623 Tasting Notes

85

Received a hefty sample of this from Dexter… normally I am not a chai person, I rarely crave it. But I was interested in trying this, because I know I love the base tea.

I ended up really impressed, I think this is actually the first chai I would buy! (Except a few fandom blends from Adagio which I surprisingly ended up enjoying)

The natural chocolate notes in the tea really work well with the natural spices used. It just struck me as really fresh and tasty, and pure tasting, if that makes any sense. Nothing fake about this one!

Thank you for sharing, Dexter.

One I never would have ordered, but ended up truly enjoying!

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88

Evidently I tried this before and rated it 78 (I had added milk)…. I don’t remember this!

Made it today at work and it was like liquid raisins! YUM!! No milk added.

Loved it! Bumping my rating up.

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100

OMG!! HELLO DELICIOUS TEA!!

Another whopping success from my TTC trials. MOREPLS!

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100

This is the second tea I brought to work today to drink on my birthday.

It’s so good. I can barely even describe it. Every sip is just YUMMMM. Even inhaling the dry leaves. How can something natural be so flavourful on its own!?

Every sip is juicy, malty, amazing. So good. SOOOOOO good.

I wonder if i would get sick of this if I drank it 3 times a day? Doubtful. I will absolutely have to buy more. It may actually be my most favourite tea of all time.

FLAVOUR COUNTRYPOPULATION: ME

mrmopar

Happy Birthday!

caile

Happy birthday!!

Roswell Strange

Happy Birthday!

whatshesaid

Thanks guys!!

Ost

Oh forgot to write-happy birthday! Hope you had a lovely day! (:

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94

This is my special tea to drink at work. I still love it.
Today’s my birthday, which I don’t even care about anymore. I’m getting up there, you guys. haha.

But anyway, this is one of two of my favourite black teas I plan to drink at work today. Likely tonight will be filled with fussier temperature sensitive teas that require more than the unreliable work kitchen kettle :)

Vanilla, silky smooth, really good. Makes me feel warm and happy.

Sil

uh you are NOT getting up there…. don’t even. lol Happy Birthday lady!

Courtney

Happy birthday!!

Kaylee

Happy birthday!

DeliriumsFrogs

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :D

boychik

Happy Birthday ! i feel the same way ;)

Dexter

Happy Birthday!!!

Maddy Barone

Happy Birthday! You absolutely should drink your faves to celebrate your birthday!

Christina

Happy birthday!

TeaBrat

Happy birthday!

whatshesaid

Thanks everyone :)

Sakura Sushi

Hey, Happy Birthday! Enjoy the day!

OMGsrsly

Haha! Happy birthday! :)

TheKesser

Happy Birthday!

Amariel

Happy birthday! What a great tea to celebrate with!

whatshesaid

Thanks guys! :)

MzPriss

Happy Birthday!!!! GO makes me happy too.

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Another Bayswater sample from the lovely OMGSRSLY

I was looking forward to trying this based on the delicious name and the delicious smell. I made a cup last night when I got home late after a hair appointment.

I was so tired, I just wanted to relax, it seemed a good night for a caffeine free tea.

Unfortunatelyyyyyy I think I can officially add Honeybush to my list of herbal “teas” I loathe, along with Rooibos.

This wasn’t as haylike or woodsy as rooibos is to me, however all I was getting from this repeatedly with every sip was some weird hay note and pepper. PEPPER so much PEPPER. I almost dumped it, the only thing stopping me was that I didn’t feel like making another cup of tea and I really wanted something to drink with the rest of my cookie.

Thanks so much for sending this along, OMGSRSLY, it had so much promise but I’m sad to say it’s not for me!

I won’t rate it because that seems unfair, like rating an egg salad sandwich poorly because I hate eggs. (Not true, and I love egg salad sammiches, just using that as an example)

OMGsrsly

Yeah, some people get pepper from it! I’m sorry honeybush is not for you.

Amariel

Hmmm, sad. It does sound like it should be really delicious though. I do like honeybush, so maybe I’d like this.

OMGsrsly

It’s really good, Amariel, but I’m out and won’t make it to Bayswater before April.

Amariel

I think CrowKettle might be back in Van soon and maybe she can get some if it is not too inconvenient. But no worries. I’m happy if I can try it, but not the end of the world if I don’t. :) Is April still looking good?

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86

Received a sample of this from OMGSRSLY, was super pumped because it’s been on my wishlist for awhile!

Made some just now, packaging some tea up while the baby naps.

It’s really as good as all the reviews state! Dessert in a cup but doesn’t have any weird fake flavour notes that I notice. I would definitely buy some sometime if the opportunity ever came up.

Thanks for sharing, OMGSRSLY!!

Cavocorax

Oh man, I wish we could (easily) order from these guys bc I would be DOWN.

Sil

I’ll be there in April i think again…

Fjellrev

I just emailed her last week asking about shipping to AB and she said that 750g or so costs like $11, so maybe to Ontario it would be more like $16? Still seems like it’ll be such a huge hassle to order.

whatshesaid

And to NB – $20? Boooooo

Fjellrev

Yeah, if it’s already that much to AB, I feel really sorry for the East Coasters. She doesn’t do shipping deals either. :(

OMGsrsly

LOL. Just get me to buy it and walk it over to the post office. Sil just sent me a massive box for $15, and I swear it was 2kg or so.

Sil

LOL it wasn’t 2k…was it!?

OMGsrsly

That was HEAVY! My scale won’t weigh that much. :P

Sil

it wasn’t as heavy as one of the boxes…

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I just wanted to note this for myself – “I had this”.

I don’t remember it whatsoever. But I found the empty sample bag, and vaguely recall making it at some point a number of weeks/months ago.

I need to try it again sometime :)

So, to summarize – I guess I had this before.
That is all.

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86

Uhhhhhhhhhh…crap.

The first time I had this I wasn’t loving it, something about the flavour combo struck me as odd.

BUT, I’ve since had it again and resteeped, and reached the conclusion that I LOVE it. I should add that it makes sense for me to love it, because I’m a huge marmalade freak. My husband makes fun of me because whenever we go out for breakfast I steal marmalade packets, haha. He says that’s one of my ‘old lady traits’. As if no one under the age of 60 likes marmalade!? PFFT.

I don’t eat much toast at home, otherwise I’d likely have a fridge full of different marmalade brands.

Anyway, the flavour combo is just perfect. Nutty and sweet from the toffee and orangey but not in a fake or overwhelming way.

HELLO OUT THERE! IF YOU HAVE THIS AND HATE IT, SWAP WITH ME! :)

I don’t have much left :(

Sil

NOOOOOOOOOOOO if you have it, give it to MEEEEEEEE

whatshesaid

Noooooooooo, MEEEEEEEEEE!!!

OMGsrsly

(I steal marmalade packets too…)

Roswell Strange

My favourite marmalade is actually a lemon one :) It’s super expensive and in the natural source section of the store I work in, so I really stretch it out to make it last :p

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66

Another sample from Nattie!

I admit I didn’t notice the apple until I read the description. Obviously the name doesn’t suggest apple at all.

I noticed a mild toffee with some mild smoke and a milk black base. I had added 10% cream.

I did enjoy it, I was happy it wasn’t super smoky because the idea of smoky teas still terrifies me. There’s a whole world of lapsang out there that I’m afraid to touch with a ten foot pole.

Ultimately I wouldn’t buy this, but it made for a good mid morning “snack”!

Thanks Nattie :)

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Hello!

I love tea. I love my baby daughter, my husband, my dog Wally, Netflix, shopping, and tea. Some other stuff too, but these are the most important!

Some favourites -

Butiki teas in general, I love how the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base. Trust that I will be dramatically mourning the loss of this company!

Harney and Sons, Teavivre, Whispering Pines and Mariage Freres are some more tea companies I appreciate. Along with Davidstea as it was the ‘gateway drug’ to my tea addiction. Though I’m mostly over it now, I’ve definitely moved on from the artificially flavoured teas and am trying more quality straight teas!

My ultimate goal is to try as many French teas as possible – and to finally find a source in Canada for Mariage Freres so I can buy Wedding Imperial, and Black Orchid for sure.

I would like to try any Taiwanese Assams that exist in the world!

Also continuously on the hunt for Fauchon – La Naissance.

When I rate, it goes like this:

85 -100 = WIN! awesome, I love this and keep it on hand
70 – 85 = pretty darn good but I don’t NEED to own it
55 – 70 = not necessarily terrible but not a tea for me!
30 – 55 = missed the mark as far as I am concerned. Wouldn’t drink it willingly.
0 – 30 = I likely won’t rate this low very often, so if you see it, consider the tea a great big FAIL and probably disgusting.

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