1429 Tasting Notes

Iced.

YES. Perfect.

(Below, plus ice to make about 34 oz.)

Flavors: Blueberry, Hibiscus, Rooibos, Strawberry

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 15 sec 5 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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SSTTB #9.

Yes, a black tea at 8:40 pm. I’m living on the wild side, apparently. Actually, it’s just starting to cool down in my apartment, so I wanted to get in a small cup of something else from the box before I turn to the un-cafs or make something from my cupboard.

I put cream in it. I’m eating some freeze dried strawberries on the side, because I found a packet while I was searching for a tin of cat food (my apartment is a disaster as I’m refinishing some furniture in the living room). Consequently, the tea might be somewhat overshadowed.

It is a nice black tea. It’s not astringent, or bitter. It’s pretty strong, but not as strong as I like my breakfasty teas (mmm, ctc assams). Perhaps a little thin. Nice and malty, some stone fruit flavours maybe, but they’re being taken over by the strawberry bits I have lodged in my teeth.

That’s super sexy, amirite? :D

Would try again. Would get if I ever placed an order. Not a favourite, but as far as I can tell, is really nice.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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SSTTB #8.

Lemon candy. This smells like lemon candy. I don’t really see much ginger in here, though. Here’s hoping it’ll taste at least a little gingery.

Ok, this is a decent lemony tea! Much better than the other one I tried from Acquired Taste. This isn’t dry, it has a decent base and would definitely make a good iced tea. I added a little honey, because lemon and honey just go together, but I don’t think it was necessary.

The only thing that’s missing? Ginger.

Flavors: Lemon, Lemon Zest, Lemongrass

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML
OMGsrsly

I put half a giant mug of this into the fridge this morning (because I caffeinated mostly with iced coffee) and it IS an excellent iced tea! Not sure I’d like it much cold brewed, but it’s lovely brewed hot and chilled.

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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SSTTB #7.

To compare the new one to the sample Sil sent me a while back. This just isn’t spicy. At all. And there’s more licorice, I think… or at least more of that sweetness. The result is a blend that I’ll drink, but not a blend that I really like.

I think I preferred the previous iteration, even if it was old. :) Not a tea to keep, but I really wanted a puerh (and honestly I thought this was a different tea until I looked at the package after I had already scooped it out).

(First steep 2 minutes, second steep 4 minutes.)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Lady Devotea by The Devotea
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SSTTB #6.

A really nice earl grey! It was more floral because of the lavender, but the orange helped balance that out a bit. Nice and sweet, and took cream really well. Just what I look for in an earl grey.

Definitely a tea I’d consider picking up if I were to do an order. Unfortunately, I have limited myself so I probably won’t keep it. (Besides, there’s Paris in the box! My favourite EG of all.)

Flavors: Bergamot, Floral, Lavender, Orange

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Robert Godden

Glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Cavalla by Crio Bru
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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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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.

When I rate, my ratings are based on the little faces, and depend on what face I make when I sip the tea! :)

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