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Sipdown (204)

This was a sample given to me by Sil and it has been one I have pulled out to make countless times and just never got to it. Today I decided to just go for it and while it is not bad, per se, I am not really enjoying it either. Sil got no astringency but I am getting astringency and that sort of perfumey dryness/metallic quality that I normally associate with Darjeelings. It is sort of malty but everything else going on really takes away from that. Perhaps it is age that is to blame? Nevertheless, thank you Sil for the chance to try this.

Sil

haha hey at least it gives you things to try for your 365 days when i give you random ass black teas

VariaTEA

Very true and I need things to try since I only have 200 teas. Need to stretch them out over 365 days

Sil

LOL i think you’re more than 200 now :P maybe we’ll find something on black friday to go in on together :)

VariaTEA

lol I am sure we will. I just wish there was something new to try.

Roswell Strange

Give me a reminder/poke next Friday & I’ll pack something up for you over the weekend ^^

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drank Candy Cane White Tea by 52teas
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Tim Tam Slam Sipdown (205)

I wanted to do a tim tam slam (where you bite the cornees off a tim tam cookie and use it as a straw for a hot beverage so the inside of the cookie gets all melty and delicious) and this tea seemed like it would compliment the chocolate flavor well. It did. The tim tam mixed with the soft peppermint was delicious.

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drank Strawberry Moringa by DAVIDsTEA
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I cold brewed my sample of this tea and then came home and had it with a splash of orange juice. I wish I could remember how it was but I had a bad headache and ended up napping before really doing anything. I remember thinking this wasn’t as sweet as expected in light of the candy strawberry smell of the dry leaf. I got more of the cold brew in the fridge though so I will have more to say another time.

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drank Raspberry Meringue by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown (206)

I was going to steep a straight black tea because I was feeling mighty tired after my endless shrimp lunch. However, I ended up napping instead.

So it was late and after my 4-day weekend, tomorrow is a long day of class so I need to go to bed at a normal time. So rather than a caffeine filled black tea, I went with a latte. This tea has caffeine but not much and also has chamomile.

I have had this since March 2017 but have clearly put off drinking it, probably due to the chamomile. However, as a latte, it is quite nice. It has a soft raspberry flavor that is sweet and compliments the creamy vanilla. The chamomile is hidden by the milk so if you have this and don’t love chamomile, latte is the way to go.

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Honestly this smells and tastes exactly like vanilla cake frosting. Like uncanny flavor capture to vanilla cake frosting so I am happy. Plus, it’s blue. So blue. Which makes this fun and sort of nostalgic since you usually tend to get fun colored vanilla cake frosting as a child…at least I know I did.

ETA: The one thing I don’t love about this is it leaves an aftertaste but it is delicious while drinking it.

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Sipdown (207)

Another sample from Kittenna and also coincidentally one she had tonight as well. Thanks for sharing :)

The reviews on this one have been pretty much just okay, nothing negative, but no one is overly enthusiastic. So I was quite surprised when my first sip tasted exactly like a brownie. It someone managed to capture the entire brownie experience from flavor to mouthfeel (as much as tea can capture the mouthfeel of a solid – dense and fudgey). Subsequent sips were not quite as spot on for the brownie flavor however there is more cherry coming through. Some fudginess and strong cherry that is bordering on cough syrup but still staying on the non-medicinal side of things. It is a pretty good tea actually that I would consider getting again if that were an option but at the same time I am not heartbroken that it is no longer offered.

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Sad gongfu sipdown (208)

I finally decided to sit down for another gong fu session. I had intended to use a different tea but I only had about 3 grams of that one so I ended up using the whole of my sample of this instead, which was 7 grams of tea in my 100 mL gong fu.

I prepped my gaiwan and then got ready to steep. Then I quickly realized I had no idea how long to steep the tea. So I turned to google and found a site that suggested to start with 10 seconds and then to add another 5 seconds per steep until you hit 40 seconds, so I {sorta} followed that method.

I got through 5 infusions before I gave up on the tea. Thankfully throughout the 5 infusions, I only spilled a little and did not burn my hand at all. So those aspects of my gong fu experimentation has much improved.

As for the tea, I was really disappointed. The steeped tea had an awesome milk chocolate aroma. One that reminded me of Teabento’s Jiri Horse. It just smelled delectably like chocolate deliciousness so it was upsetting when the tea, which was steeped for about 10 seconds, tasted sort of how I remember Red Rose. That plain black tea flavor that we all experienced before getting into tea and in my case the flavor that made me think I disliked tea. It was drying and astringent, but not bitter and was rather thin. The second steep was steeped for 20 seconds because I forgot why I was counting and tastewise it was the same as the first cup, but more and bitter. The second steep got dumped. Then the third steep was 10 seconds and more of the same. At the fourth steep, I grabbed a new cup, hoping that would make a difference in taste and it did not. Then the fifth steep was just 5 seconds to try and curb the astringency/dryness and ended up tasting like nothing. I gave up after this.

So, all in all, the gong fu session was a fail but also an improvement technique wise so there is that.

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Chocolate Milk Cold Brew Sipdown (209) mixed with Monkey Chops

I mixed Bonfire Toffee and the last of the Monkey Chops I had from January 2018 (I got more in my order from July) and cold steeped it in chocolate milk overnight. The end result is a smokey chocolate milk. Maybe some toffee and banana is hiding underneath it all if you stop and pay attention. All in all, it is pretty good. A nice way to say goodbye to this blend.

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drank Cotton Candy Genmaicha by 52teas
4482 tasting notes

I set this up to steep. Then I got distracted and forgot about it. So my 2 minute steep ended up being more like 5 minutes. Then I talked on the phone for a while so my 5 minute cool down was more like an hour.

Thankfully there is no bitterness or anything. Instead there is a whole lot of popped rice goodness with the sweetness of cotton candy. Actually this may be one of the better cups of this tea I have had recently. Yum! I got one serving left so I need to remember to oversteep next time.

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My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings Guide (as of December 10, 2017)
90-100 Teas I NEED on hand at all times
80-89 Teas I want to keep around for a cup every now and then
70-79 Teas I am glad I have around and can experiment with but probably don’t need more than what’s in my cupboard
60-69 Teas I would not turn down a cup of from a friend but that would probably be enough
50-59 Teas I can see why someone would enjoy but are not for me
Under 50 Teas I really did not like and most likely got dumped

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