1620 Tasting Notes

Had the last of this tonight with milk. It’s so tasty! I still have some almond rooibos I’m trying to finish, or I’d be getting more this weekend.

…who am I kidding. I’ll probably get more anyways.

This rooibos isn’t too twiggy, steeps nicely even when you ahem forget it on the counter while playing on the internet doing laundry, and has a delightful delicate frangipane flavour – almonds and raspberry jam. Yum! (The one I started with was this recipe, without the tart shell and without the cream… http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-30-minute-meals/articles/all/jools-pasta-with-frangipane-tart-meal-recipe but I have adjusted it. Goodness knows where that scrap of paper went to, though!)

Thanks for sharing, Bear With Me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I “do laundry” frequently, too.

Cameron B.

Yummy. :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D I did actually get a bit of laundry done. Just enough that I won’t run out of anything in the next couple days.

Indigobloom

Sounds tasty! Wonder how it’d do in a latte

OMGsrsly

Probably quite well, but te flavouring isn’t super strong so it might lose a little in translation.

Indigobloom

Hmm yeah. I guess you’d have to help it along by adding some jam :P

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Another favourite.

Divine.

Delicately flavoured, nice sweet malty honey filled assam base.

Yum.

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

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Finally I got a decent mug. I steeped 3 tsp at 190F for 1 minute. FINALLY it is not bitter or overly astringent, yet the strawberry flavour has come through.

But I won’t be buying this again.

I have a St. Dalfour Strawberry tea (in tea bags) that’s easier and more reliable, so I’ll just stick with that one for now.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1620 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!

Kittenna

Fair enough! Me too :D

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1620 tasting notes

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
1620 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
1620 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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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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