1426 Tasting Notes

drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
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Even better with some Crio Bru Cavalla added to the steeping basket.

Although WHOA caffeine.

And then finding out that someone else I know/used to hang out with a fair bit has passed away. :( So young. My heart goes out to her friends and family.

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

It’s a gut-kick to lose a peer instead of an elder. That has always affected me more deeply.

OMGsrsly

It’s quite a shock. And about a year ago a close friend passed away, and then 3 others in my extended social circle. And there are a couple others who are really ill and might not make it. I just. IDK. We’re not even that old, and we’re not really part of a high risk group…

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drank Mango Passion by Bayswater Tea Co.
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I tried this cold steeped yesterday, and… it’s weird. It only steeped for about 5 hours, in a DavidsTea bag in a thermos filled with ice and water. But I think the weirdness is the oolong. It’s slightly toasted, and combined with the mango and passion fruit flavour it’s quite odd. I had troubles drinking it all, when I had an iced Crio Bru and coffee sitting there, as well. :)

Smelling it, now that it’s been in the bag rather than the tin, it smells a bit like kombucha! So weird.

I definitely need to try this one hot, as well as iced. Maybe the flavour will be different if I do that.

Preparation
Iced 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Crio Bru + kick-in-the-pants Assam (Rungagora in this case) + cream = amazing morning pick-me-up and treat.

:)

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This smells really good, but something about the flavouring is coating my tongue and making me not want to finish the glass.

I prepared as an iced tea, making 500ml extra-strong and pouring over ice. I didn’t add any sweetener, but I think it might need it to bring the lime flavour forward. The base is quite strong, and the coconut lends a creamy texture.

Not bad, but not super great. I’d consider getting more because of the uniqueness of the flavour, if only HI had better customer response. (Maybe responding to customer emails, and also sending out a shipping notification…)

Flavors: Bitter, Cream, Lime

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec 4 tsp 17 OZ / 500 ML
Sil

poop on HI

OMGsrsly

I just continue to be astounded at their customer service.

Cavocorax

Seriously. I sent 3 emails asking about status, and then a refund and recieved NOTHING. So, forget that.

OMGsrsly

I have some teas left I haven’t tried yet, so I’ll post about those… :)

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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This would be better with some Cavalla added for REAL chocolate flavour!

Otherwise, this is a decent chocolatey coconutty tea, better with milk than without.

I’m probably going to keep a tbsp or so and send the rest in the box. I think it’s worth trying, although it’s not a favourite.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML

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SSTTB #17.

Uhh, this tea smells kinda ammonia-like. You know. Cat pee and warm hay.

I don’t know if I can do this, tea friends.

Ok, I sipped. It tastes of warm hay and still smells like cat pee. Umm. I’m dumping this. Sorry the tea-appreciating part of me seems to be broken. :(

Roswell Strange

Oh no! That’s fragrant leaf in all the wrong ways…

NofarS

Brrr…

Sami Kelsh

Oh dear :<

OMGsrsly

I’m pretty sure it shouldn’t smell like that!

Roswell Strange

No, it definitely should not smell like that D: Does anything else in the box smell off?

OMGsrsly

Nope, nothing else smelled off! I think it’s just that I’m grumpy and nothing is tasting quite right!

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drank Kashmir Tchai by Kusmi Tea
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Sipdown. I won’t be getting this chai again. It wasn’t bad, but just not good enough for me to pay $8 for a tiny tin.

I made it as an iced latte today, and have a couple ice cubes in the freezer made out of it, to drink later or tomorrow in some almond milk.

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I spent $3.50 for 8oz of some random Yunnan tea from some random cafe this afternoon because I really wanted more tea.

That was dumb. I asked for black tea, and the guy said they had a Yunnan, which “was similar to an Assam”. Uhh, no. No no no nononononono. I said that I didn’t find that at all, especially since the Yunnan should be from China while the Assam was from India. He insisted. Maybe I should have had the Earl Grey?

Anyways, the tea was thick and dark and tasted like buckwheat honey with a little smoke. Not the sweet bright thick honey I associate with Yunnan teas. It was OK, and a nice change from the standard bagged black teas, but IMO not worth the $3.50. Especially when I had lots of little pieces of tea leaves in the bottom of my mug. They strained it with a fine strainer, too, so it really made me wonder how broken up the tea leaves were.

NofarS

So sorry that you had such a disappointing experience. What is worse is if someone who isn’t familiar with Yunnan teas picks that tea and is turned off from Yunnan teas because of it. I love Yunnan teas, and there are so many good ones to be had for reasonable prices (Yunnan Sourcing has an excellent selection).

OMGsrsly

It wasn’t a terrible tea, but it wasn’t like an Assam (ha!) and also wasn’t as bright and fresh as I expect a Yunnan to be. (Granted, I haven’t had a huge amount of them, but I’ve had a few..) Definitely better than the Tazo ‘Awake’ I had. :) Just really pricey for what it was.

mj

Ugh, Tazo “awake” shudder

OMGsrsly

My refrain for the day was pretty much, ‘Should have had the earl grey.’ :D

Actually I would have had coffee but it was one of those super pretentious places where you have to choose one of however many coffees and then choose how they make it for you. Which just. I can’t do that. I dn’ot really get the subtleties of coffee, just give me my caffeine please. :)

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drank Morning Sun by Mandala Tea
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My BFF came by to pick me up for a day of shopping, and so I made us this tea.

It’s really mild. I mean, I know I only did a 2 minute steep, but wow that was not the kind of morning tea I was expecting! Still, I did enjoy it. Sweet, thick, a hint of spice as it cooled.

And then I was out, needing more tea, so I followed it with Awake at Sbux. That… was not good.

Flavors: Spices, Sweet, Thick

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cameron B.

Yum, sounds delicious. :D

OMGsrsly

It was good, but I wanted more. If that makes sense. It was so mild I didn’t get any flavour until it cooled a lot.

OMGsrsly

A, umm, close to 30 minute second steep has brought me closer, although now it’s getting a little astringent.

Sarsonator

I love this one! Cam, I can send you some on our next trade, if you like.

Cameron B.

Totes mcgotes! :D

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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Cold brew! Delicious. I don’t have much left, which makes me sad. I’ll have to restock at some point!

(HI TEA FRIENDS! I am busy. Bought the CUTEST CAT FABRIC for a dress. Also fabric for hiking pants. WHEE.
http://lizzyhouse.squarespace.com/sustainablyhappyblog/2014/1/24/catnap-dress-contest It looks like everyone who’s made a dress of this has done it in the green colourway, but I’m much more a purple-and-orange person. :D )

Preparation
Iced 5 tsp 34 OZ / 1005 ML
Courtney

I love the fabric!

OMGsrsly

It’s gonna be SO girly and twee! Not anything that I usually wear, but I couldn’t resist. :)

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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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