1420 Tasting Notes

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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drank English Breakfast by Tea Centre
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Umm, ok. So there’s no notes for this tea? That’s weird, since I’m almost done my 100g of it (thanks mom… ;) )

Unfortunately, this tea is nothing to write home about. It’s an Assam blend, that seems to pull those cardboardy flavours instead of delicious malty and fruity and somewhat astringent flavours. I think I prefer Grandpa’s Anytime Blend, or their Rungagora for an early morning kick in the pants. They are both CTC, but somehow the maltiness overpowers any cardboard.

I know. Talking about a tea tasting like cardboard. At least it’s not chicken soup?

Flavors: Cardboard, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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SSTTB #16.

Still not feeling so great, and while I had a ginger tea at work, I wanted something less sweet at home. Enter this.

I steeped somewhere around 5 minutes, as I was baking toast and didn’t feel like setting the timer twice. It’s really nice! Earthy mineral puerh, lots of ginger. I added 1/2 tsp honey just to punch it up a little, but although it tastes good like this, I’m not sure it really needs it.

Definitely a decent tea. Not something I need to stock, but I’m glad I had it around this evening.

Flavors: Earth, Ginger, Mineral

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Champagne Cider by Butiki Teas
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There is a backhoe outside my living room window. The next two weeks will be trying, I think.

Made this to share with my BFF. We both really like it. I even did two steeps, and am sipping on the second now. So appley, with a nice spice background. I don’t really get champagne, but that doesn’t worry me. I’ve only had this hot so far, I think. I feel a need to try it iced, but I’m not sure if I’ll remember before I finish the tea.

Flavors: Apple, Cinnamon

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

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drank Root Beer by Simpson & Vail
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Ok, so. Root beer teas. For sheer depth and forcefulness of flavour, DavidsTea Root Beer Float wins, hands down.

This one is definitely a black tea, that has had a dollop of root beer flavouring added. Because of this, there isn’t that extra-ness in the flavour. I think if there was some sarsaparilla or something in here, it’d be way better.

That being said, this is not a bad tea. It just pales beside other root beer teas. The black base is reasonable, and shows up under the root beer flavour. The root beer is indeed root beer, although the smell is truer than the taste. And it’s good with cream. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Sipdown! I like this tea, and am sad to see it go. However, I’m plotting a trip to Victoria so I should be able to restock a bit by the end of summer! YAY!

I keep on thinking about it as “Janet’s Special Orange” because my brain is so foggy.

It’s nice. Orange, creamy, vanilla. Yum. So good with a bit of cream. I still need to try it as a latte!

Flavors: Cream, Orange, Vanilla

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

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drank Cinnamon Stars by TeaGschwendner
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SSTTB #15.

This tastes like it says! Cinnamon and vanilla pastry. Very vanilla pastry, with a touch of cinnamon. I can’t say how relieved I am that the “stars” portion isn’t candy sprinkles in the tea. PHEW. It’s dessert-like enough without added sugar (For me. Others may disagree!).

I quite like it, actually, although with warmer weather coming again, I don’t think I’d drink it much.

Flavors: Cinnamon, Pastries, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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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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