1573 Tasting Notes

Trying to help myself feel better, so I made up a resteep of this.

Still amazing. Goes fairly well after pasta, but not with it. :)

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Huh. Cinnamon mud nutmeg tea (those flavours up top are sometimes so strange!)?!

This one is from Roswell Strange. She was super sweet and sent out a happy Halloween card with a tea treat inside!

Smelling it in the bag, it reminded me of marshmallows. Haha. Not a lot of spice. But steeped, it’s definitely spice. Not bright spice, but a bit dull. There’s definitely some cinnamon and clove in here, but I’m not really tasting nutmeg. I am a little nutmeg’d out though because I made vanilla-nutmeg sugar cookies. :D

I’m not sure I actually taste pumpkin, but there’s something lending a heaviness to the tea.

It’s pretty neat, and I’m really glad Roswell send this sample. I don’t think I’d go out of my way to get it, but it’s a fun Halloween treat. :)

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

Mud…? Ick. XD

OMGsrsly

I don’t always understand how people taste some of the weird flavours in tea. :)

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Mmm… oranges and cinnamon.

On Halloween, yes, but I’d say that oranges and cinnamon are good Halloween flavours. So I’ll just pretend that this is a lovely Halloween tea.

:)

SSTTB2, some #, a tea that I’ve yoinked. I might actually need to get more of this one closer to Christmas, but I’ll wait and see what Sil can grab me before I spend the $25 at Holt Renfrew. (I have a feeling that the Christmas tea won’t be available loose, but if I end up loving it outside my travel mug, I might get more.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Orange

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

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Had the last of this tonight with milk. It’s so tasty! I still have some almond rooibos I’m trying to finish, or I’d be getting more this weekend.

…who am I kidding. I’ll probably get more anyways.

This rooibos isn’t too twiggy, steeps nicely even when you ahem forget it on the counter while playing on the internet doing laundry, and has a delightful delicate frangipane flavour – almonds and raspberry jam. Yum! (The one I started with was this recipe, without the tart shell and without the cream… http://www.channel4.com/programmes/jamies-30-minute-meals/articles/all/jools-pasta-with-frangipane-tart-meal-recipe but I have adjusted it. Goodness knows where that scrap of paper went to, though!)

Thanks for sharing, Bear With Me!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
gmathis

I “do laundry” frequently, too.

Cameron B.

Yummy. :)

OMGsrsly

Haha. :D I did actually get a bit of laundry done. Just enough that I won’t run out of anything in the next couple days.

Indigobloom

Sounds tasty! Wonder how it’d do in a latte

OMGsrsly

Probably quite well, but te flavouring isn’t super strong so it might lose a little in translation.

Indigobloom

Hmm yeah. I guess you’d have to help it along by adding some jam :P

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Another favourite.

Divine.

Delicately flavoured, nice sweet malty honey filled assam base.

Yum.

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

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Finally I got a decent mug. I steeped 3 tsp at 190F for 1 minute. FINALLY it is not bitter or overly astringent, yet the strawberry flavour has come through.

But I won’t be buying this again.

I have a St. Dalfour Strawberry tea (in tea bags) that’s easier and more reliable, so I’ll just stick with that one for now.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1573 tasting notes

Mmm.

Still my favourite.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Kittenna

Your favourite, eh? The name means nothing to me, so I had to actually click on it (the horror!) Always gotta see what exactly people’s favourite teas are! Sounds good :)

OMGsrsly

Well. My favourite chai… :) I have quite a few favourites!

Kittenna

Fair enough! Me too :D

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drank Cacao Mint by Samovar Tea Lounge
1573 tasting notes

IDK why I love this tea so much, but I do. Even with the mint. It’s just SOOOO good. And lavender-y. :D

Sipping on it plain today, since I want the last of my milk for my morning tea. I’ve also baked a bajillion cookies tonight in preparation for decorating them like eyeballs for Halloween, and not having sugar in this tea is a nice accompaniment to the cookies that weren’t quite perfect. Yes, that’s right. They weren’t perfect and also I needed to test them. Yup.

Anyways, if you like mint and chocolate and don’t mind lavender, definitely check this one out. It’s expensive, and hard for me to get, and also my BFF is hideously allergic to it, so I won’t be getting more. But you should! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Kittenna

Lavender?! Ewww.

Kittenna

Also, unsweetened (good quality) teas are the perfect complement to baked goods. Om nom nom.

OMGsrsly

Haha. That was MissB’s response too, which is why I ended up with the tea! And I LOVE it.

Anlina

Wishlisted! I love chocolate and mint and the idea of adding lavender intrigues me.

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Treat it as a green, and I like it a whole lot better.

Although I steeped it cool, and for a shorter length of time, and a lot of astringency is making itself known as the tea cools.

Anyways, this is nice. My brother really REALLY liked it as well. But he probably brewed it with water at a rolling boil, for 5 minutes. Oh, those coffee drinkers… ;)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Fjellrev

Haha while my brother may not do something like that, he seems to think that Tea Desire is the best/only loose leaf worth buying.

OMGsrsly

Haha. He still has the Puerh and oolong samples. I need to convince him to try them! I think they’re less fiddly than a Darjeeling. :) (I have no idea how he steeped the teas, but I tease him always. It’s my duty as the older sibling! :) )

Fjellrev

I hope he tries them soon! I’d give my brother some stuff but I’m worried they’d just sit there. I got him to smell a bunch of Stacy’s teas the other day, and he was all, “Meh, I have Tea Desire.” Ooooooook?

OMGsrsly

LOL Oh dear.

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Mmm, tea. I hadn’t had this one in a while, and decided to pull the tin out so it was front-and-centre for this week.

Delicious. Nice and fruity. Not too floral, even considering the amount of rose petals in it.

Good with milk. :)

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

This was one of the few that wasn’t overly floral for me! :D

OMGsrsly

I actually don’t mind floral, but I’m always surprised when there’s a pile of flowers and not a lot of flavour from them. :)

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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! :)

Also: A map of tea places in Vancouver. I’ve been to some of them, but not a lot. If you have any suggestions, please let me know!
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