4889 Tasting Notes

drank Irish Cream by Shanti Tea
4889 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!

also..it really sucks when you’ve had such a crappy day that you miss reading a tasting note that says don’t over steep it! soooo yeaaah.. steeped this for 3 mins and it’s a little on the astringent side. however if i ignore that initial taste, i can spot the delicious tea that this would be if i hadn’t goofed on the brewing sigh There’s a malty creaminess to this tea that screams DELICIOUS!

Thanks to kittenna for letting me try this…even if i did screw it up.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

You don’t have enough for a 2nd session?
Sounds like Kittenna might need to hook you up with another sample, so you can try again! : )

Sil

haha no. but the resteep wasn’t too bad since i watched that one a little closer.

Kittenna

I gave her 2 cups worth! :P Apologies for not noting instructions on the bag. Not my fault she uses it all for one infusion, haha.

Sil

Kittenna…nu uh you gave me one sil cup :p

Sil

Seem times I make “half a cup” samples but seem times when I know ill like it, I just make the one cup grin

Terri HarpLady

I don’t have a single 8 oz cup in the house! They’re either little 4 oz-ers, or 12-16oz

Sil

Terri – everytime that i buy a 6-8oz mug, Ian managed to break it (accidently of course) but as a result i’m left with only 12-16 ones. They’re fantastic! but it means a cup for me is typically 2 “normal” cups haha

Terri HarpLady

Correction: I do have one actual 8oz cup, handpainted & given to me as a gift from a dear artist friend from Macedonia, Vesna Delevska. We have the same birthday week, and sometimes she comes & paints during my shows. Her work is amazing
http://www.vesnadelevska.com/
Click the More button to see her awesome mugs!

Terri HarpLady

I love the mug she made, but I’m always nervous about drinking out of it, cuz I can be a clutz!

Sil

Thats awesome Terri! Totally talented and I’d probably be like you heh. I really want a literary mug from Ophelia’s gypsy caravan on etsy but none of the mugs in her new batch from today really called to me….soooo another few months of waiting heh

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
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I picked this out in the morning because i thought i would get a sipdown out of it. Turns out there’s enough for ONE more cup…i seriously thought about tossing the extra leaves into my cup but i didn’t really want it to be bitter and i DO enjoy this tea. so no sipdown but a good wonderful cup of tea that helped me get through my crappy ass day.

Indigobloom

bahhaa the one cup dilemma. Story of my life :P

Terri HarpLady

I’m still clinging to that 1 cup of zhu rong….maybe tomorrow will be the day…

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drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Thanks to whatshesaid for this tea! i’ve had it before but I didn’t have any left when she was offering up her teas for swaps AND she had a few others that I haven’t had a chance to try so i stole this one from the cookie jar! HA! so there. :) Still loving this one and happy to have it back in the cupboard. It might be a tea that i restock and have around permanently for that week in the month that sucks the most cough since it’s even tastier that week. So yay! for finally getting to at least one of the teas she sent me.

The rest will be tried this weekend! promise!

Kittenna

Whatshername? Do you mean, whatshesaid? :P

Sil

Hahaha yeah oopsy…

Sil

i was really tired last night….

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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I refuse to add my friend’s matcha to my cupboard (or her teas) but i’m thinking maybe i should since in all fairness i am the one drinking them. OR…i have a massive david’s tea giveaway. yeaaah…i dunno. so anyway this is a backlog from this morning because of a shitty ass day in which i got to not eat anything but a bit of chocolate, stay at work for nearly 12 hours; not get any of my work done outside of the issues were having, and yes for those of you counting that was day THREE of friggin issues! and not get a chance to pick up my package of tea from the post office.

i’m also pretty sure the above sentence makes no sense and was sort of run on but eff that.

this matcha? probably saved my day since in smoothie form it has SOME nutritional value. and it’s taste. so yay!

Tealizzy

That sounds like a really bad day. Thank goodness for matcha, huh?!

Sil

for sure :)

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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Thought I’d end my evening with a tea that I was pretty sure I’d be happy with after the last few. I really enjoy lemon chiffon from della terra, so I wanted to see how the lime held up. Now it’s been a while since I had the lemon, but I’m for sure going to be trying to Side by side in the near future as I think they’re both pretty good. It’s not quite Limey enough for me, but it it a creamy lime that I am enjoying. I think between this and lime gelato I’m probably good on lime for a bit. :)

If you like limes, and you enjoyed della Terra’s lemon chiffon, pick up a sample of this one. As near as I can remember the lemon chiffon, this one is a bit more citrusier. Yes that’s a word today lol

iPads and sliding scales don’t do well together. Ill fix this tomorrow but rating is around 85 or so.

Indigobloom

I had this today but totally messed it up with something apparently stuck in my infuser from the previous cup. Sad :/

Kittenna

That’s really sad! Because it’s quite a good tea.

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drank Chocolate Malt by 52teas
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No thanks. Ugh. I hope the first incarnation of this was better cause let me tell you about how this is honey bush….with a side of honey bush…..sprinkled with a dash of….weird tasting sweetness. I tried steeping this longer, shorter…it’s just kinda ICK. I think that officially brings me that much closer to being able to say no to 52 teas going forward. Not that it’s been my favourite or anything but there have been some really tasty blends. Unless a few of the others that kittenna and I split, step up their game, I’m just going to go with no thanks going forward unless there’s something that I really really want. And I’d have to REALLY want it. Or unless I hear that frank has changed his tea bases again….

TastyBrew

I had a very similar reaction to this. Did not like at all.

Sil

It’s honey bush flavoured water. Gross

TastyBrew

I always wondered what honeybush tasted like. Now I know!

Tealizzy

Thank goodness it wasn’t just me!

Sil

Don’t get me wrong…I like honeybush, but WITH other flavours and this was….gross, as in not likely going to waste my time drinking the other bit of it.

Stephanie

Bummer, but good to know

Kittenna

This didn’t even resemble the flavour of the previous incarnation, which I think has quite high ratings.

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drank Midsummer Night's Dream by DAVIDsTEA
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hahaha oopsy this wasn’t in my cupboard. oh well..so this may not be the review that anyone wants to read. that is my warning lol

This tea smells delicious, and I was intrigued by the whole concept of everything that is in this tea. I mostly also just wanted to try it because of the gooseberries lol At first sip? well it smells a little like orange creamsicle sort of tea..but the weird thing is that, once it’s in my mouth and i swallow…the sides of my mouth start doing that thing they do when i’m feeling sick and i’m about to throw up. Not that this tea makes me want to DO that…but in terms of the reaction in my mouth…the sides of my mouth are watering and have that tingling feeling that also happens in that instance. it’s totally freaking me out a little lol

In keeping with that? i’m not going to rate this as high as i would, since i can’t get over that feeling lol BUT it is a tasty tea haha

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec
Ze_Teamaker

Perhaps it is the acid level?

Sil

aaah you make a good point heh

Kittenna

It’s very grapefruity, to me. Not a fave.

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drank S'mores Genmaicha by 52teas
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meh. to be honest this tastes an awful lot like the regular version only slightly “darker.” I can take it or leave it in the long run. There are better genmaichas out there and this doesn’t remind me even kind of like chocolate/graham crackerish.

Tealizzy

That’s a bummer. I think I’ll stick with my Della Terra s’mores for now!

Sil

i would. i didn’t like della’s s’mores much either IF i’m remembering right but it was much closer to “s’mores” taste from what i recall

Marcel Duchamp

That is a bummer. I had high hopes for this one.

Sil

Did you pick some up marcel? There are a few companies that do s’mores like creations that aren’t too bad. I honestly wonder if frank just doesn’t either have a)much time lately to focus on the tea….or b) a bad batch of several of his bases

Indigobloom

Oh dear.. :(

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drank Nosy Bey by Dammann Freres
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SIPDOWN! Thank you again ysaurella This is a tasty tea that i quite enjoy even with the floral notes present throughout the blend. I’m ever so glad i got the chance to enjoy a few cups of this :)

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drank Cranberry Autumn by Harney & Sons
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SIPDOWN!

This isn’t a bad tea from Harney, especially after the not so cranberry oolong that i had earlier. It’s not my favourite for sure, but it’s a good black, fruity sort of tea that does in fact remind me of autumn flavours. The hibiscus isn’t too strong for me so that’s nice.

Tealizzy

I just saw Harney and Sons tins at the Starbucks in the Barnes and Noble bookstore! What the heck?

Courtney

It’s on the Chapters website as well.

Cavocorax

Really? I’ll keep my eyes open!

Sil

Yeah…still think I’d order through hArney though, selection will be better and for some reason in my head its fresher whether that’s true or not lol

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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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