1198 Tasting Notes

There is a bit of a sweetness here that I’m not loving, that seems to cover up some of the more delightful flavours. I’m assuming the sweetness is from the mulberry leaves. There’s definitely cranberry and hints of orange underneath the sweetness. I’d prefer the cranberry and orange at the forefront instead!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 55

I need to order this more of this one. I don’t get any astringency and today there’s a hint of a cinnamon digestive-type cookie one might have alongside tea. The second steep still has lots of flavour too!

1st steep 3.5 minutes
2nd steep 5 minutes

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 54

This has got a great caramelized banana flavour that’s just delicious. The rooibos base complements nicely and perhaps adds a bit of a rummy flavour, but I’m actually happy there’s no actual rum flavour coming through. An overall really enjoyable cup.

Thanks to Cameron for sharing!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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Enjoying this one this morning before we head out on a day trip to look for snowy owls! Snowy owls often hunt in the daytime over the prairies, so we’re hoping to catch a glimpse of one (or more!) today. It’s incredibly difficult to capture a good photo of one of these incredible birds, but I’m bringing the camera just in case. Fingers crossed!

This tea is just so delicious, I can’t get over it. The base is light and pairs perfectly with the tropical fruitiness of the pineapple and coconut. It’s the perfect tea for a gorgeous spring-ish morning here. It’s sunny and already 3° C at 10am!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

P.S. We’ll have some news tomorrow!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Martin Bednář

I haven’t been lucky to see it in wild yet. But it is something I dream about.

DrowningMySorrows

I hope you see (at least) one! I hear owls near my house but I’ve never seen them and don’t know what kind they are (barn owl, maybe? Seems common enough to be a good guess, anyway).

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The MRI is back open and today was the first official scan for our lab in over a year, so I was in the hospital all day as the person responsible for doing the scan, and it was a lot. I knew this was coming, so everything started strong, but gradually, one thing after another went awry and I spent the day in a state of overwhelm.

I managed to get one cup of this tea in before I headed in to work and thank goodness for that. I’ve been racing through this tea – dare I say it’s a new favourite? It’s so tasty and just hits the spot every time. I finally just got home a few minutes ago and feel ready to collapse, so I made a fresh cup of this to enjoy while I attempt to zone out!

It even resteeps well!

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

That sounds overwhelming! I’m glad you were able to take some time with your tea. :)

Tiffany :)

Oh goodness! I think we are all like this as we are going from quiet to ACTION in work in the aftermath of the pandemic. (I work at front desk of hotel and last few months we’ve picked up a little bit and it’s a shock to the system for sure).. thankful you got a cuppa before you went in for your shift. :)

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2021 sipdown no. 53

Sipdown of this Teavivre sample. I’m getting hints of smoke today and once I get the smoke, I can’t really taste anything else. I’ll leave this one for those who love it!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 52

A bit of a sad sipdown, but I can’t decide if I want 50g of this in my cupboard or not. It’s very tasty, but I seem to go back and forth on it. Today there’s malty sweetness with a hint of perhaps spearmint in the background? Unique and enjoyable!

Putting a reminder here because I do think I at least need to pick up another sample pack in the next order.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 51

Another Teavivre sample sipdown. I had two cups of this today and the first cup had a lovely sweetness to it, while the second seemed to edge on smokiness. Happy to have tried, but I don’t need this one for my cupboard.

It’s so lovely when tea companies have sample sizes to try so once doesn’t end up with 50+ grams of a tea they don’t care for!

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 50

I did a longer steep and got just a tad too much in the way of smoky hints. This one is not for me, but that’s okay!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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This is my second steep of this and continuing on with my hectic work day (which is still ongoing at 8p) I have barely noticed this tea haha!

This is a tasty tea, but it hasn’t really stood out to me. That very well could be my day, but I’m not completely sure. There is a lovely sweetness and a very light maltiness, and the second steep has held up quite well, but I’m not sure if there’s anything special here. Ultimately I love the sweetness, but prefer a heavier handed maltiness. Thank goodness I have about two cups worth remaining in my sample to try again.

1st steep 2.5 minutes
2nd steep 4 minutes

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
derk

Hopefully you’re relaxing right about now!

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My partner and I live with our bunnies and cat. I’m currently working on my MSc in biology and enjoying tea along the way!

I love black tea and this is usually what’s in my mug.

I’m also happy to enjoy a cup of green or red rooibos (green preferable to red), herbals, oolongs (unroasted and red preferable to roasted), whites, and subtly flavoured greens.

Likes:
Raspberry, peach, rhubarb, passionfruit, and most fruits in general, maple, creaminess, hay, biscuit, lavender, and cacao/dark chocolate.

I enjoy bergamot when paired with flavours that mellow it (Camellia Sinensis Earl Grey Cream is one of my favourites).

Dislikes:
Any smokiness at all, stevia, too much blackberry leaf, rose, ginger (except in chai), cinnamon-heavy teas, anything cloying or fake/candy-like.

I’m vegan with an allergy to potatoes, so I avoid any animal products in tea, along with sprinkles as these often have potato starch (I usually just pick them out of blends).

Last updated December 2021.

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