744 Tasting Notes

05-19-2013
this is one of those teas that i wanted to try it as soon as i saw it.
this oolong is so comforting! and the flavors are mild yet effective.
both steeps were good too!
glad i have a little more. i may even add a little touch of brown sugar crystals like they recommend.
thank to Sil for this wonderfully balanced tea!

06-24-2013
today i am drinking this with animal crackers.
i dunk them in it yes i do.

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brewed in my small glass gong fu, so pretty. half of the leaves slowly float to the bottom. expanding slightly and turning fresh. the tea is a bright greenish yellow. i even brewed a second steep and it was only slightly less green tasting than the first. very very nice. i have another cups worth and i might even just go and brew it right now. thank you very much for this tasty cup Shelley_Lorraine!

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drank this at Star Trek Into Darkness. also drank Reichenbach Recovery.
Benedict owned the movie.
and i’m pretty sure i love the tea.

CHAroma

Ohhh, that movie was sooooo good!!!!

Rie

The movie was incredible. Also hilarious that they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to outfit Benedict in more black, trench-coaty things.,,

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della terra chocolate tea. pretty much i love them all. i had this and then a lapsang after, and the chocolate scent was still in my head and nose. the della terra chocolate tones linger with me. it’s a specific kind of moment from my youth kind of sense memory thing. hard to explain.

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yesterday i battled my social anxiety to throw my boyfriend an awesome birthday party. i’d say it was a success.
but today i’m sullen and irritable.
so when this tea arrived in the mail i felt almost weepy with excitement!
i created and ordered this blend on the adagio website on thursday while i was at work.
this tea did not turn out very good, but it was my first tea blend attempt.
not enough lapsang. not enough vanilla. i guess they are kinda two flavors that don’t exactly make sense so they kinda end up canceling each other out.
i’m gonna try again i think. or maybe buy one of those sampler mixer sets? idk. i’ve started this goal and i tend to get a bit obsesses in situations like these.

Terri HarpLady

too much sugar probably…;)

Tea Sipper

It sounds interesting in theory anyway! Plus, it’s Sherlock. :D

Shmiracles

hey Tea Sipper, i’m gonna continue to mess with the blend a bit. maybe it needs a slight fruity tartness to make the vanilla more bright? give it more definition. anyways, i ordered some adagio samples of more lapsang, and vanillas like green and rooibos, and a tart apple blend. if it’s just for me i figure i can really just do whatever i want :)
it’s definitely already turned into a nice learning experience!
and yes, it’s Sherlock!! and i have to pass the time until the next season SOMEWAY.

Cavocorax

Ooh. I’ll keep an eye out to see if you get this one figured out.

Shmiracles

oh hah i’m sure i’ll post on the “Steepster’s Ultimate Fan Fic Thread!” with enthusiasm when i do ;)

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oh crap. i happened to look up a 50k training plan so i can KINDA get in gear for my race in 2 weeks. and it says i should do 18 miles this weekend (10 saturday & 8 sunday).
the problem is that this weekend is my boyfriend’s birthday and i’m throwing a party. 18 miles is very unlikely to happen. no matter how focused i think i might be. hell, if i run ONE of the two days i’ll be happy.
oh well. i’ll do my best! :-/ but yes i’m nervous.


the directions on this teabag say 5 min steep with boiling water. i just can’t bring myself to do that. so i did 3 min with less than boiling water. and i think that is a good steep. any longer and it would probably start to turn dry.
the scent of this tea is very strong and super peachy. PEEEE-CHEEEE.
a great summer tea for sure. what’s not to like?!?! i’ll answer you. NOTHING.
everyone will like this tea. it’s simply that easy to enjoy.
thanks TastyBrew!


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- “Weird Al” Yankovic, Biography interview

TastyBrew

I love Weird Al. I had all his cassette tapes growing up. I still can’t get enough of yoda.

Shmiracles

You make me wanna break the laws of time and space. You make me wanna eat pork.
…..

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drank Genmaicha by Kusmi Tea
744 tasting notes

a good genmaicha. and a reliable and cozy genmaicha is always a nice cup.

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burnt cheese toast tea!
score. that is TOTALLY the scent. you nailed it TastyBrew haha (and thanks for the sample!)

brews bright golden yellow. and has a kinda oily texture to it also. which is probably why it lends itself to the baked cheese description so well. but don’t misunderstand, this is slight, and it’s not unappealing.
unique!! and nice as an herbal alternative. i’d drink this over rooibos anyday!

gmathis

Just finished a kids’ writing project about Madagascar—-the local drink in much of the country is made by deliberately burning leftover rice, then pouring water over it, straining, then chilling.

TastyBrew

I’m glad you like it! It’s such a funny tea and actually really like it.

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drank Yunnan Noir by Adagio Teas
744 tasting notes

squiggle ropes. ANOTHER very very pretty tea.
hand-rolled and elegant. i need to buy a small glass globe necklace or something. so i can wear a little tea around my neck sometimes.
for me, this tea is mellow upfront. even the scent is just slightly malty. then it turns into a warmer flavor, maybe that’s the chocolate notes? ending with a little dry aftertaste, which i like.
gentle and dark. that’s my short hand.

i’m really glad i have a lot more to try of this sample from TastyBrew. i’m gonna try to wrangle my ADHD boyfriend’s attention for long enough to have him notice the leaves as they steep. cuz this is another one of the teas i’ll have to keep an eye on before he drinks it all up in a blink.

gmathis

A tea necklace! What a pretty idea! I have a pendant that looks a little like an upside down bulb from the TARDIS that has glitter in it. Something similar would be neat with a flowery tea in it.

moraiwe

Oh man tea necklaces would be awesome! http://www.michaels.com/Corked-Vials/sb2600,default,pd.html Something like these might work :)

Shmiracles

omg those vials are a pretty good option and probably very inexpensive. i definitely need to go to the craft store this weekend. (if i find an economical way to do this i’ll start adding them to every tea swap box i just know it!)

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drank Thai Chai by Adagio Teas
744 tasting notes

holy chunky chai. uh-oh.
it looks really pretty! but it’s intensity makes me anxious.
i wanna try everything and anything once at least. usually even 2 or 3 times. even teas i hate.
i’m very moody and who knows how i’ll feel tomorrow. :)

i loved yesterday’s chai. didn’t think i would but i did.
so today’s chai…?
i did not leaf this tea as heavy as they recommend to. i can do that on the second cup. this first cup i played it a little safe i guess. and i’m glad i did. cuz i’m liking this chai too!
i really must have just had bad chai luck in my past. too heavily spiced with no finesse or balance. but this one is bright and yummy! i still have the urge to add cream and a little sugar to the cup. but not cuz i can’t enjoy it as is. just because when i think chai i think chai latte.
i should do a soymilk stove steep.
this tea is really so very pretty.
it brings a lot to the experience.

thank you TastyBrew yet again xo

Alysha

Ooh yea try it with milk if you have enough left! I found it mellowed out the spice a bit and brought out the creamy coconut flavor

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THAT’S NUMBERWANG!

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