2067 Tasting Notes

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Welcome back hot cereal tea!

Steepster people are so awesome; I’ve enjoyed so many cups of this without ever having to order it thanks to the generosity of you amazing people. This specific “top off” comes via the wonderful VariaTEA who sent me a few cups more of this in the package I received from her today. This is, tied with Butiki’s Birthday Cake, my absolute favourite caffeine free late night tea to drink. I really wish that my local Chapters store would add this to the range of Harney Teas they stock; but alas that seems unlikely to happen.

I am very happy to be ending my night with this as the last tea of the day! I got in some good sipdowns today, and I tried several new things but I’m glad to be ending the day with a familiar favourite.

Ubacat

I love this tea too and got it try it out in a swap. I too wish I could pick it up locally. It suppose it doesn’t hurt to try to get Chapters to order it in.

donkeytiara

very curious about this tea and also barley tea! Do they taste like cereal water?

Anlina

:o Chapters stocks tea?? Well, now I know what I’m going to use my Chapters gift card on, since I’m not allowed to buy books.

Roswell Strange

I haven’t personally been a fan of Barley tea; but this one is very, very roasty. Like a Genmaicha without any of the vegetal aspects. And yes, Chapters carries tea! My local one has Pluck, Tea Forte, and Harney & Sons right now.

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Supernatural Spoilers

So, tonight’s episode was kinda intense, right? Right. I’m conflicted – I mean it was angsty and there were great moments between the brothers (and I loved all the Crowley stuff) but is that really it for Demon!Dean? Three episodes and we’re done? I know there’s still the whole Mark of Cain thing like Cas pointed out at the end – but surely “curing” Dean cannot be that simple. There HAS to be more to this.

And, if there’s not, I’m going to be so sad and disappointed because the Demon!Dean set up just had so much promise, and he really was set up to be this seasons “Big Bad” – and that would have been just fantastic. But no. I guess not…?

Anyway – this is the tea I chose to drink while watching the episode! Thanks again to Anlina for passing the sample along in my Secret Pumpkin parcel. Despite the fact this is a green blend, I was very excited to try it because of the lychee – which I could clearly smell when I opened the package earlier today to split it so VariaTEA can try it too. It was very juicy, and the floral aspects of the lychee were already exaggerated and complimented by the addition of the jasmine even before steeping.

Once steep, that held true though: the lychee flavour was definitely present and sweet with drawn out floral notes both from the fruit itself and the jasmine. The green base was smooth and light as well, just contributing a faint vegetal “snap pea” kind of quality to the overall flavour. Very much in the background. Jasmine is a very soothing and calming flavour, and it definitely “pacified” me in a way.

I’m definitely very sleepy/drowsy right now, and that’s probably a really good thing since my jaw tenderness has yet to go away. With work again tomorrow, I’m absolutely going to need a sound sleep tonight. So three cheers for this gentle, soothing tea! I am absolutely a fan!

Flavors: Floral, Flowers, Jasmine, Lychee, Peas, Vegetal

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drank Love Tea #7 by DAVIDsTEA
2067 tasting notes

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My jaw is doing the whole strained/tired thing again. I feel like this is what lockjaw feels like. Maybe. Possibly. Perhaps? I don’t know. I just know that I’m getting physically tired just chewing things, and my face is all puffy and stuff. So, I took a moment to drink my daily cold brew (this one) which I’d forgotten about, and eat some cold sorbet while catching up on The Voice.

This is one of my “original seven” teas – all purchased in 100g quantities from DT back when I was first getting into tea and the idea of “collecting” things combined with the comfort of the different flavoured blends was sparking this rabidly growing obsession. I was so in love with this one at first as you can see in older tasting notes I’ve written. That love wore out a little, and it got harder making cups of this that were still good and different, and I really had to push myself experimenting with it.

This last one was a cold brew simply because I through out a few cups worth of leaf, and a cold brew used up exactly what I had left – so it was the most convenient sipdown. Taste wise, this actually didn’t disappoint and had some very nice strawberry and milk chocolate notes but that doesn’t make up for that fact that the sparkle of this blend is gone. Long gone.

So I’m definitely ready to be parting ways with this tea.

OMGsrsly

That doesn’t sound good. :( I hope it isn’t lockjaw, that wouldn’t be a fun thing to deal with at all. (No rusty nails try to get you recently? Any dirt in cuts? Are your vaccinations up to date? :) )

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I smiled so much when I saw the sample of this in my Secret Pumpkin package; it’s a rooibos that I’ve seen in many different tea stores (after all it is from MTC) such as Cuppa’T and McQuarries (both of which source some of their blend from MTC) and one I’ve always been intrigued by, but never wanted to commit 50g to. So a sample amount? How perfect.

Dry, the smell is amazing. It’s so licorice-y, with no rooibos smell at all either. Steeped up, the aroma of this one is overwhelming – in a good way. At the time I was making this, I was also making three other teas and this is the only one I could smell steeping without leaning in to each of the cups; and I can still smell the licorice from the the strained leaves now that I’m standing in the kitchen again, cooking.

Taste wise; this was awesome! Very bold and flavourful, sweet licorice candy flavour with a sort of creaminess to it and a nice thick mouthfeel. The rooibos was super well masked, so anti-rooibos but pro licorice people this could be a good blend for you! The whole time drinking this, I kept thinking it would be amazing as a latte too! Mmm!

This is something I’d purchase and, lucky for me, I’ve already tracked down a local tea store that sells it! Hooray from McQuarrie’s Tea & Coffee Merchants! I pulled up their website, and low and behold this is listed as one of their available flavoured blends, and even attributed to MTC so I know for sure this is gonna be the same thing if I buy it! Woot!

So now that my supper is almost done, I think I’m gonna curl up and watch Scooby Doo on Zombie Island, because Halloween an’ all that while eating some Lasagne and a pint of Lime Sorbet. I’m hoping that the sorbet will maybe reduce some of the swelling in my mouth – I’ve had really bad jaw tenderness all day and my mouth/cheeks are completely swollen right now. Thankfully, the tooth pain itself is really mild right now – but this is still killing me.

I just emailed the dentist though. Stupid adulthood anxiety; I really wanted to call and book an appointment, but couldn’t compell myself to actually talk to real life people on the phone. It was stressing me out. A lot. So hopefully email correspondence will be enough to arrange an appointment, especially since I actually have the money to get some work done now.

Anlina

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I got a sample of this at a store that only sells in 100g quantities and I wasn’t expecting to love it enough to buy it, but I did. It’s my perfect licorice tea.

I hope you get in to see the dentist soon. Mouth pain is awful.

Cheri

I hope you can get into the dentist very soon.

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drank Turkish Apple by T2
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Well, I was rather confused when I pulled this one out of VariaTEA’s package. At first I thought it was some sort of weird rock sugar type thing – why would she send me rock sugar? I don’t usually sweeten my tea at all…

But then I looked it up to add it to my cupboard. Instant tea? Well, that’s weird and unusual and I’m intrigued. I made it at once! Though, I’m not sure if I exactly made it correctly? But oh well – what’s done is done.

But to be honest; I’m not really feeling this one. Yes, it’s apple – and it is a “crisper” apple taste like the description suggests but there’s also a tartness/dryness here that is unenjoyable as well as a flavour that I instictually want to describe as “musty”. It’s still drinkable, but I’m definitely happy I’m only sampling this one and don’t have any more cups worth to get through.

Sorry VariaTEA but this one and I are not a very compatible match.

Cathy Zheng

I find this great as a sweetener for fruity iced teas :)

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This one is from my Secret Pumpkin Anlina who very thoughtfully read my whole giant profile thing to figure out which teas to send me (it’s really long; so reading it must have been an endeavor). She ended up sending me a whole bunch of Cornelia Bean teas (quite a bit of each, too!) that I had never tried – and all were definitely thoughtfully picked out, as well as a few smaller samples from assorted companies.

I steeped this one up because I was in the mood for a black tea, and based on the ingredients list this one seemed like a simple enough blend that I wouldn’t have to put a lot of “thought” into while drinking it – I could just sip on it casually while enjoying the other blends I have brewed up.

Taste wise, this isn’t nearly as smooth as anticipated, though it’s not exactly bitter or astringent either – more so that maybe the black base is conflicting with the sweet, tropical passionfuit? The passionfruit aspect is very nice though; it’s pretty strong and fairly accurate to the fruit. Some sugar might round this one out a little bit more. There’s also another thing about it though; it tastes really familiar – as if I’ve had it before, even though I’m sure I haven’t. My brain is hurting a little bit trying to figure out why it seems so familiar.

Overall; this is a nice cup and I’m enjoying it, but I might have to play around with it a little bit more to really make it pop.

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drank Banana Bake by T2
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I had a good tea mail day today; packages from my tea twin VariaTEA and my Secret Pumpkin Anlina showed up today, so now I have a TON of stuff I get to sample and try! Even though my cupboard is only at 117, it feels like it’s swelled so much. But in a good way.

Couldn’t resist trying this banana tea as soon as possible, though; so it’s one of four teas from the two of them that I steeped up. And, this is really good; the banana flavour is really full bodied and fresh, and it’s complimented by a bouquet of vanilla and cream notes that make the whole cup so sweet and comforting. Additionally, the black base isn’t totally covered by the flavouring, and is very enjoyable without even the slightest indication of bitterness or astringency. The tea description also compares this to Banana Bread, and I can see the comparison.

Definitely a well done, and enjoyable tea!

Flavors: Baked Bread, banana, Cream, Vanilla

Sil

…and Sil leaps ahead….

Roswell Strange

I was doing so well ;)

Sil

haha i’m just trying to get to 91 before butiki order arrives so that i’ll be back at 100.

VariaTEA

I thought you would like this one. Glad I was correct :)

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Looks like my double digits aren’t staying very long; I had a really good mail day today and my Secret Pumpkin package from Anlina arrived as well as my package from VariaTEA! I just need to enter all the new teas into my cupboard…

This one I’m finishing off as a smoothie/milkshake of sorts!

- 1 Frozen Banana
- The last of this matcha (about 2 tsp.)
- 1 cup of milk

It’s pretty good! The banana helps cut down on the chalkyness/mineral notes in the Boysenberry quiet a lot and just compliments the flavour in general.

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Ok, this one must have gotten blasted with the Febreze during Tre’s cleaning rampage because surely it can’t be this disgusting all on its own.

Firstly; I can see how the Chai comes into play here – but it’s not even the spices in this that are grossing me out. It just tastes oily and dirty. Not “earthy” – but dirty. Like someone dropped food on the kitchen floor and then waited like ten minutes before picking it up – only to discover it’s now coated in lint/dust and little bits and chunks of spoiled food. Like, one of the things that came to mind to describe this was “sour milk” – but I didn’t even add a touch of milk to this nor are there really any dairyesque things in this blend to begin with.

I seriously don’t remember it being this bad cold brewed. I mean, I don’t remember loving it – but I’m pretty sure it was drinkable…

EDIT: I just went back and read my cold brew tasting note; apparently it was worse than I remember it being. I used the word “slimey” to describe it, and that seems like an apt description here as well. So maybe it’s not Febreze – and I’m just not a fan of this one in the slightest.

Cheri

I’m sorry, but this note made me laugh. Sorry the tea was so bad.

Sami Kelsh

Man – I actually quite like 2 out of the 3 teas in that blend, maybe their gingerbread is just unpleasant? That just sounds downright nope, and I’m really sorry that it was gross, and I’m also really sorry that this review totally amused me :p

OMGsrsly

LOL. Thanks for describing it so well!

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Oh man, I ordered so much of this in my Butiki order. And I’m so excited!

Little splosh of milk. Vanilla cake; all right up in my mouth hole.

Yummy.

Cheri

I add just the barest touch of sugar and the cake comes alive.

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After discovering loose leaf, I decided I had to learn as much about in as quick an amount of time as humanely possible; that led me here!

Growing up, the only tea I ever drank was bagged mint tea (especially peppermint), and mint still remains a staple flavour for me. Spearmint is my favourite. At this point in my ‘tea career’ I heavily lean towards flavoured blends; doesn’t matter if they’re fruity, chocolate, sweet, savory, etc. Blacks are my favourite as far as flavoured blends go, with whites a close second. I really enjoy everything but straight Greens though, but I’ll try anything once even if I am wary.

My favourite fruit flavours in blends are cranberry, banana, pear, lychee, melon, passion fruit and especially pineapple. I am also always excited to try anything with Saskatoon Berries, which are delicious and also my city’s namesake. I have a huge weakness towards toffee/caramel and coconut teas and a bit of a soft spot in regard to black licorice. I also adore anything creamy. I am always up for trying soda inspired blends as well because the concept fascinates me. I want to try all the Rootbeer teas! I am also currently trying to try as many Sweet Potato blends as possible.

Tastes I strongly dislike are ginger and raisins. Really, those are the only two things I intentionally avoid. I also have mixed feelings about peaches, mangoes, lemongrass, and chamomile.

In regard to straight teas, I haven’t been nearly as adventurous. I’ve yet to really explore any straight oolongs, except Milk Oolongs which weren’t really for me. In general, I really like straight black teas, especially when they have strong baked bread or malt notes. I like most straight whites, but I have a preference for silver needle teas over other types. Green teas, with the exception of Genmaicha and some Hojicha, make me feel a bit sick and I often can’t finish the cup. I can handle flavoured matcha like Red Leaf Tea sells – but straight matcha is a definite “no go”. I recently survived my first Pu’erh, and it was an alright, maybe borderline enjoyable, experience.

The ratio of cold brewed and hot tea I drink is about 50/50. As far as my cup sizes go, all my daily cold brews are done in a 25 oz. mason jar and my other mugs are 12 oz. with the exception of my Adeline infuser mug which is 16 oz. Unless otherwise specified, these are the cup sizes for all teas I review.

I prefer to drink my tea without adding anything to it, and 9/10 times that will be how I first try a blend. My belief is that milk, sugar or whatever else you add to your tea should be used to enhance an already good flavour: if the tea needs something added to it to taste good then it’s probably not good tea to begin with. The exception is Matcha; I always have my matcha whisked either into cold milk or club soda as “Matcha soda” depending on which way the flavour will be best suited. My roommate, Tre, has a very different philosophy in regard to tea, and that’s to always drown out his cup in sugar – even before tasting to see if it needs any. That’s why I don’t let him drink the good stuff ;)

I’m always up for a swap, but because I have a very low income I can’t really afford to send things outside of North America on a regular basis :(

If you’re from North America and want to organize a swap, just give me a shout and I’m sure we can work something out! Many of my teas are in large quantity so I usually have enough to spare at least a small sample or so.

I’m a vegetarian and have been for more than half my lifetime. I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms, though that isn’t something that has been an issue I’ve had to deal with in regard to tea (at this point, at least).

My roommate Tre is a huge part of my life since he’s one of the only people in town that I know. Currently, he’s taking courses at Siast to become a professional chef which means sometimes I get really nice home cooked meals. He’s a huge Whovian, which means I know way more about Doctor Who than someone who’s only watched a season or so should. Recently he’s got me into Supernatural, and now Doctor Who as well. He knows next to nothing about tea, and he doesn’t really care to learn.

The other important person in my life is my friend Robyn.

I’ve known Robyn since we were in the eighth grade – and she was in all my classes all through high school. For years she was my transportation, since I’m just plain awful at driving and haven’t acquired my license yet. She just so happened to start classes at the University of Saskatchewan the same time as Tre and I were moving here, which worked out excellently. Like Tre she’s a huge Whovian and also a fan of Supernatural (is there even a fandom term for people who like Supernatural?). She was a minor inspiration in regard to this tea obsession of mine (but now I’ve far surpassed her in tea knowledge, consumption, and quantity possessed). Often times I have her over for tea or share my teas with her (and if it’s a tea I dislike she gets first dibs before I start trying to swap it all away here on Steepster).

Some brief “IRL” interests: Clay/Sculpture (or visual arts in general), Improv, Mythology, Big Brother (USA and CA), and an absurdly large amount of TV shows – geeky or otherwise.

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