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937 Tasting Notes

93
drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
937 tasting notes

A new favorite that I’d left out on the counter, so I decided to have another cup before putting it away. I like it a (touch) less this time around, although it is still delicious. Will have to look at how I steeped it last time to compare, or maybe it’s just that the teas I’ve had earlier today ruined me. They were really, really delicious.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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96

How have I avoided this one so long?! This is a beautiful, multifaceted, inspiring tea. I’m looking forward to the re-steeps!

The first sips were most definitely dark chocolate, then a bit of malt and sugarcane. Sugarcane? That’s a first for me. Like of all of Brenden’s creations, I also get something very campfire/outdoorsy in this, almost oaky, or smokey, or both. Fruit? Something light and sweet in there too in the background, although it’s a new flavor for me so I struggle to place it. All in all, this is exquisite. Too bad it took me opening the bag to share with others for me to try it!

Flavors: Chocolate, Malt

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
yyz

That’s OK maybe it’s happening at a time when you can best appreciate it.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This is only of the teas I’ve put the most work into, I’m so glad you appreciate it :)

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89

This tea is exactly as described, and utterly delicious. I forgot how much I love it!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Ohh… sounds yummy. Your Simpson & Vail comments are going to kill my budget one of these days. I hope they occasionally have good sales :)

MissB

S&V is the only company that I have a “hard” time ordering enough of to get free shipping. Translation: they’re really inexpensive.

Suziqzer

After we tried the Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie I went to their website to see what all they offered. I signed up for a catalog, which came yesterday! Dangerous! I could see myself ordering several things to try… prices are very good… & I understand shipping would be hard to meet. Gonna hold off awhile.. I have so many goodies yet to try :)

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83
drank Chai Chocolate by Simpson & Vail
937 tasting notes

I’d pulled this out to share with a fellow Steepsterite, so I thought it was high time I tried it myself. ;) Very chocolatey, although the chai definitely comes first. I’d say this is my favorite chocolate chai to date, and one of my favorite chais so far – only Chandernagor from Mariage Frères tops it at this point, for me. It holds up beautifully to cream – hell, it’s better made as a proper chai than a mere tea with some cream added to it. Although I would prefer a bit more chocolate, I do really enjoy this, and am glad I have about an ounce or so to play with.

Flavors: Anise, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Cloves, Nutmeg

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

Love Chai.. Haven’t tried one with chocolate … Interesting pairing.

OMGsrsly

It surprised me with how much chocolate there was. I’ll have to make the last of mine in almond milk. :)

Suziqzer

Hmm.. might have to add this one to my shopping list seeing as we have 2 thumbs up here & it sounds yummy.

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70
drank Earl Grey Puerh by Shaktea
937 tasting notes

I prefer this one hot over cold; it gets a bit weepy and floral once cold. I still really like it, I may even venture out to Main Street to go and get more. Thanks again OMGsrsly, this is a great, unusual find.

Flavors: Flowers, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
OMGsrsly

They do have some interesting teas. :)

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88

Enjoying this just as much as the first time, and I’m really glad Dexter3657 shared some with me. I like it better hot to be frank, however cold it’s still a strongly maple and nut blend, with some creaminess and sweetness in there to boot.

Flavors: Cream, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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88
drank Cheesecake Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
937 tasting notes

Again, this needs a much stronger flavoring for me to enjoy it again. Boo me! If anyone has suggestions…. let me know. It’s still tasty, it’s just that I need too much matcha for it to taste anything like it should.

3/8 of a tsp in 1/4 cup of heavy cream.

Flavors: Butter

Preparation
Iced 0 tsp 3 OZ / 78 ML

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81
drank Yunnan Cooked Pu-erh by DuvalTea
937 tasting notes

I love how the samples were just one-cup increments, and that it’s assumed I’ll re-steep repeatedly. I’ve yet to, and will update this if I do.

I love pu-erh, and this is the first I’ve tried that tastes mildly fishy (in a surprisingly good way), as well as with a touch of minerals and earthiness. It’s complex, has depth to it, and yet there’s an element of sweetness to boot that’s surprising me as well. I could see myself nursing this bag repeatedly all day, and I may just do that.

Flavors: Earth, Honey, Mineral

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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93

Wow, how delicious is this? Carob-y spice and sweetness – hard for me to put into words. I can see why this is called Campfire Blend, and it’s quite appropriate. I will definitely be buying more of this in the future.

Flavors: Cocoa, Honey, Vanilla

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

4oz live at my place hahaha

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87

Word to the wise: oversteep this. Just try it. It went from campfire marshmallow dropped in pine needles then carmelized, to all that plus honeyed something-or-other. Now I’m a bit sad that this was a sipdown!

Flavors: Chocolate, Honey, Pine

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

i can imagine all of that except the pine needles… Sounds like a great Fall blend.

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Teaholic, with a leaning toward rooibos, green, puerh and white teas, although I’m trying some black tea again. Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; my only (within walking distance) choices are currently mall-bound. Still, I have a whole cupboard dedicated to tea.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

Location

Burnaby, BC, Canada

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