1677 Tasting Notes

86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1677 tasting notes

Uh-oh. This is my second to last cup and I don’t plan on getting more for awhile. I shall savour every drop.

Tuscanteal

I really like this tea. I haven’t had it in loose leaf before, but I bet it would be better.

JustJames

this is lovely. i have had 2 whole tea bags of it! lol.

Nxtdoor

The “chapters” in Newmarket sells this, in the sachet form. I just saw it earlier today. $10. Marked up a bit I guess but you avoid shipping. In case you’re interested. I am not a fan of Paris so didn’t get any but was pleased to see a huge Harney selection there.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I don’t mind the sachets either so I’ll remember to check Chapters!

Tuscanteal

I was just going to post that it was in Chapters! I bought a tin of it at 10.00. Not terrible considering on the website it’s 8.99 I believe.

Cavocorax

That’s really good considering the shipping from H&S starts at $15!

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85
drank Pour Maman by Nina's Paris
1677 tasting notes

And there goes another of the samples from JustJames! Now my cupboard is at 88, which is nearly half of what it was in the summer. That’s crazy!

I think this is another one I’ll have to stock up on, somehow, at some point. It’s creamy, with strawberry and smells delicious. I don’t even mind the rose petals – it just adds a touch to the fragrance without making it perfumy.

I wish I’d realized that this was a black/green blend as I steeped it at near boiling, but this isn’t bitter at all. It’s just fragrant, and fruity and perfect.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 45 sec
JustJames

so glad you’re enjoying!!

OMGsrsly

For every sipdown I’ve had lately, it feels like I add 5 teas to my cupboard! I need to follow your example. Work down to the favourites. :)

Cavocorax

Hahah. Well you’ve found a surplus of sales lately, so that doesn’t help! And I’d be in the same boat as you if I was working right now. :P As it is it’s REALLY hard not to buy more or jump on every sale. I’ve shown great restraint for the past few months, but that’s sorta flown out the window with Amoda, Teavana and now Black Friday. :P

(not that I’m complaining. We have money, I just can’t be ridiculous with it)

JustJames

yeah…. i jumped on the 30% off sale at teavana. the folks there are very good with me. i’m picky and they know not to push. they made me a custom blend!! =0) i’m excited! i got stuff for other people too….

OMGsrsly

Nice, James! I look forward to seeing your notes. :)

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78
drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
1677 tasting notes

I couldn’t wait to have this again, and now it’s gone.

Ahh.. C’est la vie. :P

Ahh.. C’est la vie. :P(Also, this sorta reminds me of Butiki’s Caramel Vanilla Assam. Except it doesn’t re-steep as nicely).

Cavocorax

I’m happy I wasn’t the only one who thought that. The question is, which one to re-stock?

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77

Thank you VariaTEA for this sample! I sorta jumped on it as soon as I opened the package – it just looked so good!

And I thought it was pretty good too. It was maybe slightly lacking next to DT’s White Chocolate Frost, but if you let it cool a little the flavours sorta pop out a little and it tastes good.

So good that I almost took advantage of Teavana’s 30% sale. Eeek. I’m terribly impulsive, but I did feel a bit of satisfaction when I closed the browser (for now) and moved on. :P

Anyway, I have one more cup of this left, and I’m certain I’ll enjoy it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I’m so glad you liked it! It was not for me but I am really happy that you enjoyed it.

QueenOfTarts

Could you taste the licorice in this blend? I’m always hesitant to drink teas that have licorice in them.. not a good flavor for me. I’m curious to see if it’s prominent.

Cavocorax

Hmmm.. I didn’t notice, but I wasn’t paying attention to it either. :( Sorry. I’ll see if I notice it next time, but at least it wasn’t as obvious as DAVIDsTEA’s Choconut.

momo

I can taste it just a little in the aftertaste. I’m not sure if it’s because I add sugar, but it comes off more like sweetness. I had no idea licorice was even in this until I was logging the tea and I really don’t like licorice root so that was kind of shocking.

QueenOfTarts

Thanks for the info, you two! Giving this a go right now. :)

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72

And what better tea to follow up the Choconut Oolong with, than this? It’s a cup of pure minty YES. It’s my favourite bed-time tea at the moment, although Mango Lassi is a close second. They’re both perfect for different moods, so I guess I don’t really have to choose.

JustJames

lol, pure minty YES! =0)

Em

I like the minty YES as well :)

Tuscanteal

This the last of the Winter Collection that I haven’t tried. I love peppermint, so I’ll have to swing by and grab a sample, or it might be in my 24 days of tea.

Cavocorax

Sandra – I hope you like it! Some people didn’t like that it leaves a bit of a blue/green oily residue on the cup, which isn’t the most appetizing, but if you ignore that and just taste it, it’s good.

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66
drank Choconut Oolong by DAVIDsTEA
1677 tasting notes

Goodbye. Good riddance.
Not added to my shopping list.

And I’m going to do a dance for this sipdown. The cup was ok – it was better than throwing it out, but there’s not much going for it. I just wanted to finish my sample to make double-triple sure (as I had high hopes).

Tuscanteal

I did not enjoy it. Its very rare I toss out a cup of tea. Blech!

Cavocorax

Yeah. Too bad – the first few sips were awesome, until the licorice notes showed up and made it… awful.

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78

And that’s another matcha gone! (81) :O I try to drink one cup a day (a big one with 2 scoops!) and only keep 4 flavours open at a time to help out with the freshness.

What did I think? I like this – it’s creamy and sweet and enjoyable for times I don’t want to be overwhelmed by flavour (i.e., pumpkin matcha, or bubblegum). Would I get it again? Maybe. There are so many other options out there, but, I would’ve say no to more.

Sil

mmm i’m trying to do the same thing. I just haven’t been in the mood for matcha lately..and i’ve got a zillion different packages still. haha

MissLena

I was doing really good with my one cup of matcha a day, then I just stopped lol, need to get back on that and finish up my older ones, I haven’t even tried out my new matcha bowl yet! Lol

Dinosara

My matcha is my biggest weakness in my collection, in that I’ve had them forever but I have gotten bad about drinking them. I need to start a 1-a-day program, maybe after Black Friday.

Stephanie

I just wish I went through my matcha faster so I could try new flavors!

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78
drank Je t'aime by Nina's Paris
1677 tasting notes

I had a sample of this before, direct from Nina’s Paris, but JustJames surprised me with just a little more. And I’m happy he did. I still think this is my favourite from Nina’s Paris. I just love the caramel and vanilla.

I may have to pick up some for myself. :)

Rosehips

I love this one!

JustJames

i’m glad it made you smile.

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88

It’s cold. I think it’s a good morning to visit Mount Gray and tour its blustery peaks.

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87
drank Pu-erh Cocoa-spice by Tealux
1677 tasting notes

Wow. I just got hit with a blast of cocoa. I love it. There’s not much puerh to this, but the chocolate and cinnamon are so good. The chili adds a nice bit of kick too!

I think this would make an awesome latte!

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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.

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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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