1690 Tasting Notes

I got this one from MissB!

Cold steeped overnight in the fridge, it’s like a commercial iced tea except not sweet. Candy flavours, mild base, really not that bad.

I microwaved the second half of my cup to try it warm… and promptly forgot about it. Oops? Hmm. It’s way better cold than microwaved. :)

I’ll probably finish up the jug I have in the fridge. Probably. Maybe not. It’s not really to my tastes anymore, although I bet 5 years ago I would have added sugar and happily downed it.

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drank Dan Cong by thepuriTea
1690 tasting notes

This sample is probably from Sil. Thanks, Sil! :)

I have two other teas waiting for second-and-third steeps, but I decided to have something different. I’m contrary like that. :)

The result is… no. It’s way too roasty-toasty for me.

Sorry, thepuriTea. It’s me, not you.

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

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drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1690 tasting notes

I finished the Nana’s Fruit Garden today, and decided to make this!

So tasty. I hot brewed, then “flash” chilled with not enough ice cubes. It’s cool instead of warm, at least. :) I actually steeped in a 1L canning jar, then poured it into the “2 quart” Takeya jug. HA! It only filled it 1/3 of the way. 2 quarts = baloney.

This tea is almost done, too. One more jug of it and then I can refill the tin with Redberry Tonic! Whee!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec

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drank Black Pearl Sumatra by Tealux
1690 tasting notes

Huh. Apples? I totally didn’t get that.

What I got was a delicious sweet black tea of yumminess. One that looks like it will re-steep really well.

Thanks, Dexter3657! I appreciate the sample. :) Just another thing to consider adding to my Tealux birthday order. Heh.

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

Haha, I know right, what apples,I remember trying to find that too, so funny! Plus if you do find that note, they have to be “Washington” apples??? Common! But you’ve said it really well, it’s «delicious sweet black tea yumminess»
(Oh, birthday orders are so exciting!!)

OMGsrsly

:) Birthday orders are so dangerous, too! I’m going to try to keep it at the free shipping threshold.

TheTeaFairy

Yes they are very dangerous…like we need one more excuse to indulge and loose control «Well it’s my brirthay, i can order if I want to» type of attitude, lol.

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drank Matcha by Touch Organic
1690 tasting notes

I picked this up at Winners last night (I know) since the plain matcha I have is getting kinda old and nasty. I only have a couple tsp of that one left, so I’ll dump it and start fresh.

This is not a Japanese matcha. It’s not made from tea grown in Japan, and it does not taste the same as even an inexpensive grocery store Japanese matcha.

It’s green, cut grass. No marine notes. It’ll be perfect for making lemonades and lattes, but I wouldn’t drink this on its own. It did froth up pretty decently, but not as well as the Red Leaf flavoured stuff usually does for me.

Which brings me to this morning. Mmmmm, matcha lemonade. I possibly overdid it on the matcha, but this is delightful. 1 tsp sifted matcha whisked with a little hot water (160F/70C), added to juice from half a lime, ice, maple syrup (to taste) and cool water to fill the glass.

Oh. This would be SO GOOD with Red Leaf’s pineapple matcha. Hmm.

__Morgana__

I want to get back into matcha but it so completely wires me I think I have to drink it first thing in the morning. But matcha lemonade sounds amazing!

OMGsrsly

I can only drink it first thing too. :) It’s why I like getting samples from people. 30-50g matcha is just Too Much.

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I iced this, but I didn’t have enough ice to cool it all so it’s actually a little lukewarm. Ahh well, it’s delicious anyways.

I made it in this jug (http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-makers-infusers/p/blue-infusion-tea-pitcher-large) which they erroneously list as being 1.9 litres. Umm. No. I used 1L hot tea, 1L cool water, and an ice cube tray of ice and it still wasn’t full. The strainer is nice, though, since it fits really well for a hot steep in a canning jar. I can then combine everything into the jug without steeping in the jug, mix, lid, and lay it on its side in the fridge if it’s room temperature or cooler. Pretty awesome, right? (PS. It’s a Takeya unit, with the Teavana name on the top.)

The tea is berry juice. It’s good on its own, or with a little sweetener. I’m almost out, too. Definitely something to restock when it gets warmer out!

(2 big tbsp tea, 1 litre hot water, 1 litre cool water, ice. Steeped 10 minutes at 195F.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 8 min or more
Starfevre

I have both the one quart and 2 quart takeya and the 2 quart fits in the bottom of the door of my fridge and nowhere else except on it’s side. I just made iced tea in it today. I don’t add ice to the pitcher, just to the glass when I pour it. Saves on space so I can make a full 2qt of tea. :)

OMGsrsly

I have a very small apartment size fridge. The pitcher only fits on its side! I also don’t have room for more than one tray of ice unless I play tetris with my freezer. :) I have a feeling I’ll use it more for cold-brewing, but it’s nice to have the option!

Starfevre

I cold brew so it’s cold beforehand and then the added ice to the cup keeps it so. Works well when I don’t screw up the tea. Which happens often. I am not gifted at iced tea.

OMGsrsly

Oh, I know that feeling. :)

TheTeaFairy

I love this pitcher in the summer, when I can’t seem to get enough of iced tea!! I have the large one with the longer filter, it does fit well in the fidge door…

OMGsrsly

Haha. Yeah, that was the first thing I tried, TeaFairy. :) It does seal, and Takeya says you can leave it on its side! So far, so good.

OMGsrsly

If Teavana or DavidsTea are selling accessories like the “infuser” part, I will see about picking some up this summer. Iced tea lemonade is pretty much my favourite drink when it’s hot. :)

Fjellrev

I’m so glad you found a way around the size! I’m impressed that it doesn’t leak.

OMGsrsly

Although it’s branded “Teavana”, it IS Takeya. Everything I’ve heard about their product has been rave reviews. :)

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Sipdown! I cold steeped this last night in a new cold steeping jug (http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-accessories/tea-tools/p/iced-tea-pitcher-with-orange-lid). It’s pretty delicate, but I will NOT be pouring anything hot in here. Just cool water and tea leaves, and into the fridge. The strainer in the lid looks pretty good, although I don’t think it’d catch everything rooibos.

I did 4 tsp in about 1.5 litres for this cold steep. And it turned out so well! The tea is delightfully lemony, almost candy-like. Didn’t really need sugar.

I’m going to have to keep this on my list of “teas to cold steep”. I might end up getting more in the summer. If it’s available…

Yvonne

Mmmm…sounds like a traditional lemon iced tea. Delish!

__Morgana__

Sounds yummy. I love a good lemon.

Amariel

So this is the jug that worked and the other one was too tall?

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I got the blue plastic one with the long strainer, and it’s way too tall. It does seal, so I’m considering laying it on its side… IDK.

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drank August Peach Oolong by Fusion Teas
1690 tasting notes

Sipdown! This works really well as a cold brew, too. I brewed for 24 hours (oops?) and strained it tonight and put it in a to-go container for tomorrow.

It’s delicious roasted peaches. Really really interesting tea. I quite like it, and would consider getting more, but I don’t really want 50g. It’s more a once-in-a-while tea for me.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Amariel

You just reminded me that a local lady here is making roasted peach ice cream that I want to try…

Courtney

Roasted peach ice cream sounds quite intriguing.

OMGsrsly

Ohhh, Amariel, that sounds amazing.

Amariel

Uh, same lady that make the ice cream I based my custom blend from.

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drank Spiced Apple Cider by Teavana
1690 tasting notes

This is SO sweet.

Cinnamon candy. A little hibiscus/chicory/orange peel aftertaste.

But mostly cinnamon.

I don’t hate it, and it only cost me something like $1.50 for the 50g, so I consider it worth a try.

But… apple? Nope. No apple here.

Edit: Oh. Weird. Oh gross weird omg whyyyyyy. I pulled some Kale Chips out of the oven and gently salted them with Magic Mushroom Powder (ha!) and then sipped this tea. Sooooo gross! But I can taste the apple like this. :/

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

No apple? Suddenly I’m glad I skipped this one.

VariaTEA

This was all kinds of no for me because it was cloyingly sweet but one of my best friend loves it. However, $1.50 for 50g of a Teavana tea is definitely worth a try if it is something that interests you.

OMGsrsly

It gets super gross as it cools, too. Hibiscus-cinnamon tea. I will try cold brewing it. :D

VariaTEA

Worst comes to worse you can swap it out for something better :)

Amariel

Blech, so much I dislike in one tea…ha!

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OMG.

So.

Good.

Thanks, Sil!

Rich dark honey. Carby. Spicy. Mmm…

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

YAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!

Sil

you make this sound delicious!

Cavocorax

Omg. I’m so jealous…

OMGsrsly

It is so delicious!!!

Cavocorax

Oh man… I really wish I had some of that. :(

OMGsrsly

I wonder if it’s still available? So tempting to use some of my Christmas money instead of saving it.

OMGsrsly

WAIT. What am I thinking? I shouldn’t be buying tea…

OMGsrsly

Sil, I’m confused. This tea is this one, right?
http://www.taiwanteacrafts.com/product/red-jade-black-tea/
Just a new lot? “Just”. I know.

Man, I could get 2 teas, hit their free shipping threshold, and be golden. And also off-hiatus. Hmm.

Sil

I still have some of this one…so worse case we can trade! Always happy to swap with friends

Cavocorax

Oh, I would love a trade – would you trade with me? I could send you soemthing nice.

OMGsrsly

I can tell this is an assam now that it’s been sitting (I’m almost done my 16 oz mug! This is unheard of!), and it’s still SO GOOD.

I think I will go off hiatus. But next week, because I just paid for a yoga class with the money on my card. :D

Sil

OMG…best way to shop from TTC is load up your cart with samples sizes… then you just have to get to 25$ for free shipping

Sil

oh and yes… they cycle through lots.

OMGsrsly

That’s like.. 4-5 samples! Not much at all. :) Any “type” recommendations, even if they’re a new lot?

Sil

sun moon lake assam; red jade black; yuchi wild mountain; and if you like stacy’s Mi xian, they have one that’s nice…

Sil

we haven’t tried the golden dragon kind yet..

also TB and Terri liked the oolongs quite a bit…to me though, they were oolongs. :) The one green tea of theirs i tried was pretty good too…if you like that sort of thing :)

Cavocorax

Oh man. :( You’re really tempting me to break my hiatus.
But. They’re not on sale right now right? So there’s no reason to do it now?

OMGsrsly

Their greens are sold out. I was gonna get the sun moon lakes, just because of the name! :D Yep, I have a cart prepared. :)

Sil

cavo. exactly. they will still be there (different lots) when you have money/return to buying tea

yyz

I still got the $25 free shipping when I had some larger items in your cart. So if you love this tea, you’re probably OK ordering a larger size as long as this is your first order and your order has some samples.

OMGsrsly

Good to know! Mmm, tea. I might wait as well. Then go all-out for my birthday.

Sil

they have a 50$ threshold and a 75 as well, depending on what’s in your cart. sooooo many tea wares that i want. sigh

Starfevre

I just bought some of the Sun Moon Lake as well as some teaware. Vintage Yixing!

Sil

jealous starfevre!

OMGsrsly

That’s awesome, Starfevre!

Cavocorax

Oooh. will you post teaware pics when it comes in?

Starfevre

I will try to remember to do that. Currently I am populating a cabinet.

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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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