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drank Senakw Village by The Capilano
2196 tasting notes

I grabbed this because it’s a berry tea with no apple! Apples and me aren’t getting along so much lately, but so many herbal/berry teas are full of it. Makes me sad.

This is pretty darn tasty. I accidentally steeped it for about 10 minutes instead of my usual 4-5 minutes, but it’s still nice and berry-y. Probably more hibiscus flavour than usual, but that’s ok. I just added a spoon of honey.

They’re mostly selling via their website, but will have their teas in a couple galleries in Vancouver, and possibly in some shops in the States… Very exciting.

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drank Silencio by August Uncommon Tea
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LET IT BE KNOWN that I’m just here to post a note and then I’ll likely disappear again. Hello! Goodbye!

This tea. I’m blaming Dexter for this. But it was a free sample, so I suppose that’s ok.

It smells like cacao shells and pineapple when I sniff it dry. Really chocolatey and fruity. So nice. The most interesting notes are tobacco. So, for example, when you have a really nice pipe tobacco and it smells earthy and rich and fruity. Like that. Not like smoke. Tobacco as a perfume fragrance is never smoke. This is what it evokes. Vanilla and warm woods. Sweet fruits. Cacao shell (similar to chocolate, but not the same).

So good.

Steeped, and sipping it, the pepper comes out. It’s a really nice flavour. Still the vanilla and warm woods and juicy fruit, some cacao shells (but not enough for me right now… I find cacao shells smell more than they tend to taste), delicious black tea.

I’m having it with some milk, which might take down the pepper somewhat.

I really like this tea. I might be considering an order. Which is weird. Because I think I’ve spent $30 on tea in the last 8 months.

Flavors: Cherry Wood, Earth, Pepper, Pineapple, Tobacco, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

All I did was mention that you could get a free sample…. I’m not sure this was my fault :) Happy you like it.

OMGsrsly

It’s that lure. Free. :D

Sil

I didn’t try this one…went with the herbal…. opinions on whether this might be up my alley?

Roswell Strange

I need to try this one again; it was so drastically not what I’d expected that I think my first impression was definitely prejudiced. Interesting that @OMGsrsly didn’t get as much cacao as she wanted. I almost thought the chocolate was too strong.

OMGsrsly

Idk that there will be enough pineapple for you, Sil, but it’s a really neat combination. The pineapple is a good one imo.

Roswell, I’m just undergoing some massive chocolate cravings right now. Haha. I’m sure if I try the tea in a week I will find the chocolate to be ‘enough’.

I definitely like this tea better with milk, but then, I’m a milky tea person.

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drank Grilled Pineapple by DAVIDsTEA
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I got sucked into a DavidsTea the other day, and since this one is being discontinued, I thought I’d give it a go.

First things first, though. WTF is up with their new shitty steeping directions? 1-2 “PS”? “Hot water”?! Way to be freaking non-specific, DavidsTea. No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.It tastes burned from the toasty rice and rooibos. There’s some fresh pineapple, but it’s not a nice pineapple flavour. Sweet from all the candied fruit.

Now.. the tea. It smells kind of OK in the bag. A little toasted, fruity, and I can smell rooibos for sure. Steeped, it’s… sugary-sour, rooibosy, and a little toasty. It’s not good. Really, not good.Oh gods, that is terrifying.My tongue doesn’t know what to do.It tastes burned from the toasty rice and rooibos. There’s some fresh pineapple, but it’s not a nice pineapple flavour. Sweet from all the candied fruit.Not nearly as bad as cherry cola, but this is bad.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh gods, and it’s weirdly SOUR too. D:

Mookit

“No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.”

LOL. I totally agree.

Fjellrev

Ugh, this one terrified my taste buds.

OMGsrsly

Wow there are a lot of repeats in my post on my phone. What fun.

This was awful. I still have some but I’m not sure a cold brew will redeem it.

Plunkybug

I just got more of this today to try…I forgot it has blackberry leaves. I hate blackberry leaves in tea. I seemed to remember liking it last year, so I wanted to try it again before it is gone. And…

“First things first, though. WTF is up with their new shitty steeping directions? 1-2 “PS”? “Hot water”?! Way to be freaking non-specific, DavidsTea. No wonder you have to add stevia and candied fruits to everything to make it taste OK.”

Agreed. WTF? I finally figured out that PS is perfect spoon (the one they sell which I don’t think is anything different than a teaspoon)…but the temperature of the water is CRUCIAL for the right cup of tea! I hate that they are adding stevia and sugar to teas…I don’t mind the coconut sugar so much, but criminy…let ME add the sugar or sweetener of MY choice, IF I choose to. I told an SA this today, and I need to mail them about this too. This plus the new directions and so on…Ihave definitely sensed a shift in the company over the last few years…not for the better though. Except for sloth mug…sloth mug replaces my beloved kids mug that now has several cracks all inside and is now useless.

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Stolen from the box I have half-ready for Sil.

Tastes more like a black tea than a white.

Steeped 1 minute at 195F.

It’s really good, but I’m still not really into tea, so I won’t keep it. It just smelled good, so I wanted a cup today.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

i woke up at 9 today….an hour later i went back to sleep for 4 hrs…

Sil

i can’t even think about tea lol

OMGsrsly

:D I haven’t been on Steepster lately at all, but I had some tea and felt a need to post.

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drank Peche et Thyme by Fauchon
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Hello tea people!

Made this iced today. About 450g ice, 450ml hot water, 2 tbsp tea, 1 tbsp honey.

Too much honey, but whatever. It’s a good combination with the thyme.

And I must say that this is really THYME. I like it, but I wouldn’t get it again…

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drank Cocteau by August Uncommon Tea
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I ended up with a little of this from Dexter and a little from Roswell Strange.

I was really hesitant about this tea because of the mint. Generally, it’s not my favourite although peppermint is ‘better’ than spearmint (and wintergreen is best). But! Colour me SHOCKED.

This is really fascinatingly tasty! I don’t really get the grapefruit at all. Mostly it’s mint and vanilla and… chocolate? White chocolate? IDK. It reminds me of those soft (English?) mints you get at weddings crossed with Tic Tacs (since they’re vanilla and mint). The texture of this tea is soft, which is weird.

I did add a little honey to combat the rooibos. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
cookies

Butter mints? I love those things.

OMGsrsly

I guess so? The soft starchy ones that melt on the tongue.

Indigobloom

I don’t think I’ve ever had butter mints!

OMGsrsly

Scotch mints are apparently more popular in Canada. Or so says the internet. :)

cookies

Huh, I looked it up and it seems a Scotch mint is a butter mint with a hard shell and lower butter content? I don’t think I’ve seen them down here.
Indigo – Definitely pick some up if you ever see them. They are SO good. Especially after dinner.

Indigobloom

Ok where can I get them? Is it something I might see at Bulk Barn, or maybe a candy shop? They sound lovely!

OMGsrsly

Scotch mints are chewy. And Dare makes them and pretty much everywhere carries them in my experience. The ones I’m thinking of kind of dissolve…

cookies

Yeah, I think those must be butter mints. They’re soft and start dissolving when they hit your mouth. Though, now that I think of it there are also soft peppermints. http://www.amazon.com/Red-Bird-Peppermint-Puffs-Count/dp/B0012ZX18A/ref=pd_sim_325_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51AX-fHOP5L&dpSrc=sims&preST=AC_UL160_SR118%2C160&refRID=0SK6REVYQ3FQHPGYBHPV Like a candy cane/hard mint bit with a texture close to a butter mint.

Indigo- I don’t know what a Bulk Barn is, but a candy shop might have them. We can also find them in the bulk candy aisle of our grocery store. And restaurants over here often have them in a little dish on your way out. If you can’t find them let me know. I will happily ship some up to you.

shezza

Wow, I would have never seen that coming! I’m almost tempted to pick up a sample…I’m trying to talk myself down from another au order…100g of combray…you were right it’s soo good.

OMGsrsly

I have some I can give you, Shezza. :)

Indigobloom

cookies – Bulk Barn is a store that sells all sorts of stuff in bulk. Spices, snacks, chocolates/candy, general household foods like peanut butter or honey, coconut oil etc etc

gmathis

(Y’all are giving me cravings!) Ever try the butter mints that have just a little bit of jelly filling in the center? I’m not sure if they’re still around…

shezza

Really? Thanks!

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drank Not So Vanilla by Tippy's Tea
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This is an old sample from Cavocorax. Thank you!

TBH, even though it’s an old sample, when I opened it up it smelled really good. And I must say I really enjoyed the tea! The base is lovely, and the vanilla came through nicely.

I think I might still prefer Vanilla Comoro from H&S, but only because that one’s a decaf, and sometimes I just want a black tea in the evening.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Even though I’ve added this to all the packets I currently have on the go, I’m not feeling like adding it to Steepster.

Basically, this is pretty good. The delicious toasty buckwheat. (Way too much) sweetness from sugar. Creaminess from milk. Tasty matcha.

IDK that I’d get this again, but I was super excited to see a buckwheat tea of any kind at any of my local markets, so I totally bought a bag of this. :D

https://www.instagram.com/p/BDb_tmtx5Ed/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C

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This is really good. I’ve been flash steeping and it’s mild and sweet with just the tiniest bit of bitter when I steep too long.

Thanks for sharing, Dexter. :) You should try this one. It’s an herbal-honey sweetness, IMO. Not as sweet as a moonlight, but closer to that than a bitter young raw.

Preparation
7 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
Dexter

Awesome – I’m going to pull this out and mark it to drink next. Maybe tomorrow…. Going to snuggle in tonight with some booze and the Hobbit (movie not book).

Dexter

Ummmm – hmmmm confused – went to pull that out and I don’t have it on my spreadsheet and it’s not in my physical cupboard so I came back here to double check which tea it was and it is showing in my Steepster cupboard. Weird and then I take another look – I’m such an idiot – I have it listed at ripe on the package, it’s in the ripe drawer and under ripe on my spread sheet. I’ve fixed that now. Thanks for telling me to drink this – totally would have steeped it as ripe if I hadn’t pulled it out. Disaster avoided….

OMGsrsly

:D Yay! I have to admit I had a really boozey hot toddy last night. It was SO GOOD.

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I was hoping this would settle my stomach, but it didn’t.

It’s quite nice, though. I did two long rinses, letting it sit between (aka I totally forgot about the tea). The first steep wasn’t quite up to snuff, but was very drinkable. Subsequent steeps have been quite tasty though. Almost sweet and spicy. The texture is great, too.

Of course I’m still sick and can’t really smell anything, so ymmv. :)

Thanks so much for sharing, Dexter. Pretty sure this was part of one of clubs we split.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 g 5 OZ / 140 ML
mrmopar

Hope you get feeling better soon. It sucks being sick.

boychik

Boo this sickness is too long. Get well soon. I love this shou

OMGsrsly

Ugh I am so sick of being sick! Definitely feeling better today though my nose is still messed up. I slept for AGES last night and it was lovely!

Indigobloom

everyone around me is getting sick! so much suffering :(
and I’m always the last one to fall heh

Indigobloom

get well sooooooon!

OMGsrsly

11 beautiful hours of sleep last night! Sleep is amazing.

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