1641 Tasting Notes

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Ok – last review of the night! The morning was too chaotic to really enjoy any teas, and it’s only the last 2 hours of the night after TK is sleeping that I really get anything done.

I packed up 4 boxes though, so I get this as a reward before bed!

As soon as I poured it into my cup I was blown away by the rooibos smell. I’ve never noticed that before! But I could also smell the vanilla and the chai.

This is actually a pretty good non-caffeinated tea. It’s not as dark as a black blend would have been, but the vanilla makes it a tad creamy in my mind. I bet this would make a nice latte too. I’d recommend this to someone who wanted soemthing spicy in the evening! I think this is my favourite of the Persimmon samples I’ve had so far!

Also, I know non-caffeinated might not be a real word, but it makes more sense to me than decaffeinated ‘cause that implies it HAD caffeine. Anyway… that’s why I did that. :D

And now I’ve stared at the word “caffeine” long enough that it no longer looks like a recognizable word. I’m going to bed pretty quick.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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75

Whoops! I did a sipdown of this earlier today (at 109 now – Sil!) and it doesn’t look like I’ve ever written a note for it.

So here goes. I’ve tried this in the blender multiple times, and I’ve tried it by mixing powder into my timolino with milk and stirring it, and I’ve also down the same, but added ice and shook it, and they basically all turned out the same. I never did get that frappacinno consistency but in the end I didn’t care either. It was tasty and it hit the spot.

I think though, in the future, I’d rather just get flavoured matcha from Red Leaf as I typically drink matcha without any sugar and if I can get by without it, why not go that route instead?

I think it’s a great idea though, and I hope Red Leaf sells a ton of it. It’s much cheaper and very convenient compared to the coffee-shop equivalent!

Sil

You still suck lol come pick up your teas so your cupboard goes back up!

Cavocorax

Correct me if I’m wrong, but if I grab my teas, doesn’t that mean that YOUR numbers will go up too?

Sil

Um…not as high though!

OMGsrsly

I find I get the creamy texture if I add a little banana. Of course, I used to get my green tea frapps made with soy milk, green tea powder and ice. Nowadays, I still get it with only 1 pump base…

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drank The de Vendome by Nina's Paris
1641 tasting notes

Another sample from Nina’s Paris! Thank you for letting me try your teas out. I’m looking forward to your online store. :D

This was a pleasant evening cup. The citrus really brightened up, and I am enjoying the lingering aftertaste too. It seems as though this tea is a little weak for my tastes, but I’m certain that if I’d steeped it for 3 minutes instead of 2, that would have been better.

I’m remember this for my pretty-much eventual Nina’s Paris order. ;)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Konami Code Tea by Adagio Teas
1641 tasting notes

This is such a silly tea. I won’t even try to take it seriously!

I guess at one point if you entered the Konami Code on the Marvel site, you’d see a deadpool version of a squirrel: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0a/Marvel_konami_code.jpg Thanks Wikipedia!

Thank you Shadowfall for the sample of this! I am enjoying the chocolate and vanilla flavours in this, although I wouldn’t go out of my way to get more!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

Hahaha, Konami code :)

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
1641 tasting notes

Thank you for the free sample!

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I heard they were giving away free rooibos samples, but this is amazing. It’s so fruity and creamy – I could tell immediately what flavour it was without reading the description.

I only used half of the sample to make this cup – I’ll have to ice the other half as I suspect it would be even better chilled!

Would I stock this? Yes

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Sil

we can maybe do a joint order of this one… i really liked it too

Nina's Tea USA

Sil and Cavocorax, just let me know if you want make an order and i ll see the best way for the shipping. thanks

Laurent

Cavocorax

Remind me when I’m in Toronto. :)

Sil

yep, figured it would be a good one for when you’re finally here :)

Laurent – any word on your website? :)

Nina's Tea USA

the website is ready! but i am waiting for 2 things. in a couple of day all will be fine.
if you want 2 × 3.2Oz Taurus, the shiping cost will be exactly $9.50
send me an email if you are interested

Laurent

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I forgot I had this in my second timolino! Guess I’lll sip it before I make my sleepytime teac.

This was a birthday gift – my Aunt let me choose 3 teas from Steeped Tea, and so I had fun with that. I love lime, so this was an obvious choice.

The instructions say to steep this at 2-3 minutes in BOILING water. I think that qualifies as green tea abuse, doesn’t it? I ignored it and steeped it in cooler water, but it worries me that “professional” tea experts go to people’s houses and convince them that boiled green tea is correct. #sigh. It’s not up to me to solve all the problems. :P

Anyway, this is light and refreshing, but obviously artificial. It actually makes me think of a slightly creamy lime kool-aid. I think Lime Chiffon would be my preferred lime, but I actually don’t mind this too much, so long as I know I’m getting a fake lime taste.

I bet it would be quite good iced!

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77

I really, really need to unwind, and will probably make Mother’s Little Helper or something after this to help me out further. Stubborn, sleepy angry baby – that’s all I’ll say about that.

Also, it doesn’t help my frustration that Steepster wouldn’t find this tea when I knew it existed and then I realised I was searching for “Curiousity”. Oh, silly Canadian! :D

Now I’m gonna go binge on something sweet and feel guilty about it tomorrow. #plans

OH! And I just got an email from Teavivre saying that my package was delivered to my local post office today after they attempted the delivery, and that I should go and get it! YAY! Dragon Pearls! Balin Gong Fu! That’ll be worth the 30 minute walk it’ll take for me to get down there.

Also I REALLY love Teavivre’s customer service.

JustJames

teavivre’s customer service rocks!

Fjellrev

Curiousity FOREVER. I refuse to change my ways haha.

Excited for you about Teavivre!

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This is pretty good! Fruity notes and a creamy finish. It still can’t top Della Terra’s Lime Chiffon in my head as far as creamy rooibos teas go, but that’s not this tea’s fault. The hibiscus behaves nicely and only adds the slightest bit of tartness to make the berries pop.

Also, memory is faulty. :P

I’d recommend this to others.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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So I’m getting dangerously close to tea blahs because I’m thinking about how I have so much in my cupboard and a lot of it is just stuff I bought on impulse, or bought too much of because I didn’t know I could get less, and it’s draggin me down.

It’s dragging me down, man.

So instead of worrying about sipdowns, or trying teas I haven’t had before to see if I want to throw them in my freebie pile, I’m drinking this. And enjoying it. That’s a good fix. And I’ve got some iced Paris in the fridge. And when I do my tea meet-up in a few weeks I’ll hopefully be able to get rid of some of the stuff I’m not so into but others might like! :O

YAY

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drank White Christmas by 52teas
1641 tasting notes

I bought this from Momo for a few dollars – I thought I’d give it a shot at that price, and just opened the bag today.

It’s not bad. It’s completely superfluous with 7 oz of Read My Lips if I’m craving black minty teas, but it’s not bad! It’s bright and slightly cream with the marshamllow. I get a tad bit of chocolate in there too. It shouldn’t be too hard to drink 2 oz of this, but I’m going to have to drink this and RML every day to make a dent! :O

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Tea: I just started drinking loose tea in the fall of 2012, and once I started I had to get more and more and try ALL THE TEAS. Joining Steepster made this worse/easier.

So far it seems that I prefer unflavoured black teas, although I still drink a few that are flavoured each day too. Oolongs, greens, puerhs and white teas are all very good, but I just don’t crave them as often.

Yet.

Me: Ok. Random things. I like animals, I have a baby girl and a devoted bf, and … I’m a geek. I like Lord of the Rings, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, pen&paper RPG’s, online RPG’s, video games, silly internet memes, puzzles and a bunch of others things! I taught myself to knit and I’m considering crochet but I need to make time for all these things!

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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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