1690 Tasting Notes

Ooo 1600 ooo… :D

I had this as an eggnog latte. It was pretty good! I liked the extra cinnamon, and I like that this tea isn’t the sickly sweet candy cinnamon flavour.

I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing this tea, but it was tasty while I had it!

Fjellrev

Go OMG go!

Kittenna

I can see this being tastier in latte form. I didn’t care for it straight. Another one I have some left of, haha.

OMGsrsly

I mostly drank it as lattes. :) Really good that way, actually. Mostly I don’t care for mate, so this was never on the “drink this it’s great!” list. :)

Kittenna

I’m fairly ambivalent about mate, but it has that cinnamon thing going on that I find unpleasant. I don’t seem to like DT’s cinnamon.

OMGsrsly

That makes sense. I prefer most of DT’s to Teavanas. It’s the “red hots” or “hot tamales” candy flavour cinnamon that I can’t deal with in tea. I didn’t find cocoa canela had that.

Kittenna

Ew, that flavour is even worse. DT’s Hot Lips was an atrocity. I think it might be a licoriceyness that I dislike, but I haven’t figure it out yet. Same flavour is in Maple Sugar, Snickerdoodle, and others.

OMGsrsly

I never had Hot Lips! Probably because it was a green tea.

Kittenna

It appears that I miraculously must have been able to offload mine on someone. Did Not Like.

Sil

Yay 1600!

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drank Coco Chai Rooibos by DAVIDsTEA
1690 tasting notes

This smells like red hots, or hot tamales, mixed with the insides of a bounty bar when dry.

So unappealing to me right now. But I opened the sample pack, so I’m trying the tea. Steeping only a couple minutes to hopefully tone down the cinnamon-coconut-candy.

Steeped, the other flavours came out in the smell. So I decided to add eggnog. Or, well, Noel Nog. Since the store was actually out of everything except the soy one!

Hey, that’s actually not bad. The spices and the eggnog flavours meld nicely.

So it’s not a tea I’d likely pick up, but it’d be a good one to get as an eggnog latte! And I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy the rest of the cup. :)

Flavors: Candy, Cinnamon, Coconut

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Bounty bar…? Do tell. :P

Roswell Strange

Bounty Bars are like chocolate coated bars of moist shredded coconut :P

Cameron B.

Sounds the same as a Mounds bar here. :P

OMGsrsly

Probably! And it’s like shredded coconut mixed with sweetened condensed milk. Super sweet and soft and coconutty and I kinda want one now.

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Interesting, but no.

Anyone interested in this one? People who I have on my shipping list preferred. :)

Indigobloom

I’ve been super curious about this one. But still on the fence lol

OMGsrsly

I’ll send it to you! It smells super good but it didn’t taste the way it smelled to me. I haven’t had a lot of shengs, but I think the earthy-smoky flavour is pretty common.

Sil

Haha pooo is delicious!

OMGsrsly

Sil, I think you are slightly deluded. Poo is NOT delicious. Puer(h) CAN be delicious. Sometimes.

Sil

dude….you try staying sane through barfy wedding planning. I need a drink.

Dinosara

poooooooerh :P

OMGsrsly

Oh poor Sil. Where’s your shot glass? I’ll wirelessly pour you a drink. :D

Sil

shot glass? TOO SMALL!

OMGsrsly

Sorry, sorry… Where’s your fish bowl then? A new one that hasn’t seen fish?

OMGsrsly

Oh! Or your iced tea pitcher. ;)

Sil

yes! all the drinks!

Indigobloom

haha you guys are funny :P
Don’t forget the straw…

Indigobloom

OMGsrsly – I hope there is something I have that I can return in kind! :)

OMGsrsly

Eh, no worries. Share some random things if you like, but it’s not like I really need more tea right now. :) (This will fit in Sil’s box, I think… that OK?)

Sil

Of course…. At least it’s fine on my end lol I’ll have missB’s teas to share with the group..

Indigobloom

Perfect by me!

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Uhh. Hmm… no.

I was hoping for bright sweet citrus, not pithy bitter citrus.

Anyone interested in trying this? It’s a matcha “latte” mix.

Cameron B.

I would be interested in trying a little. :) Whenever we get around to actually swapping!

OMGsrsly

I have a bag started for you! So I’ll add it. There’s only like 3 servings left (12g each, 50g bag) so I’ll add it all. You can share it around more if you don’t love it. :)

Cameron B.

Sounds great, thanks! And wow, only 4 servings in a 50g bag? Ouch.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I didn’t quite realize it. You only add 100ml water to start off with too, which is eensy teensy.

Kittenna

Yuck, I do not like bitter/pithy citrus.

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drank Strawberry Oolong by Butiki Teas
1690 tasting notes

My old not-a-timolino’s lid died on the weekend, so I had to get out my replacement timolino lid with the basket (instead of a mesh screen, woe is me) for my mug.

Because the steeping basket is in it, I decided to do Grandpa style steeping of an oolong today. Which totally failed, because I still haven’t finished the tea enough to add more water to it. Mostly because I got sucked into budget stuff at work (ugh! Excel is the WORST. Anyone use accounting software for grant tracking and budgeting?) and ended up working straight through. Oops.

The other problem I’m having with the stupid basket is the tea ISN’T COMING OUT. Why do people love these things so much? The steeping basket has got to go.

Oh right, the tea. Although it’s been in a tin it’s mostly just oolong now. :) But I do like it, so that’s totally fine. I don’t have much left, but the nice thing is I can take 4-5 leaves and just… let them sit in water all day. No problems. I mean, yes it’s strong, but it’s not bitter or astringent. It’s just REALLY oolongy.

MissLena

I actually never use the timolino steeping basket lol I use a gravity steeper and pour it into the timolino in the morning. I hate the basket too, it is too small and the plastic bottom doesn’t let the tea steep!

OMGsrsly

That totally makes sense. I just really liked my old lid, because it had a detachable mesh screen and I did all my teas in it grandpa style. No worries about getting rooibos or anything in my teeth! :)

Sil

The brew baskets are awful….

OMGsrsly

I’m totally writing DavidsTea about the terribleness, suggesting there be more mesh. And I’m going to link them to pictures of the AWESOME of the mesh screen.

Kittenna

I also never use the brew baskets, mostly because I do not ever want to pour boiling water in my Timolinos, because it a) makes the tea taste funny when it’s steeped in 98C water for the full allotted time, b) doesn’t work for any tea requiring a lower temp (unless you have a variable temp kettle), and c) I’d never get to drink it. Too hot.

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85

With a little maple.

Yum. So delicious. I do prefer the premium, but I don’t remember why. Soon I’ll have tin-space to open that packet. Soon. ;)

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

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
1690 tasting notes

Ooh, this is tasty! It’s really creamy, and fruity. I didn’t pick out strawberry exactly, but it’s cool that that’s the berry flavour.

Thanks so much for sharing, Roswell Strange! Sorry I haven’t tried all your lovely samples yet. :/

http://instagram.com/p/wVH1vnR5Bh/

Flavors: Berry, Creamy

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

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So I’m finally trying this. I guess I can see why Sil didn’t like it. Very jasmine. So floral. Wow.

Also kinda resiny (almost minty). And grassy.

This is really neat. I think I like it a lot. Not something I’d need all the time, but the flavours are super unique and it’s a nice change from the black teas I tend to prefer.

Thanks so much, Sil!

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Ohhhhhhhhhh my goodness. This smells AWESOME. Thank you, Dinosara!!

I had to add 1 wee chunk of rock sugar to this, based on the amazing smell. Seriously, it’s butter and salt and caramel. How do they do this? And the leaves are AMAZING, and will survive one or two resteeps as well.

And now that I’ve been distracted by laundry (and sewing plans eee!!!), and I’m back to drink this, this tea is amazing. I mean, I’d totally prefer a black tea base so I could buy it and drink it ALL THE TIME without getting oolong drunk, but wow. Delicious.

It’s a super buttery oolong that is definitely an oolong. The butter-salt-caramel flavour is spot on. If you like these flavours, definitely try to give this one a try because it’s amazing.

Thank you so much!

(Wow.)

(1.5 tsp per 12 oz)

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

Sounds woooonderful.

Sil

aaaaaaaaaahhhhhh want!

OMGsrsly

It’s really oolong-y, Sil!

OMGsrsly

But I’ve put the last wee bit into your parcel. haha. I wonder if I can actually fit a note in there? SO FULL.

Sil

lol just lick it…no note needed..just a little saliva love from jonesmcjones

OMGsrsly

Lick all the teas?

Sil

the envelope! lol

Anlina

Oh god, I neeeeeed this.

Kittenna

Drool. Haha.

OMGsrsly

It’s in a box, Sil. A very very packed box.

Yeah, it’s good. I was just sniffing the leaves – they’ve gone in to the fridge for tomorrow.

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
1690 tasting notes

This really is a good headache tea, Fjellrev. Not too strong, no flavour really out of place or triggering nausea.

Thanks for the reminder. :D

(cold brew. 1.5 tbsp per 1 litre, overnight)

Fjellrev

Aww, hope you will feel better soon. Contagious headaches make for contagious remedies. :)

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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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