1672 Tasting Notes

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Oh, Thank you BrewTeallySweet for the surprise sample! This has been on my shopping list for ages and now I’ve finally got a cup to try!

It smells like, OMG. Like…. just OMG.

(Sorry. That’s probably the best that my brain can do today)

But this tea deserves better I suppose. It tastes like fresh pastry from the oven, warm and gooey and sprinkled with cinnamon and other spices. There’s a touch of almond too and while I’m usually not excited about nuts, this just works perfectly.

I understand what the fuss is now.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Sil

lol i hadn’t given you any of this? ooopsy

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Yay! I’m so glad you got to finally try it:):)

Cavocorax

Sil – you hadn’t and I forgot to ask you for a sample back when you had some. But I was going to sneak in an order with you (back when I thought I’d be working right away)

Sil

ok :)

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86
drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
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Ok Bolder Breakfast, work your magic!!! I just finished Season 3 of Supernatural last night, around 2, and instead of going to bed like a super responsible person I HAD to watch the first ep of Season 4 to see how they were going to make things ok!

And I got to meet Castiel. Finally. Like cripes – I’ve heard that name bounced around the internet for ages with no reference. And now I get it. :) It only took my staying up til 3 to do so. :P (I’m basically a closet Supernatural watcher – I wait for my bf and daughter to be in bed and then go craaaaazy).

So 4 hours sleep might not have been the best decision when I am off to meet the lovely SIL today and do a tea swap and hang out! My eyes feel heavy, but I have all the tea and I’m excited and it’ll be great.

I gotta say though, bringing a toddler and a stroller complicates everything. (Will she be grumpy? Tired? Bored? Will we fit on the bus ok or get stuck waiting for one? Are the sidewalks clear enough for the stroller?) Some days I miss the freedom of just leaving the house with nothing but my wallet, keys and phone. HA!

But – you guys can see why I hermit, right? RIiiight?

Ok, time to finish this cup and move on to the next!

Sil

you just need to carry her around like a backpack :P get a work out AND not have to worry about strollers lol

Cavocorax

Yeah that might be easier than trying to carry/hold/fight her when she doesn’t want to be held! Although she might be getting too big for that – over 25lbs now.

Sil

Sounds like a good work out haha

Terri HarpLady

All I’m saying is, “Take pictures!”
:)

Fjellrev

Hermit schmermit. You sound like one busy momma!

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96
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
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Noooooo, SIPDOWN. (114)

You guys know what this means? I have ZERO Butiki teas in my cupboard. Zilch. Nada. Nothing…

But… the upshot is my Butiki order will be in TO-MOR-ROW!

ETA: Or… maybe not. It was supposed to be here today, according to Canada Post, but it’s in Brampton with a delivery date of tomorrow. And now it says: "Canada Post processing error; item re-routed. Possible delay " AAARGh. So, I’m out of Butiki for longer than I’d hoped.

ETAA Oh wait. :P I forgot I had my Butiki teas from Amoda. /sheepishgrin

Fjellrev

Double false Butiki withdrawal alarm.

Sil

i don’t think i’ve ever had zero in my cupboard….butiki was one of the first companies i ordered from…

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77
drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
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I wish this was as strong as I remember it. I want MOAR banana flavour.
It’s still a pretty decent cup though. Maybe I’m just not as partial to rooibos as I was.

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11
drank Papayarama by DAVIDsTEA
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I didn’t want to drink this after I steeped it and smelled it. I may have over-steeped it.

I don’t want any more of it after my first sip.

Swoooooosh. What else is in my cupboard?

Fjellrev

I applaud you for dumping it. Life’s too short for 11-rated tea!

Dexter

Agreed, if you don’t like it, dump it and move on to something else.

Cavocorax

Yeah I made some Butiki Peppermint Patty and Tealux Chocolate Monkey. Between those two I’ll get that awful taste out of my mouth.

:) I’ll take that first sip, but I’m with you guys – life’s too short for bad tea.

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91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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I love this before bed. It might become a night time ritual…

OMGsrsly

Mine should be delivered tomorrow or Friday. I hope!

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84

This is my first Herbal Infusions blend that I’ve tried, and I am just pleased as punch!

It’s dark and rich and sweet and makes me think I don’t need H&S’s SoHo or Florence because the coconut and hazelnut in this are fantastic, and I love the coffee beans and chocolate for the mocha effect, all swirled around an almondy black base.

Yessssssssss.

The only downshot is that the sample bags AREN’T resealable so I’ll probably make this again tomorrow as my go-cup for my transit adventure to see Sil. I suspect it’ll make a great timolino brew too.

And I just had one cup and I’m looking at the website and thinking… hmmm. $6.50 for 50g is pretty good, add to cart, no wait – close it! (I need to try more of their teas)

ETA: By the way, this is also much better than the H&S teas I’ve mentioned above because all the flavours come across as completely natural. I’m happy Courtney reviewed this and got em excited enough to sample it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Sil

hmmm that makes me happy to see – positive reviews! haha

Cavocorax

Do you want to try some of this? I can bring you enough for one cup.

Courtney

I also found myself on their website tonight pondering over 50g of a few teas. Gah!

Sil

sure! that would be cool beans yo

Fjellrev

That’s great to hear!

Dexter

This makes me happy too, I ordered just assuming that I would love it. From your comments, it sounds like I will.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Right dexter?! Soho and Florence lovers!

Cavocorax

Oh no. Now I’m nervous. What if I was just in a great mood and rated it higher than it deserves? :O Well Sil can have a shot at it too…

And I don’t really care for my SoHo or Florence blends anymore. I just can’t make them good. They’re either weak or artificial… So this one was really nice in comparison.

Dexter

I might need to break the rules and dig out my package of this. I LOVE Soho and Florance, but I also adore mocha. If this combines all of that…. Swoon..
BrewTEAlly Sweet Have you tried this? If not remind me to toss some into that package I’m going to send you once I get organized….

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I have not tried it! :) and oh my jeezus that would be so awesome of you!!! Eeeek!

Dexter

You got it, I’m steeping some right now. It smells amazing!!!

caile

Better than Soho and Florence – that is awesome! I got tired of Florence as well, at the end of my tin but still have some Soho which I liked better anyway for the coconut but this sounds like it might be a good similar alternative!

BrewTEAlly Sweet

I bet Dexter! I can’t wait to try it!

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76
drank White Choco Truffle by CaesarsTea
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This isn’t the strongest tasting rooibos I’ve had, but the flavouring is a little delicate. I am getting a little creamy mint to it though so I’ll enjoy this cup, and pass the last cup on to Sil bc he might not have had it yet, and I. Want to push her cupboard numbers up.

Thanks VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

I am glad you tasted something because I got nothing from this tea and that made me sad.

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drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
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Yum! This actually has a great chocolate taste!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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I don’t think this one is for me. It’s very well blended, but I’m personally not a huge fan of nutty teas or really grassy teas.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried it with milk? I thought it was really good with milk and a little sugar.

Cavocorax

I’ll try milk next time! I never think to add milk to anything aside from black teas.

Sil

can’t wait to try mine…

Cavocorax

When do you expect it?

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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!

Ratings:
1-50: Bleh.
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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