2372 Tasting Notes

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So I didn’t know “Monk’s Blend” was a thing until very recently. Every time I saw it, I just assumed it was some company making a particular blend. However, when I finally realized a Monk’s Blend tea was a black tea with vanilla and grenadine I was all for it. I LOVE grenadine. Prior to deciding to be healthy, I would actually add grenadine to coke (the soda, not the drug). So when I had the oppurtunity to try a Monk’s Blend tea via my frequent swap pal, Roswell Strange. I jumped at the chance.

Even though this cup has cooled slightly, I still think this a great introduction. This tea is almost creamy in how smooth it is (likely from the vanilla). And the grenadine flavor really shines. This tea actually captures everything I love about grenadine syrup and leaves out the calories. It is like the tasty tea version of a Shirley Temple…YUM!!! Thank you Roswell Strange!!!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec
__Morgana__

Sounds yum.

Courtney

Love the clarification.

Roswell Strange

Glad you enjoyed! I might go make a cup now. And laughing so hard at the clarification.

VariaTEA

I did not want anyone to get the wrong idea about me.

VariaTEA

Plus, I don’t think adding syrup to cocaine would work very well. Just saying.

yyz

I like grenadine too. In Montpellier they used to add it to lager. It’s actually surprisingly nice.

VariaTEA

There is a brewery here in Montreal (though it is a chain so I know there are ones in France as well as one location in Toronto) that makes beer cocktails. I used to like to get the one with grenadine because it was really quite tasty. I honestly love the stuff.

yyz

They are quite nice!.. We drank a lot of them because there was a beast wave that year. It was 38 at the end of April and it was the cheapest thing to drink. But the beer cocktails were fun.

OMGsrsly

I know what you mean, yyz, but I might include “beast wave” into my vocabulary. :D

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Montreal is freezing! As in I-got-brain-freeze-and-my-legs-went-numb-in-the-20-minutes-it-took-to-walk-home freezing. So, when I got home at 5:50 from class, I had to make the decision to turn around and be responsible and go to Body Pump or to walk in, start my weekend early, and drink copious amounts of tea. I chose the latter. I dumped the cold mug of Cinnamon Chocolate Brownie into a glass and started the kettle to brew two fresh cups.

While I waited, I remembered I haven’t had any milk today which meant MATCHA. Specifically this one which I have been thinking about all day! Cavocorax, I honestly don’t know how I can thank you for sharing this with me because it is truly amazing!!! I taste caramel more in this than I did in the plain caramel matcha. And the popcorn just adds a layer of butteriness and flavor that just makes this sooooooooo goooood. I am in love! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Oh and a side note. My sweats are all in the laundry so I put on the next warmest thing I own…a batman onesie. Complete with cape and cowl. So that sort of elevates this a tad as well :P

Courtney

OMG THE BATMAN ONESIE IS AMAZING.

Ana

Batman onesie?! YES!

VariaTEA

haha. It is pretty awesome. It is one of three onsies I own. One of the onesies, a sock monkey onesie, I actually got for $1 because the Target employee screwed and scanned it through as chocolate. My mom and I didn’t realize until we got home a few hours later.

Roswell Strange

Ick, Batman. I’m totally a Marvel girl (Spiderman ForEVAH). I have Spiderman Bedsheets/blankets/pillows/toques/hoodies/t-shirts/jewelry. My Onesie is sock monkeys though…

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange, I would say our friendship is over but I too love me some Marvel. I have an Avengers sweater lying on my bed next to me and a Spiderman tee-shirt which is in the laundry. However, I grew up as the younger sister of a Batman loving brother. In fact, we call his car the batmobile because I decked it out in all things batman a few years back (as in seat covers, steering wheel covers, break light stickers so when he breaks it is the batman symbol) and we have home video of him saying he is batman at only 2 years old. I grew up with it :)

keychange

You made two, no three great decisions. 1) eff body pump when it’s cold; 2) Onesys are where it’s at; and 3) you had tea. You win.

VariaTEA

Though I also grew up with X-men (last year I got my brother this huge Wolverine pez dispenser for his birthday :P), Spiderman, Deadpool, etc. Basically there was a lot of comic books and superheros around (the perks of an older brother).

VariaTEA

And thank you keychange, it definitely feels like right decisions were made :)

Roswell Strange

I’ll admit to having one favourite DC “Hero” (not really an apt character description) whom I was reminded of thanks to your Monk’s blend tasting note, additionally. When I try to explain him to people, they always think I’m lying! I grew up with X-Men too; they’re right up there with Spiderman, though personally I don’t really love Wolverine all too much.

VariaTEA

I actually wasn’t into Wolverine much either. I liked Storm and Rogue but that may have more to do with their gender than their actual powers. Though their powers are pretty cool.

Also, they actually filmed the most recent X-men movie in Montreal. I had a couple of friends stalk the set in hopes of finding Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, and James McAvoy.

Ana

Nevermind my large stack of Hawkeye comics sitting next to my desk.

__Morgana__

Now this is funny because I didn’t know until today that they MADE onesies for adults. I thought of them only as the things you put babies in! Of course, living where I do now (my son wore shorts to school today… I know, I’m sorry) there is not much need for this sort of bodily envelopment except a few nights a year, but I love the idea!

Roswell Strange

I adored Rogue, Iceman, Storm, Nightcrawler, Mystique, and Azazel! No one I knew was able to understand how excited I was at the inclusion of Azazel in First Class. They just totally set it up to kind of delve into Mystique/Azazel’s plotlines with Nightcrawler – though I doubt they actually will go that route…

VariaTEA

I felt so bad for Azazel and Riptide. They were kinda just left as background characters the whole time. Actually, I mostly felt bad for Riptide given they didn’t even mention who he was. Like if you had never read the comics, he was sorta just a bonus mutant who was there.

Roswell Strange

Never really liked Riptide ;P

VariaTEA

Neither did I but I still felt bad that they sorta just tossed him in as filler. He really did not need to be in the movie other than Shaw needed more people on his team.

OMGsrsly

Batman onesie?! So awesome. :D

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I made this tea hot about 6 hours ago. Unfortunately, just as it finished steeping, I realized I was late and had to run out the door leaving this cup on the counter :(

When I arrived home, it was still on the counter and pretty cold. Nonetheless, it is still quite good. This is definitely a cinnamon brownie. As cold as it is, I am still getting the chocolate fudginess and the cinnamon spice. If it is this good cold, I could only imagine what it must taste like hot. Luckily MissB was kind enough to send a generous sample so I have enough for a couple more cups at least. Thank you for sharing, MissB! I am sorry I didn’t give it the attention it deserved, though it all worked out in the end.

Yvonne

Oh my…this sounds amazing.

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Sipdown!!

So this cup was super oversteeped because I thought it was going to be a sipdown and when I saw there was more leaf I just decided to commit and dump it all into the infuser. Now I am left with a very blueberry tasting cup and there is even some pineapple hidden in there. Unfortunately, the fruit is not ripe because this cup is more sour than sweet. At least it is finally gone!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Courtney

Haha it’s such a bother when I’m so close to a sipdown, I’ll often dump the rest of the leaves in too, just to finally be rid of something.

Terri HarpLady

I do the same thing. Sometimes I’ll reduce the steep time a little, to make up for it :)

VariaTEA

That probably would have been wise, Terri Harplady :P

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Eve sent this to me in a swap and honestly I had no clue what to do with the pouch. I thought maybe I dumped the whole thing in the cup but then figured that was a little insane so I used about 1/4 of the package in 8 oz of boiling water. The crystals dissolved instantly and left behind a tea that is somehow both extremely sweet and quite spicy. In fact, I think maybe I used too much crystal because this is cloying as I drink but then has a nice ginger zing in the aftertaste. I am just very confused on how I feel right now but thank you Eve for this interesting experience.

Preparation
Boiling
OMGsrsly

I used a whole package, and it burned (in a good way)! You were wise to only use part of it. :)

VariaTEA

Haha. I think I wanted more burn and less sweetness. I like the burn…

OMGsrsly

Haha! :)

music27note

Sounds absolutely delicious!

Plunkybug

I just used the whole pouch and I may add more water…it is very burny. Good, but burny.

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drank Sweet Toffee by Tea Desire
2372 tasting notes

Recently I have been super sensitive to the taste of rooibos. Not in a way that I feel ill but rather I pick up on it and find it hard to get past the rooibos flavor. Unfortunately this blend has fallen victim to that sensitivity. I can taste the toffee and it is good but more than anything I am tasting the rooibos. At least this isn’t an unbearable rooibos like some others I have had but at the end of the day it is still rooibos. Nonetheless, I am glad I got to try this and I definitely understand why others would find this delicious – I think I am just biased. Thank you Roswell Strange for letting me try a sample :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Stephanie

I hate rooibos :P

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I get what OMGsrsly was saying yesterday about this tea being thin. I don’t know if it was my steeping parameters or simply the tea but this is definitely a thin cup.

However, what I am tasting is a whole lot of lemongrass. And some fruitiness – papaya maybe? Honestly, I have no idea what I am drinking. It is not bad though. Not too sweet and no hibiscus (which is rare for a herbal). Definitely interesting. Thank you Cavocorax for sharing this with me!

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

So weird that I got strawberries and vanilla. So weird.

VariaTEA

Haha I have no clue what is in this. It is a mystery tea.

OMGsrsly

White flowers and lemongrass and… stuff. :D

Cavocorax

It doesn’t really scream Christmas though. Maybe it’s a tropical escape from Christmas tea.

OMGsrsly

I was looking at Tea Desire’s Christmas herbals, and they all had cinnamon. Maybe this was supposed to have a spice in it, but we’re all missing it?

VariaTEA

Haha. Oh Herbal Infusions, your sneaky hiding of ingredients has left us perplexed.

OMGsrsly

It’s interesting to try teas when you have no idea what they are, but the only reason I have this is because MissB smelled strawberries. That is not good. :/

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drank Lemon Tart by CaesarsTea
2372 tasting notes

After the success I had cold brewing Strawberry Field, I decided to try cold brewing yet another CaesarsTea green. This one smells so deliciously of lemon but was pretty vegetal in the hot cup. Not unbearable but I knew I would be happier with more lemon and less base. Since the vegetal quality was toned down in Strawberry Field, I figured I should try this one and see what happens.

Unfortunately, even as a cold brew, this is very much a grassy, vegetal tea. The lemon comes second to the base. However, one cold brewed bottle brought me that much closer to a sipdown as I only have 1 tsp of leaf left.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Pistachio Ice Cream by Butiki Teas
2372 tasting notes

This, to me, is very similar to Pistachio Cream by DAVIDs which is so weird because I always hold Butiki blends to a different standard. Nonetheless, I am really enjoying this cup because I REALLY like Pistachio Cream. This does differ slightly though. It is a tad less nutty (due to the lack of mulberry leaves) which opens the door for a bit more creaminess. This is also lighter. However, it is on a green base which provides opportunity for a bit of vegetal flavoring and means I have to brew it at a lower temperature (which means waiting for the water to have to cool). Nonethless, Pistachio Cream has been discontinued so between this and Mulberry Magic, I shouldn’t miss it too much when it is gone.

Thank you OMGsrsly for sharing this with me!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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I was looking at comments and it seems like I am one of many who was supplied this tea but the very generous OMGsrsly. I was a little hesitant to try this because I find maple is a hard flavor to accomplish as there is a fine line between not enough flavor and cloying. This is slightly to the former side of that line but really right on the edge. I taste mostly the base but the smell of maple goodness is just so strong that I am happy nonetheless. I don’t think I would seek this out but I could definitely sniff this cup all day (that didn’t sound as weird in my head). Thank you OMGsrsly!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Yvonne

Sounds like it would be like Oh Canada from Davids…mmm.

VariaTEA

The two are actually really different. This reminded me more of Pancake Breakfast (in smell only though)

Yvonne

Oh, I’ve never had that one! One day I’d love to, though.

OMGsrsly

You’re welcome! I really like pushing the tea to “cloying” by adding sweetened condensed milk and icing it. Heh.

It’s one they blend themselves, and yes, I send it to everyone!

Lala

Love the name of this one :)

VariaTEA

That sounds very tasty, OMGsrsly. And Lala, the name is quite fun.

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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!

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, toffee, cookie, cream, and other sweet flavors make me smile. Fruits like strawberry, peach, mango, and pineapples will often catch my attention as well.

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.

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