1700 Tasting Notes

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I drank this earlier today and quite enjoyed it! My toddler did too, which is funny because she usually just ignores my tea, but this time she walked up to my cup and kept trying to drink from it. I gave her a few sips and each time she proclaimed, “Mmmmmm!”. So adorable!

I’m hoping to get a variable temp kettle for Christmas and then drinking this one will be easier.

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And this is another sipdown. (168 – with my Butiki order!)
I don’t know what it is, but I’m not really digging something in this blend. It’s ok, but it’s making my throat scratchy. I wonder if that means I’m allergic to something in the blend? Someone mentioned that earlier – maybe JustJames? in regards to rooibos?

Terri HarpLady

I have some of this sitting here, waiting to become a latte, probably later this afternoon as a reward for all my hard work.

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So I think this was one of the ones I bought from Sil! She went out on a fancy tea shopping trip when she found out they were available locally, and lazy me just said I’d buy some off you. :P

So I’m enjoying this. It’s a nice brisk black tea, malty and not too sweet. To be honest, it’s nice, but not as knock-my-socks-off as I had hoped for, especially when compared to Bolder Breakfast, or Laoshan Black.

But that’s ok. I can’t afford to buy a tin of this and every tea out there. :) I’ll enjoy this while I can.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

I think you’d like American breakfast.

Cavocorax

Maybe? I’ll have to see if I have it. :P

Sil

you don’t…i don’t have any but i WILL be buying some in the future.

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drank Un Momento by Tealux
1700 tasting notes

This is a very tasty tea, but it’s also a trickster and I don’t approve. I don’t like my rooibos with coffee beans in them.

Sipdown (160)

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drank L'Automne by Fauchon
1700 tasting notes

Sil is right. This one smells amazing! Just, so much orange! The actual tea has less orange and more chocolate, but it’s still really good.

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Thank you Sil (and Terri?) for this sample! (162)

It smells so dark and rich, and I probably shouldn’t be drinking it at 11, but I’ve got more Supernatural episodes I’d like to watch.

It’s very rich with a lot of cocoa notes and maybe some oak? It’s not as sweet as I had expected, but ti’s still very nice. It makes me think of Laoshan Black, although I couldn’t quite say what the difference is.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

I could watch Supernatural 24/7. I haven’t seen seasons 4&5 yet. I’ll feel like I have no new episodes to watch except for, you know, new episodes.

Cavocorax

Did you watch them all except for 4&5?

I hate it when I’m all caught up on a new show and have to wait for new eps just like everyone else… I think I have 113 episodes to go before I run out though so I’m less worried about that with Supernatural. I’m just trying to watch what I can while I’m still unemployed – I don’t’ know when/if I’ll get a new job so I want to watch them while I still have time. (And when the toddler will allow me!)

Terri HarpLady

Tony & I started watching supernatural this weekend, of course, we’re in the middle of season 1

Cavocorax

I find that it really picks up more in Season Two, but that’s because I’m more interested in the metaplot than I am the monsters of the week.

Sil

i need to go back and start watching this again… maybe I can start on weekends when ian’s working. just blow through seasons in a day

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This was such an easy sipdown (163) that I went for it, especially since I only labelled this tea as “check Steepster” because Sil couldn’t remember the name of it off the top of her head. Hahahahah.

Wow. This IS a green tea. So bright and fresh and buttery. It’s liquid spinach, but without all the healthy nutrients. :P I wouldn’t want to drink this that often but it is very enjoyable.

Thanks for letting me have a cup!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Sil

You and I are both at 163……game on!

Cavocorax

Uh-oh! I have so many new teas to try that I’m not really going to want to focus on sipdowns for a while, but I’m sure I’ll get a few in. What are we aiming for? 150 by the end of the month? /0\

Sil

Lol I’m easy. I have lots of new teas too haha

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drank Marco Polo by Mariage Frères
1700 tasting notes

I think I had a tiny sample of this once before but I think it was possibly stale as I didn’t really get much from it.

THIS one though, smells amazing. And, after drinking Brioche and thinking that is a tea I should drink all the time, now I’m drinking this and thinking the same thing. But I can’t have 100g of ALL THE TEAS.

Can I?

No.

I do think this is one I would like to stock up on at some point. The base is really nice, even though I don’t have the words for it, and the strawberry cream notes are a delight. I’m bumping this up.

Thanks Sil!

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

I didn’t get strawberry cream from this one! Oh, it’s tempting to see if Holt Renfrew has some left…

Ana

I should really try this when I go back sometime to the shop that stocks Mariage near me.

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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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drank Bolder Breakfast by The Tea Spot
1700 tasting notes

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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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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