1699 Tasting Notes

drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1699 tasting notes

Thanks again for the sample(S), Sil!

I don’t actually care for the chocolate in this. Chocolate “flavour” or “essence” just tastes off to me, and this is no exception. The base is great, though. Maybe just the base without the chocolate stuff in it? Yeah, that could be good. Or mixed with Crio Bru? Hmm…

Anyways, it’s drinkable but I definitely wouldn’t seek it out.

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

this is a tea that you need to drink relatively soon after purchase. I found that the taste just loses something the longer it sits… also, i grew less and less enamoured of it

OMGsrsly

I have a lot of problems with chocolate flavours, so I’m not surprised it didn’t work for me this time. I mean, I loved H&S Florence but even that now is just ugh.

Sil

YES! i feel you on that… florence was great…and then…it wasn’t

Dexter

That’s sad :(( I still love Florance and Soho….

OMGsrsly

I still have some Florence, and I keep trying it. But the chocolate flavour just doesn’t do it for me. Give me nibs or shells and it’s fine – just the flavour that isn’t.

Sil

i haven’t tried florence in a loooong time so it might still do it for me… but this one for sure doesn’t

Dexter

Where are you buying cacao from these days (I still haven’t been brave enough to try the last stuff I got – and I won’t order from them again so it’s really irrelevant…)

OMGsrsly

There’s Tisano, but I like Crio Bru way more than the shells. Have you tried Crio Bru yet?

Dexter

Sil – I could toss a wee little taste of Florance into your box….

Dexter

I have not tried Crio Bru – do you have a little you could toss my way? Any flavor is fine – just so that I can see what it’s like…

Sil

I can put some in to the box that i’m sending you dexter…i may have already done so…just not at home to check

OMGsrsly

We have different flavours, so I’ll send you some of mine too. :)

Dexter

Thanks guys that would be awesome. :))

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1699 tasting notes

Goodbye tea. (216, phew.)

I’m really sad this is going to be gone in like 10 minutes, but wow. Vanilla-eggnog-latte. Yum! The perfect indulgent drink.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
1699 tasting notes

Yep, this is creamy and fruity! Last of a lovely sample from Roswell Strange, cold brewed.

It is so much tastier this way! Very light and refreshing, but the flavour is kind of unidentifiable fruity. :) I’m not sure I’d get more, but I’m really enjoying it right now.

Thank you!

(Also, my daily sipdown WOO.)

Amariel

This one sounds like a nice one. I liked the few bamboo ones I have had so far, so this one seems like one I would enjoy. Maybe I’ll look at getting few bamboo teas in spring or summer.

OMGsrsly

If you like bamboo, I’d definitely recommend this one. I don’t really care for bamboo, so while I’ll enjoy what I have, it’s not something I’d search out.

Roswell Strange

Tea Desire offers another Bamboo tea as well called Pure Life; I enjoy that one a lot too; it’s got citrus as well as gingko and lemongrass in it, and I swear coconut even though it’s not a listed flavour. It’s pretty good though! Maybe better suited to you if citrus is your thing?

OMGsrsly

I’ll have to check it out. It’s mostly I think that the bamboo isn’t really my thing. I did enjoy the fruitiness of this one. And the refreshing factor.

Amariel

I liked Davids Bamboozled, and I think you had sent me another bamboo tea, which I seem to recall liking.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
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FINALLY I have brewed this tea so it is (almost) too spicy to drink. Finally. Almost. You are vindicated, Sil!

2:45-ish with a metal filter in a thermos. Added a little honey, and 7+ hours later I’m finally sipping on it. WHOOEE. That is GOOD. Perhaps a little more honey next time if I’m going to leave it all day, and use that coarse of a strainer.

I’m still enjoying it, and I can still (barely) drink it. ;)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

Mmmmmm…missus I have no issues brewing it like 5 mins….

OMGsrsly

Technically Ms “I have no issues brewing it like 5 mins….” :D And I don’t. But I don’t think I’d do that with a coarse strainer and a thermos.

Sil

You are whatever I call you! Sheesh! Chucklehead :p

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Today, with a little honey.

It was really good hot, but as it cooled it got more and more bitter.

I might have to rethink how I drink this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Herbal Tea by Local Mission Market
1699 tasting notes

Thanks MissB! :)

Huh, that’s mint in there. That’s weird. It doesn’t smell minty at all.

In fact, it mostly just tastes like (and smells like) toasted rice. It’s really quite delicious, though. There’s some background that could be the ginger and orange peel, but it’s faint.

The toasted rice flavour is amazing. Wow.

Oh, and there’s some mint. At the back of the sip. It’s not my favourite flavour, but it’s so mild in this, I’m OK with it.

Thanks so much for the sample! :)

Flavors: Mint, Toasted Rice

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Boobage by T-We Tea
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Aww, it looks like MissB didn’t try this one (it was the lavender, wasn’t it?)! So now it’s up to me to review a tea that I… don’t really have any application for. Oh well, it smells good!

There is definitely a LOAD of lavender in this tea. Sniffing it, I can also smell the raspberry leaf, but wow it’s almost soap. And it takes a lot of lavender to make things smell soapy for me.

Steeped, it smells like herbal soap tea. Umm… I’m kinda scared.

It’s been sitting there for about 15 minutes while I putter around and consider drinking it.

Well, it’s not terrible. It’s a bit sweet from the “anise seeds” (aka fennel) and the lavender. The raspberry leaf is tasty enough. I can’t tell there’s fenugreek in it. But I would still much rather be drinking something else.

I think that if it’s a tea you need, this would be a much tastier option than some others, but as a tea I don’t need… I’m gonna pass.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
CHAroma

“It’s been sitting there for about 15 minutes while I putter around and consider drinking it.” Haha, nice visual! I’ve definitely done this myself. :)

OMGsrsly

Sometimes the tea just doesn’t seem appealing…

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drank Sans Complexe by THE O DOR
1699 tasting notes

… lemon meringue?! What? (Thank you, Dinosara! :) )

This smells nutty. With caramel and vanilla. (This was made in a well-cleaned strainer!)

Lemon meringue?!?! I guess there’s a hint of lemony custard at the end of a good sniff. But. IDK.

Oh poop. I’ve totally oversteeped it. SO bitter, wow. I can taste the lemon, though! It’s a bit pithy. More like candied lemon peel rather than straight up lemon curd. This is really interesting. I’ll have to steep again to see if I can pull flavour without so much bitter.

I’d probably do 2 minutes at 195F if I had more dry leaf. Or 3 minutes at 185F.

Based on it not working at my “usual” parameters, I’d have to say that I probably wouldn’t get more, but it’s really really neat.

(3 tsp (I spilled a bunch on the counter, boo.) in 16 oz. More leaf than usual, but why not.)

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

Still…lemon meringue is intriguing.

CHAroma

Oooh, going on the wishlist!

OMGsrsly

It was really neat, but I wasn’t expecting the tea to be so picky… or I’d have done 2 way smaller cups. Oh well. I’d try it again!

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I still love this tea. The caramel. The blueberry. I don’t even care that the flavourings aren’t top notch quality, and that the white tea can go super bitter if you’re not careful.

CARAMEL. BLUEBERRY. LOVE.

So sad it’s all gone now.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

yay for sipdowns? or just the mug is gone haha

OMGsrsly

SIPDOWN. So yay, but also boo.

Also, I have found 2 partially finished Bolder Breakfast samples from you. :P

Amariel

This must be a different TARDIS blend than the one I tried. Because Caramel and blueberry, yeah. I would totally like this one. I think the one I had was floral? Anyway, this sounds really tasty! Sorry/yay for your sipdown?

CHAroma

I clicked to go to this tea page and right at the top under flavors was “chicken soup.” How on Earth does caramel and blueberry tea taste like chicken soup?!

OMGsrsly

There are so many Tardis blends, Amariel!

CHAroma, that would be Roswell Strange. Heh. I think the white-and-black blend does lend a savory note to the tea…

Amariel

I did notice the chicken soup bit too. Ha ha!

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I finally found the lid to my tin and transferred this tea. It takes up a WHOLE Mariage Freres tin. O.o That is a lot of tea, Mom. Geez.

So I’ve decided that at some point, maybe the end of the week when I’m finished with the eggnog (ha!) and am not having coffee every morning, I should focus on one tea per week. This should be the first. Partially to sipdown some of my larger quantities (Mostly from Mom…) and partially to get to know my teas better. (Interestingly, when I think about doing this with some of my flavoured teas, shy away from the idea. What does that say about those flavoured teas? That I don’t like them? Or that I’m scared I’ll get sick of them?)

So this tea. It’s a little harsher than my favourite that Mom gets me. She usually gets me a Hattiali, which tends to have more golden tips and be smoother. This one has more of a bite. A little bitter (which actually I like) and a little more astringent (which makes my teeth feel funny). Lots of malt. Takes coconut milk creamer well, which is good, because milky things tend to mellow out the astringency. I’d say this is a smooth tea, with less malt than what I was expecting, and a finishing bite.

And now that my cup is done, I’m going to go have something else. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 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.

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