1693 Tasting Notes

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This is just one of many that the lovely Sil sent over to me! I really didn’t know what to try first, but thought I’d start with a Sloane tea, any Sloane tea as I’d read so many reviews on them lately.

Much like Sil I’m not a huge bergamot fan, but I think I have a much higher tolerance at least – so long as it doesn’t taste like perfume. I can definitely smell the bergamot, but it’s really orangish too. And I realize that bergamot is related to orange, but I don’t normally smell oranges. Weird.

Could possibly be because my daughter is sitting behind me eating oranges. :P Yeah that’s it. I don’t actually taste orange – just smell it!

Anyway, I do get vanilla and cream in this. And even a touch of caramel! (Or something sweet!) It IS quite divine. I feel fancy-pantsed drinking it, even though I’m sick and working from home in my pj’s. :P At least I can breath through my nose again – the worst is over!

Would I buy this? Yes, but only for a decent price! It’s nice, but not worth breaking the bank over. I’m happy I was able to try it though – I wasn’t expecting Sloane samples!

ETA: To prove to myself that even with the 25 or so new teas Sil sent over, that I am going to ENJOY each one, I resteeped this one. No need to rush and try all the teas. (Although… I really want to drink them all now!)

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

i aim to please! oh wait…does this mean you got the box!

Cavocorax

I did! Just an hour ago! The benefit of working from home! I sent you a message, but THANK YOU was the gist of it. :O That was A LOT of tea! And I’m pretty excited about all of it!

Sil

haha i did warn you that your cupboard was going to increase a bit :)

Terri HarpLady

(sitting off to the side with a knowing smile…hehehe)

Cavocorax

Should I be worried about any incoming packages?

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

I applaud the slower enjoying of the teas whilst on your way to drink all the teas! And yes, you should be worried bout package from Terri. The small one is tricky, I hear. ;)

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Boo! I lost my note.

:|

Anyway, this is a nice mild sencha that is strong in chamomile, but also has a subtle blend of apple cinnamon in the background. I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy this, but I’m happy I tried it!

Thanks KittyLovesTea!

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

Ok maybe I wasn’t being fair to this tea, or I’m just having second thoughts as I sipdown this cup… It’s pretty good if I’m looking for a strong kick my butt sorta tea, and sometimes that’s what I need. So I’ll bump this up a bit, although I doubt it’ll return to my cupboard anytime soon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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This is pretty nice when you’re sick! I was hoping the licorice would soothe my throat, and the caffiene would help keep me alert.

So far so good, even though I over-steeped it! It’s mostly herbal anyway.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 30 sec

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Sipdown! But not forever – I’ve got 2oz of this coming to me sometime in a swap! :)

Jackie T

actually probably even more than that…I never drink it and I’m sending it so late that I’m really loading up the bag haha

Cavocorax

Oh no! You don’t need to do that! :P I don’t mind waiting at all – I’ve got about 4 swaps or so I’m waiting for so there’s always something arriving! (I guess I’m a sucker – I don’t say no? :P) I just hope the shipping isn’t awful for you.

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I’m so stuffed up but not quite miserable so that’s a bonus. I thought I’d make this because it’s one of the few strong teas I have that might still taste good even when I’m sick.

And yes – it works! I’m alternating this with cups of echinacea. I probably didn’t need to take today off work because of how sick I was, but I couldn’t send the little bear of to daycare. We’re eating eggs and toast, and I’ll probably putter around the house and tidy up when she has her morning nap. Much better than a Monday at the office!

(I could have worked from home, but it would have taken 100 minutes or so to bus out to the office, grab the laptop and bring it back, with a sick baby in tow. Forget it! She probably wouldn’t let me do much work while she was awake anyway!)

1 more hour before I can start stalking the mailman! I should have packages coming in this week!

Terri HarpLady

Hope you & baby both feel better! :)

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drank Glacier Blend by Specifically Tea
1693 tasting notes

Ack. Someone forgot to turn of the kettle and I lost my tea note.

Anyway, the baby got me sick, which isn’t surprising since I spent most of the day chasing her around and wiping her nose. Poor girl. She still had a lot of fun running around (she loves it if I chase her like a stompy dinosaur) and other fun things.

Now we are enjoying a cup of this tea (she has 2 oz at room temperature in her bottle, while I’ve got 8 in my mug. Hopefully it’ll help, but I never know with herbals. It makes me feel like I’m doing something at least.

canadianadia

I hope you both feel better soon

Tea Sipper

Tea in a baby bottle! That is new to me. :D I hope you both feel better quick!

whatshesaid

Cool! Feel better soon!!

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drank Lemon Meringue Chai by 52teas
1693 tasting notes

I’m not crazy about chai’s, but something about this caught my attention. I’m glad too because it’s very good. A bit creamy. A nice amount of lemon, mixed with spices!

(Typing with a sick baby sleeping in my lap is quite a feat! I’m down to one hand, and pick her up and cuddle her so she could sleep)

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

i waaaaaannnntttt! stupid canada post

Cavocorax

Hopefully it’s in tomorrow! Terri has her package already!

Sil

jeepers! though they do get mail on saturdays

Faith

This tea sounds intruiging! Also, hope your little one feels better soon.

Cavocorax

Thanks! She’s got a terrible runny nose, and she gets upset pretty easily, but she’s also pretty happy otherwise. Hope it passes quickly!

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drank Jessie's Tea by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

Another sipdown! I’m down to 106 now – not too shabby! This was nice. I’m always a bit nervous about lavender because I associate it with grandmothers and soap, but this was really good.

I just packed up 19 teas for my sister as a Loose-Leaf starter kit (with instructions, perfect spoon and perfect mug). I’m so excited and I hope she likes it. I tried to mix the traditional teas like Earl Grey and Assams, with all the fun flavoured ones that a lot of people start with. I hope it’s not too much. :| I will probably wait until Sil’s package arrives because I know she sent me some DavidsTea samples and some of those might be nice to pass on as well.

106 is nice, but I’m worried I’ll be up to 150 soon (which would be a record). I’m expecting samples from Jessiwrites, JackieT, Sil, TerryHarpLady, and Kittena, and I’ve got orders now from Verdant, Butiki, Steappe Shoppe, and Harney & Sons. And 52 Teas. Yikes. That sounds like a lot when you type it all out. I spaced it out though – that’s probably ALL I ordered this month.

Tealizzy

That is a lot of tea coming your way! Awesome!! Btw, I like this tea too. Haven’t had it in awhile though….I should have a cup. :)

Cavocorax

Yeah. It’s a little out of control? (That’s the Steepster life!)

And yeah, I’ll probably restock some of this again. In a few months!

Sil

haha…and so the slide upwards begins…. i remember when i jumped from 100 to 150….and then it was suddenly 200 and then omg terri made me hit 300…. lol

Nxtdoor

Can I like this twice? Awesome post! I keep giggling. (Not a girly giggle though. Please!)

Cavocorax

Hahaha. :P I wish I could like commments!

Sil

you know your cupboard is just going to be worse when you get to toronto… especially if i sucker nxtdoor into joining the ordering craziness lol since that’s SIX! people to join in the fray :) Also…you should totally rent a place near ours lol

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I better get a job that pays enough to support this influx of tea. (Steven Smith order, anyone?)

Nxtdoor

Wow. Twist my rubber arm why don’t you? Cavocorax, Sil has enough tea loving neighbours. Move to Aurora. Is only 30 minutes north by car and ..I’m having a hard time converting these people up here. Plebs, I tell you. It’ll be nice to have you.

Cavocorax

I think my bf was thinking of one of the smaller communities (like King???) north where it might be cheaper to live and less crazy, and then we can take the train to TO for work/school.

Cavocorax

Oh – isn’t Aurora like one train stop away from King? :O
(And it takes me like 50 minutes to get to work now in Vancouver with transit, so the idea of taking ONE train is sorta appealing). How is Aurora?

Sil

haha actually the other girls are all in guelph – they just drive in for an hour. IB is somewhere in the boonies as well lol.

We’re at avenue/wilson and my other half takes the subway/bus to york for school lol just saying..

Nxtdoor

Aurora is beautiful. Growing. Pretty affluent. I don’t know about train, I don’t do train. I get around, as nature intended, in a car!

Nxtdoor

You could always come visit before you decide. I know this great 4 bedroom home where you can stay. One of the owners started drinking a lot of tea recently but she is severely allergic to cats.

Cavocorax

Thanks for the offer but we’ve got my Sister-in-Law in TO, so he’ll have somewhere to stay. I guess he’ll be there for 3 weeks doing Math Camp stuff at York and looking for a place, while I stay home, drink tea and pack! Hahah. (I’d rather pack than look for a place).

How long does it take him to get to York from where you are Sil?

Cavocorax

Also, what does he do at York? (curious)

Sil

He’s doing computer networking technology thingy whatever lol. This is like his third degree so that’s it! He’s cut off after this one so that I can have babies ;)

He says it takes 40mins tops to get to school from where we’re at…which can be a bit long if you’re one of those people who hates a commute. Me on the other hand, as long as its less than 60 mins I’m good. It’s book and tv time :)

Nxtdoor

Hah. I have a Math BSc, from York! Yay York :)

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This is tasty, and this is also a SIPDOwN! I’m so happy CrowKettle gave me so much of this!

It’s tasty, and creamy. I can’t believe how quickly I drank this down, and that was with two scoops.

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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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