1088 Tasting Notes

drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
1088 tasting notes

Not surprisingly, this tea benefits from a glug of cream. But seriously, it’s perfectly lovely on its own, capturing the whole eggnog thing with nutmeg predominating in the spice blend.

Tabby

Sad I missed out on this one!

Evol Ving Ness

It might be coming ’round again.

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drank Blueberry Muffin by 52teas
1088 tasting notes

Today was a day full of caffeine, courtesy of Kashmiri Chai. I wanted more tea and unfortunately, all the ones I wanted to drink were caffeinated. Sad moment in tea world.
Since I was already buzzing, having more caffeine was out.

Perfect choice. The honeybush base is lovely fit here. It seems to lend itself to the dense baked good muffin concept. Natural blueberry followed by the hint of icing sugar drizzle. Nicely executed blend.

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100

Drinking this like a boss. One reason for this is that it is a rare occasion that I happen to have cream handy, and chai is especially nice with cream.

The predominant flavours are cardamom and the hefty black base. This particular cup has a good bit of mint in the after sip which blends in nicely with all else. Refreshing. The first time I am noticing its presence.

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100

In addition to the life stuff of the past few days, it’s been a bit of a challenge to get a decent night’s sleep here in my world. Last night, baby began shrieking at about 3 am. I am guessing that this wasn’t the first time baby woke me last night as it was impossible for me to get back to sleep after being awoken. And so I dozed lightly. At 6 am, the questionable neighbour on the other side, rumbled her garbage carts out over the bumpy brick covered with even bumpier ice. A 7, her tenant’s cellphone went off as he walked past my bed. And baby started up again at about 6 or so as well. And yeah.

Drank more of this as the day went on. One needs a punchy cardamon tea for days like this. I drank it with cream and had a vanilla macaroon alongside. And then an almond cranberry cookie too.

Maddy Barone

oh my gosh. I feel for you so much. If this was loud partying you could do something about it. Not much you can do about crying babies or even garbage being wheeled out. :(

Evol Ving Ness

Thanks, Maddy Barone. It helps a lot to vent.

Indigobloom

Ah the symphony of life. Someone turn the dial down! :(

Evol Ving Ness

I began a new yoga class and the class oddly enough is being held beside a daycare, so more shrieking and child noise and activity. So it seems that everywhere I go, I am surrounded by children, toddlers, infants. The universe apparently is trying to teach me something. What exactly? Life lessons continue.

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100

The past couple of days have been exceptionally difficult, but I have been most fortunate in having encountered many many kindnesses which have done so much in terms of softening the hard edges of challenges. Little things, people. Gentleness, well-intentioned things from kind hearts.

Anyway, cliche or not, such things need to be said to remind that the smallest things, that require very little effort on our part, can make a significant impact on a person who is struggling.

And tea. The frisky cardamomed Keemun, with various spices, continues.

Dexter

Little acts of kindness can make all the difference in one’s day. Hugs

Evol Ving Ness

True enough, Dexter. Hugs back. :)

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100

Earthy spicy dark—heavy on the Keemun— with cream. The cardamom shines above all else here.

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100

Magnificent. Just magnificent. Lovely play of caramel and pecan against the killer base.

I turned everything upside down after today’s hint that the pecans might be on their way to the dark side. But nope, not here. All the gloriousness remains intact. I blame the deep chill that we endure in this part of the planet. There must be a bright side.

If Liquid Proust decided to make an occasional comeback into tea blending, I’d like to see this in his repertoire.

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90

Yes, very similar to the DTs one, but this seems to me to have more vanilla cream going on, almost that of a good milk oolong. Here, the bergamot is toned down too, which is another plus. I truly dislike bergamot screeching harshly in my cup. I may prefer this over the DTs version .

And as the cup cools, I can see this blend growing on me.

Suspect that it will be over the top delicious with milk or cream.

When I moved here, this was a residential neighbourhood with low rise small businesses and familiar faces. Condo world has moved in and land is being bought up and buildings gutted. I hear fresh construction and new excavation equipment hammering away at the ground next door. Now what, now what. Ugh.

Need tea.

Indigobloom

Does it drown out the wailing toddler? :/

Scheherazade

I live on an estate that’s in the process of being built, shall we say, and the builders start before 6am every day. Even Sunday. I feel your pain.

Evol Ving Ness

Gah!

It’s a matter of quality of sound. The wailing toddler is a high pitched screeching while the construction currently is a rumbling clash thrash crash bang booming. So, no.

Indigobloom

Oh dear that’s terrible :(

Evol Ving Ness

hahaha, well, and then there are random cellphone noises at the crack of dawn and the rumbling of the garbage carts being taken out in the middle of the night and doors slammed and so on. Perhaps. in part, this is the price of living in the city. In addition to having inconsiderate neighbours.

Having said that, I had been blessed with extremely lovely neighbours for years and years and years so there’s that.

Indigobloom

Same. Our neighbours two doors down have been awful, but otherwise we have amazingly fabulous people around. Yin and Yang I suppose!

Living in the ‘burbs, we do get some noise from reno projects and such. oh and the coyotes/racoons are nasty too. What I wouldn’t do for a nice quiet nap right now…

Evol Ving Ness

Ah, sweet naps… I remember those fondly.

Indigobloom

Yes, those were the days. Is it wrong that I daydream about napping?

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100

When there is no time to mull over tea decisions, I often reach for this. And so I did in this morning’s rush. No regrets.

Fjellrev

No Regrets teas are the best.

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90

When I opened the pouch, the leaf smelled just like banana gelato. Steeped, this one is a winner in my books. Banana and genmaicha is a bit of an odd match, but executed beautifully and I’ll get over it.

Flavors: banana, Green, Toasted Rice

Indigobloom

Sounds scrumptious! Brings me back to the old days of banana medicine (a good thing, the silver lining of being sick!)

Evol Ving Ness

Banana medicine—-haven’t heard of this…

Indigobloom

Oh it was good!! Amoxicillin in liquid form. A bit chalky and definitely fake tasting but 8 yr old me didn’t care – it tasted like candy :P

Evol Ving Ness

Sounds vaguely familiar. I am glad they haven’t started flavouring adult drugs with this. shhhh.

Indigobloom

LOL I took Nyquil last night for the first time in years. Cherry bleh. Would much prefer banana haha

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Note to self—-you do not actually need any more tea.

My real tea obsession began in February 2015.

Not, sadly, when I had been living and working in China, though I very much enjoyed sampling a variety of teas during my travels there as well. No, no, that would have been far too sensible.

I am a reformed coffee drinker. I still enjoy a long double espresso with a good quantity or milk or cream from time to time, but for now, tea is my thing. All day.

*note—this is way out of date, so if we are doing a swap and you are checking to see what I like and dislike, mostly never mind what you find below. One of these days, I will update this. In the meantime, check what I’ve been drinking and use your own judgement. I like all the teas. Well, I am open to trying all the teas.

I tend to drink black, green, or oolong tea in the morning to early afternoon. Rooibos or
Honeybush or herbal in the evening. And perhaps some sort of sleepy-type tea in the wee hours.

This year, I’ve been discovering flavoured teas, so it may look like that is all I drink although that would provide a false impression.

Not a big fan of chocolate or mint in teas, but I will try them and, from time to time, have been pleasantly surprised. Also, usually I dislike a prominent cinnamon flavour, if untempered with other things, in teas. Again, I say usually, because there are exceptions.

Also, please note that haven’t quite gotten into the habit of updating my tea cupboard on Steepster, and it is unlikely that I will do this on any kind of regular basis.

I drink my tea black and unsweetened. If there comes a rare moment that I add something to it, I will mention it.

Finally, while I thank large and successful tea companies for tantalizing and beckoning me to the world of tea, I prefer to support independent ventures with real people, real enthusiasm and commitment, and real dreams.

Currently, I am researching monthly tea subscriptions. Perhaps it will keep me out of tea shops.

And here is Shae’s rating scale— which I am using with permission, of course— which more or less describes the way I have been rating teas. I am going to make more of an effort to stay very close to these parameters now.

Rating Scale

1-20: By far, one of the worst teas I’ve tasted. I most certainly will not finish my cup and will likely “gift” the rest to my sweet husband who almost always enjoys the teas I dislike (and vice versa).

21-40: This tea is not good but if I mix it with another tea or find another steeping method I might be able to finish it.

41-60: This one is just okay. I might drink it again if someone were to give it to me, but I probably won’t be buying more for myself.

61-75: This is a consistently good tea. It’s reliable but not necessarily special.

76-90: This one is a notch above the rest and I would gladly enjoy a cup of it any day of the week. I’ll likely be keeping this in my cupboard, but it isn’t one of my all-time favorites.

91-95: One small change and this tea would be perfect. I’ll definitely have a stash of this in my kitchen if you come over for tea.

96-100: No words can describe this tea. It’s an experience, an aha moment. Closed eyes, wide smile, encompassing warmth. Absolutely incredible. Perfect.

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Mostly, but not always, Toronto, Canada.

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