3170 Tasting Notes

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Additional notes: This manages to be much better when I’m using my 16-20 minutes after boiling and only steeping for 2 minutes method (first steep). No more sarsparilla notes. This is an amazing tea today! Perfect choice. Also added some cocoa powder to some dark pu-erh. Now that I’m having it again, I THINK I tried this before? And again I’m realizing when I add enough cocoa, the pu-erh tends to disappear… even if the pu-erh is very deep. So I think I prefer either cocoa or pu-erh instead of mixing them.

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74

Posting to see if Steepster is frozen again… Thank you SkySamurai – this was a while ago!  Even though I just received her half of a swap yesterday! I keep trying this one.  Even though it appears to be a green oolong in person (unlike the photo that is clearly roasted), I’m only really tasting the roast on this one… even though by appearance… there really shouldn’t be any roast flavor here at all.  My brew color certainly isn’t deep amber like the photo! My brew color is the usual pale yellow. I loved the fragrance of the leaves after the rinse though – it was like tamarind (from my remembrance of the Butiki blend anyway).  I wish the actual oolong had tasted like that.  But sadly only roasted flavor here.  It should be fine – I’m only steeping one teaspoon and not overdoing it.  Bigger bundles here!  Charcoal tasting oolongs just aren’t for me. It’s always a shame it’s so one-noted for me.
Steep #1  // 1 teaspoon for full mug // 26 minutes after boiling  // rinse // 1 minute steep
Steep #2  // 20 minutes after boiling //  2 minute steep
Steep #3 // 2 minutes after boiling // 2 min

tea-sipper

It looks like this note hasn’t posted to the dashboard…

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drank RandyCandy Green Tea by 52teas
3170 tasting notes

This blend is quite old now (from a mystery bag) but it’s LOVELY.  Mint, three types of basil again and spicy pepper all on a green base!  I’d say the mint tends to drown out the other flavors here, but I’m sure it was better balanced when it was fresh.  But the mint is fantastic with this green tea.  It’s a sweet buttery or creamy mouthfeel mint that could translate to candy. The second steep was also amazing.  Really I grabbed this one to steep up because I wanted an excuse to mention that if you’re looking for a funny show that is being overlooked, try Dreamcorp LLC.  I love that show and one of the characters is named Randy. 
Steep #1  // 1 heaping teaspoon for full mug // 37 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 34 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

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drank Warm Maple Cream by 52teas
3170 tasting notes

Additional notes: This is still amazingly flavored and note to self: DO A THIRD STEEP. It’s a very comforting cup (or three).

Courtney

The name is this one sounds amazing.

tea-sipper

The name fits!

Mastress Alita

I was going to pull this one for sipdown soon since its in my 2017 stash. :-)

tea-sipper

I think this is a blend that somehow lasts a while.

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87

Additional notes: testing testing. I doubt this will post. Steepster has been weird. Just wanted to say sipdown! This still has a bit of a chocolate flavor left after ALLLL these years. More than I’d expect. It was a good one – thanks for creating it StarFevre! What I was really looking for was Reichenbach Recovery this morning, but I don’t know where that is right now.
2020 Sipdowns: 87

Mastress Alita

The Dashboard is broken (yet again… sigh. I need one of those “Steepster has been working for X days” scripts that I can just reset to satisfy my own morbid curiosity of how high it actually would ever get, because I doubt it would make it to the double-digits). I’ve been using https://www.steepster.com/recent to read new posts because I don’t want to fall behind (and have a feeling when the Dashboard is “revived” it’ll start off “blank” again like last time) but since most people don’t bother to read anything EXCEPT off their Dashboard and nowhere else, anything being posted right now is pretty much being ignored. For that reason I’m just sitting on my own reviews (which I write on an external .txt file anyway) until things get fixed…

tea-sipper

haha yes. Just got the e-mail alert you posted this comment… then everything dumps at once. Just as long as the admins are trying. And it looks like the ‘more’ button is working for the older notes before the crash, so that’s an improvement anyway.

Mastress Alita

I did assume the worst and figured we’d get a blank Dash that had to “repopulate” again. Think I’ll hold out a bit more after the dump before posting my weekend steepings. :-)

Martin Bednář

Better get blank Dashboard than not working at all! It seems it works again, even with written tasting notes! Happy about that, but bit afraid if it is gonna happen again?!

ashmanra

Mastress Alita: I didn’t know we could that with the “recent” thing! Thanks! I do only see dashboard because I didn’t really realize we had another choice!

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Thank you AJRimmer!  Another fruity blend from Teavivre… they have had this one in particular in stock for quite a while.  The hibiscus looks like it should be overwhelming just looking at the amount of it in the dry blend, but the resulting mugs aren’t too overly hibiscus.  With the first steep the brew is fuchsia, the second steep a pale pink.  The flavor isn’t ONLY tartness… there is also a noted melon flavor and fragrance in both cups.  Though it’s an interesting addition to this blend, I don’t think it’s quite enough to make me want to stock up on this one. (And now that I’m looking at the ingredients list, the flavor I was noticing was probably papaya rather than melon.)
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  6 minute steep

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drank Briar Patch by 52teas
3170 tasting notes

This poor tea!  No tasting notes and it’s four years old – not even a tasting note from me and I received an entire big pouch in a mystery grab bag.  As I’m thinking now that this tea was made right after a certain someone was first elected - which in itself is really stretching the years and is making me cringe at the age of this delightful tea.  This tea SCREAMS that it’s for me – berries and basil!!!  So many berries here!  I think it might be best with two teaspoons since it has so many berries in a scoop.  But this time I steeped up a teaspoon and a half.  This is fairly balanced (though keeping the age in mind) – a variety of berry notes, a bit of basil from the three types(!) of organic basil, and a savory note of two types of pepper to really give it an inspired kick and different level to these other flavors, all on a base of green tea.  How great is this berry combo: strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, juniper berries!   This poor tea deserved and deserves more appreciation.  I also wonder how all of these ingredients would taste on a black tea (though the green base is perfect enough!)  To be honest, this blend reminds me a bit of Bird & Blend’s Bramble Ramble (though that one doesn’t have basil or pepper), so these two teas might be fitting the same cupboard niche right now, so I’m not drinking this one as much as I should.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling  // 2 1/2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 22 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

Todd

Oh, that one sounds delightful!

gmathis

A berry tea with no hibiscus (I didn’t see any in the tea description) is a rare and precious thing.

tea-sipper

YES. this blend deserves points for not including hibiscus!

52Teas

I rarely use hibiscus, it is not a go to with berry teas for me, generally only used when I make an herbal/fruit type of blend that needs a little body and/or a hibiscus type flavor profile. I do not generally care for hibiscus unless it’s used thoughtfully – which is what I try to do when I use it.

tea-sipper

Yes, I’m very glad your teas aren’t drowning in hibiscus!

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So a Covid update: the sister was very lucky with mild symptoms BUT ALSO we were very lucky that she had symptoms enough to know that it might be Covid and to know to get tested to not pass it on to anyone else.  If she hardly had symptoms, things could have been very different for everyone.  Otherwise, it looks like we were extremely lucky and none of us got it (it has been over three weeks.) But one odd thing was that the health department was telling her it was fine to stop her quarantine very shortly after she was tested, when I thought the general rule was to quarantine for two weeks?  Maybe the health dept should be telling people to quarantine longer because this dang virus is just getting worse?  (She was quarantining well after the health dept told her to anyway.) Just a bit of family luck that I will be grateful for in this dreadful year. 

I bought this a while ago.  In theory, the name of this tea means I should love it.  I’ve tried it a few times but this dang licorice just ruins the entire blend.  why oh why would there be licorice in banana custard?  Honestly, it makes it taste like a tire.  With hints of banana, but only occasionally. Also, there are cocoa shells but I can’t really tell they’re present either.  I can hardly even taste that this is green tea.  It really just seems like a cup of nasty licorice.  Even the scent of the dry blend is just bad.  It’s definitely not creamy or custard.  I would really love an actual banana custard tea.  Also, this is sadly SOMEHOW the ONLY “banana custard” tea that pops up in a Steepster search.
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 40 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 30 minutes after boiling //  2 1/2 minute steep

Flavors: Licorice

Courtney

Yay for the covid news. Fingers crossed your sister feels better quickly!

Cameron B.

Rofl, a tire?! XD

White Antlers

Glad your sister is okay and was wise enough, in the face of skewed advice, to continue quarantine.

tea-sipper

Thanks Courtney & White Antlers.
Cameron – well, I’m sure there were better comparisons than tires, but my brain didn’t want to think about it for too long.

derk

Thanks for the update! May I echo White Antlers.

tea-sipper

Thank you derk :D

Mastress Alita

My sister was pretty sick for about a week; apparently here the quarantine period is 10 days but she did a full 14 anyway before going for retesting (negative now!) and getting clearance to go back to work. I live in a very backwards, extremely “Red” state and our own aunt didn’t believe she was sick and couldn’t understand why she was quarantining and saying things like it was “just proof masks don’t work!” UGH. People make me so mad…

Glad symptoms were mild for your sister and she’s feeling better now!

Leafhopper

I’m glad your sister is feeling better and decided to quarantine for an appropriate period of time in spite of the health department’s strange advice. Also, licorice banana custard doesn’t sound very appealing.

Lexie Aleah

Glad to hear your family is ok. It’s crazy to me that so many people are still not taking it seriously. At least us Steepsters have our tea to help keep us calmer throughout this crazy year.

Martin Bednář

I am glad your sister is felling better. And all your family! Here, if you don’t have symptoms, you should live as “nothing happened” even you are almost sure it’s Covid. You aren’t tested if you don’t have symptoms.

So, I think it’s better in your situation.

Too bad that tea was unpleasing. Especially when it has got so nice name!

mrmopar

Yeah, as well. Glad to hear no Covid for you guys.

tea-sipper

Thank you all, you wonderful Steepster fam you!
Mastress Alita – it’s great to hear your sister tested negative!
How is your brother doing with Covid, Martin? (If you mentioned in a tasting note somewhere – sorry, I’m three days behind and trying to catch up soon.)
And yes, LICORICE BANANA… what was B&B thinking?!?!

tea-sipper

Well, I WOULD catch up with tasting notes more, but the dashboard ‘more’ button is broke again.. sigh

Cameron B.

Hmm, my “See More” button is working fine.

tea-sipper

It works once until THIS note is on the bottom of the page for some reason.

Skysamurai

Oh my goodness. Glad you guys are okay. But also shame on the dept. Ive actually heard of people going in later and then testing positive so I really think we should be quartining regardless.

tea-sipper

YES. If the virus keeps spreading around, the health dept should maybe be thinking of changing their tactics a bit.

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Additional notes: Sipdown of these glories. It has been a week of unprecedented 70degree sunny weather in a NY November so this was the perfect choice today. The flavor on these last a looonnnnggg time. The best jasmine tea. Thanks, Teavivre!
2020 sipdowns: 85

Mastress Alita

And we just got our first snowfall! I’ll trade!

tea-sipper

oh no! I’m sure the snow will be soon here. sigh.

Cameron B.

Send some my way! :P

White Antlers

tea-sipper The northeast is having unseasonal weather, too! Just a few weeks ago I was dreading dragging my big container fruit trees inside for the winter. Now, for the past week, I’ve been in sandals and cotton dresses, giving my deck garden extra water to stave off the high temperatures. 75 degrees in November?!

tea-sipper

yep, enjoying an extra week of flipflop weather and some of the flowers are still going!

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Additional notes: A couple of you have been saying this isn’t aging great, so I wanted to have some to both drink it while it’s good and to see how it’s aging. This pouch is still tasting great! I don’t know if it’s different batches or maybe I just like this sort of flavor combination more that others. :D But this is delicious.
Also……. THANK YOU AMERICA. I could cry and I probably will many a time, especially when it’s official official. There will be more happy tears now than there have been sad from my eyes, no matter how sad the last four years have been. It’s not about Rep/Dem… if a certain someone was still a Dem like before he switched to Rep, I wouldn’t like him the same amount. It’s all about the sort of person you are.

White Antlers

I have been crying on and off since the Biden/Harris win was announced this morning and I am a native Pennsylvanian. : )

derk

So many tears tonight.

<3

Dustin

I’m right next to Oakland and I’m surprised I’m not hearing fireworks go off in honor of Kamala.
Lots of tears over here too.

Martin Bednář

You have elected well my friends over the pond! I am happy that common sense won! I was afraid it would happen like here, where the worse one was elected for next term again.

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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
teakruthi.com
harney.com
angrytearoom.com
Dammann Freres
Yunnan Sourcing
fusionteas.com
AprTea.com
Javateaco.com
Lupicia
Plumdeluxe.com
Octaviatea.com
Davidstea
eco-cha.com
what-cha.com
justea.com
singleoriginteas.com
teasenz.com
tealyra.com
whisperingpinestea.com
Mandala
verdanttea.com
thenecessiteas.com

Favorite tea shops (RIP):
butikiteas.com
steapshoppe.com
steepcityteas.com
aquartertotea.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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