2183 Tasting Notes

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Just reaffirming my decision to pick up another 3 oz. of this with my most recent order by having a hot delicious cuppa! Like always, this was its usual intriguing and mystifying self with such a unique and hard to describe flavour palate.

I stand by my opinion that, of all the Adagio blends I’ve ever had, this is the most accurate to the character it was inspired by. Also, probably just the best Adagio blend I’ve ever had in general – and at this point I’ve had my fare share (though this was one of, is not “the” first). Also probably the only Lapsang blend for me. I just can’t handle it in anything else.

Savory and sweet.

Flavors: Cherry, Cookie, Smoke, Tobacco, Vanilla

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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Prepped a round of four teas to enjoy while catching up on Australian Big Brother; a mix of new things, old things and sipdowns. This falls somewhere in between all of those categories; it’s new but not among my newest teas and I thought it was a sipdown but I actually have enough left for one more cup.

I’ve had this a couple times and not written about it; oops. Although prior to now I had logged it once, so good for me for at least doing that. Past times, like now, I’ve found this to be more floral that other EGs with a kinda of mid level strength of Bergamot and then fruit notes like plums. Stone Fruits for sure, but definitely sorta more plummy than otherwise. It’s also very, very smooth.

I really like the EG and I’ll be sad when it’s gone; though I know I wont try and replace it because EG, while something I enjoy, is not a staple tea for me like it is for others and not something I often crave. But as far as EG goes, this is definitely a good one.

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Cold brewed one cone in 25 oz. of water for like 18 hours, which resulted in the perfect amount of black tea taste for it to be light and refreshing with some mild maltiness but not weak and watery. Enjoying sipping on this one now.

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Starting the day off right with matcha whisked into cold milk.

It’s banana medicine, in the best way. Now, what to do with the day…

Do I watch BBUSA, BBAUS, finish Gossip Girl season 6, watch the new Doctor Who stuff with Capaldi, start GoT season 3 again, or start watching Parks and Rec? So much TV, so little time…

DeliriumsFrogs

The tv dilemma often results in me not watching anything because I can just never decide…. lol

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drank Brasiliano by Tea Desire
2183 tasting notes

Hot in my timolino.

I really oversteeped this, but it actually tasted pretty decent still. Fairly roasty, and definitely with hazelnut notes. It was sweet; almost reminded me of burnt marshmallows in a way. I’m almost out though; one more cup worth to go, and then I can use the empty tin for the Apache Tracker, which is on its way to me now.

I was supposed to drink this at work, for the energy boost, but actually waited until I got home – it was just so busy. I was terribly tired when I got home too; I actually ended up drinking all of this and then pretty much immediately passing out. One of those days. Or nights, rather.

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Sipdown (116)!

God Damn, I accidentally closed the tab and now I have to start the tasting note all over again. I hate that so much; but it was my own fault…

Kristina slept over Saturday night/Sunday morning, but I had to get up really early to head to work so Tre made all of us eggs and then we said our goodbyes and I left. I felt like a bit of a turd just abandoning her at my house, but that was better than kicking her out while she waited for her bus, I suppose. It was super awesome having her back in town though; I miss having her around!

As for the tea; I’ve had this awhile so it’s good I’m finishing it up. Since it’s the way I’ve enjoyed it the most and most often, I emptied out my tin by cold brewing what was left. Super creamy, super limey but not a lot of rooibos or honeybush base. So, perfect. The 2 oz. of this I had was good down to the very last of it as well.

I’m sure I’ll likely restock, but for now I’m happy to wait until Spring or Summer when I’ll be craving it a bit more frequently. And this way I can move something else into the tin, as well. Ah yes; coveted tin space!

Cameron B.

I actually have extra empty tins right now, clearly something is amiss! :o

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drank Earl Grey by Bigelow
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So after a day out with Kristina prior to the concert we met up with two of her friends right before out went out for supper. Both of her friends, Garett (I might be spelling that wrong) and Travis were really nice and very welcoming; although we didn’t have much in common other than Kristina.

We went out to a local cafe on the same block (I’d been before; it’s a nice place – kinda styled to be like an old fashioned Diner). Kristina got stew, Garett got Fish & Chips, Travis went with fries and a coke, and I couldn’t resist breakfast for supper; so toast, eggs, hash browns, and a cup of EG. Obviously this was not the most quality EG blend – but it was good enough for the situation, and I wasn’t expecting top class from the restaurant anyway. I’ve learned not to do that.

Kristina’s friend Garett very kindly paid for all of our food, which just blew me away. It was a really, really nice gesture. And then, after that we headed off to the show. We got there at about 7:30PM, but the band didn’t actually start playing until like 9:30 – so for a while we just kinda hung out and talked, and everyone checked out the band merchandise.

Travis actually ended up paying for my ticket to the show since he hadn’t had to pay for his supper (I felt like everyone was being really nice ‘cause I was so uncomfortable and out of my depth just being there), but then because he’d done that he didn’t have the cash to get the band shirt he wanted – so I paid for that since I hadn’t had to pay for a thing all night at this point. I didn’t mind doing it ‘cause even if I didn’t enjoy the style of music we were seeing so much, everyone else did – and only a cut of ticket sales goes to the band; but merch. goes straight to them so probably the best way to support ’em.

We met up later with Kristina’s cousin; he seemed nice and really intellectual. He’s from Regina, like Kristina and I, but just recently moved to Saskatoon. Once the music really got going they all migrated up to the front of the stage, but I stayed and hung out at the back – and proceeded to drink, a lot. From about 10:00PM to 2:00AM when the concert ended, I had a constant stream of Fuzzy Navels in front of me. Kristina originally offered to hang out with me sitting down, but I know that’s not her thing so I insisted she go head bang right up at the front of the stage like I knew she wanted to do.

That’s just not me; even if this hadn’t of been a Metal Concert I’ve never been that person who wants to get up close and personal with the band; I much prefer to sit back and do my own thing. But as it was, the concert was a Metal one and most of it just sounded very loud and like screaming to me, but with a pretty good beat overall. It got better the more alcohol was in my system, that’s for sure.

For a while there was a moshpit going; basically everyone I was with was in it. It was small, but intense. Kristina ended up bruised pretty well everywhere from the waist down (like deep, intense bruises), Garett had this MASSIVE red bruise right between his eyes, and Travis wound up with this huge gouge under his right eyes and a killer black eye as well (it was already starting to go super purple and look swollen at the end of the night). Plus it was of course very, very loud. There would be moments between songs or when bands were switching over (five people played) where no music was going, and everything had that half/deaf tunnel sound – if I could hear at all. Some moments I was pretty much totally deaf (and I was at the very far back of the club); can’t imagine what it was like up front. And they were all just so happy about it.

I have to say though, out of everything last night there was a pretty awesome moment when the headlining band played something I recognized! Here’s the link to it on Youtube, so you can all enjoy it too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeRZ7fqUp9g

Again, nothing against Metal music AT ALL but man that’s not my kind of thing. Though if I learned anything, it was that Metal Heads are super, super welcoming to Newbs like me, and really nice people. Lots of people can get snobby or protective about their music, but they were all like “Hey, Welcome! Come on in – here’s what’s going down tonight! Get involved and love it!”.

… And after all that we went home to my place where we promptly fell asleep ’cause Kristina was coming off her Adrenaline rush and I had to be at work in six hours. Blah.

Indigobloom

Sounds like a blast!! well except for the bruising part. You have good friends :)

Roswell Strange

**Under his right eye; he does not have multiple right eyes.

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This is what I started to cold brew on Friday, and the plan was to take it with me during my day out Saturday w. Kristina – but due to sleeping in really late I didn’t have time to strain it in the morning, so when we took the bus back to my place to kill time for a few hours before the show, I used that time to strain this and have myself something cold to drink. It was good. Super raspberry, very thirst quenching and juicy. I love this one. Just love it.

We didn’t do much at my place; had some munchies, watched some stupid Youtube videos. She showed me some of the music I was gonna be seeing at the concert that night; most of it just sounded like loud angry men screaming, but it made her happy which made me happy so that’s good.

And then after a few hours her friend Garett came and picked us up since we were going to the show with him and his roommate/her friend Travis, and we went out to eat before the show started!

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Before we left Tea Desire, I got my third Tea To Go for the day; I felt so judged by Kristina. At this point, I’d had two super caffeinated things so I felt the need to offset that so I decided I was going to be having rooibos.

I told her to pick out one that sounded like it’d make a good latte, and she actually picked Strawberry Cream but the sales person actually highly advised against getting it; and I’ve learned that if that staff advise against something usually to heed their warnings since 95% of the time they’re taught to recommend EVERYTHING, or at least give everything its own little spin to make it sound good (my DT friends have totally fessed up to having to do this – they’ll avoid saying things like “I don’t like it” and instead say “It’s very fruity/floral/sweet/etc.” or “Blank who works here really likes it”). So when they advise against it, there’s usually a good reason and they’re being super blunt/honest with you.

So I went with Kristina’s second pick instead; this one! It was good – thought not mind blowing. It was definitely very smooth and silky from the milk, and I’d say more heavily chocolate than almond but it’s possible the milk was just drowning out the almond. Some marzipan sweetness poked through though! It was almost a little floral too; I swear I picked up on some rose notes.

So I sipped on this one while we walked over to Chapters to go browsing, and so Kristina could pick up the most recent copies of the European metal magazines she reads. I’d never actually been to this Chapters; there are a couple in Saskatoon – and this is the biggest one I’d seen. We had a fun time looking around; and then of course I got sucked in by the little ‘tea station’ they had set up.

The had lots of Tea Forte, some bags of loose tea from a company called Pluck (never heard of ‘em, but there wasn’t anything exciting) and lots of tins of sachets from Harney & Sons – I was very excited about the Harney, but turns out they didn’t have either of the two I’m looking to acquire more of; Wedding Tea and Soba Cha. I was very tempted to buy something anyway because I desperately want to own a Harney tin (they’re so pretty!) but I couldn’t justify getting 20 sachets of something I just wont drink.

Bleh.

It was fun though! And after that we bused back to my place…

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drank Sansangria by Tea Desire
2183 tasting notes

So we bused down to Center Mall after DT and the record store; the main goal here was to go shoe shopping for me so I had decent shoes for the concert/work since the ones I own now are literally falling apart in pieces – but there wasn’t anything work appropriate in my size at the store, so that yielded literally nothing.

Tea Desire is in the same mall though, so we stopped there because how could we not? This was the tea on sample for the day, so we each tried a little shot glass worth. Kristina liked it and while I didn’t dislike it I thought it seemed like something much more suited to be iced/cold brewed. It was super orange/citrus flavoured with pineapple notes more present in the undertones/end sip. Pretty tart and sour, but with a lot of natural sweetness. I could be tempted into buying some in the future.

While we were there I restocked on Caramel Pu’Erh and Buddha Bamboo as well; and picked up more Walnut Truffle for VariaTEA. Kristina was so amused by how much tea stuff there is, and by all the colourful teaware. Understandable though, because even I am often amused by how much tea stuff there is an by all the colourful teaware. I’m happy that fascination has yet to go away.

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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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