2864 Tasting Notes

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Oh Boracay Breeze, you are so refreshing! Banana…lemon…vanilla…coconut…yum!

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drank Genmaicha by Harney & Sons
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This is like 30% toasty rice and 70% grass. I blame the broken pieces of leaf that comprised most of the cup. Honestly, at this point, I think I have gotten passed my need to try all the genmaichas because for the most part, they are all similar enough that there is nothing surprisingly new with any given cup. Still, its a flavor I enjoy so I am grateful to Roswell Strange for the share. 181.

Fjellrev

I agree about most being so similar. I keep happily going back to the Genmaicha I bought at the Asian market for less than six dollars per pound.

Ost

Most of them are pretty similar. But I’ve discovered that I like Verdant’s the best….do you have a favorite, VariaTEA?

Roswell Strange

Hers is Japon :P

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drank Chocolate Rocket by DAVIDsTEA
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This was the second of my two to-go eggnog lattes from DAVIDs yesterday. It was alright but not my favourite combination of flavors. I think I picked this because of the fruitier elements in the mix but what stood out more than anything was the but and chicory root. It was pleasant enough but I have had better.

Fjellrev

Wow, I’m just so impressed with how many you have tried so far.

VariaTEA

Haha thank you. Mostly it is because I drive past DAVIDs everyday when I am going to/from work

Fjellrev

Have you tried making your own at home yet?

VariaTEA

Not yet but eggnog has made it’s way onto the family shopping list

Roswell Strange

I’ll write my tasting note for it at some point, but I had a Ginger Pear Eggnog Latte from DT on Thursday (I wanted to pick one you hadn’t tried yet, but since Cranberry Pear was your favourite I played off that). I’ve figured out that if I get off work from Calendar Club at 12:30 and don’t start at Sobeys until 3:00 I have time to bus downtown, grab lunch and a latte, and bus to work!

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drank Fantasy Island by DAVIDsTEA
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So I forgot to write about this yesterday but this was one of two eggnog lattes I got to go from DAVIDs. After so many successes with fruity teas, I felt this was sure to be a success. However, though it was good, I think it might have been too rich for my tastes. The eggnog really highlighted the sweet and creamy coconut leaving the raspberry a distant aftertaste hidden in the mix. The first few sips were nice but it got to be a bit much as I continued to drink.

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drank Georgia Sunshine by TeaSource
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I don’t believe this is something I requested in my swap with Inkling but I am so glad she included it because it’s great! When I read both “ginger” and “peach” in the description, I immediately thought this needed to be iced so I dumped the whole sample in my gravity steeper and started brewing. I actually wasn’t sure if this was for me but then I smelled the wet leaves and it was a noseful of peachy goodness.

When it came time for drinking the tea, I worried the base might take over but from the first sip, I am happy to announce that the mouth-watering peach smell translates perfectly into the taste. The base is incredibly smooth which allows the fuzzy peach-like flavor to shine all the while, a slight kick of ginger underlying the sip keeps things interesting. Once again Inkling has not only introduced me to a tasty tea but also a new company to explore. This is why I love swaps! Also, thank you Inkling for such a fantastic package :) 182.

Anlina

Wishlisted! I am in need of a really good, juicy peach tea.

Inkling

Yay! So glad you enjoyed this one. TeaSource is one of my favorite companies…delicious blends and great prices!

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A little while back, my sister went to the opening of a William Ashleys store and came back with a cute little teapot (http://instagram.com/p/wOp7cPvJV5/). I have been trying to think of the perfect tea to use in it first and today I finally recalled the flowering tea cones Sil gave to me a few months back. And so, I got to brewing (http://instagram.com/p/wOqO1avJXl/).

Now as I sip on the tea I am surprised at how good it is because usually I have found the flowering teas to be more about the looks than the taste. This one actually delivers. It has a slight astringency that underlies the taste but for some reason it seems to work in this case. It provides a nice contrast to the sweet maltiness and the fruity undertones of the tea. Yum.

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

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drank The Black Lotus by Butiki Teas
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Butiki really is a great company for straight black teas and this is no exception. It is slightly astringent but mostly it is malty and sweet with notes of caramel and fruits. Great, as to be expected, but at the same time, not better than any of the straight blacks I already have in quantity so though I am super thankful to Inkling for the taste of this that I got before its gone, I am not heartbroken I won’t be having it again. 183.

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Inkling was super sweet and added this as a bonus in our swap and though I am not a lover of chai teas, I am happy to try anything that people are kind enough to share. You never know unless you try, right? Right. So I brewed this up as a latte.

As I sip, I am finding the addition of vanilla pleasant but not a strong enough element to cover up the chai spices that are just not my favorite. The ginger is quite strong in this blend which I think is what is competing with the vanilla most. Also, as the sip ends, their is a spicy kick from the cloves that is interesting though I don’t know if it is a positive interesting or a negative one. On the whole, it was an alright cup but not something I will seek out again now that its done. Still, I am grateful to Inkling for the opportunity to not only try a new tea but also a new tea company. 184.

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Thank you Inkling for the share! It was exciting to try a tea from a company I have never had before and I must say, this certainly delivers on what it promises. There is a great deal of black currant flavor, but not a medicinal kind, just a juicy berry flavor that tapers off into a subtle but smooth vanilla as the sip ends. Plus, underlying the whole taste is a slight maltiness from the base that really brings this up a level. Now I don’t know if it is having any effect on my mood as the description might imply but I am certainly pleased with the cup so once again, thank you Inkling! I will have to check out some more teas from this company soon. 185.

Inkling

This is a new company for me as well; I visited the shop while I was in St. Louis a few weeks ago. The Naughty Vicar is their most popular blend, so I don’t know if there other teas are as good. But I’m sure enjoying this one and glad you are too!

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drank Caramel Apple by Butiki Teas
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So “sweat” is a flavored listed on this tea and thank goodness I am not tasting that. I am actually not too put off by the oolong in this blend despite its strong, floral presence. It is nicely complimented by the fresh, sweet red apple flavoring and the smooth caramel candy-like flavor. At times, I get just a hint of caramel that reminds me of the Butterscotch and Hazelnut Mocha Candies flavoring but it is fleeting and I find myself wanting more. Still, the caramel and apple both make an appearance in the cup and that makes for an enjoyable drink. Thank you Inkling for sending some my way :)

Cameron B.

Hopefully they meant “sweet”… :P

Inkling

Glad you’re enjoying it; I like that one too!

VariaTEA

Cameron, I hope so too and Inkling, thank you so much for parting with some of your precious Butiki teas for me to try :)

Kittenna

Sweat?! Nasty.

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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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