1616 Tasting Notes

With honey, in a thermos. It was nice to have after work, on the long and horrible bus ride home. I like the flavours, but I wouldn’t get it again. Ginger Sage Winter Spa Blend and honey is my OTP. Well, from Verdant. :)

(The bus driver apparently took a wrong turn and did a 25 minute detour, but DIDN’T ANNOUNCE ANYTHING or give anyone a chance to get off the bus, even though they passed a major transit hub. That sucked so much. Me sitting there, panicking in the back of the extremely crowded bus. Didn’t make it home in time to pack and go to a by-donation yoga class like I planned, either. :( I might still do yin yoga tonight, but I have to call and find out if they have a reduced rate drop in for first timers.)

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

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drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
1616 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea to begin with, but I’m kind of glad I’m finished it. I much prefer H&S Paris as an “earl grey with stuff in”, as the base is smoother and more forgiving.

So. Kusmi. You need to step up your game. Especially because your wee tins are $8+ each and a 4oz tin of H&S is $6 or so.

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

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I couldn’t resist. Having it again!

The sweet aftertaste is less lemony today, but there’s definitely something in here with a sweet flavour. It’s been confirmed it’s not stevia, but I was too busy at work to phone and check.

Really nice rooibos. Really nice.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

you so crazy… :-P

OMGsrsly

If I drink it all this week, then it’s gone and I’ll have a sad. Then I’ll need to plan a trip to Victoria post-haste, so it won’t all be bad.

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I had this in the morning. So yummy! Just with milk. I enjoyed standing at the bus stop drinking it while watching a bunch of people take an exercise class at a local gym. Haha. They were doing walking lunges over, and over, and over… and I wasn’t. What a lovely feeling. :D

This is from the SSTTB. I think that’s what it was called.

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

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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I’m having this because I really really need caffeine. A lot. I did not sleep well last night due to restless legs, and that sucked a lot. Getting up every couple hours to do stretches is not conducive to a restful sleep.

And there’s a crow just outside my living room window, taunting the cat.

Anyways, I am liking this tea less and less the more I have it. This is unfortunate, as I really liked it when I first had it. It’s just not chocolatey enough, and tastes mostly of mate, which I don’t really care for.

I even mixed it with some ground cocoa nibs today (Crio Bru), to up the chocolate. Unfortunately that didn’t help as much as I hoped it would.

(Oh goodness the cat REALLY WANTS the crow! Bad idea, kitten.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaBrat

welcome to the lack of sleep club…. :)

OMGsrsly

Blergh. Not a club I’m enthusiastic about joining, tbh.

Starfevre

we need some rules. like fight club. except we’re talking about it already, obviously, so not those rules.

MissLena

Lol, I read your note as “there’s a cow just outside my living room, taunting the cat” and I was like what how is that happening…maybe add me to the lack of sleep club lol at least my brain anyways haha

OMGsrsly

Haha. That’d be pretty awesome, actually. A wandering neighbourhood cow. :)

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Oh. Mah. Goodness.

Another one from Bear With Me. Thank you!

It’s so good. Extremely fruity, not too rooibos-y, and divine with milk just like I was told! It’s like nicely ripe plums, how when you smell them they are a little tart and a little floral and a little almost-alcoholic. Kinda like that.

I’m super happy this ended up being the “weird and non caffeinated” choice. :) Thanks!

Flavors: Floral, Fruity, Plums, Tart

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

Woo! glad you like it! I’m a bit addicted actually.

Janet has some of the BEST flavoured rooibos blends! She’s not a fan of rooibos’ flavour, so that probably helps them taste so good, haha!

She says hi, by the way :)

OMGsrsly

:D Hi Janet! I’m so glad that she’s not a fan of the twiggy flavour, because it’s making these teas taste less same-y, if that makes sense. There’s a bit of base to keep them similar, but they don’t just taste of rooibos.

(I really have to make it over to the Island and visit and tea shop.)

Bear With Me

Come over any day but sunday/monday (she’s closed those days) and I’ll gladly play chauffeur! As if I need another excuse to go make my Visa cry, haha

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gasp! I had to add this tea myself! Hey, Bear With Me, do you have any additional info on it? :)

This is actually really nice. It’s a rooibos without being too twiggy. I think there might be stevia or something in here though (Maybe blackberry leaves? Or strawberry leaves? IDK, it’s weird.) because I’m getting that weird sweet lemony aftertaste. Haha. Kind of weird with pumpkin pie.

Oh, and the flavours! I can actually taste pumpkin and it’s not completely overwhelmed by spices. It’s blowing my mind.

It’d be better without that weird lemony aftertaste, but I am enjoying it and will happily finish the bag. And heck, as a pumpkin tea that tastes more like pumpkin than the spices, I’d probably even repurchase this!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Bear With Me

Yeah….I haven’t had time to write any notes on what I’ve been sipping lately with the new blog! Too busy answering trans* related questions and junk.

The bag only says organic rooibos, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and I know she uses natural flavouring with no sulphates and junk. It’s brand new this fall and she’d JUST put it on the wall as I walked through the door! As for the leaf, I wonder if it’s from the pumpkin plant itself? She doesn’t use stevia, I know that much. She can’t consume it and she doesn’t use anything she can’t have!

I freaking adore her, I’ve been spending way too much time at her shop lately :P

OMGsrsly

It’s really nice! If I have time tomorrow I’ll call and ask what the green bits are. :)

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Eeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you SO MUCH, Bear With Me, for the teasplosion! :D

So excited. This tea is SO GOOD and I have a whole 50g of it.

I also have 4 (FOUR!) new rooibos blends to try, one of which is plum, and smells fantabulous.

So yeah. I came home, got the perfectly sized package (no really, it fit in my tiny mailbox), and immediately put the kettle on. This is Tea 1, but I shall be having a Tea 2, and possibly also a Tea 3. :)

Just as good as I remember, especially since I added some milk. Creamy orangey goodness. No wonder I always refer to it as “Janet’s Special Orange”.

Flavors: Malt, Orange, Orange Blossom, Vanilla

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

Oh yeah, this one is gorgeous. I need to pick up more.

OMGsrsly

It is SOOOO good! :D

Bear With Me

and it came from a fresh batch! Just put out before I walked in :D Only the best from Janet’s!

OMGsrsly

I still need to try it as a latte. I think it’ll be fabulous. Oh, and maybe to flavour ice cream. Hmm…

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
1616 tasting notes

I don’t have this tea often, but that just makes it even more special when I do.

Multiple random steeps tonight as I unearthed my printer, organized some CDs a friend gave me when she moved (“some” = close to 200! I need to start listening to them, before I end up with a computer that has no CD drive!), and then printing a new pattern to make some athletic shorts. http://www.fehrtrade.com/shop/827/duathlon-shorts-pattern I’ll be doing something in between the booty and biker shorts.

Anyways, this tea. I love it. It’s so delicious. Yes, it’s floral. Yes, it’s green oolong. Yes, it has some weird spiciness from the frankincense. Combined, I like it a lot. :)

Flavors: Floral, Green, Jasmine, Sweet

gmathis

Salute to your sewing skills! That pattern looks a little more complicated than I could handle. (The only practice I get these days is straight seams and mending.)

ashmanra

I sew only a very little, and sometimes I say what what we call “sewing words.” I can’t sew around children…

OMGsrsly

Most of the sewing I do is straight seams, gmathis! :) But putting the pieces together is a puzzle I don’t mind. (I’m at the point where I make most of my clothes – simple blouses and tshirts, straight skirts and 1/2 circle skirts. I buy pants!)

I say similar words, ashmanra. :) It’s why I sew mostly simple things. I have plans for a dress and jacket but I’ll go very slow on those because I’m more likely to make some catastrophic error.

gmathis

Someday I would like to refresh my quiltmaking skills…we don’t have many that my mom made that made it through our disaster unscathed.

OMGsrsly

Oh, homemade quilts are the best. My gramma made me one and filled it with hand-carded wool. :) It’s just plain pink flannel and pink poly scraps, but since the wool can’t be washed I’ve always used duvet covers with it.

gmathis

That is one special quilt!

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A mix of Carrot Cake and Chicory Dickory Dock (both DavidsTea) with some cream.

Yummers.

It’s quite warm today, but this just feels right. :)

I also had Numi’s Chocolate Puerh this morning, and it was all right. Not fabulous, but it performs well as a work tea.

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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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