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1164 Tasting Notes

drank TARDIS by Custom-Adagio Teas
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I really like this tea. It’s not so much earl grey as it is caramel blueberry for me.

Definitely need to get more, once I’ve worked through more of what I have.

I mean, MissB did give me a little pouch of this, so I’ll be good for a while. :)

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

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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Sipdown. Definitely need to pick more of this tea up.

Yes, it’s rooibos. I kind of wish it didn’t have the rooibos in it, but whatever. I can deal. It’s chicory and spices and yum. So, SO good as a latte.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Finally trying this.

It’s actually pretty good. Lots of tulsi. Very herbal. A bit of pine from the yabao.

Not something I think I’d want to get again, but I have some of another 8 Treasures that I haven’t finished yet. And Yabao Snickerdoodle. And honestly, I think I’d rather have the ginger sage winter spa blend over any of the others, most of the time.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Amariel

This is one that went straight into my swap box. It smelled too floral to me.

OMGsrsly

Not nearly as floral as the other 8 treasures I have in the cupboard. :) But you probably don’t want to chance it.

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
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From Dinosara! Thank you for sharing!

Interestingly, although there are wee chunks of pineapple in this tea, it’s just coconut. It smells like coconut, it steeps like coconut, it tastes like coconut. But more of a fruity creamy coconut like you made a smoothie with coconut milk and frozen pineapple and some grass-fed-cow butter or something for an extra rich grassy-buttery taste. Which just seems weird, now that I re-read that.

So yes. The oolong is really buttery and green. The pineapple is a mere hint of fruitiness. It’s coconut, but not the amazing floral baked coconut that SOKO has, or even the less floral baked coconut of Zen Tea.

I like this one, but I wouldn’t get it as I have a favourite coconut oolong. As well, DavidsTea’s pineapple oolong is much more pineappley (and easier for me to get). So while this is a nice tea and I’d like to try other oolongs by Lupicia, this one won’t make it on my wishlist.

(2 steeps)

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

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This tea is lovely. Definitely pick up a sample if you like sweet honey teas.

I came home from work early due to sore from my fall, and was napping until my BFF popped in and woke up the cat… and me. :) I made us this tea to have. We did a couple steeps.

It’s really nice, and it resteeps well. I don’t think I’d ever justify a tin ($$$), but it’s definitely worth picking up a sample if the tea is in stock. I had some plain, and some with honey and almond milk. I’m sort of going for comforting today.

We also went through one of my bookshelves and I found all my old D&D characters! So awesome! I have a gnome swashbuckler, who spent so much time posturing and hitting on anything that moves, that his initiative was always negative. Pretty fun. And mixed in with all of it was printed email exchanges I had with my friend who was our DM. He passed away 7 months ago now, so it’s bittersweet to see his awesome. I might be joining a game my friend is part of, if I’m feeling up to it. :) Should be entertaining, at least!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Courtney

Honey sweet teas! Yes. Added to wishlist.

OMGsrsly

It is stupidly expensive, but really tasty. :)

Fjellrev

Aww, that’s cool that you found that. I never got into D&D.

OMGsrsly

We had an all-girls group, except for the DM. It was so much fun. All the bad ideas we carried out. Or at least tried to. :)

Cavocorax

Awww. I hope you end up joining the group – it’s so hard to find a good group… We end up Skyping with ours every weekend!

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drank Honey Lavender Rooibos by Tea Time
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I stand by my initial claim – this is good. Again, the honey part is really similar to DavidsTea Honey Bee.

But this is a sleepy time tea. Rooibos, chamomile, lavender. A little woody, and sweet from the flowers and honey flavour.

I really like it.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sami Kelsh

This sounds joyous and snuggly. Mmm, good.

OMGsrsly

The leaves sat out overnight and my kitchen still smells of honey. :) It’s awesome!

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Yum yum yum. Yum.

With a honey stick from a local honey company because I’m too lazy to refill my honey jar from the “giant” bucket I have (3kg local honey WHEE!).

I chose this because I’m making Bo Kho, and the scent of the spices is making me SO HUNGRY. I had a salad to tide myself over, but it just wasn’t satisfying enough. Another 1:20 of cooking, and I’ll be able to sample the stew before I pack it away for lunches.

So this tea. SPICY and deliciously herbal as always. I really like it. Many, MANY thanks to MissB for sharing with me, getting me addicted, and then enabling me into a TeaG order. :) You’re super awesome, and I appreciate that.

(Yes, the ingredients are super weird. Parsley leaves? Chili flakes? But it’s SO GOOD. A nice kick in the pants.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

did you order more of this?

OMGsrsly

Yes. And Bonny gave me more too, so I’m not sure what’s happening there. I’m so scared of the box she has for me! So many new things to try! And my TeaG and 52Teas orders.

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drank Elégie Pourpre by Dammann Freres
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Thank you, Dinosara! This is SO delicious!

I totally oversteeped it because I was so excited about my mug that I forgot to set the timer. Oh yeah.

NEW MUG: http://instagram.com/p/lLrp2Zx5LD/#

This tea is totally staying on my “to buy” list. So good. Much berry. Wow.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

Love it. I also just followed you. :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. I barely post anything on Instagram. It’s just easier for tea pics. OMGsrslyfolks @ twitter.

Courtney

I also rarely post on Instagram. Things have to be pretty amazing to make it there. But Twitter and Tumblr are the others I’m usually on. I can only juggle so many social medias!

OMGsrsly

Tumblr is a pit of fannish insanity. :)

Fjellrev

Nice shot!

__Morgana__

Great mug shot lol

CharlotteZero

The color of the inside of the mug is beautiful!

OMGsrsly

So ORANGE! Matched my traffic cone coloured scarf. :)

Sami Kelsh

That is so pretty! I want one. grabby hands

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drank Cranberry Pear by DAVIDsTEA
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(Note: app gave me a submission failure.)

Right. The app hasn’t been updated. Still turns on push notifications whenever opened (have to remember to turn them off!) and still rates every tea as 0. Haha. :)

Anyways. I bought the tentacle Nordic mug with ORANGE interior. Tried Pom tango (nice and fruity!) asked if they knew about the ‘minty’ in the cucumber tea – they didn’t. I’ll have to email the company I think.

I was going to get the whales Nordic mug too but BFF dropped her steeper so I got her one of those instead!

Anyway, this tea. It’s ok. A little creamy, definitely fruity. More like pear jelly beans, so somewhat overripe. But drinkable. I wouldn’t buy this one, but I don’t care for pear! I had kinda hoped that the cranberry would come out more. Oh well. :) I will enjoy the infusion of warm, fruity caffeine.

Next up: X-rays and a ct scan. Whee!

keychange

Good luck. I hope they find answers!

OMGsrsly

I know what’s wrong – protruding disc, which sounds terrible. :) I fell at work yesterday which has made things worse, so now I have a WCB claim to fill out. So frustrating.

Courtney

Woot, new mug!

OMGsrsly

Yay new mug! But I am still really unimpressed with the quality. I checked it in-store and the design was fine, but all I did was wash it with a soft cloth and make tea, and there’s a scratch in one of the tentacles already. UGH.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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I thought I had tried this already. Hmm.

This sample is from Fjellrev, apparently. I think. Maybe. Or MissB. Sorry, ladies. I forgot to keep track!

It’s very chocolatey. Like brandy beans, almost, as there’s an alcohol whiff I’m getting off the tea.

But I like it. I really do. With almond milk, and a long steep, this is nice. Maybe not 50g nice, but nice enough that I want to check it out the next time I make it past a Tea Desire store!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Fjellrev

It’s from MissB!

OMGsrsly

I had your name on it, but it looked like her writing! AAH! I am so confused. :)

keychange

I love how sighted people all write differently from one another. Braille just looks like braille.

OMGsrsly

With handwriting, you can manage an approximation of the shape of a word and it can still be read as the word. :) It is super neat. It’s great when it’s treated as art, like with graffiti and calligraphy. So cool. What might be neat for you to play with is gold burnished calligraphy, since the paper is generally quite textured, but the gold is super slick from polishing, and slightly raised because of the glue. I wish I still had some calligraphy stuff so I could send something to you!

keychange

That sounds really neat. I love raised things!

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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! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

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