1375 Tasting Notes

Yet another delicious tea I had been too scared to try!

My variable temperature kettle is rocking my socks. I can see how there is appeal for one you can choose your own temps for, but this works for me. For now. Muahah.. ahem.

Anyways. This tea is so weird. And good! But weird. It smells like cinnamon and syrup, but when steeped the potato flavour totally comes out. It makes the tea taste starchy, and makes it feel a little thicker. I took a sip, and immediately decided to add some brown sugar to bring out the syrup flavours more.

So good.

If possible, I might even get more the next time I do an order. It’s a green tea, but it’s THAT good!

Edit: Just tried it with salt. Oh, WOW that’s a different kind of yummy.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Butiki Teas

Hahaha. A little fyi, it is also good with salt. It will bring out the potato-y-ness. I’ve also used this tea as a base for a sort of soup. I added noodles to the tea and they were delicious.

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I bet it would be good with rice and roasted pumpkin as well.

Butiki Teas

Oooh, good idea. I might try adding some wild rice.

OMGsrsly

I mostly use my green teas for making ochazuke, but hadn’t thought about using a flavoured one. :)

Butiki Teas

Had to look that up. Sounds great! I wouldn’t add any fish cause of the whole vegan thing but definitely seems like something I would like to make.

OMGsrsly

I LOVE simmered kabocha squash and fresh spinach in it. The squash recipes might have bonito or dashi in them, but you can omit and maybe use a little kombu for the umami and salt. When I know I have a horrid week ahead I’ll make up the ingredients and keep them in the fridge, so I only have to make tea and add it. :)

Butiki Teas

Ooh nice! Sounds super comforting and easy!

Amariel

I like this one too, but I admit I have been too scared to try it with salt.

OMGsrsly

It’s really neat! I added a bit much I think, but just a pinch in the second steep is a good way to try. Or pour out a shot glass so you don’t ‘waste’ any if you don’t like it. :)

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Same problem as with the Maple Pecan Oolong last night – a little bitter.

I’ll have to try it with 160F water to see if that works better for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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Hot root beer? You better believe it.

This is so good.

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

I love warm sassafras tea; this sounds like its fancy-schmancy counterpart :)

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had sassafras tea. Just soda. :)

gmathis

Goofy name but my favorite is Pappy’s Sassafras—it’s a concentrate (wonderful when you’re too tired to steep) that has all the questionable stuff (safrole) removed.

OMGsrsly

I’ve heard good things about that one! Have you written tasting notes about it? :) Probably almost impossible to find here, though. (West coast Canada)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, Amazon won’t ship it. Boo!

Dexter

OMGsrsly – I have a white strawberry sassafras tea from Tealux, that I don’t think is as bad as the ratings on here indicate. It’s strange for sure, but not horrible. If you would like a sample, just let me know.

OMGsrsly

Ooo. And there’s strawberry, too! Sold! :) (I love strawberries.)

gmathis

Yep, I have reviewed (and overreviewed—sometimes there’s only so much that needs to be said ;) With strawberry—-that sounds tasty!

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drank Maple Pecan Oolong by Butiki Teas
1375 tasting notes

Umm, apparently I’ve only had this once before. That’s pretty bad. I got it in June.

The tea smells INCREDIBLE. Maple Pecan ice cream, for sure. So delicious.

I steeped per directions, and added 2 pieces of rock sugar. They aren’t really dissolving, but I should have added them with the leaves instead of after the steep. My bad.

This is a tea that does need the sugar for me. The nuts do that weird bitter nut skin thing for me rather easily. I might do 3 minutes next time instead of 4 to mitigate that. Or avoid the pecans. :)

I really do like the flavouring, and look forward to drinking it all now that I don’t have to take the temperature of my cooling water!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Ginger Lemon Green Tea by Zen Tea
1375 tasting notes

Playing with my new variable temp kettle.

I think I needed to stir this tea up a bit more. It’s sorta lemon-gingery, but mostly I taste green tea and powdered lemon. IDK. It’s probably because I’m sick.

Temp: 179F with my kettle! Gosh, this is going to be fun… For me. :)

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

Kettle envy..

OMGsrsly

It makes me feel like such a geek. :D

Cavocorax

TOTAL kettle envy!

Cavocorax

As soon as I have one I will surely drink more than black teas. (lazy)

OMGsrsly

That’s sort of it. I do prefer the flavour of black teas, but now that it’s easier to make other kinds of tea, I’m sure I’ll make them more often.

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OMG I HAVE A VARIABLE TEMPERATURE KETTLE WOOOO!!! Thanks, Nxtdoor!

Ahem.

Now that’s out of the way, I brewed this one up at 158C (as per my kettle! Eee!!), and it’s WAY nicer. Not bitter at all. The strawberry flavour is still super mild to me, but that could be due to the cold. Still not a super fan, but that’s because I’m not in love with most green teas.

So. Brewing at the proper temperature makes tea nicer. It’s also a LOT easier to brew tea at the proper temperature when you have a kettle that takes care of that issue for you.

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/8/KitchenBath/2/Appliances/Kettles/PRD~0430284P/T-Fal+Thermovision+Digital+Kettle%2C+1.7-L.jsp?locale=en

It’s even on sale! Just make sure you CALL your local store and get them to put it on hold for you! My local store didn’t have it, so I called another and went there only to get the last one on the shelf! They said they had NINE.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Sil

Lol Grats.

OMGsrsly

It’s exciting! Now my green teas and oolongs won’t languish in the cupboard unloved…

CrowKettle

That’s now on my list of things to pick up this week. Hope they have one in stock near me :)

OMGsrsly

The downside is it beeps a lot. It beeps when it reaches temperature, it beeps when you set it on the base, beep beep beep. It’s not too loud though.

MissLena

You will love your kettle! I am rather lost without mine when I go to my parents place now, I have to wait about 10 minutes for water to cool for greens/whites, no idea what the temp is when I do that, but I don’t want to burn them! Var. temps make life so much easier :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, you totally have a point! Oh well. My parents pretty much only drink black teas, and my mom uses bubbling-boiling water for everything, or else it’s “not hot enough.” Yeah. No wonder she doesn’t like green tea!

CrowKettle

The microwave in our apartment already does lots of beeping. No one will notice a kettle under that. :D

Nxtdoor

LOL. HOw did I miss this? Hahahaha. I love it. Glad you’re happy. I feel exactly the same way. I am now certain I am not abusing my teas. Am trying this tea for the first time today. We shall see.

OMGsrsly

:D I still love it. Especially the “keep warm”, because I can get up, stumble into the kitchen, put the kettle on, go get ready, then come back and make my tea! I think one of the Zojirushi water heaters would be awesome too, but this works well for me. :)

Cavocorax

I’m so excited to get mine! :O I hope there’s not a huge difference in quality in the $60 range for kettles. I’m not super big on researching. I just want it to work. (I’ll check the forums though)

OMGsrsly

I got this one because 1) Nxtdoor recommended it, 2) COLOURS! It lights up!, and 3) it was on sale. So happy with it so far. Just remember that to return stuff during the 1 year warranty at Canadian Tire, you need the box. So keep it with the receipt, just in case.

Cavocorax

Cool. I’ll remember that!

Sil

There were some stupidly good deals last year in kettles. I know. I gotmybreville for next to nothing heh.

OMGsrsly

I saw brevilles on sale for $189 I think last week. Still too expensive for me. :)

Sil

Naw mine was under 100 heh only reason it came home with me lol

OMGsrsly

Dude that’s amazing. The tea maker one?

Sil

Naw just the regular variable. The tea making one seems like and xercise in having to clean way more than I want to for the amount of tea I drink.

OMGsrsly

The only reason it tempts me is it has a timer and can have tea ready for me to stumble into the kitchen and drink when I first wake up. :D

Cavocorax

Yeah it’d be nice to have tea waiting for me, but I think it’d require too much cleaning too. :( Sometimes it’s hard enough to get the taste of the last tea out of my cup – don’t want to worry about the whole pot!

Cavocorax

I’m hoping to get one that’ll boil it to whatever temperature I want, while I’m in the shower, and then I can run out and start steeping my teas while I pack up my lunch/put my shoes on etc. Then I’ll still have time for my tea! (Because waking up 10 minutes earlier probably won’t happen)

OMGsrsly

LOL. The keep warm function is so nice. I basically do the same thing.

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Sipdown! I didn’t even have ANY of this before I doctored it up with whiskey and honey.

Yes, drinking at breakfast. I know, I know.

Anyways, I wish I could get more of this tea. I hadn’t seen a whiskey tea before… Betjeman et Barton have Balade Irlandaise, but I have no idea how much shipping would be.

This is really good when you’re sick. I’m sure it’d be excellent as a cocktail, as well.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Hey! This is pretty good hot.

I added a spoon of honey (still trying to beat the sick!), and the lemon and citrus notes are at the front. Nice.

I still don’t care for the medicinal rooibos, but it is a refreshing tea even hot. Good for hydration. Hmm. Maybe I’ll ice some tomorrow and bring it to work…

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

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Oh no! The first note. Thanks for yet another tea, Sil. :)

I stood there waiting for the water to reach 170-175C. With a candy thermometer, suspended in my kettle. That’s how serious I am about trying these blasted teas!

I REALLY need to get a variable temp kettle! I might go to Canadian Tire tomorrow to see what’s available.

For a green tea, this is pretty good! It smells of fruity dessert. Maybe an apple crumble, but without the oats? A little buttery, definitely fruity. The flavour isn’t strong at all, but that could be due to the age of the sample (I don’t even know how Sil got it!) or how it’s been packaged, or because I didn’t use the right water temperature. IDK.

It’s pretty good, and I’ll enjoy the cup, but it’s nothing I’d chase down. It’s going into my ahem swap box, I think. Might as well pass on the French teas!

Thanks for sharing! :)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec
Sil

This is why you try all the teas!

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drank Hibiscus Berry Rose by Verdant Tea
1375 tasting notes

Cold brew: Really pretty, but no.

:/

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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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