1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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Can definitely taste the cider in here, although I’m missing the champagne. Very tasty, and great for a night time treat!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Stephanie

I still need to try this one :)

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74
drank Absinthe Frost by Herbal Infusions
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Excellent picture Cavo! My tea was more long stems than anything.

Interesting tea. I’ve had both the Canadian and European versions of Absinthe (although I know it to be spelled with a y), and this is a pretty close imitation in tea format, provided the tea has some sweetener added to it. Slightly creamy, minty, small amount of anise. Actually reminds me a bit more of Pernod (pronounced Pernot).

If this were available again, I’d order more. It’s not amazeballs, but it is pretty tasty and unique.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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93

Wow. This smells divine. Definitely like milk and cookies! Even steeped, the smell remains, and my office space smells lovely.

Hot, this is perfect. Like, I couldn’t imagine anything better. Creamy, buttery, and dark graham cookie – kind of perfection. Zero astringency or bitterness. I did make sure to overleaf slightly (1.25 tsp per cup) and had the water just below boiling for steeping. I did steep it WAY too long again though, and yet, still perfect.

Once cooled however, the tea gets bitter and astringent, in an icky way. Some sugar helps slightly (it was perfect as-is when hot), however it’s still really drying to the palate.

Note to self: only drink this hot. It’s excellent there, and less than excellent if I wait too long. Giving it a high rating for the taste when it’s excellent.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
VariaTEA

This one didn’t work for me. It was bitter but smelled sooo good. Perhaps I should follow your parameters and try it. I have 2 packages of this to get it right.

Cavocorax

Did you really steep this one for 8 minutes? I guess I’ll try it for longer and see if I can coax more flavour!

MissB

I actually steeped it for 23 minutes. :$ It was perfect hot. As soon as it cooled though, ick. Left it to get completely cold, and the first few sips were good again, and then… bitter.

Cavocorax

Wow. Good to know. 23 min? Huh. (I’m just stunned something could be drinkable after that long)

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85
drank Noël à Pékin by Dammann Freres
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This is just lovely, and Day 13 in Dammann Freres’ advent calendar. I was so very happy with this purchase, even though it was a bit pricey for samples. The packaging, the labeling, the teas themselves – stunning. All of it.

This is a wonderful tea, and I’m contemplating buying more of it. Very light floral notes from the jasmine enhance a light black tea base, with something tropical and fruity in the mix. It makes me think of the black teas I’ve had at many an Asian restaurant, but with an added layer of complexity and sweetness.

EDIT: Oooh! The pineapple pops with sweetener, backed up by the jasmine. So lovely. Almost wish this was a exclusively a green tea, although it’s still lovely on it’s own.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Weird. I must have typed this up when my computer decided to short out again last night.

This is the perfect late night, rich, delicious, decaf tea for those evenings when you’ve had teas that have soured you and your palate, to tame you down and help you feel blissful again.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec
sherapop

I think that I need a tin of this. Not enough decaf black teas in my cupboard! I’ve been realizing recently that I really prefer tea to herbal infusions. ;-)

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54

This is a weird tea. I think I’ve gotten used to Simpson & Vail’s amazing Candy Cane (rooibos) that I’m comparing all other candy cane -like teas to that one. This one? Uh… well it’s something other than candy cane.

Most of what I’m getting here is a musty licorice. Chamomile, perhaps? I normally like licorice, and lemongrass (which is definitely in here too). However I’m getting zero mint, zero creamy, just this really weird floral hollow taste after the licorice.

With this lovely review, would anyone else like to try it?

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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This is very unusual, and yet, I love it — although I should note this is very little vanilla, to me. If I was going by just the name, I’d be very upset. I actually had zero idea what this was when I first sipped it (yep, that kinda holiday here!) and I immediately thought, “WOW. What do I have in my house that would taste exactly like the best xocolatl I’ve ever tasted?”

Then I realized I’d cracked this open, and that answered my question.

I’m going to strongly suggest to Herbal Infusions to change the name of this tea to xocolatl, or something along those lines. This is decadent, yummy tea, and yet it’s bang on for the spices that I’ve dreamt about for years (and have had trouble re-creating): touch of heat, cinnamon, nutmeg, creamy chocolate. I actually enjoyed this more with zero sweetener.

So, poorly named, and still an excellent, satisfying, unusual tea.

EDIT: Had to look up Rosita as an ingredient, which was a bit tricky. When I found it, I laughed – this is why I’m getting xocolatl. In Spanish, this ingredient is literally called, “Flower of Cacao”, even though it has zero relation to the actual cacao plant. Even more fascinating, for me, is that it’s related to the baobab plant (something I studied for ridiculous amounts of time in Grade 3 with a teacher who loved Le Petit Prince), and is only really grown in the same part of the world that brought us Salvia and psilocybe mushrooms.

EDIT again: One more interesting tidbit! This tea has a strong similarity to the drink Montezuma drank as an aphrodisiac (and had up to 50 cups a day of it!) Another reason to rename this tea, I’d say!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
TheTeaFairy

Very informative, the tea sounds fantastic! Lol, I think we must have had the same teacher, oh, did you bring back memories, baobab, yep, sure know everything there is to know about it …OBSESSED teacher, but for a good cause, I am still very fond of Le Petit Prince, no matter how many times I had to read and review it :-)

MissB

Heh. Did you take French Immersion in Maple Ridge? If so, we could well have had the same teacher…

TheTeaFairy

Oh! Thought I was the only one having another sleepless night!!!
I doubt we had the same teacher, I was not in French Immersion…I’m just French! (That’s why I write funny sometimes ) My teacher was Michelle Lafleur in Trois-Rivière, Quebec, she was super sweet and her bible, whenever she wanted to preach something to learn out of life was Le Petit Prince :-)

MissB

Oh, I’m usually up until all hours. It’s my creative time. ;)

Trois-Rivières, really?! I went to university at UQTR.

TheTeaFairy

MissB i can’t believe how small this world is, there you are in BC, at the opposite of where I am, and yet, at one point you were in TR??? Unbelievable!

TheTeaFairy

Oops, I hit the unfollow button my error on my ipad, sorry, i followed right back :-0

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73
drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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A huge thanks to Ellyn for sharing this tea with me in the 12 Days of Steepster Christmas swap this year. Her packaging was beautiful – vacuum packed package of this tea, with a very professional-looking label detailing all of the ingredients, as well as the day it represented (Partridge in a Pear Tree).

This smells delicious, and has huge chunks of cranberry and what I assume are dried pears in the mix. It’s just as lovely steeped up in the smell department, and it does taste as described. I doubt I would have ever tried this on my own, or thought of it as a holiday tea. Yet, it really does fit the occasion, and is lovely to boot.

Thanks again Ellyn!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 15 sec
Ellyn

I’m GlAd you liked it!

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drank Pumpkin Pie by Herbal Infusions
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Spoiler alert for those wanting to keep the Herbal Infusions 12 Days of Christmas teas a secret!

This is day two of the 2013 lineup, and I’m a bit leery again of this tea. It has a LOT of ingredients, and of course I can only guess as to what they are. There’s definitely rooibos and cornflowers, and then the rest is a mix of… I don’t know what. Cavo did an excellent job with the pics; there’s something chunky and green, some large form of what looks to be a brown fruit (fig?), and a few other things that meld into the rooibos but aren’t obviously rooibos.

It smells interesting. Hard to explain. Fruity in a deeper, full way – again I think of figs, or something like them. Dates? Maybe even candied yams. Brewed up I didn’t notice the smell, and then had to help my son construct a superhero Lego universe, so this went cold on me.

Cold, it smells like rooibos. Drinking it is… confusing. My interpretation of pumpkin pie is very different than whomever blended this tea. I’m getting more yam pie than anything, with some really unusual flavoring I’m struggling to place. There is something flaky and cakey in the blend, which is nice. I assumed there would be spices in here (cinnamon, nutmeg, something) and I’m getting nothing along those lines.

I’m really unsure what to make of this, so am holding off on my rating.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 15 sec
sherapop

I don’t know what to think about pumpkin beverages. I recoil at the very idea of the Starbucks pumpkin latte, but apparently it’s their bestseller at this time of year!

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84
drank Elixo by Domo
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Backlogged from last night’s marathon of sleeplessness and potentially fighting off a cold.

Tried it again, realizing that I’d grossly underleafed it last time (1/2 tbsp instead of a full one). This time I really got the cayenne and ginger, and it was delicious. Still had a large amount of dregs at the bottom that refused to mix into the hot liquid though. If this were unsweetened, it would be my tea of choice on many days.

EDIT: Upping the rating, as I really do enjoy this, it’s just still way too sweet for my needs.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
OMGsrsly

I’ve seen packets of their plain ground rooibos at Famous Foods, and it’s no where near as finely ground as matcha. I don’t think it’s possible for it to fully dissolve or suspend in the tea. (Not on their website. No ingredients on their website, either. Ugh.)

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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