1767 Tasting Notes

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I bought this because Sil was so excited about it that I was curious to try it as well. Also, I needed to spend $40 for the free shipping to Canada! (I love this policy by the way.)

So this tea seems to be the lovechild of Verdant’s Laoshan Black and DAVIDsTEA’s Ceylon Spring. It has honey and chocolate and oats like the LB, yet there’s also CS’s grassy notes present too. It’s almost like a burnt grass, but without being unpleasantly so.

Hmm. I love that we can describe things as burnt grass, or earthy, or fishy and in this sense it’s a good thing, but if it were something else I consumed a lot of like steak or cake or carrots, it would be very disappointing.

This is good. I’ll keep resteeping is at I’d like to get a better idea of which one I like better – this, or either of its “parents.”

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 0 min, 45 sec
Sil

lol this review cracked me up yesterday :)

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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Yes! Much better than the last time I had it. Now I’m getting warm cinnamon-y pie and a slightly tart rhubarb taste in my cup.

MUCH approved. Tea blahs are over I guess!

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drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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I haven’t had this in awhile. The orange, ginger and puerh combo have grown on me, but this will never be a tea that I need to steep and resteep all day.

MooKiwi

It has grown on me too but I still haven’t been able to finish a full cup!

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I must hate myself, because this isn’t the best tea to drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

But it’s so good, and I want it now. :P I can always drink puerh and eat breakfast later!

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This is a mini-sipdown as I’m using the last of my sample pouch, but will get my 5 bag tagalog with my H&S shipment on Monday! :P

I would have bought a tin but they were out of stock. #disappoint There will be other orders! (I’m losing interest in flavored teas, but I DO enjoy these ones).

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drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
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This was an obvious purchase. Grape is so good! And this works well with the oolong base. The grape flavoring reminds me of concord grapes and it makes for a refreshing iced tea.

I wish I’d kept my leaves as I left my package at work, and I’d like another cup!

Amariel

I almost added this to my butiki order also. Maybe for another time. I do want to try it though.

OMGsrsly

I’m embarrassed I haven’t actually tried this one yet. Tomorrow morning, for sure. :)

Ozli

ooooooooooooooooh concords __

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drank Dragon Blend by Blendz Coffee
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So we went to Blendz for fancy drinks and I grabbed a shaken iced tea (black dragon blend). It’s really good. They added lemon to it and I can’t help but wonder why my ice tea isn’t as good when I make it.

More experiments needed. Maybe they added sugar to this?

Lilysmom

I haven’t been able to make an iced black tea that I have liked yet at home. Always too bitter…..I guess I should try a cold brew…..

OMGsrsly

I put a pinch of baking soda in while it’s brewing, and do a short brewing time with slightly cooler water. This is pretty much only for black teas, though. :) It’s still not perfect, but I find it’s better.

Cavocorax

Lilysmom – I’d try cold brew – I think you’re less likely to get bitterness that way.

And baking soda? Crazy. I would never have thought of that!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, something about the baking soda interacts with the tannins. It’s pretty cool.

Lilysmom

I cold brewed a big pitcher of H&S black black currant overnight ….. It was ok, not bitter, but possibly still over brewed……drinkable tho……do you think cold brewing keeps any caffeine in the tea? I would love a cold black tea with caffeine to drink in the morning…..will try the baking soda magic and see how that works……

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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What’s up with this skull-crushing headache? >____>

I’m not impressed. This tea is tasty though. I’m trying to alternate between this and water in case it’s a) lack of caffeine or b) lack of water that’s contributing to this.

FOR SCIENCE.

Fjellrev

Aww, yeah, I can get some pretty bad headaches if I go too heavy on the tea. Hope it’ll go away.

Amariel

I love a strong black tea when I have a headache, but yeah, I sometimes think it is a caffeine withdrawal headache.

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drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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Another sipdown! I put this in the fridge at work so I’d have a treat the next day, and as a bonus the company gave us carbonated water and sanpellegrino drinks (which we’ll get every week now as a perk?).

Anyway, I made tea pop with this and it was fantastic.

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drank Apple & Mango by PureAromaTea
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This is a pleasant and inoffensive tea. The base is smooth, but doesn’t really stand out, and the fruit is good: naturally tasty without loads of artificial flavourings etc.

I’ll have to order samples from them some time as I’ve been happy with what I’ve had!

Thanks Sil!

Oh and it’s my birthday and I ended up getting the new Kindle Paperwhite and I just want to go home re-organize my entire digital library because I’m cool like that. :P But I am working instead, and will watch the Hobbit later with friends and eat ice cream cake. I’ve got all weekend to organize my books. (Well realistically, I have the next few years to do that unless I break it). I absolutely LOVE that I can add books/fanfic to it just by emailing it. I was considering the Kobo but that feature is an absolute must for me.

Guys – I am SO spoiled. :)

OMGsrsly

You caved! Haha. I hope you love your new reading device, and have a wonderful day. :)

Cavocorax

I caved and I have NO regrets so far. :P Now I’m just getting the old one ready so I can pass it on to someone else who might enjoy it.

OMGsrsly

:D I usually read on my iPad since I’m reading so many journal articles still, but I can see how a Kindle would be nice.

Lilysmom

Happy Birthday! I am tempted by the paperwhite too! I remember waiting and waiting for the first ever Kindle to be available in Canada ( as an aside, Kindles were available in the Congo, before they were available in Canada). The very first day they were online for Canada, I ordered. I don’t use my old kindle much now – a new paperwhite would be lovely! Your plans for birthday shopping and new tea and work clothes sound great – you sound like me! If you also like spa visits and cats (!) then I think we are related….a sistah from another mistah?…. Maybe…..anyway Happy Birthday! Sounds like a very nice day!

Fjellrev

Happy happy happy birthday to you, Cavo! I’m so happy to hear you got your Paperwhite. :)

Tabby

Happy birthday!!

Chelle

Happy birthday! It’s nice to feel spoiled sometimes.

Tealizzy

Happy belated birthday!! I love that you watched the Hobbit for your birthday! ;)

Cavocorax

Thanks everyone! I’ve been so distracted with organizing the Paperwhite and messing with Calibre but I’m loving it. :D

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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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