701 Tasting Notes

CHAroma shared this one with me :)

I’m actually quite enjoying this blend. The pumpkin is really lovely, though I’m not really getting toffee. I don’t generally go for greens, but I’m looking forward to a resteep.

Preparation
3 min, 30 sec
Sil

this one sounded so good but i was wary about the green

CHAroma

Glad you liked it! :)

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Rest in peace Nelson Mandela. Truly an inspiration.

Courtney

This tea was just as tasty as the black version.

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drank Candy Cane by The TeaCupany
701 tasting notes

Thanks KellyxLee for sending some of this along!

This is a great mint black tea. It’s fresh. Yet, it also has this almost buttery quality. I’m impressed with this one. Kelly sent me a bunch of samples from TeaCupany so we shall see if I’m impressed enough to place my own order.

Also, I’ve been writing a paper all day, and I just remembered I have a physics reflection due at midnight, but of course I would leave my physics textbook at school. Errg. I contemplated driving down to school, but there’s a line. I have spent many a Saturday, Sunday, and holiday at school, but I just can’t bring myself to drive down there at this hour.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Sweet Cherry by The TeaCupany
701 tasting notes

KellyxLee sent this my way :)

It’s always nice to have some herbal options, something I’ve been seriously lacking in lately. This is a decent herbal. It’s more tart than sweet, though that doesn’t bother me at all. I have a feeling this would be a little better chilled, I’m finding it slightly lacking in flavour. The directions gave a steeping time of 5-10 minutes, and I steeped for 7. Perhaps a longer steeping time would fix that. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
701 tasting notes

I have come to the realization that S&V does dessert teas well. Quite well actually. I was sitting here sipping away at this, and next thing I know, it’s gone.

This was very tasty. Not overly sweet, but sweet enough. For some reason it was reminding me of Maple Pecan Oolong in the last few sips, but I have a feeling that’s because I just read a tea note on that tea haha. I may have to make another cup and update this note.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

That’s good to know! Now that I figured out you can get better shipping to Canada if you call the order in, I’ll have to place an order in the spring!

Courtney

Gah! I just started an online cart, I have to stop all these tea orders!

Sil

cavo… dont forget ME if you do…

Cavocorax

I’ll try not to! It won’t be for a while though, but I’ll make a note in my spreadsheet somewhere. :)

And Courtney – if you try and order online the min shipping will say $30 to Canada, but if you call it in it’ll start at $9. Otherwise you can place the order, and then email them to refund the difference. I haven’t tried it yet, but I emailed them and that’s what they told me.

Cavocorax

Sil – I think if I order from somewhere “rare” in the US like that, I’ll give you a heads up first.

Courtney

Yes, I know Jessi emailed them a while ago about shipping and it began at $9. I will have to give them a call to place this order. I have the worst self-control when it comes to tea.

Sil

Cavo – if we do it later, we can use sharon too. Only reason a shared order would be really nice is because of their sizes. it’s sad but 2 oz is just so much. 1 is better LOL

MissB

I’m making an order with S&V this weekend, and having it shipped to my US tea place. Just a matter of waiting to see if they do anything more outrageous than just free shipping over $25. Happy to add if anyone wants me to, and then send it over. I’ve got two other folks in on that order already… :)

Courtney

I’d love to get on board MissB!

OMGsrsly

MissB, you are SUCH an enabler.

MissB

I think I need to change my handle on Steepster to, “The Enabler”. :)

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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.

Preparation
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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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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