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1164 Tasting Notes

This is a tea that MissB was apparently trying to get rid of, because I find myself with almost 100g of it. :D Thank you. Now… what do I do with it all?

It’s interesting. Definitely rooibos. Smells a little sweet and fruity. I got a rhubarb piece in my scoop, which may have made it a little tart. I know that panna cotta is a set dairy dessert thing. I don’t really get any “cream” or “milk” flavour from this, but it is pretty smooth.

Definitely rooibos. Definitely not plain rooibos.

I don’t think it’s terrible, but it isn’t rhubarb-y enough for me. I’m curious how this will cold brew up. Certain People will be getting some in their slow packages, but most I know don’t seem to love rooibos.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

lmao. rooibos is fiiinnnne….as long as it’s nt that weirdo woodsy rooibos :)

OMGsrsly

I don’t think this is… but I’ll send some to you so you can confirm. ;)

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drank Blue Lagoon by DAVIDsTEA
1164 tasting notes

Ooh yeah, I like this one! Tastes a lot like Blueberry Jam, only the sweetness is coming from the candied pineapple instead of gross added stevia.

Depending on how well it does as a cold brew, I might get a tin. Maybe. I mean, I’m up to 258 now (just the non-samples are in Steepster) and there’s INCOMING from 4 people. So. Uhh. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

nom non nom I might get a full tin of this too!

Amariel

From what I could tell last night, I think I like it, but it was hard to tell as I was fighting mouthal issues (possibly from the cough syrup that I’ve been taking) that were competing with the flavour and altering my perception. I def want to try this again, and I do think it will cold brew up quite nicely.

OMGsrsly

You do like Blueberry Jam, right? If so, you’ll probably really like this one too. The cold brew is looking good, but it’s time to go sleep. :)

Amariel

Yes, I do, generally. I sort of go through phases with it.

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drank Gingerbread Smoke by 52teas
1164 tasting notes

This is the first tea I decided to try out of the package MissB was holding for me (OMG! Thank you SO MUCH. I’m now at 258 from 219. :) ).

It… could be more. It’s actually pretty good, but it’s not quite what I was hoping for. There’s ginger, there’s rich black tea, but there’s hardly any smoke and there’s no molasses. I guess the “smoke” would be the slight campfire aftertaste. And by campfire aftertaste, I mean a flavour like when you’re slowly roasting marshmallows but then you accidentally set it on fire, so it’s delightful and melty and roasted, but there’s a bit of char as well, that usually tastes mildly yet distinctly of pine or cedar. THAT kind of campfire aftertaste.

So. I think I will be drying some ginger to add to the tea, I’ll also be mixing in some marshmallow root (IDK, I just feel it’s necessary), a few cracked peppercorns, and some Russian Caravan. I’ll probably end up having it with molasses as well, unless I decide to really go too far and dry some molasses and grind it up to add to the tea.

I’ll probably decide to go too far. :)

(1.5 tsp for ~11 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Courtney

Setting marshmallows aflame was always my favourite part of making s’mores over the fire.

OMGsrsly

I’m a slow roaster of marshmallows, myself. :)

Courtney

Haha. I start slow, but then I get impatient. And now I want to roast marshmallows!

OMGsrsly

Sadly I don’t have any, and I’m not feeling up to going back out to the store. If you have a gas stove, or a camp stove (I have one for hiking) you can roast marshmallows over that. OR you can make smores under the broiler – layer them up, lids off, broil until delicious. Ohhhhhhh…. I know what’s going on my shopping list.

Courtney

We have a firepit in the backyard. Hmm. It would be cold, but perhaps worth it. There’s something to be said about the whole experience of roasting marshmallows over a fire.

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So much matcha wow! I actually quite like it, but I think that I will be making my own with cocoa butter and coconut oil and stevia or honey to sweeten. I can feel the dairy already. Darn food intolerances!

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drank Japanese Sour Cherry by Silk Road
1164 tasting notes

Yep. Delicious.

Soon I’ll need to make another trip to Victoria (probably stay a couple nights with friends) to go tea shopping, walking in the park, have tea, etc.

Soon.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank No. 10 by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
1164 tasting notes

Since I’m packing up teas for people this morning, this one is a sipdown. :)

It’s tea. Steep cool, or the green goes bitter. I’m sure there are others who would appreciate this so much more than me!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

isn’t that fun? sneaky sipdowns by packing up tea, drinking teh last cup heh

Fjellrev

I’ve found that practically all their teas go bitter very easily.

OMGsrsly

I use cooler water and shorter times for almost everything, so I don’t have much of a problem with it. This one is just heavy on the darjeeling flavours. It’s light and super grapey, and it’s not my cup of, umm, tea.

OMGsrsly

It is fun, Sil, but it takes ages!

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I ended up getting 50g of this. It’s good. I really like it.

Yes, it’s rooibos and no, you can’t pretend it’s not.

The almond flavouring is definitely flavouring, but in the good way. Like if I steeped this up with cacao it might resemble chocolate covered marzipan bars. The cheap ones you can get around Christmas.

Yum.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh hey. And I have a chocolate marzipan Ritter Sport on my desk. Awesome.

Fjellrev

Thanks for the warning. I haven’t opened mine yet and was wondering how strong the base is.

And mixing sounds like an excellent idea! AND good choice on the Ritter Sport. :)

OMGsrsly

It’s not “OMG ROOIBOS EVERYWHERE”, but it is definitely a rooibos-based tea. :) I would probably always have it with something milky added.

Fjellrev

Yep, I can already see myself busting out the half and half. :)

yyz

Yum, to the Ritter sport, though my favourite is probably the coconut one I haven’t seen where I live. That and the chili- kirsch bar ( not Ritter sport) were my favourites when we were docked in Germany.

OMGsrsly

We used to get HUGE boxes sent to us at Christmas full of German chocolates and candies. :) I was so thrilled when the Ritter Sport started being sold here. I do like the coconut one as well, but I wish it had less dairy. Chili-kirsch sounds pretty awesome, too. :)

yyz

Nice!

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drank Energizing Chai by Zen Tea
1164 tasting notes

Hmm. I steeped this like a normal tea and I think that was a mistake.

It’s not good like this. Tastes like dirt and mate. With a little spice on the side. And it’s making my tongue numb.

:/

I hoped I’d like this, but it’s a no for me.

Thank you for the sample, Veronica. I do appreciate it! This is definitely one I was looking at purchasing.

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

I hate it when my chais taste like dirt! I wonder what causes that.

OMGsrsly

This one had mate, which generally doesn’t taste good to me. :/

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drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1164 tasting notes

Unsweetened almond milk, hemp matcha, 1/2 tsp sugar.

Whisked up for ages because of lumps. I think I finally managed to get most of them out. I might need a frother, just because my Mad Whisking Skillz are disintegrating.

It’s pretty nice. Just… nutty. A little green. I don’t think I’d buy it, though. I prefer the fruity flavours. Or caramel. Thanks, CrowKettle! I’ve finally finished all the samples you gave me. :)

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1164 tasting notes

:( Sipdown.

I really really liked this tea. So sad it’s (almost) gone.

Cold brewed overnight. It’s delicious and easy and not plain water.

Preparation
9 tsp 85 OZ / 2500 ML
Fjellrev

Aww, I’m nearing the end of mine too.

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