2087 Tasting Notes

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Sipdown!! (152)

I have now finished off the generous sample Sil sent to me. It is funny because I was not a huge fan of this one at first but it has grown on me for sure. In fact, today I planned on only having one cup but when that tasted so delicious I decided to have another which polished off the sample.

I don’t know what I did today but this tasted just like a butter cookie. You know the ones – they come in the tin that every grandparent keeps and uses to store random things in and then you see it and get excited for cookies only to find a tin full of sewing stuff. They are buttery and sweet and have the perfect hint of vanilla. That is what this cup tasted like and it was delicious. So thank you Sil for sharing!!

On a completely unrelated note, I just caught the Canada Post lady writing a pick up card for my Herbal Infusions package without having even knocked on my door. I heard her come up the stairs outside and then I heard her walk to my door and I waited for the knock to as not seem eager. No knock so I went and opened the door anyways to find her with my package, looking shocked, and writing the card. She had to remove the sticker that she had already put on the package assuming I was not home. There were lights on and everything! Get yo shit together Canada Post!!! Luckily though I caught her and now I have my Herbal Infusions order. Hooray!!

keychange

Omg! good for you for catching her! she can’t try that sneaky shit, yo!

VariaTEA

They do this all the time. Plus tomorrow I have a 6 pm exam so I would have had to go to the post office on the way to school and take it to the exam with me. Otherwise it would be too late after the exam to go get it and I leave on a 6 am flight Thursday to Florida. So I am happy I caught her.

OMGsrsly

Sunday the person FINALLY knocked on my door, but I was in the shower! I yelled out that I was busy (my bathroom is right across from my door) and they left it outside for me. Normally they don’t knock, then the delivery person drops the card in the mail instead of leaving it on my door…

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Sipdown!! (153)

Coconut is the prominent flavor in this blend and though I am not tasting what I would call cheesecake, there is another component to this tea that is making for a thicker and more rounded dessert type flavor. I suppose I will just have to keep sipping until I figure it out. Hmm…

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more
LiberTEAS

This is one of my daughter’s favorite teas of all time. I used to make it for her every morning before beauty college.

VariaTEA

Aww that is quite adorable. I wish my mom made me tea each morning. However, I suppose it would be quite the effort for her to do that since we live in different problems. Also, I don’t think she would have any idea how to brew me a cup of tea. So perhaps I don’t wish for that. haha. Although I think it is pretty awesome your daughter had an awesome mom to do that for her.

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drank Banana Cherry Blend by CaesarsTea
2087 tasting notes

HELP! I have developed a serious cold brewing addiction. I mean serious! There may, or may not, be 8 bottles cold brewing in my fridge right now for tomorrow. I swear I don’t like the teas cold brewed THAT much but I just couldn’t stop. I planned on making three different teas but then for 2 of the teas, there was just enough for two bottles so I figured why not get some sipdowns (so that was 4). And then the third tea was out so I thought might as well. Then I thought about Watermelon Mint Chiller and how that would probably be good cold. Then I checked my spreadsheet and saw I had a Teavana herbal I probably won’t drink any other way so might as well try. And then just to make an even 8, I prepped a bottle of Youthberry/Wild Orange Blossom blend.

Hi. My name is Rachel, and I have a cold brewing addiction.

Anyways, on to the tea – THIS tea, not the others in my fridge. This tea always surprises me as to how spot on the banana smell and taste are. I find you hardly ever come across non-artificial banana flavor but this is true-to-the-fruit banana goodness. I was a little distracted by the hibiscus trying to sneak by me but luckily it was not overly prominent like it tends to get in hot teas. Plus there is that little hint of cherry that is sort of sweet but also blends well with the tart of hibiscus. All in all, a nice cup.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Roswell Strange

Oh no! I’m sorry if I may have indirectly spurred your cold brewing addiction! Though, it definitely gives you another way to look at teas and sometimes helps in finding ways to enjoy ones you otherwise might not have…

VariaTEA

This may have been caused by you just a little but it is for the best because after I drink what is in the fridge, I will get 2 sipdowns that I probably would have never gotten any other way. All the teas I am cold brewing are ones I sort of avoid drinking because I really don’t like them hot so realistically I should be thanking you :)

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So in theory, I am always really excited about herbals. Realistically, I am never happy with them. They always smell fruity and delicious and they just don’t deliver in a hot tea. However, last night I was inspired by Roswell Strange to try cold brewing Kanpe tea. In an effort to procrastinate on my paper, I decided that not only would I cold brew Kanpe but I would also cold brew this and Banana Cherry Blend to see how that goes.

Apparently cold brewing is the key for me and my herbals. Though I am not in love, at least I found a way to enjoy my herbals every now and then. I might even end up taking some with me to Florida because I imagine cold brewing would be a smidge more refreshing when you are not surrounded by snow.

As for the taste, strawberry is the dominant flavor but the kiwi comes in near the end and makes for a delicious flavor combination. The two components really shine on their own but in a way that they are not competing with one another. Rather, they are harmoniously balanced making for a nice nighttime drink.

Dexter

You can also add herbals to a straight base of your choice…

VariaTEA

haha cold brewing is going over well for now but I will keep that in mind for the future. Thanks Dexter!

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drank Strawberry Rhubarb by Tealish
2087 tasting notes

In anticipation of my large Della Terra order as well as the tea package from my Dad containing all my other BF orders, I am trying to get a few sipdowns. I am slowly working my way through various swap packages and today I pulled out this tea from Courtney. With just two cups left of this and two cups of Bella Berry, I plan on finishing both off tonight.

Right now, this tea is actually quite tasty. I think this is the first time I am picking up a hint of rhubarb and I am quite enjoying it. Thank you Courtney for sharing this with me!! I have been very happy to try out various Tealish flavors :)

ETA: Sipdown!! (154)

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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This matcha makes for a tasty cup every time. Sweet and creamy with a hint of berry tartness to round things out. Thanks Sil!!

JustJames

you know, i was a keystroke away from buying from red leaf the other day, but it’s just too expensive compared to the amount i would get…. but this is one of the flavours that tempts me most….

VariaTEA

It is quite tasty. I am sort of wary cuz of the price but honestly I think I have like 2 cups per day so it is getting to the point where I know I reach for this so I might as well just man up and buy. With that said, I sort of lucked out because I shared some matcha with a friend and she liked it so much she was going to place an order herself and then we decided instead to buy together and get the buy 5, get 2. That way we can try more and if we don’t like any flavors we are not stuck with a whole lot that cost us a bunch.

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drank Kanpe Tea by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown!! (155)

Dexter3657 was kind enough to send this my way before I discovered that me and hibiscus are not really friends. So, after trying the first cup, I have been putting off having another taste. But I knew I would give it another chance before totally writing it off. However, the sample Dexter shared was so generous I was not very sure how I would finish it off.

Then yesterday I saw Roswell Strange had cold brewed this tea and I thought I would follow in her footsteps. More and more I realize I am not a huge fan of hot tisanes so I figured I could try something new and finish off the sample of Kanpe at the same time. I am definitely glad I did. I am still not a huge fan but it is definitely better cold brewed imho. I am picking up the hibiscus but it is a bit less prominent when prepared this way. I am also tasting the cinnamon and a little bit of fruity sweetness. Thank you Dexter for sharing with me :)

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drank Hello Sweetie by Butiki Teas
2087 tasting notes

Well three things are causing sadness in my life at this moment:
1. I have a paper due at midnight that I have been writing since yesterday. That means no sleep and I really like my sleep. Plus, paper writing is never fun especially when I only have 8 pages to address the ever-so-broad question, “What is the meaning and significance of religious freedom as a human right?” for a class called Religion and Human Rights.
2. I have been checking the tracking number on my BF Herbal Infusions order and as of last night it said it was “processed at local delivery facility” at 8:43 Sunday morning. When I checked today, expecting it to say out for delivery, it said “processed at local delivery facility” at 10:42 this morning. How many times must this package process before it comes to me?!?!
3. This is a sipdown which means no more Hello Sweetie for me until Stacy makes some more :(

In light of all the sadness, I just really wanted something that would make me smile and Hello Sweetie was the first thing that came to mind. So, this cup is bittersweet as it is delicious as always and that only makes me realize just how much it will be missed. Oh well, nothing to do now but savor the cup and get back to paper writing. Thank you JustJames for providing me a little ray of sunlight on this gloomy afternoon.

ETA: So I just noticed I have been way underleafing this (as in 1.5 tsp in 12 oz) everytime I made it and it was still amazingly flavorful. Hmmm….

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec
keychange

Oh god, I can relate to obsessively checking delivery status sites. So frustrating! I hope your package arrives soon.

VariaTEA

haha. I did not have this problem until I discovered tea. Now when I send a package and when I know I am meant to receive one, I go insane. Luckily (or perhaps not so luckily) I have the Canada Post app on my phone so I put the tracking numbers in and they are all listed in one convenient location. However, when I refresh the tracking page like every hour or two I don’t think much time is being saved.

Also, Della Terra is driving me nuts because they sent me an email over 10 days ago saying my order shipped but there is no tracking info. I thought there was because there was a link to check my order status but that just says “shipped” which I already gathered. I also got an email to review the teas I bought but I don’t have the teas to review :(

keychange

Hmmm, my dt orders usually don’t take very long, and like you, I don’t usually get actual tracking information, so my obsession has to be kept at bay haha. And if you read one of the older notes I wrote about black jasmine tea, you’ll know just how crazy I am (the mailman put the box through the mail slot and I literally stood on the other side and pulled it through!).

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Sipdown!! (157)

Thank you Roswell Strange for sending this my way. I recall last time I had it, I did not find it particularly flavorful but i dropped the temperature a bit and shortened the steep time. The result is a delicious cinnamon, bread-y tea. I would say Monkey Bread was more accurate because there is less cinnamon than you would expect in a cinnamon bread and a bit more breadyness. Honestly, I am quite enjoying this cup and I am sad to see this blend go. Perhaps I will pick up some more in the future. Thanks again Roswell Strange!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Roswell Strange

I have 2 oz. coming my way, so if you ever want to throw another sample into one of our frequent swaps just let me know and I’ll definitely do so :)

VariaTEA

Thank you for the offer and perhaps I may take you up on that as we do swap frequently. Although, I leave for Florida in a couple of days so no swaps for a while but on the plus side, when I return I am sure I will have plenty of new teas to share. My dad is sending all my BF orders to me and my mom has already found a couple tea shops for us to visit. Plus, I emailed Nina’s Paris in hopes of finding a Miami location and though they don’t have a store, they told me I could come by their office and try out some teas.

Usually I go out to eat when I am in Florida. I guess this time I will be venturing in search of new teas. haha.

Roswell Strange

Sounds like quite the adventure! I’m envious ;P

There’s only three tea places in Saskatoon (well, four – but two are the same). We have Tea Desire, McQuarrie’s (which is a local one), and two DAVIDsTEA locations. Regina, the city I moved from and will b going to in January for a late Christmas, isn’t much better. But, I am excited to go to Cuppa’T Specialty Tea (their local store) and go back to the English Tea Room (it’s a traditional styled tea room that’s only 2 blocks from where I moved from – they have AMAZING teas imported from England, and really good food too).

VariaTEA

Awesome. I am actually lucky when it comes to tea shops as I am in two major cities. Where I live in Montreal, I am between Camellia Sinensis and Kusmi teas (each about 2 blocks from my house). Plus in the mall a couple blocks from my campus there is DAVIDs and CaesarsTea. And there are a more around which is nice because I get to try a bunch of different things.

Then when I go to visit my family, I am in Toronto where there are a bunch of tea shops as well. However, I haven’t really explored any tea shops other than DAVIDs and Teavana yet because I haven’t been in Toronto long enough to venture downtown.

tigress_al

I live in Regina and I did not know about the English tea room….I need to check it out now!!!

Roswell Strange

Oh wow – didn’t realize you were in Regina! If you’re up for it, we should have tea together when I come up in January! Maybe at the English Tea Room? :P

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As a rule, I usually hate hibiscus in teas. Especially herbals. They always smell so sweet and delicious and then BAM!! hibiscus is all you can taste. So with that in mind, it is probably a wonder as to how I like a tea that is predominantly hibiscus.

I think the answer is it is honest. The hibiscus is not lying in wait to ruin a perfectly sweet treat. Instead it is proud and advertising itself as tart. And tart this tea is. Not my favorite cup, and I probably won’t restock after I get through my 100 grams, but I also have confidence that I will be able to get through the tin just fine.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

Hibiscus and I aren’t good friends either. Which is odd because I love tart things otherwise.

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After being overweight all my life I finally decided to commit to the long journey of weight loss. When life got too monotonous with all the diet food I decided to try teas in hopes of finding new flavors. I never realized the addiction I would face and now I am in love with all things tea!

However, I am still new to the tea scene and although I have bought many David’s Teas and Teavana Teas I know there is just so much out there to try and I am excited for each and every new experience. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! My cupboard has grown exponentially since joining this site and I have a lot to share. Feel free to snoop through my cupboard and message me if anything interests you – I am always happy to swap!

Well after over a month on steepster, I have learned many new things about tea and my own personal tastes. For me, flavored teas are definitely my sweet spot. I will most often reach for black teas and rooibos or honeybush blends but I do keep some flavored whites and greens around for when the mood strikes. I have a few herbals/tisanes but most of the time I find myself disappointed by them as they often smell deliciously sweet and then end up tasting tart/sour. I have a little bit of an aversion to pu’erh and oolong teas. I am also wary of florals, earl greys, and chai teas. I do not like overpowering citrus flavors nor do I usually like hibiscus, licorice or chamomile. I love dessert teas – caramel, vanilla, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well. Oh and I LOVE Red Leaf Tea’s flavored matcha.

I have also realized that although I really enjoy adding frothed milk to some of my teas, if I do not like the tea with zero additives (just in plain water without milk or sugar), I probably won’t drink it. The one exception is flavored matchas which I will happily drink in cold milk if I do not like it mixed with hot water. My theory is if the tea can’t stand on its own then it is not for me and I will more than likely try to swap it out for something else.

Tea Ratings (a loose guide):
1-15 – This cup is going down the drain
16-30 – I will finish the cup but I am not making another
31-50 – I don’t think I like this but I will try another cup just to be sure
51-60 – I am really on the fence about this tea
61-70 – I like this enough to finish what I have but I won’t be buying it again
71-80 – I like this and will buy it every now and then
81-90 – I really like this and will replace it as soon as I can
91-100 – I LOVE this and will buy more before I run out of what I have so that this is never missing from my cupboard

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