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This is a queued tasting note.

Met up with my Dad last week for tea, which was really nice. I think as I’ve gotten older/moved out my relationship with my Dad has really started to develop into what’s probably considered a normal/healthy one. I think it probably says a whole lot that we’re finally at a place where I don’t resent him…

Anyway; this was the tea I picked! He, my step mom, and I had a nice Gong Fu session. I was hesitant about brewing Gong Fu with a flavoured tea like this, but it actually worked out really nicely. The first couple infusions were just so bright and juicy with this really lovely, lively orange sherbet flavour that definitely reminded me of the orange “casing” of a Creamsicle without the actual cream filling. There were also some faint muscatel notes from the base that became a little more clear as that shiny, tasty orange note faded throughout subsequent infusions. All in all, we had about six infusions shared between the three of us (we used one of my biggest Gaiwans), and it was a really enjoyable session!

Oh! We also had some fresh cut fruit that we paired with the tea which was a great decision! Orange and strawberries, to be precise. The orange of course kind of blended into the orange notes of the “Dreamsicle” but the strawberry was a nice companion to the flavour that was also separate from it. The whole kit and caboodle created this wonderful feeling of Summer. Like we were drinking the heart of summer? The fresh fruit, picnic type vibe with this bright, lively flavour. Mmm!

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Tea 106: Preparation, Consumption, and Health Week Four!

This week’s class was prerecorded for us ’cause our instructor was having some technical difficulties; focus of the week was the technical aspect of brewing different styles of tea in a teapot, Western style. Nothing new to me, honestly.

Cuppings for the week included: A Silver Needle, Pan Fired Green, Ti Kaun Yin, Kenyan Orthodox Black, and some Rooibos – all things I’ve cupped in various other courses with the exception of the rooibos. This was the first time in any of my courses, thus far, where we’ve looked at herbal teas/varieties other than Camellia Sinensis and Camellia Assamica. It actually brought up an interesting conversation though among my classmates…

How would you describe the taste of plain (red) rooibos? Personally, I think it’s quite woody and maybe a little nutty? Sometimes with a peppery finish. However, more than one of my classmate compared it to cigarette smoke which is something I’ve never experienced with rooibos. Thoughts? Anyone else get that flavour?

Scheherazade

I’m with you – rooibos is woody, sometimes a little nutty. Smoke rang a vague bell with me, though, and now I’m trying to remember which rooibos blend it was that I thought that about. Maybe it’ll come to me.

Kaylee

I also usually get a woody, nutty flavor. Oddly, the rooibos flavor wheel does not include nutty, but does include smokey. I’ve never noticed even a hint of smokiness in rooibos though.

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Sipdown (131)!

So, I just placed a Camellia Sinensis order; right now my wallet hates me for it but I’m sure that it’ll forgive me when the tea shows up. It always does. That order included a couple white teas though; and really all that’s been preventing me from sipping this down (and Doke Silver Needle) is that I didn’t have any white tea to take over the tin. I hate the feeling of having empty tins/tins not dedicated to anything…

So, made a pot of this with the last of the leaf to split with my roommate Cathryn! It’s still tasting pretty solid give its considerable age; I will say that some of the sweetness from the butterscotch has dwindled but that just means that the flavours of the hazlenut and mocha are tasting stronger. I’m also getting faint malt, raisin, and sweet potato notes from the base. Mmm! So yummy!

One more Butiki tea down; only six to go?

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Cold Brew! Nothing new; just some damn good tea.

Flavors: Berries, Berry, Candy, Floral, Flowers, Sweet

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drank Apple Crumble by Pluck
3620 tasting notes

Revisiting this tea, I’m finding my initial observations are still ringing true. Tonight, I’m really tasting the cinnamon chips. I pulled this out because I was craving tart apple flavour but now that I’m getting that flavour, along with the cinnamon, it’s not that satisfying. I left it long enough that it went cold; and while it still wasn’t satisfying it was better that way.

In other news…

Anyone else really into Hamilton right now? After hearing enough friends praise it so highly, I took the time to introduce myself to it today. I’ve gone through the soundtrack once now, and am currently on my second listen through. Enjoying it a lot, so far. I totally understand why it’s cleaned up in regard to awards and award nominations. It’s truly unique…

shezza

absolutely looooooooooove hamilton, glad you gave it a try

Mookit

Interesting, I was just thinking about trying some of the Pluck teas from Indigo. Any suggestions on which teas are good? Or other brands they sell in Indigo like Tealish and Tea’s Sake?

Roswell Strange

@Mookit, this is the only tea from Pluck I’ve tried – but sometimes Indigo/Chapters carries Harney & Sons which is always a solid choice. Plus, I’ve heard good things about the Republic of Tea’s Iced Tea line up which I know the Chapters/Indigo in my town carries. Personally, if you have a DAVIDsTEA nearby I’d skip this one though; it’s basically Forever Nuts.

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drank Eggnog Yunan by 52teas
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Cold Brew Sipdown (132)!

Thank you VariaTEA for the sample! I actually was surprised by just how much I really, genuinely liked this one. I finished the 25 oz. of it I had cold brewed in maybe five minutes? I mean, essentially I was just chugging. I don’t know if I’ve felt that passionate about a cold brewed tea all month, honestly. Like, I’ve drank some good things this month but that was shockingly super delightful and smooth.

First things first, I have to say that I was worried this would have far too much cinnamon and it’d taste drying. Like a tea version of the cinnamon challenge. I mean, that’s certainly the impression I got from the dry smell. However, both the cinnamon and the nutmeg were wonderful. In fact, I definitely tasted a lot more nutmeg than cinnamon. As well, I definitely got that sweet, eggy note that is obviously intended to be eggnog. Actually, though, in combination with the cinnamon and nutmeg and then sweet cocoa and malt notes from the base I have to say that while I 100% see where the “Eggnog” is coming from I’m reminded a lot more of French Toast. In fact, in many ways this reminds me of Liquid Proust’s French Toast Dianhong but with much more nutmeg and less vanilla/cream. I don’t know if you can call that a criticism, but if you can it’s probably my only one. I found this super, super enjoyable overall.

VariaTEA

Glad you enjoyed it as much as you did

Indigobloom

I’ve tried a few eggnog teas, and none have hit the nail on the head quite right. Maybe one day! :)

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Morning cuppa!

Placed an order with LP last night; mostly I’m grabbing things I’ve never tried before (with the exception of the Jackfruit Pu’erh) but I have high hopes that they’ll be tasty. I mean, I’ve definitely heard good things about what I grabbed. Though, I was a little disappointed that both the Oolberry and French Toast Dianhong had sold out; darn it! I waited just a little too long to put in my order…

This cup was delightful; I really like it first thing in the morning I find. Bergamot to me is just such a “start your day right” kind of flavour and paired with the peach in particular it reminds me of early morning breakfast with all the fixings. Which is to say that I associate that idea of a hearty breakfast with the illusion of productivity and, in a way, adulthood? That’s a strange tangent, I know, but something about those things has always been correlated for me.

This mug in particular was juicy peach; I still ADORE whatever peach flavouring it is the LP uses. It’s like cocaine to me; super sweet, fulfilling and mighty addictive. Now isn’t that a polarizing association? The idea of tea so good it’s like coke but also that strongly reminds me of productivity/adulthood/and being responsible? I don’t know, guess it boils down to this just being hella tasty.

Fjellrev

Wow, I normally don’t care for peach-flavouring in teas but colour me intrigued.

Roswell Strange

To be straight up, I’m not a huge Earl Grey fan (I can appreciate it, but not daily). This, however, is my favourite take on an unconventional/non-traditional Earl Grey. I don’t think LP has anymore, but still holding out hope it’ll get reblended in some for or another.

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This review is for the Cream of Earl Grey infused shortbread as sold by DAVIDsTEA…

Keeping it short and sweet; really liked this one. It was just the soft and silky taste of Cream of Earl Grey, of which I have plenty of familiarity, along side the standard shortbread that DT uses for these tea infused snacks but the flavour paring was solid. I think it’d be spectacularly used to dunk into a mug of English Breakfast or another strong black tea with some milk in it. Just really enjoyable overall.

teaqueen

This sounds heavenly!

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So, I saw these TeaPops at the grocery store yesterday, and because I’m basically a slut for anything tea infused I had to pick up a box to try out. $6 for four Popsicles? Ugh; that’s kind of pricey, but damn gotta try ’em…

Honestly; this is a damn good Strawberry Popsicle. It’s super refreshing, and tastes like perfectly ripe, fresh and natural strawberries with the perfect balance of realistic sweetness. I’m really, really enjoying it. But that said, I don’t taste the tea at all. So, for that reason alone, I’m not gonna buy these again. At least, not this flavour. My grocery store carries two other varieties; this one uses Elderflower tea but the others use Green Tea and Rooibos, so who know’s maybe they’d be different…

http://www.deebeesorganics.com/teapops/

Look at all those flavours, though! I swear, the best sounding ones are the ones that my grocery store doesn’t even carry. Pink Lemonade, Toasted Coconut, and Southern Iced Tea…

Fjellrev

The Safeway flyer here is advertising these on sale this week yet the store near me doesn’t have them. Glad to hear I’m not really missing out.

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Cold Brew Sipdown (133)!

And this cold brew finishes off this sample from Camellia Sinensis. Overall, this was the worst of all three preparation styles. The brew lots that buttery, artichoke note which I personally thought was the best aspect. Instead, the smoky note got really, really strong and intense and the brew took on a bit of an overwhelmingly bitter note. Mmm, nope…

I enjoyed playing with this tea though; I got to try it in three different styles and that was really fascinating seeing how that effected the overall taste with each different method. It was a good learning experience.

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Hello;

My name is Kelly. I’m a barely twenty tea drinker and reviewer living in Saskatchewan, Canada. I started drinking loose leaf fairly casually nearly two years ago, and at some point between then and now that ‘fun little hobby’ turned into a serious obsession.

You know you’ve got it bad when you get your hobby tattooed to your arm.

Currently, I’m in the process of getting certified as a Tea Sommelier; if you’re interested in hearing more about that give me a shout because I’ve found the process to be really informative as well as quiet fun!

Typically I drink flavoured blends more that straight but one of my mini goals this year is to get that ratio to a more 50/50 level. I do a daily cold brew, and have at least (but usually a lot more) two hot cups of tea every day. Naturally I lean towards black or white blends and as of late oolongs but I WILL drink everything; the last half year or so I’ve been challenging myself by further exploring Oolong and Pu’Erh which are the tea types I know the least about overall.

My default for preparation is Western Style with zero additives (the exception being matcha which I drink in straight milk with no additives); so unless I mention otherwise you can assume that’s how I’ve prepared my tea!

Favourite flavours/ingredients: Pear, Lychee, Cranberry, Cream, Melon, Pineapple, Malt, Roasty, Petrichor

Least favourite flavours/ingredients:
Lemongrass, ginger/“Chai” in general, raisins, overly vegetal, chamomile, sometimes mango or peach

I also have a severe allergy to mushrooms; as such I do not drink Kombucha teas (just to be on the safe side)!

Currently exploring/looking to try: Straight Pu’Erh or Dark/Roasted Oolong, Sweet Potato flavoured blends, and anything with Goji berries

I’ve got four Tea Pets:

Two Pixiu Dragons named Zak and Wheezie, a monkey named Enzo, and a carp named Gyarados. If you see me writing about sharing tea with any of them that’s what I’m talking about ;)

I also have one real life pet:

A skinny pig hairless guinea pig named Eilert, after Henrik Ibsen’s play Hedda Gabler. He’s pretty chill, but a greedy little fella who’ll rip food right out of your hands. Sometimes he joins me for tea time even though he never gets to participate.

I also write reviews for SororiTea Sisters! Typically what I post there is more edited, focused and expanded reviews of what I’m posting here. Unless I was sent a tea specifically to review for the blog, I will post here first.

If the tea was sent to me specifically to review there then the full review will only be posted there, and my Steepster review will just contain a snippet of the review and a link to the full review on the SS site.

The URL to my tumblr blog is: guyfierithirdandfinalantichrist

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