1796 Tasting Notes

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1796 tasting notes

The tea with the adult-rated name, made as an almond-nog latte.

Mmm…

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Had after work with a LOT of creamer. Mmmmm… decadent and delicious.

Nutty berry baked goods. Yay!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Naked Pu-erh by Tealux
1796 tasting notes

Had this with some cinnamon sticks broken into the pot this morning.

I forgot to rinse, but it was still delicious. This is a really good intro tea, as long as you rinse! Otherwise it does smell a little footy/fishy.

My first deliberate foray into puerh! And it tastes a lot like the one my favourite chinese restaurant serves (only theirs is super watered down…).

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

You are a pu head in the making.. ;)

boychik

agree ;)

OMGsrsly

This was one of the first teas I bought online ~2 years ago. And o dreamt last night that my mom got me the swirly black and white pot from YS and I was so sad because it’s not as tiny as I wanted. Of course I also dreamed we got it at a hiking shop and that Vancouver island = Swiss alps, so…

Dexter

I too love a little cinnamon stick in with pu’erh.
LOL if you are dreaming about pots being the wrong size – then we need to stop looking at them :))

OMGsrsly

Lol. Yeah that was kinda funny. I was more concerned with the size of the mountains though.

OMGsrsly

I think I might get this one, even though the shape isn’t perfect and it has no spots…

http://www.esgreen.com/yixing-zisha-jiang-po-ni-clay-teapot-100ml-palm.html

Dexter

That’s nice – when you sign up for an account and join their news letter you get points. I was able to use those points on my first purchase – so you should be able to get a couple dollars off that. :))

Dexter

I did toss a couple of tea samples from them into you box….

OMGsrsly

Oh, cool! Mostly it depends on how impatient I get. Birthday order from YS and waiting for shipping, or something soon? :) Hard to say.

Dexter

IMHO – I still think he perfect one is out there. I think you try to be a bit patient…. maybe email YS and see if they have anything that’s not on the website…

OMGsrsly

Oh yeah, I was going to do that. I look forward to the box! So many new things to try.

boychik

im concerned with the clay quality of this pot. its not yixing

OMGsrsly

Haha, no it’s not yixing. It’s also not the “perfect” pot for me. I want spherical or egg shaped, with a tiny spout, and speckles, about 100ml. You know, just a teensy bit specific. Dexter and I searched and searched last night. Most of the spherical speckled pots are 170cc+.

ashmanra

Definitely trying cinnamon in my next shu pu!

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drank Berry Victoria by Silk Road
1796 tasting notes

I actually quite enjoyed this at lunch today. “Red berries” flavour plus some floral from the lavender, and a black tea that surprisingly did not go bitter on me, even though it was in the travel mug with no milk or sugar.

Not something I’d get again, but a nice enough tea to have around!

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

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1796 tasting notes

Trying a lower/shorter steep on recommendation of LiberTEAS and Dexter, to try and avoid that terrible sour taste honeybush can have. (I’ve been going through my list, and TeaG and Butiki have been fine, as have a couple I’ve tried from Bayswater. A couple blends that are “honeybush” but mostly other stuff have also been fine. But I’ve had a bunch from Steam, and some other local shops (usually teas to go), 52Teas and Adagio, and I’ve noticed it in all those at varying levels. I don’t always note it because for a while I thought it was how it was supposed to taste. Heh. Guess not!)

Steeped low and short, this tea is very herbaceous, actually. I would say that the flavour is 90% raspberry leaves, 9% honeybush and rooibos, 1% other. :) Not exactly the flavour profile I’m going for! Even though the last time I had this, before it went sour, it was kind of weird.

Now to let this cool…

Hmm. It’s starting to get sour again. Now, this one probably isn’t the best test for this, but I’m not sure I want to buy some honeybush to test it out. I might try some of the others I have in my cupboard this way. And it really isn’t as bad as it was last time – as in, I can still drink it so I’m finishing this cup instead of dumping it.

Interesting.

(1 teabag)

(WOO 212!)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 45 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
LiberTEAS

I would recommend trying – if you have something available to you – some plain honeybush (loose leaf!) and see if you get the same results. It could just be that this is the way honeybush tastes to you. Something that I learned many years ago is that no tea tastes exactly the same to any other palate. Our palates are individualized, just like our fingerprints, so it could very well be that honeybush just isn’t your thing.

OMGsrsly

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen plain honeybush around here! But it’s something I’ll be putting on my list to try. If I don’t like it, I have a friend who will love it. :) It’s interesting because there are some I’ve had with no problems, and some that I’ve ended up getting rid of. I guess it’s somewhat like rooibos, where some grades/harvests/etc are a lot woodier than others.

LiberTEAS

I’ve also found that whether or not it’s organic makes a big difference in flavor too. I took the time several years ago to compare rooibos side by side – a conventionally grown rooibos versus an organic rooibos … organic is definitely better tasting.

ThainofBuckland

I have a few ounces of organic honeybush from Mountain Rose Herbs. I prefer it over the Rooibos that I have from them, because it’s more mellow. I haven’t had much honeybush blends, but I know people say that it can taste woody. When you say it tastes sour, could it be the taste of the rooibos or the added orange peel and orange flavor? I missed your other review. :(

OMGsrsly

I know it’s not rooibos because I never get the flavour in rooibos teas. I only get it in teas that have honeybush – and it doesn’t matter what flavour it is. Plum, spice, almond, etc. They all have that sour taste as the tea starts to cool.

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NOM. OM NOM NOM.

So. Good. Fruity and delicious. A tiny bit floral. When you add milk it’s like pear tarts (Uhh what? PLUM tarts.) or something.

Janet can really pick good rooibos. Wow.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

I really do like this one. It’s rare that I like a rooibos, but this is a gem in my collection from her.

OMGsrsly

It really is so good. I really like the pumpkin, as well.

Bear With Me

I love how her rooibos is not so much woody as it is toasty or something. Adding milk makes them pastrylike instead of sticks in milk.
I still need to get that grapefruit eg down to her. I haven’t been out that way since my sis brought it home…

OMGsrsly

:) Yup, she really does need to try it. Man, I wish I could skip out on work today and go to Sidney and tea shop/chat with Janet!

Bear With Me

Oh she’s tried it. Haha. I have 100g with her name on it. AND she has feelers out for grapefruit flavour to whip up her own grapefruit eg that she wants to name after me O.o She loves grapefruit almost as much as i do apparently. Haha

OMGsrsly

Ohhh cool!

Amariel

I don’t like the pumpkin as much. This and the rainbow are my fave ones so far. I have not tried the pomegranate one yet, but I might soon. Thanks Bear With Me for letting me try these. I can’t believe I have multiple rooibos in my collection as permanent standing flavours.

OMGsrsly

The pomegranate is not as good IMO, mostly because it doesn’t go as well with milk. :)

Amariel

I’m thinking it might cold steep well in summer though.

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I think this is the one I had. From the SSTTB1. :)

I cold steeped it last night, and it was actually pretty good! I didn’t realize it was a rooibos until I went to drink it. It’s not a terrible rooibos, but it’s not fantastic either. Somewhere in the middle. The strawberry flavour was very clean, and I could even tell it was supposed to be pomegranate. It was like… watered down juice. I guess I used to use 2-3 tea bags in the amount of water I used, but I only had one and wasn’t thinking. :)

I’d totally get it if I was in a pinch and it was on sale. Decent flavours, decent rooibos, a really refreshing cold steep. Win. But would I recommend it? Not unless bagged grocery store teas were your only option. (And not the FANCY teas MissB has been finding in Europe. More like the usual North American boring stuff… ;) )

Preparation
Iced 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

In other news, I washed my Vanilla Comoro tin and it’s drying on the stove right now while I’m roasting some sweet potatoes. My house smells like vanilla and sweet potatoes. Wow.

MissB

Ha ha, I dunno how fancy some of it is (currently drinking a Blueberry muffin tea), but I hear you!

OMGsrsly

Fancy! New and different! :)

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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1796 tasting notes

Thanks again for the sample(S), Sil!

I don’t actually care for the chocolate in this. Chocolate “flavour” or “essence” just tastes off to me, and this is no exception. The base is great, though. Maybe just the base without the chocolate stuff in it? Yeah, that could be good. Or mixed with Crio Bru? Hmm…

Anyways, it’s drinkable but I definitely wouldn’t seek it out.

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

this is a tea that you need to drink relatively soon after purchase. I found that the taste just loses something the longer it sits… also, i grew less and less enamoured of it

OMGsrsly

I have a lot of problems with chocolate flavours, so I’m not surprised it didn’t work for me this time. I mean, I loved H&S Florence but even that now is just ugh.

Sil

YES! i feel you on that… florence was great…and then…it wasn’t

Dexter

That’s sad :(( I still love Florance and Soho….

OMGsrsly

I still have some Florence, and I keep trying it. But the chocolate flavour just doesn’t do it for me. Give me nibs or shells and it’s fine – just the flavour that isn’t.

Sil

i haven’t tried florence in a loooong time so it might still do it for me… but this one for sure doesn’t

Dexter

Where are you buying cacao from these days (I still haven’t been brave enough to try the last stuff I got – and I won’t order from them again so it’s really irrelevant…)

OMGsrsly

There’s Tisano, but I like Crio Bru way more than the shells. Have you tried Crio Bru yet?

Dexter

Sil – I could toss a wee little taste of Florance into your box….

Dexter

I have not tried Crio Bru – do you have a little you could toss my way? Any flavor is fine – just so that I can see what it’s like…

Sil

I can put some in to the box that i’m sending you dexter…i may have already done so…just not at home to check

OMGsrsly

We have different flavours, so I’ll send you some of mine too. :)

Dexter

Thanks guys that would be awesome. :))

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1796 tasting notes

Goodbye tea. (216, phew.)

I’m really sad this is going to be gone in like 10 minutes, but wow. Vanilla-eggnog-latte. Yum! The perfect indulgent drink.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
1796 tasting notes

Yep, this is creamy and fruity! Last of a lovely sample from Roswell Strange, cold brewed.

It is so much tastier this way! Very light and refreshing, but the flavour is kind of unidentifiable fruity. :) I’m not sure I’d get more, but I’m really enjoying it right now.

Thank you!

(Also, my daily sipdown WOO.)

Amariel

This one sounds like a nice one. I liked the few bamboo ones I have had so far, so this one seems like one I would enjoy. Maybe I’ll look at getting few bamboo teas in spring or summer.

OMGsrsly

If you like bamboo, I’d definitely recommend this one. I don’t really care for bamboo, so while I’ll enjoy what I have, it’s not something I’d search out.

Roswell Strange

Tea Desire offers another Bamboo tea as well called Pure Life; I enjoy that one a lot too; it’s got citrus as well as gingko and lemongrass in it, and I swear coconut even though it’s not a listed flavour. It’s pretty good though! Maybe better suited to you if citrus is your thing?

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to check it out. It’s mostly I think that the bamboo isn’t really my thing. I did enjoy the fruitiness of this one. And the refreshing factor.

Amariel

I liked Davids Bamboozled, and I think you had sent me another bamboo tea, which I seem to recall liking.

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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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