1658 Tasting Notes

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Mmm!

This was the end to my day of mostly white teas – and what an end! I needed a cup of this: after mostly just drinking things with the goal of sipping them down it felt so good to have this one just because I wanted it.

This was my first Butiki blend and it’ll always be precious to me! What a pure, amazing and juicy watermelon taste! I know C&C is often the Butiki melon favourite – but this is my go to melon tea! Num num num.

OMGsrsly

This one is totally my favourite too! I’m gonna have to make a cup when I get home.

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So still working through the backlog… Erg.

After my date on Tuesday I was still in a really good mood so I continued my day of whites and also continued to break my “only sipdown teas” policy so that I could have the two other favourite whites I’d set aside earlier in the day but hadn’t gotten to.

This was one of them: my beloved “all over the place but always delightful” Strawberry White! What I mean by that is, sometimes this tastes like tart, sour strawberries, and sometimes it’s Strawberry gummy candy, and other times it’s Strawberries and Cream! So many weird strawberry mixes but always delicious.

This cup in particular was creamy strawberry with a tart little “zip” on the finish. Yummy! I’m probably gonna cry when I run out of this, what with it being discontinued and all. I love it so much…

Flavors: Cream, Strawberry, Tangy

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Sample from I’m pretty sure VariaTEA – but I have a hunch she may have first acquired it from MissB? I guess it doesn’t matter; I’ll just thank ’em both.

Thank you both.

I’ve been sitting on this sample for a while; figuratively, not literally – and I thought now was a decent enough time to break it open. So I cold brewed it for my date, and I drank it while I walked to the restaurant to meet him. I thought it was actually surprisingly good! The rooibos was almost unnoticeable and the mango was juicy in the same way I find the mango flavour in 52Teas’ Cucumber Mango Shou Mei to be.

The reason I put it off so long was definitely because of the mango; I’m kinda picky about that flavour – but I guess I didn’t need to fear! I only have a little left, so it’ll be prepared hot next time around . Which will probably be today; this note is backlogged from Tuesday.

VariaTEA

It was from me and it did originate from MissB so goof job remembering. In other news, I picked up teas from Sil and she gave me some stuff for you which means I will be packaging another envelope for you soon enough.

Roswell Strange

Oh, but I just got tea from Sil… You’re all crazy :P

VariaTEA

Haha I don’t know.

Suziqzer

Love it! You ladies and your tea swapping crazyiness!

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drank Nestea by Nestle
1658 tasting notes

I’m so backlogged; I need to push out a few tasting notes this morning before work or I’m going to feel crazy guilty for putting it off when I have time and am not doing anything better. Bleck. Here we go (I’m even less excited because Steepster just ate my first attempt at writing this long ass note)…

This isn’t really on the tea, because I’ve written a ton about it. More so this is a breakdown of how my date on Tuesday was! Because I said I’d spill about that, so I am…

I had a very fun time: we started the evening by having some fast food at this amazing sit down fast food-y type restaurant called Fuddruckers. It’s really hard to explain Fudds – but it’s one of those places that is just special. When I lived in Regina, it was always a really big deal when we got to go there. Now I live ten minutes away, heh…

So I had a milkshake because they’re the best. It was awesome because he’s pretty well just as nerdy as I am so we had an awesome conversation on Dystopian Fiction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (and our frustrations about the casting for the new movie), various Marvel comics, and the insane anger of having an online emulator fail and losing your save file.

Then was the movie: Spider Man 2. I loved the movie! And he totally didn’t mind when I started getting really critical of the employees (having worked for the same company as a trainer for a year). We were supposed to be seeing it in 3D but the 3D failed (the first twenty minutes of the show looked like we were at a rave: the 3D was flickering that wildly) so they reset it in 2D and gave us all free passes to see another movie.

And then the night came to a close… With a kiss.

I have to admit though, his height really throws me off. I’ve never really dated anyone significantly taller that me (in fact, I once dated someone with dwarfism who was more than a foot shorter than me) and it freaks me out a little bit. Like, I’m 5’3’’ but he’s at least 6’4’’ and I definitely had to look up when I wanted to talk to him. So, urigdipugpdiugEWBT. Mixed feels about that…

VariaTEA

Yay! I am glad the date went well.

caile

It sounds like a nice date!

Suziqzer

Sounds like a nice date… Enjoy the tall thing, you can wear whatever shoes you want!

Whenver I see you post a note about this tea I always know you are going to spill something about your day… It’s getting a little predictable you know. Lol… Enjoying it.

Fuddruckers?!?!? There used to be one not too far from us!.. about an hour drive. I don’t know why they closed it, but Hubby and I used to go there every time we were in the area. Small world :)

carol who

Sounds like fun!

Roswell Strange

I imagine it is predictable; but it’s nice having a tea that’s pretty much just dedicated to talking about interesting things that happened to me during the day; I can focus a little more on the tea in other notes ;) As for the shoes; I can’t even walk in high heels! I’m totally a “sneakers” kind of person. In fact, I only own one pair of shoes; and I’ve work ’em out to the point where there are holes in the sides (I plan on replacing them tomorrow or Saturday though since today was payday).

VariaTEA

Oh tea twin, we differ quite a bit in the shoe department. I own probably 10 pairs of Converse alone. Also the height thing since I like tall guys.All twins need to have their own interests though or life would be boring :P

Suziqzer

I agree VariaTEA, life would be boring if we were all the same. :)

I only mentioned the shoe and height thing because my mom is very close to my dad’s height and she has complained as long as I can remember that she has to be careful what shoes she buys because she doesn’t like to be taller than him… guess it stuck w/me. I wasn’t looking for a tall guy (or even looking at all) when I met my Hubby. He is taller than me by just enough that I can wear whatever I might want. I myself have a variety of shoes and rarely wear anything w/heals, but I do have a couple of pairs. I like tennis shoes and western style boots or snow boots in the winter and flip flops in the summer, unless the need arises to dress up.

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Having this hot, and it’s a much needed reminder of how delicious this one can be after a string a mediocre cold brews. Much like many of the teas I’ve had today this is succulent and juicy and is really getting my mouth watering! I’m so happy I decided to make this afternoon one dedicated to white blends.

That said, I still am perfectly fine sipping it down and not restocking: I like Watermelon Xylophone a lot better and it seems kinda redundant keeping both Butiki melon blends around. I’d much rather give the tin space to another white Butiki blend like French Lemon Macaron, White Rhino or, apparently, Doke Silver Needle.

But yum; a much needed switch up from the way I’ve been preparing this lately. Seriously, the contrast is jarring.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Cream, Melon

Amariel

This one is so good, I like it better than Lupicia Melon White. I still really want to try Lemon French Macaron and White Rhino. Doke Silver Needle is great!

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I’m cheating a bit today with my campaign to only drink teas that I wish to sipdown immediately/soon and I’ve set aside some whites that I just want to have including this one, Sweet Strawberry, and Watermelon Xylophone. I don’t know how many I’ll get to because I am still trying to find a balance between whites in the sipdown drawer and whites in my closet/cupboard but I made sure to take the time for this one!

Mmm! Sweet Jasmine! I love the graceful simpleness of this one; there’s beauty in it. Delicious! It’s a nice switch up from the Cucumber Mango but not in a jarringly drastic way.

Flavors: Flowers, Jasmine

sherapop

I need to try this one!

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After how divine Butiki’s Doke Silver Needle was I was a little nervous this blend would be drastically out shined this morning/early afternoon – but I should have feared not because it’s holding its own next to the DSN.

It’s like a super refreshing, light cup of Spring Morning. It’s vegetal from the coconut but in a really crisp, mouth watering way – and then the “punch” of mango just makes everything pop. This is one of my favourite 52Teas blend and I’ll be so sad when I’m out; and that’s gonna be pretty soon, too…

Sipdown impending.

Flavors: Citrus, Cucumber, Mango, Ocean Breeze

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Sample comes from 221Tea who kindly sent me a very generous sample after I requested trying it in our large swap. I’ve wanted to try pretty much all Stacy’s Silver Needle blends for ages now – but haven’t been willing to blindly buy them for fear I wont like them for whatever reason. It’s semi foolish because I know already that I adore Silver Needle tea in general, but getting to try a sample first is just really reassuring…

So this is part of my breakfast tea line up: I haven’t had a lot of hot white teas in a while (just cold brews) because I don’t want to take the time in the mornings before work to make a hot cup, and after work I’m still too impatient to wait for the water to cool – I want the instant gratification of white tea! So, today is gonna be a white tea day, at least up until I leave for my date.

Dry, this smells so… Fresh. I feel like, already, I know I’m gonna be in love and I’m already feeling validated in wanting to buy a few ounces of it. Yum!

Steeped up: I was so right! There’s so much flavour in such a small amount of leaf! And it’s rich, and thick, and delightfully creamy! I for sure get sweet milky/creamy notes (almost like condensed milk) first and foremost, and then some gentle hay and malt notes and a cherry/marzipan like sweetness to finish off and round out the cup. It’s one of, if not the best straight Silver Needle I’ve ever had.

I don’t typically resteep but I’m confidant that I’ll be resteeping this one.

And…

On that note this will be added to my wishlist/shopping list because I am quite literally drooling. My mouth is watering that much.

EDIT: So I did resteep it and I’m very impressed! The creaminess, hay notes and marzipan flavours held up really well to the second steep. I did lose a lot of the maltiness but some more fruity notes emerged that I hadn’t picked up before.

And I’m still drooling… Mmm!

Flavors: Cherry, Cream, Hay, Malt, Marzipan

VariaTEA

Oh so I don’t know what website it was but one of the tea sites suggested to get 80C water, put cold water in 1/5 of the mug and that has worked for me. I just don’t pour the boiling water over the leaves. Instead I put the cold water in, then the hot water and then lower the basket into the water and give it a stir.

OMGsrsly

I am so borrowing that idea for work, VariaTEA!

VariaTEA

Haha I was pretty mind blown when I read that. I think it was on Bluebirds site. Hope it works for you, OMGsrsly :)

OMGsrsly

It should, if I ever remember that there’s a kettle hiding in the cupboard.

Amariel

This one is so good!

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Sipdown (161/167)!

Mmm, just woke up and needed to start the day off right so I’m having three cups of tea (counting this one) and some Raspberry Poptarts. Definitely gotta get my tea drinking in, right? I mean – it is my day off and I’m gonna be spending the latter half out on my date at the movies so it’s now or never.

Surprisingly I am getting peanut butter from this matcha today! I say it like that ‘cause the last few times I’ve just had it in cold milk it didn’t really deliver on flavour. Or rather, the flavour was really nondescript and vague. So this is a nice way to finish off the sample from Cavocorax (I think that’s who sent it to me!? I wrote it down on the package but my writing has rubbed off to the point where I can only see a “C” now).

I wont be restocking it, but it was an interesting experience I guess.

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So now’s the part where I talk about the crazy shit that happened at work today since I’ve reviewed this enough to not really have to elaborate again.

For those who care about the tea I’ve included “the specs” and will note it was made in a timolino. Now you can skip the rest if you don’t care to hear about crazy work shenanigans.

So work shenanigans: Today was a mostly sunny day, and within our work day things were going pretty consistently but within the course of FIVE BLOODY MINUTES the shift went to hell. Basically we got a very intense rain storm over a short period of time. It caused a lot of flash flooding in the city which sucked for a lot of people.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatoon/supercharged-rainfall-overwhelms-some-saskatoon-storm-sewers-1.2655078

In our case, the sewer system or plumbing or whatever you call it couldn’t keep up with the rain and it started to flood in our back stock room/warehouse. We had about two inches worth of rain water coating around 75% of the floor in the back and then spilling out into seven of out twelve aisles. Maintenance’s only response was “sorry; we can’t do anything about it but provide you with some extra mops”. Two employees, our assistant manager and a cashier, had to stay two hours late, and it took the three of us a solid two and a half hours of non-stop labor, if not longer, to mop everything up while we had one person covering the tills/managing the rest of the store.

It was exhausting and gross: my shoes are thoroughly soaked through and my socks and pants up to just below my knees were drenched. At one point I just went “fuck it” and took off my shoes (so they could get a head start drying) and continued to mop in only my socks.

However, because of the hard work we all put in, I decided to order in pizza for myself and the two cashiers (our assistant manager went home; but I did save him so leftovers) because we fucking deserved it. Bleck.

Flavors: Caramel, Chocolate, Cream, Marshmallow, Vanilla

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Christina

That really sucks! You really deserved that pizza.

OMGsrsly

That is freaky! Kudos for putting in the work, though. That sounds like a hard day.

(Also: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/portal-to-hell )

Amariel

Oh wow, what a day. This tea sounds so yummy though.

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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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Saskatoon, SK, Canada

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