3164 Tasting Notes

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
3164 tasting notes

Additional notes:  Always gravitating to this one.  I’m glad I ordered it a while ago.  Because I think it’s caramel cubes sweetening this rather than even more stevia, I think it’s holding up. (Though the caramel cubes could be stevia, I don’t know.)  It’s just a unique blend.  Very sweet and slightly toasty, so the name is accurate.  Kind of like mixing ‘Movie Night’ and ‘Forever Nuts’ together, so YEAH I like this.  How this odd mix of ingredients actually tastes like caramel corn?  Who knows.  I think I remember David’s sent me two silos on accident, so this is a good one to be sent extra of.  I’d be more reassured if it was still available for sale though!  Maybe David’s will revive this blend by the time I actually finish my stash.
2020 Sipdowns: 89 (Angry Tea Room – Sweetheart)

Edited to add: oops, my old note pops up when I post this one and it looks like I already compared this blend to Forever Nuts, Movie Night and Sleigh Ride. I’m nothing if not consistent!

AJRimmer

Oh yeah I remember one time saying a tea tasted exactly like another tea, then I looked up that other tea to discover that I had given it the exact same numerical rating as the first a year or two before. Sometimes I feel like my rating system is inconsistent, but I felt good about it that day.

tea-sipper

Ha sometimes it’s great when past you agrees with present you.

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73
drank Houjicha by Mountain Rose Herbs
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Making sure this wasn’t still in my cupboard(sipdown), I realized I hadn’t written a note yet. I don’t trust my flavor notes on this tea anyway, since it was from an ANCIENT teabox and in a flimsy sandwich bag. Just wanted to finish it, while also utilizing some vanilla creamer in the fridge. It’s good with creamer! Though probably not fresh enough to comment on anything else. i’m sure it was a good houjicha when it was fresh though!
2020 Sipdowns: 88

Mastress Alita

I like the taste of houjicha paired with vanilla or chocolate!

Dustin

Lupicia has a cinnamon and apricot flavored hojicha that I like called Hatsune. I wish there were more flavored hojichas out there.

tea-sipper

Yes! Houjicha is a very underutilized base for flavoring.

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So today…. is the last episode of my beloved balm Supernatural after all these years.  I will miss it dearly!  I’m always having epic Supernatural themed dreams.  Once, a cathedral aflame with pterodactyls flying around… IN the flaming cathedral.  Fun.

Thanks again for the swap, AJRimmer!  I think this is the last of the Teavivre hibiscus blends I needed to write tasting notes for.  And yet again, not much to say, the blend itself is full of red ingredients, so no surprise when the flavor is mostly hibiscus.  Also a slight hint of possibly orange.  The second steep is much more toned down on the scarlet and tartness – but probably all of the other flavors are less as well.  So more bland overall, even if I’m also losing the hibiscus.  The brew is now orange.  And now that I’m reading Teavivre’s description, it also mentions a heavy orange note. (My blend also looks much more full of hibiscus than the photo is.) Maybe I can try handpicking hibiscus out before steeping in the future, but I’m not sure what that leaves… 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 10 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 4 minutes after boiling //  5 minute steep

AJRimmer

My sisters love Supernatural, but they did note that there are a fair number of not great episodes you have to get through, so I never ended up checking it out. Maybe one day!

tea-sipper

Oh, I probably just love all the dang episodes. haha

White Antlers

I dip in and out of Supernatural. When the real world gets too challenging, there are always those 2 earnest brothers fighting the good fight…

tea-sipper

Exactly, White Antlers! It’s been a very stable thing for 15 years.

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Thank you again, AJRimmer!  Had this a couple days ago…  I’m not sure how any black tea could taste like eggnog, but I guess this isn’t the worst eggnog tea I’ve had?  I’m not even sure of the elusive English Tea Store ingredients, but whatever here DOES kind of mildly taste like eggnog if you mixed it with black tea.  Very odd that it does taste like this.  English Tea Store’s description says it should also have rum flavor?  I can’t tell that’s here at all. But otherwise it’s like a sweet, creamy, mildly spicy flavor… like eggnog.  I don’t hate it! 
Steep #1  // 1 1/2 teaspoons for full mug // 26 minutes after boiling  // 2 minute steep
Steep #2  // 2 minutes after boiling //  3 minute steep

Mastress Alita

On English Tea Store under the “Add to Cart” button is a “Downloads” pdf called “Details and Brewing Instructions” that has the ingredients list.

Ingredients: Black tea, Cinnamon + Ginger pieces, Clove, Natural flavors

tea-sipper

Oh whoa, I never noticed that before, thanks Mastress Alita!

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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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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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90
drank RandyCandy Green Tea by 52teas
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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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89
drank Warm Maple Cream by 52teas
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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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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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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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