1945 Tasting Notes

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drank Oreo Cookie by Tea Desire
1945 tasting notes

This had a longer steep than usual, but I actually don’t think it suffered at all. More so, it may have actually benefited the taste/feel of the Oreo cookie (minus the cream filling). Basically, this tasted fudgey like usual but it also had a larger pastry/cookie kind of feeling than normal.

That could perhaps be attributed to the fact there were several large pieces of dates in this measured out left for this cup – more than I’ve had in any cup prior.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 10 OZ / 295 ML
Fjellrev

I keep forgetting that there are dates in this one. Seems so… odd.

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This was Tre’s evening tea while there was company over. He also wanted fruit, and since I was making a low temp. tea for Kristina, I pulled this one out for him (half because it was in the kitchen already and half so I could steal the resteep).

I did the same thing with the shotglass for the first cup full (and then loaded it with sugar for him) and mostly I tasted a very clear/crisp mango with some other citrus notes/aspects. Later in the evening I resteeped the leaves and found that there was practically no flavour deterioration. The main difference was that this was a little more vegetal – but in a good, refreshing and “airy” kind of way that definitely strengthened the feel of the cucumber in the tea. The mango/citrus stayed strong as well.

I think I may like this better hot than I liked it cold brewed.

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When my friend was briefly over tonight (she had supper with us and we started a game of CAH but she was feeling very ill, so we’ve rescheduled for Sunday) I had a fun time matching the perfect tea to her. She wanted fruit, but not really berries – and something “light”, so this is what we settled on.

Unfortunately because of the illness she wasn’t able to eat or drink much, but she did say she really enjoyed it. I managed to have a tiny bit of it before serving it to her (basically I poured myself a shot glass full from her cup) and can confirm it was super fresh and juicy with delightful kiwi notes.

This is absolutely more enjoyable hot than cold/iced. Well, that or the DT employees who made my iced version of it used water which was too hot.

aisling of tea

I’ve found that to be a standard problem with in-store teas from DT. The water tends to be too hot and my greens almost always get burnt. So it’s entirely possible.

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In addition to drinking this hot today, I also prepared a cold brew of it which I strained out after a seven and a half hour steep. I made sure to enjoy every last fucking drop, and really draw out the full 25 oz. of it, because I feel this is going to be a sipdown dangerously soon.

It doesn’t really need to be said, but this was amazing. I shared my crazy passion fruit obsession with my tasting note earlier today, as well as thoughts on the hot version of this. The same notes and flavour hold perfectly true for the cold brew.

Delicious.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more 4 tsp 25 OZ / 739 ML

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Sipdown (210/213)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample of this. Since I first noticed Butiki as a company, I’ve been flipping back and forth between trying this one out and I almost added to my order, twice. I think eventually I would have requested it as one of the two samples, but it was really nice not having to – this way I can get one of the many other interesting blends as a sample instead.

The whole sample was used for a mug of this, which I made sure to carefully steep since I was only going to get “one shot” at doing it right. Dry, the leaf smelled almost completely of the base, and steeped up this was much the same but with hints of banana.

I had to let this cool awhile before I was picking up anything significant in the taste – but what I got was a very realistic and natural tasting banana tea with a black base (would you really expect anything else from Butiki, though?). Unfortunately, what I didn’t get throughout the whole mug was any walnut. Because of that, I felt the flavour of this tea was incomplete – and judging it just as a banana tea, I think I prefer the way that Frank does his banana flavourings.

This was still really quite good though, and I was very happy to try it and cross it off the vast list of Butiki blends I “need to try”.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Sipdown (211/214)!

Time for the daily backlog of teas now that Tre’s gone to bed and left me with his computer. Not much eventful today, no new listing for me to apply for which was sad though I did fill out a survey for the local University for an ongoing research study on the “transition to adulthood” so that was something.

Also, grocery shopping (which was painful financially but necessary) and I briefly had a friend over but she was ill and left a little early. So, I’m gonna call in a semi-successful day. At least I did something.

This blend was good. It steeped up nicely today, and had a happy departure from my cupboard. It was odd though, I really tasted the orange in this cup and the caramel/hazelnut was doing this odd thing where it sort of tasted like licorice? If I didn’t have the blend’s description and my first cup to go on I don’t think I’d have had any idea this was an Earl.

EDIT: Also, I guess this was tasting note 650. And also, I should really thank the lovely MissB for the sample.

Still yummy, though.

Flavors: Caramel, Licorice, Orange Zest

VariaTEA

Congrats on 650!! Also, I started this morning at 190 and now have 177 teas. I said I could not buy “The Woman” until I at least hit 175 so I am so close. However, now I am debating a DAVIDs order. I think I have a problem.

VariaTEA

In other news, I am now on episode 12 of the first season of Bones. Not much work was done today but it was nice and relaxing so w.e.

OMGsrsly

Yay 650! :)

Roswell Strange

Are you loving it?! I should really go back and watch from the start – I miss some of the characters that are in the earlier seasons. Isn’t Zack super awesome! Also Hodgins. Much love for Hodgins and Zack – the Kings of the lab. You now have significantly less blends than I do – and probably less grams worth too :P We both have a problem. Actually, many of us on Steepster possess this problem – and we’re all bad for feeding it.

VariaTEA

Haha. I made a cart on DAVIDs. It included 50 g of The Glow, Strawberry Rhubarb Parfait, and Cranberry Pear; a mason jar; the 12 oz green sweater perfect mug; and 100 filters. Then I got stressed and closed the page. I think the mason jar would be pretty great for getting through teas though given it is basically 3 servings at a time.

Roswell Strange

It is definitely great for getting through teas :) I’m actually a little worried I might be going through my herbals/fruit teas too quickly.

VariaTEA

I am quickly running out of my caffeine free options which is part of the reason I want to place the DAVIDs order. I am also waiting for Stacy to get Nutmeg Cream and Eggnog & Pralines in stock so I can place a Butiki order and grab some more Peppermint Patty, Root Beer Float, and hopefully Birthday Cake.

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drank Sweet Helen by RiverTea
1945 tasting notes

I think I’m the first tasting note on this one too. I’ll try to do it proud.

Out of the fruit teas I purchased, this is the one that I was the most excited for. I love pears and pear tea – and I just could not pass up the opportunity to try out yet another pear blend, especially since this is chocolate pear which is a flavour combo I don’t have in my cupboard right now.

Dry, this smell strongly of fresh, maybe even a little overripe, pears with just a hint of chocolate. It’s a very, very powerful and flavourful smelling blend.

Like the other RiverTea fruit blend I tried, this too has a long steep time – though not nearly as long as Chocolate Kisses Chili. I ended up doing a 6 minute steep for this cup, which was the lowest end of the suggested spectrum. The smell is just a little bit perfume, and still pretty much like an overripe “bruise it by holding it” pear.

Taste wise, it’s pretty good. The pear flavour is pretty strong, and maybe even a touch sour. Again, what comes to mind is an overripe pear. The chocolate here is surprisingly light/mild – but then again I’m not sure if I recall actually seeing any pieces of chocolate in the leaf I used. I thought it’d be more like a chocolate dipped pear, but that’s not the feeling I get.

So ultimately, I’m a little conflicted/on the fence about this one because I did enjoy it but it wasn’t anything like I was expecting or anticipating it to be. I’ll need to try a few more cups/methods before I make up my mind.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
Sil

i need to decide what i’m getting with my winnings…SOOOON

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Ok, I thought that I wouldn’t be doing new teas today and would just stick to some familiar favourites, but I started feeling more alive and awake so I picked out some fruit teas to try out for the first time.

this one comes thanks of Aimee Popovacki who sent me a full 25g packet, completely sealed. I decided to open it up today to cold brew as a comparison to Kusmi’s Passion Fruit and it just smelled so damn good that I wanted to test a hot cup too. The dry leaf/bits smell almost overpoweringly of fresh, pulpy Passion Fruit. So much more intense and robust than Kusmi’s.

My first encounter with a passion fruit was in the 11th grade. I had made an art piece for out school’s guidance counselor that featured Ganesh, who is the God of new beginnings. He was a spiritual symbol she had introduced to me, and was very relevant to us both at the time. She was eating Passion Fruit, and the smell was so strong and powerful that I inquired into it – and she shared one with me. The next couple of weeks I went on a major passion fruit binge and in less than seven days purchased and consumed a total of over seventy of them. I literally bought out the grocery store within a block from our highschool. That was probably really unhealthy/obsessive in its own right, but at the time I just kind of wrote it off “as an artist thing”.

So anyway, five minute steep and oh my! This is just the right amount of tart and totally rich and juicy with an honest to Ganesh amazing Passion Fruit flavour. While Kusmi’s version was consumable, this is just mouth watering “chug it all down and burn your throat” delicious. I am so super excited for my cold brew, now! If that’s not great, then hell yes I’ll be finishing this up hot – no complaints.

I’m sad I didn’t try this sooner, now. I want more. Lots more. I really hope this makes a return.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML
aisling of tea

That’s funny, I just put some of this in my fridge to cold steep too! You will not be disappointed!

OMGsrsly

The cold brew is really good. I hope it comes back, too. :) One of the few teas I bought a tin of!

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There’s not a ton of food in the house currently, so instead of an actual breakfast I’m having a breakfast tea today, and hoping that’s sorta good enough.

I did over steep this a bit compared to what I would normally do, but it’s really not so bad and doesn’t appear to have suffered all that much (ie. no bitterness/astringency). It probably helps my water temp was a pretty fair bit below boiling.

This is definitely tasting really pancakey today though! Complete with syrup and butter and starchiness.

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drank Mate Mint by Tea Desire
1945 tasting notes

Refreshing morning tea/energy boost.

I woke up feeling just dead inside this morning. I got a really crappy night’s sleep, and I’m not really sure why exactly. I think today may just turn into a “comfort tea” kind of day where I don’t try new stuff, and just stick to old favourites instead.

I had this hot and it was really good, though I do ultimately prefer it colder.

Fjellrev

Aww, that sucks. Hope you’ll be able to have a better sleep tonight.

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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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