5370 Tasting Notes

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I picked this up at the christmas craft show – i wish more vendors there would consider smaller sizes. There were a few others that peaked my interest but i have zero desire to add a 100g to my cupboard of new teas that i’ve never tried. This was the only tea that offered a sample pack of the ones i wanted. (i’m hoping if go back they’ll have Callebaut Black Raspberry in particular ’cause man that smelled divine!).

i’ve never heard of this company before, but they are canadian and from out west, so i figured what the heck. This smells AMAZING! i figured if it tasted half as good, i’d be set. Steeping time on this one called for 10 mins, which sounded crazy to me so i stuck with 5 mins. I probably could have gone longer but the brew was pleasantly tasty. I could taste the puerh as a base but then the blood orange came through. Also to note, it was blood orange and not orange…the two being different beasts all together!

On the whole, this was quite nice, and if the company didn’t have silly shipping prices, i’d be more inclined to try a bunch more. As it is, i’ll try and catch them at craft shows and try a few more that way first.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Too bad about the lack of sample sizes. I really wonder what the mint would be like with the raspberry though!

Sil

if i go back to the show i may just buy a tin and ship half of it out to you guys

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
5370 tasting notes

So some random comments because I’m drinking teas not in the database…I can’t believe it’s only 10:30…it serious feels like 4pm.

I’ve been sipping on a sheng from Verdant’s reserve rewards – Xuejiao Longlai 2010 Sheng. I have been enjoying the steeps of this one this morning, since i haven’t had much chance to do much else with tea. it’s…well i could see myself drinking this all day without getting tired of it, as i often do after drinking some puerhs all day. It’s light, but still has body to it. There’s a bit of a woodsy feel to it but not like an earthy woodsy. Yep. that’s as descriptive as i can be. I like this. Would buy it again if i had the chance, but i don’t so enjoy it i will!

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
5370 tasting notes

I’m having a lovely latte cup of this tea this morning while i try to get going. I had a hugely long day of work yesterday, followed by a distinct lack of sleep (i’ve been up for 4 hours) – an overall crappy day in which i was clearly affected by something given my inability to let things slide – which i’m normally pretty good at. So today, i’m taking it easy and trying to still do work, but from home, in my pj’s while drinking tea.

I missed out on all cyber monday purchases yesterday because of work but i did get a lovely card in the mail from grace, which helped improve my day a bunch. It also occurred to me last night that you guys all rock my socks. I really do love the sense of community we have going on here and the inclination that a huge number of people have to just be awesome. The sharing, the conversation – everything just makes my days a little sunshinier for having the steepster folks around :) So I’ll raise a cup of tea this morning in your honor and be thankful for the comraderie that is abundant here on steepster, that keeps me going some day.

Thank you all for just being awesome. keep it up!

(oh and the tea? it’s a lovely cup of delicious vanilla warmth)

Veronica

Love this. And while I don’t know you as well as some of the others might, I can safely say that you’re pretty awesome yourself.

Hope today is better than yesterday!!!

keychange

I echo your feelings about how wonderful this community is! and I’m not one to let things slide even on a good day, so don’t be so hard on yourself. I hope today is better!

Indigobloom

err the only Grace I know is from the guild lol. Who dat?

Cavocorax

Yay! I was hoping you’d be able to work from home today…

Sil

IB…you don’t know everyone who’s cool…. grin

Kaylee

Hear hear! I hope today is better for you.

Terri HarpLady

Steepsterites are a awesome!
And you, my friend, are the awesomest!
:)

Nicole

Hope things are better soon. <> :)

Nicole

Hm, there was a hug in there, I swear…

Sil

haha nicole..i stole it…

Indigobloom

Nope but it’s certainly my mission to meet them all :P

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drank Thé du Loup by THE O DOR
5370 tasting notes

ok seriously? SOOOO GOOOOOOO! i don’t have time to dig into this tea and get a proper tasting not but thank you so much Cteresa for this one. More to come later but this made my day SOOOOOO much better for being in it!

JustJames

i’ll be right back…… i have to go click a button……..

JustJames

argh! i should have stopped with clicking….. but no, i had to be literate. lol.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I did the same (guilty) I must have! :(

Sil

Clearly I’m brain addled tonight..what are you guys going to click?

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Added to shopping list… Dreaming one day that this will be mine

Sil

Yep…I totally didn’t even think of that….my bed is clearly calling to me. I really wish I could try more teas froth is company. I hate their website and the vague descriptions though…maybe I can save enough for a random weekend to France lol just cause

Shmiracles

your random weekend in france? just for tea shopping? i think about it all the time. all. the. time.
(which bag will i take and how little can i pack. thus the more room for tea. etc etc) i’ll meet you there.

Sil

Shmiracles – uh a weekend…you only need a change of clothes, pack your carry on size suitcase into a bigger one…then you have two to fill and come back with

OMGsrsly

Sil, you are a genius.

JustJames

i told her that earlier. i don’t think she believed me, lol.

cteresa

LOL, do let me know what you think – and funnily enough, do you know Thé-o-dor makes two black teas with chocolate, hazelnut and vanilla (though a lot more vanilla in the other one). Thé du Loup and Celebration, and they manage to be totally different, while both very good, black teas with chocolate and hazelnut.

cteresa

sil, weekend tea shopping is sort of bad, because most stores are closed on sunday (Dammann at Place des Vosges is though). But maybe you could put all your tea shopping into saturday :)

About their site, it is horrible indeed, but there is a little trick, if you search for an ingredient or part of a tea´s name, there shows up a list with a short UP-TO-THE-POINT description which is priceless. I have tried to edit their tea entries right here on steepster to always include that ingredient list, but you know, people sometimes prefer the longer precious texts.

Shmiracles

(i love this thread) (i love chocolate vanilla hazelnut teas and i love this thread) (see you all in paris)

Sil

cteresa…oh i ADORE this tea…it’s wonderful and amazing and so good and i MIGHT be slightly more in love with it than wedding imperial, but don’t tell the tea that! ;)

cteresa

and drat it, meant Dammann is open on sundays, about only place I can think of (a very nice tip from ysaurella)

And no, I will not tell Wedding Imperial that, but I am of the same opinion as well – and wish i had celebration, so you could try it as well. Discussing those teas with another steepsterite, the description I could think of is Thé du Loup is Audrey Hepburn, Celebration is Sofia Loren – both awesome and beautiful and classy, just different styles.

Sil

cteresa – I have my hand on the button ready order directly from theodor…i was actually thinking of getting: the du loup; celebration; marabout and caramel…just need to decide if i want to just do it!

Shmiracles

HAHAHA i just made a cart with all those same teas in it haha

Sil

LMAO ok that’s funny..

Sil

i also have a cart built from cadeaux deco vendomme with damman freres tea: puerh gourmand; fleurilege and caramel/toffee…

Shmiracles

OMG WHAT WHO WHAT IS THAT DO THEY SHIP HERE!? are you messing with me.

Sil

lol no….YYZ found them…posted about them for those advent calenders. well they also sell tea..and it seems to be 8 euro shipping..the only sad part? they don’t have charlotte au chocolate

Shmiracles

but they DO have coquelicot gourmand. it tastes like jammie dodgers. i’m so totally placing an order. this is messed up. and awesome.

Sil

i didn’t like that one as much…and i’m trying not to order 1kg of tea… LOL

Sil

blech…the o dor is 25euro shipping to canada + tax. forget that nonsense sigh

Dinosara

You guys are hilarious. :D

Sil

says the woman who bought HOW much tea when she was LUCKY enough to go to france?

Dinosara

Yes I sit here on my high horse, hahaha. I’d be with you guys right now if it wasn’t for that trip

Sil

i can’t really complain…you helped me eliminate some from my list of “wants” as well haha

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I went on a little day dream with this thread! Mouth watering non the less. Oh to be in Paris. I wish and hope one day. These teas sound amazing! Hazelnut anything count me in! Chocolate as well! Even better! And vanilla? Wow! Sold! I wish…

Sil

so.good.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Rub it in! :p

Sil

haha i only have enough for a cup left…then i need to decide if i splurge on ordering!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Oh decisions decisions

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
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you know what’s awful? I drank two teas today.. and beyond loving them at the time, i am just too exausted to write anything. I’ve still got an hour of work left…7:30-23:30. what fun. This is fantabulous. that is all.

Kaylee

You can do it!

Sil

Thanks kaylee!

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drank Une Autre Idee? by THE O DOR
5370 tasting notes

Another tea from the lovely Cteresa I quite like this one, though i would be hard pressed to name all the fruit flavors in this blend! I mostly get a rooibos vanilla blend with a dash and splash of citrusy flavour. :) Overall i quite like this one, and have a feeling that I may search this one out in future, especially since i am in need of GOOD rooibos blends in my cupboard. Thanks again cteresa! I hope my teas arrive soon :(

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sample sidpdown! and i’m back down to 140 teas. 15 days ish to get through 35 more haha.

I received this in the mail the other day from Lala with a really thoughtful, surprise holiday card. :) It was a wonderful surprise to get in the mail! Thank you a bunch lala. This tea smells a lot like a combination of brioche and S&V’s sweet almond tea (i think it is…) that i enjoy.

I brewed this up this evening since i was in a bit of a holiday, festive mood after my afternoon with raritea. This has a great almond taste to it along with a bit of cinnamon. It’s not cinnamon heavy though – rather the cinnamon just enhances the almond flavour. over all a pretty tasty tea, though it’s a little thin? for my tastes. While drinking it, i kept wishing for it to have a bit more of a full feeling to it. however, still a delicious cup! thanks Lala

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Lala

Happy you enjoyed it!

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Another tea from my afternoon with Raritea I have to say, for anyone who hasn’t placed an order with teavivre this weekend, that i am a fan of this particular keemun, which happens to be going on sale tomorrow. :) I adore this one with a splash of maple syrup! I also chose to bring this one with my today because it’s another one that i haven’t had in ages. I was waiting to find out if the box i sent to terri would ever make it before drinking it, since i was ready to split my half of the order again if it hadn’t come back to us. But it did, so now i can enjoy it and bask in the delight of this mildly smokey, delicious tea!

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I think I’m doing a Teavivre order tomorrow, as a reward for all the crazy hours of practicing I’ve been putting in this weekend!

Sil

haha didn’t you just get teavivre teas from me? miss terri will not approve.

Terri HarpLady

Oh, you mean Ms Theresa? LOL, I’ll deal with her ;)

Sil

yes..wow i’m tired today… i’m looking at 2 more orders tomorrow.. sigh

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I took this over to an afternoon at *Raritea*’s place in part because it travels well, but also because i haven’t had it in ages! I’m trying to balance my sipdowns with working my way through teas i haven’t had in a while :) I still quite enjoy this one though at times it just reminds me of drinking straight LB. :)

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drank French Breakfast by Mariage Frères
5370 tasting notes

Another breakfast tea from this morning. While this one is malty and has a slight chocolate note to it, it’s not as sweet as american breakfast and comes across as a little bolder and stronger. Still a delicious tea that I can get behind having in my cupboard! This is my kick in the pants in the morning tea, while american breakfast is an easier, gentle push out of bed :)

Lala

I am surprised, I would have expected the American breakfast to be a bold, sharp tea as compared to the French breakfast.

Ysaurella

this one goes in my shopping list for sure

Sil

Lala it’s a good solid cup, but American breakfast has a sweeter side – more chocolatey

cteresa

I was quite in love with american and french breakfast, they seemed the total winners of the world breakfast stand (and sultane as well. Paris Breakfast which sounded most interesting of all was a dud to my nose).

Terri HarpLady

I usually need a kick in the pants breakfast tea, but occasionally I make something gentle, go back to bed, & sip in the sweet silence that is my bedroom.

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