766 Tasting Notes

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drank Dreamsicle Puerh by 52teas
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Made this one as an iced tea and it is Delicious!

It is all orange creamsicle and no puerh. Just perfect. It is not as creamy as it is when hot, but it is still smooth. There is a bit more peppery orange rind in the iced tea.

I brewed 4 tsp for 2 minutes and then filled up a liter jug with cold water. I added about 2 tsp white sugar to sweeten.

Sil

mmmm i so need to pull this out to try it

Terri HarpLady

ohhhh, this sounds interesting too!

Sil

terri – i should have enough to share at some point.

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drank Watermelon Xylophone by Butiki Teas
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I swear I have written a tasting note for this before. I know I have had it before. But there is nothing here. Steepster is making me crazy, although my craziness has been previously well documented.

For some reason when I pulled this out of the cupboard, I expected it to be a green tea with a tart watermelon flavour, which is what I was looking for. But when I opened up the package to brew it, it was a much more creamy, delicious, bubblegum watermelon flavour. The silver needle is very smooth and mellow. The liquor us really thick. I feel like I am drinking watermelon candy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

That’s happened to me a couple times too! Kudos to Steepster to making us feel like we need to get our heads checked.

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drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Received this one as a free sample from Red Leaf Tea.

I am neither here nor there with eggnog. I will drink it if it is around, but I do not think I have ever purchased a carton of eggnog for myself before.

The initial smell reminded me very much of the caramel matcha. But after I started to mix it up as a latte, it smelled like eggnog. I used 2 tsp with 12 oz warm frothed milk and a bit of white sugar to sweeten. It definitely tastes like eggnog, but eggnog mixed with matcha. I feel like I am getting notes of dark rum and nutmeg. The only thing, is there is just a tiny bit of that chemical taste I have had in some other flavoured matchas. It is still very much drinkable, I am just getting a tinge of it.

I am actually surprised byt the taste of this one.

Roswell Strange

I made this as a tea soda a while ago on a whim, and while it was super weird it was also surprisingly good…

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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Made this one again. I was disappointed the last time I had it. This time I really stirred up the package and I realized that I think some of the ingredients had settled, as I got a bunch of different stuff in this scoop. This time it was much better. I brewed with a few pieces of rock sugar. This time it tastes much more like pistachio, it is also creamy, not necessarily ice cream, but definitely there is some cream in there. I am finding there is quite a bit of nuttiness in the aftertaste.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

yeah sadly stacy’s teas tend to settle, so i’ve taken to shaking up her teas that are flavoured before reaching in for my tsp’s

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Made the last of this matcha as a latte. It was ok. I think I preferred it more as cold shaken. As a hot latte there is a lot more peanut butter flavour, but I am finding there is a chalky cocoa flavour to it now.

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drank Winter Cheers by Handmade Tea
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I have been trying to find this one for days on Steepster. I just assumed Caleb hadn’t added it yet, so I waited a few days then decided to add it myself so I can make a note. So I go to add it and there is an error saying it is already in the database. Darn you steepster.

This tea is interesting, it is not what I expected. It smells strongly of peppermint. The tea tastes like a very light and smooth mint blend, but strongly on the peppermint side. I am not sure what mulberries are supposed to taste like, but I think they add a bit of candy taste to the blend. It is sweet and fruity. I am not getting any tartness. I don’t taste much of the green rooibos at all (and I am more than ok with that). I am surprised that I like this one so much as I am very particular on my mint teas!

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205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Mulberries are like candy. SO sweet.

Lala

So I brewed up another cup and then ate one of the rehydrated mulberries. It was delicious. It tasted like a cross between bread pudding and gummy candies.

Sil

i meant to ask you how much it costs for the subscription. I know caleb said as long as it goes through you can do it but i wasn’t sure if there was an extra charge for canadians.

Lala

$12.95 USD for the mini subscription.

Sil

oh nice. must try it in the new year :)

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So here in Canada, we have a store call Liquidation World. It is essentially exactly what is sounds like. It buys poducts from stores that are going out of business, looking to get rid of product, etc, and sell it for super cheap. Liquidation World was recently acquired by the American Big Lots. Then Big Lots decided to close all of its stores (US and Canada – even though the Canadian stores were making tonnes of profit, I guess it wasn’t enough to keep the empire afloat). BOO!!!

I have some family members that love Liquidation World. You can usually find some really good deals, although most of the products are not always good quality and the expiry dates on the food are not too far away. But you can always find interesting things you can’t get anywhere else.

So I went on boxing day and they had a few kinds of Arizona iced tea on the cheap. So I stocked up. I love Arizona tea, it is real iced tea which is hard to come by in a can or bottle in Canada. And it is usually quite expensive, due to the monster size can.

This tastes lovely. A bit sweeter than I would like though. The black tea is strong but not astringent. It tastes like a Ceylon but I am not sure. There is definitely an artificial lemon flavour, but it is still delicious. Everything a canned iced tea should be. The only drawback is it is a huge 695 ml can. I read online that they now have 8oz cans in the US. But I think I will get over it.

Roswell Strange

My roommate loves these, though when I tell him he’s drinking actual tea and not artificial/sugar filled junk like Nestea he denies it. Pretty sure he just doesn’t want to admit to A) Being Wrong and B) Enjoying real tea :p

Lala

Ha ha, that’s funny. I am sure there is just as much sugar in these as there is in Nestea, but to me it still totally tastes different. You can tell this is real tea. Or maybe my taste buds are just wired to taste tea.

Fjellrev

How much were they? I haven’t been to a Liquidation World since high school!

I actually don’t mind these, especially the honey one, and the apple one too.

Lala

80 cents per can. The one I was at had this one, the raspberry one, and the ginseng with honey.

Roswell Strange

I like the Raspberry one best. Tre likes the Honey one.

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drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Sick Tea.

Not feeling well. I am unsure about my stomach currently. It could be any number of things really – eating way too much holiday food, bad left overs, drinking too much tea (totally true), gas/bloating, hypochondria, or a real illness, etc. Yesterday my sister in law informed me after we spent an afternoon together that she had been suffering from the flu all the previous night. Then I sneezed twice so I am sure I picked something up from her. And now they (ie. the people) have been talking about a recent mini epidemic of the H1N1 flu virus. (Now I am not an epidemiologist, but I am unsure if an epidemic can be “mini”). Anyway, I have had my seasonal flu shot a couple months ago and I have been taking tonnes of vitamins and fluids. I fully understand the flu (AKA influenza) is a respiratory illness and it is common misconception that is it a gastrointestinal illness, but all that aside, I feel gross. Side note: paranoia anyone?

Now this one is definitely super ginger. I was thinking of chopping up and steeping some fresh ginger, but that was too much work (because I am so very sick right now, you know – ha ha). I think this one is pretty close to steeping fresh ginger as you could get. There is spice, but it is not overpowering. It feels good on the stomach. This one has a bit of saltiness to it. I never knew this one had any rooibos in it until reading the ingredient list. I can’t taste the rooibos at all, but it probably blunts the power of the ginger a bit. Ginger Power! (I believe I am now becoming delirious). This tea always reminds me of sushi, because the first time I had it, I was eating sushi. Ugg, the idea of eating sushi right now is making me feel nauseous.

Another sidenote: I am currently watching Red Dragon (of Silence of the Lambs series). This could be making me feel sick, but I doubt it, gore and horror have never bothered me. I love Hannibal Lector. Minus the whole serial killer and eating humans thing, he is educated and smart and cultured, he is sensitive, can cook, and has a career, he knows what he wants out of life. Is that too much to ask for… that is probably why this is based on a fictional character. Hmmm.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Haha I love the picturesque view of Hannibal Lector.

Starfevre

I almost fainted in the shower yesterday and was told after the fact that there is ‘something going around’ so I understand. Feeling indeterminately crappy sucks.

Josie Jade

Hope you feel better. The norovirus is going around our area and so many people have had stomach flu symptoms. :(

keychange

Oh gosh, upset stomaches are the worst. I hope you feel better soon!

Lala

Thanks for the well wishes everyone. My tummy felt better after two cups of ginger tea and a gingerale. Still a little uneasy but if I watch what I eat I’m ok.

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drank Fragola by Dammann Freres
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I received this as a free sample from Dammann with my advent calendar purchase.

It looked interesting, but after opening the package and smelling the tea = hibiscus. Hibiscus is not a fruit OK, just saying.

The brewed tea tastes strongly of tart hibiscus. But I also get some creamy, sweet strawberry. I also get tart rhubarb. There is a slight apple taste, also sweet. There is a mix of sweet and tart in this tea, but it is much more tart than it is sweet.

This one is ok, but I am not the hugest hibiscus fan, and that is what I would call this tea.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
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I may or may not have had this before. There are way too many reviews to wade through to see if I have reviewed it before.

I quite like pistachio’s. I love pistachio pudding and ice cream. So I figured it is pretty much a given I will like this tea.

The dry tea smells quite nutty. Not pistachio, maybe hazelnuts (?).

The brewed tea tastes strongly of the green tea base. It is vegetal and creamy. I added a few pieces of brown rock sugar on the suggestion from the description of this tea. But it didn’t bring out any pistachio or ice cream flavours. I am getting a bit of a nutty spice. There are a few hints of vanilla but unfortunately still no pistachio or ice cream. Hmmm…

I will have to steep this again to see if I get better results.

Edit: It becomes more pistachio tasting as it cools to about luke warm, but still not the creamy nutty ice cream taste I was expecting.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am a lifetime tea lover.

I did foray into the world of coffee for a period of time, but I returned to my true love. I still, however, enjoy a good cup of java.

My all time favorite tea is Earl Grey, which I drink every morning, the stronger the bergamot the better. I definitely prefer natural oil of bergamot to artificial flavouring.

I mostly like black and dark oolong teas. My current favs are Fujian blacks, Keemun and Assams, and Wuyi oolongs. I gravitate towards anything with lychee in it. I also drink a lot of herbal blends but am wary of hibiscus. I do not favour mate, or pu’erh tea, although I have found a few blends that I like. (I so badly want to like straight pu’erh tea but it all tastes gross to me. I keep trying though). Rooibos, green and white teas fall somewhere in the middle. I find myself gravitating towards heavily roasted oolongs and teas from Paris/France based companies.

I love iced teas and cold brews.

My current tea goal is to make the perfect cup of chai from scratch – almost there…I think.

I am in love with the whole experience of tea.

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