2194 Tasting Notes

drank Paris by Harney & Sons
2194 tasting notes

One more serving left!

Paris, I’m gonna miss you.

This tea is definitely an Earl-Grey-with-stuff, rather than a fruity caramel tea with some bergamot. I really like it. The flavour is more rounded than a straight EG.

I’m not sure I’ll get more of this one specifically, just because the base isn’t as forgiving as that of some of the french teas I’ve been introduced to. The flavour combo, though? Total winner.

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

We grabbed a whole pound of this (loose) in the Black Friday sale, so I have lots more if you want a little, or even a lot.

OMGsrsly

Maybe? I have a little tin that I’d love a refill on.

MissB

Consider it yours. :)

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
2194 tasting notes

At the hospital with a friend. Can’t sleep tonight, so I might as well hang out here.

My kitten didn’t make it. 11 years old. Sick maybe 18 hours. I’m gonna miss him so much.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec
JustJames

oh dear…. 18 hours of sick for 11 years of living…. not to bad an exchange, though still unfair. i wish i could say something more helpful than ’i’m sorry’. i’m sure he was lovely and will miss you too. XO

OMGsrsly

Thank you, James. I kind of dread going home, but I have another kitter who needs cuddles.

JustJames

i think that’s probably a good balance? have a bit of a weep together? the beautiful thing abut pets is you can cry and leave strings of sneeze and they never judge…. it will be okay. it will take a bit, but it will. in the meantime… it will be sad. and i’m sorry for that =0(

OMGsrsly

:) It will take a while, for sure. My BFF lost both her cats this year. It’s been months and I still expect to see them when I go over.

OMGsrsly

Strings of sneeze. I read that as strings of cheese, and I really hope not.

JustJames

nope… sneeze. comes with crying. the cats just huff and clean it off because they love you. =0)

NofarS

I’m so sorry to hear that. They are such great companions, and such characters… Thinking of you, and hoping that you will feel better.

caile

I’m so sorry for the loss of your kitty.

yyz

So sorry about the loss of your Kitty. I know what you mean about expecting to see them.. When I lost my 19 year old cat I swear I saw her and even felt her around for quite sometime afterwards.

Tealizzy

So sorry about your kitty!!! Hugs!!

greenteafairy

I’m so sorry to see this.

ashmanra

I am so sorry for your loss! Hug on that other kitteh. People who love animals are good people – you gave that kitty a good life!

Cavocorax

Hugs! :(

OMGsrsly

Thanks, everyone. I currently have a barnacle who is also large, black and fuzzy. I hope he’s gonna be ok.

MissB

Huge hugs to you and your other furry friend as well.

Veronica

I’m so sorry for your loss. Cats have a way of stealing hearts.

Lilysmom

Just seeing this and so sorry for your loss. I had my first cat, Bob-cat, for 15 years and when he died after a long illness, it was very hard. I still miss that wonderful guy. Hope you and your other kitty are doing okay.

OMGsrsly

Thank you. He’s blossoming, and also super extremely clingy. I just wish he snuggled better. :) He’s so awkward!

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Sipdown! Thanks, Cavocorax, for sharing with me. :)

I’ve had a few cups, and I don’t think it’s something I’d buy. It smells so good, and tastes pretty good, but something about it just doesn’t make me reach for it.

So now I have a tin for my S&V GINGERBREAD tea. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Yeah, I don’t think I was crazy about this one either.
Glad you’re enjoying the S&V Gingerbread! Next sale they have, I may place an order! I have about $50-100 Xmas money that I can spend without guilt…

But I should probably sit on it for… a month or so to make it last? :P

OMGsrsly

GINGERBREAD. And apparently the root beer is amazing too. Now that I’ve overleafed the English Toffee, it is delicious. 1 tbsp per 16 oz mug for sure. Not 2 tsp. :)

Courtney

I quite enjoyed the Root Beer, but I don’t know how to adequately describe it haha.

OMGsrsly

Have you had the Root Beer Honeybush from Butiki, Courtney?

Cavocorax

Thanks for the rec! I’ll remember to sample both!

Sil

The rootbeer ever from a&tv is pretty good.

Sil

Grrrr auto correct

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
2194 tasting notes

Overleafed and steeped for 2 minutes = amazing toffee tea. I added a little honey and cream.

Mmm.

Hope it goes well with my gingerbread cake!
http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2013/12/gingerbread-snacking-cake/

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

MY cake! copy cat!

OMGsrsly

No, it’s my cake!

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Not bad. This one will stay in my cupboard, I think.

A 2 minute steep worked way better. It’s definitely cherry. A little tart, though. Is there hibiscus or rosehip in here? IDK. Waiting for the ingredients.

There are slices of freeze dried green figs, though. Can’t really taste them, I think they mostly just contribute to a sweet tea flavour.

I got a whole cherry in my scoop. I think I’m going to eat it. (Edit: OMG THAT WAS SOUR!)

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

It’s cold now (had another vet appt), but it’s really quite nice! It would be a good iced tea lemonade.

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I made this tea this morning, and it steeped probably about 45 minutes. I took the strainer out and had a sip – not bad.

When I got home, it was cold. I drank the rest. It was good.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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This tea didn’t work for me either. I steeped 3 mins at 195C. Next time I’ll try 2 minutes. It smells pretty good – at least the flavouring isn’t strong alcohol like the Pumpkin Spice – but it didn’t translate into the cup. I mostly got overbearing base.

I didn’t add anything to the tea when I tried it, and my kitten is super sick right now so I’ve only been taking sips here and there of the teas I’ve been making. I’m fully prepared to admit to Operator Error.

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

He had some anti-nausea stuff this morning, and sub-q fluids. I found more money (now I feel guilty about all the tea :( ) and am taking him in for blood tests in an hour or so. It’s likely acute pancreatitis. :(

Lala

Hope he gets better soon.

OMGsrsly

Thank you.

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It’s nice enough I suppose, but I still don’t like Laoshan Black. Enter: honey. Honey makes (almost) every tea palatable.

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

oh i am having a day…… wish that statement were true of people. it would make me feel better to coat them with any manner of things….

OMGsrsly

LOL. I can see you going around dumping chocolate on people and “tarring” them with marshmallows or cookie crumbles.

OMGsrsly

That should be “tarring” them with chocolate, “feathering” with marshmallows or cookie crumbles.

MissB

Hm. Me likey this idea, Miss OMGsrsly and JustJames.

OMGsrsly

I’ll set it aside for you, MissB!

OMGsrsly

Oh geez. Reading comprehension fail. MissB likes the IDEA, not necessarily the tea. I’ll still set it aside if you’re interested!

Sil

i need to play with this tea more. for the most part it just seems to taste like LB + ZR

OMGsrsly

I know I’m in the minority, but LB = bleh. This mostly tastes like LB.

JustJames

if we used caramel sauce we could double the effect and offer waxing as well…. that would make me feel a tad more chipper. it’s not a good day. i’m feeling…. un-nice. caramel waxing might fit the bill.

OMGsrsly

That would definitely be some interesting salon.

JustJames

it would make me happy…. well today at least. i usually like xmas. i’m ready to put on my headphones. start sculpting and come up for air on the 28th at this point…..

OMGsrsly

Sounds like a good plan. :)

MissB

Oh, I meant the whole shebang. The idea, the tea, the all of the awesomeness coming out of these comments and tealog. ;)

OMGsrsly

Haha. It is pretty awesome, isn’t it. Everyone is sod offering and creative and it’s awesome. :)

OMGsrsly

sod offering = so different. Sigh.

JustJames

=0) random entertaining trivia: did you know that Sod’s Law is an old term for Murphy’s Law? maybe that’s why it’s glitching in that direction….

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This smells so extremely boozy. I think a lot of their teas are flavoured with alcohol-based flavourings rather than flavour oils, as “alcohol” was a prominent note when I was sniffing all their teas the other day.

This tea is warm brown sugar, rum, and cinnamon. There are apple pieces in it, but I can’t taste them. I also can’t taste pumpkin. I taste alcohol.

Not a favourite. It might be improved by some airing out, so I’m going to put it on a bookshelf, open, to see if the alcohol taste/smell diminishes a bit.

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

Oh, boo. There’s hibiscus and rose hip in this. I wouldn’t have purchased if I had known. :/

MissB

Yea, their ingredient lists leave much to be desired. Having said that, they did email me their complete list of teas, with ingredients.. I can send it along if you’d like.

OMGsrsly

I have it too. That’s how I know about the sad ingredients. :/

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It, umm, smells like I’ve stuck my face in a spruce tree out in the forest. Cold, icy, woody, frozen tree pitch. I haven’t had the yabao before, so I’m not sure what part is giving me this scent.

When I think of snickerdoodle, I think of a vanilla cookie that has been rolled in cinnamon sugar then baked. Is that not what a snickerdoodle is? That’s not what this tea is.

The tea tastes like the forest. All bundled up on a crisp winter day, pushing through the forest, looking for the perfect tree. It’s quite herbal under there too, almost medicinal. Quite earthy, as well. And I feel the warmth of the ginger.

So. Weird.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

As per Wikipedia “A snickerdoodle is a type of cookie made with butter or oil, sugar, and flour rolled in cinnamon sugar.” So yes, you are correct that’s what a snickerdoodle is. Sorry this tea doesn’t live up to it’s name…

NofarS

Verdant’s Yabao has that pine taste. Try Norbu tea’s Yabao for a sweet, baked bread tea.

JustJames

@NorbuS that’s a handy tidbit!

OMGsrsly

Ooh. I have some of the yabao from Norbu. I’ll have to try it soon. :)

keychange

‘looking for the perfect tree’ You made me laugh!

OMGsrsly

Umm. I just realized how that might come across. Christmas tree!

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