1615 Tasting Notes

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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Yay! Inaugural run of my new tea pot with this tea. So yummy.

The tea pot holds 2 16-oz mugs plus a bit extra, which is PERFECT. Just what I was looking for.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 4 tsp 30 OZ / 887 ML
Cameron B.

Yay! What kind of teapot? :)

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OM NOM NOM NOM NOM.

With milk.

Still doesn’t taste quite right, but it tastes WAY better than the other one I tried to drink this morning. And it smells divine.

:) Ok, all I need is for it to heat up in here (I had the windows open last night) and I’ll be content.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Butiki Teas

Not sure if this will help, but I love this tea with Rice Milk.

OMGsrsly

I’ve been using almond milk mostly this week, but I will keep that in mind. :)

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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I tried to gongfu this one this morning (with a strainer in a cup!), but no.

It didn’t work for me at all.

So I dumped my tries, and also had an “accident” with the 3 tsp of remaining leaves. I won’t be getting this tea again, there are so many other options that are yummier.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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With honey. And almond milk.

Yep. I’m still sick. I’m totally going back to bed once I finish my tea.

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

I don’t like tea when I’m sick, which is pretty sad. And I’ve been awfully sniffly the last few days; I’m worried something’s coming. Noooooo, must reduce cupboard size >.>

OMGsrsly

I can’t really taste anything at this point. Mostly it’s like pleasantly textured water that smells kinda nice.

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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I’m really enjoying this today. I’ve had two giant mugs so far, and the leaves haven’t even fully unravelled. So I’m sure I’ll be having more steeps tonight. Gotta stay hydrated!

Today I’m not really getting any caramel, but I am getting some sweet apple, and the mouth feel (ha) of the tea is just really nice. It’s a tiny bit toasty, mostly green, but not too floral. IDK. I do like this one.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Even accidentally steeping it for over 30 minutes (I got distracted by food!), it’s still drinkable. Somewhat astringent, but not terribly so.

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Tea this morning. Not bad. Can mostly smell it, etc. I do like this one, but because the group of tea frens I hang out with most doesn’t order a lot from Della Terra, I probably won’t get this one again.

Oh, also Della Terra’s “*Tea add-in ingredients subject to change.” and their propensity for using gluteny things in their teas make me not want to risk getting sick.

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

This tea fren would like to order from Della Terra again someday… but is resisting even glancing at their site because she does not need moar tea.

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, I’m just not interested in ordering from companies that won’t say whether or not something is gluten free. I like the flavour, and I like it more than DavidsTea’s Pumpkin whatever it is, but… I just don’t need it in my cupboard if I can’t be sure it’s safe for me to consume.

Kittenna

Yeah, I understand, since my roommate is GF, and so I need to be cautious when feeding her tea.

OMGsrsly

Most of the bigger companies are fine. Teavana especially is amazing about listing out ALL the ingredients, and I appreciate that. DavidsTea gets them wrong quite frequently, but they don’t use anything containing gluten. :)

Kittenna

Yeah, DT seems to be fine for my roommate, although we do scan ingredients every time just to be sure.

OMGsrsly

I’ve emailed them repeatedly and they said they never use gluten containing ingredients in their teas. I do actually trust them as far as that goes.

Kittenna

That’s good to know.

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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Oh my goodness. This is so good.

I totally forgot I had some, too. Can’t believe that. Now, this would also be a good tea for rum, if I had any left. :)

It smells so good. Not as sweet or thick as real milled apple cider, but similar. I mean, it is tea, not fresh pressed apple juice simmered with spices.. OMG, I am giving myself a new craving.

Anyways, I really like this one, and I’m sad it’s almost gone. But I am sipping it in my halloween mug, and my nose has stopped dripping again for the evening (I hope) and all is well. Or, well enough. :)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

feel better!

Kittenna

Haha, I think I might have a cup’s worth left of this too, but I’m not positive.

OMGsrsly

I have ~1/2 oz. :) I have a lot of caffeine free options right now, and this one was getting lost in the kerfuffle.

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Another sipdown. This time without booze. :)

I do really like this tea, and it’s an excellent one to carry around with me as it’s in a tea bag, and also it’s good plain and made with boiling water.

I’ll probably pick up more eventually, but I’m not in a rush. I have plenty of tea. :)

(2 bags in 16 oz)

(212 teas. WOO!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
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So today I have lost my voice. It’s pretty funny. And also annoying.

To make up for this, I have made chai with RUM. Yes. All I did was add 1 splash of rum (all that was left in the bottle) to the steeped chai, and then I added some milk.

So good.

Highly recommended. Especially at 11:00 in the morning when you’re sick. :)

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

Sounds good! Hope you feel better soon. :)

TeaBrat

sounds good!

Sami Kelsh

Feel better! (Also OH LORD RUM CHAI YOU GENIUS)

OMGsrsly

Rum chai = amazing omg. Thanks everyone. :)

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Oh yum. Again, I can smell it but can’t really taste it. :) Doesn’t matter though, this is good.

I also made a rosemary cake (OMG, Nigella’s cake recipes are ridiculous) but with quince instead of apple, and I can’t taste it. Haha. Oops. I’ll have to freeze some and keep it for when I’m not so sick.
http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/rosemary-remembrance-cake-129
I also only used 100g sugar, because I like to reduce the sugar in my baking. I also think that half the butter could be replaced with more apple, but that’s just my opinion. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Anlina

That recipe sounds amazing. I will have to give it a try sometime.

Cameron B.

I love Nigella! :)

OMGsrsly

Her Madeira Cake recipe is just AMAZING. I’ve sent it to my mom and told her to make it. It was my cake last week, and so so delicious.

Cameron B.

You make a weekly cake? :D

OMGsrsly

I have last week and this week. Generally I would rather eat less cake, but Anna keeps posting cake recipes on FB and I can’t resist.

OMGsrsly

Still, I suppose home made cake is better than purchased gluten free junk food…

Kittenna

^^ That’s the spirit!

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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! :)

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