2068 Tasting Notes

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Mini Queue to work through today!

This one was a cold brew that I had last Tuesday on my day off; strong raspberry, cream and vanilla notes were all present like usual with a little bit of extra floralness from the rose petals in the blend. Usually I don’t taste them, but they were coming through more so than usual.

Did anyone else watch the premier of Jane The Virgin last week? I didn’t even know it was a thing, but Tre asked me if I wanted to watch it so I watched with him – I have to admit that the premise is really far fetched but I was hooked pretty well instantly! It reminded me heavily of Ugly Betty and Dead Like Me; the same sort of bright/bubbly characters and narrative style as the former, but with some of the more twisted humor of the latter.

Basically, there’s only one episode so far (the second airs tonight) so you should all watch it so I have someone to talk about it with! ;)

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Got ready for work quick enough this morning that I can get in one tasting note from my queue while my work tea for the day steeps in the timolino!

This one is a very old tea from a swap with VariaTEA that took place almost a year ago. One of our first swaps; where we actually prearranged what we were sending one another instead of just sending any and everything. And, like an ass, I’ve put off trying this one until now. My justification being that I thought this was a Chai; and after I’d figured out I don’t like Chai I had zero enthusiasm to try it. But, I couldn’t just get rid of it until I’d tried at least one bag.

So that was the plan here; try one bag, hate it, and either ditch the rest in a swap with someone or possibly just through it out. To ease the anticipated awfulness I added milk. But shocker guys; this is NOT a Chai. It’s a beautiful, sweet custard like cup of hot, silky smooth butterscotch and vanilla sweetness. With just a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to give this a holiday feeling and add some depth. So, I did not throw this out – and I look forward to the many subsequent cups I’ll have of this during this Christmas season.

It was a much needed reminder to actually CHECK THE INGREDIENTS of a tea instead of just assuming you know what that tea is all about. I mean, obviously, I was shocked and confused my first few sips – but in a good way.

Flavors: Brown Sugar, Butter, Butterscotch, Cream, Custard, Nutmeg, Vanilla

Cameron B.

I remember this one being my favorite of the Celestial Seasonings holiday teas! Unfortunately I did not see it at my local Target.

VariaTEA

Hahahaha I hate chais too but I quite like this one so luckily its not a chai.

K S

Another non chai person. I have never noticed this on the shelf. Looks like another trip to Target!

Kittenna

:o This sounds really tasty! I like chais too, though.

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drank Southern Belle by DAVIDsTEA
2068 tasting notes

Very sad this wasn’t one of the Back From The Dead teas announced today; I probably would have pissed myself in excitement if it was. And that’s hardly an exaggeration. The new Halloween perfect mug is AMAZING though; I want it. So much.

Anyway; Thanksgiving was Monday – and I don’t really have _ a lot_ of teas that fit well as a Thanksgiving themed tea other than, like, pumpkin flavoured stuff – so instead I just made this one in my timolino with some milk ’cause it is sorta “fall like” and the holiday (happy belated Turkey Day guys) was a good excuse for making this one, which I normally hoard – hardcore.

It was rich, thick, and very creamy with this super smooth “smoked peach” flavour. I guzzled it; and regretted drinking it so quickly so much. I should have savored each drop and taken little baby sips.

Also, because I had to work the holiday I ended up buying Pumpkin Pie and ice cream for all the employees working during the day! Aside from Tre, they’re really my family here in Saskatoon so that was the best way to spend the holiday – just working alongside some really great people, drinking some great tea.

OMGsrsly

That sounds so good.

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drank Buddha Bamboo by Tea Desire
2068 tasting notes

My sore teeth are back; have been for the last three or four days now. And, surprisingly, it’s on the same side and the same area as where the dentist fixed my cavities last time. It’s not constant, and I haven’t really broken down and really cried yet from the pain like last time – but it’s something I think I probably need to check out and get looking at again.

I’ve taken to chewing up like three or four advil at a time (yes, chewing) on the sore side and just letting my mouth go totally numb. I think I might be developing a resistance to whatever is in Tylenol or Advil, ’cause I can take like three or four at a time and it does nothing.

Anyway; this tea is sweet strawberry/currant Fruit Loops! And then, the bamboo brings that sugary fruit sweetness down a bit, and makes things more “gentle” and a bit vegetal. Best bamboo tea EVAH.

yyz

Try clove oil applied with a q tip. It tends to numb the pain. Be careful with it though its pretty intense.

Sil

i was going to say, my other half uses an actual clove when he has issues…

Terri HarpLady

yes to cloves or their oil.
My teeth have a tendency to get food stuck, & then the aching starts. I use a water pic regularly, which has helped a lot, & you can even put warm salt water in it, which is really helpful.

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I’m really liking this new trend of brewing cold shaken matcha milk to work with me; it’s quicker than steeping tea in the morning, and tastes so so good. This one is so so good too; sweet and delicious! I’m happy I sent a sample to VariaTEA so she can enjoy it too!

I’m confidant I’ll be ordering this in my next (probably far off) matcha order. Bumping my rating up a touch.

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In my timolino! I managed to wait the perfect amount of time in the morning after the kettle finished boiling, while getting ready for work, to make a more delicate white tea. I should really splurge/make that important investment and get myself a variable temp kettle. Anyway, this was delicious! Sweet pineapple and fruity rhubarb with just a touch of strawberry over top a sweet, flavourful honey white base. Mmm!

Sil

wait for christmas if you splurge on a variable kettle… when i picked mine up, i was able to get it for more than 100$ off

OMGsrsly

I just got one at Canadian Tire. It was about $70 and I’m still happy with it, although once it goes (and it could last ages!) I will get one I can program by degree.

VariaTEA

You drink enough tea that I think a Variable temp kettle is justified. Just keep an eye out for sales though. I know I did and got mine at a nice discount.

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drank Tamarind Pop by Butiki Teas
2068 tasting notes

Cold Brew. Caramel and date notes, but mostly rather bitter and astringent.

Also hey! Look at me doing good at keeping my tasting notes short and sweet! Makes getting through my queue much easier ;)

The Cookie Lady

I ordered some of this when Butiki announced it is closing, simply because it is such an unusual flavor for tea that I thought I might never see it again. Could you taste the tamarind beneath the bitterness and astringency?

Roswell Strange

I struggle with this one; sometimes I produce really good cups where the Tamarind stands out in a good way, and others are very bitter and astringent; I think I’m probably not the biggest fan of whatever base Stacy used in this and I think the line between under and over steeping must be very thin.

Butiki Teas

I think we must have the temperature parameters set too high. Maybe try it at 190F degrees if possible? It shouldn’t be astringent at all. The base tea has changed over the years and become a little more Darjeeling-like. We should have changed the steeping parameters.

Butiki Teas

To clarify, I meant that the harvests taste different, not that we held this tea for several years.

The Cookie Lady

Maybe that’s it then! I’ll be sure to try it at 190F when I get mine, Stacy. Thanks for the info! I’m not even sure I’ll like tamarind in a tea, but I’m such a sucker for teas that are out of the norm (an I end up loving them more often than not). I’m excited to try it.

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- I think this is far better hot than cold
- It was vegetal and roasty almost on a 50/50 level
- Vanilla was still present and it sweetened everything and added depth of flavour
- And unlike the CB I could taste juicy apricot! Lighter, but present.
- There was an almost indescribable elegantness to this
- Felt like an accurate representation of the character to a fairly good degree

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Mixed 2:1 with Maple Syrup Matcha as the “2”. Despite using more maple this was the dominant flavour. You can read more about that in the full note here:

http://steepster.com/roswellstrange/posts/269214#likes

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So I mixed this one with Coconut matcha in a timolino to take to work, and even though I didn’t use a 50/50 ratio (I actually used a 2:1 ration in favour of the maple matcha) I could still taste the coconut matcha more strongly than the maple!

The whole point of using more maple, other than bringing me closer to a sipdown, was to exaggerate the taste of the maple matcha. Coconut dominates everything. Not that I’m complaining too strongly.

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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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