1705 Tasting Notes

drank Palace Needle by Single Origin Teas
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The dry leaf is dark and shiny with green stripes. Kind of cool looking. The first cup is buttery spinach. The second is seaweed. This is a sweet tea with enough bite to be interesting. The aftertaste lingers. A solid everyday Chinese green. Full review: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/single-origin-teas-palace-needle-organic.html

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This is one of the rare times I get to introduce a company to the database. Single Origin Teas is in Texas. This tea is a nice Nepal offering. Its taste is a combination of elements from Darjeeling, Fujian, and Formosa teas. I actually caught the subtle floral notes of rose late in the sip. A nice introduction to Single Origin Teas. A full review: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/single-origin-teas-jun-chiyabari-second.html


neat! and exciting!

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drank Dong Ding Oolong by Tea Horse
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Wow. I just published my review of this on my blog and came here to comment as well. There is already a review here by TeaEqualsBliss my blog entry looks like a long version of what she wrote. Two separate reviews coming that close to each other is amazing. At least you should know what can expect with this one! http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/tea-horse-dong-ding-oolong.html

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drank Mystery Oolong by Unknown
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Can’t figure out where I logged this before – so this will do nicely. This mystery oolong came my way ages ago from gmathis. Today I am finishing off the generous sample. I put the bag away but I think she wrote she pays $0.31/oz for this loose. I am jealous that she can buy loose leaf locally, and that she can buy it cheap, and that its pretty good. It kind of reminds me of formosa in that it is close to a black but still retains oolong qualities. Just a hint of background roasted notes. A nice tea.


Yep, they still stock it and the price hasn’t changed (fingers crossed that it never ever will). Will try to remember you like it next time I’m concocting a care package.

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drank Panyong Golden Needle by Tea Horse
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My second offering from this UK supplier. This is a solid Fujian Tanyang. You know, cocoa, caramel, honey, and malt. I’m enjoying these Tea Horse offerings. A full review here: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/tea-horse-panyong-golden-needle.html I’ll rate it when I get a mouse for my laptop – I seem to be helpless without it.

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Wish I could justify a tea order. This is so incredibly good this morning. I love how a little scoop of leaf becomes a press full of leaf in under three minutes. This is sweet and creamy. It is floral but not brightly so, if that makes sense. It has a darker taste to it. Welp, cup is empty. Time to belly up to the tea bar. Another round! I’d raise my score a notch if I knew how without a mouse.

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drank Special Blend by S&D TEA
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Late afternoon tea at Cheddars. I love this stuff. My favorite restaurant iced tea. This was my treat for surviving the disability test. My wife said I had no color and my lips turned blue when it was over. Tea makes everything better.


Hope you have had a chance to recover!


Thanks. I sat in the car for a few minutes with my oxygen cranked way up. I was fine after that.


Yikes! Sorry you had to go through that, and I’m glad you had some tea!!!

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Ordered skinny, no whipped cream, and half the pumps of syrup. I like it sweet but not too sweet, this is much better. Had this on the drive to more testing for my disability claim.

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drank Chocolate Peppermint by Tea Horse
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Listen up, especially you UK Steepsterites. I just tried the best chocolate tea I have had to date. This is seriously good. The mint lends just light background support. Most amazing to me was the liquor did not become murky. Full review here: http://theeverdayteablog.blogspot.com/2013/07/tea-horse-chocolate-peppermint.html

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drank Marie-Antoinette by Nina's Paris
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Second cup with yesterday’s leaf @ 3 1/2 minutes. This is a good balance between the apple and the rose. I still can’t imagine the two flavors work together but they do and very well. This is a very nice cup of tea. Keep the time under 3 1/2 if great big gobs of green apple aren’t your thing.

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Having a passion for tea and living in rural America is a tough combination. The nearest tea vendor is 65 miles away. Joining Steepster has completely changed the direction of my tea journey.

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90-100 Love it enough to keep around
80-90 Like a lot, would drink often
70-80 Above average
50-70 Average – take it or leave it
0-50 I don’t like it and don’t want to like it


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