2255 Tasting Notes

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Tried this one hot last night.

It’s kind of funny actually, because I was already steeping it when Tre and I started having a conversation about whether or not I judge people based on the groceries they buy. My answer was that honestly, I’m too focused on work and doing things quickly to really pay attention to whatever someone’s buying. You’re getting 31 Papayas? I don’t fucking care. But whenever someone comes through with boxes of super shitty bagged tea, I always pick up on that and definitely cringe internally.

He then asked whether we actually sell any decent quality tea, and I said we do in fact carry one brand of loose leaf – Tea Squared, what I was brewing (and also David Rio’s line of “Instant Chai” which is pretty good too). He snatched the bag from my hands and took a whiff. And then made a face because this “smells like nail polish”. It does not smell like nail polish. He must have been high. Maybe from huffing nail polish?

It’s the rose though – that’s why he didn’t like it. He hates rose, and this smells pretty strongly of it. Taste wise, you can taste the rose too but it’s not too bad. Mostly it’s actually sweetened fig: sweetened from the pineapple which gives a faint tartness, and sweetened from the caramel, which is more present in the aftertaste. It reminds me of McQuarrie’s Fig Rose blend I had for a while, except less rose-y. But there’s definitely similarities.

I’m still liking this one! Which is good, because if I wasn’t then there’d be no weight in my argument with Tre about tea quality (though technically this is just a fruit blend).

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Sipdown (98)!

Break tea at work! I’m trying not to spend so much money on fancy, unnecessary food at work by bringing my own lunches but it’s certainly hard when you work at a grocery store. Yesterday I wound up getting another tin of David Rio Chai – the green tea base one this time. I figure since it looks like hot chocolate mix I can get Tre drinking it too, and then feel less guilty. I also bought laundry detergent (it was my turn), and more fancy ass cheese.

This time I got a Wensleydale cheese called Pineapple Twist. It’s really sweet, and a little crumbly and tastes like cheesecake! But with my favourite fruit in it! It was a new one that the cheese department had just got in stock, and I probably asked the poor Cheese Ambassador a bajillion questions about how to pair it with food and what to eat it with. In the end she told me it was good with berries, or just straight. Straight is good. I can handle straight says the not straight person. Tre yelled at me when I got home for buying more cheese. We have too much cheese right now.

Tea wise, I cold brewed the last of this one. I meant to do a shorter cold brew, but wouldn’t you know I forgot this was in the fridge so the reality is that it was cold brewed for close to a full day. The result is that this was very strong. Seriously; SO MUCH GINSENG. And then the licorice-y flavour that comes with ginseng, and natural earth/tree flavours. I want to describe it as tree bark, but as I child I have had tree bark before and the flavour I tasted and what I’m remembering DO NOT MATCH.

Oh well. It was actually a very good cold brew, despite being a very intense/concentrated one. I really hope my Step Mom will like it; she’s always so critical of the things I’ve gifted to her in the past. As for me, I’m a little “Ginseng-d out”, so even though I have some of DT’s Ginseng oolong there’s no rush to drink it. Afterall it is a discontinued blend now, so gotta hoard it, right?

;)

Cameron B.

Tell Tre that there’s no such thing as too much cheese! Impossible!

OMGsrsly

I would have cheese for every meal if I wasn’t somewhat intolerant! Too much cheese? Naaaah. :D

sundaysipping

It’s impossible to have too much cheese! Especially cheese that tastes like cheesecake.

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Sipdown (99)!

Bitter sipdown. Literally bitter sipdown. I steeped this up yesterday to take with to work, and I drastically oversteeped (by like five minutes). It totally ruined the cup to the point where, in normal circumstances, I would have just dumped it but it was more worthwhile taking a hot cup of gross to work just to have something warm to sip on and hold on the walk there. Since I was running late, I had no time to rebrew.

I haven’t decided whether I want more of this: when I’m not being totally thoughtless/careless it’s actually very good, especially with just a little bit of milk. Guess I have until the weekend to decide: I’m going up to Regina to have an early Christmas with my family and see Cirque de Soleil and one of my Christmas presents is a shopping spree at Cuppa’T – that’ll likely be my only time to stock up on Cuppa’T blends for a while. Likely a long while.

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So this is tasting note 2222, which is kind of a fun number!

I’ve had this idea in my head since VariaTEA sent me her big bag of this that I just needed to make an Ontaria Ice Wine Soda – because how much closer to the tea version of Grape Crush are you going to get? And I finally did it!

Guys, it was such a good idea! Made this into tea infused simple syrup first, and then floated that in club soda and it was the perfect balance of sweet, fruity grapes and black tea base, and it did actually remind me of Grape Crush, but much less artificial. I know I’ve said this a few times about the tea sodas I’ve made – but guys, this is the best one yet. Really, truly it is.

carol who

Happy 2222!

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I feel like a butt because I can’t remember whether this came from VariaTEA or Sil but, either way, thank you! I’m 98% sure this is my first A&D blend, and I feel like it’s about time.

This mug was prepped in a timolino, and drank with no additives like a straight tea should be the first time you have it. I have to say, the dry leaf smells very cocoa-y to me. I even double checked online to make sure this really was a straight blend. Steeped up it’s not nearly as cocoa-y, but that note is still present. I also got notes of malt, and a fair bit of earthiness. At one point, and only at one point, there was a metallic “rust” taste too but it didn’t last long. Very interesting, though.

I think this was definitely a good intro to A&D though!

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drank Redberry Tonic by DAVIDsTEA
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Hoping right on board the “Redberry Tonic Headache Cure” train!

I’ve been having off and on headaches all week, in part because of that dreadful high pitch screeching being emitted over the intercom system at work that only I seem to be able to hear, so when I saw a tasting note on my dash about this being good for headaches (for whatever reason) and I remembered I had some, I immediately went to cold brew it!

And you know what, it kinda is decent for headache relief on top of just tasting pretty good (think “red” lemonade?). Sadly, my tin is so scary empty and this is one blend that I definitely don’t want to sipdown so BIG HUGE REMINDER TO GET 50G MORE NEXT TIME I AM AT DT!!! I may not have this too often, but I do really enjoy it when I do…

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drank Cocomint Cream by DAVIDsTEA
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Begrudgingly giving this another chance since i received about 25g of it as an early Christmas present and I’d feel like a bitch if I didn’t at least try it a different method than the first one which was so… Ew.

So, I had this hot at like 5AM while I was getting ready for an opening work shift on Sunday. And to be honest it was definitely a bad choice not because of the taste but because of the serious lack of caffeine. Taste wise, it wasn’t as bad as the cold brew, and that’s because I think there was a lot less of that super weird sour note that conflicted with the creamy coconut.

I’d describe the hot cup as mostly green apples with some spearmint, and the tiniest bit of coconut. Probably good there was less coconut this time around: the coconut and the apple just do not go together in this one for me. Has anyone done this as a latte? I still have some to burn through, and I feel bad throwing it out. I’m wondering if that’s a viable prep option?

Anlina

You could always swap it. It seems pretty popular.

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Thanks Cameron B. for the sample!

It appears I’m on a blueberry kick right now – and not just blueberry tea. In addition to the blueberry teas I’ve enjoyed as of late I’ve also “splurged” on super fancy Blueberry/Vanilla Goat Feta, and a bulk amount of Blueberry waffles, and yesterday I bought the stuff for Blueberry muffins. And, it’s just the weirdest thing because I don’t even really like blueberries. So that’s the long summary of why I requested this one in exchange for the DT samples I sent Cam’s way.

I have to say though, I was pretty disappoint with this one – and not because I’m “secretly” not even a blueberry fan. The reality is, it wasn’t heavy enough on the blueberry, or anything for that matter, to interest me. Just kinda bland and watery, with the faintest berry flavour that I know I wouldn’t have been able to blindly identify. Cam sent a few bags though, so I think next cup I’ll just try doubling up on the teabags and see if that fixes the problem.

Cameron B.

Yeah these bags are meant for 6 ounces each, so I generally use two.

Roswell Strange

Mine was in 8 oz – figured that was close enough. Guess I was wrong :P

darby

Yep, I’ve found that you can really only use 6oz for theirs….I never read directions! Lol

TeaSource has this amazing blueberry tea that tastes like blueberry pancakes!

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Combining teas can be great… Or it can be awful.

Recently I cold brewed this and Cornelia Bean’s Passion Fruit blend together, and you can read the long summary of the results for that here:

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/278286#likes

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Sipdown (100)!

Woot! I’m down to 100 teas (technically less, just behind on tasting notes) and officially hit 200 followers last night! Just watch, one of you butts will go unfollow me now.

I cold brewed this to finish it off, but I didn’t actually have enough leaf for a decent cold brew so I “stretched it out” with some of DAVIDsTEA’s Pink Passionfruit herbal blend. The more passionfruit the merrier, right? Err, wrong.

Now to be fair I think this was still better than the straight Passion Fruit cold brew tastes, but there was something very artificial about the fruit flavour. Sometimes these can taste that way individually but it was really exaggerated together. And then, on the tail end of that flavour was this very floral quality and the same funky black base from Passion Fruit that I got with the last cold brew – which I thought was from the CB sitting in a water bottle for hours all day, but I guess not because this one didn’t wind up sitting around for an extended period.

I think I may be describing it fairly harshly though – the reality is that despite the negative things going on, it was still drinkable. Although it’s not a combination I’d try again, and I certainly wont be looking to get more of this one. It’s just been too much of a hassle to make it work for me.

Sil

woot! yay for 100!!

Roswell Strange

It wont last; I have Octavia Tea and WP incoming, plus goodies from group Butki orders, and a larger quantity of a Verdant blend from an order with Kittenna, and whatever you crazy Torontonians send with Kittenna when she visits over Christmas :P

Roswell Strange

And whatever I buy at Cuppa’T on the weekend (yay early birthday presents!). Also, my Mom has informed me that she brought me tea back from Disney when she was there (Alice In Wonderland?) but I don’t have a clue when I’ll see her next, so I don’t know when that’ll make its way to me…

Roswell Strange

**Early Christmas presents… Birthday isn’t for a while. Heh.

Kittenna

7 hours later and you still have 200 followers ;)

Kittenna

You forgot whatever Kittenna foists upon you herself during her visit. Muahaha. Although I’m trying to keep it to things I actually thing would interest you (and that you haven’t tried) and that’s proving more difficult than I thought. For all y’all. :P

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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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