709 Tasting Notes

I originally enjoyed Mi Xian from Stacy, but quickly realized it wasn’t my favourite straight black, as far as straight blacks go. I ordered this one anyway, and it is tasty, but again, it isn’t going to become a favourite anytime soon.

It has a crisper flavour profile than the Wild Mountain Black I’m finding. Maybe clearer? That’s difficult to put into words. It doesn’t have the same intensity of honey-like sweetness that I so love. It’s far more subtle, with oats taking a more prominent position.

It is tasty, and I will more than enjoy the wee 25g sample we ordered. I’ll see if, by the end of the sample, I feel the need for more. Perhaps Alexa will love our sample, and it will become what will eventually be an amalgamated cupboard of our teas.

I went off the Steepster steeping parameters for this and the Yuchi WMB last night. I do wish TTC would include steeping parameters on their website.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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whatshesaid wrote such an enticing note for TTC that I decided to order a few black tea samples for Alexa and I. We rescued the teas from the post yesterday and had all intentions of drinking this one last night, but ended up having it tonight instead.

I so wish I still had a wee bit of TWMB to compare, because I think this is it. This is as close as she’s going to get. I must order more. This one has that awesome natural sweetness I so love in my straight black teas. I am thoroughly enjoying this cuppa.

I may now have the TTC website open…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Nicole

That’s a good thing to find out. I have been wondering about a TWMB replacement…

whatshesaid

Sooooooo gooooood!!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
709 tasting notes

I hope I’ll always love this one. It managed to turn around my short-lived repulsion of tea the last few weeks. Though it’s not technically tea, it seemed to do the trick.

I managed to shatter my French press the other day, but finally made it today to pick up a new one. Even so, I brewed this tonight in my regular mug infuser. Silly, silly.

I love the dark chocolate taste, and the more I drink this one, the more the coconut comes through. This one is by far my favourite of all the Crio Brüs I tried, and the one I’ll continue restocking. I picked up the regular size (massive) bag some months ago, and it’s really dwindling quickly. Truly a delightful cuppa.

whatshesaid

Are you pregnant!?!? ;)

lol. that’s what happened to me when i got pregnant, i had a very sad tea revulsion period that probably lasted a year or so.

Courtney

Hahah! Definitely not pregnant. Thank goodness! :P

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drank Bai Hao Yinzhen by beTeas
709 tasting notes

whatshesaid sent this to me quite a while ago now and I decided to whip up a cup before settling down to finally study this afternoon.

It’s a lovely white tea. I’m not always in the mood for a straight white, but this one is great today. It’s soft and slightly reminiscent of hay. It’s almost as fuzzy to drink as it appears in dry form. I’ll save the rest for my girl.

Thanks whatshesaid!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I made this one in my teapot tonight for A and I to share. I can never decide whether or not to reorder this one. Sometimes I’m sure I want more, and others I’m sure I can live without it. Decisions, decisions.

It’s tasty tonight in the teapot. I’ll always enjoy the lightness and fresh taste of this one.

Also, we did an order to Taiwan Tea Crafts the other day! Thrilled!

Sil

so happy to see your notes in my feed again

whatshesaid

Whatsilsaid :)

whatshesaid

Also TTC YAY!

Courtney

Thanks guys. I’ll try to be more present hah. And yes, so excited for TTC!

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My girlfriend introduced me to chai lattes a few weeks ago, but specifically to an actual tasty one at a cafe in the city here – Gravity. Last night I may have had a dream about this chai latte. So today, between playing video games – rather than catching up on studying like we both should be – we went to fetch these amazing chai lattes.

Seriously, amazing. Perfectly creamy, which I’m sure is due to the milk, but also chai tasty underneath the creaminess.

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drank Maracaibo by Crio Bru
709 tasting notes

Finishing off the last of this one with my favourite girl. Now my Crio Brüs are down to just Cavalla and Pumpkin Spice. Cavalla will stay, permanently.

This one is tasty, but came out ever so slightly bitter. I just seem to have the problem where I compare them all to the amazingness that is Cavalla. Regardless, I’ve been feeling off tea as of late, and this one is sitting great this afternoon as we sit and sip on tea while researching.

Sil

Yaaaaay! You’re back!

OMGsrsly

Hi! I sent you something, I realllllly hope your address is correct.

Courtney

Eeeep, I’ll send you guys a new address. Shoooot.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. :( I sent it a week and a bit ago. :/

Courtney

I’m still able to check the mail there, I’ll keep you updated once I make it. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh phew!

whatshesaid

Where ya going?!

Courtney

Nowhere yet! Just moved houses here.

whatshesaid

Ohhh ok :)

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
709 tasting notes

My awesome girlfriend got me a teapot and matching cups for Christmas. Today we used them for the first time with this tea.

http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/192FAB20-EC84-400E-B5CB-FEF7D25AE229_zpssnbftx9u.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

This tea was awesome, as usual.

TeaBrat

pretty :)

Sil

Miss you!

Amariel

Oooh! I like that one!

OMGsrsly

I love that set! Hope you’re doing well. :)

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drank Kenya Obsidian by Butiki Teas
709 tasting notes

The studying is never-ending. I’ve not had coffee since Halloween. Enter Kenyan black tea.

This one is surprisingly creamy, while still the typical deep, dark Kenyan black. Quite enjoyable. A nice boost to get me through the next few hours.

Fjellrev

Good luck with the studying!

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My last ever cup of TWMB. I had two cups worth left, and shared it with Alexa, who is my favourite person. My favourite person and my favourite tea together are awesome.

This tea will always remain a happy memory of waffles and honey sweetness.

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), science, travel, and all things summer.

That’s my mug! I may have a slight love of Star Trek.

I love black teas. I pretty well always drink my tea straight. I’m also fond of herbals, but they rarely make my permanent collection. I prefer my tea hot, but occasionally I’ll cold brew.

Oolongs I enjoy, but I’m not generally in the mood for them. I only truly enjoy subtly fruity flavoured greens. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino).

Pu’erhs I’m working on at a snail’s pace, but so far I’m not loving them. Rooibos/honeybush have to be well hidden for me to enjoy them. Mates and are not for me at all.

Likes:
Coconut, creaminess, yogurt, toffee, cacao (true dark chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

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Canada

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