1678 Tasting Notes

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1678 tasting notes

This is probably a bad use for puerh but I like it. It tastes like cinnamon heart candy, and I approve.

Some days I want serious tea. Some days I want candy.

VariaTEA

Have you received any packages today?!? :P Also I definitely get what you mean about wanting candy. That is my tea preference on most days :P

Dexter

(Not sure I should admit to this, but sometimes I put a little cinnamon stick in a GOOD pu’erh – cinnamon and pu’erh just go together in my world. It probably is pu’erh abuse, but I like it)

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drank Velours nacré by Dammann Freres
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Thanks MissB for letting me try this one out! It’s a nice almond tea, but I’m not really getting much else from it. It seems well suited for such a cold day, but I don’t think it’s one I’d crave as I’m not so much into nutty teas. ;) Glad I tried it though.

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This is excellent. I didn’t expect it to be, but I guess drinking it in cold milk helps make it more creamy/peanut buttery.

sherapop

I have to confess that the idea of flavored matcha doesn’t appeal to me! Basically it sounds as though they are being used by you and others to prefer lattes—or beverages sort of like frappuccinos. Is that right?

sherapop

prepare lattes

Cavocorax

That’s how I do it! I haven’t had much experience with matcha – I’ve only been the matcha from Red Leaf. I have prepared matcha properly with the bamboo whisk and hot water, and I do enjoy that, but I find with the flavoured matcha that they taste perfectly fine in cold milk, which makes it a snap for a breakfast smoothie on my way out the door. I like to make it hot when I have time at home to enjoy it.

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drank Glacier Blend by Specifically Tea
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Yum! Sore throats and sinus aches are so crappy, but this tea makes it more bearable! :D

Looks like I wasn’t able to avoid this cold after all but I don’t mind so long as the little bear doesn’t get sick! Also, I wouldn’t want to call in sick in my first month of working because she’s sick, but I’ll have to do it because you can’t send the kiddo in to daycare sick. :| So, fingers crossed! I’ll make her some of this tomorrow!

__Morgana__

Wishing you immunity to little bear germs! (They’re whoppers!)

Fjellrev

Nooooo, I hope you’ll feel better soon, Cavo.

yyz

Hope your feeling better in the morning!

Cavocorax

Thanks guys! Definitely actually sick, but I’ll live. :)

TheTeaFairy

Feel better soon, Cavo, not fun…

There’s no scientific studies proving this, but the more I read about sick Steepster members, the more I’m starting to think we share our germs in some ways, lol, maybe through swaps??? haha!

Yvonne

Get well soon! ♥

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Oh. UGh. I did not make this taste good at all! :O

The upside? It was a sipdown!

Yvonne

Oh no :(

__Morgana__

Sorry, and yay for upsides!

Fjellrev

You showed that tea who’s boss.

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Another Sipdown!

I tried this twice, and just never cared for it. The lime smelled great but didn’t carry into the flavour enough. And the base was odd – Kept getting that weird salty flavor I’ve found in a few teas now…

Fjellrev

Ugh, too bad about the base. Hope I won’t get the same flavour from it.

Cavocorax

Probably not? I think I’m the only one who gets it – caused partly by my combo of my water and steeper maybe too?

Fjellrev

I was going to say, speaking of the earlier comment about water and location, I wonder if that may be part of the problem. I’ll watch for a salty flavour when I get mine in.

Yvonne

This one sounds really interesting!

VariaTEA

This never worked for me either, Cavo. I tried the whole sample and was disappointed each time :(

Cavocorax

Hmmm. I’m happy it’s not just me because I ordered some other teas from Herbal Infusions and I don’t want them all to be the same. I wonder if they use the same base for all their black teas? It’d make it easier for me to figure out what it is about certain teas that makes it “salty” and others not. I’ll have to add notes to my tea spreadsheet and track this: FOR SCIENCE.

VariaTEA

haha FOR SCIENCE! Also, I think their base is the same for most of the ones I tried. I know I picked up on the same base flavor in Moose Tracks, Key Lime Coconut, and Santa’s Milk & Cookies. I haven’t tried many of their teas though so I might not be the expert on that topic.

Dexter

(am I the only one that doesn’t have a tea spread sheet… ? )

Sil

dexter….possibly haha

keychange

dexter, no tea spread sheet here either!

OMGsrsly

I think they use the same base for pretty much all their black teas, and sadly I don’t like the base at all.

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – I was afraid of that, but I did like Moose Tracks, so I grabbed 50g of that and the Snowflake EG. There’s a few samplers so I’ll see how those go.

TheTeaFairy

(Haha, Dexter, I don’t have one but sounds like a great idea!)

OMGsrsly

I haven’t even tried all my samples yet. I have this one, but I’m a little scared.

Cavocorax

Yes! Spreadsheets are an excellent way to summarize all your tea thoughts, as well as notes on if you should repurchase it, how you prefer to drink it etc. I love excel bc it’s so easy to search for one specific tea out of hundreds.

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drank SoHo Blend by Harney & Sons
1678 tasting notes

So long SoHo! (139/212)

I think I may have fallen out of love with this one. It’s the coconut that does it – I don’t think I care for it and even the smell of it puts me off a little. It’s a shame.

Cavocorax

ETA: The milk made this good!

Yvonne

Mmmmmmm….coconut.

VariaTEA

This is AMAZING when I make it in Montreal and not so amazing when I make it in Thornhill. That makes me sad. I have a 4 oz tin and only a few months left to drink it and really enjoy it.

Cavocorax

Huh. Maybe the water here sucks?

VariaTEA

Maybe. It was really weird. Also, ever since I used my timolino in Toronto and then I forgot it there. Since I got it back, I can’t use it to brew teas anymore because it imparts a metallic taste that makes the tea disgusting. I never had that issue before so I have no clue what happened.

Fjellrev

I’m jealous you’re finished yours because I’ve been trying to work through my 4 oz. And I agree that the smell of this tea is kind of off too.

Now you all make me wonder how this would taste in Edmonton. I’ve only brewed it here on the coast.

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drank Kapha Ayurvedic by DAVIDsTEA
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This was surprisingly good! I didn’t know what to expect with a name like Kapha bc I don’t know anything about ayurvedic stuff, but I do know I like licorice and spices and throat soothing goodness!

Sipdown! (down to 233 – with all my incoming teas factored in…)

TheTeaFairy

Ayurvedic, just the name is a turn off, don’t you think?. I never remember how to spell it, lol! But I know a little about it, Ayurvedic medicine is quite a science and philosophy, pitta, vata, etc… I’m just not zen enough yet to become an adept. But it is quite interesting.

MissB

I love this tea!

Cavocorax

Oh, thanks for the explanation. I had no idea, although I agree that the name makes the tea less interesting… It’s good though, despite the name.

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drank S'mores Chai by 52teas
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Backlog: This was a sipdown from earlier today. It tasted a bit flat, and I sorta felt better about not placing that 52 Teas order I almost grabbed on impulse. I’ll wait until I really get hooked on a sample again before I give it a try.

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So I’ve been remiss in my tasting notes, but I have been working on Operation Sipdown today. I finished off two teas so far, and this one is a sipdown, courtesy of Sil.

I think I’m in agreeent with her that this is a decent tea, but not necessarily mindblowing. I want to add milk to it, and that is never a good sign. But, I’m happy I tried it because I had this impression i my head that Mariage Freres = INCREDIBLE.

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

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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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