1633 Tasting Notes

Shoot. I made this and then decided I wasn’t really in the mood for it as I want something punchier in flavour. :| Sorry Wild Purple Buds! At least I can tell from drinking this that puerh doesn’t have to mean dirtmouth and I’ll just have to try it again some other time!

CHAroma

This is the only puerh I’ve tried that I haven’t immediately wanted to pour out. I’m not really a puerh fan, but this one wasn’t bad!

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1633 tasting notes

I’m back! And back to drinking regular tea! I had a great mini-vacation visiting my family, even though I was a bit sad that I won’t see them again for at least a year while I’m in Toronto…

This is a great tea to jump back into things with though. I’m just going to drink and resteep it all morning. :)

I’m so damn sleepy though! My birthday is Friday but a lot of people gave me birthday money and I’m sorta really tempted to buy a Paperwhite Kindle, even though my Kindle Keyboard is perfectly fine… (but it’s NEW! SHINY! BRIGHTER!) I basically just stayed up too late because I was debating whether I should order it now to get it for Friday, but it’s not a good idea to make that choice when you’re sleepy, AND I can buy it in-store at The Source IF I decide to actually do it, so I’ll just wait.

And now I gotta caffeinate myself back up!!! Stupid me for staying up so late, but I also wasn’t expecting to wake up at 4:30 and not fall back asleep.

Kittenna

Resist the lure of shiny newness! :D I currently have an iPhone 4, and have been lusting after a 5 for a while… but until my iPhone 4 ceases to function (I’ve had it 2.5 years), I am making myself resist. (Granted, I had a Nokia brick for like, 6 years, until I moved to Ontario).

OMGsrsly

Kittenna, that’s an impressive amount of time for an iPhone! My 3G died at about that time and I love my 4S. I personally think it’s nicer than my friends 5.

I do agree – resist the lure! Buy… more tea? Wait. That probably doesn’t help. :)

Kittenna

My boyfriend has had his 3G (3GS??) for even longer – and it’s still kicking! However, it is experiencing issues (speaker broken, dies randomly at 60% life), and his contract is now up, so he’s going to get something new.

Cavocorax

Resisting the lure is so hard though. I’ve sorta been thinking about it for a few months now… :|

But aside from not having a light, the KK is just fine. :| (I’m sorta a new gadget fiend though! hah)

Ozli

I hear nothing but grrrrreat things about that Kindle!

Dinosara

Haha, yeah, you and me both Cavo. I get a new iPhone just as soon as my contract is up and they release the new one (I’m tied to the “S” cycle, so new phone for me this fall!).

Cavocorax

Oooh you guys. :O So tempting! But… there’s a good chance they’ll announce a new Kindle this fall, and so maybe I should wait until Christmas? But… if they announce it, it might not end up in Canada until next year anyways…. #impatience :P

And Dinosara – yeah as soon as my contract is up it’s immediately new phone time. Well even sooner, as our contracts are 3 years. I can make it about 2 before… my phones start to act up and need replacement. #curiously

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1633 tasting notes

I’m almost out of this! I really like it though. Good thing my H+S order will be here on the 8th!

JustJames

hmmm… haven’t ordered from them YET! lol.

Lilysmom

Ok, this is kind of spooky…..my H&S is due to arrive on July 8 too! I ordered Sunday June 23 – I thought the long delay might have been bc they had that little sale? Anyway, I am all out of hot cinnamon spice…..trying not to succumb to Williams Sonoma’s extortion price of $14.99 for 20 sachets (vs. $8 online…..)….will see……

JustJames

@Lilysmom…. good god! no kidding about the extortion price! i like blends like that as well. H&S you say? hmmm. august, august, august.

Cavocorax

Wow – that is a delay! We ordered on the 25th. We missed the sale but someone on Steepster gave me a coupon code! H&S is great, but I’m never ordering unless I get some kind of deal to balance against the shipping.

JustJames

shipping anything anywhere i brutal these days. and it’s hard to tell with gas prices versus business discounts who is being straight up about their costs and who is playing the part of shipping cougar. there are some vendors that i wouldn’t complain about (verdant and butiki), and others that i have heard are good that don’t charge at all? i am getting samples from teavivre and they aren’t charging me anything… it’s all so gloriously unclear.

i guess it boils down if the company has my loyalty i might gripe, but i’ll still buy. lately i’ve been in the midst of ordering, see that the shipping charge and cancel it. sigh… i hate unrealized tea potential.

Cavocorax

I agree about shipping. Adagio’s $35 fee to Canada is ridiculous. H&s’s $15+ does because they ship UPS with tracking and duties/taxes included. I wish more places had the option for USPS like Butiki and others do as I’d rather wait 2 weeks and buy more tea than pay shipping costs.

OMGsrsly

I don’t actually mind the $15 H&S, as they do seem to have fairly regular sales, and if you order more than a sample, it comes in a tin. I’m in awe of the tins. :)

Same thing with Della Terra. Their shipping is $$, but with their frequent 25-40% off sales, that covers the cost if you spend $40-50.

Cavocorax

Yeah I agree about H&S! I was trying to say it made sense. :) And you’re right – catching sales definitely helps male it easier to swallow! I just wish USPS was an option for more places, but I guess that complicates the shipping for those companies. St least that was the excuse Adagio gave me.

Lilysmom

I’ve been tracking my H&S order and it hasn’t moved since 28 June. It’s still in the Eastern US. I don’t know why it couldn’t have kept moving through the US on Canada day…..last time it shipped from NY to Washington state……getting worried…..come on package, come to Canada!

Cavocorax

I notice that there were no updates either for mine – I’m guessing it’s because it crossed the border and it takes a bit of time for it to cross and start getting tracked again. I wouldn’t worry so long as you haven’t hit your delivery date. I think my first order did that too and it showed up exactly when they estimated it would.

I wish it were the 8th already though! Hahah.

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drank Movie Night by DAVIDsTEA
1633 tasting notes

Sipdown! I’ve been on holiday since Thursday, which means lots of visiting, operating new tea kettles, and not getting much computer time. Now we’re visiting my bf’s family and relaxing at their house. It’s pretty great.

This tea was too. Even though I’m getting jaded on some of DT’s blends, I’m happy I found this.

Amariel

I like it. It has grown on me since I first had it.

Fjellrev

Enjoy your holiday! I haven’t tried this one yet. Seems like a love or hate one.

Amariel

I love it now that I accept it for what it is, and not for what it isn’t.

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drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
1633 tasting notes

Gah! I’m so happy I bought more of this. It’s such a light black – not too strong, but with lots of raspberry chocolate notes swirling about. I LOVE this. :)

It’s really hard to find a nice chocolate tea.

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So 5 hours sleep last night was a bad idea, but I didn’t have much choice. #excuses We are going to visit family (his and mine) the next few days, so I had to get all my stuff packed up and ready to go so that he could pick me up right from work and we could leave Vancouver before traffic gets crazy. (Which also required me starting work at 6:30)

So. Tiger Assam! Bold! Should have resteeped.

JustJames

this is such an awesome tea. my wife has actually been breaking into my supply in lieu of coffee, lol!

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drank Pumpkin Spice by Adagio Teas
1633 tasting notes

And another sipdown! :O Gotta make room for the 9 new teas/samples I ordered from H&S! And then I grabbed the sachet sampler, so… that’s a lot right there but I like surprises!

Now, on to THIS tea.

I can see this isn’t popular but I can tell you that when you make it as a pumpkin with a touch of brown sugar in it, it’s pretty phenomenal! The best part is that our fancypants coffee-machine at work does lattes, so after the tea brewed I just added the hot milk and OMG – yes!

It does have a bit of a banana taste too – which someone else pointed out. Strange, but I don’t mind.

OMGsrsly

You only got 9?! I feel like such a tea collecting maniac now.

Terri HarpLady

I have some of this sitting on the shelf. I should drink it up to make room for…uh…all the teas I ordered from Mandala yesterday…

JustJames

i don’t know if it’s a good or a bad thing that every time i worry i have a tea problem i find posted proof that i’m not the only one. LOL.

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Sample sipdown! (150)

I really didn’t order too much of this, but I was curious to see what it was about. I think what I’ve learned is that I’m not super keen on Keemun teas. Although the banana flavouring was very subtle and pleasant, the Keemun was dark and richer and tried to steal all the attention.

Maybe I’d appreciate it more another day, but there is a darkness lurking inside that I don’t care for today.

Cavocorax

“Maybe I’d appreciate it more another day, but there is a darkness lurking inside that I don’t care for today.”

Who am I, and why do I write such weird notes? :P Just had to laugh at that. Guess I was in a funk.

CHAroma

LOL! Your notes are always entertaining and interesting. I like your perspective.

Terri HarpLady

Yeah, I really liked this review, actually. I love the dark quality to it, the honesty. I like this tea best when I give it a longer steep. The banana flavor becomes more noticeable.

Cavocorax

Thanks guys. :D
And I’ll have to give this one another shot – I do like banana flavours in teas, and I generally like most teas from Butiki.

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I’ve never had guayasa before but I decided to try this because it was on sale for so cheap! It’s odd. It’s very much like a honeybush tea, with notes of vanilla balanced against a little bit of lavender. Like the description says, it’s a soothing blend, yet it packs an energetic punch.

Well maybe that’s not apt. It’s more like someone quietly whispering in your head, motivating you to go out and get things done, and then before you know it you’re DOING ALL THE THINGS. Much better than an energetic punch.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Stephanie

I haven’t tried this one but I LOVE the Good Morning Sunshine guayusa :)

CHAroma

Hahaha! I love your description!

Cavocorax

Hahah. Thanks. :P
And I’ll have to try the Good Morning Sunshine one sometime now that I know what to expect from guayasa’s.

OMGsrsly

I’ll bring you some Apple Cider and some Tangerine Creamsicle, Cavo. You might have a better experience with both than I. :)

Cavocorax

Sounds great. Let me know if there’s anything in my cupboard you’re interested in.

JustJames

i’ll be trying those samples tomorrow =0)

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drank Queen Catherine by Harney & Sons
1633 tasting notes

So I drank this cup before I really got to log it or pay attention to the flavours. I guess I’ll have to drink it slower next time! It was a tasty cup, but didn’t wow me. That might not be it’s fault though – reserving rating for next time.

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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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