1576 Tasting Notes

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Oh yum. Again, I can smell it but can’t really taste it. :) Doesn’t matter though, this is good.

I also made a rosemary cake (OMG, Nigella’s cake recipes are ridiculous) but with quince instead of apple, and I can’t taste it. Haha. Oops. I’ll have to freeze some and keep it for when I’m not so sick.
http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/rosemary-remembrance-cake-129
I also only used 100g sugar, because I like to reduce the sugar in my baking. I also think that half the butter could be replaced with more apple, but that’s just my opinion. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

That recipe sounds amazing. I will have to give it a try sometime.

Cameron B.

I love Nigella! :)

OMGsrsly

Her Madeira Cake recipe is just AMAZING. I’ve sent it to my mom and told her to make it. It was my cake last week, and so so delicious.

Cameron B.

You make a weekly cake? :D

OMGsrsly

I have last week and this week. Generally I would rather eat less cake, but Anna keeps posting cake recipes on FB and I can’t resist.

OMGsrsly

Still, I suppose home made cake is better than purchased gluten free junk food…

Kittenna

^^ That’s the spirit!

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I can’t really taste it, but I can smell it! Or at least, that’s the excuse I’m using for making some of this tea.

I also cleaned out the Zojirushi water heater and set it up tonight. Too bad its only temperatures are 208F and 140F. I don’t know what I’d steep at 140F! The nicest thing is it has a timer, so I can set it for 6 hours and have hot water all evening with minimal effort. If I ate instant soups, this would be pretty much perfect.

So. This tea steeped at 208F for 2.5 minutes… goes a bit astringent/overdone. It’s better at 195F for 3 minutes, which is my standard for black teas these days. Still, it smells delightful. :) And that’s mostly why I’m drinking it, so I can’t really complain.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
TeaBrat

gyokuro??

OMGsrsly

I don’t have any. (I don’t love green teas.)

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Ohh, ginger and lemon tea. Yay!

I did NOT steep this the Silk Road way… Instead, 2 tsp tea for my 16 oz cup, plus some honey for extra goodness while I’m sick.

I can’t really taste it, but when I stick my face in the cup I can smell the ginger and lemongrass. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mmmmmmmmmmmm

OMGsrsly

I’d share, Sil, but I only have 1 tsp left.

Sil

don’t stress haha i like adding things to my wishlist that i can’t sort…. sigh

OMGsrsly

Yeah. It’s pretty impossible to search through peoples cupboards for teas to try these days.

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I’m sick, I can’t really taste today, and I am having this as a latte. The flavouring of this tea is good, but the base is TERRIBLE. And so is their customer service. So I guess it’s a good thing I don’t want more of this tea… (On the other hand, I love some of the herbal teas they have, which sucks.)

(Total drink size about 10 oz. With almond milk.)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 4 OZ / 118 ML
TeaBrat

hope you feel better soon!

OMGsrsly

Thanks! Feels like this one will be around for a while. But at least I’ll manage to sip down some teas I don’t love? :)

TeaBrat

lol – might as well do it now while you can’t taste anything :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
1576 tasting notes

Oh man. I made up a huge mug of this with hot almond milk and a little sugar. It tastes amazing, and smells amazing, but I can’t drink it. :( I’m finding the only thing I can tolerate right now is my water and lime.

That really hurt to pour this down the drain.

I definitely recommend trying these cacao"teas" as lattes, or even steeping them in milk on the stove. So good.

(20 minute steep…)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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(Whoops! I almost missed it! Note 1551. :) )

Yep, it’s tea. Not my favourite, but I figure that since my tasting isn’t so great right now I’ll drink up some of the stuff I don’t love so much. :)

(I gave my BFF the rest of the Forever Nuts, WOO! And because all I have is DayQuil, she’s going to get me something so I can sleep tonight.)

This tea is… interesting. I steeped it really strong, and added 1/4 mug of almond milk. It’s almost smoky or leathery, it’s weird. And sharp. The sharp brightness is what I don’t care for in a lot of Ceylons.

But it is tea.

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

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drank Forever Nuts by DAVIDsTEA
1576 tasting notes

Whoops. I have a curdled almond milk and Forever Nuts Latte.

It’s still alright. At least it’s not chunky the way that milk curdles. It tastes like nuts and apple and cinnamon, the way I would expect.

Still not my most favourite tea, but I got sucked into buying it on mega sale last year and, well, totally forgot that it’s not my favourite.

Preparation
0 OZ / 0 ML
OMGsrsly

(I ended up dumping this and made some ginger tea instead…)

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52Teas Gingerbread Smoke + Tea Desire Caramel Puerh.

Made as a latte. Yes, the crazy DavidsTea style. 3 tsp each tea.

I used unsweetened almond milk today because 1) I am sick and 2) there was no unsweetened soy milk on sale, and even though I don’t really love soy it generally tastes a bit better for “milk” heavy applications. (And also it sets Jello puddings, but almond milk doesn’t…)

It’s not bad. I’m glad the Gingerbread Smoke is gone. It’s actually lost a LOT of flavour, even though it’s been in a tin. I was expecting the smoke to dominate this blend, but it really isn’t. I’m getting mostly caramel and ginger. (I did end up adding extra ginger to the sample I kept…) And it’s pretty good!

I like this method for using up teas, but it still feels really wasteful. I might do another steeping of this blend tonight, just so I can get as much as possible out of the huge amount of leaves.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This is definitely a comfort tea, to steep all day and drink when I’m out hiking or when I’m not feeling well.

Sadly, today I’m not out hiking. Instead, I have cold #2 for the month.

It’s been steeping about 8 hours, and I love it. Super sweet, cinnamon, a bit of mint, a tiny hint of other spices. Yum.

(1 tea bag for 12 oz)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 12 OZ / 354 ML
Suziqzer

Yum! This is the tea that got me into drinking tea more than coffee. You’re right.. super sweet, heavy cinnamon, spices, .. Yum! Easy to through in my purse for that emergency tea need too. :)

OMGsrsly

I was introduced to it on a winter hike – one of the people pulled out a thermos and it smelled SO GOOD. :)

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IDK if this is the same as the Hattialli Golden Paw Assam that’s currently on their website and I have in my cupboard…

So… I like it. A lot. I’d like it more if I wasn’t sick. It’s very similar (might even be the same!) to the tippy Hattialli I steal from my mom when I visit.

Yum yum yum. Malty, etc, good with additives, good without.

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

Oh yeah, I love this one too. I hope you’ll feel better soon! It seems like you were just sick not that long ago?

OMGsrsly

I KNOW. Second cold in a month. I don’t know who to blame… maybe some rando on Transit?

Fjellrev

Damn, that’s brutal. :(

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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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