5777 Tasting Notes

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drank Tropical Island Black by Kally Tea
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I’m not sure how i feel about this tea yet. I have to repeatedly say, Kally Tea has excellent customer service. I had a really negative experience the other day and it just reinforced how much i apprecite those companies that take the time to think about their customers even when problems are minor. :)

So on with the tea… i really picked this one to try cold brewed as i thought it might be an interesting iced tea – i tend to really enjoy fruity iced teas. this one is like a tea that can’t make up it’s mind. am i lime? am i pear? am i blackberry? the result isn’t so much a random “berry” flavour..but a flavour that changes as you drink it. There’s a taste in there that this reminds me of…but i haven’t been able to place it yet. I’m hoping i’ll figure it out before i finish drinking it all. Overall an “interesting tea.”

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drank Creamy Eggnog by Butiki Teas
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I think this might be one of the first flavoured teas that I have craved after tasting it. Don’t get me wrong, i love my flavoured teas and really look forward to drinking a lot of them. But this one? I had a small sample of it from Stacy and then spent the next 10 days that it took for an actual order to get to me…waiting for it. I got my package yesterday with my very first gaiwan from stacy and so i was SUPER excited to be able to have some of this today. It hasn’t diminished since i had my sample. I am still loving this creamy delicious tea! so happy to have this in my cupboard.

CrowKettle

I’ve been looking at the gaiwans on the website! Which one did you pick? and this is a fantastic tea.

Sil

I picked up the earthen gaiwan in brown. The pictures on the website don’t do it justice as far as i’m concerned. Stacy was kind enough to send me a few other shots of the brown one since it’s in the background and that was the deciding factor for me. It’s such a lovely small gaiwan. easily handled in one hand, though to be fair i haven’t used it yet… i just ran around the house showing it to my other half like 5000 times.. SEE! LOOK! isn’t it so cute! Look! it’s so pretty! YAY! LOOK!

Butiki Teas

Sil-By the way, I picked out my favorite brown gaiwan for you. They are all a little different since they are handmade and the glazing is pretty varied but that was my favorite. :)

Sil

oh i do love it Stacy :) For my very first gaiwan it’s wonderful. I was originally thinking i wanted to pick something out in a shop in person but this is nearly the same thing. AND it’ll always remind me of you/Butiki teas :)

Butiki Teas

I’m so glad you love it! :)

CrowKettle

I didn’t even notice the brown gaiwan hiding in the corner! If yours is anything like that snapshot I can’t blame you for running around the house (I’d do the same and it’s a piece of art).

Sil

I love the brown one :) it’s got a bit of the green in it too but it’s just a nice earthy tone overall

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drank Premium Chai by Butiki Teas
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So I have to say, I didn’t brew this IN milk, but i added just a bit of honey and milk to the cup after it was brewing and HOLY this is a different cup of chai. While it was wonderful before, the milk and honey smooth out some of the spices and blend the tea even better together. I am really digging this today. I know part of it’s because i haven’t had any chai in a while (for shame!) but i’m inclined to bump the rating of this up a bit given the beautiful taste with the addition of milk.

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drank Boysenberry Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Morning smoothie! Having a bit of a rough time this morning but this is starting to do the trick. there’s a bit of a bitter/tart taste at the end of my sip so it’s possible that I put in a bit much of the matcha this morning. It could use a little sweetner. Otherwise still an enjoyable smoothie this morning so far :)

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drank Peach HoppiTea by Butiki Teas
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I’m being pulled off to something so really quick note on this one for now. SIPDOWN! thanks to kittenna and then technically Azzrian for letting me try this. I’m enjoying this one for sure! more to come!

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drank Cherry Blossom by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!

Another sample from raritea She’s single handedly trying to expose me to as many david’s teas as she can i think :) This one isn’t too bad. there’s a bit of a floral background to this, but it’s not so strong as to turn me off. I wish the cherry was a little less artificial tasting and a bit stronger, but over all it’s not too shabby. Not my favourite, but something I could drink and enjoy occasionally! thanks Raritea

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mmm cold brew of this one is pretty darn tasty! What i really like is that the cinnamon becomes muted and the plum flavour becomes much more dominant. I can taste the hibiscus as well, but it’s not overly present, nor is it making the blend really tart. pretty darn tasty!

Preparation
Iced 7 min, 45 sec

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drank Cashew Turtle by 52teas
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So ladies and gents, I was able to wrangle a small sample of this one from the lovely Kittenna who is hanging on to the last of her bag for dear life :) I have to say that I’m really glad I did. Not that I can get any of this again from Frank unless he magically brings it back, but i’m happy to have at least been able to try it!

I’m often not a fan of nutty teas. I’d rather eat them than drink them i guess :) This isn’t exactly a sweet tea, and yet it is. There’s a good caramel chocolate flavour going on here (dark, not milk imo) and then you taste the nuts. Delicious cashew nuts. Yep. I am enjoying this one and can certainly see why Kittenna was hesitant to part with it!

Thanks for the great share Kittenna! I’m sure i’m going to enjoy sucking as much out of the resteeps as i can :)

Kittenna

Yes, and it does re-steep well, unlike some of 52teas’ blacks. I am sad to be saying goodbye to it with the next travel mug’s worth I drink :(

DaisyChubb

guuuuh my most favourite 52teas tea EVAR! I’m also hoarding th elast of my bag… I had some friends over for a tea party and one of them pick up the bag. I said “NOTTHATONE!” and the moral of the story is that Kittenna, you are a saint for sharing with Sil. That’s true tea friends right there!

Kittenna

^^ That. Haha.

Kittenna

(Keep in mind that I gave her exactly enough tea for a single 8 oz. cup, and then hid the bag so nobody else could have any, hahahahaha.)

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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Thank you Hesper June! Another H&S tea that I’ve been wanting to try that she was kind enough to send to me. I am also really loving this one, which makes me a super happy camper since that’s 3/3 that I like! I can’t wait to try this one out as a cold brew one of these days as well, since i think that iced this would really bring out the flavours even more.

ashmanra

Strangely, I find that this one tastes UNBELIEVABLE after two or three days in the fridge. I don’t know why, but time in the cold makes most high quality iced teas (as opposed to Lipton bags) get sweeter, smoother, fruitier, tastier. This one was especially so, but I did not cold steep it, just made it the regular way and put it in the fridge.

Sil

ooooh i’l try that for sure then!

Hesper June

Yes, I agree with Ashmanra. It is really good iced.
I do like this tea, I do not drink it all the time, but love having it on hand because its so good iced and hot, plus people who are new to tea always take a sniff of this tea and say “Ooooo!” with widened eyes when they smell this:)
So glad you are liking the H&S teas!

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drank Pomegranate Oolong by Caribou Coffee
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Sipdown! though technically this was never logged into my cupboard. I know. I’m a baddie :) Thanks to Indigobloom for the sample of this one. I had two sachets so i shared one with someone at work today because somehow i’ve had all the teas in my work stash now and this was the only thing left! gasp My hopes weren’t terribly high for this one anyway since it’s a very green oolong. I’m really not getting pomogranate from this one either. it’s more of a floral type oolong. blech.

Appreciate the sample though Indigobloom as the more I taste, the more I figure out if i like things :)

Indigobloom

I figured you’d dislike this lol

Sil

yep..we’re all gradually coming to understand each other’s preference…and the blacks.. they’re all mine mwahahahahahahahahahahahaha! :)

Indigobloom

hehe yes we are!! Funny, you tend to prefer Asian black and I am all about the Indian

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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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