1424 Tasting Notes

drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
1424 tasting notes

VariaTEA, you are genius.

I was sad that it was too hot to enjoy this chocolatey goodness. So she suggested I ice it.

YES.

I added 2 tsp sugar, which was too much. 1 tsp next time. But otherwise:

4 tbsp Cavalla (I know)
10 oz water
1/4 cup or so cream
ice

Brew the Cavalla for 10 minutes, pour over cream and ice. Sip. Be blown away by the rich, bitter (sweet if you added sugar) chocolate goodness. It’s not chocolate milk, really, but it’s so so good. :)

Flavors: Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
VariaTEA

I am glad you tried it this way. I plan on doing this when my order arrives.

VariaTEA

Or perhaps with the last of the sample Sil gave me.

OMGsrsly

Haha. I’m going to resteep the bits and make more. MOAR CHOCOLATE! :) It’s really really good.

VariaTEA

I just steep it like tea. Do you use a french press to make it?

OMGsrsly

This would be really good with coffee ice cubes. Hmm.

OMGsrsly

I’ve done both. I like the French Press because the screen is finer (and also I can mix coffee in easier…).

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SSTTB #5.

Oh, this is good. This tastes like really good quality vanilla extract smells. Almost. A bit less vanilla-y, though, and a bit more oak-barrel-y. :) A really nice black base that takes cream well (I picked up some organic cream because it doesn’t have thickeners in it, and it’s SO MUCH NICER in tea! I didn’t think cream could get nicer, but it did.). Doesn’t need sweetening, although I bet it would take sweetener well too.

Tempting to keep this one, or some of it at least…

(PS. The toads are squacking. I REALLY hope this doesn’t mean that they’re gonna start breeding. I do not want babies. Nope. Not at all.)

Flavors: Oak wood, Vanilla

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Wishlisted! And the toads are clearly telling you that they want tea, too!

OMGsrsly

It’s interesting that I would normally call this a winter tea, but it was so good even though it’s way too warm outside.

Cameron B.

I love all things vanilla, and I’m always drawn in by the bourbon/Madagascar/Tahitian descriptor. Such a sucker! :P

OMGsrsly

Well, this is a nice vanilla-oak tea. :)

caile

Are those your own toads…or the outdoor ones in the wild?

caile

haha, I just saw your note below…foster-parenting toads. :)

OMGsrsly

Yeah. Fostering them because they weren’t getting cleaned and fed. Idk. I have to buy fresh food for them weekly, which. :/

caile

Yeah…I similarly took in a lizard many years ago…the feeding part was not great at all! Eventually I gave it to a local pet shop though.

OMGsrsly

This is easy: dump crickets in tank. Close tank. Wait. :) I don’t mind crickets, but I can’t stand wormy things.

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SSTTB #4. (Just watch and laugh, Sil. Watch and laugh.)

This one smells divine. Lemony candy with a hint of cinnamon. Sadly, it doesn’t taste that way at all. It’s really drying and unpleasant, and the lemon turns into a mere wisp of taste although I can still smell it in the hot tea. I even added some sugar to help smooth everything out, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to hit a sweet spot.

This smells like it would make such a good iced tea, but doesn’t come through flavour wise. :(

Flavors: Astringent, Drying, Lemon

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 45 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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SSTTB #3.

This is the last bag, so I thought I would save it from loneliness.

Dry it smells really weak. Steeped it smells and tastes really weak. But I think that fresh, this might be pretty good. I have the faintest raspberry-lemon-orange taste coming through. The base is pretty mild, not overly bitter or astringent. It’s just too bad it’s so weak tasting.

Flavors: Bergamot, Raspberry

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML

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SSTTB #2.

Dry, this smells SO GOOD. And also comes in the CUTEST tin. http://instagram.com/p/qNXgDdR5FA/

Unfortunately, steeping it at 85C as recommended has resulted in a bitter mess. There are some neat flavours there, floral and herbaceous/spicy. Maybe it would be better as a mini cold brew? I’ll have to try. (Maybe. If my bladder can handle it.)

Flavors: Floral, Spicy, Wood

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Cameron B.

Eeeee I can’t wait to do a TTB! I hope the one that just opened for sign-ups starts soon! :3

Sarsonator

That tin is absolutely adorable!

OMGsrsly

There are SO MANY TEAS in this one. O.o I’m not sure how long I have it for, as I’m not entirely sure where I’m sending it next. :) Hopefully long enough to make a good dent, and also rummage through my cupboard for a bunch of additions.

Cameron B.

Yeah, it sounds so exciting! Plus I’m getting to the point where I have a few teas that I don’t love and that other people might enjoy. :)

OMGsrsly

Exactly. :) Teas other people might enjoy. Haha.

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drank Butterscotch Banana by 52teas
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SSTTB #1.

I am so overwhelmed, tea friends. There are SO MANY teas in here and I want to try almost all of them. I have all the 8 oz mason jars out, and all my strainers are clean. :)

So this one. You know, except for the base, this is pretty good! Definitely butterscotch, although the banana is hard for me to find.

Not a tea I ever would have asked to try, but it was at the bottom of the box (which of course I opened) and I saw it first, so… yeah. It’s interesting. I think I’m done with these blends though, as the base tea just isn’t a favourite.

Thank you, whomever put it in there! And thanks, Roswell Strange, for sending the box on to me.

Flavors: Butterscotch, Fruity

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Yum. Fruity plummy tea. Another that I’m trying to finish.

I think my favourite H&S teas are the soba cha (yay buckwheat!) and Paris. So while it’d be pretty silly to order just for that, if anyone is interested in sharing an order I might be up for that.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Melon Oolong by Lupicia
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First tea of the day. So amazing. I really need to get some more. (1 tsp in 12 oz, over ice to make 1 L. Steeped twice. So delish.)

So yeah. Today was interesting. Slept 4 hours last night because I was warm and uncomfortable. Went to work. None of my stuff came in because Friday was a US holiday, so you can imagine how much actual work got done. I tried. I organized and prepped and etc. But there’s nothing to report.

And then a friend called and asked if I would mind fostering some toads. Yeah. So after a huge mess of tanks breaking and having to go buy crickets (because I cannot with the meal worms UGH) and dropping all the rocks and everything… I am now the proud foster parent of 4 fire-bellied toads. Yep.

That took forever. But now I’m home, sipping on this iced, thinking of a shower before bed, just to cool down and get comfy.

Bonus is my cat really likes Toad TV.

http://instagram.com/p/qLkTb2x5NR/

Flavors: Floral, Green, Melon

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Thank you for sharing it, Sil! I’m converted. I will not doubt the melon teas any longer.

Sil

haha yay! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

Cavocorax

That’s crazy! TOADS!

Cavocorax

TOOOOAAADS!

Dinosara

Woohoo, toads! Those guys are cute. But, I have a large number of reptile and amphibian pets. :D

OMGsrsly

My friend has loads of snakes, and didn’t want to have to deal with the toads too. So I have them. :)

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
1424 tasting notes

HOLY MACKEREL.

This is CHOCOLAAAAATTTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously in your FACE chocolate. Ahem.

It is ground cocoa beans, so I’d expect that. However, I hadn’t actually made this as recommended. 4 tbsp (yes, 1/4 CUP of the grounds) of this, 12 oz water. Steeped 12 minutes.

WOW.

Just. Wow.

I don’t think you NEED to do this to get the chocolate delicious flavours, but it certainly is fun. It’s super bitter because duh, it’s cocoa beans, so I added 1 tsp honey. It’s also a bit of an oil slick because duh, it’s cocoa beans with all the cocoa butter still inside, so I added some cream to make it luxe instead of icky.

Yes. Thank you. I will be making this with coffee in the morning.

Flavors: Chocolate, Dark Bittersweet, Dark Chocolate

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more 12 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

is this the one i picked up or the one you picked up? lol

OMGsrsly

This is the one I picked up. :) I haven’t tried yours yet because I haven’t really been craving hot chocolate, and want to compare them. I mean, is there really a discernible difference?

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Iced with sweetened condensed milk. Again. :)

I decided to have this tea after helping my BFF with her snakes and then going dress shopping with her. I’m been chugging Cranberry Orange Chili Pepper by Bayswater since I got home, but I needed something a little different. :) There’s so little black tea in here I’m considering it decaf. :D

So it’s good. I still like it. I’ll tear through my 100g pretty quick, but I don’t think I’ll get more once I’m done. Teas I have iced are usually only consumed in the evening, so Butiki’s honeybush root beer will do me fine. I like that one hot as well, while this one hot is just. No.

(Diluted to 16oz with ice.)

Flavors: Cinnamon, Fennel, Root Beer

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 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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