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drank Coca River by Crio Bru
681 tasting notes

I have come to the conclusion that I’m not huge on Coca River. My first steep last night had what I thought was a hint of bitterness that wasn’t in the Crio Brüs I’ve been drinking copious amounts of. So this evening, I decided to do a comparison between Cavalla and Coca River and the bitterness is unmistakeable. Much easier to definitively notice it next to the pure creamy deliciousness of Cavalla.

OMGsrsly

Good to know that I picked a good one, randomly off the grocery store shelf. :D

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drank Maya by Crio Bru
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I’ve been steeping a cup of Crio Brü daily, or twice daily, or three times daily. But that’s not important. What is important is that it is delicious. Dark chocolate delicious. However, thus far I haven’t deciphered any noticeable differences in the ones I’ve tried. That is, until Maya.

Maya reminds me of something I’ve had before, but I can’t put my finger on it. There is a spiciness to it, but more like Christmas cookie spice, not hot pepper spice. It is delightful. Christmas cookie spice dark chocolate in a mug. Perfection.

As far as the other Crio Brüs, I’ll be doing some comparisons for sure.

Cameron B.

Sounds similar to Mexican hot chocolate, yum! :)

Courtney

Almost like that, yep.

Sil

this only makes me laugh because in April you guys were all like whatever..and jones and i were like BUT BUT LOOK! and now you’re all going crazy insane on the ordering and stuff lol

Courtney

I missed it all in April haha. I only started noticing you guys with it when VariaTea got her order! Thank you exams, for putting me behind on trending teas. :P

Sil

haha

VariaTEA

I am glad I can bring it to your attention Courtney. Though Sil is how I found it and OMGsrsly is how Sil found it (I think) so it all works out lol.

And the reason this stands out is because it is the only one with flavors added. All the others just get their different notes from the beans themselves.

Courtney

Ahh I thought this one had flavours from the beans themselves too. But it is still tasty, even if there are flavours added. I can’t wait to try the Pumpkin one.

VariaTEA

Not till fall though. Pumpkin isn’t really a summer flavor :P

Sil

whatever. maybe i’ll just get the pumpkin one now…

Courtney

I’m thinking the same thing Sil. J and I made a pumpkin pie last week. I love pumpkin all the time.

Sil

hahahaha i prefer it in the fall but i’ll drinking it most of the time :)

OMGsrsly

LOL. And I found it through a local friend. :D

OMGsrsly

Oh, I was going to mix up some club soda and lime and the last of the gin, but maybe I’ll have some of this instead.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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[Comparison LB, Fancy LB, & Fujian]

I’m sorry to post similar notes, I’m hopefully making it easier on myself if I need to scroll back through my notes and check something out.

Initial sips, LB and Fancy LB are pretty well the same, but the FLB is ever so slightly creamier, and LB is very subtly sweeter. There is almost, almost and underlying bitter note to the fancy LB, but that could be my mind playing tricks.

In comparing, I see how different the Fujian is. It’s still by far the closest to LB I’ve ever experienced, but there is a hint of Bailin, which I’ve found in the Ailaoshan as well from Whispering Pines. Yes, more Bailin than LB perhaps, but still LB-like.

I always try to sit back and enjoy my teas (granted, that doesn’t always happen), but I don’t generally attempt to decipher each and every note in every cup I enjoy, unless I’m doing comparisons.

Stephanie

Fancy LB? First picking? Thanks for doing comparisons, they’re useful!

Courtney

Yep, the Mr. He’s 1st Picking LB. Fancy LB was easier, hehe.

Stephanie

Got it :D

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[Comparison Fujian & LB]

I’m sorry to post similar notes, I’m hopefully making it easier on myself if I need to scroll back through my notes and check something out.

In comparing, I see how different the Fujian is. It’s still by far the closest to LB I’ve ever experienced, but there is a hint of Bailin, which I’ve found in the Ailaoshan as well from Whispering Pines. Yes, more Bailin than LB perhaps, but still LB-like.

I always try to sit back and enjoy my teas (granted, that doesn’t always happen), but I don’t generally attempt to decipher each and every note in every cup I enjoy, unless I’m doing comparisons.

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Fancy LB! I just ordered an ounce of this one.

I think a comparison is definitely needed. Which reminds me I want to do a comparison between LB and Fujian. Perhaps all three at once!

This one has all the delicious qualities of LB, and they could be more enhanced, but without a side-by-side I can’t say for sure. However, this is certainly an enjoyable cup.

whatshesaid

I ordered this too! Haven’t tried it yet though

Sil

i like this one less than regular LB but i haven’t compared this seasons against one another yet.

Stephanie

Likewise, Sil.

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My Verdant order was waiting for me after I got off work today. Yes!

This I added into the pre-order after the fact, when I saw it was finally back in stock. I wish I had ordered more. It is so tasty, in a way unlike any other tea.

It’s light, yet not light, and so creamy and cake-like, yet not completely cake-like. What an awful description. The black base is so perfectly balanced with the herbal aspects. Nothing is overwhelming or underwhelming. Truly a perfect balance. I could drink this constantly I think.

I’m resteeping now. Oh yes, and it’s comforting. Ahh comforting teas are the best after long, somewhat frustrating days in an office.

[1st steep 1.5 tsp @ boiling, 4 minutes \\ resteep @ boiling 6-7 minutes]

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I mixed 2 parts LB and 1 part of this for my morning cup. I haven’t been drinking much tea at all, and not just because I’m spending as much time as possible outside in the sun. I’m back to working full-time, which is actually overtime, since I somehow managed to agree to working 6 days a week full-time hours. I am exhausted.

This cup is tasty though. I have a feeling I won’t restock this regularly once my current package is done. I do enjoy the toastiness, but I prefer other genmaicha-like teas. This one is more similar to LB than genmaicha for me, and LB wins hands down. Which reminds me, my Verdant LB preorder is finally out for delivery today.

Sil

wooohoo! htat seems late… my preorder was out like 6 days ago?

i’m sorry you’re doing the 6 hour work week thing… i totally feel your pain.

Terri HarpLady

I’ll be feeling your pain in about a month…well…maybe not 6 days a week full time, but I am going back into the working world somewhat…sigh…I’m so spoiled…

Sil

working world terri? teaching again? at a school?

Terri HarpLady

yeah…see my LB Chocolate Gen note, which I’ll be posting momentarily…

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I had no idea what to expect with this one. Part of my cringed at adding it to milk, but I wasn’t sure why.

I just cracked open my matcha milk in it’s mason jar and bizarrely enough it tastes just like something at Lush smells. It may be my “Honey I Washed The Kids” soap bar. Fascinating.

Not bad, but not something I need to stock.

Cameron B.

Maple matcha sounds like it would be amazing as a hot latte! Yum.

Courtney

I’m more than happy to send some along if you’re interested :)

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Something in here immediately reminded me of the disaster that was Belgium Chocolate matcha for me. Le sigh.

At least I can be happy about one less matcha to stock!

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My friend and I did a 5+2 order and decided to split 3 matchas we both wanted to try, but weren’t sure we wanted 30g of a piece. This one one of them.

I made this one as my usual matcha milk. I threw it in the fridge to ‘steep’ yesterday afternoon and just thought to try it now. I had no idea what to expect here, since I’d never even heard of a butternut pie, much less tasted one. I was pleasantly surprised with the initial sips though. There is a definite buttery-ness, though not quite the same as French Butter Cookie, and a subtle nuttiness too. There is also a sweetness that is akin to squash with just a touch of brown sugar on top.

Definitely a great choice. I could see ordering this one myself in the future.

VariaTEA

I have debating about doing an order and I don’t know if I want to just buy what I know I like or if I want to keep trying new ones. I was thinking I would just stick with the ones I know I like but then reviews like this make trying new ones so appealing

Courtney

Eep! Well, I did a 5+2 order myself and I only ended up truly loving 2 new ones. I’m personally just going to see if I can split ones I’m unsure of. I have two lists of matchas for trying – ones that the reviews are so great I’d consider 30g myself, or others that still have decent reviews, but not good enough to consider 30g myself.

VariaTEA

Fair enough. All I know is I want Coconut and caramel but I haven’t planned out the other ones I would get. I am debating pear and eggnog because they were pretty good in smoothies and are different than the creamier dessert type matchas I currently have but then I feel like there are others that would be fun to try.

Courtney

Always such a battle to decide haha. Well, I would recommend this one, and if you don’t love it, I can take it off your hands. :)

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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.

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

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