714 Tasting Notes

This one was sent to me by Ysaurella. Thanks!

I did spy some rose petals, eep. Hopefully they won’t come across too strongly in the taste. I also treated myself to some stroopwafels, for no reason at all. My uncle is Dutch and he taught me to put the waffle over the top of your tea so the heat from the tea melts the sweet inside. So yummy!

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Onto the tea! Oh no! The opening to my mug is evidently too big because I just took my stroopwafel off the top and half of it has fallen in! Well, the tea is guaranteed to be tasty now. I suppose when I finish this mug, I’ll have to make another sans stroopwafel to do an actual tasting note.

Stephanie

That stroopwafel looks delish

Courtney

It is! Even the soggy half. :P

caile

nom nom I’ve never had a stoopwafel – looks delicious and seems perfect to go with a cup of tea!

Courtney

They definitely are! I always forget about them, but I was at the German store this morning and I spotted them on the shelf. Mwuahaha.

OMGsrsly

I love the maple ones. Too bad I haven’t seen a gluten free version!

Courtney

There are maple ones?! I’ll check next time I go to see if the ones they carry are gluten-free. :)

OMGsrsly

Yes there are. :) They’re usually in a box rather than just the plastic bag. I have never seen gluten free ones, sadly.

Courtney

I will definitely be checking for the maple ones everywhere I’ve seen them now haha. I was going to say I wonder if you could make your own, but they seem a bit intricate to make yourself.

Ysaurella

and how was the tea after being kinda swimming pool for the waffle ?

Courtney

Haha I could still get some lemon-y flavour Ysaurella :) I have high hopes for it! I plan on steeping some more this afternoon again. I love the opportunity to try French teas.

Ysaurella

typically French anyway to drop food in tea or coffee (we ALL drop our croissant in tea or coffee…ALL of us :) )

Courtney

Hahaha! Excellent, I fit right in. :P

Kat_Maria

Ooooh, haven’t had these waffles for a while… Sometimes you can get them at Big Lots in the US… But usually my parents would send me some from Poland ;) Although I am sure none of them are as good as some original Dutch ones – which I had a LONG time ago, my then-BF brought them from his Dutch relatives.

Courtney

Hehe. I haven’t heard of Big Lots, but I know up here some of the grocery stores carry them too. :) I just enjoy visiting the German store really. i’m not German, but part Danish, and they also carry an eclectic mix of things from Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, etc.

Stephanie

goes to Big Lots to look for them

Kat_Maria

@Courtney – that sounds wonderful. I don’t have many stores of that sort here in central PA :(

@Stephanie – They used to have these from a Polish brand like 2 years ago but I could swear I saw some from some other (Scandinavian?) brand when I was to my local BL three weeks ago.

Shmiracles

omg stroopwafels. just… sigh.
i love this heating idea. it’s now a ‘thing’. from now on it will be a permanent thing.

Courtney

#stroopwafel

Stephanie

I love Big Lots, they have the most random stuff!

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This one came my way from Sil. Thanks!

This one brews up like White Rhino, smells like White Rhino, and the initial sip is just like White Rhino. Excellent!

A short story from my morning. When I can both drop off and pick J up from work, I drive him. This morning was one of those days. I dragged myself out of bed at 6:05 and picked up the socks that someone left on the bedroom floor. I go to the bathroom, where the hamper is, and promptly opened the toilet and dropped them in. It took a second to realize even what had happened. This is exactly why you shouldn’t have to drag yourself out of bed at ungodly hours of the morning to drive your other half to work.

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Stephanie

HA! Could have been worse, I guess :)

keychange

That should teach people not to leave their socks all over the place! LOL. But yes, waking up earlier than you’d like to should be illegal.

Courtney

I definitely laughed about it. I more or less fell into a giggle fit and J thought I’d just lost it from the early hour I’m sure haha.

Oh keychange, I’ve tried so many purposeful creative ways to stop this behaviour. I’ve not had anything stick so far. But I figure I have lots of time to figure it out haha. :P

tea-sipper

ah! I have to consciously not put my socks in the toilet every day, usually because I have tissues in the other hand…

Courtney

Thank goodness I’m not the only one Tea Sipper :P

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This one came in my Herbal Infusions order today.

The scent is pretty awesome. Warm creamiscle. I have to say the taste is more orange than cream. I wish there was more of a cream aspect to it because I adore creamy teas. My package of this specially says “Orange Lapacho/Vanilla”, but I’m not so sure I’m getting vanilla. I’ll update as I sip away.

On the upside, this lapacho type of tea is great! When I saw a comparison to rooibos/honeybush I was slightly concerned since I generally don’t play nicely with those, but there’s no bizarre medicinal taste here. Yay, lapacho!

P.S. Maybe orange is the flavour that works with these teas that I can get on board with? I loved L’Autome with orange and rooibos, and I’m enjoying this one with orange and lapacho. Hmm.

Jennkay

Ooh, I’ve never heard of lapacho, but I have the same issue with the medicinal quality of rooibos, so I should try it out!

Sil

i vaguely recall there being some sort of “don’t drink too much of this” thing regarding lapacho… but it’s totally worth it to me for the delicious orange cream taste… now to find a truly orange and cream sort of tea…since the vanilla seems to have poofed from this one

Courtney

Haha yes. I started Googling it last night and found that out for myself.

Courtney

Did you check out the link I sent? It has vanilla!

Sil

yes i did! you’re trying to make me buy tea! I think you might be a woozle…

Courtney

Hehehe.

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This smells exactly like banana medicine. The best scent in the world. And one of the best tastes. OMG. Even if this one doesn’t taste to my liking, there’s a very good chance I’ll buy it just to keep around to huff occasionally all the time.

Thanks Sil for adding this delightfully scented treat to our swap. :)

I warmed milk in the microwave (thanks to Stephanie for this tip), then proceeded to dump in 1.2 tsp. of matcha and use my frother (and thanks to a tasting note from someone I can’t recall eep, for reminding me I have one of these bad boys) to mix it up. Probably not the best matcha protocol, but there you have it.

The scent is intoxicating. Intoxicating. More to come on the taste!

Ahh yes. Banana creamy milk. I’m tempted to use more matcha next time. I poured about half my mug full of milk and the flavour is definitely there, but it couldn’t hurt to try and coax a stronger banana-ness.

This one was distinctive flavouring.

keychange

This sounds amazing, and may be the only thing that convinces me to delv into the world of matcha!!

Sil

LOL i think you could get away with robust with this one as long as you enjoy that sort of smell :)

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drank Coco Chai by Tealux
714 tasting notes

I’m not so sure about this one. There’s a familiar scent here that I can’t place – but it’s neither coconut nor chai. I’m not huge on chai teas as it is, but Zhena’s coconut chai is pretty tasty.

There is coconut here, though the taste is pretty subtle. I can’t really say I get a lot of chai flavour at all. Not a bad tea, but not coconut chai. Perhaps a different name is in order.

I finally found a government report on fisheries and bycatch! Now I need to find the follow-up report that was supposedly released in 2011 to really make way on my data research.

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This was another sample sent in my Butiki order.

This one is similar to the Irish Breakfast from the other day, but yes, it’s maltier. They’re both wonderful black teas that can really wake a person up.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Silver Buds Yabao by Verdant Tea
714 tasting notes

I woke up bright and early this morning, so we went for breaky at Cora’s, and after gorging myself, only a few teas were options for a full stomach.

This one is light and airy. The colour of the water barely changes. The pine taste is growing on me more and more. I’m not sure I’ll keep this one around permanently, but I could see re-ordering it occasionally.

I’m back to researching today. The sheer data amount is still overwhelming, even after narrowing it down geographically.

Flavors: Pine

tea-sipper

I’ve been meaning to try this one… maybe this week!

Courtney

I was a bit wary, but I’m happy I ended up trying it. :)

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I’ve never ordered this one myself, but jessiwrites sends me some occasionally. I don’t think I love it enough to order it myself, but yet I thoroughly enjoy it the rare times I do drink it. It really does embody a strawberry cupcake with a nice black base.

Now I’m sipping this while making turkey burgers and potato salad for dinner. A nice break from my day of research. :)

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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This one was sent my way by Stephanie :)

This one seems quite similar to Coconut Oolong from David’s. Though I generally prefer darker oolongs, so perhaps someone with more of a palate for green oolongs would say differently.

It’s green oolong-y, it’s coconutty. Overall a tasty tea.

I’ve been researching fisheries and bycatch all day, and I am almost overwhelmed with the data I’ve found. There’s too much! Well, there’s too much to wade through to find what I need to find.

Flavors: Coconut

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 0 OZ / 0 ML
Stephanie

Fisheries…interesting :)

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drank Irish Breakfast by Butiki Teas
714 tasting notes

This one I snagged from the Shadowfall stash sale.

It’s bold and perfectly Irish Breakfast. A nice morning wake-me-up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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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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