1693 Tasting Notes

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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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95

This tea is PERFECT.
I’ve only got enough leaves left for one more cup… Sad, sad little cup. Maybe I’ll save it for next weekend when I order 2 oz more. :D

Terri HarpLady

I need to order some more of this, I miss it:)

OMGsrsly

This one is so good, but it feels too precious so I never reach for it. I’m going to try something else this time instead of getting more. :)

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79
drank Pumpkin Spice Brulee by Teavana
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Here’s another one from VariaTEA. She didn’t care for it, but I don’t mind it. The spices are quite nice, and u can actually taste the pumpkin

I know the retail stores have a bad rep, but I’m happy VariaTEA had a few samples to share so I could try Teavana with an open mind.

VariaTEA

Oh yay! I am so glad you liked it. I worried I would send the teas to you and you would also have a bad experience so I am happy that is not the case.

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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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
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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
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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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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.

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