4738 Tasting Notes

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
4738 tasting notes

I’m not sure how i feel about this tea yet so forgive the small tasting note. I just wanted to track drinking it so that i can come back to this after i’m finished with it. It’s in my travel mug today so it’s still too hot to drink :)

Edit: guess i accidentally hit a rating…for sure didn’t mean to yet but i’ll let it stand for now since it’s pretty tasty at the moment.

ashmanra

I like this one a lot when I remember to prepare just so. I have to give it a lower temp and shorter steep or it is too bitter for me.

Sil

mmmm i’ll try that on the resteeps. overlal it was damn tasty, though now i’ve switched back to sichuan caravan lol

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Mmmmm I think I need to do a side by side of this one with the version from majesteas that I have. I think? I like their version better but I can’t tell for sure. Received this from my dearest friend in Florida – she sent me a few of her favs to try out. Really glad to try another version of this tea, since its one that I enjoy quite a bit (as long as I drink it hot lol)

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drank Sichuan Caravan by Verdant Tea
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SIPDOWN! mostly because i am an awesome person…yes that’s me tooting my own horn toot! toot! haha. I picked up a sample of this ages ago but hadn’t gotten around to trying it. In the meantime Indigobloom has been trying to purchase a sample of this for eons. It’s been sold out for a while so this weekend, in preparation for our uber swap/board game extravaganza at my place (anyone in toronto area is welcome! lol) I totally opened it to drink some, and before even trying it, packed the rest away for IB.

I’ve got to say, this is a fantastic blend! I’m looking forward to other steeps but this initial steep is great. MMMMM! I can’t even begin to explain.

I love the spiciness in this blend. The ginger brings a really nice balance to the peppercorn.

Edit: Lots of really tasty re-steeps out of this one. the spicy is just becoming more blended and delicious :)

Indigobloom

omg!! you are my favourite person!! :D

Bonnie

So nice!

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drank Chance Combinations by Custom
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Final uber secret sample from stacy. lol Yes i’m having fun doing this, though mostly it saves poor stacy getting a ton of emails from me to give her feedback AND maybe sparks some interest in the rest of the world for her secret concoctions.

I have to say on this last one Stacy…WANT! I didn’t get much of the non red flavour in the first steep that i had but the red flavour is what makes me super excited about the rest of the sample bag of this one. I also don’t usually like non black flavoured teas as much but this one hits the spot. It might be worth having this on the website someday…or a blend similar to it. Just saying :)

Kittenna

So secretive!

Sil

Haha yeah. Stacy’s working on a few things :)

Butiki Teas

Super secret! I notice the non-red flavor more towards the end of the sip. Its very chill. The red flavor is the dominant theme from my interpretation and the non-red is meant to be in the background, the old. I will definitely be offering this on the website as soon as I’m given the go ahead, though that may months away (I hope its only months away). I may even add this to the next round of photo shoots since I have a couple ounces here.

Kittenna

Wow. Can you be more vague…. :P

Butiki Teas

I was trying to be more vague but that was the best I could do.

Kittenna

Hahahaha :P Stop making me want more teas!

Sil

i agree that the red is trailing the other flavours. I like that a lot though as it’s kinda like the surprise at the end haha pretty sure kittenna would like this one.

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. Sorry Kittenna.

Indigobloom

Red!! red, what is red?!? sighs

Sil

IB – i’ll never tell!

Indigobloom

Hmph. Well… I can still whine about it :P

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drank Plum Spice by Kally Tea
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Figured that I should probably try this tea since i’m sending it out for a swap lol. Not that i haven’t wanted to try it, it just kept getting put to the side since i have a bajillion unopened teas in my house.

I am totally digging this one. I really like how the plum is blending with the spices to make it better than your average spice tea. Looking forward to other steeps since the plum flavour comes out moerso for others.

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drank French Blend by English Tea Store
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A friend sent me this as it’s her favourite blend. While there are jasmine notes in here, they don’t overpower so I can get past them in the tea. I believe I’ve had another version of this in the Christmas tea swap and I think I’m feeling about the same on it. It’s not a bad blend, but there isn’t enough going on for me to really get behind this tea. It’s just kind of there.

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drank Gooseberry by Simpson & Vail
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Having another small cup of this before sending the rest off in a swap. Still really like this as a cold fruity brew, though its not specifically “gooseberry” persay.

Indigobloom

I’m gonna have to serve this at a bbq or something in a big iced tumbler… just to get rid of it!

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This tasting note will not do this tea justice as i think i’m going to leave this for the night and continue this tomorrow when I’m puttering around the house getting my swaps in order. my mini goal this weekend is to try and get down to 190 teas (ignoring the 70+ that are on their way atm and not yet IN my cupboard of course).

As many of you know, oolongs are not generally my thing. But i picked up a sample of this to force myself to branch out a little. So i WILL drink this, at least the small sample of the sample i pulled out, and the rest will go to one of the girls/swap folks who enjoy a good green oolong!

to be continued….

Edit: Been having this in the morning while i figure out swaps and orders and overall it’s not a bad tea. But it IS an oolong and there is something in it that is tickling my nose and making me want to sneeze.

Fjellrev

Daaaaayam. And here I was feeling super sheepish that over the past week, I’ve acquired, I don’t know, 20 new teas.

Mini goal is right. I would probably cry if I had a cupboards filled with 190 teas.

Sil

Incendiare – I blame kittenna, Indigobloom and raritea. Because we’re all in close proximity, we often place online orders together. Sometimes splitting sample sizes or the bigger sizes so that we can try new things. Thankfully, MOST of my teas are in smaller sizes except for my butiki teas hahah

Barbara

Cry of joy yeah… :-)

Bonnie

Sometime,try a very dark roast oolong and see if you like those better. I enjoy some pretty charcoal roasty ones now and then.

Sil

Bonnie – oh I for sure like darker oolongs better. I’ve tried a few and most of them i’m ok with. That doesn’t stop me from trying green oolongs though to make sure my tastes haven’t changed :) The rest always goes to a good home when i don’t like them.

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1100 tasting notes down. An infinite number to go!

I’m logging this one under this tea since it’s essentially “my” version of 3 friends. By that I mean that one of the other wonderful surprises Stacy sent along to me in my last order was a small sample of 3 friends tea, sans marshmallow. Yes people…she’s paying attention and being awesome!

I’d remarked in one of my notes that perhaps it was the marshmallow flavour that was giving this a bitterness that i just can’t get behind no matter how much i want to love this tea.

So the verdict? I DO much prefer this without the marshmallow flavour. One of the other samples that stacy sent me had marshmallow flavouring in it, and though it balanced quite nicely with that tea, i could taste the same taste as what makes me frown with 3 friends. Soooo note to self, I have a hard time with Stacy’s Marshmallow flavouring. That being said, it’s not really a “flavour” that i’m in love with anyway. I want the whole package…the texture, the way is poofs in your mouth, that artificial gooeyness… not just the taste :)

Thank you so much for this stacy! I really do like this version a great deal! (not changing the rating though since 3 friends original is what i rated here)

Fjellrev

That is so sweet of her to have done this for you. Stacy, you rule. :)

Sil

I wholeheartedly agree incendiare!

Kittenna

Hmm, if that bitter flavour was caused by the marshmallow, which is gone – that’s awesome! Because I really enjoyed this blend but for that final bitter aftertaste. I had been thinking it was the base tea, but I have some of that Zhen Qu and it’s quite lovely, no bitterness at all. Glad the problem was figured out! Even if the original blend will still contain marshmallow :)

Sil

Kittenna – I’ll see if i can hold on to some for when we’re up so that you can try it.

Kittenna

If you have enough to do so, that would be great! I figured you’d only have small samples though :)

Butiki Teas

The marshmallow flavoring tastes really sweet to me. I kind of thought it might be the orange rind, which is a tiny bit sour-y. I do like the chocolate and orange on the Taiwanese Assam a lot. One of these days I want to make a flavored tea with that base.

Sil

maybe it’s the combo of the marshmallow and tea base lol. And the assam just works better. At this point i’ve got zero clue. Next time i’m in the area i’ll swing by your place stacy and we can try every iteration/combination haha

Butiki Teas

Hahaha. Yeah, I definitely love how that Assam works. Now what to make with it? Hmmmm.

Sil

i suggest caramel or toffee or strawberry or cream or…yeah so just make something fabulous as usual :)

Butiki Teas

I have a few ideas. We shall see.

Sil

Happy to be a tester anytime lol

Butiki Teas

Well, you know me I love sharing some in-progress samples.

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