1264 Tasting Notes

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Had yet another cup of this tonight as I’m feeling under the weather, and it’s become my go-to tea, along with Throat Coat and Super Ginger. I’m alternating between the three at this point, sometimes adding Throat Coat in here. Solid, and will need to purchase more sooner than I’d planned for.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
Terri HarpLady

Hope you feel better!

TheTeaFairy

Though not a cure, good herbals can be pretty helpful I find, indulge! Hope you feel better.

NofarS

Hope you feel better. Keep warm and drink plenty of tea

MissB

Thanks everyone! I’m definitely drinking my fair share of tea to help kick this to the curb before it takes hold.

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88
drank Super Ginger (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1264 tasting notes

My love affair with DAVIDs has pretty much ended, save a few holdouts such as Super Ginger, especially when I feel like I’m coming down with something. Whenever I imagine this tea, I think of my son’s too-short red cape with the blue trim that velcro’s around his neck, and that I found just before Hallowe’en with matching cuffs, shield and waist belt for $7.99. It’s cheap polyester, but boy does it get the job done. ;)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
Veronica

Love this tasting note. Your description was insightful and made me smile at the same time. :)

TheTeaFairy

hahaha! Love the analogy, so cute!

MissB

Aw, thank you both! :)

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90
drank Mint Cacao Tea by Herbal Infusions
1264 tasting notes

Note: I really wish tea companies, especially those with unusual offerings such as this one, provided some form of steeping suggestions. I’m sending a note to Dan now to ask him if they can both put some on the website, and offer me some as well to post here. I have the same complaint with 52 Teas, BTW.. and the only complaints I have.

Onto the tea! I was surprised at just how much cacao there is in here. Amazing, beautiful and delicious (yes, I tasted some). It smells like rich chocolate (as it should, it is!) and steeps up smelling similarly with a hint of mint.

Straight, I get mint first (very lightly) followed by cocoa. It’s dry like a dry red wine the cacao, and I really like it. I want more. I also want to sweeten it though, because that’s what everyone seems to say is how this should be enjoyed. And so, I do.

As I mix in the Truvia, the smell of cacao wafts up yet again. YUM. It smells like a very dark hot chocolate, and now tastes like it too. The mint has almost completely disappeared unfortunately, which is a shame – but I just add my own mint next time. I have a lovely Arabian Mint I’ve been waiting to use just for something like this.

I could easily drink this nightly. I’ll surely become an enabler of this tea now too. It would’ve gotten a higher rating if the mint stayed present in the cup (and was more present from the start), and if there were better steeping instructions. For future reference: overleaf and oversteep.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 7 min, 0 sec
VariaTEA

Yay!! Some of this is on its way to me as we speak. I am excited to try it out when it arrives and am definitely glad to see you enjoyed it :)

MissB

This is SOOO good. I had my reservations, even though so many folks have shared how much they love it. This (well, likely the plain Cacao) will be a staple in my cupboard. I hope it gets there soon! This order took over a month to find it’s way to me.

OMGsrsly

I’m so excited because I think I’m getting the strawberry. I know you can’t have it, but I LOVE strawberries.

MissB

Oh, I love strawberries. It’s a one-way love/hate relationship, unfortunately. I hope it’s amazing, I can see how it would taste like strawberry cocoa.

VariaTEA

The strawberry cscao was my motivation for placing my black friday order!! I am excited to try all the cacao teas – I got samples of this and the vanilla and then I got 50 g of the plain because I assumed I would be a fan. Hopefully I am right. And I do hope my order arrives before Wednesday or I won’t get to try any of it until I return in the New Year.

OMGsrsly

Mine shipped (I got the notice today) and tracking says I’ll get it Wednesday. Since I’m on the other side of the country, you should get it sooner!

VariaTEA

haha mine is in transit in Mississauga. I assume it should be here soon enough. I am also waiting for my Della Terra order which shipped a while ago but still has not shown up :(

VariaTEA

I lied. I just checked shipping and it has been processed in Montreal. Hopefully that means I will have it Monday.

Cavocorax

I can’t wait to try this.
I wonder though, what’s the difference between this tisane and hot chocolate? We are venturing out if tea territory…

yyz

I’m guess hot chocolate is kind of like matcha in that you drink the ground cocoa. Hot chocolate can be a wonderfully diverse thing.

My top hot chocolate experiences:
Chocolat a l’ancienne in Montpellier, France ( melted chocolate with cream on the side)
when my cousin’s boyfriend made Mexican hot chocolate with whipping cream by mistake ( it was more like a mousse)
Hot chocolate and chilli at the Chocolate festival in Bologna.

OMGsrsly

This is shells, Cavo. Hot chocolate is cocoa powder, which is defatted and processed beans. :D #geek

OMGsrsly

You’re making me crave hot chocolate, yyz. The good stuff made of melted chocolate and cream.

yyz

It was really a amazing.. So much so that it was on the must do list of my hostel room mate who had worked as an Au Pair there 5 years before.

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91

This smells identically to a creme brulee sitting next to a fragrant chai. Stunning, and surprising.

There’s something even more surprising in here, something I can’t quite find. Nutmeg, perhaps? Something spiced, deep, full bodied. I only had one sip before I made it into a chai (Truvia, coconut milk), and didn’t taste any of that. Once as a chai though? Holy moly. This spice, whatever it is, is unique and wonderful. There’s a hint of sweetness to it that comes at the very end and after the sip, sort of like egg custard tha’s been sweetened or even burnt slightly – in a good way. There’s something smoky in there too, with zero heat, yet spice.

Truly delicious blend. Dexter3657, I’ve already put some in the box headed your way next week.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 30 sec
VariaTEA

I think I was going to get this and then decided against it. Now I am rethinking that decision.

Dexter

Thanks MissB but I got some in my last Herbal Infusion order. Great minds think alike. :)) Save it or share it with someone who doesn’t have any….
Box next week is exciting

yyz

I got some too. Lately, I’ve been braking my don’t buy Chain rule.

yyz

I meant Chai. I seem to be missing it when the text editor auto-completes lately;).

MissB

Heh. Sounds good, Dexter! I thought you might have grabbed some. VariaTEA, I’ll put that sample in your ongoing bag to send out to you, then.

VariaTEA

Oh MissB, ever so generous. You have sent me so much already, you really do not need to send me anymore.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

She is awfully generous! ;)

MissB

Ha! I just like sharing is all. It all comes full circle eventually.

BrewTEAlly Sweet

Well it oh so generous:) it’s people like you who make steepster such an amazing community, generosity and kind hearts:)

OMGsrsly

I am so excited! I ordered a sample too. :)

Amariel

Wow, sounds amazing!

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Thank you to VariaTEA for graciously sending me her whole sample pack so that I could try it. The name brought out delirious visions of mousse cake for me, which is one of my favorite treats, and thus why I wanted to try it.

Dry, my son said it smelled “nice”. I left it to steep and then had to leave for a bit when I took out the tea bag, so I’m drinking this now slightly cooled but still warm.

If there’s mint in here, I’m completely missing it. Chocolate I get, sort of.. at least the richness of a milk chocolate, if not the flavor if that makes any sense. Zero cake. Lots of black base which is slightly bitter.

I had high hopes here, and while reality was about where it should have been, I’m really glad to have gotten the chance to try it. It would have bugged me until I could make an order! Thanks again VariaTEA.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 15 sec
VariaTEA

I thought it did not live up to its name either. Luckily, I got two free samples of this one with all the teas I purchased so I wasn’t too upset when it turned out to be disappointing.

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78
drank Graham Slam by Herbal Infusions
1264 tasting notes

Slept a good portion of the day due to being up until 5am. Ripped back the hat I’m making for a friend for his birthday tomorrow, because I read the instructions wrong. Luckily it’s just to the decrease section. Cancelled a first date for the evening due to said sore throat, and their response just confirmed I made the right choice: “I’ll resist the urge to comment on what I can do to ease your throat. ;)” Jeepers.

So, I was thrilled to see my first of two Herbal Infusions orders arrive today; this one I’ve been patiently waiting for since Oct 26th. It’s December 13th. Tracking from Canada Post says #2 will be here on the weekend, or Tuesday. Yay!

This tea called to me, in part because of having Whispering Pines’ Ginger Snaps last night and hoping this might be a good substitute for when I want a black.

Out of the bag it smells DELICIOUS. Almost like a rich chocolate with very faint notes of coconut to add some creaminess. Steeped it smells more like coconut than anything.

Drinking it is interesting. It’s creamy and full, and I can taste the Ceylon base quite distinctly – may be from the (yet again) oversteep, however there’s zero dryness or tartness even though there should be. Getting the ‘graham’ part is a bit of a stretch, even though I can see where it’s coming from at the start of the sip – a bit bready. Sweetened with some Truvia and this POPS. Wow. Definitely the way to drink it. More graham cracker sweet, with a slight touch of bite, and a hint of Ceylon.

I doubt I’ll reach for this daily, however it is very good.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 8 min or more
Sil

wow first date and he’s already cracking those comments…haha Looking forward to reading your reviews on the other HI teas you picked up :)

MissB

Heh. Yea, I was a bit surprised. He eventually realized how that came across and said, “I should really re-read what I type… I was going for ‘rooibos rips up your throat like it does mine’”. Heh.

I’m going to try them all out with any luck this weekend. Well, and then their holiday ones whenever they show up.

Courtney

I have been so impressed with HI so far. This one included!

Dexter

LOL I ordered this one too….

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Almost instantly I feel sick. Why am I feeling ill? I have this tea, and I’m about to be ill.

Crap. That’s because it has oolong in it. I keep on forgetting my odd reaction to oolong (several have told me it’s my stomach telling me it needs to ‘get used’ to oolong), and I keep on hoping I’ll feel or find differently. Then, I drink it unawares, and I get sick.

I want to love this. I love everything Whispering Pines. Alas…

Would anyone like the rest of this in swap? Most of the bag is left.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 sec
Whispering Pines Tea Company

Aww, sad! Is it just roasted oolong or green oolong too?

MissB

I had a silver tipped oolong that had me reacting the same way, which is weird because I used to drink that exact same tea years ago and loved it. Often. I’ll try and see if it’s roasted oolong or greens as well when I’m feeling a bit better. Thank you for the suggestion!

Amariel

I’d be interested in trying some.

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72
drank Bavarian Cream Matcha by Red Leaf Tea
1264 tasting notes

Hm. Cream inside a donut? Okay, I’ll try that.

Size: Small (30g)
Quality: Basic
Type: Regular
Flavor: Delicate
Made with 8oz cold coconut milk, 1 tsp of Truvia and mixed with a chasen.
http://www.redleaftea.com/matcha-tea/bavarian-cream-matcha.html

It’s been a while since I’ve had a donut of any kind, much less one with cream in it. Still, I like pudding/cream and I used to eat eclairs with bavarian cream in them like they were something I needed to survive.

Out of the bag it smells light and creamy, and it tastes pretty much the same. There’s a hint of lemon, but it’s mostly cream and butter. While I like it, it definitely requires more stronger flavoring. This would be fun to mix with maraschino cherry and belgium chocolate to see if I could make my own version of a black forest cake.

Preparation
Iced

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90

Even from the first sip, I get crisp ginger snaps in this blend, even with zero sweetener. A wonderful treat, and probably why this is my second order of it.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 6 min, 0 sec
JustJames

i love ginger snaps…. hmmm.

MissB

I’d send you some JustJames if it wasn’t a rooibos base. I do have lots of other Whispering Pines I can send you though!

Amariel

Mmmm….ginger. Booo…rooibos. :(

JustJames

why does everyone mix the fun stuff with rooiboos?!!

Amariel

I wonder if the prickly throat is an allergic reaction of some sort. Initially, i just didn’t like the taste of much rooibos blends, though a few were ok, but now the prickly pushes me further away.

MissB

It is an allergic reaction, and really common. JustJames, I did have something tonight in your honor with a black base, and it was good, although not fanblatasmic.

OMGsrsly

James, you need to list your allergies somewhere. I want to put a few things together if I’m coming over after Christmas. My BFF might come too, as we have friends there we might be able to crash with. :)

Cavocorax

Hmm. I’ve noticed that scratchy throat feeling occasionally when I drink rooibos, but I never connected the two.

JustJames

i can do that….. time for an eleventy billionth profile rewrite anyhow, lol. i list them at the top. maybe under a: ‘no fun’ heading. =0)

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84

Consistently wonderful when I want something spicy to tame winter bugs or just need a bit of heat in my cup. Had a cup last night before bed and will likely have more again today.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 30 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. Having said that, I’m traveling indefinitely (currently in France, was in Ireland and England prior, next up Belgium) so my stash will sit and wait for me, as I send back tea to explore more when I get home again.

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, 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, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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