1772 Tasting Notes

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drank Ruby Pie by Butiki Teas
1772 tasting notes

Oooh! I’m pretty excited about the new layout. I like all the extra fields that we can fill in. And I think the flavors box might help me pay more attention to exactly what I’m tasting, because words can make it difficult sometimes, and once people populate it, I can look for suggestions. Neat-o!

I’m not sure about the font, but I’m sure I"ll get used to it. I like the teawares page. I also like that you can specify EXACTLY how much tea/water you used (although for gong fu steeping that might not be as helpful).

Overall: A

And so I wanted to drink this tea to celebrate the changes! I already added all the ingredients into the page, and I imagine I’ll be busy filling in tea info for the next few weeks as we populate all these extra fields. I’m totally a geek that way.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 10 OZ / 295 ML

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81
drank Butterbeer by 52teas
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This is my favourite 52 Tea. I have a weakness for it and have been hoarding my little pouch FOREVER.

Sil

final damage after today is only 181 since both kittenna and Raritea took home some teas and will just pass the leftovers to me once they’re done (i’m doing the same with some of mine) so still under 200! at least until the BB Box gets here, swedish chef’s package gets here…and uh the canadian travelling tea box gets here..

Anna

Aww. Pouchhoarding. So cute.

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77
drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I drank a whole pot of this earlier because I wanted to get rid of my tin and now there’s enough for my small tin for work! YES.

And I haven’t had a lot of success with this blend lately, but it worked out perfectly today. Almond and cranberry, as promised. Phew.

Fjellrev

I must have fluked it every time with my sample sized purchase because I consistently got almond and cranberry.

Cavocorax

I don’t know what it is, but it’s certainly just be me. I loved all my H&S teas, and then suddenly they all tasted flat and artificial. :( Today was closer to what I remember it being!

Fjellrev

Nah, it’s not just you. I’ve seen a lot of people think this one is really flat. I think I’m the odd one out. But then again, I haven’t had it in over a year. I agree though, that they’ve been tasting flat and artificial to me to me, as well. It’s been a real chore to drink up my Florence and SoHo. I swear it’s especially their chocolate note that tastes waxy and artificial.

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97
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sipdown!(154) I love this one!
Thanks again Sil!

And no, I could taste the nutmeg, but it wasn’t too strong or anything for those asking.

Fjellrev

Ah, good to know! When I make my next order with the ridiculous GC/credit from all the reviews I submitted, this will go in the basket. :)

Sil

Now that I’m thinking about this….wasn’t it eggnog mattachino?

Cavocorax

It just said Eggnog Matcha?

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77
drank Spicy Chocolate by Kusmi Tea
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Yes. I approve!

Also, this is really especially good if you take a sip of it right after taking a bite out of a chocolate bar. I suspect this is a secret that applies to ALMOST every tea.

But barring (ha) the chocolate bar, this is still very good. Is that an assam back there? I’m not sure, but the base is nice, and the spices are good. And should be identifiable. Nutmeg, and cinnamon maybe? And a little bit of chocolate. To be fair, there’s never enough chocolate so I always say “a little bit”.

I’ve never ordered from Kusmi or checked them out so I went and checked the website. It’s in French. I clicked on language, and selected Canada, expecting to be given a choice but nope. Apparently we speak French here.

Nous parlons francais ici!

Non, c’est non pas vrais. Or something like that. It’s been 10 years you guys.

Merci beaucoup VariaTEA!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! Glad you liked it :)

Nxtdoor

Hahahahaha!

Starfevre

Weird. Especially since the vast majority of Canada is NOT Quebec.

VariaTEA

There is an English option on the site but for some reason when you click that majority just remains in French

Cavocorax

I noticed that! I clicked on the US but it’s a different site, so I’m curiuos if the shipping is calculated differently depending if you order from the french site or the english one. I may play around with carts to find out.

VariaTEA

Cavo, I can always go grab stuff at Kusmi for you. It is literally a block from my apartment.

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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I’m happy I bought some of this from MissB. It’s good! And 2 oz is the right amount. I don’t really want a full tin of it.

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80

I’m drinking this because I’m home and have access to my kettle! I bought the kettle to try and entice myself into drinking more white/green teas because I’m too lazy to heat water and measure it with a meat thermometer like I used to. (Also, weird)

So, I take a sip and yes.. blueberries! Also, something odd. Huh. OH, it’s the tea. The Pai Mu Tan! I had to wiki it and realized that that is also Bai Mudan and also what we call White Peony (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bai_Mu_Dan_tea).

And now you know!

The white base is really nice. It caught my attention because I haven’t had a lot of white teas, and this is stronger than I expected, while still being delicate. The blueberry flavouring gives it a nice fruitiness, but doesn’t take away from the … hmm.. not grassiness… vegetal nature of the white tea?

Verdict: It’s good.

Also, the ingredients, as listed on my pouch are: Pai Mu Tan. Natural Blueberry Flavouring. That’s nice and short.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Strawberry Cream by Teavana
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So this was one of the Teavana teas that ActUALLY arrived from my last order.
I nearly wish it hadn’t. :P I forgot about the hibiscus when I steeped it and now it’s just a little too tart. But it smells like strawberry cream. Beautifuly, tantalizing strawberry cream….

I’m hoping that a shorter steep time will tame the hibiscus. If not, then cold-steeping. I don’t have too much of this at least.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Yvonne

I ALMOST picked this one up during their sale until I saw the hibiscus. So glad I didn’t now!

Cavocorax

Yeah. :( Well, I only paid a little for it so it could have been worse…

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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And this was another one Sil was kind enough to share with me! It has strawberry in it!!! And rhubarb sourness. And a lot of great things.

JustJames first introduced me to this, which I am grateful for because Sil might not have realized it’s one I would gladly take from her! Everyone rocks!

Sil

….plus the tin is super cute

Cavocorax

It is! And once it’s empty, my kid will have a lot of fun with that. :)

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40
drank Choco*Late by American Tea Room
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Weird. I’m happy I got a sample of this from VariaTEA instead of buying it because I am not a fan. Nope, nope nooooooo.

I thought I would be too, but it’s just too … huh. I’m not even sure how to describe it. It’s like rotten banana – with that sort of liquorish odor, and it’s thick and woodsy and not chocolate. I’m just going to dump this. (155)

VariaTEA

And now to pass the sample on to someone else in hopes this will find a nice home. Either that or it will get passed along until it gets dumped cup by cup.

Cavocorax

Yes. If someone (Canadian) wants the last bit of it (2 cups?) they can have it! If no one claims it it will just… disappear!

OMGsrsly

That sounds terrible. Please disappear it! Please. (Well, unless someone is REALLY curious!)

Fjellrev

Gross, I think BPAL makes a perfume that smells like how you describe the taste of this: Banana Peel in a Graveyard. Personally, I wouldn’t want to know what that would taste like.

Fjellrev

And thanks for taking one for the team and trying it/going through that experience. Now you’ve spared me.

caile

BPAL comes up with some interesting perfumes, that’s for sure.
Rotten banana tea sounds pretty awful.

TeaBrat

I was not a fan of this either

Cavocorax

Ok, I’m glad I’m not the only one who wasn’t a fan.

And yes, I think I’ll do everyone a favour and just disappear it. I wouldn’t want to inflict this on my worst enemy, nevermind one of you guys!!!

VariaTEA

If you go to the tea’s page, people rated it fairly highly. Perhaps it was just this sample that I inflicted on the both of us?

Cavocorax

That’s a possibility!

VariaTEA

In that case, I am very sorry to have subjected you to this nightmare.

Cavocorax

Hahah. Well it’s not like you made it bad! It could have just been another tea that I like which you don’t. (i.e., those Teavana ones I was able to drink)

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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+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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