4674 Tasting Notes

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Another tea from Terri via our BBB Box. I really do love that we’re still managing to do this even after nearly a year :) its nice having friends to share in new tea experiences :) I like this one, though it falls into that generic category of teas that i will enjoy while i have them, but not feel the need to restock or make permanent in my cupboard. it’s a smooth brew, i love these leaves and the taste is really nice. just not knock your socks off :)

Terri HarpLady

This one is especially for a gongfu sitting. I don’t think I’ve tried it ‘western’ yet.

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80

cold brewed this one overnight to see if it would work over the summer. While it’s a tasty enough cup, i think i prefer hot brew, so next up will be hot brew then cooled to see if that works. I’m always looking for things that are close to water that we can take biking with us as needed. :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Marzipan

Ginger pear sounds good!

Sil

it’s not bad. it’s not as ginger-y as i want it to be, but then most things aren’t haha

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drank Bailin Kungfu by Trust to Trade Ltd.
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mmmm… this was another sample from YYZ and one off of my wishlist, so thank you for that! I really liked this one! of course the downside being that work caught up with me and i don’t have a very good memory of this one from eaaaarly this morning, beyond the fact that i drank it up and had to make a second resteep while on a call with people lol My kettle is noisy haha. I am a fan! it was smooth and delicious and slightly chocolately while also having a slight fruity hint to it in the background. thanks YYZ!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
yyz

I love this one as well!

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51
drank Breakfast in Paris by Tea Squared
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YYZ sent this one my way, along with a few others marked “fruity blacks” I am doing my best to work through some of my samples and it’s nice to have a few straight teas in with all my flavoured samples heh

However, this one was a little too bitter for me. I thought it might be, given the smell of the dry leaf but wanted to try it out anyway – i’m still curious how close i’ll get to 2k teas tried before my steepsterversay heh. I can see why YYZ put this one in the fruity black category but i just cannot get past the bitterness. Oh well, it was nice to try :) thanks YYZ!

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drank Blueberry Creme by Della Terra Teas
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Another one from the Cards and Tea travelling tea box. I didn’t realise that i had tasted this one before or i’d have left it for someone else to try – so apologies to the folks after me! I was just hoping for a delicious blueberry tea…which this is not. It’s not a bad tea but it’s much more CREAM to me, with the blueberry hanging out in the aftertaste. Not a bad cup of tea and thankfully NO SPRINKLES, but there are better blueberry teas out there :)

Final Count: 179 [ Fake Cupboard at 110 teas with 69 Samples]

Cavocorax

That’s freaking AWESOME. You can totally blitz through 69 samples in… a weekend? Ok, well a week? :D

Sil

riiight yeah not going to happen… but it’s nice seeing 110 there, since if you guys hadn’t blown out my cupboard i would have made it lol

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75
drank Victoria Mint by Tea Desire
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One from Roswell Strange I have so many samples in my house at the moment that i’m finding it hard to focus on sipping them down, so for the time being until i get my drink back on, i’m content to just try a few each week, gradually whittling them down. I picked this one because i was curious as to what “Victorian MiSt” would taste like…yeah..that’s right. MIST…riiight up until i poured water on it and went. oh..OH…MIIINT. lol
So this one is pretty nice. I don’t need many mint teas in my life, so i don’t feel the need to stock this one, but it was pretty tasty. I enjoyed this tonight while finally watching the last episode of Warehouse 13. thanks Roswell!

Roswell Strange

Oops, sorry about my crappy writing!

Sil

No it was awesome :) hahaha

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Another of my “December” teas that I am trying to work my way through so that the teas in my cupboard don’t go stale. It’s also a way to force me to get through of some of the teas i tend to hoard – like this one. I really like getting to drink this one when i’m at home, since it tastes much better out of a ceramic cup than my travel mugs, not that they’re awful for tea, but there’s something about being able to hold the cup and inhale and just bask in the tea that makes drinking tea so much better :)

whatshesaid

I fully agree with the travel mug thing. I’ve learned that they’re best for stronger flavoured teas :)

Sil

Heh my travel mugs get 2 straight blacks and a flavoured every day – I don’t drink many flavoured teas but every now and then it’s nice to revisit the teas in a mug haha

whatshesaid

I guess my issue is my travel mug has absorbed some piece of every flavoured tea it has ever held, so it ruins straight teas. I guess I just need a new one for straight teas only!

Sil

..or pick up some of the cleaner from mandala…it kicks ass.

whatshesaid

Good to know!!

Courtney

I have two Timolinos and one is for my precious straight black teas and the other for herbal/flavoured.

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Card and Tea Travelling Tea Box

This one is from earlier in the day and i have to say, that as i haven’t tried a lot of Mahamosa teas (yet) i was looking forward to giving this one a shot. Turns out, this one wasn’t too bad. There’s a nice fruity taste to this one, though to be fair i don’t recall just how strawberry like it was heh. I just know that it was a pleasant cup while i had a VERY productive day working from home!

VariaTEA

Yay for being productive and trying new things!

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86

Tea and Cards Travelling teabox.

I confess, i’ve had this tea before but it was so long ago, i wanted to see if my memory of this tea was correct AND if my tastes had changed so much that this was not a tea i wanted. Turns out that my tastes HAVE changed, and while this was a nice cup of tea, it was not the same incredibly amazing tea that i had back in the day. Dropped the rating a little for not being able to go the distance for a few months but it’s still a tea i’d be willing to rotate in to my cupboard if i placed an order with tealux again. It’s chocolatey and malty and in the grandscheme of things, a tasty tea.

TheTeaFairy

Mmmm, jin jun mei…

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drank Kenyan Tinderet by DAVIDsTEA
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Tea & Cards Travelling teabox

I pulled this one out to give it a shot since i’m always commenting on how much i dislike David’s teas. In the grand scheme of things, while i like that they make it easier for ppl to get in to loose leaf, in the grand scheme of things i’ve never found their flavoured teas to be all that amazing (especially for the price) and their straight blacks have always been….well gross. But, i keep trying them in the hopes that someday..crap work. back to finish in a bit lol

Edit: so anyway…as i was saying. this is another example of how not to do things. I mean CTC’s are not my favourite but this is awful at a 2.5 min steep. i can’t imagine using their FOUR TO SEVEN MINUTE recommendation. this is like stale dark water. i dunno. just ick.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
yyz

I know, the straight teas from one of the David’s closest to me mostly taste stale.

Nxtdoor

I guess I don’t find them that expensive, at an average of $6 for 2 oz. I know companies charging $5 for a half oz.

Nxtdoor

But I don’t drink their straight teas, only their juice stuff :)

Sil

i guess when i look at the flavoured teas i can get from some of my favourite places, they’re like 4$ for 50g whereas most of the flavoured i like form david’s are closer to 7 for 50, which is what i spend often on 100g.

Also, i’m equating them with teas that are on the lower/medium (eg. S&V; bayswater..) side of things….there are for sure flavoured and straight teas that are way more expensive, but they are generally teas i would drop into the “higher quality” side of things (butiki?)

David’s>Teavana but i’d still generally rather buy from other places…though david’s teaware is super fun :)

whatshesaid

I agree, though I still have a few faves :)
David’s>Adagio for me so far though

Sil

agreed whatshesad. i despise adagio. pain in the ass to get to canada and their black base is largely “the suck”

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So no real clue what to write about myself here. A friend got me into drinking loose tea and it’s something I thoroughly enjoy though I have nowhere near the experience that many folks on the boards seem to have.

My other interests are cycling, reading, board games, disney cruises, world of warcraft and dancing – in no particular order. I love travelling and am currently working on trying to get my other half to as many place in the world as possible.

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