4644 Tasting Notes

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drank Wedding Impérial by Mariage Frères
4644 tasting notes

SIPDOWN! This was a lovely tea to have been lucky enough to receive from ysaurella Merci encore madam! I love the sweet delicious caramel. I am still torn by all the lovely teas that she sent as to which was my favourite.

Terri HarpLady

I still have a little of this left from Ysaurella also. I need to quit hoarding it, right?

Sil

yes terri! no moar hoarding! I’m trying to go through a bunch of my smaller samples…though i can see myself not touching the chocolate tea she gave me. I have enough for a cup of that left and it is SUPER!

Terri HarpLady

It’s just so hard to drink that last cup sometimes…sigh…

whatshesaid

I loved this tea when I tried it!

Kittenna

Terri – I hear you! That’s part of the reason I have so many teas! Sil is working at killing my tea hoarding instinct though. I haven’t ever had so many sipdowns!

Sil

really kittenna? haha

Kittenna

Yep…. I still have teas from every swap I’ve participated in! :P

Sil

OMGWOMAN! DRINK! GO! NAO!

Terri HarpLady

It’s a loosing battle, girls. I can never drink the teas in my cupboard as fast as I order them. Speaking of which, I just ordered the entire Damn Fine Tea collection, after promising Ms Theresa I wouldn’t order anything for awhile. I’ve wanted them for ages, am still pissed off at myself for not trying The Captain & the mermaid (or whatever it was called). So I ordered everything they currently have. Rebellion feels good!

Ysaurella

Sil, you didn’t try all teas I sent I think, or am I wrong ? I don’t see you review on Luxury. It will be fun to see a review about a French maple tea by a Canadian citizen :)

Sil

You are correct Ysaurella. I think there are 2-3 left for me to try but I wanted to save them for easter weekend :) You will see tasting notes soon i’m sure.

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I have been a certified slacker today. I blame work. System issues today have got me shackled to my desk. It’s a little sad too because I brought a bunch of one cup samples with me today to try and get through some of my black teas earlier in the day. Aiming for 275 by the end of the weekend, though that’s not likely to happen given that I’m not just focusing on samples.

I’m still really enjoying this tea, though I’m waffling between picking it up again as an order or passing and keeping it in my back pocket of teas that I enjoy but don’t need to keep around all of the time.

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SIPDOWN! 300 teas successfully achieved….150 to go. holy crap. and i just ordered 2 more…Also, I hope the ladies will forgive me not remembering and thanking whomever gave me each of my teas. I’m pretty sure this one was kittenna though.

Sipping this i get rooibos…and something that reminds me of the way that peanut butter and chocolate mix together in a peanut butter cup. I wouldn’t say this is peanut butter cup though. Tasty enough but lack of points for not being what it is trying to be. Still i’m happy to cross another 52 blend off my list!

Dinosara

I’m impressed you got back down to 300 so quickly! You can do it! :D

Terri HarpLady

Little Terri wants to know what you ordered…she’s been begging me to let her buy more tea all day :p
I told her we’re not allowed to buy anything until Ms Theresa gets our taxes finished.

Sil

Oh god….what I ordered? I should post a picture of teh tea I came away with after the girls were here….our della terra order, lupicia, upton, 52 teas,Nina’s Paris were all exchanged and then it was just all the random swaps between the 4 of us. I still can’t believe it took us like 6 hours to go through it all and that was with pre-sorting a bunch of the stuff ahead of meeting up. Then I ordered more red leaf….and some 52 teas on its way….last night I placed my first ever davids tea order….we’re getting samples from bluebird… And I still have 2-4 incoming swaps and only a couple outgoing (which won’t help me get much down in my cupboard). Thankfully I DO have a bunch of 2 cup samples, which if you saw my mugs at home, you’d understand why they’re really 1 cup samples lol

Sil

Tell little Terri she just needs to go “shopping” in my cupboard (though there are a bunch of samples int here I may not be able to send you, so maybe that’s not a good idea yet so she’s not disappointed….)

Kittenna

Yeppers, from me. Not as good as other reviews have said :(

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85
drank Lime Gelato by DAVIDsTEA
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mmmmmm… ok so Raritea found me a David’s Tea that i really like. This is better than the 52 teas honeybush that i tried earlier. This is especially delicious in contrast to the sweet vanilla orange that i recently had. I can see drinking this one over the summer for sure! Also this would be fantastic as a slushie. It’s the perfect blend of lemon, lime and a touch of creaminess.

Courtney

This is one of my favourites :)

Starfevre

Now on my list.

Sil

i totally just ordered 100g of this. FML

Sil

sooo if you don’t mind waiting for a bit longer for me to send you your swap Star, I can add some of this in when it comes :)

Kittenna

Lol Sil, I imagine you’ll get your order on like, Wednesday. :P If not flukily tomorrow.

Indigobloom

I’m curious what free sample they’ll send you!

Sil

shhhhh i like thinking about it coming later…much much later..

Kittenna

They send 3 free samples! I have fingers crossed for Pom Tango, in which case I will pitch a fit if Sil doesn’t let me have it (ok ok, I’m kidding…. I just want a sample of that darn tea!)

Sil

Kittenna – If i make it over to the tea store on my lunch I’ll double check for you. I MIGHT have a mini list of teas i want to pick up samples of from david’s… i hate you guys. lol

Kittenna

Which teas?? Let me know bc if I have them, I would really rather sample them to you… haha.

Sil

oh whatever lady! I’m not helping you win! kidding I don’t have the list with me…hoping ian can go home and tell me what i wrote down lol

Kittenna

Haha…. there’s so no chance of me winning, so you’re pretty safe :P

Sil

the winner gets more tea foisted on them by the losers? lol

Kittenna

Precisely.

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Sipdown…and i’m SOOO SAD! I wish I’d accosted Indigobloom for more than a cup of this one. I don’t have the same issue with Lapacho that the girls do – for me it’s just another honeybush.rooibosy whatever leaf thingy dingy :) (yes technical term)

This smells heavenly and steeps to a delicious creamy orange brew. On a random side note, this would probably make some seriously kick ass tea infused vodka for my next experiment. This really is an orange creamsicle in liquid form, just a little less sweet, making it PERFECT.

Honestly…i’m just going to go see if i can eek out a bit more from my leaves….i hope. please. YUM!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
Indigobloom

I’ll never finish this before it goes stale… I’ll share some! :D

Amariel

I swapped the rest of this out at our swap this weekend, not for the taste, but for the lapacho itself, which is also why I swapped out the Amaretto too, even though I do like both. There’s a health concern I have with the lapacho, and while it is generally a safe tea, there are some situations where not enough is known about its effects, and is considered questionable.

Indigobloom

Heather, yeah I remember reading about that! but, I figure everything in moderation right. I mean, I drink this tea every once in awhile, and it can’t be more harmful than alcohol, which I do occasionally have, and is my standard for comparison heh :P

Amariel

Yes, potentially, moderation could be ok, but with the lapacho, it isn’t known well enough, I think, and the effects could be more immediate and harmful for certain people. But most people can drink it fine.

Indigobloom

That makes sense. If I ever noticed an ill effect from it I would certainly stop drinking immediately, knowing the hazards!!

Amariel

I think the main hazards are pregnancy related, so if you aren’t pregnant, you are probably ok. If you are pregnant, or TTC, then it may not be the best tea to drink.

Indigobloom

ah well I don’t plan on getting pregnant just yet! but it’s great to know, I’m glad you mentioned it!!

Amariel

I did a check on it once and this is what I found on lapacho…

Safety Issues
When taken in normal dosages, lapacho has not been found to cause any obvious side effects. 3 However, full safety studies have not been performed. Furthermore, the anti-cancer actions of lapachone raise serious concerns about the safety of lapacho for pregnant women, because like cancer cells, cells of a developing fetus rapidly divide. Also, a study in animals found that lapachol caused fetal death. 20 For all these reasons, pregnant or nursing women should not use lapacho. Safety in young children or those with severe liver or kidney disease has also not been established.

Indigobloom

That doesn’t sound so bad! asides from the pregnancy bit, of course.

Amariel

Nope. Not bad except pregnancy and also surgery. It has a blood thinning quality, iirc. Might be he other way around. You’re not supposed to have it two weeks prior to surgery. I think it affects the blood clotting.

Indigobloom

Oh?? I had no idea. Wow

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70
drank Quatre Fruits Rouges by Nina's Paris
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Thank you again to Nina’s Paris! I picked this one because I had contemplated getting the same tea by betjeman and Barton but hadn’t. Since quatre fruits rouges seems to be one of those teas that a lot of Parisienne shops have, now was as good a time as any to try it.

I’m sad to say that I’m pretty sure I lost track of time and steeped this for too long. As a result its a bit of a bitter cup BUT if I focus on the taste beyond the bitterness I can tell that this would be a tasty cup of tea, well suited for my tastes. It really is red fruit tea instead of being that weird artificial “berry” taste that is present in a lot of teas. The base is quite nice as well, though, as I said I steeped it too long. Even the red liquor of the cup is pretty.

Thank you again Nina’s tea!

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drank Thé des Légendes by Mariage Frères
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I was afraid to try this hot, so i opted for a cold brew on this one instead because of the scent. It turns out, cold brew was not the way to go on this one. It was bitter and perfumey and citrusy. I had a couple sips and then had to say no. Into the share pile it goes as I’m fairly confident that even hot i won’t enjoy this much. Thanks to Ysaurella though for the chance to try a new tea! :)

Ysaurella

sorry you didn’t like it – I never tried it cold but hot it’s a nice tea for real green tea lovers I think (it is not my case neither, I do prefer black teas, from far). This is one of the green best sellers of Mariage Frères and really appreciated as it is one of the most sold in Mariage’s shops

Sil

I’m not sorry I didn’t enjoy it. Now there is more to share with friends! And I AM so very glad to try it no matter what. I love the experience of trying new teas :)

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drank Paradise Green by Lupicia
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I think i’m going to need to try this one as a cold brew. It wasn’t bad as a hot brew but I’m not sure that i was in the mood for a citrusy sort of green tea. I have a few more tea bags to try out so i’m hoping it will grow on me. It’s better than the other tea i had this afternoon but eesh…

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drank Vanilla Cacao by Herbal Infusions
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SIPDOWN! This one is interesting. I probably should have started with the regular version of this before the vanilla one but you only live once! :) This isn’t a bad tea but there’s a weird taste going on that i don’t like. I have a feeling that if this was just cacao, then i’d likely enjoy it a bit more. We’ll see, as i have both the mint and the regular version from my swap this weekend.

Indigobloom

if this is anything like how the mint compares to reg cacao, you will be blown away :P

Kittenna

Recommendation – only steep the cacao for the recommended 3-5 mins. I think it gets a bit barky after that. Idk how long you infused this one, but yeah.

Herbal Infusions Tea Co.

You could be picking up on the rare rosita de cacao that we source from Oaxaca Mexico in this one! It has butterscotch notes with a caramel finish. Good points on steeping time though- the longer it steeps the more the cinnamon will come to the forefront. Check out mint cacao or the original to get a better sense of the base flavour :)

Sil

thanks guys. still have lots of the regular and the mint in my box of swaps so for sure will keep that in mind for those ones

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drank Grapefruit Green by Lupicia
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I figured that I’d try this one hot to start and then go with a cold brewing later. This is from the lupicia bag that Kittenna and i split, and let me tell you, thank god we did! Sooooo much tea!

This one is bright green and grassy in appearance when it’s dry.

Love it when steepster eats half my tasting note. Will edit later with tea notes.
EDIT: I WISH this tasted like it smells. The aroma of the brewed tea is wonderful and delicious and omg i just want to crawl into the tea and go for a swim. However the taste? Not so much. I would rather drink Stacy’s Grapefruit dragon any day. This one has a bitter taste to it.

I will be brewing this as a cold drink to see how that improves the tasteor doesn’t. :)

Kittenna

The base and flavouring of grapefruit dragon are way better.

Sil

there was a lot of dust in this one

Kittenna

Bleh. Oh well…

Sil

well if you like it, you’ll have lots to drink!

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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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