6338 Tasting Notes

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I’m a little excited now…I just meant to get the teas out on the table for tomorrow’s packing up swap stuff..and uh 2 hours later all my packages are bundles up and just need addresses before they’re ready to go out! It also means that i’m now in a great place to have a bunch of sipdowns tomorrow bwahahaha! which is good since i added 3 teas to my cupboard tonight.

I brewed this one up and sadly, forgot about it for an hour…DO NOT DO THAT! it makes it taste not as good. lol I really wanted cacao..but i only have enough for a small cup and that’s being saved for tomorrow…

Courtney

When I get in my fresh infusion of Cacao I can send a bit more. :)

Sil

haha i need to just place an order…but i’m trying SOOOOO hard to hold off on orders until after terri’s box gets here. lol

VariaTEA

Sil, do they still have their shop in Toronto? Ordering from them is so horrible that I am planning to just go to the store when I move home and buy my Strawberry Justice there. However, I am not entirely sure their store still exists.

keychange

Haha sil…don’t be so confident about those numbers dropping…;). Just wait and see.

OMGsrsly

I don’t think their store still exists, VariaTEA. Also: It’s pretty bad that people are putting off buying from them because ordering is horrible. :/

Fjellrev

I’ve only ordered from them once. Would you all say that customer service has been consistently bad or has gotten even worse over time?

Sil

Key change…..bah! Lol it will go down! Even if it’s only for. A week!

VariaTEA – their retail location closed, after my 3 attempts to actually get to tHe store and have it be open. Every time I went it was closed, even though it was during their opening hours… For random reasons.

Cavocorax

Apparently they hired help or something a few weeks ago, so maybe service has gotten better? I’ve ordered twice with them. The first was Black Friday and it took at least 2 weeks for my order to ship. The second order was in January, I think, and it took about a week for it to ship. There’s not much communication from them…

VariaTEA

I called and emailed them multiple times and still have heard absolutely nothing back. First because I got an order and it didn’t have the Banana berry rooibos I ordered. Then I contacted them to ask if they wanted me to return the duplicates of the Cyber Monday teas they sent. Then, in my most recent order, I got ahold of them by email and they were supposed to add a sample of Graham Slam to my order which they didn’t (and I still don’t know if they charged me for it or not because of my credit card issue last month).

Terri HarpLady

I still haven’t had a chance to try this one…

Sil

VariaTEA – awful… :)
Terri – Sounds like a free sipdown for meeee! ;)

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..weird. I know i’ve had this before but i can’t seem to find a tasting note for it. Oh well..this was another tea from this morning since i need to stay moving on to some of my other teas. this is similar to other TTC taiwanese blacks but different in that it’s less juicy and honey sweet and closer to being malty, without actually being malty. if that makes sense. either way, a good cup for today!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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apparently this is my week for LB :) I had another mug of this today in the morning and it was fantastically wonderful. I never get tired of this tea…although Courtney may have ruined it for me interms of wanting to drink it without the added cacao…which i guess is slightly similar to the LB chocolate genmaicha but without the toasty rice goodness…

Courtney

Whoops.

Sil

whoops is right! hahaha

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drank Cinnamon Plum by The Naked Leaf
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just for fun i cold brewed this the other night too… i have to say, it’s also pretty tasty this way, though i prefer it warm :)

Final count: 150 (though i technically still have 5 to add that i received today…but i’m lazy, so maybe tomorrow…)

VariaTEA

I will be around the same once all my teas come in

Sil

Oh just you wait….there is still a weekend for me…..full of packing up swaps…I WILL get to 140….though with Terri’s box inbound,I need to aim for like 100 lol

Terri HarpLady

Oh…there’s only 50 teas coming from me…plus a few more from the BBBB

Sil

Terri…and that’s why I need to get to 100 hahhahhaha

Terri HarpLady

Neener neener ;p

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thanks for sharing this one with me courtney I’ve had the mint cacao before and wasn’t overly impressed. With this one i found that it was a whole lot of cacao tea…with hints of strawberry that would pop up now and then. So i subtracted a few points for not being as strawberry-licious as i wanted it to be. but it was still good and still tasty and when i DID get the strawberry hints, i was happy :)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
Courtney

I was so impressed with myself for finding a tea to sneak in that it appeared you hadn’t tried haha!

Fjellrev

How long do you usually steep the cacao teas for, Sil? I steeped this one for > 30min and I got a lot of strawberry. But maybe we just differ. :)

Sil

uh this one steeped for over 20 mins..i lost track of time haha

Fjellrev

That’s my Sil. :D These are the perfect tisanes to walk away from and lose track of time. Like I was saying earlier, I left the Mint Cacao for five freaking hours today, and I’d say it benefited from it haha.

VariaTEA

I had the same problem. I steeped it for almost 45 minutes and got cacao and no strawberry. It makes me really sad too because it smelled so amazing.

Fjellrev

Wow! I’m really lucky then.

Courtney

Fjellrev I’m with you.

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drank Sweet Helen by RiverTea
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go exchange rate go! it’s up a little tonight so that makes me a happy camper, esp since they’re forecasting it’ll be down around 85 cents by the end of the year. BOOO!

This is the last of this tea – the remainder is off to cavocorax to try since we’ve both mostly picked up different teas from RiverTea. I really like this one, though i wish it wasn’t such a heavy tea. I suspect that i could likely use a little less tea and brew for longer, but i’ll try that next time since i’ll likely be picking this up again as it’s a herbal option for when i’m in the mood for a not black tea :)

Courtney

Why the exchange rate interest? Are you going away again soon?

Sil

uh…since most of my tea purchases are USD based, i watch the exchange rate all the time. I have a USD account, so when it’s on the up swing i convert for when i need to buy things. Since i’m an employee, my rate is always better than paypal/credit cards etc…

Courtney

Ah yes I also do that with my USD acct. We only put money in there for trips though. Not tea purchases, but perhaps I should, since I also get a better rate. :P

keychange

sil is hardcore!!

Fjellrev

Ech, glad I went through my BPAL phase while the dollar was on par. That’s why I keep an eye on exchange rates too (ordering across the border).

Sil

i figure over 1000$ a year in tea (since let’s be honest last year i went a little nuts and that doesn’t look like it will be much improved), that can really start to add up on the conversion

Sil

…also, if i don’t use it, it’s there for trips anyway so no harm

Anna

Haha, it’s nice to see someone else taking an interest in tea-related exchange rates.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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courtney both rocks my world and may have ruined LB for me for a little while. heh. She sent along some cacao for me since HI is annoying me in their lack of consistency with their service…so that i could try her receipe of adding this to LB.

So this morning i did a 1-1 ratio of this + LB in my travel mug for work…fogot about it…and sometime this afternoon took my first sip. dear.god. SOOOOO good! it enhances the deliciousness of LB and makes it a totally decadent treat tea… I may need to keep this in my back pocket for when i’m having a really bad day…though i’d have to get lots more cacao tea.

thanks a bunch courtney!

Fjellrev

Cripes, that must be fantastic. Double damn.

Sil

it’s REALLY delicious. She sent me cacao specifically so i could try this…so good.

Lynxiebrat

What is LB?

Courtney

Mwuahaha!

Sil

LB = laoshan black from verdant :)

ifjuly

i am so trying this—i was bummed that when i restocked LB it wasn’t as chocolatey as i remembered it being. thanks for the tip!

Sil

it’s aaalllll courtney!

Courtney

I’m so glad you liked it. :)

Plunkybug

OOH, I might try mixing the last of mine in with LB.

Cavocorax

Really? OMG. I wish I had more cacao to try that with!

Lynxiebrat

Giggles you know Laoshan Black was what I 1st thought of when I saw the initials LB.

Sil

cavo..yes..sadly it’s enough to make me want to place an order with HI…though i may see if they’re downtown on sunday….

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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drank Two Friends by Custom (Butiki)
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it has been WAAAAY too long since i had this tea. I really love this blend, so much more than 3 friends. Not that three friends is bad, but it’s less for me. I really need to bring this out more often.

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drank Leo by Nina's Paris
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Another sample from my joint order with Cavo I keep mentioning her name in my tasting notes so that she’ll come pick up the THIRTY TEAS of her that are at my house. lol sadly this is another one that i forgot to track last night. I seem to recall this one being more of that woodsy sort of rooibos that has a tendency to overpower the flavours that are blended with it. That being said, I’d gladly try this again so i can make sure.

Final Count from yesterday: 153

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