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585 Tasting Notes

This is a sad sipdown this morning. This tea has grown more and more on me. I will definitely be picking up more. Now to work Seattle into the Vancouver trip.

I overslept this morning, which shouldn’t have happened, but sometimes I just don’t care.

Now I’m sitting down with my delicious oatmeal and maple syrup and this awesome tea. I leave in less than a week for Jamaica and I need to focus on all the things I have to get done for school because my concentration has not been up to snuff.

Thanks EvaGrimm for this delightful tea.

Sil

yaaay jamaica!

Stephanie

yay Jamaica indeed! Oh that sunshine will feel so good I bet :)

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This one has a lot going on, but the Laoshan Black shines through. Thank goodness. When I saw pu’erh in the description I was concerned.

Those chocolate notes I love are clearly there, and the oolong is also apparent. Teas with an overabundance of ingredients sometimes overwhelm me, but this one melds so well together. Very tasty.

Thanks OMGsrsly!

TeaKlutz

Oooo that sounds good!

OMGsrsly

Welcome!

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I’ve taken to steeping my tea and covering it, before I hop in the shower in the morning. When I get out, it’s cooled to the perfect drinking temperature. This one is a sipdown this morning. It’s so tasty! I can’t wait to visit Steam Tea House when we go to Van come spring. I’m working on talking J into driving out the end of April/beginning of May between winter and spring semester.

So, my shower was frigid this morning and that infuriates me. Especially when there’s snow blowing by the window outside. Ugh. Now I’m drinking my hot, awesome tea, and eating hot, awesome oatmeal with maple syrup so that should make things better.

Thanks for sharing OMGsrsly!

keychange

oh yes, cold showers on cold mornings are the worst!

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This one came in from keychange. :)

I think I would be open to exploring more Darjeelings. This one is similar in that it steeped up lightly, to the Puttabong one I had a while back. Does that mean it’s a first flush? I’be had ones that steep up darker that I didn’t enjoy as much.

This one has a hay-like quality going on with some underlying flavours that are just out of my reach. There is a subtle hint of nuttiness, with a touch of astringency. Not an astringency I’m used to in most black teas I have though. Interesting, interesting. I’d be open to trying this one again. Or other Darjeelings. The more I sip away, the more I am growing to really enjoy this tea.

Thanks keychange!

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

No problem! If I get my hands on more darjes, I’ll send some your way to try. I generally like them, too.

Courtney

Woot! I will have to keep an eye out now. The light steeping ones I’ve had I’ve enjoyed. All two of them haha. Very much enjoyed them. I will keep this one on my Butiki order list I think. When I’m close to a free shipping threshold it will be thrown in for sure. :)

Tea Sipper

Almost had this one today!

Stephanie

Butiki has some VERY nice darjeelings! :D

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drank Apple Cinnamon by Tim Hortons
585 tasting notes

We’re sitting in evolution now and Mike picked me up an Apple Cinnamon tea from Tim’s. You know, to survive the class still sane. I love evolution, don’t get me wrong, but this prof is a bit dry. Even with a British accent.

Sometimes I don’t feel like the adult I am when I’m sitting here in class typing up tea notes while Mike watches over my shoulder and we attempt to stifle laughter before the prof notices.

This is a decent tea. It was one of the teas I used to drink when Tim’s was my favourite. The apple here is really nice, and of course apple and cinnamon go great together. This is actually a decent herbal option.

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drank Cream by TeaGschwendner
585 tasting notes

Sil was awesome enough to send along more of this since the first sample was banana-contaminated. Delicious, but not what it was supposed to be.

This is a creamy delicious tea. The black base works great with the cream. And the creaminess is not hard to find at all. Definitely a great tea. I’m not so sure if I need it in my cupboard, but I wouldn’t say no to a cup.

Thanks Sil!

Today is day one for smoothies guys. I’m doing smoothies for lunch and dinner, and sticking with my oatmeal for breakfast. Check it out!
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This one came my way from OMGsrsly. She was awesome and sent a bunch of Steam Tea House samples. Thanks!

This is just the kind of black tea I love. Bold and rich. Delicious, really. Goes down real smooth.

OMGsrsly

They get this from Justea. Just FYI. Although this is the newest batch, and all the batches are a little different. :)

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drank BlueChai's Blue Tea by BlueChai
585 tasting notes

This was shared with me by keychange.

This actually brews up blue. And not like semi, kind of, if I stretch my imagination blue. Just blue. Very blue. WEIRD. I’m not really sure how I feel about drinking something blue. It’s an abnormal drink colour. Also, it smells like boiled asparagus. Which I suppose makes some sense. Peas, asparagus. Close enough.

The colour even intrigued J to take a sip. That never happens.

What do you know, it tastes like asparagus too. Maybe it’s just been so long since I had peas it’s actually a pea flavour. Asparagus, on the other hand, I have regularly. So asparagus tea. Interesting.

Thanks keychange!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML
Sil

lmao asparagus tea!

TeaKlutz

Blue asparagus tea, hmm? Now I’m intrigued!

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
585 tasting notes

This was sent to me by keychange in our swap.

The rhubarb comes through clearly here, and the base complements nicely. The strawberry gets lost in the rhubarb a bit, but it’s there in the background. A lovely tea to add to my French tea tastings.

Thanks keychange!

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drank Sweet Almond by Herbal Infusions
585 tasting notes

This one came my way in a surprise envelope from Sil. Thanks!

I read the notes beforehand thankfully, and steeped this below boiling. I got preoccupied actually, so the water was nice and cool. I’m not getting any astringency here, but the smell is far better than the actual taste. The taste seems watered down, but I would say that’s definitely my fault. I should have added more leaf, since my mug is oversized, but I wanted to save enough for a second cup in case I messed up haha. There is a hint of soft spiciness and a touch of nuttiness.

I also spent the last hour worrying about the feedback on my albatross research, because three other classmates received their feedback last night. I was sitting here thinking “the feedback/editing must be extreme, how much could I possibly have screwed up?!”. But my prof just emailed me and said it was excellent and looked professional. PHEW.

OMGsrsly

Yay! It’s so awesome to get good feedback.

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Bio

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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