1517 Tasting Notes

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1517 tasting notes

Mmm.

Still my favourite.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Your favourite, eh? The name means nothing to me, so I had to actually click on it (the horror!) Always gotta see what exactly people’s favourite teas are! Sounds good :)

OMGsrsly

Well. My favourite chai… :) I have quite a few favourites!

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
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IDK why I love this tea so much, but I do. Even with the mint. It’s just SOOOO good. And lavender-y. :D

Sipping on it plain today, since I want the last of my milk for my morning tea. I’ve also baked a bajillion cookies tonight in preparation for decorating them like eyeballs for Halloween, and not having sugar in this tea is a nice accompaniment to the cookies that weren’t quite perfect. Yes, that’s right. They weren’t perfect and also I needed to test them. Yup.

Anyways, if you like mint and chocolate and don’t mind lavender, definitely check this one out. It’s expensive, and hard for me to get, and also my BFF is hideously allergic to it, so I won’t be getting more. But you should! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kittenna

Lavender?! Ewww.

Kittenna

Also, unsweetened (good quality) teas are the perfect complement to baked goods. Om nom nom.

OMGsrsly

Haha. That was MissB’s response too, which is why I ended up with the tea! And I LOVE it.

Anlina

Wishlisted! I love chocolate and mint and the idea of adding lavender intrigues me.

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Treat it as a green, and I like it a whole lot better.

Although I steeped it cool, and for a shorter length of time, and a lot of astringency is making itself known as the tea cools.

Anyways, this is nice. My brother really REALLY liked it as well. But he probably brewed it with water at a rolling boil, for 5 minutes. Oh, those coffee drinkers… ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Haha while my brother may not do something like that, he seems to think that Tea Desire is the best/only loose leaf worth buying.

OMGsrsly

Haha. He still has the Puerh and oolong samples. I need to convince him to try them! I think they’re less fiddly than a Darjeeling. :) (I have no idea how he steeped the teas, but I tease him always. It’s my duty as the older sibling! :) )

Fjellrev

I hope he tries them soon! I’d give my brother some stuff but I’m worried they’d just sit there. I got him to smell a bunch of Stacy’s teas the other day, and he was all, “Meh, I have Tea Desire.” Ooooooook?

OMGsrsly

LOL Oh dear.

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Mmm, tea. I hadn’t had this one in a while, and decided to pull the tin out so it was front-and-centre for this week.

Delicious. Nice and fruity. Not too floral, even considering the amount of rose petals in it.

Good with milk. :)

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

This was one of the few that wasn’t overly floral for me! :D

OMGsrsly

I actually don’t mind floral, but I’m always surprised when there’s a pile of flowers and not a lot of flavour from them. :)

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This is not quite what I was expecting.

It’s not a green oolong, and dry it smelled somewhat overwhelmingly toasty and earthy. It’s not, though! It’s really nice. There’s toasted notes, but it’s also very fruity and a little spicy.

I lack the words to describe this tea. It reminds me of the Big Red Robe I have from Silk Road, only better. It has more layers and dimensions.

I highly recommend trying this if you like slightly toasty oolongs. And even if you’re not 100% sure about them. This is so drinkable, and I will be doing at least a couple more steeps of this tonight.

Flavors: Fruity, Smooth, Spices, Toasted

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1517 tasting notes

Such an excellent comfort tea. I woke up with neck problems again and ran out of spoons by the time I was dressed and ready to head out the door. :( So frustrating, because there’s stuff I want to get done. But I can’t imagine taking transit right now!

Anyways, this tea jumped up and down yelling “DRINK ME! Drink MEE!!” this morning, and it was totally right. With just a touch of milk, it is delicious. Lots of fruitiness, some bergamot. Nice hit of caffeine that might help with the headache part of everything.

So yeah. I’m gonna drink this, then go lay down for a bit, then putter around and make this: http://www.budgetbytes.com/2010/01/broccoli-rice-casserole/ I make my own “cream of” soup because everything has wheat in it, and I have some chicken in the fridge that will be a nice addition. (It also works great with non-dairy milks and Daiya cheese, for those vegans out there…)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sakura Sushi

I love Paris tea! Haven’t had it in quite awhile but I remember the very first time I tasted it. Two words: raspberry cake. Really! It’s a lovely one.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1517 tasting notes

IDK what it is about this tea, but I still really really like it. I’ll have to do a cold steep once I have some room in my fridge (tiny fridge is full because the 5lb bags of veggies weren’t much more than the 2lb bags of veggies!), because IMO a cold steep is the best way to drink this.

Even so, I’m enjoying this hot cup this evening. :)

(Steeped an unknown amount of time because I think I turned off the timer and then went to deal with laundry…? IDK, the timers I use for these tasks sound different.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

I really like this one too! Although I’ve yet to try it hot. Just so addicted to the cold brew.

OMGsrsly

The cold brew is best! Sadly the hibiscus really comes out when it’s not. Not a dealbreaker for me, but definitely more tart than when cold.

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Oh, I have this one! It’s not labelled with this name, but that’s OK. I think this name is way better than the old one.

Anyways, it looks and smells super cool. I think it might be an assam base, as it smells SUPER malty. The juniper berries and tree bits should add an interesting flavour!

And it is interesting. It’s surprisingly sweet, and very malty. I can’t really tell there’s tree bits in here, but it’s really nice.

Would I get more? Maybe. I mean, I just did a tea count and am still rather overwhelmed. Maybe if I ever get down to 100?

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Sil

I really want to pick some of these teas up someday….maybe if I get to 50 lol.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I know what you mean! They’re quite expensive, but it looks like they’re selling 2.5 oz bags now which is nice.

Sil

ooohh

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drank Pure Chai (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1517 tasting notes

This is one of the samples I received in my last order.

It’s not a tea I was super interested in trying, due to the ingredients being basically cinnamon and cloves, but I decided to make a cup up today.

Yeah, I wasn’t missing much. It’s mostly quite sweet cinnamon with some cloves and more cinnamon flavouring. The black tea is really hidden under there, although it does add some body.

My favourite chai is still Mariage Freres Chandernagor. It’s amazing, it’s balanced (although for some people perhaps still too cinnamon/clovey), it reminds me of the chai I used to get at a little restaurant.

Flavors: Cinnamon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

I hope HR gets more MF this fall.

OMGsrsly

Me too! Although I have to admit, I still have another tin of Chandernagor! :D I haven’t fallen in love with any of the other samples I’ve had, but maybe they’ll have an advent calender or something?

Sil

Pretty sure Balzac in Toronto is cheaper than HR….from what I remember. So if you ever run out, I can likely pick some up and send it

OMGsrsly

At this point I’m gonna say it’ll be fine. At least for another year. :) And really, spending lots of money in a fancy store on something you love every once in a while? Not such a terrible thing.

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1517 tasting notes

I don’t really understand the 10-15 minute steeping recommendations for these honeybush and rooibos teas. I steeped 7 minutes, and it seems totally fine, and hasn’t completely cooled.

This tea smells SO GOOD. It reminds me of Birthday Cake by DavidsTea, and Creme Brulee, and also a Marzipan Rooibos from Zen Tea. It’s cakey and vanilla and almond, with cinnamon and cardamom and IDEK what else in it. Very cakey.

I like it. A lot, I think. I’ll have to drink more to be sure, though. ;) Such a hardship.

Flavors: Almond, Cake, Spices, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

Sounds interesting heh

OMGsrsly

It is! And it’s not a rooibos. :)

Sil

Sample? :)

OMGsrsly

It was already on the list for you!

Sil

hahahaha

OMGsrsly

This one can go in your list too, Cameron!

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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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