1764 Tasting Notes

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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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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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76

Thanks Sil! I finally finished this sample! (156)
I’ve never heard of this company before but the blueberry in this is good. It’s very strong but doesn’t taste really artificial or anything. I guess it had actually blueberries in it too? Great.

Thanks again!

Oh, and now that I’m NOT getting my Teavana order in, I’ll only be at 180 once all my orders/swaps etc arrive! So I’ve got room for more? Ha. NO. No nO NO.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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76

Ok, goodbye to this! I think that is the last of my Amoda teas, which is good because the new box will be out in a week or so! And if I end up with more Amoda teas than I can drink, I should unsub. I might anyway though. It’s really not worth $12 a month. Probably not. But it is great getting something in the mail and I have discovered some good companies, like the Devotea, through them!

I like this tea. I get a little bit of creaminiess and lots of mint. The rooibos is still there – you can’t hide it, but it’s not too woodsy or anything.

Yep. This is a pretty relaxing cup. It’s probably good that I’ve switched to something without caffeine after all the tea I had today (a lot of them were resteeped)

Yvonne

Subscription boxes seem so exciting – glad you enjoyed this :) Nothing better than a relaxing rooibos at the end of a long day.

Cavocorax

They are! And they’re a decent gift if your family/friends ever need one that they can surprise you with! (I did that with my mom for Mother’s Day last year)

Sil

I like the amoda box from a canada perspective, there’s not much else out there and if you’re starting your tea journey it’s pretty good. Once you’ve figured out what you like, it’s less exciting, especially if you’re on steepster where you already have a billion companies you’re exposed to haha (in my opinion)

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97
drank Eggnog Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Sil passed this on to me and I am quite grateful. The flavouring in this is great. It’s not too strong, but mixed with cold milk I get that familiar eggnog flavouring that I crave.

I think if I bought it I’d probably do 30g instead of 60 because it’s one I would crave more in the winter months…

Thank you!

Sil

glad you liked it!

VariaTEA

I have a sample of this both in my order which is somewhere in the world and trapped in my fridge in Florida. It is the one matcha with no information on my spreadsheet because it is the only one I own that I haven’t tried. Actually, I should go have some matcha now…

Roswell Strange

Call me crazy, but I like this as tea soda…

Fjellrev

Is it really heavy on the nutmeg?

Cavocorax

I didn’t think so? I’ll try to pay more attention next time I drink it, but OTOH I really do like nutmeg.

Fjellrev

Oh yeah, I really like nutmeg too. I’ve just noticed that most perfumes/beverage interpretations tend to be NUTMEG and nothing much more haha.

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78
drank Cherry Dream by RiverTea
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Ok, lets see if I can give this a proper review.

I thought since I was home it’d be a good time to have a green and brew it properly with my kettle. I love how it smells – very simply I can smell cherry and grapefruit.

When I sip it I get blasted with the grapefruit, which is followed up by the cherry to sweeten things up, and a touch of rose at the end. I think that’s different than what I said before, but this is what I taste now.

It’s cooled a bit by this point bc the baby distracted me for about half an hour, but it’s still tolerably warm and very tasty. I would say it’s more cherry and rose than grapefruit once it’s cooled.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Dexter

Hmmmm “blasted with grapefruit” – not sure that’s going to make me happy, but if that goes away as it cools. Need to find time to try these for myself. Glad you are exploring yours.

Sil

MINE ARE HERE!!!!! NOM NOM NOM
orange puerh; tropical dream are the two teas i don’t think you have and i have samples of pret a portea; granny’s cake and golden himalaya…any of those something you want to try cavo?

Cavocorax

Dexter – ok, blasted might have been a little exaggerated. I was just caught off guard :P I hope yours doesn’t disappoint!.

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drank Pumpkin Milkshake by Butiki Teas
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I thought I’d have this, but I should have added a bit of brown sugar to it. It was ok, but sorta muted flavour-wise. And I know Butiki teas are flavoured more naturally than say, Della Terra, so I shouldn’t expect it to punch me in the face, but it was a little milder than I prefer.

I wonder how 2.0 compares?

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 4 min, 45 sec
Roswell Strange

I’ll save some of 2.0 to send to you when I get more money, and you can try it out for comparison :)

Courtney

I personally prefer this one. :)

Yvonne

Was it at least creamy?

Sil

I’ve got 2.0 at my place as well

Cavocorax

It was a little creamy? IDk, maybe I just wasn’t in the right headspace to fully enjoy this one, or maybe it’s just not for me. I already have enough Butiki teas on my always-restock lists that I’m not too fussed either way. :P

Yvonne

Aw. :( That’s disappointing.

Fjellrev

I also find the 2.0 quite muted (well, it was ginger-heavy). I’ll have to try again.

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91
drank Mulberry White Tea by RiverTea
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I’m drinking this again! It’s so great. Just make sure you have at least one mulberry before you steep it or it loses all the magic.

This has lots of magic. It smells delicious from across the room, but didn’t stay that far for long as I’m happily sipping away.

It’s so cool and refreshing (while hot) that I strongly suspect it would be nice iced.

Sil

i’m still so jealous… stupid tea. never going to get here..

Roswell Strange

Mmmmm, I like this one cold. Still waiting for mine too, Sil! We can be impatient together ;P

VariaTEA

This tea is calling to me. I may have to place a RiverTea order soon. Hopefully my purchases today will hold me over for a little while at least. I got Gold Rush so that should help.

Roswell Strange

I was gonna send you more of that one once I had money for another swap, heh :P

Sil

haaaai! i wanna swap with R.Strange toooooooooooo

VariaTEA

Haha I like how we are already planning our next swap :P. I swear we are going to get to a point where we just know what to send the other and have packages ready to go for when we decide it’s time. And Sil, she is a pretty great swap partner :)

Roswell Strange

I wanna swap with you too, Sil! When I have money! @VariaTEA – I had a list on my laptop of things on your shopping list I own/have similar to that I was gonna send you as add ins if you didn’t request them (which I guess I’ll now have to remake because of the lack of a laptop). I don’t think the loss of my master spreadsheet has really hit me yet…

Cavocorax

Oh me too! I want to do a trade someday too! :P
(No rush though)

And yikes. The loss of your spreadsheet is rough! There’s no way to salvage any of your date? And keep it on dropbox?? :(

Roswell Strange

I can’t even get my computer to boot up – let alone access the documents on it. I haven’t brought it in though to be professionally evaluated because I don’t have the money – but my technologically minded friend from Regina says that if the hard drive is salvageable, it’ll likely cost more than getting a new one and since there’s only a couple word documents that I’m missing having, it’s likely not worth the extra cost. I definitely want to do a proper swap with you too, though!

Sil

VariaTEA – it’s funny you talk about you and RS getting so you’re ready to go right away. Sounds like you two might be tea sisters! Terri and i both have standing boxes at our respective houses that get filled with anything we think the other should try, might want to try etc… when it’s full, it goes out. so it’s less a swap at this point than just a standing agreement to share tea whenever. heh

Roswell Strange

Tea Sisters indeed. We’ve found a couple of near scary similarities outside of tea, though :P

VariaTEA

Haha. We are kindred spirits in tea and life :P

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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Oh man, I haven’t had this in TOO LONG. I’m on my second cup now and it’s great. So great.

I just posted a rant about my teavana online ordering experience here (http://steepster.com/discuss/6267-my-teavana-experience?post_id=118682#) and it’s ok actually because I have this lovely tea. I don’t need Teavana tea. Their blends are mostly additives anyway – there’s not much actual tea there. I just wanted to try them out so that I could say for sure how I felt, but NO THX.

But hey, how do you know? Some people don’t like Adagio tea as they’re too entry level or whatever (like DAVIDs and Teavana) but I’m happy with them! So I have no regrets.

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Ok, so everyone has been posting this one lately and it reminded me I was due for a cup. I think I still have about 2 oz of this left in my pretty, keep me forever TARDIS tin! But I bought this in April, so I had better get sipping!

It was a great cup, as always. 2 min is enough to bring out the flavours so they can dance in my mouth and take me to different places through time and space… Now if only I could land in August 2014 to see the new Doctor Who Season. Or, Christmas next year for more Sherlock! :O

(I guess to be specific, they were talking about THIS Tardis tea: http://steepster.com/teas/custom-adagio-teas/42029-tardis but I don’t have it and never have. So, it’s time for this one! Some day I will switch from Cara McG teas over to Aun Juli Riddle. I’ve heard good things and for some fandoms I like the art far more!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Haha. They’re both good, but I like the other one better. :) Although, knowing Adiago fills tins by volume, and the fact it has white tea in it… I’m not sure I want to buy more. IDK.

MissB

I like the other one better too, although they’re both tasty. I should send you some!

Cavocorax

If you’d like to, I’d be curious to try it! But no rush. :D

Cavocorax

And that’s a very good point OMGsrsly! I hope they change the wording on their site.

OMGsrsly

At least it looks like most fandom blends are 4oz. Or the Tardis ones are.

MissB

Heh. Consider it added to a bag for you. :)

Cavocorax

That’s awesome – thank you!

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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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