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drank Jardin Sauvage by Lupicia
2167 tasting notes

I… cold steeped this one, and I’m not really sure what I think of it. It’s certainly refreshing and fruity and almost tastes candy-sweet (no sugar added!). But there’s something about the flavour that makes me pause.

I’m going to have to try this hot as well, just to see what happens. It smells good, and I think the fruit flavours are good, I just think that maybe cold steeping rooibos isn’t quite my favourite.

I think my thanks go to MissB for this. I foolishly didn’t write it on the bag.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 27 OZ / 800 ML

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YES. More of this tea from MissB!

Definitely blackcurrant. I knew it was hibiscusy, so I preemptively added some honey. Even with a 3 minute steep I could see the thick hibiscus steeping and sinking to the bottom of my mug. Hahaha.

Mmm. Yup, I still like this one. Would definitely buy it if it were available here. It would be great as a cold brew, and is pretty good hot. Too bad blackcurrant isn’t really a “thing” here in Canada…

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

Yeah, blackcurrant is massively ubiquitous in the UK – I do notice it’s in so many things here, as opposed to back home in Canada. Also rhubarb: how I made it to my late twenties without a regular source of rhubarb yoghurt in my life is beyond me! Is there any rhubarb-ness to the tea?

OMGsrsly

A little, but because it smells so strongly of blackcurrant it mostly tastes of blackcurrant. Its really good cold too. Haven’t tried cold steeped though.

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drank Mango & Strawberry by Twinings
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From MissB.

Whoa. This smells so good as it’s brewing, but drinking it, it’s pretty much just hibiscus. I even added some honey, and it’s super mega sour.

I wish it was truly more strawberry. I think I liked the cranberry raspberry tea better.

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

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drank Grapefruit by Lupicia
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Another tea from when I visited Sil. Also probably from VariaTEA. :) Thank you!

It’s super citrus. Almost candied peel, I think. Black tea base. I added a tiny bit of sugar – maybe 1/4 tsp – just to brighten it a bit. I don’t want to risk milk, because of the citrus, but if it didn’t curdle that would be really good. Like a grapefruit orange julius tea.

Yum. Super glad I got to try this.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec
keychange

I add milk to the grapefruit EG you picked up for me, and it’s sooo nommy.

OMGsrsly

I do that too keychange! But this one I really wasn’t sure and I didn’t want to ruin my only cup if it didn’t work.

Indigobloom

I think I still have a bag of this to try. Really looking forward to it

OMGsrsly

There’s a green one too! But I prefer black teas, so I think I’d prefer this one. If only Lupicia wasn’t such a pain to order from, and 30% more expensive now with the exchange.

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drank Ume Vert by Lupicia
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Dry, and steeping, it smells like sweet candy. If you’ve ever had a Japanese instant ume drink, you’ll know what I mean. It’s plum, but it’s not like the plum I’m used to.

Drinking it, there isn’t a lot of flavour. It’s fruity, a little sweet-tart like sour candies. I was concerned about oversteeping it, but maybe I should have left it a little longer.

I got this when I visited Sil, and I’m glad to have tried it. I think VariaTEA is the one who dropped this one off. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Lemon & Ginger by Clipper
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Via MissB and probably Sil. Thank you!

There is licorice in this. Sigh. A lot of these herbal teas have licorice. Thankfully it is just a strong dislike and not something I shouldn’t be drinking.

Smells strongly of lemon and ginger. Both lemon peel and juice, which is nice. And more strongly of lemon than ginger. I added some honey to offset any potential sickly flavours from the licorice.

Hmm. It’s not bad but whoa the licorice sweetness is out of this world. I’d prefer if it were just the lemony and gingery flavours.

Oh well. Thanks so much for letting me try this one! I always hope that they’ll work, and sometimes they do.

Sil

yeah. poop on licorice.

OMGsrsly

I know, right? D:

Sil

i actually love licorice..black, red etc… but the sweet from licorice root is terribad in teas

OMGsrsly

Red licorice isn’t real licorice Sil omg!!! :P It’s strawberry or cherry flavoured stuff. Hahaha. I adore black licorice but I can’t eat it. Haven’t found a good gluten free one yet.

Sil

shush. i heart black licorice…esp the double salted stuff.

MissB

Oh gosh, double zout is my favorite! OMG I’m almost positive Whole Foods has a gluten/grain -free black licorice. Glad you liked the tea though, kinda sorta, this was a night time mainstay while I was in the UK.

Fjellrev

I could always go for some Harlekijn black licorice!

OMGsrsly

Mmm double salted licorice. :) I’ve seen one at whole foods, MissB, but it was a soft bar and the texture was really unappealing. Grainy from the rice flour they used. I’ll have to check for different kinds.

OMGsrsly

SAY WHAT?!?! They didn’t have this in store when I was there!!! https://www.squishcandies.com/en_ca/products/1613-Gluten-Free-Black-Licorice

tigress_al

That darn licorice is finicky. It does feel good on a sore throat though.

Sil

i want gummies now

OMGsrsly

I have Seabuckthorn Bears in my bag. :D So hard to not eat them all.

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Huh. This is a puerh? I totally forgot about that.

This is really nice. My sample from MissB (Thank you!!) had a LOT of mint leaves in it, and I’m not the hugest fan of mint… but it works really well in this tea. It’s smooth and creamy and quite dark. I added some milk to it, and it’s really nice.

I wouldn’t ever want more than a sample, because of the mint, but I’m super glad I felt minty today and decided to try it!

In other news, I’m cooking for the week with what’s in my house… so far I have Tikil Gomen and rice. Soon I will have bread-like substance (if it turns out, gluten free bread is fickle) flavoured with cardamom and garlic. :)

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

This can’t have come from me – I’ve never had it, much less heard of it! (But gosh golly, I sure would if I had!) Sounds lovely, and totally up my alley.

OMGsrsly

Oh no. Shoot I have to look at my samples now. That might have been FOR you but I drank it. :(

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drank Red Jade Black Tea by Oollo Tea
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Smells SOOOOO good!

I saw a talk about oolong teas by Jenny Lo yesterday, and had to pick up a couple teas to try. They had some 10g sample sizes, which made me really happy… although I possibly should have bought more of this one. It smells SO GOOD!

I’m steeping in my ~120-ish ml kyusu (of course), and used about 1/3 of the packet. The rest of it will be going to a friend.

I’m just steeping till it “looks right”, so the first was about 30 seconds or so.

My frog army is enjoying the taste as well. ;) https://www.instagram.com/p/-ZRPqyx5Cs/

This tea is delicious. It’s not quite as sweet or honey like as I was expecting, but it is a really solid tea. At 30 seconds you get some sweetness, the maltiness, a touch of astringency. Yum.

The only cure for a tea hangover is more tea.

OMGsrsly

The third steep I accidentally steeped a bit longer, and I totally see what they mean about the minty finish. So tasty.

Sil

sounds delicious

OMGsrsly

Om nom tea.

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I tried ALL THE TEAS today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/-XvKMbR5DA/

Noteworthy teas:
The Chinese Tea Shop
http://store.thechineseteashop.com/2013_Fu_Ding_Bai_Cha_White_Tea_Brick_100_grams_p/wb-002.htm
https://www.instagram.com/p/-XTgOTR5OP/

Capilano Tea House
- Hiking the Canyon (SO GOOD)
- Warm Grey (I think? Amazing Assam based EG with lavender)

Oollo Teas
- Baozhong
- Red Jade

Cultivate Teas
https://www.instagram.com/p/-XUerTx5AJ/
- 2012 Sheng
- Rougui Oolong

Crimson Lotus
- Everything, seriously. I loved the way they set up with the giant tree stump table and all the tea sharing.
https://www.instagram.com/p/-XUNoUR5Pv/
https://www.instagram.com/p/-Xiw1CR5MB/

Sil

jealous…sounds like a good time. I wish Toronto was a little more like this one seems to be.

OMGsrsly

It was better organized than I was expecting, TBH. Lots of vendors that weren’t on the website. Crimson Lotus had a great corner setup with an amazing tasting table. Other tea shops were sharing their table with other groups which wasn’t as ideal, but I did get what I was looking for. I only went a little over budget with extra frogs, and some oolongs from Oollo. :)

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Nuggets!

Had to have them today, after seeing some on Instagram. I grandpa styled them, but only got 2 steeps in. I’ll have to have more tomorrow, since they’re not done yet.

And tomorrow is the tea festival. YES. I totally didn’t manage to do my Crimson Lotus order this morning (sadness) but I will bring cash moneys so I can pick up a few things.

YAY TEA!

Sil

did i give you a sample of young nugget?

OMGsrsly

I have no idea. I have like 3 packages of the 2009 from y’all, and I bought a brick of them too. Probably do not need more nuggets. O.o

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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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