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drank Ginger Bread Orange by Tea Centre
7152 tasting notes

Super busy these days but i’m still around drinking tea. Trying topost the occasional note here and there, especially if it’s something i haven’t been drinking constantly. This one is from omgsrsly and is delicious! I’d totally consider getting more of this AFTER i get through my fauchon tin :)

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drank Ginger Bread Orange by Tea Centre
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noms. i REALLY like this one from omgsrsly orange gingerbread? so nommy. it’s like a cross between delicious orange tea and gingerbreak tea. Glad i have more of this because it’s making me happy.

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drank Koko Banana by Tea Centre
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This is a really nice coconut tea. Nice and creamy – very enjoyable to drink. Banana it is not.

Thanks OMGsrsly for letting me try this one.

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drank Koko Banana by Tea Centre
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Tried this one again and it’s for sure confused about what it is. KOKO-nut, for sure, but banana? nu uh. Also, leaning towards dislike on this one, as the coconut has taken on that weird flavour that it gets when it’s not rancid but it’s not fresh. Thanks for sharing omgsrsly but no. ;)

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drank Koko Banana by Tea Centre
7152 tasting notes

moar banana! actually i don’t remember much about this one as i was drinking it while desperatly trying to get the house clean while the rental dog was out for a hike. haha will need to try it again soon!

Nicole

Rental dog. I find that hilarious. :)

Sil

i dunno what else to call him haha

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drank Koko Banana by Tea Centre
2165 tasting notes

Hmm.

I’m not convinced.

This isn’t really a bad tea, but there is almost more coconut than banana.

I’ll have to share it out and see what other people think. ;)

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

booooooooooooooooooooooo moar banana!

OMGsrsly

Yeah, my opinion too. So that means I’ll share the packet out instead of dumping the whole thing on you. :D

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drank Ginger Bread Orange by Tea Centre
2165 tasting notes

Actually really amazing as an eggnog latte.

I was scared the orange would curdle the milk, but it didn’t. Hahaha. :D

Edit: So I missed 2000, but I have reached 2016! That is a lot of teas. Especially since I don’t post about everything I drink because I’m lazy.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
keychange

woohoo!!!

tigress_al

That is a lot of notes! Yay!

Fjellrev

w00t 2000!

OMGsrsly

It’s been almost 3 years on Steepster, too! So for that amount of time, not really that many notes. ;)

Fjellrev

Quality, not quantity! And quality, you have. :D

Sil

awesome!

boychik

wow! that amazing! Congrats

OMGsrsly

So many teas!!

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drank Ginger Bread Orange by Tea Centre
2165 tasting notes

I picked this up at the tea centre in Courtney yesterday, and I’m glad I did even though my mom kept exclaiming about how gross it smelled. :P My mom is a poopyhead, dissing my tea.

It’s surprisingly orange. When steeped, it smells like the classic tea gingerbread flavouring, but steeped up the oils from the Orange Peel really make themselves known. I had it with milk last night and quite enjoyed it.

The rooibos was a little woody, but not too bad imo. Not as good as Janet’s, but definitely drinkable.

1 tbsp in 16 oz BOILING water (Man, I miss my variable temp kettle!) for 4 min.

Fjellrev

Does she not like rooibos in general or I wonder if it was something else about the tea that makes her think it smells gross? Gingerbread + orange sounds pretty good to me!

OMGsrsly

Hahaha. She generally hated flavoured teas. So maybe the mix between the flavouring and the rooibos?

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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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drank White Pink Grapefruit by Tea Centre
7152 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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I needed caffeine this morning omg. omgomgomgomg. (Migraine.)

So, yay tea? Also thanks to the coworker who got coffee for me. Haha.

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I forgot about this tea, so it’s now out where I will see it and drink it.

Still not my favourite, but it gave a good caffeine hit this morning. I’m weaning off coffee, you see.

(It’s not going so great.)

(I might be heading out to buy coffee shortly.)

Maddy Barone

LOL!
Nothing wrong with coffee. In fact, it has health benefits. I almost always start my day with coffee. Of course, I then brew a pot of tea about mid morning.

kristinalee

I drink coffee regularly, but sometimes it causes me to have ulcers so I’ll go off it for a little while until I get better.

OMGsrsly

Have not found coffee. Need moar tea. OMG. (My area has a lot of Italian specialty stores, so I got cheese and olives and prosciutto and bacon ends for good prices. Coffee? $$$.)

Maddy, I like to bring tea to work with me, but I generally drink a cup in the morning as well. I’ve just been having LOTS of coffee with the new temporary office always having a pot brewing. So I was trying to wean off. I’ll have to bring some pre-filled tea bags to work with me.

OMGsrsly

Whoa. A cup of COFFEE in the morning as well. Like you. Hahaha. So not with it. :D

I couldn’t have coffee for over a year, after I got a real bad GI bug. :( That was super sad, but also when I started getting more into tea again. I still should be careful with the coffee though.

Dustin

Kristinalee, that sounds like me with hot sauce! I’ll put it on everything until my gums are raw, then have to go off it for a while so my mouth can heal. I’m currently back on the sauce!

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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
2165 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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drank Hattiali by Tea Centre
7152 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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drank Hattiali by Tea Centre
7152 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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drank Grandpa's Anytime Tea by Tea Centre
7152 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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drank Grandpa's Anytime Tea by Tea Centre
7152 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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