2932 Tasting Notes

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From Meowster a while ago!  Thanks so much!  I haven’t had any sheng in ages.  It was time to steep this up.  Raw pu-erh rolled into the shape of a ball, wrapped in something like tissue paper.  After all these years, sheng is still tough for me to describe but I’ll try.  There is a drying effect. The second cup simply tastes like MINERALS.  And more MINERALS.   The third steep is much of the same.  It certainly isn’t getting bitter at all. The basket infuser is almost FULL of unraveled leaves.  I like this, I just feel like I’m sometimes bored with sheng as my palate isn’t doing well enough at finding these flavors , or probably I shouldn’t be steeping them Western?  Luckily Meowster only sent me two of these babies, so much wasn’t wasted on my palate.
Steep #1 // 1 dragon ball for full mug// 33 minutes after boiling // rinse // 30 second steep
Steep #2 // 30 minutes after boiling  // 30 second steep   
Steep #3 //  32 minutes after boiling  // 40 second steep

Flavors: Mineral

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
2932 tasting notes

Both of Frank’s S’mores teas get the same score: 68.  That’s too bad!  I’d love to see Anne reblend one of the S’mores because S’mores deserves a good blend.  It seems simple enough: marshmallow treat genmaicha with chocolate (cocoa shells) and some sort of graham cracker element.  This blend is from StarFevre a while back. Thank you!  I always wanted to try this!  The blend looks mostly like genmaicha.  I can’t see much marshmallow root here which is a shame.  I’m sure the problem most people had back when these blends were fresh was that the chocolate had that gasoline chocolate flavor.  Like Browncoat had. Well surprise! now there is no chocolate element at all.  It NOW tastes like plain genmaicha which is fine with me!  It’s certainly no fault of the ancient tea (seven years old).

52Teas

I reblended this one within the first year – one of our supporters requested this tea be reblended as part of their Kickstarter contribution reward.

tea-sipper

Oh cool. Too bad I missed it! It’s hard to keep track of what you actually reblended.

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Additional notes: I had to buy a tin of this with the last sale because I LOVE it with two teaspoons. It’s like a deep dark chocolate raspberry jam with a hint of tartness from the perfect amount of hibiscus. Definitely a chocolate raspberry truffle. Lovely lovely stuff.

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Free sample for my very small order.  VERY small, guys.  I can’t resist those B&B sales, even it’s for a couple teas.  Especially with free shipping!  FYI: they have a ton of various teas on their secret VIP page, including the amazing Spiced Pumpkin Pie which is usually hard to grab. 
On to the tea:  I was intrigued by another sleepy tea especially with those gorgeous bright raspberries that seem almost fresh.  My sample really doesn’t seem to have a ton of them.  So I’m really not tasting much raspberry at all, which is a shame as the name hinges on those raspberries.  What I’m really tasting is something VERY similar to the lovely Lazy Boy blend: mostly coconut and lavender, even though there is also chamomile and fenugreek in this particular blend.  It’s almost like they could have just brought back Lazy Boy.  On the second steep, much more of the chamomile was noted.  I don’t mind this as a replacement for Lazy Boy but I really wanted more raspberry!
Steep #1 // 1 teaspoon for a full mug // 12 minutes after boiling // 2 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled // 5 minute steep   
2020 Sipdowns: 8 (Angry Tea Room – Raspberry Cherry)

Flavors: Coconut, Lavender

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76

Additional notes: So this is for a fresher blend than the first time I had this three years ago. It was never my favorite Earl. Now they are using a much darker black tea than before (awesome) and the bergamot is slightly stronger and better than before (still not my ideal bergamot) but there is still no cream to speak of. The description still says “vanilla pieces” like it did three years ago, so maybe this is just one of those cases where I can never taste the vanilla pieces? I’m beginning to suspect. Anyway, this is an improved blend but not yet as fantastic as I’d expect Bird & Blend to make. Raising the rating from 72.

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Additional notes: I really wanted to try a smoky tea mixed with a cream tea. Turns out I don’t have a cream tea around. The closest I could think of is Adagio’s Cream but I don’t have that around at the moment. So I tried Adagio’s Vanilla tea and I can’t taste it at ALL underneath all this smoke. I love the idea though! Maybe plain ol actual cream, but I don’t have that around right now either. It would be GOOD if I had the right teas to mix together.

Any suggestions for cream smoke teas?

Shae

What ratio do you use to mix your teas? A teaspoon of each?

tea-sipper

With these I used a teaspoon of both, since I usually use two teaspoons for Teavivre teas anyway.

Shae

Awesome, thank you!

Kittenna

I mixed a smoky tea with something once; I think it’s really hard to get creamy plus smoke – I usually just use milk to do that. I think I dropped the amount of the smoky tea to 1/2 tsp though, and I typically use1.5 tsp/cup.

tea-sipper

Yeah, it seems like most other flavors might disappear behind the smoke.

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drank Choc Chip Chai by T2
2932 tasting notes

This is from TreeGal’s package back in the day.  Thanks so much!  TreeGal didn’t like this one and I can’t say I do either.  It’s odd.  It’s almost like there is a chai flavoring sprayed onto the leaves and I can’t say it’s very tasty or appealing.  It’s too strong anyway. There was an entire star anise in the infuser…  But also the black tea itself is so weak the brew hardly has any color to it.  One element of any chai I can’t abide is a weak brew.  Chai needs to be deep and dark. Also, there is nothing and I mean NOTHING “chocolate chip” about this blend.  Nothing at all.  Did they forget any chocolate?  The description mentions cacao bean pieces?  Also there was a ton of orange blossoms in the blend though the blend didn’t taste like them at all.  An odd blend.  I’m surprised by the high steepster rating but maybe TreeGal and I have a bad batch.

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I won a gorgeous scarlet tin of this tea during Teavivre’s Black Friday event. Very grateful, thanks so much Teavivre!  Somehow I haven’t tried this yet, even though I’ve tried most of what Teavivre offers. It is so nice to have a fresh green tea.  The leaves are lovely.  The flavor is so layered and exceptional.  Hints of minerals, very beany, nutty, sweet, lingering, both vegetal and fruity at the same time, with the slightest hint of butter.  Like I said, very layered!  It’s the flavor of health.  I love a great fresh green, so this found a great home to stop at.  Hopefully the red of the tin will scream at me to enjoy this one more often than not. 
Steep #1 // 34 minutes after boiling // 1 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2 // 34 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep 
2020 Sipdowns: 7 (Upton – China Keemun Heng Ru)

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drank Choco Chaga Detox by DAVIDsTEA
2932 tasting notes

I hate mushrooms.  But I like the idea of chaga teas.  I LOVED the Teapots n Treasures blend Chaga, Chestnuts & Chocolate.  I have sent two e-mails to them about it, but they never got back to me (they do mention on their site to ask about missing teas, so I tried).  I kind of expected to hate this blend (thanks chicory).  BUT it isn’t bad.  Everything in the blend is covered in cocoa powder, so I’m mostly tasting chocolate with a hint of that bitterness from chicory.  The brew is of course cloudy and dusty.  I wish this was more significantly CHAGA but it really just seems like a watery hot chocolate, so probably I might as well just stick with hot chocolate.  I’m not sure how detox this is, but it doesn’t taste overly healthy.  There is also an interesting raspberry note happening throughout, whether hot or after the cup is cool.  The second cup was certainly worth a LONG steep.  Just as strong as the first cup and the flavors really melded together more.  I didn’t think the blend had much tea itself since I couldn’t see it covered in the cocoa powder, but after steeping it looks mostly like tea leaves.  The long steep didn’t make it bitter at all. Roasty, cocoa, sweet, with just that touch of bitterness that makes it great (I’m a dark chocolate fan.)  I like it!  It does seem like it fits the missing Teapots n Treasures blend well enough.  I wish I could have tried David’s Chaga Chai blend too. Goes well with meatloaf. The second steep really won me over.
Steep #1 // 1 1/2 teaspoons for a full mug // few minutes after boiling // 3 minute steep
Steep #2 // just boiled  // many minute steep   
2020 Sipdowns: 5 (52Teas – Frank’s Strawberry Pie Honeybush (one pouch anyway))

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry

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Additional notes: If I were to suggest one tea to drink out of your stash the fastest and the freshest it would be any Jun Chiyabari you might have lying around. It changes the flavor the fastest of any other tea varietal I’ve ever had. This is like a different tea from what I had a year and a half ago (yes, that is quite a long time from “fresh”.) I knew it would be different but not THIS different. Only one serving remaining and was very happy to try it when it tasted so nice the last time.

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Hi! I love tea and trying new ones – it adds a bit of variety to my day! Books, music, TV & movies are my thing… and tea, of course.

Some of my favorite tea shops (still operating):
birdandblendtea.com
teavivre.com
52teas.com
svtea.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
aquartertotea.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
eco-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
mandala
Teajo
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com
Davidstea

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
dellaterrateas.com
zentealife.com
theteamerchant.net
joysteaspoon.com
tealiciousllc.com
Rivertea
Specialteas

My icon photo is Richard Mayhew from the graphic novel ‘Neverwhere’ by Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey & Glenn Fabry.

Most of the teas listed in my cupboard are actually sample sizes. I don’t really have 2,000 ounces of tea around here! Many of my teas have only one teaspoon left… maybe two. But I like keeping them in my cupboard list for reference to what I could be sipping. Usually, I write tasting notes once for each tea. I’m still drinking them, just not writing tasting notes each time!

My dislikes: hibiscus, ginger (unless in chai), turmeric, bee pollen, charcoal type flavors

My ratings:
95-100 – Super awesome deliciousness favorites – cupboard essential
80-95 – Also pretty delicious
65-80 – Pretty good
50-65 – Okay
1-50 – Probably won’t want to sip it again

I’m planning on being a Steepsterer as long as there IS a Steepster, so if you’re not hearing from me, that means something happened to my health… if you know what I mean. (Or as evidenced by the great computer hiatus of 2019, something happened to my computer.) :D

Happy sipping!

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