1834 Tasting Notes

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
1834 tasting notes

This seems to be a morning staple for me, mostly because when I first wake I’m too sleepy cough lazy cough to want to fiddle around with strainers and loose-leaf tea.

Yes, I’m bad. I know.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Vanilla Rooibos by Blue Teapot
1834 tasting notes

Does this count as adding to the ‘Vanilla Vogue’? I added some honey to the tea and that improved the flavour slightly from the last time I drank this tea – I’m actually getting a bit of vanilla now, though it’s still pretty weak.

I’m also, incidently, eating a bowl of Vanilla-Almond Honey Crisp cereal. XD

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Angrboda

It’s got vanilla, it counts.

Jillian

Yay. :D

Rena Sherwood

In my younger days, when I had money and wasn’t yet on Prozac, I would pair teas with the scents of candles, bubble baths and body lotion. All you need is vanilla body lotion, bubble bath or scented candle to complete the vanilla universe.

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75
drank Lemon Ginger Snap by Teas Etc
1834 tasting notes

I drank two cups of this after supper tonight. The first steep, for 3 minutes, was a little weak, so on the second I steeped it for five minutes which tasted much better. It had also taken the edge off of the ginger the second time ‘round so that it was only a nice, pleasently-warm compliment to the tea instead of the spicy, dominating flavour (although still not nearly as strong as a lot of other ginger teas I’ve tried) it was on the first steep.

LENA

this one sounds lovely!

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95
drank Chocolate Chip by Adagio Teas
1834 tasting notes

This tea is delicious as always.

I just ordered from Adagio today and got a surprise: if you spend $19 or more you get a sampler pack of those new savory teas they have. Anyone else feeling brave enough to try them along with me?

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
Cofftea

I just ordered mine and am sending some to friends for Christmas.

Cofftea

…They make it sound like the white cucumber is new as well, but it’s not. But it IS amazing!

teafiend

Ooooo, count me in! I just need to get around to ordering more teas from them.

Auggy

I so want to try the savory teas. I have no idea if I’ll like them or not but they just sound so odd!

LENA

My order is coming in late tomorrow. I’m pretty excited to try the sweet potato pie and the sesame tea.

Suzi

:D I ordered that sampler pack as well – I’m so curious about the sweet potato pie tea!

Jillian

The seasame one actually sounds quite good and like you guys I’m curious about the sweet potato one. But I suspect the artichoke green is going to induce a few ‘bleh’ reactions from at least a few people.

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Anybody want to start a Vanilla Vogue? XD

Okay so this tea isn’t pure vanilla, but there are nice vanilla notes complimenting the peppermint. I’m almost finished this box of tea so I’m really hoping that they’ll have it out again for this Christmas.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
shesteeps

They do. I just picked some up last week.

Jillian

Awesome! I’ll have to check the grocery store soon.

Angrboda

There have definitely been a lot of vanilla going on while I’ve been asleep! I think we can blame Teaequalsbliss for this one. :p

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drank Mango by Tea Desire
1834 tasting notes

I’m drinking this sweetened with a bit of honey which alleviates some of the bitterness. It brings out a very vague sort of fruitiness but certainly nothing that could be distinctly called ‘mango’.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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90
drank My Friend by Bag Ladies Tea
1834 tasting notes

This got lost for a little while in the back of my tea cupboard which is a shame since this is one bagged tea that doesn’t deserve to languish in obsquerity.

It’s sweet enough to almost be considered a dessert in its own right, and that’s without any sweetener – it doesn’t need it! But I don’t find the caramel and vanilla to be artificial tasting like a lot of ‘flavorings’ are; you could close your eyes and imagine easily caramel syrup and real vanilla whipped cream in this tea as you sip at it.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
Rena Sherwood

That’s it. Gotta follow you now! Where do you find these teas?

Jillian

Just couldn’t resist me, hmm? ;P

Heh, well to tell you the truth I bought this tea at a Winners/Homesense store which are a line of Canadian stores that sell ‘designer’ merchandise at a discount price. They have a cooking section that sometimes brings in odd and interesting teas that I probably wouldn’t be able to afford (because of shipping) if I bought then from the parent company.

The company that sells this tea is called Bag Ladies Tea and I think they might have their own online store. Maybe try Googling them?

Rena Sherwood

ACK! My brother and his family live in Abbortsford. Now I know what to pester them about.

Rena Sherwood

Thanks! My birthday is next week (arrgghh) so I thought I’d go for it and order a bunch. Hey, anything for Steepster. Found their website: http://bagladiestea.com/

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Although the steeping instruction say to steep for 3-5 minutes I thought it seemed a little weak at 4 minutes. I did notice a bit more sweetness coming through in the flavour though. Plus it went quite well with the leftover thai spring rolls the boyfriend-creature brought home for me. ~_^

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Hyrulehippie

lol @ “boyfriend-creature”. __

Jillian

Well he was called the “non-tea-drinking boyfriend-creature” until recently, LOL! XD

LENA

props to the thai spring roll bringing boyfriend-creature. Yum!

Jillian

Yes, they were quite delicious. :D

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75
drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1834 tasting notes

I re-steeped the leaves from the last cup (adding a minute onto the previous steeping time) and found that the taste this time around is lighter and there’s also a curious hint of spice. Le gaspeth Could this be the elusive pepper flavour the tea gurus speaketh of???

I honestly have no idea, but if you squint and use your imagination I suppose the flavour might be considered peppery. shrugs Maybe I’m just crazy and this tea has finally driven me mad! ;)

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec
Auggy

While tea-induced madness IS totally possible, I do think that spicy taste is the elusive pepper… if you squint your eyes and tilt your head just right… Or we’ll just say it is, k? :)

Jillian

Sounds good! :D

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drank Yunnan Jig by Adagio Teas
1834 tasting notes

Six minutes is too long to steep this tea I think, as there’s a bitter bite of tanins in the flavour. Some milk might leaven it out so maybe I’ll try it that way next time.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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