871 Tasting Notes

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This was the one in my Simpson and Vail order that I was most excited about, it and creme brulee.
So I steeped it up this morning with excitment. A tasty cookie!
Well, sort of. The nutty flavor is very nutty, and a little bit bitter. I do not taste the sugar component of the almond sugar cookie. Hmm.
Its not bad, but its dissapointing, and, as usual, I am finding that I do not like the black tea base. It tastes “dusty” to me, if that makes sense.
Well, it wont be a problem to drink, but I wont get it again.

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Its the holidays, and the secret to this is to double bag it. Its weak by itself, in my opinion, but tonight, with two bags, its a nicely gingerbreaded cup. And I’m someone who takes her gingerbread very seriously. I love ginger, beyond what some people might call reason. And add it to a cake/bread thing is just heaven.
Double bagged turns this into a spicy cup with a lot of sweetness, and all without a single spoonful of sugar.
Adjusting my original tasting note for the double bag revelation.

Cavocorax

I agree that the double bags makes it great. I love it as a latte, although I haven’t found it in stores yet. Time to branch out!

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drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
871 tasting notes

This smells lovely! I opened up my packet and took a deep breath. Ah.
This brews up nicely, and is a nice flavor. A soft flavor, but with a good vanilla complexity.
Thats what I like in a vanilla tea, some complexity to them, not like someone has just dumped a bottle of extract over the top of the dry leaf.
This will be enjoyable to drink.

keychange

I got this in my order as well! By soft, do you mean that the vanilla is difficult to detect? I haven’t opened this yet.

Rosehips

No, I can detect it, but its a mild vanilla.

keychange

Got it! I’m excited to try it.

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A rare caffinated dessert tea for me. I’ve had a lousy day, and the thought of a delicious cup of tea has helped get me through it.
The dry leaf smells amazing. Oooey gooey, and like a smores.
Then, brewed, it had the smallest of coffee notes in the smell. Uh oh. I hate coffee.
But it does not taste it! I’m not sure what marshmallow really tastes like in a tea, but I’m getting a general cup of sweetness. I’m hoping that next steeping will bring out that caramelly goodness that lurks in every sip.
I baked myself a loaf of pumpkin bread for dessert. Work may be hard, and my confidence may be taking some hits, but I have tea and cake tonight. It will be ok.

JustJames

i’m sorry. bad days aren’t fair. i know they happen to us all, but they still aren’t fair. can i help?

Rosehips

Thank you for offering, but no. I’m just struggling with my current job. It will resolve itself, but until it does I’m going to feel a little small an inadequet. Thank you, JustJames. Steepsers are the best people. :)

JustJames

i can’t fix big stuff… jobs that make us feel less than suck. but i can send tea. am more than happy to…. =o) sometimes a tea surprise fixes things a bit.

Rosehips

Aww, thank you. I may just take you up on that.

JustJames

pm me your addy…. =0) shall we go to paris? do you fancy a bit of the arc in your cup?

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drank Almond Black by Simpson & Vail
871 tasting notes

I got this and Almond Sugar Cookie, and we’ll see how they compare.
You do get the almond out of this, but its a little life. I’m not entirely sold on the S&V black tea base here.
Hmm.

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Its gonna be a long, but hopefully very fun day.
Today my brother, my significant other, and myself are going to the Dickens Fair. For those not familar, the Dickens fair is essentially a ren faire, but in Dickensian London. Its a lot of fun, and a wonderful excuse to wear a bonnet. And I grab at any chance I have to wear a bonnet!
Its gonna be fun. So to start it off as properly as I can, I am having this cup of wintery goodness. Now, on to don my hoop skirt.

Terri HarpLady

My ex & I played at the Kansas City & at Louis renn fairie for several years, & even played at the Houston show for 2 weekends. I still haven’t dress ups!!!

JacquelineM

I agree – any chance to wear a bonnet must be taken advantage of ;)

Terri HarpLady

Oops, that last bit was suppose to say, I still have my dress ups!" :)

gmathis

Sounds like a lovely day! (Suddenly feeling the need to go find my Scrooge musical DVD with Albert Finney…) God bless you, everyone!

TeaBrat

I’ve never been to the Dickens Fair, I should really go some day…

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This is pretty nice. The ginger and the gingerbread spices are really noticable, which is exactly what I wanted. And I love gingerbread.
Important to have a holiday themed tea today, as its Tree Day. My family has very few traditions, but this is one of them. We go and select our tree, and spend the day decorating it. We have a huge and impressive collection of ornaments, which we’ve collected on our travels.
I love tree day. Holiday teas ahoy!

caile

Enjoy your tree day!

Veronica

I enjoy tree day as much if not more than Christmas day. Hope your tree day is wonderful!!!

TeaBrat

I like this one too!

Sil

hmmm may have to add this to the list…sounds tasty!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
871 tasting notes

Oh its been a long day. A cold one two, and it started to rain.
So I came home and brewed this up right quick, which was just the thing for a cold and rainy night.

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drank English Toffee by Simpson & Vail
871 tasting notes

This is a light cup of tea. The toffee flavor is mild. Not getting as much as I would really like.
The base isnt overpowering, but I’m tasting more of it then I am of the toffee

TeaBrat

yeah this is a bit light on flavor

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drank French Vanilla by Simpson & Vail
871 tasting notes

The first of the Black Friday orders came in. I am now up nine teas. I can only honestly be blamed for eight of them, as one was a sample. And this is only one of my three orders. But this is the big one.
The dry leaf doesnt smell like much, but the addition of hot water gave it a slight smell of vanilla, a but like the grocery store bottled vanilla.
I do not get as much vanilla as I would like out of the taste. Its there, but mostly towards the end of a sip. And its sweet, like a hint of frosting, instead of actual vanilla.
Its pleasant enough, but the quest for the most perfect cup of vanilla tea ever remains to be found.
Nine more teas! And at least five more teas on the way. Eeeee.

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I love vanilla, fruity, and caramel flavors, and cant wait to try more.

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