744 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey by Utopia Tea
744 tasting notes

okay team tea. get ready for lots of little cups of tea today. and little notes for each.
though i will probably cut them all kinda short. lots to do lots to do!
plus i stayed up until 1:30am reading fan fic. again.

thank you TastyBrew for this tasty brew.
it smelled way stronger than it tasted. which i’m happy about. cuz the scent is STRRRRONG but the cup is very pleasantly balanced and mellow!
goes great with my vegan chocolate fudge. yes fudge for breakfast. i know i know.

ps. i accidentally let the remains of my cup cool off, and i can see this tea would make a really really delicious iced tea. nothing added. (i think i know what i’m doing with the rest of my sample!)

Lala

Breakfast of a tea champion!

Tealizzy

Mmmmm, fudge!!

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this is a rooibos i received in a mystery swap with Shelley_Lorraine.
truth is, of all the teas i received from the mystery swap, this is the only one i already owned. i think that’s a great ratio! i received maybe 35+ tea samples, and only ONE was a duplicate. very very cool. (great job ladies!)
it’s always good to have herbal teas around. it’s how my whole tea adventure started, and they are something to look forward to as the evening gets quiet.
i don’t love any rooibos tea. but mint helps. i don’t, like, hate it, or whatever.
this tea is similar to, but better than the david’s tea mint chocolate rooibos i have. and i drink that one pretty often, so i predict that this one will be gone in no time.

finally got around to watching the “nightmare in silver” episode of doctor who.
we still don’t know who clara is, but i admit i do want them to kiss. ;)

Terri HarpLady

I watched 2 episodes tonight (I’m so behind): the ‘ghost’ episode, & ‘journey to the center of the Tardis’. :)

Shelley_Lorraine

ok, so don’t everybody gang up on me now, but what up with the Dr. Who fandom on Steepster? I’ve only ever seen one episode and I don’t remember being glued to my seat. Is there something about it that attracts tea people?

Sil

Aaah! I haven’t even started the current season….trying to hold out for the blu-ray….so desperate for more dr who.

Shelley – depends on which Episode you watched….seasons 1-2 are a little hokey and then they get progressively better.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, like some teas, Dr Who is an acquired taste, hahaha. I never watched the original series, but started watching episodes on Netflix a few years ago with my son Drew, starting with the 2005 season & working our way to the present. We dumped our satellite tv (1000s of channels, nothing to watch), so now we stream the newer episodes & watch on a computer.

Shmiracles

i can’t answer about Dr. Who specifically. but i’ll throw some thoughts out there..eh why not! (i’m feelin mega blabby.) (it’s my faux friday!)
i suspect that tea attracts a certain introspective and imaginative loner type of person. and things like sci-fi and fiction are a place where society can try out new ideas and think about issues/problems and new ways of thinking. while simultaneously escaping from society itself. (i know that’s a bit grandiose but whatevs)
is tea an escape? idk. probably for some. (the amount of time i spend on steepster avoiding RL i would say yes haha)
i WILL say, and some would agree, that tea is very British. and the second thing on the list of Very British Things is Doctor Who. (Third would be Sherlock Holmes IMO) trifecta of awesome.
okay okay I guess the Queen would probably be somewhere on that list too. probably.

Shmiracles

happy 50th anniversary Doctor!!

Shelley_Lorraine

Oh gee, but I do love a good sci fi! Maybe it’s just that I have a problem with British programing. They can be a bit weird. haha. I don’t remember what season or episode I watched, but I remember thinking that it was weird. My husband isn’t a fan of it either, so there’s been no motivation to give it more of a chance. My number one sci fi flick ever (and I could watch reruns for the rest of my life) is Stargate SG1. As fas as British series go, they make a mean fantasy series that Im watching now, Merlin. My mother says that her mother was into Dr. Who and that my grandfather wondered what was wrong with her. lol.

Shmiracles

i have been told i’d like Merlin a lot. because i loved BBC Robin Hood and my whole house watched Legend of the Seeker. kinda related in story telling types i guess. i’m sure i’ll get to it soon enough. (and then i will buy all the related teas)

Tealizzy

Shmiracles – yay for Legend of the Seeker!! Haha!!

Sil

bah..legend. that show made me annoyed. even though i came to be ok with it. deviate from the books much? yes. it didn’t upset me nearly as much as stupid dresden files though lol

Tealizzy

Sil – ya, we watched it before we read the books, so enjoyed it, but you are right, books are much different, and better, as usual!!

Cavocorax

Shmiracles – that’s the BEST trifecta!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Tea Guys
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i decided to continue my chai journey! thanks to the yummy one i had earlier today.
but this was totally meh.

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oh this chai isn’t mega chai!
as far as straight chai’s go, it’s probably the most drinkable chai i’ve ever had.
granted i did steep it on the light side, but still. also after half a cup i added some agave and a creamer from the office break room. (hah i feel so clever)
i’m sure a large part of the fun i’m having with this cup is because my expectations were so low. but this moment has persuaded me to try more chais. which i think is a good lesson for the day. :)
thanks TastyBrew!! thank you thank you!


so, do we have any Steely Dan fans in the audience tonight?
Steely Dan – Only A Fool Would Say That
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTt-URVOYos

Shelley_Lorraine

dude, your just clearing through all the samples! How can you brew so much tea in such a short time? lol

Shmiracles

i’m a girl on a mission!! haha
also i have a desk job and a kettle in my office.
now come-on! these samples aren’t gonna drink themselves! :)
(i’m gonna get to yours next!)

Shelley_Lorraine

well, just don’t forget to take some time to actually taste each one ;)

Shmiracles

(don’t tattle on me, but i’m definitely more at risk of forgetting to do my work than i am of not tasting the tea o_O) i need a steepster intervention! refresh refresh refresh

Sil

i’m with you on tat one shmiracles! i love productive tea days. I just don’t have many 1 cup samples… most are a few

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drank The Liberator by Java Tea Co
744 tasting notes

this tea is a bummer.
it has pieces of chocolate in it and everything. i dug one out of the bag and brushed the rooibos off before i ate it. and it was yummy. but the tea steeped? idk. it’s just kinda maybe flavored rooibos. and not interesting.
sad. i really like the theme and intention behind these teas. fair trade and not jittery inducing. but alas, it just didn’t work out.
thanks again and again and again TastyBrew!
i like trying new things, and wouldn’t it be boring if everything was top notch? dodge and weave, dodge and weave.

Terri HarpLady

If everything was top notch, some of us would really be in trouble! :D
Also, you have to have some less than ‘meh’ teas to help you define what ‘awesome’ is, in the same way that you have to experience ‘sorrow’ to really understand ‘joy’.

Sil

well said terri!

Terri HarpLady

It’s the oolong I’m drinking, speaking through me…LOL :D

Terri HarpLady

I think I was channeling some old wise Master, for a minute ;)

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TastyBrew to the rescue!
it’s an Assamalanche!
capital A.
big and bright and i can even taste the caramel notes. malty on the nose for sure.
big personality. a strutter.

Sil

happy sigh steven wins over another lady with his 49..

TeaBrat

I might need to pay them a visit when I go to Portland.

Terri HarpLady

Ah, yes, another convert to #49 :D

Nicole

Yeah, the reasons to go to Portland next year just keep adding up… :)

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drank Keemun Encore by Adagio Teas
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this is a fairly simple cup of tea. kinda flat in nuance i guess. but nothing problematic or offensive. it’s kinda gentle in a way. hobbity. it has some nice damp earthiness to it. i’m sure my man-friend will drink it all up if i don’t watch him closely.
thanks very much TastyBrew! i’ll have several more cups of this i’m certain.


Jeremy Scahill/Glenn Greewald fan fic. horrible idea, or BEST IDEA EVER!?!?!!!!!


i’m gonna order a tea from Adagio, and i wanted to ask my friendly and thoughtful followers if you have a favorite Adagio tea they recommend. it’s hard to tell from the company steepster page what is actually the best because it’s opinions from the whole steepster community who i don’t know at all and may not even be active anymore. but i know the people i follow tastes quite a bit more, so i’d probably fair better with some of your personal picks. Thanks!! xo

Lindsey

I don’t seem to have great luck with Adagio (especially their straight blacks) but the teas I do like from there are their Gunpowder Green (very mild), Thai Chai, and Caramel. And those are pretty much the only ones I’d ever reorder!

Shmiracles

thanks for the feed back Lindsay! i was considering the Caramel :)

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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my 300th tasted tea! i’ve reached a milestone.
i ordered this tea a long while ago and kept saving it sealed for the right time.
i woke up early so i would have time to sit with it. i used my special very British porcelain tea cup and saucer. and i read fanfic by one of my favorite authors.
it was my peaceful & quiet special tea party.

TeaBrat

Happy 300!

Bianca G.

An excellent tea to celebrate a milestone with! Happy 300!

Sil

YAY!! Happy 300!!

Terri HarpLady

Congrats on 300! Sounds like a nice way to celebrate too!

whatshesaid

Happy 300! Your tea party of one sounds great :)

Tea Sipper

I was trying to figure it out by your tasting note… but do you know if this is from the old batch or the new that you included in TeaboxB?

Shmiracles

hey tea sipper. this probably isn’t the sample from the ttb. i’m pretty sure it’s a sample i had bought a while back.

Tea Sipper

Hmm… I wanted to try it if it was the older Laoshan that everyone says tastes better, but it is the same sample I have, I wanted to save it for others to try. thanks!

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the last tulsi tea bag from my thieving spree at yogaville. :)
(don’t worry it’s not really stealing, meals are included)
jasmine mint green tea? basically yes.
a little grassy. a little stemy. enjoyed.

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drank Toasted Mate by Adagio Teas
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my boyfriend really likes maté. so basically in my mind i designate all maté as his. if i open a new bag and put it in a canister, i point out “your maté is here” so i can feel sure he will enjoy it.
the result is that all of my maté is tasted from his cup. haha (can i have a sip?) (can i have another sip?) (could i have one more sip?)
but it also means he uses and enjoys all my tea accessories, which i think would be lost on him otherwise.
this is a nice maté! i’ve never had a plain one before. so i feel extra glad that TastyBrew sent me some. honestly i like it much more than i thought i would. it’s a unique flavor. definitely the toasted-ness makes it extra warming.
and not that he’s a tough sell, but the boy seems to like it too!

moraiwe

That must be a boyfriend thing! We do the same thing here :)

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i drink my tea plain.

vegan. fine arts major. bass player. runner. yoga do-er. childfree. scifi fan. e-reader fanatic. knitting newb. ADHD club member (ie; all my exclamation points are for realz!!)

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