1038 Tasting Notes

This is FANTASTIC!!! Deep dark chocolate, malt, some starch. This is exactly what I love in a black tea. Perfect….
Thank you Sil for sharing.

Sil

Woot! Yay for finding a happy tea

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drank Strawberry Cream by Zen Tea
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I’ve spent the last couple of days lying on the couch watching season 6 and 7 of Game of Thrones – OMG what just happened !!??!! I had almost given up on it after season 5 but was convinced by friends that I really needed to stick with it. Yeah ok season 7 was awesome. Can’t wait for season 8. But now on to season 2 of Colony.

I’ve been spending the weekend on the couch because I’m trying to fight off the cold/flu thing I’ve got happening. I didn’t get any worse today so I’m calling that a win. Still a little stuffy and have a bit of chest congestion, but not nearly as sick as everyone else at work. Crossing fingers that I can contain it to this….

Strawberry cream? ok sure, I’ll go with that. Fruit black tea anyway. Nothing really exciting, but also nothing offensive. It’s fine to be sipping while watching TV. Thanks Evol for sharing.

Kittenna

We just finished the last episode of GoT season 7 last night! I’m really pleased that not everything had been spoiled for me, and am now really annoyed about having to wait a year for season 8.

Dexter

Yeah – it’s going to be a long wait for the last season.

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This was the second tea that came out of the sample box today. I like it. This is a nice black for me. A little sweet, a little malty, some fruit, not really chocolate but thick and sweet. Thanks Evol for sending this my way.

My head is feeling better tonight, but still icky in the throat and chest. I am not getting sick, I am not getting sick – (or at least I’m wishing it away) I’ve spent the majority of the day in front of the TV – I think that is going to be the plan for the rest of the night and most of tomorrow.

Evol Ving Ness

Ooooh, it sounds like you are winning the fight—yay!

Quite like this one too. Delighted that you are enjoying it.

Lexie Aleah

I had something today sounding similar as well. Hopefully it goes away soon for both of us!

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About half the people at work are sick. There is a nasty cold/flu going around and so far I’ve been able to avoid it…. until I got up this morning. Snuffly, phlegmy, scratchy throat, heavy chest. Ugggg – I am not getting sick, I am not getting sick. Spent the day on the couch with the cat watching season 6 of Game of Thrones. (Part of me thinks I should have been watching season 2 of Colony on Netflix, but that’s another story).
This was the tea that randomly came out of the sample box. Not what I normally think of as a Jin Jun Mei. I didn’t get any malt, or chocolate. Others are saying smokey – I didn’t get any of that until it really cooled and then only a hint. This is fine, nice enough black tea. I drank it Western – lots of leaf, cool water, long steep (and even longer 2nd steep). I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t anything really special. Thanks Evol for the share.

looseTman

“About half the people at work are sick. There is a nasty cold/flu going around …”
+2: Both Patty & me got it. It lasted about a week. We hope you feel better soon!
FWIW: Cold-Eeze helped me recover faster than Patty who didn’t use it.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah! I hate that. Experienced the same thing during the few days at my workshop over the holidays when I was surrounded by sick people. I think hot tea w honey and popping vitamin C and a lot of hand washing helped me stave it off. Also, daily morning walks, I think had something to do with it too. Stay healthy!

Dexter

Thanks – I’m voting sleep and positive thinking is working – I feel quite a bit better today.

Evol Ving Ness

Hurray for the winning combination!

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This is really interesting. Sort of like an aged white. It’s not floral, it’s not hay, it’s not grassy – it’s sweet, it’s a bit corn, it’s a bit apricot, maybe just a touch of honey.
The leaves (sticks) are beautiful, such a strange looking tea.
This is why we keep trying all the tea. I would never have run into this one if Sil hadn’t sent me a sample – thank you. You never know what fun and interesting things are out there, so we keep trying – and this was definitely worth trying.

Sil

stick tea! haha

Sil

i pretty much just bought it for the look of it…because why not?

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I dug this out of my sample box and I’m not sure where it came from – Sil ? I think – who ever it was thank you.
I’ve had this before. It’s on my wish list. Last time I wrote that I loved it. Sil and Terri wrote that they liked it. This isn’t the same tea. This is smoked – it’s really smoked. Opening the bag confused me – it was campfire smoke all the way. I really under steeped it and it’s still really smokey. Why would they smoke a fantastic Jin Jun Mei? or this is mis-labeled ? All I’m sure of is that this is really smokey and this tea shouldn’t be.
I’m just really confused…..

Sil

weird

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drank Canadian Dream | Maple Tea by Tealux
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First the bad news maple is not my favorite flavor – I know, how un Canadian of me.
The good news is that there is more going on here than just in your face maple. There is definitely some astringency from the black base – that helps cut the sweetness. I’m also thinking this is a little creamy with just a touch of nuttiness. For me, this reads a little like maple walnut ice cream – that might be a bit of a stretch, but more like that than pure maple syrup.
Thanks for sharing Evol – always interesting to try different things.

Evol Ving Ness

Hmm, maple walnut ice cream! Nice.

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I’m quite liking this one tonight. It’s pretty light and fruity, but has some malt and depth to it. I know I know – I write all the time that I don’t like the lighter fruitier blacks. This one is deeper though, has more going on than just fruit and top notes. More interesting. Dunno I like it.
Thanks Sil for sharing.

Evol Ving Ness

Hahahaa, I love it when our tastes are proven wrong and we discover that yes, yes, we actually do like what we’ve claimed repeatedly is not for us.

Sil

Glad to Share a few of those, even just so you can cross them off your lists

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drank Jiri Horse by teabento
1038 tasting notes

This the last of the black teas from teabento that I needed to try. I saved this one for last because it was the reason for the teabento order. There were lots of good reviews for it showing up on my feed.
And again I think it’s just ok – nothing bad, nothing great, just black tea.

I’ve written several “just ok” tasting notes about the teabento blacks I got. I want to clarify my position on these teas as a whole. I don’t want to bash teabento as a company. I can appreciate that these are good quality teas. Someone from the company goes out into the world and tastes a bunch of teas and makes decisions on what to buy and what teas are going to be offered by that company. What I think is happening is that my tastes and that buyers tastes are not the same. We don’t agree on what certain styles of tea should taste like. I don’t want anyone to think that these are bad teas – they just aren’t to my taste. There are other companies out there that sell teas that are more to my taste……

Insane cold today and has been for the last few days and will be for the next several days. Life is just difficult when it’s so cold that it hurts to breathe. I know it’s been really cold across central Canada, so it’s not just us. Be safe out there everyone, this is dangerous cold.

Sil

Sorry to hear that dexter!

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Drinking another one from my teabento order tonight. his is ok – some bitter chocolate, some bread – tastes like a laoshan black should. But it’s still just ok, it tastes as it should but it’s still a little flat or not as bold as it should be or something. There are better laoshan blacks out there.

My boss gave me a cute little cup with infuser as a Christmas gift. I like it but the holes in the infuser let some of the smaller leaves through.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BdMN3NghfQ5/?taken-by=dex3657

eastkyteaguy

I absolutely love that mug. It’s too cute for words!

Evol Ving Ness

Beautiful mug though. The boss definitely has your number.

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C.S. Lewis – “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

I needed to update my profile. I joined Steepster 03Mar13. I am just amazed at how much my tastes have changed since then.
When I discovered loose leaf tea about a year and half ago, I didn’t know anything other than my local Davids and Teavana/Teaopia. Stumbling onto Steepster CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Hello, my name is Dex I’m a tea addict.
I’ve been through the “I need to try every single tea out there” phase. I really hope the worst of that has passed. I’ve learned enough to know that I only need to try HALF of all the teas out there. LOL
When I started this journey, I was all about the flavored rooibos and fruity tisanes. Don’t get me wrong there is still room for dessert (chocolate/caramel/nutty) Rooibos teas in my cupboard and I still do enjoy them, BUT I am quickly learning to appreciate the some of the straight teas of the world.
Big bold (but not icky)pu’erh is suddenly my favorite, followed by woody/roasted oolongs. I’m just starting to explore straight black teas, and have found some that I really like.
Generally speaking I’m not into greens at all, only like the occasional green oolong, and white teas are just too mild for my tastes (unless they are fruit flavored). I still enjoy really good fruit tisanes, but am now cold steeping them.
I don’t like floral/herbal blends, and mint anything is not on my preferred list.
I am still exploring new teas, adapting to my changing tastes, understanding more every day how little I really know about tea. Ultimately I would love to find approximately 50 teas that I just “can’t live without” and always have them in my cupboard. That might not be practical, but that what I’m searching for. It’s going to be a fun journey.

All in all, I love this site. I’ve met some wonderful people, and have gotten to try some amazing teas because of them. It really restores your faith in humanity when you get a note saying “oh by the way I sent you some tea”. Wonderful, generous, people here.

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