1693 Tasting Notes

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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
1693 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
1693 tasting notes

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
1693 tasting notes

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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Sipdown! I gave the rest of this to VariaTEA as well as a ton of other samples. I didn’t count them. I just kept adding. Mwahahah.
Hopefully she finds more of the Herbal Infusions teas that she enjoys!

This one is sorta flat. I’m less enthused about it now that I’m not drinking it on Christmas day. Sorry Santa’s Milk!

VariaTEA

NO!!! no more of this! I literally have one bag of this that is still sealed and another that is 3/4 full. And I really don’t like it all that much. haha.

VariaTEA

Oh well, I guess I will now have an excessive surplus of this to find the perfect way to brew it.

Cavocorax

Oh snap. Maybe I didn’t share it with you? I tried not to give you more of the 3 you told me about, but some are so similar in my head that I mixed them up. :O

/0\

VariaTEA

Hahaha. Whatever happens, happens.

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drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
1693 tasting notes

I started with this today and while it should have been amazing and wonderful, I didn’t time it properly and left it in too long and it’s too strong.

But I’m awake now after having had it!
(And that coffee from Tim Hortons that was hidden in a Lowe’s. Why are there Subways and Tim Hortons tucked away in hardware stores now? I don’t care – it’s where my bus gets off so I can always have Timmies before work if I want it!)

Happy Friday!

caile

Happy Friday! :-)

__Morgana__

Happy Friday! And it’s a long weekend, too! (In the USA.)

Cavocorax

Is it? Even better for you guys! :D

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1693 tasting notes

And another sipdown! :O

This was so good. I’m totally relaxed for bed. :)
Good night, Steepsterites! Good night!

JustJames

i have a sample of this….. hmmm. thinking, thinking….

VariaTEA

Would you like some more Cavo? I haven’t quite sealed up your package. I think I counted 23 teas though and 24 is such a nicer number :P

VariaTEA

*24 is a much nicer number.

OMGsrsly

Do it, VariaTEA, do it! :D

VariaTEA

It has been done!

MissB

It’s a decaf, and really finicky about being oversteeped. Try it, JustJames! VariaTEA, do it… ;)

VariaTEA

I am learning from you MissB! I just keep adding and adding. I think I opened and resealed the swap package to Roswell Strange like 4 times. I have to say though, it is very satisfying to both reign in my own cupboard and share with others.

Cavocorax

Omg. :O
I’m laughing at this on the bus and I don’t care! I feel spoiled.

Terri HarpLady

I love our community!!

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This was a quick and obvious sipdown as I get so excited about this tea that I MUST HAVE IT immediately. I’ll miss it, but it’s one less baggy floating around my collection, making it untidy. :P

(file that under weird reasons to drink a specific tea)
Thanks again MissB for surprising me with this!

Fjellrev

Not weird at all! I’ve even had a tea before just for the mere fact that it was sitting in my cupboard/box a certain way and I didn’t want it there haha.

Cavocorax

Hahaha. I love Steepster. :) I’m glad you guys are out there and understand!

Shmiracles

we totally understand!! i have a weird sense of accomplishment when my tea cupboard fits nicely within the space i’ve allotted it.

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Woah! I just dumped a scoop of this in my timolino full of milk, shook it and left it in the fridge for 2 days.

THIS IS GREAT. It’s so dark and creamy. I love it.

VariaTEA

Oh Cavo, you always inspire my matcha prep practices. I will have to give this a try once me and my matcha are reunited.

Cavocorax

Do I inspire you with how lazy I am with my matcha? :P I always feel like it’s matcha abuse, but it turns out nicely!

VariaTEA

Haven’t you heard that lazy people will always find the most efficient way to do a task so they can get it over with quickly? You taught me to mix matcha in cold milk and most of the time that is far easier and tastes much better than prepping it in hot water like a tea.

OMGsrsly

That is if you’re not too lazy to do it in the first place, VariaTEA! ;) I need to try this. I still have the Bubblegum matcha to try (I think). I’m a little suspicious of it…

Cavocorax

I don’t blame you, OMG! I think there’s a reason that I won such a large amount of it. It’s a little odd.

Laziness wins. :D

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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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