1786 Tasting Notes

Strawberry coconut latte today! Whee!

This tea is actually really nice. I should take it out of my “out” pile and start drinking it more.

(So maybe this isn’t a sipdown!)

In other news, there’s a tea event happening March 15 in Vancouver! I’m hoping to do the black tea tasting with a friend. We’re waiting till tomorrow to buy tickets though…

Anyone else interested? I’m trying to support tea ventures in Vancouver, but these places really aren’t that great about getting word out. :/ I’ve linked the tickets page and the FB event page below.

The extra tastings are:
Black tea education: 11:30 am-12:15 pm
Semi oxidized tea education: 12:30 am – 1: 45 pm
Green tea education: 2:00 am – 3:15 pm

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-finer-palate-of-tea-tickets-15426373699

https://www.facebook.com/events/697751203679839/?ref=ts&fref=ts

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

Again…I totally wish I was a Vancouver friend of yours… This seems really fun!

Dexter

I’m not a Vancouver friend – but really trying to get the pieces of my world to fall into place so that I can do this…. (cat sitter – if I can find a cat sitter, I’m 90% in….)

OMGsrsly

Aww! I wish you could come too, DeliriumsFrogs. And Dexter, if you can come that would be so cool. :) I do understand about cat-sitting though. I need to find a good person so I can go visit my Gramma again.

Dexter

My across the hall neighbor is my first choice – she’s awesome and it’s easy for her to just pop in. I have a really good friend who would do it, but she’s on the other end of the city – harder for her.

Dexter

(and holy crap are hockey tickets expensive in your world…..!!!!!)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I don’t do hockey much anymore. Mostly because of the cost, but also due to the stupid riot mentality of fans here. :/

My nice neighbour is taking care of my bad neighbour’s dog already, so I don’t really want to ask her to take care of my cat as well. And as far as other people who aren’t terribly allergic, my friend isn’t around as much now and the kid won’t leave the house to come care for my cat. Last time it looks like she forgot to feed him one day. :/

Fjellrev

I would totally come but the last couple weeks of March will be really busy for me. Hell, I was going to go to Van for a concert a few days before that but I’m not comfortable with the idea of going to the Rickshaw. :/

OMGsrsly

It’s a lot nicer to walk with someone in that part of town. Especially late after a concert. I get it.

Fjellrev

Yeah, it sounds too risky, even if I were to call and wait for a cab.

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Yum! This is another sample from Dexter. So tasty, it’s exactly what I wanted. Perhaps I should have rinsed again but this works.

Three steps in my not-a-timolino, pouring it into my new pretty cup. I’ll do three more steeps when I’m done this one and take it to bed to accompany my reading.

I wanted to do a full gongfu of it tonight but my desk is a mess of computer so I’m drinking it standing in the kitchen while making and eating sushi. I’d link pics but I just have my phone. Maybe I can figure links out and put them in the comments. :)

OMGsrsly

8 steeps total tonight! I might grandpa style the remainder tomorrow, just because. It got super creamy.

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1786 tasting notes

Drink drink drink. With milk, of course.

So sweet and also earthy. A nice choice to calm down after having to call tech support for my no-longer-under-warranty computer (Also, Dell’s website is not super accessible on a phone or ipad.. And when you call for parts for personal use, the phone line tells you to go to the website and disconnects!! If my computer worked, I wouldn’t be calling thanks people.)

PLUS DeleriumsFrogs was super SUPER sweet and sent me a present! Aww, tea frens! ♥ I got the wee crackley porcelain cup and a teensy wood tray from Zen Tea.

That was an excellent end to a terrible morning. Now I need to go get ready for work because I have equipment booked in a couple hours that I need to go prep for.

I’m feeling lots of love today. (A friend happened to have the part in his computing graveyard, so I’m getting a replacement for the price of a coffee. Ha! Take that, Dell!)

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

Take that, Dell, indeed! So glad you’re able to track down a part for your computer, and that your cup came! :)))

OMGsrsly

Yay!!! I was hoping to upgrade the motherboard and CPU as well, but it looks like Dell cases are WEIRD and I can’t actually do that. :/ 32-bit chipsets are so old school.

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This is incredibly gingery tonight. Really delicious, especially since I gave into the talk about pancakes and ate too many pancakes for dinner.

With a touch of honey.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
DeliriumsFrogs

I was so jealous of everyone’s talk about pancakes… I had to do a major grocery shop at night, so there were no pancakes for me… pannnnncakes!

Kaylee

Honey on the pancakes or in the tea?

OMGsrsly

Tea. I had maple syrup on the pancakes.

Kaylee

Ooh I bet maple syrup would be good in the tea too!

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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1786 tasting notes

Mmm, floral almondy cake tea of tastiness.

This one I’ve put into my cupboard so I remember it’s there. I think I can fit one other Fauchon tin, but I’m not sure… :)

I also had the great idea this morning (with no chance to try it) of making tea syrup with Peche et Thym. Ooohhh, that sounds so good. I need lemons as well for lemonade syrup. Then I could have Peche et Thym lemonade.

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

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1786 tasting notes

So much better than the last tea! Oh, this is like warm, gently spiced vanilla cinnamon pancakes. I added some cream and a touch of maple syrup to make it even better.

Definitely needs to be a re-buy. Now if only Bayswater would update their terribly out of date website. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

Sounds delicious :)

OMGsrsly

Yes! :)

Bear With Me

Adding to my list of things my sister needs to pick up for me. Hahaha

CrowKettle

It’s going on my list too.

OMGsrsly

Lol. There are pink peppercorns in it fyi. But I really really like it.

CrowKettle

Despite David’s Tea’s best efforts, I’m still not sick of pink peppercorns!

Amariel

Oooooh! Sounds yummy!

Sil

oooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ahem

Sil

let me know when you’re going by there…i can send you money to pick a few things up for me :)

OMGsrsly

Sure thing Sil.

Sil

also…i should have the last of your tea today…which means maybe i can get through more of bonny’s teas and get that package out to you before the end of the month…ie. next week heh

OMGsrsly

Umm. Yay? I’m both excited and scared, tbh.

Sil

lol there’s a reason i don’t want your to go to basywater yet…though i do…but i don’t…but i do….but please don’t…but maybe you could? well wait no..

also the teas…they are calling out to me… been looking at white2tea…. i’m hoping the boxes tonight will curb that since i’ve got boxes of tea all over my house…

OMGsrsly

Well, Dex and I are planning on splitting some tea boxes. Some of the samples seem to only be 10g though. Not really enough to split 3 ways.

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drank Rootbeer Tea by Sweet Cherubim
1786 tasting notes

So… there’s fennel seeds, cinnamon, star anise, LOADS of licorice root, and some weird leaves and sticks I can’t identify by sight. There’s probably more in this tea, but I can’t tell without a microscope for sorting.

This would be really good without the intense, terrible, lingering sweetness from the licorice root. Oh geez that stuff is terrible. :/

MissB, thanks so much for sharing this tea and alerting me to the fact that Sweet Cherubim has some teas. :) I don’t think I’ll be getting this one again.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Licorice, Sugar, Sweet

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

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Maaaaaaalt. Malty Assam.

Steeped a little cool, and I’m drinking it without milk. This is really nice. I agree with stonefruits. It’s pretty sweet-honey tasting as well, but not nearly as much as other teas I’ve had. Just a bit.

I really like this tea. The other place I was getting stuff from Hattiali hasn’t been able to keep it in stock, it’s so popular. Hopefully my mom can pull through and pick some up for me though. :)

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

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Apricots and cream. So delicious.

I keep forgetting about these teas because the tins don’t really fit in my main cupboard (tins take up a lot of room!). But I was looking for something this morning and found this and decided to try it. So perfect. I’ve already had a coffee from one of those Vietnamese drip-through coffee makers. And now this creamy fruity deliciousness.

Yum. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

I’m starting to give up on Winners/Marshalls ever bringing them back.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. :/ Me too.

Fjellrev

Kind of makes me wonder where they got them from in the first place.

OMGsrsly

Probably some place going out of business. Isn’t that kind of how Winners started? End of season stuff that didn’t sell, or liquidation stuff?

Fjellrev

Yeah, I just wonder which (kind of) store would have ordered them in in the first place. Come on, Canadian businesses, bring it in!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Just maybe don’t go out of business or anything. Give Winners your older stock, we’re fine with that!

Amariel

Mmm…apricot and cream!!!

OMGsrsly

But also loads of rose petals. :) Darn French teas!

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OMG.

It’s like I’m drinking honey.

Wow.

I just. No words.

(Edit: Here. Have some pictures.

http://instagram.com/p/zJRlMDx5D8
http://instagram.com/p/zJXcvZR5Nq )

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 g 3 OZ / 100 ML
cookies

Oooh, I love Yue Guan Bai and am always looking for good ones. Putting this on my to-try list.

OMGsrsly

O. M. G. I am buying a WHOLE CAKE JUST FOR ME. They only have ~10 left. O.o Hopefully they still have some next weekend.

Maddy Barone

That sounds so darned good! talks to self No more tea!

cookies

Puerh-shop has one that tastes like liquid honey as well. I’m trying to convince myself I don’t need a full cake…

OMGsrsly

The nice thing is I can just pop into this store and pay Canadian. And… I will never help you convince yourself you don’t need a full cake. If you love it, buy it now. Do it! :)

Dexter

Looks fantastic – so happy you found a great one :))

OMGsrsly

I will send you some, Dexter. It needs suuuuper short steeps. I started with 2 seconds. :) (I might be a little tea drunk. Whee!)

Dexter

LOL tea drunk is good :))

Kittenna

Liquid honey?? whimper

OMGsrsly

LOL. Assuming I manage to get a cake, the plan is to send it out to try. Sil/Terri (b/c Sil always needs more for the boxes that go to Terri!), Dexter, DeleriumsFrogs, Kittenna… :) If I sent it out to everyone right now I wouldn’t have any left.

ashmanra

WANT!!! I had one at Tin Roof Teas. I need to buy a whole
cake…

OMGsrsly

:D I totally agree, ashmanra!

Kittenna

Pleasepleaseplease if you do get a cake, keep me in mind. I believe I’ve had a moonlight white pu’erh before too, and quite enjoyed it.

OMGsrsly

Yes yes. Of course!

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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! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
http://goo.gl/maps/gXsKK

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