2167 Tasting Notes

A tea from VariaTea. Thank you. :)

I like this tea. It’s gone REALLY well with my oaty jammy crumble (I forgot to put sugar into the oat part of my oat bars, which results in everything falling apart, although it’s sweet enough from the jam) due to the cakey flavour.

It’s like a mix of Naissance and Evening in France. Almond cake and citrus. Really interesting. Definitely something I would consider getting in the future, if I could get it loose. It doesn’t really taste like Christmas to me though. Christmas is more spiced apple juice and shortbread, as those are the flavours we had in the house when I was growing up. Also eggnog made with raw eggs. Heh. Not something that is “done” so much anymore.

It’s nice to sit here and contemplate what I’m going to bring camping this weekend. Yes, camping in December. It’s my brother’s birthday this week, and he had no one to go out with. So we’re taking the ferry and riding our bikes to a campground, building a fire so I can roast myself warm, spending the night, then getting up early the next day to come back. Now, this is within my fitness level, but he is what I’d call athletic to my slow turtle. The only way I’ll beat him there is if he decides to stop for a nap…

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I am glad you enjoyed it. I suppose calling a tea “Christmas tea” is bound to get different reactions given so many people have different traditions. I am Jewish so it just smelled good to me but I know JustJames really felt this was reminiscent of Christmas. However, I suppose the fact that it was drinkable is what counts :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, not so religious here. We do a pseudo-secular Christmas with food and gifts and a tree (and a movie!). :) Christmas really is all about the food for me. Stuff that doesn’t get made any other time of year.

VariaTEA

That is pretty great. I have a tradition with my siblings and our friends in which we have a Chrismakkah dinner and we make Christmas food and Hanukkah foods and exchange gifts and play dreidel and decorate gingerbread houses. However, the food is probably the biggest attraction :)

OMGsrsly

I think it’s telling that the thing I’m most looking forward to is my parents cooking. :D

Fjellrev

Ah, the West Coast. Where it’s still freaking spring in December.

OMGsrsly

Sadly spring = rainy. It has the potential to be freaking miserable.

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I should have known better, but I didn’t. Although this smells like a strawberry shortcake doll, it tastes like sour.

Maybe a cold steep will be better.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Very Velvet Oolong by Fusion Teas
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“Very velvet. So wow.” – Doge

Umm, sorry. I think.

This one is from Veronica. I opened the package and smelled pineapple and strawberries, and decided to try this one first.

It’s like candy, or some amazing fresh juice. The flavour is a little over the top, but it’s so good. I’m doing small volumes, and drinking from a lovely tea cup. There’s so much strawberry in this, and the oolong is also intensely floral. I don’t know what to say about it, really.

I quite like it, and would consider picking some up.

Thanks, Veronica!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Veronica

I’m glad you like it!

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I had this one in my travel mug yesterday. No milk, just a touch of honey.

I really really enjoyed this one. I think I even like it better than the new chai they have out – Yu Lu Yan Chai. The blend has been archived, which makes me a little sad, but I’m happy that I have at least one more cup of this to drink. :)

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I had no idea you liked this one so much. Had I known , I would have given you the rest of mine which I forcefully finished the other month. :(

OMGsrsly

No worries. I hadn’t had it in a while because I only bought an ounce. But I think it might be my favourite Verdant chai. (I can’t stand Laoshan Black, which makes their blends tricky. I have some Imperial Breakfast, but that might be going to my brother…)

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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This will be interesting.

My migraine is mostly under control, so I’m going for green teas instead of more matcha, black tea, or coffee. I also had a really heavy dinner (roasted squash and yams, and ribs pasta), so something light yet really flavourful would be good.

Generally green teas aren’t a favourite of mine. However, this one is pretty darn good. It smells like toasted hazelnuts, nutmeg, cookies baking, and feels quite creamy.

Adding a little sugar and milk made it look REALLY awful in my new glass mug, but whatever. It tastes pretty good! I think the praline flavour is making it taste more like genmaicha to me, which is a green tea I generally like.

So, even though I probably wouldn’t rush out and buy more, I’m really glad I had a chance to try this one, and I’m going to savour the rest of the teensy bag. But maybe not in a clear mug. :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

For me, flavoured greens are so damn tricky. I’m such a picky little whiner when it comes to them. So I’d probably feel the same way about this.

OMGsrsly

:D For a green, it’s great… but I’d still rather have a black tea or a tisane.

Plunkybug

Yeah, I liked it too. If she makes it permanent, or limited edition/semi-permanent, I might get some, because it has body for a green, and hearty enough for me in winter when I rely on blacks in the morning.

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I’m having this in a latte made with a touch of honey, and some unsweetened coconut almond milk.

You see, I’m starting to get a migraine, but I really want to go dancing tonight – I’m even getting in free because I volunteered for a shift.

So. Caffeine, advil, some muscle relaxants, and a lot of hope. Some dinner would probably help too.

This is from Sil, and it’s distinctive. I have a tiny bit left that I will probably be mixing with the tiny bit of Caramel later this evening.

It’s definitely vanilla-y. I’m not sure which vanilla I like better – I’ll have to review my notes. There’s this, French Vanilla, and Boston Cream (yes, I class that as vanilla! It’s pastry cream, which is essentially amazing vanilla pudding.). Eenie meenie miney moe.

:)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C
Fjellrev

You let me know when you decide which one you like the best haha. I’m so hooked on French Vanilla that I don’t know if I’d ever take the “risk” of getting the Madagascar.

OMGsrsly

I think I like the French Vanilla best as a vanilla one, but the Boston Cream might be a little more versatile for mixing. I like vanilla, but there’s such a thing as Too Much for me. :)

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This just might be the (bagged) strawberry tea of my dreams!

I steeped for 2 minutes as suggested on the box. Next time I’ll do my usual three. A little honey, a little cream, and yum.

Still on the search for a naturally flavoured strawberry loose leaf tea, but I’m not in much of a rush anymore. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
gmathis

I’ll have to remember that when I run out of my best-beloved bagged strawberry.

OMGsrsly

I wasn’t able to find the one you drink in local shops, so I snagged this one online. I’ve had pretty good luck with St. Dalfour in the past. Pretty good, just not superlative.

gmathis

I’ve seen several St. Dalfour teas at local spots, will have to check ’em out.

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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This one is from VariaTEA. Thanks! :)

Unfortunately this one smells like those German Christmas cookies I detest. The ones that are spicy, covered in a thin glaze of icing, and the bottom is dipped in chocolate. I never remember what they’re called, and I’m the only one in the family who can’t stand them.

I’ve added a generous splash of milk in the hopes that it will help… and there’s no chocolate! It’s just a spicy, rather clovey tea. PHEW.

This isn’t something I’d buy for myself, but I can definitely drink the rest of the sample I was sent.

Thanks, VariaTEA, for helping me cross this one off my list. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Oh no. At least you were able to figure out a way to drink it down. I hope the other teas are more successful.

OMGsrsly

I really wasn’t expecting it to trigger that memory! When I think of “Spicy Chocolate” now, I think of Mexican drinking chocolate, with vanilla and chili. :)

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Yum. 1 tbsp of this in hot water for an undetermined amount of time. I poured it into a glass and added some ice – enough to make it lukewarm. I really like this one.

It’s super tart, the lemongrass is a fairly strong flavour, and sipping this is giving me some nice heat on my tongue. Not super spicy, but enough to make me aware of what I’m drinking.

I think I need to pick some more of this one up.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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