701 Tasting Notes

My house is freezing, and I’m over it. Thank goodness for hot tea. And Suits.

I’m not usually in the mood for greens, but I have a ton of this one, and I do love a good real strawberry flavour. I don’t really get any mint, but the strawberry green here is nice and fresh.

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drank Hepburn by Nina's Paris
701 tasting notes

I decided to make this one again today. I was a bit hasty last time, and this time it seems I’m in a more receptive mood, and what a surprise – the taste is much more agreeable.

I steeped this up not right at boiling, but also not as cool as the first temperature drop on the scale, for the recommended 3 minutes. The chocolate and orange are both there, and the base is not over- or underwhelming. The orange takes a bit of a back seat to the chocolate, but it’s still noticeable. The chocolate is more of a milk chocolate, but it’s not overwhelming.

With the exception of Japon, I want to love these French teas as much as everyone else seems to, but sometimes the flavourings seem not enough for my liking. Except for “red fruits”, which is far too much for my liking.

I’m glad I let this one sit a few weeks before trying it again. I’m not a huge fan of the overwhelming scents when I first open my freshly arrived Nina’s teas. Maybe this means there is also hope for The des Anges.

VariaTEA

Yay for teas that taste better second time around!

whatshesaid

I remember red fruits was like OMG. Dying, death, sadness.
Cough syrup :(

Courtney

Right?! Those red fruits are not for me. And it seems they are abundant in French teas. But when I find ones without red fruits, it’s a better scene.

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This was a sample Stacy included in my recent order. I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while. It occurred to me I probably should’ve steeped this one up with PTA, but alas, I did not.

The steeped scent is very close to PTA, but there is definitely something else there too. Okay initial sip, there is definitely something different, but I can’t nail it down right away. The chocolate is there, but more like dark chocolate. I think the flavour that’s throwing me off is the sweet tobacco. I’ve read through the description over and over, while sipping away, and that is my conclusion. There is a burst of sweetness at the end of the sip, which is lovely. This one is tasty, but I ultimately prefer the original PTA.

Thanks for the sample Stacy!

P.S. I’m on the last episode of Suits until the new season comes out June 11. Sad face.

Sil

they’re entirely different teas imo. and i side with the original. :)

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I have a lot of work to do for school before tomorrow. I’m now reviewing some and learning every single thing there is to know about the cardiovascular system. And I do mean everything. The prof told us this morning, if we had happened to register in two classes (the max for a spring term) to drop the other one, because there was no chance of passing both. I already knew this and only registered for histo. At least I’m a step ahead there. :)

Ahh, but this matcha is pretty close to perfection. The flavour is so delightful. I am running very low on both this and Banana & Cream, the two I’ve decided need to be in my life at all times. This means I’m open to flavour suggestions for other matchas because I can’t justify an order without doing one of the deals.

Sil

you can doooo eeeeet!

MissB

imagine us all as your personal cheerleading squad

The Tiramisu is quite lovely, as is Hazelnut, then Mocha. Next to Peanut Butter Pie, I think those three are my favorites.

Courtney

Thanks ladies. Also thanks for the suggestions MissB!

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This was another great sample from Stacy with my recent order of Three Friends. Thanks!

Hmm. This one is tasty, but I definitely prefer the Glenburn Estate Darjeeling. I do think that was my favourite of the three Butiki Darjeelings I’ve tried.

As for this one, it’s light and smooth. Very smooth. I should add more, but I’m not feeling super tea wordy tonight. I’ll try to amend this note later.

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My order of Three Friends arrived, along with this sample. :)

This one is nice. It’s has a touch of both maltiness and the most subtle hint of astringency. I’m enjoying it, but I don’t think I need it in my cupboard. I ultimately enjoy the Dinjoye more.

Thanks for the sample Stacy!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec

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A bit too rooibos/honeybush for my tastes, but I can almost taste the creamsicle.

Thanks EvaGrimm!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
701 tasting notes

This one did get to cold brew for 12 hours. After I put this one in the fridge I thought to myself I should’ve perhaps cold brewed it in soda water, but that will be next time.

This one turned out quite well. I would say the root beer flavour is more apparent as a cold brew. And I have a feeling, brewed in soda water would be like some sort of healthier root beer. Interesting.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

I am glad you found a way to bring out the root beer flavor with this one.

Jennkay

Have you cold brewed in soda water before? I was thinking about it, and wouldn’t it lose some of its fizziness by the time the tea was steeped?

Courtney

I actually put some in just a couple hours ago in soda water. The soda water was part way flat as it was though, so I don’t have the highest hopes. If it turns out significantly different, I’ll write up a note. :)

Suziqzer

I need to try this one cold brewed for my son, who loves root beer. He does enjoy it hot brewed as well though.. close enough to rootbeer for him.

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drank Dolce Vita by RiverTea
701 tasting notes

I cold brewed this one for 11.5 hours. It was meant for 12, but I got impatient.

This one is tasty cold brewed. The raspberry comes through crystal clear, but I would say that’s about it. It’s a black raspberry iced tea. Yum.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Suziqzer

Yum.. Black raspberry? You don’t see that very often.. mostly red.

Courtney

Black tea and raspberry haha.

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We made it to Granville Island, so I picked up 50g of this one. I ended up mixing the Market Spice from Bayswater with this in one tin. Bayswater’s version wasn’t quite as tasty, but only just slightly less so.

I love Market Spice teas though. The candy heart-ness is awesome.

You know what isn’t so awesome? Being assigned an assignment that requires me going to school before my class even begins. Yes, I have a PPT presentation due at 9am the first day of classes. I dragged myself out of the house today, despite the snow, and drove down to school, only to find the library was closed and the prof hasn’t yet activated the student IDs to access to biology study center, which means I couldn’t do my assignment. Tomorrow I’m scheduled to work all day, which just happens to be the hours the library is open because classes aren’t actually in until Tuesday. I am not impressed. At all. I do not think it is acceptable to assign work before the class begins.

However, I am now back at the house with this awesome tea, and yes I’m back to watching Suits. Harvey is my favourite.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 45 sec
whatshesaid

That sounds frustrating and unfair

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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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Canada

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