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1399 Tasting Notes

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Oh wow!
I dragged my best friend off to the mall yesterday and made sure we stopped in at the local DavidsTea to see what was on sale for summer clearance. She’s not a huge fan of DT because of all the crazy blends, but she has found a few that she likes.

Read My Lips is not one of them. :P

She found this one though, and so we asked to smell it and take it in a go cup. We weren’t far from the store before we decided that it was freaking amazing and we ended up splitting 100g. :D (So she could get the tin).

I love the licorice and fennel and anise and PEPPER. How neat is that? And it’s not that crazy strong a blend or anything either. It makes me feel alert, yet calm with the peppermint. It might be soothing for a sore throat too.

So, this was a surprise purchase but I’m happy she found it because I’m such a green tea snob I would never have though something called “North African Mint” would be this delicious.

I made a cup of it as soon as we got home, because the sips I had from hers weren’t enough.

ETA: I’m drinking this again today, even though it’s 1 AM. Who needs sleep when there’s packing and cleaning to do!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Nightshifter

I will have to try this!

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drank After Eight by Steeped Tea
1399 tasting notes

Hmmmm… this was an interesting experiment, and it was free tea from my aunt for my birthday, but there’s just something… off about this one. Something odd and awful at the end of each sip.

Time for something else I think.

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69

I really shouldn’t like this tea. I guess I didn’t expect to? And I don’t deserve to because it was an impulsive buy and those are supposed to bite you in the butt.

But I do.

It makes me think of a Ceylon, but I guess there is Assam in there too; both black teas make a strong showing, and then the vanilla and pomegranate make their appearance, bow, and leave centre-stage. This tea wants to be astringent, but it isn’t. Just enough to make me stop and pay more attention to the flavours, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

I think I’ll drink this one when I’m homesick. ;)
(for wherever “home” is. I was only in Vancouver for 5 years. The on Vancouver Island for 3. Then High Prairie for 3. Kamloops for 4?)

I guess I’ll drink this when I miss Vancouver. :D

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

Backlog from yesterday: I drank 30oz of this beause it was just so good and I wanted to keep going with it. It was a bit maltier than I had remember in the first steep, but REALLY good. I’m sure that 100g in my cupboard won’t last terribly long.

Amariel

It’s extremely good, yes.

Cavocorax

I’m so happy I ordered from Teavivre! It was such a great sale and the shipping is just SO reasonable. I got my order quicker than I get orders from the US, and for half the price. Go figure.

Amariel

It really is.

CHAroma

Mmmm, I think I might go make a cup of this one now too. :)

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73

Sipdown!

This was just a little sample with my last order, but I requested it because I thought it would make a nice iced tea – and it did. The baby and I have been sipping away at it all day. I get a lot of the orange, but there are bits of apples and other fruits hiding away in the back. I can’t remember how much this one costs, but I could see this one being an easy one to drink down in the summer. It’s just a touch tart, but not unpleasantly so.

Preparation
Iced

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76

Here’s a quick tasting note from the Walmart checkout. I tried this iced to-go, and I love it. It wouldn’t be great hot, but it’s enjoyable iced.

Apparently I CAN do hibiscus. Agave helped.

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1399 tasting notes

Well, and that’s that for that.

This tea is one of the few that I bought 100g from at DavidsTea and didn’t regret the impulse buy at all. I actually refilled my tin before they stopped stocking it because I KNEW I would want more.

I’m sad that it’s gone, but, strangely, not heartbroken. This was a really good relaxing tea, but I’m sure I can find something to fill its place.

Jackie T

Simpson and Vail created a replica of this for me, it’s called Jaclyn’s Cocomint Tea, the only difference is that SV uses unsweetened coconut flakes :)

Jackie T

www.svtea.com and search “jaclyn”

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s really awesome!
I didn’t realize they made custom blends either.

infused1

I was really excited for a minute. SV’s blend looks great, and it’s a good price too, except for the $28.25 they charge to ship to Canada. Agggh. I hope Davids brings Cocomint back this winter. I have the 100g I ordered last week, but it won’t last forever.

Jackie T

I wrote to them and begged haha, they were happy to do it! I sent them a sample of the one from David’s and they recreated it and sent me a sample back. Then I ordered a pound. infused1 would you like me to send you some? I have SO MUCH!!!

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drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1399 tasting notes

Mmmm. Paris!
I was so tempted to have another cup of the Taiwanese Mountain tea from Butiki, but because it’s in a little plastic bag I should probably keep that in my tea-survival-kit that I’ll be carrying around once I finally get around to packing my teas, and so I drank one from a tin.

How long can I go without packing them up? they’re taking up a bit of space on my counter, and I’m slowly packing up all my flat surfaces. :P

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Another sipdown! (102 + possibly 8 more?)

This was really tasty, Incendiare, so thank you for sharing! It smelled good enough that it motivated me to go for a walk and buy some milk. :)

I drank it down so quickly though that I couldn’t really remember the flavours, but I know I liked it.

I drank this at 6, and I think that maybe part of the reason I’m still awake and power-cleaning while the baby is down for the night is this matcha. :P Also, who needs sleep when we have tea? I’ll be grumpy in the morning until I make my first cuppa. (You know you’re addicted when…)

Still, I’m hoping she’ll sleep until 7 or 8. :P

Short Sorceress

My husband thinks I’m nuts when I go on my late night (caffeine fueled) cleaning sprees, but it is the only time I don’t have a toddler running around undoing all my work. It is amazing just how big a mess such a small person can make in a matter of seconds.

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73

Easy sipdown! Thought I would pick this one today as it was enough for one flavourful cup. Thanks Incendiare!

This was a nice cup with vanilla and mint, but it wasn’t memorable, sad to say. I’d drink it again if I came across it, but I wouldn’t order it as there is better to be found.

I’m at 103! (Plus… my Bayswater teas which I need to sort/add).

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

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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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