1800 Tasting Notes

drank Phoenix Pearl by Zen Tea
1800 tasting notes

I threw 1/4 tsp of these into my 14 oz “timolino” and sipped on it all day at work.

I still like this tea, especially for the versatility. Being able to let it steep all day without any funky flavours is awesome!

Dexter

This one is awesome :))

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drank Tamarind Gui Fei by Butiki Teas
1800 tasting notes

Oh, this is SO good today! I made it this morning, so it’s just a little warmer than body temperature now.

Nice and fruity, the oolong is perfect and thick and smooth.

YUM.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Dexter

Hmmmmm – I like tamarind in black tea – haven’t thought about it it oolong – will have to remember this next time I make tamarind chutney…

OMGsrsly

Did you get a sample of this? If not, I’ll put the bit I have left aside for you.

Dexter

No please don’t – please enjoy it or share it with someone who will appreciate it….

Dexter

I actually mix tamarind into iced tea – it’s amazing, I just haven’t tried it with oolong – will have to do that someday

OMGsrsly

I only have 1 tsp left or so. I bought it for a friend and most of it went to her! I’ll definitely enjoy it. It worked well in the travel mug.

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drank Banane Chocolat by Lupicia
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A sample from Dustin! Thank you. :)

This smells like sweet banana candy. There’s weirdly not much chocolate in there as well. I steeped a bit short and cool, because I was making an oolong at the same time. Unfortunately, the tea is really thin. I like the flavour, it’s nice that the banana is stronger than the chocolate. But the texture just isn’t doing it for me.

Are all these puerhs and oolongs ruining me for regular black tea? GASP. I hope not.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

hahahaha

Fjellrev

Banana candy oddly sounds really good to me even though I’m sure this must taste artificial haha.

OMGsrsly

I actually quite liked the banana flavour. It was sweet and fresh.

OMGsrsly

I think I’d prefer a banana oolong, though. Like melon oolong. :D The texture of the oolong is just… IDK, I think it would go better with the banana flavour they use.

Fjellrev

I never tried David’s rendition but I like the idea of banana in oolong too!

OMGsrsly

David’s rendition was Before My Time. :)

rosebudmelissa

Is there a banana oolong out there? That does sound good. For that matter, are there many banana flavored teas?

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drank Peach Tranquility by Teavana
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I do like this, but it’s better way overleafed with a little honey added. I’m having this after I realized I forgot dinner, and made bacon and eggs. :D

It’s a good combo, actually.

And this tea is a perfect before bed tea because of the chamomile.

Yum.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Grandpa style, only I haven’t refilled my thermos at all.

I put 4 tiny nuggets in the bottom of my not-a-timolino this morning, and added boiling water. I’ve been sipping randomly all day, and it’s been SO good! Really mild and soothing. A little foresty but not much. IDK, I just really like this tea this way.

Preparation
Boiling 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

That’s awesome – I haven’t really explored grandpa style…

OMGsrsly

It’s my lazy way of having lots of tea OR preparing tea when I know I won’t get to it for a long while but I want it to be tasty and not flat like it can sometimes get in a thermos. Wee bit of leaf, water, let it go. Wee bit of leaf. I’ve started using 4-5 oolong balls, so maybe 1/4 tsp? I haven’t tried it with Indian teas, but it works with puerh (even stuff that’s mostly steeped out), rolled oolong, and Zen Tea’s Phoenix Pearl really well.

DeliriumsFrogs

I haven’t explored that style, either. Sounds so interesting (and convenient, and yummy, and just all around great. :) )

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
1800 tasting notes

I cleaned my skinny mesh tea strainer (the one that fits into the top of my Contigo mugs) and made a mug of this for work today!

OMG, I forgot how good this is. SO GOOD. Seriously. I’m so glad I have another 50g bag in the cupboard, because delicious tea is delicious.

Flavors: Green Melons, Melon

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
KittyLovesTea

This sounds nice :)

OMGsrsly

Highly recommend their fruity stuff. :)

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drank Warm Crepe by Bayswater Tea Co.
1800 tasting notes

Yum! I’m missing some of the bigger pieces in this last serving of tea, but that’s OK. It’s still delicious.

Cinnamon pancakes, seriously. So good!

With a splash of milk (small splash, I’m trying to reduce dairy…).

187 (I think.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Amariel

Oooh, I really want to try this now! Looks so good. And it’s honeybush, so caffeine free! :)

Sil

oooooh!!!

whatshesaid

you awesomely sent me some of this and i’m excited to try it!! :)

OMGsrsly

Sil, there might be some in your pile, but I don’t actually remember. And now it’s gone.

Whatshesaid, it’s so tasty! I have a hard time with honeybush but this one doesn’t go sour on me.

Sil

omg – i anticipate a bit of a shopping spree when i’m down in a couple months… hopefully i’ll have tried a few more so i know what i MUST HAVE

OMGsrsly

Haha. I should send you some stuff.

Oh, I got the O5 product list. Holy moly! Those puer are expensive. O.o

Dexter

OMGsrsly – do you have that product list in a format that you could email to me. :))))))

OMGsrsly

Of course, Dex! Message me your email address somewhere and I’ll forward it to you.

Dexter

Thank you – sent you a FB message….

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I succumbed and bought regular cream today.

And now I’m drinking this tea with a dollop of cream. So good. Like plum pastries.

Om nom nom.

(I have 2 kilos of pork roast in the fridge and no idea what to do with it, because somehow through my horrible file messes and breaking computers, I’ve lost some of my favourite recipes! (They might be on my computer at work…) Any crockpot style suggestions? :) )

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

This one is sooo good.

Bear With Me

Pork. Bbq sauce.
or
pork. Honey garlic marinade (2 parts honey, 3 parts water [I sometimes do 2 parts water, 1 part broth of some sort, actually], ALL THE GARLIC!!!)

Bear With Me

OR, replace some of the water with tea. Srsly.

OMGsrsly

I’ve done a recipe for chili ginger ribs, but with the roasts in the crockpot instead of the oven. :D It’s gonna be SO GOOD.

Bear With Me

Sooooo jealous!!!!

OMGsrsly

Haha. Teleport yourself over here in the morning for some pulled pork and.. pulled pork. Yeah, my fridge is a little empty right now.

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Had earlier (much earlier) this morning, with some sugar. I prefer it with milky stuff, but couldn’t be bothered to open another packet of coconut milk.

I had to get up suuuuper early (for me!) because the water was being shut off and I really wanted to shower at home instead of at work. Haha. Amazingly, I was successful, but it’s time for a coffee break. Tea just isn’t doing it for me right now!

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

I like this one best with milk too.

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I’m working on cleaning and reorganizing everything in my tiny apartment, I started about a week ago and am tackling tiny projects each day.

Last night I found a bag of what I thought was palm sugar (at like 1:30 am) and put it in the kitchen to have with my tea today. Except. It wasn’t palm sugar. It felt weird as I put a couple pinches into my tea, and I realized it was bamboo flavoured salt.

That was a no. That was a BIG no.

So I made another cup, and added some real, regular sugar to it. And some coconut milk. And I’m still drinking it.

Tea good. Tea with a lot of salt, though? That’s bad.

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

Mistaking salt (or msg) for sugar is one of my biggest tea/cooking nightmares :P ..whereas coconut milk and this tea together sounds great.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, the coconut milk is good in tea. :) I get the Aroy-D tetra packed coconut milk for tea, because it seems to integrate better.

Maddy Barone

Oh, dear. Reminds me of the long ago Downton Abbey episode where Mrs. Patmore made dessert for a dinner party with salt instead of sugar. :(

OMGsrsly

That sounds like something I would do! There’s a reason why the salt and sugar go in very distinct and separate places in my kitchen…

leaf in hot water

i did that with coffee before…soooo gross!

OMGsrsly

At least I realized before I drank any!

The Cookie Lady

I once baked about 200 caramel shortbread heart-shaped cookies to take to school for Valentine’s Day. I baked them the night before and was planning to put the finishing touches on them in the morning. I was running late, so I just arranged them on a huge platter and tossed sprinkles and granulated sugar all over the top. Or did I? Turns out I sprinkled a whole bunch of salt over the top instead of sugar. Luckily, they still tasted pretty good as long as you gave the cookie a quick shake-off before eating them :)

OMGsrsly

Well, salted caramel… that might work! :)

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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!
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