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drank Troika by Kusmi Tea
354 tasting notes

After making a huge stovetop pot of traditional chai (using President’s Choice) for everyone in my family, I decided I needed to follow it up with something a little bit more mellow.

I opened this tin to find that I’ve only about a teaspoon and a half left, and was a little surprised at how sad this made me. Not to mention, I haven’t a clue what to do with the tin after save covering it with white tape or something so that I may reuse it for another tea.

As I took my first sip, I realized how much I would miss this tea. I believe I got it from AmazonV’s art contest? I think I’ll have to go and buy more. It’s not a love relationship, but it’s like a Lady Grey. And it’s very nice to relax with. Light and cheery and citrusy. It’s a little drying, but I keep sipping it.

Edit: Decided to throw the last half a teaspoon of fanning dust in with the second steep of this, to give it a little boost and to allow me to decupboard it.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Brewed, this smells strongly of Assam. The taste is incredibly flavourful—Assam on the first note, strong but not sharp, followed by a definite Keemun taste. I’m not immediately getting any Ceylon, but it might just be the Ceylon that’s tying the two together and toning down the Assam. Background-player.

It’s cooling now, and I think I’m getting a bit of the Ceylon.

I’d also like to point out that mine (and all, I assume) came with a card inside the box that reads: “For best results, serve others first.” Sadly, I had no one to share with, otherwise I would have.

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Smith Teamaker

Hello and thanks for the review AJ. Curious where you found Smith? The teamakers.

AJ

I can usually find them in any local Chapters (Canadian book company), but they are ridiculously overpriced there. I found this one at Eden West Fine Foods and Gifts.

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That’s the last of that. I plan to buy some next time I’m over there, and possibly some of the blueberry black as well. Both were delicious. This’ very good as a breakfast blend.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Earl Grey by Hazo
354 tasting notes

I like that this is at the top of my ‘most drunk’ category. Makes it easier to find.

Still my favourite earl grey, although I’m so low on it it is becoming painful to look at. I can only hope that, by some chance, Winner’s gets them in again, although I haven’t seen the brand in there for a very long time.

The company, from what I’ve learned, is Taiwan-based, and I think the tea base in their Earl and also in their Litchi must be Taiwan or China-grown. Definitely not Ceylon. Much darker. A bit cut up, but still delicious.

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Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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drank Caramel by Great Wall Tea Company
354 tasting notes

Rushing a review of this this morning. Have to leave in ten minutes…

It’s a very nice base, and a good caramel flavour. Not incredibly strong, but not weak. The flavouring includes caramel chips, and overall it rounds out to a very nice desert cup. The smell overtakes the actual taste a bit, but I am sipping it while it’s still rather hot.

Picked up Kakuzo’s The Book of Tea from my library. Surprised it had it, actually. It’s a wonderful little book about culture clashing and life. Yes, and tea. It’s a sort of rambling description comparison, which I have to admit I always enjoy reading. I think I’d like to buy this after I finish it. If I can find anyplace that sells it. It’s an old book. I need to stop checking out books and read the ones I’ve already got, though. Honestly.

Dan, watched Watchmen last night—should be able to bring the dvd back into the shop today. It was pretty good.

As it cools, the caramel becomes more prominent, but mixes with the tea very well. It’s got that caramel mouth-feel. Bet some sugar would bring this right out. I like it how it is, though.

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Daniel McCash

the first time I ever saw Dr. Who was in London.
I was staying with a new friend at her apartment in the bed of a traveling roommate. We bought takeout from the local “little india” part of the city, went home, and watched a brand new episode on BBC 4

It was totally 100% tribute to other tv shows, like “The Weakest Link”! If you were the weakest link, you got destroyed.

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/entertainment/watch/v17106954KTZAmhCW

Uniquity

I watched that episode not terribly long ago. I just started the new series’ of Doctor Who a month ago. Yay the Doctor!

AJ

Yeah, I remember that one. Near the end of Nine’s life. As a backwards tribute, here’s an episode of the Weakest Link staring many of the new series’ actors, and K9. Barrowman sings the Who Theme Song on it.

Daniel McCash

yeah, so what tea would Doctor Who most want to drink?

Uniquity

When I think The Doctor and tea, I think of the line from Eccleston’s regeneration into Tennant – “All I needed was a good cup of tea”

AJ

@Dan His name’s “The Doctor”. Doctor Who is the pun because that’s what people usually ask him when he says their name to him. And it depends on the Doctor. The Seventh Doctor was known to enjoy a good cup of Lapsang Souchong, while the Eighth, at least in the book canon, often enjoyed Darjeeling with a slice of lemon.

@Uniquity Whenever I think of Doctor Who and tea, I think of Pertwee as the Third Doctor absently using anything on-hand in his lab as a stir-stick when enjoying a cup.

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This is the other tea I picked up there. I believe he described it as a blend of many black teas, including vanilla and pomegranate. So naturally, it smells of Monk’s Blend. Well, Monk’s Blend with Assam.

The leaves are a mixture of orthodox and CTC, like Cream Irish Breakfast’s.

They list their steeping instructions as 2-3 minutes. I did four instead. Mild tea, makes me think of a slightly malty monk’s blend (Assam? Mild? I suppose it’s their tea ratios). This is definitely more of an afternoon blend. Nice, though. Liking it more than the Ice Wine, but I think that one might just require some special attention to steeping parameters.

The vanilla and pomegranate are definitely more hints in the background. But I think they compliment it well. Assam’s a bit drying on the tongue, but that’s to be expected.

Sipping this out of my brand new Dalek mug, which I picked up for ten bucks from Golden Age when I was headed back from Granville Island. The bus was passing it. I couldn’t NOT stop. Of course, I get in there and someone’s completely cleaned out the Doctor Who comics. NewWho I could understand, but there was NOTHING in Classic either. Just two division tabs with nothing between them. Sob. The only figures they had were Four and Newly-Regenerated-Five, as well as “Rassilon” (I ought to punch RTD) and the freaky-faced robotics from series five’s second episode. I thought for sure they’d have a 11-Doctors-Hundred-Dollar-Set stashed away, but alas. No Pertwee action figures for me.

Sitting at home drawing the Shalka Doctor comic, and contemplating my Oz and ComLit projects.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
Jillian

I’ve tried this blend too, though it wasn’t to my tastes – too harsh and not enough of the vanilla-pomegranate IMO. I was just at Granville Island on Boxing Week.

AJ

I probably could have steeped it a little longer, but yeah, the vanilla pomegranate is very light.

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Was gifted a sample. It’s nice. It’s not AnD’s, but it’s likeable; I might have to pick some up after I run out. There’s hints of Keemun in amongst the smoked teas—which aren’t very strong, but they mesh well.

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Daniel McCash

yer freakin welcome ;)

Daniel McCash

Smokey is a unique level of flavor for teas, but too unique for mornings. I’d prefer Russian Caravan for an evening tea much more than as an early or afternoon drink. —this is just taste preference though…

AJ

Thank you.

I like smoky teas in the morning; I enjoy them any time of day, truly, but I think they provide a unique pickmeup (since caffeine doesn’t do that for me).

I should come down to the Wall today, before work. If I leave RIGHT now, I could hang out for two hours. I could return Watchmen to the library while I’m down there.

Daniel McCash

oh yeah, I’m lending you that movie right? Totes. I’m not working today, but I’ll swing by to drop off your package and perhaps bump into you :D

AJ

Didn’t end up going. Some time this week, though.

Daniel McCash

i left it there for you. If I’m not behind the bench, just shout out my name and the disc will appear.

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drank Ice Wine by Granville Island Tea Co
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I’ve been on the lookout for a good ice wine tea. Seems only proper as a Canadian. I’ve already got maple.

I had a Baroness Grey while I was there, but wasn’t too pleased with it. Picked up fifty grams of this and their House blend as I left.

It’s very mild. The tea, I mean—it’s oddly tasteless. Difficult to describe—I’m not getting a hot water taste. Almost kind of soapy. Which probably isn’t good. The notes of wine are there in the smell (sans alcohol, which is normally all I can smell or taste whenever I try to consume liquor), and there are sweet notes as I sip. Very odd.

Mellow, though. Reminds me of chamomile, even though this is SUPPOSED to be black tea.

Edit: Tea’s gone cold now, and it’s a soapy but grapy taste. Huh.

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Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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I opened this tin today to find that there was not even enough to provide a proper layer to the bottom of the tin. I let out a pathetic little sound at this. I’ve practically been rationing this since I got it. That’s quite a while ago, now—it’s getting on in age, and I really should finish it.

How will I go on once it’s done? With it’s perfect tippy golden leaves and precise ratio of smoke to tea-taste, and no charcoal, just deliciousness. I’ll have to branch out after this and find my next smoky tea. I’d like to try the rest of The O Dor’s, but I doubt I’ll find my plain perfect smoky tea there—they’ve just got a lot of interesting smoky blends with fruit.

Black Dragon?

I’m still trying to find a good tarry lapsang to taste too.

At any rate, this hit the spot this morning. Still delicious.

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drank Hojicha - Roasted Green Tea by Eden
354 tasting notes

Sipping this again. Only steeped at two minutes, and it doesn’t taste too much different—although it’s been a while, so who knows.

It’s definitely green, I realize. But roasty, so that there’s a good vegetal taste under a barley and/or cooked rice sort of note. I like it.

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Boiling 2 min, 0 sec

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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 college, 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.

When I was a kid, I used to experiment by ripping open bags of Tetley’s and stuffing in extra ingredients.

I prefer Earl Grey, and a good friend of mine (who considers himself a great tea enthusiast) hates me because of it. I cannot explain his irrational hatred of bergamot.

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

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