1928 Tasting Notes

WOOOO!!! I got the shared tea orders from VariaTEA today! Butiki (which needs to be shipped off to Amarial tomorrow), and Cornelia Bean. And some samples. I see what you did there, VariaTEA. :)

So this is the first one I’m trying. Next up will be a white chocolate raspberry and cream matcha latte, I think. Mmm…

Right. Back to the tea I’m with now. This is definitely an assam. I sniffed it dry and brewed, and it’s very… assam-y. Yeah. There is some vanilla in it, both a hint of alcohol-based flavouring and the bean. Takes milk well.

So yeah. This is pretty good. I don’t really think it’s spectacular, but it’s tasty and nice and strong. Not too fussy of a base, and fairly mild flavouring. It’s mostly enough vanilla to take the edge off and supplement the flavours of the base. Makes the tea a little creamier.

Flavors: Vanilla

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

I was going to try this one but it smelled very strongly of the base tea so I did not :P. Btw, how fluffy is the orange tea?!?!

OMGsrsly

IT’S LIKE A PILLOW!!! :) And yes, this tea is very much, “ASSAM! Oh btw here’s a tiny bit of vanilla.”

VariaTEA

It really was a pillow. You should take that tea if you ever go travelling because it could be both something you can drink, and something you can rest your head on for long journeys :P

OMGsrsly

LOL. That’s an awesome idea. Too bad I didn’t get two bags – one for work and one for travel!

Sami Kelsh

This sounds nice. I sometimes like flavoured stuff where the flavour just adds a little something to what’s already present in the base, rather than being THE flavour of the tea.

OMGsrsly

It was a random add-on because we needed to spend more. :) Success!

Sami Kelsh

Ha! I’ve had so many of those :p

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drank Island Blend by Design a Tea
1928 tasting notes

Oh hey, this is pretty good! Thanks for sharing, MissB!

It’s vanilla-fruit green tea. I was hesitant because I don’t often reach for green teas, but I really like the flavours. It probably won’t give me quite the caffeine kick I’m looking for, but it’s really nice at brunch. :)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1928 tasting notes

White chocolate MATCHA latte woooo!!!!

Caffeine! AHHH!

Maybe 1 tbsp matcha was a mistake? Or maybe I will feel energized ALL DAY LONG. Who knows? Certainly not me.

WOO MATCHA!

(umm, about 1 tbsp matcha, 3 tbsp white chocolate, 2 cups almond milk, a pinch of vanilla powder)

OMGsrsly

Umm, hi everyone. Still super stressed and busy, not around much. I MISS YOU, TEA FRIENDS!

Also, I had a dream where Tom Hiddleston was a fanfic fanatic. O.o

MissB

I can hear that matcha bouncing you off the walls from here. ;) Glad you’re doing well though!

OMGsrsly

:D I’m still all WOO MATCHA! Don’t want more tea because more tea = more caffeine. Maybe I’ll go shopping with this energy.

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drank Malted ChocoMaté by 52teas
1928 tasting notes

Pretty good. Not really chocolatey for me today. I think the caramel toasted mate’s I’ve been drinking recently have ruined me for this one.

Oh well!

Still enjoy it enough to finish the bag. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Sil

mate..blech

OMGsrsly

Green mate blech. :P

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This one came from CrowKettle.

Sadly the tea is really flat. There’s no life to it. I added milk and sugar to see if it would perk up at all, but it didn’t. I didn’t quite finish the cup (I was in an all day training session, and the smell of coffee was just… I gave in and had half a cup), and that is sad.

This really isn’t a tea for me, although I really liked the last Wanja tea CrowKettle shared with me.

YMMV. :/

Oh. It’s a high altitude tea. Maybe that has something to do with it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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This sample from CrowKettle. You, uhh, gave me a lot of tins! A lot! Tins! :)

So, it’s pumpkin SPICE matcha for sure. Mostly spice. Not so sure about pumpkin.
http://instagram.com/p/mTi5pUx5BF/

I think it would be best as a milkshake, with some extra additions… like rum. Yep.

Just shaken with milk? Uhh… not really for me. I think I’m going to put this in the blender with some frozen banana and a drop of vanilla and maybe some other things if I can find anything interesting.

OMGsrsly

I added a banana, vanilla, and some chia seeds. It’s… more like a milkshake and therefor OK.

OMGsrsly

Therefore? Ugh, brain.

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drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1928 tasting notes

Gotta sip down the minty stuff since I’m moving in with my BFF, who is horribly allergic.

This is from Cavocorax. :)

Kind of disappointing today really. Not much tea, lots of mint (which is surprisingly ok for me this morning) and the DavidsTea chocolate flavour of meh.

Generally I do like this one as an occasional treat, but I’m not too disappointed I won’t be able to have it again.

Thanks for sharing, Cavo!

Preparation
3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Uniquity

I’ve never heard of a mint allergy before – I feel so sorry for him or her! I am a mint addict. MMMM.

whatshesaid

This was THE tea that started me down this path, my very favorite tea for a long time.
Until I found Della Terra’s mint chocolate teas….then this one became kind of meh.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s interesting. And it’s just peppermint and garden mint. Flavourings as well as the plant. Well. Interesting. Her throat closes up and she can’t breathe, so it really is horrible.

Uniquity

I have mint lotions and aromas and tea and anything else I can get minty. Almost all my lip balm would be awful for her. I used to have a field of mint when I was a kid. It was lovely. It must be hard for her to avoid mint, it is a pretty common aroma/additive. I have a personal loathing of coconut but at least it doesn’t try to kill me!

Cavocorax

Boo… sorry it was disappointing. I find it never hurts to overleaf this one, and then you’ll be done it sooner!

OMGsrsly

Cavo, one cup left! Hopefully it’s more like I remember. :)

Uniquity, she has to get off transit because people are chewing gum, leave cafes because people get mint tea, and recently had to evacuate her shared office because someone came in with mint. She had to go outside the building and get someone to bring her all her things. Allergies suck!

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drank Sublime by Silk Road
1928 tasting notes

Sipdown (currently 271, but I need to package up and send out a bunch of teas, and also share some stuff with my brother).

Like. Will buy again. :) Just need to get over to Victoria, which isn’t going to happen until after I move and settle in.

CrowKettle

Or you just need someone in Victoria to send some over.. :)

OMGsrsly

But… visiting is more fun. More shopping, more socializing, more sushi. :)

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I mixed up some Hazelberry Puerh from Steam with Bossa Nova oolong from Zen Tea.

A+ choice. Hazelnutty caffeinated dessert in a thermos.

(Note: I am moving May 15. If you have my address, please disregard it. I can always send you the new one if you need it for anything.)

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I think I might need a caramel toasted mate to help get me going on mornings like today. So out of it. Caffeine good. This is a strong contender, because it’s the only one I’ve had and there is also the awesome name. Too bad Adagio is so hard to get in Canada!

OMGsrsly

Oh! And thank you Shmiracles! This is what happens when you write notes as your bus is arriving – you forget important bits.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to dig into my Shmiracles samples! I smelled them and am very excited, but wanted to sipdown 40+ samples that were in loose baggies and more exposed! (Protect the samples!!!) I love the bags she uses though. I need to get those!

OMGsrsly

I know, right?! I’ve received so many samples in odour proof bags lately I want some now too. :)

MissB

Ah, this reminds me I still have an Adagio order waiting at the border.

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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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