1635 Tasting Notes

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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
1635 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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68
drank Pink Passionfruit by DAVIDsTEA
1635 tasting notes

I cold-steeped this overnight, and drank most of it on the bus ride to work. The tartness in it reminds of pink grapefruit, and I get bits of that in the taste, as well as apple flavours. I guess I haven’t actually had passionfruit before so maybe if I had I’d identify this tea better.

It’s slightly tart, but manageable due to the cold-steep, although I’m sure a touch of agave would make it pop. Tasty, but not essential!

Preparation
Iced

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68
drank Warm Apple Pie by sTEAp Shoppe
1635 tasting notes

Another sTEAp Shoppe sipdown. (152) I think I’m going to be placing an H&S order tomorrow as my coworker is hooked (she bought a timolino after seeing mine, and now she grabs some H&S tea from my cupboard every day – I’m thrilled!). So anyway, it’d be nice if I could get to 150 before I place the order. Also, I’d like to get down to 140 or 135 before it arrives! Bwa hahah.

So on to this tea. I feel bad for sTEAp Shoppe – maybe I shouldn’t have had the Cinnamon Swirl Bread tea first as that one is SO GOOD. And even though this apple pie is good, it’s just not AS GOOD as that one. It was warm and apply-cinnamony, but not something I’d need to resteep.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec
tattooed_tea

Would you be willing to add me on a tin of Bangkok Blend? I can’t justify the $15 shipping for 1 tea.

Cavocorax

I could, but I think the shipping to you from BC would be just as hefty? Well maybe it’d be a bit cheaper. :) I’m thinking of placing it tomorrow though, so let me know if you think that would still be worth it – otherwise I thought Sil was considering an order, and she’s closer to you. :)

Terri HarpLady

I wish I had people here in St. Louis to share orders with!!!

Amariel

I have some Cinnamon Swirl Bread tea coming from Sil. Excited.

Sil

heather – i DID get that into that package for you right?

Amariel

Nope, you missed that one, actually. :(

Amariel

Next time maybe?

Sil

oh course..sorry i missed it :( although you can probably pry some out of cavo’s hands as well for a faster turn around haha

OMGsrsly

It might have to go through me and CrowKettle first though… :D

Cavocorax

Which one were you looking for?

Amariel

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cavocorax

Ok, I’m sure I can do that. I’ll have to look when I get back on Wednesday!

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So the samples were cheap and I went nuts. I even grabbed this even though I wasn’t sure about the cloves. I got it because it seemed like a festive tea similiar to some of the Christmas blends I’ve had.

I’m not a fan. The cloves are too strong, and it’s too tart with the cranberry and hibiscus. Like Sil says, it’s on the verge of something good, so maybe it just needs to be tweaked a bit.

I’m dumping the rest passing the rest of this sample onto Ozli, with love. :P (152)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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So I have Caravan and Caravan Resurrected samples from Terri HarpLady and JustJames. Time to start comparing! (If there is even a difference? IDK)

Holy smokebombs Batman! This is exactly what I expected and feared from this tea! :P Maybe I shouldn’t have steeped it for 4 minutes, but I am drinking smoke. It smells and tastes rich and dark and tasty… I can definitely taste the black base under that smoke and I can tell it’s a quality blend even if I can’t identify it. Assam? Ceylon? It’s good. Very good. It’s assertive but smooth, and the smoke doesn’t threaten to rough up your throat.

The smoke itself though is sadly only something I can handle in smaller quantities. I’ll have no problem drinking 10 oz of this, but I don’t think I’d ever buy a tin of it as it would take years to drink 4oz. I think I’ll keep the Caravan Resurrected sample around as a treat through when I’m looking to get rocked by smoke. :)

Thanks for the sample(s)! Sipdown (153)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
JustJames

sadly, i am the same with smoke! like the smell, but can’t take it otherwise. great review!

Terri HarpLady

Although I enjoy a little smoke here & there, I also can’t really handle too much of it. I usually add stevia too it, which gives it a nice burnt caramel taste, IMO.

Lala

You can try adding some maple syrup to help balance out the smoke taste.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying Maple syrup with some of my teas, I love it so. I bet it really would be nice in the smokey ones especially!

Cavocorax

Good suggestions! Thanks!

OMGsrsly

(Whipped cream on top. From a can, or done yourself.)

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77
drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
1635 tasting notes

This is the best thing ever! Well, as far as banana teas go? (Have I had banana teas before? Maybe a bluebird one? I wish it were easier to search).

It’s similar to a banana chocolate smoothie, minus the artificial flavours. Obviously it’s not as thick as a smoothie but it does have a bit of thickness to it, which is probably partly because of the rooibos. I didn’t add any sweetener to it as it had enough to begin with. This is a pretty relaxing tea before bed.

ETA: I put the remaining 6oz in the fridge to cool and am enjoying it now. It’s not AS good as it was hot, but I am still liking it. Maybe if I’d cold-steeped it I’d like the cold version more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Ozli

You’ve had banana dream pie!

Cavocorax

I have! Actually I think I have a 25g pack in my cupboard that I’m holding onto for swap or when I’m in the mood for it. Was it one you really liked? I could add it to your Harney&Sons samples and matcha. I rated it at 74.

Turns out I had Monkey Chops and really liked that too because of the natural banana flavour, but it’s a black tea. I think this wins because it’s herbal and cheaper to ship than the Bluebird tea would be. And tealux has sales occasionally so I just need to wait! (Speaking of sales, I am saving my tea budget mostly for Black Friday sales… then… bwahahaha)

TeaBrat

oh, I would like this!

Ozli

I dooo like banana dream if you wanna spare some o__o! It was one of those tempting sales the other day!

Cavocorax

Will do Ozli! I’m just spooning out some Harney&Sons samples for you atm. :P Hope to get it out next week.

Ozli

:DDD!!

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1635 tasting notes

I get plums and honey in this. And grass. And maybe a bit of malt? It’s really tasty, although I still prefer the Taiwanese Assam. I’m happy I grabbed some of this, and I look forward to getting a handle on this!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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THIS is what I needed today. It’s sorta been a Monday to end all Mondays:

(tl:dr approved)

I left the house at 6:30 because it’s my day to take the baby to daycare, and by the time I hit the end of the block I was completely drenched. IT was crazy tropical-rainstorm time over here. So, being cold and wet for the next hour+ sucks, but at least the rain stopped when I got to my next bus transfer and I didn’t have to wait in the rain (wait – because my bus left early and I missed it).

Then I dropped her off at daycare, only to get a call half an hour after that I’d better pick her up because she’s sick. All that cold air or whatever just made her sinuses go into overload. So… back I go. And the bus website keeps saying my “bus is unavailable” when I try to find out when the next bus coming is, and then I end up getting flustered because I know I have to hurry up and get her because they can’t give her lots of extra attention when there’s 7 other toddler/babies there. So I’m flustered and I hop on the wrong bus, and realize my error and then just say eff it and walk 1.5 km back to the daycare. And I’m carrying my heavy purse full of tea (ha!) and my laptop because I worked from home Friday.

I get her, and take her home and it’s 10:30 by the time we get in and I get my laptop up and running so I can work from home. So… 4 hours to get Nowhere today. :P

The good news is that I saw a coyote in the rainstorm – he looked lost and confused by all this rain, but it was cool as I haven’t seen anything like that in our neighbourhood!

And this tea makes it all better!

The base is very smooth and rich. So very pleasant, and then there’s fruit and bergamot swirling around too. It’s not juicy fruity either – just notes of sweetness and fruit with honey. It’s very comforting on a cold frustrating day like today.

I guess I’d better try my Paris sample again and compare it with this one to see what I like better. I’m afraid I will want tins of both.

I have a feeling that 90% of my tea orders will now consist of Butiki, H&S, Della Terra and Verdant (maybe in that order?) as these companies all have niche areas for tea and I have been really happy with their offerings.

ETA: Now that it’s cooled, I’m getting creamy lemon notes too!

Tealizzy

Wow! What a morning! Coming home to that tea sounds nice though. I really should try that one!

ifjuly

aw, sickie chickie and busy times. I can def. see how this tea would make it a little more palatable; I’m a fan of its easy drinking but lovely qualities too.

Amariel

It was particularly awful weather here on the island too.

OMGsrsly

Yikes! That sounds like a ridiculous morning. I’m glad the tea made things better, though. :)

Cavocorax

Thanks guys! Lesson learned – a good tea can make everything better!

Ozli

Four hours of hassle!!! Augh.

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I tried this again, but steeped it for only 3 minutes. I still hate it. Now I know.

I don’t really feel fair rating this though when there’s not a lot of tasting notes on it. But… I guess people should be warned that it might not be for them.

This would be a sipdown, but it’s more likely a “toss it down the drain and pretend it never happened” tea. No sipping involved. (154)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
CrowKettle

That’s unfortunate. :/

CHAroma

At least now you know. :/

Cavocorax

Yeah. At least I had plenty of other teas available so I wasn’t forced to drink that one. No big loss.

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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.

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