1678 Tasting Notes

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drank Coconut Oolong by Zen Tea
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I haven’t had this in a while and nearly forgot about. It’s fantastic.

ifjuly

Oooh, good to hear. Just last night I was pondering how much I’ve loved the coconut oolongs I’ve tried and checked my spreadsheet (tea dork!) and noticed I have one left to try, this one. Now I’m looking forward to it even more!

Fjellrev

It sure is!

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drank Coconut Chai by Zhena's Gypsy Tea
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Not too sound tooooo much like a snob here, but I was not expecting this much flavour from a bagged tea!

It’s robust and spicy without being in your face about it, and the coconut is fantastic even with the faint sunscreen association I have with coconut.

Thanks Incendiare for the sample!

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

Ooh, I should have some of this one. It`s perfect latte weather.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’ve really enjoyed any Zhena’s Gypsy Tea I’ve tried!

Ozli

I’m so intrigued by this – I loved their egyptian mint (I think?) and raspberry earl grey, back when I lived in Vic – ttly grabbing some next I see Zhena’s anywhere…

Fjellrev

Decent for a bagged tea for sure haha.

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drank Earl of Anxi by Verdant Tea
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Ok – time to be brave today and try this tea! The little bear is distracted with Sesame Street and a ham wrap so I should be able to give this tea the focus it deserves!

First sip is… pepper! Then light oolong notes paired with jasmine floating in the background, followed by what I assume to be the frankincense and saffron. (I haven’t had them before so can’t tell what’s what). Aside from the strong pepper notes, I’m also getting the creaminess that’s sorta soothing.

I can get behind this tea! It makes me feel alert, yet relaxed; warm and comfortable. I don’t think this would be a ‘must-stock’ as there are other Verdant blends I enjoy more but it’d be interesting to try again in the future.

I’m looking forward to see how the flavours change with the next steep (or two?)

I love how we all can drink the same tea and get different things from it. Reading everyone else’s reviews shows me that I’m the only one who was hit by the strong peppery notes!

OMGsrsly

Careful with your brewing basket. The frankincense resin melts and can be difficult to get off. Stainless baskets are better than Finum plastic baskets… (I love this tea!)

Cavocorax

Thanks for the heads up!

OMGsrsly

I just opened my new package. It smells different from the old stuff CrowKettle gave me! I understand how you get peppery notes. :)

ifjuly

“It makes me feel alert, yet relaxed; warm and comfortable.” Totally agree!

Cavocorax

I just realized we’ve got 4 Verdant tasting notes in a row (on my feed at least!) Glad to see I’m not the only one craving them today.

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drank Ceylon Star by DAVIDsTEA
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Mmmm. To be honest I wasn’t sure how excited I’d be to drink this again. It was so hit and miss from what I remember. (Sorry ShayneBear) So, because of this I’ve sorta had this 25g pack sitting unopened on my tea shelf for MONTHS.

Today was the day to crack it open, and it’s great. This mix has so many anise stars in it – at least one for every cup I’ll make, and that’s a big part of what I want from this tea. The base is smooth, and slightly sweet – I can definitely taste the licorice, chocolate and coconut. OMG.

Just, OMG.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec
Tealizzy

Ya, that’s why I went for the 8.8 oz. of this tea. ;)

Cavocorax

I sorta wish I had now. It’s cooled quite a bit and I’m still enjoying every sip of it.

It’s still on the website, but I don’t think I could justify getting that much! I"ll decide after I find a job AND have a few more cups.

And it was Stormy Night that was the BIG disappointment. I remember this one was less hit or miss.

Tealizzy

Stormy Night is hit or miss…I think it’s better overleafed.

Cavocorax

I’ll give that a shot! I remember I grabbed some teas in store last year, then sniffed the Stormy Night sample as we walked out the door, obsessed about it for the next 20 minutes and ran back to grab 50g.

Boy, was I disappointed! I’ll be sure to overleaf it when I drink it next.

VariaTEA

Ceylon Star was on sale $5 for two 25 g packs today at David’s. I am not sure how long the sale will be on for but it is something to look into if you like this tea.

Cavocorax

Thanks for letting me know. I actually bought 50g in store but couldn’t do the deal as they didn’t have ANY tea 2/$5. She told me the promo had ended. :( Guess I went to the wrong store!

Tealizzy

I heard from a store employee yesterday that they are really retiring this tea, so get some while you can!

Cavocorax

I thought they might since they have it as a web special (8 oz for $17 or something like that? ). I was a little tempted but that’s just way too much tea. I’ll enjoy the 50g I have now…

Thanks for the heads up!

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76
drank Bear Trap by DAVIDsTEA
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This seriously tastes like juice, without all the sugar. It’s really refreshing. I grabbed 50g for $3.50 or so when it was on sale and u only regret that I didn’t get more.

This is staying in the fridge as a staple for my toddler. She won’t even need juice (well, except for the vitamins…)

Preparation
Iced
Fjellrev

After drinking blends like this, drinking juice is SO weird. Way too sugary and thick.

OMGsrsly

I totally prefer the juicy teas over juices now. Or I dilute my juice with water, but then some of the flavour goes away. :) Nana’s Fruit Garden is quite similar, so if you end up needing more you can get it. And I think Zen Tea has a similar blend too.

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73
drank Minty Cow by Della Terra Teas
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Thanks Courtney for sharing this! I love this tea for the adorable cow sprinkles, but I don’t know that I would buy any. Not with 5 oz left of Read My Lips sitting on my shelf.

But… cows!

keychange

Just got my dT sample of this! (minty cow that is). So excited!

Roswell Strange

You’re both making me impatient for my Della Terra order to come in! I have some Minty Cow on its way to me as well! Blah.

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I haven’t reviewed this after several cups. I guess it’s just not what I was hoping for! Not enough lime, not enough strawberry. It’s sorta basic and plain.

I’m not that upset about it as Bayswater had plenty of other teas which I enjoyed more.

Fjellrev

I’ve noticed that her fruity blends are just ok while her creamy, gourmand ones are the ones that shine.

Cavocorax

Yeah, that’s a great observation.
I agree!

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Sorry Root Beer honeybush! I enjoyed the first few sips of you and then was quickly consumed by fanigirlishness. And I never thought I’d be a fangirl, but I ship Johnlock so hard it’s all-consuming.

And I don’t care who knows it. :P

It started because I read this fic: https://archiveofourown.org/works/240332 (Seeds), and followed that up with this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiYyv_vQokw and now I just want to jump up and down and squeal and be the happiest.

So, in short, this tea was very good, but I don’t think any tea would be able to distract me when I’m so ridic happy.

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So Andrews&Dunham just posted a sale, which was VERY convenient after we were discussing shipping prices in the US swap thread, and I sorta LOST MY MIND.

I ordered a tin of Mount Grey as it’s been on my list for 4 months or so now, just waiting for a shipping sale. I should have checked with other Canadians to see if we wanted to share a 3 pack or something but, nope, I just HAD TO HAVE IT.

I put out 4 resumes today to decent places. I’d be pretty excited if I got in at any of them, and hopefully I’ll start somewhere before my tea arrives and Joe raises an eyebrow at me. :P OTOH, $50 for the month isn’t that bad…

This tea is so great. If you like malty Assam’s (with fruity undertones?), and very pretty tiger tins, go pick one up RIGHT NOW.

Sil

cough way to go silly…

Fjellrev

I still need to try the sample you gave me!

OMGsrsly

I’m SO tempted, because that Tiger Assam is so nice in the morning. I’ll have to re-jig my budget to see, though.

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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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