674 Tasting Notes

drank Caramel-Toffee by Dammann Freres
674 tasting notes

I got two swaps in the mail today, so of course it’s time for sample teas. Yes! This one came my way from VariaTEA.

The scent is not overly welcoming, there’s something about it that it slightly off. The taste is much better, but it’s still not quite what I was hoping for. The caramel toffee flavour is there, and it’s not overwhelming, which is nice, but I also think the base tea could be ever so slightly less strong. Perhaps with a little tweaking this one could be completely amazing.

Thanks for sharing VariaTEA!

Flavors: Caramel

VariaTEA

Haha. I preferred the smell to the taste. Also this came to me from Dexter3657. Thanks Dexter!!

Courtney

Thanks to Dexter3657 as well! :)

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I nearly just steeped my Laoshan Black and Cacao in the vinegar I’d had in the kettle for cleaning. Eek. Thank goodness I caught that just in time.

I’m on my resteep of 2 parts Laoshan Black and 1 part Cacao. It really just accentuated the chocolate notes in Laoshan Black, which was delightful. I’m getting dangerously low on Cacao though, I really wish my HI order would ship already. I’m trying to be patient, but it’s not working out so well.

Stephanie

Wow. Sounds like a sweet combo! I need to clean my kettle out, thanks for the reminder heh

Courtney

The hard water out here drives me nutty, I’m constantly vinegar-ing haha!

Kittenna

Oh man. That would have been disgusting!

Courtney

Haha thank goodness I caught it. Phew.

Cavocorax

Wow. That’s an interesting combo! And I hope your order ships soon. They need to get quicker at that…

Sil

They need to stop doing 4509834509438584739 things and get a few down right first. All of these delays is part of why I haven’t bothered to place an order yet…

Cavocorax

Yeah, that is pretty annoying. :|
I reviewed a tea after a purchase and now I have a 20% off coupon, which expires in a month. That’s a very sneaky way to entice me. But I don’t want to wait 2 weeks for it to show up when I’m in the same city!

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This tea is delightful. I was a little sad when David’s discontinued Cocomint Cream, but I actually prefer this one due to the unsweetened coconut. David’s was getting slightly cloying towards the end of the bag.

Today I mixed this two parts Cocomint and one part guayusa. Yum. I love finding new mixes for my guayusa. I’ve been pretty productive today preparing swaps, started and finished an assignment, and finished a significant amount of cue cards for an exam later this week. I plan on doing a few more cue cards and then starting and finishing one more assignment before the night is up.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Woo! Productivity #fistbump!

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
674 tasting notes

Having this one as I take a break from studying to get swaps ready to go out tomorrow. I seem to have a lot of swaps going on right now. Swaps out = cupboard decrease, and room for more teas (well, until swaps arrive). Yes!

I may have forgotten about this one steeping on the counter, but that just makes it all the more delicious.

I wish my HI order would ship already, I’m so impatient! I suppose they are at the tea festival, so I will try to be patient.

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
MissB

Ah, that’s one of my complaints with HI too; took them three weeks to ship off my first order.

Courtney

My first one wasn’t bad at all, but it’s been over a week for this one.

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drank White Rhino by Butiki Teas
674 tasting notes

This is both my 400th tasting note, and a sipdown (well, until both my Butiki order and Shadowfall stash sale arrive).

This tea is such a delight. There’s a nice thick mouthfeel that’s both creamy and malty. I love creamy teas. I’m also getting the hay flavour. And of course that natural sweetness, which is very subtle, and not quite like some of the honey-sweetness in my favourite black teas. It all combines so wonderfully. I didn’t think there could be a white tea that encompasses such perfection. It’s even great as it cools. I want to order more and more of this and have it all the time, but I think a part of what makes it so amazing is that I drink it so rarely.

I had a moment this morning where I saw the rating wasn’t as high at some of Stacy’s other teas and I feared the worst, but then I reminded myself that’s it’s a newer tea and perhaps that’s due to not enough people having tried it yet.

On an unrelated note, I’m running low on my maple butter. I had maple syrup in my oatmeal this morning instead, so as to begin the hoarding process until I’m home again in the summer and can pick up more. I knew I should’ve gotten the bigger size jar!

Flavors: Cream, Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

congrats on 400!

__Morgana__

Congrats!

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This one turned out perfectly this morning. The lower temperature really is the key I find. This one has been finicky for me in the past, but when it works out I absolutely love it. I’ll definitely be ordering the reblend, and possibly more of this one before it’s gone. Does anyone know when this blend is on it’s way out?

Also, this is my first tasting note to check out the upgrade and all these options are handy! The amount of tea and water volume are a delight.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 15 OZ / 443 ML
Stephanie

Don’t give me the rest of yours then! Keeeep it :)

Courtney

I so rarely reach for it, I was searching for a perfect replacement for Taiwanese Wild Mountain for my morning cup, and then it steeped up so perfectly. :)

keychange

I didn’t know Stacey was reblending this. Any idea what she hopes to do differently?

Courtney

I’m really not sure keychange – here is the link to her note on some upcoming changes :) http://steepster.com/butikiteas/posts/218750#comments

Butiki Teas

The current batch is already gone. I really like the flavor combination but I think this tea is really too picky and perhaps a little too aggressive for most people so I will be looking for a more agreeable base. I’m still undecided whether I want to choose another black tea or perhaps take it in a different direction. We just got in another Assam (not the Hattialli) but one that is similar to our Dinjoye but even more chocolatey. I will be trying that as a base and a few other teas as well. We are always open to suggestions.

Courtney

Ooh that base sounds like it could be tasty. I look forward to whatever you come up with, I’m sure it’ll be delicious. I personally love black teas, so I’m all for a black base haha.

Butiki Teas

That new Assam could be a winner. I’m definitely picturing it now and also possibly our Keemun which is a pretty gentle black tea though I was also thinking about maybe trying it as a white tea.

Courtney

I’m all for the Assam. :) Although both your Cantaloupe & Cream and Watermelon Xylophone are quite tasty with the white base. I don’t think I’ve ever had a Keemun tea – does that have a smoky element to it?

Butiki Teas

This particular type of Keemun is not smokey. Its actually somewhat sweet.

Courtney

The all sounds promising. I can’t wait to see what you end up choosing, I’m already planning out my next order.

Butiki Teas

Good to hear that they all sound promising. :)

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drank Winter Blend by Tealish
674 tasting notes

This is a sipdown, sadly. I quite enjoyed having this herbal around.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec

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TeaVivre arrived today, yes! That was pretty quick from China, I must say. I should also add in a thank you to caile for introducing me to TeaVivre.

Hello Bailin. I’ve been waiting for you. Because the name is so close to “Balin”, this tea will forever be a dwarf from The Hobbit in my mind. Which just endears it more to me.

Now I shall sip away and work on an assignment that’s due at midnight.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec
caile

Yay! : ) That arrived fast!

Courtney

I know! I was so impressed with the shipping time.

caile

Did you get the free shipping? I think often it depends on customs etc, how often a package arrives.

caile

I meant how quick a package arrives

Courtney

Yep! I made sure my order was just over the threshold haha. Oh it definitely depends on customs. It came through Canada in MB actually.

caile

haha, that’s great!

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I was really hoping Fjellrev would maybe be wrong, or more sensitive to smoke than I, but alas, I could taste it. This tea is not for me. Sigh.

On the upside though, I see another order may be delivered today. Yes!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Glad i’m not insane. this was NOT a smokey tea originally…but the batch i had the other day for SURE had smokiness to it.

I mean, i’m ok with that and love it..but it’s a totally different tasting tea than the first time i remember having it.

Courtney

Pout. I was so looking forward to the “sweet potato” flavour.

Stephanie

Bummer! It sounds theoretically awesome…

Sil

yeah…i’ll need to try this again on the weekend but i remember thinking woah..this is like a tasty keemun!

Stephanie

The only thing I’ve ever gotten sweet potato flavor from was the Golden Fleece…mmmm

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t tried this lately, but I think Verdant may have included a sample in my last order, so we’ll see.

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This is one of my very favourite teas, and David’s discontinued it a while ago. I’ve been hoarding samples from Sil and jessiwrites, because they’re awesome.

I may have just had a minor freakout over this proposal due tomorrow. I finally decided on my topic last night, and I’ve spent the better half of the afternoon and evening doing research and writing. My friend and I were just discussing it, and next thing you know I’m questioning everything I’ve done up to this point. Ahhh. You know the vicious cycle that comes next – check the time, ask yourself if there’s another time to figure out a back up plan, freak out some more, etc. After some frantic thinking, I told J to stop what he was doing and read everything I’d done, while I simultaneously attempted to explain to him the background research, of which he knows nothing. After ten minutes, in which I’m sure I sprouted a few grey hairs, I had reworded a couple sentences and was back on track. PHEW. Talk about an overreaction.

This tea is amazing. And I think the events of this evening have warranted its presence.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

Oh no! That is definitely stressful. I have written and rewritten essays so I know how quickly second guessing yourself can be. At least you were able to work everything out and get back on track.

I ended up giving up on some of the questions on my assignment but got it done and handed it in this morning (then went and bought teas to reward myself :P) so yay for doing our work!

Courtney

Second guessing is the worst. Yay for getting that done and out of the way! I love the reward. :P I feel back in control of my tea spending after my six orders haha.

VariaTEA

haha. I actually did pretty good. I got 10 teas, a to-go cup and filters for less than $25 and then went to Caesars and got a free cup of tea and 5 new teas for about $15.

Courtney

That’s awesome! Good job tea shopping. :) Where were the first 10 from?

VariaTEA

Oh. I thought I mentioned that but apparently instead I just assumed you should know. I went to DAVIDs and picked up a few teas.

Courtney

That is what I was thinking, but I wanted to be sure. Although I did just see your note on Mint To Be. That one may be intriguing enough to warrant a trip in. Shudder, I do not enjoy the mall hah.

VariaTEA

I don’t understand why it tastes almost fudgy to me. I don’t think there is chocolate in it. I am confused but enjoying the cup so all is well.

Courtney

I noticed David’s update on it says something about chocolate notes. And MWUAHAHA the proposal is complete! I am so happy with it, and it has truly reinforced just how much I can’t wait to be a full-blown scientist haha.

VariaTEA

Yay for finishing it!! Must feel pretty awesome.

OMGsrsly

Go, Courtney, go! :)

caile

Yay! That’s great on getting your proposal finished!

Courtney

Thanks guys :)

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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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

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

Location

Canada

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