1496 Tasting Notes

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1496 tasting notes

Today this tea was accompanied by chocolate milk (because I’m out of regular) and bat cookies.

http://instagram.com/p/uWjhQ6R5J6/

Om nom nom. Unfortunately the black food colouring is bitter, and that bitterness is hanging around. This means the tea isn’t fabulous, although it usually is.

Oh well.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Chocolate milk sounds like a delightful addition. Is this tea company one a regular person can order from? Or do I recall the teas being in massive quantities?

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s 100g for most teas. But you can get 50g if you go to their store!

Sil

Courtney, if I make it back to chicago, I can always go shopping for you if you want the smaller quantities.

Courtney

Thanks for the info and offer. :)

whatshesaid

I wanted to love this one but the sample I tried didn’t really taste like much to me :(

OMGsrsly

I don’t find it strongly flavoured at all. Just a little boozey. In fact, my favourite way to have it is with a little sugar and some whisky added… The chocolate milk didn’t go very well, for all that there are cacao nibs in the tea!

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This is really, really neat. But it’d be a lot better without the spearmint.

It’s definitely a savoury tea, but it takes honey well. Rosemary and thyme are some of my favourite “weird” tea ingredients. Sadly, the mint just kills it for me. Sorry tea, but you’re going to meet Mr. Sink shortly here. (I don’t even mind the teensy amount of licorice root, if there’s even any in here. It’s the sour gross spearmint flavour that’s not working.)

SSTTB2

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
TeaBrat

Nature’s Tea Leaf does a white rosemary which isn’t bad…

OMGsrsly

I have a few, and as I come across them I’m sure I’ll buy more. :) I drink a lot of “medicinal” style herbal teas, and a lot of them have cooking herbs in them.

Sil

love seeing your notes for the box heh

OMGsrsly

Sadly it’s lookin like a lot of no’s! MissB already shared a bunch with me, and a bunch of the others I’m just not feeling right now.

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drank Sakurambo (cherry) by Lupicia
1496 tasting notes

Uhh. Blech.

This was not good at all. Something about it was just a whole lot of no. I tried adding milk, but no.

Interestingly it reminds me of Fruits d’Alsace by H&S, only Fruits is WAY better. Sakurambo is very cherry. It’s also very floral. With a lot of peach and apricot somehow. But it’s extremely cloying, and the flavour is not a happy one for my mouth.

So, thanks SSTTB2, but no thanks.

I’m leaving this one in there so other people can try it! :D

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

haaate this tea… even though so many love it..

TeaBrat

I always get pine needles out of this for some strange reason.

OMGsrsly

There’s rosemary (I think) in it, and it’s surprisingly strong. In a bad way. I don’t mind pine needles so much, just whatever it is in this tea doesn’t work.

Kittenna

Rosemary? Odd. I still have some too; I don’t recall my opinion (and it’s probably not recorded on Steepster. Sigh.)

TeaBrat

oh, that explains it, I guess!

OMGsrsly

Rosemary and cherry flavouring IS odd! :)

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drank Napa Blanc by Lupicia
1496 tasting notes

Grape candy. The kind you get in Japan, those “champagne grape” jellies.

Yep.

Definitely.

It’s nice, I LOVE that you steep it for a short time at boiling, and it does taste good, but I don’t think I loooooove the tea. I’ll have to wait till I finish the mug. It’s a touch bitter, so I’d steep it again for 1:30 instead of 1:45.

Flavors: Bitter, Candy, Grapes, White Grapes

Preparation
Boiling 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Sunny Fruits Puer by Lupicia
1496 tasting notes

SSTTB2 #2.

This smells SO GOOD dry. So good. Like tropical bodywash or something. Steeped only 2 minutes, it tastes pretty good. I added milk, so it’s a little creamy (Also cooled down because it’s so weird to steep anything at boiling anymore!), and tastes of mixed tropical fruit. I think mango, citrus, pineapple… not sure what else. It is quite floral, but I think that can be from mango and pineapple as they can both be very floral fruits.

The puer is a little musty, but not fishy. It’s a nice backdrop that occasionally comes forward a bit more.

I like it. I’m not getting any soapy flavour, and I think I like the “Berry Bavaria” I have from Cornelia Bean better just because I prefer berry flavours to tropical fruits. But still, it’s quite nice! Back into the box it goes!

Flavors: Citrus, Mango, Musty, Pineapple

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Tulsi Red Magic by T2
1496 tasting notes

SSTTB2! WOO, thanks MissB for your distribution of largesse within the community. :)

So yeah. I opened it and went, “OH HOLY &(%%%$#%&$%)%%$#@%$(!!”

This is one of the top teas with no caffeine, so I thought I’d try it.

So far I’m liking it quite a bit. It’s sweet (perhaps due to the bit of honey I added) and cinnamon/fennely, with a bit of herbaceousness from the tulsi.

Not something I’m going to keep (because I’m not head-over-heels for it!), but a nice tea to have this late in the evening.

Thank you! :)

Flavors: Cardamon, Cinnamon, Fennel, Tulsi

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

ooo, I think I would like this one :)

OMGsrsly

I was hesitant to try spice with tulsi for some reason, but it’s really good. I’ll have to keep an eye out for some more local blends. :) Australia is a little far for ordering, I’m afraid.

TeaBrat

True, dat

Cameron B.

They just opened a store in Soho, maybe you could do a phone order from there. :P

OMGsrsly

Maybe, but shipping from the states can be $$ which is only saving one $ from the Australian shipping. :D

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1496 tasting notes

So… this tea goes really well with the candy corns I’m eating for breakfast.

…yeah.

(Still a favourite! I’m going to have to track down some cream flavour and get a nicer nutmeg grater so I can re-create this tea once it’s gone..)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

I had beef jerky for breakfast. High fives :P

OMGsrsly

I might end up with beef jerky for lunch! I don’t have many options here with my stupid gluten allergy.

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
1496 tasting notes

I wrote a thing then losted it thanks to the backspace taking me back many pages.

Sigh.

This tea isn’y my favourite, although it smells divine. It’s a little too spinachy and vegetal for me. If I ordered some (I can’t remember!) I will happily pass it on to someone.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

The best cup I had of this was with milk, at like 3AM sitting in a rocking chair while marathoning Princess Jellyfish for the first time. I was unemployed, it seemed like I’d never find a job and that serene moment drinking tea was probably the happiest I’d felt in weeks. Butiki teas are really special, even when they’re not your favourite ones. Sorry; just kinda had to share.

OMGsrsly

I drank it all! I think I got it because I really liked the Amoda green tea she did, whatever it was called. I had it with milk and added a touch of sugar and it was nice, but I just don’t really love green teas which colours my enjoyment. :) No regrets, and my BFF loves it, she did get most of the bag!

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drank Pumpkin Cheesecake by DAVIDsTEA
1496 tasting notes

I’m actually quite pleasantly surprised. This is pretty good!

I still like Janet’s Special Pumpkin Spice better. It’s just more pumpkiny, less twiggy, and doesn’t have that white chocolate in it, just waiting to leave a film of grease on everything.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1496 tasting notes

Oh this is so good. And sadly, I have way less of it than I thought I had. This is why keeping ones spreadsheet up to date is important, tea friends! I didn’t order any more and now I have a sad.

I’m taking some advice from CrowKettle, and drinking pots of this tea tonight. I’m steeping it in my gravity steeper, straining into a tea pot that’s sitting on a heating pad, and pouring into a tiny Japanese porcelain tea cup.

Yes. Perfect. All is well. Especially since I also have a purring beastie on my lap.

I’ll be resteeping this one a couple times, I think.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
mrmopar

Chairman Meow often occupies a similar place around here.

OMGsrsly

Last night I set up a chair (I’ve been reorganizing) with a view of the frogs, and he spent the whole night out there supervising the hopping. http://instagram.com/p/t5pQ9Kx5HJ/ The traitor.

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Black teas are my favourite, although I do drink the occasional green tea. I am exploring herbal and fruity teas for summer icing and winter evenings, and oolong and pu erh are new and exciting… although I do not like a tea that tastes mostly of seaweed.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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