1703 Tasting Notes

Ohhhhhhh, so good! I am so glad I snagged a bunch of this tea. I don’t reach for it all the time, but when I do I really REALLY appreciate the flavours. I love the base tea, and the caramel and vanilla flavours compliment it so well.

Yum!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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Nommity nom.

I’m doing a bunch of shorter steeps with all the sample packet and about 6 oz water.

Really tasty. Like. Not sure I really need more, but it it a good one. Very bready and malty. Yum.

Amariel

They really are nummy little things, aren’t they?

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1703 tasting notes

I think that next time I need to have this as a latte. It would make SUCH a good latte.

In other news, my travel tea set has shipped! WOO! Now to wait impatiently for its arrival. (I ordered F.)
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Free-Shipping-Travel-tea-set-pot-cup-portable-kung-fu-tea-covered-teacup/1506683198.html

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I set up a kettle on my desk, so maybe I’ll drink more of the oolongs and puerhs I have that require short steeps and multiple steepings.

This is one of those mandarin oranges, with (I’m pretty sure) ripe puerh in it. I’ve used about 1/4 of the orange and loosely packed tea for a 60ml cup.

1 rinse, steeps for 10-30 seconds.

I much much prefer the ripe stuff to the raw stuff I’ve tried recently. Much prefer.

This is OK. I don’t think it’s fabulous quality now that it’s been sitting in its tissue paper wrapper in my cabinet for (mumbledy) years. It’s not as scary as I thought it was at first, so this is cool.

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
Fjellrev

Nail polish powah!

OMGsrsly

LOL. Yeah. I need to decide what colour to do for Christmas. I was thinking red, but I’m really not a red nail polish person. So I have a couple glitters (purple and red, but IDK this one is a good red), and a burgundy with red shimmer, and a gold-beige.

boychik

i love deep red toe nails. always. my hands – i forgot when i did manicure last time. they chip the same day because of cooking;(

OMGsrsly

I’ll probably do a gel coat over top for longevity. But I found a base coat that actually works, and I get about 5 days wear now, where before it would chip overnight. I use Orly Bonder.

OMGsrsly

I mean, I still get small chips and tipwear over the 5 days, but it’s not like missing half the polish on a nail or something anymore.

boychik

i have to get it ! is it in pharmacy or you order it fr somewhere ?

OMGsrsly

I’m in Canada so I order it. :) nailpolishcanada I think?

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I haven’t had many “raw” puerh teas, but I think that I don’t care for them.

I’ve done 2 steeps and a rinse, and even though I’m keeping the times shorter (10-30 seconds), there’s a bite to the end of the sip and a weird smokiness to the taste.

TBH, it smells REALLY good. Like wood and a green forest. The dry leaves smell amazing as well. But the bitterness is just not something I ever want in the teas I drink. This is why I prefer lower temperatures for steeping my black teas. Astringency? Fine. Bitterness? Milk, please. But milk would really not go with the foresty cedar mineral flavour of this.

I’ll do a couple more steeps, but I don’t think it will (by my tastebuds) improve.

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Sil

poke me to send you a couple that were enjoyable…like in the new year lol

OMGsrsly

…maybe. I’m trying to shrink my cupboard and you seem to be happy trying to grow it! :P

Sil

haha yes but pu samples are teeeeeny…. just enough for one session

Sil

also…. i feel like my cupboard is about to get big. And i have no small samples to sipdown quickly..

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. Teeny = many many steeps of many-ness. Lots of sloshing.

OMGsrsly

You will have small samples to sipdown quickly!

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
1703 tasting notes

Yum! My last wee bit of this from CrowKettle.

It’s so good today. Lots of powder in the bottom of the bag, and so the tea is extremely flavourful. I also added a little soy nog to make it even creamier.

Yes.

I’ll have to do another steep when I get home.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Christmas Tea by Twinings
1703 tasting notes

Christmas tea! Loose, in the MOST ADORABLE TIN.

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Yes, I admit.

I bought it for the tin.

The tea is OK. A strong Assam, not mellow. Clove and cinnamon flavouring.

Good with milky stuff. (I had to go behind THREE cartons of eggnog to reach it!) Will be picking up my card photos today and packaging up this tea (and another two options for those who don’t looooove cloves or flavoured teas) for the people whose addresses I actually have. I’m sorry swap friends, I didn’t keep everyone’s address.

Happy holidays! (There are a couple people who probably won’t get their cards until January, lol!)

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

I saw all their tins at Target and was SO tempted to get one too, but luckily some jerk opened one of each of them already, so once I smelled them I thought nope.

OMGsrsly

This was the only one there! And although people had tried to open some of them, I went into the back of the pile and got a pristine one. Mostly I wanted the tin. I’m not fussed that the tea isn’t fantastic. :)

(The tin will be PERFECT for sewing Things.)

OMGsrsly

ALSO, no one has your address. Hint hint. Ahem.

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This year’s Tea-mas present from Mom!

Sweet and malty, a touch astringent because I steeped 4 minutes.

Quite nice. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Another tea with… EGGNOG! This evening it’s regular eggnog. But I might have 2 packages of soynog in the fridge as well. Still no almond at the local stores!

Anyways, this is delicious. The plum rooibos is so good anyways, and the added spices from the eggnog just make it so amazing.

It really is plum, too. Baked plum, I think. Reminds me of my mom’s plum cake with the Italian prunes from the tree in the back yard. We’d use plain yeast dough, lay the plums out on the dough, then sprinkle with a small amount of sugar when it came out of the oven. So good. I wish I could do a decent gluten free yeast dough, but I haven’t mastered that yet.

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drank Blackcurrant by Steam Tea House
1703 tasting notes

Eggnog latte!!!

Not bad, but not the best. I prefer the strawberry and blueberry. I think perhaps I didn’t use enough eggnog, so. Yeah.

Anyways, I had it and I drank it all.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 10 OZ / 295 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.

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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