1637 Tasting Notes

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drank Birthday Cake by Bluebird Tea Co.
1637 tasting notes

Another sample!

I’m not getting cake in this – mostly rooibos with a bit of almond and some sweetness. It’s very tasty though, and the low caffeine level makes it a nice evening brew.

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Another free sample!

This one is an odd tea. It smells like perfume! Also, it kinda tastes like perfume! At least a little. Rose buds and jasmine seem like scents to wear, not taste, but when I get past that association, the licorice and cinnamon are quite nice. I’m not sure if this tea is for me, but it’s interesting. And I sipped my cup down faster than I realized.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

Rose buds in tea make me leery for exactly that reason. I’m just worried that as I dislike the scent of roses about 90% of the time, I’ll be unable to drink tea with the scent/flavor of it.

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drank Peach Matcha by Naked Teas Galore
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I keep drinking this as a cold latte. I guess I’m too afraid to prepare it as hot tea?

Yes it’s a bit sweet, and a bit astringent, but it makes me want to experiment with matcha! Some day I will do a Red Leaf Tea order. (Just not today… Even with the sale on the new products…)

CrowKettle

I should send you some of my Red Leaf matcha in crudely wrapped tin foil packets. :)

Sil

Crow, ill be sending matcha to Cavo in our swap….in non ghetto tin foil packets lol

Cavocorax

Oooh. Thanks for the offer CrowKettle!

And thanks Sil!

Fjellrev

I tried a few of their matchas at the Victoria tea fest and while they were ok (they prepared them cold with almond milk maybe?), they weren’t as good as Red Leaf, so hope you’ll find your faves someday. :)

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I imagine it’s better adding your own sweetener, and selecting the quality.

OMGsrsly

CrowKettle’s foil packets are actually pretty good. :D

Sil

Haha well if there’s ever a flavour I need to try I may need to swap just to experience “the foil packet” :)

CrowKettle

My foil packets aren’t that bad but I’m working very hard on getting respectable tins. That being said, I’d be happy to share the “experience”, just please don’t think less of me… :/

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75
drank Ankara Apple by Bluebird Tea Co.
1637 tasting notes

I received my samples/order!

This green tea is enjoyable. It starts off apple-y, and finishes with a ton of cinnamon/spices. It’s very warming – I can see that this would be a great tea in the autumn. I don’t taste the pomegranates at all though.

And I agree with everyone – the packaging on these teas is adorable! I’m happy I bought a pack of Vicky’s Sponge Cake so I can look at more little bluebirds. I guess I won’t put that one in a tin – that’d be a shame!

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72

This is pretty decent!

As it’s a Murchie’s tea I was worried about astringency so I steeped a double-dose of leaves for 2 minutes and that seems to have been perfect. It’s nice and mild and fruity. I’m looking forward to drinking the rest of this sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Coconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
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You know what guys? This is pretty great. It’s maybe better than the Zen Tea one after all. I just need to remember to steep it at 80, instead of the recommended temperature.

How do you decide?

Courtney

I’m curious to try the Zen Tea but I don’t like those decisions haha! It took me forever to decide between Lemon Chiffon, Lime Chiffon, and Lemon Lime Cream Tart gah.

Kittenna

How do you decide? Price and availability :)

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:P So this was the 200th tea that I rated – I went back to check because I just went over, and it looks like I didn’t even log it!

It’s crazy to think I’ve tried 200 types of tea. A few years ago I probably would have been surprised to hear there were that many types of teas out there!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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75
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
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Vanilla? Yes. Black tea? I guess?

This is a very soft creamy vanilla tea. I can’t really taste the base, but when I’m in the mood for vanilla this is a nice one to go with. I’m happy I tried it, but I wouldn’t push everyone to go try it.

I’ll try cold-steeping it like Incendiare recommended!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70

So the reviews weren’t kidding. This is a STRONG breakfast tea. I steeped it for 4 minutes, and the result was a tea so dark that it might be confused with coffee. It makes my whole mouth go numb with that tacky-dry astringent feeling. It does get better after a few sips, but I thought I’d just try a dash of milk – yep. This is a tea that shines with milk! (And thankfully not much because I don’t like having to add to tea in order to enjoy it).

I guess it’s silly to want strong tea but not astringent tea eh?

ETA: Oh snap! This was my 300th tasting note. I had planned to pick a more exciting tea (or a more exciting entry). Oh well! 300 is pretty impressive since I’ve only been active since October!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Woohoo! 300!

Sil

grats on 300! that’s super exciting :)

Chiyo

Whoa that’s so awesome!! :D

Terri HarpLady

This sounds like my kind of tea! Congrats on 300!

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This looks like a crazy mix of ingredients, but it’s pretty tasty. I can smell apple, cinnamon and various spices. I really shouldn’t drink this now – every sip makes me think of fall! I like it, but the base doesn’t seem to be too pronounced.

Mmmmm. Apple Chai.

Thanks Shadowfall for the sample!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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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!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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