1792 Tasting Notes

drank Cotton Candy Black Tea by 52teas
1792 tasting notes

OMG! I missed 1000! Apparently this is 1002.

Anyways. This sample is from VariaTEA.

I oversteeped it this morning. And drank half of it anyways, tasting burnt sugar.

And then I forgot my mug at home when I went to work.

And now I’m at work staring at the lovely snow outside, waiting for a coworker to be finished with a meeting so I can get a ride down the hill. I’m not so sure the buses will be running much longer, and don’t want to risk it. Once you get on a bus, the drivers won’t let you off till you’re at a stop, even if you can walk faster!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Roswell Strange

Congrats on 1000!

Courtney

1000, awesome!

__Morgana__

Wow, yay for 1000.

keychange

Woohoo!! four digits!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! Next I need to celebrate 1111. :)

Fjellrev

1002 is cooler than 1000 anyway. Congrats!

TeaBrat

happy 1000!!!

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Thanks, Dinosara. :)

This is mostly tulsi. Lots and lots of tulsi. Some spice from the galangal, some berry taste from the goji berries, and I can barely taste the actual tea.

It’s interesting. I like the flavours. But I’m not sure it really needs the tea part in it. It might do better as an herbal.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
1792 tasting notes

Sipdown.

Still not my favourite, but I really appreciate CrowKettle going halfsies on the sampler pack with me. :)

A nice light tea to have while I’m waiting for my stew to finish cooking.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Courtney

Stew is the best. It reminds me of home. :)

OMGsrsly

I am teh laziest, and don’t see the point in making “fancy” dinners that require more than one pot or frypan. :) Stews are perfect.

Conversely, I’ll bake and dirty up every single piece of bakeware in my house before conceding defeat.

Fjellrev

I think I’m psychologically damaged from all the stews my grandma made when I was a kid. She’d always load them with turnip, which my tastebuds despise!

Indigobloom

Fjellrev, I had a soup made with Lapsang Souchong last week, it was amazing, I wonder if that could convince you to like it? lol

OMGsrsly

Ick, turnip.

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A sample from the lovely Dinosara. Thank you! :)

It is what it says on the package! Chocolate and strawberry. A little more candy-like to me, but really tasty nonetheless. The chocolate tastes like a darker chocolate than it smells like, which is interesting. That’s probably some depth from the puerh.

Anyways, I really do like it, and the tea bags make it super easy. This would be something to consider getting for work. :)

Flavors: Chocolate

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML

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drank Royal Abkhazi by Silk Road
1792 tasting notes

I brought this one with me when I went out today. It’s delicious (as always), but it loses something in the travel mug. I’m really preferring my 12 oz ceramic mug from sbux, even though it doesn’t seal at all. Too bad I haven’t found a ceramic travel mug with no silicone bits I have to touch, and a (mostly) sealing lid!

In other news, I made delicious delicious fries today for dinner. I used avocado oil (takes higher temps than olive oil), and made a dipping sauce with tahini, garlic, lime juice, S&P. So good. Do it. Please. I’m going to try with ghee at some point. :)

http://foodwishes.blogspot.ca/2014/02/duck-fat-steak-fries-theres-new-fat-in.html

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Courtney

That sounds delish!

OMGsrsly

The fries were SO GOOD, but now I’m SO FULL. Food coma time. Maybe I should have some puerh. :)

Courtney

Food comas are exactly when I have the pine tree tea from Verdant hah!

Fjellrev

They sound awesome!

teataku

If you ever did find a ceramic to-go mug that doesn’t have any silicone… let me know? I don’t mind silicone, but my husband HATES it. I got him a Cosco brand one that’s metal and plastic, but he said the metal gives it a funny taste. So… I’m still looking.

OMGsrsly

Check Starbucks. Occasionally they have them, with hard plastic lids. The lids just don’t close. I do like mine a lot, but I’d like to be able to put it in my bag so I can have hands free when I’m standing on the bus!

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Sipdown.

I decided to try this one tonight since it’s been staring at me whenever I rummage through my sample bin.

After reading the few notes, I decided to do a super short rinse (maybe 5 seconds?) then a shorter steep. I’ll resteep this later.

After wetting them, I definitely get a cedar smell out of the buds. Not cedar chips, but crushed cedar green “leaf” part. It’s quite gentle. The steeped tea is barely greenish. But it tastes so nice.

It’s a little sweet, thick, a tiny bit green, with a hint of cedar. I like this one. Verdant’s is really piney, which is interesting, but I think I like this one better.

Thanks, Sil!

(1.5 tsp 12 oz)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Courtney

I find the tree flavours bizarrely compelling. I never really crave them, yet I really enjoy drinking them.

OMGsrsly

I think that’s how I feel about them as well. Even super foresty/musty puerh teas… I love drinking them, but they’re not something I think about and reach for all the time.

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~ahem. BANDERSNATCH BUMBLEYSOCKS! It’s *&^%$%& snowing! And I have to go to work to rescue some bacteria. I was supposed to do a whole lot of science, but I won’t be able to spend 3-4 hours there without getting stuck.

ARGH.

Anyways. This tea is delightful. Not too much ‘blergamot’ as Sil says. It’s nice and sweet with that marshmallow flavour. This is definitely an earl grey I can get behind!

I actually forgot how much I like this one, especially compared to other teas of theirs where the ickiness of the base really shows through. (Sorry guys. I really don’t like your base tea!)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
TheTeaFairy

Lol, “rescue some bacteria” OMGsrsly, the Superhero of science!!

OMGsrsly

If I don’t go pull them I’ll have to start over on Monday. I’ll have to start over for some things anyways, but if my plates are safe in the fridge, I won’t have to start everything again. :)

__Morgana__

LOL, I loved the bacteria rescue, too. I hope they appreciate what you’re doing for them. ;-)

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1792 tasting notes

I totally had this because Amariel did. :)

I added a tiny bit of sugar and a splash of almond milk.

Sadly, I’d rather have hot chocolate. The texture just isn’t there. Maybe steeping it directly in almond milk? But that seems like so much work right now.

Smells divine, didn’t live up to the promise.

(10 min at boiling)

Flavors: Cocoa

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 3 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
VariaTEA

I swear there was a period of time when everyone was raving about this tea but now it is consistently being knocked for being thin/weak. I certainly agree with the latter.

Amariel

I think I might use a tablespoon next time and steep longer. It is definitely thinner than hot chocolate, which can be good at times, but yeah, I understand.

OMGsrsly

I totally still drank it all. :) It is a pale imitation to hot cocoa, but it works if you don’t want anything too rich. Although I think I prefer Samovar’s Cacao Mint. Maybe I’ll have that tomorrow if my BFF isn’t planning to drop in.

Courtney

I’ve learned not to want cocoa from this one, but I understand the feeling. I love the Strawberry Cream version of it for a slightly thicker feel – and I love adding 1/2 tsp. of Cacao to other teas or to resteeps.

Courtney

I’m actually just steeping up 2 parts Laoshan Black, 1 part Cacao to enjoy before work. :)

ambeth

@Courtney- Thank-you for that idea!

OMGsrsly

Ooo, as a mixer! I think I’ll need to do that. I gave my strawberry away to a friend already.

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Holy moly!

I made this tea, and it’s awesome! I guess having a variable temperature kettle makes everything better. :)

(With a little honey)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
Fjellrev

How have you been feeling?

OMGsrsly

Much better! I can mostly smell, it is awesome. :)

__Morgana__

Is it really so zesty they had to say it twice in the name?

OMGsrsly

YES. It’s formulated to be super pithy and bitter/sour like yellow grapefruit. Even cold steeped I need to sweeten this one!

OMGsrsly

I was scared because steeping it at boiling is just… undrinkable for me. But 190 = perfect, and it’s gonna be so good as an iced tea!

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
1792 tasting notes

It’s done! Finally!

Not a tea I’ve loved. The flavour is just way too much. I mean, it smells lovely but completely overpowering, and if overleafed at all it feels like I’m drinking mango perfume.

I think I like mango tea, but perhaps a milder mango tea.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Courtney

Ack mango perfume. I’ve finally come to accept I only like fresh mangoes. No tea has surpassed my ridiculous expectations. :P

Hello.Kiki

Mango seems hard to capture as far as taste and perfumes go. A lot of times it can smell too…. Ripe? If that makes any sense lol

OMGsrsly

I really don’t care for fresh mango, so the teas are a good alternative. :) Yeah, this one is like sniffing an overripe mango. That’s exactly it!

Dinosara

Did I send you any of Lupicia’s mango teas? I can’t remember now. I haven’t even tried them myself but some peopel really love them.

OMGsrsly

You did! An Alphonso mango one, even. :)

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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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