2217 Tasting Notes

drank Eggnog & Pralines by Butiki Teas
2217 tasting notes

Sorry, VariaTEA, I just walked back to my desk with the last mug of this one, to see you wanted to try it!

I finished off the last bit of this and supplemented it with a pinch of Murchie’s Gunpowder Green. Just for some extra body, because I wanted a big mug full of deliciousness.

And it worked! I’m not having this with any creamer tonight, and I’m finding it delicious. The toasty flavours in the Gunpowder Green blend well with the toasted nuts.

This is definitely something I’d pick up if it became available again. It holds milk and sugar well, is nice plain, and the toasted nuts/sugar/spice flavour work really well for me.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Don’t worry, It simply wasn’t meant to be.

Cavocorax

Damn. I wish I’d given you the last bit I had as I wasn’t crazy for it. :( (Instead I packed it into a surprise bag for my sister!)

OMGsrsly

Eh, it’s fine. I have a LOT of tea, Cavo. Hope your sister likes it!

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drank Caramel Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
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Robust sample from Sil.

I decided to try this cold, just shaken up with unsweetened almond milk and ice. A+! Wow, that’s good! I’d probably get Distinctive if I decide to order, but the Robust is good too.

Mmm, creamy frosty caramel.

Fjellrev

Yes! I love the creamy matchas cold better than hot even.

OMGsrsly

Maybe I’ll get brave and try the bubblegum this way tomorrow…

Fjellrev

The sound of that one always terrified me. Drinking bubblegum? Not so sure about that.

VariaTEA

Roswell Strange had the bubblegum in milk and said it reminded her of a bubblegum milkshake. Though that still sounded weird to me, I realized that I like bubblegum ice cream and I feel as though one is not a far stretch from the other. It is worth trying at least.

OMGsrsly

Ooh, I haven’t had bubblegum ice cream in ages. Actually, I wonder how the matcha would be if I made a custard or tapioca pudding and stirred in some sifted matcha. Hmm.

VariaTEA

I would love to hear how that works out if you do that. You always talk about such tasty homemade goods.

OMGsrsly

Since I’m gluten free, I cook for myself about 90% of the time. :) Thankfully it’s something I love to do!

VariaTEA

My roommate is trying to eat gluten free so usually about once a week we make a gluten free loaf. I am always impressed at how incredibly tasty they are and often super healthy because they use like 3/4 cup coconut flour and minimal sugars/sweetners. Once she made a gluten free carrot cake that was absolutely AMAZING!

OMGsrsly

Ooh. Recipe? :) I love baking gluten free, but I’m trying to move away from always using starches instead of flours with fibre in them. I haven’t tried many recipes based on coconut flour, but I have a bunch I want to use!

VariaTEA

I can ask her but she is someone who finds a recipe but then uses it as a guide and then ends up not really paying attention. And then everything works out awesomely. For instance, I know for the carrot cake she ended up screwing up and like doubling the quantity of carrots in the mix. I will look into it though.

VariaTEA

Typically my role is to just do what I am told. That is usually mashing the bananas and measuring out dry ingredients.

OMGsrsly

:D Awesome. I tend to do that as well. Doubling the veg in a cake and halving the sugar right at the start. :) I actually just made tapioca pudding (without matcha) because I wanted to try using mashed dates instead of sugar, and coconut milk (from a can). The mashed dates worked great, but it is definitely a coconut pudding! Next time I’ll try it with almond breeze and vanilla matcha.

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drank Figue Fraîche by Dammann Freres
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My sample is a little mushed, so it’s gone a bit to astringent… but wow! This is really tasty! Nice and sweet and fruity.

Thanks, MissB!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec
__Morgana__

I love this one. Now I want some. But I have to remember where I put it. LOL.

OMGsrsly

My Dammann Freres shopping list is growing… :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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I’ve re-steeped it today, and it’s all strawberry. Quite delicate, but delightful.

Definitely need to get a fresh version of this. :)

(Ooh yeah, strawberry tea.)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank After Dark by Steam Tea House
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Oh delightful. Definitely caffeine-free, and yet warm and comforting and delicious. I really like this one. Chocolate, vanilla, cardamom, cinnamon, chicory. And rooibos off in the background.

Courtney

This one sounds intriguing, despite the rooibos. Hmm. I also enjoy the name hah.

Sil

mmmmmmmmmmm

Yvonne

Sounds amazing!

OMGsrsly

It’s so good, but if you hate rooibos it’s probably the only thing you’d taste. :)

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drank Jardin Bleu by Dammann Freres
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While I like this tea well enough, I don’t get strawberry or rhubarb. More citrus. I think it’s been contaminated. :( Oh well. I’ll still drink the rest of my sample from Sil, and would be willing to try again!

It’s tart citrus to me, so… yeah.

JustJames

i would have to agree…. i don’t personally get citrus from this. i get curls of strawberry and rhubarb and, and…. so much in this tea!!! oh, i am sad for your cup! =0(

Sil

doh. that sucks :(

OMGsrsly

Oh well. I’ll just have to try it again. :)

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Thanks, MissB!

Sadly this was meh. I didn’t even finish my travel mug today, which is tea-sacrilege

I couldn’t really taste the caramel. :(

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drank Rooibush Eggnog by TeaGschwendner
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This one can only be from MissB!

The dry leaf smelled fantastic. Like rich custardy dessert. Mmm. As soon as I poured the water over, all I could smell was the rooibos. Hmm. Fingers crossed!

And whoops! I didn’t set a timer.

Steeped, it smells like sweet spiced rooibos. Oh hey. That’s a pretty nice rooibos! I think I’d have to leave it to cool to get the full nutmeg/custard taste I’m expecting from the smell… so I’m going to cheat and add some of my home made coconut creamer.

Oh yum. That’s really tasty!

Well, I don’t know that I’d buy this just because I’d have to order it and it only comes in 100g sizes. But I do like it, and if you like the desserty rooibos flavours, this is definitely one to check out.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C
MissB

Heh. I am a pusher, aren’t I? Glad you liked it. I do enjoy it as well, however 100g is just too much for me.

OMGsrsly

That’s exactly my thought! :) 50 grams would be enough.

VariaTEA

I have seen this reviewed and never gave it much thought but you do make it sound tasty. And yes MissB, you are most definitely a pusher.

Also,I have also had the “whoops! I didn’t set a timer” moments. It always makes me sad.

OMGsrsly

Sometimes the tea will surprise you. :)

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drank Ice Wine by Darlene's Teaport
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Thanks for the sample, MissB. :)

This smells quite grapey. Kind of like sweet wine but without the alcohol. I’m trying it without sugar or creamer first, as I feel that what I want to add would kill the flavour. I didn’t realize there was white tea in it (I noticed the different leaves, but it didn’t make it much further in my brain!), or I might have steeped at 185F, even.

Doop di do. Waiting for tea to cool is boring. This is why I like creamer!

Ok. This is pretty good, actually. Huh. It’s not wine, it’s definitely tea and sweet white grape juice. I’ll drink it, but I don’t think I’d purchase the flavour.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Boost by Kusmi Tea
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Sipdown! Thanks, VariaTea!

Mmm, caffeine. Mmm, spices. Mmm, honey. Haha. I added the honey to help my throat. I quite enjoy this! I wonder if the local store carries this one.

Honestly it’s nice that it’s bagged in cotton. I don’t have to fuss with anything, and it can go right into the compost.

VariaTEA

This was the first tea I tried at Kusmi and really I think it is the only one I would get more of. It is nice to have every so often.

Also, I hope you feel better soon. It is that time of the year I guess because I am talking to a friend from high school and she too is sick :(

OMGsrsly

Yeah. That time of year, indeed! :/ I have a couple of the black teas, but I don’t LOVE them. I’d rather have Damman Freres or Fauchon versions. :) Or Nina’s, since I’m getting into some swaps of their teas!

VariaTEA

Nina’s is definitely a far better option when it comes to French teas. I am seriously in love with Nina’s Japon and Je t’aime (which I think everyone on steepster knows by now since I have said it a billion times). I also have a few blacks and they are pleasant enough but really not that memorable.

OMGsrsly

I have one that’s not labelled. Heh. It’ll be interesting trying to figure that out.

VariaTEA

It is like a tiny tea adventure. You have to taste your way to the answer :P

sherapop

I have been curious about Kusmi and was just looking at their website but I couldn’t tell if they are serious. lol

OMGsrsly

Serious about what?

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