696 Tasting Notes

Sipdown! I can’t decide if I’ll restock this one or not. This was is malty and smooth, which are some of my favourite qualities. The LB/Bailin mix is interesting for sure.

I enjoyed my experience with Whispering Pines, so I’ll keep an eye on the website to see if enough teas stand out to me to place another order in the future.

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drank Vega Reál by Crio Bru
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I had a pretty shit day at work and all I wanted was a cup of comfort this evening, something funny to watch, and to turn in early.

We went to the Modest Mouse concert last night which was amazing as a sidenote.

I decided to brew up this one and compare it to Cavalla, which I also have next to me now. Cavalla has become my comparison of choice for my Crio Brüs just because. The Vega is fairing better than Coco River in that there is no bitterness, but I don’t know that I’m getting any strawberry or citrus notes, it generally just feels a bit thinner than the Cavalla.

I still really enjoy this one though.

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drank Almond Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
696 tasting notes

I had this one as a matcha milk last night. It was surprisingly tasty considering almonds are not my favourite thing as a general rule.

It had a natural sweetness to it that hinted at almond abstract, but not nearly as strong. It came across almost like a sweetened almond milk with a hint of matcha.

I don’t need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t turn down a cup.

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drank Cavalla French Roast by Crio Bru
696 tasting notes

What’s the difference between Cavalla and Cavalla French Roast? I don’t think I can discern any. They are both creamy, dark chocolate with subtle coconut hints.

YUM.

Cameron B.

I found a local healthy food store that carries one of the Crio Bru varieties and I was excited! I didn’t buy it, but I may have to soon! :)

OMGsrsly

Do it, Cameron! :D So much better than the cacao shells.

Courtney

I agree. I don’t know that I really need cacao any longer now.

Sil

i do…only for LB mixing though..

Courtney

I’m going to mix this one with LB and see what happens soon.

Sil

haha let me know!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
696 tasting notes

In my comparison this evening with Coca River, I can totally get the coconut in this awesome cuppa now. It adds to the creaminess, and is ever so subtle, but it’s there.

Perhaps that’s why I’ve been reaching for this one the most.

VariaTEA

I think tomorrow after work, I will start doing comparisons of these teas. I will be sure to watch for the creaminess in this one and the bitterness in Coca River

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drank Coca River by Crio Bru
696 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
696 tasting notes

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
696 tasting notes

[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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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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