2217 Tasting Notes

This is a tea. I am drinking it.

It’s pretty tasty IMO. A little too much dirt in the first couple steeps, but it’s a fairly sweet, mild puerh. It has stronger, more complex flavour than the last weirdly memorable one I tried – http://steepster.com/teas/white2tea/63681-2003-xiaguan-crane-mark-ripe . It’s also NOT salty, which is really nice.

Definitely prefer this one. That’s kind of disappointing, as I have read a lot about the Xiaguan cakes, and had high hopes for it.

Dexter, you have to try that Xiaguan one soon (ish). I look forward to seeing what you think of it!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
__Morgana__

Surrealistic tea note!

Dexter

OK – remind me on the weekend and I’ll spend some time with it. :))

OMGsrsly

Ceci n’est pas un pipe. ;)

OMGsrsly

WHOOPS. “UNE pipe”. Haha. French is not my best language.

OMGsrsly

THIS ONE.

Dexter

2003-xiaguan-crane-mark-ripe This one….

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Yum. But it’s gone now.

That’s OK. I enjoyed it, and might revisit in the future if the CAD ever recovers against the USD.

kristinalee

What was the cause of the deflation? Was it the collapse of the Euro and the fact that the USD got closer than it’s been in the past to that?

kristinalee

Er, inflation, I mean.

kristinalee

I’m just curious because during my year in Montreal (about 9 years ago), the difference was only about 10 or 12 cents, and I was astounded when I looked it up recently. Hadn’t realized things had changed that much.

Roswell Strange

There are a few things that play into it, but it kind of boils down to being because of the collapse of oil prices.

OMGsrsly

I have no idea.

kristinalee

Yeah, I just looked it up and found the oil answer.

kristinalee

Does it have to do with the Keystone Pipeline?

kristinalee

Okay, it looks like it has more to do with Canada’s economy being more dependent on oil exports. I hadn’t realized that.

OMGsrsly

Facebook is telling me: “Canadian Dollar: Value of National Currency Decreases Following Decline in US Stock Market”

That is as much as I know.

kristinalee

USD should fall in that case, though, and it’s gone up in value against other international currencies (which I had not realized until just now). Has something to do with OPEC loosening quotas and the fall of oil prices.

kristinalee

And apparently the US economy is less dependent on oil exports than a lot of other countries.

Lindsay

Yeah, the price of oil dropped dramatically and the CAD followed it. Oil isn’t actually as big a part of our economy as some politicians would have you believe, but the oil we do sell (especially the stuff extracted from the tar sands) is more expensive to produce than the stuff that just comes out of the ground in other places, so the price drop hits our industry particularly hard. I think the idea is that OPEC is deliberately setting the price of oil low, so that the smaller/more expensive operations like those in Canada will go out of business, and then once they’ve eliminated a good bunch of the competition they’ll hike the prices up again.

Evol Ving Ness

Totally feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

About the dollar and cross-border tea shopping.

I think the sad state of the Canadian dollar might also have something to do with the sad state of manufacturing in this country as well.

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
2217 tasting notes

In my thermos this morning on my way to work. We’re completely socked in here with fog, but it’s not snowing. Hmph.

The tea was good, though.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I had to copy Morgana and make myself a cup of this.

It’s an herbal I’ve had for a while, so I used a generous amount, and must have got a bunch of vanilla in my cup.

It smells like soft, gentle, lemony pudding. Tastes like lemongrass, mostly. But it’s too hot to do anything more than delicately slurp, hoping you get enough air in that your tongue doesn’t get burned. Ahh, there’s some vanilla.

I do like this tea, but it’s one, like Morgana, that I can’t see myself drinking often, though I do enjoy it when I occasionally sip it.

Edit: I totally got this because Moldavian dragonhead is an ingredient. Hahaha. That, and I like lemony things.

__Morgana__

Yay for agreement. Lol

OMGsrsly

It’s a tea I also often forget about, but I totally finished my giant mug tonight without thinking about it. That’s one reason I’ve kept it around…

Sami Kelsh

I don’t know what Moldavian dragonhead is, but I want one.

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. I think that was exactly my reasoning, Sami Kelsh. :)

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drank Buttery Rum by Tealish
2217 tasting notes

NOM. Eggnog latte. IDC what Sil says, this is tasty with eggnogs.

(SIPDOWN! Woo! 260. LOL.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

won’t be a sipdown for long bwahahahahaha

Sil

oh yes…yes i did.

OMGsrsly

Did you SEND IT BACK?!

OMGsrsly

YOU GOON.

Sil

i disliked it that much and you liked it that much…there was lots left after i tried it haha

OMGsrsly

Ahahahahaha. :D

Dexter

(thinks makes me chuckle…..)

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Brought this to work in my #fancy new sbux mug today.

With some cream.

Delicious. (I didn’t measure OR time it this morning. Neener.)

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This is a Lychee Chinese Black I got from Bear With Me, last time I visited. IDK when that was though. D:

It’s really really good. I’m having it with some cream, because it’s what I had in the fridge. Super fruity and floral, although I’m not sure I’d really pick out lychee flavour. So much of a lychee is the experience peeling it, and then the funny texture of the fruit. :)

Thanks so much! I have enough for another mug, but I think that will go quickly…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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I forgot about this tea, so it’s now out where I will see it and drink it.

Still not my favourite, but it gave a good caffeine hit this morning. I’m weaning off coffee, you see.

(It’s not going so great.)

(I might be heading out to buy coffee shortly.)

Maddy Barone

LOL!
Nothing wrong with coffee. In fact, it has health benefits. I almost always start my day with coffee. Of course, I then brew a pot of tea about mid morning.

kristinalee

I drink coffee regularly, but sometimes it causes me to have ulcers so I’ll go off it for a little while until I get better.

OMGsrsly

Have not found coffee. Need moar tea. OMG. (My area has a lot of Italian specialty stores, so I got cheese and olives and prosciutto and bacon ends for good prices. Coffee? $$$.)

Maddy, I like to bring tea to work with me, but I generally drink a cup in the morning as well. I’ve just been having LOTS of coffee with the new temporary office always having a pot brewing. So I was trying to wean off. I’ll have to bring some pre-filled tea bags to work with me.

OMGsrsly

Whoa. A cup of COFFEE in the morning as well. Like you. Hahaha. So not with it. :D

I couldn’t have coffee for over a year, after I got a real bad GI bug. :( That was super sad, but also when I started getting more into tea again. I still should be careful with the coffee though.

Dustin

Kristinalee, that sounds like me with hot sauce! I’ll put it on everything until my gums are raw, then have to go off it for a while so my mouth can heal. I’m currently back on the sauce!

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Yum yum yum. This tea is so neat.

I’m having it with some honey. It’s just so fresh and crisp.

(Not a sipdown though. I still have a little left. :D )

ashmanra

I have been tempted by this one for a while. It looks interesting and unique. Maybe I should bite the bullet and purchase already.

OMGsrsly

I think it’s really neat, although the flavours are fairly mild. I’d definitely buy some but 100g might be too much for me. If you like mint, White Wolf is fantastic. I just can’t drink it often at all because of the mint.

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Drinking this today for a bit. Here’s hoping it goes better than last time! Especially now that I have a bit more experience with sheng.

Now my opinion is that it’s pretty light. There’s a neat thickness to it, and some smoke and leather, but it’s nicely mellowed. Yum. It’s a little bitter, a little sweet. Just what I was wanting, actually!

At this point in my taste evolution, I’d say I’d like more of this tea. LOL. Oh well.

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