223 Tasting Notes

Another from Azzrian…

So the smell of this dry, wet, and the taste is something I can’t quite put my finger on. Not almonds. Something like a lolly or a soda or maybe even cough syrup from when I was a kid. Weird. Odd. Confusing.

That is all for the moment.

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

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Irish breakfast tea and porridge on Australia Day. Yep, I’m waiting for the hordes to kick down the door, burn my birth certificate and kick me out. (Btw, if is happens I’ll pack my tea supplies and move to Ontario. Maybe NS, apparently Halifax is my home town Hobart’s doppelgänger.)

Anywho, this is a lovely breakfast tea! Or brunch, as its 10am. Flavorful without being too strong, soft and not even a little bitter. I went with the soft side of Michelle’s recommendation (around 3mins), so I’m looking forward to playing with steep times.

And just because its been one of those weeks, I’ve added a little of the vanilla sugar I got from*Azzrian* in my swap with her. Swap melding is cool. Just another lovely aspect of this cup! Adds a little sweetness, which soothes my soul if not my taste buds (though it does taste delightful!).

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Having this iced. Gave it a good 6 mins so the flavours came through when cold. And they do, so raspberry-ee, so coconutty. And the white tea has this comforting, oddly warming sensation even when iced.

Just stunning. If you’ve never tried this, ORDER NOW! Seriously, international shipping be damned, it’s just sooo good.

Miss Starfish

This sounds SUPER delish! Might have to place an order once there’s room in the cupboard. Do you have any other favourites from them that shouldn’t be missed?

ashmanra

Rabbit Hole does flavors exceedingly well, and they don’t skimp!

Sil

doesn’t look like they DO international shipping…unless i’m blind, which IS possible.

TassieTeaGirl

I haven’t yet had anything that wasn’t of exceptional quality, so I think you’d be pretty safe just picking a few randomly and going for it. And yes. It looks like its currently in Australia only, perhaps ill have to work something out with all of you… Definitely worth it.

TassieTeaGirl

I’ve sent some sampls of this to Michelle and azzrian late last year, and I think a few others have tried their teas, so hopefully when I eventually send a pack ofpver for a few more they’ll look into North American shipping.

Sil

that would be awesome!

TassieTeaGirl

They are just that good, I can’t let them keep their awesomeness just in my country. Remind me in March, got a few things going on at the moment but should be able to do something then. And think of an awesome American company that doesn’t ship internationally so we can swap (that’s right, not entirely selfless ;) ).

Kittenna

OH man, I’ve been dying to try this one too! It was on my shopping list as of the last time you logged it. (I’m sure I could go in with Sil on a swappy thing in the future… :D)

Sil

cough Canadian company :) or an american company that at least ships to canada haha

TassieTeaGirl

Absolutely! I’ll get you guys this exceptional quality local only tea, and I’m sure you’ll reciprocate!

Sil

For sure! Saves on shipping as well :)

TassieTeaGirl

And sorry about the nationality confusion, Canada is my favourite place, I did an exchange in Ottawa at the end of my degree.

Ok, will have to send a pack to Canada for you all then!

Sil

For sure… keep an eye out on anything you’d like to try/have us order and we can coordinate in March.

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drank Goji Pop by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Had a cup of this hot (on like Tuesday! Only just remembered I had this… Ugh. I do dislike this week) from my advent calendar tin. I really like it! Very goji berry-ee, and the apple and melon are a lovely base. No bitterness whatsoever from the rosé hip or hibiscus, what a win! Going to use the rest of my sample for an iced cup. Very nice.

I did accidentally leave it for about 6mins, not quite as long as it says below ( another iPad hiccup).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 6 min, 45 sec

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What a week. Ever had one of those weeks where you’re so tired you just keep doing stupid things? Like major brain fuzz so normal connections and thought processes just don’t happen. That’s been my week. I’m glad it’s Australia Day long weekend this weekend so I can have 3 days of hibernation and tea drinking.

This is one of the first teas I’ve had all week (yep, brainfuzz to the point I’ve forgotten to make tea. It’s that bad!), the other half made it for me when he was making his morning art of tea vanilla. Hmmmmm……..

ashmanra

What is Australia Day? Is it a bit like Independence Day in the US?

TassieTeaGirl

Kind of I guess. January 26 was the day the First Fleet (English) arrived in Botany Bay, Sydney and officially claimed the continent for the Empire. Though some people call it Invasion Day to represent the not very nice things done to the indigenous populations since then (murder, rape, disease, forced assimilation etc). Its all we have as we didn’t technically have a war to start our country (with the locals, but of course that doesn’t count).

Miss Starfish

Ugh, I’m having one of those weeks too, so my sympathies. I hope you have a relaxing weekend across the ditch.

Aussie aussie aussie!

ashmanra

Well, Tassie, sounds about like how the Native Americans were treated, too. Cruelty has no borders, but fortunately, LOVE also has no borders!

TassieTeaGirl

Yes, there are some quite questionable things to do with the settlement of Australia that I think we’d all prefer didn’t happen, but I quite like that our constitution came about from a series of summits and research trips to nick the best ideas from everywhere else, not a revolt or war. That, and our continued relationship with the British means we’ve got Doctor Who on free to air tv.

Miss Starfish – cyberhugs!

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drank Secret Weapon by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Wow. Just a mental day at work. We’re all a bit unhinged. But this is nice and calming. Now I just need a nap.

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
223 tasting notes

Oh my. What a week. Tragic bushfires, nutso week at work (two people off so I’m filling in for them and doing my own stuff), busy-ness at my Art of Tea job, and my man is off hiking for the weekend. I poured my timolino of this into a glass to cool it in the freezer hen I got home, I just didn’t get around to drinking it at work.

Loving the calm…

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From Azzrian’s swap.

I’ve brewed up a cup of this this morning while packing away some clothes and other morning chores. I had a momentary panic when I realised I’d forgotten to take out the cup’s strainer, but thankfully on drinking this there was no bitterness. Quite exciting! The berry flavours are more prominent in the dry leave, in the steeped leaf they add just some sweetness to the mix. Might have to try adding some of the vanilla rock sugar Azz sent…

Thanks, I’m quite enjoying this.

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This was one of the many many samples in the swap from Michelle that arrived for me today. Thankyou Michelle!

I brewed up 3 pyramid bags of this to make 2 iced teas for myself and the other half to drink while we did an at-home barre class. Now I have to admit these we’re drunk very quickly due to the need for rehydration during our class. I quite enjoyed it, the other half said he loved his. I think ideally I would’ve left it an extra few minutes but it was quite tasty. The rooibos was very rehydrating, the berries added a nice touch of sweetness. But yes, a few extra minutes would’ve made the flavour a bit stronger. Yummo.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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I remember getting my first cup of tea at about the age of 8. Just a standard run of the mill black, with some sugar and milk to make it palatable to an 8year old. But a love was born and I’ve never looked back!

I’ve always appreciated the quality of loose leaf, and thanks to the discovery of the fanatastic gadgets at DavidsTea while on holiday, the tea obsession has grown! Is it weird to be ordering tea and having it sent half way around the world?

I’d love to do some tea swaps with people to try new teas. I have a bit of a DavidsTea range for any Australians interested in trying some DT goodness minus international postage fees!

Ive just started working at The Art of Tea , a small Tasmanian company. They dont currently ship overseas, but im more than happy to arrange swaps with people. their full product listing can be found here: http://www.artoftea.com.au/. (December 2012).

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