1378 Tasting Notes

Thank you for the sample, Shmiracles!

Sadly, this was lost on me as a “Natasha Romanoff” tea. It tastes and smells like smoke. That’s it. I don’t get anything else from it. And so it blends with some of the other fandom blends containing lapsang souchong, like (IIRC) Tony Stark. They shouldn’t taste the same. They really shouldn’t.

Anyways, the tea itself was really tasty. I had it with maple syrup and cream. Just. The execution didn’t work so well for me as a fandom blend because the smoke takes over.

Flavors: Smoke

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
1378 tasting notes

The last wee bit of my sample from Cavocorax.

While this is a white tea, and a bai mu dan rather than a silver needle, if I saw this tea somewhere I’d buy it. There’s this delicate creamy lemon flavour (cream enhanced because I’m eating maple walnut ice cream for dinner), and I really quite like it. If I had a lot of this tea I could see it being great iced or cold brewed.

And while I’m thinking about lemon teas, I can hardly wait to make a Butiki order and get some of the Lemon Macaron tea. Butiki is (funnily enough) more accessible to me, and also it’s a white Indian tea, which tickles my fancy a lot more than bai mu dan. :)

Thanks, Cavo! This is definitely a tea style I need in my cupboard.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
VariaTEA

I would definitely pick this up if I saw them in store.

VariaTEA

*saw it

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A sample from MissB. :) Thank you!

I decided to cold steep this one based on some Facebook conversations about icing and cold steeping teas. I generally stick to fruit teas, and am trying to branch out.

So this. Overnight in the fridge.

Sadly, it was like drinking spinach water with a touch of seaweed. For some reason most green teas do this to me. I keep hoping they’ll be delicious cold, but then they aren’t.

I appreciate being able to try this, but I think that for me it would have been better hot.

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

green teas cold brewed usually don’t do it for me…with a few exceptions.

OMGsrsly

Green teas just don’t really do it for me. :) So I’m not sure what miraculous thing I was expecting!

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
1378 tasting notes

This tea is so pretty with its magenta flowers. Yay!

I have samples of this from Dexter(3657) and VariaTEA. I think. The writing is different, at least. Unfortunately the non-Dexter sample is missing from my spreadsheet so I am sorry if I have mis-thanked someone. :)

Anyways. I do like this tea, but I think I’m almost over the H&S chocolate flavouring. There’s nothing wrong with it, but I’ve had a lot of Florence and this tastes quite similar.

Today I’m having this with some sweetened condensed milk. Yum!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

It might have been me but I really am not sure as I have slacked on adding information to my spreadsheet. I don’t think I have looked at it in months :P

OMGsrsly

I’m trying so hard to be good about my spreadsheet. Sorting, sample sipdowns, etc. I think I finished 3 teas yesterday!

VariaTEA

Awesome :)

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Thank you Dexter3657 for this sample.

It is weird. I’m eating a cookie with it and I’m not getting much tea flavour. A bit of bitterness, a bit of weird mentholishness that must be from the sarsaparilla root, I smell but can’t taste a general fruitiness.

So. Weird and interesting. Not something I’ll pick up in the future (Unless it’s amazing cold brewed. I should try cold brewing this!), but really neat to try!

Edit: I missed it! This was post 1234! AHHH!!!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
OMGsrsly

And you are just Dexter now! I hadn’t noticed. Sorry!

Dexter

Most people found the numbers confusing, and I JUST changed it – no worries (and I might change it back – weird to see it as just Dexter…).
I need to play with that tea too. it’s strange, but I think it has potential…. cold steep? maybe…

OMGsrsly

It got better as it cooled (to me) so yeah. Cold steep, maybe iced…

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drank Butterfly Tea by Design a Tea
1378 tasting notes

A wee sample from MissB.

It’s lavender. And smells like soap.

Let’s see how this steeps up, shall we? Ahh, there’s the chamomile. Why am I having problems smelling dry chamomile?

And it works OK with the tea cookies I made (I used my own GF flour blend and didn’t frost them because they are SO SWEET. Seriously, next time I’m using 1/2 the sugar.) so that’s good. http://cookiesandcups.com/southern-tea-cakes/

There’s just too much lavender. Boo.

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

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drank Lapacho Orange by The Tea Haus
1378 tasting notes

So I, uhh, feel really bad about this one. It comes from Amariel ages and ages ago at the first meet-up! March, 2013. Yeah. I was sorting through my spreadsheet so I can drink up my oldest samples first. ~ hangs head in shame.

Thank you, Amariel! :)

I think I was scared of this because I looked it up online and there are some scary health things. But, everything in moderation, right? And it’s really, really good! The orange! The woodiness of the lapacho! Yum.

Not something I would have thought I would like, but now that I do I’ll keep my eyes open for it during future orders. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Courtney

I was also slightly scared of this one for that reason. I drank my sample from HI, but I don’t think I’ll order more, though it was tasty.

OMGsrsly

If I happen to order from a company that carries it I’ll probably get a small amount, but I don’t think I want to hunt it down and drink it every day.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1378 tasting notes

FINALLY this last cup tasted SO MUCH like strawberries! What on earth! If it was this good every time, I’d buy more. As it is, this is a lovely send-off for this tea. :)

Over ice, with a little sweetened condensed milk.

Thanks for the really old sample, CrowKettle! This is from the Victoria meetup last year!

Cavocorax

I wish it wasn’t so finicky!

OMGsrsly

Exactly!

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
1378 tasting notes

Iced. With sweetened condensed milk.

Do it. Actually, try it with any black tea you can brew very strong. I love this in the summer, even though it isn’t the most healthy. :)

It is making me crave a root beer float, though. Ohh, that would be so good with fancy root beer and coconut “frozen dessert”.

(Steeped in 8 oz, added 2 tsp sweetened condensed milk, poured over enough ice to chill it thoroughly. I use mugs for this as I’ve had too many glass things break.)

Edit: Thank you, Fjellrev!!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

I may have to try that :)

OMGsrsly

Doooo! I have a few teas I really like iced this way. Fruity ones, desserty ones, etc. :) (Oh, if I didn’t need to stop with the caffeine I’d try with mango. Yum!)

Amariel

I did this with Oh Canada. OMG, so yummy!

OMGsrsly

I’m going to be doing this with All The Teas! because I have a whole tin of sweetened condensed milk in the fridge. :)

Bear With Me

Ooooh!!! I may need to do a Simpson & Vail order soon! I’ve been searching for a good root beer tea since DAVIDs discontinued root beer float (and I’m hoarding the last little bit of what I have til I find a replacement), and upon looking at their site there’s a TON I want to try! WOO! Thanks for the head’s up!!!!

OMGsrsly

A lot of their stuff is pretty good. And it’s certainly reasonable. :) This is one I think I’d want more of. This and Gingerbread.

Amariel

I think Butiki has a Root Beer honeybush still.

OMGsrsly

Yes they do! And I like it a lot.

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Ohh, cherry. Oh Teen Wofls fandom and etc.

The tea is pretty good! I added a little almond milk to cool it down, and that works.

Thanks, Shmiracles!

In other news, is 5pm too early to go to bed? I am so wiped. The tea was good but it didn’t help with awareness.

yyz

Having destroyed my internal clock through extreme shift work at one point, I say sleep when you can!

OMGsrsly

Well I napped for about 15 minutes I think which is good enough for me to watch some more TV and make some iced tea. :) Definitely sleeping early tonight. I’m so exhausted.

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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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