1416 Tasting Notes

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drank Aged White Tea by Anteeo Tea
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Steepster, I love you. I’m not sure why it isn’t mutual… I mean, I really love you. I send you new peeps all the time, I talk you up constantly, I support you wherever possible, I’m here for you…

… and you seem to consistently lose my tea ratings in thanks.

This is one of those reviews. I know I’ve reviewed it – I know where I was sitting when I reviewed it just a few weeks back when I bought this. And yet…

So, yes, I’ll get over it. Just please, tell me, how can I support you, to support me, oh lovely Steepster? :)

(BTW: this tea is quite lovely, I’m really enjoyed the aged and/or smoked whites, it’s surprisingly sweet and robust).

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74
drank Weight Loss by Sweet Cherubim
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Well, I don’t drink this for the taste, yet, it surprises me every time when I grab for it. A bit sweet and orange-like, it’s pleasant. And yes, if I’ve overeaten or am feeling… uh… yeah… it works like a charm.

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83
drank Grumpy Dinosaur by T-We Tea
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I think I love this tea’s name more than I do the actual tea. I always want it to taste like Twinning’s Buttermint… sigh… okay, stop ruminating about ole teas of yore there Miss B, you’ll get back to the UK to get more soon enough.

K S

Grumpy Dinosaur? They named a tea after me? Awesome.

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83
drank Naked Chai by Teaja
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I know it’s just spices. I know I can add this to pretty much any tea and make it my own. I know I can. But I don’t. I just drink it before bed because there’s zero caffeine, it’s a bit unique in the chai department, and I love the spice combo. I also know it’s too pricey for just, well, spices, to replenish, so I’ll enjoy it as-is until I’m out.

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82
drank Zhu Rong Chai by Verdant Tea
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I have very little tea in my cupboard right now that I completely, absolutely adore – and what I do, I seem to hoard (I’m looking at you, Laduree). This tea? This tea is my comfort tea. My, “I love myself so much, I’m definitely having some of you to feel even more love,” tea. It’s sweet and spicy, rich and flavorful, deep and full bodied. I will somehow have to figure out how to replace it when I’m out, but for now…. aaaaaaah.

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70
drank Organic Phoenix Oolong by Allegro
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Grabbed this in the bulk section at Whole Foods because it smelled divine and the description said, “notes of apricot”. Oh, yum. Was surprisingly expensive though; a few cups of tea for about $4. Usually bulk tea is cheaper, but whatever.

Oversteeped in lower-than-normal temperature water, it’s surprisingly good. I definitely get apricot, and also a roasty, toasty kind of smell and feel, with more of that flavor coming through than anything. I don’t LOVE it, but, it’s quite nice, and I’m really happy I didn’t ruin it.

Flavors: Apricot, Roasted, Toasty

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 8 min or more 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
OMGsrsly

Oh, the cost is disappointing. I bought the white before to try steeping it for 15 minutes like Mariage Freres recommends (it does work!) and I think I paid 90 cents for about 1/2 cup of tea…

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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I haven’t a clue what I’m drinking.

Teaja, for whatever reason, only lists a handful of teas that they sell on their website. There’s a good 20+ more in-store, including their “award winners”. Coolio. Not sure how to buy, or even review the tea though, if I don’t know what it is or how to reference it.

So, this is a black tea… it won an award at the tea championships this year… it’s quite floral yet really robust… and super expensive. I, however, just grabbed a cup for $4.

I won’t bore you all with the conversation we had about their pricing; I’ve ranted about it elsewhere ad nauseum. It, literally, brought me to tears… but then again, I’m really struggling today, so take that with a grain of salt.

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91
drank Coconut Puerh by Teaja
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Drinking this again today; it’s really got me captivated.

I’m more fond of it unsweetened. It’s still thick and toasty, rich and earthy, creamy and yet biting. Like raw coconut.

Flavors: Biting, Coconut, Creamy, Thick

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I think this is what OMGsrsly gave me… It’s hard to tell. Either way, always, much love and thanks for sharing!

Rinsed twice for about 1 minute, then steeped for two. It’s quite dark, and, still not completely opened. Ugh. Not sure I’ll steep it again, as… This is weird. Wood, wet wood is what I get. Wet wood and an odd sweetness that I’m not fond of all. I can’t finish the cup. :(

Flavors: Sweet, Wet Wood

OMGsrsly

I’m 90% sure this is indeed what it is. My bag is marked sheng, but it’s definitely not a sheng. It’s not my favourite, I’m afraid, but hoped that someone would like it!

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91
drank Coconut Puerh by Teaja
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The smell. O. M. G. Just on the smell alone, I bought 50g. It’s like a creamy milk chocolate infused coconut. I don’t know how, or why, but that’s what it smells like to me. I just want to dance in it and cover my body with its deliciousness.

Um. So, yea.

Drinking it, I’m a bit perplexed. It’s really, really sweet for a supposedly unsweetened tea. It’s a toasty, warm, creamy, almost biting coconut. There’s an earthiness I love as well, it’s very… Unusual. I swear there are cacao nibs from the flavor… But it’s just tea and big chunks of coconut.

A win, for sure. Must drink more. Just, no sweetener next time.

Flavors: Chocolate, Coconut, Sweet, Thick, Toasty

Preparation
2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML
Roswell Strange

How interesting; I never would have thought to pair coconut and Pu’erh…

MissB

Me either! The staffer said it was an “adventurous mistake”. I can send you a bit if you’d like.

Roswell Strange

What a neat way to phrase that. No need to go out of your way to send one tea though; I’ll just keep an eye out for Pu’erh blends w. coconut in the future :)

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A few years ago, the obsession with tea started. The cupboard got bigger and bigger, more swaps occurred, group buys, secret rendezvous with local teapassionistas… and that’s how you end up with 500+ different kinds of tea in your home. At one time.

Now, it’s purge time. Time to gather what’s needed and let go of the rest. Almost all of the tea was given away, sold, or otherwise shared. A few relics still remain. It’s still a challenge to avoid the chipmunk-like hoarding of The Teas, yet, the lightness of being from having so little compels me more. And so, I’m happy to share (anytime!) and will occasionally desire small amounts of tea for swaps, just to try.

As for the day-to-day stuff, I’m focused almost entirely on Love, (yes, with a capital L), Spirit/Self, transformation, and work (dating columnist and consultant).

No-can-do: lavender, overly floral (French florals, or florals that are creamy rather than, well, floral work well!), sugar, Splenda, all grains.

Love: fruity, dessert, chai, spicy, all types of tea.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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