1928 Tasting Notes

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
1928 tasting notes

Again, it’s been a while since I’ve had this tea. I keep forgetting it in its tin in the cupboard, in favour of the scattering of teas on the counter or in my samples box.

I decided to sit and enjoy a mug this morning, with a little honey and creamer. It was good. Possibly not something I’d buy 100g of now, but still enjoyable.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Mmm. 1 tbsp in my 16 oz mug.

I also added some cranberry honey. I couldn’t resist.

It smells so nice. A little perfumy, probably because of the lemongrass, but sweet and sour all at once. I can definitely tell there’s cranberry.

This one is really good. I can see it being an amazing iced tea for summer, especially with the bit of warmth from the chili. I’ll have to try it cold steeped at some point, but this one is a fruit tea winner for me.

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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drank Buccaneer by SerendipiTea
1928 tasting notes

Sipdown, me mateys!

While I like this tea, I’m finding there are other flavours I prefer. The vanilla, coconut and chocolate in this are very tasty, but it seems like “every” company puts coconut in their teas, and the flavour isn’t unique or distinct enough for me.

While I would not say no if it came to me in a treasure chest of sorts, it’s not a tea I will go out and restock. Tasty, but not essential. And if I have a craving for it, I can just go to the local cafe and get a pot to sip on while I sit there and play games or read.

I’m drinking it now as it’s a) a sipdown, b) old, and c) low in caffeine because there’s hardly any black tea in it.

:)

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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I like this one a lot, especially with maple syrup. :) (Thanks for the tip, Sil! Maple syrup is AWESOME in some teas!)

Yep. Yummy.

Steam sources this one from JusTea, which is awesome. Makes it a lot easier for me to get.

(Side note: Reading the JusTea website, the owner started Rocky Mountain Bicycles. My bike is a ‘92 (I think) Rocky Mountain Fusion. The white women’s variety that I haven’t found anywhere on the internet. Small world!)

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Err, not that the bike is for white women, but that it is white and it’s the women’s version…

Sil

Lmao

Cavocorax

Mmmm. I’ve never tried maple syrup in tea. I wonder if DAVDsTEA’s maple agave would be just as good?

Sil

smokey teas + maple syrup = my favourite time ever..especially keemuns

OMGsrsly

Cavo, my only thought is that maple flavour is really nothing like maple syrup, so adding maple flavored stuff to the tea would result in quite a different flavour profile.

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Thanks for the sample, CrowKettle!

I couldn’t fit this tea in my measuring spoons AT ALL, so I weighed it. 3 grams, 9 oz water (I overpoured).

The leaves are so massive, wow.

Steeped, this smells SO delicious. Honey for sure. It’s going to go SO well with the frangipane tarts I made (yes, it IS 4:54 am right now. I slept 6pm-1am, and I’m SO AWAKE.), and just.. yum.

Oooh, it tastes super good too. Very sweet, lots of honey sugary goodness. I’m not sure if the vanilla is all from the tarts, or if some of it is from the tea as well.

I really like this one, and if it’s in stock when I’m placing a Butiki order in the future, I really need to get some. I won’t need a lot, as this is a tea I’d like to treat thoughtfully rather than as a travel mug tea.

Here’s hoping the resteeps today rock as well!

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205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Anna

Nothing is better at 5 AM than frangipane tarts.

OMGsrsly

And tea! Can’t forget the tea. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh man, a second steep at 6 minutes was amazing as well. I’m gonna try to nap now, then I’ll get up and drink another steep!

Courtney

I never thought about weighing them. That is brilliant. I have quite a few where the leaves are just too big to fit in my measuring spoon.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Can’t deal with more caffeine tonight, so I’m drinking more of this. With soy creamer and a touch of honey. It’s actually dinner, combined with some chia lemonade stuff. Yep.

Even though I haven’t finished what I have of this tea, I almost bought another tin last night when I went to Chapters. It’s that good.

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Wait. Canadian Chapters have this?

Cavocorax

Yep! They have a pretty decent selection, although I think most of it is sachet, instead of loose-leaf. (Not that I mind – it tastes just as good!)
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/house-and-home/gourmet/beverages/tea/

keychange

Wow. Life changing. Wow! How did I not know this?!?!?!!?

Cavocorax

They have free shipping right now too if you wanted an excuse to go crazy. :P

keychange

Hmmm, it seems as though they only have the decaf version of vanilla Comoro. Or is it only a decaf option to begin with?

keychange

Ugh, sorry. Of course it’s decaf. I just read that. I must be blind or something. Putting my order together now!

ashmanra

Keychange: LOL! I “see” what you did there! Yes, this is decaf, and it has more caramel notes and sweetness than Vanilla Black by Harney. Both are good enough that I generally buy them by the pound. If you buy this one loose in the pound bag, stir it up to keep the vanilla bean specks evenly distributed. They are so yummy!

keychange

LOL! Ok, so I attempted to place my order, but of course their website is exceedingly inaccessible, so I’m going to have to call them and place my order by phone from work on Monday morning. It’s going to be so awkward sitting there in my office ordering tea, as I’m within earshot of everyone. sldkjfslkdjflkjf so frustrated. I can almost taste it! and sorry, omgsrsly, for pretty much highjacking your note here!

OMGsrsly

No problem! :) Glad others were able to help you out, since I apparently slept from about 6:30pm to 1am today…

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drank No. 10 by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
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Treat this one as a green. It’s the only way!

If you don’t it will end up really overdone and bitter.

Treated as a green, it’s pretty good. Not my favourite, but drinkable.

Cavocorax

I wonder what base they use for their black blends that make it so easily bitter?

OMGsrsly

That is such a good question. They apparently steep their samples with boiling water, and their samples don’t go bitter. It’s so weird. The diamond jubilee I have is apparently all black teas and also needs to be treated like a green. So disappointing, as I do not have the patience for that.

Anna

Wait – you don’t have the patience to treat it as a green? I usually pick greens over blacks (not to mention rooibos) because I don’t have the patience to wait for 3-8 minutes. I usually steep greens 1.5 minutes. (Sorry if this is a really stupid question.)

OMGsrsly

When I say ‘treat it like a green’ I don’t necessarily mean steep for less time, I mean getting the water temperature right for the leaves. I don’t have the patience to boil my water then wait around taking the temperature till its 180f or so. And now that I’m using filtered water I don’t fill my kettle, so the time I have to wait for the water to cool is different for every boil. If I had a variable temp kettle it’d be easy! (I steep almost everything 3 min unless I’m doing gongfu style or steeping an herbal.)

Anna

Oooh! I have a variable temp kettle now, but in my experience, many greens (although I mainly drink flavoured teas) steep just as well with boiling water as within the 70-80C range. With finer teas, though, I understand if this wouldn’t work. Thank you for explaining!

OMGsrsly

For me, greens cannot be steeped in boiling water. :) Doesn’t matter if its a cheap bagged tea or a fancy one.

Anna

I know that’s a pretty common perception – but how do you feel about Lupicia’s view? They themselves recommend boiling water and 1.5 minutes steeping times for nearly all their teas. (And they’re the ones that made me dare use boiling water for my greens at all!)

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had their teas so I don’t know. None of the green teas I’ve had work to my taste with boiling water.

Cavocorax

I only boiled a green tea once, and I was surprised by how well it worked. I haven’t dared try it on an expensive tea though – maybe someday. But someday I’ll probably just spend the $60 to get the vriable temp kettle!

OMGsrsly

My kettle’s auto shut off doesn’t always work anymore, so since a variable temp kettle is about the same price as a new stainless one, I’ll be getting variable temp. Eventually. :)

Anna

I got a Bosch Styline a couple of weeks ago just to try the variable temp concept out, and I’m really enjoying how much it simplifies the whole process. Now that I’m so completely sold on it, I covet that Bonavita gooseneck one.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, that’s fancy. I’m probably going to get a $50 option from Canadian Tire. My last kettle was a gift, and is the only reason I don’t just use a pot on the stove. :)

Anna

It’s super fancy. I feel maybe I’d just stand there and sort of gaze at it shyly… and then edge out of the room slowly without ever daring to approach it.

Cavocorax

That’s great Anna!
I’m in the same boat as OMGsrsly – my old one was a gift and I used it so much that the lid no longer closes – it won’t turn off anymore. As soon as I get job, I’ve promised myself a new kettle as a reward!

Anna

I look forward to reading all about your future kettle upgrades in the future, OMGsrsly and Cavocorax!

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I’m actually quite enjoying this one. I seriously overleafed it, then steeped for 3 minutes with a kettle I forgot about while I was eating my breakfast.

It’s good, but not strawberry enough. I can taste a tart bit of rhubarb, some berry, and it’s quite creamy (possibly due to the amount of cream I added…). I probably won’t get this one again, but I’ll happily finish the rest of the package.

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3 min, 0 sec

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Oh, this is really neat. Thanks, Incendiare!

I made 3 steeps at the same time, so I’m sitting here with a plate containing 3 8oz tea mugs and a brownie cupcake. Yum!

From the smells, I like the second steep better. (I did a 30s rinse, 1 min steep, 1.5min steep, 2 min steep.) It smells of green tea, and sweet sticky rice dessert. The stuff a Filipino coworker made for me once so I could eat something at a company potluck. So. Good.

Now for taste… It is indeed sweet and green, reminiscent of rice pudding that’s been toasted onto the side of the pan. Really quite interesting. I overdid it for the second steep, and prefer the first. The second is going bitter, so I’m going to toss it. Oh boo, the third is going bitter too. (It’s 10:30 pm and I have 3 cups of tea to drink, so I think this is acceptable!)

Let that be a lesson for people who are going to try this. 1:30 and 2:00 are too long for the second and third steeps. Best to be more conservative.

Well, I’m going to drink the first steep, eat my brownie, and try a fourth steep. :)

Courtney

Something about toasty toasty rice pudding just sounds delicious.

OMGsrsly

It makes me want to buy a stone bowl and put rice pudding in it so I get crunchy chewy rice like when I order bibimbap. Don’t know if it would work with anything other than plain rice, though.

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I just made up a litre of this iced, and I’ve chugged 3/4 of it. I think I was thirsty.

Nothing added this time. A slightly tart, delicious berry juice. I do like a little sweetener (honey!) in it, I was just lazy this time… didn’t want to deal with the 3kg bucket of honey sitting on my dining room sewing table. (I’m sharing the honey with my brother, so I have to weight out half for me. Too lazy right now.)

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205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec

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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.

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