1673 Tasting Notes

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I feel like I needed this tea today.
I feel like nothing else would do.

Thankfully I have it on hand.
Maybe it’ll snap me out of this funk.

ETA: It did. It snapped me out and I feel more like a thinking breathing human being again.

Oh and here’s a trailer for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=TWwYLlcPekA

Isaila

Hmmm. Interesting trailer. I really am excited for 12, but I don’t know how the episode’s going to be. I feel like there’s too much pizazz around it.

Cavocorax

Yeah, it does seem all over the place.
To be honest, I’ve never really liked the Christmas episodes. They seem like they’re usually the worst – super cheesy robot Santas etc running around. Sorta cringe-worthy.

My favourite was the Christmas Carol one – was that last year?

I’m excited about 12 too.

Uniquity

I totally can’t watch the trailer. Matt Smith was my first doctor and thinking about the end of him makes me weepy. I’ll be a disaster on Christmas night. I am still excited to see what Capaldi brings to the table, but I have such fondness for Smith.

Cavocorax

Awwwww. :( I get that. I really do. I struggled to finish watching the end of 11 because I just didn’t want to move on. I actually stopped watching DW for 6 months because I didn’t want to watch the last few episodes.

And then I fell in love with Smith.

So I’m hoping this transition won’t be so difficult.

Em

I think I will need a fresh box of tissues for that episode…

Shmiracles

i must have watched last years xmas episode a good 15 times. it was so comforting and fun! and i love matt smith, but hell if i’m not super excited about capaldi. he made me almost cry in torchwood and i haven’t forgotten him since. i think he is gonna be magic. (just like i knew matt would be. those cats can act!)

Fjellrev

Glad this tea made you feel better, Cavo. :)

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75
drank Cafe Vanilla by Della Terra Teas
1673 tasting notes

I had a craving for this today, but sadly it was the same time I did the dishes and I ended up steeping this for about 7 minutes.

Huh. I’m sorry Cafe Vanilla. You SMELL wonderful. You’re just a little strong. I’ll have to add a little bit of milk to even it out.

This is a really nice tea though. The vanilla is subtle but not underpowered if that makes sense.

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I’ve had this unopened pack sitting around for a year but I’ve been afraid to try it.

My first sip? It started off flat, but near the end I started to get some orange-pekoe goodness. Followed by coffee grounds.

My cup smells like coffee. I didn’t clean out everything at the top so I probably had a few grounds sneak in. My machine is a few years old so I don’t know if the new ones still have that issue. Either way, I’m not going to completely clean this just because I’m switching between coffee and tea insta-drinks.

I’ll probably stick with coffee drinks in this, but I just wanted to try it and log it.

And an evil part of me wanted to add it to our Steepster database! Go ahead! ADD it to your cupboard!!!

(And I do like my Tassimo. I just don’t think it’s suitable for tea. And I can’t drink the chai latte’s anymore because the ‘milk’ tastes so artificial and weird. But the Tim Hortons coffeee… gimme!)

keychange

No judgement here! Have a Keurig, which is now mostly only used for hot water, but am with you on the Timmy’s k-cups! mmm!

Tuscanteal

I find both make everything taste like coffee, whether its hot water or tea or hot chocolate etc.

Cavocorax

Oh, the hot chocolate is really awful too. I guess they include it for mocha’s only because on it’s own it’s so weak and watery.

But the coffee is good. I’m not a coffee person so I like hitting a button and… whammo!

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Della Terra has a black unflavoured blend? Ok – I’d better snap it up and give it a shot!

And I like it. It’s very English Breakfast-y, with a bit of a sharp note at the end of each sip that is trying to snap me awake. It’s not working, but it’s not the tea’s fault as I barely had any sleep at all last night. I don’t expect miracles.

But I haven’t had an unflavoured tea in too long. This was nice. It’s more complex than I had anticipated and I bet it would be lovely with milk and sugar too.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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84
drank Carrot Cake by Della Terra Teas
1673 tasting notes

This tea is normally pretty amazing, but I think I accidently underleafed it.
Also, it’s a rooibos. I probably should have steeped it longer.

I’m sorry Carrot Cake. I know you can be better than this!
It pairs well with Graham crackers, btw.

Also, I wanted to ask – have you guys had issues with your “likes” disappearing? I read everyone’s notes and like them as I go, and then when I go back I find they aren’t there. :( I think part of it is my phone doesn’t register anything, but I think it does it when I’m on the computer too. (Speak up and lemme know I’m not imagining things!)

MissB

I’m having disappearing likes all over the place – for the past two weeks or so now.

keychange

I’ve had disappearing likes since pretty much the beginning of time. You’re not alone!

JustJames

constantly. nothing changed me more than a swap with a tea buddy from paris though…. everything’s different now.

OMGsrsly

I have that problem too. The first page will usually be OK, but as soon as I load more, the likes seem to disappear. But if I check the note page, my picture is usually there.

Sil

I may sneak a cup of this from you…

Cavocorax

OK, so I’m not the only one!
OMGsrsly – I’ll keep an eye on that! Hopefully they’re actually sticking!

Sil – that can be managed! I guess once your Mandala order comes on, we can arrange a swap?

Sil

yeah..sharon’s back in the country on the 16th so i suspect sometime that week i’ll have everything from her.

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I don’t know what spiced plum is supposed to taste like, but I bought it out of curiosity. To be honest, it’s not my favourite. I do get fruity plum, with that dark, dank note or whatever it is that you get with plums. And I also get cinnamon. Not as much cinnamon as a cinnamon spice spice tea though.

I think my problem is that I’m not that into plums? And I should have known that? Oh well. It’s only an oz. :P

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Terri HarpLady

Always worth a try! :)

Cavocorax

The price was right!

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79
drank Eight Candles by Della Terra Teas
1673 tasting notes

Om nom nom.

This is perfect caramel and marshmallow gooeyness. It’s another top-notch win from Della Terra.

Why did I only buy 1 oz? :O
(Oh, because I was greedy and wanted to try a ton of new teas too!)

Relaxing with this tea is helping to take away some of the stress in my neck from knitting troubles. Just… relax. :P I’ll figure this stupid cast-on eventually! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQOZ8GWM9sE)

OMG – I have 146 new notices since last I checked. Staying up to date on steepster is a lot of work!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Tuscanteal

Would you say based on your response that rating it 79 is low? Or just not as good as some of your favs??

ifjuly

hee, i bet we were drinking this at the same time! (i had mine about 30 minutes ago, had to run an errand before coming back and logging it.) that’s never happened to me on steepster before, neat.

Cavocorax

Actually I guess I’d had a sample of it before and only rated it at 72, so I just bumped it up to 79. I might bump it up further, but don’t want to go overboard in case I’m enjoying it more today than I normally would. (If that makes sense? Mood can be a big part of how I rate things…)

And ifjuly – fistbump on having good taste. :P

keychange

Does dt usually have this year-round? or only around the holiday season?

Cavocorax

I believe it’s a permanent tea!

keychange

This makes me happy! (says the girl who hasn’t tried it yet! haha)

Shmiracles

gawd della terra’s chocolate and desserty teas are gonna kill me. i just bought 1oz more of this and i wanna drink it every day.

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84

THIS is a cookie tea.
The oatmeal and raisin are so perfect! And the cinnamon spices… I love it.
The mouthfeel on this one is VERY cookie like too. It’s tea magic. I don’t see why Della Terra does dessert teas so well, while Davids and Teavana make oily messes, but I won’t complain about it.

I can’t remember if DTT teas re-steep well or not. I’ll have to experiment.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
BrewTEAlly Sweet

Definitely my all time favorite Della Terra Blend:)

ifjuly

Love this one too!

VariaTEA

I am so excited I decided to order more than just a sampler of this one even though I never tried it before. It just sounded so great I could not resist. I am hoping my DTT order gets here soon.

Roswell Strange

Cringes because raisins

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So my order arrived today! I haven’t ordered Della Terra since September and was all out of everything aside from the Pumpkin Pie tea I was hoarding.

Now I have so many flavours to choose from!!!

I decided to start with this because I wanted to feel festive. I like it!

I wish that maybe the mint was a little stronger, but this is nice and creamy! 1 oz of this won’t last long. :)

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

WTH?!?! you’re the second lucky person who’s gotten a delivery on sunday! waaaaahhh!

keychange

nooooot faaaaiiiiirrrr!

VariaTEA

Since when does Canada Post deliver on Sundays?!? The only time I ever got a delivery on the weekend is when they hosted a special delivery programs for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Cavocorax

Awwww. I could see the Post Office guys driving around like crazy today, dropping off packages! I didn’t expect it at all, but I’m happy I finally got ONE of my BF packages. :P

JustJames

maybe Cavo sneaks them tea samples….. ;0)

Fjellrev

I look forward to reading your DTT reviews since I wimped out on the Black Friday sale haha.

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74
drank The Skinny (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1673 tasting notes

I should probably buy an herbal ginger tea but this is all I’ve got so hopefully it’ll help settle my stomach. :( I was planning to go for a walk today but I just feel like turtling on the couch forever.

Maybe I’ll feel more human after I drink this.
You know it’s bad when I just don’t want to eat OR drink either. Not even my teas. #turtlesforever

Sorry for the pity post. Aside from feeling crappy, I’m not that miserable.

OMGsrsly

Hope you feel better.

Fjellrev

Oh no, feel better soon, Cavo. :(

Indigobloom

Hope you’re feeling better today!

Cavocorax

Thanks! I am! :) I could actually drink tea again.

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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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