655 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
655 tasting notes

3 minutes boiling water, and 3 more minutes with milk. Stir in a tablespoon of brown sugar.

Ah, no, I just can’t get into this one this year. There’s too much caramel and and lemon, making the tea taste more like a weird sweet n’ sour contraption than like the rich spiced Pumpkin I’ve come to expect. I get a bit of cinnamon spiced carrot/gourd in the finish and aftertaste, but it’s too little too late.

The whole thing makes me yearn for Frank’s Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake, the Qoola cheesecake/pumpkin frozen yogurt mix, or Stacy’s Pumpkin Milkshake, which I have yet to try. Currently in the market for new Pumpkin tea.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
655 tasting notes

Backlog: OMGsrsly introduced me to the awesomeness of blackcurrants last spring. Those things smell. So. Good.

The aroma of this rooibos blend is up to par, but the flavour isn’t quite as sweet and I can detect some of the base. Adding some agave syrup helped bring out the fruitiness a tad more, however. Not bad!

I wasn’t planning on picking this up yesterday; all I wanted was 30g more of Mother’s Little Helper. (Un)fortunately, My friend who works there sneakily suggested this. Having no willpower to speak of, this led to 10g more of tea than originally planned.

Also, on an almost completely unrelated note, I had a Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake qoola (frozen yogurt) yesterday, and it was so amazing that I felt the need to share the experience here. Currently missing a certain 52teas blend.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake Qoola?! I’ll have to see if the metrotown store has that flavour! Sounds rad. :)

I also need more blackcurrant tea. I’ll have to see if Steam is still carrying it, or if I have to get the DavidsTea version.

Anna

Blackcurrants are the best. I love how your hands smell like blackcurrant all day after you pick some, no matter how many time you wash your hands.

Cavocorax

I want some of that Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake from Qoola. I want it SO BAD. :O There’s one that just opened up at York Univeristy – they knew I was coming maybe?

And this tea sounds really interesting. I don’t know if I’ve had currants but I’d love to sample this. Will pick some up next time I can!

CrowKettle

Yes, I’m crazy for the smell!:) In hindsight, I’ve decided I really liked Steam’s blackcurrant tea, OMGsrsly. I hope it’s still in stock because I like it more than this (difference between black tea base and rooibos).

The Caramel Pumpkin Cheesecake comes from mixing the Pumpkin and Cheesecake frozen yogurt options, then adding caramel syrup (maybe some nuts or chocolate syrup too?), but I found it was worth the “effort”. :P

OMGsrsly

Looks like they do! I SO need to get down there and buy some tea. :) That’s a good tip for Qoola as well. I think I’ll head there for ‘dinner’ before medieval & renaissance dancing tonight. :)

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Sipdown! You’ll be missed.

Also, I finally got around to watching the series finale of Dexter, and I just don’t know anymore.

JustJames

don’t know what? i haven’t seen it.was it good? lol

Anna

My Dexterthoughts exactly.

Anna

I watched, and then it was over and I was just…

0_0

Nxtdoor

How else would you have ended it? SPOILER ALERT. Would you have had a happy ending with him and Hannah? Until the next bad guy came along… Or maybe a Bonnie and Clyde thing going on? I know I was surprised but if you sit and think about it, it’s perfect. I wouldn’t have wanted him in jail.

CrowKettle

I’m likely in the minority here, but I enjoyed the season up to the point when Hannah came back into the picture. I also felt some of the side character things should’ve been fleshed out more or not introduced at all as they didn’t add much for me (ex-Masuka’s daughter?). I’m not upset with the finale, I just wish there was more to it, if that makes sense.

Nxtdoor

Yah, I get that, sure. I could have watched a 3 hr finale where they put everything together. I’m gonna miss it.

Terri HarpLady

I’m still trying to get over Rita dying, to be quite honest. The last season I watched was the doomsday killer season. I had tony record the episodes, & I’m sure eventually we’ll watch them (when it snows or something).

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Today this tea is 90% raspberry jam, 8% coco-vanilla butter, and 2% toasty pastry. The finish is tart with mouth puckering effects. I may have forgot about it for a few, and over steeped it. Still good though!

Preparation
Boiling
Courtney

This one sounds pretty tasty – I really like the percentage breakdown!

tea-sipper

I’m trying not to order from anywhere but Bluebird will be next and this tea will be ordered. I loved the sample I tried!

Terri HarpLady

This tea always sounds so amazing & delicious. One of these days I’d like to try it. :)

CrowKettle

I’d of likely never tried gotten around to trying this one if Cavocorax hadn’t sent me a sample. Maybe If I get my stuff together, and still have some left maybe, I can send some out myself after midterm season. Although I love this tea I know it’s not for everyone. :)

Plunkybug

Yesm it does sound intriguing.

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The “before classes” tea. This blend is now over a year old, with half left, but it’s as potent as ever! I used almond milk today but I think a more watery variety of milk works better with this tea. The spicy perfume quality can be a bit much if the cream is too thick.

The ginger and cloves are zappy today, and the floral quality is as apparent as ever. I still haven’t mastered the prep of this tea, but I’m getting there and it’s starting to taste rather fine. If this is steeped for too short a time I find the spices don’t develop as fully, which allows the floral perfume to dominate the broth.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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This one’s pretty mild, except for a spicy and subtly orange-sweet finish. It’s very mellow with warming qualities, so it will be easy to drink the rest of. I don’t think I’ll get this again, however. I’ll try steeping it for +15min next time to see if that yields more flavour.

Still glad I got the chance to try a sandalwood blend; I wasn’t aware that it’s sometimes used as a spice.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

Sandalwood was used a lot in food during the middle ages and renaissance. Mostly as a red dye, IIRC.

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The ferry ride from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay was brutal this evening! I picked an unfortunate time to travel back as there were 100km/h winds expected tonight. Lots of sailing cancellations and a huge foot passenger build up. And to think I used to like wind storms.

So, tea! This is a backlog as I had it eight hours ago. Bluebird Tea Co. provided this as a surprise free sample and it was surprisingly good (I drank it way too quickly). Like Zhena’s smooth and flavorful Coconut Chai I had a few days earlier. Like that bagged tea, I wouldn’t mind drinking this every once in a while either. I wish I had another hot cup available after that ferry trip.

I prepared it one of David’s Perfect Tea Mug- half full of boiling water for a three minute steep, and an additional three minutes after it was topped up with milk.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i didn’t know the wind was THAT strong! i can tell you the rain was going sideways and actually went THROUGH our stucco and leaked around the widow sill though, lol.

hopefully the tea gave you a sense of sani-tea. ;-P

Cavocorax

I think we both got the same samples in the latest order! :P
And glad you made it over ok – that sounds like it’d be frustrating.

Bonnie

After what we had here in Colorado, I sympathise with you!

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86

Little comforts.

Still makes me think of Fantasy Island from David’s Tea, but with a bit of buttery cream between the cake layers.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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This would be a good substitute for a glass of orange juice in the morning. Maybe I oversteeped it a tad, as the lemongrass is potent today! So is the ginger. Very nice citrus overtones. The finish is sour and bittersweet. The only thing I’m unsure about is the earthy mate undertone. I have off and on days with that flavour.

I still really enjoyed this cup. Thanks, Bluebird Tea Co., for the sample! Love the new little tea bags too.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec

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I second the boozy quality of the chocolate flavouring. Good stuff, and no need for Baileys, although I did add some milk.

The strawberry isn’t a strong thing, covered in layers and layers of chocolate fondue. Yum. The hint of creamy strawberries makes me crave the strawberry black from Fortnum & Mason, however. Argh! I want that so badly now. I’m not even a huge fan of strawberries or fruity black teas. Ah, oh well, this will do rather nicely too.

Thanks, Incendiare! I think this is the last of the fun group of samples you sent my way. Now I need to put something together for her myself. Why don’t I have a lot of awesome teas right now?

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec

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I started my Steepster loose leaf adventure back in 2012. I can’t say I’m completely new anymore, but I still view oolong as a magical, extraterrestrial creature that unfurls in water.

White teas, roasted/fired green teas, and green oolong varieties are my favourites.

Ingredients/flavours I enjoy (in moderation): anise, caramel, cedar, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, maple, marshmallow leaves, melon, mint, pine, rose, vanilla.

Ratings:

95-100: A Personal Favourite; I’m never without this tea.

90-94: Great! I’ll try to keep a small amount around.

80-89: Enjoyable; I may buy more at some point.

70-79: Nice, but not something I’d drink often. I may have a few problems with it.

50-69: Something about this tea falls flat for me. Still drinkable.

30-49: This isn’t a particularly pleasant cup.

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