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570 Tasting Notes

I am really enjoying this one. I was a bit concerned that it wouldn’t be as flavourful as I’d hoped, but it is. Yay!

I believe this is delicate, because it came as a sample size envelope, and I’m finding it quite flavourful. That sift vanilla I’m accustomed to. I would buy this one for my own cupboard.

Thanks Cavovorax!

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I threw both this and French Vanilla matcha in the fridge with milk this morning to sit all day. Now it’s time to compare.

Upon first sip, the vanilla is here with a hint of, is that cinnamon? It’s very subtle, but there is something that isn’t just pure vanilla. Or maybe that’s what Madagascar vanilla is? It doesn’t seem to be cinnamon exactly, but I can’t figure it out. Not nutmeg either, since I generally do not like nutmeg.

I just checked the French Vanilla, and it’s definitely only in the Madagascar. Fascinating.

I would say this one is tasty, but I don’t really need it in my life. I’ve drank half the jar and only one sip of the French Vanilla, but I am preferring the FV.

Thanks for sharing both these awesome matchas Cavovorax! Also, is this one delicate?

Cavocorax

I believe so! The label didn’t have any flavouring level on it, so I assume the default is delicate?

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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
570 tasting notes

Normally I would reach for Laoshan Black or Cream Irish Breakfast for the morning, but this morning this was calling out to me. Maybe it’s because I’m starting to get more excited about leaving now that I’ve finished all but one presentation and wrote my exam yesterday.

I can’t get over how delightful this tea is. The raspberry creaminess is great. The scent is so bold and tart, it just screams summer. And it’s a black tea! My favourite. The more I sip away, the more this reminds me of a hot raspberry lemonade. Is there lemon here? I think it’s the raspberry tartness tricking me. Regardless, I love it. Thanks so much for sharing Cavovorax!

I have a feeling April will be an expensive tea month. Rivertea is up, as well as Butiki, and I’m running low on LB.

Also, I’ve taken to only bringing water to school because my water intake was really slacking, so now it’s back on the rise. However, it is such a pain with back to back classes, having to use the washroom between every single class. My kidneys seem to have excelled in filtering as of late because I can’t even make it through an 80-minute lecture without feeling like I’m going to burst. But I need the water! Le sigh.

Fjellrev

Oh man, April could easily be an expensive month for me too since I’ve been meaning to make so many orders. But I hate having a lot around at one time.

Courtney

I know what you mean about having too many around. Two of those orders are just replacements, but Rivertea will be adding for sure haha. I need to sipdown all my samples/swaps first I think.

Fjellrev

Yeah! It seems like I get into such replacement order mode that I keep neglecting to try other companies like Rivertea. I’m glad you’re at least considering it!

Is it just me or does it seem like you have less than what you actually have? Like, for me, 80 sounds like a lot of tea, yet when I look around at what I have, I feel like I only have half that. This tea game is such a mind screw.

Courtney

Haha! The only teas in my cupboard are pretty decent amounts, but I know what you mean since I work through them somewhat quickly. I never add samples to my cupboard or it would be much higher, and maybe seem like more that way.

Nicole

Yurgh. Me, three, on the April being expensive. I was doing so well. And then Tealeaves sent an email about their limited edition Yunnan with jasmine and I need about 3 other teas from them and then I’m close to free shipping… Gah.

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drank Cranberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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It looks like I’m the odd one out here but this one isn’t for me. Inspired by Fjellrev, I mixed it with plain yogurt, but it has a bizarre perfume flavour happening. I can’t quite put my finger on where I know the perfume from – but I do know it from somewhere. The only problem is, I would have to take another bite in order to find out. The scent was the same, so I don’t think I’ll give it a go in milk.

Thanks MirandaGou for the sample! It’s always awesome to be able to try different matchas, even if they don’t work out.

Also, I searched specifically for “Cranberry Matcha” and only 52Teas came up. I went to enter it into the database and it gave me the message: this tea is already entered, find it here. Uhh, why didn’t you just show me when I searched it? Hmm.

MissB

I’m having the same issue as well, a lot.

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drank Notting Hill by Tea Palace
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This is another great vanilla black. Angrboda knows her vanilla blacks. The vanilla here is more mellow, but still apparent and the base complements nicely. Not nearly as intense as Fru P, but still lovely.

I could see this being a good late night tea. It’s comforting in a vanilla way. Perhaps this one is more accessible than Fru P?

Thanks Angrboda!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Angrboda

I think this one feels more posh than Fru P’s does. Tea Palace is a UK company. I don’t know what their shipping is like for where you live though. It’s worth looking it up. I’ve been really pleased with shopping there the two times I’ve done it, and the ‘samples’ are HUGE!

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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
570 tasting notes

It is truly delightful when raspberries in tea are done so well. This one is awesome! The scent wafting from the cup seemed very tart, and I was slightly wary of trying it, but it turned out to be quite tasty.

The coconut seems to be coming through in creaminess, and apparently what I thought were white chocolate chips were actually meringue hats. Thank goodness I read over that haha. Also, the description about sandy beaches and tanned skin is so fitting right now!

Thanks Cavovorax! What an exciting evening of tea tasting.

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad you enjoyed it! I went through 100g of that so quickly!

Courtney

I can imagine. It was really tasty. I’m slowly collecting up teas to place an order.

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This smells divine. Hehe.

The scent is ever so much stronger than the flavour, but the flavour is still tasty. The nougat goodness is great. It’s sweet, but not too sweet. Sweet in a natural way. It seems even more flavour comes out as it cools.

I’ve now had two Bayswater teas and I really enjoyed both of them. I’m quite excited to visit Vancouver. I didn’t even have to Google their address because it was on the tea envelope.

Thanks Cavovorax for sharing!

P.S. I was packing up all my beach stuff and realized my epipen is expired. Agh! Thank goodness the pharmacy already had refills on file. Phew.

Fjellrev

I’m glad you liked this one. It’s fantastic with milk or half and half.

That must be annoying to have to always have Epipen on hand!

Courtney

I’m so weird about milk-like things in my tea. But I should really get over it since I’ve had a few recommendations now. Haha, well I’m used to having an epipen, but in the middle of winter when I wouldn’t normally require it, it can be a pain when I forget it’s expired. :P

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Sipdown of this great sample from keychange this morning.

Even as it cools, it seems to get better and better. I’m intrigued now. I plan on trying every first flush Darjeeling from Butiki. The hay flavour in teas seems to get me. Once I have it, I must always have it. White Rhino had the same effect with the hay quality.

Thanks keychange!

P.S. My non-tea drinking friend sent me this last night. I thought it was pretty funny. http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/tea_zps66db2496.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
keychange

No problem! I really should try this soon too LOL. Glad you liked it.

Courtney

Haha! You should try it. I was pleasantly surprised.

Butiki Teas

Glad you enjoyed it! That was my very favorite first flush Darjeeling from 2013. So very flavorful. We have some samples of 2014 FFs on the way. Can’t wait to see what my favorite will be this year.

Courtney

I am learning slowly for the Darjeelings. Which one would you recommend highly after this one Stacy?

Butiki Teas

We just got in a 2nd Flush from 2013 that is really unique and delicious. We were a little late to pick it up but it is super good. The Black Blossom Sourenee is amazing. We should have that one available in 2 weeks.

Courtney

Is the Black Blossom Sourenee a first or second flush? From the very few I’ve tried, I much prefer the first flushes.

Butiki Teas

It is a second flush but it is not like other second flushes. It’s really unique. You might also like our Glenburn Estate FFD.

Courtney

I will add them both to my list. :) Thanks!

TheTeaFairy

I love Butiki’s Darjeeling and pretty much tried them all. My favourite was SF Castleton Moonlight Darjeeling oolong. Will it be back in stock Stacy?

Butiki Teas

Courtney-Great! :)

TheTeaFairy-I really hope so. We had the 2nd Flush last year but I will see how their 1st Flush is. Darjeelings can really vary from year to year, so it depends on how good it is this year.

Stephanie

Yeah, your Darjeelings are amazing, Stacy :)

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I am so close to a sipdown here, but I must find a way to get more. I love this tea, however infrequently I drink it. It’s just comforting in a delicious, bready way.

I ordered 3 oz. last time, but I think 2 oz. may be a safer bet this time around. It’s lost a wee bit of flavour because it takes me an age to drink.

Sil

i need to order more of this..but maybe i’ll keep holding off until July.

Courtney

I will hold off too, for a bit. I want to route it through my friend in the US, but she may not be there much longer. Eep.

Veronica

I need to order more of this, too. Unfortunately, I am not buying anymore tea until at least May. :(

Courtney

Oh wow. That is a long time. I’m sure it will be worth it when Brioche is the reward. :)

keychange

yes, I love this tea but can see myself drinking it infrequently as well. Do you guys know if ATR is a real stor or only an online one?

Courtney

I believe it’s a real store as well. But only the one in California. We have tentatively planned to visit CA in the summer, so perhaps I’ll be able to check it out.

keychange

Oh wow, I’m heading to CA this summer also! July 19-26, I think.

Courtney

Awesome! We are planning August so far, but nothing is booked yet. Where are you headed in CA?

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Burn baby, burn. This is addicting amazing.

I’ve already added it to my Amazon cart. I couldn’t believe the whole package was for 6-8 oz. of water. I used 15oz. and it is strong. Delicious, yes, but strong. It was also awesome to just watch all the crystals dissolve instantly upon my pouring boiling water in. Thanks OMGsrsly!

VariaTEA

I might have used like 1/4 of the package for 8 oz and the honey was too strong. I wanted more ginger!!

Courtney

The honey was pretty strong but I got a lot of ginger too. It burned the back of my throat. In a good way haha. I used the whole package though, gah. It was intense.

VariaTEA

Haha. I got a lot of ginger but I wanted more to drown out the sweetness.

OMGsrsly

I love this one. So good for camping! :) Glad someone else is now addicted. :D

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Lover of tea, animals, the ocean (http://eastcoastbest.tumblr.com/), travel, science, 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 always in the mood for them. Greens and pu’erhs I’m working on, but they’re coming along at a snail’s pace. Whites have to be pretty amazing (see Butiki’s White Rhino). 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, to be continued…

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss, to be continued…

Location

Canada

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