1320 Tasting Notes

100

Still sick as a dog, I seem to be getting worse, boo. So of course I traipsed downtown to celebrate my father in law’s birthday at Snakes and Lagers. For those of you not in the GTA or not familiar with Snake and Lagers or their brother shop, Snakes and Lattes, they are these awesome shops filled with board games. Snakes and Lattes is a coffee shop where you sit and play board games to your heart’s desire. Snakes and Lagers is the same thing, only with beer instead of coffee. It is awesome. If you are in the GTA, I highly recommend you check either place out.

Now, I’m sick, my wife is sick, and my in laws are sick. Before De and I left the house, we both made a carry travel mug of tea, just in case. It was an hour and a half subway ride downtown, but when we got there our teas were still too hot to drink. My mother in law tried to order a cup of tea, but they didn’t have any and the only warm drink they had was mulled wine (which was delicious! XD), but she doesn’t like mulled wine. De and aisling to the rescue! After getting mugs for the tables, she shared her Opposites Attract with her mom, and I shared my Blueberry Jam with my sister in law. After I poured my mug of Blueberry Jam, I ordered a shot of Wild Turkey to make a hot toddy.

It was the most delicious thing I have ever had…and it helped me keep my voice through another round of games. This tea is amazing and I am having it again tonight with a shot of Jack Daniels Honey. The blueberry goodness smooths out the edge of the whiskey and it is the best hot toddy ever.

Sil

what did you play!?!

aisling of tea

We played Wits and Wagers (which kinda sucked), Say Anything, Timeline, and Anomia. The last two were awesome, but Anomia takes a lot of shouting, I ended up sitting out the last round. It was a ton of fun, though! You can find a list (and description) of all their games on their website: www.snakesandlagers.com

Sil

just like to hear about other people’s gaming experiences. we’ve been to both locations before…as well as a few others cropping up in the city. I still prefer gaming at home, but it’s a good way to try out games before we buy them haha

aisling of tea

nods I prefer home gaming as well, but the in laws are much more outgoing. But hey, it’s on their dime, so why not? I whole heartedly recommend Anomia and Timeline.

Marzipan

Today we played Descent and Ticket to Ride Nordic countries.

Sil

I’ll have to look in to those two. i think we’ve picked timeline up a few times just not purchased it.

Jillian

I love Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Cattan is great if you’ve got the time.

Kittenna

Apparently my roommate has Anomia. Now that I’ve heard a positive recommendation for it, I’m interested in cracking it out. My go-to games are Carcassonne and Dominion right now, but we’ve been playing anything but lately! (Shadows over Camelot, Robo Rally, and Bang! were yesterday’s picks).

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

97

Love this tea. I sipped this as we weeded out our tea collection, cutting it nearly in half! We are going to weigh everything we are getting rid of and then put it up for you kind folks to peruse. Some of it is rather old, but some is new. Do you guys think charging $1 per 50 g is fair? Mix and match. And, of course to cover the shipping costs. Just looking for opinions.

This tea is amazing. Just amazing. It’s sweet and light and everything I look for in a strawberry tea. Yes, this will definitely be jumping into our cart once we’ve got enough to order from TeaVivre!! I split the first steep with my wife, but this second steep is mine all mine!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML
Anlina

$1 for 50g is an incredible bargain, even if the freshness is hit or miss. And stuff that’s been stored in sealed containers seems to keep quite well anyway.

Also, totally tempting, but I need to back way up from buying more tea, as I’m well over 300 in my cupboard right now.

aisling of tea

Yeah, we were over 300, but there were so many we just didn’t like but were forcing ourself to drink it. That’s the problem with living in Toronto with so many awesome teashops XD

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

90
drank Yellow Dragon by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

In keeping with my oolong habits, this morning I made a pot of Yellow Dragon. Since the wife is home and we both are sick, I thought a lemony minty oolong would be just the ticket. We’ve gone through two steeps so far and each cup has been lovely. The oolong is really strong and floral, and the mint and lemon mix well. Definitely the much-needed pick me up of the morning.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

96

Cold brew from yesterday’s leaves and the flavor is still going strong. The leaves are all open and beautiful and the brew is just delicious. I will not be waiting another two years before drinking this again!

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

51
drank Eggnog by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

I took what is left of my sample and split it in half, half for a cold brew and half for a tea latte later. This review is for the cold brew.

I was hoping that maybe it was just because it was hot and I don’t tend to drink hot eggnog, maybe that was why I didn’t like it.

Cold, the green rooibos takes over. The white chocolate didn’t melt at all and you really just cannot taste anything but the rooibos. It’s a touch creamier, but that may just be the vanilla agave I sweetened it with. This tea is still a resounding no for me and it still isn’t any closer to being eggnog.

Kittenna

Because of the white chocolate, I don’t think this would work terribly well cold. It would probably just result in white floaters even if you did a chilled hot brew.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100

Love this tea. I don’t know what I did to it this morning, but I made a pot and the first cup is very weak. Maybe I underleafed, understeeped, or underheated the water, but I know this is a user error because I have seen how beautiful this tea can be. For the next pot, I’ll definitely let it steep longer.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

95

Coldbrewed the last of our sample and honestly, I prefer it hot! Usually I prefer things cold, but this coldbrew brought out an artificial-ness to the raspberry that isn’t there when it’s hot. Still, it is delicious. Definitely a restock…as long as I drink it hot XD

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

96

How has it been two years since I last had this tea? How? After the Sweet Apple Cider disaster, I needed a tried and true favorite. I enjoy oolongs, because I can get so much out of them. I make a pot and usually get 1-2 steeps out of the leaves. Then my wife comes home and gets another steep. Then I dump them into a mason jar to coldbrew overnight and I get another steep. Even if the flavoring is long gone by the cold brew, I still get a nice, cool cup of oolong delight.

The brewed tea smells so peachy and so lovely…yum yum yum. The almond and peach work together so beautifully that I can’t believe I haven’t reached for it in two years! Definitely one of my favorites.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 24 OZ / 709 ML

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

48

Ugh. The scent of this tea holds so much promise, but it is just awful. It smells like yummy hot apple cider. It tastes like apples that have gone bad. The Peaches and Cream has the same awful flavor, I blame the little vanilla nuggets they put in. I love apple cider and this is an insult to cider as a whole.

Cameron B.

I don’t even understand why the vanilla is there… Doesn’t make sense in apple cider. :(

Sami Kelsh

What Cameron said. I love vanilla, but man, does apple cider not need it! Boooooooo :(

aisling of tea

I don’t even mind vanilla if it had been done right, but this was just awful.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

100
drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
1320 tasting notes

Split a pot of this with my wife tonight to end a cruddy day for both of us. Ah, but Santa’s Secret makes everything better. What would I do without this blend? Cry, probably.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

“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!

My tastes in tea have changed, so I should update this as well. I find myself leaning more towards rooibos and herbals, if only for their great ability to chill in my travel mug for hours and not get weird on me. When I have time to properly brew a cuppa, I lean towards white teas (which I only steep for 30 seconds) and black teas (which only get 2-3 minutes from me). I cannot stand green teas, they’re too fiddly for my tastes. Oolongs are great, but a bit fiddly as well. However, I love watching oolongs open up in my looseleaf brewer. I’m slowly discovering mates and falling for them…there are many I look forward to trying!

So…yeah. That’s me and my tea!

Feel free to find me on twitter, my username is ladykittykat!

Location

Scarborough, ON

Website

http://aislingoftea.wordpress...

Following These People

Moderator Tools

Mark as Spammer