1349 Tasting Notes

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drank Kapha Organic by TeaGschwendner
1349 tasting notes

In the hopes of kicking my kapha nature to the curb for the next hour so that I can meet my deadline and actually get some sleep, I’m drinking this. Here’s to hoping!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Mango Lassi by DAVIDsTEA
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Grabbed a tin of this earlier tonight, and really glad I did now. Needed something comforting while I pull a late night of writing, and to flush out my system from the allergen earlier.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 8 min or more

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drank Noël à Venise by Dammann Freres
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Yikes. Poor ingredient list here. Started drinking it, and immediately had a reaction. Strawberries. Must be. Searched my calendar (where this came from) for ingredients: nope. Just that it’s “lemon meringue and toffee” flavored black tea. Went online and searched, and the French description mentions fruit pieces (just general “fruit”) and red rose petals. Sigh. Dumped.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JustJames

sigh…. yes, i risk things with my french tea habit as well. they can be very proprietary about listings because of their partnership with the parfumeries. at least with nina’s you can contact laurent and sophie directly and they will triple check everything for you. xoxo. feel better.

OMGsrsly

Boo. :(

MissB

Oddly, this tasted very soapy to me as well, so I was okay with dumping it.

Fjellrev

Aww no, that sucks. :(

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OMGsrsly sent this to me to show me there was more than the pancake syrup maple-flavored tea I was getting out of most of Della Terra’s offerings. Many thanks!

I needed to add some Truvia to this to make it more juicy, and although this amped up the floral notes, I still found it tasty.

EDIT: Wow. There’s definitely something floral in here – I mean, I can see the flower buds. Zero in the ingredient list though. Not cool.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 4 min, 30 sec
JustJames

we really need to start that labelling CFIA discussion thread so at least people are aware.

OMGsrsly

Eurgh! I totally didn’t notice that. :/

MissB

Agreed! Let’s just start it…

MissB

Oh, not your fault! I missed it too. I’m fine with florals, I just usually prefer them out of my tea. Not always though – sometimes they really work. I’m flexy.

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Really unusual tea. Definitely smells like an Earl Grey, with chai notes? Something licorice-like as well, although that may just be from the mix not the actual ingredients. Also confusing is the name: I ordered this along with the TARDIS (Blend) which is the much more well known and beloved tea with (I think?) similar ingredients.

With some Truvia, I quite like this confuzzling blend of green and black tea, earl grey and chai, caramel and berry, creamy and sweet.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec
JennyFur

The confusion there sounds about accurate to what would happen if on of us tried to repair the TARDIS so it doesnt seem off base. There are a few TARDIS teas and if this is the one I habve I can honestly say I really love it.

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80
drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
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Serious cold tea, and wish I’d grabbed some more when I went with the young’un I’ve started dating. He’s now a loose leaf convert, and I’m his tea pusher. :P

Tastes like liquid Vicks, but much sweeter and pleasant. Seriously overleafed it, as I bought the gent one of DAVID’s perfect spoons just to realize they’re 1 tb, and the measurement was supposed to be 1 tsp.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
JustJames

dating are you…. loverly!

MissB

He says we’re dating. I say.. we’re still determining romantic compatibility. He reminded me that’s my definition of dating at work, and thus… I guess we’re dating. :P

Dexter

Awwwwwwww, that’s so sweet. :))

OMGsrsly

Hee! That’s awesome! I totally missed this last night.

gmathis

I’m glad I’m an old married woman. I’d hate to have to break a new one in ;) Is this one effective for the blechs?

MissB

Breaking a new one in already officially over. Sigh. Anyway…

I really liked it for clearing up my nasal and chest passages. I’ll definitely order more for that purpose, knowing I’ll need to overleaf it considerably to get the taste and feel I want.

JustJames

well, at least you educated him a bit about tea… obviously he’s not abundantly in the know about people or women specifically, but he knows a smidgen about tea all because of you.

MissB

Agreed!

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Went for Hot Pot today; it was fantastic! Ate way too much however. With the meal came some unnamed green jasmine tea. Nice, if steeped too long, even though I took the bag out as soon as it made it to the table.

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drank Elixo by Domo
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Had another big mug of this yesterday, so this is a backlog. I really wish I could get the same flavor out of this without having a ton of dregs at the bottom that refuse to mix. Otherwise, it’s perfect (other than being too sweet) and kicks any bug to the curb.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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drank Pu-er 1990 Kunming by SOKO Tea House
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Randomly grabbed this from a bunch of samples that OMGsrsly and I met up to swap with just before the holidays. Thank you again for your generosity!

Really earthy smell to this, even brewed. Almost like mushroom soil, if that makes any sense. It’s a bold, strong pu-erh, and I’m confused as to whether or not I like it. I’m drinking it straight, with zero sweeteners, and am wondering if a touch of orange zest and some Truvia might make me love it more. Keeping the rating off for now, until I get a better understanding of how I feel.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 15 sec
OMGsrsly

It smells like the dirt under fallen trees. :) I like puerh with a bit of cinnamon stick. For some reason the flavours work well together for me.

MissB

Ooh, good idea!

Dexter

Agreed a little cinnamon stick in a big bold rich pu’erh is really good.

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drank Noël à Prague by Dammann Freres
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Another one of the wonderful samples from Dammann Freres’ advent calendar.

Smells really odd out of the package – like chocolate prunes? Then I looked at the ingredient list. Okay! This smells as it should. Steeped, I actually get the texture of prunes (interesting) and dark, bitter cocoa. A little bit of sweetness brings out the orange/clementine a bit more. Missing all of the caramel, however it’s still really yummy. Steeped for only three minutes, and I think that’s what I’ll do for the rest of these instead of the recommended 4-5 minutes.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites, green rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y.

I own an obscene amount of tea, and am always happy to share. Just got back from a six month exploration of Western Europe, so I’ve got some pretty lovely tea that we just can’t easily find this side of the pond. Woot!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time exploring, playing board games, reading, hiking, hanging with friends.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, although for some reason the French seem to have figured out how to do this without making me ill. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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