5059 Tasting Notes

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drank Piña Colada by PureAromaTea
5059 tasting notes

So I figured that I’d try this one out as a cold brew since as a hot brew it was quite delicious. As a cold brew this is nearly as tasty! I say nearly because the coconut overpowers the pineapple a little more in the cold brew. Th pineapple is still there but the balance is just a little more off than the hot brew. I think this would make a fantastic cocktail if there is? Sch a thing as pineapple liquor to add to this cold brew. Either that or maybe a splash of lime….lemon? Not sure yet. Either way this is a really nice blend :)

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 7 min, 45 sec

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67
drank Mango Sunrise by Yumchaa
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Thank you hallieod for this one! This isn’t half bad. I want to try this as a cold brew since that’s part of why I wanted to try it. As a hot brew this is a decent green tea. The mango flavouring isn’t artificial, but it is a little light. Glad to see this one, and looking forward to the next attempt as a cold brew! :)

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I haven’t yet decided how I feel about this one. Thank you Shmiracles for this one! I’m going to refrain from rating this one, because I got busy and was unable to really take notes. I know that mousse au chocolat is still my favourite of the two but that’s as far as I can recall. This one impressed me less but it wasn’t bad at all!

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drank Premium Taiwanese Assam by Butiki Teas
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Sometimes you just need an old favourite. This morning was one of those days. I had let the wonder of this tea become a mere shadow of its true deliciousness. I’m glad I dug this out earlier…just needed a reminder of how much I love it!

TheTeaFairy

Very well said, Sil! Glad it worked its magic for you :-)

Chelle

I can’t wait to try this one, in the mail!

Sil

This might be my favourite tea….if not, it’s tied for first through fourth place heh

Rachel J

Yay for Butiki and their amazing selection. :)

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79
drank Keemun Mao Feng by The London Tea Room
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Sipdown! Had a cup of this in the morning before leaving the house. Another fine keemun shared by terri! :)

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shmiracles! I will have your little tea babies for this one :) i think there IS magic in this box after all.

So part of the reason i REALLY wanted to try this tea is that there’s an ongoing joke in my family about mousse au chocolat. My grandmere? She was from belgium and back in the day was one of the few woman in her day to train at le cordon bleu. It was there that she learned to make mousse au chocolat. As the story goes, she taught my dad to cook and shared with him the family recipe for mousse au chocolat. My entire life i have heard about my grandmere and her famous mousse au chocolat. Which my dad promised me when i was about 7, he would teach me to make…which he has never made in his life for us…which he still has not taught me how to make. And folks? i LOOOOOVVVEEEEE real mousse au chocolat…not to be confused with “chocolate mousse,” that they often serve in restaurants here in canada…which never seems as delicious as it ought to be…as the mousse au chocolat that i’ve had in france.

So when i found out about this tea via shmiracles, i had to try it AND coicidentally my parents were in Paris at the time. So my dad got an email from me: If you can manage it, i’d love for you to pick up this tea while you’re in Paris. I figure it’s the least you can do since you refuse to share grandmere’s recipe with me. :) All in fun of course. So now they’re back…and i suspect they found it somewhere in Paris, since i clearly challenged my father, but i won’t know until i see them again.

So for now, i’m content with this sample from Shmiracles…which is downright amazing! I lost track of steeping it..but this is delicious. It’s not sweet, it’s more like a rich dark chocolate mousse. i think with a bit of milk and sugar, this would turn into an amazing cup of chocolate goodness, but i love this the way it is. Dark and sinfully delicious.

Edit: resteep of this in the morning is also delicious!

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Terri HarpLady

I want some!

Sil

If shmiracles isn’t sending you some and my parents DID manage to find some, i will for sure share with you.

tattooed_tea

Salivating

ifjuly

Man that sounds good!

Shmiracles

i’m so glad i got to share this tea with you! i’m gonna totally savor the portion i have left xo

Kittenna

Sounds awesome. Except no, I need to focus on drinking what I have. Haha.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

That sounds amazing! :-)

cteresa

Oh this one sounds tempting indeed – and I have been coveting these tins, so an excellent souvenir from France indeed!

Any chance you can get the mousse au chocolat recipe? If it´s the official recipe from the Cordon Bleu school, it must be known! Good luck with it.

Sil

cteresa, i’m hoping to see it someday :)

cteresa

And just noticed, Héritage Gourmand is absolutely perfect to describe your family´s history with the chocolate mousse!

Scheherazade

The MF Héritage Gourmand teas sound pretty amazing. If only the MF site worked on my computer, I’d be in tea ordering heaven. It’s probably a good thing for my bank account that it keeps freezing on me, although I’d love to try some of them one day. Yum! That’s all I have to say.

Sil

i wish shipping/duties etc for france to canada weren’t so ridiculous lol

tattooed_tea

haha Sil I JUST added this tea & the macaron one to my chart & got as far as the payment to see how much it would be. With conversion $99.
UGH I want these.

Sil

i think someone had mentioned there are charges added on when they arrive here too. So the only reason i have any MF teas is because my parents or friends have gone to Paris (or through swaps) I DID find a place online that you can order from but it’s a limited selection and obviously doesn’t have any of these special ones. I can share that when i’m home later if you like.

Terri HarpLady

$99 for 2 teas?

ifjuly

Yeah, the other downside is I’ve heard rumors that the tea MF sends to distributors for North America is sort of their…leftovers, like, the surplus selection. Explains why the choice is so limited at the places that do carry it over here. Alas.

tattooed_tea

Yup Terri, the teas are $25 euros each & $25 euros for shipping.
Sil I did find one site, but this one & the macaron are the only ones I’m interested in.

cteresa

I like Mariage Frères very much, they are so very reliable to me though they price things at precisely the top end of how much I would ever consider paying for something. I have never ordered from their site though, because I can find their teas locally, including (luckily) a few of their teas by the weight which is so much more affordable. I pay from 7 to 11 euros per 100 grams for their teas by the weight. The regular black and gold tins are usually from 16 to 19 euros though I lucked out on a half price promotion once and got a stock.Their shipping costs usually start at 25-30 euros though they seem almost flat rate, whether you order 200 grams or 2 kilos, it makes little difference to price.

Heritage Gourmand or the yearly Sakuras, or the new Lily of the Valley or the colored cannisters for destinations (Maharajs) or the totally droolworthy glass apotechary style cannisters for teas to do iced (40 euros! 40 euros) are a different thing from their regular tea and priced much more than their loose leaf teas- I think they are geared for tin collectors (they know me very well, b**tards) or as gifts, so they are very expensive IMO, 25 euros and more for a tin of 100 grams of tea. I have so far resisted.

And if you are likely to be tempted, never ever ever check their teapots and teaware. I am ignoring it all, and pretending never ever seen it.

But weird as it is, how expensive their collector tins and teaware and fancy stuff like jellies and all; the loose leaf by the weight regular teas are priced OK indeed – or better said they are priced high-endish for the sort of tea they are, but are usually top quality for the kind of tea they are and worth it IMO.

tattooed_tea

Oh don’t even get me started on their teaware. So beautiful

ifjuly

Agreed. My jaw dropped the first time I looked at their teaware. First in awe of the beauty, then the price tags, ha.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve never looked at the tea wares, & now I probably never will!
Tony & I have talked about taking a trip to Spain & France. I’ll just have to wait & buy their teas then…whenever that happens…

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75
drank Peaches and Cream by Sloane Tea Company
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Thank you Lala! One of the wonderful teas i got in my swaps today that I had to try asap because it’s an “exclusive to chapters” for mother’s day so I needed to know if i had to get my other half to pick some up for me…because i’m not allowed to buy tea until June lol that’s no cheating…riiight?

So, some of you will know, i’m not the biggest fan of white teas. I find the vast majority of them to be too lightly flavoured for me to enjoy them. This tea though? it’s wonderful! For starters, the dry smell of this is amaaaazing! it really is candied peaches and cream as Lala mentioned.

The brewed tea? It’s creamy and peachy and delicious! I really do need to pick up…er get my other half to surprise me with this random tea as a present! lol This is one of those flavoured teas to be enjoyed and savoured. I do wonder how it would fare cold brewed….

Preparation
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Lala

Just reading your review makes my mouth water for this tea! So good! Glad you enjoyed it.

Sil

…they have a new tea that’s not exclusive – almond truffle. So tempting, especially since i also really wanted to try the chocolate truffle exclusive one at chapters.

Terri HarpLady

They both sound awesome to me!

Terri HarpLady

Looking at the Sloane page…I want to place an order!

Sil

Terri – don’t do it! They often have sales at the pop up shop here for holidays and such so worse case, i can buy some for you to save some money! For whatever reason their sales never seem to translate to the website unless it’s like the gift boxes. Did i send you some of the oolong creme and the perfectly pear that i have?

Terri HarpLady

I’ll check the box in the morning, but I don’t think so. So. Many of them sound SO yummy…but don’t worry, I’m not falling off the wagon…Yet!

Kittenna

Crap. Stop reviewing teas that sound good!

Sil

Haha – never kittenna! You should see the lovely treats I received today from everyone :)

Chizakura

Augh, Sil! XD I looked up ‘white tea’ on Chapter’s website, and now as you can see I’ve looked up tasting notes. And now I’m tempted to buy it. XD

Terri HarpLady

Sil: Just remembered to check the box, no oolong creme or perfectly pear. We’ll just have to plan another swap after our ordering binge in June ;)

OMGsrsly

I’ve also looked up the tea on the Chapter’s website! Now I have more sale racks to cruise whenever I’m downtown!

Sil

Terri – yay good to know
Omg and chiz – sorry about that….I’m actually watching inventory on this one now that I’ve had it to get my other half to get me a single tin if the stock drops. When its gone, its gone. Though maybe ill be able to resist and just think about the almond truffle one for June….

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75
drank Organic Chocolate "O" by The Tea Spot
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SIPDOWN! I would totally purchase this one again! Thank you so much for sharing this with me terri! So i WAS well on my way to getting to 200 but 3 of my swaps arrived today and now i am back at 258! (with 6 more swaps on their way eventually, plus teas sitting with people) So now, my mini goal is just to try and NOT hit 300 lol. i still have every intention of getting to 200 before the end of may so that i can place an order in June but right now I’m just super happy about swaps.

Seriously? Total shout out to all my swap friends who have shared teas they love and dislike since i’ve been on steepster (not even a year). It’s pretty amazing how wonderful it is to share in our mutual excitement of tea. I love not only finding better homes for teas i don’t like, but getting to share old favourites with new friends :) Totally not really a tea posting note but oh well. this? This tea is good. Chocolatey and delicious!

…and for all those out there that i haven’t swapped with yet, looking forward to sharing teas with you!

TastyBrew

Well speaking if swaps, now that I’ve been to Steven smith, we need to start finalizing our swap. I think I have about 7 with you name on them so far.

Sil

zomg.. lol 7! haha I’ll pm you…my cupboard is a little swap heavy atm so there are lots i don’t have enough to share BUT i also have swaps that i’ve received that i could share lol

Terri HarpLady

hahahahahaha, Sil…we’re swapping places again, tea count wise!

Sil

Terri – uh yeah…and mine’s going up again tomorrow likely lol

Dinosara

It was really swaps more than orders that brought my cupboard up so high to begin with! But it is totally worth it to get the opportunity to try everything.

Terri HarpLady

Agreed dinosara!

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I had this earlier today…seems like so long ago. Another swap from Terriharplady that was quite delicious! While not my favourite assam, it’s certainly one i wouldn’t turn down! I’m just not in love with it like i am with steven…er i mean #49 :)

Terri HarpLady

Did I mention that I had a crush on a kid named Steven Smith when I was 10 or something like that? ;)

Sil

haha awesome

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SIPDOWN! Yeah that’s right. No hoarding! So i had this today while getting ready for work, something i normally don’t indulge in. Lookingforward to June when i can pick up more of this as it’s a really nice assam. Of course that depends on whether or not I can get my cupboard to amanageable state by June as well. I’ve got something waiting for me at the post office today AND if my tea mule is at work today, that’s my three orders from May that have arrived. Not to mention the tea with Raritea and Kittenna lol Ah well…at least i’m sort of hovering at the 200 mark (227 to be exact at the moment). We have a release weekend on saturday so i’m sure i’ll be drinking plenty of tea from 9pm until 3am. yeah that’s right… party at my place! woot woot!

Anyway, i digress…if you like assams, this tea is for sure worth picking up and trying :) Thanks again terri!

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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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