714 Tasting Notes

KittyLovesTea sent me an ounce of this and I’m not down to one cup left (after this one). I’m not sure what happened, but I love this tea. I’m generally not a huge Della Terra fan, but this one I must have more of. I even commented on their Facebook to inquire when it would be back.

I’m not sure how exactly to describe this. It’s more of a candy-like pumpkin tea, but not artificial at all, or it never would have worked for me. It is delightful.

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I made another cold matcha and waited for the right moment to finally crack this bad boy open. I have been craving watching Skyfall for the last few hours, but instead I’ve been diligently working on my conservation cue cards. This is my treat.

It’s very similar to Peanut Butter, but for some reason my mind has decided I’m actually enjoying this one. Maybe because it’s delicate? I feel the Peanut Butter may have been distinctive (note go back and check). Either way, I’ll be ordering more of this in the future.

Also, in less than a week now (by a few hours), we will be in Vancouver! I think I have my list of teas to pick up complete.

VariaTEA

What are you going to get in Vancouver?!? Divine Temptation? Creme Brulee?

Courtney

Bayswater: Creamy Rhubarb, Creamy Coconut, Creme Brulee, & Divine Temptation
Steam Tea: Canadian Maple Seduction (LOTS) & Fresh Bamboo Mint

If I make it to Granville Island Tea Co. I’ll pick up some Market Spice. :)

VariaTEA

OMG Canadian Maple Seduction! Another tasty choice :)

Courtney

Would you like me to get you some? :)

VariaTEA

That is a very kind offer but I think I am okay for now.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I didn’t look this one up on Steepster before I brewed it, and it was quite a shock when it smelled of pu’erh once steeped.

Well, well. I was a little wary, but I let it cool as I wrote out more cue cards for conservation. I finally braved taking a sip, and it’s not so scary. The scent is far more pu’erh-y than the taste. The taste has a nice chocolate profile with the unmistakable, but not overwhelming pu’erh base.

Thanks for the surprise VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

You’re welcome. That sample came to my from Kat_Maria who I believe got it from MissB. Since I tried it before, I knew it was not for me so I thought I would pass it along in hopes it would find a home with someone who might enjoy it :P. Gotta love how tea travels.

Stephanie

Chocolate puerh sounds good to me!

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drank Cola Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Well, this one is a bit bizarre. Added to this is that this is my first matcha soda and I’m not a fan of carbonation, but besides that it is just weird.

Is that licorice? It’s reminiscent of cola, but also not. I don’t really know what to say about this one.

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA! Yet another matcha flavour down.

I’m also happy I have a cup of Dolce Vita steeping away haha.

VariaTEA

I got licorice too but I have no idea why that would be.

Courtney

It was bizarre haha. Almost medicinal licorice too. I think it’s safe to say that one won’t have a home in my cupboard. :P

Stephanie

The thought of this one creeps me out

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drank Sweet Seduction by RiverTea
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It’s official. I’ve now had two nougat teas, and nougat is awesome.

The nuttiness works great with the green tea base here. It’s very similar to Divine Temptation, and the almond is pretty subtle if it’s there at all, mostly nougat I’m getting here. Either way, it’s really tasty.

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked this one as well. I was a little hesitant about the green base, especially after trying the awesomeness of Divine Temptation, but I thought it really worked.

Courtney

It worked well! My friend ordered this one in our joint order, but I may actually pick some up next time myself. :)

VariaTEA

I plan on grabbing this in the RiverTea order I eventually place. I think it might be my favorite of the three nougat teas I had.

Courtney

Which other nougat have you had?

VariaTEA

This, Divine Temptation, and Cornelia Bean’s Sweet Temptation

Roswell Strange

This one that I’d pick up too…

Amariel

Mmmm, nougat teas. You can’t go wrong, I don’t think.

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Having this delightful tea as the first cup of the day. I’m nearly done this paper, then it’ll be on to studying for my two hardest exams, but also my two favourite classes.

It seems I’ve finally perfected steeping this to my liking. I can drink it a bit more often now that I’ve managed to decrease a touch of the syrup-ness.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Hmm. I’m not sure about this one. It’s a bit too floral for me. But on the upside, that’s one more matcha flavour down!

Thanks VariaTEA!

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Mmm. I put 1/2 tsp. of this in a mason jar of milk and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. I spent a significant portion of the afternoon intensively researching wellies, which means I’ve now decided it’s time to get this paper done. This was just the tasty kickstart I needed.

This one is working much better for me than did Peanut Butter. It has a similar taste, but the addition of “Pie” on the end here makes it more acceptable to me. It’s funny how the mind works. I am thoroughly enjoying this now, but I’ll have to do a more detailed note later.

Thanks VariaTEA for adding this one into our matcha order. Excellent choice!

VariaTEA

Haha this was actually your choice so thank you :P

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This tea is surprisingly delicious. I just never know with green teas, but truly a pleasant surprise here. The green base is apparent, but not too strong or vegetal, and the flavouring is all sweet berries.

Thanks KittyLovesTea!

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VariaTEA was awesome, and along with our joint matcha order, she sent a ton of matcha samples my way. :)

This one I did my standard way, mixed with cold milk and allowed to sit in the fridge a few hours. I’m not really getting anything distinctly toffee-like, but it does make a nice creamy milky drink at least. Nothing special for me here, but always grateful to be able to try matcha flavours without buying them myself.

Thanks VariaTEA!

I’ve been searching up wellies for a significant portion of the afternoon (you know, because it’s not as though I have exams to study for), and I think I’ve finally narrowed it down a couple styles. What do you guys have for wellies?

Anna

A few Tretorn’s Skerry, a few from Joules, and a few Hunter, some random ones… plus two steel-toed pairs for working, but I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for. I am a huge lover of wellies.

I LOVE MY WELLIES.

mj

Well, I know you don’t know me so you probably don’t care, but I got black wellies with multi-colored polka dots from Target and I get compliments on them all the time!

whatshesaid

I just bought a pair of hunter willies. Haha wellies! Not willies. Stupid autocorrect.
I’ve been wanting them for awhile. Sadly my legs are too short and let’s face it, not quite slender enough for the regular ones, and the adjustable ones were still so tall that they rubbed behind my knees and actually touched the back of my upper leg when I sat down soooooo I went with the short ones. I did a lot of research on these, haha. And just black, because when I’m spending that much on something, it better match everything!

Courtney

Anna haha! The steel-toes, maybe not quite so much. :P What did you think of your Hunters? Were they the more recent, non-European made ones?

mj1851 I am open to all input! Even if I don’t know you haha, I appreciate the comment. :)

whatshesaid I’ve been contemplating Hunters for a long time, but in doing research I’ve come to change my mind haha! I wanted red, but that’s not an option now, so it looks like navy blue. I have the mindset if I’m paying a mint for something, it better be pretty. :P

whatshesaid

Which brand did you think you’ve settled on?

I agree with “it better be pretty” but didn’t want to feel limited with what I could wear my boots with, so my clothes are pretty and my boots are black, haha

whatshesaid

Though I wouldn’t mind a red pair in the future since I have black now!!

Courtney

I have semi-settled on Le Chameau. I haven’t actually hit ‘submit’ yet though, because I want to find everything possible online about them, so I’m making an informed decision. I ultimately want good looking and high quality. Also, Princess Kate has some Le Chameau, which was just an added bonus. :P

Courtney

Sorry, Duchess I suppose is the correct term. :)

Anna

I think the China/Serbia-made ones are fine – it’s definitely not a Sorel situation. But no, after the buyout and manufacturing changes, I wouldn’t consider them for hunting boots, work boots or anything similar – they’re fashion wear.

Also I heartily recommend http://www.countryattire.com/ for all your country attire needs. They do free worldwide delivery on everything and have saved me on numerous occasions. Also big selection of Hunter styles!

Courtney

I have had that site bookmarked for ages Anna! I looked for the chosen ones there and found them, though there’s no indication of duty. I also found them on Amazon.com, where they charge up front for duty so there’s no nasty surprises at the door.

I ultimately veered away from the Hunters because of the manufacturing change. I don’t just want boots for fashion. If I’m spending a pretty penny, I want them to last a loooong time.

whatshesaid

I’m hoping my hunters will last but I guess time will tell! I figure our rain season isn’t super long anyway and I wear something warmer in the winter

Courtney

Yes! I hope they do too. :) I will be inquiring haha. I do love the colour selection of the Hunters. I even tweeted to the company today to see if it’s possible at all to still get a European-made pair. Still waiting on a response there.

Anna

Oh, I love Le Chameau – if you want leather-lined, they’re exceptionally good – but obviously at three times the price of the Hunters, they better be. I think they have simpler ones that are not leather-lined, though?

Can I also just say how much I respect that you’ve done so much research, and that you look for ONE quality item rather than fifteen fashionable ones that last a season? I seriously love that.

Anna

I’m pretty sure they moved production somewhere around 2008, 2009 or so when they were bought up to become the new Mulberry/Burberry quality-turned-trendy fashion phenomenon.

Courtney

Do you have any Le Chameaus of your own? It seems there isn’t a ton of stuff out there, it looks as though I’ve read nearly every review, blog post, and comparison haha. I feel good about my choice, but I haven’t chosen the leather-lined ones, sadly. I am truly hoping they will last a long time, and not the 1-2 years I’m reading about with the newly manufactured Hunters.

Le Chameau moved production? I did read a couple things about boots saying “Made in Morocco”, but in the same reviews comments that quality had not decreased. The ones I have my eye on do say they are imported from France, but so long as the quality is up to snuff, I’ll be a happy camper.

Anna

No, no – I meant Hunter’s moved production, sorry to be unclear. And yes, I do own some LCs, in addition to other sporting boots that I didn’t mention because I didn’t feel they’d be fashionable enough. It’s odd for me to talk about a brand like Le Chameau in a citywear context, but I’m completely impressed by that level of interest in quality.

And yes, Le Chameau do have a production facility in Morocco, but they have for ages as far as I know (and I only know because I read an article on it in some in-flight magazine a while back) and I doubt this would affect current quality.

Le Chameau have never let me down, but, then again, what I know are the hunting/outdoorsy boots, and if they do more fashion-oriented lines now, gah, you just never know.

Either way, fingers crossed for your boot search!

Sil

I have tretorns…..I can’t handle the lining in some of he the other ones….makes my feet too hot. Eventually I’ll get at least one more proper pair of wellies….just undecided still from where

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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.

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

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

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