1569 Tasting Notes

A sample from the lovely MissB.

Sadly this isn’t for me. I tried it, the flavours aren’t flavours I want to drink, and it has been added to my brother’s Christmas present.

:)

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

Ah, that sucks. I hope he enjoys them at least!

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This blend was actually discontinued very shortly after MissB got it. I’ve been going back to some of my original teas from when I began the company (and didn’t understand tea as much) and either changing the blends or removing them entirely. Blackburnian Tea was the last of the original teas to be discontinued in the “Great Purge”.

OMGsrsly

I don’t think it was bad, per se. More that it just isn’t a tea that I like. :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yeah…though “not bad” and “artfully crafted” are a big difference ;) I’ve given up “just okay” blends :)

MissB

Oh, wow! I got this just recently, too. Good to know.

Whispering Pines Tea Company

Yep yep! In fact, here’s is a list of blends recently discontinued: Cinnamon Rooibos, Irish Mint, Velvet Chai, Coco Blanco, Formosa Oolong, Blackburnian Tea, and Mountain Nectar. These will all remain special order, though. I’ve always found it upsetting when a company discontinues something I loved and I’ll never be able to get it again – so I keep a file of old blend recipes for people that may want them in the future :)

Don’t worry though, this simply makes room for improving current blends and developing new ones! :D

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drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1569 tasting notes

I have a sample from VariaTEA. :)

So about an hour ago I decided to brew up some more tea, only I accidentally splashed water on my regular timer and killed it dead (boo). I decided to try the timer in the Steepster app, only it failed horribly. I’m not sure if it’s my phone or the app, but the timer didn’t go off and then when I remembered about the tea and went to finish logging it, the timer said -58:00 and then the app re-loaded to the search screen. IDK why my phone is doing this, but it is CONSTANTLY RELOADING and it’s making me MAD.

Anyways. I strained the tea thinking it’d be horrible, but it’s not! It’s totally drinkable, only a little bitter. Tastes like I’ve put loads of sugar in it – all sweet sugar fluff dissolving on my tongue. How is this possible? That’s amazing!

Thankfully I have a couple more cups of this to try, but it’s good to know that so far I like it!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Fjellrev

This totally tasted like vaguely sweetened black tea to me, but I’m glad you like it!

OMGsrsly

It tasted super sweet to me. Maybe I’m just getting sensitive to that flavour?

Amariel

Same here.

CrowKettle

I found this extremely sweet too- one of the more pronounced 52tea flavorings for me.

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1569 tasting notes

I realize it speaks for my maturity level, but I can’t stop snickering and sporfling at the name of this tea. Thank you, MissB. :D

It smells divine. Yes, like booze. Whisk- y? ey? IDK. MissB said it was chocolate, but I mostly smell and taste the boozy creamy flavours. I think it’d be amazing doctored up into a bit of a toddy.

The base tea is lovely as well. So nice to find teas I don’t need to add milk and sugar to to disguise any bitter/astringent qualities. I guess that’s what happens when you find Steepster and learn about quality teas, and also that they don’t HAVE to be steeped at boiling. :)

Definitely one to consider keeping stocked. I don’t have anything else like it, and it would be lovely to drink when I’m interested in boozing it up!

Edit: Oh wow. As it cools there is chocolate! WOW. Chocolate chocolate chocolate. I’m more than half way through my cup, though. Sad the chocolate didn’t come out and play a bit earlier.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

So, you liked O’Conners, ahem, cream?

OMGsrsly

Why, Cavo! How dare you imply such a thing? :D

JustJames

sadly, the MissB prediction method was correct… i was able to taste very little of this one. i like the word ‘sporfle….’ =0)

Nightshifter

Lol, love this. :)

OMGsrsly

That’s too bad, James! A boozy tea is something everyone needs to have. Hopefully you manage to find yours soon. :)

Fjellrev

I assume O’Connor has some smooth cream to offer.

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drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1569 tasting notes

Why am I drinking this? Simpson & Vail’s Gingerbread is SO MUCH BETTER.

Also, I got an ereader, tea peeps! HALP! It’s a Sony, so I can’t just click and email things (ooh, but can I click and transfer if it’s plugged in to my computer? I sure hope there’s a Firefox addon for that!), but OMG. OMG! And it’s red! :D I’m trying to decide what to read. Yay Calibre!

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

Apparently I’m really excited about the ereader. :D

JustJames

yay ereader! boo ATBC buying you programs under someone else’s name. )=0(

Cavocorax

Squeee! I love e-readers. :P

OMGsrsly

James, I boughted it myself! It’ll save me library fines. :D

JustJames

lol. your happy makes me happy. xoxo

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Holy. Moley.

This tea is GINGERBREAD.

Delicious without sugar or milk, even. The base is nice and strong, and a good backbone for the flavours, but it’s not bitter or too astringent.

Then I added some milk and a small bit of sugar, and OMG, it’s even better.

GINGERBREAD.

The flavouring is super duper strong, and I can definitely tell it’s flavoured, but somehow I just don’t care.

GINGERBREAD.

I’m drinking it out of a fancy tea cup, too. And setting up my new metallic red ereader, that I got by pre-spending Christmas money. Yep.

I think that this tea needs to air out for a week or two for optimum breadiness.

Thank you SO MUCH, MissB, for functioning as a tea mule. It was lovely to meet you today (we need to go have tea!), and I really appreciate the work you put in to organize all this!

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

I’m so excited for my order to arrive from MissB too. Eeee!

Fjellrev

That is AWESOME because I have some waiting for me at my mom’s.

OMGsrsly

Second steep is good too. I got 2 cloves in my tsp so it’s a little clovey, but if you keep an eye on that you can mitigate the overpowering effects. :)

JustJames

this sounds EXCELLENT. reading this made me happier.

OMGsrsly

Did you get some too? Or did you want some? Or has MissB already packaged some up for you? Also… when are you meeting up next week because I want to come over and see everyone?!

MissB

Heh. The Simpson & Vail stuff – all of it – smells delicious. My kitchen smells like I’ve been baking and making candy all day! I have a huge box here for JustJames, and blanking out if there’s any Gingerbread in there for him… if there isn’t, I’ll put some in.

Sil

yeah only downside to S&V teas – they are SUER strong smelling and will contaminate your other teas in swaps…just be careful of that hahaha

OMGsrsly

Tin foil, Sil. Not just for hats anymore. ;)

Sil

..or windows heh

Yeah just fair warning. I know with our order from ages aago it made my whole house smell…had to lock them down in tins and containers heh

OMGsrsly

I’ve already transferred one into a tin, and am emptying another tin today for the other. :) I only got two, and I’m so pleased with them!

Courtney

Is tin foil the trick? I had to remove the Apple Cinnamon Coffeecake from my cupboard for fear it would “infect” my other teas.

OMGsrsly

If you can’t get hold of odour proof bags, or use tins, then yes. Tin foil works really well. Try to get the thicker stuff or it rips super easily.

Sil

yes tinfoil is great! it’s how i wrap my matcha swaps now…inside a bag then bag into tin foil :)

Fjellrev

Ooh, thanks for the warning, OMG. I love cloves anyway but it sounds like this one is balanced with other stuff too. Don’t want pickled beets in your tea. :p

My mom commented that the parcel was quite strongly scented, especially the root beer. Tinfoil it is!

MissB

Root beer is probably the most strongly scented one, that I can tell. The (beautiful!) paper bags don’t do a good job of keeping the smell contained, however after having my stuff here next to me for a day or two now, I’ve noticed the smells have dissipated. I will however have to pack these all up well in tins and whatnot. Already thinking of ordering more, especially the candy cane, which is just available for a limited time.

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drank Chandernagor by Mariage Frères
1569 tasting notes

I just realized! It’s my Steepster-versary! 773 tasting notes, 366 teas tried, >200 teas in my cupboard. :D

This means a CELEBRATION, which is consisting of my favourite chai (that I would never have bought if not for the enablers on here) in a travel mug, as I go out in the snow and try to get to work! No, it’s not much snow, but we’re ill-equipped to deal with it. I do have to check on work stuff, though. Just for an hour or two, and then I will start texting MissB to pester her into meeting up! :D

Hopefully the samples I’ve packaged up for her are indeed teas she hasn’t tried. :D

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

Woo! Happy Tea Anniversary!

Shmiracles

YAY! happy tea anniversary!

OMGsrsly

YAY TEA! :)

MissB

Hee hee. You woke me up, and I’m so glad you did! :) I’ve gone through them all now (finally, at 5am) and I’ve yet to try any of them. Well, except for the Elderberry I just brewed up. ;) Thank you so much!!

OMGsrsly

Have fun, and you’re welcome! :)

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drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
1569 tasting notes

SIPDOWN. Haha. Thanks, VariaTEA, for sharing. I added milk and sugar, and took it out to play in the SNOW. Yes! Snow! This doesn’t really happen much here, so I am EXCITE!

Well. Now I have to get ready for work because my boss hasn’t responded to my email inquiry yet. Better to go in and leave right away than to not go in and get in trouble. Also, I need to check some Science. :)

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

it is beautiful….. i hear my whacko neighbor’s automated christmas garden jingling away. it is too early!!!!!

OMGsrsly

LOL! There was someone using a leaf blower to blow the snow off their palm trees. SO obnoxious! And someone had done donuts in the park field! Lots of tire tracks.

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This is the second time I’ve had this tea, and I’m still getting a sour note from it. Some rooibos teas just don’t work for me, while others are fine. I steeped it in a paper bag this time, and that’s helped.

The smell is amazing. Boozy amaretto. Mmm.

The flavour is also better with a touch of brown sugar and some milk.

I don’t think I’ll get this one again, but I’ll definitely consider these flavours in the future.

Edit: Darnit! I was hoping the sweet would counteract my sour cravings. Fine, I’ll have some more dill pickle chips, you ridiculous and hormonal body.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Passion Fruit by Kusmi Tea
1569 tasting notes

Hmm. Bitter vegetal seaweed and green beans that smells SO divine.

Sadly that flavour is a big big no.

Sorry, VariaTEA, but this one isn’t for me at all.

(Maybe a shorter steep? Dare I try?)

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

That’s okay. It really doesn’t seem to be for anyone.

VariaTEA

The search for someone who likes this tea continues and I am sorry it was so bad.

OMGsrsly

Haha. It was an experience, all right! And I’ve had worse, so no worries. :) I’m accomplishing the Try All The Teas mission.

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drank Peach Apricot by CaesarsTea
1569 tasting notes

This one came with me in my travel mug today. It got pretty bitter sitting during the day, and I didn’t manage to finish it. Kinda sad, because it smells divine!

I have one cup left, and will try to have it in ceramic so I can try it properly. :)

Thanks, VariaTEA!

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

Oh god. No teas are working out for you. I am so sorry!!

OMGsrsly

LOL. It’s fine! Really! I normally don’t leave my teas for HOURS in the mug.

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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)

After sending my first box to the USA, bubble-envelope swaps are where it’s at.

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