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1162 Tasting Notes

drank Kalahari / Khalahari by Tea Desire
1162 tasting notes

And so I used this tea to break 1111 and turn it into 1112. AAAHHH!

And for all this reminds me of cleaning products, I really quite like it. Something to consider in the (potentially distant) future when I’m allowed to buy tea for myself again.

Thanks so much for sharing, MissB!

OMGsrsly

And as a note, I don’t understand there’s supposed to be chocolate in this? I did not get any chocolate. Even cooled, I do not get any chocolate. Chocowhat.

MissB

Yep, I find it depends on the day if I get chocolate in it. Still tasty, and yet… I want chocolate! lol.

OMGsrsly

I think I might go gnaw on a piece of chocolate bar before I go to bed. :) I’ll get my chocolate somehow!

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Robust level, from Dinosara. :)

Soooo… I made this as a matcha soda. Umm. I’m not so sure about this. I dissolved some sifted matcha in a little warm water, then added ice and club soda. It mostly tastes of club soda and grass.

This one might be better with a more recognizable (to me at least!) matcha flavour. Maybe some sort of citrus would go well with the club soda. Because I’m not loving this. Which is weird because I love club soda…

VariaTEA

Weirdly enough the worst matcha soda I have had so far was Cola matcha. Sometimes they just seem to be too grassy.

OMGsrsly

This one is weird almost-fruitiness with grass. I think I’ll try it in just water next time, because it wasn’t so great in almond milk either.

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Good this morning, but slightly over steeped. It was a bit dry, even though the flavour was there.

The heat was off in my building again this morning, so I am dressed ridiculously in a 2-sizes-too-big jacket that is pinned smaller. Because it will probably rain and my down shouldn’t get wet. Brrrr. (This is gonna make my next tea seem weird.)

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
1162 tasting notes

Did I underleaf? Not steep long or hot enough? Mess it up in some other un-thought-of way?

It was a watery mess for me today. But it was caffeine, and so I drank it anyways.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

Haha. I am the opposite – I drink the caffeine-free cups I don’t like because if for nothing else, it is hydration.

Sami Kelsh

Unless it’s gag-inducingly wretched, I drink everything anyway because I paid good money for it.

(I even finished the chai I made the other night where the milk burned on the bottom of the pan and there were little bits of burn floating around in the drink and it was what hell tastes like)

OMGsrsly

I really needed the caffeine. There are no cafes open today where I work, and since I had to come in, I wanted to be awake. :)

VariaTEA

Makes sense.

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I do not know who Billy Wiggins is, but his tea smells like cupcakes. Must be the sprinkles. :) Tony Stark smells like a smoker, and I just can’t deal with that when I’m still sleepy eyed and barely awake. Ugh. Maybe I’ll have some mate before I head into work.

Of course, now that it’s steeped, I really smell the lapsang souchong. Oh well. There are sprinkles.

(As an aside, I used the Quo by Orly gel nailpolish kit yesterday, and holy omg it sucks. SUCKS. My nails are still super soft and bendy, the base coat has not adhered at all, so while I was cooking and doing dishes yesterday 3 (THREE!) whole polish things just… came off. No damage, they just came right off. Red Carpet Manicure base and top coat are way better.)

So this tea. It’s really earthy. And smoky. And sweet because of the sprinkles. And I think there’s some cinnamon or something in here. It’s interesting.

IDK. I’m getting bacon. Maybe that’s wishful thinking.

This tea is weird.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles!

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

Ech, I’m glad I never bothered with those kits. All I need is a bottle of Seche Vite topcoat. That stuff seals everything off and dries in a few minutes, and makes your nails look like glass.

OMGsrsly

And for me it starts flaking within just a few hours. There is seriously no base and top coat combination that can keep nail polish on my nails, I have tried SO MANY. :/

The Red Carpet Manicure gel kit is A+. I had regular polish sandwiched last week and I had very minor chipping on two fingers after 7 days. For me, that is amazing. I decided to buy the Quo base/top coat and try it because it was on sale. But it doesn’t stick. :(

Fjellrev

You mean Seche Vite flakes off in a few hours? I know many people have shrinkage problems with it, which I get on the edges, but I like how I don’t get the stupid indentations from fabric and what not. I’ve just accepted that I have to change it in three days or so.

Seven days is totally amazing! The whole process of applying and removing gel stuff always weirded me out, though.

OMGsrsly

Yep. Seche Vite just… disappears. The whole polish layer thing can just separate from my nail bed, and next thing you know I only have 2 chipped polished fingers left. :) It’s too bad, because it’s an amazingly shiny top coat.

Removing it is SO weird. I do agree. Soaking in acetone for 10 minutes? UGH. But 7 days wear is worth it for me. And I think if I used a gel polish instead of a sandwich with regular polish, it would last even longer. And I have an LED kit, so no chance of sunburn on my fingers. :)

Mercuryhime

Billy Wiggins makes his first appearance in BBC’s Sherlock in S3 Ep3. He is sort of weird so I guess the tea suits his character.

OMGsrsly

I, uhh, didn’t make it that far. :) I went back to Jeremy Brett as ‘my’ Sherlock Holmes.

Mercuryhime

Of course you can prefer whatever you like. :) I just thought I’d just share the info. Where did you stop watching though? I thought Season 1 was pretty good. Season 2 though… that’s when you really begin to get insight into the characters and see them grow.

OMGsrsly

Season 3, about 15 minutes into episode 2. Sherlock fully transitioned to ‘the guy who thinks it’s funny to emotionally traumatized his friends’ and I transitioned to ‘team Watson can do better’. :) I’ll probably end up watching the rest at some point, but I am very frustrated with this interpretation for a lot of reasons. I do like the style they adopted with S3! And Mary, even tho I’ve been partially spoiled.

Mercuryhime

Oh I see. Yes, S3 Sherlock was more of a jerk than usual, but also more vulnerable, I thought. He handles his emotions like a child. Well, I won’ try to change your mind, but Billy Wiggins is quite amusing and oddly enigmatic for the short time he’s on screen. Maybe you’ll meet him soon. :)

OMGsrsly

“He handles his emotions like a child.” …yes. That’s it, actually. Where in my mind I think Sherlock as a mature person who chooses to not be bound by societal expectations because they’re just not important. Hmm. Something to think about!

I probably will meet Billy Wiggins soon. I’m wiped (and at work on a Sunday whee!) and will probably end up spending some time watching TV/movies this week!

Mercuryhime

That’s what sherlock would want you to think. :)
Enjoy your tv time! It’s so nice to just veg out sometimes.

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With lots of almond milk.

Strawberry milkshake almost. At least, it smells like one even though there’s some brain disconnect here that isn’t getting all the strawberry flavour there must be in this tea.

Still, it’s delicious. My BFF and her daughter love it too. 100g was not enough.

(1.5 tsp/12 oz)

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Mmmm….strawberry milkshake… :D

OMGsrsly

I need to make an iced milky tea with it. That could be SO good!

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drank Profound Bond by Beastly Beverages
1162 tasting notes

Really? This is an earl grey?!

Smelling the dry leaves, I couldn’t tell at all. Steeped, it’s barely bergamot. It blends well with the slight woodiness of the rooibos.

Really an unremarkable and light EG. Not too shabby, but I don’t think I’d seek it out, if only because it’s not super readily available.

(1.5 tsp per 12 oz)

Edit: Whoops! Thank you MissB for sharing this one with me. I have to admit I was curious about the company due to their fandom blends. Is this ‘Destiel’? IDK. But I’m drinking it and it’s pretty good!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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So Ceylon Star asked what kind of tea to mix up on facebook, and I immediately went into the kitchen and threw this desserty concoction together:

1/2 tsp Bossa Nova (oolong) from Zen Tea
1/2 tsp Divine Temptation (black) from Bayswater
1/2 tsp Creme Brulee (black) from Bayswater
1 tsp Canadian Maple Seduction (black) from Steam Tea House

With 1-ish tsp maple syrup and some almond milk, because I don’t want whipped cream enough to walk the 1km to the grocery store in the rain.

Yummers. Yum! Just what I wanted, even though more caffeine at 7pm is probably not a super smart decision.

So good.

Recommend. (Maybe with a toffee puerh for more depth next time?)

Thanks for enabling me, Ceylon Star! :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Ceylon Star

I’m a terrible influence, I’m sorry :P

OMGsrsly

AWESOME influence! I wanted some creme brulee today anyways, and this was a good way to have it. :)

Ceylon Star

I just finished my latte and I don’t know what else to drink O.o

OMGsrsly

Eenie meenie miney moe? All my teas are in a spreadsheet, so I just use =randbetween(a:b) and then see if I can actually FIND the tea.

Amariel

I need more CB and DT from Bayswater. So good.

Ceylon Star

I don’t have the attention span to do a spreadsheet. I usually end up playing “help pick a tea” with my buddy, or get panicky and grab something random. haha

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Hmm… peachy-apricoty black tea. My nose sadly doesn’t detect any caramel. :( That is me with a very sad face. I love caramel. LOOOOOVE it.

Anyways. Steeped up, with a drop of liquid stevia stuff (that is so, so old because I don’t really like stevia. But a drop in a tea that needs a little sweet to bloom really works), it’s pretty good. Nothing to write home about, sadly. Peachy-apricoty, slightly sweet, black tea.

And I can’t imagine elves drinking caffeine. Really? Elven nectar to me is… a mixture of really weird plant clippings. Some extremely light and honey-tinged grassy herbal mixture of weirdness. But YMMV. :)

Thank you, Shmiracles. :)

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

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Spiced apple cake tea of tastiness, you really really make me want to bake.

Hmm. I bet I could bake that pound cake recipe with a layer of cinnamon spiced apples in the middle. That would do it. A little almond extract (in addition to the vanilla) in the batter, and… yeah.

Only, I don’t have any apples. Woe is me, etc.

This is a much MUCH MUCH better version of Hot Apple Toddy from Herbal Infusions. So much better. I like it a lot. It’s staying on the list.

Thank you for sharing, Shmiracles! :) I really appreciate trying these hard-to-get-in-Canadia fandom blends.

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

Mmmm. I read the first half of your first sentence and then started to drool. Then I continued reading and have come to the conclusion that you make some of the tastiest sounding things. You should have a food blog :P

OMGsrsly

I am seriously the world’s worst blogger, especially when it means I have to take pictures and write “real” things about what I make. I have a sewing blog I haven’t updated in probably a year. So sad. (I’ve sewn things, just not done anything else…

VariaTEA

Haha. I started a blog. Did it for like 2 days and haven’t looked at it since :P.

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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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