3693 Tasting Notes

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My commute tea for the day;

I’ll admit; I’m not the biggest fan of this blend. It’s far from bad or unpleasant, but I’m really disinterested by it in general. Even this latest hot mug was just… there? I picked out notes of earth and chocolate with a thicker, brothy mouthfeel but the flavours were all quite muddled and bland and it was a really forgettable cup overall. Basically, it was just something to drink on the way to work for the hydration/caffeine and the routine.

In my personal opinion, I think that LP certainly has better blends out there.

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Welp; that time of the month so I pulled out the raspberry leaf since it’s supposed to help with cramps/soreness. Don’t know that it really did all that much to help, honestly. However the sweet, herbaceous and grassy notes were quite comforting.

Jillian

I have a herbal blend that I drink during my period that has raspberry leaf as a base. I add gingeroot (I tend to get rather nauseous and that really helps), mint, chamomile and lavender.

rosebudmelissa

I haven’t tried too many blends for this, but I know ginger helps with cramps.

Indigobloom

I’ve been using it for awhile. In talking to other people, the best way to use it is to experiment. I find that taking it after I start, and after cramping begins, a cup fixes me right up! but I have friends that need to time it so they have a cup or two before things actually begin, and then each day throughout. Oh and someone recommended crampbark to me as well, but I’ve yet to find some.

Indigobloom

(and by before it begins I mean a day or two before, if you use a tracker)

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Made a cup of this; got a lot more basil in the leaf I measured out this time around than I did last time so the colour wasn’t quite purple but more of a really lovely deep blue/green colour. Kind of a tealish hue? Still absolutely GORGEOUS but not the same as last time.

The flavour was actually very similar though despite the different ratio of ingredients in this cup. That’s sort of the problem with herbals that use such huge pieces like this one: it’s hard to get the same balance of things each time. But strong, sweet basil notes regardless – little bit of a floral body. Very soothing!

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Tried cold brewing this one again; it’s definitely growing on me ever so slightly. This brew I found that the flavours seemed to muddle together/blend into one another more smoothly than past cuppas. If I close my eyes and take a sip, it’s exactly like liquid Coffee Crisp, with apple notes. Mmm!

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Another victim of the great “Roasty Tea Craving” of 2016! I did a pretty damn good job of purging my cupboard of all things toasty. Though to be honest, I definitely didn’t expect the same of this one that Lala added into the GCTTB V2 for me to last long anyway.

Toasty, peanut/nutty in general, honey, cocoa…

All good, tasty things!

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Finished this one off hot; though finished is perhaps not quite the right word since most of what I had of this found its way into the GCTTB V1. Gotta share the tea love! Hot was definitely the right way to be drinking this one though: it was much smoother and the flavours were far better balanced. The dominate berry notes I experienced were strawberry and raspberry, though there could have been others present that just didn’t have the same impact. This was complimented by a very nice, toasty rice flavour and the subtle marine/grassy flavour of the base tea.

So, basically it was smooth, sweet and with just enough savory/umami from the toasted rice to really elevate this one and make it something special.

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Apologies in advance for a bit of an over share…

So, my last period I had the worst cravings for all teas “roasty” and I blew through quite a lot of them binge drinking various roasty teas in my stash. That included a large pot of this one, which finally depleted my tin of it. I’m not sure whether or not I’ll reorder: at some point I do have to place a What-Cha order because I badly want more Sticky Rice Oolong, so perhaps. The thing is that as pleasant as this tea was, in my mind I don’t really see it as the “be all and end all” of Houjicha. I’d mostly be happy with any form of Houjicha on hand so long as it’s quite roasty, so this could easily be replaced with another company’s version.

Flavors: Caramel, Grass, Nutty, Roasted, Roasted nuts, Smoke, Toasty

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3693 tasting notes

The GCTTB V2 has been mailed out!!!

This tea was my accompaniment to the post office today. It was a nice companion, although with the intense wind we’re having today it felt a little too fruity/fun for rainy day weather. I think I’m most likely going to be switching to more roasty things now for the rest of the day.

The wind today is actually so strong that a gust of it this morning blew all of our balcony furniture over: three chairs and a table with a glass top. It didn’t break though, which is good – but it scared the shit out of both Trey and I. There’s actually a tornado watch/warning right now really close to Saskatoon, which is about two hours from where I live – so definitely a potential for it to progress over here by the end of the day.

The tisane’s flavour was nice: strong, vibrant notes of strawberry over everything else but also that sweet combination of orange and bubblegum with a licorice-y undertone. It was a touch tart from a more extended cold brew time; but pleasant regardless. The finish was even a little herbaceous?

Kristal

Wow, I live in northwestern Ontario and we had the same weather yesterday! Minus the tornado warning.

Super Starling!

Random question — what does GCTTB stand for? I’ve tried Googling it and looking on the forums but I have no idea.

Roswell Strange

@Starling – Great Canadian Travelling Tea Box. It’s a box of different tea samples that’s currently making rounds across Canada. One Steepster user builds a box of tea, and they pass it along to someone else who then samples what they’re interested in and replaces the sampled tea with new teas, and so on until a whole bunch of people have done so. Eventually, it makes it back to the original person and they have a bunch of new stuff to drink too :)

Kristal

@Rosewell strange I may need to try that out!!

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From my last Camellia Sinensis order…

- Western style infusion
- Smooth, malty/hay top notes
- A light vegetal body with sweeter fruity/peachy notes
- Finish is playfully nutty; hazlenut/marzipan
- Smooth, silky mouthfeel

I imagine Western brewing doesn’t do this one justice, not that it tasted bad. In fact, it was really enjoyable – but I feel like it hadn’t reached its “full potential”. I definitely look forward to trying Gong Fu in the future.

VariaTEA

Gong fu brewing will be my next experimenting step with teas, I think. Wanted to try forever but I’m lacking the proper equipment to do so. I will eventually get around to it.

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Cold Brew…

Strong. Strong. Strong.

Very, very bold notes of bergamot that were impactful and rich. At the same time, there was a vibrantly strong floral note that made me think of really intense lavender. I’ve had EG with lavender before and wasn’t the biggest fan – and there actually isn’t lavender in this which makes me wonder what about it is making me think of that flavour.

Also; just skimming through my tasting notes for this I realized that I’ve actually never had it hot – only cold brewed. What’s up with that? Earl Grey is actually best hot…

So, future Roswell Strange: BREW UP A HOT CUP OF THIS.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a twenty something tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

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