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drank Tangelo by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 84

The dry and steeped scent of this one is way too strong. It turns my stomach sadly. But just a sample, so a-okay to at least try it!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 83

Sadly way too much rose for me!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Taiwan Black by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

2021 sipdown no. 82

I’m not sure what this tea is exactly, but I have a suspicion this isn’t a Taiwanese black? Perhaps it’s mixed with another black tea?

I has an almost cardboard-like taste, but not like that of an oolong. Like an actual liquified cardboard. Hmm.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML
Courtney

Such a shame, but only a wee sample!

Martin Bednář

At least something positive about bad tea :) Not a big loss.

Cameron B.

I wonder if it’s a lower-grade Taiwanese black tea than we’re used to seeing or something?

Courtney

It could be!

Leafhopper

That’s disappointing. I guess all Taiwanese black teas can’t be winners.

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drank Earl Grey Cream by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

I was ever so slightly concerned with the vanilla scent, but it’s turned out quite lovely. There’s the subtle hints of vanilla and sweetness, but only just enough to take the edge off the bergamot. This one has a great balance.

I’ll definitely have to do a side-by-side comparison of this and the ECG from Camellia Sinensis.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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The tea leaves here are so dark and almost oily. They have a very unique look. This one has a vanilla scent, but it’s more the scent of a rich baked good. Like a vanilla earl grey shortbread or some other extraordinarily rich sweet. This is a fairly mellowed out Earl Grey Cream with hints of red fruits almost? There’s no astringency at all from the Assam base, just a lovely deep base that seems to alter the entire profile of this tea. I almost forget I’m drinking an EGC here. However, the richness and/or vanilla does seem to be upsetting my stomach here, though not with quite the same intensity as a purely vanilla-heavy EGC.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Pink Grapefruit by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

This one is delicious. It smells strongly of a freshly cut grapefruit and just reminds me of the summer. The taste is clearly grapefruit and it’s just mellowed out ever so slightly with the pineapple. The pineapple doesn’t come through much in flavour. I’m looking forward to trying this one chilled.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 7 min, 0 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Kenya Oolong by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

I was so intrigued to see a Kenyan oolong because I don’t think I’ve ever heard of one?

This one has quite subtle hints of that typical oolong mineral, but it’s giving me vibes like an oolong/Darjeeling mix. There’s a light sweetness and a little bit of drying at the end of the sip as well. I’m actually enjoying it at the moment.

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

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drank Irish Breakfast by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

This one is lovely and bold with a clean taste as well and little to no astringency. I enjoy that this one is missing the syrup-y flavour of the English Breakfast. I believe that many Irish breakfast teas have a larger Assam component, so perhaps that’s why I gravitate to these ones (and why Assam Banaspaty from CS gives me breakfast tea vibes).

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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English Breakfast always seems ’syrup-y’ to me and that is true here. There is maltiness and no astringency, which is lovely.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Kenya Black by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

Bold and clean with little to no astringency. There seems to be hints of a savoury note in the background here as well. These black breakfast teas I’ve been steeping at 200° F rather than boiling and I think it does wonders for lessening the astringency.

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

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drank Peach Apricot by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

Wow, this smells so peach juicy. Like concentrated peach juice, but somehow not cloying. Almost like the Tim Horton’s peach drink I enjoyed as a kid, but not fake.

There is the most subtle hint of astringency that I almost can’t decide if it’s really there. The peach flavour is much lighter in the taste, which is nice because it doesn’t come off artificial (which in my experience, often happens with peach). The apricot is subtle and I think just adds a bit of a boost in the background and helps the peach come off more realistically.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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2021 sipdown no. 1

I used the last of this to make milk chai on the stovetop, so this is a sipdown! Just in time for our new Vahdam chai to arrive.

I absolutely love chai and need to drink it more often. This tea today is PERFECTION. I’ve put it back on my wishlist to order again once it’s back in stock.

We add 2 tbsp chai, 2 tbsp coconut sugar, 1.5 cups water, and 1 cup plant milk (almond today).

Cameron B.

Ooh what did you order from Vahdam?

Courtney

I just got the Assam Masala Chai, mostly to have my staple single chai on hand. There are definitely others I want to try though! Maybe in February I can order a few more haha.

Cameron B.

A bit annoying that that one wasn’t included in the advent… Although I assume the vanilla version is very similar.

Courtney

That is annoying! Yes, it’s probably similar, and that reminds me I have to email them about the vanilla.

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So this tea is fairly old, we picked it up when we were last in Vancouver, which I want to say was 2016 (that in itself is just sad). However, it’s kept quite well!

I feel like I’ve lost it this evening with all these teas and nothing really hitting the spot, so I turned to chai — which I almost never want haha! When we do make chai, we make it in the pot on the stove with milk.

Tonight I brewed this up like any other tea in a mug and with the kettle. I did add half a teaspoon of simple (coconut) syrup just because.

The spices here are not too in-your-face, but yet very chai-like. They mesh nicely with the background tea. I added such a small amount of simple syrup I’m not really tasting it from what I can tell. I’m actually really loving this right now and I’m thrilled (so much so I’m thinking of ordering more chai as this one is almost gone and I had no plans to replace it)!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec
Cameron B.

I don’t tend to reach for chai either, but I’ve started craving it more with the cold and rainy weather here lately.

Courtney

That could be it too. We had a warmer day here today, so some of the snow melted, but these spices are so nice for autumn/winter. I actually added Baby Spice to the Bird & Blend as well today.

Cameron B.

I’m trying really hard not to place a B&B order just for Spiced Pumpkin Pie and Baby Spice, because I think they’re going away and I’ve never tried either… :|

Courtney

I completely understand. I felt like a crazy person messaging them this morning to add more to my order! But when I saw that Pumpkin Spice was so highly rated here, I couldn’t help myself haha.

I’m not sure how the post is working between Canada/US right now, but I can always look into sending you some Baby Spice once it arrives?

Cameron B.

Just ordered 50g of each and managed to stay under the threshold for the lowest shipping price. XD

Courtney

Yaas! I am so excited for you! Now I want to send them another message to add the regular Pumpkin Spice to mine. Oh dear…XD

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Couldn’t tell exactly what this was supposed to be, but it was delicious! I definitely needn’t have put off trying this as long as I did. Definite nutty flavour, and the pu’erh base was earthy but not fishy. There’s supposedly strawberry in here too, but I didn’t really notice it – maybe a general fruitiness. Strawberry is usually pretty distinct, so that’s a bit surprising. The nuttiness here reminds me of the nuttiness in some of Butiki’s teas, actually, which is a very positive association.

Thanks for the delicious sample, OMGsrsly, or whoever passed on a sample from you to me!

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This. Steeped short (2 min) and strong (4 tsp per 2 cups) and iced, with orange juice. 4 cups total final volume – add ice and OJ to your preferences!

So good! I think that any vanilla EG style tea would be great iced with OJ. Tastes kind of like an Orange Julius.

If you need it sweeter, add some honey…

OMGsrsly

Maybe even just a vanilla tea for people like Sil…

VariaTEA

Hahahaha I like your modification for Sil but I find this very intriguing.

OMGsrsly

There was a cafe in Victoria that sold earl grey tea iced with fresh pressed OJ for like $6 a glass. That’s where I got my inspiration! But I actually really like the vanilla with the OJ.

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Pretty good. Very very strong, but it does have a tonne of bergamot oil in it. Nice with cream. It’ll make an excellent Earl Grey chocolate cake…

Preparation
2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
VariaTEA

Ofc you’d come up with something tasty like a EG chocolate cake :P

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drank Dorian Grey by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

This is the one.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 2 min, 30 sec 3 g 14 OZ / 414 ML

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drank Dorian Grey by Steam Tea House
1109 tasting notes

Still working on perfecting the steeping time, but enjoying this tea nonetheless.

I’ve always had trouble with Earl Grey and I thought this sounded perfect when the lovely employee at Steam told me it was without bergamot. Yes!

The base is a touch finicky with steeping, but the other floral ingredients compliment it, even when I don’t manage the perfect steeping. I can only imagine how delightful it will be when I do.

For the moment, this is on my desk at work. It was a nice treat at work this afternoon.

Sil

welcome back heh

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Thanks Sil for including this one.
Not sure why I’m drinking Irish Breakfast at 8:00 PM but oh well that’s how I’m rolling today.
This is a little bit of everything, a bit tart, a bit astringent, a bit malty. Not my favorite blend, but pretty good. Yep – I’m ok with this tonight.

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Tart, tangy, a little edgy, this is a rich cup. It’s potent! Tasting of wood, leather, malt, tobacco, sour rye. It would best be served with breakfast, but instead I had it with a sweet treat:
2 apples, dices & sautéed in coconut oil, then sprinkled with cardamom (or cinnamon, or both…nutmeg is another option). Add a little vanilla & melt a couple T of coconut butter, or just add a little coconut milk…or other kind of milk…
Meanwhile, dissolve 1 T of gelatin in cold 1/4 water, or some kind of milk.
When the apples are tender & everything seems just right (and the planets are perfectly aligned) stir in the gelatin, stir it around to make sure it is all dissolved, then divide everything between a serving dish or 2 & refrigerate for an hour or 2.

I’m in love with gelatin right now. I bought some frozen peaches today to make a peach & coconut milk one tomorrow. I think I’m gonna make a banana coconut milk pudding in a little while. I just can’t get enough! Perfect with a robust cup of tea!

Thanks to Sil for this tea, and that’s another Sipdown, folks!

PS. I should have drank this yesterday, since it was St. Pat’s!

TeaExplorer

Wow, those gelatin ideas sound great! I’ve never tried anything like that, but now I’m going to :)

Terri HarpLady

Tonight I opened a can of coconut milk, blended it with a couple bananas, 2 egg yolks, vanilla, a little maple syrup, cardamom & nutmeg (I’m out of cinnamon). Then while the gelatin was ‘blooming’ in 1/4c cold water, I gently heated everything else. You don’t want it to boil, just get warm enough so that when you add the gelatin it dissolves the rest of the way. I put banana slices in 4 ramekins, poured the mixture over them, & after a few hours in the frig I just ate one of them. I get another one for breakfast! I’m on a ‘jello’ kick. I think tomorrow I’m going to blend a can of coconut milk, frozen peaches that have been allowed to thaw, the same spices, etc.
Check this link out (although most of these things are probably way too sweet for me!)
http://paleoparents.com/2014/gelatin-why-we-love-it-and-60-delicious-family-friendly-recipes-using-it/

OMGsrsly

I have frozen mangoes and coconut milk. This sounds AWESOME!

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drank Bartlet Pear by Steam Tea House
1040 tasting notes

Mmmmmm I LOVE pear and I don’t hate rooibos – so I was pretty happy to see this in the box from Sil – and I think she got it from OMGsrsly. LOL I just find it so interesting how teas just get passed on and around. This is an amazing community of generous people.
I’m finding this to be more pear than rooibos, but there is some woodiness in the background. I would like this to be a little more tart – it’s pretty sweet, like over ripe pears or maybe canned pears – but tasty none the less.
I’ve spent most of the day napping and snuggling with the cat – I think he really missed me while I was away. He’s being a little cranky, wants to be mad at me but the need for Mommy snuggles seems to be winning. Nice relaxing (recovery) day with some good tea from friends. :))

OMGsrsly

I know I’ve got this for people before, but I think Sil got it for herself. :)

Dexter

There was a conversation on one of your tasting notes that suggested you were sending some to Sil – sorry for the mis-interpretation. :)) Thanks Sil for the sample….

OMGsrsly

Huh. I totally don’t remember that!

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I’ve been mia a bit..but i’m stilll drinking tea. This one was finished up this weekend by mom and I on our quest for the shitty weekend dress shopping experience ever. there will be more of this in my future but not in 100G size damnit!

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too lazy to write notes tonight…esp in light of ppl saying they’re having issues.

Cameron B.

The issues are mostly gone for me at this time. It was just this morning that I was having a hard time with notes and comments. :)

Terri HarpLady

I haven’t hardly been on, so I guess I’ve missed all that. which is good, lol

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this is the oldest tea in my cupboard…and it’s lasting forever! no matter how much i drink it lol. Once this is done, my cupboard is basically 6 months old. not much else to say about this one beyond the fact that i love it with a little maple. and it’s NOT a smokey tea

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