1633 Tasting Notes

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
1633 tasting notes

Well, and that’s that for that.

This tea is one of the few that I bought 100g from at DavidsTea and didn’t regret the impulse buy at all. I actually refilled my tin before they stopped stocking it because I KNEW I would want more.

I’m sad that it’s gone, but, strangely, not heartbroken. This was a really good relaxing tea, but I’m sure I can find something to fill its place.

Jackie T

Simpson and Vail created a replica of this for me, it’s called Jaclyn’s Cocomint Tea, the only difference is that SV uses unsweetened coconut flakes :)

Jackie T

www.svtea.com and search “jaclyn”

Cavocorax

Oh, that’s really awesome!
I didn’t realize they made custom blends either.

infused1

I was really excited for a minute. SV’s blend looks great, and it’s a good price too, except for the $28.25 they charge to ship to Canada. Agggh. I hope Davids brings Cocomint back this winter. I have the 100g I ordered last week, but it won’t last forever.

Jackie T

I wrote to them and begged haha, they were happy to do it! I sent them a sample of the one from David’s and they recreated it and sent me a sample back. Then I ordered a pound. infused1 would you like me to send you some? I have SO MUCH!!!

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86
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
1633 tasting notes

Mmmm. Paris!
I was so tempted to have another cup of the Taiwanese Mountain tea from Butiki, but because it’s in a little plastic bag I should probably keep that in my tea-survival-kit that I’ll be carrying around once I finally get around to packing my teas, and so I drank one from a tin.

How long can I go without packing them up? they’re taking up a bit of space on my counter, and I’m slowly packing up all my flat surfaces. :P

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Another sipdown! (102 + possibly 8 more?)

This was really tasty, Incendiare, so thank you for sharing! It smelled good enough that it motivated me to go for a walk and buy some milk. :)

I drank it down so quickly though that I couldn’t really remember the flavours, but I know I liked it.

I drank this at 6, and I think that maybe part of the reason I’m still awake and power-cleaning while the baby is down for the night is this matcha. :P Also, who needs sleep when we have tea? I’ll be grumpy in the morning until I make my first cuppa. (You know you’re addicted when…)

Still, I’m hoping she’ll sleep until 7 or 8. :P

Short Sorceress

My husband thinks I’m nuts when I go on my late night (caffeine fueled) cleaning sprees, but it is the only time I don’t have a toddler running around undoing all my work. It is amazing just how big a mess such a small person can make in a matter of seconds.

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Easy sipdown! Thought I would pick this one today as it was enough for one flavourful cup. Thanks Incendiare!

This was a nice cup with vanilla and mint, but it wasn’t memorable, sad to say. I’d drink it again if I came across it, but I wouldn’t order it as there is better to be found.

I’m at 103! (Plus… my Bayswater teas which I need to sort/add).

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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78
drank White Christmas by 52teas
1633 tasting notes

So I gave the rest of this away to the tea group yesterday, but kept just enough for 1 cup just in case not having 2 oz staring at me in the face would make me more appreciative of the tea itself, and not the number of cups I was committed to in the future.

And now that it’s gone, I can say that it is still as good as I thought. I like it, but don’t need it when I have Read My Lips.

OMGsrsly

Uh oh. And now I have both!

Cavocorax

Hahah. But you don’t have 9 oz total like I did? :P They’re different enough that I’m sure you’ll enjoy it – I was just BEYOND my quote of sugary dessert teas.

#sucker

OMGsrsly

True, that! :)

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Thank you CrowKettle for passing on some of this tea. Oh wow. It’s really amazing, and I’m getting all the pastry and honey notes that I was promised. I’d gush about it more, but I’m starting to feel like I won’t have enough time to do everything before I move so… back to work!

Sorta sad I didn’t order any, but… I’m hoping this is one that’ll stick around for a little bit? Maybe for Black Friday?

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

I’m glad you liked it! I hope it’s around for Black Friday too because I don’t see my 2oz lasting that long.

Sil

Told you guys….

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76

Woo! First tasting note for this tea! (i.e., no pressure?)

This wasn’t on the website so we weren’t prepared for this tea when we came in to the shop. We leaned in to smell it and the aroma overpowered our senses and intoxicated us. We all had to have some. Or most of us.

“And, how is it?” you might ask. Or probably are, seeing as you are reading this on Steepster.

It’s great. It’s warm, and cinnamony and comforting, and the strawberry is sweet while the rhubarb is tart and sweet. It’s very nice. I keep expecting a bit of pastry in there too, but it’s not fair to compare it to Butiki’s Ruby Pie. It never pretended to be more than Strawberry Rhubarb, and it delivered.

ETA: A minute or so after my last cup, and I notice that the rhubarb just lingers in my mouth. I thought it was the dreaded astringency I hate so much, but it was just slightly tart and slightly sweet rhubarb. :D

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
OMGsrsly

Mmm, I’m going to have to try this one tomorrow. Today is all planned out!

CrowKettle

I regret being the only one who didn’t get some of this. Next time. :)

OMGsrsly

I don’t really get cinnamon from this. So neat how we all taste it differently. :)

Cavocorax

Strange! I wonder if I imagined it due to its association with similar flavour profiles! I’ll have to try it again to see!

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76
drank Green Mate (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1633 tasting notes

This was a sample from Jessiwrites that I was interested in, then wasn’t and then it sat for about 3 months and now I’m trying it.

It’s surprisingly good? I was afraid it would be boring, but mate does have an interesting je ne sais quoi to it. Can’t describe it. It is a bit smokey though, as jessiwrites described, although I don’t mind that. It’s not overwhelming and it helps wake me up.

Also I threw that in there like a pro! All those years of college french – you weren’t a complete waste! (I forgot a lot…)

Sipdown!

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Following up Butiki’s PTA with this was a great idea. Even with all that caffeine, I’m still feeling drowsy. Maybe I can get this baby to sleep in the next 15 minutes so that we can sleep for 2 hours before people come over to view our suite (so they can rent it).

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I slept for about 3.5 hours this morning and then the baby woke up. I changed her, gave her a bottle and tried to get her back to sleep but we basically just fought for the next hour and a half until I just gave up at 5:30. She’s so obviously tired, but just kept tossing and turning and wouldn’t stay down – it’ll be easier when she can talk and tell me what’s keeping her up. :P

So, I was super grumpy and thought I needed more of this! It’s so delicious and sweet – it feels like quite the indulgence sometimes. I’m so sad that I only have enough for 4 cups. I think I overleaf because my Butiki bags say that it’s good for “X” cups and I never seem to get that many. It’s probably because I just enjoy those teas so much I don’t keep track of how often I drink them.

I have some Caramel Assam waiting for me at Sil’s. That, and the last of this, will have to keep me going until Black Friday!

Uniquity

I talked to Stacy at Butiki about their X cups recommendation. They use a level teaspoon (baking measure) to do those. This explains why I never even come close to getting that number. I seem to use at least twice as much leaf as Stacy, but I also tend to use a 12 or 14 oz mug so that explains some of it.

Cavocorax

Ah, that totally makes sense! I usually make 10 oz at a time so that makes it go a bit quicker. ;(

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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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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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