1693 Tasting Notes

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I’ve been enjoying this all day. Moreso, knowing that I’ve got 2oz more on it’s way so I don’t have to hoard it. This may be my favourite Butiki tea. (Aside from Hello Sweetie!)

Time to bump the rating up!

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drank Amsterdam Licorice by Steeped Tea
1693 tasting notes

Backlog from earlier:
I was considering if I should just toss this or offer for a swap because I wasn’t drinking it, and was apprehensive about it. I decided not to though bc I’ve got so many swaps going at the moment, I wasn’t ready to do another. And I’d feel bad dumping it.

Turns out it’s not as bad as I remember, but it’s still not mind-blowing. A touch of milk mellows it out and makes the licorice not quite so overpowering. I’ve probably got 1oz of this left, but that shouldn’t take too long to drink up as I over-leaf it and under-steep it a bit – for best result?

MissB

Wow. Amsterdam Licorice? So, salty licorice, aka Double Zout? Holy moly. I’m…. now wanting to try this.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried So Long and Thanks for all the Licorice yet, MissB? I can see it being good with a little salt if you’re looking for that flavour.

MissB

First I’ve heard of it. Off to find it…

OMGsrsly

Butiki. :D SO GOOD. Absolute favourite. A bit chai-like due to other spices, but mostly licorice.

Sil

Miss B – i think i have some of stacys so long that i can send you…

MissB

And so the swap begins. I’d love that, Sil. Thank you!

Cavocorax

MissB – if you really think you’d be interested in this one, I could send it to you some time. It just might take me a few weeks to get it out as I’ve been busy with swaps lately.

MissB

Definitely interested! Zero rush. I’m also swamped with swaps and Black Friday.

Cavocorax

Great! I made a note in my spreadsheet that I was going to send some to you eventually. We can arrange something in a bit!

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drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1693 tasting notes

SIPDOWN!
I had to yell that because I’m now at 80 teas, but with what I’m expecting from Black Friday purchases, tea swaps, and whatever Sil has, I’m looking at 40-50 new teas for my cupboard. So, with that in mind I figured it best to drink this last sad little bag of Vanilla Comoro.

I went through a period where I didn’t care for this tea as much – it fell flat – but I realized it was because I was under-leafing by using one bag for a 16 oz mug. Yeah, no wonder. Now I’m using more like 10 oz, and just a tiny little bit of milk and this is just wonderful. Creamy vanilla that just soothes and relaxes you.

I will restock this eventually, but the earliest would be in the spring.

VariaTEA

Congrats on 80!! I think after all my Black Friday teas arrive and the swaps that I am waiting on get here I will need to stop getting more tea because I am definitely going to be over 200 :O. This is what steepster has done to me. Prior to joining I had maybe 40 teas and in a month that has skyrocketed. I am not complaining thought because I have gotten to try so many amazing teas I would have never found if not for this site.

OMGsrsly

VariaTEA, I think we all go through cycles. It will go up, it will go down, you will swap out things you don’t love, etc. :) It’s an adventure and so much fun.

Cavocorax

Yeah – don’t panic. :P That is the Steepster Effect!
I imagine most of your teas are smaller samples (like what I sent you?) so you’d be able to sip them down quickly if you wanted to!

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drank Salted Caramel by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

When this one pops, it really pops. This is a great cuppa, though I wouldn’t be opposed to more salt.

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81

ILU Jane Austen Mafia.
I’m almost halfway done my bag because this tea is from Adagio, which means it’s rare to spot up here in the Great Wild North. It’s silly that the idea of ordering from Adagio is in the same category as ordering from Fauchon or Mariage Freres because of crazy shipping fees.

So I will enjoy this cup… I could maybe go for reading an Austen book right now too. I love P&P and S&S (and S&S&Sea Monsters) so much that I haven’t branched out enough to her other books.

Oh, I’m rambling. If I haven’t said it already, Happy Turkey Day to those of you in the South! :D

Tuscanteal

Sighhhh… Fauchon doesn’t even ship to Canada. And I just had shipping shock the other day doing a mock order for both MF, The O Dor and Fauchon and then figured with all these shipping charges… I could fly there for cheaper. le sigh

Roswell Strange

I agree about the crazy shipping from Adagio! It feels like it’s almost the equivalent of agreeing to give up your first born, which is frustrating because there’s ONE blend from Adagio I’ve been dying to try since getting into loose leaf. However, I’m not going to pay $30 shipping for one blend :(

Cavocorax

Tuscanteal – yeah. It’s frustrating. At least there are more places carrying it? Did you check your local Winners? They had some for a bit at least.

Roswel Strange – it’s absolutely ridiculous. I tweeted them to ask why they couldn’t send it USPS and they said it WAS USPS. I don’t understand why it’s so much. If they made an effort to lower their prices they would get SO MUCH BUSINESS.
Maybe you can find someone on Steepster to grab that one blend for you? That’s how I got this one and my beloved TARDIS tea. :P (I won’t give out my contact though in case that person doesn’t want to do it for everyone, but there are tons of nice people here who probably wouldn’t mind splitting and re-shipping an order for you)

MissB

I’m a tea mule for a few companies right now, including Adagio – actually making an order tonight with them! If anyone wants something added, send me a note. We’re getting it shipped to Blaine, WA to a company that specializes in this sort of stuff, and then I’ll pick it up and parse it out shortly after arrival. Lots of options.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, MissB. I will message you.

Cavocorax

I didn’t realize that MissB! That’s great! :D
(I sometimes have access to a mule up here but more options are better)

VariaTEA

Cavo, my dad lives in California so I ship orders to him. When I move back to Thornhill I can just add stuff to orders for you and then drop them off at your house.

Roswell Strange

MissB – definitely shot you a message!

Tuscanteal

MissB – a tea mule, that’s so funny! I could probably do the same for a lot of things, I have Nexus.

Cavocorax

Oh, VariaTEA – I nearly missed your response! Thanks for the offer. I will likely take you up on it. :P (And we can meet at the DAVIDsTEA at Promenade!)

MissB

Ooh, Nexus. I’ve debated getting one. I always get questioned at the border if they ask me what I do for a living (will you be writing – anything – while you’re in the US? is my favorite question).

Tuscanteal

Worth It hands down!!!!

OMGsrsly

MissB: “My signature. On the credit card receipts.” Although sometimes they don’t have a sense of humour.

VariaTEA

haha Hopefully one of us will get hired at that DAVIDs and then we can have discounts on their tea.

Josie Jade

I’m about to order this one and am SO excited!

Cavocorax

I hope you enjoy it!

MissB

OMGsrsly: Ha! Yes, I’ve learned to keep it serious at the border. Two hour cavity searches are someone else’s idea of a fun afternoon. ;)

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drank Pineapple Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1693 tasting notes

So after drinking rooibos this morning, I’m working my way to this oolong. At this rate, I’ll never be awake. But that’s ok. TK is fighting a cold so she’s just tired and dopey and so I’ve decided today’s a pj day, and we’ll both have a nap this afternoon. I think I’m fighting off a bug too. So, loading up on caffeine isn’t the best idea.

Oh, and if I have my afternoon nap I’ll definitely be alert at midnight for Black Friday shopping!

This oolong is ok. I’m considering picking up oolong at Teavivre with my $10 coupon – maybe the Big Red Robe? I drank a lot of oolong over the past month or so and I think that was the one I liked the most. It’s probably a good one to have around.

This pineapple one is ok. I could probably just do this myself with dried pineapple and tie guan yin.

Also, my kid has fallen in love with the original Winnie the Pooh movie (well the one I grew up with?) so my day is filled with this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLnADKgurvc

OMGsrsly

Oh. My. I’ve never seen the Winnie the Pooh movie – we had audiobooks on records when I was a kid.

Cavocorax

Oh, I vaguely remember that. My dad always had records on. I didn’t realize the original Pooh animation was done in the 60’s. That explains the somewhat psychedelic nature of the clip I posted.

OMGsrsly

It reminds me of Fantasia.

Cavocorax

Yeah, Fantasia is pretty great. :) I’m waiting for TK to fall for it too. She likes to dance to everything even if by dance, she means spins in circles and giggle. :P

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OH, this is amazing. For some reason I’m getting strawberries and cream, but I do taste the vanilla and walnuts mentioned in the description. This is very sweet and has a surprising amount of depth for a rooibos. I only have enough for a few more servings, but I look forward to each cup.

Thank you QueenofTarts!

I can’t wait to pick up my french teas from Sil now! :O I wouldn’t want to drink these daily because I wouldn’t want them to be common-place, but wow!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

And… 12 minutes later and my cup is empty. :(
I’d immediately go re-steep but it’s nearly 1:30 and I don’t want to run the kettle and risk waking up my bf. Perhaps I’ll move it into another room. /determinedface

OMGsrsly

I used to make my roommate run her blender in the laundry room (which was right beside the kitchen) because the door blocked enough noise I could sleep through it! So yes. Move the kettle. Drink your tea. :)

Cavocorax

I ended up re-steeping it tihs morning. It’s awesome!

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80
drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
1693 tasting notes

Here’s a little sample from VariaTEA. I can’t believe how sweet this tea is. It’s insanse. I remember the sample from Teavana being close to Kool-Aid, but I didn’t add anything to this. Still, I like it. It’s fruity, and just a little tart. The hibiscus didn’t bother me at all.

I bet this would be quite nice iced.

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79
drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
1693 tasting notes

And that’s a sipdown (82) for this oolong as I drink my re-steeped cup of it. I enjoyed it – the spices were actually a little different from most of the pumpkin teas I’ve had, although it’s more spice, and less pumpkin. Pumpkin is just too subtle a flavour I guess.

Would I buy it? Perhaps. If the price was reasonable. But I don’t need to rush out and grab it.

Thanks VariaTEA. You’re right – this tea is murky and oily and not pleasant to look at, but the taste is good enough. I find all Teavana blends are oily and murky like that so I just don’t look…

Oh, I also don’t taste the oolong in here at all, but I didn’t see much of it in the leaves I steeped. Teavana seems to be light on the tea. :P

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

For me this tea was so oily that it coated my mouth. I have never had that before and thankfully I seem to be the only one who had that problem. Also there really is no oolong in there at all.

Fjellrev

I think with pumpkin-flavoured things, it’s really more about the spices combined with a creamy note, since the flavour of pumpkin is indeed so subtle. Now that I think about it, stuff like Starbucks pumpkin lattes and other pumpkin-flavoured things never have a true pumpkin note anyway haha.

Sil

nope. most teas are pumpkin SPICE….not pumpkin

Fjellrev

Ah yeah, that’s a good point too. But I think what happens is even when you see the words “pumpkin spice”, many people still expect a pumpkin note too, like pumpkin and spice. Kind of like when you see “vanilla spice”, you expect both the vanilla and the spice(s) to be present. Either way, I think pumpkin is a hard flavour to capture since the vegetable is so subtly-flavoured to begin with.

JennyFur

Yeah, I love pumpkin spice, but your right its usually 75% spice, and 25% pumpkin. I’ll be making a cup of this within the next two days and I’ll make sure to make a tasting note.

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I think it’s been over a month since I had this one, which makes me want to yell at myself because this is really good. It’s dark and rich, without being overly malty. (which is what I was afraid of). I’m getting sweet honey, and caramel too!

I guess the secret for this one is to err on the side of understeeping!

Each sip is seriously like walking along the danger zone – it smells like it’s almost too strong and I don’t want to sip it, but when I do it’s just rich and perfect.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Tuscanteal

Sounds like it teases!

Cavocorax

It does! But in a good way at least!

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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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