1413 Tasting Notes

91

Today I needed something special, and this was it. Went a little longer on the steep time and oh man it tastes just like maple pecan cookies. I’ll be mighty sad when my cup is done!

jessiwrites

I just ordered some of this yesterday, and can hardly contain my excitement. Want it now!

Indigobloom

You won’t regret it, this one is incredible. Can’t wait to see your review!

jessiwrites

I split an order with Courtney, who lives relatively close, so we could together spend $75 and get free shipping to Canada. We have a whole pile of Butiki teas on their way to us, so you will see tons of reviews! :)

Indigobloom

Nice! did you get the eggnog one?

jessiwrites

We did not, neither of us care for eggnog. We got the pineapple cilantro one, which I am quite looking forward to, also. Is the eggnog one good?

Indigobloom

oh the pineapple one is stellar! so is the eggnog. even though it doesn’t taste that much like it. Kindof an egg pudding milk oolong

jessiwrites

Ohhhhhh, man. Now you are seriously making me regret not getting that. I wonder if Stacy can still slip it in as a sample…

Indigobloom

lol it’s worth asking!

jessiwrites

Haha, I just sent her an email. We’ll see if I got in the request soon enough! Although if I don’t get it, I won’t really be disappointed… we are still getting tons of great teas to try!

whatshesaid

Mmm I will have to try this sometime! Sounds like it would be right up my alley :)

Sil

Get. The. Eggnog.

Seriously. I despise eggnog. Eye texture, the smell, the taste. In Stacy’s tea form? It’s just creamy deliciousness. :)

Also…this tea is great. Stacy is really great at capturing flavours.

jessiwrites

Also, Stacy is just awesome. She added the eggnog sample for us, and is actually going send us two of each sample since she noticed we are splitting the order. So, eight samples, in total.

Amazing!

Indigobloom

what Sil said :P
Stacy is such a sweetheart!!

Sil

i’m a stacy fanboi :)

whatshesaid

I’m so pumped because I ordered this and the eggnog one on a whim last night :)

Indigobloom

Sil, with good reason :D

Whatshesaid, its so good! you’ll love it!!

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drank Je t'Aime by Nina's Paris
1413 tasting notes

Thank you Nina’s Tea for this sample!! I’m quite enjoying this cup. The vanilla is very mild, and pairs excellently with the caramel. Light, like cloudbursts. The black base is nice as well, bringing everything together to make a very well rounded tea. No sugar or milk added.
Oh!! When piping hot, I swear there was something fruity in there!
I definitely wouldn’t mind having this in my cupboard.

Preparation
2 min, 30 sec

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53

Second cup out of this sample, and again I could not finish my cup. Is it just me? this tasted nothing like mango, but more like… sour juice? the black base didn’t even make an appearance, except for some strange astringent note that mixed badly with the oddly sweet/sour part that I think was the mango.

Alphakitty

Hmm, I really like this one but I drink it iced. Maybe the batch you got had weird flavoring?

Indigobloom

Quite possibly! if anything, I expected it to taste like a mango congou I had from elsewhere, but it wasn’t even close. Ah well. I’d try it again some day!

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83
drank Lemon Grass by The Tea Haus
1413 tasting notes

I forgot I still had this in my cupboard. and that I do enjoy lemongrass! on it’s own that is. In blends? can’t stand it. Solo? deeeelish! creamy lemon gooodness. It’s even complex, which I adore about teas.

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83

I think I prefer this without milk??! an assam without milk, it just feels so wrong!
It’s crisp and fresh, floral and just a little malty. With all those letters attached, it’s no wonder why :)
A la dairy, it’s a little smoky, and I’m not sure I like that.
The kind gent from Capital Teas gifted this to me and I plan to cherish every spoonful. Though I need to indulge a few more cups before deciding on a rating.

Claire

I drink assam without milk! It takes some getting used to I think, but I like it that way now.

Terri HarpLady

I also drink mine without milk, although sometimes if it’s particularly tart I’ll add some stevia. I used to add french vanilla soy creamer, sigh…, but I don’t use that now…

Sil

heh i don’t think i’ve ever added milk to any assam i’ve had.

Donna A

I don’t add milk, but I add some stevia.

Indigobloom

It’s my one guilty pleasure, I looove a malty black tea with milk and sugar! without, I dunno, it’s not as malty, which is the part I adore

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88

Whaaaaaat, I still have some of this left over?! I thought it was sipped down ages ago. So I made a cup for Dad and I. Not bad, after all this time! Helps that I actually had it in a tin. Significantly less orange flavour, but the chocolate is still there, yay! :)
I needed the pick me up. I’m a little depressed tonight because I can’t make it out to my floor hockey game due to a professional committment, and I’ve been looking forward to it since last Tues. Le sad :(

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88
drank Forbidden Fruit by DAVIDsTEA
1413 tasting notes

Much better with a longer steep, as recommended on the packet! I’m so used to doing shorter steeps with my straight teas that I forget when indulging in one that does better with a longer infusion.

Kittenna

Yes! I’m having the same problem. Forget that while 52teas blacks need 2.5 minutes, DT blacks are best at 4-5, etc. etc. And straight teas complicate things even more!

Indigobloom

LOL woes of a tea lover!! :/

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97

Still as tasty as ever. Guh. I love it!!!

Edit: water was too hot on the second steep. A rather unmemorable cup.

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77

Did two weeks make a difference? today’s cup was not so bad!! of course, in anticipation of how bad it could be, I added a teaspoon of sugar along with my milk.
Also, there was a good sized chunk of cocoa in my spoon, perhaps that is what spiced up my cup!
Bumping the rating a bit.

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86

Thanks Sil and Kittenna for this sample!! I really enjoyed the cup. Seriously.
A little bit of caramel, but mostly orange. Like marmalade. Very rindy and sweet, sans sugar!
I’ve had an orange kind of day. We made a cake for Mums bday… and she loves marmalade so it was an eggless, orange infused cake with marmalade/vodka glaze. Looks purty but we haven’t tried it yet. Fingers crossed that I didn’t mess it up!!
Anyhow, I am seriously considering getting more of this one :D

Kittenna

This one was just from Sil :) I royally messed up my first cup of it (and wasted like half the packet in doing so), so I wouldn’t have had enough to share, haha.

Indigobloom

Ah you’re right!! I couldn’t remember who gave it to me, and I just realized that’s cuz it was in the big bag of stuffs I got that was prepared when I arrived

Kittenna

Ahh yes :) We thought we’d be efficient!

Indigobloom

Good idea!! Our Kally and S&V order would’ve taken forever to sort

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Let’s see… I’m a tea and workout fanatic, I work in HR, and most of my friends consider me to be an egg. White on the outside, Asian on the inside :)
-from philosophy to food, I love it all
Otherwise, what you see is what you get! I can be very straightforward and yet shy.

Also, I’ve started taking tea sommelier classes and it is an absolute blast! Well, so far I’ve only finished the first out of eight courses, but I am really looking forward to the next one.

Anyhow, if your curious as to how I rate things, this is how I work…

0-25
Like eating dirt, or some other unsanitary indelicacy that mentioning in my profile here would likely get me banned.
I don’t think I’ve found cause to banish a tea to the wasteland yet though so who knows what it’d inspire ;P

25-50
You know that expression “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? I imagine drinking that water would be terrible enough to warrant this rating!
I’d never make my enemy drink this, but perhaps I’d throw it at them. Good thing I don’t have any enemies!

50-70
This is “tea”?? I tried finishing the cup… but my body rejected it. There may be others who enjoy this tea, but it’s beyond me!

70-80
I tried liking it, and I can almost get there! I certainly don’t hate it, but something is holding me back. Allergies? Men in white suits? who knows… certainly not me!

80-90
Lovely tea! Not my all time fave but close. I likely wouldn’t repurchase, but may decide to based on many factors: price, accessibility, whether it fills a “tea gap”, medicinal applications, and how often I crave it.
Every once in awhile I find the sweet spot that bumps these up to 90+. Those are the days I need to buy a lotto ticket!

90-95
Sweet Camellia! this is realllly good tea! Don’t talk to me until I’ve finished my cup…

95-100
Tea of the gods. I would do anything to get my hands on more of this liquid gold!

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