1930 Tasting Notes

drank Creme Brulee by T2
1930 tasting notes

Another tea to try from MissB. Thank you!

This one isn’t bad, but I don’t think it’s as good as it probably once was. I’m enjoying it with milk, but even with a short 2 minute steep, it’s pretty astringent and a little bitter.

The caramel-vanilla flavours are excellent, and it smells really nice. But I don’t think this is a favourite.

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drank Linden Tea by Nutratea
1930 tasting notes

Another tea from Christina!

It’s actually pretty decent. Nice mild herbal lemonish flavour. Reading her notes, it seems like this would be much better freshly dried and whole, instead of crushed bits in paper… but still! I enjoyed it tonight with the banana bread muffins I made.

http://greatist.com/eat/recipes/baked-banana-bread-doughnuts

I didn’t use walnuts, and I used a gluten free flour blend based on buckwheat. Forgot to add the chocolate chips too. Everybody knows that banana bread needs chocolate chips, not walnuts! ;)

Christina

Man, I bet buckwheat muffins/donuts would be amaaaazing.

OMGsrsly

Just buckwheat tends to be like bricks, but a blend with tapioca and rice starch and some millet or something works quite well. :)

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drank Patisserie by Tealish
1930 tasting notes

This smells like nutty baked goods when sniffed in the packet. However, once steeped the tea is incredibly drying. I do like the flavours, but something about either the tea base or the flavourings is almost giving me dry mouth.

Thanks so so much to the ever generous MissB.

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OH MY STARS. Thank you, Christina!!! Thank you SO MUCH.

SO GOOD. It’s toasted cereal breadness delicious tastiness. I added a little maple sugar, because why not.

I like this so much. So, so much. :D

Thanks for sharing!

boychik

Did you eat it?

OMGsrsly

Not yet! I should, right? AND eat some peanut butter, because all the notes talk about the delicious peanut-ness of it.

OMGsrsly

OK that was pretty good! Not 100% sure about the texture, but the flavour was nice. And also this tea is excellent with a spoonful of peanut butter on the side. :D

OMGsrsly

ALL MY COMMENTS DISAPPEARED

OMGsrsly

And they’re back. WHEW drama. Ok. Time to step away from the computer. Now that there’s peanut butter on the keyboard of course.

boychik

Is it similar to regular buckwheat ? I have some fr YS but still haven’t tried.

Christina

I _know-! It’s fucking delicious. Sometimes what I do is take the leftover buckwheat grains and have them with some yogurt for breakfast the following morning.

Sil

sounds delicious…

Plunkybug

Intriguing! I had to go to the listing to see what this was all about. I don’t know if I have ever had a buckwheat tea before. I do like buckwheat though.

OMGsrsly

I have no idea if this is similar to other buckwheat teas. It’s just really really good! I went thread shopping today (yes, thread shopping, for hand sewing) and ended up at 3 different asian markets and none of them had sobacha. They had roasted corn tea, and roasted barley tea. I wasn’t curious enough to try the corn though.

This is basically just delicious toasted grains. Really toasty and warm and bread-like.

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drank Blueberry Rooibos by Rishi Tea
1930 tasting notes

Snagged the last of this from MissB this evening. So happy I did. I iced it. I love this tea. It’s so freaking good, and the one place I know that sells it is just over an hour away… so not really a place I can just pop into to pick more up.

Thank you SO MUCH for this evening, MissB!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Thé des Riads by Jardin du Thé
1930 tasting notes

I got this a while back via Sil from MissB!

O. M. G. This tea is AMAZING. WHOA. I LOVE IT PLEASE CAN I HAVE MORE OMG.

Apparently it’s Damman Freres, so I’m sure I’ll be able to find it somewhere.

It’s SO FLAVOURFUL. I didn’t actually pick up on the cinnamon, mostly just intense floral (orange!) and the grapefruit and such complexity!

I’ve been steeping it in my new wee tea pot thinger IDEK, 20 seconds the first cup and 30-ish seconds the second cup. So good.

Thanks so much, MissB!

https://instagram.com/p/6y5_pKx5GZ/

Sil

so glad you enjoyed it haha

OMGsrsly

It’s one of those super weird teas that’s so intensely and differently flavoured that ♥!!! I don’t think I’d like to drink it all the time. I mean, I have a bunch of Earl of Anxi that’s about the same idea of this, and I rarely drink it…

Plunkybug

Wow, this looks so interesting! Love the little pot, too! Very cute!

OMGsrsly

It was a seriously fascinating tea! I think ultimately I love the smell of it more than the taste, but such an experience. :)

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Another tea sent to me by Christina. Thank you!

I was really surprised by this tea, and kind of regret leaving it out on the counter during fruit fly season.

I steeped 2 minutes at 195, and I used the WHOLE SAMPLE in my giant mug. :) Initially I was rather concerned because it smelled a little like steamed greens. However, as it cooled it was really quite tasty. Not sharp or “cold” at all like some of the other large leafed nilgiri teas I’ve tried. Almost… fruity? I’m not really sure how to describe it, but I did enjoy it.

Edit: Ok, I was right. It’s a Canadian company! Definitely a place I need to order from in the future. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I wonder if this is like David’s Tea’s Blue Mountain Twirl? I think that was a green that had almost a back feel that was almost like a black, or at least that is how they categorized it…and I think it was Nilgiri? I may be wrong. I’ll need to go check this listing out!

Christina

I can send you more of this if you want. The first time I tried it it had some camphor/eucalyptus notes that I really liked, but I haven’t been able to replicate that.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Thanks Christina, but I have so much tea still. I’m trying to get down to one shelf in my cupboard, and that’s gonna take a good long while. :)

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drank Toasted Caramel by Fusion Teas
1930 tasting notes

Christina sent me this tea a few weeks ago, and as I was digging through my samples, it caught my eye.

Perfect. Uncaffeinated, new, caramel.

And it smells so much like Divine Temptation from Bayswater. Sweet nougaty goodness.

Anyways, it’s pretty good! I’m enjoying the flavour for sure, and the rooibos isn’t too woody. But if I were in the market to replace this, I’d just get something similar from Bayswater or Janet’s Special Teas. :)

Thank you!

OMGsrsly

I just rinsed out my strainer. There are RICE BITS in the tea! How cool!

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1930 tasting notes

OMG. So perfect with my rhubarb jam pie dough bites. :) (Just pie dough and jam rolled up and baked! So good.)

This chai is THE BEST. I’m almost out of this tin, and then I get to start on the tin Dexter so kindly sent me! If it stays cool for a few days, I’m pretty sure I’ll use up a lot of this.

It’s tempting to make an iced chai concentrate, but this tea is so expensive that seems kinda wasteful. Hmm.

Sil

there’s one at my place too…uh i just don’t remember if it’s this tea… missb picked it up. remember? :)

OMGsrsly

Oh right! That’s the Christmas one. Not quite the same. :)

Plunkybug

What is it about this chai that you like? Over other chais, I mean…

OMGsrsly

It’s just the perfect chai for me. I like the blend of spices the best.

Plunkybug

Oh, ok, I was not sure if there was a specific spice or something that made it different, and by different, I mean better. :P

OMGsrsly

Nothing specific! Sorry. :) (I mean yes, the tea is flavoured with rainbows and unicorn glitter! The best! ;) )

Plunkybug

^^Ha ha ha!!!^^

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Made this with 1/2 tsp maple sugar and some cashew milk.

SO GOOD.

SO MAPLE, wow.

No, I wouldn’t say it’s exactly maple syrup. It’s flavour. So it’s more of the candy “maple” taste. And I like it a lot.

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

Sounds amazing. Always on the lookout for a good maple tea. :O

OMGsrsly

It reminds me of that blue-wrapped maple toffee stuff.

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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.

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