4875 Tasting Notes

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drank Pumpkin Creme Brulee by Butiki Teas
4875 tasting notes

Only one sad cup left of this in the pouch after today’s cup. I’ll likely hold off reorder this one though until the fall months. It’s a great fall/winter tea but in summer i find it much harder to drink even though i love it. Good news is, that’s almost one more of my December teas wrapped up, since this month i should be trying to get through January teas.

Terri HarpLady

Did I mention that I spoke to Kateri @ Traveling Tea regarding our pumpkin ginger tea order this fall?

Sil

…no! aaannnnd! what did she say! i can has all of it? er half of all of it?

Terri HarpLady

We can has as much as we wants, my precious, but I might has to roast some pumpkins for her…

Dexter

Yes please – sorry not waiting for an invitation, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – I would like to somehow negotiate my way into getting some of this. :))

Sil

haha

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SIPDOWN! sad day in the Sil household…i love this tea from stacy and it was a great one to have today while the rain was falling this morning. Tasty delicious notes of honey…similar and yet different from TTC teas. This one still has a higher spot in my affections :) Will restock for sure at a later date!

Courtney

I can’t wait to place my Butiki order and have this in my cupboard once again. :)

MzPriss

I got some of this in the mail yesterday and I’m going to try it later this morning

Terri HarpLady

Sil, I’m gonna send you the last 6G of this. It’s just not my thing, & I know you love it.

Sil

okeydokey

Cavocorax

Oooh, I need a cup of this, either tonight or tomorrow! Also, this one might worthy of the tins you gave me!

Cavocorax

(Because it’s so good, but also partly bc I don’t like those crinkly bags so much – makes it harder for me to scoop tea out, especially stealthily)

Sil

I know….I really want Stacy to move to the new bags she mentioned in passing to me like a year ago that they were going to someday move towards and I was like yaaaaaa and she was like old bags first and now it’s like a year later and I’m like TOoOOOOoooOooOO much old stock! Lol

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. We were working on it then got sidetracked and have purchased more bags since. Unfortunately, the bags in our price range suck. We did get a box of natural brown zip bags and I don’t like them so they may end up on one special tea or something. The really nice ones are so expensive that we would end up having to raise prices quite a bit plus they may even affect shipping prices. I feel like keeping prices down is more important than special bags though I could be wrong, especially since teas really should be put in tins.

Sil

Stacy – lol it’s all good. I don’t dislike them nearly as much as some of the others I’ve experienced. I think my only issue is that the teas slip through the paper and sometimes they try to escape lol on the whole I’d rather not increase prices just for bags :)

Cavocorax

It’s not that big a deal. I prefer zip bags, but the foil ones are workable! :P (Especially since I have a few teas that are stock-always and just go in tins now!)

Butiki Teas

We will still be testing out the natural ones that I’m not fond of. May just be my taste. They won’t be heat sealed though since I wouldn’t want to invest in a sealer unless they go over well. Eventually, we will make a change though since I would like us to be a little more environmentally friendly.

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78
drank East Frisian Blend by Cornelia Bean
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omgsrsly sent this one my way and since i have enough for a couple cups, i’m trying to go through the first round of all her straight black samples this week for easy sipdowns next week haha
This one isn’t bad, though i think it’s more of a with milk sort of tea as there’s an edge in here that i’m struggling with this morning. Either that, or it’s going to be one of those days for me and tea haha. I do like the strength of this one though, so it’s an enjoyable cup. I’m glad i have another sil sized serving to play with haha thanks omg!

OMGsrsly

It apparently has vanilla beans? I think it’s better with milk, but it’s not a favourite.

Sil

hmm ok i’ll have to play with it a little

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i have a confession to make – i can’t stand this tea brewed normally in water. there’s way too much fennel in it to make me happy. HOWEVER….this steeped in half apple juice/half water; cold brewed is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! it’s like an apple cider sort of delicious berry tea. Thankfully i remembered to pick up some apple juice so i will have this finished up in no time! woot woot! (steeped that way, my rating would be in the 90’s…so i compromised since i don’t like it normally brewed)

Final Count: 171

Dexter

That’s interesting!!!

Sil

sooo goood…

Dinosara

Soooo much fennel :P

Sil

Dinosara – exactly but it works in apple juice lol

Cheri

I love when people try different things with their tea and then share it. This sounds like a good compromise on making this tea work for you. :)

Terri HarpLady

I need to buy more elderberries today :)

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89
drank Zheng Shan Xiao Zhong by Yezi Tea
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oh december teas… how you will be gone from my cupboard..someday! lol i have one more cup of this left since today there was just a little too much tea for a sipdown heh. i’m actually not terribly upset by that because i rather enjoy this one with just a little maple syrup…yes VariaTEA… A LITTLE! not a tablespoon! lol

Terri HarpLady

LOL
Did I mention that our YS order came? I’m still working on filling your birthday box, but I promise everything I send will be primo stuff, not some lame crap ;)

Sil

i’m working on your box toooooo! and not to worry my dearest tea sister…you do need to tell me if you want me to pick anything up from TeaG for you when i’m there though!

Terri HarpLady

Have i ever tried any teas from there? I guess I’d better start perusing their website, eh?

VariaTEA

what’s a little? Is that like 1/2 a cup?

Terri HarpLady

LOL, VariaTEA, I always just free hand it :)

VariaTEA

I did too and ended up with a cup of maple syrup toned down by just a bit of tea :P

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84
drank Hazelberry Puerh by Steam Tea House
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must remember to have the last of this as a latte. Another sample from OMGSRSLY?!?!?! because i have to get my drink on! Not a sipdown but it’s one step closer to one…and a step closer to getting rid of the boxes of samples in my house at the moment lol I’m not sure what a hazelberry is…but this is tasty and delicious and i will be enjoying more!

OMGsrsly

:P Hazelnut and strawberry. I had to ask when I bought it.

Sil

that makes sense lol

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drank Anjou Pear-adise Oolong Tea by Teavana
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another from the omgsrsly sample box of doooooom. I’m trying to make a concentrated effort to get a couple of sipdowns in every day to make up for lost time, ESPECIALLY now that i’m basically going to be travelling for the entire month of september…which may not result in a lot of opportunities to buy tea but i DO get a week back in chicago and i KNOW i can buy tea there lol this was a cold brew and not bad. it’s passable as an almost pear tea, while at least being a decent cup of tea without weird bitterness or silly flavours. I’d love more OOMPH but this one wasn’t terrible, esp considering it’s a teavana tea!

Nicole

Travel for a month??? I’m so jealous. Even if it is for work and not vacation (though I hope at least part is vacation). I love going, no matter the reason. :)

Sil

you’d think so… but i’ll be in places likes APPLETON! or wausau!…clearly thrilling places to go. lol i WILL be in kansas city for one day, but i’m not sure if i’ll get the chance to meet up with you since i have to drive out to st louis the next day…it’s one of those "in a new place every night’ sort of sucky deals lol. Only upside is a couple days in st louis to meet my tea sister; extra days in orlando to see my adopted “family” and hopefull a few extra days in phoenix before the last event.

Marzipan

Where are you going and is there tea there?

Sil

Marzipan – Chicago in august and then in september i’m looking at: kansas city, Indianapolis; st louis; millwaukee; minneapolis; appleton; wausau; phoenis; orlando; uh…..a few other places i can’t think of

Marzipan

Some great tea stores on your way!

mj

Check out Verdant (duh) and Tea Source while you’re in Minneapolis! Coffee and Tea Ltd is also decent for flavored teas. I haven’t tried their non-flavored teas yet.

MzPriss

Mandala isn’t that far of a drive from Minneapolis – just sayin’

MzPriss

And no, I haven’t been to either, but I checked :)

Sil

Mzpriss – yeah i’m hoping i’ll get a chance to hit verdants tea room for fun and possibly mandala…but the timing is going to be really tight!

thanks for the suggestions MJ – will totally keep that in mind!

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drank Anjou Pear-adise Oolong Tea by Teavana
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Another sample from the lovely YYZ this was from a really long time ago but it got me through the day. I enjoyed this one a lot this morning – chocolatey notes in warm delicious tea form… and that’s about all i’ve got. it was a 12 hrs work day followed by a few hours of parents wanting to talk through things going on lol

yyz

Glad it helped get you through the day!

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thanks for sending this one my way omgsrsly i tried this a couple ways and just cant seem to make it work. While it’s a nice creamy sort of tea…that’s where it ends. the rhubarb must have gotten lost on the way to the cup :)

Terri HarpLady

That’s too bad, cuz I know you love your rhubarb! :)

Sil

i almost bought some at the framer’s market this weekend to dip in sugar and eat :)

OMGsrsly

We used to eat it raw and sour. I don’t think I’d be able to do that now, but making jam would be lovely.

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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.

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