696 Tasting Notes

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This tea is really hitting the spot tonight. It’s my first cup of the day actually. Perfection, as per usual.

I’m studying away for another exam tomorrow, and I went to open a new tab to create this lovely note and rather than typing in “Steepster” to the address bar I began typing “Premium Taiwa”. That’s how far I got before I realized. :P

whatshesaid

Lady, do you ever just get to have fun?!

Courtney

Haha, you make it sound like I don’t love studying! I actually love what I study, but fun for me is the few weeks each year I take to go home. I work really hard, and it pays off to get to see the ocean and friends/family. :)

Sil

…says the woman with small children…. lol

Courtney

Right Sil! Silly whatshesaid.

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I had this for my first morning cup and my last evening cup yesterday, and I chose this again for my morning cup today. I didn’t realize I’d enjoy this one so much. Thank goodness I picked up 100g in Vancouver, I’m nearly halfway through it already.

I love that it’s a straight black that’s bold and smooth all in one. It’s not super fancy, but it is super tasty. It even tastes great after I’ve forgotten about it and it’s cooled on my desk.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
696 tasting notes

This one came in a swap from whatshesaid.

The dry scent was overwhelmingly sweet. Almost to the point of sickening. I actually picked out 4 chunks of rock sugar, because yeah, no thank you. Some smaller shards of rock sugar stayed, but the huge ones were taken out.

The sweet scent was significantly diminished once steeped, but I was still wary. Upon sipping, the tea has a thin feel with a primarily coconut and nut flavour. Very little in the way of chocolate. This one actually ended up being somewhat tasty, albeit a bit thin. But I’d rather thin that in-your-face sweet.

Thanks for sharing whatshesaid!

Aimee Popovacki

i like the smell of this one, but dont like the taste of it at all!

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This one came my way from a swap with whatshesaid.

The dry scent was divine, and I was so excited. The coconut was in the flavour, and to its merit, the tea wasn’t too sweet at all. However, the Della Terra black tea base took away from the whole experience. I remember now why I only truly enjoy DTT black teas with mint, chocolate, vanilla type flavours. All the others seem to fall short.

Thanks whatshesaid! Even if they can’t all be perfect, I always enjoy trying new coconut teas.

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This one came my way in a swap from Stephanie

I haven’t had guayusa in a while, mostly because my coffee addiction is getting out of control. I was contemplating what I would mix some guayusa with on the way back to house today, and what a surprise to have this waiting in the mailbox.

I am really digging this one. All the flavoured guayusas from Stacy are tasty, but none have cut made the cupboard cut for me, but this one just might. I love the blackberry flavour. The berries seem to work really well with the base. The lime is subtly there, more in a bit of puckering I’m noticing, which isn’t quite the right way to describe it, but I can’t think of anything better at the moment.

Thanks Stephanie! Great mix idea too! :)

Stephanie

Woooooot

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drank The des Anges by Nina's Paris
696 tasting notes

Like Hepburn, I’m preferring this tea a few weeks after it has arrived. I’ll have to remember in the future when ordering Nina’s to allow them to sit a while before diving in.

The strawberry is much more true to taste today, and not fake tasting, like the first time I tried this (the day it arrived in the mail). The base is nice too, typical of Nina’s black teas. I’m pretty picky about strawberry teas, but this seems to be working out well.

VariaTEA

Yay! It is always nice when you come back to a tea and find it has gotten better as time passed.

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This is my first cup of the day. And it’s 9:30p. This tea is great when I stand in front of my tea cupboard staring aimlessly and not being able to decide what I want. It’s great other times too, but it just works perfectly when I don’t even necessarily feel like tea. The scent alone can change that.

I left work early today and went to visit my “AB mom” and her husband, both of who have become special to me in the few years I’ve known them. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and it’s gone and come twice now. I’ve chatted with her, but not actually seen either of them in a few months, so I decided to take off from work and drop by to visit. That soon became five hours of visiting, which was actually amazing. In just a few months so much had changed, and I am so, so happy I took the time to visit and catch up today.

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
696 tasting notes

This one is tasty! I waited a while after the kettle boiled for the water to cool, for fear of astringency. It seems to have worked in my favour.

It’s not an overly bold black tea, but a more gentle black base with a definite creamy aspect. The nutmeg is pretty subtle for me, but overall a good cup.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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I couldn’t find steeping directions on Steepster so I went with my normal green steeping parameters of wait five minutes for water to cool, and steep 2 minutes.

This is a nice green tea, but I’m really not getting much rhubarb. The base is nice, so that’s a plus, since that’s essentially all I taste. There is a creaminess to it, though that could just be the base itself.

After Fru P’s Rhubarb Green, this one is not so impressive.

Thanks for sharing Roswell Strange!

Dexter

According to their web site – 1tsp 82°C 2 Mins
I’ve added the info to the tea page. :))

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
696 tasting notes

One last cuppa before bed while I write out just a couple more pages of notes for tomorrow. I’m ahead of the game with my studying and notes, yes!

I’ll forever be indebted to VariaTEA for starting the Japon craze. The flavours in this tea are so complementary and calmingly delicious.

VariaTEA

So being ahead in studying is sort of super amazing so go you!! Also, you are definitely not indebted to me as I am sure you have introduced me to some tasty, tasty teas. Plus, I introduced you to some not so good teas so it all evens out.

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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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