1703 Tasting Notes

I found this in the bottom of a box I had received from Sil absolutely AGES ago. There was paper in the box, and I guess this slipped between the folds and I never noticed it.

This is really nice. Sweet honey and hay, some starchiness. I realize this isn’t going to be as amazing anymore since it’s been in a random box for so long, but it’s good. I’m enjoying it.

Thank you, Sil.

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My last serving of this (I’m still so undecided! Do I keep some of what I was sent, or give it all to my friend?), and it’s a latte.

SO FREAKING GOOD PEOPLE OMG! These fruit teas with eggnog are AMAZING. It’s a strawberry custard pie. In a cup.

My mom’s rhubarb pie recipe is a custard pie, and she puts a little cinnamon and nutmeg in it, and honestly this strawberry tea and the blueberry rooibos, made as tea lattes, are just THE BEST. Especially since mom keeps forgetting to make the custard with gluten free flour, so I can never have her pie. (For thanksgiving I got ramekins of pumpkin and pecan pies which was rad, but then my brother got to take home 1/4 of each pie which. Really now.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

Pooh this one looks good. I’ll need to remember to check it out next time I’m in chicago

Sami Kelsh

OH MAN, seriously – even though I can have normal wheat flour (though whether or not I should is a matter of debate that rages on daily in my tummy) I’d much rather have a ramekin of really good pumpkin/rhubarb/whatever custard and do without the crust, which is always the most underwhelming part of the affair anyway.

OMGsrsly

Sil – Do it, so good! And get some for me too. :D

Sami – I really like the crust. It’s not sweet, it’s buttery and crispy… yep, I’d be happy with crust. Unfortunately that’s not really that possible (most gf crust recipes suck. I need a better flour blend so I can just use my mom’s recipe).

VariaTEA

Fruit and eggnog really is the way to go. Who knew? Lol

OMGsrsly

:D Fruit custard yum!

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drank Cherry Snowcone by DAVIDsTEA
1703 tasting notes

Cold steeped!

This was nice to have at work. I’m still having coffee in the morning, but I’m trying to bring 2 mugs to work with me so I can try to stay hydrated.

Cherry + lemon grassy + tartness from the hibiscus. I really like this as a juice tea.

Kittenna

I think I have a couple tsp of this left. You guys are raving about it as a cold brew… I suppose I should try that (I think I disliked it hot… or perhaps I never tried it at all?)

OMGsrsly

It was SO over the top hot. Not unbearable to me as I put honey in it, but I find that these hibiscusy teas are way nicer cold brewed.

Sil

I have 100g left if you need more to try it out. I really liked this one….and that rarely happens with DT

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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
1703 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
1703 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
1703 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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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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