1676 Tasting Notes

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
1676 tasting notes

I just had Santa’s Secret yesterday from DavidsTea, but that wasn’t enough peppermint for me. I thought I’d have this one so I can try and compare them.

It seems to me that the ingredients are near identical, except Candy Cane has chocolate and possibly more vanilla, while Santa’s Secret has more mint!

I think this tea is a little weaker than SS, but it still has some nice flavours. I wouldn’t associate chocolate with candy canes, but as a Christmas tea it works! Each sip starts with the base black tea, then makes way for the chocolate before I’m actually hit with a bit of mint. It’s extra nice if you hold it by your nose, while you curl up with a book.

I’m still not sure which I like better, which means I’ll just have to brew both at once and compare!

I wish we could add tags to our cupboard! It’d be great to add “christmas”, “core collection” or “pawn off on someone else” to our teas. :)

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

That’d be cool – tags or shelves even, in the cupboard?

I actually bought chocolate-filled candy canes tonight.. hehehe.

Cavocorax

I didn’t even know that was a thing! I’ll have to get some.

Ozli

At Chapters/Indigo :D …they’re HUGE

Ozli

would prob be amazing as a coffee stirrer O____O

Cavocorax

Oh! That’s a great idea!

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My order finally arrived! Now I have all the flavoured blacks, holiday blends and rooibos! That’s 8 new teas. Annnnnnd, that’ll probably be it for awhile. :)

I love how this smells dry, and while it was steeping the chocolate and orange scent took over my house. We were on a hurry so I poured it in my timolino and zipped out.

It’s tasty, but much like my orange sample from Zen Tea, it seems a little thin flavor-wise. I’ll add more tea next time, or make a smaller cup, then rate it.

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

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drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
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It’s nearly midnight, but… I think I’ll re-steep and have a second cup of this for the evening. It’s just so good and relaxing!

If I had actualfax candycanes in the house, or even chocolate, I would probably just demolish that instead. So… tea instead. It’s easier on the hips too! :P

Does anyone know if you lose caffeine if you re-steep? Cuz that would be a bonus!

ashmanra

Supposedly subsequent steeps are lower and lower in caffeine. How much is debated. I have seen everything from 20% to 90%.

Cavocorax

It makes sense that you’d lose a bit by resteeping! You’re losing flavour etc too, so why not caffeine?

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98
drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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As I was drinking this today, I had to log back in and check my rating. I’m going to bump it up again. This is just so good. I may need to buy a tin!

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Wow. Malty! Was it always like this, or is it just because it’s cooled a bit? I love the way this one smells. The whole thing is dark and kicks you in the mouth to make sure you’re awake! (Ok, maybe not that strong, but even a sip just takes over my mouth). This has got to be my favourite out of my Murchie’s teas!

I’ve got so many teas (and 15 new ones that I just ordered… :O) that I really need to make an effort to drink some of the “older” teas too otherwise I will NEVER finish anything off. :P

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec

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79
drank Lapsang Souchong by Tea Desire
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I bought this for Steepster’s book club: we’re reading Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. A Russian Caravan would have been better suited but I saw this at the mall and went for it. I wanted a smoky tea anyway and this makes me think of warming up by a fire in the winter. And winter fits well enough with the book… (which is really good so far too. I shouldn’t have any problems finishing it by Jan 25).

It smells STRONGLY of smoke. Happily, it doesn’t taste as strong as it smells but I can see this wouldn’t be for everyone.

I’d rate it higher but I think this is more of an occasional tea, instead of an all-the-time one so I won’t need to restock it as often.

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

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This is my first assam! It’s quite strong and malty – it makes me think that this would be the ‘coffee’ of teas! (That is, if coffee wasn’t just a vehicle to deliver cream/sugar to me…)

It’s cooled off a bit since I first steeped it, but I’m still sipping away at it and enjoying it. It sorta reminds me of Ceylon Best, but maltier. There’s no unpleasant astringency either so that puts it ahead of my Murchie’s blacks.

I guess I need to keep drinking these unflavoured blacks to get a better sense of what’s what!

I think cream/sugar would be a mistake here as there are a lot of flavours present I wouldn’t want to cover up!

Update: I re-steeped it in the afternoon, and it was even creamier!

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

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70
drank Toffee Dream by Zen Tea
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I had a few cups of this earlier, but no time to review. I just wanted to note that my cooled cup tasted good, so I should try this as an iced tea!

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78
drank Red Velvet Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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I had so much oolong and white tea today that I needed something decadent to finish the night. This is good. I wish it were more chocolately but it’s smooth, buttery, and creamy.

I’ll probably end up eating some of my stashed away chocolate bar tonight too… And if I resteep, I’ll make it a latte.

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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I’m still waiting for my Della Terra Teas order from Black Friday (#sadness) full of dessert blacks, and a few rooibos/honeybush samples, but my Zen Tea order came today!

After trying my oolong samples from Tea from Taiwan, I knew I wanted to try more oolongs so when Zen Tea started their 50% off sale (on Friday) I had to somehow justify ordering some. :P Good thing I did as a lot of the teas are sold out already! :O I got a lot for $21 (with shipping).

I picked up:
Oolongs – Coconut (50g), Monkey-Picked (20g) and Iron Goddess Mercy (20g).
Pu-erh – Loose. (20g) (Just so I could see what Pu-erh is.)
White – Toffee Dream. (50g) (Again because I don’t know what White Tea is like – I had it in DavidsTeas Cookie Dough but it was hidden?)
Rooibos – Raspberry Vanilla! (70g) (I had this as a sample first. I’m gifting 50g of this.)
Black – Assam Mangalam Second Flush FTGFOP1 (20g)(Because I haven’t had Assam and this one was highly rated. Maybe I’ll learn the difference between all these blacks)

The actual review is here. :P
With all these new teas, it was hard to decide which one to try. I’m happy I started with this one though. IT SMELLS SO GOOD.

I’ve had oolong enough now to recognize its characteristics better: with each sip I am getting toasty coconut notes, mixed in with the buttery / floral oolong. The coconut isn’t as strong as the initial smell would have me believe, but this is actually a good thing as I was worried the oolong would be overwhelmed and it isn’t. It seems like every oolong I try has complex flavors – this one is no different. Each sip is just a little different. AMAZING. The aftertaste is nice and creamy too. I will resteep it later!

I think it’s real coconut flavour too!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
CrowKettle

This is the one from Zen Tea I really want to try! Maybe after the Holidays.

Cavocorax

Hope you get a chance. It’s a bit expensive but I really like it. I don’t normally drink a lot of oolong (maybe this will change) so I’m hoping 50g will last a long time!

Ozli

Coconut!! Adding to shopping list. :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.

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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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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