1772 Tasting Notes

79
drank Currant Affair by DAVIDsTEA
1772 tasting notes

Too bad that VariaTEA didn’t like this, but I’m happy she gave it to me. I don’t mind mediciny-rooibos’ flavours.

And I’m happy that we made it through all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday madness. Our discussion boards should calm down soon! Well, aside from the “What I Got in the Mail” thread, but that’ll be an exciting one to watch, and also it’s easy to ignore if I’ve got too much going on.

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92

Apparently this is the tea I wanted so late at night! Nothing herbal. Nothing flavoured. Just pure black tea in all it’s delicious glory. Honey and malt and awesomesauce.

I’m starting to get a little low on this one, but it’ll just have to last me. I did a count and I have ~77 teas right now and roughly 67 incoming after this weekend. Some of them are just small swaps from Steepsterites, but I have a few 100g orders coming too! I’m pretty excited – this will definitely liven up my cupboard!

OMGsrsly

Just 67 teas arriving, no big deal. If I had been drinking my tea, I totally would have snorted it. :D

Cavocorax

LOL. I don’t think it’s as bad as some people? (Please?)
My problem is that I bought a surprise bag from Janelle, and I have incoming tea from you and CrowKettle, while Sil has about 9 samples waiting for me at her place. All of this was BEFORE the weekend.

Cavocorax

Speaking of which, I mailed your matcha samples out, and then stuffed the Coconut Oolong in a separate envelope and mailed them out today! I forgot to label the Coconut Oolong but you’ll know what it is. :)

Dexter

(84 bought, plus free samples, plus two swaps, plus a few from BrewTEAlly Sweet’s stash sale, two people saying they have tea for me… yep I’m “some people” …..)

OMGsrsly

LOL. I probably have a similar number in the works, plus teas from Sil and Dexter I haven’t tried yet. I need to finish packing up teas for Sil, but I’ve run out of baggies.

Cavocorax

Dexter – Hahahha. Yeah – I think I saw you comment about that somewhere so I didn’t feel like I was too outrageous.

Dexter

I need to get serious about hiatus….

Cavocorax

Well… now is the time?
Give yourself $40 for possible Boxing Day sales or DavidsTEA Spring Collection excitement and then hiatus until…. March?
I’m trying to decide how long I want to go!

Dexter

I really think I’m going to get really close to 300 – most of which are quantities. I need to think hiatus until I halve my stash – quantity and/or number of.

Cavocorax

Yeah. That totally makes sense. I don’t feel so bad about going up to 140 because most of it is 1 oz or less. Or much less. But I do have 8 oz of Ceylon Star to counter that. :P I really find it useful to track my stash by weight instead of number, but number means more to other people.

Sil

Silly people….

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93

Noooooo! I’ve got one little scoop of this left after this cup. I will surely miss it once it’s gone. I think it’s my favourite out of all the matcha’s I’ve tried so far…

VariaTEA

How do you brew this one? When I made it, I used about 1/2 tsp for 8 (or 12) oz and though it was good, it did not taste like Belgium Chocolate

Cavocorax

I mix it with 250 ml of cold milk! Sometimes I use 2 matcha scoops isntead of one for more flavour too. I imagine it would great hot too. It’s not SUPER chocolate-y, but enough for me.

VariaTEA

Well I have never thought about mixing it in cold milk. Haha it is so simple but would probably be very good. I will have to try that next time. Thank you :)

MissB

I only have my matchas with milk/almond milk/coconut milk/soy (when I drank it). Soy is especially creamy and a good match with most matcha. I’ve even been known to use eggnog…

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90
drank Mardi Gras Vanilla by CaesarsTea
1772 tasting notes

Thanks VariaTEA! I’m really enjoying this vanilla rooibos. I think I would order some if I did a CaesarsTea order. It’s just really smooth and the vanilla is nice and creamy. It makes me think of marzipan a little, but I also get some kind of fruity note, possibly raspberry.

Yum!

VariaTEA

I really liked it too. I was worried about this one because I thought it might get too rooibosy tasting but it turned out to be a nice vanilla tea. I am glad you enjoyed it!

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drank Coconut Milky Oolong by Tealux
1772 tasting notes

I made a cup of this to keep up on my oolong tasting for Saturday Oolong day, or whatever it’s called. I may have over steeped it, but regardless it tasted like butter. Not milk. Not coconut. Just butter.

I’m not into that right now as I’m already a little queasy today, so I dumped it after a few sips. Will finish my sample and rate it another day.

OMGsrsly

That isn’t too promising. Hope you feel better.

Cavocorax

Thanks! I do now. I think I’ve been fighting a bug all week so it comes and goes. Little bear is sick too.

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76

So I’ve been putting off this last Bayswater tea for a few months now. The sandalwood is an interesting ingredient, but not one that yells, “Pick me! Pick me!” as I peruse my herbal tea tin. I felt sorry for it today, and gave it some love.

This is a decent tea. A bit of orange. A bit of wood. Sandwood of course too. It’s mild, but at 1:30 AM, I think mild is ok.

Yep. This is ok.
(Steeped for 10 min as directed. Also, I made another herbal the same time as this as I didn’t want to wait 10+ min for tea!)

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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80
drank Wild Orange Blossom by Teavana
1772 tasting notes

And, goodbye Wild Orange Blossom! (83)
I steeped it for 5 minutes or so this time around and that was a HUGE mistake. It just intensified the hibiscus so much that it was nearly undrinkable. What a shame. It was nicely balanced at 3 minutes though, so if a sale blows my way I may scoop it up another day.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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81

This was my free sample with my first Teavana order. It was funny looking at my orders – 2 oz doesn’t really get you too much with how heavy these blends are. Good thing they were 30% off.

Anyway, this sample is just insane. I think it’s the equivalent of 4 perfect teaspoons to make a 16 oz cup. Guys, that’s A LOT to make 16 oz. This tea must be super expensive to buy. No wonder they want to hook us with the free sample.

The tea does taste REALLY GOOD though. The first few sips were sorta shocking due to the rock sugar overhwelming the entire thing with sweetness, but once my tastebuds kicked over to “pretend it’s pop/Starbucks/etc” mode, I was fine with it. I just would never sweeten my tea that much. After I recovered though, I really enjoyed the cinnamon, cloves and everything else they’ve thrown in here. #drools

Now, would I ever buy this again? Maybe? If I could get it WITHOUT the rock sugar, then I could consider paying $18.96 for 4 oz. If it was on sale that’d be more likely.

Except, if 4 oz only made me 4 16 oz cups. Then it wouldn’t be worth it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec
MissB

I have the same issue with this tea. Okay, I only drink one side of it because there’s strawberries in the other. Still. I’ve decided that unless it’s on a big sale, I just get it when I’m walking by the store as a tea/latte/iced.

Cavocorax

Yeah, I re-steeped it and am enjoying the second cup, but this tea is just too expensive. It makes me wonder what Butiki’s chai is like. I bet it’s just as flavourful, if not more so.

OMGsrsly

Wait, their samples come with extra rock sugar in them?

Cavocorax

This one did. It was a special promo sample during the friends & family event. It was labelled on the package that it had rock sugar, so it wasn’t a surprise. What was a surprise was that the entire package was meant to be used for 16 oz. :|

OMGsrsly

Wow. I found the Maharaja chai to be super sweet anyways. I couldn’t imagine it with a “Teavana” amount of rock sugar added.

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95

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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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!

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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