818 Tasting Notes

drank Zhen Qu by Butiki Teas
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Mmmm, made a big cup of this in my new DT multicolor leaves mug. Tastes like chocolate covered nuts today! Yum!

I miss steepster working properly. There’s something to be said about the ability to comment on a post and see notices for other comments that promote discussion. I’ve been following the tasting notes link in explore to see the latest notes, which actually has caused me to want to follow other people that I wasn’t following before, so I guess that’s a positive to all this, but I definitely have noticed less people posting lately….probably avoiding the site until it’s fixed. Crossing my fingers that it works soon! I’ve also noticed some nasty spammers that look like legit accounts, which I hope at some point we’ll be able to flag to admin about.


Yeah, Steepster is being a real jerk :/

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My second puerh from the sampler. This one I found to be similar to Noble Mark in that I tasted a cedar wood note, but not as prominent, and some unsweetened cocoa notes. Overall, it was pleasant, and I liked the first steep best, even though I think this could be resteeped forever!

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
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Pumpkin chai is back! Woohoo! Looking at past notes is really funny, because I didn’t like this one at first, and then I was sad it was gone, but it’s back, and I bought a whole tin of it! A whole 3.5-ounce collector’s tin, and it’s adorable!!! Yay!

I steeped this up this morning, the regular way, and added a splash of almond milk and a teaspoon of brown sugar. SO GOOD!!! This time it had a lot of creamy custard-y flavor. I think maybe it was the almond milk that did it. Almond milk is so yummy! Because of that, it reminded me a lot of Butiki’s pumpkin creme brulee tea. Interesting!

Yay for fall! Yay for pumpkin chai!!!

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drank Maple Sugar by DAVIDsTEA
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I was excited for this tea because it sounded so fall-like, but alas, it was a disappointment. I detected maple syrup flavor, and sweetness, though I did add sugar. The black tea base is wimpy. Also, something is conflicting with the cinnamon in a way that makes this chemical tasting. Could it be the monk fruit? I have no idea what monk fruit tastes like. Overall, I’m not really a fan. I was hoping it would taste like maple fudge. Bummer.

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drank Snickerdoodle by DAVIDsTEA
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Sometimes I think I’m such a DT fan girl! The funny thing is I’m only in love with a couple of their teas. I think it’s the fact that they release things seasonally, so there’s always something new to try, and I love their teaware!

So, of course I ran out to check out the fall line on Wednesday during my lunch break. I was good, and stuck to my plan. I picked up only a half ounce of this tea and maple sugar, a tin of pumpkin chai, and the multicolor leaves Nordic mug. I had a hard time deciding on the mug, because the raccoon one was really cute, but I’m really happy with the leaves one…very classy and pretty. Plus, there are leaves printed on the inside!

I smelled the dry leaf of this tea from the samples they put out. My coworker immediately said it smelled oddly of cheese, and I agreed with her, but chocked it up to a weird sample and still bought some to try. I’m glad I did, because this is really nice. You really can’t taste any rooibos. It’s pretty much a cinnamon tea, but more of a warm pastry cinnamon than a hot cinnamon. I think I was able to convince myself that it tasted a bit buttery, which melds with the name, but I might just be easily persuaded! It is a bit on the thin side though, unfortunately. Overall, it doesn’t knock my socks off, but I wouldn’t mind more of this one.

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drank Hong Yun Black by Butiki Teas
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Note to self: drink only at home…work brewing equipment does not do it justice. Plus, I’m too busy working to enjoy the subtleness of this tea. It’s too special to waste on me while I’m working!

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Yes, I still have a bunch of this tea, and I rediscovered it after reorganizing my cupboard. It turned out thinner than I remember, but was definitely tastier as it cooled. I think I need to steep it longer, maybe 8-10 minutes. I forgot and only did 5 min. Oops! Still a good nighttime tea.

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drank Cacao by Tisano
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I think this is the right version of the tea TastyBrew sent me in a swap long ago. It’s a delicious cocoa substitute…best when steeped long. I sipped down the last of my swap sample this week, but it’s going on my wishlist. :)

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Enjoyed a large cup of this tea at work this week, and it was thick and bread-y. Yum!

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With Steepster being mostly down this week, I haven’t logged any teas, so get ready for quite a few notes from me! I’ve decided I don’t want to wait anymore for the site to be perfectly fixed. At least we can read the latest notes from the link on the explore page.

I ordered a sample of this tea in my last order, because I thought it would be fun to try another Keemun. I am really liking Keemun. This one was really different. It had a nice cocoa aroma, but when I tasted it, I was blasted with this smooth stone fruit flavor…maybe plum? Whoa! Fruity! There was a hint of smoke, but it was very subtle. This was pretty delicious, and not what I expected. I think overall, I prefer other Keemuns, but this was a nice departure from the usual.

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Another profile facelift! My tastes have changed a lot from when I first discovered loose leaf tea.

I can trace my tea journey back to October 2012, when I discovered DavidsTea. Before that, I had the occasional cup and enjoyed high tea at An Afternoon to Remember, which has since closed.

I went through a period of wanting to try all the teas, and was really into flavored teas, especially dessert blacks, but my tastes have substantially changed over time.

I still enjoy the occasional flavored black or rooibos, but I’m more into unflavored black teas right now and recently, puerh. Chinese black teas are amazing…with their notes of chocolate or sweet potato, who needs a flavored tea? I had a much steeper learning curve when it came to puerh. I used to dump out cups of puerh for tasting like leather. Now, I am really enjoying them. I think it took finding good quality puerh and steeping them gong fu style to really enjoy them.

I also, on occasion, enjoy a good oolong, white, or green tea.

Favorite tea companies right now include: Mandala, Teavivre, Butiki, Golden Moon, Lupicia, and DavidsTea (for teaware mostly).

Just a note: I don’t rate my teas numerically because my iPad doesn’t like the scroll bar. Maybe someday that will change…hint hint, steepster! ;)

P.S. My profile picture is of one of my 2 cats, Holly, who is a little princess but very photogenic, and she loves boxes, including those that bring me tea! :)


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