686 Tasting Notes

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I wrote an exam this morning, and I had a few hours that I could spare away from studying to clean and get groceries and book appointments. I can’t wait until my life slows down just a tad.

Anyway, this is a sipdown! In preparation for my new Butiki order that will be en route soon enough! I am enjoying this with some delicious smørrebrød before heading back to school for extra lab time.

I hope all my American tea friends had a lovely Thanksgiving!

MissB

Smørrebrød? I’d love to hear more about that!

Courtney

Smørrebrød is a Danish open face sandwich! They are my favourite, well there are all sorts of different ones actually, but in general they are a staple in my house. They also have them in Sweden, but I believe they are called smörgås there. :)

Angrboda

Was it on proper rye bread too, then?

Courtney

It was on German rye bread. I have planned on making some proper Danish rye over the Christmas break when I have more time :) It’s difficult to find here!

Angrboda

Cool. :) Do you have connections to Denmark?

Courtney

My grandfather is Danish! So I’m always trying to learn more about Denmark and Danish culture. Any suggestions on the rye bread? I have a recipe, but I’ve yet to try it.

Angrboda

I tend to like it with lots of whole grain in it. My mother used to bake it for Christmas. The rest of the year we’d just have store-bought. For me, the two are wildly different beasts in taste and texture, and I’m used to store-bought. It also makes a difference if you use sourdough or not. If you do, it can have a more sour sort of taste. My favourite sort has sunflower seeds in it. I have been baking rather a lot in the last year, but I haven’t attempted to tackle rye bread. I’d have to eat it all myself after all, as Husband (he’s English) doesn’t much like it. I also haven’t had much luck with bread in general. I’ve baked a lot of door-stoppers…

Courtney

Yes the one I have that I purchased from the German store here, which also carries Dutch, and a few Nordic items has sunflower seeds. It’s quite tasty. I had planned on making the sourdough so I’ll have to let you know how everything goes. And haha for the door-stoppers! :P I made a few loaves of regular bread two months back and they turned out fine, albeit a bit fluffy, so I’m really hoping for the best with the rye. Do you have smørrebrød frequently? Do you enjoy herring? I’ve not been brave enough to try…

Angrboda

Actually, we have it fairly rarely. When a Danish person says smørrebrød they usually think of something like this http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/Sm%C3%B8rrebr%C3%B8d_at_Kastrup_IMG_8275_C.JPG/800px-Sm%C3%B8rrebr%C3%B8d_at_Kastrup_IMG_8275_C.JPG with LOTS of toppings. Very elaborate, and not really an every day sort of food. It’s the sort of thing you might get if you eat lunch out or something or for special occasions where you would serve a lunch for guests, but not warm food.
What we actually have on a day to day business has only about a third of the topping and usually only one topping + one condiment. Much simpler and much more boring looking, but it has the advantage that you can eat it without using knife and fork. :) Like this http://irisogbirk.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/dansk-frokost.png Liver pate with pickled beets. Very trad! If you came to an informal every-day lunch in a Danish home you would very likely just be presented with the sliced bread and a selection of toppings and expected to make your own. :)

As for the pickled herring, most people enjoy it, but I don’t much care for it myself. I can eat a bit of it, maybe half a slice with herring, but that’s it. Truthfully, I don’t care for herring as a fish in general, pickled or not. I love fish, but somehow herring is just a little too fishy in flavour. :) I’ll take mackerel in tomato sauce any day.

Courtney

Very neat! I feel the ones I’ve had recently fall somewhere in between. I have been having ham with a topping of steamed carrots and asparagus mixed with mayo, sour cream, and mustard. Sometimes I will add a slice of tomato. I will also take what I have in my fridge to make creations too. I hope I’m not making any horrible errors in that haha. :P

I asked my Swedish friend the same about the herring, and her answer was about the same as yours. I’m not really a seafood lover, and I wanted to get some input before attempting pickled herring haha. It may be a while before I work up the courage to try it out.

Thanks for all the info! I love learning more about these things :) I have so many more questions haha. I will have to inbox you with an update of my rye bread in a few weeks, and maybe a few more questions… (but let me know if this isn’t okay!) :)

Angrboda

I wouldn’t know anything about specific rules for topping really. Using your imagination is fine so long as it tastes good. Bit like flavouring tea. Sometimes someone comes up with a flavour combination nobody else has considered before and it turns out it really works.

I have to say that I also know people who like a bit of herring now and then but otherwise don’t really care for fish. I don’t know if for them it’s some sort of traditional thing that that’s just something you eat because it’s tradition or whether they actually enjoy it. My mum used to make her own around Christmas. She would buy the fish fresh and salt them first. It’s a pretty long process. She used to make as many of the toppings as she could as well. It was for my father’s birthday on the 26th, and this has turned into the traditional Christmas family lunch really. She’s made it more buffet-y in recent years though. There are still a few things that HAVE to be there like the herring and the liver pate, but other than that it’s easier to do it in a buffet style when one family member is vegetarian and another is allergic to eggs and a third is just a plain picky eater. :)

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Heyo! The scent of lime when I cut open the package nearly knocked me over. That may have made me a wee bit wary, especially since I’ve been so impressed with Herbal Infusions’ natural, absolutely no artificialness teas.

However, now that’s it’s cooled sufficiently to drink, it’s still got that natural goodness. The lime is quite a bit more toned down now that it’s steeped and the Ceylon base really comes through. I’m really enjoying this one, though I’m not getting much coconut flavour at all. The lime with the black base is really neat though.

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I was planning on picking some up tonight (well at midnight). You have made me more confidant in that decision.

Courtney

I hope you picked some stuff up from HI :) I’ve only positive things to say about them, each tea I try continues to impress me.

VariaTEA

I got 50 g of Cacao tea and about 3-4 samples of different teas including this one. I am excited to try them all!!

Courtney

Yay! That’s awesome. I went through my 50g of Cacao way too fast. I’m already planning my next order, and it will definitely by 100g of Cacao haha.

VariaTEA

haha I definitely jumped on the opportunity to get some Strawberry Cacao tea because that sounds amazing. Usually I would have just gotten a sample size but everyone seems to love the Cacao tea so I took a leap of faith and got 50 g. I am sure I won’t regret it. Worse comes to worse, if I don’t like it, I am sure someone on steepster will offer it a lovely home where it will be loved :P

Courtney

I was checking periodically but I never saw the Strawberry Cacao! Darn. I will have to keep a lookout for any other flavours they offer. I really hope you enjoy all their teas :)

Cavocorax

I don’t think it’s actually for sale yet, bit if you order and mention Steepster in the text they’ll add it in.

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I had some of this kicking around from months ago when Stephanie sent some to me in a swap. I’ve done a tasting note on it, but I had it as a cold latte before. Yesterday (maybe the day before) Stephanie had a delicious sounding tasting note for a hot latte, and so I dug this out and that’s exactly what I did.

Delicious! I really need to order some of this and the Coconut flavour for my cupboard.

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Thank you so much Allie for being so stealth and checking my shopping list to send this extra in our swap. :D

I’ve been wanting to try this one for a little while, after I saw a few awesome reviews and someone mentioning the similarity to Brioche. Yum!

The scent was amazing dry and still pretty awesome steeped. There is an unfamiliar scent there which I can only assume is the pu’erh (which actually kind of smells like when you’ve just burned the bottom of still baking cinnamon buns). I’ve been wanting to explore pu’erhs but I’m a little wary after the disaster that was Aloha Pu’erh. Perhaps this will be a good way to break into that territory. Some pu’erh and some black here, yes, but baby steps.

This really does taste just like a cinnamon bun, with that little bit of burnt edge on the bottom. I am quite enjoying this one. Thanks Allie!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

Weight to go by Teavana is a good pu’erh to try if you are ever interested. It tastes mostly like strawberry. In fact, I question how much pu’erh is actually in the mix because it is practically unnoticeable

Allie

I’m glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Courtney

Thanks for the recommendations VariaTEA, and thanks for the opportunity to try this one Allie :)

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This one is fascinating. The cacao is clearly there, but aside from than I think I’m mostly getting nutmeg with a hint of vanilla. Overall, I prefer the original cacao, but again – and this seems to be a recurring theme – the flavours are so natural here. I can’t say enough about that.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Noted. I will definitely just buy 50 of the regular Cacao, and maybe only samples of this.

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I was on the fence about this one but the Canadian relationship to moose description won me over. When I was first learning to drive, we were driving round the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and I had to stop the car to let a moose cross the road and then lazily eat some shrubbery along the side. Needless to say, I have a love of all animals, but the moose holds a special place.

This is an interesting cup I must say. It truly reminds me of a hazelnut coffee, but surprisingly not in a bad way. As a general rule, I haven’t like coffee flavoured tea, because let’s face it, if I wanted coffee I’d just have coffee. This tea is different – it really pulls it off. I’m not sure I’m getting a lot of coconut, but there are subtle hints of it amongst the hazelnut.

I am continually impressed with how natural tasting and not artificial Herbal Infusions teas have been. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a good relationship.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I had the same reaction to CaesarsTeas when I tried them. My roommate was also really into CaesarsTeas which was strange because generally she is not into flavored teas. I guess it was just the artificial flavors of DAVIDs and Teavana that she did not like.

Cavocorax

I’m interested in this one too! Glad you’re enjoying it.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
686 tasting notes

I’m not sure what exactly possessed me to try a dessert-like black tea at 10:30pm, but there you have it. Maybe that ridiculously long day at school affected me more than I thought.

When I opened the package, the scent really intrigued me – dessert-like, but not sickly sweet smelling. Almost like a true dessert smell and not just an overwhelming amount of sugar. The consistency of the tea seemed almost ‘sticky’, which reminded me of Della Terra’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I know so many people here really enjoy that tea, but I was not one of them hah.

There is a natural sweetness to this, but it’s so very subtle. The graham flavour really comes through and it’s very enjoyable. The graham seems to be the most predominant flavour, followed up by the coconut, and then that natural sweetness. I musty say I’m really happy I ordered this sample size and I may contemplate rotating this one in occasionally.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

Hmmm. I may snag a sample of that too. I want to see what their flash sale is going to be!

Courtney

I have been super impressed with all their teas thus far! I love how natural tasting they are :)

VariaTEA

Have you tried their Cocoa tea? I am so tempted to place an order to try it out. Of course that would lead to me buying other teas and next thing you know I am getting another $50 worth of tea arriving at my house. I noticed they had it at chapters but the price they sell it for is so incredibly marked up its insane. I think they sell 1.5 oz for $16 whereas on the Herbal Infusions site you can buy 100 g (closer to 3-4 oz, I think) for $15.

Courtney

Oh yes! It’s so awesome. I’ve already gone through most of the 50g I ordered. And I got samples of the Vanilla and Mint with my most recent order. I just got a bunch of samples because they are reasonably priced, and I would highly recommend the Cacao – I ordered 50g without ever having tried it and don’t regret it one iota. They also offer $5 shipping :)

VariaTEA

Oh wow. That is quite the endorsement. Perhaps they will have a sale this weekend and I can snag some of the tea. If not I will probably give in eventually anyways.

Sil

I really like the cacao tea, though I wasn’t nearly as fond of the flavoured versions

Cavocorax

I was totally planning to grab a decent amount of the regular cacao tea, and maybe I’ll just get samples of the other stuff. It’ll depend on what their sale is!

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drank Winter Blend by Tealish
686 tasting notes

I’ve been quickly making my way through the 50g of this I ordered. I really have only two herbals and I’ve been trying to alternate my black teas with herbals to make it a bit easier on my stomach lately. I also find this tea comforting, and the name suits it so well.

I want to order more, but the shipping is much too expensive when the order is less than $50. Bleh.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This tea is such a great start to the morning. I’ve got a ridiculous amount of school work to complete today and this is just the right way to get started.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Thanks Dexter3657!

I wasn’t quite sure if I was in an oolong mood, but I took the leap anyway. I’m writing up a term lab report and just finishing up compiling my data now. It’s always a good idea to have an inspirational oolong when writing long reports.

Freshly steeped, this one smelled almost overwhelmingly vegetal. Somewhat impatiently, I waited for this to be cool enough to drink and was pleasantly surprised. I’m halfway through my cup now and it’s creamy with maybe the most subtle hint of spiciness and vanilla. That’s sounds bizarre, but that’s what my taste buds are telling me. I’m looking forward to subsequent steeps.

1st steep – 2 tsp. @ ~208 F for 1 min.
2nd steep – 2 mins. — The steeped scent is much more floral this time around.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 1 min, 0 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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Canada

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