1373 Tasting Notes

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
1373 tasting notes

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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drank La Naissance by Fauchon
1373 tasting notes

I’ve been stomping around my apartment in a TERRIBLE mood, eating almond cookies and cleaning. Almond cookies, almond tea… ok! Sadly I forgot this steeping for about 20 minutes. :( So it’s not as good as usual, but surprise! It’s still totally drinkable. Not too bitter or astringent, although it is stronger than usual.

Yay La Naissance!

1.5 tsp in 12 oz.

Flavors: Almond

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
whatshesaid

I hope I run into this one at winners someday!!

OMGsrsly

:) It’s on my list of teas to buy for people if I ever see them! (The teas, not necessarily the people…)

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Oh wow. This tea.

I had it yesterday morning as well. I’m really pleasantly surprised, as this is a CTC Assam, and those tend to be “knock your socks off” strong.

While this tea is strong, the curled leaves are actually pretty decently sized, and they don’t unfurl in the first steep. Even a 4 minute steep. The tea does not go over the top bitter or astringent, although it definitely leans that way at 4 minutes – I added milk this morning. Yesterday I steeped 3 minutes and it was delicious and malty, and a little fruity. I had it plain.

So. A kick-in-the-butt morning CTC that is actually pretty hardy. I have a feeling it would steep well a second or third time as well. Fairly different from Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, in that the flavours are… more bold. More Assam-y (which is a terrible description, but), more like they’d hold up to added flavours of a masala chai with lots of milk and sugar. I definitely have to try that at some point soon.

Now I don’t regret getting the Tiger Assam during the free shipping sale, BUT I also have this tea and Grandpa’s Anytime Tea for the mornings now. Oops? :)

Flavors: Fruity, Grain, Malt, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
yyz

Are these the huge ones that are closer to the size of a small rolled oolong? I haven’t seen them in a while.

OMGsrsly

Closer than Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (let’s try that again).
http://instagram.com/p/qFEN0cR5B1/
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yyz

Cool comparison, the CTC I have right now is about that size and it does make great chai. I’ve seen ones that are about the size of an average pearl on an earing before.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that would be super cool to find. The other black pearl teas I have are whole-leaf Chinese teas, so quite different.

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drank Gold Rush (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1373 tasting notes

Mmm… Extremely sugary mulberry tea with a bit of coconut and a hint of white tea. :) This is more like it.

I think the sugaryness is one of the reasons I like this tea so much. I even bought plain dried mulberries, and yes they are indeed as sweet as they make this tea. They’re incredible, but most of the flavour is sweetness. Sadly the coconut does leave a bit of oil on the top of the cup. And it’s extremely expensive for what it is, since it contains so many heavy berries and so little light white tea.

Oh well. I’ll still get some every once in a while.

(I didn’t pay any attention to steeping. I dumped some tea into the strainer, added boiled water, let it sit while I made a mango smoothie… this tea is a good one for less than ideal brewing situations, although it’s not exactly high in caffeine, which makes it less ideal for work.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Cavocorax

As soon as my frequent steeping rewards are redeemable, I’m getting some of this!

Bear With Me

the low content of actual tea makes it super forgiving. I think Gold Rush and Earl of Lemon are the only really forgiving whites that DAVIDs has released. I can steep ‘em both all day long in my timolino and add water as needed (sooooo glad I got a 250g bag of EoL before it got taken away. It’s soooo lemony!. I need me a plain lemon white, it’s such a good combo)

OMGsrsly

I was actually thinking of Earl of Lemon, but then realized I didn’t have any left. :) So then I had this one. And it was good. I’ll have to look around for a lemony white tea, that’s just lemon-citrusy. Sounds so refreshing. :)

Yeah, that’s why I’m collecting points Cavo. Free Gold Rush. :)

Roswell Strange

I’ve got enough point for two free 50g bags so far… Meep.

Bear With Me

I can spare some Earl of Lemon if you’d like some. To hold you over til we find that perfect lemony/citrusy white :) I need to get creative while I’m locked up and come up with unique stuff I can send to the FB tea frens who already have everything. Might need to sneak up to Janet’s before I check in and get a list of all her stuff. There’s bound to be something I can send out!

VariaTEA

I am so close to two free bags – 178 points. My sister didn’t use the card when she bought the 250g of Caramel Corn so I am hoping there might be a way to email them to get the points.

Roswell Strange

I’m sitting at 234 points atm… :/

OMGsrsly

Mmm, Janet’s Special Orange. :) I’m OK, Bear With Me (hee!), I really do have loads of tea!

Bear With Me

you’re off the hook for now then. But Sil and Dexter are at the top of the list! I feel like I’m forgetting a third person who sent me something recently (besides you OMGsrsly) and it’s really bugging me.

also, for some reason, I’m finding it REALLY important to figure out if i’m a heffalump or a woozle and what colour I am O.o

Roswell Strange

I recently sent you some stuff (pretty much I pawned off my Buddha’s Blend on you) but really; don’t feel like you’ve gotta send stuff my way! My cupboard is finally at a size I’m happy with!

Bear With Me

Yay! I knew I wasn’t going crazy (this time)! I didn’t check the identities list before I ran away from facebook. woops!
you’ll get something eventually, along with the others. Gotta figure out what, and then get together the money. Then I can send ALL the teas to ALL the tea frens! :D (okay seriously, waaaayyyyyy loopy over here. I think you guys would get a kick out of me right about now :P )

OMGsrsly

I think you might be at least partially green. :)

Bear With Me

but what KIND of green?! forest? emerald? lime? grass? apple? hunter? kelly? these are the important questions in life!!!

OMGsrsly

Umm. Green green? Haha. (Yeah idk. I’m falling asleep over here.)

Roswell Strange

Imma say that I’m either orange/teal or Kelly green ;)

Bear With Me

I see what you did there :P

and OMGsrsly – share your sleepiness with me? I haven’t slept a wink since….(counting back) the stupid dog woke me up at 3am on Monday?

OMGsrsly

Roswell, I am so glad I wasn’t drinking anything when I read that. Also, YAY ORANGE WOO!

OMGsrsly

My sleepiness is related to tummy troubles and being too warm/stressed to eat. Pretty sure you don’t want all that either. :/

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drank Tung Ting Vietnam by DAVIDsTEA
1373 tasting notes

I made this earlier and have been half-heartedly sipping on it this afternoon. Not really my favourite oolong. Too seaweedy and grassy, a little bitter even though I steeped cooler and for a shorter amount of time.

Of course I’m kinda grumpy anyways (ugh hormones!) so that’s probably not helping. I should have a tea I know I like, rather than an unknown I might feel meh and grumpy about drinking. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 15 OZ / 443 ML

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I mixed some Crio Bru ground cacao/cocoa/whatever with some cacao shells from Herbal Infusions. Steeped them about 30 minutes. Added some honey and cream.

WOW.

Ok. This is good. The ground beans and cream offer some richness that the shells are missing, so it’s not nearly so watery. And it’s so intensely chocolate. I only added about 1/2 tsp honey, and it was totally enough for a decadent dark chocolate beverage.

I have to remember this.

(1 tbsp-ish of each. Heh.)

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 6 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
rosebudmelissa

Just curious, which flavor of Crio Bru did you use?

OMGsrsly

I have Cavella. It was the cheapest one in stock locally. :)

Sil

you have the other one TOOOOOO

OMGsrsly

I do, but I haven’t tried it because I want to actually compare. Also it’s warm and rich food = no. I don’t even want chocolate…

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drank Caramel Pu Erh by Tea Desire
1373 tasting notes

I steeped this low and long this afternoon, and drank it with cream. It was my first tea today, and it was delicious.

Yep, that’s about all I have to say.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

pu dat!

Sarsonator

I read that as “camel pu erh” and did a double-take. :p

OMGsrsly

That would be really odd!

Cameron B.

Step right up and try our world-famous Camel Pu Erh tea! Now with more camel!

Sarsonator

More camel?!?!? Jackpot!

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1373 tasting notes

I got this as a tea to go today.

Sadly, for some reason it tastes kind of rancid. Like milk-rancid. I’m not sure why, unless it’s because the steeper they used in-store was used for a lot of teas with milk, or… ooh. Maybe a tea with yogurt, and it wasn’t cleaned out super well before uses. You know, that might be it. I think the girl before me had Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait.

Oh well. It’s not bad enough I didn’t drink it.

(I was going to get Caramel Corn, but when I got in-store it just smelled so over the top sweet I couldn’t do it. And then I ended up getting sucked into buying some cherry amaretto ice cream, which is over the top sweet. Oh well.)

VariaTEA

Should have gone with Caramel Corn :P

OMGsrsly

Haha! Maybe. But I am really enjoying this ice cream. :)

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Sample sipdown!

I decided to brew it gongfu style because I have a teensy Japanese soy sauce dispenser that holds 3 oz.

As per their website for the paddy flavoured tea (because this one is no longer)…
Dry, the tea smells really sweet and carby.
2 rinses – A bit smoky, as well as sweet and carby (like cooked potatoes or pasta or something).
20s – Umm. Huh. I don’t like this at all. It smells sweet and carby with a tinge of smoke, but it tastes extremely astringent and bitter, a bit fishy, and just. No. Like a green darjeeling that’s been boiled and oversteeped.
30s – Even stronger and more astringent and bitter.
40s 5s – Nope.

Ok, I’m calling it quits. This is not a tea for me, the flavours are not good. I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong (entirely possible!), but I do not like. It was my first raw puerh, too. I have a couple others that I’ll eventually get to. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 tsp 3 OZ / 88 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)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

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