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Thanks OMGsrsly! Now THIS is the type of white teas that I like. It’s very gentle and refreshing, and just as enjoyable hot and cooled. There’s a little bit of sweetness in it, but it’s’ subdued and relaxing – a perfect afternoon tea!

:D

OMGsrsly

:) I really like this one too. And Tea Centre legit does ship, but I don’t think they do shipping deals.

Cavocorax

That’s good to know. I accept that I have to pay shipping, so I just try to max my orders out. :D

Sil

or i bring it back? with my extra suitcase?

Cavocorax

Hahah. HAVE FUN SIL!

OMGsrsly

You going to Courtenay then, Sil? :)

Sil

we haven’t figured out where we’re going… was even looking at splurging on a stay at point no point…

OMGsrsly

Ooo, I’ve been there! It’s really gorgeous. :)

OMGsrsly

But it’s up towards Sooke, not up towards Nanaimo…

Sil

so don’t be mean. remember ian and i drive lots… whats an 8 hrs drive there and back?

OMGsrsly

A day of tea shopping… :P

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77
drank White Pink Grapefruit by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

even though there are flowers in this one, it’s really a nice lovely, gentle white tea. I rather enjoyed this one from omgsrsly it could be a bit stronger in flavour, but i think that would have changed it too much :)

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Not my favourite assam. This morning(-ish) it’s quite cardboardy, which isn’t really something I love, although it’s something common to assams. Some are more cardboardy than others, though. I should let my mom know, because she is my large-quantity tea dealer and I have 100g of this to get through!

I’m having it with milk. There’s a bright, pleasant hint of bitterness, even though I did add quite a bit of milk. And there’s quite a bit of caffeine in this one, which is good, as I really need to wake up and get moving.

I had the hardest time getting to sleep last night, and then slept through my alarm and friends texting me. Whoops! So instead of a last minute walk, we’re going to have a late brunch and then I’m going to do some required shopping on my way home.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Fjellrev

Blech, cardboard assam.

Sorry you had a bad sleep last night. My mom resorted to giving me a sleeping pill last night since three hours to fall asleep is unacceptable.

OMGsrsly

This is better when I remember to steep it at 2 minutes. :D

Aww, moms. I take melatonin often but sometimes it doesn’t help as much as I hope.

Fjellrev

Aww yeah, melatonin does nothing for me, and neither does 5-HTP. Had another nearly sleepless night. Trying hard not to resort to drugs haha.

OMGsrsly

It’s hard sometimes! Do you use flux? It tints your computer screen warm instead of blue, so it has less of an affect on your brain. Sadly I don’t think it works on phones, but it’s something to consider. I also have “white light” bulbs on timers in my house, and the lamps I turn on in the evening are all the yellow-ish ones.

Fjellrev

Never heard of Flux before! I’ll have to look into that, thanks. That’s a smart idea regarding the lighting. I think my main problem is me though haha.

Indigobloom

I have sleep troubles sometimes too. My methods tend to flit between chamomile tea, melatonin, and magnelevures (but there are other magnesium brands out there you can try as well)
http://www.amazon.com/Unda-Magnelevures-30-sachets/dp/B0058HXC28

OMGsrsly

Ohhhh, that’s what my vitamin collection is missing again. Magnesium. I’ll have to remember to pick some more up.

Indigobloom

Hey maybe that will solve allll the sleep woes :D

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Yes, another assam.

It’s assam-like. I need to steep 2 min instead of 3, or use a lower temp. Plain, it’s too bitter. With milk, it’s great, but I don’t want to use milk in my travel mugs because it makes them get grosser faster.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Lindsay

“Assam-like” :) I guess that’s still a step up from my classic “it tastes like tea”.

OMGsrsly

Lol. Too true! I mean, Assam is narrowing it down, and I do find them pretty identifiable. Malt, cardboard-ish, this ones pretty fruity even though it’s bitter.

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Today, with a little honey.

It was really good hot, but as it cooled it got more and more bitter.

I might have to rethink how I drink this one.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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I finally found the lid to my tin and transferred this tea. It takes up a WHOLE Mariage Freres tin. O.o That is a lot of tea, Mom. Geez.

So I’ve decided that at some point, maybe the end of the week when I’m finished with the eggnog (ha!) and am not having coffee every morning, I should focus on one tea per week. This should be the first. Partially to sipdown some of my larger quantities (Mostly from Mom…) and partially to get to know my teas better. (Interestingly, when I think about doing this with some of my flavoured teas, shy away from the idea. What does that say about those flavoured teas? That I don’t like them? Or that I’m scared I’ll get sick of them?)

So this tea. It’s a little harsher than my favourite that Mom gets me. She usually gets me a Hattiali, which tends to have more golden tips and be smoother. This one has more of a bite. A little bitter (which actually I like) and a little more astringent (which makes my teeth feel funny). Lots of malt. Takes coconut milk creamer well, which is good, because milky things tend to mellow out the astringency. I’d say this is a smooth tea, with less malt than what I was expecting, and a finishing bite.

And now that my cup is done, I’m going to go have something else. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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This year’s Tea-mas present from Mom!

Sweet and malty, a touch astringent because I steeped 4 minutes.

Quite nice. :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Sipdown! Yum!

Super gentle tonight due to low and slow brew. 5 minutes at 160F. Still grapefruit candy, but so delicate and lovely.

Dexter

Awesome!!!!

OMGsrsly

This is one of the few white teas that’s not silver needle that I really like. :)

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Oh this is really nice! So glad I grabbed some from the bag I got for Bear with Me. :)

Really gentle, almost candy-like grapefruit. Nice white tea that didn’t go bitter. I added a couple tiny pieces of rock sugar to my mug, so that might have something to do with the “candy”, but IDK. This is a really nice white tea.

Tempted to cold steep the used leaves, but overnight is too long I think. I’ll keep them and see if I manage to cold steep tomorrow. The leaves still smell fantastic, so I think I’d get another cup. :)

(2 heaping tsp, 14 oz water, 160F, 3 minutes, 2 pieces rock sugar.)

Flavors: Candy, Citrus, Floral, Grapefruit

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank English Breakfast by Tea Centre
1901 tasting notes

Umm, ok. So there’s no notes for this tea? That’s weird, since I’m almost done my 100g of it (thanks mom… ;) )

Unfortunately, this tea is nothing to write home about. It’s an Assam blend, that seems to pull those cardboardy flavours instead of delicious malty and fruity and somewhat astringent flavours. I think I prefer Grandpa’s Anytime Blend, or their Rungagora for an early morning kick in the pants. They are both CTC, but somehow the maltiness overpowers any cardboard.

I know. Talking about a tea tasting like cardboard. At least it’s not chicken soup?

Flavors: Cardboard, Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 14 OZ / 414 ML

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86
drank Hattiali by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

12/28 sipdowns i’ve got a few backlogs but as i’m still working it’s hard to be logging tea while i’m drinking it :) I am a tired girl and i’m pretty sure i’m goign to fall on my face at some point today but for now i’m doing ok with the tea and comfy clothes lol thanks again for sharing this one omgsrsly i think this one ranks pretty high in terms of assam for me. i can see this one just being a good all around sort of tea :)

Terri HarpLady

hang in there!

Sil

i am slowly going crazy. 1,2,3,4,5,6 switch!

OMGsrsly

Oh, Sil! Yeah, the Hattiali Assams are a favourite. I love the ones Butiki carries as well.

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86
drank Hattiali by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

another from omgsrsly while not a sipdown, i’m having this today so that when i have it again, it WILL be a sipdown haha. Need to make sure i keep working on getting things down as well as finishing them off :) i am really enjoying this one today. it’s not a BOLD tea, but it is smooth and i drank it all before i realised it. There’s a ittle astringecy in it but that just makes it enjoyable for me. thanks a ton omgsrsly!

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82
drank Grandpa's Anytime Tea by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

thanks for this one omgsrsly I finished the last of this today while trying not to fell asleep at work in the afternoon lol. This one’s not too shabby. it’s got a bit of a bitter/bolder than i like it hit at the end of it, so i likely won’t restock unless i can share it with others! haha but i did enjoy this :)

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82
drank Grandpa's Anytime Tea by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

backlog from yesterday…going to be a long weekend. I’m up “early” and i’ll basically be up now until whenever i go to bed on sunday night since i’m not sure if i’ll get a nap in there. Gotta love migration weekends + catching up on work. at least i might get the chance to get some tea drinking in tonight! i remember pausing at some point yesterday to really focus on this tea and i can’t recall if i thought there was a note in here that i really liked or what. that’s how busy my days have been. but i did enjoy it, and thankfully i have more from omgsrsly to play with heh

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75
drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

had this one again this morning before we headed out for a bike ride. My other half is home all weekend so we’re going to try and settle down and do some wedding planning, cleaning, board game playing and some general relaxing. It’s supposed to rain all weekend in the afternoons so that should make it more doable…though it’d be nice to get two rides in this weekend.

While this is a tasty cup through a few steepings, it’s not my favourite. It was nice to try another variation on the sun moon lake theme but i do prefer the TTC ones. as always though, love trying new teas and appreciate all the teas that folks send my way!

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75
drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
6160 tasting notes

omgsrsly sent this my way and though i only took the first steep with me to work i was going to have more when i got home..but my other half cleaned up :( at least i’ve got another serving of this to play with and write a better note on lol

OMGsrsly

Oh, I was going to ask you about this. Mom’s planning on dropping by the tea store again this weekend, so if there’s anything that interests you… :) I just wish they sold less than 50g!

Sil

NO NO MOAR TEA! must resist purchasing. I’ve been good so far. only 1 purchase this month for my birthday and that was only 3 teas…. three…soo saaaad.

OMGsrsly

I should resist as well, honestly. But if Mom’s buying… :D

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Mmmmmmmmalty.

So delicious. A bit of bitterness, but I did steep for about 3:30 instead of my usual 3:00. I added milk, and it was sweet malty goodness.

And now I’m baking snickerdoodles http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/01/snickerdoodles-two/ and need to decide what to have with my cookie(s).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
LiberTEAS

I’m coming over for cookies.

OMGsrsly

Haha! TOO LATE. :D The recipe only makes two…

Maddy Barone

What a fantastic idea for a treat! I actually made sugar cookie dough, divided it into lumps enough to make 6 cookies, and froze it. The resulting cookies aren’t bad, but not as good as if I’d baked them right away. this is an even better idea!

OMGsrsly

I’ve made cookie dough and frozen it before, but then it’s almost too easy to bake cookies. This requires the perfect amount of work to make it really feel like a treat for me. :)

Sil

i totally made these this morning…for breakfast.

OMGsrsly

I just made more. I may have started a COOKIE PROBLEM, OM NOM NOM.

Maddy Barone

LOL! Maybe tomorrow afternoon I’ll give that recipe a whirl.

Sil

mine didn’t flatten out…ever. lol

OMGsrsly

Mine didn’t flatten this time either! When I make them I do pat them out into a disc rather than leaving them as a ball… but this time they just GREW.

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Malty deliciousness.

Mmm….

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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SUCH a great morning tea, OMG. I understand why they sell out of this one SO fast. I love a rich CTC if it manages to not go super bitter, and this is one of the best ones I’ve had.

Definitely need my mom to pick more of this up for me. :) She does, after all, live closer than I do.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Oh wow. This tea.

I had it yesterday morning as well. I’m really pleasantly surprised, as this is a CTC Assam, and those tend to be “knock your socks off” strong.

While this tea is strong, the curled leaves are actually pretty decently sized, and they don’t unfurl in the first steep. Even a 4 minute steep. The tea does not go over the top bitter or astringent, although it definitely leans that way at 4 minutes – I added milk this morning. Yesterday I steeped 3 minutes and it was delicious and malty, and a little fruity. I had it plain.

So. A kick-in-the-butt morning CTC that is actually pretty hardy. I have a feeling it would steep well a second or third time as well. Fairly different from Grandpa’s Anytime Tea, in that the flavours are… more bold. More Assam-y (which is a terrible description, but), more like they’d hold up to added flavours of a masala chai with lots of milk and sugar. I definitely have to try that at some point soon.

Now I don’t regret getting the Tiger Assam during the free shipping sale, BUT I also have this tea and Grandpa’s Anytime Tea for the mornings now. Oops? :)

Flavors: Fruity, Grain, Malt, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
yyz

Are these the huge ones that are closer to the size of a small rolled oolong? I haven’t seen them in a while.

OMGsrsly

Closer than Grandpa’s Anytime Tea (let’s try that again).
http://instagram.com/p/qFEN0cR5B1/
http://instagram.com/p/qFERnrR5CA/

yyz

Cool comparison, the CTC I have right now is about that size and it does make great chai. I’ve seen ones that are about the size of an average pearl on an earing before.

OMGsrsly

Oh, that would be super cool to find. The other black pearl teas I have are whole-leaf Chinese teas, so quite different.

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Yum yum yum. Great kick in the pants “morning” tea (yes, at 2:30pm).

So delicious with some cream. Nice and malty and rich and so so strong.

1.5tsp in 14 oz water.

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

Sounds like my kind of tea! Need to try it! :)

OMGsrsly

It’s a really nice CTC! There are a few versions out there, and I think they might all be from the same place. :)

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So strong. So good. If you like kick-in-the-pants teas, or have a fondness for CTCs, then find this and try it. This version is barely bitter, with a touch of that cardboardy assam-isness. Takes milk SO well. I would call this a comforting, easy tea… although you do have to be aware of the short steep time. Steeping in paper would add a papery taste reminiscent of bagged tea, although the tea flavour is so much nicer.

http://instagram.com/p/py-dsER5OR/

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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There are a few places that stock this tea, and I have a feeling it’s all from the same Grandpa. :)

So good. Rich and malty. Possibly astringent or bitter, but this is totally a tea for cream. So that’s how I’m having it. And it’s delicious. I could see this tea being a morning staple.

Just a note: I’m consuming this tea while eating some seriously sub-par bacon flavoured potato chips. Mackie’s of Scotland also has Haggis flavour, and I’m sooooo glad I didn’t get that one. The chip texture is also kinda meh. They’re not properly crunchy, rather they’re hard. Would I try another variety? Yes, but not the Haggis.

Flavors: Malt

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 18 OZ / 532 ML
Cameron B.

I got some Maple Bacon kettle chips yesterday and they are quite tasty! :)

Iridium

I did not even know bacon flavored chips were a thing. How did I not know. I think I need to try some…

OMGsrsly

Sour cream and bacon ripple chips were a standard when I was growing up. Maybe it was a Canadian thing! But those ones had REAL bacon bits in the seasoning, which I think made all the difference.

Dexter

MMMMmmmmmmm – Ruffles sour cream and bacon chips!!!! Not quite as good as Old Dutch kethup – but almost. :))

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drank Sun Moon Lake by Tea Centre
1901 tasting notes

Ooo. Lots of honey. LOTS of honey. Some fruitiness, stone fruits mostly I think. Apricots and golden plums. Very rich, as well. Hints of pie crust. :)

I haven’t steeped this tea quite this way before, and I think I like it more now that I’ve used more leaf.

And yes, ANOTHER assam. I’ll probably pack up a resteep of this and some Tiger Assam to bring with me for this afternoon. Now to go finish getting ready!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g 12 OZ / 354 ML
Cameron B.

Om nom nom nom LOVE Taiwanese blacks! :D

OMGsrsly

This is no where near as good as Butiki’s PTA! It’s not as rich or flavourful, and has more of that cardboard flavour so common in assams. Haha.

Cameron B.

I dunno, PTA has never been my favorite just because I prefer the ones with strong honey notes (like her TWMB).

OMGsrsly

Isn’t the TWMB a leafhopper tea though? This one isn’t. The honey isn’t as strong as that. But it is a lot more present than the last 2 assams I’ve had this morning. :)

Cameron B.

Yeah, I believe it is. I was very pleased to find strong and yummy honey notes in the one TTC tea I’ve tried so far. :D

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