1699 Tasting Notes

drank Hemp Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1699 tasting notes

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Thank you, VariaTEA. :)

Tea of my childhood. I can’t believe I used to steep this forever and put in heaping spoons of honey. Holy moley. It is SO sweet. Cinnamon-vanilla-spice tea.

Definitely off my shopping list at this point, but I’m so glad I had an opportunity to try it again! :)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Glad you got to relive your fond memories! :)

OMGsrsly

I used to drink all the Celestial Seasonings teas, but some of them I can’t revisit. Maybe next I’ll manage to try Mandarin Spice or whatever it’s called.

MissB

I used to feel addicted to this one as well. Lately, not so much.

OMGsrsly

I haven’t had it since I was a teenager, MissB. :) It’s been a while.

MissB

Heh. Wasn’t that just a few years back? ;)

OMGsrsly

That probably doesn’t say anything for my maturity level. :)

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I have this in my paws thanks to the lovely Dinosara. Thank you so much!

I steeped this super short. 2×3o seconds mostly to flavour some water. It’s tulsi and that root beer tree (sa… Whatever it is.) and a bit of toasty earthiness in the background.

This tulsi is super strong. Almost licorice or fennel flavoured.

And now I’m at work. So thank you again for the lovely teas. I’ll do more steeps of this when I get home and also edit this note because I’m having typing issues on my phone right now. :/

MissB

Sasaparilla. :) Sounds lovely! Well, to me at least. I remember you really disliking licorice though. How are you faring with it?

OMGsrsly

I am contrary and don’t like licorice root in particular. The sickly sweet aftertaste is just. Blech. Butiki’s So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice is perfect for me. No actual licorice! :)

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Holy moley! Dinosara sent me a HUGE package! O.o Thank you SO much, that was entirely unexpected. I love the bags you packed everything in.

So because I still have a migraine and I need to head to work now, I thought I’d start with this. Hot, in almond milk, with a little honey.

Doesn’t smell as good as Redberry Tonic from DavidsTea, which is my other “Sea buckthorn” sniffing experience. It’s really green. Green grassy. I’m guessing some of that will be the matcha.

Whisking it into water, it didn’t froth nearly as much as other flavours have. In fact, it was difficult to get any froth. Interesting…

Actually, I don’t need the honey. This is a sweet, grassy, almond milk latte. I know that to some that sounds unappealing, but I’m quite enjoying it right now.

Thanks again!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C
Dinosara

This is one of the few matchas I Iike without milk (but I do sweeten it). Sea buckthorn is an odd one, it’s true. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I’ll have to try it plain then. I just automatically reach for the almond milk. :)

Roswell Strange

My only Sea Buckthorn experience is also Redberry Tonic – thought I have a Sea Buckthorn based fruit blend from RiverTea on the way which I’m excited about.

OMGsrsly

I look forward to a comparison, Roswell! :) I was hoping this would be a little more like the DavidsTea version.

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This smells so good! Fruity candy deliciousness. It smells like something I’ve sniffed recently, too. IDK what though.

I’m really getting cherry from it.

Oh wow, this tastes so good! For me, it is verging on perfume, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s tasty.

Thanks so much, VariaTEA! I definitely need to keep this company in mind. :)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I really like this one too.

OMGsrsly

This reminds me of those flower flavoured breath ‘mints’. Now I’m hoping the Violet S&V Fjellrev sent me tastes like the violet ones.

VariaTEA

I have never had those before.

OMGsrsly

My gramma used to talk about them all the time and I found some at Whole Foods. :)

oddree

Ooh flowers! I need to go to Whole Foods and check them out :)

OMGsrsly

I’m in Canada. :) No idea if they’ll have them in the States.

oddree

looks Oh yes you are! Vancouver – I’m jealous… and you’re lucky :)

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drank Cinnamon Star by Tea Desire
1699 tasting notes

A sample from Fjellrev! It was the Tea On Top today, so I picked it. :) Lucky tea.

It’s pretty tasty! Really gentle flavours, although they are strong they aren’t IN YOUR FACE or super duper sweet. It is a sweet tea, but it’s not like ahem teavana.

Really, really nice. I could totally see picking some of this up the next time I visit Nanaimo.

Thank you! :)

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

Yay! Glad you like it.

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1699 tasting notes

And that’s it for the samples MissB so kindly shared. Boo!

Things to know:
- it resteeps well.
- it’s fun to tell people you’re drinking “O’Connor’s Cream”.
- it’s amazing with whisk(e)y.
- it’s also amazing with nothing. :)

Also: OMG!!! There were SO MANY NOTES on my page that I had to scroll and scroll and scroll and skim and read comments and ACK! Y’all drink a LOT of tea!

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

You make me wonder if I can use up my JD that way, adding it to some vanilla blacks or something.

cryptickoi

Irish tea…

MissB

Thought my order went through tgteas, however I just checked to see what I got.. and it’s still sitting there. So.. what would you like? This one goes out of stock Feb 28th, so I’m grabbing 250g to share with you. If there’s anything else, send me a note?

OMGsrsly

OMG!! :) :)

Also, it is an excellent way to use up JD. :)

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drank Chai Chocolate by Simpson & Vail
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Thank you, Fjellrev!

This tea is indeed very chocolatey. But I prefer the Harney and Sons chocolate to this one I think. Still, it’s not bad. It would be better with some coconut milk, but I am lazy and don’t want to go into the kitchen to get it.

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

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drank O'Connor's Cream by TeaGschwendner
1699 tasting notes

Oh tea with the ridiculously giggle-causing name, you are SO good.

Tonight, with a bit of Jamieson’s (because it’s in the cupboard), some maple syrup and a touch of coconut milk.

I know, I know. All those additives might hide the flavour. BUT THEY DON’T! It just amps up the delicious sweet honey chocolate booze notes in the tea. YUM.

Definitely on my shopping list.

Thanks, MissB!

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

i forgot to buy more of this when i was there haha but that’s ok.

OMGsrsly

GASP! But it’s SO GOOD! (I’m gonna order this and Kapha at least, closer to my birthday.)

Yvonne

Honey chocolate…I think I might drool. :P

Sil

Omg… I was distracted…they had A caramel cream decaf…but not a regular version, so I got both caramel and cream to make my own….

OMGsrsly

Oooo, nice one Sil!

Yvonne, to me it’s definitely an Irish Cream type tea. Not really, but that sort of theme. It’s why it goes so well with whisk(e)y!

MissB

I think it’s meant to be an Irish Whiskey kinda tea… and thus the silly name (which, BTW, no one at tgteas had any idea it was that silly when I mentioned it). I still have quite a bit of this left, I keep on forgetting to drink it. Will do some tonight! Kapha too.. 100g is a LOT for that tea! I also grabbed some of the caramel creme decaf, I’m curious to see how it fares.

OMGsrsly

I look forward to your tasting notes, MissB. :) TG is DEFINITELY a birthday order.

Sil

can you get 50g online? or just in store?

OMGsrsly

I think you can only get 100g online.

Sil

BOOOOOOOO heh store let me pick up 50g :)

OMGsrsly

Nice! But I won’t mind 100g of this one. Only… I might not be able to get any due to exchange rates. BOO exchange!

MissB

Exchange rates? Boo. I get paid in US $… if you want I’ll order some for you. Also, I think you should bring more of this with you this weekend. Then when people ask what you’re drinking, you can just say, “O’Connor’s Cream”, and people will ask you, with nary a blink of the eye, if you can point out Monsieur O’Connor. ;)

Sil

bwahhahahahhaaa

OMGsrsly

I tried that tonight! Nothing. ;) I don’t want to deprive you of extra tea cash, MissB! It’s lovely of you to offer though.

OMGsrsly

And now I’m having another steep of this tea with MOAR whisk(e)y and honey and coconut cream. Ohhhhh. Whisk(e)y and tea is one of my new favourite things.

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1699 tasting notes

Marco Polo, why have I treated you so wrong? Lost in the back of my tea cupboard, I found you this morning.

Yum yum. Fruity, vanilla, floral. The lower temp (an accident – I was impatient) worked well. A touch of honey, and I have delicious tea.

Thanks, CrowKettle!

(Tasting note 900! Wow.)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Courtney

900! Awesome.

OMGsrsly

Scary! :) I drink and log 2.34 teas per day (math!), but I drink way more than that. Multiple steeps, 2-3 liters of herbals instead of water, etc.

Courtney

I’m nearing 400 and I thought that was scary. :P You know, you should look at like a public service – you’re letting us all know about these teas!

Cavocorax

Grats! :D

caile

Wow, that’s great!

gmathis

Yep, low temp is the magic bullet with MP. Luscious, isn’t it?

OMGsrsly

It was so nice!

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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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