1766 Tasting Notes

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Wow. It really is pancake-y. After having that maple tea a few days ago I thought I knew what I was in for with this, but I was SO WRONG.

It has a maple flavour but a lot of what I’m getting is butter and pancake/pastry. How do they do this?

My bf walked by so I got him to take a sip and asked if he thought it was pancake-y. NOPE, he says, but he also said that if I want he’ll take me out for pancakes somewhere. So… YES PLEASE. Off we go!

(And maybe if we hit a mall I will buy that gongfu pot from DavidsTea? Maybe? IDK. Gaiwans can be so pretty too though, but if I get the little glass pot I can look at the leaves…)

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

And the glass pot will also serve well for those blooming flower teas if you ever end up with some. :)

ne14t

I have said Gung Fu pot from DavidsTea, and its a nice little unit, I got it with a set of the compass cups as they didn’t have the bubble ones I was looking for. It’s certainly a nice way to have a different flavor experience, especially with Oolongs.

Cavocorax

Cool! I ended up picking one up so I could play around with it. It’s adorable.

ashmanra

Buy ALL the things! :)

Cavocorax

Yep. Steeperites are a BAD influence when it come to money/self-control.

Shmiracles

goddamnit you said it!

ifjuly

Haha. I want tea to make my husband feel compelled to do my bidding. (:

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80
drank Browncoat Genmaicha by 52teas
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So I’ve had genmaicha before, but it was only the grocery store variety and it was super nutty. Almost TOO nutty. I had to be in the right mood before I could enjoy it.

This was a nice treat though – thank you again to crowkettle for the sample! Oh man – Steepster is GREAT for swaps. Everyone is so generous. I think I’m over 100 teas now because of all the swaps I’ve been doing. (At least they don’t take up too much room because most of them are samples… :P)

Anyways this is much milder than I expected genmaicha to be. It’s nicely chocolately, nutty and green. I really love this combination. I ended up resteeping it, and I may just try it again in the morning to see if there’s any more life in it.

If Frank ever reblends this, I’ll be sure to pick some up!
(Another note – I love how Steepster allows us to get on a first name basis with the people we buy tea from!)

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 45 sec
CrowKettle

I really want a reblend of this.

Cavocorax

Totally. I really appreciate you sending me some. If I ever manage to get my hands on more (outside of a reblend), I’ll be sure to send you some.

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80
drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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I was out today at SFU with my bf, and getting my hair cut so I filled my travel mug with this tea. It was moderately successful. I drank it but it’s really not the same. I wonder if I’d be better using an unflavoured black in my mug?

It was funny at SFU because it was club days and there was a tea club looking for people to sign up. They sound pretty awesome and it would be really fun hanging out with tea people, swapping things and experimenting with blends. I told them I wasn’t a student but they said I could sign up anyways. WOO! :D I’m super shy so I don’t know if I’d actually show up to a meeting, but… I’d like to? They probably wouldn’t mind if I brought the baby either.

I told them about Steepster too, and put my Steepster name on the sign up sheet. Hopefully some of them will check us out as this community ROCKS. ILU GUYS. Also, Hello SFU Tea Club People! If you make it here and find me! :D :D :D

I drank bubble tea while I was out as I was disappointed with the Ceylon Star but I’m not going to log it. It was a milk coconut mix with bubbles and it was sugary and milky and great.

And that was my afternoon in tea!

Note: Seven hours after steeping and my tea is still warmish. The bad news? I know this because I couldn’t make myself drink it all. :| Stupid travel mug.

CrowKettle

Now I know I picked the wrong university. UVic needs a tea club. Also, babies are cute and almost always a wonderful addition to any relaxed cool club. :)

Cavocorax

Hahah. Well are you going to be at UVic for a few more years? There’s a slight chance we’ll be heading that way as that’s an option for my bf’s grad school. :P

Courtney

I drive out to Van usually a couple of times every summer. I wonder if I could just attend one or two meetings per year haha :)

CrowKettle

I’ll definitely be there for a few more years; I’ve been stingy on the amount of courses I take per semester. ;)

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75
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks to CrowKettle for the sample!

When I first smelled it, I thought of a smooth Ceylon black, but there was also something else in the scent. Interesting.

Now that I’m sipping away, I’m reminded of DavidsTea Himalayan Blend, but this is a little danker and maltier – in a good way! I think there are also some honey notes slipping in too.

I’m happy I was able to try this but I don’t think I’d buy it at $10/50g.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 15 sec
CrowKettle

…and I didn’t realize it was that expensive. Eek! This is one of those teas that I would be delighted to be served but wouldn’t go out of my way to obtain.

Cavocorax

I was very happy to be served a sample of it. :P

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75
drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
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89
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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It’s a chocolate tea and it’s so good! It doesn’t fall flat as so many chocolate teas can.

It’s richly chocolately with creamy raspberries filling each sip. There’s so much sweetness with each sip that I wouldn’t even think of adding anything, although brown sugar is suggested. I can even trick myself into thinking that I’m biting into succulent truffles, instead of suooi get away at my now cooled tea.

Off to resteep! This was every bit as good as other reviews of Butiki teas has led me to believe. I’m happy I placed my little order.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Maple Sugar by Fava Tea Co.
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Oh my maple!

This is another one from momo, and it’s my first maple tea. (Sorry, ozli, I didn’t try yours yet.) It smells so strongly of maple. It makes me feel like I just got out of bed and there are pancakes waiting for me. And each sip tastes or warm syrup and butter.

Sadly, the base black is a tad bitter. I’ll try it for 4 minutes next time, instead of 5.

I have an order from 52Teas of Pancake Breakfast coming in. I’m looking forward to comparing these.

Also, I think I’m going to make pancakes. Now. Idec that it’s the afternoon.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
momo

I believe pancakes are an acceptable food at any time of day!

Ozli

The maple one I sent you isn’t very maple-y! :( I’ll send you the Oh Canada rooibos though, it’s pretty good.

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73

Thanks momo! My package finally arrived today! Finally!!! :) (We mailed at the same time, yet momo had her teas a week ago!)

I totally forgot what we swapped, so I didn’t realize that this was mislabeled. I thought I was making Assam – not Darjeeling. No big deal though.

This tea is very smooth and lighter than I expected. It was a little bitter at first, but it’s not as noticeable now that the tea has cooled. Oh and I am definitely getting muscatel notes in it! (I just learned about that today – I could taste it but didn’t realize there was a word that summed those flavours up).

This is a pleasant Darjeeling but not one I will need to replace once I finish as it seems similar enough to DavidsTea Himalayan Blend. Thanks again momo!

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73
drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
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I started playing Guild Wars 2 today which is probably a big mistake as there goes any and all free time FOREVERS, but at least it’s a hobby I can enjoy while drinking tea. I hope. :|

(Oh but I still have to finish reading Anna Karenina, and finish the Wheel of Time series, and continue learning Spanish and take care of my 7 month old so… I won’t be selling my soul to that game yet. If you guys have seen The Guild, I am NOT going to be that momma. Haha).

So I tried this because my puerh experiment a few days ago was terrible and fishy and I couldn’t hack it. This was much better. A lot of cinnamon and I didn’t notice any weird fishiness but it’s not my favourite. I’ve got a bit more in my sample so I’ll see how I feel next time.

Ozli

Lol, I cringed hard at Clara in the Guild because as I am NOWHERE near that bad… there is an ~element~ of real life truth to her characterization, zomg. /o\

Hope your tea doesn’t just sit there getting cold like mine does whenever I’m drawing at the computer. XP

Becky

Oh man. There’s a lot to like about GW2. I might still be playing it if more of my friends were active there. So many cups of coffee and tea gone cold…!

Cavocorax

Haha, I can see that. I hope I can about Clara. Hopefully if I just play while she sleeps, it’s okay. I’m trying to get J to play too so I can watch him while she’s up!

And Becky, that’s good to hear! I have a few friends who are starting so I hope that will be fun. I hope I can play without them too as I’ll probably be playing at odd hours.

tea-sipper

Yeah, it’s probably not best to be like Clara! I just watched the last episode today and I hope it wasn’t the last episode ever!! It kind of seemed like it tied things back up from season one though. :/

Cavocorax

I’m still a season behind everyone else as we’re just watching it on (canadian) netflix. It’s a lot better than I expected though!

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I brewed this today but there were too many cardamom’s in my mix and it was overwhelming. Milk and sugar couldn’t save it so I’ll have to try again later. :|

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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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