1108 Tasting Notes

Feisty morning black kick with a bit of ginger and spice. Vanilla rounds it out nicely.

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

And so I found a wallet today, full of cards and absent of money. It was lying in a busy street with tons of people milling about, so there was no running after someone who might be its owner. I searched for the person’s phone number based on information on his driver’s license and I’ve been calling the number repeatedly over the past few hours while getting no response and no voicemail. I would like to tell this person not to panic, that I have his wallet, and would possibly arrange to meet or drop it off as convenient.

The way things are looking now, I am going to drop this wallet into a mailbox and I will try to reach this person to let him know that his wallet is on its way to him.

This tea has kept me company today. Well, I did spill my first travel mug all over the yoga floor. Thankfully, I had a backup carry mug of this. I’d like to mention here that, to me, this does taste eggnog-like, some times more than others, of course. And obviously, it is tea, so it is not going to have the full on dozen eggs and a few cups of brandy feeling of real eggnog. However, often the creaminess comes through and the nutmeg is prominent amongst the other chai spices. Delicious tea. Perfect for winter.

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drank Carrot Cupcake by DAVIDsTEA
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This is the second in-store sample I tried today. Given that the first one, Forever Flawless, was seriously sweet, this one seemed quite fine in comparison. Probably still sweet, but the flavours came through nicely. I could have lived without the liquorice after sip though.

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Sweet sweet sweet in-store sample. The flavour seems nice once you get past the sweetness, but wow.

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It tastes a bit better than lemon furniture polish.


LOL more for you :P


LOL well that sounds awfully promising



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Oh yeah, this was one of the other in-store samples I tried today.

The hibiscus was front and centre—which is not a problem for me as I like hibiscus. There was a bit of a blueberry muffin followup afterwards. Overall, I enjoyed it and could see having a cup from time to time.

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drank Turmeric Glow by DAVIDsTEA
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Hard to tell what exactly the brewed at home tea will be based on in-store samples.

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The remaining bit at the bottom of the pouch was slightly over the amount of leaf I would ordinarily use. I steeped it up anyway. Expecting an overly strong brew, I added a bit of cream. It’s ok, but just ok. Time to say goodbye.

edit—Once I began adding more straight tea from my tea thermos to my cup, diluting the cream, the flavour perked up considerably. Very much cookie butter with a hint of pumpkin spice. I am happy to see the flavour revived as I bid this tea farewell.

And it’s a sip down!


Yay for sipping down just ok tea

Evol Ving Ness

The straight tea was a bit better than just ok, but time to make room for other things.

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drank Eggnog Chai by 52teas
1108 tasting notes

This morning, I went for a good long walk in this frigid weather with a friend. After having been a bit of a slug during the holiday period, I really need to get some sort of routine in place, at least when my health cooperates. And so, a start.

I took this tea with me in my tea thermos so that I would have something hot and ready when I was done. I didn’t quite make it through the full walk that we had planned, but it is likely better to quit while you still have a bit of wherewithal to still get home. So grateful to have this with me when I crawled onto public transit. And sat there with my hot delicious tea. Chai really is the best thing when your thighs have frozen.

I am home now, but I am done. Done. And now to rest.

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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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