1823 Tasting Notes

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Thank you BrewTEAlly Sweet for sending this my way. I got so excited to try this tea that I immediately brewed up a cup. However, I never got a chance to try it hot because right when I sat down to enjoy it my sister called to see all the new clothes I bought today and it took me probably over an hour to try everything on. So trying it now, it tastes a lot like 52 teas black base with a hint of milk chocolate, which is not a good sign. I will hold off on rating until I try it properly but if this is any indication of what this tastes likes, I will be really disappointed.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
C-chan

It’s always somewhat disappointing when life gets in the way of tea enjoyment. Hopefully it’s more enjoyable at its prime.

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I quite like this tea which leaves me conflicted. I keep thinking that I will put it in the teabox that is enroute to me as it is from a local store and I would like to spread the love but then I have a cup and I am reminded just how juicy and delicious it is and I have the urge to hoard it. Luckily, I am still on vacation for the next couple of days which means I have time to think about it and maybe sip on a few more cups :)

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Sometimes just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you SHOULD . For instance, just because you CAN eat four Krispy Kreme donuts in one car ride does not mean you should eat them. Or just because you CAN chug two bottles of water in under a minute, does not mean you should. I, of course, am speaking in the hypothetical here however should you decide to do those things and just happen to feel quite nauseous, you may want to drink a mint tea. Perhaps one like this tea. Just a thought.

keychange

Omg I miss Krispy Kreme doughnuts. They had them here in Canada for like five minutes once upon a time, and I could blow through a box no problem. Could have, I mean. I never did that, obviously. I meant it hypothetically.

VariaTEA

Of course, all hypothetical here :P. And should you hypothetically be in search of more, last I heard there was Krispy Kreme downtown by the Eatons Center.

keychange

Are you serious?!?! that’s such good news…hypothetically speaking. Really good news for those people (unlike me) who enjoy sugar. Yup, good for those people.

yyz

We still have one in Mississauga, but you don’t find them anywhere else here anymore. They attempted to expand to fast, and crashed and burned.

VariaTEA

Apparently there are two downtown Toronto: http://www.krispykreme.com/select-your-store

Fjellrev

Are they a lot better than Tim Horton’s doughnuts? I only ever had their original glazed once and didn’t care for it. There used to be one in Calgary but it apparently only lasted a few years.

VariaTEA

I have an insane sweet tooth so I love them but most people find them disgusting. It is hard to compare them to Tim’s though just because they are so different (as in they are all coated in sugar whereas Tim’s aren’t :P)

yyz

I only like them when fresh and hot. I find the cold glaze ones greasy and well gross. I think that’s why their attempt at selling them at other stores failed. They have some interesting flavours of filled donuts though, some of which are pretty good.

Cavocorax

The only place I’ve encountered them is at fundraisers, and… how old are those donuts? :O
(that didn’t stop me from buying a box… OMG)

OMGsrsly

I prefer cake donuts, which is good because there are no delicious light fluffy sugary melt-in-your-mouth gluten free donuts. There is a Krispy Kreme here, and my boss sometimes brings in a box. So tempting, so dangerous.

tigress_al

Mmm donuts

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95
drank Birthday Cake by DAVIDsTEA
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75
drank Paris by Harney & Sons
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There is a thick mouthfeel today that is really adding to the caramel element. Unfortunately, the earl grey is cutting in right when I start enjoying the caramel vanilla flavor and it is more prominent than usual today. Very, very strange.

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drank Taurus by Nina's Paris
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This is one of the Nina’s teas I tried last time I went to the offices and I ended up buying more when I visited this time. It has a pretty strong rooibos scent and that does slightly transfer over to taste but there is also a nice strawberry flavor to the cup. It is not the greatest rooibos tea I have had in my life, nor the best strawberry tea but I do enjoy it enough that I want to have it around for some caffeine-free variety.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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drank Rouge by Nina's Paris
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This smelled so amazing, as most orange teas do but like all other orange teas, I am not a fan. It is warm and cozy thanks to the cinnamon but I just don’t really like citrus teas. For those who do like orange teas, this is worth a try but it is not for me. Nonetheless, thank you Laurent and Sophie at Nina’s Paris for the chance to try this tea.

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

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drank Miz by Nina's Paris
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This. I like this. It is just a nice, sweet, buttery, smooth cherry tea. Delicious through and through and that is even with my completely careless steeping. Thank you so much to laurent and Sophie at Nina’s Paris for a sample of this awesome tea.

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drank Demain by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Laurent and Sophie at Nina’s Paris for a sample of this. It is a very good green tea. Delicious berry flavors with a hint of grass from the base. However, I have no clue what temperature this steeped at and I am not sure for how long so I will hold off on rating this until I can try it brewed properly.

Roswell Strange

Damn – this is one of the ones I have set aside that I’m waiting to send you ;P

VariaTEA

Haha no need. I have a pretty huge sample of it thanks to the people at Nina’s Paris

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drank Versailles Rose by Nina's Paris
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Thank you Laurent and Sophie at Nina’s Paris for yet another sample to try. Once again, this is just not for me. It is not bad but I am just not a lover of citrus heavy teas. And honestly, I think as far as grapefruit teas go, I prefer The de Vendome.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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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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