1361 Tasting Notes

SSTTB #3.

This is the last bag, so I thought I would save it from loneliness.

Dry it smells really weak. Steeped it smells and tastes really weak. But I think that fresh, this might be pretty good. I have the faintest raspberry-lemon-orange taste coming through. The base is pretty mild, not overly bitter or astringent. It’s just too bad it’s so weak tasting.

Flavors: Bergamot, Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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SSTTB #2.

Dry, this smells SO GOOD. And also comes in the CUTEST tin. http://instagram.com/p/qNXgDdR5FA/

Unfortunately, steeping it at 85C as recommended has resulted in a bitter mess. There are some neat flavours there, floral and herbaceous/spicy. Maybe it would be better as a mini cold brew? I’ll have to try. (Maybe. If my bladder can handle it.)

Flavors: Floral, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Eeeee I can’t wait to do a TTB! I hope the one that just opened for sign-ups starts soon! :3

Sarsonator

That tin is absolutely adorable!

OMGsrsly

There are SO MANY TEAS in this one. O.o I’m not sure how long I have it for, as I’m not entirely sure where I’m sending it next. :) Hopefully long enough to make a good dent, and also rummage through my cupboard for a bunch of additions.

Cameron B.

Yeah, it sounds so exciting! Plus I’m getting to the point where I have a few teas that I don’t love and that other people might enjoy. :)

OMGsrsly

Exactly. :) Teas other people might enjoy. Haha.

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drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
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SSTTB #1.

I am so overwhelmed, tea friends. There are SO MANY teas in here and I want to try almost all of them. I have all the 8 oz mason jars out, and all my strainers are clean. :)

So this one. You know, except for the base, this is pretty good! Definitely butterscotch, although the banana is hard for me to find.

Not a tea I ever would have asked to try, but it was at the bottom of the box (which of course I opened) and I saw it first, so… yeah. It’s interesting. I think I’m done with these blends though, as the base tea just isn’t a favourite.

Thank you, whomever put it in there! And thanks, Roswell Strange, for sending the box on to me.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Fruity

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Yum. Fruity plummy tea. Another that I’m trying to finish.

I think my favourite H&S teas are the soba cha (yay buckwheat!) and Paris. So while it’d be pretty silly to order just for that, if anyone is interested in sharing an order I might be up for that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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First tea of the day. So amazing. I really need to get some more. (1 tsp in 12 oz, over ice to make 1 L. Steeped twice. So delish.)

So yeah. Today was interesting. Slept 4 hours last night because I was warm and uncomfortable. Went to work. None of my stuff came in because Friday was a US holiday, so you can imagine how much actual work got done. I tried. I organized and prepped and etc. But there’s nothing to report.

And then a friend called and asked if I would mind fostering some toads. Yeah. So after a huge mess of tanks breaking and having to go buy crickets (because I cannot with the meal worms UGH) and dropping all the rocks and everything… I am now the proud foster parent of 4 fire-bellied toads. Yep.

That took forever. But now I’m home, sipping on this iced, thinking of a shower before bed, just to cool down and get comfy.

Bonus is my cat really likes Toad TV.

http://instagram.com/p/qLkTb2x5NR/

Flavors: Floral, Green, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Thank you for sharing it, Sil! I’m converted. I will not doubt the melon teas any longer.

Sil

haha yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

Cavocorax

That’s crazy! TOADS!

Cavocorax

TOOOOAAADS!

Dinosara

Woohoo, toads! Those guys are cute. But, I have a large number of reptile and amphibian pets. :D

OMGsrsly

My friend has loads of snakes, and didn’t want to have to deal with the toads too. So I have them. :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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HOLY MACKEREL.

This is CHOCOLAAAAATTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously in your FACE chocolate. Ahem.

It is ground cocoa beans, so I’d expect that. However, I hadn’t actually made this as recommended. 4 tbsp (yes, 1/4 CUP of the grounds) of this, 12 oz water. Steeped 12 minutes.

WOW.

Just. Wow.

I don’t think you NEED to do this to get the chocolate delicious flavours, but it certainly is fun. It’s super bitter because duh, it’s cocoa beans, so I added 1 tsp honey. It’s also a bit of an oil slick because duh, it’s cocoa beans with all the cocoa butter still inside, so I added some cream to make it luxe instead of icky.

Yes. Thank you. I will be making this with coffee in the morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

is this the one i picked up or the one you picked up? lol

OMGsrsly

This is the one I picked up. :) I haven’t tried yours yet because I haven’t really been craving hot chocolate, and want to compare them. I mean, is there really a discernible difference?

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Iced with sweetened condensed milk. Again. :)

I decided to have this tea after helping my BFF with her snakes and then going dress shopping with her. I’m been chugging Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper by Bayswater since I got home, but I needed something a little different. :) There’s so little black tea in here I’m considering it decaf. :D

So it’s good. I still like it. I’ll tear through my 100g pretty quick, but I don’t think I’ll get more once I’m done. Teas I have iced are usually only consumed in the evening, so Butiki’s honeybush root beer will do me fine. I like that one hot as well, while this one hot is just. No.

(Diluted to 16oz with ice.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Root Beer

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
1361 tasting notes

Florence, you are almost gone. I’m sort of sad about this, but not completely sad. I probably won’t buy more of you for a long time.

I’m starting to be “over” the chocolate flavouring that H&S uses. So while the tea is good, it’s not quite right. It’d be better if I added some cacao shells or something to up the chocolateyness.

Still, it’s pretty good. Thank you for sharing with me, CrowKettle. I do appreciate it. :)

Flavors: Chocolate, Nutty

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Cold steeped about 24 hours before I remembered about it. Oops?

Oh well, it’s still good. It’s a hibiscus based fruit tea with moderate orange-ness, and a kick of chili. Goes well with Kapha Organic.

:)

Flavors: Apple, Cranberry, Hibiscus, Lemongrass, Orange, Rosehips, Spicy

Preparation
9 tsp 68 OZ / 2011 ML

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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Sil had this, and made me laugh SO MUCH because really, it has LOADS of chili in it! What did you expect? :D :D

So of course I had to make a cup. It’s soooo good! I only steeped 5 minutes though, and added 1/2 tsp honey. Delightful.

Today I can really taste the parsley, which is such a neat thing in a tea. So it’s a lot more herbaceous than what most people would think of an “herbal” tea as being. I do love the leafy medicinal things though, so I totally don’t mind. Lots of kick from the chili pepper, wow. Delicious honey, a hint of blackberry branches in the sun from the blackberry leaves… yep, I really like this tea.

:) Thanks for both reminding me of this AND making me laugh, Sil! Win-win.

Flavors: Herbaceous, Parsley, Spicy, Sweet, warm grass

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

glad someone’s laughing. I’ve been on a call since just before noon today. I have a headache and i’ve had soooooo much tea. i’m peeing every 5 mins. i love this tea too but shit! 20 min steeps is NOT how you wanna drink this lol

Sarsonator

This sounds SO GOOD!!!!

OMGsrsly

Laughing is good! Thank you for oversteeping your Kapha. :) Also love and hugs for dealing with work today!

Sarsonator, it is REALLY good. They only sell 100g online, and it is a somewhat fluffy herbal. Just FYI.

Sil

12 hours of overtime says maybe i can make up money from our couch purchase…

OMGsrsly

That is still mostly yuck, with only a little bit of yay.

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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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