350 Tasting Notes

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I had a hard time getting the room to a comfortable temperature last night, so I didn’t get the best sleep. I decided a good black tea was just what I needed when the alarm clock went off this morning. It’s a bold black tea with a nicely balanced strawberries and cream flavor. I’m using it less and less because I don’t want to run out of it – The horror! I have my fingers crossed that there will be a reblend before my package is empty. (What do you say Frank? Reblend? Do it! Do it! Do it! But you know…no pressure)

Today was my second day at work, and my coworkers organized a little meeting to officially introduce me to the team. It was nice to learn about everyone’s background and they even brought pie and ice cream to share. I don’t think I’ve ever felt more welcome at a new job :)

Sil

Awesome!

Cavocorax

That’s really nice! Wow!

JustJames

i will be trying this one…. .

canadianadia

@Sil & Cavocorax – it really was a nice way to start off with new coworkers, and they even learned new things about each other

@JustJames – I hope you enjoy it. One tip (although you may already know this) I find I get a better balance of flavors when I use water that is not boiling, but hot enough that you can blow on it and sip it almost immediately.

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This is good as a hot tea, but even better iced, the flavors just pop with the freshness of the pineapple and the creaminess of coconut. This has become an absolute spring and summer staple for my tea cupboard. This is quite impressive considering I’m a little picky about both pineapple and coconut as tea/tisane ingredients.

It’s sweet and satisfying, I already finished at least one pouch of this and I just opened this new pouch, but I’m glad I threw another pouch into my latest order. I should be set for the upcoming warm summer nights (assuming Frank will continue to keep coming up with more honeybush options to supplement my cupboard as I drink it down). Thank goodness for honeybush –I love that I can drink them anytime. They top my list of most consumed type of tea/tisane, although if it weren’t for the caffeine issue, I’d probably say black tea would be able to beat it on the basis of preferred taste. It’s funny that when I started on Steepster a mere 10-11ish months ago, my favorites were greens and whites.

Sil

I can’t wait to try this one. Managed to snag a bag the other day

canadianadia

I hope you like it. I recommend trying it both hot and iced, but personally I think it’s better iced. I’m curious to see what you think

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The tea:
I made this with a slightly cooler temperature of water than I usually use, but by time I finished my morning tasks and got around to making tea it was starting to get a little late. I wanted to make sure I’d have time to get a few steeps out of it before my caffeine cut off time.

The smell of it is a little too much like dry baking coconut, which I’m not particularly fond of. If you’re a coconut lover, I’d say this is worth trying. The flavors of the pineapple, the coconut and the tea are all there. It’s not a bad tea, the flavor is just not for me.

The life:
It’s been a long day, my hubby is out of town for the next few weeks on business, and I miss him. I also dealt with a family issue that has been going on for far too long. It was quite a monumental blow-up, but I think that it will finally be put to rest…fingers crossed.

Now I’m really looking forward to going to work tomorrow – it will be a good distraction of the home stress. I know it’s unrealistic, but I hope I’ll always be this excited to go to work. Hopefully, I’ll also get the chance to drop by our house on the way home from work tomorrow, to see how the reno is going. The reno team we hired has done a phenomenal job of the project so far, and I’m always excited to see the progress. Tomorrow will be a better day, I’m sure of it.

Sil

tomorrow WILL be a better day :)

canadianadia

Thanks Sil – you were right! :D

Sil

YAAAAY!

TheTeaFairy

I hope tomorrow WAS a better day :-) And missing your darling is the worst feeling!

canadianadia

Yes, thank you TheTeaFairy it was much better

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Today was my first day back at work/at the new job. Everyone was super nice and I ran into so many people that I worked with in years past, which made it an even easier transition. I took a travel mug full of this tea to work with me along with a thermos full which I stashed in my purse for refills. It’s a lovely balance of tea and cotton candy flavor. It’s yummy, but like many black teas I don’t always find them thirst quenching when the weather heats up (I suppose it’s the caffeine?). Nonetheless, drinking this today, I just couldn’t help but smile all day. I think I’m going to have to get another thermos and travel mug though. My mug is starting to feel like its giving way, and I need another thermos to fill with tea and to keep me smiling even longer.

CrowKettle

Glad to hear that it went well! This is one of my favourite comfort teas.

JustJames

glad it all went well and that the tea helped!

Nitoo6of6

So glad your first day went well :)

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I feel a little nervous. Tomorrow is my first day in my new work position, so I decided to stop drinking caffeine a little earlier to help me get a good night sleep.

I’ve been hoarding some bits of my various honeybush blends for the past few months because it’s just too difficult to say goodbye…so I won’t. Instead I’ll just say “until we meet again”. I feel certain that this will be made again (right 52teas?); it’s just far too good to be permanently archived. I enjoyed this one hot, cold and even when I was really ill I still enjoyed this one mixed with club soda. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Honeybush, you’ve been with me through the good, the bad and the ugly…until we meet again…

Kaylee

Good luck tomorrow!

Tamm

I hope the new job goes okay! Much luck!

Nitoo6of6

Good luck :)

Sil

you’ll kick ass today! just watch! :)

TheTeaFairy

Put the nerves to rest, and put on your best confidence attributes! Good luck for work :-)

Cavocorax

Good luck!

Rie

Do your best! :D

canadianadia

Thanks for all the good luck wishes – It had a great first day

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Finishing this sample off this morning from my taste of Fall try me pack. It’s a yummy spicy pumpkin pie filled cup of goodness. Not an absolute top favorite for me, but it’s still quite high up there, so I’d get it again if it were on sale or in a sample pack, which is saying something considering all the new teas that are constantly coming out. (A sidenote to new Steepsters – I recommend trying to keep down the number of full size teas in favor of samples unless you really really love the tea – I guarantee that with all the tea companies out there, there’s a constant flow of new teas that you will want to try.)

I’m not sure if I’m remembering wrong, but I could have sworn Della Terra was one of the few companies that used to offer free shipping to Canada if you purchase a certain dollar’s worth of tea? It seems shipping costs are going up everywhere, which is just plain sad for small companies everywhere. I’m glad I had the chance to try Della Terra while they could offer the free shipping. Now I know their teas are worth the extra shipping bucks, otherwise I could have missed out on a good thing.

OMGsrsly

When I ordered from them this year, they didn’t offer free shipping. But they have 30% off sales, and that generally covers shipping + a bit of the order.

Sil

They did used to do free shipping to Canada as well…now that happens few and far between when it does happen. A eldest the discounts usually cover shipping if you get a bunch at a time,

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80

I’ve had this one for a while, but I’m just getting around to logging it now. I never realized how picky I am with flavors until I started here on Steepster. I frequently find myself typing “I don’t really care for (insert flavor), but I ordered this anyway”. The thing is, in the past I’ve been pleasantly surprised (particularly with 52teas) for making teas I enjoy in flavors that I don’t typically enjoy.

Coconut is yet another flavor that I don’t care for, but since it is a honeybush I decided to give it a try – I’m always looking for new bedtime teas. Sadly, this one is truly not for me. Considering I don’t care for coconut flavors it’s still pretty good, it’s just not one that I’d reorder, there are just too many more suitable options available to me. If you like coconut, then this would be a nice honeybush for you. The flavor of the honeybush and coconut are nicely balanced, particularly when it cools, there’s a creaminess to the aftertaste that lends itself to the cheesecake flavor, or even coconut cream pie.

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77

I used almost twice the amount of leaf I usually use with rooibos/honeybush blends – I was finishing off the remainder of this sample from my Fall Try me pack. It seems less flavourful than I remember. Maybe it’s because it’s springtime, but there’s a faint part of the sip that reminds me of the smell of freshly cut grass, but sweeter. I’m glad I got to sample this, but it’s not one I’d likely repurchase.

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My stash of honeybush was starting to look a little thinner than usual, so I decided to try this one when 52teas had their last sale. This flavour isn’t something I normally would select, but I figured a sale was a good time for me to branch out and try new things. The smell of the dry blend reminds me of artificial lime flavoring, which is not usually something that I go for. I tried it hot last and was still unsure of it, if I think about it, I could kind of taste kiwi, but if I didn’t know that was the flavor, I wouldn’t guess it. I decided to wait until this morning and try it cold before I formulate my opinion, because let’s face it, both kiwis and cucumbers are better when they’re cool, otherwise the saying would be “as warm as a cucumber” :P

Fast forward to this morning:
Now that it’s had the time to cool, the kiwi and cucumber flavors are truer to my expectations: bright and cooling. For some reason I’m still getting that artificial lime scent that I don’t love, but there’s no lime listed in the ingredients. It’s probably just my imagination?

Update
Drinking this again tonight and I still smell and taste lime when it’s hot, but now it seemed to have mellowed down to taste more like kiwi now that it’s cooler…hmmm…it’s growing on me

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drank Butter Brandy Cake by 52teas
350 tasting notes

I was distracted when I drank this in the morning, so I will delay rating this until the next time I brew it up. I do remember hints of baked notes which reminded me slightly of vanilla pound cake (I’ve never had butter brandy cake, but it sure sounds good). I’m sure this tea is delicious, and the next time I drink it, I will have to give it more of my attention…I’m sure it’s worth it.

The distraction:
I was going through the pictures of the renovation/addition project of our home so far. The weather hasn’t been the best this past week, although I know it could always be worse, so I’m not going to complain. I just feel sorry for those poor guys working up there to remove those slippery shingles. The weatherman promises that it should be warming up soon – I hope he’s right. Here’s a link to a picture of the house without the roof, and our hard working construction guys http://canadianadia.tumblr.com/image/51820541942

TheTeaFairy

Geez, major renovation that is! Are you serving them iced tea? Judging from the hard work, they’d pobably go for a nice cold beer instead :-)

Nicole

I would go crazy living in that! So much mess!!! :) Hope it is going well.

canadianadia

@Teafairy – I’m not there often while they are working, but I did drop by with some bottled drinks to keep them going. They were very grateful, but I’ll bet you’re right, they probably would prefer cold beer :)

@Nicole- I agree, living in that would be difficult. The mess is one thing, but the missing roof, ceiling, partial walls and floors make it unsafe for living. We are lucky to be able to stay with family during this reno. The reno company we’re using has done a phenomenal job of minimizing the stress so far. Also,I think since this isn’t our first reno (although it’s our first one of such a huge scale), we are less sensitive to some of the stressors that naturally come along with renos. So far so good, but we have several more months to go, I’m sure there will be points in the not too distant future that I will be wishing it was all over with. :)

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That’s my mug! I’ve never really been a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh, but I like the fact that this mug is more or less clear. Plus, I can’t help but giggle when I say “ewww …I have Pooh on my mug” and people in the room gawk in horror before realizing I’m talking about Winnie. Am I easily amused? heck yeah!

A little something about my interests? – In no particular order, I love tea, makeup, paper crafting (card making), home renovations, and gardening.

As a rule, I tend to drink my tea without adding anything, but if that doesn’t work for me, I indulge in the fact that rules are meant to be broken. Yep! I’m such a rebel…sometimes I even color outside the of lines :P

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