1472 Tasting Notes

Made up a cup of this after digging through my cupboard for inspiration. :) It had to be a hot-steeping tea due to me automatically setting the kettle for 95C. This one caught my eye, as I’ve had it for coughcough and it was sitting there unopened.

It’s pretty good. It’s better (more flavourful) than the Yunnans I’ve picked up locally, although it definitely leans towards astringency. I do like it, with the honey baked sweet malty flavours, but I’m unsure I’d pick up more of this one. I think I prefer the Taiwan Assams, because they mix my favourite (Assams!) with the honey baked sweet flavours.

Still, I am enjoying this mug and I’ll happily resteep it and finish up the sample.

(~2.5 tsp in 16 oz)

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

mmm…sounds tasty. I really want to get to NY for a Harney splurge :( miss you guys a ton

OMGsrsly

Hi Sil, hiiii! :) We miss you too.

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Root Beer ice cream. Without an ice cream maker, even. (It would be better with, but I don’t have the money or freezer space.)

1 cup cream whipped to sooooft peaks. 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (leftovers) and 2 tbsp powdered sugar added (for the corn starch, I was thinking it’d help the texture). 1 cup milk heated and steeped 5 mins with 1.5 tbsp tea. 2 root beer honey sticks added because I had them and thought the extra flavour would be good.

Cooled over ice, whisked into the whipped cream, frozen. Mix every 30-45 minutes to maintain a soft texture (also, it will separate a bit into a cream and a milk layer). If you can’t, it’s still spoonable but it’s more like an “ice” than an “ice cream” in texture.

I had some for breakfast. It’s not too sweet, I like it. I need to try a version with coconut whip and almond milk. I probably didn’t need the flavour from the honey sticks. This tea is pretty strong as-is.

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I may have gone a little nuts, but bear with me. These are GOOD.

Steeped 3 tbsp tea in 1.5-ish cups (organic, 3.5% aka “homo”) milk. I heated the milk, then steeped 5 minutes at a not-boiling temperature. Then I strained the mess, and added in 1.5 tbsp corn starch and 3 tbsp maple sugar. Back on the heat, stirring until it started to thicken. Strained back into my pitcher. Poured into popsicle molds.

SO GOOD. And the texture seems right, too! This is exciting. :D Maybe a little less sugar next time, maybe not. I’ll have to try this with other teas now. I wonder if corn starch works at all with non-milk teas, or if the texture/taste/look would be terribad. I ordered some beef gelatin, so I should be able to try a Jello-style tea popsicle by the end of next week. So excited! :D

OMGsrsly

(I’d probably use 1 tbsp tea per cup of milk next time. IDK, I was playing and it seemed OK dry but when wet that was a LOT of tea.)

Cavocorax

I really need to try that likes this because it’s just been a bit meh so far. (To be fair, I’m not as much into maple as you and Sil!)

OMGsrsly

Popsicles! :D :D The best way to use up tea if you’re not a fan of cold steeping it. Sadly I’m liking this one less and less. It has a weird taste in the background and I think it’s the base tea. I also thought they made it themselves, but it turns out it’s from a supplier. So. Boo.

(I also have tea ice cream in the freezer, will report tomorrow.)

Sil

yeah this one was great the first time i had it and has gotten more meh :(

Cavocorax

Ok, well, I’m sorta glad it isn’t just me, but also sad we’re all stuck with it! Hahah.

OMGsrsly

I’m almost done mine. :) 1 more cup! And the popsicles are really nice. I just had another one…

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
1472 tasting notes

I am so glad I got some of this tea in my friends birthday order! She doesn’t like caramel, so that means it’s all mine… MINE! :)

Delicious fresh apple plus baked apple. Really subtle caramel sweetness (that I’m sure would come out even more with a touch of sugar).

This is soooo good! I think I can get a bunch of steeps out of the tea, as well. I was surprised when I saw it was a fairly tightly rolled oolong, but now I’m excited because I get even more tea out of my tea. Or something.

Yay!

(Also I made some different tea popsicles. I found a recipe that suggested making a custard with some corn starch and milk and sugar and tea, so I did. Look for notes on that later!)

(1.5 tsp, 10 oz cup)

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Roasted

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
sundaysipping

Baking with tea is awesome! I made sugar cookies last year with butter I’d steeped tea in — so much fun!

OMGsrsly

The chocolate cake I make uses Earl Grey tea. I love it! I just got the popsicle mold from DavidsTea, so I’m trying to justify the purchase by using it with tea. Texture might be hard to get right, because I don’t want to overload with sugar. I’m going to try a gelatin-based popsicle next, but with less sugar than the Jello ones I would make as a kid!

OMGsrsly

So I just ordered some beef gelatin online and may have accidentally added a couple teas and some almond butter to my cart. “Oops!” ;)

(iHerb has H&S teas 20% off right now, although they don’t carry everything. $4 shipping to Canada if it’s under 4 lbs, and tea is duty free!)

Amariel

Oh I can’t wait for my order with Indigobloom to come in!

OMGsrsly

:) So good. I still have a few to try before they’re gifted (so nice that the giftee doesn’t mind me sneaking bits!), but most of my order was for my friend!

TeaBrat

very tempted to buy this one!

OMGsrsly

Do it! I really like the oolong. It’s not quite green, not quite roasty. Nicely in the middle, and has a lovely appley note on its own in later steepings. :) I think I did 4 steepings yesterday? I even switched over to a 14 oz mug and it was still delicious.

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I am so glad this is almost gone. Well. There’s 1 tsp left but I don’t want it so it’s going into the compost when I get home.

It’s cinnamon. It’s cocoa powder. It’s mate. Better with milk but not a favourite. Everything feels separate and overwhelming, and mate isn’t a flavour I love.

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Mmm. Hot with a couple pieces of rock sugar added while it steeped.

IDK why they recommend steeping it so hot. White tea is best steeped cooler (IMO), so I tried it at 160F for 3 minutes or so.

Delicious! Sweet blackcurrant, mild white tea. I’m liking this a lot! It would be good blended with some fruits and made into popsicles, I think…

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 45 sec 2 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML
yyz

It’s a kir royale tea, does it taste like it?

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had a kir royale! But the black currant is spot on, especially with a pinch of sugar added.

yyz

Nice, the drink is just cassis and champagne.

Roswell Strange

I wonder how this compares to Tea Desire’s version?

OMGsrsly

Very similar I think, Roswell. They might get it from the same supplier. I’ll have to call Bayswater and check the ingredients, though.

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Made this morning with a dollop of cream. Drank some of it with my painkillers, then went to bed and slept the whole day. I’m still in a lot of pain, unfortunately. (I sneezed. Glamorous, right?)

Still decent cold, but I ended up dumping the last half cup or so, which was sad, but there was a bug in my tea, waiter. I took a sip before I noticed. Oops. :)

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec
bizbee1

hope you are feeling better! I am sure the tea got rid of any bad bug bugs!

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1472 tasting notes

The popsicles I made from this taste SO good. However, they are essentially frozen chunks of ice in texture. Next time, I’ll have to use some sweetened condensed milk in them to obtain a softer texture that’s easier to eat without dripping half the popsicle down my front. :)

Zoku (the company that makes the DavidsTea popsicle mold) recommends 12 oz tea and 3 tbsp honey, so I’ll play with that ratio to see what I can get.

Cameron B.

Pudding pops, go! :D

OMGsrsly

That was the first thing I thought of! Chocolate pudding, and also cherry or lemon jello. :D

One mix that’s really good is cocoa powder, coconut milk (60% from a can) and some sort of sweetener. SO GOOD.

Cameron B.

I’m not sure how you would include tea in a pudding pop though, since pudding is made with milk… Hmmm, I must think on this!

yyz

Infuse the tea in the milk.

OMGsrsly

Yes! Caramel Puerh from Tea Desire (which I happily have a whole bunch of) would be really good. Also, for some reason, Earl Grey goes well with chocolate.

bizbee1

if you don’t mind regular (not high fructose) corn syrup a small amount gives a much better popsicle texture. Honey works but I need more (and so much more sweet) than the corn syrup (sold here as karo syrup)

OMGsrsly

Oh, that’s a good tip. We used to use corn syrup as pancake syrup so I’m not completely opposed. :) Sweetened condensed milk apparently helps texture too, and I have some in the fridge, so I’ll probably try it first.

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drank Caramel Corn by DAVIDsTEA
1472 tasting notes

I bought a pitcher pack of this today along with a POPSICLE MAKER! because I am sleep deprived and was shopping to make myself feel better. Not the best thing, but I remained in budget even with the Body Shop purchases (all 50% plus another 10% off [Not 60% because it’s 10% off the sale price not the total!]) and, umm, nail polish extravaganza.

Umm.

Right. Tea. I steeped this up to make about 1 L of tea and added 1/2 tsp sugar. I decanted some for popsicles and added milk to those, then diluted the rest a bit more so it’s more like the instructions on the pack recommend.

It’s… well, it smells a LOT like Forever Nuts. Perhaps more caramel but not really. It’s a little oily on the surface. And it tastes a lot like Forever Nuts, but with caramel. It’s a bit carby, even though I didn’t have much corn in my package. I hope the popsicles turn out well, I think this would be nice with some milk.

It’s not bad, but I don’t see it being something I’d reach for over and over. Still, I am glad I picked it up today. Kinda bummed they were out of on-sale Cherry Snowcone, but oh well. Can’t collect them all! ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 30 g 51 OZ / 1500 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.

No: Spearmint or peppermint, licorice root, gluten (cookie bits, wheat, rye, barley, I’m OK with oats)

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