5754 Tasting Notes

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drank Strawberry Cream Pie by CaesarsTea
5754 tasting notes

Sipdown! Look out Cavo…i told you i was on a roll! 162! Only 12 more in uh…8 days! Though I suspect I won’t be drinking much tea Sat/Sun. So 6 days! Of course then it will be February and the tea festival will be there and if i’m in chicago then i may end up picking up some there.. sigh but hey.. progress is good!

This one reminds me of another tea i had a long while back. This isn’t my favourite sort of rooibos. This is that woodsy sort of rooibos that tries it’s best to overwhelm the flavours. It doesn’t succedd entirely with this one but it’s enough that i still want it to go away a little. I’m still searching for a replacement to my “Walter bishop” it seems. Maybe Stacy can make one for me someday…

Yvonne

I wish I could get my hands on this one!

Sil

you say that about all the teas :P

Yvonne

Just the ones I really want to try :P Which is pretty much everything, yes. Tea just makes me so excited, haha

Sil

silly girl! :)

VariaTEA

I get what you mean about the rooibos. It wasn’t too overwhelming in this blend but I would not miss it if it went away.

Sil

wish i could send you some walter bishop. but i drank it. you would have really loved that one Variatea :)

VariaTEA

haha I requested a reblend after reading your reviews. I definitely think that one is for me :)

Sil

it’s similar to the strawberry pie but without the abundance of cinnamon…not that i dislike cinnamon..but it’s like creamy strawberry milkshake goodness

VariaTEA

MMMM I love strawberry milkshakes. They are my favourite of all milkshakes.

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i’m not sure how i feel about this one VariaTEA! It’s tasty..but it makes my nose sniffle. I suspect that’s the rose. So i drank it..and enjoyed it but i kept sneezing…and then sniffling. soooo yeah. lol that’s my story.

VariaTEA

Oh no. I did not mean to irritate your nose. I only wanted to share a tasty tea. At least the sample wasn’t so big.

Sil

haha it was a tasty tea…my nose just went all sniffly on me :)

Yvonne

Still sounds delicious!

VariaTEA

Maybe because it is pretty heavily scented. Your nose was overwhelmed :P

Sil

i just had a mental picture of a tea monster made of loose wet tea jumping out of my cup and leaping at my nose….

VariaTEA

Well now I have that image in my mind and I am laughing out loud…in my room…all alone…still in my batman onesie. So I probably look rather psychotic.

Sil

HAHAHAHA i totally just read that as BANANA onesie… so um yeah….

VariaTEA

hahahaha that might actually be even better. Or we could combine the two and create the onesie version of this: http://skreened.com/wellthatsjustsuper/batman-banana-2605089

Sil

bwahahahahaha

Cavocorax

Oh, I want a batman banana onesie! It’d be really hilarious.

Sil

yeah but i want TK to wear it.. complete with the banana top coming off her head.

Terri HarpLady

Awww, that banana costume is adorable :)

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70
drank Caramel Toffee by CaesarsTea
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this sample fell off my table, so it wasn’t added to my cupboard, but now it’s all finished! I have to say that the caramel toffee puerh from majesteas here in toronto is more up my alley. This one is decent enough, but lacking the deep, rich creamy taste that i love blending with my puerh. Still good to compare though, so thanks a bunch Variatea!

VariaTEA

This also was not as popular as Tea Desire’s take on Caramel Pu’erh. It is always fun to try though.

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75
drank Ginger Orange by CaesarsTea
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awe yeah! sipdown mania! haha thanks VariaTEA for making it easy for me to try a bunch of new teas but also get my numbers down quick :) I quite like this one, though i wish there was a little more ginger and a little more orange. it’s a reasonably nice puerh with hints of ginger. I just want MOOOAAAAAAAAR! i am a fan of that spicy ginger,and hoped that this would have just a splash of orange to bring it all together. Not quite. but almost. still a good cup though!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Haha. I am glad you are liking them. I actually didn’t try this one. I got two free samples when I bought like 25 teas and sent one to you and the other to OMGsrsly.

Sil

the gingerpuerh from tao is better..but lacking the orange. so maybe i can buy that and add an orange slice haha

Yvonne

This sounds delicious! I love orange teas.

VariaTEA

Haha that might be a good plan. I am not much into pu’erh so I tend to pass the samples along. I think you have come to be associated with pu’erhs in my mind just as Dexter3657 is who I think of when I think of chai.

Dexter

(I think I need to be posting more pu’erh tasting notes….)

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meh. a milk oolong, appears to be a milk oolong, is a milk oolong. I appreciate you sending this my way teafairy because you never know when one is going to knock your socks off. However, in the grand scheme of milk oolongs, i’ll stick with Mandala’s oolong if i am dying for that milky green taste :) Still though, this is a pretty decent version of milk oolong, for those on the hunt!

Yvonne

Still aching to try this!

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83
drank Gui Hua Oolong by Tealux
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another tea from the teafairy As far as green oolongs go, this one is pretty tasty. I like the peachy tasty that comes through as you drink this one – natural peachy goodness without that weird artificial like peach taste of “peach drink.”

Ysaurella

looks great, especially the pic shows something like a great Oolong

Sil

You might enjoy this one :)

TheTeaFairy

Yay, I thought you might like this one even if it’s a scary green oolong!!!!

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86
drank Ombrelle de Papier by Camellia Sinensis
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Another one from VariaTEA and man…this one smells AMAAAAZING! I really do like this one a LOT. I really need to get around to a camelia Sinesis order because i’ve had a few now and they are pretty solidly good teas. :) This isn’t a floral blend…it’s just fruity and tasty and delicious…even though it’s not a black tea ;)

Dexter

Thumbs up for Camellia Sinensis and thumbs up for this tea. :))

VariaTEA

I am glad you liked this as well. I also am not a huge fan of greens/whites but this is definitely a tasty cup. I am not sure what the shipping for Camellia Sinensis is but I will be back in Toronto in April and can bring some back with me. Especially as it is literally a block from my house. Just pm me if you are ever interested.

Sil

nice! it’s 50% free across canada but i will for sure keep that in mind. I mean, on the other hand i am also up for any excuse to road trip to montreal as well haha

Ysaurella

the tea name is so lovely, so romantic , so Frenchy Chinese

tea-sipper

This IS very tasty smelling!

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84
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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Sipdown! So i have to say, I tried this a while back and liked it a lot but then forgot about it because it’s a green tea and i don’t drink those often. VariaTEA sent a sample to me, which i opened up today in an effort to get ahead with my sipdowns since now i might not have the weekend at all for tea drinking!
…We’re driving to Detroit on Friday night, Chicago on Saturday, and then all the way back to Toronto on Sunday. Because we can. lol…

I love this even more than the first time. Something about the vanilla and caramel REALLY makes me happy. it’s deliciously creamy and wonderful and now i want more. So maaaaybe i can convince my friend to trek up to Miami in February heh :) Thanks variatea!

Courtney

I love the road trip, because you can. This tea is AMAZING. I must have more. I emailed them and they mentioned you…

Sil

ME? lol

VariaTEA

Haha yeah, Sil, they told both of us to talk to you about a group order to save on shipping :P. I am glad you liked it by the way. I think I recalled reading your tasting note so I tossed in a bit more so you could have it again.

Courtney

Haha yes. If only Steepster could support pictures. I also was chatting with VariaTEA for this. They mentioned you might place an order and to see if we could get some sort of group order going to help with shipping costs because they think it’ll be quite expensive.

Courtney

Oh man, VariaTEA I would send you anything for more haha!

Sil

So….i’m likely going to be trying to visit their store in Miami at the end of February. If i do, i’m fine to bring things back and send them to you guys or something like that…

Courtney

Ahh yes. That’s not quite what came across in the email haha. I definitely wouldn’t want to take up room in your suitcase, although I appreciate the offer. :)

Sil

….you realise, when i travel to florida i take 2 suitcases right? one for the clothes and one for tea? hahahaha

Sil

(don’t get me wrong, i’m all for a joint order as well, but if i’m going there, we save on the shipping to us and just need to split shipping from here to us when i get back)

Courtney

Hahaha the two suitcases. Okay, I don’t feel so badly anymore. :P

Sil

i guess technically we pay the 25$ for flying BUT the second one i can totally turn into a carry on and not pay for it bwahahaha

VariaTEA

Haha. I was actually saying to Courtney I will be in Florida in March and plan to do the same thing as you Sil. Plus, last time I came back from Florida I also had a second suitcase to bring back my teas. By the way, where do you buy tea when you are there? Aside from Nina’s, I couldn’t really find where to go.

Sil

Soooo funny story…i order from retailers, ship it to my friend’s places and pick up that plus anything else i’ve ordered. I am a fan of ordering my camera bags while i’m down there: www.kellymoorebag.com to save on duty/taxes etc..

VariaTEA

It’s okay. I order from retailers and send it to my Dad in LA to save on shipping. If he knows I will be in Florida he sends the stuff there to avoid customs and then I just bring it home. Yay for tea mules!!

Cavocorax

Pssssst. I would be interested in a group order.

Courtney

Right Cavo? Group order for the win!

VariaTEA

Haha. I feel like the group order would be a whole bunch of samples and a shitton of Nina’s Japon :P

OMGsrsly

Oh man. Sil! I need to get on this group order. :D

VariaTEA

I like how Sil has been appointed the leader of the group order by the people at Nina’s themselves.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. Yea, that’s pretty hilarious. And tey should probably give Sil and VariaTEA some free teas for a) getting us all excited about an order and b) ‘volunteering’ to make it happen!

Sil

I am ALL for that… totally plotting how to get to Miami with ease…

VariaTEA

If you are there around valentine’s day, they are having a tea, wine, and chocolate tasting event.

Sil

sadly it would be the last week in February..if i can convince folks to make the drive. We’re usually only in the orlando area when we o.

VariaTEA

I won’t be there until March so I am missing it too. I tried convincing my mom to go but she is not into teas enough to drive the hour into Miami.

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Not much to say about this one since it’s discontinued. But KallieBoo! sent this my way but it’s not my cup of tea. Maybe it wasn’t anyone elses’s either – hence the discontinued. but i’m glad i tried it :)

Whispering Pines Tea Company

This was back before “The Great Purge”, where I discontinued everything that was “just okay” to make room for new blends and more thought-out stuff :)

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thank you KallieBoo!

I didn’t have good luck with this tea today. There was something funny about the tea, but i’m not sure if the tea was contaminated or i just goofed it up. oh well. I’ll eventually get round to placing an order with WP and maybe ill try it again. thanks for sending this my way!

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