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drank Ali Shan by Camellia Sinensis
1142 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 99

Polished this one off yesterday and it’s lovely. I was busy and didn’t write any real notes, but went through three steeps and recall enjoying each one.

1st steep: 190° F, 3 minutes
2nd steep: 190° F, 4.5 minutes
3rd steep: 190° F, 6 minutes

I’ll have to add this to my next CS order.

Preparation
3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 98

This tea is good, but in relation to the other first flush I recently had from CS, I do prefer the other. That being said, this one has that lightly creamy, malty-esque type flavour, with hints of floral hay cut through. There is the most subtle bitterness that isn’t overly bothersome.

The second steep is just as lovely as the first.

I brewed this at 190° F as opposed to 200° F as the higher temperature seemed to induce some astringency.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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A sample sent in my most recent order!

If blackcurrants are your thing, this is your tea! This tea is like liquified blackcurrant, yet not cloying or overpowering. It’s not my favourite flavour profile, but I appreciate how true to taste it really is. Another win from Steam!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

Sounds delish for me… I like blackcurrants teas.

Courtney

It’s pretty tasty! I can hold out the last portion for you (for whenever we do a swap in the future…it may be a while)!

Martin Bednář

Why not… it may be a while, but once it will happen for sure. Luckily I have a bit more of a free time recently!

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drank Si Ji Chun by Camellia Sinensis
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drank Sunny Tea by Steam Tea House
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I cold brewed this one overnight. This one is almost like a lemon lime tea lemonade without any typical lemonade sweetness, or bitterness for that matter. Very refreshing!

School is insanely busy right now as I come up to the end of this term and my term project has really thrown me. I’ve studied biodiversity and conservation for many years, but this project has really forced me to do a deep dive into Canadian legislation, conservation priorities, and threatened species and I am just beside myself with how awful it is. Thank goodness I have tea to get me through because sometimes it just seems hopeless.

derk

Tea does help make sense of the convoluted absurdity of something so dear to you. You’re doing good work, Courtney.

Martin Bednář

Keep up doing and it will be done one day. And then… hopefully time for a great cup of tea!

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2021 sipdown no. 96

Sample sipdown of this one. It started out not so great, but lowering the steeping temperature did wonders. I actually quite enjoyed this one in the end. I have little experience with Darjeelings, but I have enjoyed pretty near every first flush and this one is no exception. There is a slight hay-floral taste with hints of sweetness and just an overall pleasant taste.

1st steep: 4 minutes at 190° F
2nd steep: 5.5 minutes at 190° F

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Peach Apricot by Steam Tea House
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I ordered 100g of this because I loved the wee sample so much and have been drinking it daily. I cold brewed it through the night and had it cold this morning and it was just as delicious cold as it is hot. Winning!

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2021 sipdown no. 95

Still syrup-y and not a re-order for me. I’d much prefer the Irish or Kenyan Breakfast tea from Steam instead.

I just placed a small order to pick up more Pink Grapefruit, Peach Apricot, and Dorian Grey though – yay!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 94

Sample sipdown! This one I really enjoyed and I would order a sample again, but I’m not sure if I need 50 grams. The upside here is that the second steep of this one still has a lot of flavour!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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For my initial attempt of this tea at 200° C, 4 minutes, it came off as bitter. Last night I tried to steep this at 3 minutes and missed the timer by 1.5 minutes and this morning I tried again and missed the timer by a minute. I must just meant to steep this tea for 4 minutes. Anyway, I steeped at a lower temperature today and it seems to have mellowed out.

There’s a blend of floral sweetness that really works here. Hints of jasmine mixed with an almost fruit sweetness that I can’t pinpoint, but all in a mellowed out way.

Onto the second steep!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I live with my partner and our two bunnies: Callie and Ben, and two cats: Freyja and Ivan. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love straight and flavoured black teas and this is what I’m usually drinking.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs, whites, and subtly flavoured greens. Other teas I’m happy to try at least once!

Likes:
Raspberry, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, cacao/dark chocolate, honey, coconut, and chai spices. I’m open to other flavoured teas but they can’t be cloying or fake/candy like.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, flowers (rose and jasmine), and ginger (except in chai).

Flavours that can go either way:
Hibiscus, vanilla, and peach.

https://www.instagram.com/biologistcourtney/

Last updated March 2021.

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