1796 Tasting Notes

~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
1796 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
1796 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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I forgot I had already tried this tea. :)

Thank you, Dinosara!

It’s very tulsi-y. Not much in the background at all. I think it would be more balanced with more actual tea.

Still, I do like tulsi, and this will be a relaxing cup to sip while I detail my kitchen and prep food for the next couple days. Yay working weekends.

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

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
1796 tasting notes

Mmm, tea.

I only have one cup of this one left. To drink, or to save… that is always the question.

(240, as I made up a tea box for a friend..)

(1.5 tsp in 12 oz H2O)

(PS. Not a snow day.)

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

I always hoard teas and then realize it is meant to be enjoyed and hoarding it isn’t making me happy.

OMGsrsly

That’s why I have 240 teas! Hoarding.

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drank Northern Berry Kyss by Zen Tea
1796 tasting notes

Sigh. I do not like the name of this tea. Really? Kyss?

Oh well. It’s a decent fruity rooibos. I find the rooibos in this tea fairly medicinal, but that might also be the rooibos in conjunction with the juniper berries.

Nice enough with a little honey. It really does bring out the berry flavours.

Not sure I’ll get this one again, but if it happens to be on sale the next time I make an order I might sneak 20g into my cart.

PS. It’s snowing. Buses are no longer going to my place of employment. Fingers crossed tomorrow is a snow day! I have so much paperwork and it would be nice to do it while sitting at home in my PJs, drinking tea!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
MissB

It started snowing as I went out for my run, and by the time I was done it had stopped. Hopefully it still is a snow day for you!

Angrboda

The name is not that strange for me, just misspelled. Kys = Danish name for kiss. :)

OMGsrsly

Kiss is just as bad, Angrboda! :) (Although yes, it should be spelled correctly.)

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Oh this is good! Thanks so much, Dexter3657!

I rinsed for about 20 seconds, and did a first steep of 2 minutes or so. It’s nice and earthy and mushroomy. Mmm.

No, it’s not super complex or fancy, but it’s delicious and I could see enjoying it any time of day. I’ll probably have a couple more steeps tonight, and I have enough left for a couple more rounds. Definitely something to consider purchasing, as I wouldn’t be scared to waste the tea, yet is is something I can sit and enjoy.

(1.5 tsp, 12 oz)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

And then I made scones to go along with this tea because I’m hangry.

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2014/02/strawberry-white-chocolate-scones/

230g mixed gluten free flours, 2 tbsp coconut flour. Worked quite well, yay!

sundaysipping

Those look amazing! Were they as tasted as they seemed in the pictures?

OMGsrsly

Well, they’re white chocolate and berry scones… they were pretty good! Mine weren’t as pretty as I used a flour mix with a lot of buckwheat flour in it.

sundaysipping

Appearance doesn’t matter as long as they’re tasty! They sound delicious! :-)

Garret

Hi!!! Thanks for posting this! I was going to add that your rinses, especially with such a small leaf (gong ting) don’t need to be so long. With the loose leaf gong tings, I typically do just a 5 second rinse one or two times. If the pot is already heated up, just once. Gong ting will give up alot of its essence/flavor pretty quickly because it is the smallest leaf. Just a tip from my experiences. But I want you happy happy happy so if a 20 sec rinse works for you, ROCK ON!!

Also, I don’t know if you deliver the GF scones of not but they sound tea-lishus! That really was a good choice of a tea to enjoy those scones with. Good food-pairing, my friend!!

OMGsrsly

Good to know! Thanks, Garret.

I don’t think the scones would survive shipping… not only might people be tempted by them, but they’re quite wet because of the fruit. Definitely something to eat asap (or freeze). :)

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I did a rather random cold steep last night. Turns out it’s seriously excellent.

1 tbsp Bear Trap by DavidsTea.
1 tbsp Goji Chokeberry Strawberry by Zen Tea
1 tbsp Strawberry Cream (fruit) by Zen Tea

So. Good. Strawberry heaven. I have half of it in a water bottle at work, and when I get home I’m probably going to end up chugging the rest.

Yes, it’s snowing, and I’m drinking iced tea (although, not at my desk). I also have my desk heater on, am wearing 3 layers plus a scarf, and when I get up to do work rather than facebook, steepster and analysis, I put on a lab coat as well. :)

(242)

Preparation
9 tsp 74 OZ / 2200 ML
Courtney

Gotta do what you gotta do! It sounds cozy haha.

OMGsrsly

We have to! Anything to stay warm. Our lab is the coldest in the building, but we also have pretty awesome views. :)

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90

Oh yum. A plain and simple and delicious assam.

Yay!

I do like this tea. I added a bit of honey and did a shorter steep than usual. I think the last time I had this tea I was still loading everything up with milk and sugar. How things change. :)

It’s light and malty, with that touch of astringency assams have.

I’ll probably end up picking up more of this one when I replenish my herbals. Zen Tea’s prices are generally pretty good, and their shipping is super fast because they’re so close to me.

Drinking this one right after the Earl Grey definitely shows me that I’m not loving earl grey teas so much anymore. :( They were what I used to drink ALL the time! Earl grey with milk and honey. A GIANT mug. I’d either guzzle it or reheat it throughout the day.

Maybe I should pick up some Twinings, just to see?

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

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