1387 Tasting Notes

91

No.

Oh no.

This was supposed to be a treat for trying the lapsang, but it was a punishment. I don’t know if it’s gotten funky or if I screwed it up, but it was bitter and harsh and the flavor did nothing for me. Into the tea sale pile it goes!!

Not adjusting the rating, as it could have been user error.

Lynxiebrat

Maybe the Lapsang Sounchong affected your tastebuds temporarily?

Kittenna

I seem to recall that this was one of the DTs that was very picky with the base, so I gave it only 2 minutes. (Others are fine at the 4-7 they recommend, but not this.)

Daddyselephant

Lynxie, maybe, but the experience was awful enough that I’m not willing to give it another try. Life’s too short for bad tea.

Kittenna – yeah, I give all my black teas 2 minutes at just under boiling.

Kittenna

Ah well!

Daddyselephant

It’s okay, it’s being passed on to a sister in law who loved it, so it won’t be going to waste and I won’t feel like I have to drink it. Thank goodness for relatives we can foist tea onto!

Kittenna

I think I need to acquire more of those! :P

Daddyselephant

XD It’s very easy. Simply ask “Do you like tea?” If they say yes, great! If they say no, respond with “You do now!”, hand them several bags of loose leaf and an infuser and walk away quickly so they cannot hand it back. That is how I converted most of my family! Heck, my mom (a great believer in Celestial Seasonings) requested that I bring more Lapsang when we go to visit over Christmas! Just steadily peck away at them and eventually they will relent XD

Kittenna

The problem might be more that I don’t see most of my relatives, therefore foisting is more difficult! I do have a stash that I’m taking to my mom, but she tends to drink tea fairly slowly (she resteeps the crap out of teas), and I can foist off rooibos/honeybush blends and some other herbals on my boyfriend’s mom, but that’s about it. I am working the friend angle though, with moderate success!

Daddyselephant

I feel you there, my mom is in Tennessee and I’m here in Toronto! My inlaws are close, though, Mississauga. But oh my gosh my mother in law. Big believer in Red Rose. For four years we’ve been trying to get her to try loose leaf. She’s always very polite, but never really goes for it. She ran out of Red Rose and a friend of hers gave her some orange pekoe from Davids and she loves it. “Oh, it really goes a long way, doesn’t it? And it’s so tasty!”

headdesk Yes. That is what we have been telling you for years. >.<

I turned all of my coworkers into tea addicts, and I was their supplier…and then I quit and moved to Scarborough, ha!

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81

So I go through 100 g of this every three months or so, but I’ve never actually had a cup, I just cook with it a lot. But when we got the Adagio Scott Pilgrim sampler, one of the tins was Lucas Lee, which had lapsang in it, and I loved it. Lucas and I were bros. So I thought I might enjoy straight lapsang.

It’s…okay. I can see how it is delicious in blends and I love cooking with it, but I don’t see me drinking another straight cup any time soon. Especially since the smoky flavor is making me miss cigarettes and that’s a big no no for me.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
1387 tasting notes

This was my reward for being brave and trying the pu-erh, go me!

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I am not a pu-erh drinker, let me say that right out. I have one or two I like, but overall I don’t reach for it. So read this review with a grain of salt, because I really don’t know what I’m doing.

The directions on the sample said to brew for 3-10 minutes in 17 ounces of water. So I got out my 16 ounce nordic mug and brewed it for 2 minutes, but first I let it brew for 30 seconds and threw that out as a rinse.

The smell of the brewed tea is very earthy. Reminds me of when I’ve just opened up Pao’s cage and the smell of the wet soil hits me. Not a bad thing, just different. I smell hay too.

Now, don’t shoot me. I added two teaspoons of sugar because that is how I take every tea I drink. Without the sugar, I am guaranteed not to like it, so I’d rather add sugar for a tasting note so I’m not just sipping it, thinking “this needs sugar, I don’t like it”.

I don’t really know how to describe what I’m tasting. It’s earthy and nutty and sweet. I…I’m enjoying, but I’ve not become a convert by any means. It’s alright, but not something I could ever see myself reaching for. I’m not rating it because it’s not fair for me to negatively rate something I knew I wouldn’t enjoy.

Thank you, TeaVivre, for letting me try this tea, you are extremely generous!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec 12 g 16 OZ / 473 ML

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96

I was playing with our tortoise, who is named after this type of tea, and talking on the phone to my mom about my brother, who lives near The Whistling Kettle, so it seemed like fate. Pao also discovered that the face of my phone is shiny and kept burrowing under my chin to play with her reflection and tap her beak against the speaker…mom loved that XD.

Anyway, I deeply love this blend. When we named Pao, neither of us had actually tried the tea, but we’ve since become big fans. It’s roasty, toasty goodness. We have three different brands, maybe we should try them all next to each other. The dry leaf on this is gorgeous, twisty and long and unbroken. I couldn’t bring myself to use a tea spoon out of fear of breaking the leaves, so I just picked a few out of the bag.

Preparation
1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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95
drank Mango Diablo by DAVIDsTEA
1387 tasting notes

This has been coldbrewing in the fridge for the few days. It’s the leaves leftover from the day of great burning when I got too cocky with my hot and sour soup and made a dish that made me see through time! It was so freakin’ hot.

Anyhoo, this wasn’t hurt at all by the extended steep. It’s fruity, burny goodness.

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85

uuuugh. We leave for the States in exactly a month and it hit me in a rush around three this morning. I woke up in the middle of the night completely dried out, it felt like my mouth was full of cotton, so I got up for water. Then I got to thinking about Pao, our tortoise. If I’m feeling this dried out, how must she be feeling? I remember my in-law’s house being very dry, and she’ll be staying with them while we’re gone. But they’re going to be gone the second week we’re gone, but my mother in law is supposed to be lining up someone to watch them while we are all away. Has she done that yet? Everytime I ask, she laughs it off like I’m silly for worrying. Gah. And we still need to make care sheets for the girls, they need to know that Earlie needs to be kept away from Bella and Pekoe, they can’t just throw them all in the same room. And you can’t leave glasses of liquid on tables when Pekoe is around, she will go out of her way to knock them over.

…see? My brain, when it gets to running all anxiety-like, it don’t stop. But then around 6 I had a huge sneezing fit and now I’m all stuffy and need to unstuff so I can get shit done. Thank goodness for this tea. We need to restock ASAP, we only have enough for 2, maybe three cups at the most and that is unacceptable.

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95
drank Superstar by RiverTea
1387 tasting notes

So we recently went through our tea stash and set aside all the teas we didn’t like or we were just “meh” about. It has been kinda nice to go to our tea-filled expedit and know that whatever I grab, I’ll enjoy. I don’t have to force myself to sip down something I don’t like, I can enjoy the teas I love.

This is one of them. I love the strawberry and the grapefruit. It’s caffeine free, which is great tonight, because I am exhausted and I need to be able to sleep tonight.

All in all, this is a hit for me.

Anlina

WANT! Both the tea and an Expedit for my tea.

Daddyselephant

It’s 2 blocks by 4 blocks, and 6 of the blocks have two drawers. One block is just perfect/nordic mugs, and the last block is whatever doesn’t fit in the others. Every block is full to the brim, and that doesn’t even take into account the other 2×4 expedit full of teapots >.

Anlina

Hah wow! That is a lot of tea and tea wares. I could probably fill a 2×2 Expedit quite easily, and keep all my tea ware (aside from cups & mugs) on top. Some day I need to get a china cabinet for displaying all of my tea cups, which have been in storage for at least a decade.

Alas, it looks like we’re going to have to move soon, since I just can’t handle paying this much for an apartment that can’t even provide consistent heat in the winter and cold running water ever. So no more furniture buying until we get a new place.

Sil

I’ve done the same thing, only with 2 doors instead of drawers lol

Daddyselephant

Sil, we have a door on our teaware expedit, it’s our Teadis. It has a flashing blue light on top with our TARDIS teapot and says “POLICE BOX” on the front and the door has the “pull to open” sign.

We are ridiculous.

Anlina, I so feel your pain. We could not wait to get out of our last place. Good luck finding a place! We were house hunting around this time last year, so happy to be settled.

Sil

Hahaha that sounds awesome…not ridiculous!

Anlina

That is amazing. Can you post a picture of the TEADIS pleeeease?

I’m so grumpy about having to move again. This place is really great in so many ways, and it’s the first place I’ve had a chance to really settle into since I left my spouse five years ago. I’ve moved way too many times in that span and I wanted to be done with it. But I know that I can do better for this price, and I don’t feel happy paying a lot and not getting good basic services. I’m hoping our next place is awesome and I can stay there for at least a few years. Like, at least two – that shouldn’t be too much to ask right?

We’re going to stick it out for the winter, since the lease expires in spring and seriously, fuck moving in winter :P

Daddyselephant

I will poke the wifey when she gets home and make her take pictures with her pretty camera!

I feel you on the moving during winter part. We moved during the big ice storm last year, it suuuucked. We have pets and we lost power very quickly, so we ended up going to stay with the inlaws, moving everything into their garage, and just staying until our condo was available in early January.

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95

I still hate how much I love this blend. But oh, I do. It got the depth and strength of a breakfast tea, but then it has a sweet fruitiness that just works so well.

It’s keeping me company on this snowy night. My poor, poor wife is caught out in the snow. She left work three hours ago and she’s halfway home. It’s usually a two hour commute. Gonna have the kettle ready when she finally gets here!

LiberTEAS

This is my daughter’s favorite tea too. I might have to order another tin of it for her for Christmas.

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96
drank Ice Cream Cake by DAVIDsTEA
1387 tasting notes

Brewed this up in the hopes that it will kill my cravings for both hot cocoa and ice cream. Dairy is the enemy, and while this does contain dairy, it is considerably less than a cup of cocoa or a bowl of ice cream.

And surprisingly, it does. YAY. It’s creamy and chocolatey and does remind me of an ice cream cake.

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Formerly aisling of tea, now you can call me ele .

“You can forgive a murder, but never a mistake while preparing tea.” Chinese proverb

Labels? Here you go: Femme, Wife, Lesbian, Homemaker, Happy. Don’t forget tea fanatic!

New label as of May, 2015: Diabetic. I’m using tea to satisfy my sweet tooth cravings and keep me hydrated without hurting my system or messing with my blood sugar.

Ah, tea. My love for you is ever changing. At my last update, I was all about the rooibos and now I hardly drink it. I only occasionally had an oolong and now I have one just about every day. I’ve learned the art of resteeping and coldbrewing and kombucha. I have a lovely little tea pet named…well, I haven’t decided on a name for him yet. I also have five! live pets, a tabby cat named Rosabella Francis (Bella for short), a ginger cat named Orange Julius Pekoe (Pekoe), a white and grey cat named Earl Jean Grey (Earlie), a tuxedo cat (and the only boy in the house) Prince Erik Darien Darjeeling (JiJi) and a red foot tortoise named Da Hong Pao (Pao). So if you see me referring to my girls, I don’t have kids, just animals.

As for tea, I love oolongs, herbals, and black tea. Since I am no longer working, I no longer feel the constant need for a mate energy boost, though I do still reach for it from time to time. I also drink less matcha, though I do throw a spoonful or two in when I’m making smoothies. Most of my tea I drink coldbrewed, and since I discovered coldbrewed rooibos was giving me headaches, I’m drinking less and less of it. Straight pu-erh is not a thing I enjoy, but there are a few flavored blends I like. Greens are still too finicky for me to bother with hot, but they make great cold brews.

I am by no means a tea purist. I greatly enjoy flavored teas and I put stevia in all of my teas. It’s just how I do.

I think I’m going to name my tea pet Mr. Turtle. Even though he’s a tortoise.

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