1373 Tasting Notes

drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
1373 tasting notes

Sipdown! (257, will I ever drink more tea than I have coming in? Not sure about that…)

Sadly, I’m over this tea. It’s not bad by any means, I’m just done with coconut and H&S chocolate flavour. Unfortunately this means that Florence will likely be hard to finish. :(

Thank you to VariaTEA and Dexter3657 for letting me try this one, but it’s not for me. Paris was so much tastier this morning!

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

The answer is clearly: no! ;-)

OMGsrsly

I’d like to! I’d like my numbers to hit ~150 again. :)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1373 tasting notes

Mmm, so good. An Earl Grey with other stuff in, so it’s not overpowering bergamot.

And the fruits flavour will go well with the raspberry cream scones I have in the oven.

What a delightful… brunch. Yeah, we’ll call it brunch. :)

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

Yum: sounds like brunch to me!

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drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
1373 tasting notes

Two gigantic mug steepings of this already this morning. Both for hydration and caffeine.

I was at a conference yesterday, and over-caffeinated and under-hydrated! The conference was interesting, and I enjoyed the talks, but the food situation was terrible. Neither morning coffee nor lunch had anything gluten free when I made it to the tables – I was promised food, so I’m guessing that non-gluten-free jerks took what I could eat. 2nd coffee got me a Nanaimo bar (http://instagram.com/p/o6k_7-x5Bm/), and apparently dinner was good but I was exhausted so I left. (I also couldn’t trust any of the pre-dressed salads. Gluten is in everything, and they didn’t have ingredient lists for me!)

So the tea. I drank it so fast all I remember is thinking that it was soooo good. I love it with a bit of cream. Nice and assam-y, delicious nutmeg… it’s a total winner for me.

Flavors: Astringent, Creamy, Malt, Nutmeg

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

Goodness, I keep reading notes on all these delicious-sounding teas from Butiki! All I can say is, I’m going to have to make a sizable order from them someday soon. :D

OMGsrsly

I have some favourites, and other people have other favourites. :) This one, So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice (does not contain licorice root!), and Watermelon Xylophone are pretty much my favourites. I also like With Open Eyes and Root Beer Float and Birthday Cake. And then a bunch of the plain assams. Ok. That’s a lot. :)

Cameron B.

That’s exactly what I mean! It seems like every time I hear about one of their teas, it sounds amazing. I’m not sure how I’ll ever decide when I do get around to making an order.

OMGsrsly

There was a group if us who did a massive order to pretty much try everything.

Cameron B.

Aww, no fair! Too bad I hadn’t found this community yet at that point, that’s a very smart idea. Their prices aren’t too terribly steep, but I just bought some tea today so I’ll have to wait a while. :P

OMGsrsly

You’re in NY? So I don’t know the geography very well, but there’s a tea meetup posted in the discussions fairly regularly. It’s always fun to find local people and have tea with them!

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The sweet rose in this reminds me of Des Roses et Des Bonbons from Camellia Sinensis. Except this has a delicious white tea base instead of a black tea base.

So delicious. If you like roses, and you don’t mind or like white tea, try this. It’s not something I see myself reaching for over and over, but it’s so good I might pick some up this summer.

Thank you for sharing, CrowKettle!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1373 tasting notes

Cold steeped overnight. Forgot it this morning (well, morning ish). Delicious and refreshing now.

Green tea, strawberries, toffee, a touch of ginger. NOM.

http://instagram.com/p/o2HDsfx5NM/

(1.5 tsp loose of this tea, 12 oz cup.)

Flavors: Strawberry

TheTeaFairy

Nice pic, love that straw!

OMGsrsly

I got it from DavidsTea, but I don’t think they sell them quite like that anymore. :(

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Sipdown, and sadness.

This tea is so so good. Good in a regular mug, good in a travel mug, just good. I’ll be resteeping once I’ve finished the 3 teas in front of me. It’s that delicious.

Thanks so much for sharing, Fuzzy_Peachkin!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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To cap off all the teas I had this evening, I decided to try icing this one.

And sadly, I’m almost out! I think I need to pack up a sample or two, and then I might have another cup left. :( :( :(

I know I wasn’t sure about this one when I first had it, but it’s seriously grown on me. It’s so nice to have a honeybush instead of always rooibos. This one is tasty hot with cream, or over ice with a touch of honey. Wild strawberries, with a background of honeybush.

My only wish is that it was easier to get in Canada! :)

(Steeped as below, ice added to 18oz.)

Flavors: Strawberry

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1373 tasting notes

Thanks for the sample VariaTEA!

Whoops! This is a black-green blend, and I didn’t actually realize it. Good thing I like caffeine, right? Especially considering the amount of tea I’ve had over the last few hours. (I escaped work early.)

This is yummy! I love genmaicha, but generally don’t care for the green tea versions as they’re too green. The toastiness mixed with the different tea flavours and the caramel are just. Yum.

Would get again. (Although a green tea only version would be nice because it would be less caffeinated for evening. For some reason, toasted tea = comforting after dinner drink for me!)

Flavors: Caramel, Toasted Rice

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you liked it.

OMGsrsly

I did, thanks! And it looks like I totally missed putting it into my spreadsheet. Foiled again! :)

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Huh.

Not terrible. Not fantastic, but definitely not terrible. It’s a black tea (brew carefully) with hibiscus and berries and things in it. Unless it performs amazingly as a cold brew, I wouldn’t get it again, but IDK why I was scared of this tea.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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(259) Thank you for the sample, Shmiracles! :)

Sadly the Lapsang Souchong overwhelms everything else in this blend. It is quite nice, but there’s no point in having a bunch of fandom blends that all have LS, as they all taste exactly the same!

Oh well. I do enjoy a smoky tea with some maple syrup and cream. :)

(1.5 tsp in 10 oz)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 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)

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