1771 Tasting Notes

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Woah. So thank you Kittenna for sharing this one. I really, really, like it.

It’s actually making me crazy because I SWEAR I’ve had a tea that had a similar profile but I cannot figure out what it is, and I cannot nail down exactly what this tastes like (sorry) but I do know that I really really like this.

I went with a 3 min steep because I didn’t want to go crazy with it, and the resulting tea is very smooth, and slightly sweet due to the licorice. I feel relaxed drinking it, but not so much that I’m going to nod off. I’m just alert, and relaxed. Not a bad way to start the day!

Oh, and I cheated and looked at other reviews! AwkwardSoul mentioned that it made her think of guayusa and dingdingding that’s the flavour I was trying to find. That’s pretty much exactly what this tastes of – woodsy, honeyed, and smooth.

Thanks for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha that’s maybe why i hated it lol

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drank The Earl's Valentine by DAVIDsTEA
1771 tasting notes

It did NOT take long for me to drink up 50g of this at the office! Happily, I still have about 20g at home. I didn’t expect to enjoy the rose as much as I do, but it’s a nicely balanced blend, and for a DAVIDsTEA, it isn’t cloyingly sweet.

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77

Sadly, I’m getting bored of this tea. BORED.
(I don’t feel too bad saying this bc it’s a tea that’s no longer available. :P)

Sil

i don’t think i’ve tried this one yet lol

Cavocorax

No? Well…. I can certainly set some aside for you! I thought I had it in the SSTTB but I guess that went to ppl AFTER you. Did you have the other Hugo teas that I grabbed? Full Steam is amazing. Grey Line is good but I understand if you don’t want to try the best EG I’ve had. :P

tea-sipper

BORED reminds me when Sherlock says it, but that could be because I’m reading Baskervilles at the moment. :D

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s pretty great tea-sipper. :)

Sil

pretty sure i enjoyed full steam. was just this one i hadn’t had i think

Cavocorax

Well it’s on my spreadsheet now so I’ll make sure you get to try it!

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drank Spearmint (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1771 tasting notes

I would never in a million years have bought this tea, but a friend gave me 50g of it bc she was allergic and I can happily tell her it has gone to a great home. I let a heaping spoon of it steep in my mason jar for a few hours and it was delicious!!!

I added some lime juice, and it was delicious.

I’ll add some Rangpur Gin and see how it goes!

Preparation
Iced
Kaylee

Oooh lime juice!

Ubacat

I have some spearmint. Never thought of adding lime juice to it.

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Sipdown! 151

White puerh? Ok, why not? I probably shouldn’t have steeped this for the full 10 min as it IS a bit stronger than I’m used to with puerh, but I can see how this is a white/puerh blend. It’s definitel dark and earthy, but there’s also that tree barky flavour I expect with certain white teas. There’s a bit of sweetness in there – like honey – and the liquor is dark and rich.

The honey notes actually become more prominent further in the cup, and as it cools. INTERESTING. This isn’t one I thought I’d immediately love but it’s growing on me!

Thank you Sil!

DeliriumsFrogs

Cavo, how do you steep puerh if you’re not doing short steeps? I’ve only done it in my gaiwan for short steeps, and this method sometimes prevents me from drinking it, because it takes more attention/time. I’d love to learn a way to steep puerh in a less fussy fashion.

OMGsrsly

You could do it my terrible awful way, which is putting ~1/2 tsp leaf into a thermos and adding hot water and forgetting about it until about 4 hours later. :D Only works for some teas though.

DeliriumsFrogs

haha! Maybe I’ll try that sometime. :)

Cavocorax

The packaging from teavivre said to steep it for 6-10 min so that’s what I went with. I thought that was a little insane, but Mandala’s Special Dark says the same and for the first time I just go with what the vendor suggests.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – I bet Special Dark would survive a 4 hour steep. :P

OMGsrsly

I have some! I might try it. :D

OMGsrsly

The nuggets from Mandala work GREAT that way, you can steep for 4 hours 3-4 times before simmering them on the stove to extract the last of the goodness.

DeliriumsFrogs

ooooh! I love these ways of steeping! :D I must try.

Cavocorax

And, I must try doing short steeps more often too! :P I just have a hard time dedicating an afternoon to puer. :P But luckily a lot of the tea I’ve bought from Mandala/Verdant have instructions for Western Style brewing. :P Or I guess, but I know I’m missing out on a lot of the nuances… (but if it means I do that, or I don’t drink it at all, then… I’m doing ok)

DeliriumsFrogs

That’s just it, for me too. I love when I can find the time to dedicate to a full puerh session, but there are days I want to drink it, but don’t have the time to sit down properly for multiple short steeps. Also, I haven’t figured out how to keep my water warm sufficiently, and it can be a real pain heating up cold water repeatedly for the session (I either need a better kettle, or a thermos… not sure which).

OMGsrsly

Thermos! Kettle just means you’re reheating the water constantly. Unless you get one of the Asian water heaters..

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Oh man, I love A&D Damn Fine Tea. I think I currently have 5 tins of tea from these guys and I pretty much love all of them. (I’m not so fussed about the Double Knit blend but the rest are amaze).

I’m drinking this bc we’re not getting a Goat/Sheep tea for Chinese New Year, which makes me sad, but the fact that I still have LAST YEAR’s TEA (and a lot of it) really helps make up for that. I tend to savour these teas and they last me months. And while I’ve had a lot of Yunnan teas lately (mostly thanks to Sil, I find that I have the warmest thoughts about this silly horse tea!)

OMGsrsly

Baaaa! I would love a sheep tea. Or a goat tea. :)

donkeytiara

i agree…their teas are very reliable….but their shipping’ll kill ye!

Cavocorax

Yeah, shipping is rough! That’s why I order big when I do order, and preferably when they have a shipping discount! I think like time I placed an order someone asked if we could get some love in Canada and they gave us a $5 discount on shipping – that was good enough for me!

I wish they would give you the option to buy the tea w/o the tins though – it’d make shipping cheaper AND I could reuse these pretty tins!

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Sipdown! 153

Thanks Sil! I was surprised by how much I liked this one! It’s very light and refreshing, but still dark enough to give me that black-tea kick that I need! It’s strange, but with the chai/mint combo, I’m getting a bit of a licorice flavour to it, but that just mean that it tastes cool and refreshing. I could easily drink 50g-100g of this one!

Sil

:) you’re going to catch up to me at this rate…i can’t seem to get sipdowns in and things are incoming lol

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I thought it was almost time to go home like an hour ago, so it’s been decided that I need a cup of this, liquid joy, to distract me while I wait out the rest of my day..

It’s so good and I will miss it.
(I’m not convinced that guayasa really wakes me up but maybe I’m just immune to everything. I mean, lbr, I drank a full cup of coffee and then napped on the couch like 5 minutes after on the weekend…)

Stephanie

I’m having Good Morning Sunshine today :)

Fjellrev

Haha I’m totally immune to caffeine. It’s all about drinking for pleasure.

Cavocorax

Woah! That’s interesting!

CrowKettle

Coffee naps have saved me a few times now, during my undergrad. :)

Indigobloom

I tried it once with coffee, a few times with tea unintetionally. Its a different sort of nap that’s for sure!

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92
drank Barley Black by Dragon Tea House
1771 tasting notes

OMG. This is AMAZE.

The barley makes it taste like coffee, or like something amazingly earthy & sweet .

Thank you Sil I might have to get more. (154)

Sil

wait for me to get through/open the teas i bought from DTH….that way we can check those ones out too

Cavocorax

I’ll wait, don’t worry. :P I shouldn’t be buying tea for a few months anyway… But I have this on my spreadsheet with notes to remind me to look for it again!

Sil

oh good. :) i’m trying to hold off until at least april/may ince that’s vacation to vancouver. i think

Cavocorax

Yeah no worries. :) I don’t foresee any impulse purchases any time soooon? (Partially bc I’m waiting to see if I’m going to be working after next month or not!)

Sil

summer break?

Cavocorax

Yeah. We’ll be done Hannibal in April – but it’ll slow down before that bc we might not have to built much more. And we don’t have anything schedule for after. Boss is thinking he might want a break. Whether that’s a few weeks or a few months, IDK yet. :P When things are calmer I’ll find out.

Cavocorax

Ugh. UGHHHH. UGHGHGHGHGH – typos.

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Thanks OMGsrsly! Now THIS is the type of white teas that I like. It’s very gentle and refreshing, and just as enjoyable hot and cooled. There’s a little bit of sweetness in it, but it’s’ subdued and relaxing – a perfect afternoon tea!

:D

OMGsrsly

:) I really like this one too. And Tea Centre legit does ship, but I don’t think they do shipping deals.

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I accept that I have to pay shipping, so I just try to max my orders out. :D

Sil

or i bring it back? with my extra suitcase?

Cavocorax

Hahah. HAVE FUN SIL!

OMGsrsly

You going to Courtenay then, Sil? :)

Sil

we haven’t figured out where we’re going… was even looking at splurging on a stay at point no point…

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I’ve been there! It’s really gorgeous. :)

OMGsrsly

But it’s up towards Sooke, not up towards Nanaimo…

Sil

so don’t be mean. remember ian and i drive lots… whats an 8 hrs drive there and back?

OMGsrsly

A day of tea shopping… :P

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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.

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