1700 Tasting Notes

83

Mmmm… This was supposed to be my breakfast, instead of the Tim Hortons. I love it. I had to pull it out and see that I had enough to share with Roswell Strange, and I do! But since I had it out, why not make some cold brewed with milk for the morning.

Why not indeed. Yum.
I’m not sure I’d want it without milk though. It’s just so good with it.

Courtney

This one has been intriguing me. It may go into my next Red Leaf order.

Sil

Courtney – i can send you some of mine as well if you’d like to try it first. it’s one of the many i have that are currently unopened :)

Courtney

That’s so generous. :) Maybe check my cupboard to see if there’s something I can send in return Sil!

Cavocorax

:P You guys are awesome. I was just gonna volunteer to send you a few scoops while I pack up Roswell’s but Sil was ALL OVER this.

Sil

Haha ill take a look later on Courtney :)

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80

Time for French Breakfast!
I’m not really good at actual breakfast – I had a danish, and a medium double-double from Tim Hortons. Sugar, yes?

So I don’t need any additives to this. Just pure black tea.

Yvonne

Tim Hortons is the breakfast of champions :)

OMGsrsly

I used to do that kind of thing all the time. On campus, there are often leftover donuts and cookies from meetings! The last breakfast thing we had, I stole a tray of strawberries because they were the only thing I could eat. I got some funny looks. :)

Cavocorax

It is! I can’t believe how long Tim Hortons has been a staple for me. A very unhealthy staple.

Man, I remmeber that they were THE LAST COMPANY to embrace debit machines. OMG YOU GUYS. #shakesfist

Sil

gross.

Cavocorax

Are you anti-coffee or anti-Tim Hortons?
Or anti-danish?

Sil

anti tim horton’s. SOOOOOO much sugar in everything they make…including the water. ;)

keychange

Sugar=tasty deliciousness mmm!

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71

And that’s goodbye to this. (162)

It smells so amazing, like a strawberry milkshake, but the flavouring is just too weak. I steeped for 10 minutes and then added a little bit of I’ll after a few sips, but I still wanted more. Hmmm. I keep feeling like I need to fiddle with it more, but I did get a few cups of it to play with…

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 45 sec
Courtney

Boo. I’m thrilled you sent me this one though, I didn’t have the highest hopes and it turned out great for me.

VariaTEA

This smells so appealing to me but I can’t get past the cacao. One day I will have my strawberry milkshake tea!

Courtney

And by you, I meant VariaTEA hah!

VariaTEA

haha. I was confused but its okay. I am glad it worked out for you.

Courtney

Sorry VariaTEA! I think I just see this tea and associate it with you now hah.

VariaTEA

Well I am glad that you associate me with a tea you like. It would be a bit sad if you thought of me every time you saw a tea you hated.

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70
drank Cookie Dough by DAVIDsTEA
1700 tasting notes

And that’s enough of this one! (163)

It’s time too, because I bought it in February last year, as part of the 2/$5 promotion of winter teas. I basically held onto it until Fall and now it’s gone! Yes. Now I just need to finish Alpine Punch and then the oldest teas I have will be from April. Gotta push that gap back!

I dropped the rating on this. The artificial flavouring in here is sorta blegh. DNW.

TastyBrew

I actually really like this one. It always fills that need for dessert at the end of the night. Definitely filled with artificial flavor, though, but it’s the rare tea that can get away with that for me. I’ll be sad when I run out.

Cavocorax

I really liked it, but I guess I moved on?
I’m happy you’re into it though. :D

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83

And that’s the end of this. I had to drink this and finish it up because with the RiverTea additions, I am really struggling for space! Those tins are cute, but it’s time to make way, make way!

And I better get on it before my Adagio teas arrive…

I would reorder this again if it was ever reblended though. Eventually. It’s a nice winter tea.

VariaTEA

What steeping parameters do you use? I keep meaning to make it and then end up going with something else because I have no idea how to best go about making it.

Cavocorax

I steep it around 70-80 (I think more around 70 because I can’t remember) and for about 4 minutes because I’d rather more flavour than too little.

VariaTEA

I read 70-80 and I think I am a bit out of it because I could not believe you steeped a white tea for 70-80 minutes. Then it clicked in you meant temperature. So I felt dumb. But I shall try these parameters when I get around to making this tea.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. That would be a pretty awful tea!
Guess I should be more clear with my symbols. :P

VariaTEA

haha no. You were very clear, I just had a slow moment.

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80
drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
1700 tasting notes

Ok, first off, I have one small complaint with this – there’s TOO MUCH stuff to try to fit it all in 1 tsp, including some hefty and delicious looking chunks of chocolate! I solved that by making a 16 oz cup with 2tsp, but even then I made sure to get some chocolate in there.

Ok, on to the tea. The first thing I taste is star anise. Sweet anise. Then a little bit of rose and chocolate mixed together, and then a wash of spices. The mouthfeel is a little dense, like cake.

Now, I wish I’d had the actual Granny’s cake that this was named after!

Overall this is a very satisfying dessert tea! Kudos! (And I may raise this rating more in the future, but I generally tend to rate things too high when I’m excited and I’m trying to be a bit more realistic)

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

Sounds yummy! I feel the same way about Boatsman: it’s got big pieces.

Sil

interesting sounding at the very least heh

keychange

haha, I’m the same way about initial excitement and rating. 100! all the way! except my second cup doesn’t taste nearly as 100y

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80
drank Granny's Cake by RiverTea
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72

I’m drinking this while I add the rest of my teas to the database. I’m using RiverTea as the name, but I think someone else has been adding them as River Tea (because that also popped up). :O

Well hopefully that’s something Jason (or whoever they hire?) can fix up if needed.

On to this tea! I like it? It’s rich and malty, and dark. It’s strong enough to help wake me up in the morning, but not quite enough to bother me on an empty stomach. It’s also not astringent which is a plus!

I should probably wax poetical about this, but truth be told I haven’t had an Assam in a month or so. I think Tiger Assam was my last, and it’s hard for me to say how good this is in comparison. I like it, and it gets a lot of extra points for the name.

Is it the best Assam out there? I’ll leave that for Sil to decide when she gets hers, which I hope is today!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Dinosara

Last I heard the merge function is down right now as they are trying to upgrade the site, and I remember them saying merging companies was harder. They did do it for DavidsTea eventually. Maybe it will get easier with the upgrade?

Cavocorax

Huh. I didn’t realize that. Well it looks like only one tea was entered under the other name. Hopefully everyone else uses RiverTea!

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90

I’ve let this cool for nearly half an hour now, and it smells like buttery dough and tastes like shortbread.

OMG. This is seriously so good. This is what I expected from the S&V Almond tea, for some reason even though that’s probably not a fair comparison but I don’t care. This is a nice tea.

And it’s a sipdown! (165, with my Riverteas added in!)

VariaTEA

I wish I experienced this the same way you did. I have more should you want it.

Cavocorax

I may take you up on that! :D I’m not sure why it works for me? Two bags at boiling for 6-8 minutes, poured into a large mug = perfection.

Cavocorax

I lost the last bag you sent me by dropping it into salsa. :P

VariaTEA

Something tells me salsa and shortbread are not a great pair

Roswell Strange

You never know – sometimes sweet and savory go together quite well ;)

Yvonne

I never thought much of CS teas but now I want to try this!

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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.

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