1766 Tasting Notes

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It’s late and I should be proof-reading my bf’s essay but I’m too sleepy and my head hurts so instead I’m drinking this tea and talking about the Doctor Who special with a friend of mine. It was pretty great. And now my headache is gone and I’m off to bed. :D

Yay for painkillers, good tea, good friends and Doctor Who!
(I wouldn’t be in the mood for this all the time though. Very rarely in fact. But when I want it, I want it)

Em

Watching the special tomorrow night at a Doctor Who party with some friends who were too busy Saturday to watch :) So excited!

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
1766 tasting notes

Sigh. Another sipdown (84). And unless Stacy decides to release this as a permanent blend, I may never have it again.

I drank it after watching the 50th Anniversary special of Doctor Who. It seemed like the appropriate time to finish this off. And without spoiling anything, I will say that I am happy with the episode and the tea. Both do well multiple times. (And now I can scour the net for reactions/reviews and madcap theories!)

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

haha i just finished off my sample too!

JustJames

i know!!!!! the episode was awesome! (shamefaced) i was so transfixed that it never even occurred to me to steep up my blend. dammit. i can do it now though. i wonder what the budget was for that episode? wow.

so hard to spoil anything….. i’ll shut up now.

Sil

i will hurt you….no spoilers!

Nxtdoor

I must be the only person on the planet not watching this. Ditto for coronation street, not that we’re talking about it. Dude, I wasn’t even conceived when this show first came on, and I am not what one would consider young.

Cavocorax

I didn’t get into Doctor Who until 2 years ago, and I started with the 2005 reboot as it was (apparently) a nice easy way to jump into the series. Now I look back at those and cringe a little. :P They’re great fun though if you ever decide to give them a try – it’s on Canadian Netflix!

Cavocorax

Series 5, Episode 1 (The Eleventh Hour) is also a great starting place. #nudge

Sil

no no no no no…best intro to dr who is blink.

JustJames

ooooooooooooooooooh. and i couldn’t pick. 2005 absolutely. earlier? gak!!!! i do not understand the obsession with coronation street. not at all.

Sil

I don’t understand coronation street obsession either..though i also didn’t get downton abbey…and then i watched a few episodes. happy sigh

Cavocorax

Yeah Blink is pretty awesome as well, but then I’d skip to Series 5. :P 2005 had a lot of silly fart jokes and characters who I’m not quite as fond of when I see them again :P I worry that people who start there might not keep going! Haha. Of course my friend told me to start at Series 5 and I ignored her and went to S1 and I stuck around. So, I’m just being a hypocrite.

I really want to watch more of the old ones though. I’ve only seen 2 or 3 of them and I get all my old Doctors mixed up.

Sil

haha i make all my friends start with the reboot and tell them it’s a little like the harry potter series…first one was totally childish and then they get progressively darker. I can’t imagine not having watched everything unfold with rose and david tennant…

Nxtdoor

Downtown Abbey is good now but for the first couple of episodes, I was only watching because I knew it was good. My idea of good. Awarded, critically acclaimed and liked by those with tastes similar to mine. Until all of you steepster peeps I have never even heard of dr. who! More like… Dr who?!?

Nxtdoor

Downton.

Cavocorax

I totally get that! That’s a great way to describe it to people. And I really, really liked Ten. So it would be a shame to miss him and all his companions.

(NXTDOORSPOILERS)
I started rewatching DW a month ago and it was just painful to watch Rose/Mickey and her family drama stuff. Mickey wasn’t actually a bad guy at the end of it, and everyone sorta trampled on him. I guess that made me a little uncomfortable, although the first time through I was totally shipping Rose/Ten.

Sil

yeah took me about 3 episodes to fall in love with downton…

Cavocorax

I really like Downton too! I need to catch up – it’s been a few weeks! :O Are you guys all in the current season? Who’s your fav char? :P

Cavocorax

Whoops. I killed this convo.
Cavo strikes again!

Sil

I’m on episode 5? Of this season…. There are a bunch of ppl I hate. Lol. I love the old bat. Not sure how I feel about poor Anna this season….

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91
drank Vanilla Comoro by Harney & Sons
1766 tasting notes

Backlog: I had this last night and wanted to note it because I’ve had trouble with this tea. It’s fallen flat a few times, and other times it’s just wonderful. I guess I really need to be careful to use 1 bag for 8 oz, and not under leaf it. It’s also much creamier with a little bit of milk.

VariaTEA

Completely agree! Milk enhances it a lot. Thanks again for sending me some to try :)

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76
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
1766 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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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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