1425 Tasting Notes

Sample from Dinosara. Thank you!

As this was steeping, all I was thinking was, “Uh oh.” It didn’t smell that good at all. The chocolate and everything just wasn’t doing it for me.

And then I tasted it. Oh yum! It’s morphed into a roasted almond butter with chocolate and some sugary sweet flavours. So good with a dash of milk!

This is definitely a tea I’d consider picking up small amounts of. I don’t think I’d reach for it too often due to the smell of the chocolate as it steeps, but the flavour is really neat and I’m appreciating it right now.

Flavors: Almond, Chocolate, Roasted nuts

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

(Ahaha. Totally different from my last note, although I didn’t appreciate the chocolate flavour smell there either. I didn’t get roasted almond butter AT ALL! How things change…)

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drank La La Lemon (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1425 tasting notes

This is definitely better cold brewed. Yay!

I steeped it in some extra dilute limeade, to make tea lemonade. It’s delicious. Highly recommend trying something like this.

(Someone in the discussion forums suggested making a can of frozen limeade with 1 gallon water and cold steeping an ounce of tea. I scaled it down (whee math), and it’s good.)

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drank Swedish Cocktail by RiverTea
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Revisiting this cold brew, it is a very very weird tea. Super strong cream notes, coconut and berry flavours.

Super interesting to try, but not something I want to keep around in my cupboard.

Thanks for the sample, Roswell Strange! :)

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Made up a cup of this after digging through my cupboard for inspiration. :) It had to be a hot-steeping tea due to me automatically setting the kettle for 95C. This one caught my eye, as I’ve had it for coughcough and it was sitting there unopened.

It’s pretty good. It’s better (more flavourful) than the Yunnans I’ve picked up locally, although it definitely leans towards astringency. I do like it, with the honey baked sweet malty flavours, but I’m unsure I’d pick up more of this one. I think I prefer the Taiwan Assams, because they mix my favourite (Assams!) with the honey baked sweet flavours.

Still, I am enjoying this mug and I’ll happily resteep it and finish up the sample.

(~2.5 tsp in 16 oz)

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

mmm…sounds tasty. I really want to get to NY for a Harney splurge :( miss you guys a ton

OMGsrsly

Hi Sil, hiiii! :) We miss you too.

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Root Beer ice cream. Without an ice cream maker, even. (It would be better with, but I don’t have the money or freezer space.)

1 cup cream whipped to sooooft peaks. 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (leftovers) and 2 tbsp powdered sugar added (for the corn starch, I was thinking it’d help the texture). 1 cup milk heated and steeped 5 mins with 1.5 tbsp tea. 2 root beer honey sticks added because I had them and thought the extra flavour would be good.

Cooled over ice, whisked into the whipped cream, frozen. Mix every 30-45 minutes to maintain a soft texture (also, it will separate a bit into a cream and a milk layer). If you can’t, it’s still spoonable but it’s more like an “ice” than an “ice cream” in texture.

I had some for breakfast. It’s not too sweet, I like it. I need to try a version with coconut whip and almond milk. I probably didn’t need the flavour from the honey sticks. This tea is pretty strong as-is.

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I may have gone a little nuts, but bear with me. These are GOOD.

Steeped 3 tbsp tea in 1.5-ish cups (organic, 3.5% aka “homo”) milk. I heated the milk, then steeped 5 minutes at a not-boiling temperature. Then I strained the mess, and added in 1.5 tbsp corn starch and 3 tbsp maple sugar. Back on the heat, stirring until it started to thicken. Strained back into my pitcher. Poured into popsicle molds.

SO GOOD. And the texture seems right, too! This is exciting. :D Maybe a little less sugar next time, maybe not. I’ll have to try this with other teas now. I wonder if corn starch works at all with non-milk teas, or if the texture/taste/look would be terribad. I ordered some beef gelatin, so I should be able to try a Jello-style tea popsicle by the end of next week. So excited! :D

OMGsrsly

(I’d probably use 1 tbsp tea per cup of milk next time. IDK, I was playing and it seemed OK dry but when wet that was a LOT of tea.)

Cavocorax

I really need to try that likes this because it’s just been a bit meh so far. (To be fair, I’m not as much into maple as you and Sil!)

OMGsrsly

Popsicles! :D :D The best way to use up tea if you’re not a fan of cold steeping it. Sadly I’m liking this one less and less. It has a weird taste in the background and I think it’s the base tea. I also thought they made it themselves, but it turns out it’s from a supplier. So. Boo.

(I also have tea ice cream in the freezer, will report tomorrow.)

Sil

yeah this one was great the first time i had it and has gotten more meh :(

Cavocorax

Ok, well, I’m sorta glad it isn’t just me, but also sad we’re all stuck with it! Hahah.

OMGsrsly

I’m almost done mine. :) 1 more cup! And the popsicles are really nice. I just had another one…

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
1425 tasting notes

I am so glad I got some of this tea in my friends birthday order! She doesn’t like caramel, so that means it’s all mine… MINE! :)

Delicious fresh apple plus baked apple. Really subtle caramel sweetness (that I’m sure would come out even more with a touch of sugar).

This is soooo good! I think I can get a bunch of steeps out of the tea, as well. I was surprised when I saw it was a fairly tightly rolled oolong, but now I’m excited because I get even more tea out of my tea. Or something.

Yay!

(Also I made some different tea popsicles. I found a recipe that suggested making a custard with some corn starch and milk and sugar and tea, so I did. Look for notes on that later!)

(1.5 tsp, 10 oz cup)

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
sundaysipping

Baking with tea is awesome! I made sugar cookies last year with butter I’d steeped tea in — so much fun!

OMGsrsly

The chocolate cake I make uses Earl Grey tea. I love it! I just got the popsicle mold from DavidsTea, so I’m trying to justify the purchase by using it with tea. Texture might be hard to get right, because I don’t want to overload with sugar. I’m going to try a gelatin-based popsicle next, but with less sugar than the Jello ones I would make as a kid!

OMGsrsly

So I just ordered some beef gelatin online and may have accidentally added a couple teas and some almond butter to my cart. “Oops!” ;)

(iHerb has H&S teas 20% off right now, although they don’t carry everything. $4 shipping to Canada if it’s under 4 lbs, and tea is duty free!)

Amariel

Oh I can’t wait for my order with Indigobloom to come in!

OMGsrsly

:) So good. I still have a few to try before they’re gifted (so nice that the giftee doesn’t mind me sneaking bits!), but most of my order was for my friend!

TeaBrat

very tempted to buy this one!

OMGsrsly

Do it! I really like the oolong. It’s not quite green, not quite roasty. Nicely in the middle, and has a lovely appley note on its own in later steepings. :) I think I did 4 steepings yesterday? I even switched over to a 14 oz mug and it was still delicious.

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I am so glad this is almost gone. Well. There’s 1 tsp left but I don’t want it so it’s going into the compost when I get home.

It’s cinnamon. It’s cocoa powder. It’s mate. Better with milk but not a favourite. Everything feels separate and overwhelming, and mate isn’t a flavour I love.

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Mmm. Hot with a couple pieces of rock sugar added while it steeped.

IDK why they recommend steeping it so hot. White tea is best steeped cooler (IMO), so I tried it at 160F for 3 minutes or so.

Delicious! Sweet blackcurrant, mild white tea. I’m liking this a lot! It would be good blended with some fruits and made into popsicles, I think…

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

It’s a kir royale tea, does it taste like it?

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had a kir royale! But the black currant is spot on, especially with a pinch of sugar added.

yyz

Nice, the drink is just cassis and champagne.

Roswell Strange

I wonder how this compares to Tea Desire’s version?

OMGsrsly

Very similar I think, Roswell. They might get it from the same supplier. I’ll have to call Bayswater and check the ingredients, though.

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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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