1366 Tasting Notes

I got more of this tea, because I remember liking it so much.

And it doesn’t disappoint. Cold brewed 1 tbsp in a canning jar (4 cups? 1L or so) for 24 hours. Yummy. A pinch of sugar brightens it up a lot. It is quite tart, with a chili kick at the end. The chili does come out a bit more when iced, but it’s good this way too.

Sil

This one makes me happy too

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drank Classic Big Red Robe by Silk Road
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I made this to bring to work this morning.

Ugh.

Objectively I do like the smell and the flavour of these roasted oolongs, but it was just too much. Which is interesting because a lapsang souchong is generally fine in the morning.

I think this one needs to be relegated to shorter steeps at home and not in a travel mug. I also think I should focus on the super green and floral oolongs, as I seem to like them a lot more.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

I like BRR.

OMGsrsly

I’ve had others that were better. This is a very light, very roasted tea. If it had more body, or gave me less of an oolong-drunk, I might appreciate it more. :)

Amariel

I prefer Oriental Beauty of BRR, to be honest.

OMGsrsly

(I did a second steep and tried adding cream. Nope. That was a bad idea.)

Amariel

Boo to bad ideas. They often start out as good ideas in disguise.

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Made this morning, with cream. It’s a general sort of creamy chocolatey mildly coconutty tea. More chocolate because I added some Crio Bru to the steeping basket, which was nice.

I had it with a dollop of cream.

I don’t think I’ll get it again. It’s not bad, but it’s not something I always want to drink, like either Creme Brulee or Divine Temptation…

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Sil

agree!

OMGsrsly

And yet you suggested it anyways! :P

Sil

yes but i’d had it like once! and it’s good….just not ZOMG DRINK THIS NAAAAAO plus my sweet spot with this is latte..and i really enjoy that

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D It’s OK. I’ll share some of it with the world.

Amariel

What is Crio Bru?

Amariel

Interesting. Do you make it in its own or just add to teas and coffees?

OMGsrsly

I’ve done all. It is interesting, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again. It clogs paper filters, and I don’t have a Bodum for coffee right now.

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A fandom blend from Shmiracles! Thank you!

The reference is sadly lost on me. But the tea smells caramelly, so I drank it. And it’s only near the bottom of the cup I get any bergamot from it.

So, it’s pretty good! I am quite enjoying it!

Thanks for the sample. :) :)

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

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drank Golden Phoenix by Silk Road
1366 tasting notes

I made this in my not-a-Timolino and brought it to work today. Ahh, the memories. I used to drink this “Grandfather Style” at an old job. Just kept refilling my mug all day.

It’s essentially a cinnamon puerh, with some citrus. In this case, it’s grapefruit although I think the peels might be orange? IDK.

It’s good. I like it.

Preparation
1 tsp 13 OZ / 384 ML

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SIGH. This is the strawberry tea I’ve been looking for.

Only it’s not. Because no black tea should require 185F water and a less than 2 minute steep to be drinkable.

So. Amazing flavour, terrible base. I guess I’ll keep looking.

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Are you looking for a strawberry black? Have you tried S&V’s Strawberry Cupcale or Nina’s The des Anges?

Courtney

Erm, *cupcake

OMGsrsly

I’ve tried neither. :) And I’m sort of looking for a strawberry black. I could always go into Blenz and just buy a cup of tea (or tea bags, if they have any in stock) but I want my own tea. Not one bought through that many middle men. Too expensive.

Courtney

I’ve got a bunch of The des Anges, and my friend has Strawberry Cupcake if you’d like to try a cup of either. :)

Amariel

I recall someone else having issues with this one and calling it Strawberry Injustice.

OMGsrsly

Haha. http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/240843#comments I saw that when I was meandering through other reviews. :)

Courtney… I’m good. I don’t need more teas right now! :)

mj

I just got the strawberry oolong from Capital Teas and it is a-maz-ing

OMGsrsly

I have a strawberry oolong, and a strawberry green, and a strawberry honeybush. :) I don’t really need a strawberry black tea, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try everyone that crosses my path!

VariaTEA

I really liked this one too. It just sucks that HI’s base is so difficult to deal with. Also, their customer service leaves a lot to be desired. Otherwise, this is one I would consider stocking.

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Nice kick in the pants this morning.

Not a bad tea, but… somewhat cardboardy. Or flat. :/ It doesn’t have the full flavour I’ve come to expect, although it is a strong tea with a lot of malt that is good with milk and sugar.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Ginger Lime by Bayswater Tea Co.
1366 tasting notes

I’m having this hot tonight, and I must admit, I’m enjoying it more hot than I did cold! It’s like… the lime or margarita jelly beans. It’s an incredibly sweet flavour, with some ginger coming through gently in the background.

Yum!

Not sure I’d get it again, but I’ll definitely drink it all up. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

Intriguing.

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90

So good. I made a cup of this to take out with me this evening, as I went and picked up new runners (they had to order them in because they don’t make the kind I like anymore!) and have dinner and drinks with a friend.

Mmm, tea. This mix is so good. I’m almost through the 200g I bought.

Dinner was also so good. And so were drinks. And then we went for a walk and it was lovely.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Hmm. Shaken with almond milk and a few ice cubes.

I’m just not sure I’m a huge fan of the flavoured matcha anymore. I’m getting such a chemical aftertaste that I’m not going to be able to finish this glass.

So frustrating, because a year ago I LOVED these flavoured matchas. But now I really prefer plain matcha. I can always add my own flavouring by using vanilla sugar, or chocolate milk, or whatever fruits I want in a smoothie.

(3/4 tsp in just over 1 cup of liquid.)

Courtney

:( I get that taste from all the straight fruit ones. Thank goodness some of them work for me though.

OMGsrsly

I have a load of samples from Sil that I just can’t finish, too. :( I think I’m going to have to give them all to a friends daughter. She can mix them up with milk and sugar and make some cheap green tea lattes.

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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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