702 Tasting Notes

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
702 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
702 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
702 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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I made this one before dinner, then gorged myself on quesadillas and guacamole, and now it’s cool enough to drink. This tea is so awesome. I am thrilled I ordered 4 oz. of it. The scent and taste are intoxicating, but I’m trying to limit my intake so as not to overuse it and have it be any less special (as I do with most Butiki teas).

Now onto studying. The class has really picked up pace, and another girl in the class seems to want to out-do me on everything. She obviously didn’t get the message I’m incredibly competitive and I always win. :P

whatshesaid

Hah! It’s ON

keychange

Oh, tell that biatch that two can play this game. She asked for it.

Courtney

Haha! Right guys?

Stephanie

Guacamole is the best!

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My swap arrived from Roswell Strange!

This one is tasty! The melon comes through clearly and the base tea is neither over- nor underwhelming. It is slightly strange to have a melon black tea, but it actually works really well.

Thanks Roswell Strange!

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I enjoyed a steep of this last night before bed, and I’m having the resteep this morning. Such a great tea. I never really crave this one, but it’s delicious every single time I make it. I have a feeling I’ll reorder this one.

I have a lot of studying to get done today, but I also need to run out to get my passport photos done. That is, if I want to go to California this summer. Obviously, yes I do.

whatshesaid

Aren’t the Lupicia stores in California?!

Courtney

How could I not think of this?! I just checked and there are three in Southern California.

whatshesaid

Haha it’s ok, you’ve probably had more important things to think of, like studying and whatnot. But HELLO! You can go smell all the teas in person! Jealous! :)

whatshesaid

(What, you mean you don’t plan all your vacations around the local tea shops?! ;))

Courtney

Haha I semi-plan them that way. But mostly around beaches to be honest, since I currently live in a desert :/

keychange

oooh I’m going to SoCal as well! when do you go?

Courtney

We haven’t booked flights yet, but approximately mid-August. :)

keychange

Oh we’ll miss each other by a few weeks, I think. We’re going July 18-25 :D. But yaaay lupicia!

Courtney

Lupicia for the win!

whatshesaid

You’re so lucky! That’s going to be quite the experience!

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I made this one at some point last week, and I got a hint of smoke and was not impressed. I feared the worst. But tonight it’s back to the normal great bold straight black, sans smoke. Phew.

I love that this tea is sourced from Justea as well.

I’m just sitting on a shopping cart with Whispering Pines now, waiting for my friend to text back if/what she wants.

Also, we tried our hand at making spaghetti squash for the first time tonight instead of noodles. Delicious!

whatshesaid

So what did you get?

Courtney

Golden Orchid, North Winds, Aliaoshan Black, and Fujian Black. :)

TeaBrat

I like spaghetti squash!

Courtney

Me too!

whatshesaid

Same order as me except I didn’t get fujian black :)

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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.

Location

Canada

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