1700 Tasting Notes

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I had this earlier today and I’ve got enough for one serving left. That’s good too because I’m just not a fan. It’s a bit of cream, and not enough cookie.

Fjellrev

And here this seemed to be such a popular one last year. My gut told me there wouldn’t be enough cookie in it!

Sil

Naw…there’s something about it that makes it not quite there

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drank Boléro by Mariage Frères
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Thank you VariaTEA (and MissB?) for this sample? Without even reading the note I could taste the apricot and peaches – it was so fruity and sweet. I am enjoying this, and I suspect that it would be a cold-brew staple in the summer time!

Sipdown (163)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Tuscanteal

I loved this one when I had it in my stash!! MF needs to come to North America whines

VariaTEA

Yep this came to me from MissB. She sent so much and I thought it was nice to share.

MissB

Oh, it has strawberries in it, which I’m allergic to, however it was missed on the label. So, I shared it easily! :) Got it at Holt Renfrew as well.

Cavocorax

That sucks about the sneaky strawberries! But I’m happy it made its way to me. :)

VariaTEA

I enjoyed it as well so I am sorry the sneaky strawberries prevented you for having it. You just sent me so much and I found I am not drinking it often so I should share the love and hopefully find someone who would give it the love it deserves.

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drank Chocolate Truffle by Tea Desire
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Hmm… I don’t think I’m too crazy about this. It’s mostly puerish. I’m not getting much else.

But I have one cup left to try to make my mind up!

VariaTEA

Sorry this was not for you. I wasn’t in love with it either but thought I would share.

MissB

Aw, boo. It is a pu-erh, which I’m learning now is not your thing VariaTEA. Had hoped it would work out or others though, as I do enjoy this.

Cavocorax

Meh. I’m still happy to have tried it! With a name like chocolate truffle I may have been tempted to buy some, and then I would have been disappointed!

VariaTEA

Names always get me. I am getting better at stopping myself when I see it has pu’erh or something I know I don’t like.

Cavocorax

That’s good!
Sometimes puerh mixes can be really good though! Tealux has a few I really like.

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Yes – I need this nice soothing cup. I think this was my favourite of the Christmas teas. Oh, after the Snowflake EG.

I’ve only got one cup left…. I’ll have to save it for something special.

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So I totally made this one by mistake! I meant to make Justea’s Chai and didn’t clue in that something was off, even after wondering why it was just black tea and no spices… :P

This is still good though.

VariaTEA

Haha tasting earl when you are expecting chai must be quite shocking.

Cavocorax

Haha. Well I realized my mistake when I was pouring that water in so I knew what to expect once it finished steeping.

VariaTEA

That’s good. That would have been quite the surprise otherwise.

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And that’s a sipdown for this one! (164)

I oversteeped it so the base is a bit more pronounced, and the banana is more liquorish than I would like, but it is still a nice cup. I haven’t ruined it!

keychange

I love love love this tea!
Were you there for the “we love Franks’s banana” discussion?

Roswell Strange

I was trying to think of something to summarize how I was there for that (yay me) and how I was laughing currently remembering it, but struggled so I’m just gonna plop this ‘Lol’ here to suffice ;)

Yvonne

I’m dying to try something that actually tastes like banana. This sounds delicious!

Cavocorax

No – I think I missed this? Can someone link it? :P
And Yvonne, not only is it banana, it’s creamy coconut banana! I almost ordered some when Frank had 15% off, but it’s sold out.

Yvonne

Oh my, that sounds a million times more amazing. Coconut makes everything good!

Cavocorax

Right? I wish I had had more than that little sample!

VariaTEA

I have a thing about banana so when I saw Frank reblended it around BF I picked up a pouch. I think it is almost half gone and I actually haven’t even had a cup yet (though I have tried the tea and I know it is pretty delicious). Everyone keeps asking to try it and I am just happy to share given I have so much :). I am glad you liked it.

Cavocorax

I’m grateful you could share it, especially since you haven’t even had it yet! :O

VariaTEA

Haha it is okay. Better to share it than let it all sit and go bad. Plus it is always nice when you can help someone try something that they may not try otherwise. Frank’s blends are so hard to find so I always try to accommodate when someone wants to taste one.

VariaTEA

And, it is not like others haven’t done the same for me so it is always nice to give back.

Yvonne

You are just beyond nice, VariaTEA. :) The world needs more people like you.

Roswell Strange

My pouch of Butterscotch Banana is nearly gone, which makes me really sad. I have about a mug worth of this and Napalm Ferret left as well. Soon I’ll be out of amazing 52Teas Banana teas :(

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96
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
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This is the re-steeped cup, but I’m putting this in a new note because I am bummed out. I was reading on my Kindle, I grabbed it and went to the other room, and then I noticed my screen was cracked. :(

I can still read with it. And the light still works. But it’s obvious and annoying and when I just got it in July I expect it to still be in good shape longer.

So, I’m drinking this cup and wishing it was the morning so I could call Amazon to get my new Kindle on the way. I’m fairly certain this is covered under warranty because I didn’t drop it or anything.

At least this cup is great. :D

Courtney

Bleh, I hope your Kindle can be replaced. Thank goodness you have this tea to help you through. :)

Cavocorax

Yep. I’m thankful for that! :D

VariaTEA

That sucks about the kindle. If you get it fixed on amazon.com, you can add this to your order :P

OMGsrsly

Fingers crossed! That’s awful.

Cavocorax

Bah. No luck. They figure I twisted it or put pressure on it or something. Maybe I did. IDK. But it’s not covered under warranty and a replacement is $80. It’s not THAT damaged that I’d pay that.

The cracks are only on the right side of the screen, and aren’t terribly noticeable when the light is dimmed as much as possible. I guess I’ll keep using it until it dies, and then replace it in September if they release a new one? (I’ll have birthday money in Jul y I can set aside for it.)

Bah. I just love that reader so much. :P It looks really awesome in my knitted TARDIS cover! :D :D :D

VariaTEA

Ugh that is so annoying. At least it is still usable though :)

Cavocorax

Yeah, I’ll get used to it now that I know I have to!

OMGsrsly

Oh, that sucks so much. Good luck with it!

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96
drank Nina's Japon by Nina's Paris
1700 tasting notes

Okay! Here’s the moment VariaTEA has been waiting for!!!
(maybe not THE moment, but A moment at least)

This tea tastes mostly bright and green, with caramel notes lingering long after each sip. Like minutes after. I had a few sips and then got distracted by some Netflix comedian for a few minutes and could still taste the caramel and vanilla.

This is also slightly nutty and toasty. There’s just so much going on in each sip.

Ok, VariaTEA. OK. You were right.

This is going immediately onto my shopping list.
(And then I’ll re-steep this)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

The more I hear about this tea the more I want it!

Courtney

THIS TEA IS AMAZE.

Cavocorax

TOTALLY AMAZE. I’m so happy VariaTEA was able to spare a little sample when we did our swap!

Cavocorax

Oh, this is also much better than Harney & Son’s Tokyo blend. I had that in my head as a similar one, but it’s really not.

Courtney

I know what you mean. As it cooled, it reminded me more of Tokyo, but with that awesome creaminess it has. Omg I must have more ASAP. I hid the rest of my sample away in my drawer in hopes that I’ll forget it haha.

Amariel

OMG, I want to try this! Caramel and nutty! It sounds amazing.

Fjellrev

ZOMG me too.

VariaTEA

HAHAHAHA. This was THE moment I was waiting for (anytime anyone tries this tea it is THE moment!). I am sooooooooo insanely happy that this is getting as much love as it deserves. I swear it must seem like I get a kick back when it comes to this tea because I push it so hard but it is THAT good and needs to be tried.

Cavocorax

Hahah. You probably SHOULD get a commission or free samples or something with all the traffic you are sending to their site!

VariaTEA

Haha well they have given me free samples but that has more to do with their business practice than me and my recommendations

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Yay! It’s the end of the week. And I’m nearly over my cold too! :O

But I’m worn out. I fell asleep on my bus for a few minutes and was jarred awake after we passed the 401 and I had a brief moment of panic because OMG, I don’t know where I am, and Toronto is a big city you guys… But it worked out just fine.

I need some coffee though. And tea! So, how about coffee/tea? I just got this one today and I was dying to have some anyway.

I was a little concerned I might not like this one as much as I was a little disappointed with the base in some of Herbal Infusions’ black blends (and if they use the same one for all of them, then the flavouring really makes a huge difference!) Either way, this one was better than I remembered. It’s sweet, and nutty with enough coffee flavour to give it a wake-me-up kick, without being too much. I can’t drink coffee w/o milk and sugar, but this tea is quite nice plain!

I’m pretty happy I snagged 50g. And once it shipped it got to Scarborough in one day! Not bad. They still need to get a little quicker getting the packages out the door, but this is an improvement. I would buy from them again.

Also, the ingredients WERE listed on the bags of all the teas I purchased for those who are worried about allergies etc.

Yikes! This tea review turned into an essay!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Yvonne

Mmmm…this sounds really, really wonderful.

Fjellrev

Glad your cold is almost gone! And happy you received your parcel already. Wow! Mine hasn’t even shipped yet. Wonder if they forgot about mine.

You make me want coffee tea with half and half now haha.

__Morgana__

Love the name. I recently heard of Moose Tracks ice cream, wonder if the flavor is the same.

Cavocorax

It is really wonderful, especially if you like coffee! The nice thing about the company is that shipping is only $5. Not too bad!

Fjellrev – I hope yours ships soon! Maybe send them a fb message? I’ve had quick replies that way.

And Idk? I don’t think I’ve had the ice cream.

Nxtdoor

I read that you “shagged” (50g.) I was like .. whaaa?!?

Amariel

Wish the SITE had ingredients listed. I’d hate to get something that his hibiscus or licorice or something floral in it.

__Morgana__

LOL Nxtdoor.

OMGsrsly

Oh geez. The site still doesn’t have ingredients? I’ll hassle them again. They have a “description” but no actual listing of ingredients. Cavo, would you be so kind as to compare the list on this tea to the website?

Cavocorax

Hahhah Nxtdoor – I was pretty excited about it! :P

I will on Monday if I remember – I only brought enough home with me for 1 cup and left the rest at the office…

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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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