714 Tasting Notes

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
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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
714 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.

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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
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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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This tea is awesome. I knew at the first sip it was a darjeeling, but I didn’t realize that before then. I really do enjoy darjeelings. The natural medium steeping colour combined with the light taste is delightful.

There are hints of breadiness and a natural sweetness that I’m really enjoying. I may need to order more of this one before I no longer have the opportunity.

Kittenna

Argh, so many of the blacks from Butiki I dismissed trying in my last couple orders, because I didn’t need even more tea… and then I keep reading stellar reviews of them. Bah! :P

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Day 5 of no coffee. Between that and getting 3, 4, maybe 5 hours sleep each night for the past couple weeks, I’m doing surprisingly well.

I needed guayusa this morning though. I’ll never get over the juiciness of the blackberries combined with the lime here. It’s such an amazing mix. This morning it’s in the Timolino and holding up quite well. It’s always great to find a tea that does well in the Timolino.

Stephanie

guayusa is magical

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I decided to attempt to not have my ice coffee, or any coffee. Right now I can’t remember why. Rather than weaning, I went cold turkey today and now I have a splitting headache. This tea seemed like a good choice.

Black teas are, more often than not, comfort in a cup for me. This one is deep and dark and perfectly Assam-y. I’m glad I picked up a bunch. When my head stops pounding, I may write an actual tasting note.

caile

Hope the tea helps your headache!

Sil

hey! you! answer my FB question :P haha sorry you aren’t dealing well with no coffee :)

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My co-worker got me hooked on these Oprah Chais on ice from Starbucks over the summer. They have become my staple ‘treat’ when I have a rough day. However, they cost an arm and a leg. No surprise, really. A couple days ago I decided I’d just grab the chai myself from Teavana and make it up myself, because I’m over spending over $5. on these, when all it is is the tiniest amount of chai topped up with milk and ice.

I decided to make it straight and hot today, just to see if it’s as tasty as the Starbucks one with milk and ice. Not so much. It’s actually a bit bland for chai. Perhaps I need to steep longer, though I followed the paramaters the tea came with. Cinnamon is the primary flavour here, followed up by something spicier.

I’ll be sticking to making my chai on ice with milk for this tea.

P.S. The price of this tea I found exorbitant. $13.50 for 50g. And 50g doesn’t go very far with this tea – it’s nice and heavy. It will save me money for the Starbucks drink, but I would never purchase this tea for the price just to have it as straight tea.

tantonino

Starbucks usually beefs up their drinks with a hearty 3-4 pumps of simple sugar as well! You’ve been warned.

Stephanie

I can’t do the Oprah Chai cos ROOIBOS! My nemesis!

Courtney

Haha I generally go no sweetener with Starbucks, but thank you tantonino.

Stephanie the rooibos isn’t noticeable at all. I also pretty well despise rooibos. :P

Stephanie

Hmm, guess I could try it then :)

Courtney

Wouldn’t hurt! I was actually surprised when I read there was rooibos to be honest. :)

Sil

courtney – there’s a coupon in starbucks that i saw today – buy 50g of a tea in store, get 50g free… so might be worth the splurge on this in that case..

Courtney

Thanks Sil!

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This week has been a nightmare. I’ve already handed in one assignment and written one exam. Tomorrow I have two more exams, and Friday I have my physiology research proposal due. It’s a week where I want to pull an all-nighter, but I know I’ll need to tomorrow, so I have to wait, because there’s just no way two all-nighters are going to happen.

Enter matcha. Matcha has been keeping me going, because evidently I’m getting old and my body actually requires going to bed at a reasonable hour.

This matcha is still delightful. I love the buttery vanilla-ness of it. Perfect flavour to name ‘ratio’.

Ost

That does sound like a nightmare! D: Hope you can have a relaxing weekend at least!

Courtney

I wish. I have two more exams next week and two more assignments. :P On the bright side, at least I love what I’m studying.

Ost

Oy. Nevermind then xD
Well hope you survive! And don’t feel too miserable through it. I imagine loving what you’re studying must help though! :P

Anlina

That sounds brutal. I hope that you get through this period okay and get a nice, long rest afterwards.

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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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