1700 Tasting Notes

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Hmmm. This one isn’t as good with Gingerbread Kahlua. It’s still tasty, but not nearly as good as Gingerbread tea as a mix. (Probably for obvious reasons)

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drank Gingerbread by DAVIDsTEA
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Oh! OMG.

The secret to this tea is to brew 10oz of this tea, then mix a combo of 6 more oz Gingerbread Kahlua and milk.

I am in love!

MissB

Oh wow. That sounds amazingly decadent. Gingerbread Kahlua?!

Cavocorax

Yeah! We saw it in the liquor store today and I had to take it home! They also had a peppermint one, but… this was a no-brainer.

MissB

I am so looking for this the next time I’m at the liquor store. Wowza. That, with this tea, and some of OMGsrsly’s maple whipping cream… yowza!

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drank Fruits d'Alsace by Harney & Sons
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And that’s the last of this. I enjoyed every cup of it, but don’t feel like I need to re-stock it any time soon. I realized that my H&S teas were a bit flat because I was underleafing. Silly me. These Nordic mugs are 16 oz – not the 12 I’m used to. It still tastes a little “thin” but I’m enjoying the stony fruits.

Bye for now!

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I bought this on a terrible whim at Winners. I remember they had fancy french teas but I forgot to look, and was already in the check-out line. And so I was determined that IF I saw tea I would buy it because it would be awesome.

But it wasn’t awesome French tea. It was silly Keep Calm tea. And bagged.

But it was $4 and it tastes ok. Now I have a silly tin.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
juwelly

I got this Paddington bear suitcase tea tin this past summer at winners, just for the tin. The tea inside was just “meh” but yay for cute packaging!

Cavocorax

Yay! Glad I’m not the only one who gets suckered in.

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87
drank Kenyan Black by Justea
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Goodbye my sweet kenyan tea. Goodbye!

Goodbye! (89)
(I seriously need to order some more of this though)

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82
drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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Thank you JustJames for this sample! I read your review, and I have to say that your wife is missing out, although I can see why it would make a great perfume.

Each sip is like a mouthful of fruit. It’s delicate though, so I couldn’t immediately identify it as strawberry. I find that as it cools slightly (my colour changing mug is still at full colour) that the tartness from the rhubarb makes an appearance at the end of the sip. I feel like a dash of sugar would probably bring that out more, but I’m enjoying this so much I don’t really want to mess around.

I have a feeling that this is a tea that will hover around in the back of my mind for months, much like TARDIS did, until I finally break down and get my hands on more. :P

Thanks again JustJames! This was a delight! :D I love how the flavours linger on after each sip.
Sipdown (90)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Sil

cough clearly…you don’t read my tasting notes. that is all i will say..

Cavocorax

I saw that you weren’t keen on it. :P And I assumed that you had given away what was left… but if you haven’t I will give it a good home: I promise. :P

Sil

its in my swap box..not actively looking to get rid of it, so it’s here :)

JustJames

you are most welcome…. good point on that too. tardis blend has been hovering in my mind for some time. hmmmm.

Cavocorax

Yeah? I can send you some of that. I’ve got TONS.

Cavocorax

I’ll add some into with the other ones I said I’d send you. :P

JustJames

i feel spoiled! i loooooove tardis blend and i keep forgetting to buy it. i’m sorry sexy! (directed at the tardis)

Cavocorax

Well I have 6 oz. Also. It’s REALLY Difficult for Canadians to acquire bc of Adagio ’s ridiculous $35 shipping fees.

JustJames

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? well, to be fair i paid at least that much for shipping from france. ooof. i believe the technical term for that is a shipping cougar.

Cavocorax

Yeah, but your teas from France are…. special? exquisite! Adagio is good, but NOT worth the price. I had someone on Steepster buy it and ship it to me for $10. :) I’m sure you could arrange that if you feel in love with it.

OMGsrsly

Jardin Bleu is strawberry?! I had not actually realized that. Moving it up to the top of my list for tomorrow. :)

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drank Lime Chiffon by Della Terra Teas
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I’m still here guys, don’t worry. I’ve just retreated into mostly-lurker mode without even realizing, partly because we’ve had company for the last week (and until next Monday), and partly because I don’t have as much free time as I’m used to.

This is a great cup. I LOVE IT. Also, I love that the baby loves it. We’re going for a walk tomorrow and I plan to put that in her cup so she has something warm to sip on.

Sil

YAY for walks!

Cavocorax

:P Hopefully it’s not too cold. I really need to buy winterwear for myself and the kiddo. We’re still wearing hoodies, but I’ll probably break down and go shopping soon.

Sil

costco has some things..might be a cheaper option

Cavocorax

Yeah – that would work. Was going to look at Winners and Old Navy too (if they have warm enough stuff).

OMGsrsly

Winners here at least has a lot of North Face and Merrell down in stock. You might actually have really good luck there.

Cavocorax

Really? I’d love some Merrells! Thanks for the heads up.

OMGsrsly

And depending on your foot size, check the men’s boots. I’m about a 9 women’s, 7.5 men’s. They had more “for snow” style boots for guys. Which is ridiculous.

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drank Black Pearl by Mandala Tea
1700 tasting notes

Terri sent me these a few months ago, but for whatever reason, I haven’t tried them until now. :O I feel like I should be ashamed of myself or something for waiting!

I brewed these up without instructions as my computer wasn’t on yet, but I guessed that 4 pearls in 8 oz at 3 min would be ok. And it’s definitely ok. This tea is rich and malty, and just a touch sweet. I’m waiting for it to cool a bit more so that more notes will pop out.

Thanks again Terri Harplady for letting me see what the fuss is about!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 45 sec
Terri HarpLady

Yay! Glad you like it, Cavo! :D

Sil

slacker!

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82
drank Spiced Fig by DAVIDsTEA
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And that’s my first sipdown for the winter collection! (93)
I liked this one but won’t bother getting anymore of it due to how heavy it is and expensive. I had 32g and got 3 cups from it. I’m glad I tried it, but it’s time to move on!

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

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
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OMG. I don’t know what I did to deserve a surprise sample of this from JustJames but…. OMG. Will… will this be for sale? Please?

I love that the base is PTA, and I can definitely taste the coconut, toffee and caramel. It’s like a more complicated and grown-up Caramel Vanilla Assam. I would stock up on this IN A HEARTBEAT.

It’s buttery, and light, and the flavours are dancing on my tongue. :) Even as it cools to room temperature, it tastes amazing!

Bonus points for the Doctor Who reference. I have to say, I wasn’t immediately impressed by River when we met her with 10, until the end of Forest of the Dead. She just seemed too cocky and bold, and what was she to MY Doctor? :P But she just got better and better. So, now I’m scouring youtube for fanvids: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGmc5Rr-2_I and if that’s not sad enough: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9UiErrKHJo

Thanks again for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec
Butiki Teas

Maybe. I really love this tea! We were planing another coconut tea with a PTA base but this is just really amazing.

I feel the same way about River. She has really grown on me.

jessiwrites

I WANT TO DRINK THIS IMMEDIATELY.

Please, Stacy? PLEASE?!?!

Cavocorax

Ooooh, and maybe have it available to order for Black Friday? :P I’d start with 2 oz, but I’m sure others will snap up the rest.

Sil

River had me a “hello sweetie…”

Cavocorax

:) I was jealous of her I think. I maybe adored Ten too much and didn’t likehow familiar she was with him.

… which I realize is really ridiculous.

Sil

cavo..um no way.

Cavocorax

:P
I love fandom.

Amariel

Heh heh. I can’t wait to get my hands on some, now that I’m back in town. :)

JustJames

must admit stacy…. i’ll likely re-order. soonish. today marks sending #11.

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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+)
86-100: Amazing. (ALWAYS re-stock)

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