1836 Tasting Notes

90

First to review, and what an honor because mother fucking balls this tea is amazing!

My Camellia Sinensis order came in, and this was pretty much the tea in the order that I wanted to try most of all, and when I cracked open the packaging I was flooded with the most heavenly, amazing tea smell ever. Legitimately, I’m struggling to think of another tea which smelled this damn good when I first opened it. Basically, think really fresh, supple pineapple and coconut pastry with like pastry butter goodness and toffee. But yeah; fresh is really the most important word there. FRESH.

I was impatient to try it, so I made it in my timolino so I could have it at work with me. It steeped up splendidly. I followed package instructions, and they did not lead me astray even a little bit. The black base was very, very smooth and had notes of malt and honey to it. And then carefully layered over that was intense notes of fresh, sweet, juicy pineapple, buttery coconut pastry, toffee, and sex. So pretty much; an orgasm in your mouth.

For Butiki fans; this one reminds me heavily of Hello Sweetie in that the coconut/toffee vibe is very, very similar but instead of Banana you’re working with Pineapple – which is better, in my opinion. So if you liked that one, you may want to try this one. Really, if you like Pineapple or Coconut even a bit, you probably want to try this one. It’s the best pineapple/coconut tea I’ve had in a really, really long time (if not the best ever).

Even if the other two blends I got in this order are total flops – this one blend makes the whole order worthwhile. Right now, I’m rating it a 90 even though I want to do the full 100. I’m a little worried some of the love here might just be new tea excitement (but I’m thinking probably not) so I’m trying to be conservative with my rating until I have it again.

I want to share this gem with all of you! Except that would mean less for myself, and I don’t know if I can do that…

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90

Does Spearmint turn?

I cold brewed this days ago, and when I strained it the smell immediately made me feel really, really nauseous. And, it wasn’t just me being sick or anything because ALL DAY this was the only thing that made me feel ill. I was ‘the picture of health’ otherwise.

Anyway, I did manage to get some of it down at work in a moment where it really wasn’t making me feel so bad. It was insanely spearmint with a very floral edge to it. But after about half the thermos it started making me feel queasy/nauseated again so I just tossed it. The struggle was not worth it.

But seriously; what the fuck!? Normally I love this one. Adore it even. Maybe it’s just the fact it was cold brewed (which is not how I normally prepare it), but this one did not sit well all day. No no no.

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84
drank Chai Apricot by Tea Desire
1836 tasting notes

Cold Brewed in a few shots worth of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum.

This was ages ago; and I actually got the suggestion to brew this specific one with the rum from the Steepster Chat group. Strained it smelled not so bad; definitely spicey and Chai (lots of clove in the smell) with some way deep down fruitiness to it. Not sure if I can say specifically Apricot with any sort of confidence.

However, it tasted terrible. Like some sort of antiseptic or disinfectant. The first tiny sip I kinda choked on, and then I had Tre (my roommate) try a sip after saying I was “such a baby”. He immediately ran to the sink to spit it out. I did, however, finish it off eventually! I pounded it back and then immediately pounded back a mug of milk as chase. And then I of course rubbed it in his face.

But yeah; sorry beloved Steepsterites – this was a miserable miss that I wont be repeating.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I got hiccups immediately after finishing this one too…

Cameron B.

Apricot chai sounds like the best thing ever… :P

carol who

Did you mean to give it such a high score? 84?

Roswell Strange

I’ve had it before many times (I have a tin of it, Carol) – the 84 is my ranking for it based on just drinking it straight/normal. It’s not usually this bad. I just left the prior rating.

VariaTEA

Oh dear. That sounds quite unpleasant.

Starfevre

Do you like the rum straight or was it the tea that contaminated the whole thing?

Roswell Strange

I’m not the biggest fan of the Rum when it’s straight, but I find it drinkable. This was definitely a hell of a lot more awful, though.

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88

It my timolino!

However, the last time I had used this particular one was for a hot brew of Alpine Punch and I think there must have been some lingering flavour/smell despite my washing it pretty thoroughly, because in addition to fluffy vanilla cake this was tinged heavily with super floral rose notes.

Ew. No thanks.

carol who

Don’t you hate it when the tea old flavor/smell pops up? It sure can ruin some perfectly nice tea!

VariaTEA

Oh no. It saddens me that this tasty tea was violated but not so tasty floral flavors

Roswell Strange

YOU CHANGED YOUR PICTURE!

VariaTEA

Haha I found someone else that had the same picture as me and I couldn’t have that so now I have a picture I am sure no one else would have :P

Amariel

I hate when that happens.

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78
drank Alpine Punch by DAVIDsTEA
1836 tasting notes

Steepster seems to be doing ok now, so I guess I’ll tackle some of my queue. I was gonna try and do that a few days ago, but server problems and what not. It’s gotten a bit unruly now and needs some work. I wont be able to finish it all though; I have a first date today (at DAVIDsTEA) and will need to get ready for that at some point, and then will be out for the evening…

So this was cold brewed, just to try it a different way. It had very strong “punchy” notes of Rose, Marzipan, Almond, and Coconut and then much milder notes of apple and cinnamon. It was still really tasty, but came off as more artificial and perfume-y than it had hot. Odd; usually the reverse is true with temperature?

So probably going to stick with hot tea for the last of this one.

PS. Steepster Chat people are crazy distracting! I’m trying to write stuff, guys!

Starfevre

I don’t have chat turned on because I’m supposed to be working and people can see my screen. :(

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76

Thanks for this one Sil!

It’s my last tea of the night! I feel like I got a pretty good amount of stuff in today. I mean, no sipdowns but at least I tried a new tea and had fun doing unfamiliar things with familiar blends.

As for this one, I steeped it in my glass Octo mug so I could watch it bloom. I have to say, it’s definitely not the prettiest bloom. In fact, mine kinda came apart in the cup. Taste wise, it was somehow better than I anticipated; though I don’t know what I was anticipating other than it was not this. The tea was not the most mind blowing straight black, but it does have one thing really going for it: it’s very malty. And I do love malty blacks.

So again; thanks Sil! I think I’ll enjoy the last two blooms!

Sil

Nice. Glad you enjoyed it :) they’re fun to look at too

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84

Very dark brew today; intensely chocolate and coffee with a creaminess to it from the yogurt. Also a little nutty? I’m not sure if that’s a flavour note I’ve observed in this one before.

Anime watching Steepsterites, a question: Have any of you watched Hellsing? Was it good/easy to get into? Should I give it a shot? It doesn’t seem like my sorta anime, but it was recommended to me so I want to at least watch a few episodes.

I’m trepidatious, though.

Cameron B.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen it, but I remember it being good. And it’s really short if I remember correctly, there’s only 12 episodes or something.

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98

And once again this tea proves that it’s fucking awesome.

I made it as a tea syrup (I’ve posted my tea syrup recipe on several different tasting notes at this point so I think I probably don’t need to paste it into this one) and poured it into carbonated water.

It was true to the taste of the tea; like blueberry syrup! It was quite refreshing and really nice to sip on. I’m afraid though that between actual alcohol, matcha, and now tea syrup I’m burning through my club soda reserve awfully fast though. It might be time to cool things down for a while and focus on some other methods to drink stuff. Maybe I’ll go back to experimenting with tea slushies? Or I could pick up a Popsicle mold from work and take a stab at tea Popsicles.

Anyone who has done Tea-Pops before, care to share your experience/process?

OMGsrsly

TEA POPS. I’ve only done milky ones. Whole milk, tea steeped in, sugar added till it’s tasty, frozen. If you make them with no milk, you need to add 2-3 tbsp sugar/honey/corn syrup to 12 oz tea or they’ll just be ice cubes. I ordered some gelatin to make some tea “jello” pops, but I won’t be able to test them until I get back from my trip.

OMGsrsly

Oh, alcohol also helps the texture but I’m not sure how much is needed. You could do alcohol and reduce the sugar, etc. Might take some playing to get your perfect ratio.

Cheri

I liked this tea, but it had a funny aftertaste that ruined it for me. I think it was the stevia, but I don’t know for sure. I passed mine along because of that, but now I’m wishing I’d kept it because I bet it would have made a good tea pop…

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96

Was very happy to sip on a mug of this in the early evening; it was exactly what the doctor ordered! A little caramel, a little mulberry and apple, a whole lot of papaya. This one never disappoints! It’s the perfect mix of gentle and robust taste and sweet and fruity.

(I may be browsing the RiverTea sight right now to see if an order is justifiable)

On a sadder note; Tre is watching Big Brother without me! And this episode has Zingbot in it! But, I was busy finishing an episode of Gossip Girl and he got impatient. This is kinda our thing though? Don’t tell him, but sometimes I do like spending time with him…

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87
drank Pumpkin Chai by DAVIDsTEA
1836 tasting notes

So I made more tea syrup today; again I made one for on fruit and the other for soda. This was the fruit one. Really, I wasn’t sure whether it’d go with the pears I used or not but I thought it’d be fun and worth trying.

First off, again, here’s my tea syrup recipe thinger:

- 1 tbsp. of leaf steeped in about an oz. of boiling water for roughly 4 min.
- This highly concentrated brew was then strained
- I then added approx. 2 1/2 tbsp. of white sugar into the tea
- This is heated up to dissolve the sugar
- The overall “yeild” was about a shot worth of tea syrup

The syrup on its own was actually pretty good. It was like very sweet/caramelized pumpkins with a sugared up spiciness to it. The cinnamon was still present as well as the cloves, but it was highly sweetened. It’s weird too, because even though I can’t explain how exactly they were playing in to everything I know I was tasting the carrot too.

And then once I’d poured this over the pears and added a scoop of vanilla ice cream the whole thing changed a bit. It was like spiced, caramelized pears and a lot of the pumpkin was lost except for when I got a bite of ice cream and syrup without pear; and then it tasted like Autumn. On the whole, while this was tasty and definitely weird it was not as good as the Peach/Rootbeer combo and I wouldn’t make it again.

It was maybe a little too weird…

Flavors: Apple, Caramel, Carrot, Cinnamon, Clove, Honey, Pumpkin

Cheri

Hey, it was worth a try.

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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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