1425 Tasting Notes

Made this morning with a dollop of cream. Drank some of it with my painkillers, then went to bed and slept the whole day. I’m still in a lot of pain, unfortunately. (I sneezed. Glamorous, right?)

Still decent cold, but I ended up dumping the last half cup or so, which was sad, but there was a bug in my tea, waiter. I took a sip before I noticed. Oops. :)

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
bizbee1

hope you are feeling better! I am sure the tea got rid of any bad bug bugs!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1425 tasting notes

The popsicles I made from this taste SO good. However, they are essentially frozen chunks of ice in texture. Next time, I’ll have to use some sweetened condensed milk in them to obtain a softer texture that’s easier to eat without dripping half the popsicle down my front. :)

Zoku (the company that makes the DavidsTea popsicle mold) recommends 12 oz tea and 3 tbsp honey, so I’ll play with that ratio to see what I can get.

Cameron B.

Pudding pops, go! :D

OMGsrsly

That was the first thing I thought of! Chocolate pudding, and also cherry or lemon jello. :D

One mix that’s really good is cocoa powder, coconut milk (60% from a can) and some sort of sweetener. SO GOOD.

Cameron B.

I’m not sure how you would include tea in a pudding pop though, since pudding is made with milk… Hmmm, I must think on this!

yyz

Infuse the tea in the milk.

OMGsrsly

Yes! Caramel Puerh from Tea Desire (which I happily have a whole bunch of) would be really good. Also, for some reason, Earl Grey goes well with chocolate.

bizbee1

if you don’t mind regular (not high fructose) corn syrup a small amount gives a much better popsicle texture. Honey works but I need more (and so much more sweet) than the corn syrup (sold here as karo syrup)

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s a good tip. We used to use corn syrup as pancake syrup so I’m not completely opposed. :) Sweetened condensed milk apparently helps texture too, and I have some in the fridge, so I’ll probably try it first.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1425 tasting notes

I bought a pitcher pack of this today along with a POPSICLE MAKER! because I am sleep deprived and was shopping to make myself feel better. Not the best thing, but I remained in budget even with the Body Shop purchases (all 50% plus another 10% off [Not 60% because it’s 10% off the sale price not the total!]) and, umm, nail polish extravaganza.

Umm.

Right. Tea. I steeped this up to make about 1 L of tea and added 1/2 tsp sugar. I decanted some for popsicles and added milk to those, then diluted the rest a bit more so it’s more like the instructions on the pack recommend.

It’s… well, it smells a LOT like Forever Nuts. Perhaps more caramel but not really. It’s a little oily on the surface. And it tastes a lot like Forever Nuts, but with caramel. It’s a bit carby, even though I didn’t have much corn in my package. I hope the popsicles turn out well, I think this would be nice with some milk.

It’s not bad, but I don’t see it being something I’d reach for over and over. Still, I am glad I picked it up today. Kinda bummed they were out of on-sale Cherry Snowcone, but oh well. Can’t collect them all! ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 30 g 51 OZ / 1500 ML

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drank Swedish Cocktail by RiverTea
1425 tasting notes

A lovely sample from Roswell Strange. Thank you!

I cold steeped it overnight. It’s so weird! Fruity, and almondy. That’s what I thought. But it’s apple-hibiscus-coconut? What? IDEK.

I’ll have to think on it some more when I get home and finish the jar. But my initial impressions don’t jive with the product description.

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Thanks for the sample, Dexter! (As an aside, WTF is the note window defaulting to “Yes I would recommend this tea”? That’s terrible. Ugh. Have I accidentally been recommending everything?)

Anyways. I thought this was something else, so steeped it ~2 minutes Western style this morning. Then realized by the colour and smell that it was a puerh and removed the leaves before I did a 4 minute steep. Haha. Tasty, but not what I wanted at all.

Still, this is a nice puerh. Not fishy, but it is mushroomy. A little savoury. Takes accidental longish steeps fairly well.

Mmm, tea.

Flavors: Mushrooms

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
mrmopar

Gong fu , Gong fu..

OMGsrsly

It was in my notes to try it with shorter steeps, but I don’t have any left now. Mostly because of a sleep deprived mistake!

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drank Pu Erh Gourmand by Dammann Freres
1425 tasting notes

Note 1400, plus sipdown!

I really enjoyed this tea this morning, with a splash of cream. Nice and strong and rich. Definitely caramel and vanilla. Mmm. I steeped just over 4 minutes, too. (My usual is 3!) I needed something delicious and comforting, and this worked quite well. :)

Thank you to… Dinosara for sharing the sample with me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Sil

Woohooo! Go you!

OMGsrsly

I have tried at least 615 teas. At least, because random things I have get put in random steepings or something similar. That’s a lot of teas.

Sil

That’s fantastic!

NofarS

Wow! Keep it up!

OMGsrsly

For me, yeah! :) I’m not a hardened tea drinker like you. I’m afraid my slosh-capacity is pretty low. ;)

OMGsrsly

I’ll probably slow down in tea types, at least until I wade through the gazillion samples and teas I currently have. :) I’m still drinking 3-4 mugs a day, though!

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
1425 tasting notes

This tea. THIS TEA.

Another one I bought for my BFF (hee! Two friends!) and stole a sample of. (I have another week to try all these teas!)

I mostly taste the PTA, with hints of chocolate and orange. Not too much for me, which is good, because I do NOT like Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.

So. Delicious sweet assam tea. Hints of dark chocolate and orange. A touch of sugar to sweeten it even more. Could be good with milk but I’m sitting now and it’s too much work to go back into the kitchen. Highly recommend trying this one if you get a chance. :)

(And because it’s PTA, it’ll resteep! Yay!)

Flavors: Dark Chocolate, Fruity, Orange Zest, Sweet

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Sil

I heart two friends…. I could never get behind three friends…

Sil

I loves stracy for being awesome with this one and helping me find my happy place

OMGsrsly

:D It’s delicious! I don’t think I tried 3 friends when we did the massive order here. I just didn’t like the smell of the chocolate and orange (because I don’t like the combo), but this one is so different.

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(EEE!! I got my order!)

Oh. My. God.

This smells SO good!

Why didn’t I buy lots for me as well as my BFF?! This tea is fantastic! I love it. LOVE it. Possibly even more than Watermelon Xylophone.

Delicious and amazing creamy lemon pastry-ness.

I steeped a cup, then took the leaves and put them into 16oz cool water for a cold steep. Fingers crossed!

Flavors: Cream, Lemon, Pastries

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
Cameron B.

I ordered this one and I haven’t tried it yet… Silly me! :P

OMGsrsly

The height of foolishness. ;) As you can no doubt tell, I like it lots. Not completely sold on the cold steep yet. Maybe in the morning.

DeliriumsFrogs

This one really does smell SO good! yummy!! :)

Cavocorax

Eeeeee! My order should be here soon. :) I can’t wait to dig in!

OMGsrsly

Try it! I think Sil liked it cold steeped, but it’s not a favourite for me. But I think I can get 3 steeps or so out of the leaves, so I’m not too upset. :)

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drank Mango Fruit Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1425 tasting notes

Sipdown! Well, it will be as soon as I finish my thermos.

I cold brewed overnight. Really fruit punch like, as others have commented. I was going to call it citrus, but no. It tastes very similar to red fruit punch, although since I didn’t sweeten it it’s nowhere near as sugary.

I’ve enjoyed this one, but I wouldn’t get more. There are other teas that don’t have candied fruits in them that I enjoy as iced teas more.

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A rich chai. The puerh makes a bit of a difference, I think.

Would possibly buy again. :) Thanks so much for the sample, Shmiracles!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 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.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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