1696 Tasting Notes

77
drank Chocolate Chili Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

So I thought packing and moving wouldn’t be that big of a deal, but it’s tricky when I’m home with the baby and there’s no one else around, and she tries to unpack everything I’m doing as soon as I turn my back, or she decides to climb on the couch, and falls onto something hard, or she just won’t nap and throws things around the house and smacks me with her bottle.

That’s how my days have been.

And I’ve been needing tea. Lots of tea. I don’t think I’m getting enough and that’s part of why I feel so tense all the time. And when I do get tea it’s very hit or miss, but I’ve been drinking up the not-so-great’s and this tea would be classified there. It was only $2.50 though, and it’d probably be better as a latte.

I should probably make a latte. 4L of milk goes A LONG way with just me drinking it. Before, it could be gone in 2 days. :P

I think I put too much pressure on myself. All of this will work itself out. :P

This one wasn’t a sipdown, but I’m down to 104, and Sil is graciously holding onto about 11 new ones for me. Maybe I’ll still end up under 100 by the time I get those from her. :P I still have about 115 oz though. SO MUCH.

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97
drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

I’m pretty sure I’ve reviewed this a few times, and if not here’s the tl:dr: I like it a lot.

Now, I want to talk about Cloud Atlas (with little to no spoilers). Has anyone seen the movie? Or read the book? I read the book, and really enjoyed it, but was slightly disappointed when I reached the end. But then, it got under my skin a bit and after a day or so I was really pleased.

And so I finally got a chance to watch the epic 3 hour adaption that barely happened. And while there were times through it that I felt, oh man thi is long, but by the time I got to the end I was so enthralled and I laughed and cried at all the right parts.

And I can totally see why the critics would hate this sort of a thing because it’s weird but it’s also sorta beautiful too, and I have a feeling that this will be one I’ll come to every so often so I can peel back the layers just a little bit more…

Unlike this tea, which pretty much delivers what it promises. :P

Sil

I watched it! Haven’t red the book yet but I rather enjoyed the journey the movie was.

Terri HarpLady

Tony & I watched it, & we loved it! LOL, half of the time I had no idea what the hell was going on. After we watched it, I did some research at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_Atlas_%28film%29,
which explained things a little more. Then I found this page, which has an awesome chart, telling you who played who (I had no idea!!!), what archetypes they represent, etc.
io9.com/still-confused-by-cloud-atlas-infographic-featurette-505751083
Then we watched it again a few days later, & loved it even more.
I want to read the book, eventually. Then I’ll probably have to watch the movie again, lol, but I do that all the time. The other day we watched The Matrix, for like the 50th time. I love that movie (the original, not the sequels).

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s also a great link! This one was also pretty helpfuL: http://www.vulture.com/2012/10/guide-to-the-characters-and-connections-of-cloud-atlas-confused.html

I’m happy I watched it on my own since it’s such a big time commitment and a bit of an oddball movie, but I’m hoping to get J to watch it with me again once I’m in Toronto.

Cavocorax

The book was enjoyable but structured differently – the 6 stories were nested inside the other, so you started off with the first half of the ship story and worked your way to the post-apoclyptic story, got the entire story of that, and then worked your way back in time to get to the end of the pacific story. It was beautifully written, although some might call the structure gimmicky.

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79
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
1696 tasting notes

I am making this tonight so I have something tasty to drink while I attempt to watch Cloud Atlas, depending on what the baby allows. But I’d better drinkt his one every few days or so or I’ll never make a dent in my lifetime supply (i.e., 7 oz tin).

Sil

i still cannot believe that so many of you bought that insane amount…next time try ONE between the 3 of you!

Cavocorax

Ummm… that would require too much planning for a group as impulsive as we are. :D

Sil

haha… yeah see that’s why i have the girls here in my phone…quick messages are great via text… :)

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81

I drank 6 oz of this and enjoyed it, then drank the last of another tea, and didn’t enjoy this as much when I came back to it. :P Maybe I left a few leaves in there, slowly making this blend bitter…

JustJames

i have to order some of this…. it was outstanding.

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I drank 6 oz of this, but wasn’t really impressed. I then drank 6 oz of TARDIS, enjoyed it, and finished off the last 6 oz – it was much better this time around. Mood is such a funny thing with tea.

I like this, but am not really sure how it’s different from Laoshan Black – it seems darker/richer, I guess? But I think I’d rather just get more LB in the future.

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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
1696 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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73
drank Konami Code Tea by Adagio Teas
1696 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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85
drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
1696 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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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!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
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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