371 Tasting Notes

87
drank Coconut Cheesecake Honeybush by 52teas
371 tasting notes

I did two and a half teaspoons for a cup of hot water, seven minutes, then poured it over ice. I haven’t quite gotten the hang of icing teas yet. It’s surprisingly bitter (not strong, but surprising because it’s not bitter at all when hot) on the tip of the tongue, but otherwise not very flavourful; I get a whiff of the coconut and cheesecake flavours when I breathe out. I know it’s the ice that watered it down, so I’m thinking about investing in a set of whiskey stones. I saw a set at Chapters, of all places.

Preparation
7 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82

I used up the rest of this today, and then stupidly tried to rip of the label so I could reuse the tin.

Didn’t go over well. I’ll have to look up some online solutions to removing stickers without leaving behind the stick.

I didn’t have enough for two tbsps—came out to one and a half—so I threw in half a tablespoon of Great Wall’s caramel black as well. Afterwards, I used almond milk instead of regular milk, and sweetened with chai.

Delicious. Almond milk doesn’t mask tea as well as regular milk, I think, so it’s got quite a bite to it. I call it Almond Caramel Chai.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

81

This’ the last of this. Still delicious, although the bitter coffee beans come to the front.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

72
drank Samovar Blend by Tea Desire
371 tasting notes

Bold notes of Assam and Ceylon, that mix well. Wasn’t sure how strong the Assam was going to be, so I only steeped it four minutes, but could have gone longer. It’s not bitter.

I spent the day with my aunt and family, and showed her the Tea Desire in our local mall. She picked up a matte orange Bee House teapot (two cups or so), and purchased me a tea as a present. Any I wanted, but I am terrible at making decisions on the spot, so I pointed at this one. Even though I’ve been meaning to try their Japanese Cherry. Ahwell.

This one is still nice!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

There used to be a Tea Desire in Kelowna that I’d visit often, but then it got replaced by Teaopia. So I’m glad you still have yours (not that I have anything against Teaopia but they do charge a bit more).

AJ

Yeah, there’s one I can get to—but they are more expensive.

And Tea Desire has more variety, I’ve found. Much more than is listed on their site.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86
drank Coincidence Noir by THE O DOR
371 tasting notes

Finished off this sample. I’d consider getting some.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

84
drank Firefly by The Simple Leaf
371 tasting notes

Revisiting this one and how much it smells like a bouquet of flowers. I read somewhere that most Darjeeling “blacks” are actually a mixture of green, oolong and black, hence the multi-colour appearance they commonly possess, but are just labeled as “black”. Odd. But explains a lot.

Light and floral and also strongly walnutty, just as I remember.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

82

This is my last cup of this and I am going to savour the HELL out of it.

I can tell it’s starting to get on in age, and that’s entirely my fault for delaying the inevitable. It’s taken away much of the fruityness I remember.

It’s overall lighter and greener and fruitier than The O Dor’s, which is considerably sharper and more “black”. This is why Life in Teacup’s is still my favourite, and I have plans on buying more. Probably once I run out of The O Dor’s, though, as I’ve been cutting back on my Tea Expenses so I don’t bury myself.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 0 min, 30 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

86
drank Coincidence Noir by THE O DOR
371 tasting notes

Sweet nut cream vanilla fruit. Very similar to Marco Polo, but not strawberry like that one seems to suggest—more drop fruit, I think.

The taste, so far, isn’t anything alike, though. Bright and fruity, with a vanilla sweetness.

Getting distracted by music. ♪ Down at the edge, round by the corner, close to the end, down by a river. Seasons will pass you by, I get up, I get down. ♫

There’s something nutty in here too, I think. Hazelnut? I don’t know. Hmm.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
QuiltGuppy

Do you order directly with Théodor, or are you able to purchase locally? I’m interested in trying the teas, but can’t get much from the descriptions online.

AJ

Locally. There’s a store near me that specializes in just the tea company (and a bunch of “tea culture home décor” items). Yeah, I noticed the site doesn’t list ingredients. The only place you can find a list is on the actual tins themselves, and they don’t carry many pre-tinned teas. Most you have to buy by mass, the classic way.

QuiltGuppy

You must be near the Urban Tea Merchant, then, right? I ordered some Milky Oolong from them and it just came in the other week. It’s pricey to have to buy some of the larger containers to see if you like it. Nice for you that you can just get a cup of it to sample!

AJ

Hahah, yes.

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

62
drank Dan Cong Feng Huang by THE O DOR
371 tasting notes

The first steep of this was a very pale orange, and the taste was sharp and dry (but not unpleasant), with little fruit and more earth. This’ a very dark oolong.

Second steep is a much darker orange—very bright. The taste of this second brew is lighter and brighter, but still with similarities; notes of syrupy sweetness, like peaches. It’s not as strong as Life in Teacup’s—I definitely still like theirs better, and need to order some more—but I still like this one. It’s likable in its own way.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

78

Was over at the Great Wall yesterday; Jen was all excited because she’d been waiting for this tea. It wasn’t even on their menu or in their system yet, but she sent me off with a sample.

It smells of peaches. Lots of peaches. Brewed dark, but tastes light. Black followed by green—the peach strongly throughout. I’m glad the rose petals I saw don’t seem to be adding any taste this time around. Leaves a mangoypeachy aftertaste. I get the green on my tongue when I sip and breathe out.

Kind of wish I’d get more of the green/black out of this. But still, I like it. Maybe it’s just my tongue today, because the flavours are a bit muddled and very light, despite looking dark.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 5 min, 0 sec

Login or sign up to leave a comment.

Profile

Bio

I change icons often, apologies. On that note, they are usually Doctor Who related (so no, that is not me pictured in the icon, it is most likely one of the Doctors).

A tea-drinking transgendered Canadian, currently in the third year of university, majoring in geology (yes, “rocks and things”). I take most of my tea made straight into a mug, although occasionally if I’m not in a hurry (this isn’t often), I’ll have time to sit down with a pot. It’s the highlight of a good day if I have time for a pot.

My notes and reviews will often sound dis-jointed, repetitive and confused, as usually I don’t work on them as a whole, but rather add notes as I sip without rereading what I’ve already typed.

On most occasions I won’t take my tea with anything (I reserve milk for chai). Occasionally agave nectar if I want to test to see if it’ll smooth it out. Chais I will make with either the nectar or honey. Although on occasion I will sweeten unflavoured blacks the Russian way—with jam or jelly. Occasionally I will take it instead with a slice of a citrus fruit. Normally orange, occasionally lemon if I have any on hand.

I prefer Earl Greys.

Lastly, I keep a teatra.de blog for reviewing and rambling about tea books/publications.

Also, I am a Doctor Who fanatic. As one may have noticed by my icons. For the record, my favourite Doctor is number three, Jon Pertwee.

“But you should never turn down tea, when it’s offered. It’s impolite, and impoliteness is how wars start.” ~Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann

Location

BC, Canada

Website

http://artoftea.teatra.de

Following These People