2196 Tasting Notes

This is interestingly a bit almondy today in my travel mug.

Pretty good. I don’t know that I’d hunt it down again though, even with as freaking adorable as the little muslin tea bags are.

Sil

it shows up at holts every year if i’m not remembering wrong

Fjellrev

Yeah I think I saw this one there this holiday season.

OMGsrsly

Oh right. I tried to answer on my phone and it didn’t work.

“Hunting it down” means going out of my way to get it. And this isn’t worth waiting till Christmas and then paying the $25-30 for a box of bags. Even though they’re cute. If I buy a tea at Holts 9/10 times it’ll be Chandernagor. :)

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drank Lady Grey by Twinings
2196 tasting notes

There are too many options for this tea on Steepster, so I picked this one to write a note under.

It’s an EG. It’s not the earliest greyiest of earl greys, but it is one. And I took a sip and made the “yuck” face. But now that I’ve adapted to the thought that I’m drinking an earl grey, it’s not bad. I mean, it’s caffeine. It’s warm. It’s citrusy. Yep, it’s tea.

Thanks to whomever sent this over. MissB? Sil? I am so confused about samples at this point…

OMGsrsly

Tea wasn’t doing it for me. Dumped half the cup and got coffee. Mmm, coffee. With chocolate in.

Sil

blech

OMGsrsly

:P Sometimes EG is nice. Just not this morning.

Equusfell

This is my preferred “can’t destroy this at a conference in a paper cup” teabag. It is just this side of generic, which is much more tolerable than whatever Tazo hibiscus crap or lipton they usually have at coffee hour.

OMGsrsly

Haha. True! But when I’m out and about, EG is my standard because I generally know I can expect floor polish and not just cardboard. When I’m at home, I’m super picky with my EGs. Paris by H&S, and the Grapefruit EG from Bayswater are my preferred home-teas. :)

Sil

gross

OMGsrsly

This just means I need to search out some more EG for you, Sil! :P

Sil

gross. i hate that you guys know i’ll try nearly anything lol

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Sorry?

rosebudmelissa

I didn’t care for this one because I prefer more floral earl greys and am not a big fan of citrusy black teas. I much prefer Twining’s Earl Grey to their Lady Grey

OMGsrsly

Twinings EG = tea of my childhood. :) That and Red Rose and a plain peppermint, although I can’t do plain peppermint anymore.

rosebudmelissa

My mom usually kept peppermint tea and green tea around the house. I don’t think I’ve ever had a tea by Red Rose. I don’t think I’ve even heard of them before.

OMGsrsly

You’re, uhh, not missing much. :)

tigress_al

Haha when I was a kid, I thought Red Rose and peppermint was the only tea there was. They were the only tea that I had ever seen in our small town grocery store

Equusfell

Paris is good, never tried the grapefruit, but one of my favorite teabags was Twinnings Orange Blossom Earl Grey, so I feel like it would be compatible! I quite liked the Earl Grey Creme from Upton as well. I mean, I didn’t really love it, but found myself craving it, which is a weird relationship to have with a tea. I also found it was very popular with generally non-tea-drinking guests.

OMGsrsly

Yep. Sometimes only an EG will do. :)

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drank Hibiscus Berry by Rishi Tea
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Ooh! Actually pretty decent hot with 1 rock of sugar.

Thanks for the idea, Sil! :)

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

yeah..don’t need a lot..just a little to cut the sour

OMGsrsly

It made a big difference!

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drank Butter Pecan Black Tea by 52teas
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Hmm. I think I need to drink my thermoses in the opposite order to what I drank them today. This tea has had all the heat sucked out of it! (I’m gonna blame the terrible stone topped desk…)

But still, at this temp and in a thermos, it’s a really nutty black tea. I’m enjoying it.

Must caffeinate as much as possible, so honestly even if it wasn’t good I’d still drink it. But it is good so I’m happy to caffeinate and will finish this before moving on to coffee. Because I can smell that someone’s brewed a pot.

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

Hope the caffeine is helping the migraine.

OMGsrsly

Ehhhhh, sorta. Now I’m having the problem of all the painkillers upsetting my tummy. Oh well.

Dexter

Yes, blame the stupid desk – stone table thing….

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I needed caffeine this morning omg. omgomgomgomg. (Migraine.)

So, yay tea? Also thanks to the coworker who got coffee for me. Haha.

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My last bit of this tea.

Smells so so freaking good. Mapley. Vanilla-y. Yum.

Tastes good too, even though pear isn’t my favourite. But mostly it tastes like maple and cake this evening. It’s absolutely perfect. :)

This tea definitely surprised me, and I’m really glad!

And now that I’ve had this, and am feeling less poorly, I’m gonna feed the cat and run the errands. WHEE.

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From Sil. :)

Not bad. Definitely get the cake flavours. And some vanilla. But the strawberry just isn’t quite there. I get a strawberry tea at Blenz (local cafe) that is really strawberry that I really like. And that’s what I hold all strawberry teas up to. Unfortunately, there’s not enough strawberry for me to mark this one as “love” on my spreadsheet. Just a “like”.

Christina / BooksandTea

I’m posting a review of this on Friday, but had the tea yesterday for my notes. When I taste and smell it, it reminds me of a strawberry-flavoured wafer – the pastry, the vanilla, the sugar, all that.

OMGsrsly

Huh. I can’t say I’ve ever had a strawberry flavoured wafer. Vanilla, yes. Chocolate, yes. But not strawberry…

Roswell Strange

Strawberry Wafers are so good! You need to treat your taste buds OMGsrsly!

OMGsrsly

Haha. :) I’ll have to see if I can find some gluten free strawberry wafers!

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Sil sent me more of this, and I made a cup before I realized I already have some, and have already had some. :)

Still, it’s a super tasty oolong with big leaves and delicious buttery caramel flavours.

Nom.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 15 sec 4 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Sil

haha more to share!

MissB

Someday I will try this to see what the hubbub is all about! :)

Sil

it’s like tealish’s dulce de leche..only with that extra creaminess you get from a good green oolong (which i’m not typically a fan of)..more creamy, more butter and more caramel…but similar lol

OMGsrsly

I’ll set it aside for you, MissB! Along with the other salted caramel oolong. And the Tealish one, as I think I have some left…

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These have been airing out for a while now. At one point I opened most of my plastic baggies of shou so they could breathe a little, and I think it’s really paid off.

I know I had this before, because I had a broken crumbly mess in the baggie. This time I took a whole tuo and I’m steeping it in the usual kyusu. ~145ml water fit for the first couple steepings, though I’m sure that will drop as the leaves absorb water and take more space.

This is super tasty! There’s a tiny, almost non-mentionable bit of musty/fermentation flavour. It’s a bit woody, but not like I’m gnawing on a piece of hardwood. A little spice and some dried fruits. Maybe some vanillin, like how old books smell.

Yum.

Sil

this makes me wish i could spend time with my larger sizes of puerh…but i need to get some of these samples taken care of heh

OMGsrsly

Haha. Well, I have two of these left. So it’s taking me closer to a sipdown. :) I might hoard this one for a while, though. It’s super tasty and I know that many of my other bits and bobs aren’t going to be as tasty as this.

Sil

hehe these i’m all out of but special dark has been calling my name

OMGsrsly

OMG. I still have one tiny sample of Special Dark. UGH so good. That one is definitely being saved. :)

Sil

i have uh…. like a bunch lol

OMGsrsly

Yeah, so does Dex. :) But I never managed to try this before they sold out. I thought I had, but I hadn’t…

OMGsrsly

I just used up 2 litres of water on this (one rinse) and it’s not even fully opened. Time to refill the kettle…

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Thanks, Sil!

So this tea is a light lapsang. But not so much with the chestnuts. Lupicia’s discontinued Chaud les Marrons! is still my definitive roasted chestnut tea.

I do like this lapsang, though, so I will happily drink everything that’s left in the baggie Sil sent.

Sil

yep. it’s just a smokey tea

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