6338 Tasting Notes

sooo tired. long day of managing not to get much accomplished at all….i had a nice cup of this courtesy of shmiracles not uch to say about this one other than it was a decent cup of tea :) nothing to make me blaaaa and nothing to make me YAAAAAAAA. :)

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shmiracles tea fest! another one from that package. This is a nice enough cup of tea, but in this cup there is just too much cinnamon. it’s not that the cinnamon is overpowering or anything, but i feel like it’s hiding all the other wonderful things in this tea…like GINGER! :) i did enjoying drinking this one, but i also felt like there wasn’t much point to the other ingredients since they weren’t coming through like the cinnamon. Ah well, still another happy tea to have tried (and that gets me to 150 at least…10 more to go in 2 days heh)

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thank you*shmiracles!* This is a really pleasant cup this morning. I don’t get much almond flavouring in this one but the cherry is quite nice. It’s somewhere between cherry candies and real cherry flavouring, and the assam in this one is cutting through the sweetness, preventing it from turning in to a cloying mess of blech. Thanks again for all these fun adagio blends shmiracles :)

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83

Terri sent this my way and i was surprised that i hadn’t yet tried this one from Stacy. I’m not sure that this would be on my top ten tea list from stacy, but it is a unique tea for sure, and one that i wouldn’ turn down if offered. that’s mostly because darjeelings tend to be hit or miss for me. I really like the strength of this tea and the maltiness….and the aroma. for whatever reason, the aroma of this one is just a happy time for m this morning. I’ve been sitting here inhaling the cup and smiling every time haha thanks terri!!

Nicole

I haven’t tried this one specifically, but the more my tea palate expands and matures I have found that Sournenee is one of my favorite estates. They actually have a website for the estate that is apparently maintained by the estate, not a reseller, which is something I haven’t found much of when I just do searches on the estate names. Their store is somewhat frustrating as they seem to have products that I would like to try, but can’t see a way to put them in a cart and they don’t give a whole lot of detail – like I’m not sure what flush they are selling… :) But interesting nonetheless. And the overnight packages sound really cool. :)

http://soureneetea.com/

Sil

nice! thanks for sharing lady, i’ll have to check it out :)

Sil

(i think your web browser might be broken? i was able to go and add something to my cart…)

Nicole

No, I can add stuff. But if you look under Tea Chest/Specialty Teas, they have things there that are described as though they have them there at the estate, but there is no indication that they sell them through the site. Or at least I can’t find a product in the store that would correlate with the things in that Specialty area. Probably just my misunderstanding – they may be talking about specialty teas in general, not specifically things they produce.

Sil

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh

TeaBrat

oooh, I want to go stay there :)

Butiki Teas

Blarg, I’m not a big fan of estates doing that but oddly enough it doesn’t look like they are selling their Black Blossom, which we are about to add to our website.

Nicole

Oh, good! That’s the one I wished was in their store. Plus, I’d rather buy from somewhere that I’m not paying shipping directly from India. :) And again, I’d prefer a site that went into a bit more detail, like what season the tea is from.

Nicole

And I must have placed my order just a hair too soon! Ah, well. I’ll probably be out of something else soon enough and have to place another order! :)

Butiki Teas

Nicole-The one we are selling is 2nd flush from 2013. We were late to the game on that one. Initially, we were selling this version but once I tasted the Black Blossom, I decided that we needed to switch. So this tea isn’t being sold anymore but the Black Blossom will be.

Butiki Teas

Nicole-If you want to add some, let me know. I could price it out for you.

Terri HarpLady

Sil – Glad you like it!!

Black blossom….mmmmm….

Butiki Teas

That website is pretty new. I always google tea estates and I know it wasn’t around last flush. The teas up for sale are almost certainly 2014 1st flush.

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Another tea from shmiracles. I was hoping for a bit of zing from the ginger but i’m finding instead that this is mostly just lapsang. It could just be that there wasn’t a lot of ginger in the bag or something. On the plus side, this isn’t a bad lapsang and with alittle bit of maple it smoothed out into a rather tasty cup. thanks shmiracles!

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yes! this one is a really nice cup of tea. Thank you shmiracles for showing me what adagio can do when they get it right (or maybe i should thank aun -juli) :) This was a really nice cup of fruity, vanilla delicious tea.

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mate…blech. This one’s not terribly bad…the chestnut flavouring helps a little but i am just not a fan of mate. i don’t hate it….it just does nothing for me and most teas with mate in it…all i taste it the mate, dominanting all the other flavours. ah well, thanks for sharing with me shmiracles!

Kaylee

haha I love the name of this one!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
6338 tasting notes

I figured since it’s likely i’ll be placing a verdant order in the near future for some old favourites that are back, i should have a bit more of this as i’ll probably need to order some more of this tea to hit free shipping threshold.

don’t get me wrong, that’s not a hardship since i love this tea but i also don’t want to just start stock piling it and have 10 oz in the house lol. last time i ordered 4oz and thankfully i’m down to my last 2 oz or so…maybe less.

Zeks

just received my 8 oz today :)

Sil

haha i think the most i’ve ordered at ounce is 4 of this, and the most i’ve had in the house at one time is 6oz…

Zeks

I usually split 4oz for home and 4oz to drink at work.

Helena

It’s hard not to stock up on favourites :D

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this was my first cup this morning because charlottezero is awesome and will be sending me some more so i treated myself to a cup with breakfast before heading out to the spa for my massage. I can claim like 90% back through work so there’s no reason for me to not take advantage more often! I still love this one as a chocolate tea that isn’t trying to be all sweet and crap :)

Ysaurella

spa and massage…I’m jealous !

caile

Enjoy!

Sil

it was fantastic… now i’m home and getting ready to go spend the afternoon/evening playing board games with friends and getting to see their little one again :)

caile

Ooh, a great day from start to finish! :)

Sil

yep! sa, massage, baby, board games, friends.. and next weekend.. i get to do most of it all over again haha

whatshesaid

I wish they were easier to buy tea from in canada!

Sil

i know :( I think maybe i’ll bite the bullet with customs etc and just make an order in July as a birthday treat…maybe

TeaBrat

hope you had a great massage!

whatshesaid

How much is shipping? Must be lots eh

Sil

when i was playing with it, it was averaging out to adding an extra 1-2 euros on to each bag that i was planning on picking up…so not over the top ridiculous.. but by the time july rolls around i may want more lol

whatshesaid

Yeah that’s not totally horrible

whatshesaid

But I guess that’s 1.5 times Canadian $, right?

Sil

It was working out to about 15-17 CAD per 100g though the exchange was a little better when I was doing it too…so there’s that.

Cavocorax

15-17 isn’t too bad for fancy french tea? I think you can walk into DAVIDsTEA and buy 100g of their tea for $15… (Just for added perspective)

whatshesaid

So basically over $40 for shipping alone, that’s mental.
And 100g is a massive amount to take a risk on!

whatshesaid

I guess splitting it with someone would make it doable.

ashleyelizabeth

Sorry, I should have done that in grams. From what I can see, the shipping rates to Canada/US are as follows (in euros):
100g = 23.50
200g = 25
300g = 23.20
400-700g = 28.5
800-1100g = 31.20
1200-1500g = 33.10
This is based on the teas in tins (specifically heritage gourmand). It’s a little bit cheaper if you go the bagged route, but not much. The black tins were a little more, I’m assuming because they also come in a gift case as well.

Sil

heritage gourmand are seriously expensive teas. 25 euro a pop…whereas the bags are as low as 4 euro. I have no need of tins – 2-3 euro for a tin is a lot, i’d rather just pay that on shipping. As cavo pointed out – it’s compareable to the prices we can pay here for 100g in some places. Also, it wouldn’t be a hgh risk for me, as i’ve tried a lot of the teas i’d be getting through swaps :)

whatshesaid

I guess I haven’t tried enough to commit to 100g…I never buy that much of Davidsteas either!!

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drank Roasted Almonds by TeaGschwendner
6338 tasting notes

172 to 156…that’s right! woot woot! Running out of small samples to drink but hey…still the whole weekend to drink drink drink! last tea of the evening and i am loving it. just really enjoying this one over the past couple of days and a tasty, creamy, fruity cup of yum!

Final Count: 156 (16 to go…3 more days…will she do it folks…will she do it…)

Dexter

5/day for 3 days – having watched your tasting notes for the last year or so – I’m voting on probably. You probably will, and if not you will be “close enough”. :))

keychange

work that magic!

Kaylee

You can do it!

Sil

dex…i dunno WHAT you’re talking about cough

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