1790 Tasting Notes

Sip down! Haha. Thanks, Incendiare.

I steeped 3 minutes, took a sip, and went, “Oh crap that was too long.” I ended up adding sugar and creamer so I could enjoy sipping on this tea.

It’s very blueberry, but I don’t know that I get cream cheese or danish. I like the blueberry flavour in this one, for sure. If it was something I could pick up locally, I’d be tempted, but I think I’m going to stick to trying 52teas through swaps. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

sigh, it must be self fulfilling prophesy: almost all of the one serving samples that CHAroma sent me of 52teas i botched. i didn’t get cream cheese either, but i was so horrified that i’d done it AGAIN i didn’t have the heart to review!

Fjellrev

The second steep is the best! You get more of that cream cheese and pastry in there.

OMGsrsly

Uhh, oops! Too late. :)

Fjellrev

It’s ok, I can give you more if you’d like. :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, one serving samples are great only if you get it right. :) I’m appreciating them because it means I have a sip down! I might have to take you up on the offer, Incendiare.

Sil

This tea is not my favourite….I have a whole unopened package I haven’t decid what to do with…it was a giant disappointment after everyone raving reviews from the first blend of it.

wiicked I’ve been looking for some for so long!!

If anyone has any that would be awesome :)

OMGsrsly

Sil, it’s better than a lot of blueberry teas I’ve tried… granted, most of them were random bagged teas, but still. :)

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Maybe it’s because I’ve been drinking dessert teas all day, but I don’t find this one as rich as Crowkettle reported.

Either that, or the paper bag I used (too lazy right now to clean strainers) really makes a difference in the amount of sugar that makes it into the cup.

The flavour isn’t quite as strong as I thought it would be, but it’s pretty darn tasty. And if I was motivated enough to go put a little sugar in here, I bet it would taste just like the candy nougat it smells like…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

I had another cup tonight and it didn’t come out as rich or sweet as yesterday, either. I don’t know if it was the milk I used, or the fact that the nougats didn’t melt this time, or just funny taste buds!

OMGsrsly

I guess that just means I’ll have to drink more tea to see how it changes with different steeping parameters. Shucks and darn! :)

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I made this earlier, drank half the mug while I was packing up tea-care-packages for friends, and now I’m sipping on the rest cold.

I quite like this tea! It’s closer to my ideal strawberry tea, even with the slight tartness from the rhubarb flavour. I had this hot, with no sugar or milk. I’m drinking it cold the same way, and as it’s chilled it’s become a little astringent. Not much at all, though. I like this one better than Creme Brulee, and I’d definitely consider getting this one again.

Yeah, the flavour is strawberry, with a little lingering tartness. Yum. I can hardly wait to try it iced, or with some sugar to help boost the strawberry-ness.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I had a tsp of this in unsweetened almond milk as a latte today. I think I prefer the French vanilla I had yesterday… The flavour was simpler, which worked for me better.

I will still enjoy using up the few servings I have left. This definitely is still good, just not as good.

Thanks, Crowkettle!

CrowKettle

I feel the same way, actually. :)

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1790 tasting notes

I’m drinking more of this tea right now, Cavocorax. You may have created a problem. :) I do not need more of this tea. I do not need more of this tea.

In other news, I’m working on packing up tea care packages for friends. We’re having a memorial dinner tonight, there’s a thingie tomorrow, and on and on. Tea is something I can do for people.

Chizakura

I feel like I’m the only one who didn’t care for this one. I wish I liked it as much as everyone else did, because it’d make for an easy access dessert tea!

Sil

Nope…I don’t like this one either…there are better mint chocolate teas out there in my opinion :) but I did like this when I first started drinking tea

OMGsrsly

Examples, Sil! Now I want to add teas to my future-shopping list. Peppermint Patty, right?

Sil

Peppermint patty is delicious but lacks the strength and depth that I love from a black base. :)

Chizakura

Seconded Peppermint Patty. :) I’d love to find something like it with a black base too!

wiicked

i thought this tea was amazing as an iced latte!
also OMGsrsly, where do you go in vancouver to get tea??
its awesome to find another vancouverite!!

OMGsrsly

I, uhh, have a google map in my sidebar. I really like Steam Tea House, DavidsTea is nice, Granville Island has some teas, Bayswater in Kits was really nice, Whole Foods on Cambie has a small selection of loose teas, etc. Lots of places I haven’t visited yet.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1790 tasting notes

Oh, I don’t know about this one. It’s my first mint tea in absolutely YEARS, AND it’s peppermint.

It smells very chocolatey, with a hint of mint. I’ve added some sugar and creamer, because it feels like a dessert tea.

And… I’m scared to try it. Hmm.

I sipped, and this is pretty good! Not something I’d go buy 7oz of (Cavocorax cough, cough), but the chocolate isn’t too fake (must be all those chocolate chips!), it’s sweet and desserty, and the mint just offers a cooling effect on my tongue.

Nom nom nom. Thank you for the generous sample! I think I’ll try this one as a latte next, because it seems like it was made to be a hot chocolate analog.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 30 sec
Cavocorax

I know! What did I do? :O
Seriously, I really need to look at the weights when I buy stuff. I just did the math and went ooooh $12?

And yep. I tried to pawn as much of it off on you as I could…

OMGsrsly

I did that too, just with Forever Nuts! thankfully my BFF loves that tea, so I might pawn a bunch off on her. :)

I just drank the MUG I made of this tea, so I must like it.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Good stuff!

Cavocorax

There’s more where that came from….

Sil

crazy ppl.

OMGsrsly

I’m good with what I have! No more acquiring tea! Aah!

Cavocorax

Fair enough. I bought it. I should have to drink IT ALL as punishment so that I’m more careful. /0\

I foresee a billion latte’ of this in the winter.

OMGsrsly

Mmm… I’m going to have to try that tomorrow.

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This one is strange. Very strange. It’s an almost savory tea, and yet I can consider it iced with some honey or sugar syrup.

The basil is prominent. The tea is smooth, and even though I accidentally let it sit out and cool for an hour and a half, it still tastes nice. The lemon is more lemon oil or lemon zest, but I think with sugar added it’d turn more lemonade.

I’m not sure how frequently I’d ever drink this (I’ll have to try it iced… maybe I’d go through it faster!) but it’s definitely something to consider trying.

(I let the water cool while I washed my tea dishes. IDK what the temp was. I think it took about 10 minutes?)

Edit: It’s really good with my batch-cook of the day: ham, pea, roasted squash and goat cheese pasta… :) If I had added some basil to the food, it would have been perfect!

Preparation
2 min, 0 sec
JustJames

hah! i’ve left my steep so long so many times that now it’s a benchmark for tea quality, lol.

OMGsrsly

I think this one would go weird if I let it steep for that long! Thankfully I managed to pour the tea before I ran out the door to play with kittens. :)

Kittenna

Cool! I’m excited to try my sample of this :D

OMGsrsly

I can’t wait to try it cold-brewed and flash-chilled. See how it goes. I think it’d be really good sweetened with some lemonade. :)

JustJames

and another goes onto my shopping list!!!

OMGsrsly

James, at least this one’s really reasonable. They have an online inventory (needs updating) and don’t have a web shop, but 1) they ship, and 2) they’re just in Kits so they’re super easy to get to when you next visit, and have some spare time.

JustJames

i never have spare time when i’m there… it’s there and back in one big stressful day seeing a specialist. but maybe something can be arranged. i have a cousin i could visit perhaps. hmmm. she’ll think i’m a nut wanting to go tea shopping, but who cares? la!

Cavocorax

Hopefully you can sneak over there sometime! It seemed like a really nice little tea shop, and the prices were all very reasonable! She said that they’ll update the web shop next month or so, but you can always email her for an order and she’ll ship to you, but for $10-13. I don’t think she gets much of a deal on shipping so we’re just paying her cost plus the price of a box or something.

I have a feeling that when I’m in ON I’ll have to get someone to send me more of these teas. :D

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drank Pineberry Honeybush by 52teas
1790 tasting notes

From Cavocorax!

Thank you, I quite like this one.

I cold-brewed it starting this morning before I went to work, and I’m drinking it now that I’m home. It’s a little twiggy because of the honeybush, but the berry/pineapple flavour is really quite nice this way. The tea is really sweet, even cold-brewed with no added sugar.

Ultimately it’s nothing I’d rush out and buy, but it’s a tasty sugar-free treat for me to have instead of boring old water.

(I had to strain it through a tea bag. WOW, was there a lot of ‘stuff’ floating around when I used my normal strainer.)

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I steeped this up and added milk and sugar crystals this morning. It’s cooling on the table outside the lab, and I take a sip (gulp!) every time I walk past. It really does go well with milk, the grapefruit flavour lends a bright summery note that is no where near “furniture polish” territory.

I think this one would be AMAZING iced, maybe with a couple grapefruit juice ice cubes.

A 2.5 minute steep was perfect. No astringency or bitterness or anything. 3 minutes for the Creme Brulee I had last night was almost too long, so I’d suggest being a little conservative with your steep times.

This is a tea I can see buying again. It’s an Earl Grey, yes, but it’s different enough that it’s refreshing the flavour in my mind instead of being the same old thing.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec
CrowKettle

I need to try this with milk now that you’ve shown the citrus doesn’t make it curdle. ;)

OMGsrsly

My evil secret: I used soy creamer. Takes a LOT for that stuff to curdle!

Bear With Me

holy crap I need this, BIG TIME! O.o

CrowKettle

OMGsrsly thought of you right away when we smelled this one, and I think Heather brought some back for you! :)

OMGsrsly

(It was supposed to be a surprise!) Haha. Yeah, I bought 50g and kept some to try. I really like it, though…

Bear With Me

dies laughing i kind of guessed as soon as I’d hit “send”, but got too distracted reading about this stupid prednisone crap the endo has me on for the next week :P I love you guys! :D

Bear With Me

….I apparently fail at formatting O.o

CrowKettle

Whoops. Apparently I was more out of it yesterday then I’d thought, and totally missed that. My rep for spoiling surprises builds. Sorry Shayne and OMGsrsly! >.

OMGsrsly

:D No worries. I mean, I did text Shayne and ask about Earl Greys…

CrowKettle

No!!! Don’t try to sugarcoat it. D: This is exactly what happened when Dumbledore died in the sixth book. I can’t believe I did it again!

Ah, anyways.. I hope you like this one, Shayne. I really enjoyed it too. :)

Bear With Me

she actually did text me about earl greys yesterday! so between that, and the fact that she knows I’m addicted to grapefruit teas, I kinda put two and two together ;)

Cavocorax

Wait? What? Dumbledore dies??? /0\

Cavocorax

Hahah. J/k. :)
(Although I think I did have that spoiled for me – thankfully no one could wreck 7 for me)

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Yay sipdown! Haha. More like a perfect one-serving sample from Incendiare. (Robust flavour.)

This was delicious. I mixed it with a little hot water, and whisked it (with my tiny balloon whisk) until it was combined. Then I added a couple big ice cubes and filled my sippy cup with unsweetened plain almond milk.

It was like pudding. Really tasty! I’m not sure I’d want a whole 30g of this matcha, but it was good to try it, and I’d be willing to split it if we end up with a group matcha order at some point (uhh, not right now though. I need less tea before we do that!).

Preparation
Iced
Sil

I’m with you on the not needing less tea! I actually have about 15 new flavours of matcha to try that I haven’t opened yet

Cavocorax

Haha. Maybe I can buy some of that off you? I have none. :P Seems like we could even that out a bit?

Sil

Of course! I’ve got lots so I’m sure we can find things to trade, exchange…money schmoney…..

OMGsrsly

Ooo, matcha… :)

Chizakura

By the way, I’d totally be into getting in on a group order from Red Leaf. I want to try a couple (fig and maple in particular, as well as to get a bit more caramel since it ended up growing on me hugely by the time I finished it) more but the price of shipping has been scaring me off the past couple months.

OMGsrsly

Not sure when a group order will happen, honestly. I need to sip down about half of my teas before I start ordering more!

Chizakura

No worries, I can be patient! I have quite a bit of tea I need to sip through myself anyway. :)

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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.

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