2194 Tasting Notes

Mmm…

I steeped this with a little extra leaf in a travel mug, and it’s definitely more of a morning tea right now. I also didn’t add anything to it, because I had no milk. (~adds milk to list~) It’s a little honey/sweet potato. A little astringent in a good way. Maybe a tiny bit smoky? IDK. That might be my travel mug or my imagination.

Yum.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This tea is SO GOOD when you’re not feeling well. The fennel and anise and (eugh) peppermint work together so well. Especially with a bit of honey.

Om nom nom.

Large mug last night, and a travel mug of it today.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I remember this one, it was good cold!

OMGsrsly

Cold brewed, or steeped hot and left to get cold? :D

Indigobloom

lol more of the later. But I imagine cold brew would be ok!

OMGsrsly

Haha. I’ll probably end up having today’s cup cold, since I went and got a coffee instead of drinking tea on my morning break. :D

Indigobloom

ah well let me know what you thought!

OMGsrsly

It was cold by the end of the day, and was pretty good! I didn’t have enough mugs to bring it to work today, but I see going through the tea pretty fast.

Indigobloom

sounds like an upcoming sipdown :P

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drank Hiking the Canyon by The Capilano
2194 tasting notes

Huh. I swear I’ve written a note about this already.

Sweet. Lemony. Tart. Berries. Delicious.

Really really tasty, and good for me because of the stinging nettles and sumac.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Southern Belle by Tealish
2194 tasting notes

Terrible migraine today, so I’ve had ALL THE HERBAL TEAS.

2 giant mugs of my favourite, Redberry Tonic. And now a giant mug of this one.

I do find this tasty. I really do. IDK if it’s really peach – it’s more hibiscus and fruits and flowers. Too sour to really be peach. Although it does smell peachy.

Gonna try for two more giant mugs of herbal stuff before I go to bed early.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Maddy Barone

Migraines are utterly miserable. Hope you feel better soon.

rosebudmelissa

feel better!

OMGsrsly

I had all the painkillers too. Haha. Feeling pretty good right now, but useless for anything except drinking tea and very carefully puttering in the kitchen. :D

Indigobloom

Eeesh. Good luck getting rid of that headache, those are the worst :/

OMGsrsly

I used a tennis ball on my neck to release some of the tension, and with all the painkillers and all the herbal teas, I’m feeling decent today! Still recovering from The Sick, but no migraine! Woohoo!

tigress_al

Glad you are on the mend!

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
2194 tasting notes

Having some of this before I head to the mall… because it’s discontinued and since there’s a sale on 100g teas, I might pick up some more.

Definitely need to pick more up.

Thankfully it won’t break my tea budget… although I totally used the “I’m keeping to my tea budget!!” excuse to shop for clothes. Haha. (I’ve gone through all my clothes, and I’ve put together 3 capsule wardrobes (work, weekend, sport), and some of my tops desperately needed replacing.)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Ha. Procrastination sometimes rocks. Now I have a car to go to the mall. And for Costco in the morning. Sweet.

Evol Ving Ness

Capsule wardrobes—reminds me of spaceship gear. :)

Evol Ving Ness

Also, brilliant idea separating everything.

OMGsrsly

I used to be able to wear whatever to work – PJs, workout gear, jeans, whatever. But I can’t at my new job, so my closet needed to be reorganized. And the really shabby stuff needs to be replaced!

Evol Ving Ness

Thankfully, I can be fairly dress-up casual at work, but I tend towards more casual casual. My shabbier items go in the home ‘cleaning’ and crafting pile. That pile is growing.

OMGsrsly

I have to wear nylons, Evol! I used to be able to wear leggings and casual skirts, but now I have to wear nylons. The horror! (It’s really too bad Costco only sells sheers – I really only wear opaque tights.)

Fjellrev

What, no leggings? That sucks!

OMGsrsly

UGH I KNOW! I do on “casual Fridays”, but it’s not “professional attire”. Boo. (Seriously, it’s not like I’m wearing leggings and a crop top. Or pretending my semi opaque tights are pants… :D )

Fjellrev

Seriously, I don’t get why you can’t wear leggings in place of tights. Do they also make you wear more formal shoes too or can you wear something nice yet comfy?

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. I wear Clarks mary janes. Old lady shoes FTW. I think it’s the “socks + leggings” thing that isn’t business enough. If I had ankle boots, no one would know. :D I’ve been looking, but I haven’t found anything that works for my sore feet yet.

rosebudmelissa

I prefer opaque tights myself, although I usually buy the warm kind and only wear them in the winter with skirts or dresses.

Fjellrev

I was going to specifically ask about Clarks! Well hey, they make some nice ones. Have you tried Rieker? They make some fabulously comfy, stylish shoes.

If I had to wear tights, I’d take the opaque route too.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t found anything, unfortunately. The Clarks I have are good, but I tried on another style yesterday at Winners, and nope. So ouchie. I also tried a super cute pair of ankle boots, but I needed 1 size bigger… they only had an 8. Oh well.

Fjellrev

I can never find ones I really like in my size at Winners. But Marshalls tends to have a much better shoe selection. Have you tried there?

OMGsrsly

We actually only have one Marshalls here, and it’s in a really weird to get to area of town.

Honestly, I googled. I had no idea the store existed here.

Evol Ving Ness

Nylons! The horror. The expense.

Evol Ving Ness

Ankle boots. I suggest Blundstones. Expensive, but they’ll last for three or four years if not longer.

Fjellrev

Ah, I see where it is. That would be so annoying for you, for sure. Too bad they didn’t put it in Richmond already, eh? Like one of the shopping centres along the sky train line so the trip would be more worthwhile.

Ours is at the extreme south end but at least there are many other interesting stores around (IKEA!) so the trip seems worthwhile.

Fjellrev

Actually, I thought Metropolis would have one but I see they have a Winners already. That would be sweet too.

OMGsrsly

Yeah. Brentwood is mega renovating so maybe there? But as it is it’s just over an hour from home, longer if I go after work. Meh. I’ll check it out one day I’m sure!

OMGsrsly

Sadly Blundstones aren’t really work suitable! I need something a bit dressier, and those look like work boots. I mean, I’d LOVE to have a pair, but they’d be weekend/Friday wear.

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
2194 tasting notes

Sigh.

Steeped only 2 minutes as per Sil. Not spicy enough.

Sigh.

;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
OMGsrsly

Although the heat does build. Still not spicy enough.

Sil

hahahahaha

OMGsrsly

Are you laughing at my inability to taste? :P

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Should I be admitting that I have loads of this tea left? At least 2 oz, maybe closer to 3…

And it’s still delicious. Yumyumyum.

Will definitely do a second steep when I get home.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TeaNTees

Jealous!

Sil

nice. i have ONE butiki flavoured tea left :(

OMGsrsly

Muahaha. I have this one, and So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice, and Praline Horizon. :D And possibly dregs of others that I haven’t found and moved to my “DRINK NOW OMG” pile.

Sil

i was going to say i want new teas..but i don’t. i want the retail therapy of buying new teas…. life is all upside down right now. I’m being pulled in to re-org conversations for our larger team…ie i’m on one team that reports in to a guy who oversees 5 teams…i’m looking at how the 5 teams are going to be restructured….. and working on 2 projects that need to be delivered in 3 weeks.

Dexter

Sil- you said when you wanted to buy new tea you were going to open one of the ones you haven’t tried yet- this is just a friendly reminder to NOT BUY TEA!! :)) (hope work calms down for you)

OMGsrsly

Sil, shop your stash!!!

OMGsrsly

Also- good luck with that work stuff. Sounds stressful. :/

VariaTEA

I think I have close t 4 oz of Hello Sweetie

OMGsrsly

Excellent. I’m so glad I’m not the only one hoarding these, VariaTEA. :)

VariaTEA

Now I am working on trying to drink it all up. So much tea. So much old tea.

Sil

i have not succumbed to purchases OR shopping my stash…yet. I don’t even really want new teas…just want to spend money lol but save we must…for travel!

VariaTEA

Sil, I know the feeling. I keep checking out tea websites and teaware sites and all sorts of things because I want to shop. I was even on Red Leaf Tea the other day despite not drinking matcha in forever, and Damann Freres.

Evol Ving Ness

Tea people needing interventions.
Lol—no! Let’s just all go to the tea festival instead. Because we will be very strong there and resist all the temptations.

Sil, I hope work lets up a bit for you. Or at least, you can find a way to make it all manageable.

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I totally get that. SO MUCH TEA. So I’m busy drinking it. :)

tigress_al

i still have lots too. Must stop hoarding…. Must drink…

Sil

thanks guys – yeah right now, balance seems to be tea during the day, wine in the evening and long walks on the weekend haha

OMGsrsly

I steeped this again this morning because I was too tired for tea last night (I had hot honey and lemon instead). SO GOOD. Gah, this tea.

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Still sick, but back at work.

Good tea is good. Nice and spicy today, to help cut through the crud.

Still like Chandernagor better, but this is good in its own right.

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

Feel better.

Fjellrev

Some get well better soon vibes are heading your way, ZOMG!

OMGsrsly

Thanks tea friends! :D Soon it is the weekend and I can spend the WHOLE TIME IN BED. It will be glorious.

Evol Ving Ness

Truly the best way to deal. And drink all the teas and sleep and repeat. Glorious—yes.

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drank Golden Fleece by Verdant Tea
2194 tasting notes

So I decided to finish up a sample, and then found a HUGE FULL BAG of it in the cupboard. Which I think is my own fault, actually… The sample was from Kittenna, but the huge bag is from Bonny. Thanks so much, both of you!

This is… not a white tea. Why was it in my white tea box? It’s a carby sweet potato-y, fairly thick, yunnan black. Like so many of the fuzzy black teas Dexter has shared with me. There isn’t really a peppery note to this one, though. It’s just carby and sweet-ish and smooth.

Pretty nice! I don’t know that I’d go out of my way to get this one (and I’m also happy to share what I have!), but it’s tasty!

(There’s one from Han Xiang Ecological that is amazing when I steep it grandpa style. That is my favourite golden fuzzy tea I think, because it stands up to whatever I throw at it. I think it’s this one. My notes are so bad. http://steepster.com/teas/han-xiang-ecological-tea/49946-yunnan-dian-hong-gold-bud )

Dexter

MMMMmmmmmmmmmmmm Golden Fleece is a really nice fluffy black

OMGsrsly

It’s definitely good, but its missing a certain je ne sais quois that some of the others I’ve tried have.

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
2194 tasting notes

An old sample from Dexter.

I have so many black tea samples to drink up.

This one is so good.

Steeped a couple times. I didn’t time it. “Does that look like a good colour? How does it smell? Ok, I’ll drink that…”

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