977 Tasting Notes

This has a very vegetal flavour to me, which I wasn’t expecting of a white tea with EG flavour! The bergamot is almost too subtle to even notice. I feel this may be user error — perhaps too high a steeping temperature?

Nonetheless, always happy to try a new tea! Thanks Cameron!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Grand Canyon by Simpson & Vail
977 tasting notes

I’ve never had any of the flavours in here: prickly pear, eleuthera root, or pau d’arco, but I am enjoying it all!

There’s hints of floral, but not like anything I’ve had before and a sour-y sweetness that seems to match the Google description of prickly pear tasting “like a strawberry and raspberry hooked up”. XD

There’s a somewhat drying feeling in my mouth, but nothing like astringency and almost imperceptible. All in all, an enjoyable cuppa!

Thanks for sharing such a unique tea Cameron :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

I’ve never had actual prickly pear, but the prickly-pear-flavored things I’ve tried have been tart and fruity, and fuchsia in color.

Courtney

Yes, this is maaaybe slightly tart, but something is balancing it out. And this is just a normal black tea colour!

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2021 sipdown no. 25

This smells very cherry-like! Almost on the edge of medicinal, but not quite.

The cherry flavour here is quite lovely. It’s not exactly in the background, but also doesn’t overpower the base. It seems quite balanced. There is no hints of floral, which I appreciate as that does sometimes happen with DF. The smell is much stronger than the flavour, but I’m not bothered as DF teas are usually quite delicate in flavour (which I prefer to the opposite).

Lexa was surprised and said “I certainly don’t mind this!”

I wouldn’t turn down another cuppa of this, but I don’t know if I’d get through 100g on my own very quickly.

Thanks for the share Cameron :)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

This one was also very old, so that’s another reason the flavor was so subtle…

Courtney

I enjoyed it this way! It may have been over the top if it were any fresher. :P

Cameron B.

It’ll be very interesting to see how it tastes fresh when I order it again… It’s been so long I don’t remember. XD

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drank Vanilla Rose Cake by Cuppa Geek
977 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 24

This tea has subtle hints of vanilla and cake and it’s quite tasty against the green tea base. I don’t get a lot of rose, but I’m a-okay with that! I actually enjoyed this cup more than I thought I would!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
ashmanra

Aaaaaaaah! I ordered this and I can’t wait for it to get here!

ashmanra

Oh boy oh boy oh boy I just checked the tracking and mine should be here Saturday!

Courtney

That is so exciting! I can’t wait to see what you think of it! :)

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2021 sipdown no. 23

This one is really tasty! I would consider ordering this one for my cupboard in a heartbeat.

The blueberry and peach and pastry notes all come through perfectly. They don’t fight for attention. Yet they’re all there, right at the forefront. The flavours are also very true to form. There’s no fake or cloying-ness here. The blueberries are so true, I felt like I was back home on the east coast, eating blueberries from my grandmother’s garden!

The base tea is lovely, but ever so slightly astringent, though this may be fixed by steeping temperature. As the tea cooled, it only got better! The flavour profiles didn’t change, but it’s just so refreshing!

Thanks for such a wonderful tea Nichole!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

Yum! Going on the wishlist…

Courtney

Right? I have to try more of these teas so I know what to order, but this is for sure going into an order. XD

Inkling

Ooo, this sounds so good!

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2021 sipdown no. 22

Amazing sample from Cameron!

This tea is so delicious. The dry scent is exactly raspberries and chocolate. Exactly! I never enjoyed fruit and chocolate when I was young, but as I get older, I am starting to appreciate it more. This tea was an absolute delight. The steeped taste is like eating raspberries and chocolate and I am here for it.

I even did a second resteep and it still had a decent amount of flavour! This is going into our S&V cart for sure!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Veronica

That sounds delicious!

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2021 sipdown no. 21

This one is super tasty, but we both only got orange. No chocolate, no biscuit, sadly. I do enjoy an orange rooibos though, so that’s okay. I did think it was a bit odd, considering the sizable chocolate chunks, but alas!

This one tastes a little bit like Fauchon’s L’Automne with that real orange in there.

Thanks for sharing Cameron!

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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1st steep 3 minutes: Enjoying this as my first cup of the morning while I answer work emails and start on my soil lectures!

This one is lightly malty and really delicious. It’s reminding me a lot of another tea I can’t put my finger on.

2nd steep 4 minutes, 30 seconds: I steeped this up then got distracted cleaning the bunnies, taking a shower, then doing yoga, but this is still tasty! There’s still a lot of the same flavour from the first steep and it’s great lukewarm haha.

As it cools, there’s definitely some first flush Darjeeling notes here – some hay and the lightest malt.

3rd steep 6 minutes: Still delicious with those hints of Darjeeling. Really enjoyable cuppa, all thanks to Cameron!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Cameron B.

That’s a lot of distractions, ha ha! I still need to try this one…

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drank Strawberry & Vanilla by Lupicia
977 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 20

I officially started my new spring term courses today!

This tea is really good. There’s a delightful creaminess and notes of strawberry in the background. The strawberry is not cloying or artificial at all. The green tea flavour is there, but falls to the background as well.

Thanks for sending this one Cameron!

Preparation
3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Lexie Aleah

Congrats!

Martin Bednář

Good luck with spring term!

Courtney

Thank you to you both! :)

Veronica

Hope you have a very successful spring term. Happy learning!

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2021 sipdown no. 19

This one is like those wee candies wrapped in clear plastic we would get at Halloween (https://candyfunhouse.ca/products/regal-creamy-caramels-2kg). Far too sweet for either of us! We actually ended up dumping our cups, but again in the minority here! I actually think this may come down to the many years without refined sugar haha!

Nonetheless, always happy to have an opportunity to try new things. Thanks Cameron!

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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I live with my partner and our two bunnies: Callie and Ben, and one cat: Ivan. I’m working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love black teas and this is what I’m usually drinking.

I’m also fond of herbals, oolongs, whites, and subtly flavoured greens. I’m always looking for a replacement for my all-time favourite Butiki’s White Rhino.

Pu’erhs, rooibos (specifically red, I’m more open to green), honeybush, and matés are not my favourite. I tend to avoid them unless others find them too amazing to be missed.

Likes:
Creaminess, toffee, cacao/dark chocolate, coconut, and rhubarb. I’m open to flavoured teas but they can’t be cloying or fake/candy like.

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, bergamot, flowers (rose and jasmine), hibiscus is hit and miss.

https://www.instagram.com/biologistcourtney/

Last updated October 2020.

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