1373 Tasting Notes

Thought I’d try this again, since I found it when I was cleaning up yesterday.

Smells like coriander and pine forests.

Umm.

Anyone whose address I have want it? I have the 1oz blend club pack and I’ve tried it twice. It needs to go to a home where it will be appreciated.

(steeped twice)

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
OMGsrsly

I might just randomly send it out to someone. That could be fun. :)

Sil

gross

whatshesaid

The name sounds so good….wtf

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s not. I can add a sample, whatshesaid. Their yabao is really piney.

whatshesaid

I don’t even know what yabao is, hahaha

Frolic

You don’t have my address but if you haven’t decided who to send it too yet I"ve been wanting to try it.

OMGsrsly

Sure thing, Frolic! Go ahead and send me a message. I’ll follow you now. I’ll keep a teaspoon aside for whatshesaid. :)

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drank Violet by Simpson & Vail
1373 tasting notes

A sample from Fjellrev!

This smells intoxicating. Candied violets! So cool! Because of the sweet smell of the dry leaf and the steeping tea, I added a couple tiny rock sugar bits to it.

Taste-wise, it’s not quite there. It’s floral (duh), green, and soapy. Boo. Violet candies are not supposed to be soapy. Well, they are, but in a good way and this is kind of more the bad way.

Thanks for the sample, Fjellrev! Too bad this isn’t for me. Doesn’t change the fact that I want to try other Violet teas, though, so it’s not all bad. :)

Flavors: Soap, Violet

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Pineapple Oolong by Lupicia
1373 tasting notes

I said I was going to use boiling water but I seriously chickened out. So. 199F for 2 minutes. Here’s hoping! Sample from Dinosara! :)

Dry, it smells strongly of coconuts with a hint of pineapple. Steeped, it smells very floral and coconutty, with pineapple in the background. Sipped, it’s like Sil reviewed ages and ages ago. A citrus-y pineapple. Coconut. Somewhat buttery, floral oolong. I think it’s better steeped at the higher temperature, really. It would take sugar really well, but I’m liking it plain.

So. For a pineapple oolong, I do prefer Butiki and DavidsTea. For a pineapple-coconut oolong, this is really nice!

(I also want to add “green” as a flavour, but I realize that is a colour. Still. It tastes green. Like fresh growth in the spring smells.)

Flavors: Butter, Coconut, Flowers, Pineapple

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
1373 tasting notes

I mixed up some of the 52Teas Eggnog Honeybush and Cornelia Bean’s Sweet Temptation Rooibos. It’s a good combo, as Sweet temptation is sweet, and the eggnog honeybush is kind of lacking.

Then I added maple syrup and cream.

Oh goodness. I added too much maple syrup, but it’s SO GOOD. Sweet, mapley, nougaty, not too rooibosy. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

This sounds like quite the decadent treat. And definitely a good way to drink a tea that is lacking.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been eating maple whipped cream by the spoonful this week. :D It hasn’t even made it into tea! THAT is decadent.

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
1373 tasting notes

Iced! With honey! I’m so glad I have 3 ice cube trays now that it’s getting warmer.

I steeped 4 min instead of my usual 3 because of the honey, so it’s a bit bitey, but so so good.

It really is like blackcurrant juice or ribena mixed with strong black tea. Yummers!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1373 tasting notes

Yep, still my most favourite chai ever. OM NOM NOM.

Today I’m actually having it with sugar. I picked up some organic less processed weird textured cane sugar to have with my teas, because it’s not quite brown but then it’s not white sugar either. I know, sugar’s sugar. But it makes me happy to try different things. :)

Anyways, the tea. So much spices. So delicious. Today I have a bit more clove than usual, and with the sugar and cream it’s such a comforting drink. Reminds me of the chai they served at my favourite, now defunct, Indian restaurant.

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

Cane sugar has a whole different aspect to it. Yummy!

OMGsrsly

This one has a really neat flavour, I think. Definitely not molassas-y, but totally not white. Almost mineral. Whee, sugar!

mj

If you haven’t and you have the opportunity, buy a stalk of sugar cane and try it straight from the source….mmmmmm. Obviously that won’t work for tea but it’s just so tasty straight out of the stalk.

OMGsrsly

Oh, a friend and I found some for $1 and bought one! So good.

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drank Coconut Oolong by SOKO Tea House
1373 tasting notes

OMG, this is so good. I even added some cream to make it even more decadent. The oolong is fresh and green and reminds me of lilacs. The coconut is beautiful and toasted, like a coconut macaroon. Excellent as a latte if you’re not lazy like I am (heating milk is too much bother!), excellent plain, excellent with sweetener.

Yep.

And SOKO just posted a picture with it in their clearance basket. I really, REALLY hope this is sticking around. It’s the best coconut oolong I’ve tried! (I am not a fan of the changes to the DavidsTea one, and also mine went rancid last summer. Zen Tea has a pretty good one, but the oolong isn’t as nice.)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
caile

It sounds good! I ordered the one from zen tea to try, which should be here next week!

OMGsrsly

It is pretty good! Not as floral-green-oolongy. If that makes sense.

caile

Nice! I’m looking forward to it!

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
1373 tasting notes

I picked up some of this the other day because it was back in stock and I missed it.

Now with dried local blackcurrant berries!

Tastes the same as I remember, though. Ribena tea. This is gonna be so good iced, and also as a Hong Kong style milk tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Yup, I still really like this tea. I really like the marzipan flavour of almonds, so this with some cream and a little maple syrup = amazing dessert tea.

I kind of wish there were more honeybush options around, because I’d really like to try something like this as a honeybush rather than the woody rooibos. That’s something to think about.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Suziqzer

I agree.. wish there were more honeybush.. or even green rooibos.

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drank White Ginger Pear by Tea Forte
1373 tasting notes

I iced up my last two triangles of this today. It’s not bad. More pear than ginger, and what with not being a fan of the ripe pear taste, I’m not sure why I thought I liked this so much.

It’s pretty good, especially if you like very flavoured teas, and you find it on sale at Chapters. :) 1 triangle does about 1 litre of final iced tea product to my taste, they say it makes 24oz. But drink what you prefer.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Anna

Hm. Maybe I should give this another chance.

OMGsrsly

All I taste is pear. It’s not super sweet but definitely reminds me of those terrible jelly beans. (Terrible because yuck! Pear!)

Anna

I reread my tasting note, and felt… no. Will not give second chance. HORRORFUL.

OMGsrsly

Ahaha. Yeah, definitely don’t drink this hot. Better iced. But still not a repurchase. (Srsly, pear jelly beans. So gross.)

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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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