2150 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Supreme by Harney & Sons
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If all Earl Grey tasted like this, I’d drink it far more often! H&S has got the tea-to-bergamot ratio just right; not too floral, doesn’t taste like perfume, floor cleaner, or deodorant. T’was a sample bag handed off by a coworker..but this is in their mainline retail store line-up, isn’t it?

Shae

I bought some loose leaf in my last order and they also sent a tea bag freebie of it. Looking forward to trying it now!

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drank Formosa Dragon by TeaMaze
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Enjoying an absolutely delicious Sunday break, bathing in a sunbeam aimed directly on my rocking chair (although Tazo is glaring at me because he claims to be the rightful owner of any and all winter sunshine spots).

Close to hand is this nice, silky, buttery oolong from our new favorite shop in the Ozarks. Its fruit flavor and scent is not far from peach cobbler, and while I don’t generally choose oolongs first, I’m glad hubby talked me into bringing this home. Little pricey, so I hope it holds up well in subsequent steeps.

You would have laughed at my Sunday church kids—10 and 11 year olds. They asked me for another tea and cocoa day, and it was fun watching them paw through my chest of random bags and man the electric kettle like grown-ups. Shiloh loves Good Earth Sweet and Spicy with enough sugar to fill a hummingbird feeder; David insists he only likes “sweet tea,” and Jonathan, on a dare, tried a cup of Lapsang Souchong: “Hey, that’s not so bad!”

ashmanra

Ooooo, I love it! Get them broken in! A new tea generation rises!

derk

<3 I’m trying to figure out how to spread my love of tea to my many coworkers now that I’m on the Fun Committee (cheesy, but we have a former youth pastor running the circus). I was thinking about introducing several themed teabags each month and doing a once-monthly tea tasting with loose leaf. Aside — we’re having a chili cook-off next month; I’ve been busy this evening shelling bags full of heirloom beans I harvested from the garden today.

To anybody reading this, I’m open to suggestion for decent bagged teas that can be brewed with boiling water!

Martin Bednář

derk – some are on the way. Even that orange ones what I sent you last time. I think that one would be perfect for it :) but not chili like.

Ashmanra and gmathis: I am happy to see there are children who like teas, they will know it is not always bad. Like Lipton Ice teas. :D

gmathis

I sold the Lapsang Souchong kid with “it tastes like bacon.” For office purposes—I’m finally getting some buddies on the bandwagon — good old Bigelow supermarket varieties are pretty reliable and predictable, no matter how you abuse them. (And inexpensive, so you don’t flinch seeing good tea thrown away.) Some of my non-teaist coworkers have recently fallen in love with Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, also pretty cheaply and readily available.

Best wishes with that “fun committee” thing. Once in a while, that rears its ugly head here, but we manage to tamp it back down pretty quickly ;)

derk

Thank you for the recommendations, gmathis. The Fun Committee seems well received here; there are no forced group activities. We basically just get fed :)

gmathis

That part we do well at our work, too! And just for the record, lest you think I am completely petrified, when it comes to playing with children, I am a sparkly bundle of mirth and frivolity. ;)

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This is a sweeter, gentler alternative to PG Tips :) and is a particular favorite of my husband, who ordered a ridiculous bulk quantity on Amazon. The Bigelow folks don’t disclose what kind of black tea they use, but it has a Ceylon-ish feel to it, but with enough caffeine to make you know you drank it.

(What’s a Ceylon-ish feel? Um…second tenor in the choir, not bass. James Taylor, not Joe Cocker. A well-used copper pot. Don’t I analyze my teas scientifically?)

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drank Maple Syrup Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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This is my first David’s tea, and my first thought upon opening the packet was, “Oooh, I smell maple!” That was quickly followed up by “Where’s the tea?” This is full of dibbins and nubbins of fruit and other ingredients.

Hubby’s comment was much the same on his first sip: “I get the maple, but where’s the oolong?”

Don’t get me wrong…this is still extremely tasty; great for afternooners when you need a sip of something sweet. But the general impression it leaves is maple with fruit, not pancakes and waffles. I think it just needs to be more accurately renamed.

Michelle Butler Hallett

It’s one of my pet peeves with DavidsTea blends. Every time, I find myself asking ’Where’s the tea?’

tea-sipper

General info as this is the latest tasting note (now five hours old): Not sure if Steepster is updating right now. Most pages are getting a 404 Not found right now. Sent Jason an e-mail.

Roswell Strange

I think it’s probably fine? I have a tasting note on my dash that was posted after this (about four hours ago) and I just posted one and it semms to be visible? Maybe just a quiet Sunday?

tea-sipper

I JUST now see the one you posted about ‘The Night I Dark and Full of Terrors’. So it did take a while to pop up? hmm

Roswell Strange

I don’t think so – I literally wrote it just before replying to this comment? But maybe everyone’s dash isn’t in sync? IDK.

Roswell Strange

**seems

Also to clarify, when I say I have a tasting note on my dash from four hours ago, I don’t mean that it was written by me. I can see someone else’s tasting note that they wrote four hours ago.

derk

I experienced 404s and 503 timeouts for several hours. Only around 630 pm pacific was I able to access the site again.

tea-sipper

But since you wrote it right before I saw it, it would tell me it was from a few minutes ago instead of five hours ago. I’m confused! Your note is the only one I see after gmathis, but maybe you’re following someone I’m not. Steepster is definitely acting odd for me today. But maybe it’s just me.

tea-sipper

The “2 minutes ago” etc on the times of these messages seem accurate.

tea-sipper

Okay, now your ‘Night Is Dark’ is saying the right time – 18 minutes ago. What the heck.

tea-sipper

Yeah derk, that is the time frame it wasn’t working here. Glad Steepster’s back anyway!

Mastress Alita

I was receiving 404s yesterday too. Freaked me out because I’m convinced the next time the site goes down it’ll be for good now that the admins have abandoned it. So glad it came back up!

tea-sipper

Yeah, I dread that day. I think I actually had a dream about Steepster last night!

gmathis

Did somebody … I could’ve dreamed this, too … mention that they had figured out a way to conveniently access/download one’s whole tealog from the site? This has, over the years, turned out to be “my whole life with tea” rather than “my lifetime tealog.” Might be good to capture it.

tea-sipper

I think Kittenna can hook you up, gmathis.

LuckyMe

@gmathis, yes you can download Steepster tasting notes through your RSS feed: steepster.com/username/feed.rss. I do this every now and then because there’s no telling when Steepster might go down for good :)

gmathis

Ah! Thank you. I ended up with kind of a messy text file, but it’s there!

Martin Bednář

Thank you LuckyMe! It’s better than nothing :)

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drank Classic CTC by TeaMaze
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Second run-through of this CTC…at its hottest, just off the steep, it is strong (I’m sticking with the dark pumpernickel descriptor I used previously) and smooth; as it cools, it starts acting like those stupid alarm clocks that get LOUDER AND LOUDER IF YOU DON’T SHUT THEM OFF. Sharp and brash. Which is OK. sometimes I need brash to get moving in the morning.

Realistically, this would be best toned down with a bit of milk and sugar. Builders’ tea.

Oh…British tea…(rabbit warning)! If you are a historical mystery fan, have you discovered Maisie Dobbs? Spans post WWI to (currently) early WWII and the London blitz. Delicious storytelling. At any rate, I’m reading the blitz installment and it mentioned a wartime tea ration of 2 ounces per person per week. So today’s tea chat topic…how would you manage?

Martin Bednář

55 grams / week. Well, I think it is okay. Could be worse, I think it is manageable. Depends on tea, though.

Roswell Strange

Definitely too little for me – there are 100% days where I have more than that in a day.

ashmanra

I could make it, but in true Orwellian fashion (based on his tea treatise) I would make myself have a day or two with no tea so I could really enjoy a good strong cuppa when I needed it. Also, Orwell said that that pensioners got a larger tea ration than the young, so I wonder how much more?

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drank Coffee by TeaMaze
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Welcome to just over 18 hours in southwest Missouri: 65 degrees F, severe thunderstorms, tornado warnings, flash flooding, areal flooding, winter storm advisories, freezing rain, and sleet/snow that goes “snick” against the window. Weather that goes “snick” isn’t much fun. Temps in the teens anticipated for tonight.

But as it was a great day to stay in, I made a full pot of this lovely, mocha-y, chocolatey pu-erh. The scent is as good as sniffing the liner of a Whitman’s chocolate sampler :)

ashmanra

Oh my! It sounds like a good time for good tea!

Shae

Glad you made it through the storms okay! They came through here this afternoon and were pretty scary for a bit.

gmathis

That’s right…your Tornado Alley season is January/February, isn’t it?

Shae

We have spring and fall tornado seasons, but the worst of it for us is usually around April.

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Overdue sipdown. I tried to be complementary of this when I first tried it, but it’s kind of a “neither fish nor fowl” hybrid: not much Assam punch, but not much oolong-osity, either. Mildly sweet, a little dryness at the end of each sip. Eh, that’s how we learn, yes?

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drank English Breakfast by Harney & Sons
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I’m not going to scroll through umpteen years of history, but I don’t think I have ever tried Harney’s EB. Sample handed to me by a friend at work, so that means sloppy and distracted steeping. Very drinkable, but I didn’t get the lovely hay and burlap vibe that I like about Keemuns. Should’ve paid more attention!

ashmanra

This is a disappointing tea for me even though it claims to be 100% Keemun which is my favorite black tea. This is just…not great. I bought it more than once thinking maybe my tastes would change and it would be special to me, but nah.

derk

Burlap in keemun, huh. You’re right.

gmathis

I finally took a sip once it had gone stone cold and maybe got a hint of a glimmer of the “right” flavor, but not much. S’OK. There’s a nice big packet of good Keemun in my kitchen :)

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drank Kali Cha by The Tao of Tea
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I put this in my hubby’s stocking since he has fairly recently discovered oolong and this one purports to be strong and dark, his favorite configuration.

Therefore, I deliberately oversteeped the first pot to accommodate his palate. I got “bitter with a little bit of floral.” Some reviews mention orchids, and I get that. Hubby just got orchids.

Second steep (same leaves) was equally dark and much smoother, not so flowery. More drinkable by my standards.

Looking forward to another stab at this, based on my own preferences. Reviews also mention cocoa and I am all about that!

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drank PG Tips Loose Leaf by PG Tips
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Although PG Tips are accessible locally in the bagged version, loose-leaf hasn’t been around, judging from my tasting notes, for 5-6 years. The drought is over. The family Giftmeister saw to it that there was a multi-pack under the Christmas tree. So glad to have some back under my roof. Winter morning wakey-wakey is getting harder these days.

For those of you who have never imbibed, the only way to describe PG Tips is “just plain good strong tea.” No flavory or flowery nuances, a little sharp on the tongue if you steep too long; a lovely blank canvas for milk.

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Somebody asked me once when I became a tea junkie; I think it dates back to college when I needed caffeine for a 7 a.m. class but chose not to do coffee. My favorite teapot is a medium-sized Brown Betty given to me by my Mema; the painted flowers are chipping off, but the size and feel is perfect. I rejoice when I get a morning to brew a pot of loose tea starting with a kettle; not a bag and a hot pot.

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