675 Tasting Notes

drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
675 tasting notes

I had a specialist appointment this morning, but my face had enough of a reaction that I want to lay low until tomorrow. Luckily, I’m off today so it’s TEA AND SUITS ALL DAY. Yes!

So I thought I would brew this one up properly, since I wasn’t completely thrilled with it the other day. I actually measured it out and steeped it just a tad longer, and it turned out much better.

The cinnamon makes it quite dessert-like, and the maple adds to that as well, but it’s more subtle than the cinnamon. I’m quite enjoying this one. It’s definitely sweet enough on it’s own, I couldn’t imagine adding anything. I’m curious about this one cold-brewed.

I also have Creamy Rhubarb and Berry Sunset cold brewing now.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
keychange

I’m glad you like it better this time around, and hope you feel better soon!

Courtney

I still find it amazing how much tea can change with just the smallest changes. Thanks. :)

keychange

I know, that really is so remarkable. It really reminds you to try more than once if you think there’s hope.

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Well, we are back. Bleh. There were a couple hiccups to deal with when we got back to the house, which did not go over so well after waking up at 4am and spending 12 hours on the road. It’s amazing how short tempers can become when the same mistakes are made more than once and those mistakes are paired with exhaustion the next time around.

However, Vancouver was amazing. :)

I’m glad I picked up 100g of this one, because it’s delightful. It’s a nice bold, yet smooth black. Great for breakfast especially, but also evidently, for evenings while we watch Flipping Out.

I’m really looking forward to trying this one with maple syrup.

Sil

Being back is the suck.

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This one smelled quite strong dry, so I was a bit wary to steep it up, but it turned out quite nicely. It’s a bit like lemonade with a hint of hibiscus.

It brewed up a medium pink, but I still expected a mouthful of tart hibiscus, but it was not be. The hibiscus is very light. I’m enjoying it hot, but I have a feeling it will be even better cold brewed.

This one is actually labelled as a ‘sun tea’. Perhaps that means I should brew it in the sun?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Memily

Cold brewing is a more hygienic way of sun brewing… at least that’s what I’ve been reading lately when I was looking into cold brewing!

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I picked this one up on a whim yesterday, because who doesn’t love Market Spice tea? No matter where you get it, it’s always a delightful treat. J says it smells like ribbon candy, and I agree.

It strikes me as seasonal and reminds me more of Christmas, but I still enjoy it from time to time other times of the year. The orange, clove, cinnamon mix with a black tea base just works so well. It’s rich in it’s own way.

I just checked the tracking on a huge box of teas (huge, like 1.5 kg) I sent me friend in the US. When I first checked the tracking days ago all was well, and now the expected delivery date has changed, and the expected delivery city now says the same city it left from! Why, Canada Post?!

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I’m happy with this one. The dry and steeped scent is all rhubarb. Rhubarb is the best. And even better is that there is no hibiscus! YES. There is a creamy aspect here too, from
the yogurt no doubt. Overall a tasty herbal option.

I’m excited to try it cold too.

Sil

oh nice

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drank Maple Taffy by Bayswater Tea Co.
675 tasting notes

I caved and picked up 100g of this one today. Whoops. The scent is divine, gah. The taste is much lighter, but still quite tasty. I’m enjoying the cinnamon maple mixture, but overall I may slightly prefer Maple Seduction, however I don’t know if I would say they’re fully comparable just because of the very different tastes.

I think I need to steep this one longer to get a bit more flavour from it next time.

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

Lol you goof…100g is so much! I steeped mine for about 4.5? Mins I think…

Courtney

Haha! I was very excited. Although everything except Divine Temptation and this one was 50g. Phew. I shall steep longer, I also eyeballed the leaf amount since I only brought an infuser.

Sil

All my bayswater teas were 50g or 25g since cavo is splitting most of them with me heh as a result they’ll probably be finished up before some of my older teas lol

Cavocorax

They’ll be finished before I run over and grab them is what you mean eh? :P

Cavocorax

(not that I mind! Seriously – open them up!)

Sil

Lol I split up a couple of them last night but bayswater is also really smelly so trying to keep them locked up

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I’ve now been here a few hours and ahh freedom! We went to Steam before we even dropped the suitcase haha.

Now I’m sitting here, catching up on all my internet things. This tea is delicious and mapley and all things good. I picked up 100g, but I can’t decide if I should pick up more, because more than likely we won’t be back again until next summer. Hmm, decisions, decisions.

Also, I took a picture for you, Cavo: http://s770.photobucket.com/user/courtneyns/media/Steepster/photo_zps5f4e89e7.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

Sil

courtney…i wanna come back!!!! sucks that we missed each other. :(

Amariel

Buy more so you can ice it and add sweetened condensed milk hong kong/thai style in the summer…so good.

keychange

oooh what else did you get from there?

Courtney

Keychange I also picked up Fresh Bamboo Mint and Kangaita.

Sil

Courtney – i should swap you some of the bamboo mint. I was going to get kangaita too but opted to try something new instead this time around heh

Courtney

I’m all for it. Let me know if you want anything else. That’s so much Bamboo Mint actually. I wish you could get smaller amounts hah.

Sil

yeah..that’s why they only got 3 bags purchased from me…if they sold 50g it would have been closer to 8

OMGsrsly

Yes, what Amariel says. :) Get more and ice it!

OMGsrsly

Steam didn’t sell you guys 50g? Seriously? Because I always get 50g. And samples.

Sil

he must like you…we chatted about where to buy tea but no samples and 100g only.

Courtney

It was a tiny little girl with purple hair when I went yesterday afternoon. She was really nice though, and gave me Nolan’s card and mentioned I could email/call if I needed teas shipped.

OMGsrsly

I wonder when that changed. SO FRUSTRATING.

Sil

Maybe you just have to be one of the fabulous people…

OMGsrsly

You ARE one of the fabulous people, Sil…

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drank Coconut Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I didn’t even realize I was at sipdown levels of this one. So I managed one sipdown today, yay! I made it for through all my samples, plus some of my cupboard teas this week and I feel great about that.

Now I’m packing (trying to is a better way of saying it) and it’s a miracle I make it through winter at all. I did some calculations, because I like quantifying everything, and literally 89% of my closet is summer clothing. That settles it then, we’re moving to California. Or Australia.

keychange

Have so so much fun on your trip!

whatshesaid

Have a blast!
I hear you about the summer clothes, wishful thinking I guess.

Courtney

I have this theory about my summer clothes that thats’s how I combat seasonal depression. The bright colours year-round just helps.

OMGsrsly

Like my BRIGHT CORAL raincoat. :) Some cheerfulness on a grey day.

whatshesaid

We Canadians have to deal somehow…. Coping mechanisms for the winter that never ends

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
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My Nina’s order and LB arrived today, woot!

I was really excited about this one, but after Three Friends it’s just not what I was really looking for. That’s not to say it isn’t a good tea, but I was really hoping the orange and cream would be more noticeable. The black tea base is fine and all, but the orange and cream are extremely subtle. There is a slight chocolate aspect here too.

I survived my exam today and now I’m FREE for a week! Now we’re cleaning the house head to toe before we leave in a few hours.

whatshesaid

Dd you order the Nina’s through Amazon?

whatshesaid

How was the shipping/customs to canadia?

Courtney

I totally wrote this is the tea package I sent haha. :P The shipping is quite reasonable, and I’ve had no customs at the door.

whatshesaid

Oh hahaha how did you know I’d ask? :P

Courtney

You shall see!

Courtney

Also, did you want to try this one of The des Anges?

VariaTEA

This is one of the few I have not tried yet. I am sure I will eventually though.

Courtney

If you ever want a swap sample, I’m here. :)

VariaTEA

Aww thanks :).

whatshesaid

What are the des anges? Haha
Looking it up!

whatshesaid

Strawberry vanilla, sounds tasty!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I woke up before the sun (4:45am) this morning to look over my notes a bit more before my exam today.

This is such a great morning tea. Well, it’s great anytime, but not every tea works in the morning. The chocolate and barley is my favourite. So unique. I also decided on this one as a wee celebration because the tracking tells me my new stash of LB will be delivered today (instead of Monday), yay! I’m not completely out yet, but it’s nice that I can unpack it and place it in my cupboard before we leave.

In a few short hours, six more courses will be behind me. YES.

Veronica

Good luck, and congratulations in advance!

Angrboda

Good luck with the exams!

yyz

Good luck!

__Morgana__

Good luck from me, too!

whatshesaid

I got mine today too!

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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 chocolate flavour), rhubarb.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness, bergamot, flowers (rose, jasmine, chamomile), hibiscus is hit and miss.

Location

Canada

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