2219 Tasting Notes

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drank Nepal Black by DAVIDsTEA
2219 tasting notes

Huh. Wow.

Steeping this for 2 minutes at 195F gives me delightful honey flavour and no bad stuff.

I like it! Plain!! (I better like it. I have an other 50g bag sitting in the cupboard!)

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Fjellrev

Nicely done!

OMGsrsly

I could have cheated and plopped a piece of date in there. :) I didn’t. Yay!

Fjellrev

Mmm, dates and honey-ish tea. Sounds delicious either way.

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drank Creme Brulee by DAVIDsTEA
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I’m eating the rest of my dinner before I go to bed. I wasn’t actually able to eat everything I was supposed to today. 2 meals and a snack, instead of 3 meals. Veggies are filling, wow.

I also made some homemade Lara bars, but my dates were like rocks so I softened them in a little water. And ended up with some date tea. Which I sneakily slipped into this dessert tisane. Shh…

Yeah, IDK. I think I like this more than Birthday Cake? I waffle a lot with these two. But I think I’ll go with this one in the future because no dairy. That’s pretty important for me, I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more

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drank Thurbo Darjeeling by Butiki Teas
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Darjeelings are weird, yo. I have 3 more to try soon. Maybe I’ll be able to pinpoint the weirdness.

Still not my favourite, but an enjoyable cup.

I definitely prefer the smell of the dry leaves to the taste of them steeped. However, this is a tea I can drink without any sugar added (I am getting grumpy about this and I’m only on day 3…), so it’s a tea I’ll be finishing up soon.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

yo? lol…..

OMGsrsly

Yo. (Ho Ho and a bottle of rum.)

JustJames

snicker, snort, guffaw…….

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I got the assortment of 18 teas to try, and for some reason the idea of mint tea appealed to me tonight.

Only… not so much.

It smells amazing. Like candy canes, like dad’s old work thermos, like my childhood. Without sugar, though? Oh, ugh. Mint tea is awful. I’d rather eat a candy cane, thanks. It tastes like grass and leaves the feeling of toothpaste as it evaporates off the tongue.

I’ll probably try this again after I’m done with the no sugar thing, just to see if it tastes as good as I remember when I add sugar or honey to it. :)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

oh no…. sometimes things are happier left as memories? =0\

OMGsrsly

I’ve never had mint tea without honey or sugar in it! What a rude surprise!

Plunkybug

I thought you couldn’t do mint?

MissB

I thought it was OMGsrsly’s close friend that has a really serious issue with mints.

OMGsrsly

My BFF is hideously allergic and I’ve been without minty things for almost 15 years now. I’ll occasionally get York peppermint patties or a candy cane around Christmas, since they’re sure to be peppermint and not spearmint. I do not like spearmint flavoured things. Ugh.

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drank Bamboo Integrity by Zen Tea
2219 tasting notes

Oh, I’m glad I got 100g of this tea. Delicious limey refreshment. A bit herbal/medicinal, but that’s A-OK with me.

Cold steeped overnight. 1.5 tbsp or so in 1 litre (4 cups..) water.

JustJames

really? you get medicinal? huh!

OMGsrsly

Yeah. It’s the lemongrass. It’s in so many medicinal herbal teas that it reads as medicine for me.

JustJames

hmmm, never thought of it that way. i usually use nin jiom…. wracking my brain trying to think whether there’s any of the flavour in there?

OMGsrsly

I always used to supplement doctor’s orders with herbal teas and stuff. :) I used to get a lot of stuff here, when they had a location on Granville Island. http://www.gaiagarden.com/

JustJames

i have to be so careful… it took them weeks to navigate the in and outs to venture a careful ‘maybe??’ on nin jiom. luckily i’m one of the random freaks that has a high test immune system so i rarely get sick at all. lol.

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drank Merry Cranberry by DAVIDsTEA
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Thanks, WheezyBee!! :D I finally got it, and even though the post person STUFFED it into my tiny mail box, everything looks fine.

So this tea. The one I was waiting for. The one I hoped to buy if I liked it but it’s already disappeared from the website… It’s good!

I don’t really see any tea in there, but it’s a light green liquid (kinda mossy) that tastes like cranberries, cinnamon, and anise. It works for me! It’s too bad the cranberries are sweetened, but that means I don’t have to add anything in my “sugar free” month. :D

Thanks so much for sharing this with me! I’ll keep an eye on the website… I might like this 250g worth!

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

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drank Juicy Blueberry by Zen Tea
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This is SO GOOD as a cold brew. So. Good.

I need more.

JustJames

i just ordered some! they’ve got a bonkers sale on!!!

Fjellrev

w00t! Always good to find a reasonable priced herbal to cold brew it up.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I’m buying 100g. Most of my cold brew standbys have strawberries and oranges, and I’m avoiding those for a few weeks. :)

JustJames

free shipping at expedited too!!! yay!!!!!

JustJames

i’m grabbing some japanese tea: some hojicha among others =0) SO EXCITING!!!

OMGsrsly

I’m getting 100g this and 50g almond marzipan rooibos. Haha. $11, and they ship for free. Yeah!

JustJames

cough….. i might not have been as conservative. lol. but still, budget watching always. and i do need to cut my caffeine down, so i grabbed 3 herbals and this was one of them!

OMGsrsly

I have Too Many Teas, James. Too Many.

Sil

215 ish isn’t thy bad :)

OMGsrsly

Sil, I haven’t tracked how many I have. I think it’s closer to 250/260…

JustJames

i don’t even have 100…. and i try very hard to sipdown or i have a hard time looking at my wife, lol. my tastes change a fair bit too… and if they change then i hand off to fellow students who are more poor than me, lol.

Fjellrev

Damnit, James, now I’ve been surfing their site. Those are some killer deals!

OMGsrsly

I have SO MANY SAMPLES. People are so generous, and it takes 3-4 cups to drink the whole thing down.

JustJames

okay, maybe that’s cheating on my part? i do not count swap samples among my supply. mostly because i wouldn’t share them, lol. nope.

OMGsrsly

Yeah, I have about 100 samples. Still going through them, trying them, tossing some in a (new) box for my brother. Oh Sil, he LOVES the Wild Purple Buds Puerh from Butiki.

Dexter

Samples don’t count? I don’t have to count samples?
What’s this sale I’ve been hearing about?

OMGsrsly

http://zentealife.com/ , Dexter… End of season sale.

JustJames

MYSELF i do not count samples. i have a huge mug i use (16 oz) so a sample is often only 1 cup. i only list if i’m going to share, otherwise it makes me look like a jerk. OMGsrsly…. such a temptress, lmao, and to dexter who’s been drinking. not nice! =0D

OMGsrsly

I’m learning from the best cough James and MissB cough. I add them because I like the random tea generator. :) It helps me make up my mind!

Dexter

I was kidding, I CANNOT buy more tea. I bought a bunch from Zen during the BF extravaganza. Those are still in the box amongst several other boxes in a pile that I haven’t really even looked at yet. (Still I’m wondering why I didn’t buy any of this blueberry in that order…..?)

JustJames

rules are rules dexter, i have 200g coming. i can ship some off np.

MissB

Heh. Dexter, I just sent you a HUGE box of tea – you too JustJames! I also add all of my samples/swaps into my stash, for the same reason as OMGsrlsy. Love the random tea generator!

MissB

Also, fellow Vancouverites, did you see this? http://zentealife.com/tea-quiz

JustJames

no fair!!!

JustJames

oh…. and i do not use the tea generator. i am a stick in the mud. =0P

OMGsrsly

Huh. I hadn’t seen that. Oh well! I’ve tried almost everything now. :)

Dexter

MissB – that box is the reason I’m not allowed to buy more tea. I really need to find cupboard space for it and all my other BF orders that are still just lying around. Hmmmm buy new house?

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drank Bossa Nova by Zen Tea
2219 tasting notes

Yum. A tea that doesn’t need additives.

It brews up SO pale, I was concerned I wouldn’t get any tea taste in it, but no worries. It’s a bit of a toasted oolong, which normally I don’t love, but goes perfectly with the toasted hazelnut and vanilla.

It’s like dessert. Except it’s just liquid in a glass.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Plunkybug

I found that too, and that the flavour was really mild, until it cooled some.

Fjellrev

I found this one to be so thin and weak, and almost cardboard-like, unfortunately.

OMGsrsly

I think I overleafed it a lot…

Fjellrev

Wait a minute! I just realized that I’m thinking of their Toffee Dream. I still have this unopened from my spring order. Overleaf. Duly noted.

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:(

I can’t get past the base tea. I had such high hopes.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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I am thumbing my nose at the elimination diet and having this as a latte. Not that this isn’t allowed, because I can’t see why it wouldn’t be, but because it FEELS like it shouldn’t be allowed.

Mmm, marzipan rooibos. I made it with coconut milk and water. Steeped about 10 minutes. Delicious. This rooibos might need to find a place in my cupboard.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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