1679 Tasting Notes

88

I haven’t had this in a month so I was having a strong craving for it! Sadly, I’ve only got enough left for 3-4 more cups. :O And I can’t really justify buying more right now as my tea money is going to DTT, Butiki and somewhere else.

Sad, sadness. ILU Tiger tea! ILU Tiger Tin for my Tiger Tea!

Indigobloom

This reminds me of The Mentalist, since PJ loves tea so much. Tiger tiger! lol I know I am being cryptic, but I didn’t want to post any spoilers and yet just had to say it!!!

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63
drank Copabanana by DAVIDsTEA
1679 tasting notes

And another sipdown! (80) This one was easy because it’s not that special. It’s ok. I enjoy it. But I won’t miss it.

Unless I had Malibu in it? That might help.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec
Fjellrev

Malibu always helps. :)

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87

I think this is the last sample I have from JustJames, and it is just PERFECT for winter. The oolong is dark (and possibly roasted), while the chestnut flavours swirl around. It makes me imagine sitting curled up next to a roaring fireplace, with a cat purring on my lap and a book nearby. It’s a cup of liquid comfort.

It’s just, really good. Can’t wait to re-steep this!
(sipdown 82)

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74

It’s late and I should be proof-reading my bf’s essay but I’m too sleepy and my head hurts so instead I’m drinking this tea and talking about the Doctor Who special with a friend of mine. It was pretty great. And now my headache is gone and I’m off to bed. :D

Yay for painkillers, good tea, good friends and Doctor Who!
(I wouldn’t be in the mood for this all the time though. Very rarely in fact. But when I want it, I want it)

Em

Watching the special tomorrow night at a Doctor Who party with some friends who were too busy Saturday to watch :) So excited!

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97
drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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Sigh. Another sipdown (84). And unless Stacy decides to release this as a permanent blend, I may never have it again.

I drank it after watching the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. It seemed like the appropriate time to finish this off. And without spoiling anything, I will say that I am happy with the episode and the tea. Both do well multiple times. (And now I can scour the net for reactions/reviews and madcap theories!)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

haha i just finished off my sample too!

JustJames

i know!!!!! the episode was awesome! (shamefaced) i was so transfixed that it never even occurred to me to steep up my blend. dammit. i can do it now though. i wonder what the budget was for that episode? wow.

so hard to spoil anything….. i’ll shut up now.

Sil

i will hurt you….no spoilers!

Nxtdoor

I must be the only person on the planet not watching this. Ditto for coronation street, not that we’re talking about it. Dude, I wasn’t even conceived when this show first came on, and I am not what one would consider young.

Cavocorax

I didn’t get into Doctor Who until 2 years ago, and I started with the 2005 reboot as it was (apparently) a nice easy way to jump into the series. Now I look back at those and cringe a little. :P They’re great fun though if you ever decide to give them a try – it’s on Canadian Netflix!

Cavocorax

Series 5, Episode 1 (The Eleventh Hour) is also a great starting place. #nudge

Sil

no no no no no…best intro to dr who is blink.

JustJames

ooooooooooooooooooh. and i couldn’t pick. 2005 absolutely. earlier? gak!!!! i do not understand the obsession with coronation street. not at all.

Sil

I don’t understand coronation street obsession either..though i also didn’t get downton abbey…and then i watched a few episodes. happy sigh

Cavocorax

Yeah Blink is pretty awesome as well, but then I’d skip to Series 5. :P 2005 had a lot of silly fart jokes and characters who I’m not quite as fond of when I see them again :P I worry that people who start there might not keep going! Haha. Of course my friend told me to start at Series 5 and I ignored her and went to S1 and I stuck around. So, I’m just being a hypocrite.

I really want to watch more of the old ones though. I’ve only seen 2 or 3 of them and I get all my old Doctors mixed up.

Sil

haha i make all my friends start with the reboot and tell them it’s a little like the harry potter series…first one was totally childish and then they get progressively darker. I can’t imagine not having watched everything unfold with rose and david tennant…

Nxtdoor

Downtown Abbey is good now but for the first couple of episodes, I was only watching because I knew it was good. My idea of good. Awarded, critically acclaimed and liked by those with tastes similar to mine. Until all of you steepster peeps I have never even heard of dr. who! More like… Dr who?!?

Nxtdoor

Downton.

Cavocorax

I totally get that! That’s a great way to describe it to people. And I really, really liked Ten. So it would be a shame to miss him and all his companions.

(NXTDOORSPOILERS)
I started rewatching DW a month ago and it was just painful to watch Rose/Mickey and her family drama stuff. Mickey wasn’t actually a bad guy at the end of it, and everyone sorta trampled on him. I guess that made me a little uncomfortable, although the first time through I was totally shipping Rose/Ten.

Sil

yeah took me about 3 episodes to fall in love with downton…

Cavocorax

I really like Downton too! I need to catch up – it’s been a few weeks! :O Are you guys all in the current season? Who’s your fav char? :P

Cavocorax

Whoops. I killed this convo.
Cavo strikes again!

Sil

I’m on episode 5? Of this season…. There are a bunch of ppl I hate. Lol. I love the old bat. Not sure how I feel about poor Anna this season….

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
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Backlog: I had this last night and wanted to note it because I’ve had trouble with this tea. It’s fallen flat a few times, and other times it’s just wonderful. I guess I really need to be careful to use 1 bag for 8 oz, and not under leaf it. It’s also much creamier with a little bit of milk.

VariaTEA

Completely agree! Milk enhances it a lot. Thanks again for sending me some to try :)

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76
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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We woke up with a little bit of snow outside yesterday, so it seems like the right time to whip out the Winter Tea. I haven’t tried this but when QueenofTarts put it up for sale, I thought I would give it a try, especially when the forums are abuzz with talk of Fauchon and Mariage Freres.

This is such a light and mild tea. It’s creamy, with a nice mixture of lemon and vanilla. I think I detect the white tea in the background, but only when I actively think about it – white tea is so subtle!

I was wondering why this would be called L’Hiver, but I think I get it. It’s just so milk and lightly refreshing that it just hints at Spring and provides a bit warmth through the gloomiest winter.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Nxtdoor

A little bit? I had to shovel this morning. Really shovel. For 20 minutes, till my extremities were kinda numb so I went inside. Brrrr.

Sil

haha snow out front of our places is almost all melted

Cavocorax

Yikes! I didn’t even go outside yesterday so I don’t know how bad it was then, but not it looks warm and melty with the green grass poking through…

OMGsrsly

Oh man, I was looking for this one. Would you mind sharing a bit? :)

Cavocorax

Sure! I didn’t get much, but I could send enough for 1-2 cups. :)
Is there anything else you want me to bundle up and send your way?

OMGsrsly

Haha. Caramel popcorn matcha? Maybe just one serving? :D Ooh, and peanut butter? Same thing. Ooo, matcha.

Cavocorax

Yep – I can give you a few scoops of those. PM me your address!

OMGsrsly

Woohoo! :)

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77

I’m so happy with this. I smelled it, and White Chocolate Frost, and this just smelled better. I doubt it would resteep though.

VariaTEA

I’m glad you are enjoying it!

MissB

It resteeped poorly for me… it was just kinda, sorta minty-ish.

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79
drank Read My Lips by DAVIDsTEA
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Crazy. I’m down to maybe 3 ox if this one. Maybe buying the crazy big tin wasn’t THAT bad an idea.

Cavocorax

Lol. 3 ox. Can’t fix entries when I post on my phone either.

VariaTEA

haha 3 ox of tea is all anyone could ever ask for :P

Nxtdoor

i love this one. I have a cup left and am already planning a restock. With whipped cream (and booze) tastes exactly like a peppermint Mocha from starbucks.

VariaTEA

Nxtdoor – this is finally a tea that you like and I do not as opposed to the usual vice versa scenario of me liking a tea that you hate.

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89
drank Raspberry Truffle by Butiki Teas
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Hmm. I think I’m going to decupboard this. Usually I love this tea, but this one just had an odd taste this time around. It’s almost salty with a smell/taste that reminds me of the flavouring from itchiban noodles. I’ve been delaying a tasting note on it in the hopes that it’s just me, but nearly done my 1 oz pack.

Maybe I’ll grab more on Friday and try again!

VariaTEA

That does not sound pleasant at all – perhaps you just got a bad batch?

Butiki Teas

How unusual. Has it been hanging around for a while?

Cavocorax

I’ve had it since July. Not sure why it seems different this time around, but maybe I’m just not a fan of the base anymore? IDK. I’ve never had issues with any any of your other teas so I’m not too concerned – I can restock on Premium Taiwanese Assam instead. :)

Butiki Teas

Cavocorax-That would make sense. We are actually discontinuing the base. We will be doing another Raspberry Truffle with a higher quality base.

Cavocorax

Oooh. That’s good to know!

OMGsrsly

Ooo. I’ll wait to order it then. :)

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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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