4923 Tasting Notes

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drank Pineapple Angel Food Cake by 52teas
4923 tasting notes

thank you roswell strange and VariaTEA for sending this my way. I have to say, i never expect much from Frank’s teas anymore as they still remain largely inconsistent the times when i do get them. This one though? not too shabby – though it of course is ridiculously expensive if you consider it’s only 1oz for the same price as others. I am getting a really nice pineapple flavour out of this one, though there’s a hint of spices that i’m guessing make up the cake part of this. That being said though, in the grand scheme of things, i’m thinking i might prefer just a straight up pineapple tea…a la butki. Not bad though, and certainly better than some of the 52 teas that i’ve had :) thanks for sharing ladies!

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the lovely boychik sent this my way and i’m ever so glad that she did. I’ve been wanting to try the Joseph teas for a while now, given the rave reviews but could hardly justify the ridiculous shipping for samples. I’d rather get a chance to try a few and then place a real order via my tea mule.

I’m also glad that i brewed this one along side that gross david’s tea since THIS is such a lovelier cup of tea. There is a hint of astringency to this one but nothing that would interfere with the pleasure of drinking this. it’s got a nice malt feel too it, though i wouldn’t call it an overly malty tea. there is some sweetness here that reminds me of peach but isn’t peach…just a really nice tea.

Cameron B.

Lol, your tea mule! Epic. :P

I hope you’re feeling better!

Sil

getting there…much better than sat/sun :)

Cavocorax

Are you working from home today? :O Hope you feel better soon.

Sil

yes..working from home.. and by working i mean attending meetings and doing what i can to not get too far behind while sitting on the couch and in the bed relaxing as much as possible.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, good to read you’re resting lots (and drinking loads of tea!).

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

Sil, happy to read that you enjoyed the tea. We’ve been working with a cafe in Windsor who can ship our teas within Canada for a much more reasonable rate than I can). If you are interested in trying our teas, contact me and I’ll put you in contact with the great people over at Anchor Coffee House ([email protected]) — as a reminder, for those in the US we have free shipping for all orders over $40. cheers, Joe

Joseph Wesley Black Tea

—and I hope you get well soon!

boychik

i hope you feel better by now. Staying home and drinking tea and chicken soup are a must.
Im really glad you liked the tea. Sorry i couldnt share more. i finished all the JW teas i got on NYC tea fest. i have to place an order by Sept., i really hope to get my cupboard somewhat manageable during the summer. these teas are definite restock.

Sil

Joe – thanks for that, sounds great. And no issues with the shipping thresholds as a general rule, just tough to swallow when i haven’t tried your teas. But now that i have thanks to boychik, an order is likely imminent haha (once i get things under cupboard control!)

Boychik – appreciate what you could spare… so happy to be able to try these!

boychik

Anytime you want to sample something fr my cupboard do not hesitate haha Just found 2 boxes of Verdant teas in my closet from last summer… Why is it there, dont ask. have no answer…

TheTeaFairy

Haha! Boychik, maybe you had something to hide?

boychik

you are right TheTeaFairy, i hide it fr my family. i just got a package fr Amazon with shampoo and my dd asked me if its a tea. She said, “Are you sure?” …lol

Sil

boychik – i know how that goes… you send me lots of teas to try thereby reducing YOUR cupboard…and don’t let me send you anything!

boychik

no i swear, it wasnt my plan. And i didnt send you huge amounts, just to sample. And I will ask you in September. i just go to rural place in PA, i have to drive 20-30min to get my mail.

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drank Wild Black Yunnan by DAVIDsTEA
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i think my tastebuds are not in sync with the rest of the world. I’ve tried a number of straight David’s teas now and i pretty much hate them all. Price for what you’re getting is not that great and the teas themselves are always on the end of yuck for me versus YAY! take this one for example, sent in the grab bag of the BBB Box. The instructions for this tea say basically boiling for 4-5 mins. I brewed it at 3 and i’m left with a gross bitter, astringent tea that leaves a foul taste in my mouth. It doesn’t smell nice and while i can recognize the malt notes in the background of the blech, it’s not enough to make me want to play with this tea at all, especially given the price – 9.50 for 100g! jeeebus. no way.

Cavocorax

I think your problem is that you are trying these AFTER you’ve tried the best versions of these teas, while (I imagine)a lot of the people who try these from DAVIDs are curious noobs looking to branch out/experiment with unflavoured teas. I wonder how my ratings would compare now if I went back and tried them again!

Cavocorax

Still, after comparing your experience with my review I am a little surprised that it was so bitter and astringent! :|

Sil

i wouldn’t serve this to anyone lol

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drank Prickly Pear by Tea Desire
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roswell strange sent this one my way and it’s a good thing I’m drinking this sick lol I think. There were some massive rose buds in thinks that admittedly I dug out before brewing. It was a nice enoug cup, but not something I need to stock in my cupboard. I think?? I prefer the tea from Cornelia bean of he the same name, though this was a nice light fruit tea.

FInal Count: 219 (not bad 20 teas over the weekend while i was sick!)

Terri HarpLady

Still sick? poor girl

Roswell Strange

It’s good cold brewed; the rose is less noticeable. Tea Desire loves adding big chunks of things in their fruit blends though.

Sil

2 days of sleeping almost non stop and i’m finally feeling a bit better today though my cough is no hell. Working from home so that i don’t get anyone at the office sick.

Terri HarpLady

Glad your starting to mend

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Sucky tasting notes abound…sorry team…just trying to track this so I can get back to sleep. This is another courtesy of variaTEA and a decent one at that. It still can’t compete against the pumpkin tea that Terri and I love but this was a nice enough visit with the pumpkin spice :) thanks for sharing VT!

Terri HarpLady

Hopefully in about 4 months we’ll be able to get more of that awesome pumpkin tea!!

Dexter

Jealous of that special pumpkin tea. Hope you feel better soon Sil.

Sil

dexter, when there is more to be had, you will get some!

Terri HarpLady

We’ll have to place a seriously ridiculous bulk order :)

Dexter

Seriously ridiculous bulk order sounds like a good time to me – especially if I can get even a small piece of it. :))

Sil

yeah…i’d do at least 200g…

Sil

have you even tried it yet dexter? lol

Dexter

No I haven’t, but I’ve tried a MOUNTAIN of pumpkin teas and Della Terra Grandma’s Pumpkin Pie is my favorite. That should tell how excited I am to have the opportunity to try this one. Based on your comments I anticipate making everything else seem like warm swill water….

Sil

ew..no this one is better than della terra’s…though to be fair it’s got ginger, so if you’re a ginger hater, it won’t be for you :)

Dexter

I don’t mind ginger if it enhances rather that obliterates the other flavors. :))

TheTeaFairy

I.love.pumpkin.tea.too. Just saying…

Sil

hahahaha

boychik

ok ppl, i need this what you are talking about. i dont know what tea is that, but based on your conspiracy … very intriguing…

Sil

terri sent me some, i feel in love with it…it’s terribly delicious and fresh and made with love and real pumpkin chunks… and it’s gone…and it’s a sad time because it’s pumpkin AND ginger..and i love it.

TheTeaFairy

(Boychik, I don’t know, just tried to infiltrate the thread also…)

boychik

good to know. i put it on my want list:)
TheTeaFairy ROFL

Dexter

So really we are right back where we started with Terri needing to place a seriously ridiculous bulk order for us. ;))
Notice how I too just assumed my way in.

Sil

that’s how it goes.. and all i have to say is…as long as i get at least 200g…you ladies are all welcome to share in the joy of a giant order. lol otherwise…BACK OFF! (i kid i kid! but i wish i had this one to add to the GCTTB)

Terri HarpLady

OK Peeps, don’t get too excited, because it is only available in the Fall. The gal who makes it used locally grown org pumpkins, which she roasts & then dehydrates, & that is the basis for the tea! Maybe I should plant pumpkins this year…it’s been awhile since I grew them.

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drank Triple Creamy by Bayswater Tea Co.
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Latte of this one with dinner….added a few cacao nibs just to really make it chocolatey…sooo delicious…

QueenOfTarts

Do you think this tea is particularly creamy? I’m always on the hunt for one!

OMGsrsly

It’s 3 types of chocolate, so I’d be more inclined to call it “Triple Chocolate”.

Sil

yeah… it’s chocolate – i don’t love it brewed normally but brewed in milk, i’m a happy camper

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73
drank Hua Ki by Lupicia
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Cold brew of this one produced a decent cup of fruity juice. I’ve spent all day sleeping so up for dinner, a few things of liquid then back to bed for me

VariaTEA

Feel better Sil!! I have been sleeping too but of course my sister managed to wake me from a wonderful slumber.

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YYZ sent this one my way and let me tell you, i am a FAN! this is how i want more darjeelings to taste. :) I’m not sure what previous years tasted like but this is not floral and doesn’t have that typical darjeeling taste that i tend not to enjoy all that much. i am going back to bed…sick is not a fun place to be and today i’m too exausted to be even out of bed..but it was nice to get in a couple cups of tea. especially such nice cups.

OMGsrsly

Get better, Sil!

yyz

So glad you like it! By teabox’s and the old Darjeeling expresses description of this tea this years flavour is probably more typical, than my previous box with it being sweeter with more chocolate notes. My previous box kind of reminded me of a mature deciduous forest with herbal and loam and green floral notes along with the fruit and cocoa. It tasted a little bit cooler and green, but still very good. It’s interesting how the Yunnan translates to the Darjeeling environment. The tea can get muscatel characteristics if you give it a long steep. I found them at about 5 min, but I love the warm, cocoa fruit mix of shorter steeps. Hope you got lots of rest today and are feeling better!

Sil

I’m really looking forward to trying the other teas you event my way. I’ve just been cautious this weekend as I’m not sure how impacted my taste buds are by being sick…..so far, though, they seem to be doing ok..

boychik

Feel better;)

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drank Bai Lin Kung Fu by Shang Tea
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boychik sent this one my way and fulfilled one of my wishlist teas. I’ve been wanting to try this one again since i had it almost a year ago and didn’t get the chance to write much about it. this is a great tea. this is smooth and clean…there’s a bit of a note in here that could almost be floral but it’s not…if that makes any sense. There’s a sweetness here to, making this a unique cup of tea. thanks for the re-visit boychik!

boychik

I just love anything fr Shang( except jasmine just not a fan in general)

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drank Orange Kidd by Lupicia
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i had high hopes for this one given some of lupicia’s other flavoured teas. turns out this one isn’t bad, but it’s not nearly as orange as i want it to be….however that seems to be the case with all the orange teas i have haha. this one isn’t bad…there’s none of that weird woodsy rooibos taste that i don’t like in a rooibos, but you still get a hint of the rooibos in the background. over all not bad. i’ll have to see if future steepings can make this a little more orange intense with a little tweaking.

Final count: 224 (I doubt I can get through 24 tomorrow but hey, you never know…)

OMGsrsly

I know I’m cheering you on from the sidelines!

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