496 Tasting Notes

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A sample from MissB!
I had tried this at some point before, I actually possessed a quantity, but I wasn’t really enamoured. In fact I was disappointed.

I seemed to enjoy it more this time around, a light toffee flavor. I think my tastebuds have been honed a bit so I no longer like fakely extreme flavoured teas, and I can appreciate the more subtle ones.

I don’t think I got much taste out of this the first time, but round two was pretty good. I wouldn’t purchase it but it was a nice treat.

Thanks MissB!

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87

Sample sipdown from Cavocorax until my order comes in :)

Enjoyed this for breakfast today. I really enjoy it because it’s nothing like any other black tea I own.

Thanks again!!

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85

Wow. I didn’t expect much from this for whatever reason, but it ended up surprising me as being one of the most delicious and realistic tasting blueberry black teas I’ve ever tried.

The fact that it’s from a Nova Scotian tea company is a major plus because though I’ve been in NB for 19 years now, I spent 8 important years of my childhood in NS and still have relatives there, so it will always feel like home to me.

My friend sent me this sample but I’d consider buying some one day!

Kaylee

I love the name of this tea

whatshesaid

Yeah, it’s nice :)

mj

That’s where my grandparents met!

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drank Garrus by Custom-Adagio Teas
496 tasting notes

I drank a bunch of tea lately and didn’t log it, so now I’ve got some half assed catching up to do.

I actually enjoyed this one! Yeah it tasted like a typical Adagio black tea, but the flavours worked for me. I didn’t even mind the chai, though I still feel like Adagio’s chai is overused in these blends. Possibly because I don’t LOVE chai.

But yeah, a decent chocolatey tea! I still have enough for a cup left, thanks to Cavocorax! :)

Cameron B.

This is actually one of the fandom samplers than I’m really interested in trying. I’m glad Garrus is at least somewhat tasty, considering he’s the best. :P

whatshesaid

I have no clue who that is, haha

Cameron B.

Oh, sorry. It’s from a video game called Mass Effect. :)

whatshesaid

So many fandoms out there!

Cavocorax

Yay Cameron! We can be Mass Effect besties, mumbling incoherently about calibrations.

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Sample sipdown!

I’m getting a weird spicy note this time.

Overall it’s just a lemon tea, no creamy note is appearing on my tongue.
Nice to try, nice to say goodbye! :)

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While I appreciate OMGsrsly sending me a sample of this tea with the intriguing name, I kind of had an idea of what to expect…that is, likely nothing good.

Definitely not a snicker doodle tea.

Tastes like ginger and things that grow in the ground. Not in a good way.

I enjoy snicker doodles as far as cookies go.
Not so much, this.

Thanks anyway…I know I was warned! :)

OMGsrsly

LOL. Yeah, that’s about what it tastes like. I also get a lot of pine needles from it, but not the tasty new ones… the sappy green ones that stick everywhere.

whatshesaid

Yes, I’m getting the pine now too. I think I’m done though, lol.

I don’t do well with very “earthy” tasting teas!

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Happy Canada Day!

I started this morning with a taste test of three A&D tea samples that the most excellent Cavocorax sent me :)

They’re having a free shipping sale today so I knew the time had come to make my decision. I didn’t want to go spend crazy at $20 a pop (and over 4 oz each!!) so I just chose 2 teas to purchase.

I thought originally that I wanted to buy this tea, but ultimately I went with the Red Tailed Hawk which I found really flavourful and different from other teas that I own, (I have no darjeelings at this point) and the Tiger Assam, which makes for an EXCELLENT breakfast tea with milk in it. I know I will get good use out of that one.

This Spring Keemun tea is tasty, bright and fresh, but when I drank it side by side with the other two, it wasn’t QUITE as flavourful, plus there’s the quantity (less tea for the same price). So it didn’t make the cut! Maybe someday I will regret not buying it, but for now I am excited to get my other two in the mail.

I did enjoy this though, and was very happy to sample!

So glad I got to try these first! Or else I wouldn’t have known what to get.

Thanks again, Cavo!!

Nxtdoor

Holy shit, free shipping? Thank you!

whatshesaid

Yeah, to Canada :)
(I just had to check that you were in fact Canadian so that you wouldn’t be disappointed, haha)

boychik

So you getting only two? I think 3 tins is a better value. My other faves are Mt Grey and Caravan. I got a second new tin of Caravan which says a lot. I was drinking it for breakfast almost daily.

Nxtdoor

I have yet to try any, so now the question is do I take advantage and buy sight unseen and possibly get burned? :) I know, I know, people will take it off my hands. But you know, the budget…

Terri HarpLady

I always get them in groups of 3 :)

OMGsrsly

I just bought one. :) I have so many teas that getting something other than Tiger Assam felt foolish.

whatshesaid

Ok, so originally I was thinking I would order the Spring Keemun so the 3 pack for $48 was not an option. Then I changed my mind about the Spring but totally forgot about the deal! I ordered Red Tailed Hawk and Tiger Assam and that was it. Then realized my error so they let me add on Mount Grey for an extra $8.

Huzzah!! Hooray for Canada!

boychik

Now I feel much better;). Mt Grey is a nice EG even though not that many ppl on Steepster like bergamot.

whatshesaid

I love EG’s :)

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Sample sipdown! Yay

I’m copying most of my notes from Red Tailed Hawk in here, it’s corresponding.

Happy Canada Day!

I started this morning with a taste test of three A&D tea samples that the most excellent Cavocorax sent me :)

They’re having a free shipping sale today so I knew the time had come to make my decision. I didn’t want to go spend crazy at $20 a pop (and over 4 oz each!!) so I just chose 2 teas to purchase.

I thought originally that I wanted to buy Spring, but ultimately I went with the Red Tailed Hawk, which I found really flavourful and different from other teas that I own, (I have no darjeelings at this point) and THIS ONE, Tiger Assam, which makes for an EXCELLENT breakfast tea with milk in it. I know I will get good use out of it. It’s simple and awesome. The Spring Keemun is tasty, but when I drank it side by side with the other two, it wasn’t QUITE as flavourful, plus there’s the quantity (less tea for the same price). So it didn’t make the cut!

So glad I got to try these first! Or else I wouldn’t have known what to get.

Thanks again, Cavo!!

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Another A&D tea that didn’t make the cut for me.

I enjoyed this, but not as much as the others I’ve tried (Spring, Red Tailed Hawk, Tiger Assam). I wanted to love it, because I LOVE the name for some reason, but it didn’t strike me as flavourful as I had expected. Or maybe not the right type of flavours.

I suppose it was a bit smokey, but that didn’t bother me. I guess I didn’t get the delicious malty raisinness that I got from the Tiger Assam.

It wasn’t hard for me to rule this one out! Though I wouldn’t mind trying it again down the road. I think I have enough left for one cup anyhow.

Thanks to Cavocorax for making my recent A&D purchase a no brainer!

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Happy Canada Day!

I started this morning with a taste test of three A&D tea samples that the most excellent Cavocorax sent me :)

They’re having a free shipping sale today so I knew the time had come to make my decision. I didn’t want to go spend crazy at $20 a pop (and over 4 oz each!!) so I just chose 2 teas to purchase.

I thought originally that I wanted to buy Spring, but ultimately I went with this one, which I found really flavourful and different from other teas that I own, (I have no darjeelings at this point) and the Tiger Assam, which makes for an EXCELLENT breakfast tea with milk in it. I know I will get good use out of that one. Spring is tasty, but when I drank it side by side with the other two, it wasn’t QUITE as flavourful, plus there’s the quantity (less tea for the same price). So it didn’t make the cut!

So glad I got to try these first! Or else I wouldn’t have known what to get.

Thanks again, Cavo!!

(As an aside, my husband got home when I was in the middle of this and he was all like -

“are you SERIOUSLY drinking two teas at once? Is that what you’re doing now?”

I was like “No, I’m drinking THREE at once, you missed a cup. I’m doing a taste test, how else would I compare them all!?”

He just doesn’t get it!
But he did bring me a breakfast sandwich and a coffee from Tim Hortons, I’m not really a TH Coffee kind of girl (don’t tell anyone around here or I will get kicked out of the Maritimes for that blasphemy), but in the spirit of Canada Day, I drank it :)

Right now I’m riding a wave of 3 black teas and one big coffee!)

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Hello!

So here’s where I am now. I had jumped head first into the world of teas after Davidstea opened in my city a number of years ago. I gave up coffee and became a huge tea freak. From there I joined Steepster and started ordering teas online like a madwoman (not that anyone here would know what that’s like…)

I was swappin’ up a storm and drinking like 6-7 cups a day and I had this tremendous stash to get through…..then. I got pregnant in Spring 2013 and my baby played a funny little joke on me by turning me into someone who had zero interest in drinking or even smelling most teas. I wanted only coffee all the time which was hilarious because of course you can’t really do more than a cup a day when you’re pregnant.

Anyway. In December 2013 I had my baby girl, and now I’m on maternity leave and though I still LIVE (I cannot emphasize that enough) for my morning cup of coffee (or two…), I am trying to get myself excited about tea again, because I have TONS.

So my mission, which I choose to accept, is to first sip down all the samples I have, sent to me last year by lovely Steepsterites, pre-baby.

Here’s what I love (or I did before, and am trying to again):

Butiki teas in general because the flavours are subtle and not fake tasting and don’t overwhelm the tea base

Harney and Sons Paris is my all time favorite tea.

Mariage Freres and Kusmi are also on my awesome list.

I love creamy earl greys.

Also have an appreciation of oolong.

I have a mega stash of super flavored teas to work through, or I may try to sell them if I decide they are no longer for me. The sip downs will determine!

I love swapping!
Please note my Cupboard contains everything I have including minuscule samples of teas so it is not intended to be reflective of what I have available for swap…

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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New Brunswick, Canada

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