1344 Tasting Notes

83
drank Ginger Lime by The Tea Place
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This smells amazing, and it’s been taunting me for about a day, pleading with me to try it. I think I’ll have to try this iced, however hot, or cold, it’s lovely. Very strong lime flavor, little ginger other than a bit of kick to it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

Sounds so promising! Mmmmm ginger. Ah! Je suis sposer de vous Parler en Francais. Oups!

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76
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by The Tea Place
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Second time I’ve had it, first time I’m logging it. Definitely chocolaty smooth, mild chai… zero chili spice though, as per usual. I’ll have zero issue drinking this down.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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92
drank Kashmire Chai by Remedy Cafe
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While in Edmonton the past few days, Remedy Cafe’s Kasmire Chai (their spelling) has come up several times as a ‘must-try’. So today I found one said café (there are three in town), that happens to be just a few blocks from my hotel. I arrive, ask about the chai, and if I can buy some to take home with me.

“No, it’s a super-secret recipe, and it’s simmered for days in-house only”.

Well, crap. So I vow to come back after dinner – they’re open until midnight on a Sunday!! – and try out this infamous chai. I see signs on the walls saying it’s decaf and has nuts (pistachios) in it as warnings. Most of the people in the place are ordering/drinking the chai, and it’s surprisingly busy.

When I return, I order it “normal” (normal milk and sweetener). I find out later I can have it with several different types of milk, and any variation of sweetness. I do find it too sweet with the simple syrup used, but otherwise? Wowza.

I can see rose petals in the liquid itself, and eat them – surprising for me since I normally avoid rose petals in tea. I can also see and eat chunks of pistachios in every sip, which seem to add to the experience in very good ways. The rest I can only guess – I’m thinking standard chai spices, zero tea. Some call it “spicy” and while I can see why they’d say that (there is a lot of spice in this) it’s a 1 on a scale of 1-10 for spicy heat, like chili’s.

I really, really wish I could get some to take home with me, it’s that good and unusual. I may need to try and see if I can concoct something similar at home.

Fjellrev

I know, right? Remedy is my favourite place to hang out and eat in Edmonton. I practically lived there while I went to U of A. This is my absolute favourite chai in the world, and they’re the reason why I’m so damn picky about chai. I’m glad you were able to try it.

MissB

It really is quite amazing, and I’m bringing my friend tomorrow to try it too. He works near the downtown one, so I may be enabling a new tea drinker to shy away from their coffee addiction a bit. ;) I also saw on their website they’ll be selling it in restaurants soon, so I’m guessing/hoping they start selling it loose as well.

Fjellrev

I doubt they’d ever sell it loose. They used to make a concentrate, and you could buy a jug of it. Not sure if they do that anymore. I remember the owner saying that this one has something like thirty different spices in it, and they import them from India.

If you like Indian food, I hiiiiighly recommend the wraps. Drool. Palak paneer wrap and a Kashmire chai. OMG, my dream meal.

Sami Kelsh

Dammit, why isn’t this available where I live? Why didn’t I know about this place when I was visiting Edmonton?

MissB

Sounds like a plan for later today. Thanks! :) Sami, I only found out about it by asking a lot of people, “Where should I go while I’m here?” and it kept coming up.

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82

Had this yesterday in-store in Edmonton with a friend. Was really weak to start, and then got better with a longer steep. Less coconut than expected though, although it was very vanilla creamy, light and yummy.

Flavors: Coconut, Vanilla

Fjellrev

I had no idea this place existed. Seems really out of the way, though.

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92
drank Golden Honey Dew by Lupicia
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Wow. This is one delicious green rooibos. It’s kinda, sorta, blowing my mind in fact, and wondering how on earth I can get some more – it being an in-person only, California blend and all. Perhaps the next time I’m in San Franciso, I need to go grab, oh, a retarded amount, and ship it back home to myself?

It smells divine, it tastes just like Honeydew, and I could easily have this in my regular rotation on decaf teas.

Thank you to jump62359 for sharing this with me!!

I bag for 12 oz.

Flavors: Honeydew

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
NayLynn

I’m drinking it too right now, it is yummy!

greenteafairy

I also had this one tonight!

jump62359

And now you see why I love love LOVE this tea so much!?
But I am so happy you got this and ecstatic that you enjoyed this! And thank you tons for the other package of teas!!

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81
drank Lemon Tart by Pekoe Tea Lounge
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Had some of this yesterday, and it was quite lovely – more lemon than tart, yet still a refreshing, bolder blend.

Flavors: Lemon Zest

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

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87
drank Bourbon Barrel Puer Tea by J-TEA
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Grabbed a small pouch of this to try, along with some others in J-Tea’s lineup. This tea was the main reason I made an order, and so it made sense it’s also the first I’m trying.

And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.

And.. wow. It’s like pu-erh candy. It’s still a pu-erh, however it’s faint and definitely in the background. I get more wine candy, red berry richness, something tannin, woodsy (in a rich, chocolatey way, not a rooibos way). I have some red wine here, and this tea is considerably sweeter and more full bodied, which surprised me. I do get the pu-erh coming through the more it cools, and it adds an earthy, sharp, mineral taste. It’s almost too sweet with added sweetener.1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Berries, Honey, Tannin, Wood

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

oh man, I want it!!!

MissB

Shipping was a bit … interesting. $7.50 I think for $20 worth of tea, and then he contacted me asking for another $7.50 – which I paid yet complained about, then was refunded that amount. I can send you some if you’d like, although they do sell it in sample sizes.

Awkward Soul / Oolong Owl

ooh that sounds interesting. I’ll have to check this place out.

Sami Kelsh

Wowzers, that sounds cool! I’m suitably intrigued :)

Stephanie

Whew, yeah I just checked it out on their website. $16 for one ounce of tea because of shipping?? That’s a bit too rich for my blood. I appreciate the offer to send me some to try, but I’ll probably just pass and not pursue this one. Shame though because I tend to love anything bourbon barrel aged! (Beer, etc)

Cheri

I may have to look into getting this one, too. Bourbon barrel anything is awesome.

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87
drank Rootbeer Float Black Tea by 52teas
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The first of the reblends for…. a while now… that I juts plain love. Or, maybe it’s a new tea? I’m having mind melt. Anyway. It’s very good, just like a root beer float, and so much so i think i may need to try this with the Soda Stream.

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

Nice to hear. In your opinion, how does it compare to Butiki’s honeybush?

MissB

I thought this one was fuller, probably from the difference in the base. Butiki’s I love too, however this hit it better for me. Well, this time around anyway!

Fjellrev

Ah, I’m impressed to hear that the base shines through here!

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89

Had this last night, and while delicious, it tasted differently than normal. Knew just from the smell it was an S&V tea, which surprised me.

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

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

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Suziqzer

Just wondering. Does a brand/company sometimes have a similar taste throughout it’s blends ?

Fjellrev

S&V teas in particular seem to have a distinct, underlying base scent/taste.

sherapop

I find that often to be the case, Suziqzer. This makes a lot of sense when they use the same black tea base…

Suziqzer

I’ve not had enough of any one brand yet to notice that. Been sampling mostly right now. I have a feeling I’m going to have to be placing some orders here as we approach summer so we can have more around to try for iced teas… that goes fast around here! & it will be exciting to try new things.

MissB

I’ve sent you a few S&V, right Suziqzer? They’re very fragrant to start with, and I find after a while I just know it’s a Simpson & Vail blend from the scent. Those puppies need quarantining from my other teas!

I thikn that, in this case, S&V uses a distinctive chocolate flavor that I’ve yet to smell elsewhere, and then their base is also quite heady. Yummy though!

Suziqzer

Yes, you did :) You sent me Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie, Coconut Macaroon, & RootBeer. We liked all 3! I’m still working on the coconut- don’t want to see this one gone & am careful to drink it on evenings when I have time to enjoy it- I’ve been sharing it with my brother’s girlfriend though, she likes it too. Will likely order them all when I finally place an order with them.

Nattie

I had this last night, too! I broken my self-imposed caffeine ban especially for it, as I didn’t get my first cup of tea until 9PM! I don’t know how that happened, I usually always make time for tea.

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86
drank Hattiali by Tea Centre
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Brewed this up much earlier today and only got to it now. I found this a bit weak, honey-like and surprisingly sweet. I may have under leafed it slightly by accident, and thus the weak bit.

Huge thanks to OMGsrsly for sharing this slice of Vancouver Island awesomeness with me!

Flavors: Honey

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

Oooo… I wish I was within driving distance to an island!

Suziqzer

Count me as jealous :)

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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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