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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 5 g 13 oz / 377 ml

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  • “Yes, I drank tea today. Yes, I am lazy, but I was also busy all day, so in an effort to not post lame reviews about teas I drank hours ago, & have reviewed plenty of times, I am once again going...” Read full tasting note
    Terri HarpLady 3065 tasting notes
  • “pssst....i had a bit of tea today. but it was family time with extended family in town for a day and my parents up for the weekend. more to come tomorrow afternoon once everyone is gone. Miss you...” Read full tasting note
    Silaena 5348 tasting notes
  • “So Ceylon Star asked what kind of tea to mix up on facebook, and I immediately went into the kitchen and threw this desserty concoction together: 1/2 tsp Bossa Nova (oolong) from Zen Tea 1/2 tsp...” Read full tasting note
    OMGsrsly 1610 tasting notes
  • “Since I'm in the neighborhood, I stopped by press tea and had the Wild Himalayan Black Tea. Last time I had it with cream and I felt I couldn't properly gauge how the pressed tea compared to a...” Read full tasting note
    fuzzy_peachkin 464 tasting notes

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536 Tasting Notes

3065 tasting notes

Yes, I drank tea today. Yes, I am lazy, but I was also busy all day, so in an effort to not post lame reviews about teas I drank hours ago, & have reviewed plenty of times, I am once again going to lump them all into one summary. And here it is, at least in order:
- Irish Breakfast – Butiki – I’m not totally sure, but I think I like this one better than Malty Irish Breakfast, but then again, as I said before, I love the one I’m drinking while I’m drinking it.
- Elderberry – Cheryl’s Herbs – This morning I woke feeling a little flu-like. Elderberry rocks!
- Golden Monkey Black – Teavivre…sigh…oh, beautiful delicious tea…
- Black Beauty – Mandala – oh, other beautiful delicious tea…
- Premium Taiwanese Assam – oh….you get this picture here, right?
I pretty much made a point of pampering myself with delicious teas, good food, & just chilling out doing office work all day. Now I’m drinking a pot of Pumpkin Spice (Rooibos) from Harney & sons. My only complaint is the gross ‘silk’ bags. I hate those.

Ze_Teamaker

Seems like a rich black tea tuesday.

Also is this a new entry for just random tea logging?

Terri HarpLady

It was a rich black tea tuesday!
I set up this ‘random steepings’ page a year or so ago, for days like today when I drank alot of tea, but don’t really feel like I have much to contribute by way of review. Or for whatever people want to use it for :)

Ze_Teamaker

SHWEET! This is nice for when you want to talk about a tea you drank, but don’t have to put up a nice review for it yet. I always hated to do half-backed reviews just to talk about it.

Terri HarpLady

I also get tired of reviewing the same tea over & over again, no matter how much I love it. I mean, after the 9th post, what else is there to say? It’s delicious, it’s wonderful, it’s redundant (not the tea, the review…lol)
:)

Jason

I don’t know how I hadn’t seen this before, but I just found it. You guys are kooky.

Jason

BTW, why’d you think to make a tea for this vs. put it in the discussions? To keep it more private? Just interested and wondering…always good to understand how and why people are using your product.

Terri HarpLady

I’m not sure, LOL, it just seemed like a good idea at the time :)

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5348 tasting notes

pssst….i had a bit of tea today. but it was family time with extended family in town for a day and my parents up for the weekend. more to come tomorrow afternoon once everyone is gone. Miss you all and hope everyone is having a kick ass sort of weekend.

OMGsrsly

Hope you’re having fun with your family. :)

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad you’re having good times.

TheTeaFairy

So happy you get to spend some time with your family :-)

Terri HarpLady

Yup, enjoy that family time!! We’ll all be here waiting for you ;)

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1610 tasting notes

So Ceylon Star asked what kind of tea to mix up on facebook, and I immediately went into the kitchen and threw this desserty concoction together:

1/2 tsp Bossa Nova (oolong) from Zen Tea
1/2 tsp Divine Temptation (black) from Bayswater
1/2 tsp Creme Brulee (black) from Bayswater
1 tsp Canadian Maple Seduction (black) from Steam Tea House

With 1-ish tsp maple syrup and some almond milk, because I don’t want whipped cream enough to walk the 1km to the grocery store in the rain.

Yummers. Yum! Just what I wanted, even though more caffeine at 7pm is probably not a super smart decision.

So good.

Recommend. (Maybe with a toffee puerh for more depth next time?)

Thanks for enabling me, Ceylon Star! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Bear With Me

I’m a terrible influence, I’m sorry :P

OMGsrsly

AWESOME influence! I wanted some creme brulee today anyways, and this was a good way to have it. :)

Bear With Me

I just finished my latte and I don’t know what else to drink O.o

OMGsrsly

Eenie meenie miney moe? All my teas are in a spreadsheet, so I just use =randbetween(a:b) and then see if I can actually FIND the tea.

Amariel

I need more CB and DT from Bayswater. So good.

Bear With Me

I don’t have the attention span to do a spreadsheet. I usually end up playing “help pick a tea” with my buddy, or get panicky and grab something random. haha

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464 tasting notes

Since I’m in the neighborhood, I stopped by press tea and had the Wild Himalayan Black Tea. Last time I had it with cream and I felt I couldn’t properly gauge how the pressed tea compared to a normal black. This time I got it straight. Woohee! This is bitter and strongly malty. I had 3 sips and then I had to sweeten it. Once I added honey, it smoothed out the flavor and was much better. There is a build up of bitterness in the mouthfeel and I feel like I need to brush my teeth. This isn’tsmething I would drink on a regular basis.

greenteafairy

I’ll have to go back and try this straight – it actually sounds like something I’d really enjoy, since I love black teas that are super strong and malty!

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I like strong and malty, but not bitter.

greenteafairy

Yeah, my bitterness threshold’s also pretty high – I think it comes from drinking too much (very strong) coffee over the years…

teamore

Could the bitterness just be the steeping process? Too bad you can’t just buy some leaves and make yourself. I love a good strong black tea, myself. Greenteafairy, our tastes are an exact match. lol.

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398 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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987 tasting notes

It’s my birthday!!!

I’ve had a nice relaxing morning so far. Woke up and made a cup of Laoshan Black (yum) and made a Dutch Baby with fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar on top (also YUM). Then my husband gave me some of my gifts…all were tea so far LOL!

He got me the Starbuck’s matchaccino copy from RedLeaf, and a HUGE box from Butiki including-

The Black Lotus
Blackberry Lime Guayusa
Taiwanese Wild Mountain Black
2009 Banchang tree Puerh (having that one now, SO GOOD!)
Kenyan Silver Needle

Stacy also threw in some excellent samples! Birthday cake (totes apropos) the NEW Chocolate Espresso with Strawberry Cream frosting (OMG can’t wait) and the phase one butterscotch chai trial, and a new Taiwanese Black! Thanks Stacy!!!

Tonight I’m going to a neat local event the call Zoo Brew. They close the local Zoo for the evening and people pay to get in and there are a TON of booths with food and beer samples of all sorts. My husband is actually in the local homebrew club so he will be there with 5 gallons of his donated beer (an Amber Ale) serving samples to the masses. The homebrew club booth is always the MOST popular…these guys are fantastic brewers but they can’t SELL their beer without the proper licensing, but they CAN donate it to events like this! People go nuts for their unique and tasty beers :) Anyway should be a great time if it doesn’t get rained out!

Anna

Happy birthday!

Dustin

Sounds like a great start to your day! Way to go hubby on the gifts! And I love Dutch Babies, especially with honey. My mom has always made them for her kids on their birthdays. Wish there was a way to make them delicious without half a stick of butter.

Skysamurai

Happy birthday!

yyz

Happy Birthday!

inranger

Happy birthday, enjoy your tea. As an ex-homebrewer I’m sure the Zoo Brew will be a fun change of pace for your taste buds. Have fun!

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!!!

TheTeaFairy

Happy Birthday Stephanie, have fun tonight :-)

Tealizzy

Happy Birthday!! Sounds like it’s already off to a great start!!

SWApilot

Happy Birthday!!!!!

carol who

Happy Birthday! Sounds like a lot of fun!

KiwiDelight

Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

Stephanie

Thanks everyone!

Dustin I will PM you my Dutch Baby recipe, we can compare notes :)

caile

Happy birthday! Hope you have a great time at the Zoo!

Butiki Teas

Happy Birthday! Hope you have a fantastic day! Your hubby happened to mention that the teas were for your Bday, so had to throw in a sample of the Birthday Cake. FYI, the Butterscotch Chai is not going to happen. Just feel as though it is not right but it tastes great with sugar. Have fun at the Zoo Brew! That sounds awesome!

boychik

Happy Birthday amazing tea friend!!!! Have lots of fun !!!!

Tea Sipper

A late happy birthday to you! Butiki for birthday – perfect! We have something for kids called the Zoo BOO around here. haha.

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1157 tasting notes

I was carded tonight! Holy moly. Let’s just say I gladly produced my ID, and told the gal I was easily old enough to be her Mom. She corrected me after seeing my birth date, saying I just looked really young. Still hilarious.

What was I carded for? Tea. Well, a Peppermint Toddy, to be exact. First time I’ve had one, and it was delicious. Peppermint tea, Kahlua and Baileys, served hot in a mason jar with a cute paper napkin tied around the rim like a bandanna to keep my fingers from scorching. So much fun!

Roswell Strange

Oh, that sounds really good! I bet that’s tea that even Tre could get into :P

OMGsrsly

Hee! You definitely read young enough to get carded. :D

MissB

I’m going to try and find a recipe to make my own. Really yummy!

OMGsrsly, you flatterer you! :)

Kaylee

Well I know what I’m making after dinner tonight. That sounds delicious!

OMGsrsly

I rarely, if ever, buy alcohol, so I never get carded. :) My mom was once in San Fran. I was offered a beer at 13. :D

Dustin

I love hot alcoholic drinks! I’m going to have to try that one. Right now I’m on a hot buttered rum kick!

MissB

I’m definitely returning to this place to try more hot boozy drinks (hopefully also with some form of tea in them).

Kaylee

Here’s the recipe I used and it came out pretty tasty:
1 teabag Celestial Seasonings Peppermint/5 oz boiling water
steep for 10 minutes
add 1 oz Kahlua
add 1 oz Bailey’s Original
stir
microwave 20 secs on high

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1112 tasting notes

So. I finally blended my own chai. I included pink peppercorns, crystallized ginger, whole cloves, whole cardamom (which I crack open with a mortar and pestle right before brewing), broken up cinnamon sticks, and rooibos (this is our nighttime treat). I scoop in a perfect teaspoon and a half per 8 oz of water, and serve it with vanilla infused honey and a splash of milk.

Wow! Maybe because the spices are glorious ones from Penzeys, or maybe because I used just enough to make things flavorful but not ultra spicy or bitey, but — I’m in love! My husband is in love, too! He requests it every night, and I have to cajole him to try another tisane at least one night a week!

I want to try it with black tea and I also have 2 packets of flavored rooibos and one of honeybush I want to give the chai treatment to. I hope that will allow us to have chai throughout the winter without purchasing more tea!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
SimplyJenW

This sounds wonderful. I am in complete agreement about the spices at Penzeys being glorious, too! Stay warm!

Bonnie

Another two resources are Savory Spice (online and in some cities) and happyluckys.com (they carry ‘true’ cinnamon chips not chassis and other herbs and spices in bulk for a good price…). I’ve said before that I keep a box of blending ingredients. Helps that I have 2 spice shops and happyluckys within 3miles of me though. Another thing people can add to tea is freeze dried fruit to get the natural flavors they’re looking for. Pineapple, blueberries etc.

inguna

Penzeys is awesome! We buy spices from them regularly. Can you recommend any favorites?

JacquelineM

All of the ones I mentioned above are fantastic. Their powdered cinnamon “Penzeys Cinnamon” is so good too — perfect blend of I think 3 or 4 different cinnamons. I also love their powdered mustard and mustard seeds! I’ve been making my own mustard and it’s so easy and delicious. I also love the seeds in chutneys. The other thing I love is their mixes of spices to make your own salad dressings. I haven’t bought a bottle in ages. The French Vinaigrette is my favorite, and my husband loves when I make mayo and use the ranch spices to make a salad dressing.

But honestly — I haven’t had a single spice from them that I didn’t love. I also love their catalog. The stories in it are so heartwarming. I can’t believe I sit there and cry reading a spice catalog! I’m such a dork.

inguna

I agree that Penzeys never disappoints. My family loves: Vietnamese Extra Fancy Cinnamon, berbere, Southwest Seasoning and Sweet Curry Powder.

gmathis

Never heard of Penzeys until y’all started dropping all these tantalizing hints. Merits some research, sounds like!

ashmanra

I went to Penzeys a month or so ago Andre quested help choosing some chai spices from a nice young man working there who is obsessed with chai! We came up with a very nice blend very similar to yours! I used an Assam as my base.

pyarkaaloo

the look on my face right now… :o this sounds righteously delicious!!

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361 tasting notes

My husband just returned from a trip to Singapore and brought me back a few teas. One of them was labeled a Lapsang Souchong. I thought, oh crap, I seriously do not like them. But when I opened it. It smelled amazing. Rich chocolate. Dark roast. Is that normal? I always thought LS were just meat smokey. And I don’t eat meat, so I really don’t like my tea to taste like it. But this one was either mislabeled, or maybe there are different kinds. Cause this one was amazing. Anybody have any insights?

I used my new favorite glass steeper. Perfect 8oz glass mug with glass steeping insert. Pictures here:

http://tastybrewtea.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-favorite-new-steeping-cup.html

Sil

mmmmmmmm

Sil

also…that is a really cute steeper

OMGsrsly

What Sil said! Love that steeper. :)

yyz

To answer your question yes! Current regulations have severely limited the use of pine smoke in LS so more and more of them are being produced with little to no smoke flavour and yes many of them have very strong chocolate notes. I tried one that tasted like a chocolate caramel and was buttery like an oolong. I suspect I know who sells it but I have to decide if I want to pay that much for it. On the other hand of the 2 LS I have bought recently one has sharp fruit notes over the chocolate and the other has roasted notes and is more caramel underneath than chocolate but I’m currently loving this version of LS.

yyz

From another site..Apparently “Yan Zhengshan Xiaozhong” (煙正山小種). is the smoked version.

Terri HarpLady

Sounds yum!

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626 tasting notes

We had a tea party today! I always have small ones with just a few people and we keep it casual. Everyone enjoys trying stuff out of my cupboard. Haha! I decided to introduce them to puerh today and steeped up special dark by Mandala. Everyone liked it and it was actually everyone’s favorite of the day! We drank lots of different teas. I personally drank snow view by Lupicia, special dark, TeaVivre’s white tea cake, and caramel & rum by Lupicia. It was a great chance to rediscover teas I had forgotten about. We had quite a spread too. My caramel apple scones were a hit, and we had goat cheese, shallot, and habanero sauce tea sandwiches, caprese kabobs, strawberry and goat cheese on crackers, and a lemon curd macadamia nut crust tart. Here’s a pic: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97273956@N03/15621636997/in/photostream/

So fun! :)

sundaysipping

Incredible looking tea party!

Nicole

That looks great! And sounds very tasty!

ashmanra

Oh wow! That looks awesome! I could eat that whole picture right now. Sounds like an awesome tea party!

Kittenna

Looks delicious!

gmathis

I am in awe of anybody who can make food look that pretty…especially that many kinds simultaneously! Two dishes at once just about kill me :)

Tealizzy

gmathis- I can’t take the credit…my friends all chip in, so it’s not so hard. I usually make the scones, provide the tea and host it, while others bring sandwiches, sweets, etc. Works really well! :)

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