1774 Tasting Notes

91
drank Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1774 tasting notes

Yum! This actually has a great chocolate taste!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 45 sec

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65
drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
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I don’t think this one is for me. It’s very well blended, but I’m personally not a huge fan of nutty teas or really grassy teas.

OMGsrsly

Have you tried it with milk? I thought it was really good with milk and a little sugar.

Cavocorax

I’ll try milk next time! I never think to add milk to anything aside from black teas.

Sil

can’t wait to try mine…

Cavocorax

When do you expect it?

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72
drank Fennel Spice by Della Terra Teas
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Quick note from my phone: the fennel is strong in this one! Not sure I’d want to drink this often, so I’m grateful I tried this as a sample and not a 1oz bag!

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93
drank Nutmeg Cream by Butiki Teas
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Ok, so it’s been long enough that it seems safe to drink these down and announce that they came from the Amoda box.

OMG. The smell of this is just divine. It’s like warmed eggnog. I could just sit here and smell this all afternoon…. /drools

And each sip I take is just that much better. Unlike the DAVIDsTEA’s I had earlier, this tea doesn’t hide the base. It respects it. It enhances it by sidling up to it and taking it slow.

The black base is complex and rich and dark. The nutmeg and cream are prominent and give the tea a thick mouthfeel. I just love this tea.

Too bad I’ve only got enough for 3 more cups.

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

They clearly need to remake this!

Cavocorax

They might make it for Amoda if enough people tell Amoda there’s demand! But shipping from them is $10.

OMGsrsly

Shipping from Amoda is $10?! That seems a little excessive, seeing as their awesome boxes are about $2.

Cavocorax

I know, right? That’s what it was back when they sold the leftover teas. Now they just direct you to the blender if you want to buy more so maybe they’re switching their model again?

OMGsrsly

I sure hope so. Although, shipping from Butiki is quite expensive to Canada. I hope that Amoda will sell the tea in Canada so maybe we can save a bit on the shipping costs.

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drank Carrot Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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And here’s another one from Janelle!

I like how we can all try the same tea and get different things. For me, the coconut/oolong combination is just screaming butter. Every sip, that’s what I get – warm butter oozing down my throat.

No thanks!
I’ll wait for my second cup before I rate this.

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79
drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
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Woo! My tea from Herbal Infusions came in today, and I also got my huge mystery stash package from Janelle. It had a lot of teas from DAVIDs in it that I’d never tried, so I’m pretty excited to run through them all.

My cupboard is up at 119 now though. :O

This tea smells really amazing. I hope it tastes as good.

Ok, this is interesting. I mean it’s a puerh blend, and I didn’t think puerh would work with mint, but this sorta does? It adds a bit of weight to the creamy mint. I like this. It’s very relaxing and smooth – not what I expect with all that earthy puerhness… I guess the vanilla and licorice help to tone that down by adding a bit of sweetness. It’s a good thing I like licorice!

And the licorice in this is much nicer than it is in the chocomint oolong that came out this year.

ETA when this cools, the licorice really starts to dominate it the blend, so it’s best enjoyed warmer IMO.

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

Yay for tea packages!! My friends all laugh at me but I have surprised a few of them with tea packages and I think they get it :)

Cavocorax

Are you trying to convert them to loose-leaf? :) I made my sister a huge surprise package full of tons of tea – may 40 samples? And I sent her a Perfect Mug, and a 4 page instruction book full of tips on how to steep tea, store it, as well as a summary of each sample and why I chose it. It took her until the second page before she realized that I typed up the document – she thought it was from DAVIDs. (Which just made me feel uber-professional and awesome).

So yeah, tea packages rock!

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95

My Butiki order should be in on Wednesday, so I’m drinking this down today. Now I’ve only got one Butiki tea in my cupboard! :O

I’m drinking this, looking at job ads, and watching Supernatural! This season (3) has Ruby in it, and so far I really like her. I also can’t wait to get to the end to see how they resolve everything.

Later I’m going to pack up some teas for Sil. Not sure when or how but I’m planning to see her before Christmas to do a tea swap!

Oh, also I really wish Steepster had a way to compare two people’s ratings – it’d be a lot easier finding teas Sil hasn’t tried if I could just hit a compare button. :P

Nxtdoor

Except Sil has tried teas that haven’t even been made :)

MissB

I agree with the compare button, or at least something easier other than scrolling through pages and pages!

Ana

I’m so jealous you have this in your cupboard right now. Mine has yet to ship but I’m so looking forward to it!

JustJames

it is the only caramel on the planet i can taste….. stacy is magic.

Terri HarpLady

Mine arrived on Friday. Haven’t had a cup yet, but I will!

Plunkybug

I love this one. I wish there was also a notes section so I could look up who sent me the teas, and any alternate or supplemental steeping notes.

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83
drank Citrus Lavender Sage by Teavana
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I bought 2 oz of this after hearing what OMGsrsly thought of it, and I’m happy I did!

My neck is just killing me – this tension headache has just been creeping up my neck and made itself at home in my neck and this is just what the Doctor ordered.

Not that I expect it to fix everything, but this tea is just so relaxing. I love all the citrus notes, and the lavender/sage combo works. It’s very soothing and warm and.. lovely.

The only downside is that this is (like a lot of the Teavana blends) VERY heavy tea. I probably have enough to make 5 cups? (Much like DAVIDsTEA’s Spiced Fig). So I’m really happy I tried it, and I expect to enjoy it, but I’ll wait for another sale before I consider re-stocking it once this is gone.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

Yeah, it’s kinda expensive. I buy it whenever there’s a sale though. Fingers crossed for Boxing Day. :)

OMGsrsly

Oh, I use 1 baking tbsp per 16oz. I don’t remember what it says to use, but that works for me.

Cavocorax

Thanks for the tip!
And I’m hoping for Boxing Day too. I should have a little money for that.

OMGsrsly

My parents might want to wait until January to give me my money, but by then all the sales will be over. Fingers crossed I manage to get something tho. :)

Cavocorax

I ended up getting a decent amount of money but I feel like I should probably just use some of it for useful stuff to make up for not working. :| Or I could buy a nice variable kettle. And some Boxing Day Tea. Or some Justea right now. /0\ Maybe I’ll split it. :P

Cavocorax

(And of course it’s Xmas money so I don’t actually have it but I’m awful for pre-spending)

OMGsrsly

(ME too!)

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76
drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
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Sil drank this earlier and that reminded me that I still had enough left for a cup. Why not sit and enjoy it now? (Sipdown; 85)

It’s hard for me to rate this because it’s a white tea and I don’t often drink them, and I wouldn’t often be in the mood for this creamy cup of lemon, but it is nice.

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94
drank Laoshan Black by Verdant Tea
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I’ve been drinking this for hours, although I only re-steeped it once. Part of me feels guilty, like I’m wasting quality tea here, but OTOH, I am drinking 20 oz of it so it’s not like I didn’t get much for that 1 scoop of leaves.

I should try my Amoda teas soon, but I want to add them to my cupboard and log them when I do, so I’ll wait a few ore days to make sure everyone else has had a chance to do so. If it wasn’t for the fact that everyone knows these are Butiki teas that you can ONLY get in the box, I’d just log it and not mention Amoda. :P

Sil

all my tea is on my table at the moment.. so i can figure out how a cupboard half the size as it was takes up more room! 4 oz of LB makes me happy to see haha

Cavocorax

Wait, another 4 oz? Didn’t we both order 4 oz just a few months ago? I think I still have 2oz left. I need to stop treating it as such a rare commodity and enjoy it I guess (multiple resteeps or not!))

I bet it’s the french teas that are taking up all your space. Didn’t they all come in tins? Are you going to post pics?

I can’t wait to grab my pile of tea. :D

Sil

haha you mean your BOX of tea…. i will take pics this weekend..it’s MUCH smaller than normal. i think it’s just all the weird shapped bags or something. I dunno. No not another 4oz.. but somehow in my black friday fog i did pick up 4oz each of verdant’ campfire blend and the vanilla citrus spice lol apparently i really needed 8oz of tea! sad part is…i have a 10$ coupon now and kinda want the elderberry herbal as a non black option.

Fjellrev

Don’t feel bad, I basically did the same thing the other week with LB. Resteeped once but steeped 500ml at a time. It’s just so much easier!

Terri HarpLady

I have some Verdant coupons too! I’m gonna use them to buy my birthday present, although I’m not sure what that will be…yet! But my birthday is next month, so I have time to figure it out :)

Cavocorax

YAY for a BOX of tea. I’m so excited.

And thanks – I’m happy I’m not “wasting” it. :P (I’m not if you’re not)

Plunkybug

The Amoda Butiki teas are up. Someone put two of the three up, so I finished and added the info that was missing.

Frolic

What steeping perimeters are you guys using for the laoshan black? I just got my Verdant box today and I’m planning on brewing some in the morning. I don’t have much experience with good black teas.

Sil

I prefer western brew for 3 mins, boiling

Cavocorax

That’s how I usually do it too, although occasionally I get ambitious and drink it gongfu style, following the guidelines on Verdant’s site.

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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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51-64: It’s ok.
65-75: It’s good.
76-85: It’s very good. (Buy 1oz+)
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