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1165 Tasting Notes

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Yep, I’m drinking this iced. Again.

I ended up going for a walk with a friend, and I got so thirsty I bought something, drank it all, then came home and made a litre of this.

I’m most of the way through and still thirsty. Tomorrow will be an interesting day at work, that’s for sure! I have a feeling I’ll be heading out of the lab for a gulp of iced tea (ooh, which ones should I make!) about every 5 minutes.

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1165 tasting notes

Oh, I like this. I like this one a lot. It doesn’t have that overdone boozy vanilla scent. Instead, it’s more along the lines of vanilla baked goods.

The bonus is that this is decaf, so I don’t feel bad about drinking it right now! Since I was hiking, I did add a fair amount of honey and creamer to this, but that’s OK. The base is pretty strong and a little astringent. The vanilla is comforting.

I can see me needing to get more of this tea. It’s pretty fantastic.

Thanks again, Cavocorax, for including me in your order. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Sil

haha i still need to try this one

OMGsrsly

It’s the first vanilla tea I’ve tried, so I have no idea how it stacks up. But I like it, and having a warm, comforting drink in front of me right now is amazing. Mmm, tea.

JustJames

i find most vanillas lacking… perhaps i should add this one to my shopping list in future.

OMGsrsly

I could set a couple bags aside for you as a sample trade if you like. We are planning a meetup as well. If you’re interested, message me and I’ll fill you in. The details are pretty sparse right now though. :)

ashmanra

This one has some caramel flavor to me. I love it. It does not taste like a decaf version of their Vanilla Black.

OMGsrsly

Yes! Definitely caramel. My BFF sniffed it and said, “Ew! Caramel!” More for me this way. :)

Cavocorax

Sil – I have some for you but I packed it up over a week ago, and I’m worried that the teas are all transferring their smells around. :| I’m really not good about getting to a post office but… #excuses I’m sure this will still taste fine when you get it!

And OMGsrsly – glad you like it as much as I do. It was an obvious re-stock.

OMGsrsly

It was just so nice to be able to have a real tea in the evening! I’m definitely getting more of this one when I place my own H&S order. :) Gonna have to figure out something with the giant tins, though. They’re pretty, but I don’t have room.

Sil

Cavo – not to worry…i can always air them out for a bit. I wish i could stop buy while i’m over there in a week or so but i somehow thing that it may not work…

Cavocorax

OMG- that’s part of the reason I wasn’t too worried about giving you the tins. They’re pretty, but I’ll end up with more!

Sil – that’d be pretty cool if you were able to meet this group too, but I imagine it’s tough to arrange. I probably wouldn’t be able to do it regardless, but I’ll cross my fingers that it works for you and the rest.

OMGsrsly

I’m thinking of using the tins for everyday stuff like my oat mix, and sugar. They’re so pretty I kind of want them out. :)

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Am I really doing a tasting note for this? Heck yeah!

Soy, half base, no classic, green tea frappawhatsit. Not nearly as good as the matcha smoothies I make at home, but not a bad recovery drink after a poorly fueled 6 hour hike. I even got whipping cream.

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
1165 tasting notes

Yum! Good choice, Cavocorax! A really fruity, somewhat sweet, fairly strong black tea. Another perfect one to add to the morning rotation.

There was a dried cherry in there as well. I think I’ll steep it up later this week, and then eat it. Om nom nom.

So yeah. I have a bazillion new H&S teas to try. Some we shared, some I just got samples of, some I missed buying (which means I have to do another order at some point). Yay!

(2 tsp, 2 cups water, a little soy milk and honey.)

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

Hee! Always another order. I just placed one for Zen Tea Life today to take advantage of the 30%, and restock my beloved Phoenix Pearls!

Sil

BAD cavo! BAD!

OMGsrsly

Cavo, I was considering doing the same thing! Did you get a tin? It’s so tempting. :)

Cavocorax

I just went with 50g of that, coconut oolong and chocolate mint rooibos. :)

And Sil, /0\

OMGsrsly

Ahh, ok. :) I need to try their coconut oolong. And I think they get their ‘grandmas garden’ tea from Herbal Republic, so I was going to get some of that to try. First I need to buy everyone in the family hiking umbrellas, then more tea. :)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1165 tasting notes

I made this after work today, and iced it. It’s kind of weak (on purpose!), but mostly I wanted flavoured water. This was perfect. A little sweet, a little green, a little caffeinated. Yum.

(This morning’s tea did not work at all. I took a sip and almost spat it out. :( Not good. It was even a tea I’ve made before! So today I mostly drank coffee.)

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drank Blood Orange by Zen Tea
1165 tasting notes

I’m having this iced today. Brewed double strength then poured over ice. It’s pretty good with a little honey, although I forgot my bit of baking soda so it is a little bitter.

I don’t think I’ll get this one again, but it does make a pretty good iced tea. The blood orange is coming across a little like orange cleaner, but I still have that horrible metallic-ness in my mouth which is probably changing the flavour a lot.

Oh well. Breathing is important, so I’ll keep using the inhaler.

gmathis

I keep forgetting the baking soda trick for iced tea. May have to write it on my hand.

Sil

baking soda trick??

gmathis

Pinch of baking soda in refrigerated teas for smoothness. I just googled it and it shows up chiefly in reference to sweet tea.

Sil

oh nice!

JustJames

@gmathis seriously? why?…… must go data mine now. (i like to know why, lol)

gmathis

Spoken like a true tea geek :)

OMGsrsly

Something to do with the basic nature of the baking soda neutralizing the acidic nature of the tannins in teas. I prefer to do this with my black teas, even when just pouring over ice, because I do not like that flavour.

JustJames

yes, right! as drs google and wikipedia also told me…. again down to HOW though, lol. so i continued to dig. appafently it’s because baking soda is an amphoteric which equates to a molecule that goes both ways and react with acids (ie the vinegar/baking soda volcano) and bases both. so, depending on its pairing mate it will either borrow or lend a molecule (cool— and i learned a new word!)

it’s even used in IVs in an instance of extreme acidosis of the blood, to reduce the acidity of soil and is used to stop the spread of phosphorus inside soldier’s wounds from an incendiary bullet (OMG i didn’t even know there was such a thing!)

it’s kept by chemists in the lab because it can be used to neutralize both acids and bases and has virtually zero reactivity and has no risk of using too much.

well thank you for prompting my research OMGsrsly. i have a chemical explanation and stretched my brain today!

gmathis

…and with a little vinegar, de-stinks the kitchen drain quite nicely. (Sorry, I’m also chemically challenged!) Intend to try it with my next cheap fridge steep of grocery store brand.

JustJames

it also doubles as a rinse aid in the dishwasher that costs SO much less and if you let it sit in the toilet and then dump baking soda on your scrub brush you have a sparkling toilet bowl! (see? i pinch pennies so i can em’ on tea!)

ashmanra

My mom taught me the baking soda in tea trick when I was a wee little lass. She tossed it in and said it kept it from being cloudy and would soothe an overstepped tea.

JustJames

argh, i am so behind! guess i’ll have to buy more tea to catch up! lol.

OMGsrsly

Keep a spray bottle of vinegar and a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen for disinfecting counters. Just make sure you don’t mix them in one container (mixing on the counter is fine) because they create peracetic acid which is not really useful.

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drank Alfonso by TWG Tea Company
1165 tasting notes

This is one perfumy tea. Wow.

The scent is a super strong, super floral mango. I mean, think of the ripest mango ever that hasn’t quite started smelling boozy, and amplify the scent of the skin by 1000. This is one seriously strong tea.

I decided to try it iced, to see what I think. I think I overleafed, honestly. 2.5 tsp in just over a cup of almost boiling water for 2 minutes. I added a “smidgen” of baking soda and 1/4 tsp honey to see if I could get an iced black tea to taste… good, instead of bitter or astringent.

All I can taste is the flavour. All I can smell is the flavour. My kitchen is now an Alfonso mango.

The honey was a wise choice, but I’m not sure the baking soda was needed here. I think I’m going to finish the glass, then do a re-steep to see if maybe I managed to wash away some of that MANGO!scent.

Edit: The second steep at almost 4 minutes is much more pleasant, in that it’s way less perfumy and tastes more like tea with mango. I’ll probably throw away the first (short) steep in the future, as I highly prefer the second.

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

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I drank this this morning in a very fancy tea cup. It was delicious. Nothing added, although a little sweetness wouldn’t be out of place.

This tea is so delicious. It’s tempting to make an order just to get more of this one, but I’ve promised myself that I won’t order until I’ve tried everything and made a list of deliciousness to buy. :)

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

i got 2 ounces in my order and i’m already through one, lol.

OMGsrsly

I just got 1/2 oz, and I only have one cup left. :( It’s SO GOOD.

JustJames

oh dear, LOL!

Sil

At least it’s on sale ATM? :)

JustJames

HOW DO I MISS THESE THINGS??? wait, wait….. i have to wait til august. (cleansing breath in and out)

OMGsrsly

AAH! Not fair. I now have to plan for a 7-ish day hiking trip, so my next tea purchase has been pushed to the side in favour of some new gear that will make my hiking life easier. :/ (Although… tea could be very very important on the trail…)

JustJames

what if you are stranded in a tree hiding out from a bear? you would need tea…. just an enabling thought to get you through the day, lol.

Cavocorax

Peppermint Patty is also on sale!!!

OMGsrsly

I’m already planning on mining a (hopefully) hilarious reaction from my mom by carrying a (plastic) bottle of olive oil and some premeasured mixes so I can make pancakes and fry-bread for a couple different meals. Should be fun. ;)

I wonder if I could convince them we need to stop for hot lunches, just so I can make more tea?

JustJames

ROFL. i dare you. then take a picture of their faces and post it to the group (that we should begin) named ‘tea shockers’!

OMGsrsly

They actually drink a lot of loose leaf tea. :) Mom’s already said she’s bringing loose tea and a strainer! I’ve just never done a hike like this with them, so I don’t know how they do lunches. Snack on trail? Stop and picnic? Who knows.

The hardest part is deciding which tea I should bring for each meal planned. ;)

JustJames

i did that when i went in for surgery. i justified beforehand that ’it’s tea, it doesn’t take up much space’, committed to myself that i could not fill a suitcase and then chose my favourites (in case everything went to hell and i needed comfort) and some new ones i hadn’t tried.

as for meals… follow pippin and merri’s example? lol.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, Breakfast, 2nd Breakfast, 11sies. I’d love to do that, full on. I think I’ll have to eat a lot while walking though. Apparently the hike is 10k per day, and can average 1k per hour. Yikes! That’s a long, slow day.

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drank Maharaja Chai Oolong by Teavana
1165 tasting notes

I cold steeped a bunch of this in soy milk for 2 days.

It’s pretty good. Mostly cinnamon and cardamom, but there’s a few other flavours lurking in the background.

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a milk steep for this tea (it’s also incredibly sweet. Wow.), but it was a fun experiment. I’ll have to try something else at some point. Maybe Florence from Harney and Sons? Hmm…

JustJames

i mixed this one with their samurai chai… it was great! never thought of cold steeping in milk…. hmm.

OMGsrsly

It’s less tea, more cinnamon and cardamom. 1 day would have been fine, but I put some stuff in front of it in the fridge and forgot to drink it yesterday!

JustJames

oh no! lol, you must have been channeling me!

OMGsrsly

:D I do it all the time. With fruity teas I find the flavours don’t change as much after 1 day.

Oh, have you tried cold steeping a puerh yet? If not, take some used leaves and leave them in some water overnight. It’s really really cool.

ashmanra

I LOVE cold steeped puerh! It is so refreshing.

OMGsrsly

ashmanra, I need more puerh teas to try cold steeping. :) Do you have any recommendations?

sweeTEApie

I’m a newbie, and this cold steeping thing sounds pretty good! How can I cold steep this chai in milk? Thanks in advance for any advice. :)

OMGsrsly

For any tea, instead of hot liquid use cold, and keep it in the fridge. You’ll have to taste it every few hours to determine how long to leave it. Every tea is different, and every set of tastebuds is different. I usually leave mine overnight.

sweeTEApie

Thx! I’m going to try this tonight :)

IHateMyself

I’m late to this party… but had I known this… I would’ve cold steeped mine last night.
Hmmm…

IHateMyself

In milk that is.

OMGsrsly

It’s my favourite way to have this one, but generally I’m not a huge fan of this chai.

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drank Apricot by Murchie's Tea & Coffee
1165 tasting notes

Sipping on this very fruity and sweet tea (I may have put too much honey in it) as I wait for some stuff to happen at work so I can finish some other stuff I need to do today.

And then I need to go home to drop off my computer, then head for dinner and shoppings with my brother.

Whee! At least I’m caffeinated, and have tea to drink!

Fjellrev

You’re having computer troubles?

OMGsrsly

I have to bring my laptop to work with me, as computers generally aren’t provided. I mean, there’s a spare MacBook, but I am NOT a Mac user and if I’m going to be siting around waiting for stuff, I’d rather be on my own machine.

Fjellrev

Ohh ok, I thought maybe you had to bring yours in to work because the lab computers were down or something. That must be annoying having to carry yours around though since you’re not a Mac person.

OMGsrsly

In Academia, generally everyone just brings their own computers. I’ve been doing it for years for classes, so I’m kinda used to it. I would say that if you’re managing a busy lab, then you might have a work-provided desktop. At least, if hope they’d be provided.

Fjellrev

Yeah, I usually need to bring mine in too, but sometimes I get lucky and my profs provide theirs for our presentations. It’s great to not have to lug yours in when you have to lead a 3-hour seminar. The lab I’m in luckily has computers so that saves me 5 pounds on my back too. :)

OMGsrsly

For presentations there are computers in almost all the classrooms, and if you book a meeting room, most of them either have a computer or you can get one from the department. :) We’re kind of spoiled in that regard.

Fjellrev

That’s good stuff! I think my dept’s AV dude could lend us one too but in our case, it’s the profs that usually spoil us haha. But you’d hate it! Because I swear all the profs here use Macs.

OMGsrsly

There are 9 people in the lab and two of us use Windows. :)

Fjellrev

Yeah, Apple seems to really be taking over academia everywhere. Looks like two of you are fighting the power though haha.

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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)

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