1626 Tasting Notes

This year’s Tea-mas present from Mom!

Sweet and malty, a touch astringent because I steeped 4 minutes.

Quite nice. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another tea with… EGGNOG! This evening it’s regular eggnog. But I might have 2 packages of soynog in the fridge as well. Still no almond at the local stores!

Anyways, this is delicious. The plum rooibos is so good anyways, and the added spices from the eggnog just make it so amazing.

It really is plum, too. Baked plum, I think. Reminds me of my mom’s plum cake with the Italian prunes from the tree in the back yard. We’d use plain yeast dough, lay the plums out on the dough, then sprinkle with a small amount of sugar when it came out of the oven. So good. I wish I could do a decent gluten free yeast dough, but I haven’t mastered that yet.

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
1626 tasting notes

Eggnog latte!!!

Not bad, but not the best. I prefer the strawberry and blueberry. I think perhaps I didn’t use enough eggnog, so. Yeah.

Anyways, I had it and I drank it all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1626 tasting notes

The only mint tea in my cupboard is now, sadly, gone.

I really really liked this one when I was in the mood for mint and didn’t have to worry about minting up my apartment (BFF is seriously allergic).

The mint, the lavender, the deliciousness. Mmm…

Perfect night time treat.

(Eee!!! 201! I’m almost below 200 teas!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

i can remedy that…

OMGsrsly

Noooooo! My tea cupboard is nacho problem!

Dexter

LOL and I was looking at a post yesterday thinking – I should send her some of that. :))

OMGsrsly

I don’t wanna taco ’bout it. ;)

Sil

the best part? 90% of the population out there probably wants to know why you’re spelling “not your” wrong :)

OMGsrsly

Ahahaha. Awesome. (Psst weirdos. Drunk taco joke. Youtube. Yeah.)

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Damnit, Granville Island! This is the SAME TEA as sold by Cuppa’T and probably other Canadian tea shops.

Oh well.

It is actually pretty darn good. Sweet, almondy, with a decent black base. It’s a little astringent, maybe because I ended up with the last bit in the bag for my cup. Or perhaps because of the almonds.

I am enjoying it with milk, and think it might make a pretty good eggnog latte as well. Not sure I’d rush out for more, but I could see this being a decent fall tea.

(1.5 tsp for 10 oz)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Anlina

I know that so many tea shops sell teas from the same suppliers, and it always makes me a little grumpy when I have to figure that out on my own.

I really appreciate it that, if a tea shop is going to sell Metropolitan Tea Co, or whatever other popular wholesaler, that they’re just honest about it. I like a lot of the teas from the big wholesalers. I don’t like ending up with the exact same tea from three different companies by accident.

OMGsrsly

YES. Exactly. And if I had known I would have picked something else because I got this as a holiday surprise and wanted it to be unique. And it’s not. But too bad, holiday surprise people. :D You’re getting it anyways.

Lilysmom

I never really found any Granville Island teas I loved….or even liked much…..are there good ones I missed?

OMGsrsly

I’ve only had a couple. They’re a mix of metropolitan and other common suppliers.

Roswell Strange

Cuppa’T is always a guessing game for me: some of their blends are MTC (like the Dutch Licorice I just bought) but they bring stuff in from so many other distributors too. Like, I’ve never seen their Creme Brulee Rooibos ANYWHERE else, or the Pink Beauty Oolong I bought recently. And I originally thought their Monk’s Blend was MTC but after comparing the ingredients lists it’s not the same… Really happy my local store has started listing the distributors they get their blends from!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I really like it when stores do that as well, Roswell. Janet’s Special Teas doesn’t list their distributors, but she uses different sources than a lot of the tea stores I’ve been to.

Anlina

I really like Surprise Rooibos from Granville Island.

Cornelia Bean uses a few different distributors, which are not always, but mostly clear, and most of their teas I’ve not encountered anywhere else.

OMGsrsly

Zen Tea and Tealux carry a lot of the same things as Cornelia Bean, and have lower shipping minimums. :) The only one I haven’t been able to find that I really liked is the Greek Mountain Orange.

My main problem with Granville Island is they are not clear with ingredients, at least in-store. As I’m becoming more and more sensitive to gluten and wheat, ingredients are becoming a huge sore point for me wrt various tea companies.

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75
drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
1626 tasting notes

Mmm… mostly cinnamon tonight, and with eggnog! Yummers.

Suziqzer

One of my favs of theirs so far :)

OMGsrsly

I keep on forgetting about it, so it’s (mumbledy mumbledy) old…

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1626 tasting notes

Still my favourite chai.

So so good. Spicy, warming, delicious with some milk.

I need to get me some more of this. I’m going through this tin rather quickly…

Fjellrev

Awesome that this still tops your list. :)

OMGsrsly

Om nom nom. :)

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Cold brewed 24 hours! WOW!

So delicious. Haha. The kick of spice goes perfectly with my nachos.

I’m sad to see this one go. I’ll have to pick more up for summer!

OMGsrsly

OH! And I also ordered the CUTEST mug/easy gaiwan/travel set thing off Ali Express. Fingers crossed everything works out and it’s as lovely as the pictures. :)

OMGsrsly

And I’m guzzling my second mug of this. Goes well with chocolate, too. Yep, definitely need more!

Sil

noms!

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More today! I’m feeling super crummy, but had to come in so some stuff didn’t die (yay science?). So tulsi tea to the rescue.

I’m just waiting for some stuff to warm up, and then I’m going to do my thang and go home to bed.

Headaches + lack of sleep + painkillers = upset tummy.

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85

So freaking good.

With mini rocket ship toffee brown sugar shortbreads.

Ahh. Best end to a good but tiring day. :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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