1344 Tasting Notes

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drank Cold 911 (organic) by DAVIDsTEA
1344 tasting notes

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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91
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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drank Cold Attack! by Della Terra Teas
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Fighting something decidedly nasty. Grapefruit seed oil is defintely helping, as is candied ginger and mint ice cream. Hoping this tea, mixed with a bagged dandelion tea, will help flush out some of the yuck.

I’m sure I overleafed this, as I’m using a brand new mug my daughter got me for Christmas – one of the Tea Forte ceramic tumblers with a metal strainer that fits snugly, covered with dogwood blossoms. I’ve yet to measure how much liquid it fits, so I guessed two cups. Yea, definitely wrong. Why? Because this is painfully strong. Medicinal, dark, thick, syrupy.

Let’s just hope it works. :)

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 45 sec
OMGsrsly

They are 12 oz. :) Hope you feel better soon!

Tuscanteal

I’m in the same boat as you right now! Get better!

MissB

Definitely feeling like I’ve almost beat it. :)

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drank Lemon Meringue Rooibos by Tealish
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Must order more soon. I love this tea! Much better with sweetener, yet still delicious either way. Finishing off my evening with this yummy beverage ends an almost-perfect evening.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 45 sec

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drank Random Steepings by Various Artists
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Went to this fabulous local pub that bills itself as a “geek’s dream”, where the front page of the menu looks like an old D&D book, and you can roll a D20 for a $5 shot, or order by number for a $6 shot. Shot #20 however is only available if you roll 20, and it comes with a free, specially branded shot glass. Guess who rolled a 20 and then promptly forgot the glass at her date’s house?

After my celebratory shot, I asked for a ‘hot boozy drink’. She made me a lovely Hot Toddy, complete with tea steeped IN the hot booze. Perfect.

Nicole

That sounds like a great place!

TheTeaFairy

OMG, fabulous indeed!

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Brought this with me on my date, so that I could replenish the young man’s stock. He was sick earlier in the week, so I gave him some of my favorite medicinals… straight ginger, Super Ginger (DAVIDs), Turmeric Tea (Phat Long), and Clari Tea (Whispering Pines). He loved the Clari Tea, and said he resteeped the 2-cup pot six times. Whoa! Also shared tonight that I may have ruined him for store-bought tea bags forever. Must admit to a sly grin, there.

Anyway. Shared some of this with the gent while we watched Seinfeld. I forgot how much I loved that show!

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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Yum, yum, yum! Had a big mug of this tonight before I went out for a (late) date with a (young) gent.

Preparation
Boiling 8 min or more

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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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