277 Tasting Notes

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drank Choco-Mint Black Tea by Tealux
277 tasting notes

Thank you TheTeaFairy for this sample. This poor sample got roughed up a little, I took it with me to work one day but never took it out of my bag. For weeks! It just hung out there, at the bottom of my not too small bag. Ladies, you know what this ziploc looks like after several weeks, dontcha? What lies at the bottoms of your bags?

And since I mistreated it, it mistreated me. 3 tsp for 16 oz of off boiling water, 4 minutes as the tea fairy says. I added sugar. It is quite bitter, possibly overleafed I thought to myself. Maybe overstepped? So I added some creamer. Then lots of creamer. Still bitter. What the? I poured another half a cup of water over it. And some coconut milk. So now I have the kitchen sink in here. And it’s drinkable but it’s only because I’m sad of wasting all the stuff on it or I might have dumped it!

Holy jumpin, I’ve only had a couple of Sri Lankan teas in the past that I considered or ended up flushing. Not sure where this tea originates, I looked at the Tealux site and they’re tight lipped. Also, looks like CTC. I should have steeped less.

In any event, I’m determined to drink this abomination :) cheers!

Holly Faye

Oh, I know all too well what that Ziploc looks like. I’ve put tea packets in my lunchbag for work, then completely forgotten they were there. Whoooooops…

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I’m about one cup away from a sipdown on this one so I thought I’d tell you all about it again!

Spicy but so good, especially if you add some sugar. I’m still reading “a thousand splendid suns” and they drink quite a bit of tea in this book. So I put some instrumental African music on Songza, made this tea and it makes me thoroughly enjoy my Sunday. My partner is away for the week and it’s totally awesome. :)

It is minty and sweet and spicy and it hits the spot. I can totally fantasize about Egypt.

TheTeaFairy

Aww, this note totally made me travel…

Too bad, I don’t have that book in my Overdrive :-(
Is it good so far?

Nxtdoor

It’s really good! I was wait listed about 9 months. Lol

Nxtdoor

Fairy, we should watch “Cairo Time”. Not sure you’d like it but what the hey, worth a shot.

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drank Coco Chai by Tealux
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No. Just no. And it seems it’s unanimous so far. Three notes now say “no, thanks” to this one. And TheTeaFairy who didn’t write a note (yet?) also doesn’t like it based on what she wrote on the ziploc bag she sent my way. There’s too much nutmeg or something in this one. No coconut despite the almond coconut milk I threw in. Usually that additive helps along any chai wannabe. Thank you, TheTeaFairy for crossing this one off my list.

I’m sitting here on my sunny patio reading “A Thousand Splendid Suns” by Khaled Hosseini and I grabbed some veggie samosas and made this chai to help the mood. But this chai will have to be replaced. Thank goodness Laoshan village Chai from Verdant is on its way to me. Yay!

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Thank you, TheTeaFairy for sharing a little of your favourite oolong with me. This came before you found out I’m not into floral teas. I’ve avoided this for long enough, I have new tea coming in and although it’s not a lot of new tea, it’s enough tea that I feel guilty for still dragging around some samples.

So knowing full well this is not my cuppa I steeped the entire sample into my pot. Very pale coloured tea, so much so that I wondered if I understeeped. floral on the nose, both dry leaf and more so after brewed. I actually like the aftertaste better than the sip!

TheTeaFairy says “light flowery notes”. If one is not into floral he/she will pick up on the slightest flowery note anyway. It’s not bad and it’s not jasmine thus is shall drink it just fine but am not rushing to bring any more into my cupboard.

Thanks again, tea fairy. More for you, I guess!

TheTeaFairy

Lol, no worries…it’s just one of those I like so much I want to share with the world!!

Teaave

Hi Nxtdoor,

This Is Tea Ave, we are about all things Oolong- www.teaave.com, we plan to launch our site on November, 1st, 2014. We would like to see you enjoy sipping some Oolongs from us.

We invite you to follow us back, so we can send out an inbox message with more information on Tea Ave. We would also like to invite you to try out some of our Oolong samples including BouZhong, Tie Kwan Ying and some floral scented Oolongs before launching.

So, if you’d like, please feel free follow us back and sign up the from we will send you to your inbox , just remember to include your Steepster ID, and we can catch up from there :)

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
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I won’t say I’m disappointed with this tea, it is good and it smells a lot like caramel corn. I wonder if it would be better to just eat it. :) the smell once brewed is also overwhelmingly caramel corn — once they suggest that for you it’s hard to see that it might be something else.

Once steeped, I get a lot more apple and some Cinammon than anything else. In fact, although it’s been a while since I tried forever nuts, I’d say they two are not far from each other. Forever nuts disappointed me because I expected nuts and got pink Cinammon apple, really.

Also, however flavourful, I find this to be a bit thin tasting. You can steep longer but I suspect you just get even more apple that way. I used the entire 24 gram bag for our 3-cup pot and will attempt a resteep but that will be the end of caramel corn.

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drank Chocolate Macaroon by DAVIDsTEA
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Yay, coconut! It’s the closest to SoHo Blend I could get locally. I had a Harney cart filled out but then I was reminded of the $15 shipping… I knew about the fee as I ordered before but I guess when you see it written down there at the TOTAL it’s kinda, well, jarring. :)

But this came to me courtesy of the lovely salesperson at the Church St. DAVIDs Tea, Toronto. I went with a long list and told her I had a budget and kinda didn’t want to go over, asked her to keep an eye on the total. We went $2 over, which I was ok with, but it meant I had to abandon the sample of chocolate macaroon I was going to add to my list. And you know what she did, totally gave me 16 grams free of charge. She said she knew I really wanted to try it and so she gave me some. How’s that for customer service? :)

I like the tea also but I agree it is thin tasting. I also knew it was sweet and only added a pinch of sugar (it’s gotta be psychological at this point, what’s a pinch of sugar to a 8 oz cup?, I should just leave it out).

The first few sips were very much coconut, yummy coconut, reminded me quite a bit of the SoHo blend in that respect. I then made the mistake of adding almond coconut milk because I wanted it creamier. Unfortunately now all I can taste is my almond milk. Maybe because this is so thin tasting, it can’t take much addition and still maintain its own flavour.

I have enough for another cup and I will likely buy more but I have to figure out what to mix it with for stronger base — don’t have many str8 black teas in house — I don’t want to just use more because it would become too expensive that way.

Christina

You know, it’s always nice to hear about other Torontonians buying tea. It always gives me a litle jolt of recognition when I see a familiar street name or location. :-)

TheTeaFairy

What an awesome customer service story :-)

Nxtdoor

@christina totally get it. I feel the same.

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drank Cranberry Chai by Teajo Teas
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One more sample from TheTeaFairy bites the dust. I am running out of lots of favourites so this weekend when I’m downtown doing gay things during World Pride (yay, toronto!) I plan to use up my tea budget for a couple of months and stop at DAVIDs. In the meantime, no favourites means go through these samples I have around the house.

I left this toward the bottom of the pile because:
“cranberry: bleah.
chai: could be bleah, depending on mood”

I read someone’s tasting note and the person liked it cold better. I decided to go for broke and use the entire 2-cup sample. I tried it hot in a mason jar. Then I put a couple of ice cubes in to attempt “warm” and finally more ice for the “cold” version. I added sugar, it is a bit astringent. I’m also not getting much chai in the traditional sense, but that’s bonus tonight.

Really, a somewhat cranberry tasting astringent average black tea. Meh.

Thank you TheTeaFairy for your generosity!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Christina

Have fun at Pride!

Nxtdoor

Thanks, Christina!

Sil

oh man pride is going to be insanity…it’s already a little crazy downtown and work is on the edge of all the fun :) Have a great time!

yyz

Ooh! Have fun! I almost wish I wasn’_t going up North this weekend. It’s awesome to see what pride has grown into over the years. From the street March/Block Party I remember when I was little! Have a blast.

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drank Mocha Mint by Mate Factor
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If you guys saw all my samples that are unaccounted for in my virtual cupboard… I think I have 200 teas. And while I should be drinking mostly those, I seem to be in the mood for more flavoured stuff. This sample came to me courtesy of TheTeaFairy . She’s been very generous with me on more than one occasion so my house is littered with these baggies. Not a complaint, merely an observation. Please don’t stop showing me tea love, Fairy! :)

Although this is a very tasty chocolate mint tea, it still doesn’t take away the #1 spot from DAVID’s “read my lips.” I think there is more chocolate there, whereas here I am getting more mint. I should do them side by side but I’ve never had the time or inclination for those sort of experiments.

I drank this tea yesterday, added sugar and dairy-free creamer. It really is a nice dessert tea. If you haven’t had DAVIDs and you can’t compare the two you are better off. Kinda like seeing a movie before reading the book it is based on. If you liked the movie, stay away from the book.

On a side note, chipmunks are running laps in my backyard. I knew there was one but I have never ever seen him this active. And I think he brought a friend. I wonder what happened?

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Many thanks to Laurent at Nina’s Paris USA for this sample.

It seemed from previous notes that it was the green tea to try. (yes, I know there’s black tea too but anything with sencha and genmaicha is green in my book). Caramel and genmaicha, both of which I enjoy, are supposedly present here. I brewed at 175F for fear of burning the leaves and rendering the brew too bitter to enjoy. It works fine at 175F. No additives.

It’s a nice colour, reminds me of apple juice. Clear liquid, I love those. So nice when you don’t get cloudy muck. Flavour wise I get a sweet sencha mostly. Buttery and sweet but sencha is not on my to-die-for flavour list. I also pick up something floral-y. I resteeped and it does well for a second go around.

Sadly I am not going to jump on the bandwagon of Japon lovers. To each his/her own. I enjoyed 2 out of 3 of these samples from Nina’s so pretty good I’d say!

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drank Thé sur la Lune by Nina's Paris
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Thank you to Laurent @ Nina’s Paris USA for this sample. I have been curious about these teas for a a while now.

At first I wanted to write that I liked Ma Passion better than this. This is strong at first, punchy base. Seeing this and realizing it isn’t what I had in mind I combined the two steeps in a 16 oz mug and added a touch of raw sugar. I also started goofing around on the iPad and the tea had a chance to cool. The end result is that I like this tea better than the other now.

I can’t taste any of the fruits individually, nor can I tell there’s pu’erh leaves in here, which is fine by me. The smell of the dry leaf reminds me a lot of H&S Fruits D’Alsace. And something in the taste also reminds me of it but a little less so.

I do have one comment to make and it has not to do with the tea but with the length of time it took for the samples to reach me. More than 3 weeks. In case I want to order some, three weeks is more than I like to wait for my stash. Anyone in Ontario ordered from Nina’s USA? How long did it take, do you remember?

TheTeaFairy

I got mine today!

Maybe they just mailed different batches at different time to ensure ongoing reviews on Steepster? One month just seems impossible otherwise…

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I started drinking loose leaf tea in the spring of 2013 (why do we feel compelled to mark the date of tea drinking somewhat like addicts counting their sobriety days?)

Never been much into tea before. Growing up in Romania, tea was something mom made for you when you were sick. As an adult, my hot beverage of choice has been coffee, both flavoured and regular. I’ve recently stumbled upon Teavana and DAVIDs TEA and quickly got addicted to the latter. Then came steepster and all else followed.

Formerly a mathematician and insurance adjuster, I gave up the corporate world and am now a professional chef. I drink wine and sometimes cheat on it with tea.

I lean heavily towards flavoured black teas. I’ve started to crave the occasional straight oolong and green but so far unflavoured black teas leave me unimpressed.

I’m learning so I drink them all. Am even introducing myself to pu’erh. So far I can do fine with the sheng cause frankly, they don’t taste like pu’erh to me. The shou is another story.

Note*: The virtual cupboard does NOT contain any of the samples I hold since most of them are one-cup quantity.

Note**: My partner, our home improvements, gadgets, mortgage, travel, wine and food have budget priority over tea.

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Toronto-ish, Canada

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