Featured & New Tasting Notes

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It appears I’m the first to taste this, and sadly, it appears I may be the last.

I went to look for this tea on The American Tea Room site, and I can no longer find “Berry Noir” available for purchase. There are other berry teas available from ATR now, but not a single-flavor blackberry.

Which is a shame, because the first thing I noticed when I opened the sample packet was the big honking dried blackberries among the tea leaves and a singularly amazing blackberry smell.

Alas, the poor blackberry. It seems to get short shrift in the berry world, taking a second seat to its more popular cousins, the blueberry, the raspberry and the strawberry. I will admit to putting it in my grocery basket as an afterthought when I’ve been berry shopping. And yet, I’m always very happy when I eat a really juicy blackberry. Though I can’t conjure the taste of blackberry in my mind in the same way I can with its little friends. Perhaps that explains the fate of this tea.

Would that it were not so. The tea’s steeped aroma is a deep, luscious blackberry peacefully co-existing with a mild tea base that I suspect is Ceylon. The liquor, in any case, is very similar in color to the other single fruit blends I’ve tried from ATR.

The taste is remarkable. Really, truly, like having a mouthful of sweet berries with each sip. And since they’re not blue, rasp, straw, or any lesser known berries I’ve tasted, I’m comfortable with the idea that they’re blackberries.

This would definitely go on the shopping list if only it still existed.

Le sigh.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

damn! i love blackberry! ah well, i have a ton of tea…. =0)

__Morgana__

James, I know, right?

Fjellrev

Aww, too bad they took it away from you. I like blackberries, but I’ll admit that I prefer more sour berries such as raspberries.

__Morgana__

Fjellrev, I like raspberries a lot, too. This tea was really awesome though.

MissB

I’d send them a note; I’m finding them really easy to work with, and they’ll tell you if it’s a temporary or permanent removal.

__Morgana__

Thanks, MissB, that’s a great suggestion.

American Tea Room

We can tell you – we now offer two teas – Blushing Berry (which has all the red fruit – currants and strawberries) AND Black & Blue (which has all the black and blue fruit – blueberries, blackberries) SO my guess is you would like the Black & Blue – sorry we no longer have your favorite but we think these two are awesome as well.

__Morgana__

Thank you. I’ll be sure to try them!

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100
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
3163 tasting notes

I’ve been drinking tea for a long time, & I’ve always had a tea cupboard. The teas I collected have changed & increased over the years, but I have to confess that this is the first tea I ever hoarded! From my very first sip, I knew without a doubt that I never want to run out of this one. I know that absence makes the heart grow fonder. That’s one of the reasons I don’t drink the same tea every day. But if I can help it, I’ll always have this sitting I my cupboard, & in my backup stash (along with a few others that I obsess about), & in the backup to the backup stash. So now you know.
If ever a tea famine hits us (god forbid), you’ll find me in my bedroom on the third floor, guarding my tea stash like it’s my life, electric kettle full of hot water, cup in hand, sipping & muttering, “my precious…”

TheTeaFairy

«…If ever a tea famine hits us…» ok, now i’m freaked out! You’ve got me thinking, there’s a small bunker in the basement (no I’m not a paranoid freak, it came with the house) it’s a REALLY good reason to order more Laoshan Black to store in my tea bunker, cause you know…a tea famine is pretty serious…just saying.

Dexter

In case of impending doom, I vote we all meet at TheTeaFairy’s house and share her tea bunker. ;))

VariaTEA

Haha. Dexter, the only fair thing to do is to bring our tea stashes along as payment into the bunker but something tells me that all of steepster and our tea stashes would certainly not fit into one bunker.

TheTeaFairy

Yay, it’d be the biggest tea party ever!
And hey, not that I don’t have enough tea for all of you, but I can even offer free rent space for your own stash :-)

VariaTEA

Haha. That would certainly be a HUGE tea party. We could probably live on everyone’s collective tea stashes for years.

looseTman

Sounds like a plan! Sounds like an excellent plan!!

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be here all alone in St. Louis. If you guys run out of tea, I’ll be here, holding down the fort :)

Dag Wedin

Hmm spring or autumn harvest? Any preference?

Terri HarpLady

You know, I made the mistake of not labeling them, so I have both…

Dag Wedin

:) Perhaps i will try some of both :)

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I think there should be a law against making people work at 7AM on a Sunday morning (or any morning for that matter).
I don’t think I should be drinking good samples that yyz generously sent me. Really this morning all I’m doing is pouring in caffeine, not really taking the time to enjoy the tea.
What I do know, is that this is going down nice and easy (working on cup 4 right now) – maybe a bit too “bright” for my tastes, but nice and smooth. All in all a nice cup that is fulfilling my caffeine needs this morning.

scribbles

Sunday at 7?! Ugh, I feel for ya.

TheTeaFairy

Hang in there Dex, think of how good lazy Monday will feel like tomorrow :-)
(maybe???)

Dexter

My job would be a lot easier this morning if they would close the highways. Travel advisory in effect – blowing snow with poor to zero viability at times. ALl I can do is tell my guests this – I can’t DECIDE for them what to do.

Terri HarpLady

Sorry to hear you have to work so early, but glad you have some tea to enjoy

yyz

Hope the day goes quickly and people remember to not take their frustrations out on you! Glad the caffeine helped. This one is quite bright, I agree. It used to be even brighter. It’s mellowing out a little. The other two Jinjunmei’s have very different characters. This one was probably a good choice for today though as the caffeine content is a little higher!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
429 tasting notes

More lavender experiments

1 TSP lavender
Few slices of ginger
Cinnamon (@1.5 inches crushed)
1/8th TSP licorice shredded licorice root.

@ 16Oz mug

Cinnamon and lavender dominate scent.

The flavour is a little thin for the amount of water I used. Next time I might add more ginger and slightly increase the cinnamon and lavender. The licorice root is perfect. However, the flavour does intensify while you drink it.

Warm slightly spicy tea, with a touch of sweetness, and a bit of brightness from the ginger and lavender. Not overly floral, the lavender and cinnamon kind of blend into each other, with the lavender only slightly dominant.

__Morgana__

I’m trying to imagine cinnamon and lavender together and totally failing in the attempt.

pyarkaaloo

cinnamon and lavender…how’s that working out? a creative pairing, no doubt. i imagine this to be a clash of titans. did u enjoy this one?

yyz

Its kind of interesting, the lavender I have is quite a spicy one. In some sips they kind of create their own unique entity, while in others the cinnamon is kind of woody cinnamon hearts and the lavender comes off slightly powdery compared to some of my other lavender experiments. Mostly its a sweet spicy mix with a touch of brightness.

yyz

I’m actually enjoying it. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but for some reason it was in my mind to try it.

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I like reading about your little alchemy blend testings :-)

Tabby

Oooh, interesting. I can see lavender and ginger being nice together… the cinnamon makes it a little scary, haha.

yyz

I’m not sure if I like it as much as the lemongrass, lavender, ginger but it did taste pleasant to me, I think I want something to deepen the base a bit, but I really liked the last half cup. I might add it to the coconut experiment sometime maybe I can get lemon pound cake with lavender ( I have had that before).

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This week has been pretty busy for us. We just got back from vacation mid week which was really a work vacation and will start prepping for another office closure as we will probably be taking off for another 2 weeks in about two weeks but this time for a real vacation. Also, we received in a ton of tea, including many new teas. We are also changing up a few teas. Here is a sneak peek of just a few of the many changes:

Adding: Hattialli Golden Paw (very similar to our Hattialli Golden Lion)

Changing: Irish Cream Cheesecake. Based on the reviews, we are thinking the base is just wrong for the flavoring. We used our everyday Sourenee, which is very good but also very fickle. It can be pretty challenging to get that tea to its sweet spot and it can turn astringent if the water cools too much.

Changing: Sourenee. We are exchanging the current everyday Sourenee for a very high quality limited edition Sourenee.

Adding: Hello Sweetie. It’s coming soon but first we will be doing a promotion with it.

Changing: Da Yu Ling. We moved too slowly on the Da Yu Ling for the winter harvest but the Fu Shou Shan is a fantastic replacement!

Adding: A baked Ali Shan.

Mi Xian: Just a little warning. We are low on Mi Xian right now and will not be able to get more when we run out as it is scarce at the moment.

These are just a few additions and changes. There are many more to come and many more flavors in the works, including the Custom Blend Contest tea which is getting close to finishing the recipe. We will also be removing a few flavors and teas that just aren’t up to the standards of the rest of the teas. I would love to hear any suggestions from anyone who believes there is a tea that should be removed from our collection.

On to the tea! This harvest has a slightly deeper dark chocolate note. There really isn’t much difference from this harvest and the last harvest but the chocolate is stronger and the malt is slightly stronger. There are less stems, which is fantastic! The upgrade version on the other hand has some cherry notes that were not detectable in the previous version.

Courtney

YES Hello Sweetie! And Hattialli Golden Paw. :)

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Glad to hear you are excited about those 2! :)

Roswell Strange

Very excited to be able to try Hello Sweetie!

Courtney

Also the others haha, but especially those two.

Stephanie

Excited about Hello Sweetie too, but also a little sad that the Irish cream cheesecake is changing. It was one of my favorites from my last order! Hope you have a great vacation in a couple of weeks :)

Cavocorax

Hello Sweetie!!!
I have a lot of Butiki teas from the BF sale, and from what I grabbed off other people, but I WILL be buying 2oz+ of that one… And to make the shipping worth it, I guess I’ll have to get some more Caramel Vanilla Assam etc.

Cavocorax

Will you give us all warning on the blends which are being removed? Just in case some of them are near and dear to our hearts?

moraiwe

Oh my! Hello Sweetie and a baked Ali Shan. Be still my heart. :D

TheTeaFairy

Wow, lots of changes, everything sounds really good!

As for the teas that should be removed, the one that comes to mind is apricot Guayusa, never did anything for me, but doesn’t mean it no good, just my own personal taste.

I had stock up on Taiwanese Assam, but now I’m running low…hmmm, for the upgrade, did you really mention cherry notes??? OMG!!! I might be in trouble…

P.S. I won’t wish you a good vacation in february cause I just know it will be awesome :-)

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Hello sweetie!!! Been dying to try that and the hattialli golden paw and Ali Shan!!! I have soooooooooookko much tea from you from BF though!!! So much!!!

JustJames

i need more caramel vanilla….. and i think i have to have a hoard stash of black lotus. i drink it and it makes me poetical— i think that’s a sign, don’t you? and btw, the fact that steepster’s auto correct is not freaking over the word ‘poetical’ is HYSTERICAL! it must be a fan of firefly…..

Butiki Teas

Roswell Strange-Excellent! Glad to hear that you guys are looking forward to that one. It turned out so good!

Stephanie-Well, I hope you like the new version! I’m glad you enjoyed the old version. Thanks for the vacation wishes! :)

Cavocorax-The Hello Sweetie won’t be coming out completely until March, so you have some time. :) We will be giving some warnings when we decide which blends are getting chopped. I’m not quite sure which ones will go. All of the popular, highly rated teas will definitely be staying.

Moraiwe-Glad to hear you are interested in those two :)

TheTeaFairy-And those are just some of the changes. I can think of at least 10 new additions that I didn’t mention, including maybe one of Stephanie’s tea entries. I think you might be right about the Apricot Guayusa. It really has only stayed around as long as it has because a friend of mine requests it. I always make her a pot of it with a cinnamon stick and rock sugar. Oh yeah, I am definitely tasting cherry notes. Well, my February vacation is changing a bit but not sure how yet. Unfortunately, I tore a tendon in my foot pretty badly from ignoring my plantar fascistis and continuing to stay on my feet despite doctor warnings. Not sure how the vacation will change but will definitely be traveling less. Thanks for the vacation wishes, I will definitely have a good time!

Butiki Teas

BrewTEAlly Sweet-Glad to hear you are interested in the Hello Sweetie! A big thanks to James on that one, for letting the tea go wherever it goes.

JustJames-Hahaha, poetical. Love that word. Glad you are a fan of The Black Lotus. I love that one so much! :)

TheTeaFairy

Oh nooo! That’s pretty tragic about your foot, so sorry about that…Hmmm, I understand why it might change your plans a little, that would suck though. I’m sure you will figure figure out something no matter what :-)

It will be hard to resist ordering soon…( keep it quiet, but I’m suppose to be on a tea hiatus)

Butiki Teas

TheTeaFairy-Of course it had to happen now. Doh! I can’t complain though, I have certainly had my fill of fun vacations. I know this will be fun too, even if scaled back. No worries, your secret is safe with me…and the rest of the internet. :D

Sil

Tea fairy… The two assams are totally different teas imo. I prefer the non upgraded version, but the upgraded one is tasty, but just a different tea. If youth in k of it as an upgrade to PTA, it falls short….treat it like a new tea:)

Butiki Teas

Sil-This upgrade harvest is a little bit different though. :)

Chizakura

SO excited for Hello Sweetie! :D When I read the description for it, I positively whimpered that it was a custom blend, haha. Especially since PTA is the base!

So glad that PTA and Upgrade are back in stock. :D I haven’t tried out all the teas I got from my last order from you, but I’m already loading up a cart for another. I miss my two PTAs!

… Just promise me that Foxy Roxy Banana Walnut Treat isn’t going. D: If it were to be discontinued, I think I’d go crazy and buy ALL of it and make it last as long as possible. xD

Chizakura

Will Mi Xian be gone forever? Or just until the next harvest?

TheTeaFairy

For obvious reasons, I also hope you’re not removing Foxy Roxy :-)

Butiki Teas

No worries guys, Foxy Roxy is here to stay!

Chizakura-Glad to hear that Hello Sweetie sounds interesting to you. PTA is my morning tea, I’m glad its back too! I was rationing my tea out for that one.

It’s one of my favorites. At the moment its scarce but hopefully not for too long.

Butiki Teas

I meant to say that Mi Xian is one of my favorites and is scarce, not the PTA. Just wanted to clarify in case that is confusing.

ifjuly

Aw, I seem to have a curse where my favorite Butikis relatively few others dig and they get changed or discontinued! I’m not complaining really, I totally understand, but it’s funny being the odd duck out. I mean this as a compliment, not a complaint, but I love the Irish Cream Cheesecake! I’ve been drinking it as a breakfast tea and loving it that way, where it’s brisk like a breakfast blend but with that treaty reward for getting out of bed, ha. Looking forward to seeing what’s new and excited about Hello Sweetie!

lolainred

oooo… I hope Pistachio Ice Cream isn’t going anywhere. I love that tea.

Butiki Teas

lolainred-Pistachio Ice Cream is safe! That was one of the first teas we made!

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81
drank Fruit Flurry by Bayswater Tea Co.
1146 tasting notes

Another one I keep meaning to write a note about but the jug is gone before I bother. Bayswater makes really good fruit blends for cold brewing, and this is no exception. It may not be my favourite of theirs, but it’s refreshing, easy to drink, and not too tart from the hibiscus.

I get mostly berries with some hibiscus, and then something vaguely tropical fruity. While I wouldn’t be able to guess that it’s pineapple and papaya, they give this blend a tropical punch vibe.

OMGsrsly

Aww yes. Another fruit juice type tea for cold brewing on my list. :) Which other ones do you like from there? I’m almost out of a few of my favourites, so I’ll need to stock up with something..

Fjellrev

I think my two favourites would be Berrylicious and Summer Fruits, with this one trailing behind. They both feel like they have more going on, although this is quite good too. I also had Juicy Cherry, and it was good, but it has rose, so you may pick up on it? Creamy Rhubarb was ok but I wouldn’t get it again.

OMGsrsly

Rose is OK as long as it’s not the main ingredient! :) I wouldn’t go for a rose tea, but the Fauchon teas are totally fine. I’ll definitely check out those other teas!

VariaTEA

Now I have another company to check out for more teas to cold brew.

OMGsrsly

If you want stuff, I can pick it up and mail it for you. Or get MissB to mail it for you because I think she has an account. They don’t have an e-commerce site…

VariaTEA

That is a very kind offer. Although I have so much that it is probably for the best that a company is inaccessible. I shall keep that in mind if I ever get desperate though :)

OMGsrsly

It might just mean more swapping in our future! :)

Fjellrev

I thought you could email her an order? But I’m not sure how she would take payment. You’d think they’d take PayPal.

OMGsrsly

I think they do credit cards, but shipping starts at $14.

VariaTEA

$14 shipping…ouch. However, I am always happy to swap :)

MissB

Me and Bayswater have yet to interact in-person. ;)

OMGsrsly

We should make plans to go out there after you’re through your work-crunch, MissB! That could be fun. :)

Fjellrev

Gross, I didn’t think shipping would be so much. :(

And MissB, you just have to go sometime! It’s so nice to be able to smell everything.

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Backlog from last night.

I’ve been waiting to dig into my sample of this since getting it, but I didn’t want to have all my matchas samples open because I thought that would probably A) be bad for the matcha and B) be a little overwhelming. However, I’m done to about 2 cups worth of Pineapple Matcha and maybe 3 worth of Eggnog Matcha now, plus I was having an awful day yesterday so I decided it was finally time to try this one out. I love caramel and that is definitely what I was in the mood for – plus, Tre had made brownies to make me feel better and I thought cold, caramel milk would be something that would go fantastically with that.

I guess that you’re supposed to use 1 tbsp. of MATCHAccino for a cup as opposed to the about 1/2 tsp. one would normally use with regular matcha. To me, that seemed like a lot so I just went with 2 tsp. to kind of compromise.

Sweet baby Jesus, it was yummy! It was very, very smooth and like drinking liquid gold! I never want to be without this ever again! For a caramel lover, I was just in absolute heaven. That said – despite being super delicious it was a little weak, but that’s probably completely from my being stubborn and under leafing – so next time I’ll go with the proper instructions and measurements.

Just… Mmm!

VariaTEA

I have always wondered how the MATCHAccino differs from just plain matcha. I thought about picking some up to try but then saw it was like 50something calories and decided not to.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it has some sugar in it. Not a lot (especially compared to a Starbucks unsweetened green tea latte), but some.

Roswell Strange

When I have an income and finally break hiatus (maybe sooner than later – my birthday is March so hopefully there’ll be birthday money), my first order is likely gonna be Red Leaf for some flavoured matcha. I think I’d likely get Caramel Matcha over MATCHAccino because that’s quite tasty too – I just know I need at least one of them in my life at all times, hah…

VariaTEA

OMG ROSWELL STRANGE MY BIRTHDAY IS MARCH TOO!!! WE TRULY ARE KINDRED SPIRITS!! Okay I will stop with the super-over-excited-caps. But I saw “my birthday is March” and sort of stopped reading to come write my excitement.

Now I have finished reading and I definitely understand needing matcha in your life. Honestly though, I think I could forgo the caramel matcha in favor of the caramel popcorn because it is amazing!

Also, I only ended up placing an order with Red Leaf Tea because a friend of mine was going to order on her own regardless so I suggested if we ordered together we could get more flavors and split them so we went in on an order together. It is nice because now we are getting about 9 different matchas between the two of us that I can review and get discounts for. Then we can place more orders in the future. Without her I probably would have struggled with placing an order for such a long time given their prices.

Roswell Strange

I wonder what the odds are that your Birthday is the same day as mine? I guess 1/31…

Roswell Strange

My first matcha experiences were SO bad (sorry Lala), that had I not received some samples from Red Leaf free, and then the samples from you I probably would have written matcha off all together. Now I think I have eight different kinds on my “HAVE TO TRY THIS” list (though, I’ve had three of those eight already).

VariaTEA

I have been lucky to have only good experiences with matcha and thanks to numerous people on steepster I have been able to try a bunch of different flavors and figure out what I like best. I think that is why I was not too anxious when I finally committed to placing an order.

Also I am born March 15. The ides of March and also fertility day in Japan (on which they carry around GIANT wooden penises).

Roswell Strange

Ah, so close! March 13th for me… And that is certainly some very fun trivia about your birthday! I don’t know if there’s anything significant surrounding the 13th.

VariaTEA

So close indeed! My mom is the one who told me about fertility day. I would feel special that there is significance to the day if it not for the fact that my mom is born New Year’s Day and my brother is born Christmas day. Ides of March/Fertility day just can’t compete. On the plus side, I can go out on my birthday because stores/restuarants/etc. are actually open :P

Roswell Strange

My mom and Aunt (not twins, 11 year age difference) are both born Christmas Eve :P

Starfevre

Every day is a holiday, even if some are obscure ans weird. As a Pastafarian, I am pleased to be born on International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Roswell Strange

All praise be to the FSM, for his noodly appendages have touched us all! R’Amen.

Starfevre

R’Amen.

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And that’s a sipdown for this one! (164)

I oversteeped it so the base is a bit more pronounced, and the banana is more liquorish than I would like, but it is still a nice cup. I haven’t ruined it!

keychange

I love love love this tea!
Were you there for the “we love Franks’s banana” discussion?

Roswell Strange

I was trying to think of something to summarize how I was there for that (yay me) and how I was laughing currently remembering it, but struggled so I’m just gonna plop this ‘Lol’ here to suffice ;)

Yvonne

I’m dying to try something that actually tastes like banana. This sounds delicious!

Cavocorax

No – I think I missed this? Can someone link it? :P
And Yvonne, not only is it banana, it’s creamy coconut banana! I almost ordered some when Frank had 15% off, but it’s sold out.

Yvonne

Oh my, that sounds a million times more amazing. Coconut makes everything good!

Cavocorax

Right? I wish I had had more than that little sample!

VariaTEA

I have a thing about banana so when I saw Frank reblended it around BF I picked up a pouch. I think it is almost half gone and I actually haven’t even had a cup yet (though I have tried the tea and I know it is pretty delicious). Everyone keeps asking to try it and I am just happy to share given I have so much :). I am glad you liked it.

Cavocorax

I’m grateful you could share it, especially since you haven’t even had it yet! :O

VariaTEA

Haha it is okay. Better to share it than let it all sit and go bad. Plus it is always nice when you can help someone try something that they may not try otherwise. Frank’s blends are so hard to find so I always try to accommodate when someone wants to taste one.

VariaTEA

And, it is not like others haven’t done the same for me so it is always nice to give back.

Yvonne

You are just beyond nice, VariaTEA. :) The world needs more people like you.

Roswell Strange

My pouch of Butterscotch Banana is nearly gone, which makes me really sad. I have about a mug worth of this and Napalm Ferret left as well. Soon I’ll be out of amazing 52Teas Banana teas :(

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My dog Spike died yesterday. It was such a hard day that I didnt even want to drink any tea.
Today is going to be hard as well. Its going to be hard for a while.
For today, anyway, nothing but my favorite teas. I need all the happy I can have.

JacquelineM

I’m so sorry. My Beni died almost two years ago, and I still have hard days. It’s because we loved them so much — we have to have this hard stuff because we had so much of the wonderful stuff. Be gentle with yourself and take all of the time that you need.

Sil

I’m so sorry to hear that! virtual hugs

yyz

So sorry for you loss, wishing you lots of love and support around you.

Ysaurella

so sorry to hear about Spike’s dead.

Veronica

I’m so sorry for your loss.

scribbles

I am so sorry for your loss.

Kat_Maria

I am so sorry to hear this… :(

moraiwe

Sider passed three years ago, and there are still tears to shed. I’m so sorry for your loss.

caile

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

caile

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Tealizzy

I’m so sorry! That’s so hard!

__Morgana__

I’m so sorry to hear. :-( Comforting thoughts your way.

Roswell Strange

I’m so sorry to hear that :(

keychange

Oh no! :( that type of loss is never, ever easy. I’m glad you’ve got nothing but your faves lined up today.

Cavocorax

OMG. I’m so sorry. :(

Tabby

Oh, dear. That’s so sad, I’m sorry for your loss. :(

Fjellrev

Oh no, I’m so sorry, Rosehips. :(

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85
drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
837 tasting notes

Another sample in my swap from TerriHarpLady :)

I love “pearl” teas. I love watching the agony of the tea, as it writhes and unfurls in the hot water.

This one is super malty, so obviously I am going to love it. It is bold and creamy. No astringency but there is a bit of a creamy aftertaste. I am also getting hints of a metallic earthiness, or something like that. There is a natural sweetness to the tea, and I almost think I get of a hint of spice, maybe like clove or something, but not sure. I used 4 pearls for this steep but I think I would like to use more next time.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Haha “agony” is a great word choice here.

Starfevre

Very poetic word.

Lala

I can’t take credit for it, it is a real tea term. I read about it in a book about tea. Here is a link to a definition: http://coffeetea.about.com/od/glossaryofterms/g/Agony-Of-The-Leaves-Definition.htm

Terri HarpLady

Agony of the tea…nice!

Dexter

I love this one, but am hoarding it – heard a rumor that Garret might not be getting more. :((

Garret

Hi gang!!! The producer that I source these from decided last year to turn his leaf into something else other than pearls. With any luck, he will do pearls with his spring-picked leaf again this year. Trust me, I’m working on him!!!! We got our best black pearls from him.

Dexter

Crossing fingers – happy to hear that there is hope for more of this. It is soooooo good.

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hello sweetie…

Why there you are, you delicious dark chocolate indulgence in a cup. Where HAVE you been? Oh that’s right, i’ve been saving you, to savour every last drop of you. well today, i just wanted a taste. Just a reminder of the sweetness between us. The way your rich, dark, chocolate goodness surrounded me. You make any day incredible.

……oh yes.

VariaTEA

I was so tempted to place an order after reading about this collection. Then I started adding other things to the order. Then I saw the total, got scared, and closed the window. Haha.

VariaTEA

One day, one day I will place that order. Or better yet, one day I will travel to France and forgo the shipping all together :P

Fjellrev

My thoughts exactly, VariaTEA! While I’d still like to place an order (maybe by the end of the calendar year), maybe it’ll give me an excuse to just physically go there so I can sniff ALL THE TEAS.

Sil

this one is really expensive…I’m not sure if i’d buy it again – i love it but this last tin i received, my parents picked up for me. I wish you could buy it in bags – then it would be a permanent restock

OMGsrsly

It’s more than the $25 tins? That is… ridiculous.

Sil

it’s 25euros…i think it was…

Sil

bags though are decently priced at 5-9 euros…but this is one of their exclusives

Fjellrev

Dayum. Biting my tongue, but… really.

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75
drank Mountain Herbs by Tea Desire
1349 tasting notes

In an attempt to see if I can get my tastebuds back, I’m having more of this. Not the best tasting tea, however it’s medicinal, and I kinda enjoy that sorta thing, especially when in this weird place of fighting something when I feel dandy. Other than my sleep… that’s been off kilter for a while now.

Anyway. Eucalpytus is in here, however it’s faint. It more clears the sinuses than anything, and has little flavor. There’s a mint in here, some dandelion perhaps, fennel… a real mélange of herbs.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Hope it helps you :)

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, not being able to taste/smell things really sucks.

keychange

Also, feel honoured: you’re stuck at the top of my dash! :-)

Suziqzer

Mine too.. :)

AlexaK.

Ha, mine also!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
429 tasting notes

Large Pinch of dried lemongrass
4-5 slices fresh ginger
Dried coconut
It smells wonderful, a bit like lemon pound cake.
It tastes quite tart. I was going to add some licorice root, but I misplaced it. I suppose I could add sugar but its drinkable as it is. The coconut and ginger create a blend of cream and warmth under the lemony note. The lemongrass is both the first and last note when drinking this tisane but the ginger lingers.

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Can I just start by saying I smiled way more than I should have when I saw MissB had marked this “for VariaTEA”. I like to think that when she tries teas she thinks of me and that is why this one was specifically sent. I know that is probably not the case but let me dream :)

Anyways, as for the tea itself, I don’t get ginger or pumpkin or cheesecake. What I do get is a very pleasantly sweet honeybush with a hint of spice (perhaps very faintly akin to candied ginger?). It is pretty tasty but definitely falls short when it comes to living up to its name. That won’t stop me from enjoying my sample. So thank you MissB for sharing! I certainly would have been disappointed had I bought this (as it is not ginger pumpkin cheesecake) but trying it I am very pleased with the taste (though I don’t think I would order this as there are other honeybush blends by Frank that I prefer much more).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
MissB

That IS why it’s written on there! :)

keychange

Isn’t it sucha great feeling when you know another steepsterite is thinking of you? :)

VariaTEA

Haha YAY MissB! I definitely feel loved :)

Sil

i have boxes…with names..and tea gets put into the boxes with the names..then when they’re full…out the door they go!

VariaTEA

Haha. You are so generous. I wanted so badly to thank you for the matcha you sent me but it took me hours to figure out teas that you may not have tried before.

Sil

haha so the easy way around that? send anything you like. Even if i’ve tried it before, i always like new things :) that’s much easier than sorting through my tasting ratings haha

VariaTEA

I looked at every single tea you rated :P. I was devoted to the cause.

Terri HarpLady

I love my *Sil*boxes!!

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OMG.

So.

Good.

Thanks, Sil!

Rich dark honey. Carby. Spicy. Mmm…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!

Sil

you make this sound delicious!

Cavocorax

Omg. I’m so jealous…

OMGsrsly

It is so delicious!!!

Cavocorax

Oh man… I really wish I had some of that. :(

OMGsrsly

I wonder if it’s still available? So tempting to use some of my Christmas money instead of saving it.

OMGsrsly

WAIT. What am I thinking? I shouldn’t be buying tea…

OMGsrsly

Sil, I’m confused. This tea is this one, right?
http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/red-jade-black-tea/
Just a new lot? “Just”. I know.

Man, I could get 2 teas, hit their free shipping threshold, and be golden. And also off-hiatus. Hmm.

Sil

I still have some of this one…so worse case we can trade! Always happy to swap with friends

Cavocorax

Oh, I would love a trade – would you trade with me? I could send you soemthing nice.

OMGsrsly

I can tell this is an assam now that it’s been sitting (I’m almost done my 16 oz mug! This is unheard of!), and it’s still SO GOOD.

I think I will go off hiatus. But next week, because I just paid for a yoga class with the money on my card. :D

Sil

OMG…best way to shop from TTC is load up your cart with samples sizes… then you just have to get to 25$ for free shipping

Sil

oh and yes… they cycle through lots.

OMGsrsly

That’s like.. 4-5 samples! Not much at all. :) Any “type” recommendations, even if they’re a new lot?

Sil

sun moon lake assam; red jade black; yuchi wild mountain; and if you like stacy’s Mi xian, they have one that’s nice…

Sil

we haven’t tried the golden dragon kind yet..

also TB and Terri liked the oolongs quite a bit…to me though, they were oolongs. :) The one green tea of theirs i tried was pretty good too…if you like that sort of thing :)

Cavocorax

Oh man. :( You’re really tempting me to break my hiatus.
But. They’re not on sale right now right? So there’s no reason to do it now?

OMGsrsly

Their greens are sold out. I was gonna get the sun moon lakes, just because of the name! :D Yep, I have a cart prepared. :)

Sil

cavo. exactly. they will still be there (different lots) when you have money/return to buying tea

yyz

I still got the $25 free shipping when I had some larger items in your cart. So if you love this tea, you’re probably OK ordering a larger size as long as this is your first order and your order has some samples.

OMGsrsly

Good to know! Mmm, tea. I might wait as well. Then go all-out for my birthday.

Sil

they have a 50$ threshold and a 75 as well, depending on what’s in your cart. sooooo many tea wares that i want. sigh

Starfevre

I just bought some of the Sun Moon Lake as well as some teaware. Vintage Yixing!

Sil

jealous starfevre!

OMGsrsly

That’s awesome, Starfevre!

Cavocorax

Oooh. will you post teaware pics when it comes in?

Starfevre

I will try to remember to do that. Currently I am populating a cabinet.

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Montreal is freezing! As in I-got-brain-freeze-and-my-legs-went-numb-in-the-20-minutes-it-took-to-walk-home freezing. So, when I got home at 5:50 from class, I had to make the decision to turn around and be responsible and go to Body Pump or to walk in, start my weekend early, and drink copious amounts of tea. I chose the latter. I dumped the cold mug of Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie into a glass and started the kettle to brew two fresh cups.

While I waited, I remembered I haven’t had any milk today which meant MATCHA. Specifically this one which I have been thinking about all day! Cavocorax, I honestly don’t know how I can thank you for sharing this with me because it is truly amazing!!! I taste caramel more in this than I did in the plain caramel matcha. And the popcorn just adds a layer of butteriness and flavor that just makes this sooooooooo goooood. I am in love! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Oh and a side note. My sweats are all in the laundry so I put on the next warmest thing I own…a batman onesie. Complete with cape and cowl. So that sort of elevates this a tad as well :P

Courtney

OMG THE BATMAN ONESIE IS AMAZING.

Ana

Batman onesie?! YES!

VariaTEA

haha. It is pretty awesome. It is one of three onsies I own. One of the onesies, a sock monkey onesie, I actually got for $1 because the Target employee screwed and scanned it through as chocolate. My mom and I didn’t realize until we got home a few hours later.

Roswell Strange

Ick, Batman. I’m totally a Marvel girl (Spiderman ForEVAH). I have Spiderman Bedsheets/blankets/pillows/toques/hoodies/t-shirts/jewelry. My Onesie is sock monkeys though…

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange, I would say our friendship is over but I too love me some Marvel. I have an Avengers sweater lying on my bed next to me and a Spiderman tee-shirt which is in the laundry. However, I grew up as the younger sister of a Batman loving brother. In fact, we call his car the batmobile because I decked it out in all things batman a few years back (as in seat covers, steering wheel covers, break light stickers so when he breaks it is the batman symbol) and we have home video of him saying he is batman at only 2 years old. I grew up with it :)

keychange

You made two, no three great decisions. 1) eff body pump when it’s cold; 2) Onesys are where it’s at; and 3) you had tea. You win.

VariaTEA

Though I also grew up with X-men (last year I got my brother this huge Wolverine pez dispenser for his birthday :P), Spiderman, Deadpool, etc. Basically there was a lot of comic books and superheros around (the perks of an older brother).

VariaTEA

And thank you keychange, it definitely feels like right decisions were made :)

Roswell Strange

I’ll admit to having one favourite DC “Hero” (not really an apt character description) whom I was reminded of thanks to your Monk’s blend tasting note, additionally. When I try to explain him to people, they always think I’m lying! I grew up with X-Men too; they’re right up there with Spiderman, though personally I don’t really love Wolverine all too much.

VariaTEA

I actually wasn’t into Wolverine much either. I liked Storm and Rogue but that may have more to do with their gender than their actual powers. Though their powers are pretty cool.

Also, they actually filmed the most recent X-men movie in Montreal. I had a couple of friends stalk the set in hopes of finding Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and James McAvoy.

Ana

Nevermind my large stack of Hawkeye comics sitting next to my desk.

__Morgana__

Now this is funny because I didn’t know until today that they MADE onesies for adults. I thought of them only as the things you put babies in! Of course, living where I do now (my son wore shorts to school today… I know, I’m sorry) there is not much need for this sort of bodily envelopment except a few nights a year, but I love the idea!

Roswell Strange

I adored Rogue, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Mystique, and Azazel! No one I knew was able to understand how excited I was at the inclusion of Azazel in First Class. They just totally set it up to kind of delve into Mystique/Azazel’s plotlines with Nightcrawler – though I doubt they actually will go that route…

VariaTEA

I felt so bad for Azazel and Riptide. They were kinda just left as background characters the whole time. Actually, I mostly felt bad for Riptide given they didn’t even mention who he was. Like if you had never read the comics, he was sorta just a bonus mutant who was there.

Roswell Strange

Never really liked Riptide ;P

VariaTEA

Neither did I but I still felt bad that they sorta just tossed him in as filler. He really did not need to be in the movie other than Shaw needed more people on his team.

OMGsrsly

Batman onesie?! So awesome. :D

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84
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
6396 tasting notes

Sipdown! So i have to say, I tried this a while back and liked it a lot but then forgot about it because it’s a green tea and i don’t drink those often. VariaTEA sent a sample to me, which i opened up today in an effort to get ahead with my sipdowns since now i might not have the weekend at all for tea drinking!
…We’re driving to Detroit on Friday night, Chicago on Saturday, and then all the way back to Toronto on Sunday. Because we can. lol…

I love this even more than the first time. Something about the vanilla and caramel REALLY makes me happy. it’s deliciously creamy and wonderful and now i want more. So maaaaybe i can convince my friend to trek up to Miami in February heh :) Thanks variatea!

Courtney

I love the road trip, because you can. This tea is AMAZING. I must have more. I emailed them and they mentioned you…

Sil

ME? lol

VariaTEA

Haha yeah, Sil, they told both of us to talk to you about a group order to save on shipping :P. I am glad you liked it by the way. I think I recalled reading your tasting note so I tossed in a bit more so you could have it again.

Courtney

Haha yes. If only Steepster could support pictures. I also was chatting with VariaTEA for this. They mentioned you might place an order and to see if we could get some sort of group order going to help with shipping costs because they think it’ll be quite expensive.

Courtney

Oh man, VariaTEA I would send you anything for more haha!

Sil

So….i’m likely going to be trying to visit their store in Miami at the end of February. If i do, i’m fine to bring things back and send them to you guys or something like that…

Courtney

Ahh yes. That’s not quite what came across in the email haha. I definitely wouldn’t want to take up room in your suitcase, although I appreciate the offer. :)

Sil

….you realise, when i travel to florida i take 2 suitcases right? one for the clothes and one for tea? hahahaha

Sil

(don’t get me wrong, i’m all for a joint order as well, but if i’m going there, we save on the shipping to us and just need to split shipping from here to us when i get back)

Courtney

Hahaha the two suitcases. Okay, I don’t feel so badly anymore. :P

Sil

i guess technically we pay the 25$ for flying BUT the second one i can totally turn into a carry on and not pay for it bwahahaha

VariaTEA

Haha. I was actually saying to Courtney I will be in Florida in March and plan to do the same thing as you Sil. Plus, last time I came back from Florida I also had a second suitcase to bring back my teas. By the way, where do you buy tea when you are there? Aside from Nina’s, I couldn’t really find where to go.

Sil

Soooo funny story…i order from retailers, ship it to my friend’s places and pick up that plus anything else i’ve ordered. I am a fan of ordering my camera bags while i’m down there: www.kellymoorebag.com to save on duty/taxes etc..

VariaTEA

It’s okay. I order from retailers and send it to my Dad in LA to save on shipping. If he knows I will be in Florida he sends the stuff there to avoid customs and then I just bring it home. Yay for tea mules!!

Cavocorax

Pssssst. I would be interested in a group order.

Courtney

Right Cavo? Group order for the win!

VariaTEA

Haha. I feel like the group order would be a whole bunch of samples and a shitton of Nina’s Japon :P

OMGsrsly

Oh man. Sil! I need to get on this group order. :D

VariaTEA

I like how Sil has been appointed the leader of the group order by the people at Nina’s themselves.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Yea, that’s pretty hilarious. And tey should probably give Sil and VariaTEA some free teas for a) getting us all excited about an order and b) ‘volunteering’ to make it happen!

Sil

I am ALL for that… totally plotting how to get to Miami with ease…

VariaTEA

If you are there around valentine’s day, they are having a tea, wine, and chocolate tasting event.

Sil

sadly it would be the last week in February..if i can convince folks to make the drive. We’re usually only in the orlando area when we o.

VariaTEA

I won’t be there until March so I am missing it too. I tried convincing my mom to go but she is not into teas enough to drive the hour into Miami.

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Dry leaf aroma initially reminds me of raisins, but once brewed becomes incredibly deep and floral.
Taste is just slightly malty with a wonderful, rich floral sweetness that fully remains even on the second steep. This is so lovely, and it’s like the tea has been softly scented with red rose petals; very smooth, fragrant and sweet.
Absolutely delicious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Eee Teavivre!

caile

Did you order this one?

Courtney

Yep, a sample size. Pretty much all their blacks tea, with the exception of anything smoky, I ordered haha.

caile

haha, that’s good! I got one of the sampler packs that came with two samples of this. I’ll have to order a full pouch next time. : )

Courtney

Oh excellent. I love hearing that about teas that are en route. Although my wallet doesn’t enjoy it quite so much.

Sil

nice to see a few more reviews on this one :)

Kirlika

They’ve got a number of really, really nice black teas. I just got a pouch of Fengqing Dragon Pearl Black Tea myself that’s waiting for me in mail jail. I’ll be picking it up in about an hr and I can’t wait!! (Got one of the sample packs too and I think one of this as well, it sounds excellent.)

caile

And it sounds like there will be even more reviews coming!! ; )

Those samplers are great, and so is the dragon pearl – I’m sure you’ll enjoy them Kirlika!

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This is my first experience with puerh of any sort.

After rinsing, the aroma is reminiscent of seaweed, which unfortunately is not pleasant to me in a culinary sense, and the brewed color is surprisingly dark. Tastes also of seaweed or perhaps more of moss, with a somewhat lingering clean juiciness. Tried a second cup after more rinses (amazing how dark this is), and could not get past the earthiness of this even when not breathing in the aroma.

Interesting, and glad to have tried it, but don’t think it is for me.

Yvonne

Sorry to hear you didn’t like it :( But every tea is a learning experience all the same :)

boychik

How short your steeps were? I’m quite successful with shortest steeps possible like 5 sec.
This particular shu I found too clean and too mild for my taste. Don’t dismiss it. Try some other time;)

caile

Yes, it was a learning experience and I enjoyed trying it for sure!

caile

boychik, I played around a bit with steeping times…probably a bit longer than 5 seconds, and as well tried longer times – still pretty earthy.

boychik

I would try it again some other time.
If any one told me 4 months ago that I would be so into puerh I wouldn’t believe. I started with shu( had a free sample) that was very bad quality, completely black fishy. But I had a feeling that it was a bad sample. It didn’t stop me;). I’m addicted.
Do you drink coffee? I find shu is similar to black coffee. I do drink 1 cup everyday no milk or sugar. If you like green tea then maybe sheng is the answer.

mrmopar

Yeah I think puerh takes a little time to get aquanted with you. My first was a disaster.

caile

haha, yes I will have to try again another time. I really don’t know much about puerh at all.
And I do drink coffee but didn’t find this similar, except in color perhaps. ;-)

mrmopar

If you have only had this a short period of time let it “air” out. I usually put any new puerh in the pumidor for at least 2 weeks before I get into them. Just let it get some air and moisture and it will probably wake up a little. I get things from China that have been vacuumed sealed with no airflow or moisture and they are usually in transit a month or so sometimes. I just pull them out and hope they come “alive” again. I think this will change given a month or so.

caile

Thank you, mrmopar. It was in a sealed bag – I will the rest of it get some air for awhile and try again. And, I never knew there were pumidors!

caile

That should read, “I will let the rest of it get some air..”

Terri HarpLady

Mopar, how big is your pumidor anyway? :)

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70
drank Mint To Be (Organic) by DAVIDsTEA
2370 tasting notes

Backlog: I got this as a sample a few months back when it was still a mystery tea in search of a name. It has been a few months but I remember it tasting pretty good. I recall thinking it was very reminiscient of a York Peppermint Patty. Today I saw it was released for sale as “Mint To Be”. Had I not forgot my wallet at home, I think I would have ended up heading to DAVIDs to pick some up as I recall enjoying it and would be interested to see if my impressions remain the same now that it has been a few months and a few hundred teas since I had it.

Ana

So jealous you have a sample! I think this calls for another trip to Davids!

VariaTEA

I had this cup months ago but figured I would write the tasting note now that I knew what to call it.

Roswell Strange

I love the new name!

Isaila

I just got a sample from Davids. It’s pretty nice. I actually just got the name… awkward…

Meliboum

I’m so jealous ! Plus the name is awesome :)

Yvonne

I can’t wait to try this one eventually!

keychange

I’m so jealous too! I think I might head to dT to try this very very soon! can you taste the coconut? I love coconut!

keychange

How do you think this compares to santa’s secret?

VariaTEA

Honestly it has been a while since I had this but I do recall really liking it. Unfortunately I don’t remember the specifics though.

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Well, that finishes up the cold brew of this one! Delicious!

Also, I just got the day’s mail, which included a very mustachioed swap package from VariaTEA! It’s huuugeeee and I can’t wait to dig into it!

VariaTEA

Haha I do apologize for the ridiculous (although pretty hilarious) tape. It was all I had but I am happy the teas arrived safely and hopefully you find some tasty treats inside.

Roswell Strange

Also, officially over 200 now for the first time ever… 211, to be precise.

VariaTEA

haha Yes!!

VariaTEA

It was a tad bit of a goal to push you over the 200 mark. You know have more teas than I do :P

Roswell Strange

It would have been 213, but two were blends I already had ;P

VariaTEA

I think I realized that after sealing the envelope but just got lazy to take stuff out. Hopefully you like them. Also I am sure my number will go up as soon as yours or any of the other swaps I am waiting for arrives.

Roswell Strange

Mine had 19 blends it ;P And I know you have lots on the way as well. Personally, I think I maybe had something from Keychange (Her Eight Candles sample that made her sick?) and then my RiverTea order – but nothing else on the way! Except maybe Day 4 of the 12 Days exchange which never showed up :(

VariaTEA

I don’t even recall how many teas I ended up sending because I just kept adding.

Roswell Strange

34… 32 of which I didn’t already have in my cupboard (and not counting the ones already in my cupboard, I’d only tried two others previously; Red Velvet Cake and Lime Gelato).

VariaTEA

Wait I sent your Red Velvet Cake? As in the DAVIDs one?

VariaTEA

Oh nvm. You mean the Stash one. I was wondering why I would send a tea you hated.

Roswell Strange

Definitely the Stash one – which is so much better than DT’s awful version :P

VariaTEA

I am the reverse. I actually really liked the DAVIDs

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1774 tasting notes

Ok, confession time! I’ve always enjoyed this tea, but it’s never been a knock me off my socks sorta tea. You know what I mean, right? But I wanted to really like it because I like Sil and ButikiTeas.

Anywyas,this has gone from a 78 to an 88. I figured out what I needed – a longer steep time. Maybe 5 minutes? I want MORE flavour and this is just great now. Lovely rhubarb, slightly tart, slightly sweet and a bit of graham in there to weigh it down. YES. FINALLY I GET IT NOW.

Preparation
5 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

I’ve heard so much about this tea – wish I could try it!

Cavocorax

If you ever place an order with Butiki, she will throw in a few samples and you can request which ones. Her teas rarely disappoint.

keychange

That’s so funny-a longer steep time pretty much ruined this tea for me yesterday! Although I’m guessing it was steeping for more than five minutes, but still. Funny what works.

Terri HarpLady

It’s been awhile since I drank this one. I picked up an oz with my last butiki order, just for fun. :)

Sil

haha a 78 is a perfectly reasonable score for a tea :)

Cavocorax

:) Well 78 means I like it, but not that it’s completely irreplacable. :P Anything over 85 means I need to buy at least 2oz of it when I order.

Cavocorax

Keychange – yeah there’s probably a very narrow margin where oversteeping makes the flavours better before it makes it infinitely worse. I didn’t mean to steep it so long but my cat wanted some attention before I left the house.

keychange

Oh yeah, cats can do that to your tea anyday!

Terri HarpLady

and they do it on purpose!

Fjellrev

NIce, maybe that was the “problem” I had with this tea too. I was afraid of steeping it too long because I thought the base would only get stronger and cover up the other flavours even more.

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sipdown! mwahahah because the other half of my sample is going to go in to Terri’s box so that she can try this one as well. I have to say, these leaves are pretty darn big once they expand through brewing :) this is on the sweeter side of things, without being as distinctively sweet as some of the teas from TTC that I’ve had. it still comes across as a bit of a malty sort of tea but not to the extent of say, Tiger Assam. I am really enjoying this because it’s just a bit different than similar teas that i’ve had.

Norbu (greg) included this one for me because i was trying to find a similar tea to the one i fell in love with from Norbu that they have since stopped purchasing because of the lack of demand in the US. SHAME ON YOU US! :) While this IS a tasty tea, it doesn’t hold the same power over me as the other one. Still though, i enjoy this one a bunch.

Norbu has some excellent customer service for anyone interested, and until the end of January they’re having a 25% off sale :)

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

Shhhhh….you’ll wake up little terri, & she doesn’t need to know about that sale right now. She’ll start bragging about her birthday & all the presents (tea) she thinks she should get…

gmathis

Rock-a-bye Terri, go back to sleep
You’ve already got too many to steep…
(cheesy sheepish grin)

Terri HarpLady

It’s true!

Sil

hahaha love it!

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I have been sipping on this throughout the day between cups of hot tea. It is really a good cup. I am sure when the weather warms up, I will be throwing this back very, very quickly. It is creamy, smooth, and has awesome Neapolitan flavor. This is definitely a win.

JustJames

i do love this one.

VariaTEA

It is pretty tasty. I have a few more SBTs to try and then I will place an order to restock the ones I like and to try some of the new flavors (for some reason the insane sound pumpkin pie crepe with chocolate and vanilla ice cream is calling to me haha). However it takes me so long to get through a picture because when the weather is -25 degrees, I want something hot.

Which others did you enjoy?

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