1437 Tasting Notes

drank St Petersburg by Kusmi Tea
1437 tasting notes

While this was tasty, it isn’t my favourite. I prefer H&S Paris.

1-2 cups left, though! I just need to be motivated enough in the morning (read: not boiling hot) to make a mug or two of hot tea.

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

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drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
1437 tasting notes

One mug left!

Kinda sad to see it go, because I do really like this tea, but after this cup I’m not too sad. You see, it’s starting to taste a little chemical to me. :(

Oh well. Right now it’s still delicious citrus/berry/herbal stuff, even though I can taste the flavouring!

(Made strong and poured over ice to make 16+ oz.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 4 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Dexter

Hmmmm – citrus herbal stuff – I might have a couple of those to add to your package…. LOL stash reduction and all that. ;))

OMGsrsly

Maybe I need to go through my spreadsheet and actually add everything to Steepster… that way your cupboard won’t feel so lonely!

Sil

lavender….gross

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Much better with a 12 hour steep. :)

Just a bit spicy, but not overwhelming.

I had coffee again this morning because it was easy. Tea tomorrow, I hope! (It’s too late for what I want to drink tonight, but I’ll put some more cold brews together and maybe have something uncaffeinated tonight.)

Dexter

Citrus, spicy herbal stuff – yep I definitely have some of this style… ;))

OMGsrsly

Noooo!!! Dexter, I’m gonna be at 260 soon! And I still have The BOX.

Dexter

LOL ok – I’ll be nice I promise… really though it’s not the 300 that scares me, it’s the quantity – when you are measuring your tea stash in KGs – that’s just TOO MUCH

OMGsrsly

Ok, ok. ;) Share some samples. I promise to drink more tea than coffee these next couple weeks to make room.

Sil

you guys both do decent sample sizes… allows for a few mugs of tea.

OMGsrsly

That’s the scary part, Sil! :P Good for options, not so good for cupboard size.

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drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
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Cold steeped overnight!

Mostly because this is starting to reach the end of its delicious lifespan and I have a lot I still need to drink (well, a lot for a green tea). Since I keep forgetting to have it hot, I thought I’d try it this way. And it turned out pretty well! Just steeped about 8 hours, 2 tsp in 8oz.

It’s mostly just buttery straight out of the fridge, but as it warms up the flavours emerge. Mostly strawberry with a hint of ginger, and more butter. So tasty! This is seriously one of my favourite greens.

Preparation
Iced 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Chaud Les Marrons! by Lupicia
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Yum yum yum! Since I saw Cavo had this within the last couple days, it inspired me to have some as well.

So good. Toasty roasty chestnuts, with a bit of dryness like you’d get from the peel. Note: NOT bagged chestnuts, but fresh roasted ones like you buy from a stand for a hideous amount of money in the winter.

I really enjoyed this. Yay!

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

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So good. It’s really gentle and root-beer-cream, compared to DavidsTea’s in-your-face root beer and cinnamon.

I’m enjoying it iced tonight. :)

I have so many teas. I know that Dexter just did a cupboard count, and I’m not too far off. So what I did this evening is sort out my puerh and white teas into one container, and my oolongs and greens into another. My black teas are kind of all over, and all my non-caffeinated ones are in yet another container.

Hopefully this organization helps. Hopefully. :)

I also set up 3 teas icing in the fridge. Hopefully one of them is delicious in the morning!

(Poured over ice to make 16oz tea.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Made a thermos of this iced to take to see Guardians of the Galaxy last night!

I AM GROOT!

ahem Yes, well. It was a super fun movie. There are some language and story choices I’d have preferred to be different (Seriously they tried to stick in some love interest stuff?!?! Pfft. Groot and Rocket BFF 4 eva.), but that doesn’t change the fact that it was fun, had a great soundtrack, and I laughed a LOT during the movie.

The tea was awesome as usual. Delicious blueberry with a bit of rooibos in the background. It was a good choice for a late showing on a hot Sunday night!

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos

Lala

My dad’s review of the Guardians of the Galaxy : “good, but a little risqué”. LOL

Sil

haha

OMGsrsly

It’s a total comic book movie, and reading up on Wikipedia they did change the story fairly significantly. But I think this flowed better, and allowed for character growth throughout the movie. That being said, I saw it for the fun factor, not because it’s a cinematic masterpiece. :)

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This tea.

It’s nice enough, but next to the intensity of the Li Shan Black, this tea feels watery and almost bland. It is very gentle and sweet, and would be good for people who aren’t really into black teas. It reminds me of a mild, sweet Yunnan black. Delicious, but totally not my thing.

I… love Assams. Strong, dark, rich, malty Assams. So the Li Shan Black with its intensity and carbiness (ugh, how else to describe?) just works better for me.

Definitely give this one a try, but if you like black teas make sure you try the other one as well. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

woot woot yay!

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I made the last of this and accidentally left it in the fridge for about 36 hours.

O. M. G. My tongue is burning, and I keep sipping thinking it’ll make the burning go away, but it doesn’t stop.

Head. Desk.

OMGsrsly

I can’t stop laughing about it. I mean, really self? It’s CHILI tea! It’s not gonna calm things down!

Sarsonator

LOL oh wow… That is a very long time for a cold steep with chilis! At least your sinuses will be completely clear :p

Sil

i love this long brewed hahaha

OMGsrsly

It was just surprising. And then I didn’t clue in until the mug was basically finished. :)

Sil

hahaha

Memily

ahahahaha

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Another tea I ordered with the free shipping coupon.

OMG. I think I’m with Sil. This one is better than the Honey Black. Dry, it smells like Terra Chips. Seriously. SO sweet and carby. Just what I want right now.

The depth of flavour is just… more. Way more. The Honey Black was good, but not special enough to me. I’ve had similar teas before. This one is in a league of its own. And the fact I’m craving comfort foods (I am sooo grumpy!) means that this one wins. Haha.

The flavour is sweet, with lots of fried sweet potato (but more like Terra Chips instead of french fries), and a lingering richness. It kind of reminds me of Butiki’s PTA, due to the sweetness. I think. Or another Butiki tea I had in the past but don’t remember. The richness is almost maybe a touch smokey. I think this tea would be excellent with maple syrup or sugar… I’ll have to package up a little maple sugar for The Box when I finally know where to send it. All these samples will be going in there for everyone to have a little taste of as well.

So good. Highly recommend.

(The leaves are quite large, so I used 2 loose tsp in my 12 oz mug. Definitely a tea to resteep, as well. The leaves haven’t reached full potential after a 3 minute steep.)

Flavours: sweet potatoes, fries, wood, roasted plums, buckwheat honey. (Haha. Not all are options, so I’m just putting them here.)

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

That is also a pricey tea. Hmm. I think I’ll still end up with 50g at some point.

yyz

Of the ones I tasted this would be the one I would buy too.

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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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