1772 Tasting Notes

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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!

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
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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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77
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.

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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68
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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76
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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Woohoo! So I’m not completely jaded on tea. I drank two cups of this this morning and I am enjoying it! My left eye keeps twitching and that is… worrisome, but I imagine that’s from the lack of sleep as I’m not actually doing anything that would be stressing me. I’m at work, and looking at how to spend my birthday monies! (New kindle, Tardis tea, and new clothes for work!) Tomorrow is my actual birthday but we saw my family last weekend and they gave me presents then instead of waiting – I’m not complaining!

So, anyway. This is a great cup. I’m happy I can actually enjoy it again.

Oh and Bryan Lee O’Malley is tweeting like crazy about Southland Tales today, which I was a sucker for and was really excited about only to go… huh, afterwards. It’s so oddball but THIS is what stood out for me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pmgKiAnYmbY Man, I never expected to like Justin Timberlake, but I do. I really do.

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Terri HarpLady

Have an awesome birthday tomorrow!
I know what you mean with Justin Timberlake. I wasn’t really a fan until I saw him on SNL a couple times, LOL, & now I love him!
Anybody who knows me never expected that :)

Ozli

He’s great in In Time! I love that movie sfm. Happy early bday bb!!

Cavocorax

Thanks!
And I think you’ve told me to watch In Time before. One of these days?

Ozli

oh, PROBABLY. I gotta love my dystopia underdog stories ;) Netflix has it, if you have that (it’s super cheap)

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68
drank Pink Lemonade by DAVIDsTEA
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This is pretty tasty but wow also very very sweet. I shouldn’t have added agave, but I didn’t realise they had sweetened it up so much too!

The upside is that most of my pitcher is gone already – everyone has a sweet tooth at here!

I don’t think I’d like this hot.

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Lala

Do you notice if agave changes the taste of the tea, like how honey adds sweeetness but also a honey flavour. Do you use plain agave or the flavoured stuff? I have never tried it in tea.

Cavocorax

I didn’t notice too much of a difference, but that’s because there was already so much flavouring in it. I get agave sometimes with the go cups in the store, but I can’t really describe it. It’s smooth and sweet, but not quite like honey either.

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71
drank Florence by Harney & Sons
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Still, even with this tea there’s no joy. NO JOY. I even added cream…. I think going to bed at 11:30 and waking up at 4 is the culprit! So, lets cross our fingers for a good night’s sleep tonight and better luck tomorrow.

And I guess the Paperwhite would be a bad thing if I wanted to go to bed on time – a lighted ereader would just enable me to stay up loooonger. But imagine how much more I’d be able to read in a day!

Fjellrev

Ech, 4am. I can barely handle waking up at 7am. Hope you can get a better rest, for sure.

I was just going to say, the Paperwhite can be a dangerous thing for avid readers. Kiss sleep goodbye.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

Lol! I have a kindle and a headlamp, which is a dangerous combo. I can’t even imagine how much easier it would be with a. Paperwhite! Good luck resisting that temptation! :-)

Cavocorax

Hahah. I think I am failing that. Birthday tomorrow and birthday money sitting in my pocket – very bad combo. :P

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88
drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
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I guess I’ve got the tea blah’s today. Apparently! (Although it means I’m not that excited about ordering new tea either – good for my wallet?) But I’ve been drinking fancy ones too. :|

This one is good, but isn’t knocking my socks off. Sorry Sil. I’m pretty sure it’s me. I’ll save the rest of my sample for a day when I’m more relaxed and upbeat.

At least I’ve got Sherlock fic to get my through the day: http://archiveofourown.org/works/798586

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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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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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