2217 Tasting Notes

drank Earl Grey Cream by Zen Tea
2217 tasting notes

Yay! Another sample. I think this one is from Veronica, but I might be wrong. (ACK!) I need to be better at labelling my samples and swaps when they come in.

I added a little honey to this because my throat is still sore. Ugh. And I have a horribly long day at work as well. I worked late yesterday, then slept in by accident and rolled out of bed and have been working at home drinking tea and eating breakfast. I have to head in soon, though. I’d rather go grocery shopping and set up some stuff in the crock pot and do the paperwork from home…

This Earl Grey Cream is actually pretty good! Normally I’d add loads of milk and honey to an EG, but with this no sugar thing, I’m appreciating the flavours of the teas more. With just a tiny bit of honey, this is moderately bergamot-y and fairly creamy. Not as creamy as cream, but I can tell it’s there.

I don’t know that I’d stock it, as I prefer Paris for an alternate EG, but this is nice.

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

Feel better. My throat is finally unsore after almost a week, and I am so relieved.

OMGsrsly

I swear this is something going around Steepster! How is that possible? ;) Glad you’re feeling better!

Fjellrev

Aww, hope you’ll feel better soon. Wish they’d just let you stay home, rest, and get better faster rather than have you force to do certain things RIGHT NOW.

OMGsrsly

Me too! I’m not feeling too bad. Just sore throat still and tired.

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drank Nutcracker Tea by Simpson & Vail
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Oh, hey. There’s mint in this tea. And I can’t actually tell! Weird.

Anyways, it smells like dessert. Spicy vanilla nut cake or something.

Sipping it, there’s a distinct coolness on the tongue. There’s the mint. Thankfully it’s not too strong. The other flavours are all kind of muddled up together, though. I think this is a tea that needs a little sugar, but since I’m not doing sugar right now (I guess I could have added some honey), I plopped in some homemade coconut creamer.

Hmm. Not bad. Not really a fantastic flavour to me either, though. That’s a little disappointing. It smelled SO cakey dry.

Oh well! I have Gingerbread, and I really like that one.

Edit: This one is from wheezybee. Thanks! :)

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

Oooh, this sounds delicious!

OMGsrsly

If you like mint, then maybe? :) It’s really not a favourite of mine.

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Tried this hot tonight. It’s pretty decent. A tropical fruity green tea. I did 2 steeps right away (2 min then 3 min) because I’m STILL WORKING. Yeah.

I’m going to cold steep the rest for the morning.

Thanks for the sample, Veronica!

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

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drank Earl Grey by Nina's Paris
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A lovely little sample from wheezybee.

Your samples are all in the front, so I’m getting to them first in my sample sipdown month…

This was really nice! I added creamer, and was working while I drank it, so I didn’t pay much attention… but it was good! I mean, it disappeared so fast. :) Definitely something to try when I finally do a Nina’s Paris order.

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

They offered me a sample and I turned it down. I definitely regret that choice.

OMGsrsly

Aww, boo! It’s definitely one to try.

OMGsrsly

Totally worth it. Nothing I didn’t like about their Earl Grey! :)

VariaTEA

I have read reviews and a lot of people have said its a nice one.

VariaTEA

I have read reviews and a lot of people have said its a nice one.

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drank Holiday Tea by Harney & Sons
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I have a few bags of this thanks to wheezybee. :)

I smell vanilla chai. Apparently it’s almond, citrus and spice? Huh. That’s not “amaretto” style almond, but rather true almond, I guess.

It is SO GOOD with my homemade creamer. So good. If I see this for sale locally, I’m totally buying some.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

I swear Chapter’s had this one during the holidays, but only in a two-pack with someone else. But I’m sure they’re long gone by now.

NofarS

homemade creamer? Do share

caile

I was just thinking earlier about if you were still liking the creamer! Is it still the same batch or did you make more?

OMGsrsly

I think you’re right Fjellrev. I’ll have to check.

NofarS, the creamer is 1 egg (or 2 yolks) beaten with vanilla powder and 1 tsp coconut oil, and 1 cup coconut milk drizzled in like you’re making mayo. :) Sounds seriously weird, but tastes like pudding, especially if you add some sweetener. It cooks in the hot tea.

Caile, I made new with two egg yolks. It set up in the fridge this time! So good.

OMGsrsly

I guess adding the creamer is almost like making ‘bulletproof coffee’.

caile

Oh, that’s great that it set up this time!

Fjellrev

Oh god, with “someone” else. I clearly haven’t woken up yet. Next time I’m downtown, I’ll check the one here to see if they have any left. :)

OMGsrsly

Hee! I didn’t even notice! Good one. :) apparently I’m anthropomorphizing tea.

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drank French Toast by 52teas
2217 tasting notes

A cup of tea from WheezyBee! Thank you for sharing. :)

It smells like cinnamon with a little maple. The fake maple syrup that is a guilty treat for me, not the real stuff which I actually don’t really care for on breakfast things.

Didn’t taste like much but hot tea, so I added a dollop of my homemade creamer. The vanilla and the richness from the coconut add so much. I think the tea would be good plain and slightly cooled, but I was impatient. :) I wouldn’t pin this as “French Toast”. Rather it’s a sweet cinnamony breakfast tea.

It’s pretty good, but nothing I’ll rush out to get. Mostly because I have So Many teas right now that I need to get through! (I’ll probably resteep this one. I hope it holds up!)

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

I have a whole pack of this which I have yet to try. If you are ever in need, I am happy to send some your way :)

OMGsrsly

LOL. I haven’t even gone through all the samples you sent! No need for more! :)

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drank L'Hiver (Winter Tea) by Fauchon
2217 tasting notes

Thanks, Cavocorax! Yes, I’m just trying this now. I still have to do the Coconut-Oolong-off, I know…

Anyways. This tea. It smells like creamy citrus candy. It’s pretty delicate, but that might be because it’s been sitting out on my counter for a couple months. I swear, I’m trying to drink down my samples! Really! I just have a HUGE box of them…

It tastes almost like thick water, sadly. The flavour is so delicate it’s almost lost. This is definitely because it’s been on my counter too long. I’m sorry, tea, for mistreating you. I’m sure in your original form you are delicious and amazing.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Cavocorax

Too bad it’s so weak. To be fair, I bought it off someone who’d had it for a little while too so it was going to be delicate no matter what! :O

OMGsrsly

It has potential! I’d probably buy it if I saw it. :)

Cavocorax

I probably would too!
(Also, I love how Steepster messed up and wouldn’t let you post – now you look VERY VERY Excited to get more of this tea).

OMGsrsly

Ugh, Steepster!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Zen Tea
2217 tasting notes

I received this as a sample in the order I did just before the new year.

New tea! Sadly, I have NO IDEA what is in it. Looks like cloves, pepper, orange peel, cinnamon, ginger or licorice, maybe cacao nibs? IDK. I’ll try it anyways. Just to see.

There was 1 tbsp in the packet, which is about perfect for a 16 oz mug.

Dry I definitely smelled the chocolate. As it steeped, it smelled spicy. Drinking it with some homemade coconut creamer, it’s actually really tasty. Although… I’m uncertain as to the presence of licorice root. And there could probably be more chocolate.

I’d definitely pick up a sample pack in the future (pending ingredient knowledge) to play with a bit more. Maybe steeping it in almond milk would be good.

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

Woop! Got the ingredients!

Fjellrev

Neat! I’m glad to hear that they’re rolling out a new tea (and hopefully even more).

OMGsrsly

It’s pretty good! No cloves. :)

Fjellrev

Interesting! I actually love cloves, just that David’s Sugar and Spice had a weird thing going on with them.

OMGsrsly

Sometimes in chai they’re the only thing you can taste, so this was a neat alternative.

Fjellrev

Yeah, totally. Cloves and cinnamon. And maybe ginger: the three main spices which make the majority of chais taste almost the same haha.

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I steeped too long (how long? IDK. I was chopping onions). It’s a little sour.

Otherwise, not too shabby. It’s waking me up, at least.

Not sure I’d get more, but I’m glad I got to try it.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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93

2 tsp in 16 oz, steeped for “a while”.

Added honey.

So amazing. So, so good. This is a fantabulous tea to have when sick, if you like all the ingredients. :) I love sage tea with honey, so the savoury-ness doesn’t bother me at all.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more
JustJames

feel better!

OMGsrsly

Thanks!

Fjellrev

I echo the sentiment!

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