1787 Tasting Notes

drank Smoked Maple Banana by Butiki Teas
1787 tasting notes

Aww yeah. I don’t usually like banana flavoured things, but since the other one I had tried (Hello Sweetie? IDK, brain has left me) was good, I thought I’d try this one.

WOW. It’s not super smoky. The banana is very present but not overwhelming. The maple lends a feeling of sweetness, although I’m drinking this black.

So far I’m really liking this tea. Yum yum yum. I’ll revisit in a few weeks/days and see what I think of it then!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Suziqzer

I’m with you in not liking banana flavored things.. yuck! I too have tried Hello Sweetie and a tea from 52teas that both surprised me. Somehow in tea it hasn’t repulsed me.. yet. This one sounds good too… I like to make whole wheat banana nut pancakes and this makes me thing of them and a good cup of coffee.

OMGsrsly

In general I prefer green bananas so having banana flavored things that aren’t too sweet or ‘ripe’ is pretty amazing. :)

Amariel

I was interested in this one, but I opted not to try it because i am not a fan of smokey teas. But the maple banana was still begging interest since I like both. In the end, I decided against trying it, but maybe I should have if it is not that smokey. Oh well.

OMGsrsly

Others have wished for less smoke, so I think it’s a matter of what you like/don’t like, and what you’re sensitive to.

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Sil and Bear With Me were talking about root beer lattes earlier, so I had to make one with what I have in my fridge!

Root Beer Noel Nog (soy this time) latte. I broke into my last packet of Root Beer Float for this one! So sad. It’s one of my favourite honeybush teas as it doesn’t taste sour to me.

Anyways, you might not think that root beer would go well with eggnog, but adding the nutmeg and rum to the vanilla and cream… this is an amped up hot root beer float. Really really delicious. :D

(12 oz tea, 8 oz nog added in stages, 16 oz mug)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Bear With Me

Nice!! You should try it with the other root beer float and report back :P

(Or I should go search for any remaining nog locally. Hmm…)

OMGsrsly

I don’t have any of the other one left! I found it at my Safeway two days ago. They had soy, and some 50% off milk ones.

VariaTEA

I meant to make this as an eggnog latte and I keep forgetting. Soon…

Bear With Me

Lamesauce on both fronts! Boo to none of the other one left (i have just under half of the 750g I picked up before it went away again…) and boo to safeway (ours are all gone. They’re save on foods now)

OMGsrsly

That is so weird, Bear With Me! But stuff here is all turning in to Price Smart foods, and even Shoppers carries Presidents Choice, and I can’t remember who but something else got bought out by the same company as IGA. Thrifty’s and something else…

OMGsrsly

(I got 100g of the other one and enjoyed it, but not enough to get more!)

Bear With Me

Thrifty’s is owned by Sobey’s now (and theh actually bought the property my old high school is on, and will be building a grocery store there once the new schools open and the old one is torn down). Superstore I think carries PC as well as no name. But yeah.

Roswell Strange

Sobeys owns Thrifty’s and Safeway now.

OMGsrsly

Yeah! That’s it. There are “Compliments” things at Safeway and IGA and Thrifty’s now. Blah. Safeway is even more expensive, and the accessible Thrifty’s is now a Price Smart.

OMGsrsly

I don’t like it because all the stores are carrying the same things. It’s boring. :)

Bear With Me

Weird! If Sobey’s owns Safeway too, then why are the island ones all Save Ons instead of Safeways?

I’m glad our Thrifty’s are still the same awesomenesses, despite being owned by Sobey’s. A few of them are open 24hrs now which has come in handy a few times.

Bear With Me

Rumour has it we’re getting a Whole Foods at Uptown soon. Hello expensiveness.

OMGsrsly

Maybe I have it wrong idk. I thought it said Safeway when I looked up Sobeys. I still miss the thriftys brand salsa. :( Cheap and delicious and in large containers! And surpisingly some things are way cheaper at Whole Paycheque Foods. I know, it doesn’t seem like it because all the new expensive fancy stuff tempts you and somehow finds its way into your shopping basket… but some things are cheaper. :)

Bear With Me

I just wish Trader Joe’s would come here. Mmmmm cookie butter

OMGsrsly

Boo cookie butter. :(:( But yay wine in the grocery store. :D

Dexter

Sobeys owns safeway and the competition bureau of canada made them sell off certain stores in certain areas re fair competition. Here several safeways became co-op foods. Loblaws owns both superstore and shoppers hense presidents choice appearing in shoppers…..

Roswell Strange

Sobeys has two “in house” brands – Compliments and Sensations. They’re similar to/the equivalent of “No Name” brand. Not sure why your Safeways are becoming “Save Ons” though (never heard of that company/chain). Personally I don’t mind the compliments brand – I think it’s definitely better than a lot of grocery stores’ private brands/labels. But maybe I’m a touch biased since I work for Sobeys now…

OMGsrsly

Save On is Overwaitea. Compliments gluten free stuff isn’t super great and is even more expensive than the known good brands. Makes me sad because they’re carrying more of their brands and less of the brands I want to eat. So I buy more at the local independent grocers.

Thanks, Dex. I thought Shoppers was going weird. ;) And they are! More PC stuff and less ‘Life’ stuff.

Roswell Strange

Sobeys also owns FreshCo, IGA, Foodland, and Price Chopper – and partners with Lawton Drugs for the in store pharmacies in many of those stores.

Sami Kelsh

Whoa, Shoppers merged with PC?! This is blowing my mind! Will I even recognise my home and native land when I move back?!

Sil

40% off 250g on david’s website haha…

OMGsrsly

It’s so weird! And the only one we have is IGa. Idk what price chopper etc are.

Sil, I do not need 250g of it! I’m happy with what I had. :)

gmathis

I must be weird…getting a huge kick reading about all these chains I’ve never heard of :)

OMGsrsly

Grocery stores are FUN! When I travel, I like to check out new shops instead of eat at restaurants. :D

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A sample I’ve been saving, from Dexter. :) Thank you!

I rinsed it from my regular kettle, then let it sit while my Zojirushi thermos thing came up to temperature.

20s: SMOKE. OMG, the smoke. Wow. It smells super duper strong, but the colour is quite pale. The taste isn’t super smoky, it’s a little astringent and carby and… almost a touch sour.

30s: Still smoke. Still super pale. IDK if I really love it, but it’s really neat. The sour/bitter/astringent (I can’t tell!) flavour makes it interesting and also turns me off a bit.

I lost track of time, about 1 minute?: Still smoke. Still super pale. Starting to get sweet, along with the previous flavours. I breathe smoke still, but I don’t really taste it. It’s weird.

And honestly I’m kinda bored with writing this now. I think I’ll just keep slowly drinking my tea, and I’ll make any astounding updates later. ;)

I drank almost 1/4 of my steaming root beer float eggnog latte while this next cup steeped. Whoops. Still drinkable but green and bitter. A green bitter. Does that make sense? Different from a black tea bitter. Or even a green tea bitter.

I had another way oversteep that I had to dump. :(

The steep I’m currently drinking is sweet and a lot softer. I still smell smoke, but the flavour has changed a lot. It’s fresh and… reminds me of fresh dried alfalfa. :)

Preparation
4 g 4 OZ / 118 ML
Dexter

Interesting – I don’t find this smokey, but I know others do. I LOVE it – sorry you are finding it sour/bitter/astringent. Oh well you got to try it. :))

OMGsrsly

It’s really neat, and I’m totally drinking it ALL. That is seriously rare for a multi-steeper like a puerh or oolong (shh…). So it’s not that I don’t like it, it’s that I find the flavours really odd. It’s the sour/bitter/astringent flavour of TEA. Like, fresh crushed leaves. A potted plant. Something like that.

Sil

i heart this one… and i DO get the smokey notes lol

boychik

for me it was like roasted peppers and nectarines

OMGsrsly

Roasted peppers omg. Yeah. A little sour and a touch bitter from the skins. And smokey and becoming sweet. Hmm.

I think that as this mellows a bit more it’s gonna be amazing. But as I said, I drank it all except that one serious oversteep so I did like it. :)

boychik

@OMGsrsly. You just have to “exercise” your palate. soon you will be an expert ;)))

Sil

i need to figure out w better way to store my puerh….

OMGsrsly

I still feel very new to Puerh! The one I really really like is super earthy and mushroomy and wet foresty. This one is sooooo different. :)

Sil, Dr. Seuss is the best.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1787 tasting notes

I FOUND EGGNOG! I got regular AND soy, for varieties sake. :D :D SO HAPPY, omg.

OK. So. This tea as an eggnog latte (about 2/3 cup eggnog, the rest tea). SO GOOD. Creamy. Delicious. Nutmeggy, custardy, loads of vanilla. Yum.

Yum.

In other news, anyone have suggestions for gluten and bean free (ha!) freezer friendly meals I can make ahead, portion out, and freeze for all my meals? I have almond chicken (I don’t really like peanut butter!), veg stew, ground turkey/sweet potato/squash hash, rice, and some cooked pasta in the freezer right now. I’m trying to have enough options I don’t get bored, and I’m freezing everything so I don’t waste stuff if I end up going out or buying something else for dinner! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

OMG, that turkey, sweet potato, and squash hash sounds amazeballs… :D

OMGsrsly

Super simple too! I just grated the veg and mixed in salt, pepper and olive oil and baked them, stirring regularly till done. The turkey gets “sausage” spice added (http://meatified.com/slow-cooker-breakfast-meatloaf/ I mix the spice and keep some in the cupboard), then stir the turkey into the veg. If you feel like chopping, little squares of veg might look nicer/be less mushy. But I don’t care. It’s good.

OMGsrsly

“the veg” = onion, sweet potato, and butternut squash. A little crushed garlic.

Anlina

Any sort of Thai curries are great for this. Super easy if you use curry paste from the store. Shepherd’s pie is also nice. Spaghetti squash baked with tomato-based sauce and lots of cheese. Zongzi are so awesome to have in the freezer, though tricky to make (they’re kind of like perogies in that you make a big batch in one sitting and then eat them for many meals.) Salted duck egg steamed pork with rice is a childhood favourite of mine, though I’m not sure if there are any recipes that don’t include soy sauce (if you’re allergic to beans).

OMGsrsly

Ooo. Shepherds pie! I always forget about that. I will have to look up zongzi. I am not allergic to beans, but if I have too much it triggers other stuff which is unpleasant. Some tofu or soy milk is ok. Some chick peas. Maybe black beans if they’re well soaked and cooked. Sigh. I love beans.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, I get mushroom zongzi sometimes at the Asian market. I’ll have to find some recipes. I really don’t care for the salted egg yolk part, but I love the texture of the rice.

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A lovely sample from Kittenna!

I totally spaced and missed that this is an oolong. Whoops!

190F for 2 minutes.

Dry, the tea smells SO freaking amazing. Like buttery thumbprint cookies filled with raspberry jam and rolled in crushed cashews. Yum!

Steeped, it smells super amazing still. The flavour is distinctly nutty, and there’s less raspberry and more baked-goods.

The second steep is even sweeter, but there’s still more of a nutty flavour and scent than raspberry.

This is really nice, but I kind of wish the raspberry was more present. And that it was a black tea. :) Just personal preference though, as this is lovely.

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I double steeped this into a travel mug today, and drank it on my way home from work.

Unfortunately, it does not stand well on its own. Much much much better with milk added. The puerh and the berry are just so distinctly separate, it’s like you’re actually drinking two teas. I’m not a fan. So I think this tea needs to leave my cupboard.

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

not one, but TWO! ah ah ah ah ah

OMGsrsly

Sadly it’s not as beneficial as it sounds…

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Made this morning, but unfortunately really not good with eggnog. Well. Almond nog.

Whoops.

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Oh wow, VariaTEA (and Roswell Strange)! Thanks so much for this sample.

It is GOOD. I really like it. I was concerned it would be too “pear” for me, but it’s not. And although I can taste licorice, it’s not too licoricey (and there’s no licorice root so it’s fine for me…). In fact, I’d say this tea is really fresh rather than sweet and cloying. This will definitely get resteeped.

I wasn’t sure about getting some, but I think I have to add it to my “maybe but probably not” potential order. (As in, I might order but probably won’t because I’m trying to stick to a budget.)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

This is AMAZING and EXCELLENT hot, but I don’t like it as much when it gets cold (I got distracted with dishes. It happens.). So I’m not sure I’d get it. But it’s so good when it’s hot!

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange was kind enough to send a sample and it was too licorice-y for me so I thought it might be something you’d enjoy. I am glad you did.

Roswell Strange

Glad you liked it! :)

OMGsrsly

:D Thanks, you two! The tea has travelled all over.

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drank Monster Brew by Adagio Teas
1787 tasting notes

I got this sample from Sil. Thank you! :)

Unfortunately I mostly taste sour honeybush. I’m not sure why, but some honeybush just tastes sour and dirty to me as the mug cools. So I’ve had half the cup, and it was OK. No really identifiable flavours, but soothing and generic. The second half of the cup definitely needs to go… :/

Sil

haha at least you can cross it off the list

OMGsrsly

If honeybush didn’t taste that way it’d totally be my BFF over rooibos.

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(198!!!)

MissB passed this on to me ages ago, and as I was digging through my sample bin (seriously half my teas are in there right now), I saw it and decided to go for it.

It’s actually quite lovely. Not quite a “regular” green tea, it’s still grassy and a little spinachy. But it has a really… ergh, darjeeling-y feel to it and is somewhat astringent at the end of the sip. Quite fruity too, for all that it’s getting old.

I definitely prefer darjeelings when treated as a green for steeping, so a darjeeling that is actually a green is really neat to try!

Thank you for sharing. :)

(1.5 tsp, 9-ish oz)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

you and terri should have a sipoff!

OMGsrsly

But I’m still drinking coffee most mornings so she’d automatically win. :)

Sil

she teaches and stuff!

OMGsrsly

Haha. She does, but she still drinks more tea than I do!

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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.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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