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90
drank Ruby Black Tea by Cha Gloriette
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Long story short… I just finished five years with Davidstea. During that time, I had two kids and drank so much davidstea, that my cupboard is about 99% them now. COVID meant that my store was one of the ones that got shutdown so now I’m mostly at home, which is ok… but if COVID continues the way that it looks like it’s going to, then I guess it’s a good thing I am. I might have to homeschool my 4 and 5 yr olds.

Fun positive that happened during COVID… I finished writing a novel!!! 73,000 (ish) words. (About 280 pages). I’m so happy!! I’m trying to write a second novel but it’s been tough going. Maybe in the new year.

I definitely wasn’t expecting the tea to taste like that… lol I got this one probably 3 years ago at the Toronto Tea Festival, and I’m FINALLY trying it.

It reminds me of Nepal Black from Davidstea, but is definitely stronger. It has a strong tobacco taste to it and I’m getting some straw like the other reviewer here. I feel like I’m getting a hint of floral too.

This tea is pretty smooth, which I like. Really no bitterness or astringency either, which again I like. I don’t like when teas leave my mouth dry. This one definitely doesn’t do that.

My sample of this one was a teabag, so really only one cup of this to try. I think I would get this one again, but only when my tea collection goes way down.

Flavors: Floral, Hay, Tobacco

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec
gmathis

Welcome back! Good to see you!

Sil

congrats in the book!

ashmanra

Wrote a book while taking care of two small children? WOW! Welcome back! Tell us more about the book!

mrmopar

Welcome back and a novel to boot. Bravo!

TheKesser

Thanks everyone! It’s good to be back.
The novel is a young adult fantasy fiction which is totally outside my comfort level, but the story came to me and I just had to try. It’s out with friends/family for feedback and editing at the moment. I’m hoping I can find an editor and maybe a publisher this year. I really want to see it in print. :)

Shae

Please keep us updated on your book! That sounds like just my kind of story. Congrats on such an achievement.

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90
drank Ruby Black Tea by Cha Gloriette
571 tasting notes

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73
drank Oriental Beauty by Cha Gloriette
634 tasting notes

Finished this Oriental Beauty today, but it is not one that will be stuck in my mind. It is fairly weak in its aroma and simply in its flavours, both qualities I would like to have in a tea like this. The mouthfeel is very soft, but not all that interesting either.

As for particular notes, the smell reminds me of sawdust, flowers, peach, coffee, and autumn leaf pile. The taste is super sweet and nectar-like, with a bittersweet aspect similar to the taste of burnt onion. The sweetness persists into the aftertaste, which is slightly sickly and drying with a citrusy note (tangerine).

Flavors: Autumn Leaf Pile, Bitter, Burnt Food, Citrusy, Coffee, Drying, Floral, Nectar, Peach, Sawdust, Sweet

Preparation
7 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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86
drank Ruby Black Tea by Cha Gloriette
634 tasting notes

Almost a year ago now, I got some teas from Cha Gloriette at the 2019 Toronto Tea Festival. This is one of them. It has a standard Ruby 18 scent with some sawdust, milk chocolate, and peat notes on top. Wet leaf aroma is then more like tomato vine, molasses, eucalyptus, and tobacco. The taste of this tea is not super distinctive, but it is well balanced with a strong sweetness and notes of vanilla, wood, and cashew nuts. The texture is very nice overall, even though the body is actually quite light. It has an oily mouthfeel with a light astringency to it.

Flavors: Chocolate, Eucalyptus, Molasses, Nuts, Peat, Plant Stems, Sawdust, Sweet, Tobacco, Vanilla, Wood

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 0 min, 15 sec 5 g 4 OZ / 130 ML

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Have you ever brewed a tea then fallen asleep before it cooled down?

Unfortunately, all I have to offer about this sachet I received from Togo is aroma notes :/ And thus it remains unrated.

I prepared this according to package directions: Western, 8oz, water off boiling, 4 minutes. The dry leaf smelled like sugar cookie, steamed milk and pine with a hint of anise. The liquor aroma was as expected for a no-provenance-given high mountain oolong: sweet florals like lilac and daffodil, steamed milk, pine forest and spinach.

Then I fell asleep. I awoke to a room temperature tea and in my grogginess, chugged it without paying attention. Oh well. I remember thinking it would be better to steep for a shorter time, maybe lower temperature and even with breaking open the sachet and steeping those nuggets gongfu. Hopefully Togo can offer his opinion of this tea soon.

Edit: I now see in the description that the tea is from Cui Feng mountain.

Flavors: Anise, Cookie, Floral, Flowers, Milk, Pine, Spinach

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec 8 OZ / 236 ML
Shanie O Maniac

I have run into that problem a couple of times. My friend actually got me a christmas present to help combat it. He got me a copper tea caddy-thingy. It keeps liquids hot for around 12 hours. So… if start a session with a tea and start to feel myself fade, I quickly brew the tea out and fill the caddy. Then, I put the caddy next to my bed and sleep. When I wake up, the tea is still hot and fully tasty. It works pretty well that way! I can sleep for 10 hours and still have hot tea.

Martin Bednář

Don´t worry, it happened to me several times. It is sad when it is some unique tea, but it happens :)
It looks nice though!

Leafhopper

This has happened to me too, and it’s even more frustrating when you only have one session’s worth of a tea.

Roswell Strange

Sometimes, when I’m drinking Shou pu’erh Western style, I fall asleep while drinking the mug of tea. Usually only happens with that type of tea, and it’s happened enough to definitely be more than a coincidence. I just find them SUPER relaxing…

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