1772 Tasting Notes

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Thanks to VariaTEA for the generous bag of this tea. It’s quite zippy and very good, especially as this doesn’t have the rock sugar in it. Or if it does, I can’t tell – unlike the premixed sample Teavana likes to ship out (and which is nauseatingly sweet).

Thank you! This is just what I needed at 6 AM to get me going!

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

VariaTEA

I am so glad you are enjoying it. There certainly is a lot there, especially given 1 cup only uses a tsp. And no worries about the sugar because I watched them combine the two teas myself. Unless, the each tea was pre-sugared, that is a sugar-free mix.

Yvonne

Hmm, I’m gonna have to try this one one day!

Cavocorax

Yeah it’s really strong!I was surprised because the sample pack from Teavana is close to 1 oz, but it has so much sugar in it, that the sample doesn’t go far. This is MUCH better.

OMGsrsly

I will be posting an analysis on the contents of my sample pack. Heh. Should be entertaining. My parcel is supposed to be in on Wednesday.

VariaTEA

I think they put something insane like 1-2 tsps of sugar per cup. I mean, if you are proud of your tea, why do you feel the need to sugar it?

Cavocorax

OMGsrsly – are you going to do a chemical test of it? I’d love to see yoru results. :P

And you would think it wouldn’t need sugar if it was good. It’s strong and spicy enough – there’s already a lot going on in this cup!

Cavocorax

Yvonne – if you do get a sample of it in store, ask for it without sugar – it makes a big difference. (Unless of course you LIKE super super sweet drinks, but I swear it was worse than a pop!).

Yvonne

I will, Cavo – thank you! It actually appalls me that they’d add sugar to it without specifying…I can’t have sugar, especially not at the levels they add, and the fact that they dictate how to sweeten tea is rather rude in my eyes. I can have my tea however sweet I want, thank you Teavana.

Cavocorax

That is one of (unfortunately) MANY reasons that people here dislike Teavana. I just thought I’d give them a try after I’d prepared myself for what I’d find, but usually their teas are more expensive than what you would find elsewhere, and the ratio of flavourings/tea is too high. (There’s not enough actual tea in some of these blends!) There are so many alternatives out there though.

OMGsrsly

Haha. No chemical analysis. We don’t have the equipment for it. I’ll just count and sort and weigh and do some stats. :) Might use a dissecting microscope to help my eyes.

VariaTEA

Haha OMGsrsly, I will look forward to reading your analysis :)

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I thought I would try this again and steep for 7 minutes, but that only improved the flavour slightly. I guess I just want more peanut butter in it. But I have my matcha, so I’m happy!

Also, this is an easy sipdown! (152/201-with all incoming incl)

VariaTEA

Haha, so much for this one. Hopefully the others were better. At least I didn’t send an excessive amount though.

Cavocorax

I was hopeful, but not terribly disappointed! You sent me a lot that I’m really excited about! I just realized half of it was decaf so I’ll have so many evening options now! :D thanks again!

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Buoyed by the success of the Banana Pudding, I thought I’d try this sampel from VariaTea too. I should have read her directions first though, as I treated this like a black and understeeped it. I will have to do it again for 7 minutes and see how that goes!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I hope you have more success with this next time. I was not too impressed when I made it but I think I need to try prepping it with different parameters.

__Morgana__

Love the sound of this one.

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This was one of the many samples VariaTEA gave me. It was difficult to chose, I gotta tell you.

This one was quite pleasant! I was worried becausse I’ve had a few 52 Teas fall flat, and with the extra shipping etc to Canada, it just didn’t seem worth it to order from them anymore. But this may have changed my opinion! It was really nice and the banana flavouring was perfect!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad you enjoyed it. So far, so good on this swap :)

Yvonne

This sounds so good!

keychange

This tea is amaaaaaaaazing!

Roswell Strange

You’re all making me want to pull out my sample of this… Banana sounds like such a lovely idea right now.

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drank Cinnamon Heart by DAVIDsTEA
1772 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
1772 tasting notes

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
1772 tasting notes

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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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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