1455 Tasting Notes

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Word to the wise: oversteep this. Just try it. It went from campfire marshmallow dropped in pine needles then carmelized, to all that plus honeyed something-or-other. Now I’m a bit sad that this was a sipdown!

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Pine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

i can imagine all of that except the pine needles… Sounds like a great Fall blend.

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73

Hm. Like many greens that I find less-than-favorable, this is just okay hot, and quite lovely as it cools. It’s definitely a creamy vanilla, almost like vanilla meringue, yet much lighter. I doubt I’ll buy this again, however it is a nice cup.

Flavors: Cream, Vanilla

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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72
drank Goji Berry x Lapsang by DuvalTea
1455 tasting notes

My first of the teas sent to me (free) from DuvalTea from their sadly unsuccessful Indiegogo campaign. Thank you again!

Wolfberry? Wolfberry. Okay, let me look that up. Oh, see… much more interesting to list that Goji berry, or Goji plant – which is what wolfberry is. The article I read also likens the flavor to “sweet liquorice”, which, I guess I understand? I find this tea a bit sweeter in a fruity way than licorice itself, with a bit of soapy in there for good measure. It’s also surprisingly creamy, and the base is a lovely compliment. I’m laughing as I type this, because this may be the first time I’ve ever said that about a Lapsang. In fact, I get zero smokiness out of this, which I normally associate with Lapsang. Booyah!

If it weren’t for the soapy taste, I’d likely re-order this again. As this was the perfect amount for one cup, this is also a sipdown.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
JustJames

goji is good stuff, great for you…. nice to eat dried too. tibetan i think? originally?

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79
drank Dark Chocolate by Assam Tea Company
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Very creamy, dark chocolate, right off the bat. Honestly, I’m a bit surprised by this tea – most of the chocolate teas I’ve had have been… okay. This is simple, yet delicious. The first thing I may actually re-order from Assam!

Flavors: Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
tea-sipper

Sounds delicious!

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88
drank English Toffee Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Hm. I really wish I’d ordered this, and my other bags in this order, as Robust, or even Distinctive level. While I can taste this as being English Toffee, it’s weak at best. I want more, more, more! :)

1/4 tsp in 1/3 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML
Fjellrev

I hear you! Even robust started to be not strong enough, so last time, I ordered everything with the highest flavour level.

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91

Always perfect, always delicious, especially when trying to (still) get sinus gunk out.

Flavors: Berries, Cinnamon, Cocoa

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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73

Tried this again today. I did get the cookie feel from it, however it was still.. not enough. I think I need to try this at a robust level, and maybe with a black base.

Flavors: Baked Bread, Butter, Cream

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML
MissB

That’s 0.25 tsp in 1/3 cup of cream again.

Also, watch out for offput clicks – somehow I got “Asparagus” as a flavor in here. ;)

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65
drank Caramel Vanilla Assam by Butiki Teas
1455 tasting notes

A sipdown, only because I’ve packed up the rest of what I had for a fellow Steepsterite that LOVES this. I can always order more!

I did however want to try it, because gosh darn it, I should try a tea before sending some out, right? Was a in a bit of a rush making this, and I did have to overleaf ever so slightly (2 1/4 tsp) just because there was a tiny bit left over. This smelled really strong as I brewed it, and I was a touch concerned. I added sweetener before tasting it – I could just tell this was going to be strong. And, while lovely (I definitely got the caramel and vanilla out of it) the base was too strong for me, and it ended up drowning out everything else. I ended up dumping about half of the cup, because as it cooled, the base only got stronger. :(

Flavors: Caramel, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
JustJames

i love this tea….. happy sigh.

hen did steepster change over? where have i been?

MissB

It changed over earlier today, you’re okay. :) When you do your first tasting note you’ll see a link to a message from the Steepster team about it. As for this tea, well who do you think I packed it up for? ;)

Dustin

The Irish Cream Cheesecake does the same thing and gets stronger and a little bitter as it cools. Best drunk hot!

JustJames

spoilererer. =0X

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72

Woot! Came home to this awesome new interface. I want to play… :)

Thanks to Sil for sharing this with me, I’m really glad you were able to part with a bit of matcha for me to try.

I smelled just the normal matcha smell opening up this bag as well as during mixing. It’s Distinctive-level flavoring, so I guess it could go either way. I do eat a LOT of macadamia nuts, so I was really looking for that flavor. What I got however was a strong buttery taste, followed by a nondescript nut flavor. That was it. Boo. I did play with it a bit (matcha and liquid) and this was the volume of water and amount of matcha that it tasted the best at, for me. Still yummy and delicious, however I wanted macadamia nut praline, darn it! :)

Flavors: Butter, Nuts

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML
MissB

Oh my. 0.25 tsp defaults to 0? Interesting. Good to know.

MissB

Oh wait, it’s all rounded up. Erp. this is a problem when using weird measurements. This was 1/4 tsp in 1/3 a cup of whipping cream – which SHOULD be 0.25 tsp in 2.67 oz.

Starfevre

whipping cream? really?

MissB

Yea, it sounds silly, however I’m currently on an eating regimen that requires me to eat 85% or more of my diet as fat (yes, this is totally legit, and yes, this is for medical purposes – it’s going beautifully!) Whipping cream is great in this case, although it still feels ridiculously indulgent.

Starfevre

Weird! Well, I hope your diet does what it’s supposed to! I can’t even drink 2% milk because it feels too thick.

MissB

It’s already cleared up 80% of the medical crud within a week, and to boot I’ve gone down one size in clothing. Added (surprising) perk!

Sil

weird.. this isn’t showing up in my dashboard…

Sil

i see..somehow you become unfollowed miss B….grrrrrr

MissB

Oh, boo. I have to go look at your tasting notes for this one.

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91

Interestingly, the bit of this that I got from (I think) CelebriTEA had zero chocolate or cacao or whatever in it. This blend that I just got direct from Verdant? Full of big pieces of what looks and tastes like something cocoa-ish. I think I like this blend more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

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