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drank Sour Sap by Tea Sante
406 tasting notes

Yesterday, I’ve started a “purge”. Meaning, I am throwing tea in the trash. There, I’ve said it.

I know, I know, why trhow it, why not send it to someone who might want to have it?

Well see, there are rules to qualify for the purge…

1) must be a tea that’s been in the cupboard for over two years

2) the tea was given a fair chance. Meaning, it has been steeped at different temperatures, iced, cold brewed, even mixed with some other tea to tone it down. All have failed.

3) the fear of ever drinking it again must still be very present. I gag when I think of it.

4) I’ve asked someone to try it, and was later accused of homicidal intent.

5)I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

6) if I’d send it in a swap, I’d be reported to Steepster for tea malpractice and therefore, would be forced to close my account. Goodbye Fairy :-(

I tried really hard to give Sour Sap some love. Before I gave it a final farewell, I cold steeped it to comply with the list of rules. It failed…miserably.

Sour sap…there are no possible description for it. Sour bile maybe? That’s the closest to a “note” I can get.

Sorry, it just wasn’t meant to be…

R.I.P. Sour Sap. 06/19/2014

Sil

hahaha i’m the same way. There are rules to throwing out a tea..but it DOES have to happen sometimes.

TheTeaFairy

Thanks sil for not judging :-)

inranger

It was good for something, it got me to look at Tea Sante’s website for the first time. :)

TheTeaFairy

Haha! I enable even when I don’t want to…
FYI, They are located here in Quebec, Montreal. Good service, super fast shipping, but I was not super impressed with their teas. I haven’t tried many though, maybe you’ll be luckier than I was if you decide to give them a chance. :-)

If you ever want to try Montreal’s finest, here’s a link. Camellia Sinensis is the real deal, and one of the most beautiful and informative website I know (free shipping even in the USA!)

http://camellia-sinensis.com/en/

inranger

I’m familiar with Camellia Sinensis. One of my first tea education purchases was their book. I still refer to it on a regular basis. I do intend to try their teas someday.

TheTeaFairy

That,s great. Yes, the book is really nice. I used to have tea in their shop often when I lived in Montreal. Wish I could take their tea classes, must be so interesting…

Dexter

Does this mean that the icky apple one can’t be purged re not being 2 years old?

TheTeaFairy

Lol, an addendum has been written for “icky apple” : must qualify for at least 5 of the 6 rules…I don’t think it will better itself with age…(IT’S NOT STAYING!!!)

mj

I need to purge too! I’ve got a whole box of bagged teas I picked up at the grocery store and ended up not liking very much. I would feel bad sending them to people…they’re not good!

TheTeaFairy

That’s exactly how I feel..I mean, I don’t want to swap my bad stuff to people, it wouldn’t be very nice. Sometimes, you just know it’s not a question of taste, it’s just BAD, that’s all!
(Nice new pic BTW mj :-))

mj

Thanks, Tea Fairy :-). That’s me drinking butterbeer at Harry Potter World!

MzPriss

I’m pitching some old tea this weekend. I don’t feel bad – I wouldn’t want anyone else to have to drink it.

whatshesaid

Haha, very cute!

whatshesaid

mj1851 wasn’t it delicious?! I’m going back this fall, can’t wait to have some more Butterbeer :)

mj

So dellicious, whatshesaid! I’m so jealous you’re going in the fall and you get to see the expansion and ride on the Hogwarts express!!!

mj

Also, I have a recipe for butterbeer. It’s pretty much spot on, if you’re interested

whatshesaid

I’d love to have that recipe!
And yes I’m super excited for the Hogwart’s Express and Diagon Alley :)

mj

Here you go whatshesaid! It’s a total pain but fun to have every now and then

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByLDTxpzm4N2ZVRza1VJWFRpQ2c/edit?usp=sharing

Terri HarpLady

I think your guidelines for trashing old and/or crappy teas are spot on! It doesn’t happen often, but I have occasionally sent a tea to the compost pile, where I feel it will be more useful than it has been in my cupboard.
So I wonder if sour sap tea is suppose to be soursop flavored?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soursop

whatshesaid

Ooh thanks MJ!

Arshness

I laughed…
really hard.

TheTeaFairy

@Terri: Soursop…never heard of it but never heard of sour sap either so yeah, could be, good job on that one!

Arshness, glad it gave you a good laugh…but it only gave me a sour face!

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drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
734 tasting notes

I’m not sure how I feel about black current. I don’t think it’s my favorite fruit, and this isn’t just generic berry. This is black current. The flavor is quite strong and pretty much drowns out any hint of base. If you are a black currant fan, you should really check this one out.
Thank you TheTeaFairy for sharing this with me, fun little tea.

TheTeaFairy

Yes, this is an “in your face” flavour. Although I find it interesting, I can’t make up my mind if I like it or not…

Anna

I’ve never seen a red currant tea, by the way – I think it might be too tart?

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drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
272 tasting notes

I received this from TheTeaFairy and she commented that this is better cold brewed. Again, since she never steered me wrong, I used the entire 2-cup sample in a 500 ml mason jar and left it for a couple of days. I always either a) forget about my cold brews or b) see it in the fridge when I’m in a rush and thus no time to strain them and so they sit some more.

Here we are, 36 or so hours later. I am telling this to you so you know that it is quite forgiving as a cold brew. And it is indeed good but have no idea how it would compare if it were hot steeped. Don’t really care. This works for me and that’s that. I get a bit of flavour, it lingers in the aftertaste but that’s not to say it’s overpowering the base. I actually get quite a bit of base in the sip as well. So it’s definitely not a “juice” tea where all you can taste is the flavour. Thank you, TheTeaFairy ! I enjoyed this for sure but it is not on my radar as a must have. Not because it’s not good but because there are so many companies out there and I just can’t keep up with ALL the teas.

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drank Sour Sap by Tea Sante
734 tasting notes

I’ve drank a lot of strange, not to my taste teas today. I actually had a pretty icky tea day – not the fault of my awesome swappers – I was just choosing things that weren’t really to my tastes.
TheTeaFairy wrote on this one “The strangest tasting tea I’ve ever tried.” Not sure this is the strangest that I’VE ever tried but it is weird, and it is SOUR. I have no idea what sour sap should be, but offensively sour fruit is what I got out of this one. I don’t mind tart, and I wasn’t really afraid of the word sour – but this is beyond tart. It’s past my comfort level in the tart department.
(Should mention that as much as most of the teas I’ve drank today have been misses – it’s definitely been interesting. Love that swaps push me outside my comfort zone. They all can’t be hits and all the misses are worth it when you find that ONE AMAZING tea that you would never have tried. Thank you so much TheTeaFairy for pushing the boundaries. I also love the honesty on the notes written on the packages – it’s awesome)

Ysaurella

a swap with our Canadian Fairy is unforgettable in terms of writing notes and packaging !

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drank Cardamom by Tea Sante
734 tasting notes

Thank you TheTeaFairy for sending me this sample.

No thank you. This is like “spray on cardamom” – it’s just too much really strong – almost fake. Sorry this is a big mis considering I REALLY like NMTC’c version of this.

TheTeaFairy

Hahaha! I don’t remember what I wrote on the pouch, but I must have warned you!! Thought I,d share the awkwardness of it! “Spray on cardamom” is a perfect description.

pyarkaaloo

spray on cardamom…lol! sounds like a perfectly kitschy atrocity that will keep the bugs away.

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78
drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
5059 tasting notes

Cold brew from the tea fairy! thanks for this one madam. I like the black currant flavour in this one and the cold brew is really nice with a little splash of sweetener :)

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Black Currant by Tea Sante
5059 tasting notes

I had this yesterday and it’s on the menu to try as a cold brew now. I have to say that this black currant flavour is intense. I’d take a sip and then be tasting it in my mouth well after i’d swallowed lol. I dont recall much about the base of the tea but i did really like the flavour. This was another share from the teafairy! thank you madam!

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drank Pineapple by Tea Sante
5059 tasting notes

cold brew that i’m enjoying tonight with late dinner. Sadly the cold brew didn’t translate much of the pineapple taste that i liked in the hot brew. I prefer this as a hot brew, though maybe hot brew, chilled would be the way to go. Still tasty, but for sure missing some of the pineapple flavour!

Edit: 3400 tasting notes haha Also, down to 167

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
VariaTEA

Congrats on 3400!!

Yvonne

Mmm, this tea sounds awesome! Congrats on 3400 :)

caile

Yay – congrats!!

__Morgana__

Wow that is an amazing number of notes! Congrats!

OMGsrsly

OMG! 3400 is amazing. :)

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76
drank Pineapple by Tea Sante
5059 tasting notes

Another one from theteafairy I need to try this cold brewed. This had just enough pineapple that i enjoyed it, but it made me crave butiki’s pineapple oolong for that sheer juicy pineapple feeling. I have a sneaking suspicion this one will be even better chilled over ice (or cold brewed) with just a splash of sweetner. still a fun time though! thanks teafairy!

TheTeaFairy

Don’t we looove pineapple oolong…

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This was my first experience with a milk oolong so I don’t have anything to compare it to.

The dry tea has a sweet almost bready smell, it steeped into very enjoyable milky smell.

The tea itself wasn’t over powered by the milk scent, I found it to be very complimentary to the lightly floral, toasty oolong.

Something I would drink again surely and if you haven’t already tried a milk oolong Tea Sante’s is a great place to start!

chadao

We have a nice milk oolong at Ku Cha. I think it’s from Anxi. It’s probably not as toasty as yours :-)

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64

I love it." but not too much

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drank Niagara Peach by Tea Sante
6 tasting notes

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65

Just had it in the morning.

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87
drank Vanilla Cream by Tea Sante
35 tasting notes

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drank Niagara Peach by Tea Sante
35 tasting notes

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Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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