1144 Tasting Notes

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Cavocorax graciously offered me some of this in our last swap, and I immediately wanted to try it. Okay, so I’ve yet to watch anything Hannibal, it’s just those darn ingredients (chocolate? hazelnut? I’m sold!) and the specific tea blender that got me excited.

Brewed up, this is surprisingly mellow – for some reason I was expecting a kick, a twist, a…. you expected something different, why would you, of course you did… kind of tea. That’s what I think of when I think of Hannibal – although admittedly I have zero idea as to who Will is. Yes, I will fix this. :)

So, think mild chai with a light caramel/chocolate finish, and maybe the dryness of a nut in there — and you have Save Will. Tasty!

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Nuts

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

Ooh, I don’t know the first thing about Hannibal, but that’s a good combo.

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Thought I’d passed along all of my Assam samples (which, by the way, are huge 10c samples for $1.95 mostly) however this one seems to have hidden so as to have me drink it. Earlier today I brewed up my large Timolino-full, and was pleasantly surprised. It tastes like tea-infused cranberry sauce, minus a bit of the sweetness, and a hint of orange. It’s nice, it’s flavorful, it’s as described, although I do prefer it hot over this now-cooled temperature, only because it has a hint of bitterness now that eluded the brew before.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Phenix MF by Mariage Frères
1144 tasting notes

Holy cow! This is all caramel with a hint of vanilla, and then some honey poured on to boot. A very sweet tea, almost too sweet and decadent… but not quite. ;)

Thank you Ysurella for sharing this with me. Wow, I can see this fulfilling any sweet cravings I have.

Flavors: Caramel, Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

Wow that sounds great!!!

Sil

this is why we need the du loup….

MissB

Is Thé du Loup better/similar? I’m going to see if I can source out where I can get this, again, for a more reasonable price.

Sil

I like this the du loup more than this one but this one reminds me of the du loup….I could probably have both in my cupboard but given a choice, the wolf would win ;)

Ysaurella

I’m happy you appreciate this one. Yes thé du loup is quite similar and also different. I would say Thé du loup is better as Sil said

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82

I knew I’d have to do some sleuthing when this tea, which OMGsrlsy shared with me, came up with zero entries in the Steepster database. A bit of Googling and reading over Murchie’s site discovered that this tea, Royal Roads University, was initially called Hatley Castle, named so after the castle that sits on the university grounds (and is now a gift shop). All of this is wildly fascinating to me as a horrible historian yet avid BC-wide traveller, as many of the names associated with this tea are intimately familiar to me – and I even applied to a Masters program at Royal Roads a few years back (and am SO glad now that I chose to do other things instead).

Anyway, on to the tea! :) I overleafed slightly (two bags for a 12 oz. cup) however it seems to be quite lovely nonetheless. Rich, dark, almost coffee-ish, brisk, and honeyed. Surprising to me that this is a black-green blend!

Thanks OMGsrlsy for sharing this; I’ve now updated the tea listing to reflect the ‘old’ name.

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Haha. Thanks for the note! I haven’t tried it yet, and had no idea it was a black/green. I’ll have to make a note on my package so I use cooler water..

Amariel

Hatley Castle is beautiful and has been used for films before.

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drank Boo-Berry Cotton Candy by 52teas
1144 tasting notes

Hm. Much less amazing than the last time I made this. There’s a hint of sourness to it as well, which surprises me… although it fits the flavor profile. It’s just not as sweet, blue cotton candy-ish as before… only vaguely so. Methinks I didn’t give it enough time to steep, and wasn’t watching the clock to be sure.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Kama Sutra Chai by Shanti Tea
1144 tasting notes

Ooooh, too much floral in this last cup of Kama Sutra. I like it much more with less flowers, more chai.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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82

When I first heard of the title for this tea, I thought, “No way, is that a Sherlock reference? I must have it if it is..” Of course, it is, however I’ll refrain from sharing any spoilers as to why this is so awesome. ;)

This tastes as I would expect it to, considering the character it’s modeled after: soft ginger cookies with a hint of molasses, some clove and cinnamon, a touch of black tea, and then… oh yeah!… more ginger. It’s complex and ginger-y, and while I really do love it, I may be okay with having just this sample from Cavocorax for now. Thank you again for sharing with me your precious Adagio order! (I mean that truly, kindly… it’s hard to get Adagio here in Canada for a decent price due to the ridiculous shipping costs).

Flavors: Cloves

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sami Kelsh

For reals. I love adagio, but their shipping makes me want to weep.

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A bold tea, one that brews up quickly and has little distinguishing notes to it other than it’s faintly creamy, smells vaguely like an orange pekoe, and has a few notes of something sweet in it that I’m struggling to place. Honey, perhaps? Maybe a honeyed fruit? Wish I knew more about this tea prior to drinking it, as that would likely help my enjoyment. Off to investigate! :)

EDIT: Bah. This is a tricky one to find online. Does anyone have a URL for the company?

Thank you OMGsrlsy for sharing this with me! :)

Flavors: Honey

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

is this just windsor-csatle tea?

OMGsrsly

Tea Time has no website or online presence. The description is as much information as I have.

MissB

Yea, there are two entries for it. OMGsrlsy: good to know. Are they local?

yyz

This might be it if it’s in Vancouver http://nvteatime.yolasite.com

OMGsrsly

yyz, your google-fu is AMAZING. I’ve looked on and off for months for more information on this company.

Yes, MissB. They are on Lonsdale in North Van. They carry some Mountain Rose Herbs blends, which is super exciting for me.

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drank Citrus Dragon by Simpson & Vail
1144 tasting notes

I originally bought this tea because the ingredients sounded so unusual and interesting to me. Citrus tarragon black tea? Yes, of course I want to try it. Yet it’s sat here for a little bit with me avoiding it for whatever reason. Why?! This is surprisingly delicious.

I get a creamy mouthfeel first, followed by faint (yet definitely present) tarragon. There’s a hint of the black base which is smooth, and then a hint of sweetness that’s vague yet citrus-y. It makes me think of using this tea as brine for cooking something, although frankly I think I may just want to drink it as-is. Definitely a savory tea, and the smell of tarragon is much stronger than the taste – in this case, I think that’s a good thing.

Savory tea lovers, I definitely recommend trying this one out.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

You’ve tried the peach and thyme tea, right? Is this along the same line?

MissB

It’s comparable, however this is more subtle, more… creamy and mellow, whereas I found Pêche et Thyme a bit more in-your-face and bold.

OMGsrsly

Interesting! I ordered a bunch of herby teas from Cornelia Bean. Here’s hoping some of them are teas you can try. :)

Ubacat

Mmm I like the sound of that tea.

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
1144 tasting notes

Ever since I was made aware of this tea’s existence, I wanted to try it. You see, I love (what I call) Dutch licorice. Love, love, LOVE it. It’s very different from black licorice, or just plain licorice, and you’d tell the difference instantly should you have two pieces one right after the other, or if you’re a weirdo like me and used to eat Dutch licorice by the handful as a child. It came as little kitties, or short and hard stubs, and occasionally (for a real treat!) it was in pastille format and had the weird name of Zout, Double Zout or Triple Zout. Yes, that’s salted licorice folks, and it’s amazing… if you’re Dutch. I rarely ate it as a child (too salty!) however I craved it while pregnant with my now 16-year-old, and if I do run into a European deli, it’s the first thing I look for. My former mother-in-law sent me some just this past Christmas.

So as you can imagine, I had high hopes for this tea. While I love licorice teas, and have had a few (So Long and Thanks for All the Licorice from Butiki comes to mind), none have been Dutch licorice.

This tea? This is obviously made by someone who knows the difference between the two, and called it Amsterdam Licorice for a reason. It’s Dutch licorice, and it’s spot on. I’ve added a bit of sweetener to it, however my next go-around, I’ll add some salt to see if it estimates Double Zout.

Thank you Cavocorax for generously sharing the last of your stash of this with me! I was so excited to get this, I literally opened it and brewed it just now as soon as the package arrived.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Cream, Licorice

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CelebriTEA

Sounds absolutely amazing!

MissB

I have some left, if you’d like me to send you some? I’m definitely ordering more at some point. Good to see you, BTW! :)

Fjellrev

I tried out the Scandinavians’ version of salted licorice and I think you definitely have to grow up eating it or something in order to truly appreciate it haha.

MissB

I’d say everyone I’ve ever given salted licorice to has spit it out almost instantly and given me a “what the hell?!” look. It’s definitely an acquired taste.

CelebriTEA

lol @ Miss B… perhaps…
After trying my first like on a darjeeling, I can admit that sometimes
I like to try something a bit different than the norm.
I do love licorice in tea, so it sounds compelling and the added salt
makes it sound far more intriguing.
Thanks a bunch.
Good to be here.
Hopefully my life will calm down a bit SOON ;-)

OMGsrsly

I love it, but I’ve yet to find a variety that isn’t loaded with wheat flour. (Yeah, I know. Licorice root in tea = gross ick. Licorice itself = give me more!)

MissB

I’ll put some aside for you CelebriTEA.

OMG: There’s only licorice flavoring in this one.

Dustin

I LOVE salted licorice! I’ll have to give this tea a try someday!

OMGsrsly

Srsly? :D Definitely going on the wish list, although I can wait to try it. I have SO MANY teas to try!

Cavocorax

YES! I’m really happy that you loved it. It just wasn’t for me, but you seem to have been the perfect person to send it too! Hahah

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and 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 (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

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.

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