5919 Tasting Notes

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drank Winter Nog by Della Terra Teas
5919 tasting notes

Yay for getting used to the new Steepster changes. I think overall, with a few tweaks here and there, the improvements will be well worth the short term pain. It also means i’m likely to become OCD about adding flavours and such to the teas that i log lol Ah well, it’s a good thing, right? :) Still enjoy this one, though i’m fine with only drinking it once a year for a few cups. That’s all i need of this one in the long term.

Flavors: Cream

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cavocorax

YES: The OCD will be a hard thing to deal with! :P Every tea I log will have to be updated in the database with ingredients etc now!

Sil

haha yeah

Shmiracles

it’s cuz they KNOW we are THOSE TYPE of ppl! hahah we are all some version of OCD and just nerdy enough and super probably-caffeinated driven to not be able to resist adding ALL the details. and adding all the details of all the details! they slowly stroked their goatees and shifted their eyes saying “they will work for free, they won’t be able to resist! and they will LOVE it bwahaha”

Terri HarpLady

Personally, I’m not into filling out forms, adding little details, etc., & little Terri is more into playing music, coloring pictures, food, & playing in the dirt. Of course we all adore tea, but on the rare day that Ms. Theresa gets ahold of things….well, let’s just say that THAT woman is one OCD, detail driven, perfectionistic, web designing, organizing, form filling out freak. So anything could happen.

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72
drank Nine by Custom-Adagio Teas, Cara McGee
5919 tasting notes

Ack. New format less iPad friendly. I’ll update this after on the computer lol

Slider bar with numbers is a good time :) well except for not liking iPad lol

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Starfevre

Oh damn, all of my traveling I do with an iPad and I’m frequently drinking tea…

TheTeaFairy

I didn,t have any problems using the ipad except for that darn slider bar!!! Just when I thought it was finally possible to rate with the number I wanted, lol! Well I will continue to try to get as close as possible cause I won’t be using the PC just for that…that’s for sure!

Sil

having trouble hitting the hearts to like things on the ipad and there are just too many slider bars now for ipad land.

AnnaEA

Yeah, slider is painful to use on my android. I’ll just go back and add them later via desktop.

Terri HarpLady

Haven’t tried it out on my iPad yet…guess I’ll see it later…

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Watching fringe, eating butter tarts from the tea festival, trying out a few more of my Dr. Who fan blends so i know what i like and don’t. This one is a bit better than the other two, which is giving me confidence in my order of how i figured i’d like these blends heh. So far, i’ve been pretty spot on in terms of things. Again, not a fan of adagio’s black base but this is a decent enough cinnamon tea with a few other things going on. It’s not IN YOUR FACE cinnamon like i think it was david’s tea – glitter n’ gold…this one is much more subdued and you can still taste the tea.

also…OMG AAAH NEW TEA FORMAT FOR LOGGING JUST MADE MY HEAD EXPLODE WHEN I GOT TO THE DASHBOARD…. i can’t comment on my own tasting note anymore so i’m editing…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Starfevre

You can’t comment on your own tasting note? What if someone says something first?

Courtney

I miss Fringe so much.

Roswell Strange

It startled me too! I’m sure I’ll adjust, but right now not loving it.

Sil

Courtney…you can now. I think it was just a hiccup between the refresh :)

Roswell Strange

I couldn’t figure out how to “add” flavours. Coconut was the only one I wanted that was there. I was also looking for apple and pineapple :/

Roswell Strange

And I posted that on the wrong note…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! My head also exploded Sil!!

Sil

Amariel – huh? I’m lost

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Another from the Doctor Who sampler. This one also has blergamot in it, but it’s presence is subdued by the fruity bits in here that are going on. It makes it a much easier cup to drink for sure. I think this one might be one of those teas that is best brewed cold (or hot then cooled) with a little sweetner added to it to soften the tartness from the fruity bits :)

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River Song, you suck. Blergamot! yuck. I figured i would start with the teas in my pack that i knew i would be less enthusiastic about, but still hopeful. This is blergamot.

I’m cheating and removing this from my cupboard because i know i won’t drink the rest of it. Instead i’ll parcel it out to share with swap friends who want to try it or (looking at cavocorax), want more :)

also in terms of flavour…this really just tastes like an EG to me..that’s maybe just a little creamier? maybe?

Courtney

Blergamot haha.

Roswell Strange

when I first read the description I thought this sounded really good – and then I took a second to break down the individual components and realized it actually is probably something I’d be less than enthusiastic about taste wise – and that really I was probably only excited because of the character.

Fjellrev

Mmm, blergamot. I’d take that over poo-erh any day. :p

Sil

poo-er is delicious! it’s earthy, bold, dark taste is yummy! giggling

Fjellrev

Looks like someone is mesmerized by poo-ERGH.

Dinosara

You and me both Fjellrev!

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99
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
5919 tasting notes

finally home and organised from the tea festival today. I have to say, i think i did pretty good today. I may have spent 50$ but only 20 of that way on tea..and that got me a lot of tea :) I also picked up some tarts, some jam, bought lunch etc.. and got to sample a ton of stuff, which of course i have zero recollection of. :) this was the tea i brought with me to the festival to make sure i had something to drink besides all the samples they had :)

Nicole

You took tea to a tea festival… LOL

scribbles

I thought I’d have a huge haul, but I restrained myself to ~ 60. Was hoping for more teawares :(

Sil

I knew it wouldn’t be a huge haul, having been last year but i knew there would be some vendors with smaller sizes or better pricing than online.

Cavocorax

Oh that sounds really awesome! I really wish I had gone. I sorta wish I could sneak over there tomorrow but I don’t see how that will work… (I’ve got busy Sundays)

Bonnie

Me too, I ing tea to tea festivals and sometimes swap and share with the vendors.

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86
drank Orange & Cream by Della Terra Teas
5919 tasting notes

it’s January 31. My goal at the end of December was to get to 150 by the end of this month. I was also trying to stick to a budget of 50$. I am currently sitting at 172 teas, having spent basically 175$.

I think for February, i’m going to aim for 150 again, and though i’ve budgeted 50$, i suspect my spending will be closer to 100$.

I’m off to the Toronto Tea Festival tomorrow, so there will be more added to my stash, but it’ll hopefully just be smaller sizes. Tonight, I’ve emptied my entire cupboard, puerh and all on to the dining room table so that i can reorganise my cupboard when i get home tomorrow. it’s much smaller looking than it was a year ago, so i can live with that. :)

Stephanie

Have a blast at the festival! I’m sure you will!

boychik

You are so lucky that you are going tomorrow . I have to wait almost 2 months. Have fun;)

Sil

should be a great time! Looking forward to seeing some of the new vendors this year and maybe taking in a few more of the workshops

Sil

boychik – yeah but the NYC one is WAAAAAAY bigger (if you’re referring to the nyc one heh) toronto’s is still small

boychik

Well it will be my first and I can’t wait no more

Fjellrev

Tsk tsk, SILLY. But nevermind the count for now and enjoy the festival! I also sent out your package today so let’s hope it’ll be there before next weekend.

Sil

My cupboard is having trouble staying organised…..that’s the only reason I care lol running out of room because I have so many bags

__Morgana__

Yay for goals. ;-)

Terri HarpLady

Sil I have a big box full of teas with your name on it! I’ll probably mail it next week, along with the BBBB, which arrived today!!!! Have fun at the Tea Festival! I’m looking forward to hearing your report! :)

Terri HarpLady

If it’s any consolation, I didn’t stick with any of my goals for January, & also spent way too much money :)

TeaBrat

I really don’t need any more tea but still placed two orders in January, lol!

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77
drank Pret a Portea by RiverTea
5919 tasting notes

sample sipdown! I know Roswell Strange will be happy that someone else is joining her tasting notes on this one. The other half of this sample will be off to Cavocorax as well so that she can try it out.

I have to say that on the whole i am really enjoying River Teas. I think they have a good thing going here, and their service and packaging are excellent. So far, their teas are falling on the upper average side for me, which means that they will likely find themselves in and out of my cupboard :) None of the teas that i’ve tried yet from them have been BAD, which is great in my books :)

This tea? Well i have to say that i was intrigued by the peppercorns in this blend. It’s not often you see that in a rooibos blend. This tea needs more cherry! I brewed this for about 5 mins, which brought out the hibiscus and rooibos taste a little much. I think 4 mins would be the sweet spot here. Because there seems to be so much going on in some of the blends from RiverTea, i think that it might be tough to get everything in to the sample sizes in the right quantity. I’d be interested in trying a normal order of this one out in the future. overall though, i think this one shows promise :) it’s cherry and tart and tasty.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

Yay more RiverTea tasting notes! I’m crossing my fingers that my order comes today.

Sil

heh there will be more…oh so many more.

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79
drank Golden Himalaya by RiverTea
5919 tasting notes

Another sample sipdown since the other half of this one is going to visit Cavocorax :) This is a pretty tasty black tea, and it makes me excited to try the assam from River Tea. There’s no bitterness in this cup, and while there isn’t any malt or sweetness either, it’s a good solid cup of black tea. I enjoyed it a lot this evening – it’s a good decent cup!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
5919 tasting notes

I had this again tonight since it’s an easy sipdown AND i want to go through my cupboard yet again this weekend to organise and clean things up. I desperately need to get things back in order since i have a ton of new teas from Dec/January that need other things to clear out so i can drink them haha.

Second time around this is a more tasty tea. I got more of the spicy flavour this time around, though i think i’ve figured out that it’s the chocolate i don’t like so much. I still feel there’s too much going on in this cup for me to REALLY enjoy it, but it’s a much tastier cup this time :)

Fjellrev

I’ve been doing the same, going through and seeing what’s older so I can work on those.

This sounds like a black-based version of Tea Desire’s Granny’s Spice Cake or whatever.

Terri HarpLady

I really need to go through my tea collection, drink up all the older/smaller quantities, & start really narrowing down my collection.

Sil

Yeah Terri….I haven’t had a weekend to do any of that so I did it last night… Still kind of a mess so I need to set aside some things to drink over the week or something

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