917 Tasting Notes

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drank Carol by Lupicia
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I am hosting a New Years party, and so am cleaning the house, and prepping for overnight guests (they’ll be staying, rather than driving home in the dark and dangerous New Years post-party travel.)
So, a lot of tea to help me along.
I think I oversteeped this today. It was a little bitter, with less of the fruity and rosy flavors that I remember from the first steeping. Hmm.
Well, on to the next cup!

Anna

I SO want to try this one. And I hope you have a lovely party!

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
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Today I am tasting the black tea base, and nothing else that has been advertised. Gah. Where is my toffee goodness.
I am still not finding a solution for these teas from Simpson and Vail. Bah.

TastyBrew

Overleafing (like 1Tbsp/8oz) for 2.5 mins at 180 didn’t help? Shoot. They are super finicky. I found a few that ended up ok like that, but will never reorder due to how touchy they are.

Rosehips

I spaced the overleafing today. My next go, I will remember, as I’ve heard thats the way to go. But I agree, I will not be reordering.

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78

Mmm. Almond. I do love you, almond.
This smells lovely, once brewed up. Light, with that warm scent of almonds wafting gently from my cup.
It sips like this too, light and sweet and vaugly nutty. Not the most almond intense tea I’ve ever drunk, but there is something undeniably French about it (which fits, after all, its French tea) and as a Francophile, this is great news.
Thank you to JustJames, who continues to make my day with the tasty teas.

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drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
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This tastes mostly like base, and not like vanilla. Just the faintest aftertaste.
Hmm. Well, I will try the next time to overleaf this, and see what that does.

Fjellrev

That’s too bad. I had a feeling this one would fall short and luckily didn’t order it. Have you found ANY luck with the ones you’ve ordered?

Rosehips

Mixed results. Many are drinkable tea, but I’m not swooning over anything, or much impressed. But I have a couple that I have not tried yet. Experimentation continues.

Fjellrev

Yeah, same here. Definitely not what I was expecting experience-wise.

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Maybe there is something wrong with my batch. I am still not impressed.
I can taste the almond, but its normal almond, not a sweet almond, if that makes any sense. And I am getting none of the sugar or the cookie aspects of this. This is a problem, as I have a sweet tooth the size of my head, and tea is an outlet for this. Tea will not make me gain insane amounts of weight, like an endless supply of baked goods will.
Gah. And I have a lot of this Simpson and Vail tea, as I got a fair amount with my black friday orders. And the paper packaging worries me, just a little.
Well, I will make an effort to drink this all quickly, both for purposes of freshness, and for reasons of meh.

TastyBrew

Try overleafing and then steeping for like 2.5 minutes at around 180. That pulls out some cookie flavor. I was really disappointed in this tea too until I tried that. Still not mind blowing, but if you have more to get through, it might help.

Fjellrev

Yeah, this one really let me down, especially considering all the raves. I will try overleafing though. Maybe we can salvage our orders.

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52

This afternoons cup of tea, a break from tidying.
I’m almost through of this. It will be good to be done with it, though there is absolitly nothing wrong with it.

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75
drank White Christmas by Harney & Sons
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Tea of the afternoon. I’m hosting a new years party, so the prep of the house begins.
Wahoo.
But I have this tea! And it is creamy and good! So I am suitably calmed.

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77

This isnt brewing up as sweet as it smells. It smells like lucky charms!
I will play around with this. I do get a spoingy marshmallow taste lurking in there. So there must be a steeping that will encourage it to step out.

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drank Gypsy Rose by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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The first tea I’ve pulled out of the sampler of 12 that she sent me. I’ve had this one before, of course, and its alright. I find it a bit perfumy, but this cup was pretty nice.

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77

My second cup of tea this morning, before I go out to my parents.
Yum, vanilla and peppermint. Lovely.
Once again, a Happy Hogswatch to you all!

Josie Jade

I had this one this morning too!

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