739 Tasting Notes

28/01/2013
my first pure pu-erh.

i did a quick steep for just about 5 sec, and then one long one for 5 min.
then i just did more and more steeps for maybe 4 to 5 min each. until the liquid got pale. i was too lazy to look up what the PROPER way to steep this is. also i have 3 more squares to work with.

03/29/2013
this is a good pu-erh. i need to thank davidstea for making such awful pu-erh because it gives me a valuable reference to know what good pu-erh is. i mean heck! this tiny square probably isn’t even near the best. (i actually like the mini cake i had yesterday even more, and i’m glad i accidentally ordered 2 samples of it.) but this tiny square is not without it’s charm.

i had to let it rinse/steep for more than just 10-20 seconds, cuz the square is packed very tight and it took a while to break up in the water. and i know the point of a rinse is a rinse, but i drank the rinse anyways. and then my second steep was 1 minute. which i know is longer than it should be. my third steep was about 45 seconds. and i did a few more short steeps after that. all in my tiny glass gong fu.

ashmanra

How did you like it?

Shmiracles

people always mention the word fishy when they talk of pu-erh. or how strong it is. but i personally found the whole flavor to be very mellow. like almost a tad dull?
now PLEASE take into consideration that this is my first pure pu-erh and i have purchased at least 6 others (probably more). so i still have a lot to learn before i feel like i really have perspective and appreciation.

Shmiracles

oh but that made it sound like i didn’t like it! but i DID i did like it! i’m excited to try another pu-erh tomorrow.

ashmanra

My first puerh teas smelled terribly fishy! They tasted okay, though! My more recent puerh purchases have been more earthy, horsey, or shroomy. LOL!

Shmiracles

Oooo yes shroomy is a great descriptor hah. and isn’t it yummy!! much better than my beginner pu-erh for shroomy sure.

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2013/04/30
if you love Sherlock the way i do, you will understand this.

my sister pointed out that this song is a song for Watson.
and now when i listen to it i get chills.
i just had to put this note somewhere. i just had to.

Metric – Blindness (Amtrac Dubstep Remix)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPB2uZZV3HU

Send us a blindfold, send us a blade / Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained / All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet / Got us a battle, leave it up to me

Find us a trap door, find us a plane / Tell the survivors help is on the way
I was a blind fool, never complained / All the survivors singing in the rain
I was the one with the world at my feet / Got us a battle, leave it up to me

What it is and where it stops nobody knows / You gave me a life I never chose
I wanna leave but the world won’t let me go

2013/01/28
poor watson. i keep drinking his tea but never wanna actually review it.
but listen, the number of times i’ve had a friend over for tea tasting, and they declare this is one of the favorites teas they’ve tasted so far, always surprises me. this tea is good but it obviously doesn’t speak to me they way it does to them.

this blend of irish breakfast, cinnamon, earl grey green is obviously perfect for them!
i’ll use my sister as an example. she loves rose teas and earl greys and lavender teas and chamomile teas. just last week she was like “you never buy earl greys” and ….pause pause…. she’s right. and even when i buy anything with roses in it, it’s usually only because i know she will love it and drink it!! besides, who better to drink your tea than your friends.

Watson is the perfect support team. a dedicated and loyal friend. the most thoughtful and reliable of my company love this tea. and i like to think that says something.

and i’ve got their back too. xo

CHAroma

I really like that song. Thanks for sharing!

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drank Coconut Truffle by Tea Guys
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it smells great dry, but has a weird smell in the cup.
i keep drinking it but something is off…
i’ll brew another cup tomorrow ad make sure the strainer and everything is super clean before i do just in case.
weird start to my monday.

ashmanra

I liked this one all right,but their Chocolate Delight was really amazing.

Shmiracles

that’s good to hear! i have a sample of that one too :) yum

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drank Main Squeeze by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea Tasting Session with Emily(the mighty).
(tea number one, the rest have no notes and are just logged)

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2013-06-28
first of all, i thought i’d never see this tea again! thank you Anna!
second, why the hell did David’s Tea stop selling Santa’s Secret. i think selling Santa tea in the middle of the summer is a GREAT idea! also it was my only good excuse i had to place a David’s order. so now i don’t even know what.
third, the comment below about The Pu’erh Collection was an awful awful idea. they were gross and no one should buy David’s Tea Puerhs cuz there are SO MANY better puerhs out there. i actually spend time worrying that people will taste them and think that that is what puerhs are like and will be scarred for their tea tasting life.

2013-01-25
good bye Classic Apple. it was memorable!
sweet warm apple awesomeness.
tear.

unrelated, ….

omg DavidsTea now has something called The Pu’erh Collection?!?
i’m so on board! i wanted to try them all so bad cuz i love Chocolate Orange, and was gonna maybe start with the Cinnamon Heart one but A.) i have too much tea to even let myself buy samples really but B.) now i don’t have to choose and can just get them all so in a way i am being good by ordering it instead of say, potentially ordering each tea individually. right? i mean kinda?
anways, rad.

oh, also Joe Biden is on campus today. but not for a public event. so really he’s just here to be kinda bad-ass and shut down lots of streets to traffic. yo joe!

Shmiracles

update, The Pu’erh Collection was dumb and i wish i hadn’t bought it. cuz other thank chocolate orange, davidsteas puerhs aren’t very good.

Alysha

I had a mini meltdown over Santa’s Secret too! It was part of the 250g web specials the other day and now it’s gone. I really hope they’re not discontinuing it!

Shmiracles

Alysha! are you serious!! i missed the Santa’s Secret selloff!?!?! gah! whhhhyyyyy?! they better NOT discontinue it erg.

CHAroma

I bet they’ll bring it back around Christmas time. They do the same thing with Pumpkin Chai, don’t they? They seem to always bring that one back.

Shmiracles

Whew okay. i mean, i was just about to call them and everything hah

Alysha

I really hope they do! I missed the selloff too. I decided to think about it before committing to 250g of tea, and then when I decided to just go for it, it was gone! Ah well…gives us a reason to look forward to winter I suppose, lol

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i forget that this tea is actually two herbals mixed with an irish breakfast. for some reason i always assume it’s 3 black teas and so i don’t drink it as often. but when i do decide to open the tin i’m always thrilled with the sweet vibrant scent. note to self: drink this more.

the irish breakfast is a blend of a hearty black tea from Ceylon that has citrusy notes and a malty Assam. it’s a nice nice base and compliments the other teas in a manly sort of what you see is what you get kind of way. i can see watson slumped in a chair now.

the berry blues tea is made of blueberries and apple pieces and a tiny bit of hibiscus. but since this hibiscus is only a small part of one third of this overall blend it’s barely there. it’s mostly just appley if you ask me. down with hibiscus! sherlock agrees with me, i asked.

the rooibos vanilla chai is a strong vanilla component with ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon pieces, and orange peels. i do so like orange peels in my tea blends. and this is where the spice comes in. i kinda wish there was a tiny bit more spice. like a small smooth bite of ginger. perhaps if i steep it longer at a lower temperature……. !!!oh damn i just remembered that i should steep the adagio blends at a lower temp for 2 min. see THIS is why i need a tea journal of some sort. dangit. (i’d make another cup right now but i only brought one scoop with me to work whomp whomp)

i think this tea has slightly more heart than mind going on. and that’s more than fine with me. it’s what keeps us sane.

sherlock + watson = BFFs4Evah

ClassieLassie

Roobios usually causes me problems but I keep drinking this one thinking it will, too, and it hasn’t yet. I’m going to have to try a lower water temp and less steep time trick, too.

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03/12/2013
my boyfriend just popped his head in my door saying “it smells like chocolate in here”
the power of the tea!!

the mint is a little fresh pinch at the end of a sip. the balance of chocolate and vanilla is a tad off from perfect. cuz i think i might like more chocolate. MOAR!! but it’s just not that kind of tea is it.
no no, this is a classy and patient tea.

this tea is extremely gentlemanly. pleased to meet you Mr. Wentworth.

24/01/2013
just watched the last episode (xmas special) of Downton Abbey.
idk
i mean really?
ijdk

Miss Starfish

I’ve been putting it off… The past season was just so sad! Do you think it’s a skip-able episode or no?

gmathis

Do watch it! (No spoilers, but some very conclusive things happen!)

Bianca G.

My reaction to the episode exactly :/

Em

I agree with gmathis!!

ClassieLassie

I haven’t even seen it yet but thanks to Radio Times’ twitter, I know and I’m avoiding it as long as I can!

Miss Starfish

Oh man… I just finished and… yes… conclusive. Hmmm.

Shmiracles

controversial opinion warning…. i think i’m over downton abbey. like i’m-not-gonna-watch-it-any-more-and-i-don’t-even-care-what-happens-next over it. which is good cuz i need to reduce my tv watching anyways!
oh but i take that back cuz i will duh have to come back to visit Branson.

i’ll talk about it more once all of the episodes have shown state-side though. i don’t wanna be the spoiley spoiler!!

gmathis

Nurturing my D.A. withdrawal with Call the Midwife. New season set to begin on March 31. Different era (late 50’s/early 60’s London); equally good!

Shmiracles

i JUST finished Call The Midwife 2 days ago! i stayed up til 2am sunday night cuz i didn’t wanna stop watching i had so much fun!

gmathis

I love the Miranda Hart (Chummy) storyline!

Shmiracles

me too, so much. just having her on screen and smiling made me happy. all of them were so endearing!

whatshesaid

Downton Abbey. Yeah. Sigh.

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i added coconut milk and sucanat! i NEVER do that! what a super treat! and wtf! caffeine at 8:30pm! i’m coo-coo bananas!

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drank Genmaicha by DAVIDsTEA
739 tasting notes

toasty and delicious.
we all know how unique this tea in general is. tastes like comfort food in your cup.

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drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s my first time having this and I don’t know why I didn’t get excited about this tea sooner!! how lovely!
I’m wiped out after my 8 mile run this evening all I wanna do is lay down asap. so I didn’t sip this slowly like I wish I had. But next time I will give it plenty of attention. Probably tomorrow even.

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