1779 Tasting Notes

88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1779 tasting notes

So I drank the last of this yesterday, and then put the used leaves in my timolino all night for cold-brewed ice tea and I think it’s even better this way. I get lots of cinnamon and sweetness and it’s fantastic.

Sil

i need to try this cold brewed!!!!

Cavocorax

Wait, what? You haven’t? :O
psshaw… Some tea blending expert you are.

Sil

haha sooooooo many teas….

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It’s slightly smokey and sweet and just a touch astringent, and it’s just what I want this morning.

I might need to make a coffee before I jump to my next cup of tea though because I’m sleepy and I need a jolt. I stayed up too late watching Hannah and it was an awful movie that I had high hopes for. It was just weird.

I also just finished reading Neil Gaiman’s new book, and I absolutely loved this quote: “I liked myths. They weren’t adult stories and they weren’t children’s stories. They were better than that. They just were. Adult stories never made sense, and they were so slow to start. They made me feel like there were secrets, Masonic, mythic secrets, to adulthood. Why didn’t adults want to read about Narnia, about secret islands and smugglers and dangerous fairies?” It’s basically what I felt about his book.

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

Oh yay! I’m going to see Neil Gaiman in Nashville tomorrow and will be getting a copy his new book and waiting in line to have him sign it. I can’t wait! :D he is one of my favorite authors!

Cavocorax

That’s awesome! I hope you have a good time. I follow him on twitter and I think it’d be amazing to meet him. :)

Fuzzy_Peachkin

My friend is always trying to get me to read Neil Gaiman. That quote just might get me to!

mpierce87

I completely know what you mean about Hannah. I saw it awhile back and I still feel disappointed every time I think about it.

Cavocorax

I hope you enjoy it if you try it! I think it has a bit of a different tone than his other works, but then I’ve only read this, Coralline, and American Gods.

And mrawlins – so disappointed! There were sone nuts that were ok, but most of it was a wreck. We couldn’t stop watching though!

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80

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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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1779 tasting notes

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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74
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1779 tasting notes

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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80

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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88

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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77
drank Grape Oolong by Butiki Teas
1779 tasting notes

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!

Plunkybug

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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83
drank Dragon Blend by Blendz Coffee
1779 tasting notes

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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77
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
1779 tasting notes

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.

Plunkybug

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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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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