1696 Tasting Notes

drank Apple Custard by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

Hmm.

I do like this tea, I just really wish there weren’t so many coriander seeds in it! It tastes creamy and appley and vanillay and… soapy.

Boo.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Oh man, I was terrified when I saw all those coriander seeds, but somehow somehow somehow, I didn’t taste them at all. So strange.

OMGsrsly

Lucky! I like the cream and apple and vanilla, but really don’t like coriander. :) Probably makes me oversensitive to it.

Kittenna

I literally had an entire pouch of coriander seeds (bottom of the tin. UGH.) and I couldn’t taste it. But yes, if you’re super sensitive to a flavour, I can completely understand picking it out.

OMGsrsly

Ha! That would be one of my Worst Nightmare teas! The other one would be a tea of caraway seeds. Ugh.

Kittenna

I like caraway too, haha. My nightmare tea is pretty much DT’s Sugar Plum Forest. I HATE peppers, and probably like you with coriander, in spite of the presumably small amount of roasted pepper in there, that was a very dominant and gag-worthy flavour. Plus others. Barfers.

OMGsrsly

Don’t try Kapha Organic then!!

Kittenna

Hahaha, I believe I may have some of that actually…. (swap, not purchase. I would never buy all those silly herbals, because none of them actually sound appealing).

OMGsrsly

It’s so spicy it burns.

OMGsrsly

But I think it’s delicious. :)

Kittenna

The Tea Spreadsheet indicates I do have it. Where it is, who knows. It’s in the “potentially contaminated samples” pile though… (which is basically because it was next to all the other herbally things I hate, haha).

Kittenna

(Uh, actually I found it. Literally right behind me. So I am brewing some up out of sheer curiosity.)

OMGsrsly

Sheer curiosity, huh? :D

Fjellrev

I’m usually very sensitive to it too. Verdant herbals? Automatic blech due to their coriander overuse. Still scratching my head why this one doesn’t affect me.

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1696 tasting notes

As an eggnog latte.

O. M. G.

Almost makes up for some of the seriously shitty news that’s coming across on my facebook feed. (Oil > First Nations and environment in BC, Ferguson, kkk, Cosby, etc.)

The chocolate-cream-whisky flavour of the tea goes REALLY well with the eggnog. And the tea itself is strong enough that I can taste there’s tea under there.

Eggnog-tea-lattes. Try them. You’ll be hooked. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Kittenna

This sounds crazy good with eggnog. I don’t recall whether you had the Irish Cream tea from one of the Amoda boxes (totally blanking on the name right now…) – but it is comparable, or totally different? There was no chocolate in that blend, so perhaps not.

OMGsrsly

I don’t think I did. I stopped Amoda pretty quick because of allergies. This is and yet isn’t really irish cream. It tastes really good with Bailey’s or whisky or eggnog added to it, but I don’t think the flavour of the tea screams irish cream.

Kittenna

You know, I’ve never tried adding something like Bailey’s to a tea before. I don’t actually have any bailey’s right now (just some kahlua that’s at the boyfriend’s place), but maybe I should try…

OMGsrsly

I know this because one day I thought, ooh, irish cream tea? And Jamieson’s in the cupboard? And I’m sick? Let’s drink at 10am!

OMGsrsly

Hot tea toddy. Y.

Kittenna

Hahahahahaha. Sounds good right now because I’m all sick and bundled onto the couch. (Also, Irish Cream always sounds soooooo tasty…)

OMGsrsly

Ohh that sucks! Hope you feel better soon!

Kittenna

Thanks :)

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Works surprisingly well as an eggnog latte. This eggnog I picked up today is way sweeter, though. Boo.

8-10 oz tea, 4-6 oz eggnog. Ish. It’s a 16 oz cup and it’s not super full. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 9 OZ / 266 ML
OMGsrsly

(This is tipping the dairy over into ‘oh gods what have I done to myself’ territory. But it is delicious.)

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

Kittenna suggested 82C, 2 minutes. Sooooo… I’m trying this at 80C (the closest temp my kettle will do!).

It smells creamier, but it is still quite a savoury green tea. At this steep temp/time, the balance is a lot tastier for me. More nutty cream, a little less like I’m chewing on spinach. :)

And that’s the last of it. I’m really glad I got to try this one, but it’s not for me and so I won’t miss it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

This is still good, but I can tell I should probably sip it down. The coconut is OK for now, but since this is an older tea I don’t think it’ll last a whole lot longer.

Thankfully it is tasty, so it’s no hardship to drink this tea! I should probably bring it down in my cupboard so I see it and thus drink it more often.

Thanks so much, Bear With Me, for sharing this with me.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Bear With Me

Glad you can appreciate it more than I did!

OMGsrsly

I still really like it! So that’s good. :)

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MmmOmnomnomnom…

So good.

Delicate spices, squash flavour, some rooibos but not overpowering. I’m so glad I got more of this. Even though Janet totally overfilled my bag, the sneak.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Bear With Me

“Once it’s in it doesn’t come back out” – but the cost to you is still the same! She spoils us…

Fjellrev

Mmm, it is truly lovely.

OMGsrsly

Yes, she does spoil us! Good thing I love the tea, though. ;)

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I do really like this one. Definitely nicer than the other berry puerh I have. Perhaps because it has the nut and comes off as more bread-like, but still nicer.

With a touch of milk tonight. Yes, real milk to go with my real eggnog. I’m still stuffed up, but I do prefer cow’s milk to the almond milk I’ve been drinking all week. (Yay for increasing my lactose tolerance!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Nice job on working on that tolerance!

Bear With Me

What on earth is a hazelberry? Haha!

Fjellrev

Ha, I was thinking the same thing. Hazelnut + random berry flavour unite?

Kittenna

I actually read it as “hazelnut” about 4 times, and got super excited (idk, hazelnut pu’erh isn’t something I’ve encountered). When I finally noticed the “berry” part, my interest waned, since I don’t think I care for berry pu’erhs. Lol.

OMGsrsly

Ahaha! It’s hazelnut and strawberry. Kittenna, I’m now adding a sample into your box/baggie/thing. It’s like nutty baked sweet bread with berries in. So tasty.

Kittenna

Well, I do like strawberry more than “generic berry” usually…!

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This tea has all sorts of weird things in it. And sadly it’s not as good as the other rooibos teas I’ve had.

So this one doesn’t pass for me. Sorry, tea.

(1.5 tsp/12 oz)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Bear With Me

The black version is much nicer.

OMGsrsly

I can believe it. The list of spices is impressive. :)

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The dry leaves smell amazing, and there are bits of vanilla pod chopped up and strewn about in the bag.

Sadly once it steeps, I can’t really tell there’s vanilla. This might be because of the cold I’m still recovering from, but IDK. I made it into an eggnog latte, and it’s really good this way. :) Ahh, yes. Now I can tell there’s more vanilla than just in the eggnog!

(8oz tea, 4oz eggnog)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
1696 tasting notes

Now that I am recovering from teh sick, and am not going to contaminate anything with bad germs, I’m busy making up a huge list of samples I’ve promised people. Sil, your box is going to need a bigger box! IDK how I’m going to send all this stuff! Maybe some creative packing…

Tonight this tea is turning out to be too green for me. It’s really spinachy and savoury, which isn’t really what I wanted. I think I’m going to add a bit of sugar and some eggnog to reduce the greenness and bring it back to sweet dessert tea. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Holly Faye

Yeah, this tea is always more green than I want it to be.

OMGsrsly

Sometimes it is and sometimes it isn’t. Doesn’t help that I didn’t write the steeping instructions on my sample! So I just made it up, and it didn’t work for me. One more cup to get perfect before it’s gone.

Kittenna

1.5 tsp/8 oz/82C/2 minutes are my parameters, and I love it that way. Longer and I find it gets too base-heavy and quickly becomes bitter.

OMGsrsly

Good tip. I have a little left, so I’ll try that!

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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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