6037 Tasting Notes

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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backlog from yesterday. I had this as a cold brew and man, i had forgotten how much i love it that way! just the right balance of sweet and sour :)

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drank Carpe Diem by THE O DOR
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another tea from the lovely cteresa though i must admit i’m glad there aren’t’t many more since between her and ysaurella/dinosara i’m looking at moving to europe so i can drink the teas i want, when i want!

I actually thought that i would like this more than i did. I am not a rooibos hater – i have both enjoyed it and not, depending no how it’s blended. In this particular instance the rooibos is wonderfully blended with the almond and red berry flavours….and that’s slightly the problem. I’m pretty certain that the RED BERRY flavour is just not something i generally like in french teas. I like ONE specific berry flavour and when there are multiple, i don’t enjoy it nearly as much. Now, having said that, i still drank my cup insanely fast and loved every moment of it…but it’s not as deliciously amazing to me as i’d hoped it would be for want of more non black blends in my cupboard haha

Thank you again cteresa

JustJames

if i were to swallow a few socks would you take me as carry-on luggage?

Ysaurella

this is really a very lovely rooibos and I am not a rooibos fan ! come come Sil for a French tea tour ! and if JustJames is still hungry after his socks dinner he can try a Mariage Frères Brunch …all the food is made with tea, fantastic

Sil

hahaha that would be AMAZING ysaurella…i will for sure let you know if i make it out to france!

Sil

james – i hate socks. ;)

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so i might have accidentally steeped this for like 10 mins…and then drank it like there was no tomorrow. Apparently this is a blend that suits me nicely even without any additions. I do want to use the last of this to try steeping in apple juice or something, so maybe tomorrow i can pick some up!

CelebriTEA

I love this tea so much…I would never adulterate it with juice…lol…
But this is my favorite tea… Other teas (especially when weak) I dont hesitate
to add to apple cider and such ;-) enjoy

Bonnie

I’ve even added some to puerh.

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drank Yu Lu Yan Chai by Verdant Tea (Special)
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i totally had a cup of this in the afternoon and it complete got away from me. just that kind of day.

still in search of a way to get the O dor in canada or the US….

Fjellrev

Do you find the coriander in this very strong?

Sil

not entirely..but i think i prefer some of the other chais verdants done a bit better. but i also love coriander heh

Fjellrev

Ah ok, cool. Yeah, I love their Village Chai.

JustJames

you mean as opposed to shipping through france? sorry…. walking in on a conversation.

Sil

yeah james… from their website it’s 25euro + 6 euro in taxes… which is a little steep for me just to mail stuff this way. esp when i picked up DF teas for 8 euro shipping

JustJames

okay….. ask about ‘alternate modes’ of shipping. yeah, that’s the technical term. if they refuse (which they may) let me try a group order approach tomorrow after my presentation, k? i’ve been looking for an excuse…. =0) that way we split it.

Sil

i was looking at an older thread where they did a giant group order from MF… haha

Bonnie

Get someone from the USA to send it to you. I think it’s way cheaper from here to there than visa versa. Verdant uses boxes but individuals can use bubble envelopes. Find someone close to the border and swing a deal.

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drank Orange Pekoe by Gorreana
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sipdown on this one! (136). I have quite enjoyed this one, so thank you cteresa for sending this my way. it’s also given me my mission to go exploring toronto some weekend to get into the other neighbourhoods and explore the offerings there. thanks again for being a swap buddy!

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I’ve had this a couple times now and keep forgetting to write a note. Sadly i just looked at the time and realised i don’t have tie right this second, but i WILL come back to this tonight/tomorrow morning. Especially since this is a sipdown lol

Edit
My matcha was composed of the following:
Size : Small
Matcha Quality: Starter (Basic Grade)
Flavor: Distinctive

Now that I have two moments to breath, i really wanted to come back and review the Madagascar vanilla matcha that i finished up last weekend. I’m very partial to the French vanilla flavour from Red Leaf so i wanted to try and see how the two compare. I’ve had this a number of times now, straight, in a smoothie and as a latte. I have to say, my favourite was as a latte but even then, I found myself wishing it were more like French Vanilla. Now to be fair, i have NO clue how their supposed to be different, but i found the Madagascar Vanilla to be less smooth, with a bit of an edge to it, while the french vanilla is on the creamier side. It might be that i need to try this as a Robust flavouring level, but for now I’m leaning towards just sticking with the French vanilla.
What i have to say though, is that honestly, Red Leaf does a pretty bang up job with their more creamy flavours – the ones i would associate with Coffee or with milk. Vanilla, Caramel, Cheesecake, Chocolate…they’re all decent and the customer service is pretty bang on!
Buy it here: http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/madagascar-vanilla-matcha.html

Fjellrev

Good to know! I was wondering what the difference would be.

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83
drank 4 Fruits Rouges by Dammann Freres
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Another tea from earlier today – i’m a little slow today with tea drinking and a little behind. this is another tasty treat from cteresa I think for the most part, while i quite enjoy red fruit teas, they are not my favourite. i always want them to be with vanilla or caramel or something. What i DO enjoy them for are cold brews, so i may do that with the last of the sample cteresa sent me to see how that fares. Overall a really nicely balanced tea – don’t get me wrong – but i’m less fond of red fruits than some others. thank you again cteresa!

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I picked this up at the christmas craft show – i wish more vendors there would consider smaller sizes. There were a few others that peaked my interest but i have zero desire to add a 100g to my cupboard of new teas that i’ve never tried. This was the only tea that offered a sample pack of the ones i wanted. (i’m hoping if go back they’ll have Callebaut Black Raspberry in particular ’cause man that smelled divine!).

i’ve never heard of this company before, but they are canadian and from out west, so i figured what the heck. This smells AMAZING! i figured if it tasted half as good, i’d be set. Steeping time on this one called for 10 mins, which sounded crazy to me so i stuck with 5 mins. I probably could have gone longer but the brew was pleasantly tasty. I could taste the puerh as a base but then the blood orange came through. Also to note, it was blood orange and not orange…the two being different beasts all together!

On the whole, this was quite nice, and if the company didn’t have silly shipping prices, i’d be more inclined to try a bunch more. As it is, i’ll try and catch them at craft shows and try a few more that way first.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Too bad about the lack of sample sizes. I really wonder what the mint would be like with the raspberry though!

Sil

if i go back to the show i may just buy a tin and ship half of it out to you guys

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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So some random comments because I’m drinking teas not in the database…I can’t believe it’s only 10:30…it serious feels like 4pm.

I’ve been sipping on a sheng from Verdant’s reserve rewards – Xuejiao Longlai 2010 Sheng. I have been enjoying the steeps of this one this morning, since i haven’t had much chance to do much else with tea. it’s…well i could see myself drinking this all day without getting tired of it, as i often do after drinking some puerhs all day. It’s light, but still has body to it. There’s a bit of a woodsy feel to it but not like an earthy woodsy. Yep. that’s as descriptive as i can be. I like this. Would buy it again if i had the chance, but i don’t so enjoy it i will!

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drank Vanilla Plantation by Silk Road
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I’m having a lovely latte cup of this tea this morning while i try to get going. I had a hugely long day of work yesterday, followed by a distinct lack of sleep (i’ve been up for 4 hours) – an overall crappy day in which i was clearly affected by something given my inability to let things slide – which i’m normally pretty good at. So today, i’m taking it easy and trying to still do work, but from home, in my pj’s while drinking tea.

I missed out on all cyber monday purchases yesterday because of work but i did get a lovely card in the mail from grace, which helped improve my day a bunch. It also occurred to me last night that you guys all rock my socks. I really do love the sense of community we have going on here and the inclination that a huge number of people have to just be awesome. The sharing, the conversation – everything just makes my days a little sunshinier for having the steepster folks around :) So I’ll raise a cup of tea this morning in your honor and be thankful for the comraderie that is abundant here on steepster, that keeps me going some day.

Thank you all for just being awesome. keep it up!

(oh and the tea? it’s a lovely cup of delicious vanilla warmth)

Veronica

Love this. And while I don’t know you as well as some of the others might, I can safely say that you’re pretty awesome yourself.

Hope today is better than yesterday!!!

keychange

I echo your feelings about how wonderful this community is! and I’m not one to let things slide even on a good day, so don’t be so hard on yourself. I hope today is better!

Indigobloom

err the only Grace I know is from the guild lol. Who dat?

Cavocorax

Yay! I was hoping you’d be able to work from home today…

Sil

IB…you don’t know everyone who’s cool…. grin

Kaylee

Hear hear! I hope today is better for you.

Terri HarpLady

Steepsterites are a awesome!
And you, my friend, are the awesomest!
:)

Nicole

Hope things are better soon. > :)

Nicole

Hm, there was a hug in there, I swear…

Sil

haha nicole..i stole it…

Indigobloom

Nope but it’s certainly my mission to meet them all :P

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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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