6146 Tasting Notes

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
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mmmmm cup of this, with a few cacao shells in it to enhance the chocolate… SOooo good. I’m going to miss this one. I really hope that it comes back to Winners sometime since that’s likely the only way i’ll be getting it again any time soon.

Final Count: 145 (woot! made me sipdown goal today…now can i get 5 more in tmrw…)

Cavocorax

I hope so too! It was my favorite of that group I split with you by far.

Courtney

I’m always saddened when I see tasting notes on this tea.

Sil

i dropped by winners yesterday…there was NO selection..so i’m hoping that means it’s going to be restocked soon with SOMETHING

Fjellrev

I recently emailed them asking if they knew when they’ll be getting more in and/or if there are times of the year when they typically do, so we’ll see if they say anything.

Sil

oooooh ok! let us know :)

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had a cup of this tonight while doing my best NOT to order more tea. Yunnan Sourcing, Herbal Infusions, Damn fine tea…i’m looking at you! Thanksfully, DFT has lots left of the special tea, HI has poor service and Yunnan Sourcing won’t disappear on me..so i think i’ve managed to curb my impulse. I feel like i REALLY need to try and last longer than a week in to March :)

Still enjoying this one as a caffeine free option, though i DO like the black base better. Likely won’t be a restock but it’d been nice to have :)

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drank Crimson Berry by Sloane Tea Company
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tea cocktail with dinner! this + coconut rum and a splash of pineapple juice = a good time for my mouth! :) This also puts me at 145 for tonight…and there’s a very good chance of getting to 140 tomorrow unless we go out after my other half is done work. That also means i’m in danger of succumbing to an order (Yunnan Sourcing, A&D and HI..i’m looking at all of you!) That being said, i’m trying REALLY hard to hold off on all orders until after i get Terri’s box.

Anyway..this one? I likely would get it again since i prefer herbals like verdant’s elderberry or RiverTea’s fruit teas…but i still like the tartness of this one since then i can sweeten it with alcohol or juice! :)

Fjellrev

Mmm, you make me want Malibu + pineapple juice…

Sil

haha it’s good!

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68
drank Tropical Dream by RiverTea
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I tried cold brewing this one and it’s still pretty tasty. The rooibos doesn’t overpower the flavours, so there’s still vanilla in this. Less pineapple but it’s still a tasty treat. I think this would really shine in the summer with just a little gingerale :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
gmathis

Ooh, never thought about ginger ale/tea mixers. Making mental note…if summer ever gets here…

Sil

yeah gingerale or apple juice often gets added to herbals with me…

CelebriTEA

This sounds truly yum!
I have never tried ginger ale with tea? How do you mix it?
I do, sometimes, steep an herbal in Apple juice…mmm..what flavor!

Sil

if it’s just gingerale, usually i just cold brew the tea extra strength and then add it after i strain the tea :) If i’m making a vodka drink, i steep the tea IN the vodka…

CelebriTEA

Hmmm…interesting!

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drank Happy Banana by RiverTea
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OH MAN! SOOOOOO GOOOD! Seriously…So when i first pulled this out of the bag i was like hmm..expensive trail mix anyone? It’s a heavy tea AND it’s 3tsp per cup….and there’s giant coconut strips in this…but MAN OH MAN. love it. My other half is making banana bread tonight..and this is like liquid banana bread. I even convinced him to have some and he was like oh hey…that’s really good. It even smells like banana bread baking in the oven… and the coconut? totally not overpowering and likely just adding to the delicious creamy banana taste. I dunno what else to say…this tea? sooo good. I had originally picked this up because i like banana flavoured teas and because i figure i’d try some teas that didn’t have tasting notes to help RiverTea out since i won their contest. I’m SOOOOO happy i did.

This isn’t the same sort of banana from foxy’s roxy’s tea…this is honestly…liquid banana bread. so it’s sweet…and very much banana bread..and so good..and did i mention it’s like drinking banana bread? holy god i love this smell… lol

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Courtney

Gaaah liquid banana bread. Must buy!

Sil

it’s stupidly good courtney…it’s expensive because it’s a heavy tea..but i am going to love having this as a caffeine free option. guess you could eat the pieces after too haha i’d send you some but uh….there might already be something in the mail on it’s way to you lol

Courtney

WELL THEN. :P Hah, I’ve been waiting to do a RiverTea order because I wanted to see reviews first. I may actually have enough to place an order soon though.

Sil

the pear one is pretty nice too for a fruit tea. I’m finding i like their fruit teas a bunch. Their puerhs are pretty puerh-like so stay away from those if you don’t actually like the earth puerh sort of taste..

Courtney

Awesome. I need more herbals. Always.

CelebriTEA

Hmmm…This has me thinking…I have previously tasted a banana tea I liked…
hmmm….now what was it? I need to go through my tasting notes.
I love fruity teas and puerhs…

Sil

celebritea…i love puerh, but i’m not crazy about the puerh that RiverTea uses. :)

Roswell Strange

Sweet Helen was awesome; my favourite of the three fruit blends I got. Personally, I really dislike Dynamite of Fruits and I’d recommend staying away from Chocolate Kisses Chili if you dislike spicy teas. The spices in it are not subtle. I’m eyeing up this one (wondering how similar it is to the Banana Chocolate Fruit blend that Tea Desire carries) and Swedish Cocktail (I think that’s what it’s called…).

CelebriTEA

Thanks Sil…it is amazing to me how different puerhs can be.
While you are supposed to get many re steeps from them,
I am finding that I enjoy the first couple of steeps the best when
I seem to get the most earthy & smoky flavors from some ;-)

Fjellrev

Sweet Jebus, that sounds good. A hell of a lot more promising than David’s Banana Bread last year.

keychange

tra la la la shopping list

Courtney

keychange I laughed when I saw that ^.

CelebriTEA

I wonder how this tea compares & contrasts with
Plantain Coconut Raw Green Bush Tea by The Republic of Tea.
That was before I ever thought I could like banana in a tea…lol…

Sil

never had it so i can’t say. :)

CelebriTEA

It is a good one, Sil :-)

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drank Amaretto by Tea Desire
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well i screwed this one up. was going for a shorter steep..but when i asked my other half to take the tea that wasn’t fruit bits out, he thought i said take the fruit bits out…so this steeped for like 10 mins. sooooo thanks for sending this my way variaTEA (and roswell) but uh apparently 10 mins is too long for this one haha

Roswell Strange

Still haven’t tried mine…

VariaTEA

Oh god, I steeped it for like 2 minutes and found it bitter (granted I think that was their intention), I can only imagine what happened after 10 minutes.

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drank Pomme by Hediard
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I guess i forgot to write a tasting note on this one the first time i had it. Oopsy! This was one of the teas Ysaurella sent me and it’s a sneaky tea. The front half of the sip of this tea was all like..“Yo! Sil! i got your black base here…gimme some…” and then APPLE jumped out and poked me in the tastebuds. true story. This isn’t a crisp, juicy sort of apple…but this IS baked warm apple without the cinnamon. You hear that people? NO CINNAMON! yes! now…i don’t have anything against cinnamon…and apple crisp is one of my favourite desserts and HAS cinnamon..but after 120398210398 teas that were all a variation on a theme of apple + cinnamon? this. this was a welcome change!
it’s also my first tea from Hediard, and so yeah. goooo me! thanks madam!

VariaTEA

Hahahaha, your tea has a lot of attitude it seems.

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drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
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courtney scoured my tea ratings and found a tea i hadn’t tried yet. Mostly i think she’s nuts since i’ve SEEEN how big a pain in the ass my tasting list is.. 1593 teas, over 160 pages. On the upside? I am not a picky swapper lol I think this one just reconfirms my feeling that HI’s black base just isn’t for me. The teas aren’t bad..but they all have this similar feeling to them, even when there is COCONUT! in them. Also, i think this tea confuses me a lot because when i think of graham…i think of smores. and this is not smores tea. also..coconut? that doesn’t seem right. BUT i did drink up a giant mug of this, so like i said…not BAD, just not deliciously wonderful :) Thanks courtney!

Courtney

Hehe. I tried so hard to find teas for you that you haven’t tried.

VariaTEA

I know the struggle well of trying to find teas to surprise Sil with. Luckily the local companies I had to send started with “C” so I could sort by company name and see what was tried pretty quickly.

Sil

that’s part of why i love it when i can get local company teas from ppl….i also have gotten in the habit of, instead of going page by page in ppl’s tasting notes. go in 3..then just change the URL to whatever page i want to jump to instead of steepsters 3 at a time thing…

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Soooo this is still one of my favourite teas. There’s something that i just love about the dark chocolate, mousse taste that just makes me happy. I’m going to be so sad when this is gone and all i have is the tin to remind of how delicious it was. I just can’t justify the price, unless it happens to be in stock if i ever make it back to France :) Then i can splurge heh. I just like that this is chocolate mousse…real chocolate mousse made with dark chocolate, that isn’t sweet…. not the typical chocolate mousse you find in restaurants that is stupid sweet and not as delicious :)

Nicole

Amen. The only chocolate mousse I like is the dark, dark stuff. Then I will eat it till it comes out my nose and I get sick on it. :) Yum!

Ysaurella

sadly this tea is only available in tin…otherwise I would have bought 100 g for you Sil !
Generally our French mousses au chocolat are always made with dark chocolate (even in restaurants)what are they adding in it in Canada ?

Sil

Ysaurella – it seems like every time i try it, they add sugar, so it ends up tasting like chocolate pudding, but with the texture of mousse au chocolat. do.not.like.

Sil

…also, i would LOVE if you could buy this in bags…the extra 10+euro for a tin makes me sad.

Fjellrev

The only chocolate mousse I’ve ever had was the stuff that pudding brands (like Jello) make so I have no idea what true mousse au chocolat is supposed to be like. Colour me curious now.

That’s too bad about the tin/lack of refill option. Not so environmentally conscious.

Sil

swedish chef – actual mousse is heavenly and delicious and light and sinfully wonderful…i don’t like dark chocolate much but tru mousse au chocolat is divine! my grandmere was from belgium, and studied at le cordon bleu…her recipe is..phenomenal!

Fjellrev

Nice! If I’m ever at a fancy French restaurant and I see it on the menu, I’ll be sure to save room for some. :)

Ysaurella

@ Fjellrev :Take 4 eggs, take 200g of very good dark chocolate (65% minimum of cacao)
separate the whites from yellows eggs and whisk the egg whites (with nothing added)
melt your chocolate with 5 table spoons of water.Add the yellow egge to this preparation.
Mix both preparations carefully (without scrushing the eggs, put in little cups or a big cup for 1 full night in the fridge…that’s it !
some recipe add a little butter (the mousse is harder this way)

Fjellrev

I had no idea it would involve so few ingredients, for some reason. I’ll admit that I don’t even own a whisk right now! Thank you so much for the lesson, Ysaurella. I’ll definitely try that out someday. :)

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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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nom nom nom. I keep thinking that i’ve shared this more often than i have. It must be because i hoard this. I love this version from stacy so much :)

Nicole

Funny that you hoard something called “friends.” :P

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