather unique Darjeeling. The taste is phenomenal! The initial sip begins with a drying floral sweetness, and then it moves into a smooth nuttiness. I detect silky caramel in the background that moves throughout the tastes. This tea has a ton of mouth action. The brew begins with an oily base that coats the mouth and throat, and then the oil dries and leaves the mouth, throat, and belly with a wonderful cooling effect. The brew has very little astringency and carries so many complimenting flavors. The drink is crisp and cool, yet it’s also heavy and full bodied. I enjoy drinking this every morning, and I’m sorry to see it go. However, it’s getting to that time of year and I’m very excited for 2016’s harvest. I highly recommend this tea to Darjeeling connoisseurs and novices alike. You won’t be disappointed.

Also, a brief word about the company. I was recommended this tea from a friend awhile back when I was searching for the perfect Darjeeling. I looked this company up and low and behold they were local for me. If you ever in the Western New York area you must stop in. This company’s tea studio is beautiful and the owner is most hospitable. In fact, some of my most memorable tea sessions happened in that studio. The atmosphere is perfect, and the tea is top notch.

https://www.instagram.com/p/8Vlj2NzGQ8/?taken-by=haveteawilltravel

Flavors: Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Flowers, Nectar, Nutty, Orchid, Plums, Smooth, Sweet

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Just John

I try really hard to limit my tea purchases, but after reading this review I went straight over to their website and ordered samples of several of their teas. Not surpisingly this one was sold out but I did get the second flush. I look forward to hearing about what you taste this spring!

Haveteawilltravel

I’m going to be doing a review on the Second Flush soon. It’s an incredible brew as well!

boychik

I love this tea. the end ;D

Haveteawilltravel

hahah :) Couldn’t have said it any better myself

Zennenn

Resisting FOMO over here like a champ! Very nice review.

Haveteawilltravel

thank you :) FOMO?

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Knowing that I needed to take a new oolong to work, I picked this out because it was my free sample.
At first I looked at it like: thankfully I took this to work because it looks like ‘free sample’ quality to me.
So I began brewing these small beat up pieces of oolong that I wouldn’t consider to look good. The first steep was full of that sweet oolong aroma! The mouth feel was in that high zone, not the best but it is clearly noticeable. As for the texture, it’s there. This might be a bit on the salty side, but once you get through six+ steeps you will see that there are multiple leaf inside that stem that looks like it’s holding a ripped up leaf. I even found one to have 5 leaves coming from it :)
This was probably one of the better samples I’ve ever received from a vendor. This was unexpected though as it doesn’t look or smell like what it taste and smells like when it brews. I’ll be looking at the winter crop for my next order for sure because if it has some of that more woodsy notes within the backtone of floral… that’d be sweet.

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drank Sweet Almond Green by DAVIDsTEA
1514 tasting notes

Ok I just had this again and it was significantly better. I kept it to about 3 min and 15 seconds, then added half a tsp of sugar. I find it works best if I aerate it around my teeth a little the way they taught us in wine class… a smooth gentle kind of sip that catches on your breath and glides through the mouth. I’m doing a terrible job of explaining, I know! sorry :/
Bah. Seems this is merely a finicky tea. Keeping the rating as is since I have no idea if I can get this consistently. That said, it would get a bump up to about 78. As intoxicating as it is, there is also that slight lingering/burning artificial taste.

Fjellrev

You make me want to talk a wine course!

Indigobloom

You totally should, it was so much fun! mine was just at a wine festival. Did you know wine has legs? :P
(its the amount it slides up & down the glass when you swirl it)

Fjellrev

Haha awesome. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Indigobloom

It is it is! :)

Fjellrev

Has it made you pickier about wines? Also, do you notice a huge difference in taste based on price? I’ve read interesting articles about wine snobs, doing blind taste tests, can’t really taste the difference between cheap and expensive ones. Shows how it can be really psychological.

Indigobloom

actually it helped me discover that I really love South American wines. and coffee actually. Something about the terroir really gets me, apparently!
It’s SO true. Some expensive wines are awful and some cheap ones are great. Same as tea lol. More pronounces in wines tho, I think.

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GCTTB5
I used up the last of this sample.

I love yunnan blacks and this one is delicious. This is the first Yunnan Sourcing tea I have tried, so I am happy to try this sample. I will have to order from them sometime after I sipdown all my Butiki.

The golden needles are beautiful. This tea is smooth and complex. I taste notes of honey, malt, cocoa, and slight sweet potatoe. The mouthfeel is thick and delicious.

I resteeped at 4 minutes and it was just as delicious.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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86

I didn’t have much luck with this one yesterday – just didn’t do anything for me but i’m not sure if that was just my mood and the kinda of day i was having or what. Tasty, but not as incredible as that first time i had it.

Final Count: 116

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drank Taiwan Ruby by Zen Tea
1934 tasting notes

I love these types of light black teas. I knew I had to try the new one from Zen! The leaves are like tiny dark tree branches. The flavor is a great example of this types of tea: honey, hints of malt, and a lot like those chocolates with the roman nougat filling. That is exactly why I love this type of tea. It’s probably only noticeable if you’re a fan of those types of candies. Maybe to others it’s a hint of cherry (or maybe just something fruity) and nuttiness. I could wish for a little more of the roman nougat flavor, but some of these types of teas don’t have that at all, so I’m glad it’s there. The flavor is very smooth and I think perfectly steeped this way. The cup looks like it’s full of maple syrup and just as smooth!
Steep #1 // 2 teaspoons for a full mug// 12 minutes after boiling // rinse// 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 10 minutes after boiling // 21/2- 3 minute steep

Sipdowns: 1/25 The Tea Spot – Chocolate O

Flavors: Cherry, Honey, Nutty

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