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1391 Tasting Notes

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So the samples were cheap and I went nuts. I even grabbed this even though I wasn’t sure about the cloves. I got it because it seemed like a festive tea similiar to some of the Christmas blends I’ve had.

I’m not a fan. The cloves are too strong, and it’s too tart with the cranberry and hibiscus. Like Sil says, it’s on the verge of something good, so maybe it just needs to be tweaked a bit.

I’m dumping the rest passing the rest of this sample onto Ozli, with love. :P (152)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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73

So I have Caravan and Caravan Resurrected samples from Terri HarpLady and JustJames. Time to start comparing! (If there is even a difference? IDK)

Holy smokebombs Batman! This is exactly what I expected and feared from this tea! :P Maybe I shouldn’t have steeped it for 4 minutes, but I am drinking smoke. It smells and tastes rich and dark and tasty… I can definitely taste the black base under that smoke and I can tell it’s a quality blend even if I can’t identify it. Assam? Ceylon? It’s good. Very good. It’s assertive but smooth, and the smoke doesn’t threaten to rough up your throat.

The smoke itself though is sadly only something I can handle in smaller quantities. I’ll have no problem drinking 10 oz of this, but I don’t think I’d ever buy a tin of it as it would take years to drink 4oz. I think I’ll keep the Caravan Resurrected sample around as a treat through when I’m looking to get rocked by smoke. :)

Thanks for the sample(s)! Sipdown (153)

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

sadly, i am the same with smoke! like the smell, but can’t take it otherwise. great review!

Terri HarpLady

Although I enjoy a little smoke here & there, I also can’t really handle too much of it. I usually add stevia too it, which gives it a nice burnt caramel taste, IMO.

Lala

You can try adding some maple syrup to help balance out the smoke taste.

Terri HarpLady

I’ve been thinking of trying Maple syrup with some of my teas, I love it so. I bet it really would be nice in the smokey ones especially!

Cavocorax

Good suggestions! Thanks!

OMGsrsly

(Whipped cream on top. From a can, or done yourself.)

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77
drank Chocolate Monkey by Tealux
1391 tasting notes

This is the best thing ever! Well, as far as banana teas go? (Have I had banana teas before? Maybe a bluebird one? I wish it were easier to search).

It’s similar to a banana chocolate smoothie, minus the artificial flavours. Obviously it’s not as thick as a smoothie but it does have a bit of thickness to it, which is probably partly because of the rooibos. I didn’t add any sweetener to it as it had enough to begin with. This is a pretty relaxing tea before bed.

ETA: I put the remaining 6oz in the fridge to cool and am enjoying it now. It’s not AS good as it was hot, but I am still liking it. Maybe if I’d cold-steeped it I’d like the cold version more.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 45 sec
Ozli

You’ve had banana dream pie!

Cavocorax

I have! Actually I think I have a 25g pack in my cupboard that I’m holding onto for swap or when I’m in the mood for it. Was it one you really liked? I could add it to your Harney&Sons samples and matcha. I rated it at 74.

Turns out I had Monkey Chops and really liked that too because of the natural banana flavour, but it’s a black tea. I think this wins because it’s herbal and cheaper to ship than the Bluebird tea would be. And tealux has sales occasionally so I just need to wait! (Speaking of sales, I am saving my tea budget mostly for Black Friday sales… then… bwahahaha)

TeaBrat

oh, I would like this!

Ozli

I dooo like banana dream if you wanna spare some o__o! It was one of those tempting sales the other day!

Cavocorax

Will do Ozli! I’m just spooning out some Harney&Sons samples for you atm. :P Hope to get it out next week.

Ozli

:DDD!!

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90
drank Mi Xian Black by Butiki Teas
1391 tasting notes

I get plums and honey in this. And grass. And maybe a bit of malt? It’s really tasty, although I still prefer the Taiwanese Assam. I’m happy I grabbed some of this, and I look forward to getting a handle on this!

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

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88

THIS is what I needed today. It’s sorta been a Monday to end all Mondays:

(tl:dr approved)

I left the house at 6:30 because it’s my day to take the baby to daycare, and by the time I hit the end of the block I was completely drenched. IT was crazy tropical-rainstorm time over here. So, being cold and wet for the next hour+ sucks, but at least the rain stopped when I got to my next bus transfer and I didn’t have to wait in the rain (wait – because my bus left early and I missed it).

Then I dropped her off at daycare, only to get a call half an hour after that I’d better pick her up because she’s sick. All that cold air or whatever just made her sinuses go into overload. So… back I go. And the bus website keeps saying my “bus is unavailable” when I try to find out when the next bus coming is, and then I end up getting flustered because I know I have to hurry up and get her because they can’t give her lots of extra attention when there’s 7 other toddler/babies there. So I’m flustered and I hop on the wrong bus, and realize my error and then just say eff it and walk 1.5 km back to the daycare. And I’m carrying my heavy purse full of tea (ha!) and my laptop because I worked from home Friday.

I get her, and take her home and it’s 10:30 by the time we get in and I get my laptop up and running so I can work from home. So… 4 hours to get Nowhere today. :P

The good news is that I saw a coyote in the rainstorm – he looked lost and confused by all this rain, but it was cool as I haven’t seen anything like that in our neighbourhood!

And this tea makes it all better!

The base is very smooth and rich. So very pleasant, and then there’s fruit and bergamot swirling around too. It’s not juicy fruity either – just notes of sweetness and fruit with honey. It’s very comforting on a cold frustrating day like today.

I guess I’d better try my Paris sample again and compare it with this one to see what I like better. I’m afraid I will want tins of both.

I have a feeling that 90% of my tea orders will now consist of Butiki, H&S, Della Terra and Verdant (maybe in that order?) as these companies all have niche areas for tea and I have been really happy with their offerings.

ETA: Now that it’s cooled, I’m getting creamy lemon notes too!

Tealizzy

Wow! What a morning! Coming home to that tea sounds nice though. I really should try that one!

ifjuly

aw, sickie chickie and busy times. I can def. see how this tea would make it a little more palatable; I’m a fan of its easy drinking but lovely qualities too.

Amariel

It was particularly awful weather here on the island too.

OMGsrsly

Yikes! That sounds like a ridiculous morning. I’m glad the tea made things better, though. :)

Cavocorax

Thanks guys! Lesson learned – a good tea can make everything better!

Ozli

Four hours of hassle!!! Augh.

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I tried this again, but steeped it for only 3 minutes. I still hate it. Now I know.

I don’t really feel fair rating this though when there’s not a lot of tasting notes on it. But… I guess people should be warned that it might not be for them.

This would be a sipdown, but it’s more likely a “toss it down the drain and pretend it never happened” tea. No sipping involved. (154)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 45 sec
CrowKettle

That’s unfortunate. :/

CHAroma

At least now you know. :/

Cavocorax

Yeah. At least I had plenty of other teas available so I wasn’t forced to drink that one. No big loss.

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76
drank Birthday Cake by Butiki Teas
1391 tasting notes

Caaaaake!

Moist, juicy cake! It’s feels almost spongy and is definitely light. I love how I get the sensation of a decadent dessert, but there’s no crazy sprinkles or artificial flavours too it. Stacy is a wizard when it comes to blends!!!

(155)

Amariel

I want Birthday Cake!

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88
drank With Open Eyes by Butiki Teas
1391 tasting notes

Mmmm. Dragonwell! Strawberry dragonwell even! This is a very light and beautiful tea – buttery green notes, strawberry juice and a touch of sweetness. I’m going to resteep it and brown sugar…

Lovely sample! (156)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec
Amariel

OMG, you guys! I haz a sad. :( You got your stuff already and I don’t have it yet. It looks soooo good. I can’t wait….

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93

And that’s the last of this. (157) Gone now, but not forever!!!

Update : I just realized that I steeped this at 80C because I actually measured it. I wonder how many teas I steeped at that temp instead of boiling.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C

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96
drank Peppermint Patty by Butiki Teas
1391 tasting notes

I know I just rated this last night, but after that steep, I put the rest in my timolino and left it overnight in the fridge and the result IS TASTY. The flavours are so strong – I could actually forego an actual peppermint patty for this!

Going to add this to a shopping cart and stare at it for the next few minutes. It’s on SALE. (2oz for $18 with shipping to Canada…. still tempted)

Preparation
Iced
Nxtdoor

2 oz is nothing. bump it up to 4, make your shipping worthwhile. Don’t be afeared :) I bought 650 grams of stuff two nights ago. not butiki stuff but still, 650 grams of tea is a lot of tea. you can do 4 oz. easy does it

Tea Sipper

You’re like the devil on Cavocorax’s shoulder. haha.

Cavocorax

Hahah. That’s exactly what I was thinking! (runs to the Tea Hiatus thread…)

Nxtdoor

I want to laugh. I that mean?

Cavocorax

Hahah. I love this group. :)

OMGsrsly

$18 shipping! Wait till you’ve tried enough that you can (easily) do the $90 to get free shipping. I’m almost at the $90 mark already myself…

Cavocorax

It’s $9 for 2 oz of tea and then $9 for the shipping …
A $90 order would be nice though! Maybe someday.

OMGsrsly

Ohh, I get it. :) That’s expensive, but not nearly as expensive as the Urban Tea Merchant, so I say go for it if you <3 the tea that much! :) I second Nxtdoor, too. Go big. Get 4 oz. :D

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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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